5 Tips For Picture Perfect Engagement Pictures 

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Last month my fiancé and I finally got around to talking our engagement pictures and I’ve been so excited to share them with you all!

The day we took engagement pictures was crazy, I scheduled our pictures in the summer, way before I had finalized my fall semester schedule. A few weeks before our shoot I realized I class right before our pictures, leaving me without much time to get ready. I hate rushing so I decided to skip the class (don’t judge me, we’ve skipped a class or two lol). However, a week before our shoot I found out I had to give a speech in that class, so skipping was no longer an option.

The day of our engagement shoot I ran to my makeup appointment, ran to class, gave my speech, and ran home to change and do my hair. And when I say I ran, I RAN. Your girl was making 25 minute drives in 15 minutes or less lol. Although my day was way more stressful  than it should have been our pictures were perfect! I definitely had a vision while planning my picture and I’m so glad they tuned out exactly how I envisioned.

Below are my tips for taking picture perfect engagement pictures!

5. Location, Location, Location. For my engagement pictures I wanted elegant black tie vibe that would similar to our wedding theme. One of the buildings downtown in my city ended up being the perfect spot. Do your research, on wedding websites, Pinterest, and even Facebook to find the perfect location for your engagement pictures.

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4. Your Photographer is Key. Although you and your fiancé are the stars of the shoot the photographer is an necessary third party to the execution of a successful engagement shoot. While I don’t think you should have to break the bank for nice engagement pictures and the old adage, you get what you pay for is true. TheKnot has a great resource for searching for wedding photographers and even allows you to tailor your search to a specific price range.

3. Meet Your Photographer Before the Big Day. After looking for photographers I really recommend meeting with at least 3 before committing.  One of the things that really bugged me when I first began looking for a photographer was that all of them wanted to meet with me in person before giving me a quote. With work, school and wedding planning didn’t think I had time for all that.  But meeting a photographer in person gives you the opportunity to see if you’ll work well with them.   Your photographer is essentially a third party in your engagement pictures and it’s important to pick someone you you feel comfortable with. You’ll want someone who’s professional, understands your vision, and will give you good direction. My photographer was amazing and had just as much fun as we did on our shoot.

2. Be Yourself! My fiancé decided to take pictures in formal wear in a formal setting because that’s us. We’re sophisticated people (at least I like to think so lol) and our personalities called for sophisticated engagement pictures. It really wouldn’t have sense for us to take pictures in jeans in a field, BUT if you’re a jeans in the field type of person go for it! Don’t force a photo theme or look that isn’t reflective of you and your fiancé. You’ll have these pictures forever and you’ll want them to represent your personalities.

1. Have Fun. Taking engagement photos has been the most fun part of my crazy wedding planning journey. I loved planning our outfits, picking a location, getting my hair and makeup done, and seeing my vision come to life. Take a deep breath, loosen up, and trust that your photographer will make you look amazing.

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For those of you who have done engagement photos or any other type of styled shoots, what do you think is most important for having great photos? Let me know below!

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Sally Hansen Salon Chrome Kit Review

Lately I’ve been loving all things rose gold. I know, I’m a little late to the trend but, better late than never, right? The other night my fiancé and I were on a late night target run and I came across the new Sally Hansen Salon Chrome kits and purchased one to try.

As an aside does anyone else feel like target is a Bermuda triangle where time and money have no meaning?? I don’t know remember we went in for, but rose gold chrome nail polish certainly was not on the list.

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The directions for the Sally Hansen Salon Chrome kit was easy enough. I applied a base color (Sally Hansen Nail Rehab, which I’m currently loving), one coat of the nude (the instructions say to apply two but I chose to apply one because I already had a base). Next I applied the rose gold glitter using the applicator that came with the kit.  I topped it all off with their special effects polish and finished up with a top coat.

I was a little annoyed when realize I needed a Sally Hansen color, Cheap Frills, to complete the look. Since I was already home, I decided to use a similar Revlon ColorStay color, Perfect Pair, that I had. The look didn’t really come out like I hoped. While I got a very pretty iridescent color, it wasn’t the rose gold chrome color I hoped. I will note that my nails held up for three days without chipping which is pretty good.

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Later in the week I went back to the store in search of Cheap Frills, and tried the look again. I ended up with a pink glittery color, which was pretty, but not at all what was depicted on the box. Based on the price (around $15 for the kit itself) and the final color payoff, I think a glittery rose gold color will get you closer to the look than the Sally Hansen Salon Chrome kit.

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I hope you guys find this review helpful! And I’m still on the hunt for a  pretty rose gold nail polish, let me know if you have any suggestions!

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God Bless These Twenty Somethings

 

I just recently celebrated the 2nd anniversary of my 25th birthday (one day I’ll be able to say 27 and it will feel right but that day is not today lol) and I’ve been feeling so many different feelings, the most overwhelming of them all being gratitude.

26 has been one of the best years of my life thus far. The finish line of my law school journey is finally in sight, I received exciting employment opportunities, and my best friend asked me to be his wife. Although I’m incredibly proud of all of these things 26 has been so great because all the seeds I planted years ago for my future finally began to bloom.

I remember being in my early twenties and dreaming of the life I wanted to live; on the most basic level I knew I wanted to go to law school, I knew I wanted to live in a city (any city seemed better than my small hometown lol), I wanted healthy relationships in my life, and I wanted a husband (lol).  I created a vision board, a five year plan, and got to work  but prayer was the true key to my success. I prayed on those dreams. I asked the Lord to order my steps and to guide me to life HE wanted me to live. At 27 the dreams that I had for myself and the life that God intended for me seem closer than ever before and I am beyond grateful.

As 2017 is coming to a close what goals or dreams do you hope to acomplish? What things are you proud to have accomplished? What do you consider to be the key to your success?? Let me know below!

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5 tips for working during school

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It’s typically not recommended (and sometimes not permitted) for law students to work during their first year of law school however, working during the second and third year can be advantageous. Working during law school can be a great resume booster, can help develop practical legal skills, and is an easy way to establish relationships in the legal field. Additionally, depending on the kind of job, it can put a little extra money in your pockets (what student doesn’t need more money?).

As you all know I am currently a full-time law student but for the past three semesters I’ve been lucky enough to work at local law firms during the semester. During my 2L year the small law firm I worked at the previous summer invited me back for the school year, and the midsize law firm I worked at this past summer invited me back for my 3L year. I typically work two days a week for a total of 10 hours but my schedule varies depending on the time of the semester. Below are a few tips that I hope will help anyone trying to balance work and school.

  1. Keep your work hours under 20. For law students I personally think 10 hours a week is a perfect amount of time, however some employers may demand more. Be honest with yourself and your employer about how many hours you can realistically work in one week as school should be your priority.
  2. Set a regular schedule. It’s best to set plan for the days of the week and the hours of the week ahead of time and stick to that schedule. Not only will this keep you accountable but it will be helpful for your employer to know when you’ll be working. Although things may come up during the semester and you may have to make changes, you should strive to keep your schedule as regular as possible. 
  3. Take your work schedule into consideration when planning your class schedule. The first semester I worked I scheduled my classes without really thinking about my work schedule. I ended up running back and forth between between classes 4 days a week to be able to complete my 10 hours. This semester I planned it perfectly so I work on days when I don’t have classes, it’s made my life much easier.
  4. Monitor your work email outside of work hours. This one may seem obvious to some but I use to have a strict no work emails outside of work rule. Since I started working during the school year I realized that it’s almost impossible to avoid monitoring your email outside of work hours. Checking your work email on days you’re not working will ensure your employer is always able to get in contact with you and should prevent any last minute surprises. Also, nobody wants to show up to work everyday to 50+ unread emails, I’ve been there and it’s not pretty.  
  5. Take a break prior to finals. This final tip is paramount. School should come first. In my experience 3-4 weeks is enough time to take off to sufficiently prepare for your finals however this number will depend on the kind of finals you have. It’s important that you inform your employer in advance of the finals period that you will be taking off so the proper accommodations can be made.

For those of you who have balanced work and school, or even multiple jobs at once, what things do you think helped you do it successfully??

Sunday Riley Sunday School Review 

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I’ve never been one to take skin care as seriously as I should. I spent my early twenties going to sleep in a face full of makeup and thankfully never suffered any serious consequences. But with an impending wedding and the second anniversary of my 25 birthday around the corner (yikes!) I decided I need to start taking better care of my skin. I hope this will be the first of many skin care reviews on my blog.

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I had been wanting to try Sunday Riley’s products for quite some time. In particular I really wanted to try the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. When I saw that Sephora had a boxed Sunday School Skincare Set with sample sizes of quite a few products including the Luna Sleeping Night Oil I knew I had to order it.

My first order, which I placed online, was a dud. The C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil broke in the box and leaked all over the other products. Luckily when I went to return my first Sunday School Set I was able to pick up a new one on the same day in the store.

The Sunday Riley Sunday School Skincare Set comes with four sample sized products; the C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil,  C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer, Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment, and the Luna Sleeping Night Oil (not pictured). I think the samples are a great size and will get you at least two months of consistent use.

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As I already mentioned, I was most excited to try the Luna Sleeping Oil. Luna Sleeping Oil is a retinol oil that should increase plumpness and decrease the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores. The product is also supposed to help achieve a more evened skin tone. I have a few light blemishes I’ve been trying to get rid of and I thought the Luna Sleeping Night Oil could help.

The oil has an usual but pleasant smell and although it’s blue it goes on clear. Even though I primarily bought the kit to try this product, I wasn’t really a fan. I have naturally oily skin and this product made me feel greasy. Most importantly I didn’t think the oil did much for my skin. I eventually lost it after about a month of use (unfortunately, I lost it before I could take pictures for my blog lol).

The C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil, is supposed to be used to dissolve makeup and “pollution” (their word not mine) from the skins surface. It has a weird smell and when I used it on a bare face I honestly didn’t feel like it did anything for my skin. I occasionally still use it but I probably wouldn’t purchase it again.

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Although I wasn’t impressed with the C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil and the Luna Sleeping Night Oil, I had better luck with the other products in the set. The C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer and Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment may have become holy grails.

C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer is for dry skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. The moisturizer has a pleasant fragrance and is very moisturizing without being too oily. The C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturize is the only product that I have used every day (and night)  since I’ve purchased the Sunday Riley Sunday School Skincare Set.

Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is the product I loved the most in the entire set, I could see and feel the effect it was having on my skin. The Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment remedies dullness, dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines. It can be applied as a moisturizer or as a mask, I used it as a moisturizer every day at night.

The product slightly stings (so it may be a little too much for sensitive skin) but I kind of liked the sting, it made me think the product was working! lol The product claims to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles three minutes after use. I felt like I did notice a slight effect minutes after using but more importantly and I woke up with brighter skin every morning. I should note that is product did not do much for my blemishes and I’m still on the search for a product that will get rid of those.

 

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Over all I was pleased with my first Sunday Riley experience.  I felt like the Sunday Skincare Set was worth the money and I will likely be buying both the Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment and the C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect when my samples have run out.

I hope this review was helpful! There are so many good skin care products out there I think it’s always great to be able to read a review before you commit to purchasing any of them. If you have any thoughts on the Sunday Riley Sunday School Skincare Set or any recommendations for products I should try next please drop them in the comments below!

 

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I Went Wedding Dress Shopping with My Fiance


This weekend I went wedding dress shopping my fiance.

I know, I know, your future husband is not supposed to see you in a wedding dress until your wedding day. But for me, taking my fiance wedding dress shopping made sense. 


I know every girl says it but my fiance is my best friend. More importantly he’s my partner in life. I can’t think of a single big decision I’ve made in the last few years without his advice. Full disclosure, I don’t always take his advice, but I definitely always ask for it. So I think it makes sense that I wanted his advice on the most important (and probably the most expensive) dress that I’ll ever wear.

Let me back track for a second.  

You have to really think about who you take wedding dress shopping. We’ve all seen those episodes of Say Yes to the Dress where the bride brings a salty bridesmaid or jealous sister.  You have to take people who will be supportive, excited, and not overly critical. I really sat down and thought about the women in my life and had a hard time deciding who to take. It also didn’t help that I’m far away from home so getting all my favorite ladies in one place at one time was a difficult. So I decided I would go alone. 

I planned to go alone, but I wanted my fiances opinion on what dresses he thought looked best. I showed him a few pictures here and there, made him suffer through a few episodes of Say Yes to the Dress, and was floored when he concluded that I would look best in a ballgown. A ballgown. Little 5 foot 1/2 and inch me…in a ballgown. That was the moment that I realized I think he needed to see me in a wedding dress before the big day. It took a lot of convincing, he had no interest in going to look at dresses with me, but when I explained to him that I wanted and trusted his opinion he agreed.


The actual appointment went really well. I tried on a few different styles and was able to narrow down what what looks best on me (definitely not a ballgown fyi, I want to look like a grown sexy woman on my wedding day, not a contestant on toddlers in tiaras).

When I stepped out of the dressing room in a beautiful formfitting mermaid and I got a “woooooooow” I knew I made the right decision. I’ll honestly never forget the look on his face and I cannot wait to see that look again on our wedding day.  

At the end of the day, I’m not sure I found thee dress. I know I’ll go wedding dress shopping again and make the ultimate decision without him (I do want to keep a little element of surprise!). But I’m glad I dragged him along. I have a better idea of what I think I want and we’re in agreement on what looks best on me (grown and sexy bride for the win!). 

Ultimately, I think taking my fiance wedding dress shopping was a great decision but I understand that it might not be for everyone. But for those of you on the fence I highly recommend it. Would you take your fiance dress shopping? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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managing your summer internship assignments

Assignment Tracker: To avoid missing a deadline (or completely forgetting about an assignment) I decided to keep a running spreadsheet of all of my assignments. My spreadsheet allows me to keep track of each one of my summer assignments

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One of the things I was most nervous about for my upcoming summer as a law clerk at a “big” law firm was keeping track of all my summer assignments. At a firm it’s pretty common to have multiple assignments at one time, with some being due immediately and other being long term projects that must be completed by the end of the summer. To avoid missing a deadline (or completely forgetting about an assignment) I decided to keep a running spreadsheet of all of my assignments.

My spreadsheet allows me to keep track of each one of my summer assignments as well as;  the date it’s assigned, the attorney who assigned it, the due date, some brief notes, my execution plan, and the weeks I have left to complete the assignment.

In the planning section, I briefly outline my plan for completing the assignment. I make sure to give myself plenty of wiggle room in case a more pressing assignment pops up (it happens all the time!). The finished product ends up looking something like the table below.

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For those of you working at at an internship this summer how do you stay organized? Let me know below!

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should you take a gap year before grad school

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One thing that I’m commonly asked by friends and acquaintances considering law school is if their time before law school would be best spent perusing a graduate degree or working.

I did both. During my final year of undergrad I was debating between a career in academia or a career in the legal field so I took both the LSAT and the GRE. I did well on both test and was honestly a little more interested in going to law school but because of the state of the legal market at the time I  decided to pursue a graduate degree (I didn’t know it at the time but it was the best decision I could have made for myself).

I pursued an M.A. (via a two year program that I completed in one year) and upon graduation, when I realized I was still interested in going to law school I worked for one year as a legal administrative assistant.

I thought a masters program would prepare me for dealing with the work load in law school, however they’re very different. I could get away with not doing the reading in in my masters program (and often did), in law school I wouldn’t even dare. A masters program also has the potential to be super expensive…and more importantly more expensive than its worth. At the end of the day, I don’t know if a masters program just for the sake of filling up a gap year is worth it.

Although it was a little difficult landing a job in the legal field, the time I spent working as a legal administrative assistant was a better use of my time. I was able see first hand what what a job in the legal field entails and I made contacts in the legal field. Additionally, I had experiences that I could talk about in my interviews and admissions essays.

When it comes down to it, my time spent working was the most productive use of my time before law school and I’m glad I took the opportunity to make sure law was really what I wanted to do.

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march madness

I feel like I blinked and March was over. With finals slowly approaching I’ve been busy, busy, busy, and spring break wasn’t really a break for me at all.

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Although I told myself I would not start wedding planning until the school year was over we’re having a pretty big wedding so locking down the guest list and a venue was a big priority. I toured a ton of venues over spring break and I think I found the one (!!!) but it didn’t leave much time for school work.

 

This semester I took more classes with papers as their finals and it’s been a really crazy experience trying to balance writing papers, outlining, and studying. I’ll be taking a little break from blogging (and happy hours) until finals are over but, let me know if there are any posts you’d like to see when I get back. See you in May!

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how to create a vision board

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How to Create a Vision Board: I think the former scrapbook fanatic in me loves any opportunity to craft. On a deeper level I love the idea of taking the time to truly reflect on my dreams and desires and the opportunity to manifest my future.

Before I restarted my blog one of my most popular posts was the one on vision boards, I decided to do an updated post on how and why I make vision boards.

I love, love, love a good vision board.

I made my first vision board during undergrad after learning about the law of attraction and watching The Secret documentary (which I highly recommend). Since my first vision board I’ve made one at the beginning of any big venture. I made a vision board when I graduated from undergrad, when I started my first job, and I made one when I started law school. Below is the vision board I made when I graduated from undergrad, I currently attend one of the law schools I put on my board! (thoughts really do become things!)

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What you’ll need to create your own vision board is scissors, crafting supplies, and magazines. I like to go to my local craft store (coupons in hand!) and purchase card stock (I get a large piece to serve as the base of my vision board), stickers, letters, and some type of adhesive. Magazines can be purchase from any convince store or grocery store, although for my vision board I took some old magazines from my parents house (#ImOnALawStudentBudget).

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Once I’ve gathered all my supplies, I find a quiet space and flip through the magazines to find things that inspire me. I cut out pictures, quotes, article titles, and sometimes sections of articles themselves. When I made my current vision board I thought about the next three years of my life; places I want to go, milestones I hope to accomplish, and the type of life I want to lead. All the images I selected corresponded to what I hope the next three years of my life look like in some way.

Finally, I arrange all my clippings on the card stock (my Type A personality peaking through) before gluing them on.

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My vision board is currently hanging above my desk (where I spend most of my time) which allows me to reflect on it each day. Since making my vision board I’ve traveled to a few new cities (I even did an international trip, it was amazing, maybe I’ll blog about it later) and I got engaged! I’m still working on that GWagen though!

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