What does planning a wedding have in common with cutting onions? No, it’s not that they both make you cry! Like Shrek, they both have layers. Unending layers, it seems, when it comes to wedding planning. And a lot of these layers intersect with one overarching theme: the colors.
There are a couple of items you have to decide before you choose your wedding colors: your venue, your date, and since it’s usually required for the venue, a rough estimate of your guest count.
But that’s really it. Choosing your colors is necessary to make most of your wedding decisions. You won’t be able to buy much or send information out until you’ve at least decided on a general color and theme direction.
One of the most obvious ways your colors will be used is in the wedding party outfits. Your bridesmaids and groomsmen will be living ambassadors of the tone and feeling you want at your wedding. But it can be difficult to accessorize everyone appropriately, making sure they all look good individually, that they all look good together, and that they all look good in your venue. A big part of this comes from knowing which colors to use where. If your wedding palette is only 3 colors, you may want to add a couple of neutral or accent colors to avoid having too much of each of the main colors. It’s important to think about what colors will complement and accentuate your main wedding colors.
Many brides choose jewelry for their bridesmaids as a thank-you gift. It can be daunting to choose jewelry for other people, so here are a couple of tips.
Think about what they will like and look good in.
If you’re providing the Bridesmaids’ jewelry as a gift, make sure it’s a gift they’ll like. Otherwise, you should just trust your bridesmaids to get their own, or go shopping with them. When it comes to earrings, you can think about face shape, or simply pay attention to what type of jewelry your bridesmaids normally wear. Look at photos of them at special events and find something that suits their style. After all, if they feel like themselves, they’ll make your wedding look great.
Don’t go overboard on matching.
We touched on this earlier, but it really can’t be overstated. You went to all the trouble of choosing wedding colors; of course you want to use them. But when it comes to jewelry, you don’t have to have an exact match. In fact, your colors may stand out more if you choose complementary colors rather than matching ones. For example, Pantone’s color of the year is rose quartz and serenity. Instead of hunting down the exact shades of pink or blue you need, think about other colors that look good with that combo, such as gray and gold, as shown in the photo above.
Keep Cost in Mind
One of the top unexpected wedding costs that can throw off your budget is bridal gifts. You want to treat your bridesmaids, but you don’t want to break the budget. On the other hand, if you go too cheap, you may end up buying jewelry that looks tacky and that they’ll never wear again. Look around for deals that don’t sacrifice value. See if there are local artisans who can craft custom pieces at an affordable rate.
When it comes to choosing jewelry, there’s a lot to consider. The best thing you can do is talk to your wedding party about how you want everyone to look and brainstorm ideas about accessories. Whether everyone matches, or each adds their own style to their look, you do have the authority to say no to costume jewelry or flamboyant colors that don’t match your palette. After all, it’s your wedding! Just have fun looking at all the pretty necklaces, earrings, and other accessories for the ladies who will be up there with you on your big day!
Jeriann is a writer from Boise, Idaho. She is currently planning her own wedding, where she will be matching navy blue, mint, and gold. Check out her blog at dairyairhead.com.
So, I am good at many things, but putting on nail polish is at the very bottom of the list. But, alas, a product has come on the market for people like me who lack a steady hand when applying nail color – spray on nail polish. The idea is you become a graffiti artist for a few seconds and spray your nails with the color, which will temporarily make your hands look like a complete mess. But, after the polish dries, you just rinse your hands with soapy water and, voila, the perfect mani. Check out the video below to see a spray on polish by China Glaze called Coloured Nail Spray.
Last week I attended the launch of Kylie Jenner’s new limited edition nail color collection in collaboration with SinfulColors. The reality TV star looked amazing in a long, sequined gold dress as she announced the new polishes are an artistic way to share her artistic choices with her fans.
The King Kylie SinfulShine Collection features twenty shades of jewel tones offset by neutrals and precious metals, as well as a top coat.
“Kylie is internationally recognized as a leading influencer and trendsetter in beauty and fashion, and recognized for making a statement in nail. We are thrilled to collaborate with Kylie, and are excited to introduce these new collections, unlike anything else on the market,” said Blake Decker, Head of Marketing, SinfulColors.
The polishes will be available from March 1 – August 31st 2016 at select retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Walgreens, Target. Suggested retail price of polishes and topcoat: $2.99.
Last week, Mister Triple X by Art Hearts Fashion Founder Erik Rosete presented his collection on the final night of Art Hearts Fashion week NYC. With over 30 designers at NYFW and shows in Los Angeles and Miami, Art Hearts Fashion is now one of the largest bi-coastal fashion platforms in the United States and the second largest platform at New York Fashion Week, second only to IMG The Shows.
The Mister Triple X show opened the finale showcase with the “CreationX” collection, the first chapter of the fashion narrative after “One Rose.” The collection featured Adam and Eve printed jackets, camo pants, and the brand’s signature metallic silhouette. NFL Player Rodney Mcleod, Mob Wives star Brittany Fogarty, and social media celebrity Brandon Cole Bailey walked the runway looking chic in the designs.
Accessories were provided by Kenny Kenny Gear and shoes by Femmes Sans Peur by Christina Jean Durante.
Check out some of the photos from the show below.
On February 14th, iFashion Network and the Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers (CAAFD) came together to execute a joint sponsored fashion show part of the series of the I’MPOSSIBLE Challenge. The goal of the I’MPOSSIBLE Challenge is to provide a platform for emerging designers who have the potential to become the next big creative moguls in the industry.
Pedram Karimi kicked off the show with his genderless designs, which were featured of muted colors of black, whites and greys and futuristic composition.
Rosenthal Tee’s designs followed and were a stark contrast to Karimi’s, with bright colors and sparkling materials, and classic, sophisticated silhouettes.
Check out some of the photos from the show below.
Nail leader CND created 22 astounding nail designs at The Blonds Fall/Winter 2016 Show at MILK Studios in New York. The nail looks were inspired by 1950s Hollywood glamour but also took on the unusual twist of incorporating whimsical elements of Alice in Wonderland.
“CND’s Winter 2016 trend story evokes glitter glam, dazzling jewel tones and red carpet couture, and this was the perfect opportunity to tell that story with a trippy twist!” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold.
It took over 900 combined hours of production to create the stiletto-shaped nails which featured 3D embellishments and were hand-sculpted with RETENTION+™ Liquid & Powder and BRISA™ Gel, then adorned with SHELLAC™ Brand 14+ Day Nail Color, VINYLUX™ Weekly Polish and CND™ Additives.
The color palette includes shades of opalescent pinks, pearlescent brights and metallic blues, anchored in black patent and fishnet.
One model donned a vibrant bouquet laced with thorns, while another showcased “Eat me,” “Drink me” and “Lick me” cookies adhered with edible glue. Nails were ornamented with unconventional materials like ribbons, feathers, foils, sequins, metal, faux fur and smoke – even crystals and stones created entirely out of nail products.
For visuals, how-tos and behind-the-scenes coverage of CND’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016 designer collaborations and nail designs, please visit the CND Fashion Week Digital Headquarters.
Beautiful skin starts from within, and if you are looking for a glowing complexion, then in addition to eating healthy fruits and veggies, check out Sakara Life. The an organic meal delivery service offers a few edible “beauty products” which aim to help your skin look its best. Below are just a few of their offerings.
• Beauty Water – the brand’s signature smooth spring water with hints of rose for a beautifying hydration. It’s made with pure rose oil and packed full of minerals and nutrients that help boost the metabolism and provide deep cellular hydration, which serves double-duty to keep your skin soft and smooth and your body hydrated.
• Detox Bars – Think protein bar, but delicious. It’s made with Lucuma and Activated Charcoal to cleanse your system.
• Beauty Bars – This sweet treat is 100% grain-free, packed with shredded coconut, coconut butter, dried pineapple and MSM to enhance your Sakara GLOW.
To learn more, click here.
New York Fashion Week is coming and if you can’t make it into the shows, you can still opt to get glammed up like you’ll be sitting front row with free makeovers. Triumph Hotels is partnering with PRIV, an on-demand beauty service, to offer quick and free manicures and makeup applications at each property throughout NYC.
You can even choose your lip and nail colors based on your favorite Triumph Hotel from the hotel’s signature collection including: Belle-claire of the Ball, Don’t Be So Iro-quois, WJ Up Up and Away, Chandler Cabernet, Electric Edison, Revel-In-Evelyn, Berry Cosmo-politan and of course, Triumph-ant.
The complimentary pop-ups will follow this schedule:
• Wednesday, February 10: Cosmopolitan Hotel, 4:00 p.m-8:00 p.m.
95 West Broadway (at Chambers)
• Thursday, February 11: The Evelyn, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
7 E 27th St. (between 5th & Madison)
• Friday, February 12: Hotel Chandler, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
12 E 31st St. (between 5th & Madison)
• Monday, February 15: Hotel Belleclaire, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
250 W 77th St. (between West End Ave & Broadway)
• Tuesday, February 16: The Iroquois, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
49 W 44th St, (between 5th & Avenue of the Americas)
• Wednesday, February 17: Hotel Edison, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
228 W 47th St. (between 7th & 8th)
• Thursday, February 18: Washington Jefferson, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
318 W 51st St. (between 8th & 9th)
*All services are first come, first serve, and are not available for groups. One service per person.
Sephora is launching a new Virtual Artist app that uses facial recognition software to allow you to test lip products sold in their stores right on your face. The software is very similar to Makeup Genius by L’Oréal Paris, and acts like a virtual mirror that automatically moves with your lips so that it actually looks like you are wearing the color.
You’ll then receive information about the product including the name, brand and price, as well as the ability to purchase directly in the app.
Learn more on their website.
“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” This famous line from Snow White is well known, and so is the mirror’s response “Thou, O Queen, art the fairest in the land.” Most little girls who see Snow White emulate this famous exchange, but unfortunately, in real life, mirrors don’t talk back to give you the self-confidence you need. bottledBrooklyn, wants to change this with a new collection of mirrors which feature cute self-empowerment mantras.
The collection was developed by founder and designer Rameses Crisi to remind people that they are awesome. Check out some of the mirrors below, and click here to see additional designs.