Go Go Girl's Guide: Looking Put Together in a Flash

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Monday, here again! If one thing is certain, I'm usually feeling a little hectic at the start of the week. I shared a few ways to beat your case of the Mondays in this post, but today I wanted to share a Go Go Girl's Guide to looking and feeling put together in a flash. 

Running late it's easy to throw on your favorite pair of leggings and oversized tee, throw your hair in a messy bun and feel blah. With a few tricks, an extra 5 minutes and maybe a can (or two) of dry shampoo, you can look like the goddess you know you are without having to wake up before the sun. 

It's easy to feel defeated by day old hair. I'm the number one person when it comes to throwing your hair on top of your head. While a messy bun can be super chic in some situations, it can also look messy. 

Dry Shampoo is my BFF. Not only is it bad to wash your hair everyday (it can cause it to dry out and strips your hair of healthy oils), but it's also so annoying to wash/dry/style your hair that often! I usually don't need to wash my hair but 2/3 times a week --I take lots of baths in between. Besides taking away the grease, dry shampoo also adds volume and texture. Both are great for styling your hair, creating chic ponies or fun braids. 

Headbands. Adding a great accessory can help hide any unsightly roots or interest to lackluster locks. This is my all time favorite place to buy headbands. Headbands also are the perfect accessory to dress up a basic black tee dress or your favorite denim. 

Curling Iron. It may just be me, but a straightener always makes my hair look greasier when it's dirty. A curling iron is the perfect tool to touch up the top layer of my hair. I try to blow dry my hair every time I shower so it's smooth and ready to be styled for the next few days, (my hair dries super curly if I don't dry it). Read my full post about blow drying my hair here. I touch up any flat pieces or fly aways by curling the top layer of my hair. 

I am not one of those girls who has to wear a full face of make up to step out of the house. However, a few things can help enhance your 'natural look' while keeping it light and bright. I call this my 5 minute 'no make up' make up. 

Moisturizer + Foundation. This is one of my all time favorite tricks. After washing my face, I pump some moisturizer on the back of my hand (about the size of a nickel), I then pump some foundation right on top of the moisturizer (about the size of a pea). I mix the two together on the back of my hand and apply to my face. I love this trick for so many reasons. It's a lighter coverage than just applying moisturizer then foundation (aka less cakey), it saves time because you're doing them both at once and it makes your foundation last so much longer.

Under Eye Concealer. I have horrible circles. I drink SO much water, take allergy medicine and they are still so dark. I love this drugstore one for everyday use. The trick is to put it in a triangle under your eyes and let it sit for a few minutes before rubbing it in. If it's a special occasion I use this one over it. 

Mascara. If I had to pick one makeup to use the rest of my life, it would be mascara. I am an addict. I love how it opens up my eyes, makes me look more awake and like an actual human, HA! This is my favorite 'name brand' mascara, but I feel like this is a great drugstore dupe version.  

ps. I no longer have to do my make up on the floor! I found a stool for my vanity and was able to move all my make up there, the lighting is still great (the lighting in our bathroom is awful) and now I can do it in comfort! See how it's set up in our bedroom tour. I think the dogs miss me being on their level though. ;) 

Finally, you have to find an outfit that is easy to throw on yet looks put together. If you have time and remember, always set your clothes out the night before. It can save so much time in the morning and leaves you feeling less stressed. It also helps your closet from looking like a war zone. 
If you don't have time to lay everything out before hand, pick tried and true pieces. Running late or when you're in a hurry isn't the time to test new trends, mix new patterns or try something you've never done before. Reach for things that you know work well for your body. If you're already feeling flustered, you want to be as comfortable and confident in your choices as possible. 
To pack a punch with little effort, pick one or two of your favorite statement pieces and build from there. For my outfit I picked this military vest, which is a staple in my Fall wardrobe and the perfect transition booties. I completed the look with my go to denim shorts and all time favorite white tee

The Half Tuck. This is one of my all time favorite tricks that I swear by. The half tuck is a little trick that instantly pulls outfits together, makes a $3 tee look like a million dollar look and makes you appear slimmer. #CanIGetAnAmen To do the half tuck, you take the front section of your top and tuck it into your shorts/skirts/pants. Then you pull out on the top by your belly to make it look looser, more casual. It adds shape and dimension to an outfit and is a lifesaver. 

Finish your look off with minimal accessories. I always reach for my 'S' necklace. Babe gave me this for our engagement pictures and I absolutely love it. I wear it almost everyday + my engagement ring and my apple watch. Having a few pieces that you wear daily, keeps it simple and quick. 

When you look put together, you feel put together and your day runs smoother. I'm all for a smoother Monday, y'all! Give me my favorite outfit and a large coffee and I feel like I could conquer anything. I hope these tips can help your day be a great one and your Monday be short! Thanks so much for dropping in. 
| Military Vest (Similar) | White Tee | Denim Shorts | Basket Weave Booties (Old, Shop My Favorite Booties Here) | Headband (Similar) | Initial Necklace | Karen Walker Sunnies

At Home with Yes, Please [Our Bedroom Tour]

Friday, September 16, 2016

I've officially started packing up Summer decor and brought the pumpkins out of hiding. Changing seasons makes me so excited. Not that I necessarily love more one than the other, jk I totally love Fall most, but I love changes and creating a new feeling in our home. 
To accompany the Fall foliage around the house, I decided to whip up a batch of Chicken Taco Chili. I was a little rambunctious yesterday morning and decided I didn't need a recipe, I was basically a Iron Chef in the kitchen and could do anything. Luckily, I some how created a delicious meal that was a hit all around. Once I figure out exactly how I made it, I'll be sharing my Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup on here! 

In the meantime, I'll be sharing all the details on our bedroom which is finally (dare I say it!?) f i n i s h e d . 

This is such a miracle for me. I am constantly proclaiming "Babe, we're SO close to finishing the house. Only 4 more things to do.". Except those four things were actually large bundles of things grouped into a category like 'Finish the Living Room', so it was actually a very deceiving list. In a rare moment of insanity last week, I decided to give the living room a complete make over. I loved how open everything felt but it was very inconvenient. Basically only one chair had a view of the TV and everyone else was uncomfortable and awkward. When I changed everything, we moved a few pieces from the living room to the bedroom and I realized, we were finished! I can't express how happy I am to be at this point. Sure, I'll probably move some knick knacks around or hang some new pieces but all in all we're done. Well, done with the bedroom that is.

Like all the elements in our home and life, I like it to be a mixture of both RJ and I's style. I tend to lean towards clean, glam, white pieces while RJ loves more masculine, natural wood, farmhouse pieces. I like to think our home reflects a budget version of a modern-glam french farmhouse. Where adjectives may get confusing, hopefully the photos make it easier to understand. Think pieces that are opposite yet cohesive, glam yet rustic, pattern play and cozy.

I try to pull a balance of masculine and feminine pieces, so that both RJ and I feel at home and comfortable in our space. Instead of going with all white furniture or all wood, a mix keeps things both interesting and balanced. While RJ loves animal heads, I am not a fan. I compromised with fun, faux animal heads.

I love mirror furniture but it is very far on the feminine side, I kept the mirrored pieces small. I tied them together by styling with similar pieces, but kept mine girly and light while Babe's is more masculine and heavy.

If you're looking to decorate with a man, I spilled all my tips and tricks here. Half of our furniture (like my paisley chair and vanity) is an antique passed down to me, so I've had it since I was a little girl but I will link similar options for ya! I hope you've enjoyed a peak into our home, I love having you over! I wish I could actually have every single one of you over for girl talk and peanut butter pie (It's on my mind because I whipped one up yesterday! If you ever need a quick and easy dessert recipe, this pb pie is my all time favorite and everyone devours it.) I'm excited for the weekend to be here, we're celebrating two of our friends getting married and I'm headed off to Memphis on Sunday for something very exciting. I hope you have a great weekend as well! 

If you have any questions about specifics or anything, please feel free to email me (rileybrahm@gmail.com) 
| Headboard *50% off & under $150!! | Mirror Side Tables |  Dresser (Almost Identical, Similar) | Vanity Similar (Similar) | Deer Head (Similar) | Wooden Bull Head | Fur Rugs | Vanity Stool | Rug *On Sale! | Trunk (Old, Pottery Barn) | Coconut Milk Mango Candle | Wooden Vanity Organizer *30% Off | Set of 3 Small Mirrors | White Robe | 'Love You More' Pillow


Taco 'Bout a Couple's Shower Fiesta #WeddingWednesday

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

This past weekend my bridesmaids threw the absolute best couple's shower for RJ and I. It was a fiesta theme and being a lover of tacos, sombreros and most importantly Corona with Lime, I cannot express how much I loved it. I love receiving gifts, celebrations and parties but at the same time I get so nervous!

I get nervous because I love everything so much that I feel like I can't express my gratitude enough. I can say thank you a million times, but I hope they know how much I mean it! I am so excited to share our shower with you today and relive all the wonderful memories.

Since my family lives in Memphis, it's easy to feel like I'm here alone but my sweet, sweet bridesmaids make sure I never feel that way. They have been absolute angels during the entire wedding planning process and throwing such a wonderful shower is the cherry on top of everything they've done for me. 
RJ and I have not stopped talking about how much fun we had Friday night. It's easy for us to get excited about getting married, but seeing all my friends come together to celebrate our love makes my heart explode with joy. 

One of the most perfect parts of the shower was the incredible venue! If you live in Chattanooga, you must check out 2 on the Roof for your next party, shower or even wedding reception. The view of downtown is incredible and visible from all the windows and balcony. The simple chicness of the venue makes it the perfect canvas for any theme or vision. A fiesta was perfect here but I could also picture a gorgeous boho elegance glam wedding reception here too. Tucked away on the second story, in a corner space it's the perfect feeling of 'in the city' but it's completely private. If you're interested in booking it for yourself contact Amy Smith at 423-605-5262.

Venue: 2 on the Roof 

Photography: A. Bonds Productions 

Event Planners: Southern Class Events 

Blueberry & Lemon Cake: Cakes by Ashley
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If you're interested in more #WeddingWednesday posts, be sure to check them all out here. I cannot believe we're only 65 days away! It seriously feels like time is flyyyying by. I hope y'all have a perfect Wednesday! Who else will be watching the season premiere of American Horror Story tonight?! 
| White Cami Dress (Sold Out. I am also loving this one and this one for under $28!) | Red Strappy Heels *More colors & prints | Tassel Earrings [℅] | 

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