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Is it May already?

Happy May everyone! Wow! I can't believe that I am 9 months pregnant today!! We are getting so anxious to meet our little man! We have been so excited to share our maternity photos with you guys. Ryan and I love pictures and always have! I love that a single picture can mark a moment in time and capture that moment for you to look back on for years to come. I absolutely love our friend Corinna Hoffman who owns and operates Corinna Hoffman Photography. She is incredibly talented and has been there to capture all of the milestones (engagement, wedding, and now baby) on this adventure of ours and... it's only getting started! Throughout the first year of Baby Tristan's life she will be photographing him several times for us! I cannot say enough about her talent and vision for capturing photos! Check her Insta out for sure! @corinnahoffmanphotography!!

We wanted to pick somewhere for our maternity photos that was colorful and just beautiful! We went back and forth between different locations and finally decided on the Cummer Museum. I absolutely love the color lavender especially for spring so of course we had to incorporate that into our outfits and in the "Ryan and Jen" like fashion we had to be color coordinating. It was a gorgeous spring afternoon and the lighting was absolutely perfect. We had a blast incorporating some props into our photos (baby shoes, blanket, one of my very first childhood books, and a teething toy with Tristan's name on it). Again, everything came together so seamlessly with Corinna behind the camera and of course having my hubby there to enjoy this experience together. I was really excited that the lavender color that we incorporated was complimented so well with all of the flowers that surrounded us in the gardens at the Cummer Museum. I found my dress and shoes believe it or not from Target! Target has been a lifesaver for me throughout my pregnancy, Cute pregnancy clothes that haven't broken my budget. I did my makeup and used my La Mer foundation that I am currently"JENuinely" Obsessed with and long time favorite eyeshadows from Trish McEvoy and a new ultra glossy lip from Colour Pop Cosmetics. Plums are always my favorite and my personal go to, for my makeup look. I'll link all of the products below if you guys want to check them out. I would love to hear from you! Please give me a shout out on my instagram or DM me. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we do!



Foundation: La Mer Soft Fluid Foundation in Natural

Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Creme Brulee

Brows: Anastasia Brow Definer in Dark Brown

Bronzer: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil

Blush: Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Powder Blush

Highlighter: Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonlight

Mascara: Lancome in Hypnose Drama

Eyeshadow: Trish McEvoy Bare eyebase, White Peach (under brow), Rose Quartz (all over lid), and Sugar Plum (in crease).

Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown in Black Ink.

Lips: ColourPop Cosmetics in Ultra Glossy Lip in Sookie


Happy Spring everyone!

Hi guys! I am so sorry that I have been so quiet this past month. My hubby and I are really busy getting ready for our little man to arrive next month! We are so excited! What have you all been up to? I just wanted to let you know that I am still here and thinking of everyone! I can't wait to do a reveal on the nursery as we are almost done with everything. Can you guys tell what the theme is? Check out all of the nursery pics so far and I am even going to include our little man's 4D sonogram pictures and pics from my beautiful baby shower! It's been a busy past month!!

Also, I want to hear from you guys on what tips and tricks you would like to see here on the blog in the future? Please comment on my instagram or send me a message. Comments will be up on my blog soon!

Love you guys,

J xoxo

My beautiful custom made cake for the shower!

My hubby made this beautiful guest book poster for all who attended the shower to write a message to baby.

I can't wait to read all of these when we start changing diapers! It will definitely be a good laugh!

Loved these cute favors! So yummy!

Love this mobile from Etsy we had custom made for our little man by Bubbly Moon. This etsy shop is amazing!

The same shop also made a pillow for the nursery too!!


An afternoon with fellow girl boss, Carrie Wilson

Girl Chat and Makeup? What could be better?

Hey guys! I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with makeup artist and founder/owner of Carrie Wilson Makeup, and a very good friend of mine for many years, Carrie Wilson. I got my start in this industry in 2005 and that’s where I met Carrie. Ever since then I have admired and loved this lady through our years of being friends and working together.

Carrie has been in the industry for over 20 years as a makeup artist and has worked many years for Bobbi Brown being on the A Beauty Team, traveling all over the US with Bobbi Brown. I have always admired Carrie for her many talents in the industry. And not to mention that Carrie is one of the most beautiful people women you will meet on the outside and most of all on the extremely humble, genuine, and hardworking. It was so awesome to be able to sit down with Carrie over lunch and reminisce about the past few years we have known each other (she did my wedding makeup!). I always tell Carrie that I am beyond proud of her for taking a leap of faith and following her dreams of starting her own company. After many years of being with Bobbi Brown, Carrie decided to step out on her own to follow her long time dream of becoming her own “girl boss.” Carrie Wilson Makeup was born. I have enjoyed so much seeing how many awesome experiences Carrie has had in getting to be her own boss. I asked her: “ what are some of the highlights of your career so far?” She said it was hard because she loves what she does so much but…. She said anything from having the pleasure of doing former President Bill Clinton’s makeup to traveling to LA with corporate clients doing Pre-Golden Globe and Pre-Emmy’s makeup, to doing Pre-Fashion Week in NYC doing red carpet makeup. Locally Carrie also is the Beauty Expert on First Coast Living and River City Live.

(Carrie doing my makeup for my wedding in 2011). Picture by Corinna Hoffman Photography

After lunch, I got the pleasure of seeing Carrie’s new studio in Riverside. It is in the most beautiful building and the space that the studio is in is just perfect! Perfect lighting for doing makeup. When I found out that Carrie started carrying her own makeup line….I called her immediately and was like girl we have to make some time for me to check out your products! Everyone knows how much I love products and I am a self-proclaimed product junkie for sure. It is so much easier for Carrie’s clients to just grab what they need after a makeup lesson or wedding consultation, etc than to have to send them elsewhere to buy the products. Carrie definitely wants to be known first and foremost as an artist but in doing that she does work with private clientele and in doing makeup lessons she wants to help them stay up on the current trends and also very importantly just a “core face, everyday face.” Carrie and I always have always agreed that we want to make sure that our clients are wearing the makeup that makes them feel the “most beautiful.” There could be 10 different looks that they look amazing in but what makes them feel their most confident? What is their vibe what makes them feel the “most beautiful?” Not what we feel makes them look the best, although we would always share our honest opinion. She wanted to create a line of products that are “easy to use and that just work for the client for everyday…for that every day, day affair to evening affair. Products that stay on well, good textures and good products.” Carrie wanted her studio “to feel like another room in her house where you could come relax, feel comfortable, listen to a little music and learn how to do their makeup so that clients will know what to do when they go home.”

I definitely picked up a few things when I was with Carrie. I got to touch and feel everything she had and I have to say...I love it! Products I had to add to my arsenal were definitely the concealer, powder for touch ups (so in love with this product and it looks so natural), lipstick and lipgloss, and of course some makeup up brushes. We also chatted about "birthday brush bash." Carrie says that she tells all of her clients that they should wash their brushes every month on the date they were born. I love that! That way we will never forget to wash our brushes! I’ll list all of the products below and you can definitely reach out to me or Carrie if you have to have some of these in your life!

Check out Carrie’s website for more info on services and her product line:

(wearing Carrie Wilson Makeup color Preachy lipstick, foundation powder in Warm Yellow, and blush in Naturally You).


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