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Twist Back Bridal Hair Q&A

Happy weekend, y’all! As August draws to an end, we are now entering into wedding season round 3 – my personal favorite: the fall season. J and I will be going to about 5 weddings in the next two months, and I am so excited for all of the beautiful autumn wedding celebrations.

To kick off this fun time of the year, I am answering some of the recurring questions I have received throughout the past year, after sharing my Top 5 Reasons to do Your Own Wedding Hair & Makeup about what products and tools I used for this twisty pulled-back look I did for our wedding:

Q. What type of curling iron did you use?

A. The Conair 3/4″. Instead of twisting the hair, I wrap it around the curling iron. 

Q. Did you use any type of prep product before styling it?

A. Yes! After showering I always apply Oribe Balm to protect my hair when I know I will be styling it with heat. Then, immediately before I curl a section of hair, I spray it with Oribe Heat Styling Hair Spray – typically I don’t need finishing hair spray when using this product as it holds so well.  

Q. Where did you get your hairpiece from?

A. It actually came from a headband I saw one afternoon at Francesca’s (similar one linked here). I cut the rubber sides off the headband then measured how much of the lacy design I would need to have it fit between the twists. Bobby pins were all I used to secure it. I loved that it was super light and didn’t interfere with my veil! 

 

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Beauty, Blog, Fashion

Early Summer Date Night

Shoes | Chanel Bag | Earrings | Top |

So here we are, one official week away from summer (at least for myself and my classmates in law school), which means just one more week of endless hours of studying for final exams until a little more than a month or so of break (YAY!). During the summer months, I always look forward to beach trips and just generally being by the coast. Unfortunately, before we can get there, this tends to be the most stressful time of the semester for obvious reasons. Thankfully, my husband knows the #1 way to keep me sane is an easy, low-key date night. Bless him, y’all.

Flowy tops like this one here are not only super comfy and airy (perfect for humid southern nights) but they also make me feel like I’m away in Charleston for the evening – especially when paired with a pair of tie-up espadrilles (similar ones linked here & here) a messy bun, and drop earrings. If I’m not at the beach, at least I can pretend I am with an airy outfit like this. Fit-wise, I definitely could have sized down smaller in this top, but I kinda love that it’s oversized. I’m also really loving all things pink right now, so this mini flap bag is definitely my current favorite go-to as are these super cute budget-friendly options linked here and here.

Do y’all have any traditions you’re looking forward to repeating this summer? I would love to hear all about them!

 

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Beauty, Blog, Health & Wellness

No More Brassy Blonde

Hello everyone and welcome back! Things have been a bit crazy around here, and I don’t know about y’all, but when my schedule is bursting at the seams, I tend to put myself on the back burner. In light of that, I haven’t gone to see my fave stylist at Mark Christopher Salon in quite some time, and my hair was definitely giving that detail away much more than I realized!

So when Influenster emailed me about an opportunity to review a complimentary sample of Kenra Brightening Treatment Masque, I definitely jumped on the opportunity.

Until comparing the before and after pictures, I had NO idea how brassy my hair had gotten. (So try not to judge lol ).

Here is my messy and very brassy before:

& here is my much less messy and much more pearly blonde after:

Using the masque was super easy, smelled glorious, and it has definitely extended the life of my blonde balayage.  I strongly recommend following up with the Oribe Heat Styling Balm  after completing the masque, before styling with heat. If you aren’t familiar with Oribe, they’re another stellar luxury beauty company that has amazing scents in all of their high quality products. If you’re curious about any of my other beauty recommendations, feel free to drop a comment below and let me know!

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Beauty, Blog, Marriage, Weddings

Top 5 Reasons to Do Your Own Hair and Makeup for Your Wedding

Hey y’all, welcome back! Today I decided to share why I chose to do my own hair and makeup for my wedding, because I think in the wedding bliss (and frenzy) brides can often feel pressured into overspending and making quick decisions for the sake of the day and sometimes end up with a look that is totally different than what they had imagined for themselves. Before we get started, this list is with the assumption that: A. You are confident in your abilities to create the look you want, and B. This is something would provide stress-relief, not additional anxiety.

  1. Time for Yourself & Your Bridesmaids | No matter what your big day’s itinerary is like, time to yourself to decompress, breathe it all in, or simply just take a minute to calm the nerves, is very limited. In growing and learning more about my personality, I have found that I am an outgoing-introvert; which for me means that although I love getting to know people and going to events, extended social interactions can be very draining. Some people thrive off of others’ energy. Although I totally wish I could be, I am simply not one of those people. In knowing that, and preparing to be one of the main focuses of over three-hundred peoples’ attentions, I had to stay super chill the morning of our 3 p.m. wedding. I did my makeup alone at my house before joining my bridesmaids at our church to finish my hair. It was such a fun way to kick off a day full of celebrations with the people I love the most. Reflecting back on how relaxing it was to go through this routine and truly soak in the start of the day, I am so glad I chose to do my own hair and makeup. 
  2. One Less Person to Coordinate | As I mentioned in this postunforeseen things do come up, and unfortunately people seem to always get sick or lost at the worst times. Between coordinating the wedding party, your own family, your spouse’s family, and all of the other event dealers (caterers, musicians, dj, photographer, etc.) there are already quite a lot of variables at play. Hair and makeup is such an easy one to take out of the mix.
  3. No One Else Knows You Better | Before I decided to do my own, I was adamant about having someone else do it and take what I thought would be a stressful factor off of me. My mom and I went to four different hair salons (a lot, I know..), and tested out two makeup artists. Even with sharing pictures beforehand, the look I had pictured wasn’t happening, and the style would become limp and fall within the following hour. No one knows your hair or your vision of what you want it to look like better than you do.  If, after testing it out a few times, you still aren’t seeing what you’re trying to describe, take an hour or so out of your afternoon one day and see what you can do. You very well might surprise yourself.
  4. Big Budget Saver | Aside from the costs of the day-of services, trial runs can be pretty pricey too. For the majority of the salons I tried out, the bridal trial run fee was between $55 and $75. If the outcome isn’t what you’re picturing and you keep attempting it with other stylists, those initial fees can add up surprisingly fast, and you haven’t even gotten to the big day yet.
  5. Flexibility | Since the trial run fees can get pretty steep, most brides end up only having that one session with their artists before the wedding. But what if you change your mind a few weeks before, or even that morning? Of course, stylists and artists can adjust, but the possibility of a last minute change of mind that they haven’t had the chance to do with you reopens the potential issue in Reason #3. Whereas if you’re doing your own, the complications from changes are minimized.  Not feeling the shimmery eye you’ve been doing, and want to go for a light smokey instead? Do it girl. Want to wear your hair down instead of up? No biggie, you’ve practiced other options, and you know what works for you.

No matter what you choose to do, be confident in your decision and know you are beautiful inside and out!

 

 

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