Posts from — March 2011
When devastating disaster struck Japan last week, our hearts broke. We’ve all seen the images, read the heart-breaking news alerts, and most importantly, wondered how we could help. That’s why we are so thankful that Lydia of Ever Ours and Henny & Lucia of Utterly Engaged have launched a blogger initiative and fundraiser to raise awareness and send much needed aide to Japan during these difficult times: For Japan, With Love.
All of the proceeds of the For Japan, With Love fundraiser will go to ShelterBox. ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. A whole box costs $1,000 (US), so we’re hoping to raise enough to send 5 boxes.
There will also be a Bloggers Day of Silence tomorrow Friday, March 18th to raise awareness. In honor of this day, there will be no posts on Lovely tomorrow.
If you are a blogger interested in participating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
xo, The Lovely Crew
When it comes to your wedding bouquet, there are so many lovely blooms to choose from. When deciding, here are a few things you can think about; what type of dress are you wearing, the style of your wedding day and what would compliment your personality. Have you chosen a bouquet for your wedding, if so tell us about it.
There are a lot of brides-to-be out there who struggle with this question — to tan or not to tan? We’ve all heard the horror stories of tanning gone wrong for the big day, ugh! But, no need to fret. We’ve done a little research in attempt to aid you in your decision making process!
Feeling winter white? Let’s start with some simple questions — 1. Are you naturally a bronzed beauty? 2. How do you normally get your glow on?
If you’re naturally bronzed and simply want a little glow, we would suggest using a tinted bronzer or shimmer powder. Our number one rule when opting for bronzer is to make sure you test it out ahead of time! Be one hundred percent sure that when applied it dries well and doesn’t rub off on clothes (ie your gorgeous gown), or get runny when you sweat (hello dance floor). Plan ahead!! We love Lorac TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer. It gives a gorgeous natural glow and dries quickly!
If you tan regularly or plan on relaxing at the beach before your big day (or perhaps taking a girls trip to someplace warm) lather on that sunscreen and be conscious of tan lines! We’ll save the tanning bed lecturing for later but if you do decide to use a tanning bed — don’t overdo it! It is SO easy to get burned in a bed, especially if you aren’t used to tanning in one. Go gradual and plan ahead!! Lastly, heed those tanning bed warnings, they’re there for a reason!
If you are going to get a spray tan again, plan ahead and do a test run well before your wedding day. We suggest having it done by a professional where they custom mix a color for you and spray it on by hand. Avoid the automated machines (we all remember that Friend’s episode with Ross — hilarious, but not so funny when its your big day!) Book a test appointment with a professional at least two months in advance and have them lay the ground rules for you. How long will it last, will it rub off, etc. Lastly, stay natural. If you don’t naturally have dark skin don’t pick a dark shade! You want your glow to complement you and not become the star of the show!
So, to tan or not to tan? What do you think ladies? Will you attempt to glow or simply go au natural?
Stay out past your bedtime. Have breakfast in bed. Indulge in sweet treats. Catch up with an old friend. Do the Times crossword puzzle. Sip a cafe au lait. It’s the weekend, after all!
We spy with our lovely eyes, Watters’ Torreon gown (available at Lovely!)
Mint, black, white: a classic palette with a punch!
A platinum gown and an NYC wedding you don’t want to miss
Super sweet (and totally free!) save the dates. Yum!
Some brides have all the luck. Not only does this week’s best dressed lady, Liz, look positively gorgeous in her wedding gown, but there’s a very special story behind the dress: it was custom made just for her by her mom, Elizabeth. How lovely!