Our Favorite Wedding Resource

As Production Manager at Arizona Weddings Magazine, I am here to tell you that your wedding planning prayers have been answered. Arizona Weddings Magazine + Website is more than just a pretty face. Our company is a local Arizona resource for our brides wanting the BEST vendors for their special day.

Arizona Weddings Magazine + Website has been the premier resource for couples selecting wedding professionals and services for nearly three decades by creating partnerships with statewide Arizona wedding vendors. Published annually and distributed with six covers per year, each issue includes beautifully captured photo layouts as well as the latest wedding fashions and features in Real Arizona weddings.

This year, I had the privilege of being a part of our 30th Anniversary Edition! I had a great time in producing, proofing + editing the magazine. As for you who do not know, the proofing process takes about a week, however, the producing process takes much, much longer.

Here is are our covers for the next year!

Our typical “year” starts on June 1st. This is the day that our newest magazine issue debuts in the stores for our brides to enjoy! However, we do treat our vendors to a Launch Party a couple of days before the release to celebrate + thank everyone for their hard work all year.

These vendors put a lot of sweat + tears in their work with us to make sure their talents + skills are showcased in the best way to appeal to you: the brides! I cannot stress enough how incredible + talented every single one of our vendors are. I have yet to meet someone that does not do anything they can to make sure their brides get exactly what they want + deserve on their wedding day.

So what are you waiting for? Be sure to pick up a copy + be inspired by our amazing professionals.

Check us out in your local Barnes&Noble, or Frys + at Arizona Weddings Magazine. Plus, we make a great engagement gift!

All photos belong to Arizona Weddings Magazine & Website. I do not own anything.

The Breakfast Club

“You ought to spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself + a little less time trying to impress people.”—Vernon, The Breakfast Club 

These are words to live by. Although the film, “The Breakfast Club”, is a classic, it’s not what I am going to discuss today. I had a lovely lunch date with our dad + wanted to highlight our experience with a local breakfast joint we have grown to love + visit quite often during the agonizing workweek.  

Located in Old Town Scottsdale, The Breakfast Club is minutes from my dad’s office, and just a couple blocks from mine, so we tend to meet up here for easy access and delicious brunch options. Just being in Old Town gives me the fancy + sophisticated feels. With the contemporary + clean layout, Old Town Scottsdale is a great place for happy hour with the girls, or a midday stroll window-shopping with the rents.

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The Breakfast Club is a place that continues to cater to our needs with great modern + classy vibes, friendly service, + yummy food. They have the dining area, bar, + patio seating offered to enjoy your meal. Their breakfast options consist of fluffy pancakes, cinnamon-swirl french toast, stuffed-omelets, right-out-of-the-oven skillets, + hearty oatmeal. If you’re looking for more of a lunch choice, they also serve roasted hot sandwiches, easy-to-eat wraps, + leafy salads.

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My heart wanted to order the BC Signature French Toast, aka “heart attack on a plate”, but my mind and body wanted something less destructive for my arteries. So, today I ordered the turkey club wrap with a side salad. The wrap had roasted turkey breast, crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, tomato, avocado, pepper jack cheese + chipotle mayo all wrapped up in a warm chipotle tortilla. My side salad was simple with balsamic vinaigrette. To drink, I usually just get water (sorry to disappoint). Everything I have ordered there has been so natural + yummy, and today was no different. My wrap was warm, yet the veggies were still cold + garden-fresh (magic?), and my salad was a perfect compliment.

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My dad ordered the lean + green omelette, which contained eggs, spinach, mushrooms, broccoli, onion, bell peppers + swiss cheese with a side of EXTRA CRISPY bacon, complimented with a glass of green tea. He finished his meal within minutes, and he will agree that everything he’s had here in the past has been delicious.

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Usually at these lunch dates, it’s just me ranting about all the so-called “struggles” I’ve been going through since the last time I saw him (like 2 days ago, I try to see my parents pretty often). But I will defend myself + say that he makes me do it. He’s the one always asking the questions! I love having lunch dates with both my parents. Being the last of their children to officially move-out of their house, we are still their princesses (no shame).

Together, we recommend The Breakfast Club for your next brunch date. Thank you for lunch, Dad! Let’s do it again sometime.

Our “Can’t Live Without” Makeup Products

Any girl has her way of doing things. A routine getting ready every morning + getting ready for bed at night. Certain things that work and some things that don’t. Our routines change quite a bit, but there are some favorites that we simply don’t change. Here’s our top 5 makeup products we use on the daily!

Our “Can’t Live Without” Makeup Products:

  1. Foundation— struggling with troubled skin our entire life, foundation is a must for us to cover our imperfections + discoloration. We love our Mac Studio Fix Fluid in NC15. We apply it with a damp makeup sponge for an even application. We’ve been using this product for almost 3 years now, and We are still so obsessed with it!

2. Setting Powder—leaving only foundation on our oily skins will only make it look wet + sticky. Not to mention, without some setting powder, the foundation will move around all day. We both love to use Mac Mineralized Skin Finish-Natural in the shade Light. We absolutely love this product! Being so pale to begin with, we had trouble finding the right color match. But this product is a perfect shade and keeps our foundation in place all day.img_1626

3. Brow Pomade— grooming brows to perfection completes the face entirely. We can’t stress enough how important eyebrows are. We’re not saying drawing thick black eyebrows are going to help you. But simply filling in sparse places in your brows and finishing it off with a clear brow gel is going to make a world of difference. The product we use is amazing! It’s the Anastisa Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in the color Light Brown. This product is absolutely stunning and easy to apply with an angled eyeliner brush.  

img_16274. Mascara— make your eyelashes look flawless! Simply placing one coat of mascara on your upper and lower lashes are going to make your eyes pop! As Shelly would say in House Bunny, “the eyes are the nipples of the face”. Adding mascara to your lashes will make you look more awake and flawless. We use Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in blackest black.

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5. Bronzer— being as pale as we are, bronzer is a product we love to use to deepen our faces and add some dimension and color back into our skin. Placing foundation and powder on our face can make us look all one color and pretty unnatural.  Bronzer gives us the life back into our face. We place it in the hollows of our cheeks, our necks + a little bit on our foreheads. The product we love to use is Elf Studio Contouring Blush + Bronzing Powder. This product is awesome because it is super pigmented and super cheap! Only $4!

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What are some of your “can’t live without” makeup products? Tell us in the comments below!

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xoxo

The Do’s + Don’ts of Traveling By Cruise Ship

I have only been on two cruise vacations, so I am no expert. But both times I traveled with my in-laws, who are experts. Derek + his family grew up going on cruise vacations (6, at least), and I am so lucky to have had the privilege of joining his family on a couple of cruises in the five years Derek + I have been together.

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Both trips, we went to the Caribbean for 7-8 days, and I was a sea-cruising mess both times. The first cruise was with Carnival, when I was 19 years old, and the second cruise was a couple years later with Norwegian. I kind of had a little more of my shit together for the second cruise, but there’s still lots of room for improvement.

Yes, I stressed on my first cruise. I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t pack correctly, I lost a lot of important information + items (which I eventually found, thank goodness), but I did not enjoy my first cruise the way I wanted to.

To avoid disrupting your cruise vacation, I am going to share with you my do’s + don’ts of traveling by cruise ship based on my personal experience + mistakes.

Do’s.

#1. Pack light outfits. There’s nothing worse than wearing heavy clothes on a ship. Packing light + airy clothing, such as cotton tank tops + shorts, will allow you to be more comfortable and enjoy your time on deck. I struggled my first trip because I brought some “normal” clothes, meaning denim shorts, and thick + stiff dresses. I ended up wearing the same cotton shorts + 3 tanks tops the whole week because I was in + out of the pool, the buffet, and the room. I might as well just brought one dress and worn it all week (but I don’t recommend that, see Don’t #2).

#2. Bring a lanyard. I know it sounds strange, but holy crap, your stress + worry will vanish with this tip. It is amazing how many times you will go in + out of your cabin in a day at sea (almost 16 times). So it is important to have easy access to your room key for whenever you need it. I didn’t do this trick my first cruise, and I about lost my key 18 times. On my second cruise, my future mother-in-law offered me a lanyard. The people at the front desk had a hole-punch machine for room keys, and they punched it for me to attached to me lanyard. I simply wore the key around my neck and never took it off the whole trip. This way I could go back and forth from the deck to my room without worrying whether I had my key or not! Genius.

#3. Have cash + card. Always bring your credit or debit card on a cruise, and also some extra cash. The first time around, I didn’t know any of this, and struggled to pay for stuff + buy what I wanted. The cruise line puts your room expenses (tax, cleaning fee, room service fee, etc.) on your card. This makes it so you just tell the person what room you’re in on the ship and they will charge the room card. Food + most drink packages are included in the cruise price, so you do not have to worry about that. However, the spa, speciality restaurants + additional expenses are not. I would recommend bringing extra cash for the days you’re at port. These are the days you are off the ship and get to travel the islands + cities on foot. Most ports take American cash, however, most do NOT take credit cards. So if you are wanting to purchase items at port, it’s nice to have cash available.

Don’ts.

#1. Get “shwasted” on the first night. I know that you’re probably excited to be on vacation, but try not to over do it on your very first night on board. The ship will have special events going on to stir up your night, but I recommend not getting too carried away. There’s nothing worse than having your first full day at sea with a major hangover. Seawater + hangovers do not mix well, just ask Derek. I recommend taking your time with the free drinks. You don’t have to drink all the alcohol on the ship in one sitting, there will still be some tomorrow.

#2. Forget dressy attire. Most cruise ships have dinner restaurants that require a dress code. This was my favorite part, because we would get all dressed up, then go eat unlimited fancy dinners! One night I ordered three lobsters, don’t judge me. But if I haven’t packed an outfit that wasn’t a tank top + shorts, they would not have let me eat. I am not saying you need your former prom dress, or wedding gown, but something that you would wear to a nice + casual cocktail party (is there such a thing?). Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on those fancy nights.

#3. Lay out without sunscreen. For the love of God, please take my advice! I am white, not like pasty white, but pretty close. My skin does not handle direct sunlight very well, but I always want to be tan! So both trips (didn’t learn my lesson the first time, I guess), I got SUPER sunburned. The first time was just me being stupid, by laying out on a raft in Tortola for 4 hours without a lick of sunscreen on. Obviously, I turned into a lobster by lunchtime. However, the second time (with my luck) on our first day at sea, my chest developed a heat rash. So I was miserable for 3 days trying to get rid of that (I recommend itch cream, it really works). I managed to stay in the spa for most of the days to heal, which I highly recommend (mostly because they give out oranges… ). I have definitely learned my lesson to just put the damn sunscreen on! I promise you will get tan no matter what, just make sure you protect your skin, or you will ruin some of your vacation. 

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Although I have learned A LOT about traveling by cruise ship through my experiences + mistakes, they were still amazing vacations that Derek + I got to share together.

Which cruise should we take next and to where?

 

The Challenge of Finding Styles for Tall Women

We know the struggle of walking into a department store + searching through the thousands of clothing choices, however, nothing will fit you. Becca + I have unique body shapes. We both are slender but were blessed with wide hips and big booties. And if we weren’t blessed enough, we are also 6 foot tall. It seems rare for a clothing designer to make affordable, yet cute clothes for tall women, but when it does happen, they are known to be too wide for our slender figures, or really pricey. The challenge growing up was real. However, we developed some tips + tricks to share with you on how we try to find the perfect fitting wardrobe!

Tip #1: Try EVERYTHING on! We know the process is a pain in the ass, but it will be worth it. Every designer is different so various sizes and cuts might fit better or worse. If anything, I take the same shirt in all sizes with me to the dressing room. The dressing room clerk isn’t always happy about it, but oh well.

Tip #2: Buy versatile/functional pieces. This becomes important when also trying to save $$. Looking for key pieces that can be used for multiple styles. For instance, a bodycon dress can also be used as a top tucked into a skirt. Or a jacket being used as a cardigan. Also a trick of ours is buying versatile pieces in neutral colors (white, black, gray, cream) so they can go with many outfits.

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Tip #3: Create a new style out of it. Our biggest thing that we learned is to accept the fact that most pants are not going to fit our desired length. I am comfortable in a 36 inch inseam and Becca in a 35 inch inseam. Our tip when buying jeans, particularly skinny jeans, is to roll up the bottom once or twice, and viola! New cropped jeans. This can be done with maxi skirts as well. Tie a mini knot on the bottom of one side of the skirt and now you have a stylish new look.

Tip #4: Sometimes going bigger is better. If your body shape is similar to ours, then you know that most items aren’t long enough. A tip is to order a size bigger and go get it tailored at a seamstress. We know this may sound bizarre, however, if it’s a piece you know you love + would keep for some time it sounds worth it to us. A customized piece is necessary in every wardrobe.

Tip #5: Use the resource of Internet. Buying clothes online might sound risky, but it is a great alternative to going to department stores. You have such a wider range to choose from because most stores put everything they have online. It is way more convenient to shop online these days. A tip of ours is to read the stores return policy before clicking confirm cart. Most are pretty lenient about returning unwanted/unworn items directly to the store or back through the mail. This way you can try on each piece in the comfort of your own home and take back the items that you don’t want.


Tip #6: Don’t give up. You were gifted with beautiful bodies, embrace it! Growing up, we resented our height, now we fully accept the challenge + learned to love it. As frustrating as it can be, never lose hope of finding those perfect pieces. They are out there and waiting for you!

Some of our favorite stores to shop at: The Windsor Store, Alloy.com, Nordstrom, Lulus.

8 Ways to Explain Our Bond

It’s no question that we are inseparable best friends. But a lot of people just assume it’s because we shared a womb, we shared a room for 12 years, we played on the same teams for about 12 years, we went to the same school, we had pretty much the same friends… ok, people should be wondering why we aren’t physically joined at the hip.  But there’s a lot more reasons why Liz + I never get tired of each other, + spend as much time as possible with each other.

Here we will describe, in our own way, what we mean to each other. This may explain the creepy + utterly annoying bond we share to people who have to spend ten minutes with us.

Since splitting up in our sophomore year of college in 2014, it was new to us for people not to automatically know that we had a twin. So when they found out, they’d ask what it like being a twin. We would say:

  1. We look exactly the same, except she’s gorgeous + has long blonde beautiful hair, + she’s a couple inches taller than me. She has a better style, personality, + is absolutely more beautiful.
  2. We have the same laugh, and laugh at almost anything. We have these moments where we know what each other is thinking. For example, an inside joke would start to surface the conversation, and without any indication, we would start laughing. Our parents still do not understand why we do it. Our laughs are known to be contagious. Because we laugh the same, it makes people laugh as well. So when we think everybody laughs at our jokes, it’s actually them laughing at us.
  3. We are kind of funny because we quote EVERYTHING. We remember quotes from movies, shows + past experiences, and we apply them to our daily lives. We live out of the movies we know + love. Any funny scene that we once laughed at, we will continue to find ways to bring it into our conversations. Most people don’t get it, but we think we are hilarious.
  4. We protect each other. Liz is known as the one to speak up. If something’s not right or fair, she’d be the one to stand up for it. Even as toddlers, she was the one holding my hand through everything. It wasn’t until I was 19, that I had to start sticking up for myself. I tease Becca sometimes by saying “I am the oldest, you were just born first”. I think it was just an instinct I grew into at a young age to protect her. It wasn’t that she couldn’t take care of herself, it was more that I didn’t want her to. I wanted to take all the burden off of her and put it on myself. Anyone of our friends could tell you, I would step up for my sister in any given moment.
  5. We have high expectations. We don’t think we are perfect, actually far from it. But since we are so loyal, understanding, honest + caring for one another, it’s hard not to expect the same treatment from everyone else. We struggled with this flaw for years, and still do. However, we have developed more of an open mind, now that we are older, but we still expect to be treated the way we treat others. Growing up with siblings gave us the advantage of treating each other with respect because that is how our parents raised us. So we became loyal + caring people, but expecting others to be the same. Although we are not perfect and neither is anyone else, we developed a certain understanding for life.
  6. We never ever stop talking, ever. We can explore 13 topics in one sitting. Even if it’s something we’ve already exhausted, there’s always something new to add to the conversation between us. We can say + do anything in front of each other. There is no awkward moment when we are together. And actually, every time something awkward or embarrassing happens to one of us, we are the first to call each other to explain + to feel better about it. We seriously don’t stop talking. But that’s the best part about having your twin as your best friend. We are so honest with each other and created an understanding that is difficult to explain. We can range from a silly + goofy conversation, to a serious + vulnerable one in a matter of seconds.
  7. We are so happy for each other. Surprisingly, we were never envious of each other’s success. We were proud of what we accomplished. If it is a job promotion, or a stupid A on a paper, we always support each other. The day Liz graduated, I thought it was going to be hard for me since I didn’t. But holy crap, all I could think that whole weekend was how proud I was of her! I am always proud of Liz. I couldn’t be happier for Becca and everything she has accomplished.  I’m her biggest cheerleader in everything she sets her mind to + extremely jealous of her amazing job! I am so grateful to have a sister and best friend like her. I’m proud of the hardworking, caring + beautiful woman she has become.
  8. We still talk every single day. I knew going to school in a different state was going to be hard, but that was an understatement. Leaving her was by-far the hardest thing I ever had to do. It’s indescribable the emptiness I felt without her. Deep down I knew it was what we needed to do, but damn. We talk everyday for hours at a time and never get sick of it. 300+ miles never got in our way. Soon we can post specifically about how we make it, but for now, I’m just gonna say it’s not easy. I was furious when she decided to stay in California for college, but I understood why. We became our own person once she left. We weren’t just the Rudd Twins anymore, we turned into Becca + Liz.

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Well, 850 words can’t explain our true bond, but hopefully it gives you an idea of why we act the way we act.

Who is your best friend, and how would you explain your bond? Comment below or email us!

 

What to Expect from Spin Class

With being athletes most of our lives, working out at a gym became part of our daily routine. Even though on some days the most difficult part was getting there, we managed to push each other to go. We typically had a workout plan with us during training for our basketball seasons, so we never felt it was necessary to try the fitness classes offered at our local gym. Man, do we regret that. A couple of months ago, both of our basketball careers came to an end but physical activity was still part of our lifestyle. Instead of pushing hard on the weights, we decided to start taking classes the gym offered. Spin class became one of our favorites. If you are interested in trying out these classes, here’s what you should know

What is it: The best way to describe Spin class is indoor cycling. Members sit on stationary bikes and perform variations of speeds and resistance. Certified “spinning” instructors are the only ones who are allowed to lead this specific class + are used as a guide throughout the 40-60 minutes. This activity is a cardio/aerobic workout sequence that is set to music. If that’s not fun enough, the rooms are usually filled with mirrors on the wall + the only source of light are black lights mounted at the front by the instructor. Wear a bright neon shirt + you’ll be the life of the party!

What to expect: The instructor is there as a guide. If you want to go at your own pace, so be it! The instructor should give you general tips on amounts of resistance, how fast to pedal, how hard you should be working, and when to perform various movements (standing, sitting, sprinting, etc.) Depending on how hard you want to work, you can recover, slow down, add or take away resistance at your pace. For beginners, it will take a few tries to get it down at first. Spinning will make you feel fatigued in your leg muscles but no matter what, don’t stop pedaling! Yes, you will be sore, even from sitting in the saddle. That’s normal, but that soreness generally goes away after a few times. Remember to always bring a water bottle to stay hydrated!

Who can do it: Spin is a great activity for those who want a motivating workout at their own controlled  pace. It is low-impact, which is perfect for those who have knee problems (any athlete), joint pain, or would like to balance out higher impact training, like running.

Where to go: Spin is pretty common in most areas. They are offered at almost every gym or fitness center, as well as spinning-specific gyms. Two spin-specific places I recommend are  The Madison  in Tempe, Arizona +  Bike 2 the Beat in Newport Beach, California . Both are great places + we had great experiences and instructors!

What to wear: any workout clothes is suitable for this class. However, I recommend wearing leggings as bottoms because it is more comfortable on the saddle. Also, if you have them, padded cycling shorts would be ideal + will increase your comfort. Workout shoes or cycling shoes (that clip into the bike pedals) will be perfect!

Our tips: If this is your first time, show up early! Let the instructor know you’re new + ask them any questions you may have about the class, and if they can help you set up on your bike (which can be tricky). The main thing to gather from this class is to monitor your intensity + work at your own pace. Everyone is different. Be your own judge. Another tip is every instructor is different. So if you didn’t enjoy the first time, try a different instructor or location. Give it a chance with a few different classes before you decide it’s not for you!

Happy Spinning xoxo