Thursday, February 28, 2013

Top 10 Wedding Hair Inspiration from the 2013 Oscars

Chic, romantic hairstyles reigned supreme at the 85th annual Academy Awards. Here are some bridal-worthy versions of the top celebrity ‘dos.

Jessica Chastain
The red-headed beauty channeled old Hollywood glamour with a deep side sweep cascading into long, loose retro waves.

Amanda Seyfried
The Les Miserables star showed off her high-neck gown and with a vintage inspired updo. The tousled chignon showed off her natural, wavy texture. A gently mussed finish and some strategically placed flyaways helped achieve a natural look.

Sandra Bullock
The actress accented her sleek, super straight locks with a sparkly hair clip right above the ear.

Jennifer Lawrence
The Best Actress winner’s hair was finger-combed back into a relaxed, youthful chignon. Her top half was loosely twisted and pinned in place with bobbies, while her lower tresses were swept into a spiraled bun. Simple and fresh.

Amy Adams
The Oscars nominee complemented her dramatic gown with a super simple French roll. Her auburn hair was smooth and shiny, twisted back into a loose bun with a center part and soft wisps framing her face.

Naomi Watts
Naomi’s stunning updo was all about volume and movement. The actress’ silky blonde locks were pinned back into a rumpled, twisting bun. The hair around her face was gently fluffed and flipped back for that loose, effortless look.

Anne Hathaway
The Best Supporting Actress winner rocked a grown-out gamine crop with heavy fringe. The star’s super-short locks, remnants of her Les Miserables role, were swept softly to the side for a feminine look.

Nicole Kidman
Nicole achieved effortless glamour with a low, tousled chignon and loose, wavy wisps at the front. Gorgeous and carefree.

Reese Witherspoon
Reese went with a modern take on Veronica Lake’s 1940s “peek-a-boo” style. The presenter rocked a dramatic side part and glossy, defined waves.

Salma Hayek
The presenter went with an oversize bun teased high up on her head and adorned with jewels at the base.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Glam Sparkle Bridal Collection

We're totally into all things sparkly and glitzy glam for 2013. Wedding themes inspired by Roaring '20s style are going to be hot this year, and that means sequins, crystals, and lots of beading - so get ready to look the part. Check out some of our favorite glittering dresses and accessories.
You'll look like an Old Hollywood siren in this curve-hugging gown, featuring just the right amount of sparkle.

For a Great Gatsby-themed wedding (so on-trend!), wear a gown that's covered in head-to-toe sparkle.
Looking for a gown that's simple, sleek, and sexy with just a hint of glitter? We can picture this style at a modern, glamorous loft wedding.
Switch into this little sequined gold number to dance the night away.
We love the idea of changing into a "getaway dress" before you depart your reception. This LWD will sparkle as you make your great escape.
Let your bridesmaid shimmer and shine in a gorgeous metallic gown - perfect for a formal wedding celebration.
For a shorter bridesmaid option, this modern gold dress is ideal for a fall wedding.
And don't forget about Mom! She'll feel simply gorgeous and feminine in this metallic lace dress.
And if Mom is feeling extra glam, she'll look pure Hollywood chic in this illusion-neck gown.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What’s Trending for the New Bridesmaids

While we all loved the movie Bridesmaids, we’re pretty sure most brides would prefer to keep those crazy scenarios out of real life. So, how do you satisfy all the personalities and tastes of your girls, while also making yourself happy?

“It’s all the rage and right on trend with the vintage look,” Vatana says. Lace has been on the runways for several seasons and continues to be a very strong trend. Keep in mind that while lace can look very delicate and romantic, lace can also be cut in a very graphic, modern way. If you aren’t necessarily the ‘sweet’ type, lace can work for you this season.

From mod-mini to at-the-knee lengths, short is long on chic, great “for a more upscale cocktail look,” advises Vatana. While we might suggest steering clear of ‘just under the bum styles’ and tailoring the length to the look of your leg, a short dress is fresh, youthful and ideal for summer weddings.

“Draped layers give a real ethereal mood,” Vatana shares. Coming off the Grecian trend that was so major several seasons ago, softly draped gowns add texture and interest to dresses that might otherwise be too plain. Draping that’s well thought-out and strategically placed can be extremely flattering and adds sophistication to soft chiffon and jersey fabrics.

This is a trend long in the making. Every bridesmaid has the option of highlighting their best features by picking a silhouette and neckline that suits them best. This gives the girls the freedom of choice for their dress.


Soft, neutral hues like pale nudes, greys and ivories can be super chic and definitely look new. “These shades give a soft focus feel,” says Vatana. Bucking the trend of bright colors, these pretty new palettes are soothing and sophisticated, just be sure that you take the time to choose the shade that flatters each girl’s skin tone.

Of all the trends right now, Vatana loves, “The fashion freedom that brides are giving their maids with dresses that are in the same fabric and color, but with styles that are perfect for each friend.” We second that notion and agree when she says, “I really think that in the end brides want their bridesmaids to look and feel as great as the bride on the wedding day. Happy friends make beautiful pictures and memories.” And that’s really what it’s all about!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Makeup Ideas for Your Skin Tone

Whether you're a fair lady or bronzed beauty, we've got the perfect products.

Peachy Keen
A glistening copper tone on the eye and a warm apricot blush is the ideal match for the fair-skinned, blushing bride. On the lips, a splash of luscious rosy color will create that perfect pout.

Our Picks (clockwise from top left): Tarte Airblush in Shimmering Peach; Rouge Dior Lipstick in Rose Songe; Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Rosegold; Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Foundation in Medium 5

Tip: Dust a peach-toned blush from apples to temples to enliven a fair complexion and create definition.

Orange Crush
Play up almond-shaped eyes by filling in sparse brows — creating more dramatic arches. For a juicy ginger-snap grin, add a swipe of orange-toned lip color that will withstand the test of time.

Our Picks (clockwise from top left)
: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro; Bobbi Brown Brow Pencil in Mahogany; YSL Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation in Beige Dore 10; MAC Eyeshadow in Rule.

Tip: For vibrancy and staying power with a bright lip, apply foundation, then add the lip color.

Sparkle & Shine
Set off the smoke alarms with a shimmery black eye shadow. Add a sweep of silver glitter along the lash line for some serious eye candy. Keep the lips simple with a wash of flesh-toned gloss to offset the high drama of the eyes.

Our Picks (clockwise from top left): NARS Eye Shadow in Night Breed; Chanel Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer in Constellation; Valerie Beverly Hills Rose Blush in Dancing Queen; Make Up For Ever Glitter in Silver

Tip: Pair a dark shadow with a metallic glitter to add light and sparkle that’s bridal-beautiful.

Eye Do
For the olive-skinned beauty who is on a quest to find that fabulous feline gaze, look no further! A bold liquid liner is just the sultry solution to set your sights on. Incorporating a berry-hued blush and lipstick into your big-day look will pack a powerful pop of color.

Our Picks (clockwise from top left): Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipstick in Roses in Love; Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen in Jet Black; Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in 7.5; Becca Mineral Blush

Tip: Cat eye criteria: Liner should be thin at the inner corners and thickest at the outer edges.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Loose Waterfall Braid Tutorial

bridal hairstyle

Who doesn’t love braids these days? Especially when it is as gorgeous as this loose waterfall braid. With a few basic techniques like curls and braiding you are on your way to a side-swept masterpiece just like this. Hands down the perfect hairdo for a romantic wedding, or if you feel like fancying up your hair for the day. Don’t you think?

Styled by Utah’s very own Hair and Makeup by Steph and captured with perfection by Ciara Richardson.

Hair Tutorial Steps:

1. Begin by curling all of your hair loosely with a flat iron or 1 inch curling iron
2. Backcomb all of your roots to add body and extra grip for the bobby pins
3. Section out the hair on the heavy side from your ear forward and clip it aside for later
4. Take the rest of your hair and put it in a low side ponytail. Only pull the hair half way through the ponytail the last time to create a loop
5. Use your fingers to scrunch up and spread out the curls around the loop, bobby pinning the hair in place to create a messy bun
6. Let down the remaining hair and do a loose waterfall braid, drape the end of the braid across the top of the messy bun and secure it with bobby pins and finish with hairspray

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Spring 2013 Bridal Hair Accessories Collection

You just can’t be a real fashionista, if you are going into Spring 2013 without Jennifer Behr hair accessories collection! Here are some intriguing and charming hair accessories to make you simply stunning, so let’s check it out!

Jennifer Behr, who started in 2005 to make her own brand is now about to release the new exciting hair accessories collection, now she sets the tone for accessorizing. The new hair accessories collection is very versatile, as it offers both funky and feminine pieces, to delicate hair embellishments that will definately mark your whole outlook.

Just look at these pieces, the faces look so serene, and this not a mistake, as mentioned by Jennifer Behr, the perfect girl is was revealed in a long search:

“We did a really interesting project last year and ended up polling a broad range of people we work with – stylists, editors, buyers and friends – and the words that kept coming up were: independent, strong, and sophisticated. Even though many of our pieces are quite delicate, it can take some chutzpah to put something on your head. So our customers can range across all sorts of demographic groups but they are all beautiful, creative women that are hunting for fashion that is very current but utterly timeless and unique at the same time.”

However, the efforts paid off, since the brand is associated with such sparkling start as Rachel Bilson, Charlize Theron, Helena Christensen, Alexa Chung, Hilary Duff, the Fanning sisters, Lady Gaga, Paris Hilton, shall we continue?

Having this much of fame in these circles, it no wonder that the hair pieces are such an joy to the eye! And if you clueless on what inspires Jennifer to be so devoted and produce such stylish hair accessories, here is her answer:

“Because I fell in love with making things, and every season I love designing new pieces and then seeing them out and about in the world.Headpieces have such a rich and amazing history – they have always been worn by eccentrics, queens, and tribal warriors – and it’s so exciting to make them for the modern world.”

So, if you are in search of a best hair accessory, you definatelly need to check out this stunning spring collection!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Top Knot - Brides on Trend

 The top knot is the newest hair trend for the elegant, refined bride. Heights and degrees vary to suit each individual but generally the hair is pulled top the top of the crown, neatly and softly, showing off the neckline and making room for a stunning headpiece or veil.

A high bun is a timeless style, it looks less complicated and therefore less fussy than the popular bridal chignon. If you haven’t been blessed with a lustrous full mane (we hear ya sista), a donut is your best option to create a big, buoyant bun. Donuts provide shape and support to the bun and are very easy to use if you want to try doing your own hair.

Try not to pull the hair back too much –you don’t want to look like a startled ballerina for the day and be left with a pounding headache for the wedding night! But also remember that wear it too loose and you may be at risk of looking a tad ‘day-after-the-night-before‘. You need to get it just right so that it says complete elegance, but also seems natural and easy.

Only go for this look if you are happy to be very ‘out there’ for the day, there is nowhere to hide when you’ve pulled the hair back off your face unless you’ve opted for a birdcage veil, so make sure you are content with your side profile and your make-up. Don’t be afraid to go for statement earrings to make your whole look ‘pop’.