Category — A Bride Asks
Even as a bridal stylist, girls ask me all the time what exactly goes into a hair trial. “How far in advance should I do it?” “Should I schedule both a hair trial and for the actual day at the same time?” “Do I show up just as is?” “Do I need to bring anything?”
Well ladies, I will be completely honest with you. I had no idea myself. But being in the wedding world, I have met and made connections with quite a few within the bridal industry and one of them is now my dear friend Aubrey of Aubrey Marie Beauty.
Aubrey and I decided to do our own mock hair trial to help you lovelies know the 411 on what to expect. It can be a little intimidating meeting someone you don’t know to help you look amazing for your special day. But no worries, I’m going to take you step by step on how Aubrey works and how easy it all is.
I met up with Aubrey at her super cute home, and with a cup of coffee, we sat down, and I showed her my Pinterest board. Aubrey also said that clients could send her any inspirations they have ahead of time to give her an idea of what the vision for the entire wedding is. And upon viewing my own “Special Day” board we saw that I myself am not quite traditional but not eclectic either. Bohemian wasn’t really my style, and I don’t think I’d go very 1920s. We looked at hairstyles that I loved, and makeup inspiration photos I adored. I wanted my look to be very classic and natural but possibly a little hint of glam in there. Not too done, a little messy and somehow make it look effortless. Aubrey was all ears and helped me really zone in on what I wanted.
So now I’m sitting in her beauty chair and we are chatting away. Now, I know that Aubrey is a friend of mine, but when I first met her, I immediately felt comfortable. She definitely has that affect on people and I think that’s incredibly important. This is a big day, and every part of the journey to the altar should be a wonderful experience.
But back to sitting in the chair, chatting away, Aubrey starts with curling my hair and pinning them to my head to hold the curl. Once my whole head is covered in pin curls, she starts on my makeup. Now, it was brought to my attention how sanitary Aubrey is. She never put a used sponge on my face, and always sprayed brushes down with alcohol to disinfect any germs. She also never put any foundation on her hands, only on a freshly cleaned palette. I believe this to be very important as well when looking at who is doing your makeup. Germs and breakouts are not fun, and if we can avoid this, that would be awesome. I mean I would want to be clean and clear on my honeymoon, wouldn’t you?
During the makeup portion of my trial, Aubrey asked me questions all along the way just to make sure I was getting what I wanted. Be sure to pay attention and don’t be afraid to ask questions or have them use a different lip color. Did I want a smokier eye? Did I want more color on my lips, or more of a subdued natural color? I really appreciated this, and in the end, got exactly what I was thinking for my makeup and felt like a million bucks! Now to finish my hair…
Because my imaginary dress is a backless gown, I would want my hair up. And with my inspiration pictures, Aubrey twisted and curled, and pinned my hair up into the perfect up-do. It was done in a flash, and I loved it. My look was complete! But since this is a hair trial, we tried a different “do” to make sure it was the one I would go with on the actual day.
The second time, Aubrey put my hair lower and added this awesome braid down the center. See, now I was in a dilemma because I really liked this look too!
Then, Aubrey surprised me again with pretty much reading my mind. I had the thought that I would wear my hair up for the ceremony and then take it down or half down for the reception. Aubrey already started showing me that I could do this, and what I found really awesome, was that she kept the braided part still intact. She showed me how easy it is, and that I could definitely do it myself or have a bridesmaid help me for when I would chose to make this change.
I truly was very impressed with how Aubrey worked. She asked questions that I would not have even known to ask, and definitely followed through with my answers on how I wanted things to be. If there was any advice I would give, which of course is the whole point of this blog post, I would for sure take part in the following:
1. Come prepared with pictures of what you are imagining for your special day. Or send them to your hair and makeup artist before hand.
2. Come with a clean face and dry hair (sometimes day old hair works great too), and be prepared to stay for a couple hours.
3. After the hair trial is all said and done and you have decided on your “look” for the special day, go ahead and schedule your time with your artist for the wedding day. That’s one more check off your list.
4. On the wedding day, before your artist comes to get you all ready, and any bridesmaids or Mother of the Bride, have them pay you for the services before hand or with a designated person. Of course letting your artist know all the specs at your hair trial about how many girls and if it’s both the hair and makeup for them all, or just hair, etc.
5. On the day of, have an area for your artist to work. It’s so nice and considerate to have a table set up with a chair and mirror for them so all they have to do is set up and do what they do best.
Now I hope this little mock trial helped you understand what to expect for your own hair trial. And if you need any more questions answered or are interested in the fab Aubrey of Aubrey Marie Beauty, check out her blog and website. Aubrey is always more than willing to assist and she’s a pretty cool chick anyway. BIG thanks to Merrill Melideo from Sweet Little Photographs for helping us document this lovely mock hair trial, and allowing you lovelies to see all of this in action.
Aubrey will also be doing a mini consultation during the Sarah Seven Trunk Show to provide a little up-do to go with a dress you pick during your appointment. That way you can see the whole image coming together for your special day!
You can also meet Aubrey at her Braid Bar at this year’s Christmas Party at Lovely Los Angeles on Dec. 13th from 6-9pm! This year’s theme celebrates the new GOLD LABEL from Sarah Seven, so make sure to wear GOLD!
I’ve been to a few weddings in my lifetime and I have to say, for me the hardest part is always finding a gift! I’ve found that a lot of couples don’t really register anymore. And that’s totally okay with me (I didn’t register either!) but it does make it a tad difficult to find the perfect gift, especially if you’re not uber close with the couple. However, I kinda have found a full-proof go-to gift: art! No one can really ever say no to a really awesome original piece of artwork to adorn their walls. In my search to find the perfect photograph or painting for each of my friends, I’ve found 20 x 200 and Etsy to be most helpful.
For my friends who fell in love while living in Tuscany, I found this print on Etsy by Irene Suchocki to be absolutely perfect. I purchased it, had it framed and gave it to them as their gift. They love it and now have it hanging on their wall in their bedroom. I hope that when they look at it, their reminded of their time in the beautiful hilltop town in which they spent their early days. I’m glad that I got to contribute to that in some way.
And while I haven’t yet purchased a peace of artwork from 20 x 200 for a friend, I have purchased an original photograph from them for myself. The minute I saw this baby camel photographed by Sharon Montrose, I knew I had to have him. He now has a permanent spot in my entryway. And the great thing about 20 x 200 is that you actually have the option to purchase the print already framed which is super helpful because framing can get expensive! 20 x 200 offers so many different kinds of art that you’re sure to find something for just about any couple.
Another great idea? Commission someone to draw a cute little portrait of the couple. Many artists on Etsy will do this for an affordable price. You’d be surprised at the quality some of these lesser-known artists produce. I hope this has inspired you step out of the wedding-gift-giving box a bit and shower your friends with some great artwork. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love a lovely painting or photograph hanging on their walls!
So many types of lace, where do we start?! From Guipure Lace to Chantilly, there are many options. Which below is your favorite?
Guipure lace is a needlepoint lace with heavy buttonhole machine stitching. French style guipure is because it’s a french bobbin lace.
Ribbon lace is a cord of ribbon used to pull together two opposite edges over mesh or netting. Spanish lace a Venetian needlepoint lace that the Spaniards imported from Italy in the 1700s with it’s signature of flat roses on mesh. Venetian lace has a combination of acute-angled points as one piece, and only linked together by a narrow band.
Chantilly lace is one of the most delicate and light laces. It usually consists of flowered designs on plain netting or organza.
Duchesse lace is a belgian lace made in Brussels and named after Marie-Henriette, Duchess of Brabant. Re-embroidered Alencon lace is one of the most popular laces. It is more a durable lace and usually carries more crystal and beaded embellishments.
Most of the pictured dresses above are ones you can find at Lovely!
Our Lovely stylists are experts in all things bridal…from dress styles to fabric, from timeline to tailoring tips. Our brides are bright and curious and ask a lot of questions (we love that!) and we get asked a lot of the same questions over and over again, so we thought we would put our answers out into the universe just in case any of you darling readers are wondering the same thing. One question that pops up quite a bit is “What exactly is a trunk show?”…GREAT question!
Because our Lovely shops carry so many designers, it is virtually impossible for us to carry every single dress from each one (especially since most designers come out with two collections a year!). So to keep our curated selection fresh and exciting, we only choose a few pieces from each collection to go into our stores. Here is the exception…a trunk show is when a designer sends an entire collection to our shop for a limited amount of time. During that weekend, you will have access to that entire line as well as everything else that we carry in our shop. It essentially runs like a normal hour-long appointment, we just have about 15 more dresses than we usually do! It’s a great way for you to see more styles from a particular designer that you may already like, or a great way to get the feel for a designer that you may not know much about! The best part is, we offer a 10% discount on any dresses by that particular designer during their trunk show…you can’t beat that! But it only lasts for a short time because we need to pack up the dresses and send them on to the next shop that is having a trunk show, so you better get your bridal booty in before it’s too late!
We have quite a few trunk shows coming up at both our Los Angeles and New York City stores, so check out our Trunk Show Schedule to stay up to date! Here’s what we have on the calendar so far:
June 29-July 8 ~ Theia
July 13-22 ~ Carol Hannah Whitfield
August 24-September 2 ~ Sarah Seven
New York City:
June 15-17 ~ Watters and WToo
June 22-July 1 ~ Sarah Seven
June 29-July 8 ~ Carol Hannah Whitfield
August 3-5 ~ Tara Keely
You can schedule yourself for any of these trunk shows by heading to our website!
Any questions? Email us!!!
Having an open bar can cost a lot of money. If you’re lucky, you’ll find an awesome venue that gives you reasonable prices for their open bar. Otherwise, you’re left with a few options: limited open bar, beer & wine only, or sometimes a cash bar. Making this decision can become difficult because you want your friends to be able to enjoy a few drinks but at the same time you have a budget to stay under and within that budget might be other more important areas you’d like to spend more money on. So I am interested, what did you have at your wedding and why? What were the reasons for your decision?