Announcing Style Me Pretty’s First Ever Bridal Beauty Awards!

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Not all beauty products are created equal. And on the most important day of your life, you want to look and feel your most beautiful, which means you want to use the best of the best products out there. But, how do you find those hidden gems? Style Me Pretty’s First-Ever Beauty Awards, of course! All you have to do is answer this survey, and come back next month to find out the winners! Oh, and did we mention that one lucky lady will win a goodie bag filled with some of the winners just for sharing her beauty secrets?! Go ahead…

Take the Survey Now!

And the categories for Style Me Pretty’s First-Ever Beauty Awards are…

Skincare

Face

Eyes

Lips

Hair

Fragrance

Nails

Spill Your Faves — Take the Survey Now!

 

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All the Wedding Dress Trends You Need to Know from the Spring 2018 Runways

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Just when we thought it couldn’t get any prettier in the world of wedding dresses, designers presented their Spring 2018 collections at New York Bridal Week, leaving us completely in awe. From dramatic bows and powerful pantsuits to fantastical feathers and a few surprise pops of color, these trends guarantee gorgeous gowns for future brides!

The Biggest Trends from Spring 2018 Bridal Week

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7 Things Your Bridal Consultant Should Tell You

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From bridal consultant to blushing bride; I have walked in both shoes. After working with hundreds of brides, steaming thousands of dresses, and consoling countless over-emotional MOB’s (Mother of the Bride), I learned what it takes to be a great bridal consultant. I juggled brides of all shapes, sizes, budgets, and emotions, and sold them the dress of their dreams. During that time, I learned what a huge difference the right bridal consultant can make and here’s exactly what they should tell you at your appointment…

“You Look Beautiful”

Wedding dress shopping can bring out insecurities in any bride. Feeling insecure is a common emotion to have, however the appointment should leave you feeling confident and beautiful. The right bridal consultant will recognize the features that make you unique and beautiful and she will not only find a dress to accentuate those features; she will vocalize that to you.

“You Should Try Something New”

It’s common for a bride to be so set on a dress style before she has even walked into a bridal salon. That can be helpful for the appointment, however the right bridal consultant will push you out of your comfort zone and encourage you to try something a little different. You would be surprised at how many brides end up saying “yes” to a dress that’s opposite of what they originally thought they wanted.

“The Price of the Dress is…”

Some brides save up for their wedding dress for years. Others; their Dad pays in full on the spot. No matter where you are financially, your bridal consultant should be very honest with you about the price of a dress. If you want to try on a dress that is out of our budget, your bridal consultant should kindly tell you so that you are mentally prepared. A bridal consultant is not there to trick you or make you feel bad. She should be making this financial decision as easy as she can for you.

“Tell Me How You’re Feeling”

There are times in an appointment where your Mom will not stop crying about how beautiful you look, your Sister is making passive aggressive comments, and your Grandma is noticing (and criticizing) your tattoo for the first time (sorry Grandma)! So when a bridal consultant is alone with you in the dressing room, she should catch on to your emotions and ask you how you’re feeling. With so many exciting, and nerve-wracking emotions; someone needs to help you calm down when the entourage is getting exhausting, and who better to do it than the consultant.

“It’s Time to Stop Looking”

Even after you have tried on a dress that you love, you may feel the need to keep looking. This can be a slippery slope and cause you to become more and more confused about which dress you like the best. I remember my boss finally telling an overwhelmed bride that she needed to stop. When you find a dress you love, (similar to when you find a significant other that you love) you do not keep looking. You may like characteristics in another dress (or person) but that does not mean you need to keep shopping around. When you have found the one you truly love, let that be the one.

“This is How the Dress Bustles”

Trumpet, ball gown, sheath, or mermaid… each silhouette bustles a little differently. Your bridal consultant knows how each dress shape bustles and she should be able to show you at your appointment. The bustle can make the dress look different in the back so it is important for you to know exactly how the dress will look at each moment of your wedding.

“Here’s What to Expect Post Purchase…”

Each bridal salon has specific rules and details you will need to know after you have put the deposit down on your dress. Some have rules of when the full payment is due, others specify whether or not they will store the dress for you once the dress arrives, and whether or not they offer alterations services. No matter the rules and expectations, you will want to make sure you’re fully aware so that there are no surprises months later.

Shopping for a wedding dress is a special and exciting time for every bride. The right bridal consultant will make you feel prepared and beautiful, all while keeping the end goal in mind; helping you marry the person of your dreams.

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Lace, Florals and Images that Fully Embrace Feminine Beauty

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Whether you’re planning a getting ready shoot the morning of your wedding or a boudoir session leading up to the big day, let this beautiful imagery be your guide. At the hands of Jose Villa, romantic styling by Type A Society and florals by Jenn Sanchez become a breathtaking work of art. One look at this gallery and you’ll be inspired to don a lace robe a la Girl with a Serious Dream and capture the beauty of a quiet morning before becoming a Mrs.

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How to Be the Best Dressed Guest at Every Wedding This Spring

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Spring has sprung, and that means wedding season has begun! It’s no secret we at Style Me Pretty love wedding season, but if you’re a wedding guest, wedding season can cause a little “What am I going to wear?” panic. Well, loves, take a deep breath, and grab your wallets, because we have 15 fabulous outfit ideas for every wedding this season!

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50 Breathtaking Veil Shots That’ll Make You Want to Wear One

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Quite possibly one of my favorite bridal portrait shots is the good ol’ veil shot. I only wore my veil for some of my getting ready moments and the ceremony, but it was so worth it to get those shots! If you’re going back and forth on whether to wear one or not, let these 50 gorgeous captures sway you.

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How to Please Your Bridesmaids When Everyone’s Got an Opinion

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Deciding on my bridesmaids was very special. In a way, it was like a walk down memory lane. Together, my eight bridesmaids represented the different parts of my life, from my school years to my stint on The Bachelor. Of course, the thought of juggling eight different opinions, styles, and personalities was intimidating – but that was all part of the fun. Here’s how I made sure everyone felt included while maintaining my sanity!

Take Their Opinions Into Account

We’ve all been in that wedding where we were forced to wear that dress. You know, the $300 satin monstrosity that hasn’t seen the light of day since you stuffed into the back of your closet after the wedding. I didn’t want that to happen with my bridesmaids so I invited them into the decision-making process. Now, you want to be careful with this because you don’t want to be overwhelmed with opinions. But it’s always fun to go on a shopping day with your girls. You can pop some bubbly and sit back while they model for you. At the same time, you already have a sense for what they like and absolutely hate. No matter what you decide, they’ll appreciate you taking the time to hear their fashion thoughts and opinions.

Be Budget Conscious

Ugh, nobody likes thinking about money! I used to work in a bridal salon as a consultant and I witnessed countless brides struggling to balance their budgets against their dreams. When it came to my bridesmaids, I was aware that they would be sacrificing their time and money to be in my wedding. As such, I did everything I could to show them my appreciation. For your maids, be sensitive to their unique situations. Maybe one is in school right now and can’t swing a super expensive bridesmaid dress. Overall, the most important thing is that these women are in your life – not whether they’re wearing a designer gown.

Find compromises, like renting your bridesmaid dresses. Your friendship is the most important thing and should come first- always!

Go For Different Necklines

As a bridal designer, I had a vision for my wedding. I knew I wanted my girls in long, flowing dresses in a particular shade of pinkish red that would feel fashion-forward yet romantic. However, my bridesmaids had different body types. When I used to be a consultant, I loved helping women discover their best styles for themselves. Naturally, I wanted to do the same for my bridesmaids! Even though the dresses were all the same color and similar in style, I picked a unique neckline tailored to each girl’s frame. At the end of the day, the most important thing was that they could dance all night long next to me without worrying about wardrobe malfunctions.

If you want a unified look, you can still get one by doing the same thing. Nowadays, there are tons of bridesmaid designers that offer dresses with different necklines. This way, you can highlight each girl’s features while giving them any support they may need. For example, if you have a busty bridesmaid, you can put her in a style with straps – she’ll get lift and will still be able to wear a bra.

Just Set Perimeters

Another bridesmaid fashion approach is to take the non-approach! Trust your girls? Want a mix and match look? Let your ladies pick their own frocks. Of course, you’ll want to set some perimeters (the last thing you want is to have one girl in light blue chiffon while another one is in navy charmeuse). Send them inspirational photos and a few guiding principles, like hue and length. And, just so you don’t induce any night terrors relating to bridesmaid dress disasters, ask to approve the gowns ahead of time and reserve your veto power! But don’t worry – your girls have great taste and, most of all, they want to make you happy.

At The End Of The (Wedding) Day

Looking back on my wedding planning, I don’t remember the stresses or the little things that went wrong. I remember my closest girlfriends holding my hands on the dance floor and raising a glass to Chris and I. So guess what? No matter how tricky it might get to navigate the various dynamics with your bridesmaids, when it’s over, all you’ll think about are those happy blurs of dancing, hugging, and celebrating.

Peek Back at Desiree’s Wedding!

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Heaven is for Real — It’s Elie Saab’s Spring Summer 2017 Haute Couture Collection

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If I had a fairy godmother, my one wish would be to sit front row at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, specifically at Elie Saab‘s show, because each and every look he sends down the runway is always worthy of a princess. But since I can’t have my Cinderella moment, I’ll settle for the next best thing — poring over these gorgeous captures from the one and only Greg Finck.

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From Greg Finck PhotographyThis is Elie Saab Haute Couture SS17 fashion show, which happened yesterday during Paris Fashion Week. I feel grateful and honored to have counted Elie Saab as part of my clients for a year now, and I got to shoot the backstage, first look and runway for this other amazing Couture Show. This Spring/Summer collection, that comes under the names ‘The Birth of Light’ has been inspired by Egypt golden Age, in the 40s-60s. This is truly one of Arabia’s golden age, with amazing stability and freedom in the whole region. From the shores of the Nile, to the famous Egyptians actresses, dancers, and singers who have made the glory of Egypt during this golden age, beauty was everywhere. Between 1940 and 1960, Egyptian music reached a climax, with famous singers such as Oum Kalthoum, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Farid Al Atrash and Sabah, whose voices songs and melodies have been exported around the globe. On another level, Hoda Shaarawi and Doria Shafik were inspiring feminist characters, fighting for women’s rights. This is also the time when the Egyptian cinema rose with directors such as Henry Barakat, Hassan Al Imam or Youssef Chahine. A golden age placed under the sign of artistic excellence and cultural wealth. Elie Saab has inspired himself with all of these elements and the woman from his SS17 collection is the reflect of this golden age.

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Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Makeup: Tom Pecheux | Hair: Orlando Pinta | Gowns: Elie Saab | Location: Potel et Chabot

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This is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Bridesmaids’ Dresses

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Bridesmaids’ dresses often get a bad rep, but we’ve got exciting news that will change all of that! Style Me Pretty and Weddington Way came together to create the Style Me Pretty + Weddington Way Collection, a capsule collection featuring six fashion-forward styles for any and every wedding. The dresses, available next month on Weddington Way, are not only stylish and romantic, but they’re also totally affordable. Best bridesmaids’ dresses ever? We’re a little biased, but, duh! Get a sneak peek at the collection thanks to the gorgeous sketches below!

Can’t Wait? Neither Can we! Click here for more info!

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The Prettiest + Most Dazzling Engagement Rings of the Year

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It’s that time of the year again — the time when your Instagram feed is flooded with #RingSelfies and announcements of “We’re Engaged!” That’s right, it’s proposal season. So, we’re celebrating the most wonderful time of the year with the most beautiful sparklers of the year! From classic solitaires to heavenly halos, these rings will set your hearts a flutter!

Solitaire Stunner

Vintage-Inspired

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Modern Classic

Beautiful Band

Heavenly Halo

For the Cool Girl

sleek + sophisticated

pretty in pink

royal-worthy

flower power

east-west perfection

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