How To: Win Four Weddings

This summer I have been obsessed with watching Four Weddings , which conveniently starts at the same time I get home from the lab! It’s no secret that the brides are super picky and complain about the smallest things. It’s actually pretty hilarious that they always pair brides with opposite personalities; the other night one bride expressed her dislike of cupcakes while the other bride gushed over the fact she was having unique cupcakes at the reception . Disagreement always makes for good television.

Anyways, after watching countless episodes I wanted to compile a little list tips to win Four Weddings in case you ever find yourself in such a situation ūüôā

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  1. Make sure it’s not hot.¬†If the other brides get even a little sweaty during your ceremony they will complain about it relentlessly and it will set a bad tome for the rest of the day! Invest in fans and air conditioning.
  2. Always recite handwritten vows. For some reason the brides on this show tend to love when the bride and groom write their own vows. Bonus points if you can get your man to tear up as he professes his love for you. (Double bonus points if you have a funny officiant.)
  3. Have oodles of food at your cocktail hour.¬†For some reason the brides never get a bite to eat before making their way to the wedding so by the time cocktail hour rolls around they are CRAVING food and will heavily complain if you don’t have enough fast enough.
  4. God forbid you make your guests wait in line.  
  5. Sit down dinners over¬†buffet style.¬†As long as you have a few choices for the sit down dinner, the other brides will be happy they don’t have to wait in line.
  6. Two words: Dessert Bar. Whenever the bride has a dessert table at the wedding the other brides tend to get very excited and go a bit overboard at the table.
  7. Party atmosphere, but not a nightclub.¬†If you want to win you have to make it so that the other brides want to dance but feel comfortable doing so. On the other end of the spectrum, don’t play oldies music or else they will fall asleep.
  8. Carry¬†through with the theme.¬†The brides don’t seem to be too harsh on the decor as a whole, but if you have a theme those ladies will hold you accountable to that theme down to the toilet seat covers. So make it easy for yourself and don’t make your theme Peacocks in Moscow unless you really know how to carry that out..
  9. No gimmicks.¬†No fire shows or Elvis impersonators, the brides will think it’s tacky and will down the scores later.
  10. Wear a unique dress. 
  11. Make them feel the love between you and your spouse. 
  12. Sabotage.¬†If you know your wedding won’t hold a candle to Mary Sue’s 75K reception, pretend their is hair in your Chicken Marsala and complain incessantly so that the other two brides will be forced to complain and nit pick too!
  13. BONUS: Don’t have a Sunday wedding. They complain every time.¬†
  14. BONUS 2: Don’t have¬†plastic¬†anything.¬†

As you can see the key to winning is minimizing complaints from the other brides. Follow these tips and you will be well on your way to that fabulous honeymoon getaway with that dude you married. Good luck!

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

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Summer Series: Winding Down In Style

Summer is quickly coming to an end so I wanted to share how I am winding down the summer! I am not returning to college until September 24 but many of my friends are leaving in the next few weeks, so I wanted to hold a little get together before we all split up again! Without further ado here are some of my tips for a simple summer ice cream social!


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The weather is pretty nice where I live at this time of year so I had the social in my backyard. I put up some cute lighting since I asked my friends to come at night when it cooled down more. I love string lighting, It adds great ambiance and makes everything feel just a bit more special.

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I was inspired to have an ice cream social after reading¬†this¬†recipe for edible ice cream sprinkle bowls. They are so adorable and I knew I just had to try them! It was fairly easy to make, I subbed the almond bark for plain white chocolate since I had no idea where to even find almond bark. My only tip if you decide to make these is that you do so well in advance of your event. It takes forever for the chocolate to harden so put it in the fridge to speed up the process! (I also placed them in the freezer 10 minutes before serving to set the final shape ūüôā )

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To compliment these adorable little bowls I set out an array of toppings so that my friends could choose whatever they wanted when making their ice cream sundae. I kept it simple with ice cream flavors and had the classic chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. For toppings I arranged caramel, chocolate sauce, oreos, coconut shavings, waffle crisps, whip cream, and cherries in the center of the table!

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Overall, it was a great success and I am so glad I got to see all of them before the group started thinning out (this pic was taken before the other half came lol I promise I have real friends). It’s really easy to spend a bunch of money to go out and do something, but truthfully, it is much more special when you put in the time and effort to make something for the people you care about!

Thanks for reading! Hopefully you can plan your own summer get together and let me know how things go ūüôā

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

Summer Series: July Favorites

For my very first monthly favorites I have a combination of beauty, reading, and crafting. As I move forward with these favorite posts I hope to include fashion as well lifestyle elements in the future. Before I get started though, I would like to announce that I plan to update the blog every Tuesday so stay tuned and enjoy!


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1)¬†My first favorite is Harper Lee’s new book,¬†Go Set a Watchmen.¬†I read¬†To Kill a¬†Mockingbird¬†when I was in middle school and I really enjoyed it so I decided to pick up the sequel at my local Barnes and Nobles last week! I’m really excited to start reading it and i’ll let you guys know what I think. Have any of you read this yet? Thoughts?

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2) I mentioned Project Life in a previous post and since this project has really been my focus for this month, I thought it fit perfectly into the July favorites! My first year at Davis was really rewarding but I oftentimes found that my major and the nature of introductory classes really lack creativity as you are constantly meeting deadlines and rushing to meet expectations. Now that I am on break though, I have more than enough time to let my creative side out!

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3)¬†One Sunday night I randomly went on Amazon and finally decided to splurge on the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8. It came a few days after and I absolutely can not be happier with this purchase! I have a terrible habit of barely ever developing my photos, and I have to say that it is extremely rewarding to have the photo right in your hand moments after taking the picture. If you’ve been holding out on buying an Instax, just go and buy it! Film is a bit pricey but the photos are beautiful and I promise you won’t regret it.

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4)¬†This is my favorite part of my monthly favorites! I got the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette along with the double sided Kat Von D brush at the beginning of the month. Before purchasing this palette I hadn’t really tried highlighting and contouring so I thought this would be a good place to start as everything you need is in one convenient place. Now that I have used it I can really say that it is a fantastic product. The powders are silky and go on smoothly, I don’t think I’ve ever even felt such a soft powder before. Both the highlight and contour shades are very bendable and highly pigmented so a little goes a long way. I also decided to purchase the brush, which was pretty expensive but ended up being worth it in my eyes. The contour only looks good if you apply it well, and the brush does just that. While I do wish the angled end was a bit more dense, the highlight side is perfect for your under eye area and applies highlight seamlessly. If you can, I would absolutely splurge on the brush as it really makes a huge difference in your final look!

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5)¬†I purchased this product months ago but I only really started to show it love in the month of July. Both of these products are by the Balm and I got them half off from¬†hautelook.com¬†when they were having a flash sale. I’ve seen YouTubers rave about the products so I thought, why not add to my ever-growing collection! On the left is a highlighter in the color Mary Lou Manizer which is a really pretty champagne color. The highlighter goes great with my contour palette and I use it to finish off my look after conturing as it adds a really pretty shine to your face that is neither too subtle or over the top. On the right is the Meet Matte Nude Palette which is a fantastic palette with 9 shades. They are all matte (obviously) and really pigmented. I personally like to use them as a base, and for defining my crease. Usually I buy pretty shimmery eyeshadow, but I really recommend you try out a nude palette as it can give you a really professional and soft look without looking too done up. Overall, I’m really happy with both of these products and I’ll definitely keep my eye out for more from this brand.

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

 

Summer Series: Project Life

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While my first year went by faster than I wanted, I was lucky enough to take hundreds of pictures to help me remember all the little things. Originally, I planned to make a simple scrapbook, but when I went to Michaels I discovered Project Life! What makes it different from traditional scrapbooking is that rather than having to fill up and plan an entire page filled with paper, pictures, and embellishments, Project Life lets you select a cute binder filled with clear plastic pockets that perfectly fit a standard 4 by 6 picture. Along with the pockets you also purchase a card set that fits in the pockets and adds a personal touch to your book where you can add quotes and journal entries.

I liked the freedom of the Project Life system because you can add however many pages you want and the variety of plastic pocket designs can make for some really stunning designs. Long story short, after many trips to Michaels I finally decided to commit and bought all of my supplies! Check out Project Life here and also look it up on Pinterest for TONS of cute ideas.

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I got all of my photos printed out with the app Print Studio! It takes the photos straight out of your phone’s album and allows you to select the print size and quantity. I ordered 2 x 2 and 2 x 3 prints that come on high quality paper with a classy white border. Shipping was fast and the company really cares for their customers!¬†Check out Social Print Studio!

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I used tape strips to attach everything. The background paper is either scrapbook paper or the Project Life pre cut cards. My plan for this book is to use lots of bright colors and gold ! So far, I have been really enjoying the process and my plan is to hopefully make one of these every summer to commemorate each year of college! Below is one completed spread and I am so excited with how it turned out.

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Would you guys like to see more Project Life? Leave a comment below and stay tuned for more Summer Series posts!

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

…And Now I’m Back

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Time flies. One second I was enjoying welcome week and meeting all the girls on my floor, and the next I was studying like crazy for finals and moving out of my dorm room. My first year passed by in a flash but as I reflect back on the last 9 months I can proudly say that I have grown immensely as a person. As I now enjoy my summer, I am looking forward to recommitting to this blog and hopefully turning out some great content. Stay tuned!

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

Dorm Decor

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Today was such a beautiful day, so I decided to have a fun little photo shoot and share with you guys some pieces I bought for my dorm that I am so excited about! I have gathered together very cute bohemian/world travel themed pieces that I think will go great with my sort of mismatch covers, sheets, and pillows. In the first photo is a moroccan candle lantern that I purchased from World Market in a gold finish. I am so in love with this! And the back drop to this photo(and the others) is a large tapestry that I bought from Jaipur Handloom, an adorable Etsy shop that ships you tapestries straight from India. I would really check this place out if you want something authentic and breathtakingly gorgeous.

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Another piece that I have been ecstatic about are these super luxe bookends from West Elm that were a bit on the pricy side, but a great investment especially if you use your Student ID for the discount. I can’t wait to use these with textbooks or cute magazines on my shelves.

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I won’t have much space in my room so I purchased some boxes and cups that will function as change cups and makeup brush storage. I purchased my favorite ones above from Ikea, World Market, and Michael’s. The box is a DIY project that I had a blast doing. It was originally a Paris themed decorative box from Michael’s, but I decided to Modge Podge on handmade wrapping paper so that it matched my theme better!

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And the final pieces I wanted to share is this decorative cardboard initial from World Market and a handmade jewelry bowl I found at a turkish store in Carmel, California. I hope you guys liked this post, I really enjoyed putting it together. I can’t wait to show you guys my room once I move in! Hopefully, once I get settled my posts will be put up more regularly as I will have more to talk about. As far as the future of this blog, I would like to get some videos on here soon so we can so some fun DIYs!

How would you design your dorm?