Annie + Andrew's Engagement Session - Louisville, KY

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Engagement sessions are always so much fun.  There are plenty of butterflies, giggles, excitement, and tender romance because hey, you're getting married!

I'm honored to get to work with such special people like Andrew and Annie.  Andrew is busy with grad school at the University of Kentucky, and Annie cares for people for a living as an ICU nurse - many times during the night shift no less.  While most of us are snuggled safely in our beds at night, people like Annie are wide awake taking care of the ones we love.

This couple is easy to fall for, and I think you might after scrolling through their engagement photos!  We shot in Prospect, Kentucky which has some gorgeous parks!  I'd shot a wedding there last December so the bridge pictured first was still fresh in my mind, especially the lush trees that canopy around and frame the bridge.  There's no shortage of award winning parks to choose from in Kentucky.  We have it good!

On August 4th, we'll get to celebrate their wedding and the start of their family!  It doesn't get any better than that!

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5 Favorite Natural Beauty Products

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I've been slowly switching over to natural beauty products for nearly a year now, so I thought it was time to share my top favorites in hopes that you might find a new favorite too!

I used to assume the labels "natural" and "organic" were just code names for a marketing campaign for products that weren't actually all that different from everything else on the market.  And while in some cases that's kind of true (the meaning of "natural" isn't very well regulated and is often misleading), I'm on board with companies producing products that will benefit my health rather than harm it.  

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1. Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist - this face mist is so refreshing! 

I received it in one of the very first subscription boxes from the Oui Fresh Natural Beauty Box

I spray it on my face right before I cozy up in bed at night.  It's the perfect scent to help you relax and feel pampered. 

And if I need a little wake me up in the morning, I'll spray it on before applying my makeup or to set my makeup after applying.

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2. Bless Beauty Balm by Leahlani - this is also from an Oui Fresh Beauty Box

This was my first time trying a balm consistency as a moisturizer.  It ended up being the perfect product for winter here in Louisville. 

I'd like to add that my skin isn't really in the dry category normally, so if you're normal to oily like me, it could still work great for your skin.  I love waking up the next morning to glowing skin, which is what you can expect with this product. 

I haven't tried this method, but Leahlani's website mentions you can also use this as a cleanser.

Did I mention it smells like Hawaii?  Yep.  It also lasted me about 4 months, so I'm pleased!

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3. RMS "Un" Cover-Up - My favorite thing about this product is how it so seamlessly melts into your skin, much like the RMS Lip2Cheek.  I actually just ran out, which is why the product is only pictured at the beginning of this post and the lid is on! 

It's buildable but doesn't feel heavy on the skin.  You can also use it as a foundation (although I'd get a shade or two darker for that purpose), which is something I'm interested in trying.

4. RMS Lip2Cheek in Demure (pictured above) - if I could only take a few beauty products with me on a trip, this would definitely be in the top 3. 

I love how it melts into the skin so that you really can't tell you're wearing anything at all.  It's great as a creme blush and lip color!

It's the perfect naturally subtle pink that helps your face brighten up. 

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5. Oui Fresh As If Lipstick - if you're noticing a lot of Oui Fresh products, it's because they're some of the best I've tried! 

This shade shows up more red than pink for me, but the product page has examples of how it looks with different skin tones. 

The A Beautiful Mess blog (the sister company to Oui Fresh) has a lot of helpful natural beauty and clean living blog posts if you're interested in learning more about their products and resources!

Salads You Actually Crave from Sarah Adler of Simply Real Health

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A lot of this blog is motivated by sharing things I enjoy with you.  Things I think could enhance your life, bring it more beauty, or leave you feeling encouraged and refreshed.  A recipe that blew my mind, a new beauty balm that would make your skin feel dewy and glowy, a memorable trip, book that brought a fresh perspective - you get the idea.  

I wanted to share Sarah with you because I can't seem to get enough of her!  Her salads, her happy 'I love life' demeanor, and her style (it's the cutest). 

I first found Sarah when I was looking into Marie Forleo's B School program 2+ years ago and watched Marie interview her as an alumni success story.  Fast forward a few years to now, when I rediscovered her on Instagram. 

I've started paying more attention to how the people or companies I follow on Instagram make me feel.  Do they make me feel...

inadequate?

like I'm behind in my life? 

behind in my career?

life status? (CLOSET status? Amen?) etc etc? 

If they do, I've started pulling the trigger and letting those accounts go.  

On the other hand, after following Sarah's account a few weeks and checking back to see her beautiful photos of fresh greens and salads, I found myself craving salads. ha. Power of suggestion?  

I'll repeat that for myself.  Craving salads!  

I even tried mushroom coffee at her suggestion.  If that isn't a sign of trust, I don't know what is! haha (it was delicious, by the way! I added coconut milk and stevia to make a latte)

I'm not completely knowledgeable on her approach to nutrition as a whole, but I resonate with her ability to talk about not only good recipes, but to touch on the emotions and relationship tied to food.  It's not just about what you're eating - it's about how you feel when you eat it, too.  Guilty? Happy? Anxious? Why?

If you're intrigued, then I think you might find her to be just as lovely as I do.  I tried her Baja Caesar salad (and subbed coconut yogurt to make the dressing dairy-free) recipe and devoured it!  Practicing some self care in making good health choices is always important, but it's easy to let it slide when you get busy building a business.  Go see what she's all about at www.simplyrealhealth.com.