For my best friend’s wedding last weekend, I decided to save some money and do my own makeup. I needed to get a little something for my eyebrows (safe to say my relationship with my eyebrows is long and complicated and merits its own post), so I popped over to the MAC counter to grab some tinted brow gel (as recommended by a friend after she saw what I did to my face with an eyebrow pencil). Where I totally spent twice as much on makeup I didn’t know I needed as I would have spent getting my makeup done by a professional. BUT. The brow gel is amazing and I’m finding that I much prefer it to the eyebrow pencil I didn’t know how to use properly. Definitely recommend it if you need a little eyebrow relationship therapy. As for how my DIY makeup turned out at the wedding, I’d say it turned out good enough, and that my exceptionally voluminous updo distracted from any sort of blemishes I might have missed. Plus, let’s get real: no one’s looking at the bridesmaids.

The House That Lars Built | Birthday Cake Chandelier The House That Lars Built | Birthday Cake Chandelier

For all the wonderful people in my life celebrating birthdays this week: a birthday cake chandelier!

Jenny’s shop has me ready for fall.

15 career tips from smart women.

I’m in love with Ken Heyman’s photos of mothers.

Maybe I’m a little biased, but I am sitting here drooling over The Bumblebee’s fall menu.

I don’t even know what I’d do with this, but a sticky note made of tracing paper sounds like something I should probably have around.

What happens when we stop using keyboards?

A shirt for introverts.

This chandelier is almost an Anthropologie parody, but I kind of love it.

Snarkiest college rankings ever from, who else, McSweeney’s.

Oh Marilyn, what an icon.

How to make a peanut butter cup the size of a pizza. Are you serious.


In case you missed it, this week on Snippet & Ink:

Romantic, sigh-inducing garden wedding in Seattle.
At-home something blue wedding in Virginia.
Intimate vintage-inspired wedding in Northern California.
Festive destination wedding in Sayulita, Mexico.
Some frameworthy photos.
And we continue our Words to Love By series.


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Today I’m heading up to Sonoma for my best friend’s wedding, and all I can think about is how excited I am that she found such an awesome guy to spend her life with, and how fun it’s going to be seeing friends who live far away, and dancing the night away with my hubby. Mariam, if you’re reading this (why are you reading this?! get off the internet!), these are my hopes for your wedding day: I hope you laugh and breathe and don’t forget to eat something. I hope you feel more beautiful than you’ve ever felt in your life. I hope you pause before you walk down the aisle and take it all in – the garden, the sun, the faces of the people there. I hope you feel the love bubble around you and Pete as you hold hands and meet eyes and vow forever. I hope your post-ceremony photos go by quickly, and that you take your heels off as soon as possible and get on the dance floor. I hope napkins and table runners never cross your mind. I hope your wedding day is magical, but I hope it’s nothing compared to what comes next. I love you! Now seriously, get off the internet.

The rest of you, stick around for weekend links!

Waen Geometric Terrarium Waen Geometric Terrarium

Lovely terrarium, no moss needed.

Oh my. This Art Nouveau-inspired headdress is incredible. (Actually, all of the images from Givenchy Haute Couture Spring 1997 are spectacular. Google it.)

Yogurt panna cotta is happening for breakfast.

Bill Murray drove a Bay Area taxi (this is pretty much the best thing I’ve read all week).

This sticker club was created with kids in mind, but I’m a child of the 80’s. All sticker clubs were really made for me. via Babyccino

Vietnamese-inspired coffee granita sounds real good.

Maybe my favorite reason for a traffic jam ever.

These beautiful things are power outlets!

This sort of thing really bums me out. Use a little common sense people! via

Can we please see more fancy Rice Krispy treat monograms?

Down with guilty pleasures!

Yesterday’s Pretty Pins post was all about apples, but somehow I missed these apple pie biscuits. YUM!

These perfectly minimalist coffee mugs want to come live with me.

In the market for some fun new flats. Maybe these (grown-up jellies!)? Or these?

Giant bow gift wrap (I’m looking at you, Kara).


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Did I tell you that I’m doing the Couch to 5K program? Somehow I got the idea into my head that I wanted to take up running, despite having next to zero athletic ability or interest, and hanging on to some baby weight (it’s not actually baby weight; it’s newlywed weight – that’s a thing right? even though I’ve been married almost 4 years?). And since my main motivator in life is not looking stupid in front of other people, I signed up to run a 5K in December, then downloaded the Couch to 5K app. Let’s just say I’m glad I gave myself 16 weeks to do a 9 week program.

Basically I’m telling you this so that you’ll tell me you were once also totally out of shape until you did a similar program and it was hard but worth it and now you’re a Runner and not just someone who shuffles along sort of quickly (which is what running looks like when I do it). Thanks!

In totally unrelated news, did you see our new series, Words to Love By? I think it’s going to be the loveliest way to end the week. Except for weekend links, of course…

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Desert rainbow.

Smitten with Anna Church‘s Insignia series.

Would love to wear this sweet skirt to a party.

And this dress to a fancier party.

Get your office in shape with good lookin’ file storage.

Too early for maple-apple upside down cake?

This is my kind of DIY: swirl some paint around in a jar and done.

I don’t usually pay much attention to celebrity weddings, but I’m in love with what Angelina wore to wed.

Also, a bride in separates? Beautiful.

How would you describe yourself in five words?

An updo for shorter hair.

Erin is killing me with her wisdom lately. The Choice, and The Myth of Effortless.

Would you carry this Marry Me book clutch on your wedding day? Or maybe engagement party? Ooh! Rehearsal dinner!

I love lockets and charms and obviously I want one of these necklaces.


In case you missed it, this week on Snippet & Ink:

Retro glamour meets garden romance.
Rainy day wedding inspired by Jane Austen.
Plus their full wedding ceremony.
Ribbons and bows for your wedding.
A calligraphy and art workshop with Stephanie Fishwick.
A new series: words to love by.


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In an effort to improve our post-baby social life, Ryan and I had the idea to start hosting Sunday get togethers for our friends. I love planning menus and cooking for lots of people (though I usually forget something important and find myself scrambling at the last minute), and having people over is great motivation to make our house look less like it’s inhabited by frat boys. Thankfully our friends are generally pretty forgiving when they’re well-fed… Anyway, we’re kicking it off this weekend, and against all advice, I’m trying a couple new recipes for dessert: berry hand pies and sweet corn ice cream. Wish me luck! And have a nice, long weekend!

Bon Appetit Blueberry Hand Pies Bon Appetit Blueberry Hand Pies


These pretzel earrings are too cute!

Amy Merrick does it again.

If I could sew, I’d sew this ink-dyed clutch.

I’m married to a life coach which means there’s no getting out of doing a life audit. Also probably pair designing.

Anyone know where I can find these adorable little strawberry bonbons in the States?

Paul Simon’s rendition of “Surfer Girl” is so beautiful and sweet.

Mojito ice cubes would be perfect in a glass of lemonade.

Loving these unique rings by Mociun.

Always a fan of a city hall wedding.

How sweet are these Little Prince pop-up cards?! (via Sara’s Pinterest)

I rarely venture outside the realm of little black swimsuits, but this minty number might just convince me.

What did I say? It wouldn’t be Friday without at least one s’mores recipe.


And, in case you missed it on the blog this week:

Elegant ranch wedding in shades of blue, and the couple’s favorite pics.
Peachy wedding in Rhode Island.
Perfect pearl earrings for the bride.
A camp-themed wedding, plus the couple’s favorite pics.
School-themed wedding ideas.


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Fridays used to be days when I shared a little about what was going on with me, and then some fave links from my web browsing that week, and then (cliché warning) I had a baby and had a hard time coming up with things to say. Certainly part of that could be attributed to baby brain and lack of sleep and not being able to think straight long enough to form complete sentences even in simple face-to-face interactions. But I think it’s also partly due to the fact that a huge part of my life now revolves around Caroline, and I’m a) not sure how much of her I want to share with the internets and b) not sure how much the internets wants to hear about mama/baby stuff. Or at least, not here on a wedding blog. Also, if I’m being honest, it’s Friday. Doesn’t your brain just kind of want to kick back and have a cocktail, because mine does. I still want to do some more personal writing in some form or another; these weekend link round-ups just aren’t the place for it, and I’m not quite sure where is.

So, while I’m figuring that out, please enjoy these links, and have a lovely weekend! And if you’ve actually read all of this and have a (kindly-worded) opinion, I’m all ears!

The Bumblebee Street Sweets The Bumblebee Street Sweets

If you’re in Denver you have to check out The Bumblebee Truck! Okay, okay, it’s my sister’s dessert truck (yes that’s her, she’s adorable, it’s annoying), and that’s why I can tell you: the sweets are insanely good! Pic by Christina McNeill.

I don’t have a Cricut but these shadow puppets make me want one.

Chic leather clutch for a chic bride.

How to bake a bread balloon.

Inspired by this hairstylist who spends his Sundays cutting hair for the homeless.

The long term affects of bad news.

New snack that I wasn’t sure about but now I’m kind of addicted: Toasted Sesame + Seaweed Popcorn.

Beyoncé wasn’t built in a day. This definitely needed to be put on a t-shirt.

A simply modern wedding announcement.

And a simply darling wedding invitation.

What is this leaf? Amazing!

It wouldn’t be weekend links without a s’more recipe. Or two. Introducing: peanut butter s’mOreos and s’mores pretzel hand pies.


And, in case you missed it on the blog this week:

Romantic autumn wedding in New York from Trent Bailey.
How to build an awesome wedding welcome bag.
Timeless Russian wedding in Chicago from Clary Pfeiffer.
Moody fruit and floral centerpiece from Sarah Winward.
Perfect polka dot inspiration.


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All opinions are my own.

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