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My friends sure know how to have a good time.  Too good of a time!   Last night’s rehearsal dinner (sans an actual rehearsal) lasted until midnight.  The wine and beer were flowin’. 


As you can imagine, the 7:30 AM wake-up call for hair and makeup came a bit too soon.


The bridesmaid and mother of the bride carpooled to a busy salon in Manayunk, a hip little neighborhood.


One of bridesmaids had the foresight to grab a huge order from Dunkin Donuts.  I have never been so happy to see coffee in my entire life.  Green tea just wouldn’t cut it.


I had a bagel:


A few ‘maids got their hair and makeup done, but I just got my hair done and am going to rope one of the other girls into doing my eyes. 


The bride, of course, got the royal treatment and looks positively radiant.



The best part is her headband.  Very chic.  Very Lauren.  Although she originally wanted a bird cage, she couldn’t find one she liked.  So no veil or birdcage – just this pretty headband. 



Now, I’m just left wondering why the HECK I wore a t-shirt, not a button-down, to my hair appointment.  I’m really not sure how I’m going to pull this off without ruining my updo.  Multiple people are going to be involved, I think.


Time for bridesmaid brunch and mimosas!   Then, we’ll put the bride in her beautiful dress. 



  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 10, 2011, 11:49 am

    I love wedding days when everyone gets gussied up! your hair looks great. But I gotta say…..GOOD luck with getting the shirt off. Maybe you’ll have to stretch it out with a few extra hands??

    Have FUn today 🙂 oh how I love weddings!

  • Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas September 10, 2011, 11:56 am

    The bride looks beautiful as well as the bridesmaids! 🙂 I love the headband!

  • Jenn September 10, 2011, 12:09 pm

    Oh man, I want to hear how you pull off the t-shirt thing. It’s either really stretch out the neck – or cut it. I hope the up-do is worth it!

  • CJ @ September 10, 2011, 12:09 pm

    Manayunk is an awesome little town!! I hope you have a great time at the wedding!! The bride looks gorgeous!
    Good luck getting your shirt off!! I’ve made that mistake b4… It’s kinda like an obstacle course!

  • Jules September 10, 2011, 12:17 pm

    just cut the damn t-shirt off– stretching the neck to the point you’ll need to safely avoid a hair disaster emergency will ruin it, anyway. it’s just a shirt, after all.

  • Army Amy* September 10, 2011, 12:20 pm

    I LOVE Lauren’s hair! Very bridal!*

  • stacey September 10, 2011, 12:38 pm

    It’s funny, I looked at the last pic(before reading the text below it) and my first thought was wow, beautiful bride! My second thought was oh no, Caitlin didn’t wear a button up shirt! 🙂

    • Jennie September 10, 2011, 3:18 pm

      Me too! I think you may need scissors. 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 10, 2011, 12:39 pm

    That hair piece is very cute! haha and yes, I learned at an early age to get ready in a button down or shirt with a very wide neckline. Have a great day at the wedding!

  • Amber K September 10, 2011, 12:39 pm

    That is such a cute headband! Have fun girls!

  • Chrissy September 10, 2011, 12:41 pm

    Good Luck with the t-shirt! As soon as I saw the picture, I thought ‘yikes’. Have Fun tonight!

  • Brenda September 10, 2011, 12:45 pm

    So funny, I was looking at that last picture thinking, “Why the heck did she wear a t-shirt?!” Then I read the last paragraph!

  • Elizabeth September 10, 2011, 12:50 pm

    If it’s not a shirt you’re super attached to, you should definitely just cut it up the middle. If you love it and want to keep it wearable, you can probably just make some small cuts at the neck in the front and back to give it enough space, then turn it into an awesome 80’s style off the shoulder shirt.

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith September 10, 2011, 1:05 pm

    Haha, I actually saw that picture and thought, “Mmm, I wonder how she’s going to get that off” – sometimes the 7:30 am wake up calls causes oversights. 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg September 10, 2011, 1:19 pm

    That headband is so beautiful!

  • Link Bartholomew September 10, 2011, 1:23 pm

    Where did she get the headband? I’m thinking about wearing a headband like that instead of a veil.

  • Nicole (Mrs. Muffins) September 10, 2011, 2:16 pm

    When I was working in the salon, I would always ask girls to change if they could, since it’s heartbreaking to know I spent all that time doing an updo that’s going to be ruined when they pulled the shirt off. Surely you guys worked it out though. I love Lauren’s headband! Are you the maid of honor?

  • Moni'sMeals September 10, 2011, 2:24 pm

    Oh Man! I know that feeling, I have learned that the hard way. Stretch that shirt out the best you can and get some assistance. Maybe after the mimosoa! 🙂

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 10, 2011, 2:28 pm

    What a gorgeous headband! So pretty 🙂

    Good luck getting your t-shirt off!

  • Khushboo September 10, 2011, 2:28 pm

    Uh oh I’ve been in that hair situ far too many times- bonne chance!

  • Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice September 10, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Such a pretty headband!! Etsy??

  • JenATX September 10, 2011, 2:53 pm

    so fun! can’t wait to see more pics of the wedding, the dress, and of course the food (aka wedding cake!)

  • Abby September 10, 2011, 2:55 pm

    Ha, before I got to the bottom I was already thinking “Uh, how is she going to get her shirt off?” lol. Hope you guys have fun!

  • Brittany September 10, 2011, 3:11 pm

    Getting the tshirt off with an up-do already done, can be quite the dilemma! Thank goodness for extra hairspray and bobby pins! I have family that live in Manayunk! Cute and HILLLLLLY part of Philly!

  • Kait @ One Love Run September 10, 2011, 3:21 pm

    how fun! and i’m so jealous, I love manayunk! such a cool little town!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 10, 2011, 3:53 pm

    Getting pampered like that is so much fun. I’ve only had makeup done once and that was for proms..and they really do a fantastic job!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence September 10, 2011, 3:56 pm

    I love the headband! Hope you are having a great day.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB September 10, 2011, 4:46 pm

    Scissors. Don’t risk it 😉

  • Nathalie September 10, 2011, 4:59 pm

    Have fun!!! I am probably a bit late, but you could try putting a light silk scarf or something over your entire head and then carefully lift the tshirt off (with a few helping hands). I’ve seen this done at a professional photo shoot. The other option is turning your crew-neck into a v-neck I guess 😉 Wishing Lauren the most beautiful wedding! Have a wonderful day!!!x

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 10, 2011, 5:19 pm

    Im sure the wedding is happening by now…hope it’s a blast and can’t wait to see the final pics!

  • Hillary September 10, 2011, 6:27 pm

    Ya’ll look gorgeous—and you just made me wicked excited for my best friend’s wedding in three weeks!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 10, 2011, 6:41 pm

    That headband is gorgeous!

    Hope you have fun at the wedding tonight!

  • erica September 10, 2011, 7:33 pm

    love all the hair, and the headband!!!!

    i have been craving a mimosa for months now!

  • Luv What You Do September 10, 2011, 7:45 pm

    Your hair looks great and the bride’s headband is fabulous! I always follow the professional hair and friend makeup strategy. Works great every time!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) September 10, 2011, 9:46 pm

    I love the bride’s hair and the headband!! Have fun… weddings are the best!

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 10, 2011, 10:35 pm

    That hairpiece looks GORGEOUS! I honestly forgot to put in my hairpiece until after all my day-of, pre-ceremony pictures were taken. Oops!

  • The Purple Carrot September 10, 2011, 10:45 pm

    Ha, right when I saw that last picture (before I read the last sentence) I was thinking, uh-oh, it’s going to be hard to change with a t-shirt on (I speak from experience, ha).

    Hope the wedding was awesome!!! 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 10, 2011, 11:00 pm

    Haha, I was thinking the same thing when I saw that picture before reading what you wrote beneath. Hope you got it off ok without having to cut it or anything! Can’t wait to see that pics of the big day!

  • Penny September 10, 2011, 11:01 pm

    I do believe your t-shirt neckline is going to get stretched WAY THE HECK OUT. 🙂

  • Sarah September 10, 2011, 11:38 pm

    so many weddings in blog world this weekend! I’m sure it was a blast!!

  • Tracy @ Tracy's Treats September 10, 2011, 11:47 pm

    Everything look stunning! Hope you enjoy the wedding…I am sure it will be beautiful!

  • Cecilia September 11, 2011, 12:34 am

    Good thing you weren’t wearing an expensive non button down shirt. If you are willing, just snip snip snip it off! 🙂

  • Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 11, 2011, 2:04 am

    Lauren’s up-do is AMAZING. How pretty!! And maybe you’ll have to be cut out of that t-shirt, haha.

    I didn’t have a veil or anything, not even a statement piece in my hair, but the up-do I felt was statement enough– I loved my wedding hair 🙂

  • jassy @ Healthy Egg September 11, 2011, 7:30 am

    i have observed your round neck shirt…i hope it didn’t mess your hair do 🙂

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy September 11, 2011, 8:57 am

    Thank you for reminding me about the button up shirt! I’m in two out of town weddings in October, and probably would’ve forgotten to pack the proper clothes, had you not reminded me!

  • Kristyn September 11, 2011, 10:14 am

    Hope the wedding is a blast….everyone’s hair and makeup looks GORGEOUS. Love Philly =)

    I got to speak a a little bit about you and Operation Beautiful at our GOTR refresher meeting last week. People were pumped, and writing down the name of your book and getting excited with ideas. =) Nice pic of you and the girls on the GOTR photobook. Saaa-weeeet! Our season starts TOMORROW! I’ve maxed out at 15 girls with a waiting list too. Thanks again for opening my eyes to this wonderful program.

  • SeekingAmy September 11, 2011, 11:17 am

    Pretty ladies! Love that head band! 🙂

  • Katie September 11, 2011, 12:19 pm

    Haha, as soon as I saw your tee shirt I thought, “Oh no, how’s she going to get that off without messing up her hair?” You all look so pretty!

  • Dominique September 11, 2011, 11:16 pm

    I’ve never been a bridesmaid so I’d never think to wear a button-up during a hair and makeup session. Good to know for the future though! Lauren’s hair looks amazing. I love the headband idea (I’m obsessed with headbands) and might still it one day in the future.

    Now I’m going to catch up on the rest of your posts, lol.

  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 12, 2011, 5:12 pm

    I love that one organised person who always remembers the coffee!

  • laura September 12, 2011, 5:26 pm

    too funny!! I got married in Philly on Saturday, too, and we had our hair and makeup done at L’Etoile! We probably just missed you guys – what a fun coincidence!

    • CaitlinHTP September 12, 2011, 5:38 pm


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