Monday, September 25, 2017

Our Engagement Story

Six year later!!...
HOLY cow it's here.  It is so surreal.  The very first year Lyle and I were dating I remember riding around in his Blazer driving through the Fremont district.  It was a typical rainy dreary day in Seattle and I forget where we were going.  He asked me where I see myself in the next few years and I said, "Married to someone I love".  He seemed surprised I was so blunt but, I was just being honest with him.  It was the truth.  

Our journey since then over the next six years went from fun dates and bouncing around downtown Seattle going to fancy restaurants, shopping adventures in Nordstrom, me bartending late into the morning with us being on complete opposite schedules, to moving in together and staying in more, moving three times, the Booger dog and Lyle not getting along at all to now loving each other and snuggling/snoring on the floor together.  Practiced giving each other some room to grow as individuals, forgiveness and understanding, each making lots of mistakes along the way but learning.  I will say it was all worth it, the good and the bad.  I can say I now truly understand how every single experience led us right to this point.  

For the past 24 hours I have been looking down at my ring finger, in shock that it's for me and that this is real.  It feels like a dream, and I don't want to wake up from it. 
Seriously, pinch me.  Wait don't...I bruise easily but gently squeeze me and tell me this is real will ya?

How it all happened~
We walked down to our favorite spot next to Lake Washington on a late summer morning with Booger-dog in tow and sat on a bench by a pond, reflecting on our relationship.  We literally cried, hugged, laughed and all that sappy goodness.  That's when Lyle asked if he could show me the engagement ring designer he had been looking at for over a year now.  He wanted help with sizing and choosing which one because the designer had so many amazing options, he wanted to find the perfect fit.  

When it arrived we walked back down to that same spot, the bench by the pond on a warm day just like before.  He got down on one knee with ring box in hand and made it official as we both laughed at how corny we were being.  
Afterwords we took about a zillion pictures throughout the nature path so we had plenty of share worthy photos.  We went over to the ducks that beg for bread like Oliver Twist, walked along the bridges over the lily-pads and frogs.  It was a majestic fairy wonderland, so much so you could just puke.  
Then it was a stroll over to the local fancy pants restaurant called Cafe' Juanita to celebrate. 
 It's neat how the place looks just like you're walking into someones house.  They don't even have signs outside signifying that it's a business, an elusive rambler in the middle of a neighborhood with Rolls Royce's and Ferrari's parked out front handled by the valet dudes dressed in red and black tuxes.  
It's one of those places where everything you eat and drink literally makes your taste buds tingle with excitement.  Your eyes roll back into your head so far you'd think they popped back around full circle.
We went with the charcuterie plate with goat cheese, blue cheese, parmesan, salami, honeycomb, poached pears, a trio of three different homemade breads, and an olive bowl.  For the whistle, we had a couple of Manhattan's to celebrate the fact that it was also the first day of Autumn.  
We chose to sit out back and luckily everyone was so intent on being inside the restaurant that they missed out on the perfect weather outside.  Hence, the two of us ended up having the entire patio to ourselves to goof off and nerd out in the privacy of our own candle-lit corner.  Our lovely server lady started the outdoor fireplace behind us and gave us blankets to stay comfy as the sun set.  The breeze was still warm but had a hint of Fall crispness to the air, pure nostalgia.  We ordered off-the-menu creme' brulee' which the server said they normally don't have but a regular guest of theirs had requested it for the weekend so we were in luck.  It's one of our favorite desserts and traditionally we both like to crack the sugar crust at the same time then dig in, fencing off each others spoons in a custard battle.  

The Ring:
The ring was designed by Alexis Russell out of Buffalo, NY.

Lyle picked out the uncut stone, which is then cut and placed into your chosen setting.  This is a rose cut grey diamond, prong setting, with the extra stacked crown diamond to pair with it.  The bands are rose gold and the wedding band will be the third tier stack that goes under the diamond.  
If you want to see the beautiful work of the designer here is a link .

I also really like the message behind the diamond being Conflict Free and this certificate you get with the ring.  I'm sure you are already aware of the term "blood diamond" and have an idea of what goes on in certain countries with diamond mining supporting wars and if not I invite you to 
Google it.
So that's our story so far!
I'm already having so much fun planning the theme, decor, save-the-dates, and all the videos I plan to make regarding the preparation over the next seven months.

The wedding will be a small Canadian lakeside dream in the mountains with a guest list of under fifty or so people.  I'm considering wearing combat boots with my dress if that tells you anything.

Stay tuned! I'm sure I'm going to plaster my Youtube channel, blog, and socials with all sorts of wedding themed obnoxious behavior!

X's & O's

The Soon to Be Sutton Family
Seanna, Lyle, & Booker


Here is the vlog from this weekend!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Predicting Fall Makeup Trends

Let me see.  I simply must press my fingers to my temples and let the Autumn trends speak to me through ethereal vibrations...ohhhhmmm  ohhhhhmmm, Oh OH mah gosh I'm getting something.  I see pumpkin spice lattes burning my tongue cause I didn't wait for it to cool off,  I see boots getting dusted off and put back into the front of my closet, I see pho' getting slurped on a rainy day in an oversized sweater watching all the Harry Potter movies!  Oh this is good stuff.  Now let me tap into my beauty psyche.  Ohhhm dahhhla  Ohhhm dahhla hiiii.  

Ok ok I will stop.  I do actually think that I have some tapped in predictive qualities though.  Only because I follow the beauty industry so closely, I get gut feelings about what we will see with the top influencers like celebrities, magazines, and we all know that little outlet called, Youtube.   I always yell, "I knew it!" When I see something pop up as featured in a mag.

SO here's what I predict.
To some, black lipstick might be a year round go-to but, for me, I usually save my darker shades for Fall so I have even more to get excited about the moment that first leaf hits the ground.  I see black lipstick making a huge statement this season, either speaking for itself or transformed.  I recently purchased this NYX Liquid Suede in the color "Alien" which is a liquid matte black. I also got the matching liner in case I needed it but so far the pigmentation is nice enough that one coat does the trick so you can over line your lip with the doe foot alone.  I also see doing a lot of ombre' looks with it.  Black with purple blended into the center.  Even a fun color like green dabbed over it or using the glitter transforming lip products that have started making their debut at the end of the summer with brands like Kat Von D's Everlasting Glimmer Veil.  A blanket of glittery goodness, "Wizard" would look great over a black lip.
For eyes, dueling tones blended into smokey playful looks are what's up.  Take two colors that compliment each other, using one in the crease and the other dabbed on the lid.  Here I took a deep plum and blended it into the crease back and forth until it got softer and softer the further it goes out.   I wet a makeup brush and dabbed an army green metallic eyeshadow over top.  Here I used Urban Decay "Chainz" but any army green metallic would work.  I popped on some mascara and lashes (no liner this time) and got this pretty but not too harsh smokey eye that I felt looked super Autumnal and dreamy. 
The trick to finding two tones for this trend would be observing a color wheel.  As you can see here, green and plum are on opposites of the color wheel so they compliment each other nicely!  You can keep in mind the yellows can be golden eyeshadows which are a lot easier to find and most of us have several choices in our palettes.  Blues don't have to be that literal color.  Consider the seafoams and pair that with a deep brown-orange in the crease.  The Urban Decay Naked Heat palette would be a great one to use for all the oranges and golds.

Playing around with this color theory and experimenting is a great trick to coming up with your own unique ideas and don't we all have a little trend setter inside of us?
For skin this season, I forsee blushes with built in highlights like the Milani Baked Blushes to give a soft glow.  Maybe for a moment, opt out of that stripe of light across the cheekbone with excessive highlighting.  Don't get me wrong I love my glow but for now, the focus can be more on a statement lip or eye so less time is spent contouring and highlighting.  Maybe even take a matte blush and mix the same brush in your highlight to make your own custom built in shimmer cheek!
 I even stopped contouring my nose for the time being.  Quick easy flawless skin.

You can watch the video on how I got this look here:

Enjoy your cozy nights in with Netflix and I will see you in my next video!

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Seanna Miriah soon-to-be-Sutton!

(engagement video coming soon)


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