Sneaky Wedding Preview – Professional Pictures

My fire fighting husband came home last Thursday and he finally got to see all of the pictures from our wedding! We have yet to actually post them online for all of our friends and family to see, but here’s a sneaky one I’ve got for ya. I have shown them all to our parents and most of them to our siblings, though. Heheheh…

Even on our private social media accounts, we’ll only be posting 50-60, when we actually have a few hundred… Personal reasons :-)

I hope you’re all doing well!

xo, Briana

p.s. Our photographer is Leila Dali of Sparkle Jenny Photography, we have all rights to the pictures for our personal use.

Current Beauty Favorites!

Hello loves!

I haven’t done a “favorites” type of post in a quite a while and I thought it would be a good idea to show you all, seeing as how I’ve been enjoying quite a few new things, as well as some old goodies. <– World’s longest sentence.

So here we go! I also apologize in advance if some of the pictures are out of focus. This seems to be happening a lot with my camera… le sigh.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette.

When this was originally launched this last year, I thought it was pretty, very pretty in fact. But I knew I did not need another neutral palette! I have enough as it is… However (game changer of a word), when I swatched it a few times at Sephora, I really fell in love with it, especially that green color. Ahh… I now use it nearly every day! I love the matte brown shades. They create a simple, warm look that can easily be amped up with any of the darker shades.

And it smells like chocolate…

Estee’ Lauder Bronze Goddess in 02 Medium

I think the first time I saw this used was with Zoella on YouTube. Something about it looked so nice. My last trip to Macy’s I walked past the Estee’ Lauder counter and saw that if you spent a certain amount, you would get a free gift…. Well, that in itself was a great deal! Haha.

As you can see, the bronzer is a bit on the red side, but I quite like it for my skin tone. It has a tiny bit of shimmer when you look at the product, but once applied, you can’t really tell. It’s also a HUGE pan and I doubt I’ll ever finish it up. Good deal!

NYX Dewy Setting Spray, NARS Sheer Glow in Medium 3 Stromboli, Original Beauty Blender

I love using this setting spray for 2 reasons.
1) It’s a third of the cost of UD’s setting spray2) It takes away any cakey look that foundation and/or powder gives and creates a more natural looking face.

This Nars foundation has quickly become a new favorite. Ever since I bought it, it’s the only foundation I have been using! I think it has even surpassed my Estee’ Lauder DW! The finish is soo natural looking and gives me such a healthy look and covers pretty well. It really is amazing. I believe the hype! Especially paired with my MAC powder. Ugh. Flawless! Haha…

And of course my beloved Beauty Blender! I finally got a new one after my wedding. If you haven’t tried the BB yet, please do! It will change the way you do your makeup! Before I didn’t always like foundation, as much as I loved my Real Technique brushes. The BB just creates such a perfect finish.

IMG_2151NARS Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner & Jordana Fabuliner

My Nars eyeliner in Via Venuto aka black. I use this on my water line and it stays so well. This is the only eyeliner I have found to last for more than 4 hours. The thing about this is that while any eyeliner might wear off of me, it doesn’t wear off until a few hours and then when it does wear off, it doesn’t give me raccoon eyes. It just fades away…

This Jordana Fabuliner is not only a great deal ($2 at WalGreens!!), it lasts. all. day. I’ll go to sleep with my makeup on and that is the one thing that hadn’t budged. I also have it in black but I like the brown for an every day look, it’s more natural looking and not harsh. The tip is a felt tip and isn’t too stiff or too bendy; just perfect :-)

Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Moss in 105 & 109 (matte finishes)

105 is a beautiful coral color that I looooove! It’s a coral I can wear that doesn’t make me look orange or washed out. It’s just the right shade for my tan olive skin :-)

109 is a pretty rosy mauve color. On my lips, this is what I consider a “my lips but better” shade and it great for every day. I can top it off with a gloss if I don’t want the matte look.

I’ve never found a good matte that I like until I tried this. I was watching a video by one of my favorites, emilynoel83, on YouTube. She mentioned 105 and I knew I had to try it. Here are some swatches!

How pretty is that coral?

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Fig & NYX Butter Gloss in 06 Peach Cobbler

The lip shimmer is a quick way to add some color (another “my lips but better” shade) that doesn’t require a mirror and also provides a nice tingly, refreshing feel on the lips. I always have this in my purse. It’s quick and cute.

The NYX color is another pretty coral but glossy (duh). It’s not slick feeling or goopy. Just the right consistency and it lasts pretty well, too!

More swatches!
The picture is showing the gloss to be a bit more red than it actually is. I would say it’s pretty true to color on the tube however.


EOS lip balm in Coconut Milk

When I saw the word “coconut” I didn’t even about it. I put in my cart and moved on with my life. I’m all about that coconut right now! I’ll happily hop on that band wagon…

This is a slightly different formula than the regular EOS however. It’s a bit…thicker? But it doesn’t feel waxy or too thick on my lips, which I prefer over the regular lip balms. I always felt like I put too much on my lips; but not with this one! It’s a good primer for lipstick, too.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light in 30 Coral

Another product I recently picked up but I know I love it! It creates a beautiful healthy flush/glow on my tan cheeks without too much color. I love this stuff. No need for extra highlight, either! You can easily pick up the shimmer color for any kind of highlight with a small brush, too. I swirl it all together though. It’s easier.

Well that’s it!

What have you been loving lately?

If you want me to create a look with these products, let me know :-)

xo, Briana

FTC: All products were purchased by me! These are my honest opinions.


Getting Our Property Wedding Ready + Extras

You have been warned… This has a lot of pictures and shall be lengthy! I should also tell you that many of the pictures, if not all, were taken with our phones and even iPads! So excuse the quality.

I will be posting the professional pictures in a few weeks. My husband has been on a fire assignment for about 10 days now and hasn’t actually seen them yet, as they arrived while he’s been gone. Our families have only seen a few because I think he ought to see them all before anyone else.


First I should tell you that about a month or two before we even got engaged last year, there was a small fire on the property that charred about 2 acres or so. While at the time, the ground was black and we lost a few precious trees, it was actually a blessing in disguise. We were able to use a lot of the wood that burned and had to be chopped down. The property also got new trees in the process.

A lot of the real physical labor began around January, when we had a lot of the details and specifics chosen, such as theme and whatnot.


Safety first! This is one of our nephews being a big help :-) That wood pile in the background just about doubled when all of the chopping and falling of trees was all said and done.

We used the sections above in our aisle.

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The next thing to do after new trees were planted were to lay down new water and electrical lines. This included digging new trenches/lines from the source near the house down to pretty much the end of the property. This involved a lot of manual labor with shovels and picks, as well as massive power tools that Bub and his dad handled. FYI, their entire property is about 7 acres. We also had to go across the property (like a T) for more electrical and water lines towards the green. The new trees and golf green were on opposite sides of each other. This process took a few weeks. It was a “do it when we can and not working on other jobs/school” project. I helped when I could, in between school, clinicals, and other various wedding details.

My father-in-law and husband are electrical contractors by trade, so they’ve been able to do everything on their own, including the new water lines. Quite handy men to have around, I tell ya…

The next big project to do was make a retaining wall around the golf green. Bub has had this par 3 green for about 10 years and we decided this would be our dance floor and reception area. The wall would create a more finished look. Those are railroad ties, by the way.


I helped! Haha.

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Next was actually prepping the green. When the weather began to warm up around February/March, Bub took out all of the old grass and rototilled the new dirt multiple times. He and his dad also laid new sprinkler lines so the green and surrounding area could get water (duh).

If the green looks pretty dark, that’s because it just got fresh fertilizer. Two truckloads, approximately. The original dirt in the green and surrounding area isn’t exactly “golf grass” material, so they had to put a lot of fertilizer and “nutrition” to get it ready. It didn’t smell good for about a week, especially after a fresh water… You can also see the new electrical/water line, that streak of brown dirt that ends in the corner of the picture.

That’s my father-in-law! The next step was laying down sod on the green.

They had a little extra to go around the green. The rest of the area around the green (about a 10-15 foot perimeter) they simply used grass seed, which was very temperamental! Literally the week or two before the wedding, we were out there morning and evening watering it by hand to give it extra hydration because it looked like it would not grow or stay green! Luckily, it paid off and it was gorgeous the day-of!

Bub and his dad are standing in the sand trap, which does have sand by the way! Bub’s twin sister and I dug the hole out. Bub already had small sand trap, about 3×4 ft. She and I simply expanded it. Haha. Bub’s twin, by the way, was such a great help! Those three make such a great team and they are the ones who made everything look so good!! I am forever grateful for my new family!

After the new grass was laid, Bub had to mow it down with a special lawn mower about 2-3times a week, not allowing it to grow too tall. We also had to lay a fence around so the dogs and other animals wouldn’t go on the growing grass and disturb it. The first 2-3 weeks after the grass was laid down, we couldn’t even walk on it. Just watch it and hope the roots grabbed hold!

Our wonderful assistants once again helping lay concrete for the poles that would hold our cafe lights! We had one main pole and then about 6 others. All of the lights started at the main and then fingered out to the rest. This was one reason we needed new electrical lines… Lights!

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Putting the bulbs on! Bub and his dad used wire to connect the poles and then of course we attached the string lights. We had six 50-foot lines, then about eight 25-foot strings total.

Between the lights and our DJ, we had just enough power to not blow a fuse! Haha.

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Moving logs from the ceremony site to the wood pile!

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On the riding lawn mower, moving wood chips to various piles for the trees.

My lovely, lovely arch. I showed Bub a few pictures of what I wanted and this is what he constructed :-) Isn’t he awesome? I have the best husband, who was the best fiance. Just saying.

See? Log sections! :-)

Moving the large wooden spools to their designated areas! I told Bub months before I wanted a few of these to use as tables for the gifts and decoration. He got like 8 of them for me! Love them. And him.

One big thing we did was decorate nearly all of the jars the week of the wedding. Bub’s wonderful family from Alaska came down for the wedding and were more than helpful! I don’t know what I would have done without them! We had over 100 jars of various sizes to decorate!

Making signs with my nephew, aka the Sign Bearer! He did a great job, too :-)

I also made the bouquets! My sister-in-law and dear friend Genelle helped, of course. We used jumbo white hydrangeas and mini green hydrangeas. My bouquet had 5 white and about 4 green. They bridesmaids had 3 white and about 3 green. All of the flowers we used were purchased from Sam’s Club wholesale, shipped directly to my front door! Amazing! And wonderful quality! Not to mention inexpensive.

We wrapped the bouquets in burlap and then finished them off with twine. I’ll show you in a later post what I did with my bouquet :-)

I even made the boutonnieres for Bub and his groomsmen :-)

Wah! I think that’s it… Like I said, I’ll post more soon! But that’s all my brain can handle for right now. It’s just past midnight as I type this and I need to get some sleep!

I hope you enjoyed this post! I plan on doing a wedding dress one soon and how I ultimately chose my dress!

xo, Briana

So Much Milo

If you don’t know who Milo is, let me introduce you to the small little one of our family, who currently resides with my parents.

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Milo has been a part of our family for about 4 years now. We got him when he was a tiny little fluff ball, one that could easily sit in my two hands. He’s a mix of Lhasa Apso and Maltese, at least that’s what I think.

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He has a very unique personality. And by unique, I mean neurotic at times. He’s not a yapper, although he loves to bark and pretend to be tough as people walk past our house on their way home from work/school. But he likes to sit on your feet if you are sitting at a desk or table, he spins in three circles when you come home and he wants to come in with you, and he just generally likes to be near you at all times. Not quite needy, but just be near you, even though you don’t have to pay attention to him.

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His best friend is Tasi, my sister’s Australian Cattle Dog. She’s about a year and a half old and obviously bigger than him. Although she’s bigger than him and probably smarter (as most cattle dogs are very smart!), he definitely rules her. Tasi also seems to think she’s Milo size, since she’s really only been around him since she was a pup. It’s funny, although not so funny when she tries to sit on your lap.  Ha.

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Milo has this absolutely adorable pout, especially in the morning when he wants out or just wants your attention.

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I mean, look at that little face. Bub thinks I’m weird for taking so many pictures of him. and of course I text him these pictures all.the.time. Haha. Yes, you may call me the crazy dog lady. I don’t mind.

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Milo also has this habit of taking any stuffed animal he can find (usually his size) and play with it… Whenever you walk into our house after being out for awhile, he likes to show off and he’ll bring you something like the above or even a house slipper. Just to get your attention.

And another thing he loves to do?

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Sleep. Anywhere. And everywhere.

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I love my Milo.

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And his smiles.

xo, Briana

Urban Decay’s Naked Basics 2 Palette!

When I first heard that Urban Decay (who you might know I have a serious obsession with when it comes to their eyeshadows) was coming out with yet another Naked palette, this time a Basics 2 palette, I was pretty excited…!!! I already own, and love, the original basics palette. I occasionally use Faint (dark brown) as an eyebrow color.

They did a sneaky photo on their Instagram feed, only showing the simple packaging. They finally released an image of the palette itself, featuring slightly darker, cooler, more taupe shades. And boy, do I love me a good taupe shade! A few YouTubers released their own promotional videos featuring the Naked Basics 2 palette and my excitement only grew.

August 19 came around, the release date on Urban Decay’s website and without even thinking I bought it. Now normally I never buy makeup online unless I’ve seen it in person and I really thought long and hard about it. But something about this… Well, maybe I just felt that it rightfully belonged in my collection of Naked palettes. Haha.

And it finally arrived on my doorstep!

The packaging is nearly identical to the original basics palette, except the font is in a silver/grey color.

Now if you look at it without the original, you might think they shades are pretty similar. However, Undone (far right) is a dark brown-grey. The four middle shades are are more grey undertoned, as well as more brown. Finally, Skimp is a slight satin finish with a peachy undertone. Very pretty highlight! For cheek and eye :-)

Here’s a comparison to the original palette.

Original on top (well used!) and new on the bottom

Original on top (well used!) and new on the bottom

Looking at the two, I like that Skimp isn’t so bright. I like that in a highlight. The four middle shades are great for a natural look, but then add Undone for a darker or more defined look is awesome. Not such a contrast with Crave and the other shades in the original.

I’ve only barely played with this, as I just got it yesterday! But I can already tell I’m going to love this even more than the original! The shadows are so smooth and buttery. When I first swatched this, I was just in awe of them. Just, wow.

As of right now, it is available via Urban Decay on their website for $29. I am not sure when it will be released to other retailers!

What are your thoughts on it?

xo, Briana

FTC: This was purchased with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not being sponsored by Urban Decay :-) But how cool would that be? Haha.

Get Your Softest Legs : How To

If you’re like me, shaving is a chore. The kind you like to avoid, the kind that you know you should do for the sake of your significant other, and the kind that is necessary for summer. I know it’s getting to the end of August and depending on where you live, fall is certainly coming up! However, living in Southern California, I’ll still be wearing shorts and dresses up into October and even November. That means my legs are still out for those to see.

Now that being said, I have to let you in on a secret. And it might be weird, but we’re talking about the hair on our legs here! I have very thin hair on my legs. Thin enough that even if I go days without shaving, you can’t really see it unless you are purposely looking. Or you actually touch my legs.

However, though I may have thin hair on my legs and I really don’t have to shave every day or even every other day, I still have never been able to achieve super soft legs, the kind that make you want to wear shorts or a skirt or a dress to show off those legs.

Until now.

What’s my secret?


A homemade coconut oil sugar scrub.

Yes, that’s it.

So what do I do?

Before I shave, I exfoliate my legs with a regular shower poof thing, usually when I use my body wash and such, to remove any dead skin cells on my legs. I then shave as I normally do (I use a regular Venus razor and shaving gel).

Then immediately after I shave my legs, I use the sugar scrub on them! I don’t go to town on my legs, just enough to exfoliate once again. And because you used coconut oil, you’ll want to use a body poof with soap again to wash it off, otherwise you’ll be a slick mess.

Also, be careful in the shower or tub afterwards when using the oil! It can make the floor slick!

By using a sugar scrub after shaving, it helps remove any more dead skin cells and makes your legs so unbelievably soft, you’ll want to keep touching them! Of course I also apply lotion once I’m out of the shower. But,ugh, so soft! I have also noticed that since doing this, I don’t get that after-shave itch! Woohoo!

To make the sugar scrub, you literally get some coconut oil (which is solid at room temp, but liquifies in any type of heat) and add raw sugar to it, enough to consider it a scrub :-) You can add however much you’d like! Raw sugar, if you are not aware of, is not fine like sand (think of white sugar that you bake with). It’s got a great texture, perfect for exfoliation. The coconut oil is also very moisturizing. Raw sugar is also better to cook/bake with as it’s not so processed and refined as white sugar. I use it everyday in my coffee :-)



Now if you don’t want to bother making your own scrub, there are plenty of options in the drugstore! I use the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus sugar scrub, which is rougher on the skin but less oily then what I have above.

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So that’s my secret! And of course you can use this scrub on your arms, you belly, your chest!

Have you ever tried anything like this?

xo, Briana

FTC: This is not a sponsored post. None of the mentioned companies know who I am :)

Review : Benefit’s They’re Real! Push Up Liner

Yes, I caved. I gave in and have tried the first gel-pen liner. Good job, Benefit. Good job.


I’ve had this for a few weeks now and I feel like I am ready to give my proper thoughts on it. So, let’s get to it!

First off, it’s the first gel liner in a pen form, like a liquid liner. It claims to be long-wearing, easy to apply, and makes eyes appear larger due to it’s “lash hugging” effects, thanks to it’s unique AccuFlex tip. The tip, to me, is what makes it a little different than a regular liquid liner pen. Most liquid pens are either a brush type (like a paint brush) or felt tip (which I prefer). This, however, dispenses the product from the tip itself, rather than traditional gel which comes in a pot and you use a separate angled brush to apply.

I’ll just go ahead and list the statistics that are on the box itself that it comes in…

“91% said it was long-wearing

81% said it was waterproof

86% said it hugged the lashline

84% said eyes looked visibly larger”

You can see the little bit of product that is showing through. You click the bottom and the product then comes through, like a gloss or something. The tip is quite bendy and flexible, which allows it to “hug” your lashes for a close application. It is also supposed to push your lashes down and away to make it easier as well.

Now if you’ve heard anything about this and read any reviews or even watched some on YouTube, then you would know people either love this or they hate it.

Before I give my final thoughts, let’s do a picture of me without liner and mascara so you can see what I’m working with :-)

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As you can see, I have slightly hooded eyes, which I have a love/hate relationship with. I do like the shape of my eyes, however, it makes eyeshadow disappear and the ability to wear winged liner pretty much nonexistent until I finally found a way to do it in the last few weeks.

I have always loved winged liner but as I just said, I pretty much couldn’t do it until I figured out a way recently. I first tried with Jordana’s felt tip liner which worked out okay. I then tried a Maybelline liner which was a fail, and then a Physician’s Formula liner which worked the best. However, all of them would eventually disappear into my crease within a few hours, due to the liquid factor of it, even after allowing it fully dry when applied.

I played with this gel liner at Sephora quite a few times before I finally decided to give it a go. One thing I was very impressed with and also quite scared of when swatching at the store was how long it stayed on my hand. No amount of rubbing could remove it, even with some makeup removed. There were still traces.

So I came home with it, watched a few more YouTube videos on it and decided to give it a go.

My first try was actually pretty decent! Then the two or three times after that in the following days were meh, almost making me want to return it. But for whatever reason, I was determined to make it work.

and I think I finally got it. I think I love this liner… I really do…

Excuse the lack of mascara. Wanted to be able to show you the line itself!

With mascara. As you can see, my eyes still hide the liner a bit, but you get the effect!

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This was taken with my phone, as I was not satisfied with any of the pictures from my camera. Meh.

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How do you think it looks? I quite like it and I have actually been wearing a winged liner nearly every other day or so since I got it to work for me! My husband has noticed and really loves the wing. And for him to compliment makeup is quite good. You know how guys are ;-)

So here are pros and cons of the liner!


  • Long wearing! It really does stay on all. day. long. Doesn’t budge until the very end of the night right before I remove my contacts and they’re itchy/watery after a long day.
  • Very black! And a matte black, too. Not at all shiny like some liquid liners.
  • Easy to draw a flick or beginning of the wing, however you like to call it. You literally stamp it when the tip and go from there.
  • Does hug the lash line, so less likely to have any gaps or anything.
  • Easy to hold, as it feels like a Sharpie marker, rather than a thin pen. Makes holding and applying easier, at least for me.
  • Glides on easily (although more on that in the cons… ha)


  • Difficult to remove. A regular makeup remover wipe or cleaner doesn’t quite do the trick. Even coconut oil, which removes everything for me, still isn’t quite enough for this. I have rub my poor eyes to take it all off.
  • You waste product whenever you first start to use it. This is because when you first click the bottom to dispense the gel, you’ll want to remove that first “layer” as it will be a bit dry and make it very hard to apply on the lid.
  • You have to work to quickly once you dispense the product and begin to apply, as it sets quickly. You also can’t use too much or layer it because it bunches up and almost creates a weird fallout. This goes along with my last pro, because while it is easy to apply, you gotta be quick and cannot layer!

I think that’s all I can think of for now… I feel that the reason most people disliked it so much at first was because perhaps they weren’t working quick enough with it or they were trying to build it up and so it did that thing were it almost balls up and gets all funky on the line. However, once I learned how to apply it for my eye, I fell in love with it and am so happy I can wear winged liner, finally! But I do know that everyone has different eyes and different techniques. I happened to find a way that worked for me and am very happy with my results! Of course I still have those days where it’s more difficult than others, but that’s makeup for ya :-)

So! Have you tried this? What are your thoughts? Are you on the fence about it? Let me know!

xo, Briana

FTC: This is not a sponsored post. Benefit has no idea who I am, nor any of the other mentioned companies.

My Annoyance with Social Media

Disclaimer – I truly love social media and how it has shrunk the world around us. However, I also get frustrated by how it has completely changed the way we as a society communicate. I’m not asking for any type of support or feedback with this. I just want to get this frustration out. Just because. You may call this a rant :-)

Some days when I check Facebook, I get annoyed and frustrated by the things I read on my wall. Not about worldly things such as politics, but the personal things people choose to put online for everyone to read. There’s no need for us to see that you’ve had an argument, that you disagree with your spouse or parent, that something didn’t work out the way you wanted it to, so “FML”, or to even put up those vague one-line status updates that of course are not specific but oh, everybody please notice it, like it, and while I may not tell you, you’ll ask what’s going on. I’m not asking for attention by posting this, I am simply stating my own frustration with our current way of communication. I am guilty of these things, too, I know. But there’s still plenty that I leave to myself and my inner circle rather than put it up for everyone to see. Just saying.

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I aaaaaalmost posted that paragraph above as, yes, a status update for my friends on Facebook to read. But perhaps that would have been hypocritical? So I’ll just post it on my blog. So there. Ha.


No, but really. It does annoy me that with the rise of social media these last few years, it makes it okay to put it out there that we are unhappy about things in our life, from the big things to the small things. I understand that at times support or help is needed and that’s the beauty of social media. But do we need know about the drama with your ex, friends, or parents? No, thank you.

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Like I said, I’m guilty of this too, especially when I was in my late teens when I had a lot to learn and needed a few life lessons, as well as attitude adjustments. But the last few years, I have chosen to try to only post happy/funny things, like 98% of the time. But I never, ever post anything that would put down another person (especially my now spouse… bugs the heck out of me when people make of fun or put negative things up of their spouse!). By doing that, I’m not trying to make it seem as though my life is perfect and happy all the time, because it certainly isn’t. That’s life. However, I don’t want people to view me as negative or that I am okay with people knowing these personal things about me. They are personal and private for a reason.

Here are a few E-cards and other things that help describe my feelings to those that have chosen to post their entire life on Facebook, Twitter, etc… I got them all off of Pinterest. Those that follow me on Pinterest will notice I went a little cray with the Facebook type of stuff I pinned. Haha.

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My brother and husband have joked before that for an entire day, they are literally going to post everything that they’re doing, from eating to going to the bathroom….

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And my personal favorite^^. Like I said, I would never post anything negative or embarrassing about my husband for the world to know, especially if we’ve had an argument or something that could put a bad light on either of us.

I can think of a few people on my friends list that are frequently posting things about their significant other than may appear demeaning and embarrassing at times. These multiple people at times also post things about when they’ve had an argument and go go into detail about the argument. Nobody needs to know that, because now we know all of your problems. I hope that that was your aim in posting those things.

If I post anything about my spouse, it will only be good things! I’m with him to encourage and uplift him, not put him down. And especially for everyone to see. If you couldn’t tell, it really bothers me when I see those kind of posts on Facebook, etc. Ugh.

So. I think that’s all I have to say about that. I know this was a different kind of post for me, but it’s been on my mind for awhile now and, yes, a few things over the weekend that I saw on Facebook completely prompted this. Haha.

Regular blogging shall resume soon!

xo, Briana


I was recently catching up on the blogs that I follow and I read this cute post from Emily of The Freckled Fox and thought it was a cute idea. Simply write your thoughts or feelings, just go with it :-)


Seeing: a package of chicken breasts and a can of crushed tomatoes in front of me on the kitchen island. I’ll be making dinner for the hubs after this.

Making: use of my free time and applying for jobs, which will eventually take away that free time. ha.

Cooking: chicken parmesan, soon. very soon.

Drinking: plain ol’ water, although an iced tea sounds good.

Reading: my favorite blogs that I needed to catch up on after some time with the hubs before he went back to work yesterday. i’ll be doing an update soon on our lives now that we’re married :-)

Hearing: el ten eleven on pandora.

Wanting: more time in the day, more beach days, more space that is “ours” and ad-free music.

Looking: for that ideal job. or any job. please, and thank you.

Playing: the guitar again. my finger tips aren’t happy about it, but my soul is.

Wasting: no time when hubs is home. he was gone for two weeks and even though it’s been 8 days since he came home, i still feel like we’re catching up on lost time.

Understanding: that i need to learn how to cook for just two people. it’s not easy you guys, especially when i’m used to helping cook for 4+ people.

Sewing: ha. no.

Wishing: for the perfect job ;-)

Touching: my dogs that always wag a tail when i walk outside and that join me on my little walk down the field to water the green.

Enjoying: time with my honey and seeing my family when i can, now that i live 30 min away. still weird. gonna be weird for a while, i have a feeling.

Waiting: for hubs to come home so we can enjoy another home cooked meal together and spend the evening together.

Planning: nothing at the moment,which is a relief after the wedding but at the same time, i want to plan a trip!

Liking: the cool evening breeze that is coming through the windows. that’s a big plus of living close to the mountains. the days are quite warm, but the evenings cool down to a perfect temperature in the summer.

Wondering: where else should i apply?

Loving: to hear the sound of “wife” when he comes home.

Hoping: for an interview.

Hating: facebook. sometimes i get annoyed with the amount of negativity i see on it or the amount of whining from people who are truly luckier than they realize. it bugs me, you know?

Needing: a fairy god mother to whip up a cute little house in just the right neighborhood.

Smelling: coconut flavored coffee from yosemite. yes, you read that right. and it is dee-licious.

Wearing: my hair in a ponytail with second-day curls. it looks like i tried, but i really didn’t. at least not today.

Learning: how to be creative when two people live in a single room with one bathroom. it’s interesting. more on that later.

Teaching: myself to have more patience. it’s a lifelong journey.

Noticing: that my nails need some serious nail polish. and by serious, i mean it needs to be applied soon.

Tasting: nothing. i’ve only had water for the last hour.

Knowing: that my husband could get called away to another fire is exciting yet scary all at the same time. i love that he loves his job, but i hate that he is away.

Thinking: I really want to blog more. but what? i have writers block again.

Bookmarking: nursing jobs on my computer. hubs helps me out, too, and emails me links. love him for that.

Opening: a package of chicken is not appetizing but the end result sure is.

Giggling: when hubs gets in his funny moods and does imitations that only i get to see.

Feeling: hopeful and happy.

xo, Briana

I Used To Take Good Pictures

Before I had my first iPhone, I carried my Canon Rebel Xt everywhere. It’s heavy and it really weighed down whatever big purse I was using at the time, but I always had it with me. I wanted to make sure I could capture a photo if I saw the opportunity.

Now, about 90% of my photos are from my iPhone, even some of my blog and beauty-related pictures.

But today, I thought I would walk down memory lane and just put up a “few” of my favorites from past blog posts.



Barrett's cousins from Alaska.

Barrett’s cousins from Alaska.

Then 11, now 14-year old Lhasa Apso, Prince.


This was actually taken on a film camera. This was our lhasa apso we had before Milo. His name was Prince and the first small dog we ever had. My sister got him when she turned 13 (I was about 6) and he was with us for the next 14 years. About 5 years ago, he disappeared one evening and we have no idea what happened to him. We did everything we could to find him, but to no avail. We assume he probably left to simply go pass away, as some dogs do. We got Milo a year later, when we felt the time was right.


This picture above and below is a friend of my cousins. His dad is a former pro surfer. The images are slightly out of focus, but it’s plain to see what skill he has on a surfboard, even on a small day.


Cardiff. Don't know them, but I thank them for being subjects in my picture :-)

Cardiff. Don’t know them, but I thank them for being subjects in my picture :-)

Barrett's hands after hours of surfing.

Barrett’s hands after hours of surfing.


I need to get this framed and onto a large canvas print. The colors are so vivid yet calming to me.


That’s Barrett in the middle. This was 5 years ago.


Lovely, lovely Joshua Tree, a few years back when we went camping with some friends, before I ever thought I would attend the college up there! IMG_7664

Spring time in the desert is quite lovely.

My then 2-year old nephew on a timeout. I love this photo. One of my favorites actually.

& my man.

& my man.

My absolute favorite photo of Barrett. I know I’ve said that before, but I don’t care. Oh, how I love that man and his facial hair on his serious face when he knows I”m taking his picture and he actually cooperates with me.

Beautiful Yosemite Nat’l Park. FYI, that’s where the hubs is currently at! He’s been there and around Yosemite for the last 9 days and probably won’t be home for a few more. It’s been so weird to not have him around for this long. It also sucks. Just FYI. But he’s doing good things and is enjoying himself! I can’t complain about that.

I have an obsession with this tree.

I have an obsession with this tree.

One of my favorite spots in Yosemite. Unfortunately, this tree fell a few years back.

Half Dome and the Merced from Sentinal Bridge

Half Dome and the Merced from Sentinal Bridge

The post I did with all of these Yosemite pictures actually made it on the Freshly Pressed page the following day. That was the highlight of my blogging career.

Daniel again

Daniel again


Sean, my cousin.


Trees near El Capitan off the 101.

Love. Love. Love THIS.

Love. Love. Love THIS.

Storm clouds in Idyllwild, CA. Barrett and I randomly decided to go camping one weekend sometime in August a few years back. It stormed on us the entire time but we still had a great time! Rain just makes things more interesting :-)

IMG_1594Our dear friends’ wedding a couple of years ago. They now have a 3-month old baby boy and he is the cutest thing with the most awesome hair!

I love the imbalance.

I love the imbalance.

A spider that my dad wouldn’t let anyone bother. He has a thing for spiders, disgustingly enough. Haha.



I think that’s my cousin Sean again… although the head looks like my brother. However, this is Sean’s style of surfing…



Ooh, look at that reflection.

Ooh, look at that reflection.

This was an amazing sunset with even better reflections on the water near Swami’s.



Denali had beautiful scenery. I love the clouds.

Denali had beautiful scenery. I love the clouds.

Hiking in Denali. This is a beautiful castle-like structure made of just a pile of rocks.

Hiking in Denali. This is a beautiful castle-like structure made of just a pile of rocks.

I love the look on my nephews face. He was such a good little traveler!

I love the look on my nephews face. He was such a good little traveler!

That’s all for now. Thanks for checking out my pictures :-)

and thanks for always coming back for more!

xo, Briana