With less than three months to the big day, I’m digging in to my diet and exercise pretty hardcore at this point.
I’ve entered into the ugly calorie-restriction phase of the diet, and so far, so good—I’ve lost about six pounds since Christmas and clothes are fitting better. Plus, I’ve actually got more energy, which goes to show…when you stop eating ALL the cookies, you actually feel better.
But along with that diet, and my six workouts a week, I’ve started something totally new—an intense (for me) beauty/skincare routine.
We all want to look as beautiful as possible on our wedding days, and that often means going all out on the beauty treatments. A word of caution: there are some beauty treatments you will want to skip close to your big day because they may make things worse, not better! … read more
All brides want to look good on their wedding days, and many equate this with looking thinner. However, sometimes people will go to extreme and harmful lengths to do this. While many brides attempt to lose weight before walking down the aisle, some do it in dangerous ways by harmfully restricting calories. This is not only unhealthy, but also counterproductive. … read more
As my countdown to W-Day gets ever shorter, and I get ever more nervous, I am trying to distract myself with fun stuff…like wedding hairstyles! (and some last minute shopping, because that always makes one feel much better).
I knew I wanted to have my hair up on my wedding day, as a) my hair is not super thick and becomes annoying quickly, and b) I felt my ensemble and general aesthetic for the day called for a sophisticated updo rather than bohemian waves.
My sister was also having trouble deciding, but we solved that one quickly.
I had a hair trial last month, and these pics are similar to what I asked for:
And then pin it all up and get it out of my face because it’s driving me NUTS.
Seriously—I have long, thick, heavy hair that doesn’t like to hold a curl, or do much of anything for that matter. So when it comes to wedding-day hair, I’m using my everyday approach: get it the hell out of my face.
Even when I wear it down, I find a way to keep it out of my face. | Me in red, MOH K in white
…yeah, that’s cliche. But let’s talk about part one of the wedding beautification grand master plan: fitness.
And to be clear, not everyone’s going to like this post. I’m talking about pole dancing (gasp) and body image and my own personal weird diet.
Because let’s be honest…I really do want to look my best at the wedding, and not just for the pictures. I want to feel beautiful, and that’s always been an uphill battle for me.
Story of my life. Thanks, Pinterest. | Image via vanessa_mmm
You see, over the course of my adult life, my weight has gone up and down like a yo-yo. And for the past five years, I’ve been pretty good at keeping it down-ish, but I have trouble seeing the good. Instead, I look in the mirror and see the exhausted, out-of-shape, 235 pound woman I was.
This is your time to be a star. You get to be the center of attention at every shower, party, and pre-wedding festivity. Staring inside your closet worrying about what to wear shouldn’t be on your list of to-do’s.
Whether it was due to my extensive Barbie collection, Disney princesses, or The Patriarchy in general, I can’t deny that I was very much into beauty rituals and products quite early on. Age five: I loved watching my mom do her makeup. Age 11: I would spend hours cruising the cosmetics aisles with my best friend at the ol’ Drug Emporium. Today: I’ll defend to the death a woman’s right to not wear makeup/shave/groom according to ridiculous cultural standards…but I still delight in indulging in this silly stuff from time to time, and especially love reading about others’ recommendations and advice. If you do, too, here’s a look at what I’ve been experimenting with regarding wedding beauty prep.
HEALTH. I am currently on Day 19 of Whole30, which is basically the worst but it certainly gets results quickly. It’s very similar to Paleo—I’ve cut out grains, dairy, sugar, and alcohol, which are normally my four food groups. As much as I miss donuts and cheese and bourbon, this (along with consistent running and some weights/yoga) is helping me with some of the pesky weight I’ve wanted to lose for ages.