Picking the Palette: Neutrals and Brights

Happy Friday! Last in our series about Picking the Palette is some inspiration for pretty neutral weddings accented with bright colors. This is a very beautiful yet very easy color palette that is fun yet sophisticated. Use the accent color in beautiful or unexpected places like on your shoes, the sash on your dress, or in your floral arrangements. I have recently been loving grey and yellow weddings, but you can go with any neutral paired with a complimentary bright such as nude and pink, blush and navy, or beige and green.

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Dream Vendor: Jose Villa

From time to time, we will be featuring vendors that are known for being the best of the best. Our very first dream vendor is Jose Villa, photographer extraordinaire. He captures the unique feel of each and every event he shoots, and the result is a collection of photos that are breathtaking reflections of love, joy, and beautiful details. This post is going to be very photo-heavy because every single one of his images is absolutely to die for, and I simply couldn’t narrow it down any more than this. I’m going to let this small sampling of his work speak for itself, because it has a lot to say.Dream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose VillaDream Vendor: Jose Villa

Let the Sparks Fly!

Sometimes I would advise brides not to go too “trendy” with their wedding plans. Uber-current trends will sometimes look lovely this year, but outdated a mere year from now. Sometimes, though, a trend comes along that is so fabulous that I think it will stand the test of time. Sparkler exits are one of these trends.

Besides being a spectacularly fun way to depart from your wedding, sparkler exits make for breathtaking photographs and lasting memories. Your guests will love playing with sparklers, especially the kids, and you will love running off as newlyweds through a tunnel of sparkling light. Check with your venue to see if they allow sparkler exits (some don’t), and make sure your photographer knows your plans so he is prepared. Also, make sure you get extra-long sparklers (like these) so there is plenty of time to light them and have you run under them without them burning out. Also, make sure you designate someone to hand out the sparklers and get them lit before you come out so there is no confusion.

Seriously, though, how beautiful are these pictures?!

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Bridal Emergency Kit

This is an important PSA for brides (and bridesmaids) everywhere: something will go wrong on your wedding day. As a wedding planner/day-of coordinator, it is my job to 1) prevent as many things from going wrong as possible, and 2) be there with a solution if something does go wrong. If you don’t have a planner or a day-of coordinator, it’s a really good idea to assemble a bridal emergency kit with some essentials that can save the day in a pinch.

BHLDN has an amazing kit that comes in an adorable zipper case meant. They are a fantastic bridesmaid’s gift and they are a cute little present for the bride, too.

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These kits include: deodorant towelettes, stain removers, nail polish remover, pain relievers, dental floss, clear nail polish, lip balm, breath fresheners, hair spray, antacids, tampons, adhesive bandages, mending kits, safety pins, double-sided tape, clear elastics, earring backs, emery boards, bobby pins, wedding bands, blotting tissues, and facial tissues.

If you choose not to buy a pre-made emergency kit, I would suggest making your own. If you have a wedding planner or a day-of coordinator, ask them what supplies they have in case of emergencies, as most will bring along a kit. If you don’t have a coordinator, or if yours does not have an emergency kit, here is what I would suggest including when you assemble yours:

Breath mints
Hair spray
Makeup for touch-ups
Nail file
Tampons/sanitary napkins
Tide stain pens
Mini scissors
Tape (Scotch tape, hem tape, fashion tape)
Safety pins
Mini sewing kit
Moist towelettes
Bobby pins
Earring backs
Eye drops
Dental floss
Corsage pins
Clear nail polish
Quick snacks (granola bars, etc.)
Water bottles
Nail polish remover
Lip balm
Blotting tissues
Colgate Wisp mini-toothbrushes
Duct-tape (you never know!)

Bridal Beauty Guide: Skin Care

Who doesn’t want perfect skin on their wedding day? While I advocate making healthy changes that will be sustainable long after your wedding day, getting married is a great excuse to get these healthy changes started. Plus, planning a wedding can be extremely stressful, which can in turn wreak havoc on your skin, so I thought I would do a skin care guide to help you get your skin looking and feeling its best.

After struggling with everything from acne to dry skin to eczema from adolescence on, I have finally found a skincare routine that really works for me. I have combination skin that needs to be treated gently, but this routine works for oily skin and dry skin as well. Plus, it includes sun protection for long-term skin health. Note: this skin care routine does not include makeup (that’s coming up in a future post!). Because my skin care routine includes tinted moisturizer, however, I find that all I need is some lip balm and mascara for a quick, easy makeup look.

Morning: In the shower, I start by washing my face and body with classic Dove soap. Then, I use St. Ives Apricot Scrub on my face to exfoliate. It leaves my skin feeling soft and clean. Plus, it smells amazing and it’s inexpensive!

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After I get out of the shower but before my face completely dries, I put on my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 in Nude. This is my favorite beauty product ever. It’s got the perfect amount of tint so that my skin tone looks even, but it makes my skin feel healthy and has sun protection in it. If you know me, you know that I am obsessed with protecting my skin from the sun. I swear by this product!

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Evening: Before bed, I wash my face with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub. Again, it’s an amazing product that really clears my skin, it smells incredible, and it’s inexpensive!

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Once I get into bed, I use Neutrogena Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration Night Creme on my face, elbows, and hands. It’s a product I started using recently, and I’ve found that I wake up looking fresh with my skin nice and moisturized. It’s also a relatively inexpensive product, and I love how it makes my skin feel.

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So there you have it, my complete skin care routine for any skin type! If you have oilier skin, try leaving out the night creme (don’t skin the sun protection!), and if you have dry skin, you can replace the Neutrogena wash or Dove bar with something more gentle and less dehydrating like Cetaphil. I hope this helps you get your skin looking the best it can possibly look!

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Nailing It

You have probably been dreaming about your bridal look since you were a little girl. The dress, the veil, maybe even the shoes, and you as the blushing bride making it all look good. You’re hair and makeup will be flawless, so why not have your nails be too? After all, they’ll be in plenty of pictures showing off your beautiful new wedding ring!

I love nail polish. I tend to gravite toward neutrals, but I’m also a sucker for some sparkle or the perfect shade of red. When I was in Paris, instead of buying tchotchkes as souvenirs I bought a bottle of Chanel Le Vernis in Fire. I still wear it to this day as a reminder of my trip.

Here are some of my favorite nail looks, straight from my collection. Each of these is given the Tulle and Twine stamp of approval for their color, wear, and ability to make your hands as pretty as can be on your wedding day, or any other day for that matter!

The Perfect Shade of Red- Red is the most classic nail polish color, and it works well for bridal nails, too. I love Chanel Le Vernis in Dragon.

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Something Blue- My favorite nail trend right now is using your polish as your something blue. If you are looking for a deep navy blue, Dior Vernis in Blue Label is the perfect choice (and my favorite polish right now). If you are looking for something more subtle and feminine, try Sephora by OPI Nail Color in Havana Blue or Essie Borrowed and Blue.

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Neutrals and Pastels- Neutrals and pastels are my go-to for day-to-day wear, and they work perfectly as a subtle bridal look, too. I love all of the Ciaté London Paint Pots colors, but Twinset and Pearls is the perfect neutral. Essie’s Mint Candy Apple and China Glaze’s For Audrey polished are beautiful pastel shades.

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Bridal Beauty Guide: My Makeup Favorites

Hiring a professional makeup artist can easily set you back hundreds of dollars. Instead, try taking a cue from the gorgeous Kate Middleton and do your own makeup! As a bit of a makeup junkie, I’ve spent years searching for the best makeup products that are reliable and kind to your skin. Here are my all-time favorite makeup beauty products to guide you if you are opting to do you own makeup. Best of all, these products will last long after the wedding to keep you looking your best.

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The Sephora Collection Smoky Studio 2 Palette ($25) is a relatively inexpensive choice with plenty of options. It has 16 eye shades and 15 lip shades. It will allow you to try lots of options before deciding on your wedding look to see what looks best. I find the colors to be nicely pigmented, and the glitter shades aren’t too gritty. I’ve been really happy with mine!

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I’ve gone into some of these products in my Skin Care Routine post, but they are staples in my makeup collection that will make your skin look stunning. They are on the pricey side, but I’ve never had luck with drugstore products working with my. I feel like if you are going to have something sitting on your face all day, it needs to work well and help keep your skin healthy.

These colors work with my skin tone (fair with yellow undertones), but you will need to find the perfect shade for you. I start with the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 ($52 for 1 oz, $18 for .33 oz). It makes my pores nonexistent and my skin feel balanced (not oily, not dry). Then I use Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude ($43). Finally, I love Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 117 Marble ($42).

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Eyes and Brows

My favorite everyday eye palette is the very popular Stila In The Light Palette with Smudgestick Waterproof Eyeliner ($39). It is extremely versatile and does everything from natural eyes to smokey eyes really well. If you want a dramatic smokey eye, check out the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in 20 Regard Perle ($59). I’ve used this one up because I love all of the colors in the palette.

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For mascara, bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Rich Black ($18) is amazing for a natural look. Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Black ($27) gives amazing length. If you are looking for the perfect waterproof mascara, my all-time favorite mascara is Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Waterproof Mascara in Black ($30). Don’t be afraid of the medieval torture device-like brush. It’s amazing and really gets the job done. Finally, for brows, I love the Sephora Collection Retractable Brow Pencil in Honey Blonde ($12).

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For lip moisturizers, basic Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Formula is super cheap, does a great job, and looks nice and glossy. I’ve been using the EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry ($3.29) day and night for several weeks, and I’m really liking it. It last a long time and smells and tastes amazing. Finally, I use Sephora Collection Color Reveal Lip Balm in Unique Pink ($12) when I was a little bit of color on my lips. It changes color depending on your individual skin! Mine comes out a nice mid-pink color.

Sephora Collection Glossy Gloss in 18 Rusted Rose ($10) is a nice, non-sticky gloss. Lancome L’Absolu Rough in Crushed Rose ($30) is a beautiful, flattering shade of reddish pink that looks great on many skin tones. Finally, my all-time favorite colored gloss is the Dior Addict Lip Glos in 363 Dormeuse ($30). The color lasts a really long time, which you’ll appreciate on your wedding day when you don’t have to constantly reapply it!

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Blush is an important part of your bridal makeup look because it will help you not look washed-out in photographs. I don’t always wear blush, but I do have two favorites, both by Clinique. They both apply easily, have beautiful pigmentation, and don’t wear off throughout the day. I love Clinique Blushing Blush Powder in Smoldering Plum ($21) and Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blush in Pink Blush ($21).

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Finally, I’d like to include my favorite brush set. The Sephora Collection Face and Eye Travel Tool Kit ($32) comes with four eye brushes and an awesome blush brush, all in a folding case. I’ve had mine for years, and it’s still in excellent condition. If you take care of the brushes and clean them when they need it with something gentle like Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, they will last forever.

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I hope this helps guide you if you are choosing to do you own makeup. For the cost of a makeup artist and a little bit of practice, you can buy the same makeup your makeup artist would use, some great brushes, and look gorgeous on your weddng day. The best part is that you will get to keep the makeup after the wedding so you can keep looking your very best!