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Throwback: Brooke + Michael

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 Today’s throwback goes to Brooke + Michael! Their elegant wedding incorporated sophisticated decorations and themes, creating a wedding to remember!

 

 Brooke + Michael had a spectacular wedding with the ceremony itself held at St. Mary’s in the early afternoon, followed by a “duck tour” in between the ceremony and reception! Jake Holt tagged along with them to capture the moments while they toured Austin. The reception, held at Brazos Hall, was the highlight of the evening, the chandeliers from ILD and the farm tables from Premiere Select were amazing. Guest enjoyed food from Whole Foods Catering and danced the night away with the help of The Drywater Band. All together is was an amazing night!

Congrats again to Brooke + Michael!

 

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Thank you to all of our fabulous vendors who helped make Brooke + Michael’s day stunning!

 

Venue: Brazos Hall

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s

Rentals: Premiere Select

Caterer: Whole Foods

Flowers: Megan Martinez

Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery

Band: The Drywater Band

Photographer: Jake Holt Photography

Videographer: Adam Grumbo Films

Lighting: ILD

Ice: Full Spectrum Ice

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Kimberly + Matt were married on a cold and rainy November day, but we pushed through the weather and had a stunning ceremony at Pecan Springs Ranch.  It was very important to Kim + Matt that we had music for the ceremony that was meaningful, so we had the most epic processional music ever! She walked down the aisle to Intro by The xx and it was was amazing. It was a good thing we had Joel with Greenbelt DJ for the reception as well because the dance floor never stopped! Kim was one of the most stylish brides I have ever worked with, she started with a beautiful blush gown and changed into a fun and sassy reception dress- both were perfection. Congratulations Kim + Matt!!!!

xoxo Megan

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Thank you so much to our wonderful team of vendors for making this day so special!

Rehearsal Dinner: Iron Cactus

Rentals: Poke-e-Jos

Caterer: Poke-e-Jos

Flowers: Exquisite Petals

Cake: Kayla Knight Cakes

Additional Dessert: Amy’s Ice Cream

Photographer: Photohouse

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DJ/Band: Greenbelt DJ

Ceremony Music: Greenbelt DJ

Ceremony Sound Equipment: Greenbelt DJ

Alcohol: Specs

Lighting: Greenbelt DJ

Hotel-Wedding Night: Barton Creek

Hotel-Guests: Barton Creek/ Hampton Inn

Transportation: Uptown Valet

Hair: Bella Mariee

Makeup: Nisa Nicole Makeup Artistry

 

Ask the Experts: Proper Wedding Guest Attire

This week on the Pearl Events Blog we are doing something a little different than we normally do! Instead of focusing on the bride and groom, we want to focus on their guests. With an endless variety of ceremonies, often times confusion arises when picking the perfect outfit for the special day.

We have listed the most popular wedding invite dress codes and are ready to explain what they mean, exactly. Whether the couple has chosen a Black Tie wedding or a Country Casual get down, Pearl Events has the perfect style guide to set the record straight!

 

“Black Tie”

A black tie wedding is the perfect occasion to pull out that fancy evening gown in the back of your closet. Boost the glamour and slip into a floor-length gown or cocktail dress paired with some jaw dropping heels. Don’t be afraid to wear color and garnish with bold accessories!

The men are expected to wear a tuxedo – black bow tie, cummerbund, and patent leather shoes are also recommended. Often times, invitations will say “Black Tie Optional” if it is acceptable for a formal dark suit and tie.

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“White Tie”

Most of us probably assumed Black Tie was the most formal dress code. But in fact, Black Tie is significantly less formal than White Tie (like wearing yoga pants to a party).  White Tie is typically reserved for state dinners and particularly formal evening weddings. At other ceremonies, ladies could get away with a cocktail dress, but for White Tie events, only a ball gown would be appropriate.

Gentlemen are expected to wear tuxedo, a long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest, and a bow tie. Black, formal shoes and even white gloves for dancing are suitable for this occasion.

 

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“Formal” or “Cocktail”

The word “formal” on an invitation can be confusing, but don’t worry about it! The language indicates your attire should be something slightly less fancy than black tie. Don’t feel pressured into buying a brand-new dress for a formal wedding; a bold cocktail dress and statement accessories will make the perfect outfit!

At these occasions, an evening jacket with matching trousers should be the go-to for men at a formal or cocktail event.

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“Garden” or “Casual”

This one tends to throw people off, and in these circumstances it is important to pay attention to the venue. If it says verbatim “botanical gardens” then you can match the occasion with florals and pastels. If the invite mentions their family ranch, you can assume the event will be rustic chic. Embrace the southern belle style with a high fashion twist. Wearing wedges will ease the treacherous walk through fields or barnyard dance floors, and a floral dress is thematic without being too literal. Rule of thumb: never wear cowboy boots unless specifically requested!

For the guys, a pair of slacks and a sports coat are perfectly acceptable. Perhaps a pastel polo shirt or button down with flat-front pants.

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“Beach”

Most often the wedding invite will specify whether the dress code is “beach casual” or “beach formal,” but a good rule of thumb for beach attire is to wear something that you would wear to a nice restaurant on a pretty day. For a simple yet ethereal seaside look, go lux bohemian in a breezy sundress dress paired with a pair of strappy flats (not rubber flip flops). Finish the outfit with a light summer scarf that can double as a shawl. Keep in mind the sun, sand, wind and sea spray. For example, it tends to be windy on the beach, so avoid short skirts and dresses that can blow up and reveal (ahem) more than you wanted.

The sun and sand can be uncomfortable for a man in a full three-piece suit, so linen and lightweight cotton are the best options for keeping cool. For some afternoon beach weddings, it may even be suitable for men to wear nice shorts and a jacket.

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Vows to Live By

Repeat after us! “I vow to never wear…”

“Head-to-Toe Black”

Weddings are a time of joy and celebration and unfortunately that LBD could be sending the wrong message- one of mourning or death (scary!).  While it’s okay to show up to your best friend’s nuptials wearing a sleek, little black number, just make sure it doesn’t lean on the gothic side.

“Jeans or Denim”

Rustic, country weddings are a huge trend, but that doesn’t mean you should dress like you’re at the rodeo. We don’t care how casual the wedding is or how laid-back the couple may be – attending in jeans is an absolute NO NO! Instead, try for a simple cocktail or sundress and for the guys perhaps a pair of khakis and a polo shirt.

“Anything skimpy or too revealing”

We can understand the desire to look your best, but a wedding is not the place to show off all your assets. While there’s nothing wrong with showing a little leg or décolleté every so often, there’s a time and place for such things. A a plunging neckline or an itty-bitty dress begs for attention, and on that day, all attention should be on the bride.

“My Best Interview Outfit”

A suit jacket and skirt is fine, even an evening tuxedo works for black-tie occasions. But your 9-to-5 pantsuit is not up to the task. It’s a celebration, not a board meeting, so leave your business wardrobe at home and slip into something more fun!

“A Tiara”

You’d think we wouldn’t even have to mention this one, but you’d be surprised by what attention-seeking guests have tried to pull off. So, we’ll just say it anyways: Do not, under any circumstances, wear a tiara to any wedding other than your own. Not only is it disrespectful to the bride, it would just make you look desperate for attention.

“WHITE”

Maybe it’s an old-fashioned, old-school rule. Maybe the bride is super cool and doesn’t even care, but wearing a white dress to a wedding just makes you look disrespectful. Really, you couldn’t choose any other dress?

 

Still have nothing to wear? Why buy a dress you’ll only wear once? Rent the Runway offers thousands of designer styles, including dresses, jewelry, handbags and more at a substantially lower rental fee. You’ll be sure to find the perfect look no matter the occasion!

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Ashley’s Crushes…

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I love summer, being outside and being on the water.  But with the scorching heat of Austin, Texas, it is hard to feel pretty after a long day in the sun. My favorite things right now are all about balancing beauty and the outdoors. Here they are:

 

1. Coola Face- SPF Matte Tint

Stop. Stop everything you are doing and go get this. It is a tinted mineral sunscreen made with organic ingredients and antioxidants. It dries down to a matte finish, perfect for lasting through a hot day! It also has shea butter and makes your face incredibly soft. You need this. You’re welcome. Buy it here!0_1092b0_bd3518dc_orig

2. Smashbox 24-Hour Photo Finish Foundation Primer

From hot weather to rain, use this and your makeup will stay on all day. It is velvety and it is awesome. Plus, it makes your face look soft and perfect for pictures! Get your picture perfect look here!img-thing

3. Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper

Am I the only one who likes the tingle of lip plumpers? This one has spearmint and peppermint oils in it to increase circulation, perfect for creating full lips that are super natural looking. Plus it has shea butter and avocado that makes your lips extra soft. Check out this summer essential on the Jane Iredale website!

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My boyfriend, Tyler, got me the Rayne necklace and I LOVE it. It is long and whimsical with a tassel at the end and is is the perfect pop of color for a day on the town. (Mine is red, but they have their whole color bar to choose from!) One thing I love about buying Kendra Scott is that they give back to different causes and charities on certain days. If you are looking to get some Kendra soon, on Friday, August 7, 20% of all the proceeds go to Boy’s Town.  How great is that? You can shop, eat cupcakes and drink champagne (talk about a perfect night). You can even order over the phone if you can’t make it. If you’re looking to add some new jewelry to your wardrobe, check out the variety of colors on the Kendra Scott website!Screen-Shot-2014-11-02-at-8.20.39-PM

5. Perfume Samples

From Sephora, you can buy a kit with tons of little perfume samples. Really, it has everything and it’s great. From Burberry to Tom Ford to Prada, there are so many options. I can’t ever decide which perfume to buy anyway, so this is perfect for me! I throw one in my purse and keep a few in my car and just spritz them on whenever I am going somewhere. Find your perfect scent here!sephora_0

Don’t forget to try some of my favorite summer items! I hope you love them just as much as I do!

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Vendor Shout Out: Blue Note Bakery

This week’s Vendor Shout Out is Blue Note Bakery! Blue Note Bakery’s cake artists compose unforgettable pastries for Austin-area events. Blue Note has 11 years of cake making under their belt and can boast a wide variety of cake and filling flavors! Whether it’s an occasion cake or a classic wedding cake, Blue Note is sure to make your next event a hit with a cake that is simply delicious (and 100% from scratch)! Let’s look at a Q & A with the owner to find out more about this wonderful bakery.

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How long have you been working in the industry, and how did Blue Note Bakery get started?

I have been working in the industry since 1990.  I made my first wedding cake when I was 16.  I started Blue Note in 2004 after working many aspects of the pastry industry.  I have been a baker and a pastry chef in restaurants in San Francisco as well as Austin.  I taught at a local Culinary school, but then realized that I really enjoyed the artistry of cakes.  I quit teaching & started Blue Note Bakery in the kitchen of a catering company. After only 3 years, I was able to get my own South Congress kitchen, where I have been ever since.

What is your favorite part of working weddings?

 My favorite part is meeting with the couple & designing something completely custom for them & their vision. The 2nd best part is seeing it in place with the rest of the design & having it meld into one spectacular event!

How would you describe the style of cakes you typically design?

Elegant Fun” The type of clients that like us are the ones who are looking to have their personalities show in the cake.

  How does Blue Note Bakery stand out against other Austin bakeries?

Oh Well! We make EVERYTHING from scratch!  We have the best tasting fondant & our cake & filling flavors are just as customizable as our designs.  Just look at our flavor list. We LOVE options!

How long has Blue Note Bakery provided sweets for weddings?

Since April 1st, 2004

Have you noticed any trends that couples are asking for when it comes to cake selection?

The trends seem to go with what is on pinterest.  Brides are loving the ombre, naked cakes & metallics, right now.

How far in advance should a couple book Blue Note Bakery for their big day?

It is best, if your wedding is in the prime seasons (March, April, May, October) to book 6-9 months in advance.  During other seasons, 4- 6 months should be fine.  We are a small shop & we like to give plenty of attention to each order.

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Thank you to Blue Note Bakery for creating such delicious and beautiful cakes! We look forward to working with you in the future!

Throwback: Katie + Mykal

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Throwback to one of Becky’s favorite weddings! We loved Katie’s idea to incorporate green and black with natural elements throughout the beautiful celebration!

The stunning lounge areas and acrylic chuppah were provided by Townsley Designs. The table scapes were all rentals from Premiere Party Central. The glorious floral arrangements from Bouquets of Austin truly highlighted her theme. The guests had a blast dancing and photoboothing it up all night courtesy of Annie Ray Photography. All of the fun and intricate details were captured by the swanky Jake Holt Photography.

Congrats again to Katie + Mykal!

 

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 Thank you again to the fantastic team of vendors who helped bring this stunning event together!

Venue: Four Seasons

Rehearsal Dinner: Max’s Wine Dive

Rentals: Premiere Party Central

Decor: Townsley Design

Flowers: Bouquets of Austin

Photographer: Jake Holt Photography

DJ/Band: All Funk Radio Show

Videography: New Road Productions

Lighting: FILO Designs

Hair and Makeup: Melody Eden

Photobooth: Annie Ray Creative

Stationery: The Inviting Pear

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Jen’s Crushes…

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This week we are featuring Jen’s favorite things. These will have you feeling clean, fit and fun during these hot summer days in Texas! What more could a girl ask for?! Here we go! Here are a few of her essential items:

 

1. Chakra #3

I fell in love with Aveda back in Missouri when my girl Toni hooked me up with a cut and color at her place (The Color Room). I knew the minute I stepped into her salon, I was about to start a love affair with Aveda. I use this as an after shower spray, put it on my pillow, sometimes use it as perfume…actually I always use it as perfume! To snag your own, check out Aveda’s website here.

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2. Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion

With my new short hair, I can easily spray this when it’s wet and it’ll add a bit of texture and volume and I’m out the door when its dry. I LOVE IT SO VERY MUCH! My girl Jessica (@ Urban Betty) introduced it to me. To get your perfect hair-do with this spray, click here!

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3. Roomba

Dirty floor? Nope, not anymore! I turn it on everyday before I leave for work and when I come home, poof clean floors! Especially great when living with animals. Amaze-balls! If you want to come home to clean floors without having to put in the work, check out their website and order your own Roomba here!

 

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4. Zulu water bottle

I finally found a great glass water bottle that if I (or Eli) drop it, it won’t break. I got mine at Target on sale and have used it almost everyday since then. Stay hydrated this summer by checking out the variety of Zulu water bottles here and order one today!

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5. Nike Running shoes

My feet just melt into this shoe. I never used to work out but with these bad boys and my new water bottle-it’s all I can think about. There’s nothing better than a new pair of kicks! Check out Nike’s website for a full selection of bright, fun-colored shoes!

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 I hope you get to try some of my must haves and love them just as much as I do!

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Vendor Shout Out: Tiny Pies

This week’s Vendor Shout Out goes to Tiny Pies! Tiny Pies takes locally grown ingredients and makes old family pie recipes into tiny hand-held pies. Tiny Pies started at a Farmer’s Market in Jan. 2011, and has been growing ever since. Their catering experience, unique take on pies, and delicious flavors makes Tiny Pies the perfect choice for a treat at your wedding or event! We spoke with owner Amanda to find out all about Tiny Pies!

 

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How did Tiny Pies get started?

The idea for Tiny’s Tiny Pies came from my boys wanting to take an individual piece of pie in their lunch sacks to school.  My mom and I thought this was a great idea, and started playing around with recipes in our kitchen. We started at the Barton Creek Farmers market in Jan. 2011 and took 75 Tiny Pies to the first day and sold out.  We have been growing organically since!

 

What is something everyone should know about your company?

Tiny Pies is family owned and operated and is also a woman owned company. My mother Kit and I are involved in every aspect of the business!  Kit runs our catering dept. and oversees all aspects of the order from initial tasting appointment, to delivery at the event, to making sure that everything is perfect for our clients.

 

How would you describe the style of pies you typically design?

We have many different styles of pie to choose from: pie pops – dye cut pies on a stick wrapped in cellophane bag with bakery twine bow; original Tiny Pies – 3″ hand held pies; Mason jar Tiny Pies – pies in a 5 ounce Mason jar…perfect to brand with special sticker on top and great to a la mode and eat right out of the jar; teeny tiny – bite size pies…these pies are 2-3 bites and are perfect for dessert tables, appetizers, late night snacks; Cinnamon swirls — are mini cinnamon rolls made from our pies crust..perfect for favor bags, in – room gifts etc.

 

How does Tiny Pies stand out against other desserts?

Tiny Pies are the ORIGINAL tiny hand-held pie. Our pies are just like grandma used to make…only much, much, smaller. Tiny Pies are made from old family recipes with the highest quality natural ingredients sourced from local farms (when possible). We bake seasonally to highlight local ingredients.  We are a vegetarian shop and bake both sweet and vegetarian savory pot pies.

 

How long has Tiny Pies provided sweets for weddings?

We have been baking pies for weddings for four years.  Last year (2014) we catered 165 weddings and we’re on track to do more this year!

 

Have you noticed any trends that couples are asking for when it comes to dessert selection?

Individuality is the trend that we’re seeing in weddings.  Couples these days want to serve food/ dessert that reflects their own personal style and tastes… not that of their parents. We cater many weddings that only serve pie ( no cake) and some that use the pies for the grooms table. Couples are also getting very creative with favor gifts and place settings and Tiny Pies are frequently used for both; from Mason jar pies with a personalized message on top to pie pops used a place card holders.

 

How far in advance should a couple order Tiny Pies for their big day?

We suggest that couples book 6 months in advance if possible.

 

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Thank you Tiny Pies for providing us with such delicate, tasty and unique treats! We look forward to working with you in the future!

 

Sarah + Alok

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 Sarah and Alok’s wedding at Mercury Hall needed to combine two beautifully different cultures, so we used bright colored decorations, and gold accents. STEMS provided colorful flowers, and Tiny Pies Bakery provided the perfect sweets! The bride wanted to incorporate one of her favorite things, so we brought on Little Squirrel Bakery to greet the guests with apple cider doughnuts, and it blew up Instagram! I loved how real and genuine this couple was, and I am so happy I got to work with them. Congrats to Sarah and Alok, come visit me soon!

XO, Becky

 

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Thank you so much to our wonderful team of vendors for making this day so special!

Venue: Mercury Hall 

Rehearsal Dinner: Max’s 

Rentals: Premiere

Catering: East Side King

Floral: STEMS

Sweets: Tiny Pies & Little Squirrel Bakery

Photographer: Caroline + Ben

Band: Buzz and the Blue Cats

Music: Musical Discovery

Tent: Premiere 

Transport: Uptown Valet

Hair: Pearl Hair Salon 

Makeup: Maris Calderon

 

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As we dive into the heat of summer I think it is the perfect time to start a new blog post for all the staff here at Pearl Events.  “Things I am into right now.”  My besties and I send each other “our favorite things” for the holidays every year and their favorite things usually become a few of my favorite things.  Let’s share the love and possibly uncover some gems that will become our favorite things for the summer.

Side note. I did warn everyone on our team our favorite things can’t be… my kids, or my dog, or my boo.. because well… you know we like them already.  Here we go, I am kicking it off with a few of my favorite things:

1. Klean Kanteen

My bestie, Laura gave this to me last year as one of her favorite things.  Yes, it is a water bottle, but not just any water bottle.  It keeps my ice cold all day! Repeat, ALL DAY.  I take a water bottle to work with me every day and my husband and I fight over this one.  It is that good!  I need to go purchase this teal one so he stops stealing my red one. If you want to grab your own Klean Kanteen, click here. 

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2. EOS Lip Gloss

I discovered this lip gloss when Jen (from our team) was planning a baby shower for a client and one of the swag bag favors was this lip gloss.  I went out and bought one and then two and then three… I think I own every flavor. If you want to check out all the flavors, try their website here.

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3. Seche Vite- Clear Top Coat

I always have my nails done.  I LOVE shellac, I usually go every two weeks.  When I bite my shellac off and need to repair a nail or two, this is my go to top coat.  It looks like shellac and dries in minutes.  It was part of my favorite things holiday gift last year, Seche Vite! For your own, click on their website to find Seche Vite’s full selection!

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4. Grace and Lace Tops

If you don’t know, I am a BIG fan of Shark Tank. I think I own around 12 products from Shark Tank.  One of my favorite products was from Grace and Lace, a local Austin vendor and I own her top extendors and dress extendors.  I use them more than I ever thought. Get yours here.

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5. Bell and Bird Shake

You have seen this shake on me a lot, I always have it in my hand (#obsessed). When I need a break from work you will find me at Teo (every morning), Adelante, and Bell and Bird.  If you haven’t been to our neighbors shop (literally they are the shop next to us in 26 Doors), you should go!  They sell all antique jewelry.  They knew I was on the hunt for a shake, found this pearl shake, and it was perfect for me.  Bell and Bird takes the locket apart and throws in loose diamonds (swoon) and wah-la! A shake is born.  They also have beautiful wedding bands, engagement earrings and signature pieces. To check out all of their pieces, click here.

 

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6. They’re Real

No guys, They’re Real is real legit.  I started this obsession with the mascara and then ventured into the eyeliner.  Love them both.  The eyeliner can be a bit tricky but once you get the hang of it… watch out Amy Winehouse!  #RIPAmy. To grab your own and browse the rest of their line, click here.

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I hope you try out some of my faves you and love them as much as I do!

#PearlCrush