A couple weeks ago, my sister and another one of my bridesmaids threw me the best bridal shower I could have asked for. I’ve been to many over the years, but obviously never had one of my own. I knew what to expect, but they really surprised me with the little details that were so me! I probably couldn’t have done a better job myself and the entire thing was a surprise. Keep reading to browse through photos and some of my tips for pulling off a successful party of your own.
Since we’re less than 2 months away from the wedding, I decided to up my diet game a little bit. I’ve been working out pretty hard for the past year or so, but it hasn’t translated to any weight loss unfortunately. Luckily I work out for fun and to reduce anxiety, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t frustrate me.
In order to lose the extra weight I’ve been holding on to, I joined Weight Watchers. Full disclaimer: I’ve never done WW before and I had no faith in its system. Just being honest here! I know how to eat, what to eat, what to avoid, but I just have no control. I didn’t think it would work for me. Well, it turns out I was wrong. Weight Watchers has already helped me lose 9 pounds in 3 weeks… more than I’ve lost since getting engaged at the end of October! Another disclaimer: this is 100% something I did on my own. I am not collaborating with Weight Watchers in any way! (But hey WW, if you’re interested…)
Stock Up on Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and most vegetables are 0 points, so fill up on these! I’m not a very big snacker, but when I would snack, I’d always crave carbs or sweets. Now, I’ll just eat apples instead of chips and I’ll eat pineapple instead of dessert at night. Whenever I get hungry during the work day, I’ll pull out my bag of apples and snack away. It’s also helpful to pair vegetables with a dinner that may be high in points. For example, if I go to Whole Foods hot bar for dinner (we do this more than I and my wallet would like to admit), I’ll fill the sides with cabbage (SO good) and green beans and then choose the fried tofu or eggplant parmesan for the main dish. That way I can still eat the eggplant parm, plus have sides.
Increase Your Fit Points Threshold
I work out at least 6 days a week, so I always earn a ton of Fit Points. But this is what got me in trouble in the first place – I can’t control myself when I’m hungry and I reward myself for working out! The great thing about the Fit Points is that you don’t get to eat them unless you earn a certain amount. So after my first week, I upped my Fit Points threshold to a number that I could only achieve after working out at least 5 times. This means that I don’t have that bank of points until at least the weekend and the end of my week. This is a little trick that keeps me on track throughout the week. I’ve also considered not allowing myself to use Fit Points, and I’ll probably do this closer to the wedding. (It’s hard because Orange Theory makes me SO hungry!)
Portion Control is your Best Friend
Sometimes, I just have to have that chicken sandwich meal from Chick-fil-A. But I know that if I eat the whole thing, it’s 38 points, which is more than my daily point allowance. So I’ll only eat half, which leaves me some extra room for other meals throughout the day. Portion control is your best friend. I’m truly still eating at Chick-fil-A, but I’ve learned that I can either eat grilled nuggets with fruit or I can eat half of a sandwich, and sometimes I choose the sandwich and it’s okay!
Track Your Meal Before You Order
When I track my meal before I order, I make a better meal decision 98% of the time. It also helps me from overeating. You’d be very surprised to see how many of your favorite foods are actually much higher in points! Like I said in the section above, I used to get a Chick-fil-A spicy chicken sandwich with ranch and a side of fries and Chick-fil-A. Until I saw how many points it was… now I order an 8 piece grilled nugget meal with BBQ sauce and eat a small fry. My original order = 30 points (my whole daily allowance). My new order = 12 points. And it’s still delicious and I still get to eat fries! I also have completely changed my Starbucks order and I truly think that has been a huge help in losing weight.
If you’re interested in seeing specific meal hacks (like my Starbucks order or Chick-fil-A above), comment below and I’ll write another follow up post. The meal hacks won’t just help Weight Watchers, it’ll be a huge help to all dieters.
I consider myself to have a (very) low-maintenance beauty regimen. I know the importance of taking care of your skin, but I’m not the type to have a thousand products along with a differing morning and nighttime routine. I’m very blessed to have pretty easy skin; I tan easily, just have a bit of dryness and only get one pimple every month in the same area.
But that’s not to say I don’t like to treat myself with a high quality night cream or under eye concealer. I do. I just don’t spend lots of money at the spa. I prefer to spend that money on food. Or clothes. But in reality, I find that massages and nail care just about covers the self-indulgent side of me enough. That is, until I realized one pimple could ruin my entire wedding. (Dramatic.)
I was lucky enough to be invited to Bella by Alethea, a Buckhead day and med spa which specializes in skin treatments. I knew as soon as I saw the adorable cottage, this place was going to feel like home. I went in to get a Refresh facial with Venus treatment in order to combat some dullness, minor acne scarring and the dreaded skin aging in preparation for my big day.
Melissa was so sweet and gave me all the best professional advice for other wife-to-be’s, whether your skin is high-maintenance or low-maintenance. I highly suggest stopping by Bella before any events you have coming up, or if you just want to indulge yourself!
This is for the girls who have major acne, scarring or other skin concerns. Yes, you can get it under control before your wedding or big event! Just make sure you’re planning well in advance so that you have enough time to treat and condition, because there will be some downtime. A typical schedule looks like the following:
Begin: at least 6 months before the big day
Treatment: Pixel Laser Facial + VI Peel
Number of treatments: 3
Cost: Around $2500
The Pixel Laser Facial starts the process of healing and rapid skin restoration. It leaves skin dry and pink for up to three days, but removes fine lines, wrinkles and scarring quickly and painlessly. The VI Peel is a chemical peel designed to significantly improve the overall tone, texture, and clarity of your skin. It also helps to reduce the appearance of melasma, age spots, freckles, acne/acne scars, and hyper-pigmentation. It’s painless, but produces dramatic, visible results in just days with little downtime.
This is for the girls who don’t have time (or don’t need) to recover from chemical treatments. There is no downtime, but lots of plumping and brightening! You’ll also have a less aggressive schedule that starts closer to your big day. A typical schedule looks like:
The Diamond Microdermabrasion is similar to your typical facial with microderm, but a diamond tipped treatment is used! Results are immediate and your skin will look and feel soft and smooth, and enlarged pores and laughter lines are less prominent. Venus skin tightening will make your skin look young, fresh and tight with 0 pain or downtime.
I highly suggest going Bella by Alethea for any of your skincare needs whether you’re gearing up for a big event or you’re just looking to work on some of your problem areas. As someone who has never been to a spa for skin treatments, and really doesn’t know much about skin care in general, they were so patient with me and made sure to tell me all about what they were doing and what I should do to keep my skin looking great. I felt so comfortable there and can’t wait to go back!
I was gifted my skincare treatments at Bella by Alethea, but all of the opinions, as usual, are 100% true and my own!