Wake up with puffy eyes on your wedding day? (Or never slept
the night before and that’s why you now have bags under your eyes…) I found a
quick and easy solution that will help you out in minutes flat! All you will
need is: ¼ cup of milk, cheese cloth, and a pair of scissors.
Start by cutting out a couple of adorable, fat (or squat)
hearts from your cheese cloth. Soak them in the milk, and then press to your
skin. Allow the milky patches to rest on your skin for 3 to 5 minutes, remove,
and rinse away any leftover milk with a washcloth and warm water. If you don’t
have cheese cloth, you can also use cotton balls: then you’ll just have to hold
them to your face for the 3 minutes for so.
If you know that you’re apt to get bags under your eyes
natural, you can also combat them ahead of time by staying hydrated, away from caffeine,
and getting as much sleep as possible.
With the season of wonderful winter weddings here you may be
looking for a little extra inspiration for your own. When it comes to your
favors, why not switch it up a little bit? Go with a gift that’s a little less
traditional, but even more memorable. Have an assortment of small snuggly
throws and scarfs/pashminas available to serve a double purpose: keep your
guests snuggly warm during an outdoor service, photo shoot, or break and keep
them toasty and content on their way home!
You can greet your guests with a colorful display of soft
options. You can have an assortment of small wool throws (maybe army surplus or
such to intrigue your male guests, too), soft fluffy scarfs, and long silky
pashminas rolled up and displayed need an entrance, and then have a custom sign
inviting your guests to snuggle!
Need another idea for your less snuggle-bug guests? Or maybe
a place holder that keeps with the theme? Include fire-starters as seat numbers
or place holders. You’ll still be sending your guests home with the promise of
cozy nights and warmth. (Find the colorful starters and you’ll be sending them
home with a light show, as well!)
Although it doesn’t feel like it at the moment, winter
really is just around the corner. If you’re getting ready for your winter or
early spring wedding, the changing temperatures can be killer on your skin. I
know that our facial products can add up (especially when we’re altering our
regiment to fight off winter chapped skin) so here are a couple fun, homemade
masks that will be perfect for your face and your wallet!
The first couldn’t be any simpler if it tried! An avocado
mask is great for your skin because it not only hydrates, it also helps to
heal. It’s jam packed with healthy fats , vitamins and oils that keep your skin
feeling silky smooth. For your mask, just grab one rip avocado. Cut it in half
and scoop out the flesh. Mash it up and add a small amount of extra virgin
olive oil. Rub the concoction on your face, sit back, and relax for 5 to 10
minutes. Gently wash away with warm water. Repeat weekly as needed.
My next mask works fabulously for more oily skin with large
pores. It creates a natural barrier against the wind and cold of winter, but
isn’t necessarily for the squeamish. All you need for your mask is a single egg
white. Spread an entire egg white across the skin of your face, avoiding your
eggs and mouth, allow it to sit for a half hour, and then wash it away with
cool water. It helps to brighten and tighten more oily skin.
For mixed skin that’s getting battered by the blistering cold,
try this sweet banana mask (which I promise doesn’t contain any raw egg, I found
more of those masks, but figured one was enough). For this mask, all you need
is a ripe banana and sweet cream. Mash the two together, apply all over your
skin, and allow to rest for 30 minutes. The mixture will moisturize and nourish
your skin, and can be repeated whenever your skin needs the boost.
Looking to start getting ready and feeling good for your wedding day? Well, some of the tips aren’t just want you should be eating, but also what you shouldn’t. We all know that we want to cut down on the fats and carbs, while loading up on the healthy grains, fruits, and veggies, before the big day, but sometimes those food parameters just aren’t enough. When it comes to the last couple of days (even weeks) before your wedding, you’re going to want to take special precautions to make sure that you’re feeling happy, healthy and energetic on your long awaited wedding day! Here are a couple of foods that you actually won’t want to be indulging in for those last couple days.
Now that we’re getting into the more blustery season, we’re
getting into my favorite for weddings and décor. I think that wintery weddings
are just magical. Even if you never have a flake of snow, the bridal craps,
cover-ups, and colors just add an automatic touch of whimsy to an already
ethereal event. If you’re going to have a dreamy winter wedding, too, here are a
couple of helpful ideas to help you have the perfect winter wonderland.
-First, you'll want to keep your guests toasty warm. Even
those of us who love the winter become slightly less than enthusiastic once the
cold has gotten to the bones. Keep your guest warm inside and out with a hot
cocoa and/or mulled wine and cider bar. Most weddings have readily available
refreshments for their guests, anyway: why not add a touch of warmth right from
-Also, be sure to keep transportation from one location to
the next ready to go for when your gets need to get moving. Can you think of
anything more luxurious than crawling into an already warm car/limo/bus that
will drive you to and from the wedding safely?
-Next, make your décor match your wintery whimsy. If you can't
go to snow, you can always make it come to you! You can rent a snow
machine to have a beautiful backdrop for photos and, of course, there's the fun add-on of snowball fights for your more playful guests! Have your ice sculptured and
beverage luges to bring the cool ice to your indoor décor. Crystal, shimmering
materials, and silver décor and cutlery also add to the ambiance.
-Keep your attire seasonally appropriate, too. Have sequined Uggs to keep your toes warm (and possibly matching ones for
all of your bridesmaids). Have beautiful long satin or valor gloves, a cloak or
cape to keep you warm: all will add an ethereal feel to your photographs, as
-A coat check is a must, though. Most reception halls will
already have this ready to go, but you will want to double check so that you’re
all prepared. One drawback to winter weddings is bulky coats: no one wants to
be stuck carrying them around for your event!
-Lastly, be sure to stalk out the perfect photo shoot
locations before your big day. You’ll want to make sure that you have both an
indoor and outdoor option to keep you from panicking if it decides to rain on
your wedding day.
Looking for a fun add-on for your wedding reception or
cocktail hour? How about a Martini bar?! I saw one at a bridal show recently and just thought it was awesome. I mean, you'll
still want a fabulous bartender at the wedding to ensure that everyone can imbibe
and enjoy, but a martini bar is just a fun and novel idea to let your guests
So it’s really simple and looks very chic. You'll first need
to pick 4 or 5 of your favorite martini glass cocktails that you'll want on
your bar (i.e. appletinis, cosmopolitans, etc). Then your bartenders will set
up a pitcher of each drink for your guests, with a shaker for each and a large
container of ice.
Your guests will get to step up and pick their favorite martini of choice. They'll be able to rinse and repeat as desired, too. ;-)
What fun beverages would you choose? Just think about it,
you could have a rainbow assortment, showcased by gorgeous, crystal clear
Always the bridesmaid and never the bride, I can really
appreciate this trend! With the fall and winter brides ready to go, we’re
seeing a couple surging trends in bridesmaids’ gowns. My personal favorite in a
new trend towards the dark side! No there’s nothing evil about it, our girls
are just rocking darker colors!
Blacks and blues that rival the starry night sky
are very in this season. The dark tones help the bouquets you’ve chosen to
really pop. They also bring an extra element of sophistication to your already fabulous
(Images by Jorg Windau Photography)
Not feeling the darker shades? Neutrals and nudes are also
big this season. In flowing tans and beiges, these often mix-matches gowns
bring an ethereal, whimsical feel to your special day.
(Image by JAYlim Photography)
Calling all soon-to-be weds and newlyweds: the voting for
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Good luck and thank you for voting!
One of my favorite reoccurring trends for wintertime
weddings is the incorporation of seasonal greens. Evergreens and branches make
for enchanting centerpieces and décor, but what if you want to add a splash of
color? Well, let’s move on from the “greens” and get to the “reds,” instead!
With winter greens come beautiful winter berries!
Now when you think of winter berries, the literal berry may
come to mind. :-) There are winterberry bushes that are a beautiful bright red.
They grow in beautiful clusters, and hold together pretty well in decorating.
These berries, as well as their greens, are toxic to humans, though, and should
be kept away from the kid’s table (if there is one!). Artificial branches may be
a good substitute.
Another beautiful wintery option is sprigs of holly with
berries attached. Again, this is another poisonous variety, but they should be
easily kept away from prying hands due to their prickly greens!
My personal favorite is not only safe to eat, but
also a larger berry not attached to greens: the cranberry! Perfect for
floating in water, filling jars and candle holders, the cranberry is a very
sturdy berry that will be easy to utilize in your centerpieces without too much
bruising or “smashing.”
I know I'm jumping the gun a little, but this unseasonably
early cold weather has me looking forward to the winter already! I know that I’m
in the minority, but I am a winter girl through and through. I can’t think of
anything more magical than cold wintery days with a light dusting of snow! That’s
why I’m planning on a winter wedding in the future. If you’re going to have a
winter wedding, too, I found a simple snowy favor for you to make and enjoy.
These simple snow globes can be utilized as festive favors
and/or a little bit of extra sparkle to add to your center pieces. For this
project, all you will need to gather are:
-Synthetic evergreens and plastic/ceramic
figurines. (From a craft store)
-Festive colored oil-based enamel paint.
To start, if you're jar lids aren't festive enough, paint
them and let them dry. Sand the inside of the lids until you have a rough
surface (this will give a better surface for your glue to adhere to). Glue the
little trees and figurines that you’d like in each jar to the top of the lids
with your clear-dry epoxy, and set them aside, once more, to dry really well.
Fill your jars almost to the top with distilled water. Add
as much glitter as you’d like and a small amount of glycerin (this will create
the “Snowing” effect by stopping the glitter from falling too quickly). Note,
if you add to much your glitter will stick to the bottom of the jar when it’s
flipped. If this happens you can simply empty out and try again.
Screw your lid back on, tightly, being careful not to
move/dislodge your figurines. Turn it over and give it a swirl! Use different
figurines and jar sizes for each snow globe for an eclectic mixed-and-matched look!
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