Thursday, February 28

hello, hi, howaya?

Sorry I've been MIA!  

I've been working on revamping the blog and haven't actually BLOGGED in awhile.  I just wanted to check in and say hello, hi, howaya?, see ya soon, peace out, and ttyl... all at the same time.

New things coming soon!  I'm really excited!!

Friday, February 22


Is it just me, or does bacon sound really good right now? IHOP anyone? 
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 21

The Selby

Have you heard of The Selby?  

The Selby is a website, filled with photos of the homes & businesses of some fantastic people.  I have to remind myself to stay away from this site while I'm at work or I won't get anything done...

The Selby Great Photography

Tuesday, February 19

Are You an Instagrammer?

How does everyone feel about Instagram?  Do you all have an "Insta" account?

My friends are obsessed with it, but I struggle to find things in my daily life that I remember to take pictures of.  I think I might also have the problem of being a little bit boring... I find myself wanting to photograph my lunch every day, but find that people are always poking fun at "foodstagrammers". I just want to respond and say "I do what I want!"

I don't know... social media can be a bit above my head sometimes....

What do you think?

Give me a follow @becskar so we can be friends there, too!  I need "instaspiration".

Monday, February 18

My Dream Job Would Be...

Sometimes when I am at work, I like to daydream about jobs that I wish I had.  I like to imagine that money is no object (maybe an unknown & wealthy relative has died and left me their estate..? Or maybe we win the lottery...) and that I could work wherever I wanted to.

I think the job that would make me the most happy would be to work at a zoo.  Yep, that's right.

A Zoo.  

I know that I would fit right in.  I picture myself wearing some great safari gear, kind of like Scarlett in "We Bought a Zoo", and I would know everything about every single animal there. I would spend my days feeding the giraffes, giving the elephants a bath, and bantering with the guest.  Someone else would take care of the nasty that comes back out of the animals... that job is not for me.

I'm sure that's not really how working at a zoo would be, but this is my dream job.
I create it how I want it. ;)

Comment below and share what your dream job would be! Blogging is about sharing, and I want to get to know my followers better, too!

Sunday, February 17

I Said Yes to the Dress!

How's that for a cliche title?  But yes, it's true!

Yesterday was a great day. I went dress shopping at Veronica Michaels in Spanish Fork (Utah).  This shop is really special to me.  I absolutely ADORE the owner, Leslie.  I have been purchasing dresses from her, and practically only her, for over 5 years (we figured that out yesterday), and was so excited to be able to have that be my first wedding dress stop.

It was also really great to have 4 of my best friends there: two of my roommates (and best friends since Jr.High -- See Photo Below), my mom, and my 8 year old baby sister. Couldn't have been more perfect!

Well, I am happy to announce that I found my dream dress yesterday! It was the 2nd gown I tried on, which is ironic because my ring is actually the 2nd ring I tried on. But holy hannah, is this dress gorgeous. It's an ivory sheath gown.  It's really neat because it's actually in two pieces.  The lining is a gorgeous satin, and you can actually wear it on it's own if you REALLY wanted to, and the 2nd piece is a stunning lace overlay with applique and crystals. I can hardly stand how perfect it is. Leslie pinned it up to fit me like a glove, as she always does... she's amazing, is doing alterations and getting it perfect for my big day. I am seriously ecstatic.

I would post a picture of it on the sample model, but I'm afraid that Trev would see it, and I want him to be completely surprised when he sees me for the first time... we're going very traditional for this wedding of ours! So you'll all just have to wait a few months for pictures. :)

I really just wanted to share that exciting news. Usually I take a break from blogging over the weekend, but this news was too exciting to not share!  Hope everyone is enjoying their last day of weekend!

Thursday, February 14

A Valentines Post for Trevor

Happy Valentines Day, Trev!  

I'm so excited this is our 2nd Valentines Day, and am excited for 100 more to come!  Want to know some things I love about you?

* You are hilarious.  Always making me laugh (or at least trying... sorry I get grumpy sometimes).

* You put up with my picture taking.  I know you don't love it (see above photo...), but you still let me take your picture, because you know it's important to me.

* You are so selfless and loving.  I know for a fact that you would do ANYTHING for me.  You are the same way with your family, friends, and even coworkers.  You are so kind.

* You are extremely determined, dedicated, and hardworking.  You are putting in so much overtime at work to provide for us & to work towards the position you want at the company.  I know you will always provide for us and our little future family.

* You are so handsome.  I also love that you care about the way you look.  You always look your best no matter what we're doing.  It also doesn't hurt that you love the gym. ;)

* You are a gentleman through and through.

I love you as much as two rockets going opposite directions in space. You are the love of my life, and I can't wait to marry you on August 2nd. It's going to be unreal!

Happy Valentines Day, Babe! Love, your Becca Boo.

Wednesday, February 13

Chad Braithwaite is Shooting my Wedding!!

Hey there! How is everyone's week going to far?

Wednesday, or "hump day", is my favorite day of the week.  I love that I have 2 days behind me, and 2 days ahead of me before the weekend.

I'm especially excited today, because Trev & I booked our photographer last night.  Chad Braithwaite at Faces Photography will be doing all of our photos for the wedding and I am BEYOND excited.  I think Trevor is getting sick of listening to me talk about how relieved I am that Chad is going to be doing our photos.

Chad Braithwaite Faces Photography

Check out his site here.  And if you ever decide to book him for head shots, family photos, or your wedding, let him know that I sent ya and he'll make sure you're extra taken care of.

Actually, he'd probably do that anyway. He's that great. 

But anyway, I just wanted to express my love & joy for getting Chad booked for photos, and to wish everyone a happy hump day!

Friday, February 8

Thursday, February 7

Emotional Roller Coaster & A Makeover

After reading my previous post, you may think that I'm an emotional roller coaster.  Why? Well, because today I am on the opposite side of the spectrum and am over the moon about this coming year.

A few things may have contributed to this 'tude change:

a. Wonderful and thoughtful comments from dear friends.
b. A phone call with my momma.
c. A tough personal decision I made last night, that made me feel like an empowered woman.

Also, the sun is shining, and that always is a good thing.

On another note, as I've been pondering I've been thinking about giving myself a top to bottom makeover.  This is not a good time to do this, as I need to save, save, save!  However, what better time to look & feel your best than right before your wedding?  Yep, it's happening.

Here are some recent finds that have gotten me excited to get this thing going, as well as some of my beauty products that I will never stray from.

Andrea, Almay, Wet n Wild, L'Oreal


Click on images for details.*

The most important thing to me is making sure that my skin looks good. I used to have really bad acne on my cheeks, and still have some remaining scarring and bumps, so I need that COVERED. I love, love, LOVE L'Oreal's foundation.  I use their True Match foundation mixed with a tiny bit of moisturizer to give me a good color and enough moisture to not dry out.  I get really dry skin very easily, especially during the winter.

I also use their compact makeup two shades darker as a bronzer.  Lately, I haven't been bronzing quite as much, just along the forehead and the sides of my nose.  I use this powder foundation instead of a bronzer because I hate feeling like a vamp from the Twilight series.  No glittery face here, please!

The blush I use and will ALWAYS use, is Wet N Wild's Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink. It's perfect for my skin.  I've been going a little heavier with the blush lately, and Trevor is always commenting on how he loves the way I've been doing my makeup.  It makes me feel glamorous.

As far as eyes go, I will always apply my eyeshadow first.  I like to put the darker color into the crease first, then apply a more neutral color to the rest of the lid.  I know that's backwards from how most people do it, but I find it easier to blend that way with my lack of skills.  This pallet is one I am planning on buying, but I do have an Almay pallet right now and I really like how it goes on.  Use E.L.F.'s lid primer ($1 at Target), and you will be set.

Liquid liner, please!  Currently I think I am using some Maybelline liquid liner, but I'm going to be purchasing the Almay liner pen in black.  I used to use it, and regret switching.  It's the best, and the tip is pretty stiff so you'll have more control.

Lastly, I will usually throw on some natural looking falsies on the weekends.  If you put your eyeliner on first, then get them close enough to your lashline, nobody will even notice they were $3 lashes from Walmart.

I would have added a mascara, but to be honest, most mascaras work fine for me.  I'm currently using Maybelline's Colossal Lash mascara, but I'm always just buying whatever's on sale.     

And that, my friends, is my daily makeup routine.  It probably doesn't mean much to you, because I don't have too many personal photos on the blog at the moment, but I feel like that's a good start to my makeover motivation.

Wednesday, February 6

I'm Not a Wedding Planner!

I've been trying really hard to blog more lately.  I am so full of so many emotions at the moment, I'm finding it appealing to write & share, yet so difficult to get what I want to say into actual words. 

If I were to tell you I am completely at ease with planning this wedding, I would be lying.  I've been having headaches, losing sleep, and am just plain out exhausted.  I am so excited to be married to my best friend, but this whole wedding reception thing is a beast.  And OH so expensive, might I add.

I've been feeling a little guilty, because I know that this should be such a fun time!  I mean, we're only going to be engaged once in our life together, right? Trevor is holding it together like a champ, working overtime at his job (which is a bit miserable for him -- Thanks, babe!), keeping in touch with our realtor, and also taking any tasks off of my hands that may just push me over the edge. So efficient. 

Anyway, here are a few inspiration points for our wedding:

Coral Wedding Inspiration

Candle Centerpiece

Wedding Centerpieces Inspiration

Does anyone have any wedding planning advice for us?  The wedding is 6 months away, so I have tons of time, but I just can't help but stress.

Tuesday, February 5

Valentines Day Traditions

Vintage Valentines Card

Valentines Day is quickly approaching!  Between all the wedding planning, home buying, and nail biting I've been doing, I've hardly even thought about this glorious little holiday.  Trevor and I are planning on laying low this year.  We'll probably just celebrate on Friday with extra yummy & chocolatey treats, maybe a little snuggling, a good movie.

Even though we're not doing anything too out of the ordinary for this holiday, I have been daydreaming about traditions I may want to start.  I've thought of movies to watch year after year, meals to make, even places to go.  I need more ideas, though.

What are your Valentines Day traditions?

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