Oct 31, 2014
Connie

lover.ly bridal beauty inspiration – part 2

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Website: loverly
App: Loverly Weddings
Twitter: @loverly
Facebook: Loverly
Instagram: loverly

Lover.ly was launched in 2012 by a one-time maid of honor and her team of former bridesmaids and groomsmen determined to simplify the wedding planning process. It is a one-stop-shop for wedding planning where brides and grooms find ideas, people to hire and things to buy.

The idea is brilliant because although the actual wedding day will be a day to remember, all the planning and decision making leading up to it is not as memorable. Therefore anything that will save you time and relieve stress is a very good thing for you, your fiancé, family and bridal party.

When Lover.ly asked us to design beauty looks for two of their fabulous bridal gowns, we immediately said yes. It is a beauty bloggers dream – getting to choose a fabulous gown and give some beauty inspiration.

“A wedding dress is both an intimate and personal for a woman – it must reflect the personality and style of the bride.”
Carolina Herrera

My entire look includes pieces from the Lover.ly website – proving that it’s a one-stop-shop for wedding planning.

They have 100’s of pieces to choose from on the website: gowns, headpieces, earrings, shoes, accessories – you can even shop by color! Check out all the other categories here.

This week’s pick: Consuelo

There’s something about that vintage and retro vibe – it’s classic and never goes out of style. It appeals to the romantic in all of us and brings out of all of that required glam for that special day.

Make up should enhance your look and your dress – and not steal the show. So this make up compliments the whole vintage/retro look – dramatic without the drama. It’s all about the eyes and lips.

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Adele Gown by BHLDN

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Gold Floral Rhinestone Comb by Erica Koesler Wedding Accessories

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Art Deco Crystal Drop Earrings by Adriana Orsini

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Luxe Crystal Peep Toe Platform Bridal Pumps in champagne by Dessy

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Crystal Button Bouquet by Blue Petyl

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Great Gatsby Wedding Makeup Inspiration via weddingbells.ca

Oct 30, 2014
Natasha

Rockport: Style made comfortable

Innovation + Style Inspire: Rockport’s new retail concept debuts in Canada at Bayshore Shopping Centre

Rockport was the first brand to combine sports technology in casual shoes. As an ever-evolving brand, Rockport’s new direction of “style made comfortable” allows shoe lovers to never have to compromise fashion or comfort in their footwear choices.

Rockport’s new retail concept is: The American Loft – a bright and modern space with a fresh and energized look and feel.

“This store concept represents the cornerstone of what the brand was built on – comfort, style and innovation.” 
Bob Mullaney, President of the Americas, The Rockport Company

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Oct 29, 2014
Natasha

Claudio Marchisio

Happy Wednesday – we’re halfway through the workweek.

Claudio Marchisio has been featured on our blog several times. Follow him on Instagram – trust us.

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Oct 28, 2014
Natasha

Hair Love: Paddle Bush

Facts and Tips:

Great option for everyday grooming.

Distributes the scalp’s natural oils – making hair shiny.

Offers a wide, flat surface for smoothing naturally straight hair.

Massages your scalp so it’s great for scalp health.

Won’t add volume so it’s better for hair that isn’t layered.
TIP:
Pre-dry hair until it’s 80 percent dry then style using brush.

Removes knots and tangles in the hair.
TIP: When detangling your hair – work from the ends up.

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ghd Paddle Brush available at Sephora.com

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 Nylon Paddle Hair Brush – Sephora Collection available at Sephora.com

Oct 24, 2014
Natasha

lover.ly bridal beauty inspiration

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Website: loverly
App: Loverly Weddings
Twitter: @loverly
Facebook: Loverly
Instagram: loverly

Lover.ly was launched in 2012 by a one-time maid of honor and her team of former bridesmaids and groomsmen determined to simplify the wedding planning process. It is a one-stop-shop for wedding planning where brides and grooms find ideas, people to hire and things to buy.

The idea is brilliant because although the actual wedding day will be a day to remember, all the planning and decision making leading up to it is not as memorable. Therefore anything that will save you time and relieve stress is a very good thing for you, your fiancé, family and bridal party.

When Lover.ly asked us to design beauty looks for two of their fabulous bridal gowns, we immediately said yes. It is a beauty bloggers dream – getting to choose a fabulous gown and give some beauty inspiration.

“A wedding dress is both an intimate and personal for a woman – it must reflect the personality and style of the bride.”
Carolina Herrera

This week’s pick: Natasha

I think wedding dresses should withstand the test of time. Our parents got married in 1967, but if you look at our Mother’s wedding dress, it could be something worn today.

I love the romantic and soft sexiness of this Monique Lhuillier silk white chantilly lace V-neck sheath bridal gown. The silhouette is classic and simple. As a bride you want people to notice you first then the dress, not the other way around.

Click here to check out Lover.ly’s collection of gorgeous wedding dresses.

“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”
Sophia Loren 

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 Sincere by Monique Lhuillier

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Stylist: Natalie Thompson, Texture Hair Salon

Hair is your best accessory – so for your wedding day you will want to make sure you have the perfect hairstyle for your dress. I love the look of this braided crown, soft and romantic, it matches the dress perfectly.

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“To me, beauty and makeup and color is like the finishing touch on everything.”
Marc Jacobs

Now the next thing is makeup – the final touch.

For this dress I picked a beauty look that is not too dramatic but something that will stand out in pictures. A brown smokey eye with pops of gold will give you romantic, graceful and sexy look. Full thick lashes will make your eyes pop.

I love using TIGI Quads High Density Eyeshadow, L’Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner – Black Mica and Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes to create a smokey eye.

To finish the look I would go with neural lipstick and a tinted moisturizer to give you a soft romantic glow.

I love a color called Power by TIGI Decadent Lipstick because it goes on smooth, keeps your lips moist and it’s long lasting. You do not want to be constantly be reapplying your lipstick on your wedding day.

My absolute favorite tinted moisturizer is TIGI Mineral Tint Moisturizer – Beach Glow it will literally make you look like you just came back from a beach vacation.

Oct 23, 2014
Natasha

Back to Basics with DonnaMay Stylist

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Website: DonnaMay Stylist
Facebook: DonnaMay Stylist
Instagram: @dmstylist

Have you ever sat deer eyed staring at your closet thinking, “Wow I have nothing to wear.” Of course you have, every woman goes through this ordeal every morning. Yet what we almost always miss is the simplicity of putting together a great outfit, sometimes all you need is a single staple piece to make it all come together.

One of our favorite staple pieces right now is the white blouse, as simple and basic as it may be, it plays a key part in discovering new outfits for any occasion. We have come up with 3 very different looks styled around a white blouse, from clean cut chic to a tomboyish edge.

Would you wear one of these looks?

With fall comes layering and with layering comes fabulous outfits. We styled this first look based around the modern uptown woman. All you have to do to make a bland outfit standout is mix and match it with any piece in your closet. For this look, we layered the white blouse underneath a wool sweater, paired it with ripped boyfriend jeans to add a little spunk and a neutral bootie to keep it light. Finally to finish off the look, we added a felt hat (a fall MUST have) and a chunky statement necklace. You can even pair your white blouse with a cropped wool sweater; the possibilities are endless when it comes to layering. With this look, this woman is now ready to take over the day and no one can stop her.

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With this look, we aimed it towards the more casual laid back women of today. We know just how different women’s styles can be but we love that all these different styles can incorporate the white blouse into their wardrobe. With this look, we paired the blouse with a pair of army green skinny jeans and white converse all stars. To finish off the look we layered a few gold necklaces, added a black baseball cap for that “I don’t care much today” vibe and finally a red plaid top tied around the waist to add some extra pop of colour. If you’re ever running errands around the city or lounging on a Saturday afternoon, this look is not only comfortable and stylish but so easy to put together.

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Nothing can stop a woman from a night out on the town, not even the cooler temperatures coming our way this fall. This look was styled for the edgy feminine woman. Leather/Faux Leather has been a hit for the past few fall season and its not slowing down anytime soon. We paired our white blouse for a night out by buttoning it up to the neck and tucking it into a faux leather skirt and added a denim vest to up the edge. Finally to accessorize we added a bright feminine necklace and a pair of tan booties to bring the look together. We love wearing skirts and summer shouldn’t be the only time we’re brave enough to do that, so pull out that white blouse and pair it with a fun skirt and you’re ready for a night out on the town.

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Oct 22, 2014
Natasha

George Clooney

Happy Wednesday – we’re halfway through the workweek.

He is an actor, filmmaker and once again a husband.

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Oct 19, 2014
Natasha

KrisTEN Wood, Beauty Maven

A slice of pie, a burning desire and a whole lot of hustle. That’s how a beauty maven is made.

Here is our interview with Kristen Wood, Founder & CEO, The Ten Spot Beauty Bars and Get Nailed Beauty.

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Website: The Ten Spot Beauty Bars
Twitter: @thetenspot
Facebook: The Ten Spot
Instagram: thetenspot
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The 10 Spot is an anti beauty bar specializing in manicures, pedicures, waxing and facials. Define “anti-spa” for us.

Anti Spa is a term we kind of created for ourselves, we have built a niche in the beauty world where we fit in perfectly. We wanted people to know that even though we do manis/pedis/facials and waxing – we aren’t into the white fluffy robes, whale music or chakra balancing – we’re all about upscale yet efficient services done in an ultra-clean environment.

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I love, love, love the vintage/old school look of your logo. How did you come up with the design?

Thank you! We’ve always had a little retro feel to us (we love those 1950’s script fonts in contrast with the modern/bold typefaces). THE TEN SPOT font and treatment has always remained the same but I like to have fun with the placement of it (on a slant, up and down, dead center) and I always like to play with what font I used for the ‘beauty bar’ tag.

If you could design your own custom nail polish, what colour would it be and what would it be called?

THE TEN SPOT actually carries it’s own line of polish, scrubs and lotions called GET NAILED®! As you can guess, the names are a bit cheeky. My favourite shade from our collection is called ‘Shhhh, You’ll Wake My Dad’. It’s a light pink.

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I read “Top 10 Reason Why THE TEN SPOT is Better Than the Others” is this sort of like THE TEN SPOT mission statement?

Those top ten reasons are not our mission statement but they are some great key points about THE TEN SPOT that we want our guest to know about. Our full mission statement (ie: what we strive to be behind closed doors) is pretty straight forward:

To blow our guests away with our sleek style and savvy service with a fun and friendly upscale ‘anti-spa’ beauty bar experience; delivering efficient yet impeccably executed services while maintaining the utmost in hygiene standards.

You were named one of PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 top Canadian female entrepreneurs for 2014. Congratulations! What did that mean to you professionally and personally?

Thanks, it has been a great honor both personally and professionally to even be considered amongst 99 other Canadian female entrepreneurs. When I first started THE TEN SPOT I never dreamt it could be this big, and I have had great pleasure in watching it grow. Being recognized as one of our PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 is not just a recognition for myself it is a recognition for all the women who run a 10Spot because without them I wouldn’t be here today.

I know I was only supposed to keep it to 5 questions – but I really wanted to know the answer to this. On the website it says THE TEN SPOT concept was created over a slice of pie you were sharing with your friend Craggie one night in 2006. Now when you say pie do you mean the dessert kind or pie as in NYC style pizza?

It was definitely the dessert kind! It was probably Strawberry Rhubarb and we were at little place on Queen West called Tequila Bookworm, but I don’t think it is there anymore. Sad face.

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