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A printed or patterned fabric dress does not scream bridesmaid to me, but isn’t that what budget-conscious bridesmaids are screaming?  No more dresses that I can’t wear again! In this case, it’s a do.  With so many awesome cocktail dresses in holiday colors galore, why not mix it up even more and have different colors, different patterns, different sillouettes, but all coordinated with your wedding colors.  Photos will look more natural but still aesthetic.

The Blues Sisters

Carmen Marc Valvo’s peacock frock, ML Abstract floral, J. Crew navy cap sleeve, and Jones NY make a cool quartet.

 

Saks

Saks

J. Crew

 

Macy's

Seeing red this holiday season?

 

Banana Republic

 

Ann Klein

 

White House Black Market

 

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emilie wrap dress in ivory with lace sleeves

Emilie wrap dress Millie NY

white knee length shift with white beads around neckline
Crystina beaded dress Milly NY

If you’re like me, you milk your time in the spotlight. Why not show who’s the bride and wear white to all of your wedding occassions: engagment party, bridal showers, rehearsal dinner, leaving the reception dress, and honeymoon dinners.  Check out these designers for stylish cocktail dresses in shades of pearl: Milly NY, Alice and Olivia, and Sue Wong.  For an actual bridal collection called The Little White Dress, view Amsale.

ivory dress with puff shoulders accessorized with black belt, heels, and gloves

Lady Puff dress Milly NY

sidney bow dress

Sidney bow dress Milly NY

vivi dress Milly NY with rhinestone belt at empire waist, sleeveless

Vivi dress Milly NY

 

emalina strapless white cotton eyelet milly ny

Emalina strapless Milly NY. Perfect for late spring, early summer bridal showers and even for a casual, outdoor wedding dress.

 

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When it comes to DIY centerpieces as the bride, you have to weigh two factors.  What do you value more: time with family and friends or time arranging centerpieces?  Here are some further questions to ask yourself.  1) How far ahead of time can it be created assembled?  2) How much time do I have to create between now and the wedding?  3) How much time the day before the wedding will I have to assemble and arrange?  4) How much help do I have?  5) Would I use any pieces again?  6) Are fresh flowers important to me? 7) How much money am I willing to spend?  8) How far ahead of time can I be in my reception site?  9) Does my vendor (florist, caterer, host site) offer set-up help, linens, glassware, votives, or candles?

The farther ahead of time a centerpiece can be created and/or assembled, the less stressful your wedding week will be.  I am totally a DIYourselfer, but I was unpleasantly surprised how much time fresh flowers take to assemble and arrange.  Plus, the day before is the earliest I suggest doing them.  Afterall, it’s a lot of money to spend for them not to look their best.  After weighing all options, here’s my advice for each of the following winter centerpieces.

Let’s Get it Started . . . Now!

If you want to do it now, and forget about it later, think about all glass and mirrors.  No one looks prettier than in candle-light.  The warm glow softens the face like a Glamour Shot.  See what your venue offers first, then hit The Dollar Tree.  They have  glass holders and mirrors in the candle aisle for a $1 a piece.  And, if you’re a true DIYourselfer, you will use the glass and mirrors again.  I use them under every candle in my house to reflect the glow.  I also use them as tiny serving trays under salt and pepper shakers, toothpick holders, and candy dishes.  For more of a nostalgic feel, check out antique stores, flea markets, and yard sales.  I buy every framed mirror that seems salvageable.  Then I use painters tape and newspaper to cover the glass and spray paint all the frames the wedding color, or gold, or ivory. 

Grouping all of these candles under an antique framed mirror would take it from engagement party to wedding centerpiece.

Roses are a Girl’s BF

If you insist on DIY fresh roses,  I don’t blame you. Nothing says classy like fresh flower centerpieces, but please enlist some help.  For a wedding of 100 people, we ordered 2 boxes of white roses from Cost-Co.  The afternoon before the wedding, we poured champagne and had a de-thorning party.  It took 4 girls 3 hours to prep  and arrange the roses. 

For prep, we 1) removed the thorns with knife or just pick off with your fingers,  and 2) remove the bottom 3/4 of leaves (or whatever will be in water) and any browning, wilting, or bruised petals.  3) Cut the bottom of the stem to desired length at an angle and 4) IMMEDIATELY immerse stem in water.  (You can even cut the stem at an angle while the stem is under water by having a doggie-type water bowl at your station). 

For a modern, elegant look, just use the roses.  Start with the biggest, prettiest rose from the dozen, and then circle around that rose chosing from next biggest, prettiest, until all twelve are encircled.  Place in tall, cylinder vase.  When buying your vase, realize that the size of the opening is going to determine how many flowers it takes to fill it.  The smaller the opening, the cheaper the arrangement.  You could use floral wire or waterproof tape to achieve a modern look in the “wrong” vase.

For more drama, lace or weave the greenery and arrange roses an inch apart.  Greenery not only fills your vase for less money, but adds to visual interest but adding texture.  Mistletoe or seeded eucalyptus are perfect winter fillers for roses, and for even more budget=friendly, only use roses on every other table because these are breathtaking stand alone. 

eucalyptus leaves and buds

Seeded eucalyptus is a beautiful texture to add to white roses for a winter wedding

Breathtaking Purity

You’re like Subway, you want it fresh, but it doesn’t have to be high-maintenance.  Nothing says “wedding”, like the simple elegance of a pure Baby’s Breath arrangement.  It appears on the table as a soft snowfall.  Use it in different height vases with white candles as your centerpiece.  You can have fresh and do it ahead of time.  It’s perfect for your winter wedding.  Ask your reception venue what they offer in terms of mirrors, vases, and candles.  You may only have to buy the baby’s breath (next to nothing, so get a lot!).  If you do have to purchase vases, you can monogram the one at the sweetheart table for a personalized look, but I would keep the rest unadorned b/c you can use them again for a friend’s wedding or your  baby shower (upcoming or before the wedding, whatever).  Check the cost difference of renting vs. buying.  You can find clear glass and mirrors at the dollar store for only a $1 a piece, so if they ask more than that, forget it.  Use your excess baby’s breath to frame your cake table, gift table, DJ table, etc.

very tall white vase with baby's breath shaped in a topiary ball

Baby's breath speaks for itself. Use clear or white vases. Branches add DIY drama. http://ruffledblog.com/white-lace-clouds/

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As with your colors and your flowers, your make-up should match the season, the style of your wedding as well as your complexion.  Make-up is one thing you can totally do yourself.  Kate did for her Royal wedding.  I would practice ahead of time and have a friend snap some photos of you so you can see how your make-up shows in the flash lighting.

Autumnal Warmth

make-up products mentioned in post

Step 1.  Determine whether your skin has a cool or warm tone.  Hold up a brown and then a black to your face.  Which looks better?  Brown=warm. Black= cool. (This will help determine what color mascara to use also.)  Hold up a gold piece of jewelry and then a silver piece of jewelry.  Gold=warm.  Silver=cool.  (Try not to decide based on your style preference.)  Third, look at your skin and veins on the inside of your wrist.  Yellow-green=warm.  Pink-blue=cool.   When chosing your make-up the rule of thumb is to match warm hues (orange, yellow, brown) to warm skin tones and cool hues (pink, blue, plum) to cool tones.  Personally, I just like to try the color on and see.

Step 2.  Prime.   I use an oil control lotion first because my skin shines after an hour.  Use face primer to smooth skin and help make-up last all day.  Add a touch to your eyelids also.  I like Studio Gear Face Primer because it’s not greasy.  Rub sugar in a circular motion over your lips to exfoliate.

Step 3.  The eyes have it.  I do my eyes before base that way if Imake a mistake, I can easily wash off the product or even wash my entire face and start over.  Line above upper lash line and inside bottom lash line with brown for warm tones or black for cool tones.  Mac and Bobby Brown are both awesome liners.  To keep that sun-kissed glow a few months longer, apply a sweep of bronzer to the brow bone.  Then, add a touch of ELF shimmer or Mary Kay Moonstone eyeshadow (hue on left in compact) on brow bone on outer 3/4 of brow.  Apply same product to inside of eyes just beside your nose.  Take your second darkest eye shadow color and apply from lash line to above crease.  Then, with a windshield wiper motion, apply your darkest shade to your crease and in a v shape towards your outer brow point.  Blend upward and outward.  Use a q-tip to remove loose shadow that has fallen below the line created from the outer corner of your eye to the outer point of your brow.  With shadow creating an upward line, instant face lift.  Curl lashes and apply 2 coats of mascara.  First coat dab horizontally to creat volume and second coat vertically for length. I am in love with MAry Kay mascara.  It lasts all night and flakes off instead of smears off, making smudges obsolete.  (I also recommend Mary Kay eye make-up remover).

Step 4.  Use a brush to distribute base evenly.  Because I have oily skin, I like Studio Gear powder foundation.  For a liquid option try Revlon, ColorStay.

Step 5.  Add blush in an upward angle on the line created from the nostril to the top of the ear.  This upward angle creates a youthful and modern look.  Again, to keep summer eternal, use bronzer on your forehead nose and chin.  Studio Gear brush #15 gives perfect bronzer application.

Step 6.  Groom your brows.  For thick brows, use a brow gel  and brush to tame fly-aways. For thin brows, supplement with colored brow powder and flat liner brush, like Sephora 16.

Step 7.  Lipstick is last.  Now that your face is on, you can see just how much more color you need.  When chosing a lip color, normally what color you are drawn to is the color that will look good on you.  For fall, try a wine=warm or berry=cool hue.

Step 8.  Dust loose powder over face and neck to set your make-up.

An Audrey Hepburn Look is not only seasonless, it’s timeless.

Step 1. I use Revlon’s Stiletto eye-liner.  If your eyelashes are black, use black.  Dark brown, use brownish black, and blonde, use brown.  The trick is to play with the line.  Different eye shapes need different lines.  For example, my eye is very round, so I only line the outer 3/4 and I go parallel to the ground and not curve down with my actual lash line.  For a cat-eye look, turn the line up before the end and reach out a little past your natural lash line.  Although the line looks as though it is one fluid stroke, it is not.  Begin at the middle of the eye and work out in small strokes that connect.  Then, without redipping your brush, use the fine point to creat a thin line from your starting point (natural beginning of your lash line, before or after depending on eye shape) and when you reach the middle, make your existing line even thicker as you work to the end of your natural line.  Let dry.  nuetral eye shadow and black eyeliner

Step 2.  Your foundation should look naturally flawless.  Use a skin primer that feels silky and not greasy.  I like Studio Gear Prime Objective skin perfecting face primer.  Choose a shade that matches your natural skin tone and forgo bronzer. Try Make-Up For Ever Make Up For Ever HD Foundation.  I approve because there is no SPF and the zinc in some SPF can reflest in a camera flash.

shimmery, pink, nuetral eye shadow shade from Mary Kay

Mary Kay's Crystalline Eye Shadow

Step 3.  Back to the eyes.  Apply a shimmery nuetral, such as Mary Kay’s Crystalline from lash to brow and from outside the nose/bottom lash start toeyeliner end.  Use blending brush to blend near brow line and outer edges.  Use a dusting of Hazelnut to the crease and blend.

Step 4.  Eyebrows are the frame to your face with this look.  Use a brow powder (pencils are too harsh).  Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder duo is great because the two shades offer a natural finish.  Our brows aren’t just one shade usually.  Apply with a flat liner brush, try Sephora’s #16.  Brow stencils can be purchased to create a perfect look.

Step 5.  Lipstick!  M.A.C. Lustre Lipstick in Viva Glam V. won Allure’s Reader’s Choice Award and matches this look because of it’s dusty rose hue.  Natrual, not nude.  Feminine, not bubble-gum.  Matte, not glossy.  Becuase you’re not using gloss for moisture, first, rub a bit of sugar in a circular motion over your lips for an easy exfoliant.  Don’t forget to tuck your tube in your purse for touch-ups.

Step 6.  I like to apply blush after lipstick for this look, because the cheeks appear a lighter shade than the lips.  Definitely use powder and apply to the apple of your cheek.  Michael Todd Cosmetics offers a shade called Audrey Hepburn or your every day shade will do just fine.  Becuase this look is so chic, I use ELF shimmer to create more dimenion and glam.  Use the pink just above the cheek bone and a light shade on the eyebrow bone.

Step 7.  The big finale to this look is eyelashes.  3 coats of Mary Kay waterproof mascara in same color as your eyeliner creates the glamour.  Curl your lashes.  For the first coat, brush the mascara in small horizontal strokes close to your eyelid to create volume.  Second, to creat length, close your eye and swipe the brush down your lashes from the back side.  For the final coat, apply brush the “normal” way, swiping mascara from eyelid to tip on front of lashes.  Apply a coat to bottom lashes.  Then, lightly swab upper and lower lashes at the corner with a bit more length to create a cat-eye angle.  Let dry.

Step 8.  For all make-up looks, powder is the sealant.  Using a big, soft brush, disperse loose powder over your face and onto your chin and blend out any lines of foundation.

Trend Setter

Green is the hot fashion color this fall.  To create a bold make-up look, that compliments a green bridesmaids dress or green rehearsal dress, think purple.  Although bold, because green and purple are beside each other on the color wheel, it is fashion forward but not shocking.

Step 1.  Decide which you’d like to stand out, the eyes or the lips.

Step 2. If eyes,  put an eyesprimer on first and foremost.  (If lips, skip to Step 2 below) This will hold your colors and prevent smudges from crying.  Line the upper and lower lids with Bobby Brown creamy eye pencil in Caviar.  Line inside the lash line and outside.  Blend the outer line with a q-tip or eyeliner brush.   The bright purple hue of Mary Kay’s Periwinkle makes green eyes look emerald, brown eyes look bright, and blue eyes look sparkling.  Although it is bright, even if you use a lot, you are only applying it to your lid.  Hence, it will not even show up as purple in full body portraits.  Dust a shade two hues darker than your skin color to crease, Mary Kay’s Goldleaf is one option.  Blend upward and outward.  Use a q-tip to wipe away any shadow that falls below the line created from the outer corner of your eye to the outer point of your eyebrow.

Step 3.  Foundation should not show in pictures.  Make sure you choose the right shade.  Use a brush to distribute base evenly.  Because I have oily skin, I like Studio Gear powder foundation.  For a liquid option try Revlon, ColorStay.

Step 4.  Add blush in an upward angle on the line created from the nostril to the top of the ear.  This upward angle creates a youthful and modern look.

Step 5.  Groom your brows.  For thick brows, use a brow gel  and brush to tame fly-aways. For thin brows, supplement with colored brow powder.

Step 6: Apply mascara.  Always curl your lashes to open the eyes.  (I curl my lashes even when I don’t wear mascara.) Swab brush horizontally to create thickness first, and then vertically to creat length.  Mascara on the lower lashes makes a “complete” look.

Step 7.  If you want your eyes to pop,  for brown eyes, opt for a nude beige.  For light eyes, try a light pink nude like Nars Madere.

 

Step 2. If you want your pouter to be prominent,  keep the eyes smoking and the lips bright.  Line the upper and lower lids with Bobby Brown creamy eye pencil in Caviar for light skin and Black for dark skin.  Line inside the lash line and outside and create a slight wing at the outer corner.  Blend the outer line with a q-tip or eyeliner brush.  Apply a base coat of light brown or gray from lash line to brow.  Then use a color 2-3 times darker from your lash line to just above your crease.  Follow the chart below to create an attractive smoky aye for your shape.  Blend upward and outward.  Use a q-tip to wipe away any shadow that falls below the line created from the outer corner of your eye to the outer point of your eyebrow.

Step 3.  Foundation should not show in pictures.  Make sure you choose the right shade.  Use a brush to distribute base evenly.  Because I have oily skin, I like Studio Gear powder foundation.  For a liquid option try Revlon, ColorStay.

Step 4.  Add blush in an upward angle on the line created from the nostril to the top of the ear.  This upward angle creates a youthful and modern look.

Step 5.  Groom your brows.  For thick brows, use a brow gel  and brush to tame fly-aways. For thin brows, supplement with colored brow powder.

Step 6: Apply mascara.  Always curl your lashes to open the eyes.  (I curl my lashes even when I don’t wear mascara.) Swab brush horizontally to create thickness first, and then vertically to creat length.  Mascara on the lower lashes makes a “complete” look.

Step 7.  Prep the pout.  First, rub a bit of sugar in a circular motion over your lips for an easy exfoliant making sure your lips are soft, smooth, and kiss-the-bride ready.  Then, line the lips with a liner the same shade as your lipstick.  You can use a lipliner brush and your actual lipstick.  Create the line of the lip that you want, just inside or on the outer edge of your natural line.  Line the very bottow of your bottom lip with a liner one shade darker than your lipstick.  Fill in with lipstick.  Blot.  Do a second coat.  Blot.  Apply a touch of glossy shine to the middle of your bottom lip.  This will make your lips look fuller without the color wearing off.  Finally, add a bit of white highlighter to the cupid’s bow for an extra pouty look.  Try Benefit’s Cupid’s Bow Set.

Step 8.  Now the Pizzazz.  TrueBeauty suggests a a true berry hue like a bright raspberry. Try Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in #34.  I wore Raspberry for my wedding.

Berry-licious Lips

Step 9.  Dust loose powder over face and neck to set your make-up.

 

 

If you do decide to get your make-up professionally done, you can use the day of your engagement photo shoots as a practice round.  If it turns out great, great.  If not, you can always go home, wash your face and redo it before your appointment.

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