Feb 27, 2014

Surprise! I'm Getting Married Tomorrow! #GettingMarried #ErikaWyatt

I waited so very long for the day when I could finally announce that our wedding day is no longer 7/26/2014 and I could not be happier. Last year, a lot of things happened that made me re-evaluate what was important in life. I decided to be more private, to do what makes me happy no matter what other people think and to live life with no regrets! I am happy to say that I have done all of that and more! Shortly before Christmas 2013, babe & I decided we wanted to forgo the huge wedding and start this next chapter of our lives on OUR terms. I never intended to having a huge wedding for the purpose of impressing everyone and have people judge whether I did a good enough job planning our wedding. I wanted to marry the love of life. I wanted to marry my best friend. I wanted it to be about God, him and I. And this was the first time...I felt it was about what it was supposed to be about anyway. Contrary to what some may think, Rico and I aren't flashy people. We love to make the most of life. We love eating good food, making awesome memories and remembering that life is too short to live with any regrets. I knew that if we threw this big wedding, I would get caught up in the process of planning and forget the person that would meet me at the altar. Rico & I have been committed to one another for a very long time but marrying him and being seen as one in the eyes of God....is the greatest gift I could have ever asked for. 

I know people will have their opinions and assume things they don't know...but I don't CARE! I really do not care! And it feels freaking AMAZING! 

With that said, my Mommy has arrived and today shared a very dear gift (or set of gifts) with me....she gave me a big box that had three smaller boxes inside and four cards that each contained a hand written note from her. I never imagined I would have my something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue at the same dang on time from the woman who raised me to be who I am! I didn't want to share them all, as they are very special...but my favorite was the something old because of what it was! Its nearly as old as I am! Who knew pearls and diamonds could keep so long?! haha! 

Because I didn't want to have a bridal shower, I didn't expect any gifts from anyone. As a matter of fact, I only did my registries because it was the thing to do but all I ever wanted was unconditional love and support...nothing more. That made the sentimental gifts from my Mom even more special. Not to mention, we prayed together tonight just as we did when I was a little girl. That was the ultimate gift and gave me the peace I needed to say 'I do' tomorrow!

Anyway, I want to let you all know that you can be happy. You can do things that are not the status quo and those that love you unconditionally will support you no matter what you decide to do! If they don't, they didn't care to begin with! Live your life, set your own rules and forget what anyone else things! As Shameless Maya says, DO YOU BOO! I am almost certain she will never know how much her campaign to change her own life has changed my life in the process! 

Here's a smile from the happy bride and wife-to-be! Run tell dat, as my Mommy says!

I will touch base with you all soon! 

Feb 24, 2014

Thank you! + Update

I wanted to thank each one of you for supporting my blog in my absence! I am heading into the last 5 weeks of my MBA program and I promise to have new & exciting content when I have the time! April 8, 2014 is my official last day of classes so you can expect a lot more from me after that date! Just wanted to also share some photos from the past few weeks! Hope you enjoy seeing that I am alive & very much doing well! 

Throwback Caricature of Babe & I from 2010
New floral arrangement for our kitchen table - I made it myself!
Beautiful sunset the other day
Headed into work on casual Friday! 
Some new shoes from Steve Madden by popular blogger, The Blonde Salad
Face of the Day (last Thursday)
One of my newest purchases from Anthropologie
Wall decal from Wise Decor
My beautiful wedding shoes that I finally located in a 40.5 at the Jimmy Choo store in Highland Park Village
Face of the Day and Selfie from last week
An embrace with honey on Valentine's Day

Feb 13, 2014

Wedding Day Nail Color - Orly's Lift the Veil (Gel Formula)

Ladies, I have found my wedding day nail color by a complete chance encounter and I wanted to share it with you! I decided on Orly GelFx Gel Nail Lacquer in Lift the Veil. How appropriate is that name? Given I won't be wearing a veil on my wedding day, the nail of this nail color gets me super excited! Do you like it? I wanted to shy away from the traditional french manicure that most brides wear, as it is something that is not my style. No shade to those who do it, as I think it looks very elegant and wedding day appropriate. But, being the super girly girl that I am...pink was very much a necessity! By the way, Orly also has this color in a non-gel formulation but I feel that it is not quite as pink as what I was looking for! 

Feb 3, 2014

Wedding Makeup SUCCESS!

I am happy to announce and scream to the world that I have finally found a professional makeup artist for my big day and I could not be more pleased with the results of our first trial! I have included some photos of the results! We decided to go with perfect skin, pink lip that is close to my natural color but has some berry undertones and a smokey eye! Not to mention, babe loved it! It is babe and bestie approved!

If you are married, what kind of look did you do for your wedding day? 

Personally, this look made me feel so very beautiful! I could not stop taking photos! The MAC Face & Body foundation in C7 and the Matchmaster foundation in 6.0 literally created the perfect canvas for flash photography! I am not looking forward to my bridal hair trial this week with my amazing stylist!

And yes, my faux fur gives me life when its cold enough to wear it...so get your life if its not your style! Everything is not for everybody!

"There will be haters, there will be doubters, there will be non-believers, and then there will be YOU, proving them wrong."

No filters or editing, just a Beat Face! Photos taken with flash