5 Tips for glowing skin at your wedding

tips for soft skin wedding dayYou’ve been planning this wedding since you were a little girl…… then for 12 months you painstakingly planned out the details of your color palette, shoes, tried on countless wedding dresses, a handful of makeup trials, and now you are just waiting in anticipation for the date to arrive. A few days before the wedding your skin starts to break out and dry out……. SERIOUSLY??? Here are a few tips to help guide you towards radiant skin on your wedding day.

  1. Showering or Bathing – It is even better if you can do so twice a day, at morning upon waking up make sure to drink a lot of water. It will boost your immune system! and in the evening before going to bed. Soap-free facial or body wash and water offer one easy way to cleanse your skin. Alternatively, choose a specially formulated facial cleanser from your favorite brand range. Follow the instructions it provides. Always use a soft sponge or face washer to avoid harming your delicate facial skin. If your skin is sensitive try only taking a shower every other day or every few days. This lets your natural oils nourish your skin. Showering too much with sensitive skin can cause irritation.
  2. Exfoliate weekly –  In general, a weekly exfoliation will remove dead skin cells and buff the skin back into good condition. Removal of all the dirt, oil build-up and dead cells will leave your skin feeling baby soft. If you have sensitive skin, exfoliate twice a month.
  3. Daily Moisturizer – Especially AFTER you shower or bathe. Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use generously every time you wash. Products with plant stem cells can not only soften but also turn back time with your skin, especially on your face.
  4. Clean your makeup brushes – How often do you clean your makeup brushes? (Your probably thinking…. I don’t actually). Dirt, grime and oils left in the brushes can cause evil zits and breakouts, causing your base skin to get worse. Lucky for you, they are simple to clean yourself using a bar of soap.
  5. Eat clean – Turns out your personal trainer knew what he was talking about — you really are what you eat, and your skin may be a perfect reflection of your inner health. A healthy diet with ample beauty super foods can enhance skin texture, hydration, firmness and smoothness. I suggest a diet of foods rich in:
    1. Lean protein (salmon, tofu, soy, sardines)
    2. Omega-3 fatty acids (almonds, salmon, sardines, walnuts, flax seed)
    3. Antioxidants for rapid skin repair like vitamins A, C and E (carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, berries)
    4. Minerals like magnesium and zinc, which facilitate hyaluronic acid production to provide unsurpassed skin hydration (soy, kale, carrots, pumpkin seeds, whole grains)

Do you have any other tips on what you suggest that makes your skin healthier as part of your skin routine?

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A review of JamesAllen.com

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I’ve decided to start reviewing some of these diamond retailers from time to time to help guide you when it comes to finding the special ring for your engagement or wedding day.  Today I am starting with JamesAllen.com.

When shopping for an engagement or wedding ring one of the things to remember is that this ring will be with you for a lifetime. Shopping online for a ring can take some of the mystique out of the experience, but you are more likely to find exactly what you want than if you look locally. Nothing quite beats trying on that ring and falling in love with it in person, this is well known by jewelers, and if you are willing to forego the fantasy of walking into an overpriced shop like Tiffany’s then shopping online may be just the thing to do if you want to find that perfect ring.

James Allen has done a pretty good job with their website. They have attempted rather successfully to make the experience as easy as possible. In comparison with DeBeers the website is much easier to navigate. I will admit I got lost, even drooling a bit Continue reading

10 Bridal Wedding Shoe Trends for 2013

In 2013, variety is the new catch of the day.  As you know, many wedding dresses don’t feature the shoe unless the bride wants them to be seen.  In the past many brides have worn simple flats or even white sandals to ensure comfort.  This year, is the year of the bold bride that likes to add a dash of bold style to her somewhat traditional ceremony.  Today I will list the top 10 wedding shoe trends for 2013:

  1. Pink Heels – Many women first started planning out their perfect wedding when they were even a child.  The pink bridal heeled shoes lets a woman declare her of love of the simple girly things in life and yet still be proud to call herself an independent woman.

    Pink bridal wedding shoes - Hot 2013 trend
    Pink bridal wedding shoes – Hot 2013 trend
  2. Custom printed shoes – Thanks to the improvements in technology today, made heeled wedding shoes can have your favorite print, or even something symbolic or sentimental printed on them.

    Custom bridal wedding shoes
    Custom bridal wedding shoes – patterns, images, & even Star Wars
  3. Mint – Hot color of the year.  This is the hot color of 2013 and seem to be found throughout numerous wedding magazines and fashion runways.  A little hint of mint adds crispness and a light dash of color to any color palette.

    Mint Wedding Heels
    Mint Wedding Heels – 2013 Bridal Trends
  4. Custom decorated vintage wedding heels – With places like Etsy now very popluar you can easily find the perfect shoes and get it custom tailored to your exact specification including adding delicate vintage lace or retro styles to it.   Continue reading

Options for your Engagement Ring Purchase

The time has come. You’ve either decided to propose your girlfriend for a life together or thinking about it. What do you do now? First thing to do is to buy a diamond engagement ring, a ring that shows your love for her.

Putting the engagement ring on your fiance
Putting the engagement ring on your fiance – a moment you never forget

Since people are inclined towards engagement rings, we highlight the engagement ring purchase options to help you through.

Diamond Rings – Diamond rings for an engagement are bliss. Women love Continue reading

Destination weddings in Paris, France

So many couples look for a memorable place to get married somewhere in the world.  France has plenty of popular wedding venues to pick from, the Eiffel Tower being the most popular.  You need to remember that there are so many other locations to think of besides the token tourist hot spots just check out http://www.lesitedumariage.com

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Paris, France weddings – undiscovered venues

The French Riviera has plenty of venues to choose from:

  • Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
  • Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
  • Chateau de la Napoule
  • Chateau de la Chèvre d’Or
  • Domaine du Mont Leuze

Looking for the perfect wedding winter venue in France? Here are a few:

  • Cabane Des Praz – Chamonix
  • L’abbaye de Talloires – Annecy Hotel
  • La Tour d’Argent
  • Le Chateau du Martinet
  • Anne-Laure

Of course, Paris has some beautiful locations that also allow your guests to enjoy the nearby tourist spots. Imagine your guests having a day shopping in Paris before the wedding, feeling a bit shilly in the paved streets and inevitably attracted to all the lovely shops and restaurants looking so warm and comfortable from the outside. Also, Paris offers many venues with breathtaking views that can be enjoyed through beautiful windows in the warmth of a dining room.
Of course, I was born an raised in the Southeast and prefer wedding in locations like Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, and Miami, FL. Their is such a southern charm to these location and a feel of the old south. If you are looking for some nice Atlanta Wedding venue I would checkout the 200 peachtree website.  I also bet that you will get married at a location that is on some kind of peach street. (Atlanta has over 60 streets with the name peach in them).

Here are some little known facts about French marriages.  The legal age of consent is 18 and IF you get divorced you must wait 300 days before you can remarry.  Makes sense to me!! Hope this blog has assisted you in finding that perfect spot in France for your future wedding!!

Wedding Planning Flubs and How to Avoid Them

Every bride-to-be runs into a wedding planning flub or two, but the trick is to make sure you bounce back the minute you encounter one of these pesky bumps in the road. Here are some common wedding planning flubs and how to avoid them.

Wedding planning flubs are a nuisance, and every bride runs into one or another at some point during the wedding planning game. You’ve secured your ceremony and reception locations. You’ve booked all your vendors. You’ve even found your dress. But then the unthinkable happens—you run into a wedding planning flub that threatens to throw a kink in the whole wedding planning process. Not to worry! Check out the following wedding planning flubs and how to avoid them so you can tackle the problem the moment it arises:

You lose/gain a few inches in between dress fitting appointments—Between stress, new diets, and different exorcise routines, it’s not uncommon for brides to gain or lose a few inches during the wedding planning process. If this happens, don’t panic. The seamstress can usually take in your wedding gown to accommodate the inches you lost easier than letting it out to account for gained inches. Either way, if the change is drastic, your seamstress or dress maker can figure out a way to alter your gown accordingly. For tricky customization in the event of excess weight gain or loss, though, be prepared to pay more in the way of alteration fees.

personalized wedding favors
Cute pink & blue personalized wedding favors.

You have to change the menu items at the last minute—Whether you learn that many of your guests have similar food allergies or the caterer cannot get their hands on the materials for your dish of choice before the big day, there are many reasons you might have to change menu items at the last minute. If this is the case, meet with your caterer and plan an alternative that still offers the flavor and presentation you want. The changes might involve something as simple as substituting a spice or type of cheese.

You send invitations out too late—If you order your invites too late or push your luck and send them out too late, consider dropping everyone on your list a line to let them know the invitation is on its way and thank them for their RSVP courtesy on such short notice. Sending out invitations at the last minute is one of the most common wedding planning flubs brides run into, but the situation can usually be easily remedied.

You forget the favors—You need to wait for your RSVP’s before ordering favors and then before you know it, your wedding is right around the corner. That’s ok! There are tons of great options that arrive in a week. Personalized favors that can be found and delivered within 2 weeks! It’s a small world. Take some time to browse, you will be surprised the options you will find.

The key is not to worry and get all Bridezilla. Stay calm. These flubs tend to have a way of working themselves out.