A Day at the Winery

by Bride Chic

Today, I have something extra special that I've been waiting on pins and needles to share with you. Awhile back a few incredibly talented wedding professionals teamed up for a styled shoot at Asti Winery in Cloverdale, California. What a day we had in the wine country!  And just look at what can come from a collaborative brainstorm of ideas! For me the beauty of this shoot has to be the fusion of the rustic and elegant - fine china sitting atop a beautifully set distressed wood...

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The Liquid Satin Dress

by Bride Chic

Today I want to focus on a totally swoonworthy fabric, perfect for long and sleek bridal gowns. It's called liquid satin.  A client recently asked me to define liquid satin and I clued her in that it is a shiny, bright, clingy, body hugging crepe satin that looks absolutely luscious in evening gown silhouettes. Tune into almost any 1930’s movie and you'll find all kinds of inspiration if your wedding dress is going this direction.  Here's a roundup of some of the best and...

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5 DIY Hairstyles Perfect for Pre-Wedding Parties

by Azure

If you're ever on the hunt for beauty inspiration, TheBeautyDepartment.com (a blog by Lauren Conrad and two other gals) is a great place to start. Lauren and crew bring LA cool, tips and trends to readers across the nation, dishing fun beauty tutorials on everything from ombre hair to polka dot nails. Just check it out, you won't be disappointed. And since most brides-to-be go DIY with their hair and makeup for pre-wedding festivities (think engagement party, bridal shower,...

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Daring Wedding Hair and Makeup Inspiration

by Azure

We always love finding beautiful inspiration in unusual places to share with you. Why? So that the dream wedding you create turns out to be anything but ordinary! When it comes to bridal hair and makeup, we don't suggest going too crazy (and Vera Wang agrees). But we're all for taking a high-fashion editorial look, and transforming it into something timeless and worthy of your white aisle. Luckily, with help from a professional MUA and hair stylist, and awe-inspiring photos like the...

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Must Try Manis for Summer 2013

by Azure

There is no question that 2013 brides are daring to ditch the ol' French manicure in favor of something more bold and unexpected. And never before have there been so many unique ways to jazz up your nails! From patterned nail wraps to caviar beads, glittery laser top coats and pretty pastel lacquers, the time is now to get creative and experiment! Ready to see some of my favorite nail styles for summertime? Make sure your Pin It trigger finger is stretched out and standing at...

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Top 5 Makeup Trends for Summer

by Azure

Last night I had the pleasure of attending an event at Blow by Blow, a Chicago blow dry bar that happens to be across the street from the new Christian Louboutin store on Oak Street (talk about temptation!). The ladies of Blow by Blow showed us how to DIY the perfect blowout, how to achieve an easy breezy braided top knot, and... What's on-trend for makeup this summer! Ready to hear the top five beauty trends? Let's go! 1. Full Bushy Brows - Using a matte brown shadow and...

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Met Ball Beauty Hits & Misses for Brides to Learn From

by Azure

The annual Met Ball, known as the fashion industry's "Night of Nights", brings out the biggest celebrities and trend-setters seriously dressed to impress. But there was something in the air at last night's gala (maybe blame the punk theme?)... and for as many A-listers who stunned for all the right reasons, there were just as many committing major faux pas (specifically in the hair and makeup department). So today we re-cap the best and the worst from the 2013 Met Ball, so you can...

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Beautiful Wedding Hair + Makeup Hot Off the Bridal Catwalks

by Azure

I've always wanted to try Moroccanoil products, as I've heard nothing but raves from even the pickiest of ladies. And while I'm super low maintenance when it comes to my hair & makeup routine and upkeep (in large part because I work from home), I do have an addiction... I am a beauty product wh*ore (and my fiancé feeds the beast), always on the hunt for the next best cream, oil, serum, mask, etc. to give my skin or locks that goooood TLC. So you can imagine my delight when I...

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Giveaway Alert! Win a $550 Pampering Package

by Azure

I'm always surprised by how many compliments I receive on my skin (but of course, I'll take them all day long!). Sadly for Mother Nature though, she doesn't get any of the credit! I attribute my glow to Kiehl's, my very favorite skincare and beauty brand. And since today is the first day of Spring AND National Proposal Day, I wanted to share the Kiehl's wealth with one lucky bride! That's right, it's time for a giveaway! One will win the ultimate pampering package jam-packed...

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Simply Gorgeous Spring Wedding Makeup Guide

by Azure

Although we can't help but love the bold lips and dramatic cat eyes we're seeing on more and more brides these days, neutrals topped our list of trends for 2013 weddings...and not just for color palettes, decor, and flowers, but for bridal makeup too! Neutral makeup shades include tones naturally found in the skin, like peach, rose, bronze and plum. Makeup extraordinaire Bobbi Brown suggests (in the April 2013 issue of Real Simple) choosing neutral hues within two shades (darker or...

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