31 Aug

Have a Luxurious Weekend!

I love long weekends, don’t you?!  This one promises to be extra-great… I have shopping trips, family visits, and a little work planned.  Labor day weekend always gets me excited because it signals the winding down of summer.  Fall has always been my favorite season, and we have lots to look forward to in the coming months.

{blending beautiful} is going to take a long weekend as well, so I’ll see all of you lovelies back here on Tuesday.  But before I go, let’s visit these fun links from around the web, shall we?

Gorgeous updo!

The sweetest. video. ever.

A rundown of the best hairdryers (the winner only costs $30!)

Identical twins prove that how you dress can really age you.

Supermodels as kids.

Have you heard of Yes Day? What a neat idea!

I would never leave this waterfall shower

Keri Russel’s home is to-die-for!

This rainbow cheesecake looks too pretty to eat!

Cool tattoo.

Can’t wait for winter coats!!

Make your inner liner last

What are you up to this long weekend?  Headed out of town?  Hanging outside?  Got any links of your own to share?

27 Aug

My Other Life

I feel like I’m always sharing little pieces of my life with you all on this blog, but I realized recently that I’ve never really showed you what I do for a living.  At the beginning of the summer, I decided to stop working as a marketing copywriter so that I could dedicate myself fully to something else I really love… hair and makeup!

I was doing weddings VERY occasionally on the side, and I wasn’t sure I could make a real career out of it.  But the moment I invested in myself and went for it, I had plenty of work!  Want to see some of it?

Weddings are my absolute favorite thing to do— there’s nothing more fun than hanging out with a bride and her family right before she’s headed down the aisle…

And more recently, I’ve been doing hair and makeup for photo shoots, which is a LOT of work, but also incredibly fun.  (I’ll be sharing some of those photos with you soon!)

You can check out “my other life” by visiting www.kimguiley.com or liking my hair & makeup page on Facebook.

Do you have “another life”… something that you do on the side of work?  Ever thought of making it your career?  Are you a fan of any of the wedding looks above?  Share in the comments!

17 Aug

Have A Beautiful Weekend!

This week has flown by, and I couldn’t be happier because this weekend is full of excitement!  The main event: Travis and I are putting on our wedding ensembles (or slightly tweaked versions of them) and doing a photo shoot with one of my favorite photographers, Susannah Gill.  Check out her lovely blog for photos of her latest work… I love how she captures sweet little moments between her clients that might otherwise be missed.

But before we jump into all that photo shoot fun, let’s check out some browse-worthy links from around the web…

I made this keychain last night at the California Academy of Sciences’ Nightlife!  (It was hosted by a craft fair :)

Do you schedule sex?

This before and after kitchen makeover is awesome… what an upgrade!

Love this Babushka carafe.

I can’t wait for Fall to begin so I can start wearing tights again :)

The best shade of blush for your skin tone.

Simple, beautiful bangles.

Cute birthday card tutorial!

I adore everything about this gal’s hair

Antique engagement rings are swoon-worthy, don’t you think?

This makes me smile :)

And follow me on Pinterest for more fun finds!

What are you up to this weekend?  Got any fun plans?  Would you ever do a second photo shoot in your wedding attire?  (Even 11 months after the wedding, like us?!)  Share your thoughts in the comments!

8 Aug

How to Create a Top Knot

The top knot has become a style staple in 2012— it’s the perfectly-imperfect look that will keep you looking chic without being overdone.  Reader, Carissa, wants a step-by-step guide… here you have it!

My hair is currently too short for this look, so I’m using my trusty mannequin, Amanda, as a model.  (You may remember her from my post on ombre hair color…)

For this look, you’ll need:

-1 hair elastic

-bobby pins that match your hair color

-a comb

-hairspray

Step 1: Use your fingers to pull your hair into a high pony.  Skipping the brush and using your hands will add texture and dimension to your hair so it’s not too perfect.

Step 2: Use the comb to backcomb your ponytail a bit.  My mannequin has very thin hair— the thinner your hair, the more you’ll want to backcomb.  (It helps to create a voluminous bun.)

Step 3: Collect all of your hair above your head, smoothing the outer layer slightly with your hands.

Step 4: Twist, twist, twist your hair until it starts to wrap around itself like a bun.

Step 5: Pin your wrapped bun into place with your bobby pins.

Step 6: The bun will probably be a little smaller and tighter than you’d like, so once it’s pinned, lightly pull it apart with your hands.  The backcombing will help it all stay together.  (And if little pieces fall out, all the better!  It’s supposed to be somewhat messy.)

Step 7: Spray with hairspray, and you’re done!

What do you think of the top knot look?  Do you ever rock it?  Excited to try out this tutorial?  Share in the comments!

3 Aug

Have a Sweet Weekend

Happy Friday, lovely readers!  This week has been such a whirlwind with our move, but I’m so happy to officially be in our new place (even though it’s full of boxes and looks a little bit like a tornado hit :)  This weekend promises to be just as busy— I’m driving up to Sonoma to do hair & makeup for a wedding, then Trav and I are spending our Sunday furniture shopping, woo!

But before all that, let’s take a few minutes to check out some fun links from around the web…

A beautiful DIY washer and ribbon necklace… who knew?!

A great resource for finding your next good read.

This is just what we need.

Polka dot tie.

Love this classic, go-with-everything bag

Cute updo for short or long hair!

Is it Fall yet?  Because I want some pumpkin fluff dip.

The sexiest spot for a tattoo…

I’m doing this woman’s hair for her wedding… this was our trial run :)

And a few {bb} posts you may have missed…

How to make your own terrarium.

Easy onion strings.

Simple summer makeup

What are you up to this weekend?  Doing anything fun?  Any tips for finding good furniture?  Share your thoughts in the comments!