Five Simple Steps to Getting Into Your Wedding Heels

Are you one of the many women who suffer from high heel-phobia? Totally understandable, they can be pretty scary! From blisters to sore feet, scrunched up toes and rolled ankles, high heels can cause a whole lot of pain. We’ve been there, and we’re here to be your personal high heel coach. Say goodbye to fears of falling while you’re walking down that aisle! Soon enough you’ll be treating that aisle like your own personal runway.

Step One: Flats

Start slow! If you’re a sneakers kind of gal or do sandals year round, it’s time to get your feet into the habit of being in flats. A constructed flat is a great way to get those toes in check! We like comfy ballet flats. The great thing about flats is that you can wear them anywhere- dress them up with a pretty dress or dress them down with jeans.

Step Two: Wedges

Once your feet are more used to the feel of being in a constructed shoe, give them a little boost! Wedges give you a whole lot of surface to walk on which will help with your balance. Wedges are fantastic for summer and can be that casual boost you need to elevate an outfit.

Step Three: Heeled Boots

After you feel comfortable with the arch and angle, go for a boot with an actual heel. Aim for boots with a chunkier heel- it’ll give you more to balance on. We love boots for practicing in taller shoes because they are constructed to help you from toppling over. You’re not just in stilts with boots- you’ve got some support! Tuck jeans into tall boots for a fun weekend look and practice strutting your stuff.

Step Four: Chunky Heels

Now that you’re used to a thick heeled boot, take the plunge and try out a shoe with a thick heel. Stilettos are a more advanced move because you only have a tiny heel to support your stance, so save that one for later. If you can, do a strappier shoe it’ll give you more support and mold more to your feet. Pack an emergency pair of flats or sandals with you if you’re nervous about going out all day in chunky heels. Try this out on dinner dates just to start off with until you build up your confidence in heels.

Step Five: Sky High Heels

One you’re feeling good about thick heels, go for it and break in your wedding heels! Just remember, there’s no shame in stuffing them with insoles and wearing them around the house until you’re ready to wear them out.

 

Top Five Tips for Picking Out a Wedding Dress

You said yes to the proposal, are you ready to say ‘yes’ to a dress? The wedding dress is the most important piece of clothing a woman can wear, so you need to go in prepared. Are you ready to go shopping for the best dress of your life? You will be with these five tips.

Start Lean

It may be tempting to not eat the morning of, but you’ll need to be sharp and have lots of energy! Getting in and out of dresses all day can take much more energy than you realize. We all get that same not-fun stress right before we have to try on lots of clothes, it’s totally normal. Try some greek yogurt with fruit in the morning to get energy that won’t weigh you down or make you feel sluggish. If you’re going for extra points, grab fruits like blueberries that help sharpen your brain power and help you focus.

Know your Body

Think about your favorite dresses that you own and what you like about them. Maybe you love flowy loose pieces that make you feel romantic and light. Maybe you love your legs and like to show them off. Figure out what you love about your body and what you love to wear, and go with that! Tell the store associates what you like to wear, and be firm about it.

Have a Vision

If you have an idea based on what kind of dresses you love, go for it! You may not find the perfect dream dress immediately, so hold out and be sure you find something that you love. Don’t settle and don’t give in and just buy the first dress that fits. When you’re tired and getting zipped into what feels like the hundredth dress and it’s not even 2PM, don’t give in! Narrow your search down to dresses that have the specific elements you’re looking for. Don’t just try on a dress to try it on- that’s a surefire way to get burnt out quickly.

Bring a Buddy

Your mom, your mother-in-law-to-be, your maid of honor, your bridesmaids, whomever (as long as it’s not the groom!) can go. Try to keep it to three or under so the store doesn’t get too crowded, but you really can’t buy a wedding dress alone. You’ll need someone to help you in and out of outfits, to give feedback, and to help keep you focused.

Take Pictures

Document the day! It’ll be great to look back on, plus you get the benefit of knowing how each dress you try on looks in photos. Sometimes a dress can feel great on, but looks like a dryer sheet in a photo. You absolutely don’t want that. Ever. Plus, if you don’t go home with your dream dress immediately, you can go through what you did try on to see what kinds of dresses and cuts you liked.

Five Must Haves for Spring Bridal Showers

March showers bring April flowers… and sometimes more April showers. The fun kind though- bridal showers! If you’re heading out to a bridal shower soon, here’s our five must haves for the season.

Loud and Proud

Loud prints are hot right now! Go as bold as you want to be, just balance it out so you don’t look like you’re doing too much. If you have a bold print dress, balance it out with a black or beige blazer. Mix basic solids with a loud print to keep it from overpowering an outfit.

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Warm Tips

Trade out your neutrals and dark toned nail polishes for warm tones. Pastels are a staple of spring, but punchy spring break colors are trending. If you can find tones that compliment a bold pattern or color scheme you love, all the better! We love punchy pinks that scream “I’m on vacation!”.

Nude From the Ankle Down

What’s trending to balance out the punchy prints? A good nude heel. A structured nude heel is hot right now, and worth the investment. A good pair can become a staple in your wardrobe for years to come. If a basic structured heel isn’t fun enough for you, opt for one with some spiked or studded hardware.

Subtle Braids

Whether you’re doing an updo or letting your tresses run wild, thin braids create the ultimate festival free look. Keep them small so that they don’t overpower your look. You don’t even have to tie them up at the bottom, let them flow freely throughout your hair. A bridal shower, afterall, celebrates love. A romantic look is perfect for the occasion!

Rose Colored Glasses

If you’re heading outside for a bridal shower brunch, ditch the black on black shades for turtleshell or another warmer brown tone. These are perfect for your spring bridal shower, or even to tote around at Coachella. It may be hard to find, but if you can find a warm rosy toned lense you’ll be owning the festival trend.

 

Top Five Bridal Accessory Trends 2013

Can we please talk about bridal accessories for a minute?  And why I am so obsessed with them? They’re the perfect accent to a bride and her wedding day.  Complimenting all the bridal details in the most gorgeous of ways. We are so lucky today,  because we have the lovely work of owner,  Maram at Something Treasured who’s sharing the top five hottest bridal accessory trends. I am in love with all the amazing and pretty details for each one of these hot trends. Which trend do you love the most? Share with us!

Headpieces
Whether it’s a simple crystal pin, a flower or a full on headpiece, nothing compliments a bride’s freshly done make-up than some flattering adornment in her hair. They did it in the 1920’s and they’re continuing to do it today.  This trend won’t go away for a while.
Photography: Johnny Buzzerio Hair & Make-up: Glam-Patrol

Photography: Johnny Buzzerio
Hair & Make-up: Glam-Patrol

Burlap Belts
The last couple of years we’ve seen an ongoing trend of burlap rustic/vintage weddings.  Now we’re starting to see that trend in bridal accessories too! Burlap isn’t just for table runners and gift wrapping anymore!
Photography:  Nezar Samara Photography Flowers: Floravida Events Dress: Tara LaTour from Kinsley James Bridal Couture Location: Kinsley James Bridal Couture Hair & Make-up: Janna Dughman

Photography: Nezar Samara Photography
Flowers: Floravida Events
Dress: Tara LaTour from Kinsley James Bridal Couture
Location: Kinsley James Bridal Couture
Hair & Make-up: Janna Dughman

Cake Accessories
Accessories don’t just sass up your look – they sass up your event as well! We found that brides are really enjoying matching their bridal look to their cake.  The crystals look great in photos and in person.
Photography: Jamil Halaby Photography Cakes by Maggie

Photography: Jamil Halaby Photography
Cakes by Maggie

Floral Belts
Many brides will always want to keep their look classic, so having flowers on your belt keeps the tradition of the classic bride yet it adds a fun and flirty look to it all.  There was such a demand for flowers that we decided to create our Build Your Own Belt line! Each bride has the opportunity to pick the belt, the types of flowers and the adornment so that it’s customized specifically FOR her BY her.
Photography: Lucy Munoz Photography Wedding Dress: Aria Invitations: Heart and Fox Event Design: Sparkles and Vintage Hair: Sarah4Beauty Location: Riley's Farm

Photography: Lucy Munoz Photography
Wedding Dress: Aria
Invitations: Heart and Fox
Event Design: Sparkles and Vintage
Hair: Sarah4Beauty
Location: Riley’s Farm

 


Black Accessories
From the bride to her bridesmaids, women are getting more bold by experimenting with color. We’ve seen a surge of weddings where brides have worn black sashes. Some brides love the black and white look but may not be bold enough to wear it. Instead, they put it on their bridesmaids! For this particular wedding, we had the MOH in our Nadya Belt and the bridesmaids wore a customized belt that we did just for them. It was so popular that we named it after one of the bridesmaids! It’s called the Tina Belt.
Photography: Royal Gor Studios

Photography: Royal Gor Studios

Something Treasured is a place where you can find your bridal accessories to accommodate your SOMETHING old, new, borrowed and blue!  We specialize in wedding dress sashes / belts and headpieces so you can have that extra sparkle to enhance your already beautiful self.  We recently began selling brooches too!  Our accessories are handmade using top-quality crystals and fabrics at a very affordable price point.  What makes our product so special is that each bride has the opportunity to be involved and design her own accessory to give her the exact look she envisioned.  Tell us what you want and together we’ll come up with an idea that’s unique for you!

Five Perfect Fall Wedding Palettes

Fall has become one of the most sought after season to host a wedding. From the mild and comfortable temperatures to the beautiful foliage arranged in rich and i inviting colors, no wonder Fall is the perfect time to have a rustic wedding.  Here are five stunning Fall color palettes that will add vibrancy to your big day. Ranging from light to dark, you can never go wrong with choosing one or the other. Lively, Radiant and Lush!

 

EMERALD

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(Tulle & Chantilly Photography)

Emerald is the color of beauty and elegance that will bring harmony and balance because its rich and intoxicating tone.

 

OLIVE GREEN

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(Tulle & Chantilly Photography)

Green is a softer shade of turquoise and can be paired with any type of pastel colors. It is an eye catching tone that combines Spring, Summer and Fall season. I love the idea of mixing bright colors with rustic details. Who says who can’t mix two seasons together?

CARAFE

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(Tulle & Chantilly Photography)

This color scheme is very earthy and rustic at the same time. This is a great choice for Fall or rustic-barn theme because of its mild look. Carafe is a great tone if you want a neutral look that compliments the scenery, flowers, and overall setting. From the decors to dessert bar, you can never go wrong with this color because it matches well with everything!

 

BLUE

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(Tulle & Chantilly Photography)

The best way to incorporate “Something Blue” in your wedding. How cute is this? I love the tone because it is something beautiful, something preppy and something perfect! Get it?

 

VIVACIOUS

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(Tulle & Chantilly Photography)

Fuchsia or “Vivacious” is such a live color that will grab everybody’s attention. If you want to dress up your wedding in the color of love and romance, this color scheme is best choice for you! The tone is much more on the feminine side and screams fabulous. If your fiancé does not mind the bold color, why not?

So Bridal Hot List beauties, which color palette would you choose?

Five Trendy Products for Transitioning into Fall

Happy Labor Day! The summer is finally winding down, and that means putting the corals and punchy pinks aside in favor of more ethereal tones. It’s not cool enough yet for cranberry tones, but it is perfect for these cool trending products. Bridal Hot List will help you look fabulous at your next bridal shower or bachelorette party!

Fuschia! Try to go for tones that are more of a blue-based pink. I personally love fuchsia, but it’s perfect for moving from summer to fall for a few reasons. The pink tone is still summery and fun and playful, but not beachy anymore. It’s closer to a fuller red lip without being as dramatic or heavy. It still says romantic while still being sweet. I love these fuchsia tones from Inglot ($12, select department stores) because they go on creamy and have a great color pay off.

A cool toned highlighter is very complimentary to skin tones and can be just the thing you need while shedding your summer shade.  Dab a little over your foundation around the apples of your eyes to keep your face looking refreshed. The sun may not be outside as long, but that won’t stop a glamorous girl from glowing! After all, a girl’s gotta glow at a wedding.

Speaking of cheek products, use a light coral tone over your foundation to keep your skin looking refreshed. You may not be as tan, but you should want to keep your skin from looking dull. Coralista by Benefit ($28, beauty specialty stores) is a universally complimentary coral tone with a touch of sun-kissed shimmer.

With the drop in temperature, it’s smart to prepare your skin! Start using a primer that is lightweight but still a little moisturizing (temperature changes tend to dry out skin).  I like spray primers because they go on incredibly light and evenly across. This primer from ($14, Victoria’s Secret) manages to be both moisturizing but also keeps oil from eating through foundation. Plus, it doubles as a setting spray to keep your makeup in line.

A good champagne-toned creamy eyeshadow is appropriate any day of the year, regardless of season. I love this one (R.S.V.P by Benefit, $19 beauty specialty stores) because it still has some summer tones without being loud. You can also pack on eyeshadow on top and use it as a colorful primer. This color photographs well and makes eyes of all color sparkle. This would be perfect for either bachelorette parties or even the big day!

 

Eight Maid of Honor Must Haves

Being maid of honor is no easy task. You’re going to be juggling tons of tasks, keeping track of the whole event, and doing it all in heels. After all, the blushing bride needs her right hand lady to keep her glowing! The wedding day is going to be a busy one, so it pays to be prepared. Keeping a survival stash in your bridal bag could save your skin, and maybe even a wedding photo or two.

Mints

These seriously have the potential to save the day. The bride is about to have the most public, photographed, and remembered kiss of her life, so her breath situation is high priority. Altoids come in little tins, so they won’t explode in your purse. Mentos are incredibly refreshing and give the chewy-ness of gum without the unattractive smacking noises.

Lighters

Lighters are a tool, not just something you’ll need if the bride needs to sneak a cigarette. If you catch any frayed strings or anything, a quick pass over with a lighter can typically fix that. Candles go out? No worries, the maid of honor is here to save the day. If the groom and groomsmen are doing cigars to celebrate, you become their go-to girl. You get bonus points for getting one that works with your outfit, or even painting one to match your outfit.

Makeup Removing Q-Tips

Even if you’re not maid of honor, these lil guys are a lifesaver. You crack them at one end, and it releases makeup remover to the tips. These are perfect for touch ups, smudges, smears, and anything else you can think of. They are a little hard to find, but I love the Almay oil-free makeup eraser sticks ($5-$6 for a box of 24, drugstores). A wedding is a beautiful and emotional day, so the maid of honor needs to be prepared for any potential makeup smearing.

Rollerball Perfume

It’s a good idea to have a rollerball in your purse ready to dab on wrists just in case. If your bride has a hair stylist worrying about hair and a makeup artist worrying about makeup, perfume can go overlooked. Stash her favorite scent in your purse just in case. I love Daisy by Marc Jacobs ($22, Sephora & department stores) because it’s light, fresh, and romantic.

Blister Block

Yes, it works. Rub this miracle stick ($4-$5, drugstores and pharmacies) on your heels and dance the night away without worrying about blisters. If the bride isn’t usually in heels, this will save her life. Keep it on hand even if the bride is a stiletto queen- one of your fellow bridesmaids may need a little heel help.

Floss

Not to sound like your dentist (or your mother!) but flossing is important. No one wants to look back on wedding photos and be haunted by food in your teeth. Toothpicks may crack and break in your purse, and you can find minty floss that will leave your mouth feeling extra clean. Plus, it looks a little more chic in your purse than tons of toothpicks.

Midol

Come on ladies, you know why you need to keep a few of these stashed. I like the ones that come in the tabs, not the bottle. Keeping a few tabs in your purse, or even your wallet is much more discreet than toting around a rattly bottle. You never know when cramps or a headache may strike, so it’s great to have a few handy.

For Outdoor Weddings: Nasal Spray

Blushing beauties, you get one bonus tip for all my maids of honor sweating it out under the sun. If you’re heading to a wedding outside, in a field, or generally around pollen, it can be for the better to bring nasal spray. You may look a little dorky for a second, but it’s better than constantly blowing your nose or struggling with your allergies.

Seven Questions to Ask your Wedding Makeup Artist

The process of actually getting and booking your makeup artist is a bigger task than you may realize, but we got you covered. Now that you’ve narrowed down your choices to the artist of your dreams, both of you need to be prepared. Here’s a few things that you’re going to want to go over during your test runs.

“How long will you be around?”

You need to agree on how much time your artist will be committing to you. If you feel that you may need extra touch ups between the ceremony and the reception, it is essential to communicate this to your artist. Your artist may even suggest staying later to assist in touch ups during photo opportunities, or changing your look before the reception. Be sure to factor this in with your pricing as well.

“How long will you need to set up and apply my look?”

It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the clock during your trial run for this. Your artist will need at least a few minutes to unpack all their supplies and find the best light to work with. Factor this in with all of your planning! Your wedding day will be a hectic one and it pays to plan ahead. Have someone there to let your makeup artist set up and get ready for you so your time isn’t wasted waiting around.

“Will you be available for my bridesmaids?”

If your bridesmaids want to get their makeup done as well, you want to make sure your artist is up for it and prepared. Some artists will charge purely on hourly, and some will charge based on the amount of product/work put into a look. They may only be comfortable doing makeup on one person, so keep that in mind.

“Do you suggest any skin treatments before the wedding?”

Many artists that I know recommend that a bride go bare-faced the day before their wedding (save for sunscreen, of course). This prevents any build up of product, and leaves your face extra clear for your wedding look. Some may also suggest doing a peel or an exfoliating treatment prior to your wedding. Pick your artist’s brain for any suggestions to ensure your newlywed glow.

“What products will you be using on me?”

It’s good to have an idea of what you’re wearing and how your skin takes it. If you have more sensitive skin, stick to hypoallergenic brands or brands that are more organic. You should be clear if you have any allergies or known skin sensitivities. If you’re not sure about a product,  you may want to pick it up and test it for a few days at your leisure. Also, if you’ll be wearing false eyelashes you may want to pick up some more heavy duty makeup remover. Lash glue is not fun to take off.

“Will my lips stay on through dinner?”

Your artist is going to be honest with you. If your lips look amazing in photos but slide right off after your first sip of champagne, this is something you need to know. When you have the perfect lip shade for the big day, you are going to want to keep an eye out for touch ups. This shouldn’t make you feel pressured to change your perfect shade in favor of one that won’t budge. It’s your day, wear what you love and what makes you feel good, even if it’s more high maintenance. If your artist sticks around through the ceremony and reception, have them keep this as one of their top priorities. If they are relieved of their duties more quickly, stash your touch up products with a bridesmaid. Ask one of your girls to be dedicated to keeping you look fabulous all night long.

“Do I need to bring anything?”

If you wear a special foundation that is hard to find or even discontinued, your artist may need that to work with. Your artist may even ask that you pick out the false lashes that you wear for the big day and bring those along. Most freelancers are fairly prepared and have a well-equipt makeup kit, but there’s a chance they may need your help too.

 

Eight Tips to have Trendy and Textured Hair

It is a lovely Summer Sunday, and I am thrilled for it. I love summer and weekends. These two make the best combo yet!  Gorgeous weather plus sleeping in, taking it easy, and enjoying the morning sun equals perfection!  As a bride or bridesmaid, or any gal of the wedding, we girls typically like to do what it takes to keep our hair healthy, stylish, and beautiful. With the ever-changing trends of fashion, most of us girls like to keep current with the latest hair styles and trends. Keeping your hair in great shape is an amazing feeling, and why not feel amazing if we can? Right?  Consider the following eight hair tips which can pretty up that hair and get it to what you want in looking and feeling oh so gorgeous.

  1. Healthy hair is an outcome of a body that is healthy. Eat a diet full of nutrition and drink lots of clean water to improve the appearance of your hair. Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beneficial fats and lean protein all lend to happy and healthy hair.
  2. If your hair looks dull and lifeless, consider using a clarifying shampoo. Dulling of the hair can be caused by product accumulation. To prevent this, use a clarifying shampoo a couple times each week to remove any accumulated residue from dirt and hair care products.
  3. When you’re selecting new hair care products, it’s best to seek out products that contain natural ingredients. Make sure your hair type matches the shampoos and conditioners that you buy. Until you have found the right product for your hair, keep trying different ones.
  4. When hair conditioning, be sure to spread the conditioner evenly throughout your hair for best results. Allow your conditioner a minimum of two minutes to absorb into the hair before you rinse it out.
  5. If you swim often, wet your hair thoroughly before entering the pool. Unless you wear a swim cap, you should also take a few minutes to rinse and condition hair soon after you leave the pool; this helps to reduce the overall amount of damage.
  6. Have you considered adding more texture to your hair? It is a lot easier to style textured hair than non-textured hair. Texture is added to hair via style, cut or choosing to get a perm. Your hair will naturally be fuller, and you will be able to experiment with many types of styles and looks.
  7. Exercise caution so that you do not remove essential oils from the hair when you shampoo. Even if you have oily hair, using a harsh shampoo that removes all traces of oil can actually create rebound oiliness in your hair. Instead, look for a shampoo that cleanses your hair gently. Some folks forgo the shampoo and use only conditioner a couple times a week.
  8. Make sure you protect your hair from the sun! Many hair care products also have a sunscreen in them. A hat is another option you can try out. You know to protect your skin from the sun, but you might be neglecting your hair. It can also be damaged by the rays of the sun.

 

Five Tips for Finding Your Wedding Makeup Artist

Wedding planning is a major task- it’s completely fine to feel overwhelmed at times. One major task for brides is finding your makeup artist. This may be daunting, but by following these tips and tricks you’ll be able to find the perfect artist for your wedding.

Look Through What You Like

If you have a favorite makeup brand, start there. Most makeup counters employ makeup artists, and they will be very familiar with your favorite brand. Even if you don’t find anyone who freelances there, chances are they will be able to direct you to someone who does.  Major makeup brands typically have pro teams who specialize in events and can also freelance.  Asking for cards is an easy way to start networking with freelancers.

Asking Around, Of Course!

Your bridal party can be an excellent resource for finding your makeup artist. There’s always a chance they have a sister or cousin you didn’t know about who is a cosmetics queen. You’ll still want to see a portfolio or do a test run, through. Do remember that just because they’re a friend doesn’t mean it has to work out. Don’t ever feel pressured to say yes to someone based on your relationship with them.

Ask the Experts

If you have a wedding coordinator, don’t be afraid to ask them! Since you will be working closely with your wedding coordinator, they already know the look and feel of your wedding. This will help them suggest an artist that they trust for you. Wedding professionals also tend to have an excellent network of professionals at their disposal, so they are sure to at least set you up with potential artists.

It’s perfectly fine to try out a few different makeup artists and do a few trial runs. After all, you want to look and feel your best on your wedding day. These next tips are to help you narrow down your choices and find the makeup artist of your dreams.

Ask For References

All makeup artists will have some variation of a portfolio to show potential clients.  Many makeup artists have either blogs or youtube channels that showcase their skills and work in the industry. This can be a handy way of seeing what a makeup artist is capable of and if they are indeed what you are looking for. Looking through blogs may also help you find links to other artists that they know, which can expand your search. On the flip side, you may be able to find artists by searching makeup blogs in your city.

Do a Full Day Test Run

Everyone’s skin and routine is different. If you’re caught between two or three artists, schedule a trial run of full face makeup early in the day. Take pictures immediately after they’re done, and then towards the end of the day. Take careful note of how your skin feels and how you feel in that much makeup. Keep your eyes out for any color fallout or discoloration. Be sure to test the colors and consistencies both indoors and outdoors. Over the course of a day, your skin may get oilier or redder. You want to make sure you find someone who really tailors your look to your skin so you look flawless all day.