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Link Round-Up

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1. The next big thing in retail. (www.forbes.com)

2. The best award show drugstore makeup. (www.refinery29.com)

3. How much money an Austin woman spends on bachelorette parties, vacations and bills. (www.refinery29.com

4. 7 great things great listeners do differently. (www.forbes.com)

5. The mindset that got a charity into Y-Combinator. (www.linkedin.com)

6. 9 books you should read now that the Oscars are over. (www.buzzfeed.com)

7. 21 mind-blowing travel escapes. (www.travelchannel.com)

8. Watch how 3 women react when they try contouring for the first time. (www.cosmopolitan.com)

9. This puppy had to get braces and is so awkwardly cute. (www.buzzfeed.com)

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas from Four Threads

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas! We've been traveling to see all of our family. We were in Houston for a few days, are now in South Florida, then we're headed on a cruise with family after Christmas. I hope your Christmas is spent with your loved ones, filled with lots of laughter, joy and yummy food. Leading up to Christmas, I've been reflecting on the past year and am truly blessed by all your love and support. 

I’ll be taking a few days off to be with family then we leave for a cruise with minimal service, so will resume a regular posting schedule in a week or so. So, again, have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! 

Holiday Gift Guide: For The Beauty Lover

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Everyone has a beauty guru in her life (your sister, best friend, mom, or even you). It's that girl that's on top of her beauty game, wears that bold lip color that no else else can, and is the first person you look to when you're looking for a beauty product or want to geek our with. (If you don't have one of those friends then I highly suggest you get one...ahhhemm!) Lucky for you, I'm that beauty guru and have pulled together some of my favorite beauty products for you to give this holiday season that she's sure to love!

1. Formula X Bottle Service Nail Polish Set - Okay how adorable is this packaging - a perfect gift for a nail polish lover!

2. Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb - I've talked about this perfume on here before and so many of you either raved about it or said you were saving up because its on the pricey side, so I thought it would be the perfect Christmas gift!

3. Mason Pearson Bristle Hair Brush - If your beauty guru is a hair buff, then she will love this brush. Everyone has has this brush raves about it, personally I don't see the point in spending that much money on a brush but then again I'm not a hair guru. This is definitely a gift that will last for years and years. 

4. Becca Cosmetics Pressed Highlighter Trio - This is a very limited edition product by Becca (coming soon for the holidays) and you're beauty guru will love it because it has some of the best highlighters for your face. In fact, one of the colors "pearl" is exclusive to this trio. Make sure you're following on Facebook and will make sure to let you know when this comes out :) 

5. NARS Cheek Palette - This is a great all in one palette of blush, bronzer and contour that your guru will love - after all, every guru love versatility! 

6. Chi Pro Hair Dryer - Everyone needs a really good hair dryer and this is it! Ever since I got this hair dryer 2 years ago I've been hooked and even got some friends hooked (sorry I'm not sorry!). Honestly, I've never been able to get rid of frizz and dry my hair straight (without using more hot tools) if it wasn't for this hair dryer. It's also on sale right now for less than $100!!

7. Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove - A beauty guru takes care of her brushes, which means regular cleanings which is takes time. This glove makes it easy to clean makeup brushes with the different textures without damaging the delicate fibers of the brush. This has been on my list and also comes in black, pink and purple. 

8. Sigma Brush Set - Having a good makeup brush set makes all the difference in applying makeup. This si a great set with standard brushes that everyone should have in their makeup collection. 

9. Clarisonic - Every guru needs a Clarisonic. If she doesn't have one then she needs one because it will change her life. 

10. Manicure Set - Every girl (and guy) should own a proper manicure set with nail clippers, cuticle trimmer, nail scissors, nippers, etc. 

11. Kat Von D Contour Palette - A highlight and contour palette is a perfect gift! It's one that's actually on my wish list as well because I've been wanting to try this palette so figured it would be a great present...I mean who wouldn't love a good highlight and contour palette.!?!

12. Deborah Lippmann Undressed Nail Polish Set - So I'm giving you two nail polish sets because you cannot ever go wrong with nail polish. The first set (#1) has a bit more color, while this one is more opaque (don't say I didn't give you options :-))

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Signs You're In A Long Distance Friendship

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My best friend from college and I live on two opposite coasts - she's in Atlanta and I'm in San Francisco (duh!). After 4+ years of long distance friendship we've pretty much mastered the time differences and talk every day (multiple times a day) on all forms of communication. Yesterday after we got off the phone I started laughing to myself at all the silly things we send each other and talk about because we're so far away. If you're in a long distance friendship, at least one of these probably apply to you! 

You have at least once dozed off while talking to one another.

You've cooked dinner or done laundry while talking together. 

You've debated having a conference call so you can see each other's computer screens. 

Your Snapchat is dominated by their username.

You talk to them more than the friends you share a zip code with.

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You discuss visiting each other soon, even if soon is so far away. 

You start a countdown at least 2 months out before seeing each other.

You're always trying to convince them to move closer to you. 

You've gone pee while on the phone together. 

You're jealous of people who have their best friend so close by. 

Sometimes you're jealous of people who get to hang out with your best friend. 

You talk on all means of communications all at the same time: calls, tests, email, Facebook, and Snapchat. 

You stalk people on the phone together. 

Besides your immediate family, they’re literally the only person you actually talk to on the phone.

Wedding Week: Details & Decor

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I wasn't one of those girls growing up that dreamed about her wedding. I had no idea what I wanted it to look like of what dress I was going to wear. Needless to say, when it came time to plan, I was clueless but optimistic. Fortunately, today we have Pinterest. I had been pinning wedding stuff onto an inspiration board long before we got engaged so when it came down to the details and decor, it turns out I had a theme going on on my Pinterest board and didn't even know it (boom!!). Our color palette was neutrals, champagne, dusty rose and blush with a winery, whimsical, romantic and hint of rustic feel. 

It was so fun to see everything come together during the planning process. We only had a day of wedding coordinator so all of the details and decor was all me.  Allison from A Savvy Event oversaw the entire day, she told us where to be and took any worry off my shoulders on our wedding day. (If you don't have a wedding planning, I highly suggest at least getting a day of!)

Flowers make all the difference to truly transform a space, so we hired Heather from Heather Hendrickson Flowers, she was local and familiar with the property, which was so helpful. We did large arrangements on the wine barrels, a light ombre pink rose petal aisle for us to walk down, and white hydrangeas in mason jars for all the outdoor tables She created the most incredible bouquet for me with shades of white, ivory and blush; she used white hydrangeas, champagne and ivory roses, blush garden roses, white anemones, and even surprised me with peonies since they were out of season and knew how much I loved them. 

Food tasting was the best part of wedding planning! We found Judy from Giorgi's Wedding Cakes. There was a lot of pressure to pick the perfect cake because it's my mom's favorite part about a wedding. We went a three tiered cake with different flavors: red velvet and carrot cake. Judy's cake was seriously the best tasting wedding cake I've ever had (and I'm not even being biased!). Our guests loved having the option to choose a flavor (or had both!). I've never been a huge wedding favor person but felt like it was something we had to do, so we picked up some local honey and me and my bridesmaids poured the honey into jars. 

We had a polaroid guestbook that each guest took a selfie and left us a little note (warning: by the end of the night the selfies got better and better...we know who you are ;-)) My artistic sister and MOH, burned wood and carved the cover for our polaroid guest book, which is incredible (pictures below!). All of the chalkboard signs was a DIY project. I found frames from an antique fair and spray painted them gold, then got wood cut from Home Depot for the inside of each frame, then spray painted that with chalk board paint. My amazing cousin Angelica wrote on them with a chalkboard marker because let's face it, my handwriting skills are just not up to par!

Everything at our wedding was truly amazing and transformed the space, but what made our wedding was the infinite amount of love that filled the room. Make sure to check back tomorrow for my four favorite moments.   

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Wedding Week: Reception

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After the ceremony, guests moved onto the terrace for cocktails and hour d'oeuvres. We hired Park Ave Catering and chose a menus that incorporated some of our favorite dishes. When we were choosing our hour d'oeuvres, we wanted things that were flavorful and easy to eat (there's no point in serving an appetizer that is either too big or one you'll end up wearing). My favorites were the pancetta wrapped almond stuffed dates with a balsamic glaze. We didn't have signature cocktails but served all the wine and champagne from Trentadue Winery. After all, how can you have a wedding at a winery without serving all the wines on their list! The wine was a hit but the 2012 La Storia Cuvée was my favorite.

Then we moved into the dining room, which had a warm ambiance with yellowy-gold uplighting that filled the room. The tables were topped with flowers, candles, and plated with gold-rimmed dishes. Each table seated around eight people. We had a sit down dinner; first course was a romaine and field greens salad with glazed walnuts, daikon sprouts, topped with a sherry vinaigrette. And the entrée was a choose of either bacon wrapped bistro filet with a pinot noir sauce or pan-seared mahi, both came with local grilled veggies and skillet cooked potatoes. A few toasts were given and then the dancing started.

Our first dance song was Make You Feel My Love by Adele, which we only practiced a few times (if you even call that "practicing"), so it was a bit nerve-racking to go out there and just wing our first dance. That moment was so special, there are so many eyes on us, but felt like none else was in the room. We spent months sending each other song choices, listening to lyrics and rejecting songs. Who knew picking your first dance song is hard; you don't want to pick something cheesy, predictable or inappropriate. After our first dance, my dad came out for our father-daughter dance where we danced to Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra, and Mike and his mom danced to Wing Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler. After the three dances the floor opened things up to everyone. Our band, Smash City was so great and played such great music for the rest of the night. I don't think I left the dance floor except when we had to cut the cake. We chose carrot cake and red velvet for the cake, which everyone raved about. The port and cigar bar came our shortly after and was a huge hit to top off the night. 

At the end of the night, our guests gathered outside with sparklers and created a pathway that we ran through to get to our limo. A sparkler exit was so important to me, it was something I had always pictured and a huge part of picking a venue (whoops!). With California's drought, this was a hard thing to get but after some smooth talking (thanks Mike!), we managed to make it happen. It was so amazing to see the sparkly lights as we walked through our closest friends and family cheering for us. 

20-Inch Sparklers: Sparklers Online 

Wedding Signs: DIY Project

Band: Smash City

Cake: Giorgi's Wedding Cakes

Wedding Favors: local Napa honey