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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
BHLDN, Anthropologie’s sister store dedicated to all things wedding, has brought Anthropologie’s signature craftsmanship and feminine detailing to the bridal world. Every single thing in their store is so old-world romantic. They carry everything you need to outfit the bride, bridal party, guests, and venue from head to toe in the most beautiful way. Here are a few of my favorites from their collection.
This post is not sponsored by BHLDN.
Ah, the pre-wedding parties. Each is just another excuse to look gorgeous (not that you need one!). A bachelorette party is a celebration the passing of your single years, so why not say goodbye in a fabulous way in one of these pretty little dresses?
A little black dress is the eternal standard of sexiness and sophistication, making it a classic bachelorette option. You can also go in a completely different direction with a little white dress. You’re the bride! Why not wear white any chance you can get? Check out this collection of black and white looks for any budget. They start at $17.80!
1. Kenna Lace Dress ($248) via Anthropologie | 2. Flare Dot Dress ($248) via Anthropologie | 3. Paisley Scroll Dress ($298) via Anthropologie | 4. Lace Shift Dress ($50) via Nordstrom | 5. and 6. Pins And Needles Lace Sheer-Back Dress ($79) via Urban Outfitters | 7. and 8. KNT By Kova & T Long-Sleeve Windsor Dress ($99) via Urban Outfitters | 9. Lace Trimmed Bodycon Dress ($17.80) via Forever 21 | 10. Pins And Needles Embroidered Mesh Crepe Dress ($79) via Urban Outfitters | 11. Pleated High-Low Dress ($78) via Nordstrom | 12. Open Back Lace Dress ($40) via Nordstrom
If you are like me and have taste that exceeds your budget, you should consider renting a designer dress from Rent the Runway. We are in no way affiliated with Rent the Runway, we are just fans of their to-die-for dresses and famous customer service. Their whole site is brimming with beautiful dresses that you can wear once and send back, at a small fraction of the cost of retail price.
Most of the Rent the Runway dresses I’ve featured below are at or well below $100, and you get to pick a second backup size to be sent to you for free. These dresses are perfect for every event from engagement parties to post-wedding brunches. From Dolce and Gabbana to Reem Acra to a Tracy Reese dress that the First Lady herself wore, as a guest or as the guest of honor, you’re sure to receive plenty of compliments on your lovely outfit!
1. Godiva Gown by Catherine Dean | 2. Florence Gown by Reem Acra | 3. Up in the Air Dress by Erin by Erin Featherston | 4. Botanical Berry Sheath by Carmen Marc Valvo | 5. Derby Girl Dress by Lilly Pulitzer | 6. Jenn’s Jaguar Dress by D&G by Dolce and Gabbana | 7. Celina Dress by Kate Spade New York | 8. No Turning Back Dress by Z Spoke Zac Posen | 9. Don’t Mind if I Do Dress by Lela Rose | 10. The Vote is In Dress by Tracy Reese | 11. Yellow Rose Bodice Dress by Moschino Cheap and Chic | 12. Rustic Plum Lace Dress by Nanette Lepore
All via Rent the Runway