4.09.2014

American Blogger Trailer Released!


Do you remember last summer, filmmaker Chris Wiegand {Casey's husband!!} stopped in KY on his journey across the country, filming for his documentary American Blogger?? You can read more about the project, and his time in KY here

WELL, I have been anxiously awaiting the release ever since, and am excited to share that the trailer has been completed!! It looks SO good! I am excited, and nervous all at the same time, surely I said something ridiculously stupid at some point, HA! But I am excited for him, as this is such an awesome accomplishment. 

I am not in the trailer, but he did say everyone was in the movie at some point (it looks like around 50 bloggers!) so we shall see! You can see the other bloggers included on the American Blogger website here

And here is the beautifully done trailer! I think my favorite part is Chris's wife Casey, and their little angel baby laughing and snuggling, it is just so sweet! 


Well done Chris! I am beyond excited to see the film! Congrats one finishing such a big project, and thank you for letting me be a teeny part of it!! 

I will keep you all posted with details on a release date, coming very soon! 

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4.07.2014

Kentucky Girls Turnin' 30!

Thank goodness I look good in royal blue. LOL. No but seriously, what if your team colors were super unfortunate? You would have to stomach it and pretend you actually like wearing that heinous shade all season long! Thanks UK, thanks. 

Saturday night we celebrated my friend Jennifer's 30th, and a CATS win! It was pretty nuts. We reserved the top floor at Belles (my Bourbon Review boys, semi-recently-new bar!) and camped out until game time. 
{the top is from Bluetique, appropriately!}
{he's gonna make fun of me for posting this, but I think he looks so cute! My little studly boyfriend man, intently watching the game}
Poofs for the thirty year old {sidenote: I can't believe we all turn 30 this year. YIKES}! 
 What winning looks like... I love this pic of sis and Matt! 
 I am 99% sure that we won because I wore my lucky Kentucky State necklace from Southern Belle Glitz.
That sounds plausible right?

Got it on for tonight's game too! Isn't it so cute? I met Natalie, the owner of Southern Belle Glitz, during a photo shoot with Brandi Kristina Photography. She is insanely precious, like I want to put her in my pocket and taker her everywhere. Definitely check out her stuff!

oh, and GO CATS! ;)

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4.03.2014

Modern Takes on Vintage Classics

If I could pick one time period to be, I would pick the 40s. I am such a sucker for all things vintage, and in my mind, everyone was running around looking like Evelyn from Pearl Harbor, or Allie from the Notebook, my favorite big screen 40s princesses. 
I mean do you not just swoon at the soft curls and red lips? There is just something so romantic about the time period. It makes me think of my grandparents, and how they were falling in love, back when things were so much sweeter and everyone was more naive. I would give ANYTHING to be a fly on the wall and watch it all happen!  

Speaking of grandparents, I keep this sweet picture of my nana holding my mom on my dresser, I love it so much. She was the definition of beautiful.
Not only was she beautiful, but she was smart too. She met my papa in med school (yeah girlfriend was in med school) and they married in 1946. So sweet. I have this pic in my closet also, it makes me so happy! 
But back to what I was trying to get at, the past two weekends I have gotten to do hair and makeup for two engagement shoots, both styled with vintage elements.

The first shoot was with one of my clients named Haley. Bestill my heart, she was like my very own  little Evelyn. Haley, you are perfect, and Alicia, your pics are ridiculously gorgeous, per usual! {Haley's pics below are from Aesthetiica Photography}
Are you not dying?? jaw.dropping. I love those pics so much! So thankful I got to be a teeny part of it! Thanks Alicia, and Haley for showcasing my work so beautifully!

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The Second shoot was with my sis! We took it back a couple decades, to more of a 20's inspired look and feel. A la the Great Gatsby if you will (so hot right now).

I took a nod from some of these ladies, and did a modern finger wave kind of look.

We got up and started makeup and hair at 5, yes FIVE in the morning, in order to catch the morning sunrise! Sis was a champ, and just let me do what I wanted. It was good for  my creative spirits. It was freezing out, so we had to cuddle for lipstick application. Luckily our good friend, and photographer of glitter, Claire {Claire Marie Photo}, was there to capture all of the shenanigans. That would be Dana on the left, just dominating some candle arrangement.

Becky, what does it feel like to have such an entourage?
{ps the sweatshirt I am wearing is my new fav, and from The Southern Sewcialite, more deets to come!}

After we got all set up, and lipsticked to perfection....this magic happened... {images Claire Marie Photo}

SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Sissy you are beyond gorgeous, I love this pic of you and Matt, you look so incredibly happy! 

Becky's dress is a Reem Acra, that she and Claire rented from Rent the Runway. Her headband is one of my Pink Pewter ones (that I still have not put on the website, oopsie! email me if interested!!) Is this shot not gorgeous? Great job Claire, that light is so dreamy!
I need more, I need more!! haha, can't wait to see the rest from sis' engagement sesh. Just wanted to share some of these amazing pictures from some of my recent work.

I'll be off watching Pearl Harbor now...

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3.25.2014

That one time, when Danielle Bradbery told me she liked my hair...


Sis and I went to the Hunter Hayes concert Thursday night, and ladies-let me just tell you-it was SO GOOD!!

We both rocked a Pink Pewter headband from my extensive collection (it's begun to be a problem!!) I just got a HUGE shipment in and can't wait to get them posted on the PLL Design Studio website!! We sold our entire stock the first time without even posting them online, so crazy! Hoping to have some time tomorrow (time? wait, what is time?)

But anyhoo, back to the concert. 

Dan+Shay (19 You and Me) and Danielle Bradbery opened up. Dan+Shay did a fab cover of Bruno Mars Just the Way You Are, and Danielle didn't hit a bad note, for real {latest country girl crush}.

Look at tiny precious! I just want to put her in my pocket. 
We got really excited when we found out that we were going to get to meet her!!

{can't you tell how excited we are}...
but then we got really sad when they told us we couldn't take pictures. Thinking that surely they can't be serious, I instructed sis to go ahead and sneak a phone pic anyway. 

She was denied, and this is my only pic with Danielle, LOL. #FAIL
You can totally tell we are besties though, look at us just laughing at sis getting camera shot down. LOL
 This was right after she said to me (and I quote) "I LOVE your hair!!!" I about died. Thanks girl, I love your hair too. ;) 

Hunter Hayes was incredible as well. I am not sure how I didn't know this, but I had NO idea he was such a talented guitar player. If you get the chance you need to get tickets for the We're Not Invisible Tour. It was really cool being at the first ever show of the tour, everyone was so sweet and so excited to be on stage, you could tell. I somehow caught this precious moment of Hunter Hayes wrapping up his first single Wanted and it was so cute how he just dropped to his knees. Love him!


And that concludes, the time Danielle Bradbery told me she liked my hair. LOL. 

xo
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3.20.2014

My Home-Updated

I wanted to share some pics of my home as of late, mainly the living room area, because there have been some changes! I closed on my house over a year ago now, and it is STILL a work in progress.

Everything I previously had in my living room (which you can see here!) was swiped from my parents basement, and was always temporary until I figured out what I wanted. {All of it is for sale... FYI!}

Well I wanted a big comfy couch, where Sadie and I could post up and watch hours of Scandal (so good!!) and I finally found the one I wanted, which came from of all places, Value City Furniture! I got it for a fantastic deal, so it was a no brainer. 
{coffee table is still temporary, I want a big tufted ottoman} 
Sadie literally doesn't move from her spot on the corner. She is going to ruin it, but how ca you say no to a face like that?? {ps that pug pillow is from etsy}
Coffee table is filled with some pretties-mainly shiny things and flowers...
and some light reading ;)
I am also obsessed with my bar stools. I think I have posted some pics before but I am not sure. I got them at Marshall's for $129 a piece, which is pretty good in the land of upholstered bar stools, lemme tell ya. 
I love them!! Sadie somehow likes to hop up on them too, haven't figured that one out yet. 

It's progress, people, progress. ;) Maybe one day I will have everything finished and the way I want it, probably just in time to change it again!! 

If you are looking for furniture, don't count Value City Furniture out, they have some really nice stuff these days! I also scour the likes of Home Goods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Overstock.com. Gotta love finding things for a deal! 

xoxo

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3.18.2014

Origami Owl Bracelets!

Surely you have heard of Origami Owl, yes? 

They are most known for their living lockets, which allow you to create personalized pieces of jewelry to tell your story! 


Well, they have come out with living locket bracelets too! And I just LOVE! 

I got the gold dangle bracelet (7" one). Here is a close up of my locket, filled with things that mean something to me, and help tell my story. You can mix and match almost anything, from the chain, to the locket, to all the different charms to help create your own unique piece of jewelry. 
Completes the arm candy party quite well, I believe. 
The other really cool thing about Origami Owl is the story behind the brand. I am all about lady entrepreneurs, and found it so interesting that the company was started by a 14 year old, with $350 and a dream of having a car for her 16th birthday! How cool is that?? 
Now it is a multimillion dollar company. Who knew?? Now why can't I think of something like that?? ;) 

You can see the entire collection through my friend Holly's website here, or you an email her directly at holly.janicki@gmail.com! I think these would be such a cute gift for bridesmaids. You could do each individual birthstone, initial, and whatever else you thought was fitting. 

Just wanted to share! I love my bracelet, and have gotten so many compliments on it! 

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3.15.2014

Hunter Hayes kicks off "We're Not Invisible" tour-WANNA GO?!?

Remember when I went to Carrie's concert, and got to sit 3rd row? And remember when she looked right at me? ;) 
Well that is not the point here, the point is while I was at her concert, I also took a liking to Hunter Hayes, who happened to be opening for her! He was so great!

see, here he is!
So, speaking of Hunter Hayes, I wanted to let you all know that he is kicking off his "We're Not Invisible" tour next Thursday, and I will be going!! YAY, I am so excited!! 
Have you all heard his song Invisible? He performed it recently at the Grammys, you can check it our here.

It is about staying strong in the face of adversity, and not being afraid to be different. Hunter's mission with the tour is to challenge people to be seen and heard--no one is invisible. 
I have learned so much more through this blog than I EVER imagined-Most importantly it has allowed me to have a voice, and to be heard! Weather it be telling you exactly how to get the most volume out of your hair, or to help spread the word on more important issues--like helping wittle precious babies with their health struggles--this blog is my way to be heard!

So who wants to join me at his concert on Thursday?! It is in Pikeville, sis and I will be heading there and staying with my Aunt. I am so excited!! AND-Danielle Bradbery is opening for him! I LOVE her!! Dare I say she is the  new Carrie...? ;) haha

Here is a schedule of the upcoming We're Not Invisible Tour Dates:

March 20 Pikeville, KY
March 21 Huntington, WV
March 22 Youngstown, OH
March 27 Peoria, IL
March 28 Toledo, OH
April 10 Memphis, TN
April 11 Cape Girardeau, MO
April 12 Springfield, MO
April 17 Huntsville, AL
April 18 Roanoke, VA
April 19 Asheville, NC
April 23 Colorado Springs, CO
April 24 Salt Lake City, UT
May 1 Bangor, ME
May 2 Boston, MA
May 3 Uncasville, CT
May 29 Augusta, GA
May 30 Pensacola, FL
May 31 Estero, FL
For on-sales and more, visit his website, on Facebookand follow Hunter on Twitter.

If you want to win a pair of tickets to go, just share this post and leave me a comment telling me where you shared it! {please include your email if it is not linked to your blogger account, thanks!!}

I am so excited! Can't wait to see Hunter Hayes!! But what will I WEAR?? haha.

xo

3.12.2014

My Skin Care Routine-Updated


I have been getting some questions recently about my skin care routine, so I wanted to share with you ladies! While I do think I was blessed with good skin, I also put a lot of time and effort into making sure I am taking care of said skin!! I am not getting any younger over here...so preventative efforts are key!

I have been using the theraderm skin care line (you local ladies can get from Dr. Luftman, sweetest man ever!! Or if not local, here is the website.)

I absolutely love it. there are 4 steps: a cleansing wash, a fruit acid exfoliant, a reparative gel, and a moisturizer. There is also a lip balm which I am OBSESSED with, but only use at night.


The cleanser is light and sudsy enough to pair with my clarisonic, which makes me even happier, because I love feeling super clean.



I also follow up to the theraderm steps by applying this eye cream by Mary Kay. I am obsessed with it. It is pretty thick, but perfect for that fragile skin around your eyes. {If you are in need of a Mary Kay consultant, contact my friend Darcy!}


About once a week, or whenever I feel like it, I use this Abeeco Bee Venom Mask (yes bee venom) which helps tighten and firm skin, promising botox like effects, but naturally! I seriously can tell a difference when I use it, my skins is more glowy and in my mind, I don't move my forehead as much!! I love it, but I was super scared to try it at first!! If you are allergic to bees, this would clearly be a no go. 


And perhaps most important of all, I remove my makeup with ponds cold cream. Yes I am 76. I swear, it is the best. It removes makeup so easily. I am super conscious of not pulling at the skin around my eyes (says the almost 30 year old...waaaahhhh!). This stuff literally takes off all your eye makeup in one swipe. I just put a little bit on and gently rub it around then wipe off with a little cotton round. SO easy, and so less traumatic for your eyes than some of the harsher makeup removers, or even wipes, that I have tried (and use to love!).
Ok so while I was googling ponds cold cream (lol), I found all these adorable vintage ads-are they not precious?? See I told you, I am 76. ha! 

What is the correlation with getting engaged and using ponds? Should I be expecting a ring? ;) 


Anyhoo, that is my two cents in the skin care department. If you do one thing, just make sure you are moisturizing your skin! That is the basic key to keeping that young skin of yours! Oh, and stay out of the tanning beds... shudder. 

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