Engagement Photos, a Birthday Party, & a New Project ๐Ÿ’ โœจ

Hello hello!

Happy hump day everyone! I am sitting on my couch at the moment sipping pumpkin spice tea, yes really, and am feeling excited about everything that I have to share with you all. These past few weeks have been absolutely insane and Iย finallyย have the chance to catch my breath and catch up with you all.

That being said, let’s jump right into my recap post for last week, shall we?



After we spoke last Wednesday, I headed straight to the salon to get my haircut. I haven’t had my hair cut in over a year.. and a half.. so it was definitely time to get a trim ๐Ÿ˜ฌ


Since I have only been living downtown Portland for less than a year and a half, it was time for me to find somewhere to get my hair cut. I ended up finding the cutest salon and will definitely be going back next time I need a haircut. Hopefully it won’t be in another year and a half ๐Ÿ˜‚

After getting my hair cut, I headed straight over to a makeup shop to get my makeup done for Ian and I’s photoshoot. In all honesty.. I was SO nervous about getting my makeup done. I was actually going to do my makeup myself but chickened out and thought I would trust someone who knows what they are doing to do my makeup for our engagement photos. I really really wanted our photos to turn out well, especially because we have never gotten professional photos of us taken before! Most of the photos of us are from our friends & family’s cell phone cameras!

Anyway, I was still a bit nervous to have someone else do my makeup. I am extremely fair skinned and have very light hair.. so I can easily look like a clown if too much makeup is put on me. On the other hand, if not enough makeup is put on me and there is a lot of sunlight.. I look like a ghost.. so there’s that.

SO where am I going with all of this? Well, I had my makeup done.. but it totally freaked me out. I looked like a doll. Not in a cute way. Like.. the lady who did my makeup literally did not blend anything on my face. I had lines streaking across my cheek bones where you could see obvious highlighter and bronzer. My eyelids were so dark they were nearly black and my lips were bright pink. Let’s just say I wasย veryย uncomfortable. I felt so torn because I absolutelyย hatedย my makeup but also didn’t want to be rude and tell the lady who did it that I hated her work. It was so tough!! I think I need to get better about not caring too much about other people’s feelings at the expense of my own :/

Towards the beginning of our shoot, I am not going to lie, I was a bit self-conscious. I kept worrying about how intense my makeup was and was afraid that I would look terrifying our photos. THANKFULLY our photographer, Hannah, was absolutely AMAZING and not only calmed my nerves but also took beautiful photos of us. She was literally the best. I am someone that is used to taking photos of other people so I usually feel funny and awkward on the other side of the camera, but not this time. We had a blast taking photos with her! Ian and I were shocked at how much we ended up enjoying our photoshoot ๐Ÿ™‚

After the shoot, Ian and I decided to head over to Stormbreaker Brewing for dinner and to celebrate having a fun photoshoot. It was an absolutely hectic day BUT it was so fun in the end ๐Ÿ™‚


Thursday was Ian and I’s only calm day of the week. We both had crazy days at work and then chose to unwind by watching some football.



After work on Friday, Ian and I headed to Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production ROAR(s). We looked sooo cute BUT forgot to take photos together – oops!


It had been yeeeeeears since I had seen a ballet performance, so I was pretty darn excited to see a ballet AND listen to Ian’s aunt play in the orchestra performing.


The show was around 2.5 hours and was so much fun to watch! Unfortunately photography was prohibited during the show (which was also nice), so I did not take any photos to show you all.


After the ballet, we headed across the street for some cocktails and had a blast catching up with Ian’s aunt and mom.


Thankfully, Saturday was a mix of calm and crazy. Half of our apartment lost power along with our Internet… which was not fun. So we decided to head out of the apartment in hopes of it returning while we were out.

While we were out and about, Ian and I ran a few errands and ended up strolling around the mall. I can’t remember the last time I just took it easy in a mall and had fun. Lately, if I am going to a mall I am on a mission and am rushing to find whatever it is that I need and then I leave.


This time, Ian and I found what we were looking for and took our time as we just walked around and took things slow. It was SO nice! We even stopped for some coffee ๐Ÿ™‚


I also absolutely LOVED seeing all of the fall decor out in all of the stores along with all of the fall clothing. AHHHH my heart is so happy during autumn โค


After taking our time in the mall, we headed across the street to Panera for some lunch/dinner. I am aย kind of obsessed with Panera’s autumn squash soup.. so I always run to Panera whenever I can during the fall. If you haven’t tried their autumn squash soup already, I highly recommend you do! It’s soooooo good ๐Ÿ™‚

I also ordered their Mediterranean Bowl and it was also delicious. I just love how fresh and light Panera’s food tastes!


While at Panera, Ian and I enjoyed our food but also brought our laptops in to get a little work done. Ian has been teaching himself VBA so he wanted to work on that for a bit while I worked on wedding planning. Now that I have our engagement photos (or just a few of them), I am trying to work on getting save the date cards out! To my surprise, getting these cards out has been a challenge! I keep going back and forth between card designs AND have been struggling to track down everyone’s addresses. It is all very exciting but I just can’t wait to get these darn cards out and not worry about them anymore ๐Ÿ™‚

After getting work done at Panera, we headed back home and discovered that our power and internet were still off. I ended up sitting on the phone with Xfinity for 40 or so minutes, which was very unproductive I may say, and then gave up on getting our internet back. Although it was a frustrating experience, it was actually kind of nice. Because we did not have internet or power in most areas of our apartment, Ian and I ended up spending the rest of our Saturday evening reading. It was so relaxing!


The next morning, we woke up.. still without internet. Ian was at the end of his wits. It was Sunday and football was to be watched. So, we ended up heading over to his parents’ house earlier than we had originally planned (due to Ian’s nephew’s birthday party) to watch some football.



Before heading over, I requested that we stop at Coco’s for some coffee and donuts. I had never been to Coco’s before and have been dying to try their donuts for a year now so I wasย veryย excited to finally have the chance to try one for myself.

Inside, the donut shop was bright and airy with touches of pink splashed throughout the shop. It was absolutely adorable. I think the lady working there probably thought I was a nut running around snapping photos of the place ๐Ÿ˜‚

We ended up picking out 6 donuts to bring over to Ian’s parents’ house and let me just say.. I ate little pieces of each and they were all really good ๐Ÿ˜‰

An hour or two later, everyone else showed up to Ian’s parents’ house for his nephew’s birthday and we all had a blast! His nephew was so happy and excited the entire time. Gosh, sometimes I miss being a kid!

After the party, Ian and I headed home and got ready for bed. Before bed, I worked on my new project for a bit. What project you may ask? Well, it’s a creative project! I have been feeling creatively blocked lately.. due to not really getting in touch with that side of myself for years, so I am working on boosting my creativity. A few weeks ago I signed up for a Skillshare trial in hopes of learning new things and improving my artistic skills and I have been absolutely loving it!! I used to be very creative as a child and teenager but seemed to stop when I became too busy with sports and school. I always feel my happiest when I am working on creative projects, so I thought I would re-immerse myself. Skillshare has really helped me get my creative juices flowing again and has honestly been a ton of fun for me! If you are interested in trying it out for yourself, click on this link for a 2 month trial ๐Ÿ™‚

So what exactly is this project of mine? Well, it is drawing and painting my day with watercolors. Everyday I am aiming to draw a few objects to represent my day and to paint them with watercolors. I am only a few days in and I am so far loving it! I do have to say though that my drawing and painting skills are not the best. I haven’t really drawn much since I was a kid.. so I never really developed strong sketching skills and that is ok! I will make it my goal to do this for 30 days everyday and by the end I hope I am able to see some progress ๐Ÿ™‚

If you guys are interested in following my project as it goes, let me know and maybe I can share my progress with you all in a post or Instagram photos.

A few questions for you:

~ Are you someone who feels bad telling someone that you do not like their work? (ie. to a hairstylist or makeup artist?)

~ Have you ever had a makeup gone wrong experience?

~ What kind of mall shopper are you? A leisure shopper or a mission impossible get in get out shopper?

~ What is one thing you missed about being a kid and one thing you don’t?

~ Is there anything you want to get better at? What is it?

10 thoughts on “Engagement Photos, a Birthday Party, & a New Project ๐Ÿ’ โœจ

  1. Awh, your engagement pictures look gorgeous & I absolutely love that photo aesthetic! I’m so sorry about you liking your makeup, but if you’re wearing it in the pictures, it looks wonderful and I love it! Oh my gosh, I was so self-conscious whenever I had my engagement pictures done. I’m somewhat getting used to being in front of the camera, but I’m a bit on the awkward side still, haha.

    The ballet looks like a wonderful time! I’ve never been to one before. Good luck on the wedding planning; I know how stressful that process is, but hopefully you’re enjoying it all the same! What helped me a lot with the addresses and guest list was creating a spreadsheet and keeping track of the RSVPs and thank you cards that way.

    I give you props for taking pictures of places so thoroughly! I feel so shy when I take a picture of a new place ๐Ÿ˜‚ Your new project sounds exciting. I wish I were artistic, and I’d love to follow you on your progress and journey of it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for the questions, as if my response isn’t long enough, haha, so I’ll answer one briefly! I was so soft spoken that I couldn’t bring myself to tell someone I don’t like their work! That would definitely make me feel so bad because I wouldn’t want them to take it a certain way.

    Thanks for sharing and updating, Brittany!


    1. Aww thanks Stephanie!! I am so glad they turned out well ๐Ÿ™‚ The photographer we went with matched us wonderfully with her editing style and personality. It’s definitely important to work with a photographer that shares your style and is someone that puts you at ease!

      As for wedding planning, spreadsheets have become my best friend ๐Ÿ˜‚I am curious to see how sites such as Zola help with maintaining RSVPs.. but I may just trust my handy dandy spreadsheet I made instead – we will see!

      And try not to feel to shy taking pictures of new places! I know it is easier said than done, but keep doing it until you feel more comfortable. I have found that I feel less awkward taking photos in public when I use my phone instead of my camera. It’s so much sneakier ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Also, I absolutely adore your long response ๐Ÿ™‚ It made me smile! Never feel bad writing long comments here.. I LOVE talking and tend to write long comments as well ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thank for stopping by Stephanie โค

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      1. Yes, that’s so important when choosing a photographer! I absolutely love the darker aesthetics the best. We had a family friend take ours and since our wedding was within 5 months after Stephen proposed, and I had slim options to pick for my pictures since a lot of them were booked. She did a lovely job with them, but they were more of the light and airy style that didn’t really fit us.

        I was never good with working on the website for a wedding since we were so crammed with stuff to get through, but I wish you all the luck! Have you mentioned when the date will be or did I miss that in a post?! I’ll work on the pictures more for sure. Maybe it’ll work out for me in the end with the place and I’ll get something on the house! ๐Ÿ˜œ

        There’s just so much to say about a post sometimes! Long replies make my day. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to any more wedding planning and projects that you share! ๐Ÿ’™


      2. Haha, thank you! Yeah, that was definitely a whirlwind, but everything seemed to go smoothly thanks to my mom decorating everything and my sister-in-law directing the wedding, so it was a breeze! Ahh, I love the date, that’ll fly here so quickly! Hope you enjoy every moment of it!


  2. I totally relate…I can’t get myself to tell anyone I don’t like anything. I remember being in college and getting a TERRIBLE hair cut…like the girl massacred my hair and I smiled and thanked her. What’s wrong with us??
    I can be both-if I’m alone and busy I am on a mission (in and out quick). If I’m with hubs and we have nowhere to be we’ll stroll around.
    I hope you’re having a lovely weekend!


    1. Oh my gosh your comment made me laugh!!! It’s crazy how we will pretend to like things just to prevent hurting someone else’s feelings! Definitely glad I am not alone on this ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Hope you had a nice weekend as well โค

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  3. Aw. I totally feel you on being worried to hurt someone else’s feelings. It’s hard to speak up but, in the end, it always feels so much better when you do! Your photos turned out absolutely beautiful though. ๐Ÿ’– Your photographer sounds so lovely.

    I’d love to attend a ballet performance! How cool that Ian’s aunt plays in the orchestra! A day at the mall is always nice. I’ll have to try that soup at Panera– it’s really popular & looks oh, so tasty!

    That donut shop is super adorable. I looove all the pink touches! I’m sure people always think I’m a bit nutty when I run around taking pictures at places, too, lol. All of the food at your nephew’s bday party looks wonderful. Happy belated birthday to the little cutie!!

    Please share the watercolor paintings! ๐Ÿ˜


  4. Loved reading your blog, as always. I know so many things in your life are hectic, but I promise you that everything will fall in place. As far as hurting someone’s feelings I know That you are too kind and feel for others. Now, I one time moved to another chair because I didn’t like the way she was trimming my hair. Oh well, I felt bad and embarrassed but, I did leave happy!!! Your pics are so nice to look at. Till next time. Love you, my sweetie!โค๏ธ


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