Friday, July 28, 2017

Well, one year surely did fly by. On July 28, 2016 my Hrag popped the question in our motherland, Armenia. After 15 years of bliss with the one I knew I wanted to spend my life with, he asked me to be his wife!

Actually....it didn't quite  happen so smoothly like that.
 Let me start from  the beginning....circa 2002!

 
Hrag and I have been friends since we were 13! He was from Philly and I was from Boston, but the various different Armenian youth organization we were both part of kept us close. We would see each other at least once every two months on trips hosted by the youth organizations (camping, sports weekends, etc) and when we weren't on these trips, we would talk on the phone all the time, or AIM (back in the dayyy). At 15, we "dated"- him still in Philly- me still in Boston- and a few months? later (really have no idea how long we dated) I, shamefully, broke up with him on his birthday!! I know, I know, I'm SO MEAN! But my mentality was that I wanted to do it in person and the only time I could do it was on one of these youth trips that happen to fall on his birthday! So to be fair, in a weird way, I did try to do it kindly! Anywho, I bawled my eyes out- I was so sad. Until this day I don't know why I broke up with him !


From babies to babes...

As we got older, into our high school then college years, we went our own ways, but always remained friends. We dated other people, but continued to be each other's confidants- spilling our biggest secrets to each other on the phone, crying and laughing together.  Though we were not dating, there was no doubt (in my mind at least) that Hrag had always been and would always be my best friend. He truly knew more about me than any of my closest friends and was always there to just listen to me when I needed him.

Fast forward years later at the age of 21, we found ourselves re-kindling our romantic spark that we left behind in our young teenage years. We were both newly single, vacationing on an Armenian cruise to the Caribbean's (yes, its a thing *chuckles*) with our own group of friends. Fun fact: We were dancing one night on the cruise to one of his favorite Armenian love songs (he's a romantic!) and he knelt down on one knee pretending to propose to me (and of course laughing with his friends and the entire band that was playing that night!) Needless to say, my face turned into a tomato and I physically grabbed his arms and lifted him off the ground- but I guess he knew what he wanted from day one!

We actually don't have an official "anniversary date" of when we began dating- because our friendship just naturally grew into love. About a year? into dating- he moved from Philly to Boston to continue his education and start a new job (but let's be real- the move was really for me bahahah). My parents took him in for the next several years, which we will be forever grateful for, and he quickly molded right into our family. He became the cool older brother to my younger brother, a son to my parents, and the one I knew I would be spending the rest of my life with.

Last July, my entire family took a trip to Armenia with my father's dance group to celebrate the group's 30th anniversary! Hrag and I had both been to Armenia once before, both in 2006- but we never crossed paths while we were there. We were so excited to experience this trip together in our motherland! We spent two weeks on a performing tour with the dance company and all of our friends and family dancing, laughing, drinking, and enjoying every breath of air in beautiful Armenia!

Since I had no idea what was going on, I insisted on sitting on the rocks rather than standing to take pictures (though the poor kid did try to change my mind),  so he never really had to get down on one knee! hahah)

On the last day of our incredible trip, the entire group visited the Geghard Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Armenia, dating back to the 4th and 13th century. After touring all the tombs and churches inside the monastery, we walked over to a creek underneath a beautiful bridge.  He had told my sister to record, and my cousin to take pictures. We climbed down the creek to the rocks and flowing water, where he asked me to spend the rest of our lives together....
Actually...... rewind: He pulled out the ring and said "Do I even need to ask?" and I screamed "No!"



 


I was so surprised (yes, I really was!) and so elated, that the rest of it was somewhat of a blur - we drove with our tour bus to a nearby area in the middle of the mountains that was set up as a huge picnic for all of us to eat and drink and celebrate! It was truly a trip of a lifetime!


Nine month later, we were finally able to celebrate back home in Boston! This past March, we had about 100 of our closest family and friends gather together at my parent's house for an unforgettable night. We set up cocktail tables with votive candles and long linens; we had delicious, mouth-watering passed hor devours and appetizers; an amazing dessert table with a beautiful custom-made fruit filled cake that people could not stop talking about! For favors we had the cutest hand-made"bride and groom" wrapped chocolate shipped all the way from California! Everything was so beautiful! Hrag and I feel so very grateful and blessed to have so many people in our lives that are so very dear to our hearts. We are who we are because of them.


 
 
 
 
 
 
His Family

My Family
 
The official blessing of the rings -an Armenian tradition.

 





We will see you all next year at our wedding! Ah!

A very special thank you to the sponsors who made this day so incredibly perfect!

Catering: Gourmet Bae
Chocolate Favors: Moi Et Toi Chocolatier, Burbank, California
Cake and Dessert: Tara Leigh Cakes
Photography: Caroline Winn Photography

Friday, February 17, 2017

As promised, here is Friday's Food For Thought!
I had too much to say (per usual) and it didn't fit on my Instagram caption, so here it is!
 
     If I could make a 30 second speech to the world, what it would be about? Ok- that's a little nerve - wrecking so let's narrow it down - to a 30 second speech to those who are starting a new venture. Or perhaps you want to start a new venture, but are nervous of the unknown. Here is what I would say to you:
     As Nike best put it, JUST DO IT. If there is something you want in life, no matter how big or small, literally just do it. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and make that plunge. And this goes for all aspects of life.
     You want to start a new business, but are scared you will fail? Well, don't make failure an option. Do not allow yourself to say "I can't." Wake up every morning and do ONE thing that will drive you towards your goals.
     You know your gut tells you that need to break up with a boyfriend, but you are afraid of being alone?  You are never alone- at the very least- I am here for you! Surround yourself with family and friends who love you and want to see you happy. It WILL work out.  
     You want to start graduate school but are afraid you won't succeed? Or in my case - quit law school but you are afraid of what people will say? Let me tell you something, knowing what you want in life is just as important as knowing what you don't want. If you want something, if you want it bad enough, you WILL succeed.
     Some of the scariest decisions in my life led me to today and I feel so blessed to be able to say that I am truly happy. I broke up with an ex of 6 years, quit law school when I was doing so well academically but just was not happy, quit my miserable job at sweat shop of a law firm, and slowly starting creating the idea of Glamour Cosmetics all within 6 months of each other. It definitely was not easy and there were days I didn't know how I could move forward, but just I woke up one morning and decided to stop wasting my precious life and just do it.
     These were hands down some of the most difficult decisions of my life, but sometimes the most difficult decisions in our lives are the best decisions we can make for ourselves. And from there came the best choices of my life... being engaged to my best friend of 14 years, working at an amazing job with the government, using my creative mind in makeup artistry, and meeting all of you!!
     Well, I guess that's more than 30 seconds- but I hope it was 30 seconds filled with inspiration for you to just go out there AND DO IT! No one is going to better your life for you- do it for yourself! And if you need help along the way-- I am here for you.
 
 

Fashionably Fit!

Wow, its been a minute since I last posted a blog! 2016 Wedding season was incredible and there were NO breaks for Glamour Cosmetics. Once I finished my last wedding for 2016 I dove head first into editorials for the winter season along with trials for the spring/summer weddings! That's pretty much how it works year round! No rest for Glamour Cosmetics, but I can't complain- it's everything I love to do!
 
With that being said, I want to introduce you guys to an incredibly talented group of women I am now lucky to call my friends. We collaborated to bring this Kate Hudson inspired shoot to life! How amazing did these images come out! Everything is ON. POINTE. (see what I did there!)
Makeup details can be found on Instagram @GlamourCosmetics_
Enjoy!

From Left to Right:
Photographer: Elayna Bartolacci
Assistant Stylist: Julie Pomphrett 
Model: Tayla Fernandez 
H&M: Garineh Ashjian of Glamour Cosmetics 
Producer/Stylist: Dianna Bedrosian