All Glammed up with Drybar

Right now, we are totally drooling over all the the winter wedding details. It is pretty magical and it’s about to get better. During this time of year, there are beautiful winter weddings and all kinds of festivities going on, including holiday parties. Whatever the event, a winter wedding, or holiday soiree, it is an excuse to get all glammed up.  What bride or girl can resist? First step in getting all dolled up? Stop by Drybar , a gorgeous blow dry bar located in a city near you. There’s nothing that makes a girl feel pampered and gorgeous like a blowout. Why not enjoy having someone else ( a fabulous professional hair stylist), blow out your hair into a pretty look? We think its the way to go. This salon not only offers fantastic services, but it is done with a level of professionalism that will keep you coming back. We have to admit that we are kind of obsessed with Drybar, and want to sneak in and stay in their insanely gorgeously decorated salon forever. Maybe not forever, but long enough to get a few beauty things done. Bride, bridesmaids, or any girl attending a wedding or holiday party, make sure you make an appointment with Drybar. Believe us when we say that its the best money spent for an amazing hair experience!






The Drybar Team

The Drybar Team










About Drybar

Founded by longtime stylist Alli Webb and her brother Michael Landau, a former Yahoo! marketing executive, and her husband Cameron Webb, a creative director. First location opened February 2010 in Los Angeles (Brentwood). Currently operating 30 locations in CA, AZ, TX, NYC, DC, MD and GA. Upcoming locations include hot spots Houston, Chicago and Boston. Drybar does about 100,000 blowouts a month and currently employs 2,000+ people and counting.

Drybar’s concept is best summarized by its trademarked tagline: “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts.” Drybar charges a flat fee of $40 regardless of hair length, style or tools used.

There are six signature styles at Drybar that are aptly named after drinks:

  • Straight Up – Simple and straight 
  • Manhattan – Sleek and smooth
  • Southern Comfort – Big hair and volume
  • Cosmopolitan – Lots of loose curls
  • Mai Tai – Messy and beachy
  • Shirley Temple – Preteen blowout

Drybar’s branding proudly features its official mascot, Buttercup (the upside down yellow blow dryer), found all over its shops and website! The prototype design of Drybar was created by award-winning architect Josh Heitler of New York-based firm Lacina Heitler. ( Josh is also a partner in Drybar.) Each shop is carefully crafted to look and feel like a comfy, chic “bar” instead of a typical salon. Signature elements include fabric paneled and tufted walls, marble countertops, Italian styling chairs, flat screen TVs playing“chick flicks,” iPhone charging docks at each station and custom music playlists.

For Brides and their girls…

Drybar has a VIP room in most locations that people can rent out for private parties.  In this case, a bride can rent the room out for just her and her bridesmaids for wedding day preparations.  Of course complimentary drinks and chick flicks are offered.   Drybar also does what’s called an UpTini which is a fancy bar themed name for an Up Do.  Drybar is like your one stop shop for all things bridal hair!



Blow Out Drybar – Southern Orange County

I am totally obsessed with all things weddings.  You know this. Today’s post is about all the fun perks that comes with weddings, (Besides marrying the love of your life of course!). When it comes to weddings, there is a lot going on, from planning all the many fabulous details of the wedding, and taking part in all the pre-wedding events. What is the best way  to prepare for all these big events like showers, bachelorette weekends, and the wedding itself?  One word. Blowout! There’s nothing that makes a girl feel as instantly polished and put-together as a blowout.  These days new salons that specialize in blow-drying are popping up all over, making it all super easy to get all dolled up. Sounds gorgeous right? Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Blow Out  in Southern Orange County, California and was totally “wowed”. A beautiful designed salon offering the total royal treatment. As soon as you step in, you feel like a queen and the pampering begins! I am not a bride or bridesmaid, but I sure felt like I was going to some grand affair. Any bride, or girl should definitely stop by and get yourself all prettied up. Not only does this fabulous salon deliver beautiful looks for brides and her girls, but everything they do is first class service and very professional.  Oh, and the owners are super sweet too. I enjoyed my short little interview we did with owner Michelle of Blow Out. See all the fabulous things she has to say about this luxurious dry bar.

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The Make-Up Artists

The Make-Up Artist Team

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Niloufar Gibson, Chief Editor of Bridal Hot List with Michelle, Owner of Blowout OC.

Niloufar Gibson, Chief Editor of Bridal Hot List with Michelle, Owner of Blow Out.

About Blow Out … Blow Out a Luxurious Blow Dry Bar was created to provide women with the value and convenience they need without compromising quality. Blow out does one thing and does it well, making you look and feel fabulous. Conceived with the fashion forward woman in mind , Blow Out is a long awaited service for the women of South County who have busy lives and are looking to add simplicity to they’re exciting lifestyles for an affordable amount. Whether you want us to travel to you or bring your party into our salon we offer the finest in quality services. Our menu includes blow outs, up dos, braids, half up half downs, makeup and lashes. Each wedding party is treated like a royal family with customized packages. complete with exceptional services,  and bottomless champagne plus strawberries. Other events we host are wedding showers, bachelorette parties, baby showers, birthday parties,  you name it. Please call our party planner Michelle to speak further about your event.

Eleven Bridal Hair Care Tips

Good morning weekenders! Another gorgeous summer day here in Southern California. Talking about gorgeous things, we want you to feel and looking oh so fabulous for your big day. At BHL, we are kind of obsessed with beauty and all that goes along with it.  Are you tired of dealing with split ends? Or having that frizzy hair that wont stop? This is where you will find answers.  We have eleven fabulous hair care tips that will make it easy to avoid hair issues, as well as improve the overall health of your hair.

  1. If your hair seems dull or lifeless, consider your diet. The health of your hair depends on some vital nutrients, including vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and iron. If your diet is lacking in these nutrients, consider supplementing it with a daily multivitamin.
  2. Never pull at your hair or rub it with a towel when you’re drying it. This can cause frizz and stretches your hair, causing breakage. Use softer patting or blotting to remove excess water. You could also try a gentle squeeze with your towel. For best results, avoid using a brush on wet hair. Wide-toothed combs are your best bet for removing tangles in this state.
  3. What you eat impacts what your hair looks like. Your hair is living; you need to give it the right things to help it grow. When your diet lacks the proper vitamins and nutrients, your hair can become brittle, weak, and unattractive. A serious loss in these nutrients can lead to you losing your hair. So ensure you are taking great care of your hair by eating the proper foods.
  4. Clarifying shampoo may be something you’re going to have to invest into when your hair is dull. Hair product build up can be the cause of dull looking hair. To prevent this, try using a clarifying shampoo one or two times a week, in order to strip any dirt or hair care product residue that has accumulated.
  5. When you’re selecting new hair care products, it’s best to seek out products that contain natural ingredients. It is also important to consider your specific hair type as you choose a shampoo and conditioner. Do not hesitate to try different products until you find out which one works best for your hair.
  6. Alcohol damages hair, and can cause it to be dull, dry and lifeless. This is really bad for the health of your hair, and you should be careful of what products you use. Learn to read and understand labels, and choose products with ingredients that benefit your hair.
  7. Include texture when considering your hairstyle. When your hair is textured, your styling time will be reduced. This can be achieved through a perm or by the way your hair is cut or styled. It is certainly true that the right haircut can add volume and variety to your style.
  8. Use a towel to dry your hair as much as possible before using a blow dryer. Using heat to dry your hair is unnatural and causes your hair damage over time. Hair can look dull and damaged after excessive blow-drying removes the moisture and natural oils that keep individual strands of hair looking their best. The more water you can remove with a towel, the less heat you’ll need with the blow dryer.
  9. Just like you protect your skin from sun damage, you need to keep your hair from sun damage, too. When outdoors, wear a hat or use a protective spray to keep your hair from being damaged by the sun or wind. You also have the benefit of preventing any scalp burns. The sun also tends to fade color-treated hair a bit faster too.
  10. Brushing your hair too much should be avoided. While brushing frequently and thoroughly may appear to enhance your hair, you may be doing damage. Brushing pulls hairs out from follicles, which can damage individual strands.
  11. You do not need to wash your hair each and every day. When you shampoo your hair you remove the hair’s natural oils and moisture, frequently resulting in damage. You should wash at maximum on alternating days, or if you can manage it, once a week.

The new improved look and feel of your hair will surprise you. So go on, get all gorgeous and treat your hair with a whole lot of love!

Flower Crowns from Always Ari

Summer is almost here, and all I see are poolside days, beachfront eating, and lovely days enjoyed outside. I love summer, but what I love even more, are summer weddings. As you know by now, I am obsessed with all things wedding, and when you throw it in the summer months, my heart is happy.  Summers in Southern California are just perfect. The weather is breathtaking, sunshine is shining oh so brightly, and the stunning beaches are simply amazing. So, to make things even more fabulous, add some gorgeous head accessories for the summer brides and their maids, and it is a perfect summer day. My current obsession?  Flower crowns. They are trending right now, and I can see why. I  instantly want to infuse every inch of my life in beautiful florals; wildly glamorous, uber bright, bohemian floral crown kinds of florals. I found something pretty lovely in my inbox which I am super thrilled to share. Gorgeous floral crowns all beautifully designed and put together by the fabulous and oh so talented Arianna Garibo of Always Ari. Five lovely floral crowns are about to inspire you, and bring you a sudden burst of gorgeousness.

  • Mauve Colored Flower Crown: A full headed flower crown which is one color all wrapped around in the most beautiful of ways. Simple, lovely, and just so gorgeous.
Model: Dessie Mitchison
Photographer: Brosius Photographics
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  • Peaches and Cream Crown: A peach and cream floral arrangement full of gorgeous cream and peach roses and rose buds.  Perfect for the bride who wants to have a total boho/hippie look. 
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  • Hydrangea Crown: A quarter size flower halo, in white hydrangeas. This size is bit more casual. It is something you can wear daily. It can add a total chic touch to a simple crop top and jean shorts.  It also can be wore in so many different ways: Either as it is shown in the above image as a way to separate a girls side part, worn as a regular head band or even to decorate a pony or bun! Don’t like white? Don’t worry, this style comes in all different flowers and colors. Whatever color you love!
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  • Half Flower Crown: This half head halo in yellow roses and a leather strap is gorgeous! A more casual look with the leather strap, and then add a pop of color, and it can make any outfit stand out.  Imagine your bridesmaids wearing this gorgeous piece to compliment their dresses and bring together the whole wedding look. How cute will this be for an outside garden wedding?
Always Ari @ Disney
Always Ari @ Disney
  • Crystal Vine Halo:  This one is my absolute favorite piece. I love them all, but if I had to choose,  this one is so pretty. This crown is all about the pink crystal vine which wraps around and creates a beautiful hair accessory. It gives an almost fairy-princess feel, for a boho princess bride. The crystals come in pink, clear, blue and green. How cute is this look when paired with a neutral high-low, flowy dress, leaf ring, bangles and pop of color stretchy bracelets? A total bohemian look. This look is darling and perfect for a bridal shower. Simply stunning!
Model: Dessie Mitchison
Photography :Martin Zen

Happy New Year from Bridal Hot List: Launch of “How to” Videos

Happy New Year from Bridal Hot List! What are your new year’s resolutions for 2013?  Bridal Hot List is excited to announce the launch of ” how to” videos! The videos will cover florals, bridal make up, decor, bridal hairstyle, DIY projects, and more.  We wanted to kick off the year with our first ” how to” video.  Perhaps I’m partial to this first video because my gorgeous friend is featured. Or maybe this video is just fabulous and amazingly good. The “how to” video for the first day of 2013 features hair and make up artist, Lyndsay Michelle.  Lyndsay’s creates timeless looks for Runway/Fashion Shows, Movies/Commercials/Television, Head shots and Portfolio Development, Weddings and Special Occasions, Music Videos, Photo Shoots, and Private Events. Her professionalism along with her drive to create amazing looks allows her to show off her innovative artistry style. Lyndsay will not only make you look beautiful and bridal ready, but she will also make you feel beautiful.

In our first video, Lyndsay shows us how to do a simple bridal updo. Get ready to get inspired!

Five Tips in Finding the Perfect Bridal Stylist

You have the dress, the shoes, and the groom, so what is next? Choosing a bridal hairstyle and makeup are the added elements to your whole bridal look. You want to look and feel beautiful, so choosing the right bridal stylist is very important. It is about you and what makes you feel not only amazing, but comfortable at the same time.  You want to be yourself on your wedding day! So we asked our hair and makeup expert, Gina Ludwig at Hair Comes the Bride to share with us five tips in choosing the perfect bridal stylist. Here is what she told us:

Finding the perfect bridal stylist can be a little overwhelming!  There are so many talented stylists out there, but, doing good hair and makeup is only one aspect that you should take into consideration when choosing a stylist.  Not all stylists are created equal and the right (or wrong) stylist can really make or break your wedding day experience.  Below are my tips for choosing the right bridal stylist for you:

  • Style: Everyone has their own style and personality, they way they do things, including your potential bridal stylist.  The first thing you want to do when narrowing down your choices is to find someone whose style is in line with yours, someone who you think you will get along well with.  Your first impression of your potential stylist is going to be their website.  Do you like the look of it?  Do you like the photos?  The colors?  What they say about their business and their brides?  And, most importantly, their style of hair and makeup?  If you find a stylist whose “style” really impresses you, the next step is going to be to contact the stylist for information.


  • First Impression: In my opinion, when you contact a vendor for information, if they don’t get back to you within 24 hours, if not sooner, MOVE ON!  I know this sounds harsh but there are too many choices out there and if someone doesn’t  get back to you quickly, it means one of two things, either they are disorganized or they don’t really care.  Both of which is not a good thing!  Now let’s assume your potential stylist has gotten back to you in a timely manner, I hope I don’t have to tell you that when you talk to them if they don’t answer all of your questions in a thorough and pleasant manner or if they are short, impatient, rude or rub you the wrong way in ANY way, MOVE ON!


  • The Most Important Question to Ask: So you found a stylist who you really like.  Their style of hair and makeup is in line with yours, you get a good vibe from them, they got back to you quickly and answered all your questions in a pleasant and thorough manner.  Now comes, what I think is the most important question you can ask, that question is: “What is your policy if I am not happy for any reason?”  More specifically, “If I am not happy for any reason after my preview appointment, will you do another trial for free OR give me my money back?”  If a stylist has a proven track record of making brides happy and he or she is committed to being of service to their brides, they should not have a problem putting their money where their mouth is and guaranteeing the preview appointment!


  • The Preview: Now, it’s time for your preview.  Your preview is a great way to see, not only what you are going to look like on the wedding day but to see what your wedding day will be like working with this particular stylist.  Remember, your stylist is going to be the vendor who is literally going to be the closest to you right before you walk down the aisle.  You are going to spend 3-4 hours with her/him along side your friends and family.  Your hair and makeup trial should be a good indication of what that time will be like.  If after your preview appointment you feel anything less than thrilled and completely confident, you should not sign a contract.  You should, depending on how it went, request another preview with your stylist OR find another stylist altogether.  AND, if you took my advice and went with a stylist who offers a guarantee, you really have nothing to lose since even those few hours you spent at the preview will help you determine what you do or don’t want next time!


  • A Word About Budget: Most every bride has a budget and let’s be honest, it is usually one of the first things taken into consideration when looking for a stylist.  While, of course, there is nothing wrong with having a hair and makeup budget, keep in mind that compared to the other details of your wedding (flowers, food, venue, etc) your hair and makeup is going to be one of the least expensive.  Now, if you can find a stylist that you are thrilled with who is within or below your budget, awesome!  But, my advice is to take all of the other factors I have mentioned into consideration first and then look at budget last (not first like many brides do).  When it comes to your hair and makeup, it is too important a detail, don’t settle!  If going with your best choice, the choice that feels right for you ends up costing you even a few hundred dollars more than you budgeted, that is really not much when you look at the big picture and what you could potentially gain (or lose) by hiring the right (or wrong) stylist.




Top Five Bridal Hair Accessory Trends

I love accessories! Whether it is a rose gold oversized watch, colored bangles, or a fabulous purse, accessories make the outfit! So why not accessorize on wedding day? Hair accessories are one the ways that a bride can make her wedding gown stand out.  What are the hottest hair accessory trends?

We asked hair expert, Gina Ludwig who is the director and owner of Hair Comes the Bride, to tell us! Ready to find out whats hot?

  • Embellished Hair Flowers: Hair flowers have been popular for a few years now, but we are now seeing more brides opt for a hair flower that is embellished. How stunning!

  • A Pop of Color: Who says your hair accessory has to be white?  Perfect for a destination wedding, you can keep it fun with a vibrant tropical hair flower.  I love it!

  • Anything Vintage Inspired: From the 1920s to the 1970s.  Anything vintage is hot right now. I love this Audrey Hepburn inspired mini tiara, it is so vintage!

  • Bold Signature Pieces: It seems as though brides are going one way or another.  Either natural and understated, or they are choosing to make a statement with a bold signature piece. Bold is better! Look how fabulous this look is.
  • Celebrity Inspired: Celebrity inspired pieces are some of our most popular.  From Kate Middleton’s tiara to the Twilight comb, to this replica of Kim Kardashian’s rhinestone headband. Gorgeous!