Monthly Archives: September 2011


Sep 29 2011

In love with fall and all the yummy things that go along with it!  Here’s a tidbit of how I embraced the new season last week.

{ps… not sure what happened to my blog header, but if someone could please remove those shoes, I’ll be forever grateful ~ ugh!}

Wanted to send thanks to all who sprinkled my blog, facebook page, texts and inbox with so much ANNY love! For those who are only my blog buds y’all touched me dearly ~ thank you for the love.

We had a great two year anniversary. I literally had two weddings this weekend and two photoshoots on Sunday which left me little time with the hubs. On Saturday we ventured to a special spot {to us}, the spot of our first date, first kiss, the restaurant we dined at after I accepted his proposal and where we celebrated our rehearsal dinner. After we skipped on over to the Ritz for an after dinner cocktail. It was lovely.

On Monday evening {our actually anny}, we stayed in and cooked. I surprised the little fella with what I thought was a pretty creative gift. Your second year is supposed to be “cotton” and “china” related. JT needs neither, but I tried to keep the “idea” close to one of those themes. The hubs loves {L-O-V-E-S} vino, as in a lot… so I decided to purchased a fancy-smancy decanter {told him to pretend it was “china”}. Along with two manly looking stackable wine racks, a few wine accessories and then I spent 2.5 hours in the wine store. I hand picked, researched and tasted a wine that would be perfect for the hubs to enjoy each month of the year. So, 12 bottles total and a hole in my wallet later I’d say it was the most successful gift I’ve ever given him. He loves!

We cooked our fav; crab legs, corn and red potatoes. I cooked {from scratch} chocolate chip cookies and we snuggled the evening away. It was a perfect two years and I love that man dearly.

{What I’m Wearing above} Dress: GLAM from PETAL, Tied Wrap: LA CLOTHING from PETAL, Boots: MICHAEL KORS, Socks: URBAN OUTFITTERS, Shades: MARC JACOBS, Bag: MICHAEL KORS, Bracelet: S&D, Watch: MICHAEL KORS, Necklace: BANANA.

{My Hair} Barrel curls starting at the root

{My Makeup} Loves this lip color by MAC called EXTENDED PLAY {it’s a long wear lipstick}

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Sep 28 2011

How could you not love yourself, if you looked this good… right? Especially when dressed head to toe in a ta’die for gown, natural beauty, Valentino’s, and of course gorge makeup + hair {hehe}. No, but really, both photogo, KRISTIN VINING and I fell in absolute love with this session… what’s not too, she’s a looker.

Miss Amanda, is my personal hair stylist and I had the pleasure of reversing the roll and doing her makeup + hair for bridal portraits and wedding day.

She’s gorgeous! Enough said. Enjoy!

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To us on two years

Sep 26 2011

Happily ever after we live!  Two years later, I’m still madly in love with my best friend.  I love you John Thorne.

Forever + ever.

{Here’s to our wedding day journey. I get chills looking back on our special day. So today, followers, I dedicate this post to “us”.}

He makes my heart pitter-patter!


My 18 year old brother still crushes her.

Our video. It still makes me cry.

Perhaps I picked the wrong time to listen to the Adele station on Pandora, as I sit here with a blank stare and tears streaming my cheeks.  Trying to find the words to express the love in my heart.  But, I can’t.  I cannot verbalize how truly full my life is with happiness and my soul with love.  Today, tomorrow and for the rest of my life, I will be forever grateful to wake up next to my best friend.  I am so very much in love with the gentleman that I married on this day two {fantastic} years ago.  With each day my heart grows deeper and deeper with joy.  For that, I am thankful.  John Thorne ~ you are my world.  Happy two years of wonderful marriage.  Cheers to a lifetime.

Thank you KRISTIN VINING for capturing the joy on our wedding day, I still get chocked up relishing in those beautiful memories.  RICHARD ISREAL, thank you for giving us our memories in the form of a Super8 vintage film.

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Healthy skin

Sep 23 2011

Hi ladies! LRT here, and I’m so excited to hand over the mic to my girl, Chrystal! I’m so excited that’s she’s prepared this AWESOME, must read for those who want to preserve their young skin!

Much luv + happy hugs,  LRT


Hi Be Pretty Peeps!  Let me introduce myself. For those who do not know me, my name is Chrystal.  I work with LRT part time helping gals be pretty with hair + make-up.  Ironically, my full time job is not too far from Be Pretty’s same concept.  I work at  Charlotte Plastic Surgery helping women feel renewed everyday {visit our FACEBOOK page and WEBSITE}. Aside from work I love being with my family more than anything in the world. My beautiful kids Maddy, Trey, and Carson and my wonderful, amazing husband, Jon.  They keep me crazy busy but I would be lost without the chaos!


So, let’s talk about fabulous, youthful, and flawless skin. Who doesn’t love beautiful skin, especially brides? It’s only natural to want to look and feel gorgeous on everyday, especially wedding day. A proper skin care regimen is essential and most skin specialists will suggest beginning routine skincare regimen as close to the bride’s engagement as possible.  This allows plenty of time to get your skin in optimal shape prior to all the celebratory events.


Makeup + Hair by: LRT

I recommend CHARLOTTE PLASTIC SURGERY for the latest in physician grade products and treatments to achieve the best possible results for your skin.  Trust me, I am a walking testimony!  Consultations are complimentary to customize a regimen that suits your skin best!

My personal favorite facial treatment is the oxygen facial.  It is an excellent choice prior to celebratory events and even right before a wedding!  The oxygen facial deeply cleanses, nourishes, and hydrates the skin. Your face is rid of toxins which causes skin damage and is thoroughly infused with antioxidants and moisture. Skin is left feeling rejuvenated, glowing, and fine lines are diminished.  It is even safe for all skin types!

Who doesn’t adore products!  Eye creams, anti-aging, vitamin C, and moisturizers galore! I know all of you ladies use something.  Whether it’s over the counter or from a department store so many women are starting to take care of their skin at an early age.

My favorite line right now is  SKIN MEDICA. SkinMedica is known as a specialty pharmaceutical skin care company.  As a physician grade product it is only sold in medical offices. Physician grade products are almost always comparable in cost to high end department stores but give you much more active ingredient verses “fluff”!  My favorite all around product is the TNS Essential Serum by SkinMedica.  It is known for the patented gel solution called TNS Recovery Complex {Tissue Nutrient Solution}.  This is a highly concentrated {93.6 percent} formula of proteins that have been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discolorations and overall skin tone. TNS improves skin’s elasticity and helps firm skin by increasing collagen in the skin. Skin Medica also delivers highly effective acne treatment products for mild to moderate acne.

So whether you are a bride or just a gal looking to find the fountain of youth make sure you take care of your skin!  You won’t regret it!

xoxo, Chrystal

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