Question: I know you recently got engaged as well, what advice do you have for all of us bride-to-be's?
Erica: Relaaaaaaaaax. (Coming from me this is a biggie, #trust). First things first, you have to maintain your cool and keep everything in perspective. Once the onslaught of bridal magazines and questions from longlost relatives and friends ensue, you might need to remind yourself once in awhile about the whole meaning of the day. It's nice to just reflect on your person, cherishing the fact that regardless of whether you have red velvet or marble cake, flower or candlelit centerpieces, or silver or gold chivari chairs, the day is truly about your new union and life together as one. That, and take advantage of bridal expos! I got nearly half of my entire wedding unexpectedly planned a month after getting engaged by hitting up two bridal expos in town with my mom. My fiance and I ended up picking our date, venue, caterer, photographer, and DJ, booking the church and getting a photobooth all in one weekend - it was all a happy accident, but now there's so much stress off!
Q. Your engagement story is truly something straight out of a fairytale. Where you surprised or did you see it coming?
Erica: Aw THANK YOU. That's so sweet! J proposed on his birthday. Based on how things were going leading up to that day, I had an inkling thatsomething was happening then; I just didn't know if it was strictly birthday-related or something more! We had been talking about getting engaged for quite awhile and I knew he had had the ring since summer - he was just waiting to create the perfect moment. I was surprised because I'm usually obnoxiously perceptive of things in the works (much to the dismay of anyone trying to surprise me!), but he pulled it all off without a hitch and had all of my friend and family involved - and I had no clue! The moment he created is going to be forever imprinted in my mind - it was perfect.
Mary: could this picture be any more perfect! props to J and the photographer.
Q. What are your 3 beauty must haves?
Erica:I feel naked with mascara, a great lippie, and a multi-purposed moisturizer. Right now, I can't live without my Younique 3D Fiber Lashes (RIDICULOUS in the best sense), my Clinique chubby stick in Broadest Berry (a hydrating bold winter lip), and my Aveeno clear complexion daily moisturizer (it has a hint of salicylic acid in it to fight acne while it moisturizes!). I talk about the first two here (wanna be YouTube buds?), and the latter here!
Q. What is your go-to Starbucks order?
Erica: It depends on the season. In the summer, I'm all about that iced skinny caramel macchiato with skim and light ice or an iced Oprah chai tea latte. But as soon as they break out the red cups, I try every seasonal drink in the book. This past Christmas I got absolutely hooked on the chestnut praline latte.
Q. Your snowed in and can't go anywhere. What does your day consist of?
Erica: Sleeping in with the fiance and kitten. I'd wake up, make myself some tea (Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Peach is my go to currently), feed the cat, pray, then snuggle in on the couch in my jammies with my laptop for some YouTube with breakfast. I catch up on my favorites in my feed, then get to blog-related things...reading emails, writing, creating content for YouTube...publishing anything that needs posting or uploading...and then probably texting my mom, hanging out with the love, catching up on Better Call Saul (anyone watching this Breaking Bad spinoff/prequel???), baking something yummy, Skyping with a girlfriend, and trying to resist the online urge to shopshopshop. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't go out and play in the snow. Always a big kid at heart.