Monday, June 29, 2009
Hands ready for the Bling!
Here are a few helpful tips to get that perfect set of nails on your wedding day! After all, there's no better way to show off that special something on your fourth finger :-)
1. Start getting weekly manicures. If the price is too steep for you, get a professional manicure just once a month, and do your own nails during the three weeks in between.
2. Drink a mixture of orange juice and Knox gelatin once a week to help strengthen nails. For best results, adopt this beauty ritual at least one month before wedding day.
3. Use a nail-building base coat under your polish.
4. If you're a nail-biter, coat your nails with polish that tastes so bitter it stops you from nibbling. Use it for at least two months before your wedding.
5. Protect your nails from harsh chemicals by wearing rubber gloves when doing dishes and other household chores.
6. Steer clear of dish soap. Soak hands instead in warm water made sudsy with your favorite shampoo.
7. Apply a heavy dose of hand cream at bedtime to prevent dry, cracking skin. To really do it right, cover with cotton gloves so it soaks in while you doze.
8. Ward off chips and splits by buffing nails nightly with a smoothing block.
9. Top nails off three times a week with a strengthening polish, such as Nailtiques #2.
10. And finally, protect your nails by using the end of a pencil to dial the phone.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Concealer: A Brides Best Friend
Whether it's a small scar, a red pimple, a broke blood vessel, or dark under-eye circles, with the correct concealer even these seemingly stressful imperfections can vanish on your wedding day. Here are some smart tips to get the most out of your concealer:
Concealers come in pots, sticks, wands, compacts, and tubes. But no matter which packaging you choose, look for a creamy texture, one that’s smooth to the touch. Avoid products that feel greasy, dry, or thick, or ones that have a chalky consistency.
The right concealer shade is yellow-based, not white, which can be much too light on the face. The biggest mistake women make with concealer is using too light a shade. Search for a concealer that is only one to two subtle shades lighter than your skin tone.
Start by putting concealer under the eye right up to the lower lashes and, most importantly, on the innermost corner of the eye. This is the most recessed area on the face, and therefore the darkest-appearing, but women often neglect it.
Smooth and blend concealer in a gentle pressing action with the pads of your first two fingers. The aim is to make it as smooth as possible so it isn’t visible or distracting. Be gentle, though -- you don't want to end up rubbing the concealer away. One of the most common concealer mistakes is overzealous blending.
To set your concealer, dust on yellow-toned powder with a big powder puff. Use a generous amount, because more is better here; simply dust away excess with a brush. The powder keeps the concealer locked in place, and the yellow tone does wonders for dark circles. For extremely dark circles, choose a heavy-formula concealer in a shade slightly lighter than your skin tone.
Now You See It
To cover a red pimple, use a concealer shade as close to your skin tone as possible. If it's a dark blemish, use a slightly lighter concealer. Using your concealer brush, dab on a small amount of concealer and set with powder. If necessary, add a second layer of each. And remember: It's okay if you don't achieve total elimination. The point is to de-emphasize. An overly concealed spot will only call attention to itself -- not the goal you had in mind.
Friday, June 19, 2009
A Country Proposal...
Here is a fantastically creative engagement story that I thought you all would enjoy:
My "new" fiance stayed with me on Saturday night. When I awoke on Sunday morning he was gone. I walked into my room to look for him, but what I found was a little heart shaped box. On the top of the box was the letter "I". Inside the box were rules, a piece of a puzzle, and instructions. The instructions told me where to go next. I went to the second location and found another box with instructions and another puzzle piece in it. On the second box was the letter "L". The process repeated and I had to find boxes, "O" and "V". The Box with the letter "E" on it was at my best friends house and the instructions told me to put the puzzle together and find the missing piece. Our first date was a Colts game, the picture was him in front of the stadium. I had to drive to Indy to the stadium to find him. When I arrive he was waiting outside the gate with the last box that had the letter "U" on it. When I opened it he pushed play on a boom box. Our song is Taylor Swift: Love Story. At the end of the song it says, and he knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring. He did just that and sang the song to me. It was the sweetest day ever!
Monday, June 15, 2009
20 Fantastic Beauty Tips To Look Your Best On Your Big Day:
1. Waterproof It
Choose a mascara that's waterproof; it lasts longer and withstands tears. If you really don't like the look or feel, use one coat of regular mascara, then follow up with a light coat of waterproof mascara.
Bonus Tip: If your veil needs to be removed after the ceremony, make sure your hairdresser shows your mom or maid of honor how to do it without mussing your 'do.
2. On the Line
Charcoal, navy, or mahogany are your best options for eyeliner. Black or brown may look too severe, especially if your wedding will be held during the daytime and/or outdoors.
3. Lighten Up
Use a white shadow as a highlighter on your brow bone if you have light skin; a warmer light peach or vanilla shade will suit deeper complexions.
4. Give Them Shape
Do contour your eyes, but avoid using color that's too dense (it can detract from your eyes themselves).
5. Shade Your Brows
Define your brows with a pencil or shadow that matches your hair color.
6. Get the Red Out
Pop an eye drop if your eyes look red or tired, but stick with a brand you've used before to avoid unwelcome surprises (irritation or worse!).
7. Sweet Cheeks
Don't forget your blush! A pop of color on your cheeks is like an instant facelift. For fairer skin, a pink tone will work; those with deeper skin tones can choose a rosier hue.
8. Zap a Zit
If you have a blemish or breakout just before your wedding day, keep your hands away from your face -- the spot will heal more neatly if you leave it alone. In the case of a sudden monstrous pimple, see your dermatologist and ask for an cortisone injection that will shrink it instantly.
9. Blend, Blend, Blend
Blend well all over, especially at the corners of your eyes, since cameras pick up visible makeup lines.
10. Get a Good View
For your makeup application, natural light is best. If possible, set up an application table near a window. If there's no natural light available, use a superbright lamp -- halogens work best.
11. Sit Up
If you're getting ready at a hotel, ask for a high bar stool so you can be at eye level with your makeup artist. If you can't get a stool, simply prop yourself up on pillows.
12. Even It Out
Use bronzing powder on your chest and neck if you need to even out your skin tone -- it will make your skin more luminous and ensure that your face doesn't look too different from your body.
13. Watch That Gown
Don't, however, use foundation on your decolletage -- it can stain your dress.
14. Carry Protection
Use a moisturizer that includes SPF 30 or higher, especially if you are getting married outdoors! You may be getting more sun than you think you are, and you will definitely look pinker in pictures.
15. Brighten Up
Choose a lip color that's a bit bright. Pale nude or brown lip hues can make you appear washed out in photos, particularly since you'll be wearing white. If you normally wear a neutral hue, wear it as your base with a pink or rose color on top. If you normally wear dark lipstick, use that as your base and apply a lighter sheer pink on top to give you a lift.
16. Keep It With You
Even if you mix various lip colors when applying your makeup, be sure to have one great lipstick to carry with you for touchups.
17. Greet 'Em With a Grin
You can have the softest lips and the perfect lipstick, but if your teeth are yellow, you won't want to flash a smile. There are lots of safe, reliable over-the-counter teeth-whitening systems, which all whiten teeth by a few shades.
18. Prepare the Area
When having your hair styled, a low counter with a mirror -- like a vanity table -- will work best. Check to see that your chair has a low back, so your stylist will have easy access to your head. And make sure there are electrical outlets nearby for appliances such as hair dryers, curling irons, and electric rollers. For extra insurance, bring a few extension cords.
19. Turn On the Heat
If your wedding is early, or if time is of the essence, plug in your rollers, curling iron, or straightening iron before your stylist arrives to save time.
20. Refresh Your Tresses
Give your hair a spa day! Have a professional scalp massage (which not only feels good, but stimulates the hair follicles and adds body) and deep conditioning treatment the week before your wedding.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
But the reality is, a gardenia only stays fresh for so long, they soon turn yellow and limp and not at all glamorous.
So, what is the solution? Many would say silk gardenias would be the way to go. Personally, I have no problem with a good quality faux flower, but the silk gardenias I have seen don't seem to capture the lovely density of a gardenia petal.
I am, however, loving this clay gardenia from Etsy seller dkdesignshawaii.
It looks so lifelike!
check out her etsy store at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5620819
Friday, June 12, 2009
Famous Words of Love
In addition to my last I'M IN LOVE post, I thought I would also share the poem entitled, "How Do I Love Thee?" written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, which is said to be one of the most famous love poems written in the English language.
How Do I Love Thee?
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
How To Get The Girl Of Your Dreams
Ok guys here is a blog entry specifically for the men who are desperately trying to come up with unique ideas of how to sweep the love of their life off her feet and get that "YES!" answer to the oh so famous, "Will you marry me?" question. I came across this article in my search for an engagement story to share with you all and thought it was worth sharing.
Here is a list of ideas of how to pop the question so that she can't possibly say "No."
• Organize a demonstration
Stand up for your right to marry her! You will need your friends’ help for this one. Assemble all your friends, make them hold some “marry me” or “marry him” banners and start marching around her neighborhood; stop outside her house and make a lot of noise. She will hear you sooner or later. As soon as she gets out, do you really think she could say “no” with all her friends and neighbors staring at you both?
• Do it with a short movie.
Make a short movie of your story. If you don’t have many videos of you, just hide a camera in your house and film some every day stuff you do together. It must have it all: kisses, fights, discussions. Then, find a movie theater and ask as a favor to play your movie. Ask her to go to the movies together and also tell her friends and family to come to the cinema with you. End your movie with the phrase: I want this forever…will you marry me?
You have sure heard of elopement as a sudden and secret marriage with no guests. In the past, the man used to elope with his wife (he used to actually kidnap her from her house) in order to get married without her parent’s permission. What I am suggesting is a modern version of that. As soon as you have every detail of your marriage arranged, you will have a couple of friends kidnap her in her sleep and bring her to you; where will you be? In a pretty quiet church of course, standing in a suit in the front door. All you have to do is kneel and ask her.
Don’t choose that way unless your girlfriend has a lot of humor and strong nerves.
• Send her intimidating letters.
What will she think if she starts receiving letters like:
You have 5 days left
You have 4 days left
You have 3 days left
You have 2 days left.
You have 1 day left as a single woman. Will you marry me?
She will probably panic, try to calm her down; tell her it is nothing, maybe a silly joke… Do not let her call the police!
• On air!
She must have a favorite radio broadcast right? Something that she listens to when she is cooking or taking her bath? Imagine her surprise when one run-of-the-mill day she listens to your proposal. And then, there comes your song. Just, make sure you are around! You can also surprise her in every day routine. For example, write “will you marry me?” in her coffee cup and let her see as soon as she will drink her coffee. Just avoid stereotypes like writing your proposal in the mirror using her $50 lipstick.
• Don’t ask her
Instead, let her favorite celebrity ask her on your behalf. Is her favorite band coming to town? Find them a couple of days before the concert and arrange the details. They will probably say yes. After all, you are a romantic man in love. But, will she?
• Tell her with a huge public note!
Print her picture in a really large size and post it in the subway station she goes every day. As soon as she enters, she will notice that everyone give her strange look or mischievous smiles. Maybe because there is a huge picture of her in the platform and that says “will you marry me on it?” while she is still stand stop hiding and go to her. Clapping may not let you hear her “yes” so read her lips!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
OMG. News just got out that Wedding dress designer and fashion/style ICON (plus big time marketing genius), Vera Wang is set to be cast in the new season of Dancing With The Stars!!!!!!!! Honest to Blog? Vera should do well, considering she used to be an Ice Skater. Well, even if she isn't good, we KNOW she'll look FABULOUS. Cant wait!
This is another one of my favorite garden roses "The Pilgrim" . Its summery yellow color is such a warm sunshiny addition to your wedding or event. It glorious many layers of petals gives a "feathery" and light presence. I know yellow keeps trying to come back as a popular wedding color and many people are fighting it. I love yellow, and its such a great summer color. Give these roses a chance, in fact, give yellow a chance.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
All photos found on www.offbeatbride.com
The Curls of Summer
Whenever the warm summer months come around, so do the natural looking bridal hair styles. It seems to me that summer brides are falling more and more for soft waves and unfussy updos. Here are some ideas for all of those summer brides who want to catch the carefree and uncomplicated ambiance of summer with a fun and simple hair style.
“Tousled hair looks effortless, but this style does require some work,” says Monzon. Apply a thickening mousse to towel-dried hair and spray a volumizer just at the roots to keep hair from falling flat, and then blow dry using a round brush, lifting up at the roots for body. Let your part fall naturally—but aim for it to be 2-3” deep and lined up just after the start of the eyebrow. Take 1.5” wide sections and wrap them around a 1” barrel curling iron starting halfway down the section. Do your entire head and then shake the waves out with your fingers—don’t brush. Rub a dime-sized dollop of Kérastase Crème Nutri-Sculpt between your palms and gently run them along the waves from roots to ends to smooth frizz; spritz hair with a light setting spray to keep the waves from falling out in seaside humidity.
The perfect adaptation of the summer downdo maintains length while keeping strands away from the face. Start by applying a quarter size amount of a styling cream on damp hair and blow dry with a round brush. Wrap 2” wide sections around a 1” barrel curling iron starting halfway down the section; curl the entire head and then shake out with your fingers. Back comb the roots of the underside section of the top half of the hair—in front and on the sides above the ears—for volume; then separate the top half from the bottom half. Loosely gather the top half to the center of the back of your head and do one quick vertical twist so the hair makes a mini roll. Pin the roll with body pins where it meets the head with u-shaped hairpins by pushing them in and down. Spray the top with a light hold spray to keep flyways down.
Set off an intricate gown with a low ponytail. To get the look, make a 2” deep side part lined up over the center of the eye and sweep the hair by bringing it slightly forward and then across the forehead. Brush all the hair into a low ponytail and secure at the nape of the neck. Take hair from the ponytail and curl 1-2” sections by winding them around a 2” curling iron. Shake the curls out with your fingers then spray the entire head with a light hold spray, which will hold the curls and give grip to the hair so the headband has something to hold onto. Tie on the headband and wind extra ribbon around the base of the ponytail and cut off the excess. Rub 1-2 drops of shine serum between your palms and run them along the exposed hair on top of your head for extra gleam.
Sleek and Straight
Sliding on a gorgeous floral headband ups the glamour factor of simple strands. To create a balanced look, place your hair accessory opposite the side part. The key to this look is in a great blow out, so prep towel-dried hair with Kérastase Volumactive Mousse and blow it dry section by section with a large round brush for smoothness. Next create a 3-inch deep part lined up with the center of your eyebrow, then sweep the hair to one side and pin it behind the ear. A flower headband keeps the style from being too casual and stylist Matthew Monzon says to keep hair accessories or flowers on the sweeping side so the focus stays in one place “instead of having the two sides competing with each other.” Keep some smoothing cream on hand to smooth any flyaways that pop up throughout the day.
Get a shorter look for your big day without committing to a cut. Prep damp hair with a nickel size amount of smoothing cream for coarse hair or a volumizing spray if you have fine hair. Blow dry with a round brush for smoothness, lifting at the roots to build volume. Make a short 1-1.5” deep part and brush the hair from the crown back and down the back of the head. Roll under sections of hair from the bottom up around your fingers (act like your fingers are a curling iron) until you reach the bottom of the head, and then pin the rolls just above the nape of the neck with bobby pins. Let chin-length layers fall out to make the bob look natural and finish with a light mist of shine spray. Keep a stash of bobby pins on-hand during the reception.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
The Green Anthurium
The Green Kangaroo Paw
The Green Celosia
The Bells of Ireland
The Green Spider Mum
The Green Millet
The Green Amaranthus
Nico here, I was feeling so blue this week with life's common obstacles.... In an attempt to cheer me up, My dear friend Tracy Beard gave me two front row tickets to see 311 and Ziggy Marley at the Santa Barbara Bowl. I just LOVE live music and gladly accepted the tickets and Invited my favorite lighting guy Lani Balanoff (LBPS). Though I had the first row above the Mosh pit with all the OTHER old people , I still managed to rock out and I had such a blast. In Life, sometimes we need a little distraction to help us re-boot and jump back in the conga line. Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Nico Here! I want to introduce you to my all time favorite garden rose EVER, The Yves Piaget. The Knot Magazine just voted this the hot new up and coming flower for Bridal Bouquets!!! I Friggin' Love these fluffy, hot pink, ruffly, gorgeous, fabulous blooms. I wish I could make a bed of these roses, and then lay on down and die happy. Enjoy!
Marriage Proposal Dos and Don'ts
So here is an article that I thought would be helpful to anyone getting ready to pop the big question. Although this article may seem like it only pertains to guys, I think that anyone getting ready to propose, whether guy or girl, could use a few pointers to make this wonderful experience a bit less nerve racking ;-)
So here are the dos and don'ts of marriage proposals:
1.Do Test the Waters
Before you propose, the two of you should talk about the possibility of getting married. Make sure it's something that you both want, and agree on major issues such as children. You don't want her to be taken completely off guard, as such a proposal is almost certainly guaranteed to elicit only a hesitating yes, if not a, "I'll have to think about it."
2.Do Make it a Surprise
Even though you have discussed getting married, the marriage proposal itself should still be a surprise. Find a moment and a way that she won't be suspecting.
3.Do Be Prepared
Saying, "Will you marry me?" is a huge deal, and one that leaves many proposers completely tongue-tied. So practice! It might feel silly, but say the words out loud a few times. You might also write down exactly what you're going to say, to make sure you come off as smooth and confident.
4.Do Find The Right Engagement Ring
Since wearing an engagement ring is a lifetime commitment, make sure it's the right style. You might find an opportunity to window shop for rings when you are walking past a store, or bring it up in conversation. You can also ask her mother or best friend to help choose the ring.
5.Do Know if She Wants to Pick the Engagement Ring
Most brides want their proposal to include an engagement ring, but others are very particular about their jewelry, and want to be part of the buying/designing process.
6.Do Talk to Her Parents
We've come a long way from when women were property who needed their father's permission, yet, there is still something nice and respectful about asking for the parents' blessing.
7.Do Pick a Personal Spot
Think about your favorite romantic places -- choose a meaningful spot to pop the question. It could be as simple as in your living room, or as complicated as whisking her away for a weekend in Paris. Just don't ask her in a supermarket aisle!
8.Do Be Creative
Incorporate your personality, favorite things, foods etc. into the proposal. Make it memorable rather than a cookie cutter proposal.
9.Do Drop to One Knee
It's not 1950, but there is something so charming and romantic about a man on one knee asking the love of his life to marry him. Even if you're not a traditional guy, it will add to the seriousness and lovingness of the proposal.
10.Do Tell Her Why You Want to Marry Her
Don't just utter those 4 little words, tell her why she's the one for you, what marriage means to you, and what your hopes for the future are. You might say something like "My life has never and could never be the same after I met you. You've made me more joyful, more stable, and more inspired. I can't picture the rest of my life without you by my side. Will you do me the honor of marrying me?"
11.Do Share the News
Take a moment to reflect on your engagement, but bring along a cell phone or calling card for sharing the good news.
1.Don't Make it Public
If script-writers are to be believed, every wedding proposal takes place in front of a thousand people. But unless she's said she wants a splashy proposal, make it intimate and personal thing. Most brides would prefer to have that magical moment be just the two of you – after all, you've got the rest of your lives to tell other people about your marriage but you've only got one engagement moment.
2.Don't Hide the Engagement Ring in Food
I hate to say it, (as I'm sure there are some readers who were planning to do just this) but hiding the engagement ring in food is a tired idea. It's been in a thousand movies and TV shows, and you won't win any points for creativity. Even worse, you may end your romantic proposal with a trip to the emergency room or the dentist.
3.Don't Propose at a Sports Game
Games are loud and chaotic events. Even if she is the biggest sports fan you ever knew, the arena doesn't allow you to have any of the reflection and focus that making such a momentous decision deserves.
4.Don't Do it in Front of Her Family
While your families will merge with your wedding, it is not their decision to do so. Proposals in front of family have an added level of stress that you don't need. Take this moment to be just the two of you; don't worry, you can call everyone immediately afterward.
5.Don't Make it Too Complicated
While it's good to be creative with your proposal, it is important to keep the focus on what's important: the proposal itself. If you are worrying about whether or not the limousine will get to the balloon ride in time, you're worrying about the wrong thing.
6.Don't Propose Too Early in the Relationship
When you're in the first flush of love, it's hard not to do impetuous and foolish things. Yet waiting until your relationship is stable will only strengthen your marriage. Make sure you really know each other, and before you commit to it for the rest of your lives.
7.Don't Expect Her to Say Yes Immediately
You're asking someone to spend the rest of their life with you – an extremely important decision. Just because you've asked, doesn't mean she is ready to say yes. If your sweetheart says maybe, take it in stride and give her some time to consider the proposal. After all, you wouldn’t want this amazing person to marry every Tom, Dick and Harry who asked her, would you?
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Personally, I am not a fan of calla lilies, however, a single flower can be beautiful. But it just looks cheap if you try to bulk it with leaves AND rhinestones AND an enormous amount of baby blue ribbon.
And sometimes people just try much to hard, like this beauty. Kale is going to almost always going to be a bad idea for a bouquet, you can't get around that, but the pearl pins in the button mums are the detail that really brings this over to the dark side. Who thought that was a good idea?
But this one is the worst of all. oh the horror! Why would someone think that this was attractive?