ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

So it’s been quite a while since I’ve been on my blog and it’s because I’m getting married in less than three weeks!! Ahhhh, I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone by!

Three weeks from yesterday, Evan and I will be married. I will be Kaitlyn Beemer! Since our wedding is so close, I’ve been crazy busy working on last minute details, creating a seating chart, re-visiting the venue with our day-of coordinator. There is so much going on and though I am so excited to be married, I am also excited for the busyness and stress to end.

Evan and I did finally make time to get our engagement photos taken. I mean, since we did them about a month before our wedding they’re more like couple photos at this point, but I am still so excited to share them with you.

Our photographer Ashley is absolutely amazing. She takes her photos with film and has an innate¬†ability to capture the natural light. The photos came out better than I could have even expected. Initially the day was supposed to be cloudy and rainy, but as we got closer to our photo destination the sun came out and it was in the 70s! It was just perfect ūüôā

Here are just a few of my favorites…

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All photos by Ashley Cox

Dress — Free People

Shoes — Charlotte Stone

 

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BEST DRESSED: OSCARS 2016

I realize I’m a little behind on this whole Oscars best dressed thing, but better late than never right? I wasn’t as impressed with the red carpet as I had hoped to be. There were so many disappointing looks, like Amy Poehler, Jennifer Garner and Kate Winslet. I wasn’t even as fond of Brie Larson’s blue gown. While I did love the color, I didn’t like the ruffles flowing down the skirt. That just killed it for me.

But there were some dresses that didn’t disappoint. I’ve included those looks below along with my favorites from the Vanity Fair Oscar Party as well (so you may see a few people twice.) Enjoy!

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Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell. I have always admired Lady Gaga’s risk taking when it comes to fashion, but I have really enjoyed her more toned down sense of style lately. No meat dresses here! I really loved that she opted for a jumpsuit and that she supported her friend and new designer Brandon by wearing his look on the red carpet. Love you Gaga!
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Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton. She is the Lupita Nyong’o of the 2016 award season. She can do no wrong! She may always be sporting Louis Vuitton, but the dresses are all so different. This color looked great on her, but she’s so gorgeous that I can’t imagine her ever looking bad.
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Cate Blanchett in Armani Priv√®. I’m in love with this woman. First of all she’s stunning. Second of all she has a great fashion sense and can pull off anything and everything. I loved this dress. It was one of my favorites from the night!
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Chrissy Teigen in Marchesa. Pregnancy looks good on you Chrissy. I loved everything about this look, from the hair to the nails. She is one hot mama!
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Naomi Watts in Armani Privè. This dress was such a pretty color and it really popped on the red carpet. I loved the ombrè bodice and the sleek silhouette.
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Margot Robbie in Tom Ford. I really love when someone opts for sleeves. While this gown didn’t show as much skin, it was still sexy because of the deep V in the front. With her blonde locks, Margot was a gold goddess!
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Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein. This dress followed the typical Calvin Klein formula — sleek and simple. But the color and sparkle made it noteworthy. The deep green looked great on Saoirse’s pale skin.
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Rooney Mara in Givenchy. This dress looked way better on the TV than it does in this picture. I loved the lacy look of the material and the diamond shaped cutout in the middle. I wasn’t a fan of the severe hair, but the dress made up for it!
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Rachel McAdams in August Getty Atelier. This dress was very simple, but I like the minimal look and Rachel looked stunning in this color. And I’m a sucker for silky materials!
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Olivia Munn in Stella McCartney. Damn this girl has gotten fit. Not that she wasn’t before, but she is looking even better now. This dress was a breath of fresh air on the red carpet. The color was so bright and unexpected and I loved the one shoulder detail. So elegant!
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Sara Sampaio in Zuhair Murad. When you’ve got a body this killer, why not show it off! While the dress shows a lot of skin, it still looks classy. Love!
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Rachel McAdams in Naeem Khan. She went with another simple shape, but opted for a lighter color and some sparkle. I loved it! I hated the shoes (they just look cheap to me), but I was able to look past them so she made the cut yet again.
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Kate Bosworth in Ralph and Russo. This Kate reminds me of the other Cate (Blanchett that is.) She has the rare ability to pull off nearly everything. They kind of look alike too don’t they? I loved the greyish blue color and the large floral details at the neckline. I’m not sure if I could pull this off, but she sure did!
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Gwen Stefani in Yanina Couture with Blake Shelton. I was in love with this dress! It was one of my absolute favorites from the Vanity Fair party. I truly admire how Gwen can flawlessly shift from her punky street style to full on glam.¬†Luckily for her the carpet wasn’t red; the dark carpet made her dress absolutely pop.
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Emma Roberts in Yanina Couture. I realize this could look like a bunch of large spiders crawling up the dress, but for some reason I really liked this. And Emma’s hair and makeup is just flawless too!
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Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton. Another Louis, another win, another favorite. What more can I say? This girl is perfect.
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Diane Kruger in Reem Acra. You really need a killer body to pull this gown off. Luckily Diane has one. I loved the color and the fringe. It was such a unique gown!
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Brie Larson in Monse. Man I am a sucker for velvet! I loved the color and the neckline of this gown. I would wear this dress in a heartbeat!

 

All photos courtesy of E! Online

WILD CHILD

I am far from a wild child. I’m the exact opposite really. I enjoy staying in, relaxing on the couch and watching TV. I’m not one to party. I don’t drink (mainly because I just don’t like the way any alcohol tastes) and I have never done drugs. The title of this post references the jacket I’m wearing — the Wild Child Jacket from Flynn Skye.

It just so happens this jacket is on sale through midnight tonight too!  Unfortunately the exact pattern I have is not on sale, but there are still a lot of other floral patterns that are just as beautiful!

The weather is starting to warm up here in Fairfax and I just can’t wait for Spring! While the temperature has been spring-like lately, I’m waiting for all of the leaves to come in and the flowers to bloom. Then I’ll really be happy! And do you know what else is happening this Spring?! I’m getting married!!! Just a little over two months from now.

More on that later, for now let’s get back to today’s outfit. These shorts are some of my favorites. I actually got four pairs for $20 at the Rose Bowl Flea Market two years ago.¬† I had to sort through several hundred pairs, and try them on right out in the open (but not to worry, I had one of Free People’s seamless rompers on so I was able to slip the shorts on over that.) The only thing is this pair is a little cheeky, as in you can see the bottoms of my butt cheeks. Some may be okay with the look, but it makes me self-conscious so I basically have to wear them over tights. But I can live with that!

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Jacket — Flynn Skye

Shirt — Garage

Shorts — Rose Bowl Flea Market

Tights — Target

Shoes — Qupid via PacSun

Necklace — She’s Unique¬†(similar here and here)

THE BODYSUIT

I would never describe my style as sexy, but I would definitely describe this bodysuit from Reformation as such. According to the brand’s website, this bodysuit will make you feel 50-75% spicier and they weren’t kidding. I’d say I felt a bit spicy in it! Haha. (I can’t even take myself seriously saying that.)

I think this bodysuit works for me and my style because I don’t have much in the way of boobs, so it doesn’t come across as overtly sexy. I mean, there isn’t much cleavage going on in the pictures below.

By adding the floral duster from Free People and my new favorite rust booties, this outfit was just an amped up or slightly sexier¬†version of my usual style. The only downside is that it takes a solid 10 minutes to use the bathroom because you essentially have to undress completely. But hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

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Bodysuit — Reformation¬†(similar here)

Jeans — Zara

Duster — Free People

Boots — Aldo

BEST DRESSED: SCREEN ACTORS GUILD 2016

I didn’t get to watch the red carpet live last night because I went to see 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (which by the way is a great movie) with my fiance, but I was checking out the fashions on my phone!

While there were several who really stole the show, overall I wasn’t super impressed with what I saw. For example, Julianne Moore always looks great, but last night that green Givenchy gown just didn’t do it for me. And Eva Longoria just looked like she was trying too hard. As for Sofia Vergara, well she looked gorgeous as per usual, I just wasn’t feeling the bright¬†pink hue of her gown.

There were still some gowns (and a jumpsuit) that I loved. Check them out below…

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Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton. This girl always looks stunning, but she killed it last night. I’m not usually a fan of sparkle and sequins, but this gown was so elegant. I loved the color blocking and I also loved Alicia’s sleek hairstyle. My favorite of the night!¬†
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Brie Larson in Versace. This is one of those times where if it weren’t for the whole look (hair, makeup, jewelry) I probably would have left it off my list. However, I thought Brie looked stunning. Not everyone could pull a dress like this off, and she picked it literally hours before the red carpet! Amazing.
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Kristen Wiig in Roland Mouret. I love a good jumpsuit and Kristen rocked this one. She looked so gorgeous and toned. Well done Kristen. Way to take a risk!
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Kiernan Shipka in Erdem. I wish I was this stylish at 16! I loved the silhouette and the print on this gown. She looked so fresh and happy!
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Claire Danes in Stella McCartney. Claire tends to go for sleek silhouettes, but when you know what works for you, go for it! This dress was simple, but sometimes less is more. I really loved it!
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Sarah Paulson in Armani Prive. I’m sure some will think I’m crazy for including Sarah on my best dressed list, but I truly love when people take risks. She always goes for something unconventional and I love that. I actually liked the colors in this dress and the velvetty material. She made this look edgy and I think she pulled this dress off quite nicely.
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Naomi Watts in Burberry. I loved this color on her porcelain skin and the floral applique throughout. I’m such a sucker for anything floral.
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Lily Rabe in Lela Rose. This color is so hard to pull off, but I thought Lily looked stunning. I loved her loose waves and bright red lip. They really complemented the gown well!

All photos courtesy of E! Online