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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot with Tara Leinen

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

The moment you've all been waiting for: my engagement photo session! Thanks to our incredible photographer, Tara Leinen, Alex and I had the most perfect shoot. When I came across her work I immediately noticed her style was exactly what we were searching for. During our initial meeting with Tara, her bubbly personality was infectious and I also loved how concise she was. It was an easy decision for us to book her!

I would also like to start by stating our photographer was so amazing that she gave us back the fully-edited photos from our engagement shoot in less than a week from when we shot.

Alex and I created two, distinct looks but before I go into details, I would also like to thank the following for sponsoring me:
  • Venue: Westin La Paloma Resort. The entire place is elegant and blends in well with the Tucson culture.
  • Makeup and Hair: Gadabout Salons and Spa. Miguel created beautiful, loose curls for my hair, and Braigen softly contoured my face.
  • Lash Extensions: Lashed by Wendie. Wendie applied a balance of lashes to provide me with a fuller look that was still natural.

Classic and Timeless
Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot
 
They say your engagement shoot attire should be whatever you feel most comfortable in. Well I've never been a jeans-type-of-girl, and honestly I feel best when I dress up.

I knew I wanted a high-quality, off-shoulder black gown and the Adrianna Papell one I found was perfect. The gown was timeless and elegant in every way possible. I'm also a firm believer you should always have a black gown in your wardrobe... I now have three ha. I accessorized with my black Pigalle Christian Louboutins. With Tara's help, I styled the dress with Kate Spade yellow-jeweled chandelier earrings and of course, my Tiffany setting engagement ring from Tiffany & Co.

Alex wore a Jos. A. Bank black suit paired with a Brooks Brothers white button-up with barrel cuffs. He accessorized with his black Steve Madden shoes he bought for when he proposed to me. I love that he owns a black suit and feel every man should invest in owning at least one suit.

Tara used the beautiful architecture of La Paloma as a focal point but made sure we were emphasized. As you scroll through the photos, you'll see why La Paloma is one of my favorite resorts!

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot


Tucson Mountains
Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Something that I wanted to embody during our shoot was the beautiful, purple mountains of Tucson. Anytime I leave and come back to Tucson, I am always in awe of the majestic mountains. They surround the city and are iconic to locals. I also wanted some cacti in this look. Tara nailed it all so perfectly!

I found the perfect Gianni Bini dress from Dillard's which was a mauve satin. The cut contrasted well with my previous black gown. I wanted to make sure both looks complemented each other as a collage for my save-the-date. The satin appealed to me because the material created such a delicate touch in the desert. For shoes, I kept it casual by wearing brown, Steve Madden sandals. I also knew we would be in the desert at some point and I didn't want to stand in rocks while in my high heels. I knew immediately the threaded, gold earrings I received from Melios would match.

Alex wore his gray Jos. A. Banks suit (the same he proposed to me in!) with a Charles Tyrwhitt French Cuff shirt that had a maroon grid design. He accessorized with monogrammed cuff links I gave him as a college graduation present and also his Steve Madden shoes from the first look.

We are grateful our shoot was such a success, and I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do! #SingleNoMoe

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot

Westin La Paloma Engagement Shoot


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

R. Riveter

R. Riveter

I would like to start this post by thanking all of the veterans and current service members who have selflessly served our country and sacrificed time away from their loved ones. Our country is able to stand strong with the unity of these brave men and women.

While the service members are away, spouses are left alone to raise their family. For a vivid example of this, please visit a story I wrote on Candace Jackson detailing her endurance as a military wife.

Military wives may find difficulty holding a regular job due to frequent moves with their husbands. Two military spouses, Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse, decided they wanted to have their career back, and they successfully achieved it by designing attractive and utility handbags, R. Riveter.

Each handbag is American made and crafted by a military spouse. The brand empowers military spouses to contribute something with their variety of skill sets, and was even featured on Shark Tank! They like to say they're #BagsOnAMission. The handbag even comes with a tag and website where the consumer can learn about the military spouse who sewed their bag!

R. Riveter

R. Riveter

R. Riveter

R. Riveter

I was gifted the Hobby from R. Riveter in solid black to utilize in my every day life. I especially love using this handbag for work because it has several pockets, holds my agenda and can fit a water bottle when I'm out. The design and quality is also beautiful. The logo features a gold, embossed logo. If you are interested supporting this awesome brand, visit R.Riveter and get 15% off when you use my code: RRNATALIES. For Veteran's Day weekend, you can also get free shipping and an additional 25% off of select bags!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

AC Hotel Grand Reveal

AC Hotel Grand Reveal

This week I had the opportunity to celebrate the grand reveal at the AC Hotel located in downtown Tucson!

I am enthusiastic about this hotel's existence because I feel it will not only provide economic benefit to Tucson, but enable visitors to become immersed in the cultural and historical downtown area. I was happy to see such a large number of people celebrating the hotel. 

The grand reveal was a colorful evening filled with socializing, serenading by an acoustic guitar, craft cocktails from the bar and food from neighboring restaurants. Kirsten Ortez, The Wandering Brunette, was also invited and we opted to be each other's dates!

AC Hotel Grand Reveal

We indulged in empanadas from The Hub, bacon-wrapped dates from 47 Scott, Mexican wedding cookies from El Charro Steak and more. Since we're also both gin lovers, we each had the AC Hotel's specialty cocktail, AC GT. We found ourselves stuffed by the end of the night!

AC Hotel Grand Reveal

AC Hotel Grand Reveal

AC Hotel Grand Reveal

AC Hotel Grand Reveal

AC Hotel Grand Reveal

Congratulations again to the AC Hotel on your success and thank you for inviting me to celebrate with you.

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