Celebrating My Brother-In-Law's Wedding In Ali & Jay

It's wedding time. I'M SO EXCITED TO HAVE ANOTHER SISTER!! I really couldn't be more excited to celebrate the marriage of Ben, my Brother-In-Law and Carrie, his soon to be new wife in beautiful Yosemite California, this weekend. I've got a few jobs carrying out the decorations for the wedding, so I'm excited to help how I can. But more importantly, I am unbelievably happy for the two of them.

In honor of the occasionI I wanted to celebrate in a dress that was classy, but unique. So, I found this dress from Nordstrom and these shoes from Nordstrom Rack. I hope you have a great weekend. I'm hoping we get to explore and see all the beauty that Yosemite has to offer. 

classy and cool dress to wear as a wedding guest
promise tangeman
promise tangeman wedding guest dress
modern wedding guest dress

The Summer Shoes That Go With Everything

Last week I was out shopping with my girlfriend for some shoes for an upcoming family wedding. We were heading into Nordstrom Rack when she said, “let’s just pop in Famous Footwear really quick.” We walked in and I immediately saw these really cute summer booties by Sam Edelman. The Tag said $79, so I thought I would pass because I was out shopping for shoes for a wedding, not for summer boots. LOL. On the way out I thought “Ah, I might as well ask about them.” The clerk rescanned the tag to check the price and they were only $30! WAHHH??? Umm…Sold! I have been wearing them everyday since. They literally go with EVERYTHING!!! Here's the link if you’d like to check them out.

Backyard Update & Affordable Modern Outdoor Furniture Ideas

small modern backyard ideas

We’re currently in the middle of doing some updates to our backyard and patio. (I’d love to say that I’m personally stirring the concrete, but that’s just not the reality. We hired professionals).

We live in a *really* windy area. Actually that’s an understatement. It’s so windy that a couple of years ago a gust blew in and literally knocked over our BBQ grill and broke it. I came out one morning to grill laying on it’s face (yes, the grill has a face now. lol) making a scary ticking noise. Anyway, we tried to revive it but it was a no go. Years later without a grill, we finally got a kick in the butt to make some updates. We’re having the BBQ grill built-in this time, we’re adding some professional lighting and getting bistro lights installed. We’re also swapping out our real grass for turf. Both Brian and I are excited to have our grill back to enjoy the last days of summer.

Through this process, I’ve thought about updating the patio furniture. I’m still on the fence with wether or not I want to pull the trigger on that in this season. But, I’ve done so much research on this topic that I decided that my efforts MUST benefit more than just myself. 

Being a professional graphic designer, I naturally appreciate clean modern design aesthetic (in everything) but, I’m cheap. A lot cheaper than most “designers” you’ll see around the internet. So hopefully this cheap skill of mine will come in handy for you, as I rounded up a few of my favorite modern and *MOST* affordable outdoor lounging furniture pieces (links below). Leave a comment if you know of another piece worth including.

One tip that I have learned over the years is to measure EVERYTHING before purchasing!!! Measure your space and look at the dimensions of your piece within your space before you buy it. Or else…that’ll getcha every time. Enjoy!

modern budget outdoor lounge furniture

Pretty Big Mohawk Hair Tutorial.

1 // Part the crown of your hair (all the way around). Pin it up on top of your head to get it out of the way.

2 // Make a bun with the top portion of the remaining hair.  (If your hair is thin consider backcombing/teasing first)

3 // Make a bun with the bottom portion of the remaining hair.  (if your hair is thin consider backcombing/teasing first) Pull to loosen the 2 buns. I like a slightly messy look.

4 // Take down the crown of your hair.

5 // Back comb/tease the crown of your hair.  Select a small amount of hair to stay out near the front/side of your face.

6 // Roll the hair down to your scalp. Adjust the shape of the twist if you need to.

7 // Secure the twist with a few pins on the side.

8 // Take the last small piece of hair and twist it. 

9 // Continue twisting the small piece of hair into a coil bun on the side of your head. Then secure with pins. This coil bun can be a focal point near your face. You just feel it out. and figure out what shape looks cute by your face. 

10 // Spray with hair spray. I like the Hard Head hair spray by Bed Head.

*NOTE* If you have thin hair then back comb /tease the under side of your hair for every step. Then smooth the top if necessary. (photos by Janelle Marina)

The Double Ponytail Hair Trick.

I LOOOOOVE that the classic ponytail is back making a style statement this season! Sometimes I am a little shy when it comes to this kind of stuff but today I thought I would try another hair tutorial and show you a very simple trick to create a long full looking ponytail. I call it the double ponytail. This is a trick that I learned in high school and from time to time I like to wear it when I want something a little different. This style is a little more elegant than just the regular ponytail. So, here it goes. P.S. In number 2 I totally look mad. haha But it was the best action shot of that step.


1 // Start with your hair blow-dried and curled. This is actually a few days after I washed it. But freshly washed will work great and probably look better!
2 // Pull the lower half of your hair into a mid range ponytail.
3 // Comb and side-sweep the top half of your hair. Give it a little back combing for some volume if you need it.
4 // Secure the top half of your hair into a ponytail directly on top of the lower one.
5 // Drop the top ponytail. Loosen a few places and tuck away any strays to make sure it looks nice!! Make sure to view the ponytail from both sides and adjust to make sure that the lower ponytail is not showing. You may want to experiment and try a few different ponytail heights to find a combination that works well with your head shape. FIN!!!

Have you ever tried this look before? Are you the ponytail type? Let me know if this is a type of post that you enjoy or not! And if you have done any hair tutorials, I want to see!! Post up and send me a link.