Jen + Jen of MYD take NYC!

From April 14-16, New York City is hosting The International Beauty Show. The Big Apple is no newcomer to the cosmetic scene. In fact, New York City is home to many of the big brands such as Estee Lauder and Tarte Cosmetics.

MYD’s Jen B and Jen H decided to visit NYC to scope the products, celebrities and other artists at this year’s International Beauty Show. The Jens attended an OCC makeup party and even spotted Pamela Anderson!

We will give you the full details of the trip, plus photos when they return. Until then, be sure to check out our Facebook page for the Instagram photo updates!

Michelle and Eric


Michelle has to be one of my all time favorite brides. She’s super cool, down to earth and brings an entourage that anyone would fall in love with. Michelle’s bridesmaids (not to mention hilarious mother) are to die for cute! There’s no wonder why a fella like Eric just had to “put a ring on it”. 🙂

Michelle and Eric were married in Wake Forest at the gorgeous Sutherland. This was the first wedding we had worked at the Sutherland and we’re so glad that we did because now we highly recommend it to all those brides still looking for an intimate venue with true southern charm. The inside is fabulous but my favorite part is the courtyard where Michelle and Eric’s ceremony took place.

There were so many great moments at this wedding. Though I was only there for the beginning (getting the gals ready beforehand–which was a blast) the pictures from Elisa with inContrast made me feel like I was dancing with the crazy gals all night! Elisa did a beautiful job really capturing the personality of Michelle and her bridal party. Definitely check out inContrast’s blog and the great stuff they’ve got going on there. Fantastic photographers! I’ve included some of my favorite photos below by inContrast and “the kiss” at the bottom is from Ashley Laura Lucas–just beautiful! Enjoy!

1 Year Anniversary Weekend in Asheville, NC

Jeremy and I celebrated our first year of wedded bliss last weekend in Asheville, NC. 🙂 I can’t believe it’s even been a whole year already! For all you ladies that are rushing your weddings and planning, planning, planning…let me just say–slow down! It all goes so fast! Though you think you’re ready to just have it planned and get it over with enjoy all the time you have for it is so short. And even more, enjoy your first year together.

Jeremy and I spent a Valentine’s Day in Asheville right before our 2008 wedding and loved the city so much that we decided to go back for our anniversary. This time around it was beautiful sunny weather without the usual NC humidity and believe it or not, no rain until the very last day of our trip! We had a wonderful time.

We stayed at the Marriott Renaissance off Woodfin Street and could not have been more pleased. The modern tastes of the furniture and decorations were right up our alley and it was within WALKING DISTANCE to everything downtown! It was awesome! We hardly had to drive anywhere. In fact, the only places we drove to were Marshall, NC for horseback riding at the Sandy Bottom Trails and Grove Park Inn on Sunday for dinner. The rest was all within walking distance.

Our weekend was full of FOOD (that should come to no surprise to those that know Jeremy and I personally). We went downtown everyday and had delicious meals at different places. Some of the most mentionable spots were Green Sage Coffee House, Mayfel’s, Chorizo and Bistro 1896. Now for dinner Jeremy and I splurged and went all out at two places Saturday and Sunday night. Saturday we went to Rezaz Mediterranean down in Biltmore Village and we both have to say that it was THE BEST food, service, atmostphere, etc EVER! We could not have been more pleased with this place. Everyone we asked in Asheville had great things to say about this restaurant and all urged us to go. So thank you Asheville!

On Sunday (our Anniversary) we woke up to breakfast in our room–just like the honeymoon! 🙂 Next we went downtown to Sensabilities Day Spa for a couples massage with the best therapists around. Amy and Cameron were amazing. I had a hot stone massage that was to die for…seriously! These ladies really know what they are doing. The spa was so relaxing and everyone there was so pleasant and knowledgeable. No one even tried to sell us product…which is great! We just enjoyed our time and then went out for another stroll downtown to see some of the vendors on the street. We picked up a beautiful coral bracelet for my mom (to say thanks for babysitting our doggies) and a gorgeous torquoise necklace and earrings set from the very talented Gabriella Egan. Her jewelry is stunning. Check out her site…I’m sure you’ll find something you have to have, too!

After being downtown for the better part of the day we went back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. We exchanged gifts there (Jeremy had a beautiful set of sapphire earrings made to match my ring by Holland’s Jeweler’s) and then we were off! We decided to go to Grove Park’s balcony restaurant called Sunset Terrace. It overlooks the city and in the background is a gorgeous view of the mountains. The view was spectacular and we recommend everyone go there at least for drinks if you can’t stay for a meal. We toured the facility but weren’t too impressed with the Inn side. The food was great; however, the service lacked a bit for what we were paying…and it didn’t help that we were comparing it to the night before at Rezaz.


All in all, though it was a great dinner, great company and and great 1st year anniversary! I highly recommend all you “mountain wedding seekers” out there to take a look at some of the places I’ve mentioned and let us know if you have other places you enjoy frequenting on your trips to the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Wilmington Wedding

Last weekend Jeremy and I got to go to a beautiful small wedding in Wilmington, NC. My friend, Teresa (suite mate in college) married the wonderful Dan in a small church in a field of flowers. It was gorgeous! Bridesmaids wore various dresses of green and the bride wore a simple, elegant white dress. The reception was held at Porter’s Neck Country Club with food, dancing and painting…yes, painting! Teresa had the awesome idea to have a room set up with paint, brushes and canvases for the guests to paint pictures and messages for the bride and groom. Of course, she announced at the reception, “Be nice everyone, these are going to go up in our new house!” Somehow, I think the one that said something ugly about UNC will get painted over or “accidentally” thrown away, though! 🙂 So much fun! We wish them the best.

Here are a few of the pictures I took as well as a link from her photographer (that was super awesome, btw) Dana Hawley. Enjoy…we did!

(taken by me, isn’t she beautiful?!)

(the bride and groom for their entrance and first dance!)

(Jeremy and I at the reception)

(the art room)

Manicures

For a New Year’s Goal of mine I enacted a monthly Mani/Pedi day for me and the girls (you know who you are chicas!) to get our relaxation on and catch up on each others drama/gossip/lives, etc. It’s great and I highly recommend it to everyone out there! We do ours every 3rd Tuesday of the month and so far it’s working out well so that most can make it work with their schedules. It’s just another way of ensuring that we touch base in this super busy world.

We went to an awesome spot in Brier Creek called Mani Pedi Nail Spa in February and it rocked! The staff was very pleasant, the facility was super clean and very reasonably priced. Plus, you get complimentary drinks while you’re there…great service!

So in getting back with the mani/pedi program…especially since Spring/Summer is approaching (gotta get those toes back in shape for cute sandals and the pool) it has me questioning some of the new “trends” in manicures. For example, I just saw this picture on a Sephora email and was unsure how I feel about it. What do you think? Most think of me as fashion forward…but I think I’m going to have to mark this as a fashion don’t. How about you? 🙂

The makeup looks great, though! 🙂