It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like...

Dec 11, 2017
CHRISTMAS!


Nick and I finally flipped it in to Christmas gear this weekend. We always visit a local tree farm in search of the perfect Christmas tree to cut down. White pines are our favorite and I think we got a pretty good one this year!


Growing up Nick and I always cut down trees with our family so once we bought our house we bough the tradition back. Another tradition for us is to count the rings once the tree is cut to see how old the tree was. This year we counted ten rings, which worked out perfectly because this is our 10th Christmas together! Almost too perfect, and of course I got super sentimental.




Nick got the tree into the house, in it's stand, and strung the lights on Saturday. We just need to do the garland and ornaments! I use silver garland because I love my tree to be as gaudy as possible! Plus, it's an Angle-family tradition! My tree wouldn't be complete without the silver garland.


On Sunday I decorated the dining room, front entry way, and put out a few things in our living room.





Please excuse the horrible cell phone photos and terrible lighting, and have a super Monday!

Friday Fun with the Hubs

Dec 8, 2017
Meet the Hubs, also known as Nicholas, Nick, Nico, and/or Babe. I decided to put my husband of nearly 10 years to the test to see how he would answer thirteen simple questions about me.


1. What is one thing I'm always saying? You're always saying "Hey, Zshuzhee!" to the dog.  I have a lot of weird, made up nicknames for our dog.

2. What is one thing that makes me happy? Scout. Our dog. I'm obsessed.

3. What makes me sad? Not having Scout.

4. How tall am I? Five.....seven....? I'm 5'5.5"


5. What is my favorite thing to do? Read.

6. What do you think I do when you are not home? Watch TV and sleep.

7. If I were to become famous for one thing what would it be? Dancing.

8. What makes you proud of me? When you give to others, like when you get excited about doing Operation Christmas Child.


9. What is my favorite food? Pizza.

10. Where is my favorite place to visit? Pennsylvania. To visit my family!

11. What is one thing I do that annoys you? Man, there are just too many things to pick from... Haha, hilarious.

12. What is my favorite movie? Father of the Bride.

13. If I'm out and you get a call saying I'm making trouble, who a I most likely with? Jess.



HAPPY FRIDAY!



Winter Hair, Don't Care

Dec 6, 2017
Winter brings all sorts of challenges for you hair. Dry air, wild winds, and going from the cold air outside to the heat inside can really do a number. And let's not forget that static cling! Following some simple steps will have your hair looking great all winter long, and you'll be saying 'Winter hair? Don't care!'




DETANGLE PRE-SHOWER

I've always had the worst tangles. If I wear my hair down I have to make sure I have a brush on hand to give it a good run-through a few times per day. Getting a brush through my hair after the shower when it's wet? Forget it. I've sent more than a few brushes and combs to the graveyard after breaking them trying to get them through my hair. Trying to brush out snarls and snags in wet hair is causing damage to the cuticle. Brush your hair prior to washing if you have tangles. It also makes for easier brushing after the shower!



TURN DOWN THE TEMP

I love hot baths and showers during the winter, but the hot water is actually striping my hair and scalp. Warm water is best to help your open up the hair cuticles, letting shampoo and conditioner penetrate better. A five second cold water rinse is recommended at the end of your shower to help seal the cuticles and boost shine.




CONDITION CORRECTLY

A nickle sized amount of conditioner is a perfect amount for most hair types and lengths. For my fine hair, I only apply conditioner to the ends. This is also best for short hair. If your hair is thick, apply from ear level down. Leave conditioner on for one minute and then rinse out.



RINSE THOROUGHLY

Spend at least one minute under the shower head to properly rinse shampoo and conditioner out of your hair. Running your fingers through your hair lets the water get to every layer.  Left over product can cause build up that dulls shine. Make sure the water runs clear before you stop rinsing.



WASH EVERYDAY

There is no harm in washing your hair everyday... unless you have oily hair. Shampooing oily hair every day can strip your scalp and make it dry, causing your glands to produce even more oil to compensate. If you don't fall into the oily hair category, shampooing your hair everyday won't dry it out if you are using the right shampoo. There are a lot of products out there, so if you're unsure what to use go with a sulfate-free shampoo. It's gentle on all hair types.




DEEP CLEAN ONCE A WEEK

Deep clean DIY! Mix a teaspoon of granulated sugar into your squeeze of shampoo and rub it into your scalp. The sugar gently exfoliates the scalp getting rid of dirt and product residue. Rinse as instructed above. A clarifying shampoo can be used one a month if you tend use use a lot of styling products. A healthy scalp is the base to great hair!




For prefect Winter skin check out Three Secrets to Incredible Skin!






Harry's Gettin' Married!

Dec 4, 2017
It's the day all Royal Watchers have been waiting for. For years we've been anxiously waiting for the Spare to get serious, meet a nice girl, and settle down. On Monday, November 27, 2017 Clarence House announced the engagement of His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales to Ms. Megan Markle.


Although an engagement felt imminent after Meghan left her role on the hit show Suits, and packed up and moved to the UK in November (it was also rumored she moved in with Harry, which we now know is true), it was a surprise of how soon it came - just a year and half in to her and the Prince's courtship.


Shortly after Clarence House released the news of their engagement, The Price and his fiancé held a photo call for the press at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace in London. The short photo call gave the press their first official photos of Harry and Meghan, and gave the first glimpse of Meghan's engagement ring. The ring is a series of three diamonds set on a yellow gold band. The center diamond was sourced from Botswana and the two side diamonds are from the late Princess Diana's jewelry collection. Harry designed the ring himself, and chose the yellow gold band because it is Meghan's 'favorite.'



For their first official photos as a engaged couple, Prince Harry wore a navy suit and Meghan was outfitted in a white knit coat from the Canadian brand LINE the label over the Fitted Bowtie Detail Dress from P.A.R.O.S.H, opal earrings from Canadian jeweler Maison Birk, and Aquazzura Matilde Crisscross Suede Pumps available at Neiman Marcus. Her entire outfit retails for around $1,556 (price of earrings and engagement ring unknown).







The engaged couple sat down with BBC journalist Mishal Husain shortly after the photo call for their official interview.


The interview revealed that Harry and Meghan met for the first time in July 2016 in London after being set up by a mutual friend. The two met for drinks one night, and immediately went out the following day, sighting that they had bonded over each others' philanthropic works. The next foray for the pair was spending 5 days together camping in Botswana. Meghan revealed that since they met in July 2016 they had not spent more than 2 weeks apart, with Harry flying to Toronto to visit Meghan or Meghan flying to London to visit Harry.


The couple were able to keep their relationship private and secret for 5 to 6 months before the press and public caught wind of it. The couple were first spotted out together in London in October 2016, and the Prince confirmed their relationship just one year prior to their engagement announcement in November 2016.


The couple were then spotted at a friend's wedding in Jamaica, and Meghan accompanied Harry to Pippa Middleton's wedding reception. She also supported her then-boyfriend at a polo match in March.




The interview also revealed that that Harry got down on one knee and asked Meghan to marry him at the couple's home at Nottingham Cottage during a cozy night in. Nottingham Cottage will remain their residence after they are married. Meghan described the proposal as 'an amazing surprise' and said it was 'very sweet, very  natural, and very romantic.'




Prior to their engagement, Meghan had met The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, The Duke and Duchess or Cornwall, and the Queen several times, as well as having met the Spencer family. Harry had met Meghan's mother and asked her permission to propose to her daughter.



The interview wouldn't be complete without discussing Harry's mother, Princess Diana, who died in a tragic car accident in 1997 when Harry was just 12 years old. When Harry was asked if he felt Diana would have liked Meghan, he replied "Oh they'd be thick as thieves, without question, I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, you know so excited for me, but then, as I said, would have probably been best friends - best friends with Meghan."


Reports claim that the newly engaged couple met with the Queen following their official interview.


Kensington Palace released more details about the upcoming royal wedding just one day after the engagement announcement. Harry and Meghan will be getting married at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle located in Berkshire, England in May 2018. The Chapel has the capacity for 800 people. The report also announced that Meghan will be baptized and confirmed into the church of England prior to the wedding and she plans to become a UK citizen after her marriage to the Prince.




The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall had their televised religious ceremony at St. George's Chapel in 2005. Other notable Royals married there include Prince Edward to the now-Countess of Wessex Sophie (nee Rhys-Jones) and Harry's cousin and Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips to Autumn Kelly in 2008.


We have five to six months to speculate all thing Royal Wedding. Will Meghan choose a British or American designer for her wedding dress, or will she go with a Canadian designer (in a nod to her time living there and also in a nod to the Commonwealth)?


Will Prince George be a page boy and Charlotte a flower girl, or will they go with a more Americanized wedding with bridesmaids and groomsmen?


Wills is a guarantee for Harry's best man, but we'll have to wait and see who Meghan chooses as her maid/matron of honor, and also to see if her father will walk her down the aisle (as the soon-to-be-Royal seems closer to her mom).


Meghan will also be tasked with choosing which charities she will become patron of. And there's the all important question of Harry and Meghan's titles as a married couple. Meghan will not become Princess Meghan (as Kate is not Princess Catherine).  Meghan, as a commoner, would be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Harry of Wales. She will most likely go with, and be known by, her duchess title, like The Duchess of Cambridge. Rumors are swirling that she will be known as Her Royal Highness Meghan Duchess of Sussex, or simply The Duchess of Sussex.


Make sure to come back to A Cute Angle for more details as they emerge! 
In the meantime, check out these cute candids of Meghan and Harry...




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Five on Friday 12.1.17

Dec 1, 2017
I've been a bad, bad blogger. Ya'll haven't heard from me in almost 8 weeks! Thanks to those who have kept up with me on Instagram! Here's Five things on Friday!





//1// I've been sick. The perils of working with children. I had a bad stomach bug at the beginning of November that kept me in bed for 5 days and out of work for 3. ::womp,womp:: You can read about the difference between the stomach bug and actual influenza here. My allergies went haywire in October and I finally went to see an allergist. Weekly allergy shots for this girl!


//2// Harry's gettin' married! FINALLY! More details to come. Stay tuned.




//3// We'll be spending the holidays here in Michigan with Nick's family this year. Unfortunately, we won't be able to make it back to Pennsylvania this year because of our upcoming trip to... IRELAND!


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I'm really looking forward to Christmas!




//4// The Handmaid's Tale. Yes, I know, I'm behind the curve. I'm watching the Hulu show and reading the book simultaneously. It's been really interesting and thought provoking. I think I'm enjoying the show just a tad more than the book.




//5// Speaking of reading, I've been doing a lot of that instead of blogging. My latest recommendation is It Happens All the Time by Amy Hatvany. Her books are amazing. She's such a gifted author.


I was excited to get 80% off some e-books on Cyber Monday. I'm really looking forward to reading In This Moment by Karma Brown, Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale, and I See London, I See France by Sarah Mylnowski




HAPPY FRIDAY!







 
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