Hair and Make Up Trial for the Big Day!


The wedding fun continues!  But first…




The zucchini bread at work by 10:00 AM :).  I love that people enjoyed it (and yes, I may have had some myself! I can’t help it!)


I snacked on an fresh apricot when I recognized that I am probably turning into a zucchini, but neither photographed well.




Juicy…not photogenic but delicious.

Still working on photographing food…I’ll get there 🙂



Hair and Make Up Trial

If there is one thing I learned tonight, it’s that I don’t like much make up. . . I guess I’m a weird one!

Anyway — the trial was in Evergreen, CO.  About 45 minutes from Denver heading into the front range mountains.



It’s a bit of a haul, but man is it beautiful.




I had some ideas of what I wanted for my hair beforehand, but really hadn’t done much specific research until today at work (I’m awful, I know).   I knew I wanted it up, and visible from the front.  With those ideas, I came up with



I figured it could work with my bangs, and it would have an element of texture and body in the front, exactly what I want.

When I showed this to Jules, my hair and make up woman, she was fairly confident it would work with my hair which pleasantly surprise me.

I took lots of pictures, but want to share the full reveal for the big day, so I’m only going to share one picture 🙂



I know it doesn’t show much, but I’m excited for how it turned out and looking forward to it on the big day!

The make up wasn’t so easy.

As I mentioned, I am just not someone who wears a lot of make up…One because I don’t know how to apply or wear it, and two because I think I look a little weird with it on.

With that said, I made some notes, and am confident that on the day of, Jules will have me looking like a glowing, beautiful version of myself!  It was a great experience overall and I really like Jules, which is huge because we’ll be spending a lot of time together day of  :).  One fun side note:  she kept telling me how beautiful of a face I have…just kept saying it.  Now, let me say that while I don’t have any self confidence issues and am happy with my appearance, I’ve never thought of myself as beautiful.  But to be honest, the way she was saying it while she was studying my features made me smile.  It wasn’t in a condescending way, more just a “that made my day” kind of way.  Does that make sense?


The trial went until about 745, and by that time I was borederline HANGRY (hungry+angry, it’s a dangerous place for me to reach).  I called Zach when I left and being the amazing man that he is, I came home to a fully prepped dinner of steak (farmer’s market), corn on the cob, and grilled zucchini.




Amazing!  Everything was so fresh and flavorful.  I love the market!


After dinner, I had a build up of anxious energy inside that needed to be let out :).  Between a long day at work followed by a longer-than-expected appointment and very little exercise today, I knew the only way to get my energy out was a quick work out.

Enter my favorite:  8 minute workouts!





Trust me, you would have been really impressed if Zach got a picture doing the 8 minute arms.  It’s amazing stuff…

So, my full work out of the day:

Workout of the Day

  • Seated hatha yoga – 45 minutes AM
  • Lunch yoga (done in our break room, but was a nice 30 minute break)
  • 8 minute abs, arms and buns.

I am sticking with taking it easy of running and really just listening to my body this week. . .  the plan this week may need to be a  little more flexible than normal, but we will see!  Hopefully no less than what I posted 🙂

Well — it’s now almost 10 here, so I think it’s time to eat myself a Cookie and head to bed soon.  Good night all!

What’s Making Me Smile (in photos)

First thing:  I brought leftovers of my  Zucchini Bread into work this morning, and it was gone before 10 AM :).

I love baking, hello I have the sweet tooth of a horse.  But I secretly love the “pat on the back” feeling I get when I watch people enjoying what I make.  Maybe I should open a bakery…wonder what Zach would think of that? 🙂

Living in the Moment and Enjoying It.

We’re in the thick of the wedding countdown: multiple appointments each week, deadlines, vendors asking for numbers, etc.  While it is crazy and hectic, I’ve been trying to live in the moment and soak it all in.  I only have 26 days left before I get married, and I want to soak up and really remember all of the excitement and anticipation I have.

And with that, some snap shots from those moments-in-between with the family and beautiful Denver… they’ve been making me smile and hopefully one or two of them make you smile a bit, too :).









Ahh…I smile just looking at them 🙂  How can you not love them? Maybe I should make it a weekly thing to do a little photo dump of the pictures that make me smile but maybe don’t make it up here.  What do you think?

TONIGHT is my hair and make up trial, so I’m not sure while time I’ll get back.  You know you’ll get an update when I do get back though 🙂

Question of the day:  What’s been making you smile lately??

Workouts for the Week August 12

Happy Monday everyone!  I miss the weekend already, but let’s get going this week and another weekend will be here before we know it 🙂

My body has a tendency to really feel miles after a month of so of consistent training.  When that happens, I try to respect that and incorporate more yoga into my daily routine and make my miles count when they’re squeezed in there.

With a sore body, and busy wedding schedule this week, I am (very tentatively) planning out my workouts for the week.

Workout Plan for the Week August 12

  • Monday: Yoga @ home …and as much of it as possible
  • Tuesday: Yoga @ home …and short strength training
  • Wednesday: 5-6 miles + yoga class in the PM
  • Thursday: 3 mile run and yoga @ home
  • Friday: Rest/Yoga
  • Saturday: Long run (75-90 minutes)
  • Sunday: Recovery run: 40 minutes



Question:  Is anyone else feeling the strains and pains of training right now?  What do you do when this happens?