Ultimate Father's Day Gift Ideas; For The Well Groomed Man

Happy Father's Day to all the great Dad's out there!  Check out these great ideas for gifts this year for your Dad or even great for your baby's Daddy to help maintain his image.  Men want to look and feel good too!  They love to be pampered just as much as we do.  So go ahead and skip the tie this holiday, and get him something he will really appreciate. 

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Memorial Day Weekend Style + Beauty Checklist

Memorial Day weekend is almost here!  Make sure you stay stylish + beautiful for all of your fun parties.  Here is the check list of our beauty essentials and fun accessories so you show up in style.

 

Highlight those check bones and add a fun summer glow to your skin with our favorite, Hourglass Ambient palette.

We are obsessed with kate spade.  This is a brand that is classic, fun, + girly.  Check out these super cute totes that you can fill up with all your beauty-on-the-go essentials.

Nothing says summer better then the color orange on your nails!  Its like a burst of tropical fun that looks great holding a delicious pina colada.

Doesn't Memorial Day need a flag somewhere or at least the pattern?  I think so!  A cute summer flag printed top or better yet some awesome kicks.  Land of the free because of the brave!

Last but not least...denim.  Love these fun denim dungarees found at Zara.  They are perfect for the outdoor BBQ.

Hope everyone enjoyed our checklist and has a fun + stylish weekend!  We want to thank all of the people that serve and have served our country.  

Love at first sight

Finally, the results of the romantic bride are in!  For this theme, it can pair well with a mixture of boho or the classic look.  Most brides choose this fairytale design based on that love at first sight feeling and being 'swept off my feet'.  The moment you try on one of these gorgeous bridal gowns you cry and just know it is the one.  That feeling of LOVE can be an overwhelming joy and this theme gives you just that!  Below we choose the best of 2016 Romantic Bridal Designs.

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The Romantic bride is all about the frills and the glamorous details of the dress.  We are seeing more buttons, lace, and tulle on these romantic wedding gowns.  Backless or an intricate design creates personality to your dress and brings out the romance.

 

 

 The detail of this backless dress is STUNNING!  The crystals are delicately sewn onto the airy tulle fabric creating a sexy and romantic design. LOVE!  We also love this makeup application for a romantic bride.

 A Romantic bride should wear lots of blush and keep the eyes softer.  This is perfect for one who does not wear much makeup to begin with.  It's all about delicate simplicity to create romance.

 

 

 When we think of a romantic bride we think lots of texture in the hair.  If the dress has gorgeous details on the back defiantly wear your hair up and SHOW IT OFF!

 

 

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 Creating a romantic wedding needs a delicious cake surrounded by gorgeous flowers and textured with coconut!  YUMMY




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The Boho Bride

 

We are on a mission to define and create wedding themes as a fun guideline on how to decide what type of bride you are.  Last week, we spoke about the Classic Bride.  If you have not read The Classic Bride,

CLICK HERE, to get the latest scoop on the hottest classic themes of 2016.

 

One of the trendiest themes we are seeing is the nature loving, DIY, organic flowers, and décor for weddings.  This perfectly describes the Boho Bridal theme.  Is this you?  Keep reading

 

 

 

 

 

A halo of flowers in your loose wavy hair is a great way to create a natural bridal look.  We love braids and it is the go to hair design for this theme.  Hair accessories are another way to add more detail in your boho creation.  We recommend selecting a similar texture or embellishment in the dress and picking your hairpiece based on that concept. Click on the picture above to check out the hottest hair décor from BHLDN.  Below is one of our very own creations.  Yep, we think it is pretty and posh too!  Click Here to learn more about where this delicate lacy dress is from

 

 

 

The dresses for this theme are so unique.  From cap sleeves to ruffled fabric draping as the trail, the vintage inspired details are everything but plain.  Some of the dresses we do see can be very simple as in the fabric, and the shape, which is not complex, but is stunning.  When wearing a simple dress, it is the perfect opportunity to turn up the flowers, accessories, and hair design.

 

 

 

Organic hand tied flowers is all the rage right now.  Use a material that complements your dress to tie around the flowers and add more of a personalized finish.  If you do not have your flowers yet make sure to check out www.PlanningForParadise.com for the most stylish chick in Chicagoland!  The color schemes of 2016 are variations of rose quarts and serenity.  Incorporating these colors into your menu, invitations, bridesmaid’s dresses, and flowers is what will create a beautiful themed color pallet. To find more about the gorgeous lacy boho dress in the background CLICK HERE

 

So, do you think you are a BOHO BRIDE?  If yes, you have met your match.  If not, stay tuned for next week as we dive in deep into another genre of a bride's style!  Thank you for reading on Bridal Beauty Blog.  Got a topic you would like to discuss on weddings or beauty?  Leave us a note and get your topic featured!

A Classic bride

 

There are so many different wedding themes to choose from when deciding on creating your dream wedding.  Deciding on a theme can be complicated from the popular personalization of a wedding and the massive, beautiful collections on Pinterest. We wanted to simplify the process and start a cheat sheet for you. There are so many options to go with, but keep calm and remember you are the Bride so anything goes. We choose our top Theme Picks for 2016. The Classic Bride is on our radiar as a standard go to.  A theme must match your personality and style.  From your hair to your center pieces you want a look that will flow throughout the night.  We have broken up our posts not to overwhelm you, so this week we will focus in on the classic bride.

 

 

 A classic bride is all about recreating a timeless rich look. Bold accent colors, more structured and embellished dresses, and lots of fine details are what create a true Classic Wedding. A classic bride to us has more of a sexy edge to the party theme and design.

 

Lace is so elegant and this neckline is perfect for a smaller frame.  This silhouette is classy and sexy.  The bone-in corset design looks gorgeous on a long slender torso.

 

 

 

 

 

We love the elegant details of this dress and the headpiece we are drooling over as well.  This dress cinches at the waist giving more highlight to a smaller waist.  The vertical seams add the right amount of detail and create the illusion of length and slimness.  

 

 

This dress we think would look great on the curvy body and accentuate a smaller waist.  The sweetheart neckline and cup works great on those who want to show a little cleavage and are bustier.  This is just a unique and classic shape.

 

A designer dress needs to be paired with a classic hair design.  We love low chignons and soft hairstyles.  Crowns and side barrettes pair well with these dress designs too.  It is always about finding good balance.  We selected a few of our original designs.  

 

 

 

 

A soft wave frames a brides face beautifully.  We love adding a veil that has intricate detail that complements the dress.  Keeping the hair away from the face will highlight the decolletage and showcase the details of the dress more.

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup can be worn natural or with more emphasis on the lashes.  For a bold bride go with a classic red lip. We believe makeup should always look more timeless.

 

A classic wedding needs to be in a classic venue.  One of our local favorites is the Hotel Baker, located in downtown St. Charles.  Its classic charm is unique and cozy.  The decor in these rooms is so elegant and classy, however it is your canvas so you can create any color pallet with this option.

 

 

 

Flowers are what give the wedding a finishing touch.  We are seeing more organic shapes and wild flower bouquets.  From the center pieces, hairpieces, and bouquets, flowers are everywhere and we love it!  For the classic wedding we love all white and of course blush.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A classic wedding is a topic we could write about all day.  There are so many more details to add to make this wedding complete.  From the jewelry, dessert, drinks, and decor, a classic wedding maybe timeless, but still detailed and personalized.  Stay tuned for are next articles on our top wedding picks for a theme! 

 

 

Healthy Skin Care

 

 

8-12 MONTHS prior to your wedding is the perfect time to start and maintain healthy skin.  Every bride wants that glow to their skin on their wedding day.  There is so much to celebrate, but between the parties and stress of planning a wedding, our lifestyle shows up quickly in our skin.  Here are my best tips on getting your skin healthy, and ready for YOUR BIG DAY.

 

First, schedule an appointment with an esthetician.  Discuss your skin care concerns and goals for your skin.  Schedule the necessary facials leading up to your wedding day, which will also force you to take time to RELAX.  Book a facial every six weeks to see maximum results, in addition to your recommended home care regiments.  Deeper treatments such as Vitamin C and/or Collagen Facials, and Microdermabrasion, will give your skin an amazing balance and glow!

If you are experiencing acne it may be best to see a dermatologist, since it may not be a topical issue.  Skin challenges take time to correct so pick up the phone and call your skin care professional a.s.a.p.!

 

 

 

 

Next, lets reevaluate your skin care routine.  Are you washing your face every night?  Are you using the correct products that are suited for your skin concerns and needs?  Your esthetician can help you select what is best for your skin type, and recommend the best routine to insure what you are using is actually beneficial and effective. 

 

There are a few key ingredients that work best for skin, however each person’s skin needs a specific recommendation, so I am speaking in general.

 

 

 

 

Exfoliants, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and SPF is skin care essential ingredients (or tools) to achieve a healthy glow.  Exfoliants come in many different forms: sugar scrubs, salicylic acid [awesome for chicken-skin], AHA, BHA, and a Clarisonic brush; however these should not be abrasive on the skin, and used at least 3x a week to brighten your skin.  After you exfoliate, it is the best time to add vitamin C, and other more intense skin care formulas.  Vitamin C is essential for healthy skin, anti-aging, and it is a multi-purpose key ingredient.  I also love products that contain peptides, glycolic acid, Hyaluronic Acid, and natural anti-aging ingredients.  Vitamin A or retinol is a cell communicating ingredient (improves skin structure) and an antioxidant.  SPF is a must, and will protect your skin, and prevent skin aging.  This will be your final step in skin care and should be worn daily in SPF 25+.  We all want that sun kiss glow, however test out sunless tanning beds, sprays, and lotions in advance so you know you will not look like an Oompa loompa.

 

In addition to these effective ingredients and hot tips, do not forget about scheduling your waxing according to your calendar.  As a makeup artist, if you need a facial wax it is best to receive this service at least one week prior to your wedding.  Makeup does not adhere well to freshly waxed or threaded skin.  If you have a fuzzy face there are last minute shaving and tweezing techniques that your artist can do for you prior to your application as a minor touch up. 

 

 

 

Crows feet, frown lines, smile lines, and facial wrinkles can be taken care of quickly with Botox and dermal fillers for those pesky, unwanted, deeper facial challenges.  I’m no stranger to these visits, and with the right dermatologist this can be a great solution to almost immediately enhancing your youthful appearance.  Your skin care routine and regular facials should still be your number one choice to achieving a healthy skin glow.

 

 

 

So the bottom line is to be diligent with your skin care not just prior to your wedding, but all the time.  Its inevitable, we are all aging! Remember, wash you face every night, exfoliate, using anti-aging products, and never skip your SPF.  You will begin to see the results of a Bridal Glow in no time!

 

 

 

Chicago Style Weddings

Holidays are around the corner, which means engagement season is approaching!  We had the pleasure of getting in touch to interview with Chicago Style Weddings Editor, Kelsey O’Shaughnessy, to find out more on this awesome company and help us get inspired for the begining of this love filled season.

Kelsey, tell us what is Chicago Style Weddings?

 "ChicagoStyle Weddings is a local publication for local couples. We curate the best images, advice, and ideas from Chicagoland professionals to make sure that our readers know what's going on in the wedding world. We love to chat with real brides and grooms and get their take on the planning process -- and we love to feature their weddings as much as possible. In addition to our print magazine, we also have a digital magazine, a blog, social media pages, and really great website. We aim to be a tool that can help take couples from engagement to aisle in the simplest -- and most fun -- way possible."

This sounds like the perfect start to help brides in their planning stages!  What is your role is this company?

"I am the Editor of Print of and Digital at CSW. It sounds complicated, but it really just means that I coordinate the production of the magazine and manage our social media pages. It's awesome because I basically just get to spend my whole day looking at gorgeous weddings and sharing them with all our readers."

What a fun career to have!  How did you land this awesome position? 

"I'm a local lady born and raised in the suburbs, and I went to college in the city for Communications. I focused on advertising and public relations in school, but when I graduated I knew I wanted to write. I actually called the publisher at the time and just bothered him until he interviewed me -- seriously! Persistence pays off, my friends. I hit it off with the team right away and the rest, as they say, is history!"

 

Congratulations to you, Kelsey!  Persistence and desire is the key to success.  The wedding industry is constantly changing.  So we want to know, what is your company currently working on to keep up with the pace?

"Right now we're in the heat of production for our January Supplement. As an annual magazine, we print a full issue every July. We change the cover six times a year to keep it fresh on newsstands. But really, a whole year is just too long! We don't want our readers to miss any of the upcoming trends, so we add 50 pages of new material to the existing magazine every January. Right now we're gathering images, putting together pages, and writing stories to make that 50-page supplement just as useful and interesting as the rest of the magazine!

We can't wait to read it!  So, what does it take, as an artist, to get work published on the cover or in your magazine?

"All it really takes is an email! There is nothing I love better than getting an email from a local artist asking to be featured by CSW! We use as many local vendors as possible in our magazine, featuring them in photo shoots, our gown gallery, the "Wed Essential" pages, and more. Plus, our blog is always filled with regional and national wedding pros. We live in such an amazing place with such an amazing community of artist and vendors. Step back, New York! Chicago's got a handle on this wedding business! So, if you have great work, we want to show it off!"

Really?!  An email is pretty simple to do!  Attention all artists:  Start sending your work to Kelsey for your chance to get published!  Hopefully we can fill you inbox with great stories and images.  You can reach Kelsey through email or phone.

Kelsey O’Shaughnessy

Editor of Print and Digital

P: (847) 584-2626 X110

kelsey@chicagostyleweddings.com

What is the future plans for CSW?

"ChicagoStyle Weddings has been changing! About a year and a half ago we had a new publisher take over and she is on a mission! Our goal is to provide timely, relevant, and trendy information to all engaged couples in the Chicagoland area. We're expanding our vendor lists, creating new content, and testing out some new graphics to ensure we're providing a truly luxury planning experience for all our couples!"

Everyone loves a luxury experience.  So excited for everyone at CSW!  Speaking of luxury, what are some of the trends you are seeing for the 2016 Bride?

"One of my favorite trends is a return to beautiful "flowy" gowns. It's been a trend that's been growing for a while, but now we're seeing it on all the runways for spring and fall 2016. An A-line dress or a ballgown with a lot of soft tulle and a great defined waist will make anyone look great! We're also seeing so much of Pantone's Color of the Year, Marsala. It's such a gorgeous, rich tone -- perfect for a fall or winter wedding! But my favorite trend by far is personalization. It's not new, but it's growing. Guests love to see couples infuse their ceremony and reception with bits of their personality. So go ahead -- monogram those napkins! Write your own vows! Feature your favorite craft beers! Make it your own! There is nothing more special than a wedding where guests say,'It was just so...them' ."

Wow, we can envision this now!  Its all about the Brides unique and personal style.  Chicago is a busy city and always has the best events.  Anything on the calendar that is a must do?

"There are always TONS of events happening in the wedding world! Did you know engagement season is coming up? It starts right around the holidays. I suggest you check in on our events page (http://chicagostyleweddings.com/wedding-events.aspx?m=11) regularly to see what's coming up! Most notably, we're thrilled to be part of Wish Upon a Wedding Chicago's upcoming gala, "A Night with the Stars" at the Adler Planetarium (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wish-upon-a-wedding-chicago-blissful-wishes-ball-tickets-18034871787)! It's going to be a blast and we're truly passionate about the cause!"

That sounds like a wonderful event!  We are excited for this season to begin and we are super thrilled we had the chance to hear from you.  Thank you Kelsey for your time.  Be sure to check out more info at http://www.chicagostyleweddings.com.  

Thanks for reading!  xoxo, Jennifer Jade | Beauty Expert

We want to hear from you! Leave us a message if you want more information on what’s happening in Chicago and in the beauty industry. Do you have a topic or business to discuss? Please email me for a chance to get your message or business noticed! We appreciate your support and thank you for following us.

All photos were featured with CSW

Credits:

NovDecCover-001: Ocken Photography, www.ockenphoto.com

Sep-Oct 2015 FC-001: Furla Studio, www.furlastudio.com

GoldGrid: Gold Grid Studios, goldgridstudios.com


Salvatore Cincotta Photography, salcincotta.com

Furla Studio, furlastudio.com

Ocken Photography, ockenphoto.com

(All of these images are from our Designers’ Challenge or our Fashion Shoots from CSW's current issue!)

Top 5 Most Requested Bridal Hairstyles for 2015

Jennifer is a Leading Artist at a busy Salon and Spa, she has had the opportunity to work with many brides.  Jennifer defiantly can say there is a trend happening in 2015 for special occasion hair design. She believes, it truly depends on the overall personal style of the bride, and the theme of the wedding that helps us beauty providers decide what will suit the occasion best.  Of course, we must consider the length, density, hair color, weather, and dress neckline to really narrow in on the perfect style.  Oh the decisions that must be made for the wedding can be stressful, but these top picks you cannot go wrong!  Each design tells a story about the women choosing to wear it.  It may say, "This women is classy, simple, and romantic", or the design may say, "This women is outgoing, fun, and spirited."  However you view yourself, Jennifer states, is what your hair design should speak about you.  Please check out her Pinterest Board, where you can find over a thousand other amazing beautiful ideas.  Feel free to contact us if you would love a suggestion on what might work great for you on your special day!


Your Bridal Hair and Makeup trial

What is a trial?  It is an opportunity to try out different ways you can create your dream look for your big day!

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What to expect?  It is typical that these appointments are 2-3 hours long.  During this time it is important to discuss your likes and dislikes of your hair, makeup and skin.  Be prepared to give your beauty provider all the details and photos that you have so they will be on the same page.

 

 

What to bring?  If you have any photos of your dress, colors, hair décor and or veil, photos of the location of wedding, and anything that will give a vision of the theme of your wedding will be helpful to reveal your wishes for your wedding.  I also recommend bringing photos of you with your hair and makeup done to get an idea of your comfort level.  I usually request bride to come with clean dry hair and no makeup on.

 

 

Things to consider:  If you normally wear your hair in a ponytail then try a beautiful updo, sleek or undone, high or low.  If you always wear your hair down consider a half up half down look or even just one side swept back with a beautiful clip

 

 

Other things to consider are weather, month, and location:  On a very hot July day or a wedding in Florida consider wearing your hair all up off your neck especially if it is outside.  Also, on a windy day your veil might not be the best on the top of your head whipping the soon to be husband in the face.  If your hair is the type that is frizzy in rainy, humid temperatures, consider doing a smoothing treatment to control your texture.  Click here to learn more about this treatment.  https://www.keratincomplex.com/about/the-science/smoothing-therapy/

 

 

After your trial:  Once the trial is completed take note of what you did and didn’t like.  It is trial so there can be alterations and improvements made.  Are there any beauty regiments that will improve your hair and skin?  Do you need to make any further appointments?  Ask yourself, if this person were the person you and your party would want to experience on your big day, would you enjoy their presence?  It is just as important to have an energetic, responsible, and friendly artist, as it is talented!

 

Last but not least: Please come prepared, patient and open-minded.  Your beauty technician might not know your personal taste, so all these details will help you to connect.  If you’re a good bride and you hired great talent, you will be sure to have a wonderful experience, and they will go above and beyond, especially for you on your wedding day.





Finding Your Undertone​

Knowing your undertone is imperative when selecting colors that look great on you. From clothing to makeup, the right colors can enhance or be a big distraction from your natural beauty.   It is searching beyond the surface to discover whether you are cool, warm, neutral, or olive.  Your undertone does not change, even though the sun may change the appearance of the skin.  There are a few different ways to discover your undertone, but first understand what each category stands for, then take the test. 

1. Do you look best in silver (cool) or gold (warm)?

2. What color are your veins? Green veins=warm, Purple/Blue veins= Cool  Blue/Green veins=Neutral

3. Do you burn easily (cool) or not at all (warm-neutral)?

4.  What colors complement your skin best Yellow and Browns (WARM) or Greys and Pinks (COOL)?

5.  Olive skin tones can be considered neutral, but some may lean more toward one spectrum over the other.

Below is a few diagrams that I found and thought were helpful.  Let me know what you think! 

3 Rules For The Bride

It's one year out and you already have your to do list made.  When do you need to get everything accomplished?  It is important to create a successful and stress free wedding.  Everyone has advice and opinions for you on how you should have your wedding.  At the end of the day it must be what you and your significant other wants.  My expertise is all about your image and making you feel as good as you will look.  Brides deserve to look and feel special, beautiful and confident.  Here are my three-guideline rules to follow.  

  • Schedule your consultation five months prior to your wedding to shop around for your stylist and makeup artist.  

         -Look at their portfolio and skills to make sure it matches your expectation

         -Talk about the amount of time and money it will take to prep you and your bridal party

         -Schedule your appointment right away      

  • Five months prior take charge of your image

         -Strategically plan out your color appointments and how you want to have your hair colored 

         - If you need to add hair additions for fullness or length now is the time to test it out.  This way you can have a fresh set the month of your wedding

         -Start a home care hair and skin regiment.  Masks, facial creams, leave-in treatments and the right styling aids will insure your hair and skin will be bridal ready

  • Two months prior have a trial

         - Test out makeup colors and veil placements.  You do not want many surprises on your wedding day so a trial is a must!

        - Double check with your stylist and makeup artist on the schedule for the day of.  A great professional will have a preplanned schedule created to have a guideline to follow

       - Do not do anything dramatic.  For example, eyebrow-waxing pre plan ahead to insure you do not have any challenges.  I would suggest not doing anything too dramatic like changing of your hair either.  

There you have it!  These are my three beauty guideline rules for your wedding.  All brides deserve to look and feel beautiful.  

Taking care of hair extensions

Hair extensions are simple and fun to take care of at home.  The most important steps to take is to brush your hair twice a day.  Naturally we shedd anywhere from 50-100 hairs a day if the hair is still attached to our head because of the extension pieces then these stray hairs have the tendence to tangle with each other.  When you brush your hair from root to tips it keeps your hair behaving and tangled free. 

Secondly, your exrtensions are 100% human hair so it is imperative to use professional hair care to nourish your new locks.  Hair needs a balance of moisture and protein to be healthy.  Ask your extensionist what they would recommend what is best for you.  I am a huge fan of Kerastase and Morrocain Oil brands to smooth, detangle and create healthy hair.

Lastly,  sleep with your hair in a loose pony tail.  As we sleep we can move around and create new tangles in our hair.  Sleeping with a pony tail can insure we wake up tangled free.  

 

 

 

Enjoy loose braids and loose waves with your extensions.  I believe it is a great way to not feel the need to mess with your hair as much.  You absolutely can curl and straighten your hair but you may find that you wont need to as much.  Give your hair a rest and let it be once in a while. Always keep heat atleast 1" away from bond and always thermal protect your locks.

Once you remove your extensions I recommend a good trim, treatment and a fresh color.  You can add your extensions right away if you took these steps to care for your hair.  I would recommend three months for fine hair to wear your extensions and up to six months depending on how fast your hair grows and the condition and density of your natural hair.

Fillers For Your Hair

 

Hair extensions can be used to quickly and simply fill in the sides or back nape area of your hair to instantly give you fuller hair.  Application cost $150-$200 for 25-50 strands.  Keratin Fusion bonds work with your hair and expand and contract with it so you can style and go about your daily activities.  Extensions may not be for everyone.  If hair is thinning, excessive shedding or fragile I would recommend first seeing your physician to see if internaly their could be challenges that can be addressed and second visit your hair stylist to be put on hair repairing focused hair products.  If your hair is in good condition and you want fuller hair you have to experience what extensions can do for you!