We’re back! And So Much Has Changed…

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Hello old friends,I can't believe it's been a year (maybe more!) since I've last blogged. I have a lot of excuses. Including but not limited to… 1. Life with a toddler is hectic. Yes, Grace is already three! Seems just … Continue reading

The Best FRIENDS-Themed Party Ever: Inside Ashlyn’s FRIENDS/Central Perk Graduation Party

I possibly threw the very first FRIENDS TV Show themed bridal shower, and was one of just three people ever to blog about a FRIENDS-themed party (I did the research). So, when I planned the FRIENDS shower for my best friend back in 2013, my … Continue reading

First Birthday Party: Sweet Little Peach, Georgia Peach, Sweet Tea Theme, Southern Baby Girl First Birthday Party

My daughter turned one. It was an occasion I always claimed I’d never waste money on a party my kids would never remember, but I didn’t know what it was like to survive the first year of your new baby’s … Continue reading

Welcome to the World Baby Shower for a Boy: Map Decor Details, Globes & More

A few Little Rock ladies and I recently hosted a baby shower for my dear friend, Kami. She’s having a little boy in early March. Name to be determined. 🙂 Her best friend, Chrissy thought of a precious little theme: Welcome … Continue reading

My Concert Bucket List: 8 Shows I Am Dying to See

My husband and I aren’t big concert goers. We used to be, but have stopped seeking out shows in recent years. It’s not that we aren’t music fans; we are. It’s that concerts were ruined for us in 2007. We … Continue reading

A New Mrs. Joins the Blog — Meet Mrs. Andi Muszejnski

With so many big changes happening in our lives this past year (new jobs, new babies, health issues),  it was no surprise a couple of our beloved Mrs. needed to take a step back and focus more on their families and jobs. It’s … Continue reading

Top 25 Oscar de la Renta Wedding Gowns (A Bridal Magazine Editor Remembers)

A fashion legend has been lost. To honor Oscar’s legacy, today we share a little bit of the beauty he created. Over on the blog I run as editor of Arkansas Bride, we shared 25 of our favorite Oscar de … Continue reading

3D Mascara: Yes, It Works! (Long, Dark, Standout Lashes)

There’s not a whole lot to say on this because the photos are far more powerful than any words can be… See below. But it is worth mentioning that I am a known lash coveter. I’ve used Latisse (it works, but slowly); I’ve experimented with expensive lash extensions; and I’ve tried just about every mascara promising “your longest lashes ever.” I’m not easy to impress.

So, when my co-worker Rosemary started selling Younique Products and it’s 3D mascara, I asked her if I could try it (always the sceptic). I knew my Arkansas Bride readers would love to know if this “magic” mascara really worked, as it could be an amazing way to get the false lash look for bridals and the wedding day, without having to actually glue on fakies (and without worrying about one falling off!).

Rosemary agreed and so here is my official beauty review in pictures!

To use the 3D Mascara, you apply one coat regular mascara.

JUST MASCARA.

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This is the mascara I used.
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Then, using the 3D Mascara, you apply one coat of the gel to one eye, followed quickly by a light dusting of the fibers onto the same eye. Then, apply another layer of the gel to that eye to set the fibers. Repeat the same steps for eye #2.

3D MASCARA (1 Coat).

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Apply a second (or third) coat of gel and fibers, if desired. Basically you just play with it until you get it down and find the right length and VAVAVOOM for your eyes.

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3D MASCARA (2 Coats).

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SIDE BY SIDE

No Mascara v. 3D Mascara (2 coats)

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See it build in this series….

no mascara

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3D mascara

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IMG_5142.JPGVerdict: It works! Shocking length! Takes a little practice to perfect tho…
Buy it here now if you want to try!

6 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Las Vegas Vacation

Mrs. Christensen isn’t the only one who went to Vegas recently. I just returned from a long weekend there with my husband and two of our closest friends. We went for a “babymoon”/30th birthday trip for Michael and it was everything we needed and more. I thought, since you’re not likely to find my reviews on TripAdvisor (yes, I use it for planning and I review things too), I thought I’d share some things I learned on my trip or things I did to ensure we had a great time:

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 12.51.05 PMWe loved The Bellagio. First time to stay there for us.

1) Plan out each day
Everyone’s favorite night of our trip was Michael’s birthday night. His best friend and I spent months planning a very full and exciting night for him. Each activity was a surprise. It was so fun. But what we noticed the next night—a night on which we purposely didn’t plan anything so we could just relax and wing it—was that there are so many – maybe too many – options in Vegas. And if you don’t have a pretty firm plan in place, you might find yourself overwhelmed and unsure what to do next. Or, like with us, you might find yourself gambling more than you planned and/or you’ll wander for “miles” trying to decide on the perfect restaurant for lunch. Or you might find yourself at The Bellagio Buffet one night and live to regret it (like we did). It was ew. #LubysLasVegas

2) Stay at a centrally located hotel.
This will cut down on the amount of walking you have to do (saves energy), the amount of taxis you need to take (saves money) and you’ll be right in the heart of the action. We loved The Bellagio for so many reasons. Not only is it nice inside and out, centrally located, beautiful and clean, and classic Vegas, but it’s also one of the nicest, best laid out casinos; it has many of the nicest restaurants in the whole city on site; and it has the most accommodating and friendly staff ever.

3) Try a new restaurant every meal.
Don’t get lazy and just head back to the places you went to last time you were in Vegas. The restaurant lineup is constantly changing and improving, and there are so many new celebrity-chef eateries to try that you could never get to them all, even if you ate five times a day. Our favorites among the many places we tried were:

  • PRIME at The Bellagio – I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing and worth it it was to dine here. $200+ for two, but AMAZING (try the peppercorn new york steak with a side of au gratin potatoes and the brocolli w/pistachios).

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 12.50.47 PMIMG_5255-0PRIME on Michael’s 30th birthday.

  • BurGR at Planet Hollywood (try the Jalapeno Poppers, the Jalapeno Margarita–it’s really spicy and strong, and any of the burgers. We each got something different and loved them all.).
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The flaming sign outside BurGR. This is definitely a casual spot, and it was packed even though we were eating a late, late lunch at 3:30 p.m.

  • Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesar’s Palace – The BLT is to die for! Also, the lamb burger is supposed to be amaze, but our boys weren’t impressed. (BTW: We aren’t obsessed with Gordon Ramsay, it just happened that we went to two of his restaurants while we were there.)
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The BLT—The bacon was so thick and covered in a yummy glaze!

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  • Spago at Caesar’s Palace – I say go for a nicer lunch and people watch since it’s at the Forum Shops, but dinner is popular there too. We shared the most amazing pizza (one of the best we ever ate) and a caesar salad (just average). The pizza we had was their Italian Sausage & Goat Cheese pizza; try it!

IMG_5176This was the first official picture I took on our trip.

4. Don’t bother hiring a VIP nightlife service.
There’s no need. Club promoters are out during the day looking for nicely dressed people and groups with cute girls to give free entry (and often free drinks) to. We got on the list at the Encore Beach Club, The Bank, Hakkasan, etc. just incase we did end up wanting to go. By getting on the list with these promoters two things happen: 1, you don’t have to pay the expensive cover charges and might get a couple free drinks out of it, and 2, you’ll get to walk right in past all the lines. We decided to go clubbing one night and DID use a service – at Tryst at The Wynn for Michael’s bday night – and it was great because we knew we wanted to go to that exact club. If you don’t really care where you end up, don’t bother with a service, cause you’ll get in a bunch of places for free without their help. You might not bump into a promoter for the exact club you’re hoping for though, so being flexible on where to club is key.

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IMG_5292Pics from Tryst on Michael’s bday night.

5. Stay three nights MAX.
Michael and I broke this rule because it was our first trip away from Baby Grace and we wanted a couple extra nights of uninterrupted sleep (thank you Lord!), and so that was awesome. But the reality is, two “wild” nights in Vegas is sufficient. That’s enough time to scratch your Vegas itch for the year, as well as gamble just enough not to lose your house. It’s time enough to try a few great restaurants, do plenty of shopping, and even get in some golf or pool time.

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IMG_5189 IMG_5195A little golf with my honey the first day at TPC Las Vegas!

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Mimosas by the Bellagio pool Saturday. One of my favorite parts of the trip.

6. Go with good friends (friends who like the same kinds of things as you).
You don’t want to go to Vegas with certain people (you know who they are). Don’t bring the guy that wants to stay up till dawn every night and club hop if you’re not into that. If you’re a foodie and want to dine at the latest and greatest, be sure you’re with people willing to spend the dough to dine with you. You get the idea. Friend trips are so amazing, especially when you go with friends like ours (heart y’all!), but it can get a little uncomfortable if you or your friends are secretly not interested in the same things or don’t have the same mindset about money (like taking taxis v. walking, seeing a show v. gambling all day …) Vegas brings out all sorts of personalities (for me, I spend money on vacation like I’m rich and get home to remember I’m so not, while others come with a strict budget and need to stay on it. That person and I wouldn’t have as much fun together on vacay, prob. LOL).

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Such good friends!

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 12.52.40 PMFortunately, Jen and I both love to shop…her even more than me….
and we both got an early start with Tory Burch shoe purchases (I got these) Friday night!

Ok, so that’s my advice. Take it or leave it.

Now… off to New York I go (trip 2 of 2 commence!).

In My Suitcase: Bridal Week in New York City

Being an editor in the magazine biz — while not the most lucrative career — does have it’s perks. One in particular: Business trips. Usually my job doesn’t require these, as I run state and regional magazines, like Arkansas Bride. I mainly stay close to … Continue reading