I don’t know who came up with this insane idea that a girl has to look “most beautiful” on her wedding day. But as a bride, I can tell you that the pressure is real…very very real. Perhaps it’s pressure I’m putting on myself, because not only will 200 pairs of eyeballs be directly on me on October 11th, but I’ll also have thousands of pictures documenting the way I look on that particular day. Just thinking about that makes me want to grab a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream and curl up on the couch under a blanket. Yikes.Okay, so maybe “most beautiful” is too much pressure. But I do want to FEEL good on the big day. Physically, mentally, emotionally…I want to be on my “A” game on all accounts. So today let’s chat about all of the things I’ve been up to over the last 9 months so I can look and feel my best on October 11th…
I’m not a believer in “diets.” Instead, I’m in the camp where I would much rather workout, so I can eat and drink what I want. I’ve always been fairly athletic, but with the wedding I knew I wanted to take things up a notch. For the past few months I’ve been doing a bridal boot camp 3 days a week. It’s pretty intense, and I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my arms and stomach. The number on the scale hasn’t really changed, but I feel much more toned. The boot camp is actually pretty awesome, because it’s full of other girls just like me. We love chatting about all things wedding (on water breaks of course!) and it’s been great to swap advice with other brides. I’ll probably continue with that even after the wedding, just because it’s a really great combo of cardio and strength. [Chicago ladies, this is the boot camp if you’re interested. Not sponsored, just really love it there!] I’ve also been walking to and from work just about everyday, which adds up to just less than 4 miles each day. To add a little intensity over these last couple weeks, I’ve also been doing Shred 415 classes. Whoa baby…now these are super intense. It’s four 15 minute intervals, with two on the treadmill and the other two with weights. I leave a sweaty, tired mess each time. All of these workout classes aren’t just helping me tone up, they’re also helping me escape from all of the chaos of these days right before the wedding. It’s nice to take an hour of “me time” and not think about table numbers, budgets, and wedding timelines.
In terms of food, I’ve just tried to cut out a lot of processed garbage. I eat fairly “clean”, but I’ve been known to have a bowl of cereal (or 3) at night and count that as a dinner. Finn and I have both been trying to cook more protein and veggies each week, so we’re less likely to order Thai food for dinner. I feel like every time I cave and eat something “naughty” the wedding gods are looking down at me with disappointment. I’ve also really upped my water intake, so I can have that nice “bridal glow.” On the weekends I opt for coconut water for extra electrolytes, especially since I’m usually having a cocktail or two at night.
Continuing with the “bridal glow” topic, I’ve been doing my best to keep my skin looking good. For the most part, I stayed out of the sun this summer. If I was out, I always wore sunglasses and 55spf sunscreen on my face. I tried my best to avoid tan lines on my shoulders and back, but I may have some faint lines that need to be covered.
I’m a big bathtub girl (yeah I know some people think baths are gross…#sorryimnotsorry), so I’ve tried to limit my tub time so as not to dry out my skin. I’ve also added a face mask to my weekly routine, and I still use my clarisonic brush every other day. So far no zits to be found, and fingers crossed I don’t wake up next Saturday with a big one…HAIR & NAILS:
You may have noticed that my hair is getting long. Like super long. I’ve been growing it out for the wedding, and I’ve been doing my best to keep it healthy. Less shampooing, and more deep conditioning for this blondie. That also means a lot less blow drying, and a lot more top knots. I actually just found these amazing spiral hair pins that I use to make my top knots (in picture above.) No need for a rubber band….2 of these should keep your hair secure. They’re awesome and I feel like my hair isn’t quite as damaged because of them.
I also worked with my hair stylist to schedule my highlights and haircuts prior to the wedding. I’m getting my hair colored today (woo hoo!) so it is fresh for next Saturday. My stylist and I also planned out my exact colors ahead of time, so I don’t have any scary blue hair moments like from Bride Wars…
As for my nails, well my nails pretty much suck. I’m a hardcore nail biter. Yes, again it’s gross…but I can’t help it! I have stubby little fingers and stubby nails to go along with them. I’ve been growing out my nails so I don’t have to get fake ones put on for the wedding. My plan is to go next Friday and do a gel french manicure. Hopefully they’re long enough and I don’t munch on them before walking down the aisle.
Luckily, I’ll have my makeup professionally done for the big day. Although I did have to purchase my lip color prior to my makeup trial in August. I ended up going to Sephora, where I proceeded to try on about 10 different colors. Finally, I chose a lipstick and a lip pencil. I then went to pay…only to find out it was $82 total. Holy smokes. $52 just for the lipstick alone. I was flabbergasted, yet I felt so bad that I went ahead and made the purchase. Days later I went back, and I ended up exchanging my items for much more reasonably priced alternatives. Wow…I didn’t even know lipstick could be so expensive!
Finally, I’ve been doing my best to rest and enjoy these last few weeks before our wedding. Even though we have a lot going on, I’ve tried to hop in bed early each night to do a bit of reading before attempting to get in a good 8-9 hours of rest. It’s a great way to unwind, and it stills my mind before my head hits the pillow.
Finn’s Aunt gave us this book at our wedding shower, and I’ve loved reading a couple of pages each night at bedtime. The book offers advice from couples who have been married 50 years or longer.
The words of wisdom and marriage tips are priceless, and it reminds me that October 11th is just the start of our life together. Of course I want to be a beautiful bride next weekend, but I know that in the end it won’t really matter if my hair is frizzy, I have a zit on my nose, or my nails aren’t perfectly manicured. I’ll only be thinking about my handsome groom at the end of the aisle, and the beautiful life we have planned together.