August 18th, 2017
{6 Bridal Foot Care Products We Can’t Live Without}
 

Real talk for a sec re: feet. As a bride, you’re gonna be on them a LOT. And depending on the bridal shoe style you choose for your wedding day, your heels and/or toes are likely to be in the spotlight. Yet, for most brides, pre-wedding foot care tends to fall way low on the bridal beauty prep priority list. Do not–we repeat, do NOT–let this happen to you. Get started on you bridal foot-care regimen at least three months out from your wedding day, and make foot care a part of your daily skincare routine, and make any or all of these six superb products, hand-picked (foot-picked??) by our editorial staff, a part of the plan!

 

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Diamonds are a bride’s best friend…especially when it comes to her feet. Seriously, y’all, if you invest in just one foot-grooming implement, make it this one. Made with industrial-grade diamond grit (yes, it really is a thing), the Diamancel Diamond Foot Buffer is our go-to tool for eliminating calluses, sloughing off rough patches and softening cracked heels. Is it a bit on the pricey side for a foot file? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

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After your daily diamond sloughing and a quick rinse, preserve that baby-soft skin with a good slathering of Aveda Foot Relief Moisturizing Creme. Fruit acids and botanical oils will keep your feet insanely soft and smooth, while peppermint, rosemary and lavender will make your tootsies feel fresh and invigorated, even when encased in your fave snuggly socks!

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Packed with a hefty 15% super-softening shea butter, L’Occitane’s Dry Skin Foot Cream packs perfectly into handbags, desk drawers and toiletry cases, making it perfect for deep heel conditioning on the go. And we are always on the go.

 

 

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Not specifically a foot product, Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish nevertheless makes our top foot care products list because we A) use it in the shower every day, B) always start our scrub routine with our feet, and C) can NOT get enough of the renowned brown sugar and citrus scent of this incredibly luxurious scrub.

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For a quick foot pick-me-up at an affordable price point, you can’t beat The Body Shop’s Peppermint Reviving Foot Scrub, which basically turns tough and/or tired tootsies into the foot equivalent of freshly brushed teeth. Yay!

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If all-in-one foot-care convenience is your bag, we highly recommend Sol de Janeiro’s Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish kit, which combines a super-cute surfboard-inspired Foot Smoothing Board and a fast-absorbing, cupuaçu-butter-infused Foot Fetish Cream for a one-two punch that, when used several times a week, will get your bridal feet in wedding-day shape like nobody’s business.

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August 17th, 2017
{Boho-Luxe Texas Ranch Wedding With Awesome Guest Welcome Bags!}
 

Regan and Colin’s “Bohemian luxe” destination wedding at a ranch set on 300 acres of Texas countryside caught our eye immediately, with its white-on-white color palette, warmed by earth-tone accents, and its sense of fun and festivity. To that end, says Regan, “Our welcome bags were my big project! I didn’t want to skimp on the bags, after having been saved, myself, at many a wedding, by the late-night (or early-morning) snack bag. I also wanted to reinforce the idea of a weekend festival or camp, and give our guests something to carry their swimsuits or boots in during activities. We used our monogram on a simple canvas bag, inside which we tucked in our favorite local beer (Saint Arnold’s Lawnmower), a silver-antler bottle opener, and koozies. For the morning after we included bottled water with custom labels and packs of Advil and Emergen-C. We also threw in some snacks: a monogrammed bag of Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets (a Texas road-trip favorite of ours), a big bag of tortilla chips, and a little box of gourmet marshmallows. Last but not least, we had these amazing hand-painted cookies of dreamcatchers and flower-­wearing longhorns. Each item was carefully chosen by us over the course of the planning process, and we spent the week of the wedding stuffing, sealing and packing the bags together.” Now THAT’S caring for your beloved guests. Good work, Regan and Colin…and good thoughts, from us, on your blessed union!

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Photos: Koby Brown Photography | Rental Items: Darryl & Co.

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August 15th, 2017
{Joyful, Romantic Downtown Houston Engagement Shoot by Adam Nyholt}
 

Already lucky in love, Houston couple Morgan and Nathan scored again, as attendees at this past February’s I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Corinthian, when they won an amazing engagement shoot from top Houston wedding photographer Adam Nyholt.

Known for his superb, unposed, full-of-personality portraits, Nyholt took Morgan and Nathan on a tour of downtown Houston, documenting their deep affection and unmistakable pre-wedding glow all along the way. We’re so excited to feature this engagement photo session here on the blog…and equally excited to see Nyholt’s photos of the lovebirds’ wedding, which will take place at The Corinthian in November!!

Love what you see? Check out more of Nyholt’s recent wedding work here and here, then find out just how he can capture your own wedding in stunning photos you’ll treasure forever!

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August 14th, 2017
{Blush, Gold, Gray & Silver Wedding at The Astorian by Ama Photography & Cinema}
 

“We wanted a wedding like nothing any of our guests had ever been to,” says Houston bride Meagan, who tied the knot with handsome Brett at an all-out swanky celebration at The Astorian. “We decided to go against tradition and have a big party instead. Our setup was more of a lounge feel. We had passed appetizers, dessert and treats, along with serviced food stations. The bar was open from the moment you arrived. We wanted people to have a great time from beginning to end and I think we succeeded at that!” So do we, Meagan…so do we. “Our favorite moment is when my brother, the officiant, had us actually turn around during the ceremony and look at all of our loved ones surrounding us. I will never forget that moment and seeing all of our guests smiling back at us.” Luckily, she’ll also enjoy the moment, and all the moments of her incredible day, in photographs by Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema. Congratulations, Meagan & Brett, wishing you a lifetime of love!

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August 10th, 2017
{How To Pack The Perfect Wedding-Day Emergency Kit}
 

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Whether you’re packing your own bridal bag (aka the wedding-day emergency kit) or having your MOH get one ready for you, you’ll want to make sure not to leave out a single wedding-day essential! You can go ahead and start getting your bridal must-haves ready a month before the big day, using our handy list of 10 wedding-day essentials as your guide:

  1. Snacks. You may not feel hungry with all the excitement surrounding you on your wedding day, but you’re going to need energy for this major celebration. Nuts or granola bars are a great source of protein, and will keep for months before your big day.
  2. Toothbrush and toothpaste. Buy a travel size of each to keep in your bag. You wouldn’t want to say your “I do” with anything less than fresh breath.
  3. A garment steamer. If you have a handheld one on hand you’re already winning! If not, get one. It’s an essential tool for smoothing out stubborn gown wrinkles, and can be used for last-minute clothing touch-ups for years to come!
  4. Bobby pins and hair ties. There are going to be lots of girls. Someone is going to need them, right?
  5. Sewing kit. A popped button or dropped hem is never good news. Having needle, thread and hem tape handy will save the day in a pinch.
  6. Mints, not gum. You don’t want to be captured on film chomping away like it’s nobody’s business, after all.
  7. Band-Aids. You’ll be wearing your bridal heels for hours. Even if you’ve made a pre-wedding effort to break them in, you’ll almost certainly have a few blisters or sore spots as the night progresses.
  8. Nail polish. Be sure to pack a bottle of your wedding-day nail color. Your bridesmaids should do the same. Chipped nails are a definite no-no in those detail shots your photographer is going to take!
  9. Lipstick & lip liner. You’ll be kissing your freshly minted spouse all night. Make sure your lip color is locked in or refreshed for photos.
  10. Blotting papers. A quick press to absorb any oil or sweat that may have snuck out to your skin’s surface, followed by sweep of translucent powder, will have you looking fresh and shine-free, in person, and in pix!
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