Despite your dreams of a fairytale come true, the wedding day can be very stressful. Yes, you will finally be marrying the man you love, but with the amount of planning that goes into making the big event happen, you may be in danger of having a stress-induced meltdown. There is the potential  for mistakes, so you want to do all you can to make life easier for yourself.

I’ve been involved in a few myself and seen room for improvement, mentally taking notes for my own big day.

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1.  Planning is important

There is lots to do before the big day, from looking at the best venues to picking out your bridesmaid dresses. Make a checklist of everything you need to do, and accomplish your tasks ahead of time. This will give you peace of mind in the run-up to the wedding and will cut down a lot of the stress on your wedding day. I’m using The Knot checklist… kind of out of order but it’s at least letting me know about where I should stand with tasks before the big day.

2. Get plenty of sleep the night before

You have a long day ahead of you, so it is advisable to get plenty of sleep the night before. You don’t want to spend the night celebrating with alcohol, and then wake up the next morning with the mother (in law) of all hangovers. I made this mistake at a friend’s wedding… never again. Get your beauty sleep, and you will wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever the day throws at you.

3. Hire the beauty squad

Weddings can be expensive, so you will want to save money where you can. However, you don’t want to look like Bonzo the Clown when you walk down the aisle because of your best friends ill-conceived efforts with a makeup brush, so hire a professional to work on your hair and makeup. You want to look good on your wedding photos, so the cost will be worth it.

I found my MUA through a friend of my mom’s and my hair stylist through a family friend stylist who wasn’t available. Use Instagram and talk to your friends! My venue suggested crazy expensive stylists that I wasn’t super impressed with, so it took a little research but I’m very happy with my choices.

On the same note- don’t feel like everyone going to the wedding needs to get ready with you. This was a mistake that set one wedding I went to back over an hour.

4. Find moral support

Your family and friends are great for moral support, so for all your emotional needs, they should be your first port of call. You need those people around you who are going to uplift you, encourage you, and make you smile. Ditch anybody who will only make you feel bad, and give them a job to do to keep them out of your hair. My MUA also said she only wants my mom with me while I’m getting my makeup done. I’m fine with that.

5. Call in the professionals

Your family may be able to take on some of the wedding tasks, such as directing guests in the car park and looking after the kids after the service. However, there are some aspects of the day where the professionals should be called on. So, to avoid the mishap of Uncle Pete leaving the lens cap on, and your mother-in-law giving your guests food poisoning with her unfortunate fish stew, hire experienced people to carry out those jobs which require the professional touch.

Because my venue is pretty all-inclusive, the food is totally taken care of (once we have our tasting). Our photog was another recommendation from a friend, and I hired a month-of coordinator to make sure everything falls into place.

6. Arrive early, but not too early

You want to get to the wedding on time, but the earlier you get there, the more stressed out you may be. Give yourself time to relax, spend time pampering yourself in the morning, and then arrive at the church at a reasonable time to take some pictures there before guests start arriving.

7. Go with the flow

This is your day, so enjoy it. If something does go wrong, don’t stress, and go with the flow. Chances are, nobody will see the issue you but you- if you’re not too busy to notice. You’re getting married to someone you love, and that is all that matters. So, if the best man knocks over the chocolate fountain, or your mother-in-law locks herself in the loo, keep smiling, and carry on regardless.

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Proper care and management of dry hair means making adjustments to your own hair care routine. Read on to know how to properly go about adjusting the way you take care of your hair.

Washing Dry Hair

  1. Purchase shampoos and conditioners that can moisturize your locks.

The shampoos and conditioners to use should contain at least one of these natural oils: argan oil, olive oil, shea butter, and sorbitol. Shampoos and conditioners containing plant-based moisturizers such as phytobalm are also great options.

  1. Avoid everyday hair washing.

If you shampoo your hair on a daily basis, start reducing the number of times you wash your locks. Start with washing locks every other day. A month later, reduce washing to once every three days. In three months, you should see significant differences in your hair’s texture.

  1. Use only a small amount of shampoo.

Is your hair long or thick (or both)? Then use a larger amount, making sure to avoid using too much of the said hair care product since it can dry out hair and scalp. In addition, when you apply shampoo, focus on hair roots.

  1. Condition hair every day.

Even if you should not be washing your locks with shampoo, it is still important that you apply conditioner every day. When applying conditioner, make sure to focus on the middle and ends of hair, and that you leave the conditioner there for a maximum of ten minutes. Rinse afterwards.

Apply deep conditioner every seven days. There is no need to apply a lot of conditioner at the root level since oils your body produces will moisturize the roots.

  1. Rinse strands with cold water once you have shampooed and conditioned them.

Cold water closes hair follicles to enable strands to trap moisture in. Cold water also preserves color applied to strands.

Treating Hair

  1. Create your own avocado hair mask.

Mash a single avocado until it takes on a pasty texture. Add in egg white, a tablespoon olive oil, as well as a tablespoon of yoghurt. Mix in all the ingredients until they blend together.

Once you have created the hair mask, cover your hair with it. Let it sit on your locks for about half an hour. Rinse off the hair mask and wash hair as normal.

Apply the mask at least once a week. While it is setting on your head, cover hair with a shower cap.

  1. Create your own egg treatment.

Beat a single egg if your locks are short, and two eggs if your locks are long. Add in the bowl (with the beaten eggs) two tablespoons lemon juice and a single tablespoon almond or olive oil. Mix together these ingredients until they blend well. Gently massage to both hair and scalp, making sure it sets for fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse, then wash hair as normal.

Apply an egg mask every two weeks for optimum results.

  1. Apply leave-in conditioner.

Leave-in conditioners can ensure that hair stays moisturized the whole day. Get one that has natural oils such as keratin or argan oil. You also need to find products containing panthenol, which helps curb frizz and retain moisture.

Styling Hair

  1. Avoid using heat styling tools often.

Rather than style hair each day with irons and blow dryers, limit the use of these tools to two times a week. And when you use these tools, make sure they are set at low heat, and that you have prepared your strands with styling cream beforehand. Styling cream should be applied to wet locks.

  1. Space out the application of chemical treatments.

Perms, relaxers, and permanent hair coloring can do damage to strands if done too often, so it’s best to space out these treatments as long as possible. You may also use shampoos that can help hair color last longer so you won’t need another touch-up sooner.

Proper care and management of dry hair, which ensures that Human Hair Extensions Online products blend well with natural strands, also means maintaining a healthy diet. So each day, drink lots of water, consume food rich in omega-3, and take B vitamin supplements.

 

 

 

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Having a wedding is a monumental occasion, it’s binding you and your partner for the rest of your days and solidifies your relationship with them! Because of its emotional importance, you’re going to want to make sure you have it in the right location for you, but what are your options?

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Church

The classic option, but also one of the best for a reason! A church is a brilliant place to get married, regardless of whether you are religious or not. Churches are where marriages originated from in the west, so by getting married in a church you’re going to be getting married in the place where it all began, giving it a traditional feeling if that’s what you’re after. Some churches are also fantastic pieces of architecture, so if you’re getting married in a very old and well kept church you can expect to see people in awe of the building itself and not just because of you! Churches too are often one of the easiest venues to get a hold of because of how many there are dotted around the country, but this does mean that for some of the nicer ones you will have to wait a while, so keep this in mind before you commit!

Banquet Hall

One of the lesser seen venues for a wedding, but still one of the best and perhaps the most unique setting for a wedding. A banquet hall is a big, long hall that has big, long tables to accompany it! Similar to churches, these halls are often very old and are steeped in heritage, however there are modern ones available for you to pick from. These are good because you can get a wedding that feels very personal as there is only going to be one room, perfect for those of you who want a very powerful wedding!

Outdoors

This is becoming an increasingly popular choice amongst people that don’t want to spend too much but still want a wedding to remember! Having an outdoor wedding reception is one of the best things to do in the 21st century. It’s not something that has really been done before, and the effects of it are fantastic. By being not enclosed by walls and glass, you’re truly exposed to the elements and this can be a real crowd pleaser if the weather goes your way! There is nothing quite as enjoyable as having a wedding that is outside in the sun, so have a look at the different places you can do this!

All of these venues are great choices, if you want a tradition and awe inspiring wedding then have it in a big church, if you’re after a powerful and personal wedding then have it in a banquet hall or if you’re after something that exposes you to the outside world, then have it outside! Music is a very important part of a wedding and is something you need to keep in mind, so read this to figure out what your perfect playlist will be!

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I am proud to say that I am a success story of art therapy. After my sister died, I think that weekend, actually, our pastor’s wife suggested that I go into therapy and that art therapy would probably be a good option for me. I didn’t only not object, I enthusiastically agreed to go. Despite what my high school suggested, I stayed off any medication to “help me focus” and went the talking route instead. (I also threw myself into dance company, photography, and hanging out in any free art studio where I wasn’t underfoot after school.) I got back on honor roll in time for graduation, which I consider one of my biggest successes.

One thing that I learned about myself, aside from working through some very complicated emotions for a child, is that I’m extremely tactile. What I mean by that is that anything I created with Wendy, my therapist, had to have texture for me for it to feel complete. My favorite thing to do with her was paint. So one week I would paint and talk and the following week I would either continue working on what I was doing or sit with the painting on my lap, telling her what I created and why. After a few times of this, Wendy realized that as I talked about my painting, I’d run my hand over it pretty much constantly. A lot of my pieces had things stuck to them- CDs or sequins or anything to make them 3D. I was really unsatisfied with one, and Wendy realized it was because it was too flat.

This wasn’t a huge revelation. Honestly, I’m a walking bundle of sensory overload in all ways, but touch has always brought me a sense of comfort and security. I was one of those kids who always had to be reminded “touch with your eyes not with your hands.”  I still sleep with Little Pillow- once a pillow and now essentially a square of flannel. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but when I get upset I rub my face on it.

Whatever y’all. I’m weird. You should know this.

Fall is great because textures start to come out to play. Summer is all about lightweight cotton for me, but with fall comes suede and heavy sweaters and velvet and oooohhh I can’t wait. What are some of your favorite textures to wear?

collage made with PicMonkey

Velvet Twist Headband||Floral Embroidered Velvet Kimono||Steve Madden Women’s Clever Block-Heel Sandals

Faux Fur Tippet Scarf||Knit Faux Fur Pom Beanie||Billabong Furever Love Faux Fur Vest

Cable Knit Loose Sweater||Women’s Bp. Tiered Sleeve Cable Knit Sweater||Johnstons of Elgin – Cable-knit Cashmere Headband – Gray

BB Dakota – Wade Faux Suede Drape Jacket Women’s Coat||Mur Mur Faux Suede Cape Jacket||Mia Monique Faux Suede Booties

 

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Seriously- these ship at 10pm EST TONIGHT!

Kendall makes fun of me because for someone who owns a decent amount of makeup, I barely wear it. I usually just rock a BB cream and mascara for work, and my skin is starting to thank me for it. I have always loved a good lip gloss though! When I graduated from St. John’s in 8th grade, our art teacher hand made diplomas with funny and sweet things we would be remembered for. Lip gloss was definitely on mine. My biggest problem is that I seem to lose my glosses constantly- in drawers, in purses, all over everything. Luckily, there’s a solution if you’re a lippy-loser like me. Whatup LiveGlam!
LiveGlam KissMe September CollectionWith LiveGlam’s Kiss Me Club, you can get 3 new long-lasting lippies for a monthly membership fee of $19.99. My other problem besides losing my lip gloss is actually deciding what colors to try. You get new colors every month, so you’ll always be on trend!

I absolutely adore this months colors in the cheeky “Send Nudes” collection: Happily Ever After, Single AF, and Promiscuous.  This is your last chance to get this month’s colors, so if you love them as much as I do, don’t wait to order!

LiveGLam KissMe September CollectionIf you’re not really a lip color gal but want to treat yoself to makeup goodies monthly, LiveGlam also offers a monthy subscription service for makeup brushes called MorpheMe and nail polish called PolishMe. You can even edit you subscriptions to get more goodies or skip a shipment if you don’t love the colors!

Do you use any subscription boxes? I’d love to know about your hits and misses!

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