Happy June! Friday, Jun 1 2012 

Happy June!

The first of the month always brings refreshing changes. June is one of my favorite months. In June, we will see the Summer Solstice and plenty of fabulous summer movies. Not to mention Beach Weather, corn on the cob and s’mores. What’s not to love about June?

June 1 is also the anniversary (6 years!) of my first date with my husband. This is the first “date-versary” we will be celebrating as a married couple. Yay! With June also comes a change of scenery for us: we will sadly be leaving the gorgeous city of Charleston, SC and we are heading up to Ballston Spa, NY for my husband to continue his Naval training. Good news is we’ll be able to spend some quality time back in Massachusetts with our families along the way. I just love Summer on the Cape.

What is your favorite part of June?

Media Credit:

first photo courtesy of mpithcc.org

second photo courtesy of whatscookingamerica.com

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I’m Tumbling Wednesday, Apr 11 2012 

A few of my fabulous writer friends from school have been on Tumblr for a while, and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying their posts about their glamorous lives in NYC.

 So I decided to make my own little Tumblr page– as a sister site to this portfolio. I’ll use it for more images, and little Parisian-themed posts along the way. Nothing lengthy like on here.

As for those fabulous friends I mentioned, feel free to check them out as well. The lovely Lana Russo has just started her Tumblr page. My dear friend Catherine (one of my Paris amis!) has been tumbling for a while.

Thoughts on Tumblr?

Wedding Reviews Sunday, Apr 8 2012 

OK, so it seems like wedding season is officially over, at least for me. April 8 marks my six-month wedding anniversary.

And I’ll never be a bride again. Now I’m just someone’s wife. (Monica from Friends, DUH!)

 

Anyway, for the very last of my “wedding” related posts, I’d like to link to my reviews of my vendors. I had some absolutely fabulous experiences with some incredibly talented people, and unfortunately some experiences that weren’t as extraordinary. But I feel like I learned a GREAT deal about negotiations, business deals, contracts, and dealing with vendors in general. In addition to getting married and taking that huge step into the real world, wedding planning offers us a glimpse into the “cash is king” philosophy and sometimes cold, cold world of business.

If you’re getting married in the Boston area or know someone who is, or if you’d just like to read about my wedding vendor experiences, have fun reading! I used Megan Gilner of The Brocade Blackbird for my AMAZING invitations and all of my stationary needs. She is not on weddingwire.com or weddinghchannel.com but she is superb! I even used her for our adorable Change of Address announcements, and will continue to use her for any stationary I may need in the future. Highly recommend! Check out her website here.

 

FYI: My venue was at my parents’ home in Norfolk, Massachusetts. I had an outdoor ceremony by their lake and a tented reception on their tennis court. I tried to be as specific as possible in each of my reviews, but if you should have any questions I would be happy to answer them for you.

So long, bridal time! I’ll be back, as a Matron of Honor when my little sis gets married one day. I’m like the Kate to her Pippa…right??

Read my reviews of all of my wedding vendors on weddingwire.com here,  Any trouble finding my page, I am “parisbride.”

Media Credits:

both of these photos from my wedding were taken by my fabulous photographer Heather Crofts

Another Stunning Red Carpet: SAG Fashion Round UP Tuesday, Jan 31 2012 

The Red Carpet for the Screen Actors Guild Awards is always a more fun, laid-back atmosphere because it’s sort of a major party for the entertainment industry.

Doesn’t your office party look like that? This year, Sunday, January 29th played host to the Awards, which played on TBS and TNT, and the Red Carpet featured lots of gorgeous bold, jewel tones and of course the neutral, understated trend we’ve been seeing all awards season. There were a few lows, but more highs as Hollywood’s biggest stars gathered to shower each other with love, praise and couture. Here are some of my favorite looks of the night:

 

Ladies in Jewel Tones

I just love Michelle Williams’ style. Even though she was nominated for her glamorous turn in My Week With Marilyn, all awards season she has kept true to her own unique style. She knows what she likes, and she knows what she looks great it. I just adored her in this lovely red, lacy Valentino.

 

Another bold turn in jewel tone was the ever-sexy Sofia Vergara. Even though she sticks true to her favorite silhouette, this time she at least switched up the designer and made a move from Vera Wang to Marchesa. With her gorgeous skin and the matching accessories, she was a gorgeous lady in magenta on the Red Carpet.

 

Sofia’s equally gorgeous co-star, Julie Bowen, is another leading lady who knows what works for her and rocked a jewel toned frock to show if off.  To highlight her insanely toned body, she chose an incredibly cool backless Temperley. Her gorgeous hair and makeup just enhanced her look.

 

 

 

 

Possibly my favorite look of the night was Emily Blunt in this ah-may-zing one-shoulder emerald Oscar de la Renta. Seriously, I stopped breathing for a moment when I saw her. Add adorable hubby John Krasinski to some serious fashion power, and the result is nothing short of spectacular.

A close second in the you-look-freaking-amazing category is the eternally youthful Diane Lane. With another one-shoulder stunner, plus another gorgeous Hollywood arm candy hubby, Diane stole several spotlights in this blue David Meister.

 

Soft and Natural

Following in the fashion footsteps of the Golden Globes, a few stunners kept in the neutral trend. I love Julianna Marguiles’ fearless confidence in this pale Calvin Klein.

 

 

 

Marchesa had another gold (or in this case, green statuette) goddess moment in Viola Davis. I just love the way this gown flows when she moves, even though she admitted she wasn’t comfortable walking in her Jimmy Choos. The white and gold against her gorgeous skin made us forget if she was wobbling or not though. As much as I want Meryl Streep to take home another Oscar this year, Viola win points for her gorgeous style and equally lovely acceptance speech.

 

 

Not-so-Basic Black

Emma Stone’s Red Carpet moments just keep getting better and better. She looked absolutely flawless in this black McQueen stunner. Seriously, girl crush just keeps growing. She can do no wrong and is taking the world by storm!

 

 

Of course, does it get any better than Angelina Jolie? For the relaxed SAGs (where she wasn’t nominated), she chose to go back to her slinky, silky, inky black roots in this Jenny Packham halter.

Who was your Best Dressed at the SAGs? Next stop: The greatest Red Carpet of them all, the Academy Awards!

 

Media Credits:
Brad and Angelina photo courtesy of uk.omg.yahoo.com

Michelle Williams photo courtesy of celebuzz.com

Sofia Vergara photo courtesy of cocoperez.com

Julie Bowen photo courtesy of sugarslam.com

Emily Blunt photo courtesy of celebuzz.com

Diane Lane photo courtesy of washingtonpost.com

Julianna Marguiles photo courtesy of examiner.com

Viola Davis photo courtesy of gossip.whyfame.com

Emma Stone photo courtesy of collegefashion.net

Angelina Jolie photo courtesy of style.mtv.com

 

Omg, Natural Nails! Wednesday, Nov 16 2011 

Here is the follow up to my blog post a few days ago about my little nail identity crisis.

I did it!

I bid “adieu” to my acrylic nails and have embraced my natural nails for the first time in 8 years. When my new manicurist heard that, she was shocked to say the least. As we delved into the process of removing said acrylics from my nailbeds, we encountered quite the ordeal. Soaking in Acetone proved to just not work- Andy at Nail Perfection (I’ll miss you, friend!) must have super-glued these gel tips on! Ahh! I thought this would be an easy fix- I thought the hard part, the decision making, was over!

I was wrong. Thirty minutes later, I had no choice but to head to another nearby salon to drill off my acrylics. Madison at Simply Your Spa (thank you for putting up with my apparently never-ending high maintenance!) hated to send me away, but they simply did not carry the proper tools for removing artificial nail enhancements, and even though she was able to pry one off with some little torturous tool, the difficult process- and the pain to my sensitive nail nerves- proved too great. She said she had never seen damage like mine, and didn’t want to risk any sacrificing any more natural nailbeds in the process.  So I hopped over to a nearby Vietnamese salon that specialized in gel and acrylics, and insisted they remove my nails with drills and files only- even though the nice lady wanted to use clippers. I couldn’t bear the thought of my natural nail becoming even more damaged by that- so I sat for a good thirty minutes and endured the soak,file,soak,file,soak,file cycle.

Finally! They were off! I was surprisingly relieved- this sort of had began to feel like prepping for a surgery.

I triumphantly returned to Simply Your Spa, where they could not have been nicer and more accommodating in my trying “Nail Day” and promptly enjoyed a relaxing, natural manicure. Nail strengthener applied (and purchased for home use- I have a lot of strengthening to do!) and OPI’s “In the Spotlight Pink” administered. I felt much better- they looked clean, fresh, and natural. 

I returned home to show my clueless husband- I had been gone 4 hours longer than I had told him, but he was occupied by “Skyrim” so I was able to surprise him with my new, acrylic-free paws. I was bit weak(and my nails were still wet- quite the new phenomenon!) so I enjoyed a night off from dishes, opening drawers, or grasping much of anything.

I am SO happy with the finished product. I have a long way to do in the world of natural nail strength, but I can’t wait to experiment with new colors and treat my hands to some natural, non-damaging, relaxing manicures. I’m quite proud of myself.

Any suggestions for any great strengthening treatments or favorite nail polish colors? Feels like I’m entering a whole new world of beauty choices!

 

 

Media Credits:

first photo courtesy of sparkle-and-grey.blogspot.com

second photo courtesy of nailpolish99.com

third photo courtesy of sophisticatededge.com

fourth photo courtesy of my iPhone (taken by happy husband)

fifth photo courtesy of collegefashion.net

 

Return to Writing, Now a Newlywed Thursday, Nov 10 2011 

Hello friends and fellow Laduree lovers!

So, a lot has happened since the last time I wrote…September 14th WOW! So sorry for having fallen off the face of the Earth. What with moving back to Massachusetts for the wedding, planning the wedding, HAVING THE WEDDING, moving to Charleston with the new hubby, finding a new apartment for our family and the 2 kitties, settling in, etc…it’s been quite hectic. I’ve loved every minute of it- especially the wedding! Expect lots of posts in the future to focus around aforementioned perfect event.

Not everything in the past two months has been so fantastical- I promise, I will delve into the tragic fate of Paris’ own Laduree (and it’s ironic role in my wedding!)

I’m very excited to get back into the writing world and re-connect with all my wonderful readers and “blogger friends”:)- thank you so much to everyone who has been so wonderfully supportive, encouraging and loving during this magical time in my life. No, the honeymoon is not over (we never even really had a real honeymoon- I’ll tell you about that too!) but it is time to let the smoke of our magnificent wedding sparkler departure disappear, and settle into real life. I couldn’t be more excited!!

Media Credits:

Since I can’t share my beautiful professionally taken photographs on here, these are some of my favorites from the camera of my dear friend and incredible bridesmaid Connie Dundon. (Don’t worry- the 2 people in the picture are the same- both my husband and I enjoyed one outfit change during the evening!)

 

Abientot!!

 

Bisous xx

Blog Swap Post: Hannah From Hannah Explains It All Wednesday, Aug 17 2011 

Hello JacquelineParis readers! I’m Hannah from Hannah Explains It All. Today…I’m tellin’ you all about why I love summer.

At summer camp on my 16th birthday

It’d be some kind of crime if summer didn’t represent all things beautiful to me. I was born on the summer solstice, after all. Growing up I always looked forward to summer so I could bask in the glory of California sunshine.

From the age of 12 to 17, I went to camp two times every summer. I bonded with my cousins, and then met some girls who became some of my best friends – and still are till this day. I looked forward to those two separate weeks all year long. They were filled with hiking, boating, archery, riffle ranges, service projects, arts and crafts, learning and laughing. The best part, I got to go back to camp as a leader this summer and make memories with girls experiencing it for the first time.

In Yosemite on a hike during camp with my cousin McKenzie. That’s Half Dome in the middle. And my lovely morning hairstyle in the middle of the woods.

 

Of course, growing up in California led to many outdoor adventures during the summer beyond just at camp. I was on the swim team in high school, and I was even a lifeguard, and ever since I can remember I’ve been a fish in the water. There is something peaceful and effortless about floating in the water, and something exhilarating about being in a tube skimming across the water. Ah…summer…

In Lake Tahoe with friends.

 

Almost every summer during high school, my Mom and I took a trip to Disneyland. Sometimes other friends and family were there, but sometimes it was just the two of us. If you’ve never been to Disneyland…it really is the happiest place on earth. It is magical. Somehow, even though we rode the same rides and saw the same shows, we always made completely new memories – met new people and stumbled upon new experiences. I can’t wait to have kids of my own to introduce them to the magic that is Disneyland.

 

One of my best friends, Taylor, and my mom, on the teacups.

 

How can I forget the summer I married my best friend? Definitely the best one yet.

At our reception.

I guess at the end of the day, summer means much more to me than a string of experiences in the sunshine. Summer means love. It means spending time with the people that mean the most to you. As an adult I always look forward to the sunshine and clear skies, but more than that, I look forward to basking in the joy of my relationships with others during the summertime.

Always,

Hannah

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I’m Back! Friday, Dec 10 2010 

Bon Jour Friends!

Sorry I disappeared from this blog for a while…if you want to see what I’ve been up to, please visit http://www.loyolalooks.wordpress.com.  I didn’t venture far-I was just hard at work keeping up with Loyola’s beautiful online fashion magazine:)

But I’ve decided that I should have an online “portfolio” of all my writing as well. So I’ll be compiling some of the articles that I have written for LoyolaLooks over the last few months, as well as fresh little updates here and there.

Good to be back!

 

Bisous xx

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