October 22, 2014

Flora Focus || Katsuratree aka Cotton Candy Tree

Its been quite awhile since I have done a Flora Focus post and although this isn't a flower I really wanted to tell you about this tree! I briefly introduced it to you last fall in an outfit post and have been getting some blog views by people searching "tree that smells like cotton candy" so here is the full meet and greet post. Yes, Katsuratree really does smell like cotton candy when the leaves turn brown and fall. When I went to cut these branches, I was bombarded with the sweetest smell you would ever smell from a tree. The fall color is a vibrant yellow. You can easily spot it from far away. I really hope you have one of these trees near you so you can experience this.

Katsuratree
Botanical Name: Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Leaf: Rounded leaves with a point on the end. The margin (edges) has rounded teeth. Green in the summer and orangeish-yellow in the fall. Smells like cotton candy in the fall.

Have you gotten to experience this tree before? If not, I hope you get to soon!
Thanks for reading!
xo

October 20, 2014

Halloween Eyes | Tutorial

Halloween is creeping up on us pretty fast now and I don't know about you, but I have been wearing spider earrings, skeleton bows and anything else I can associated with this scary day. That includes a little darker eye than usual. So, I've got a simple Halloween eyes tutorial for you today. I want to make it super clear that I am not a makeup artist, I have no training what so ever in this subject. I probably put the products on in the wrong order or didn't use the right technique. Im just showing something that I came up with while playing around. So, here we go!

Start by priming your eyes so your eyeshadow stays put. 
Place a bright orange shadow all over your lids. I used one from the Coastal Scents Shimmer Palette. Really pack it on, so a little pops through when you put the black on. 
Next I used Nars Night Breed in the outer corner of my eye and blended that into the crease. 
To brighten the inner corners, I used a lighter orange from the same Coastal Scents Palette and also placed that underneath my bottom lashes. 
I took some more of the black shadow and blended that underneath the outer half of my bottom lashes and made sure to really blend it with the lighter orange. Make sure to keep the black to the outer half of the lashes. 
To help soften the black in the crease and underneath the brow, I took a light cream color and blended it with the black. Blend. Blend. Blend. 
Next I used an Urban Decay black eyeliner in my waterline and a liquid eyeliner on my eyelids. I would have created a cat eye, but my eyelids don't allow me to do that :( 
Finish off with some mascara and you are done! 
If you don't like the typical Halloween colors, you could easily use purple or green or any other color you wanted with the black.

Let me know if you create this look! I would love to know how it goes! Do you want to see more tutorials? This was my first one and I kind of enjoyed it.

Thanks for reading!
xo

October 14, 2014

L & G Wedding Florals

This weekends wedding was a complete success. I hope you want to look at tons of photos because that is what I have for you :) The bride wanted very loose, organic feeling arrangements in green foliage, purple dahlias and white roses. Her bouquet consisted only of 50 white roses and was so gorgeous. Not my typical style but looked amazing with her and the theme of her wedding. I am super happy with how everything turned out! Hopefully I will be getting the professional photos so I can share those with you as well, these should hold you over until then. Enjoy!

October 10, 2014

Pumpkins For Sale

I made it to my second pumpkin patch of the season. This was the most perfect day. The weather could not have been any better and we basically had the whole farm to ourselves. Craven Farm has a pumpkin patch, corn maze, little country store and a bunch of things for the kids to do. How amazing is that wall of pumpkins below!? I would love to have something like this at my house! Not quite sure where that would be, but ill figure it out. Pumpkins during the fall, flower pots during spring and summer and maybe little Christmas trees in the winter. I like that idea.

Have you been to any farms this fall? I still have 2 more to go!
Outfit Details
Dress, tights & booties || Target
Sweater || Bass
Photos by my Mom