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Always, Always, Always The Bridesmaid #1

I have had the pleasure of being asked to participate in the bridal party of FOUR weddings in the last few years. One of these nuptial events already took place last year, but I have three coming up to look forward to! I am blessed with some truely awesome friends, and each wedding experience I get to be a part of is a new and exciting learning experience for me about friendship, event planning and of course: love.

I thought it would be fun to write a little series about the upcoming and past wedding celebrations I have been a part of as a bit of a ‘Bridesmaid Diary’ I can look back on, since these are such special and fleeting memories I never want to lose.

That being said, here are some photos from the first wedding I had the pleasure of being a part of: The wedding of Becky Sue Means & Matthew Means! These two tied the knot on May 26, 2013 and have since expanded their brood (which already includes 2 adorable fur babies) and are expecting a bundle of joy arriving in August 2014. 🙂

Here is a photo compilation of my experience in The Means Wedding festivities from start to finish, I can’t believe it has already been almost a year!

Flashback to Becky’s Birthday, right after she got engaged! She’s sporting her new bling and we’re all excited to celebrate. From left to right: Lisa, Myself, Becky & Stephanie

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Next item, Engagement Party!

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Becky, Lisa and I at the Engagement Party. Lisa and I accidentally matched and inadvertently accidentally both wore the wedding colors… funny how things work out. 🙂

Next up, Bridal Shower! We went with a CANDYLAND theme!

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Panty Line

Shower Bridesmaids

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The bridal shower was a huge success and everyone had a great time. A few months later, it was time to get crazy in Vegas for the Bachelorette Party!

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We had a lovely suite at The Venitian and spent time by the pool during the day and went out for dancing and drinks at night. Vegas did Becky right that weekend LOL.

A few short weeks later it was time to get Becky down the aisle and in to wedded bliss. Here are some of the moments from that day…

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Hotel room bridesmaid fun!

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Dressing Becky

Getting Becky dressed…

Hotel Pose

More poses in the room.

Candid Hair

Candid Pose, Great Hair Shot

Check out my cool hair!

Bridesmaids Pre Ceremony

Posing before the processional.

Maid of Honor Walk

Walking in with the Best Man.

Candid Ceremony

Ceremony candid.

Walking In

Walking in the reception hall with the Best Man.

New Mr & Mrs

Greeting the new Mr. & Mrs. to the reception.

Toast

My Maid of Honor Speech!

Bouquet

Bouquet Toss: I wanted Lisa to get it!

Boogie 1

Getting our boogie on on the dance floor.

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Boogie 3 

Boogie 4

Bridesmaids Formal

Formal photos with the bridal party.

Formal Pose

MOH Pose MOH Stare

Becky and I having a moment, I love these shots!

Favors

Wedding favors

Food

They had Ruby’s cater the food, yum!

Flowers

The flowers.

Theme

Centerpieces and wedding theme.

Cake

Becky with the gorgeous cake maker (and my neighbor) Shelly!

Car Pose

Getting the Mr. & Mrs. ready to ride off in to the sunset.

PUG Feature

So much fun! We did the ‘Bridesmaids’ pose and got featured on Pinup Girl Clothing’s Instagram as their PUG Pinup of the Day!

For all those interested, the entire bridal party’s hair was done by Lissette Castaneda, the dress is here from Pinup Girl Clothing and my makeup was done by me. Becky’s makeup was done by the lovely and talented Christina Cofran!

I hope you all enjoyed these photos from the  Means’ Wedding! Like I mentioned before, I have two weddings coming up this summer I have the pleasure to serve in the bridal party of and another wedding next fall I will also be a bridesmaid in, so this is the first post of MANY wedding related blogs. 🙂

Always, always, ALWAYS the bridesmaid (never the bride) but that’s A OK in my book!

Thank you all for spending some time reading and I hope you’re having an amazing day!

struts, stumbles, hugs & kisses- Nicole

Birchbox customer service is AMAZING

HOLY CUSTOMER SERVICE.
Had the best experience of my life this morning with Birchbox.

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I ordered 2 full sized products with Birchbox  last week using some points I had been saving up. The products arrived last night and when I opened my package this morning I was disappointed to see one of of the items was damaged. 🙁 After collecting myself, I noticed a card in the box with a customer service number on it so I didn’t fret too long.
I called their customer service and after a brief hold, they immediately offered to send out a new product for me, told me to keep the damaged item AND gave me 100 points ($10) in their shop as an apology for my shipment not arriving in perfect condition. I was floored.
Not two minutes later, I was also already sent an apology email and let me know that the replacement product order had been placed and will arrive shortly. Talk about a speedy recovery!
A+ for Birchbox
These guys really know how to keep their customers happy and I am NEVER going to cancel my subscription with them now. Take notice people, this is the customer service of the future. SO IMPRESSED.

If you too would like to join Birchbox, please use my referral code as I earn rewards for telling my awesome friends about their awesome service. Code here: http://birch.ly/18oBwrf

As if I really need to say it, but this experience was a breath of fresh air from Birchbox and I would definitely categorize it as a STRUT.

Have you ever had a customer service experience that WOW-ED you? Do you also think Birchbox is amazing? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, thank you all for reading and I hope you’re having an amazing day.

struts, stumbles, hugs & kisses- Nicole

Ipsy July 2013

Back in May, I signed up for Ipsy after much indecisive contemplation throughout the few months prior. And damn was I glad I did, the May Glam Bag was ridiculously amazing. And lucky, lucky me… each Glam Bag following my subscription has been amazing as well 🙂

Basically Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service curated by Michelle Phan and a collection of other YouTube beauty gurus. For $10 a month, plus tax, a Glam Bag is delivered to your doorstep filled with 4-6 beauty items ranging from sample sized to full-size pieces, all sweetly packaged in an adorable makeup bag to store it all in. The products and bag all change monthly and are based on your individual needs as per the Ipsy style survey that is completed when you sign up for the service. Ipsy almost constantly has a wait list to subscribe, which is a bit of a pain, but it never seems to take more than a month or so to become a subscriber and when you do,  it is oh, so WORTH IT.

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The theme of this month’s Glam Bag was Beach Beauty and Ipsy hit the nail on the head with their product offerings for this beachy bag.

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The first item in my bag was the Coola Mineral Suscreen Tinted Moisturizer. The sample size is generous, the formula is creamy and the pigment is a good match for my skin tone with a slight yellow base. I’m a sunscreen NUT and have been experimenting with more natural products, so this item will be exciting to try out!

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I have never heard of this brand before, but the color is so sassy and bright, I am really looking forward to trying out this Nailtini laquer in the shade “Mai Tai.” Not going to get a mani with this one, but this is SO a poppin’ pedi color. Photos when it happens 🙂

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This item made my pink Glam Bag package SO FULL! The Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray smells like summer and has an awesome trigger spray delivery method which makes it so simple to mist my locks into beachy submission. I did an on camera trial of this product in my Ipsy unboxing video if you would like to see how it works on my hair.

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The next item in my Glam Bag is the California Collection sampler from BH Cosmetics. This mini pallet features one shadow shade from each of the California Collection pallets including ‘Hollywood’, a deep matte indigo, ‘San Francisco,’ a beautiful metallic rust (I’m thinking this is going to be a lovely crease color), and ‘Malibu,’ a vibrant glittery gold. I’m looking forward to trying all three in a summery, beachy look and will post it up as soon as I do.

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The last subscriber item in my Glam Bag this month was a full-sized Pouty Pop Crayon from Pop Beauty. The color is vibrant and goes on smoothly without leaving the lips creasy or over glossed. The best part about this crayon is NO SHARPENING necessary! 🙂 The crayon just twists up to deliver more color, a genius invention if I do say so myself.

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Thanks to a few of my friends signing up for Ipsy last month using my referral code, I was sent an addition bonus item! (THANK YOU BRITTNEY AND KIM!!) The bonus item was this nail laquer from the Nicole collection from OPI… how fitting 🙂 The color is a rich metallic purple which screams fall, so I’ll likely be stashing this gorgeous baby until the weather starts cooling down and I can rock it in the appropriate season.

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This is a quick snap of the bag all these products came in this month. Ipsy has been REALLY stepping it up with their bags lately. This month’s bag is a clear pink plastic barrel shape, a completely new and fresh look for the traditional makeup bag. Bravo, Ipsy 😀

So that’s a wrap on my Ipsy bag this month! I have been a subscriber for 3 months now and for my mere $10 investment, this is a heap of fun, useful items that I can’t wait to try!

If you would like to sign up for Ipsy, please click my referral link. The bags are great, the products are awesome, and the Ipster community is a great place to find fresh new ways to switch up your beauty routine.

Until next time, thank you all for reading my post and I hope you’re having an amazing day.

struts, stumbles, hugs & kisses- Nicole

My unboxing of Ipsy July 2013!

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