I hear some of you might have a wedding you may be attending this summer…;)
But really, I have 2 other weddings besides my own wedding that I’m attending in the next couple of months, so I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect wedding guest look. Let me talk you through the do’s & the don’t’s for choosing what to wear to a wedding.
Do pay attention to the dress code. Make sure you take into consideration the venue & the time of day, but a good rule of thumb is that it’s better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed.
Do wear a small bag. It could be a clutch, a small crossbody, or a small handbag, but a small bag is chic choice.
Do find out what the colors are for the wedding. It’s always nice to be in the same color palette as the bridal party & decor. Wouldn’t want to show up in a lime green dress in a room full of lilac tones.
Do wear florals! Wedding always have flowers, so that’s one sure fire way you’ll fit right in.
Don’t wear something that’s too revealing. It’s best to be respectful & let the bride shine on this day, plus you don’t want to be worrying about your outfit. Wear something that you can sit, eat, & most importantly, DANCE in.
Don’t wear white! Just don’t do it!
Don’t wear all black. This is a happy day, full of joy & newness. Not a funeral.
Don’t wear denim. Even the most casual weddings deserve a step up from your day to day jeans.
Don’t wear uncomfortable shoes, even if they’re fabulous. You won’t want to have to leave early because your feet can’t handle the dance floor anymore. Block heels are my go-to for comfort & style.
I’m back with another Wedding Wednesday post! Today I want to share with you guys what steps I’m taking to prep my hair, skin, & body for the big day. I want to look like the best version of myself on the big day, while still looking like me. You know? My goal is to feel calm & confident in my own skin, ready to marry the man of my dreams. Let’s get into the beauty prep that is going to help me do just that!
Beauty Prep From The Inside Out
You guys know if you’ve been following me for a while, that my favorite beauty guru is none other than the Glam Life Guru, Tati. I’ve trusted her beauty info for years. Seriously, she is a harsh critic & knows what’s good & what’s not better than anyone in the business, in my opinion. So when I heard she was coming out with her own beauty brand, I knew it would be amazing! Although, I was a little sad to hear that it wasn’t makeup or skincare, but a beauty supplement. I bought it anyways because I knew if she swore by it, than chances were it was going to be life changing, & let me tell you, the results are real! I have been taking this pretty pink pill, Halo Beauty, for about 3 weeks now & I can already see a difference. My skin all over my body is softer, my dark circles under my eyes are lighter, & I seem to have less fine lines around my eyes & forehead! It sounds crazy, but people are noticing! I swear it’s doing good things, so I’m going to continue taking it in preparation for my wedding day.
With my wedding day quickly approaching, I was sent this unique teeth whitening kit at just the right time! I want my teeth to look bright & white on my wedding day, especially since I’ll be wearing a white dress! (OMG I can’t wait!) The Smile Brilliant team made it so simple & easy to use. First, they sent me the box pictured above, with which I made my teeth molds. I sent those molds back to them & they made custom whitening trays that fit my teeth perfectly. The trays are soft & jelly making them very easy & comfortable to wear. My teeth do get sensitive easily, but their desensitizing gel has been a life saver. Say goodbye to painful teeth whitening!
Another reason why I love this product is that you only wear them for 45 min. to 3 hours at a time, making it a quick & easy beauty prep step with great results. With a product like this, I find that you can go as hard as you want with it. I’ve enjoyed taking my time & using it only about once a week, but I’m sure when used more often, you see compound results.
Because of this product, I know I will be able to smile proudly & confidently, knowing that my smile looks great on what will probably be the most photographed day of my life.
Use code: felixandflora when shopping Smile Brilliant products to receive 10% off!
*see below for amazing before & after shots*
I have some exciting new for you guys! I have teamed up with the Smile Brilliant crew & we are opening up an exclusive giveaway to my amazing readers! The winner will win a free Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit. Whether you’re about to get married like me, are an avid coffee/red wine drinker (also me), or you know that the perfect red lip looks best with a white smile, this kit will help change your life & your smile. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to have the white smile you’ve always wanted.
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(Giveaway is for $149 credit and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia.)
I’ve decided to wear my hair down for my wedding, so I wanted to take some beauty prep steps to ensure my hair looks thick & healthy. I ordered a couple of Briogeo products for the first time & I am loving them so far. Basically I bought the same product in 2 different forms, one is a leave in spray mask, & one is an in shower hair mask. Both perform beautifully & have helped my hair’s health & moisture. I used the in shower deep conditioning mask about twice a month & the spray leave in conditioner about once a week. My hair loves this stuff. Also, it smells really good which is a must! Hopefully these products will help my hair look luscious & gorgeous on my wedding day.
Another tip I have been trying recently has been massaging my moisturizer into my face everyday. Instead of just rubbing it in & letting it just sit there, I’ve been trying to massage & rub it into my skin. This helps the product sink into the skin faster, as well as help blood flow & circulation in the face. I believe this along with my Halo Beauty supplements have significantly helped the look & feel of the skin on my face.
Exercise & Water
Being a professional dancer, exercise is a part of my everyday life. But from here until my wedding day, I will have a few weeks here & there where I will not be dancing. During those off weeks, it will be important to me to keep my body in shape for the big day. I’m thinking about doing a post on my non-ballet workout routine…would you guys like to see that? Leave a comment below if you’re interested in that!
Of course, water is crucial to seeing results in all of these areas mentioned above. Nothing new here, just a reminder to drink your water! Luckily Ben is really good about helping me remember to do this on a daily basis.
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Are you a fellow bride to be? What beauty prep steps are you taking to prepare for your big day?
Have any beauty tips? I’m always looking for more! Leave me your favorite tip in the comments below! xx
Here are my before & after using Smile Brilliant photos!
The photos speak for themselves! I’m so pleased with my results!
I asked you guys in an Instagram stories poll if you would like to see some wedding posts here on F&F before the big day, & 100% who voted said yes! So here we are, starting a new series rightfully called: Wedding Wednesday. With our special day quickly approaching (less than 150 days!), I am working on getting organized & staying on track with the budget & the timeline. I have dreamed about planning my wedding for as long as I can remember, & now that it’s here…I’m finding that it requires a lot of organization. That right there is not really my forte, but I’ve found that with the proper tools, wedding planning can be fun & stress-free.
I am very picky about planners. I tend to just write all over the pages instead of following their prompts because I feel like I need something different. As my search began for a wedding planner, I felt very unsatisfied by the selection I was seeing. Therefore, when I was contacted by Kayla aka The Internet’s Maid of Honor to try out her system of planning, I was delighted to give it a try. She made this planner after she got married because she felt the same dissatisfaction as I did, so I hoped this would be just what I needed.
Guys. it’s perfect! Not only is it so helpful & well thought out, but it’s beautifully laid out on page after page in such a way that I know I will love looking back on it even after the wedding! It’s such a great tool to help keep me on track with deadlines & to know what comes next. Also, it let’s you dream & document your inspiration process which is oh-so important to me.
Let me show you how I use it…
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Instead of binding my pages like a book, I chose to keep them in a clip-folio. It’s a clipboard on the front, where I display current to-dos & inspo, as well as a pocket for my other pages & notepad on the inside. I’ve loved this setup. It’s easy to use & beautifully displays everything.
The entire planner is over 200 pages long! Which is amazing! One of the best things about this planner is that you are able to pick & choose which page you really want to use & order them in a way that makes sense to you. It’s printable, so if you need multiple of any particular sheet, you are able to have as many as you need! For example, there are wellness sheets that help you track your food, fitness, water intake, etc., that I have printed out specifically for the week of the wedding to ensure I’m taking care of myself during the preparations. But, if you wanted them for the duration of your engagement, you could use them daily or weekly or as a goals sheet monthly.
There are lots of blank sheets with headlines for inspo in a variety of categories. On these pages, instead of writing or drawing my thoughts, I decided to cut out inspiring photos from all the magazines I’ve been flipping through over the past few months & create mood boards, if you will, for each category. Not only is it so fun to do, but it’s so nice to have visuals right there in front of you while you’re planning.
My Favorite Planning Pages
Day of Tasks
Honeymoon Planning & Packing
Floral Inspo (with flowers broken down by color!)
Every question you need to ask each vendor
& so much more!
(She literally thought of everything!)
How To Get Your Hands On One Of These Game Changing Planners
Head on over to The Internet’s Maid of Honor to purchase your binder, or choose from a few smaller packages as well. The full thing is only $27, which is such a steal! If you are getting married soon or are looking for a super helpful gift to give a friend or family member who is getting married soon, I have a discount code to help you save a couple of dollars off as well! Type in FELIX&FLORA3 at the checkout to shave three extra dollars off your purchase. It doesn’t get any better than that!
I won’t have this code forever, so get your wedding planner discount while it’s here! Cause you know, when planning a wedding, EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS! (am I right?!)
Are you a fellow bride to be? Let me know in the comments below! What do you use to keep yourself organized?
Already married? What advice on wedding planning do you have to give? xx
We’re Engaged! (In case you didn’t read the title…)
I’m just so excited to be planning a life together with my very best friend! But before we get into that, & wedding details, let’s talk about what everyone is thinking: How did he propose?
Ben & I traveled to Oklahoma, after my final Nutcracker performance, to be with my family for Christmas. I had a hunch it might happen over Christmas, but I was not expecting how it happened in the least! So, in my family, we set a designated time to wake up & arrive in the living room to first open our stockings. After opening our stockings, we go into the kitchen to have coffee & breakfast. Once full, happy, & caffeinated, we make our way back into the living room to open the real presents.
So here we are, all gathered together: my mom & dad, Grandma, Nana & Papa, my cousin Brittany, 2 of my 3 sisters, my brother, & Ben & I. We typically open presents from youngest to oldest, but before Ella could get started on hers, Ben said there was one for me that needed to be opened first. At this point, I’m still not sure if this is it or not, maybe he was just really excited about a particular present for me? I start to unwrap a rather large box, & inside I see layers & layers of photo of us. So many amazing memories made together over the past 3 years. My hands start to shake as I realize what is happening. I start to show each photo to the family, but then realized how many there were (62 to be exact) & briefly looked at each one by myself. Once I looked through several layers, I came to a wooden box. Inside this box were…more pictures! Then I found the prettiest little pink velvet box at the very bottom, to which Ben told me I needed to stand up for this one! He took my hands & shared so many sweet words of our love (which I only know from the video haha) & that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. He opened the box, and ASKED ME TO MARRY HIM! Of course, I said yes! He put the prettiest ring I have ever seen on my finger & I kissed my FIANCE! It was such a special moment. I felt so lucky to be able to share it right there with my family.
After that, it was time to open presents, except, how can you top that?! I could not stop staring at this gorgeous rock on my finger! You know the funny part was that every single present I opened that day went SO well with my ring! hahaha
I spent the rest of the day on a cloud. We were getting married, & I wanted to shout it from the rooftops.
After spending a few days in Oklahoma, we traveled up to Maine to visit & celebrate with Ben’s family. We made some wedding plans (& even had a taste testing) because we are getting married in Maine! Oh my word I am just so excited! July 21, 2018 will be the most magical day of my life.
We had Ben’s sister, Abby, take some engagement photos of us on the property. In sub-zero temperatures I might add! I love them so much & I will cherish them forever.