Dec 31, 2013

I, Erika Wyatt, hereby resolve to…

I, Erika Wyatt, hereby resolve to…

Live Boldly

Allow my heart to be more open to new friendships despite the disappointments of my past

Travel more often to the places I love

Reward myself for my accomplishments

Return to my Alma Mater for Homecoming 2014

…and that is it.

I personally do not believe in making this huge list of resolutions for the New Year that are unrealistic or that I will give up on. I resolve to do things that I am going to give my all towards! 

Prayers that your 2014 will be even better than 2013! I am ready to become his Mrs.

Dec 30, 2013

2013 Year in Review to Beyoncé 'XO'

Of course I struggled to include all the highlights from 2013...but this is just a brief year in review...made possible by my Flipagram app! You can check it out here.

Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to 'XO' by Beyoncé.

Thank you for sharing this incredible year with me! It was quite the journey!

I am very much looking forward to creating new memories in 2014 and taking to the next level!

Bridal Makeup Trial {Disaster} + End of 2013

Hey there beauties! 

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and well wishes following my post on the accident I was involved in on the day after Christmas. 

I would not say that I am 100 percent but I am definitely back to functioning normally. Naturally, I was terrified to drive and didn't drive again until mid-day on Saturday. I may or may not have mentioned before that I was considering having my makeup professionally done on my wedding day so I could relax and enjoy the company of my family and friends while getting ready. Both of the makeup artists that I wanted to hire are located in Louisiana (go figure!) I set out on a mission to find a reputable MUA in the Dallas area with a portfolio I could view to see if they could achieve the look I wanted. I literally could not find anyone I really liked but I found one person with the potential to make me look like I wanted to for my big day. Sadly, it did not work out. I was not a fan of the red tinted eyebrows, the lashes the MUA used, the incomplete winged eyeliner or the chola lips that she gave me. To her credit, the eyeshadow was blended to perfection and my contour was everything! However, I was very upset that Rico said I didn't even look like myself when he first saw me. While I would love to give someone else another try, I am strongly leaning towards doing it myself because I am the only person that truly knows what I like. The only other option that I could see myself being pleased with is flying in one of the makeup artists from Louisiana to beat this face. But, I just cant seem to justify that expense. Anyhow, enjoy some of the before and after photos below! I was planning to wear the look to Rico's birthday dinner so I had to make a lot of changes to get it to a place where I was happy with without taking it all off. 

No filters were used in any of these photos above and all were taken in natural light. Looking at these photos again since Saturday...I am convinced the eyebrows and lips photograph way lighter than how it looked in person. I personally think the entire looking would have looked wonderful on someone else...but I just didn't like it on me. Let me know your honest opinion! What do you think? I would think this look would be more appropriate for going out to party or something...not my big day! 

The lovely faux fur blanket my mother-in-law gifted us for Christmas with a matching throw pillow is super comfy. I literally was on the couch under this blanket all day Sunday! 

Headed out at some point this past weekend. Love my new cashmere beanie that I ordered from Blue Fly. Once I get a black beanie and a gray one, my winter cold weather accessories collection will be complete. 

Wore this midi dress from Urban Outfitters to my Bridal Makeup Trial on Saturday. Super comfy and stylish! 

I could not wait to wear this dress for babe's birthday dinner! I purchased it from Guess and I believe it is still available. May actually be on sale as well!


My Makeup after I changed it for dinner! 

"Now that's more like me! Had to get my eyebrows back to their normal shade, took off the lashes, put on some gel eyeliner from NARS and changed my lip color to the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rapture."

My daily protein shake: 1 scoop of protein powder (based on what you like), 1/2 frozen banana, 2 strawberries and 10 ounces of vanilla almond milk. We have quite a few protein powders we like, you can find one of them here.

Repainted my nails because I knew the pink would pop really well against my white dress! And it did! 

Be on the look out later for a 2013 Year in Review {video style}!

Dec 27, 2013

My Visit to the ER + Photo Roundup Five

First off, I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas Day and enjoyed time with your loved ones. Our Christmas was amazing and just as I expected it would be since it was our first Christmas in the new house. We decided earlier this year not to exchange gifts since we are getting married next year and purchased our first home this year. On Christmas Day, we went to see Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. It was an awesome movie and I am happy that we got to see it on opening day. Babe & I are considering hosting Christmas at our house next year since we live far away from both of our families.

All of that brings me to why I had to go to the ER. We didn't decorate for Christmas this year because it snuck up on us and I had not had the chance to find an artificial tree tall enough that I loved. Since babe had to work on the day after Christmas, I decided I would go out to find an artificial tree for next year (preferably between 7.5 and 9 feet). On the way to Target, I was rear ended and that changed everything. The only accident I have ever been involved in was as a passenger when I was a kid when my mom sustained a whiplash. I remember how traumatic that experience was for me and I was hoping that I would pull through just fine. After the adrenaline subsided, I began to feel a sharp pain in my right trapezius muscle. After calling my insurance company, they advised me to go to the ER since I have Personal Injury Protection on my policy. They wanted to make sure I had on record how I was feeling in case it got worse. Rico came home from work immediately and we spent 6+ hours on the day after Christmas in the ER. My happiness quickly turned to pain and sadness because I was just shocked something like that would happen so unexpectedly. At this moment, I am writing this blog post and waiting for my muscle relaxer that was prescribed to me to start working. If it doesn't work after 45 minutes, I have some instructions for step therapy that are meant to make me more comfortable. I told babe I would like to not have to take Hydrocodon, as its a very serious narcotic that I do not want to have in my system.

Anyway, I am going to use today to hopefully get back to feeling normal so I can make the most of the last weekend in 2013. Tomorrow I go for my bridal makeup consultation and then I have to pick up some cupcakes for babe's birthday dinner tomorrow night. 

It is so crazy how your life can change in an instance. While I had planned to return to work today to get some things done before NYE, I am at home in bed trying to recover from an accident. I had even planned to film videos yesterday after I got home from picking out a tree, but that didn't happen either.

Here are some photos from the past few days:

My Bestie's second Christmas gift is ready to be gifted! We will probably do lunch early next week to catch up, maybe even this weekend so that I can see my niece!

Christmas Eve (before I changed for the second time). My hair is really growing out nicely and I can't wait to see how my stylist will style it for the wedding! 

Christmas Eve lunch at Whiskey Cake in Plano, Texas was quite the treat!

I have been thoroughly enjoying fixing my own oatmeal using almond milk! Its a lot healthier and allows me to control my sodium and sugar intake better. 

Christmas Day before we headed to the movies to see Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. I am completely bare faced because I have been trying to clear my skin of a breakout I have before my bridal consultation on Saturday! 

Car Selfie while on the way to the movies.

I wore this beautiful necklace from Shop Lately on Christmas Day!

Since babe & I finally found my favorite red wine at Whole Foods, we shared the bottle over dinner on Christmas Day. Next time, we will get two. 

This was our Christmas dinner for two. Kept it very simple since its only us! 
4 oz. filet mignon with a side of grilled asparagus

The dress I decided to wear for babe's birthday dinner tomorrow instead of the lace black dress I originally picked out! 

Before we headed out for Christmas Eve.

The day after Christmas before I headed out for morning errands.

I managed to pick up two cool white mini lights (the twinkling ones) at Target for 50% off! This happened during my morning run to Target, which was way before I was rear ended!

My run to Bath & Body Works (which was totally CRAY, lines out the door)!

Christmas Eve morning! 

My Earrings from Bauble Bar that I wore on Christmas Eve.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Until next time...

Dec 25, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013!

I wanted to wish each of you that come and visit my blog a very Merry Christmas! I am so blessed that in 2013, I was able to grow this platform and touch so many lives. Be sure to remember what the season is all about and don't lose sight of that! Wishing you all a blessed Christmas holiday with your loved ones! 

Dec 22, 2013

❣ Photo Roundup Four ❣

Hey there beautiful girls! I hope that you are all doing well. I know that I am long overdue for a blog post so I figured I would share all my photos since my last photo roundup! I have been very busy with work, wedding planning and working out...that I have not had time to do much else. As far as working out, I felt like I had plateaued with my workouts. I wasn't losing/gaining weight or lowering my body fat percentage, so I decided to change things up quite a bit. I digress! I will get back to this topic a little later!

I have been totally obsessed with this floppy wool hat from Urban Outfitters. I cannot wait to have a reason to wear it. Today was definitely a cold enough day to wear it but I stayed indoors today because of the 30 degree temperatures! 

My bestie is the absolute sweetest ever for gifting me the Naked 3 palette as an early birthday gift. Long story short, we are doing two gifts each this year because we managed to not keep the first one a secret. We will more than likely exchange our second gifts in the new few days before she heads to Austin for Christmas.

Ordered this lace black dress below for Rico's birthday dinner! I love my Capricorn so I have to look fine for his birthday! We have celebrated so many birthdays together and he always manages to make me feel like a now its my turn to return the favor...and treat him like the king that he is. I love having him as the head of our household. I wouldn't have it any other way.

I am long OVERDUE for a haul video! I just haven't had the opportunity to film because it was pretty gloomy during the day yesterday. Since I am off the day after Christmas and honey is not, I may film some videos that day to have in reserve for gloomy days! Stay tuned!

Selfie love.

My Saturday morning workout was a beast! First I did 20 minutes on the elliptical, followed by an hour plus long workout alone and with my dear friend & personal trainer, JB. I gave it all I had and left nothing on the table! I am truly ready to take my body to the next level!

After my workout, I was extremely sore from the core I threw on a striped shirt from J. Crew Factory and my sweats that were part of the Phillip Lim for Target collection.

My weekend was MADE during our trip to Whole Foods. Babe managed to find my most favorite brand of wine probably in the entire world. I have not had this wine since I visited Maryland and my sister put me onto it years ago! I should've known that of all places Whole Foods would have it. Usually red wines give me a headache but not Stella Rosa! 

Ab progress after only about one week of changing things up! I must say that I never thought I would see ab definition again. Not because it was not possible but because I wasn't willing to leave the White Chocolate Mochas and Caramel Fraps behind. I am happy to say that I have not had either one in over a week and with increasing my protein has made all the difference. Stay tuned because I am determined to be in the BEST SHAPE of my life in 2014. I no longer want to be skinny because that is genetic! I want to be FIT! And that is what I am committing to. It will be hard because I am such a foodie but I am a very determined person when I focus. 

I have been craving pasta but I knew that I could not intake the carbs if I wanted to stay on track. So, I decided to make eggplant parmigiana using ground buffalo since it more lean (contains less fat) than ground turkey. It turned out freaking delicious! I have had at least two servings today! The recipe was inspired my Mankofit's Instagram so check it out here.

Decided to finally give myself a mani since I will be getting my hair professionally done this week so I don't have to worry about chipping my polish during washing or styling. I used Zoya's Pinta and Daul (accent nail only). The photos below are both with and without flash so you can see the true color in both kinds of lighting. 

I am ending my Sunday night comfy and in my PJs. Normally I don't wear Wildfox tees to bed but I am missing NYC so I figured I would wear it to bed tonight. Despite the weather this summer when we visited there, we have an awesome trip! Not much going to happen tonight other than me stretching because I have a core routine to do in the morning, in addition to my cardio.

For some reason, the photos totally uploaded out of order so the photos below happened way before some of the others! lol!

I vowed to keep him to myself but I am sure one photo won't hurt! And yes, he smiles! And I make him smile, quite often I might add. With his fine self! Okay, I am done! Love of my life & I before our wedding cake tasting! 

Tried the whole curling wand thing again and I don't think it was a complete fail! And I got to show my forehead, which is always a ++! God gave it to me so I might as well flaunt it when I see fit! *two snaps*

I am fallen in love with my Beats Wireless headphones! They have most certainly helped to keep me focused at the office during the day because I am able to block out all the noise! I have yet to use them for video editing but I feel like I will get that opportunity this week! :) 

Can we all just stop and acknowledge how freaking GORRRRGEOUS Joan Smalls is? Okay, yes we can! Talk about WOMAN CRUSH! HELLO! Like, if I could meet her...I know that moment would be pretty epic!