On Friday, Michael and I headed to our reception location, Golden Gardens, to see where we wanted to take pictures on the big day. We found an area we had never seen before with a wooden walkway from the grassy side to the beach side, and it goes over this pond that is covered in green (pictured below). Doesn't it look like grass or carpet? I couldn't believe how covered it was! We also drove from the townhouse where my family is staying (which is where the bridesmaids and I will be getting ready) to the church to see if there was a place in between those points where we could do our first look. We found a couple of parks, so hopefully it will work out!
After that, we went to Gordito's for dinner. Their slogan is 'healthy Mexican food' because they have no trans fat...but their grande burritos are also known as 'baby burritos.' They have a whole wall of pictures with babies laying next to their grande burritos...and they're the same size. I got the regular sized burrito and it was two meals. I can't even imagine the baby burrito.
So, my appointment with the beauty stylist at Nordstrom on Saturday didn't go so well. The makeup was a little too intense for me. I still felt pressured to buy something though, so I did... But I returned it to a different Nordstrom later that day. Insert see no evil monkey emoji here.
This is the picture the stylist took when she finished. I mean, for some people this is an everyday makeup look. But because I hardly wear any eye makeup, this was way too much for me, even for a wedding look. I also feel like my face is a very noticeably different color than my neck. She also said something about blush being overwhelming on pale skin...and then she put on way more blush than I ever wear. Basically makeup artists and hair stylists scare me because 1. I always feel like they're judging my lack of expertise (and lack of caring) and 2. I never know how to tell them that I'm not into what they did.
I ended up returning this top that I mentioned in Friday's post. I realized right after writing the post that if I was questioning it that much, I should just return it. I think it's so cute, but like I've said in the past, some things just don't work for your body, no matter how much you love them. (And that's not a reason to beat yourself up--it's just how the clothing is made!)
Before my appointment on Saturday, I made my Old Navy returns and still had some time to kill. First, I browsed Nordstrom. I tried on the faux leather leggings and they just didn't fit right. They were really tight on my knees and loose in the waist, so sizing up or down wouldn't work. I also saw the suede skirt from Friday's post and didn't even have to try it on because holy short! But I did try on this dress in both the pink and olive and loved them both. I think I may buy the olive one some day (you're not imagining things--there is a white spot/stain on the olive dress; it was also ripped in the back, and I was wearing a small in the olive and medium in the pink and prefer the fit of the medium). I also tried on this dress which I thought I wouldn't like on because of the bell sleeves, but I loved it too. You can't really tell, but I have the tassels hanging long in the front, which I prefer over tied like they are on the model.
I also checked out the wallets at Nordstrom even though I can't really afford one. I found this one in gold and loved it, but like I said, I don't have $100 to spend on a wallet right now. So I headed to Nordstrom Rack and found the exact same wallet but with a different inside color for $50! I went back on Sunday to buy another one as a Christmas gift--my first one yet this year!
After my first shopping excursion on Saturday, I came home and Michael and I headed to Nordstrom at Northgate so he could get his wedding outfit tailored. With a Nordstrom card, you get $100 worth of free alterations. Although, they aren't quite free. You pay up front, and in a few weeks you get a Nordsrom note in that amount added to your account. So of course I offered to pay for his alterations with my card because then I have an excuse to spend that much at Nordstrom later. ;)
We got some groceries too, and I decided to get something to drink that night and also during the Packers-Seahawks game on Sunday night. I poured it into a glass to try and pretend I'm classy, but let's be real, when is Mike's Hard ever classy?
On Sunday I went back to Nordstrom at Northgate to get matched for foundation for the wedding. I got that done, and the lady who did it basically told me I suck at beauty (you are correct, ma'am) and that I need to exfoliate 2-3 times a week because I have tons of dry skin apparently, and I need to buy something other than the Mineral Veil I use because something about corn starch.
I came home and went to Target because I figured I'd humor the Nordstrom lady and buy an exfoliating cleanser for my face. I also found these because I'm obsessed with M&M's and pumpkin spice that is not in actual latte form.
And that's the story of how 50% of my weekend was spent in stores buying and returning and being afraid of ladies at the beauty counter. Phew. I'll leave you with this picture of Flora licking her nose in a Packers jersey.