Travel: Where to Next

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One of Troy and I’s favorite thing to do together is travel. We both really enjoy it and it is good for us to take time away from our busy schedules and travel the world. Since being married, Troy and I have taken 7 different trips together. A few of those weekend trips and a few a little while longer and we have thoroughly enjoyed each trip for different reasons.

Today, I have some really exciting news to share about our next adventure! In about a month and a half, Troy and I are traveling to EUROPE! We could not be more excited!

We (and by we, I mean Troy) have been busy planning this trip since last Fall. It seems unreal that it will be here before we know it! We are flying into London, England and will end our trip in Paris, France; while visiting a few cities in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy in between.

This trip is a total dream come true for both of us – it’s hard to believe that it is so close! It has been so fun sharing this news with our friends and family. One of the best parts has been how excited everyone is for us.

I have been busy sourcing different clothing items to take over with me. Cute, versatile and comfy are my three criteria. So far, I have found some really good pieces to take but I still have a few more staples to find. If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments!

Have you ever traveled over seas? I would love to know all our your tips and tricks!

 

Friday Favorites Vol. 1

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Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a great week. Spring is here! Everything is starting to bloom, which I love but my allergies do not 😉

I’m excited to start this fun little series to *hopefully* get me to post to my blog more consistently.

I recently purchased these headphones and they are so. great. We flew to Florida for a few days last month and these were perfect for the flight. Noise cancelling, comfortable, wireless, and most importantly, pretty!

Last weekend, I got a new bike and I’m super pumped about it! I love biking and we have a bike trail about a quarter mile from our house, which is perfect for weekday evening rides. I’m excited to try out some new trails this summer.

Bethel music released a new album Starlight and it’s amazing, go listen to it!

This banana bread recipe is amazing. I usually skip the frosting because it is that good on it’s own!

If you have problems with your nail polish chipping right after you paint your nails, try this gel top coat. I did two coats of regular nail polish with this on top and my nail polish looked nice for about a week!

Does anyone have any fun weekend plans? Let me know in the comments!

Our Wedding: Reception

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Our wedding ceremony and reception were both held at the Barn at the Meadows in Orrville, OH. Our wedding was on a Sunday afternoon so we wanted our reception to be laid back, fun and overall a celebration of our marriage.

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I kept the decorations relatively simple. The barn is such a pretty decoration in itself that I really didn’t have to do much else. The venue already had the twinkle lights set up and I primarily just decorated the tables; the cake table, the card and gift table, the bridal party table and all of the tables our guests sat at. We rented vintage china place settings from the venue. I loved how unique each of them were and how they added to the table decor.

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The arbor behind Troy and I in this picture is the arbor we used during our ceremony. It was great to have a dual use for it and I love how much it added to the overall decor.

My maid of honor (my sister) gave such a sweet speech. Troy’s best man also gave a really great toast. We are so thankful for both of them and the significant roles they have played in our lives. It meant so much to both of us to have them stand beside us on such a special day in our lives.

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For our first dance, Troy and I danced to Forever Like That by Ben Rector. It was a relatively easy decision to make, Troy and I both liked the song and felt like it was a good first dance song.

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It was so special to be able to dance with my dad at our reception. We danced to Unforgettable by Nat King Cole. He created a playlist of songs for me to choose from and had a reason behind each one he choose. Not only was it incredibly thoughtful of my dad to put the playlist together but it was so fun listening to each song and determining what we liked about each song.

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I love this picture of a few of my nieces and nephews dancing at our reception. In my unbiased opinion, they’re pretty adorable. 🙂

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I love that our photographer captured this photo of my parents dancing. Aren’t they the cutest?!

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My sister-in-law was so sweet and made all of our wedding cupcakes and cake! They were so delicious and I seriously can’t thank her (and everyone else who helped) enough. Unfortunately, the only taste of cake I had on our wedding day was during the cake cutting because #weddings. But, I’m looking forward to eating the frozen cake that was saved for us on our first anniversary, which is actually only two months away, crazy!

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What a great day! Our wedding was everything I had hoped it would be and more. It was a great day celebrating our marriage with our family and friends. We are so grateful for everyone that celebrated with us.

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Photography by Sarver Photography 

 

How to Style a Jean Jacket

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Jean jackets are one of my favorite clothing items to wear and today I’m sharing with you four different ways that you can style a jean jacket!

First things first, the jean jacket. I own the jean jacket linked above and love it. Any jean jacket will do but if you are in the market for one, check this one out!

With Spring quickly approaching, how fun would it be to wear this orange shirt with the pretty detail on the bottom? The shirt would be cute on its own but if it is too cold, throw on the jean jacket for an extra layer and you can still see the pretty detail on the bottom. Win, win.

An easy way to dress up a jean jacket would be to add a statement necklace. I typically just wear a cotton long sleeve shirt underneath if I am styling my jean jacket this way.

Maybe it’s a little too chilly to go outside without a coat on but not warm enough to not wear a coat? Layer a flannel shirt with a jean jacket. I love how simple this flannel is but you could also add a more colorful / patterned flannel, if that aligns more with your style.

One of my favorite ways to wear a jean jacket is to layer it with a scarf. Pair it with some stud earrings and a messy bun and you’re good to go! Cozy, simple and perfect for cooler weather.

A lot of people ask if it is okay to wear a denim jean jacket with denim jeans. My opinion is yes, totally okay! I really like how it looks together but if you don’t like it, swap out the jeans with leggings, colored pants, etc. It is completely up to your preferences and what fits your style best. A rule of thumb that I typically use is to wear a darker denim jean with my light – medium wash jean jacket so that their is a contrast in the washes of the denim.

I hope that this post provides you with some new inspiration to style your jean jacket, especially with Spring right around the corner.

Do you have a favorite way to style your jean jacket? Let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for new ideas!

Beauty Loves Vol. 2

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Today I’m sharing with you the second installment of the ‘beauty loves’ series. If you missed the first post check it out here. In this post series, I share a few of the beauty or beauty related products that I’m currently loving.

1. Essie Nail Polish  in shade Chinchilly

Chinchilly is a great neutral colored nail polish. My nail polish doesn’t have to match my outfit but it really bothers me when it completely clashes. This color is great because it never clashes with my outfit and depending on what I’m wearing, a different undertone is brought out in the polish.

2. Hourglass Ambient Light Blush in shade Luminous Flush

This is a blush mixed with a highlighter that gives your face the prettiest soft and subtle glow. I love using this in the summertime but it also comes in handy during the dreary winter months to give your face something extra.

3. Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in shade Honey

I affectionately refer to this product as my ‘honey balm stain’. I don’t know how it started but my sister, mom and I all call it that. This is my all time favorite lip stick and I’m convinced that this shade looks great on everyone. The formula is great; it’s moisturizing, not too sticky / tacky and the color lasts a long time.

4. Ponds Makeup Remover Wipes 

These makeup wipes are great for traveling or every day use. The evening soothe version of these wipes are my favorite, mainly because they smell amazing. Also, I love that they give me the ability to take my makeup off anywhere – watching a movie, in the car, etc.

5. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

I don’t wash my hair every day and this dry shampoo makes it possible. A lot of dry shampoos I have used in the past have left a lot of residue on my hair and have a very strong scent that ends up giving me a headache. This dry shampoo smells great, leaves no residue and my hair feels clean after using it.

What beauty products are you currently loving? Let me know in the comments!

Pretty in Plaid

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This outfit is a great to wear in-between seasons when the temperature is shifting from warm to cold or cold to warm. You know, when it’s not quite cold enough for a coat or not quite warm enough not to wear a coat.

Vests are a great transition piece for these types of outfits. They are so versatile and can be mixed and matched with a lot of different outfits. Vests are perfect to wear with a scarf and some statement earrings, as shown above. You could also swap out the scarf with a statement necklace and dress up the look a little more. Either look would be great for shopping, running errands, exploring a new place, the list goes on!

I hope this outfit gives you some inspiration to create something similar from your own closet. If you don’t own a vest, I would highly recommend investing in one! The J Crew vests linked in the graphic above are my favorite. They aren’t too puffy, they’re warm and have good structure.

Do you own a vest? If so, what is your favorite way to style it?

Travel: Estes Park, CO

When my sister told me that she was going to be living in Estes Park, CO for the summer, I immediately knew I had to visit! The only caveat was that I was getting married, going on a honeymoon AND starting a new job. I was really determined to still make it out there so Troy and I brainstormed and decided to go the weekend of July 4th.

I am so glad that we made it out to Colorado. It was so fun to see my sister, meet her friends and obviously take in all of the beauty that Colorado has to offer!

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Troy and I at Bridal Veil Falls

Troy and I flew out Friday night after we both got off work and got there early Saturday morning. We got some rest and then hit the ground running. My sister had the weekend mapped out for us, which was really helpful. We were there for two and a half days and during that time we hiked 3 trails and even took a trip to Boulder.

Our first hike was to Bridal Veil Falls… it was so beautiful. We crossed over a river at the base of the falls to climb up further and I’m so glad we did because this was our view…

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Em and I taking in the beauty at the top of Bridal Veil Falls

Our second hike was to Cub Lake. During the hike we encountered about 50 elk (and their babies!) no less than 25 feet away. Cub Lake was really pretty and as a bonus, it was covered in lily pads.

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Selfie on our hike to Cub Lake

We went for a sunrise hike to Bible Point on Monday morning… it was absolutely breathtaking. We grabbed breakfast quick after and then headed to the airport to catch our flight back home.

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Troy, Em and I at Bible Point for the sunrise

A short but incredible weekend in the beautiful state of Colorado! I am so glad that we took this trip and thankful for the memories that we created.

Our Wedding: Ceremony

I’m back today to continue on with my wedding post series. If you missed it, check out my post about getting ready here. I love reading/hearing about other people’s weddings so I thought it would be fun to share about ours.

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Our wedding ceremony was outdoors and we could not have asked for a more perfect day! It was about 76 degrees, sunny, with a breeze. Keep in mind the day before was about 90 and extremely humid… gotta love Ohio!

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It’s hard to choose a favorite part of our ceremony but having my dad walk me down the isle and seeing Troy waiting for me at the end… that is definitely up there! I love this picture of my dad and I, both beaming with a smile. My dad was so proud and excited… I love that this picture reflects the moment perfectly.

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The pastor that officiated our wedding is a pastor at the church I went to all four years of college in Kent, h2o. Troy and I did premarital counseling with him and his wife. We are so thankful for the love and wisdom that they poured (and continue to pour) into our lives.

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Troy and I choose to braid a cord of three strands during our ceremony. The primary concept of the cord is based on Ecclessiastes 4:12 “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” The purple cord represents the groom, the white cord represents the bride and the gold cord represents Christ. We braided them together to show that our marriage is not only between the two of us but intertwined with Christ at the center.

Our ceremony was so perfect! It was everything that I had hoped for and more!

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Officially Mr. and Mrs. Troy Rufener!

In the coming weeks I will share about our reception and all of smaller details of our wedding – stay tuned!

Photography: Sarver Photography

 

Holiday Gift Guide

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The amount of days until Christmas are slowly decreasing… have you done your shopping yet? I had so much fun creating this little gift guide to provide you with some inspiration if you’re stumped on what to get someone.

Have a beauty loving friend/mom/sister? How fun would it be to receive this highlighter and this pretty brush? The shades in this eye shadow palette are all matte, versatile and stunning.

You can never go wrong with anything from Rifle Paper Company, in my opinion. I mean how beautiful is this calendar? And this art print? Ugh, I love everything they sell.

How fun would it be to receive a cast iron tea kettle? The one linked above is pretty pricey but I’ve seen quite a few similar options at T J Maxx for a fraction of the cost. This candle smells amazing; and how pretty is the container it comes in?

All of these gifts are great because you don’t even need to know the person’s size. I especially love all of these items because they are fun splurge that someone may not typically buy. I hope this can provide you with a few last minute ideas, in case you need them!

Do you typically procrastinate your Christmas shopping? Or do you try to get it done far in advance? I’m somewhere in the middle. 🙂 Let me know how you do your Christmas shopping in the comments below!

My Everyday Makeup

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These are some of my favorite and most used beauty products that I use on a day-to-day basis. With that being said, I do tweak my eye shadow, blush and lipstick depending on the day but for the most part, this is what I wear most often.

I work in an office so I try to keep my makeup clean and neutral. The Tartelette Eye Shadow Palette is great for achieving looks that fit that criteria. All of the shades are matte, allowing me to create a relaxed yet professional look. The tagline for the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream is “your skin but better” and it feels exactly like that; never sticky or heavy. No matter how much sleep I get, I have dark circles underneath my eyes. The IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer is great for concealing and brightening my under eyes. I use the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder to set the concealer underneath my eyes and anywhere else it feels necessary.

I love the Tarteist Contour Palette to add some definition to my face. This is a powder contour palette so the results are a lot less intense than a cream contour palette.  Finally, I cannot say enough good things about the Revlon Color Stay Balm Stains. These are my absolute favorite because they are hydrating, have great color and last for a long time. My two favorite shades are Romantic (pictured above) and Honey.

It is important to me for my makeup to last all day and all of these products pass the test. If you have any other questions about any of these products, ask me in the comments below!

Do you use any of these makeup products currently? Are there any that you would like to try?