Hey, everyone! It’s Spencer Barnes again, here to chat some more about skincare and makeup. This time, we are going in-depth about bridal looks. Since it’s wedding season, I figured many of you brides-to-be might appreciate my makeup tips for your big day. This list is how I approach creating the perfect looks for my clients and friends on their wedding days. I hope you find it just as helpful!
Hi there, fellow Julianne fans! Anita Patrickson here. As Julianne’s friend and stylist for over six years, we’ve had great times in even greater gowns! This year, I worked with Jules on finding the one dress that mattered most: her wedding dress.
Julianne and I went back and forth, discussing it quite a bit. Of course we’ve selected many gowns for her before for special events like the Golden Globes and Dancing with the Stars (I’m fairly certain she has worn every style and color under the sun). However, it was important to Julianne that this dress would be a different type of special. She wanted something timeless, clean, and elegant: a dress she could look back on years from now and still be awed by its classic beauty. I couldn’t agree more!
Because celebrity clients have tried on a million gowns before, they have more pre-planned idea of what they prefer for their wedding gown. But with my girlfriends and non-celebrity clients, they are in completely new and exciting territory. Often, these brides-to-be will end up picking a dress they never thought they would wear. My first piece of advice is to always keep an open mind and try on every style — you will probably be surprised what looks and feels right!
Some of you may already know who I am but for those of you who don’t, Hi! I’m Spencer Barnes, Julianne’s friend and make up artist for nearly a decade. While Jules is away, she asked me to drop by her site and share some of my pre-wedding skincare tips. We specifically thought you might be interested to know how Julianne and my other clients prepare their pretty faces for some of life’s biggest events.
Whether you’re a bride-to-be or you have another type of major event coming up, one thing we all want on our big day is clear, glowing, gorgeous skin. This 10-Day Countdown is my guide for getting ready to put your absolute best face forward.
My beautiful sister Sharee hosted my awesome bridal shower in Utah last week. Believe me when I say I was absolutely blown away by the amount of thought and creativity that went into this shower! Sharee enlisted creative genius Heidi Swapp to help her go all out – and all out they went! We had a perfume making station, personalized bracelets, the most delicious food, even customized lemonades, they truly thought of everything! There was so much to do and everything looked so fantastic.
I loved getting to spend time with so many of my friends and family. It was truly one of the best days, and the perfect way to celebrate my engagement. Being surrounded by my loved ones is my favorite place to be!
Heidi took boards from her recently-launched Letterboard collection and used them to create the signage and menus for each station. Heidi also used these boards as decor by adding love quotes and placing them around the shower.
Fun fact: Heidi’s inspiration for the shower was the “love fern” from the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. With that in mind she included ferns in the centerpieces on the tables and at each station. The fern was used on the invitations, save the dates, napkin holders, perfume labels, advice book and the party favors. It was unique, clever, and fun. My kind of party!
I’ll just say it — I am not ever going to be the girl who goes to dinner and orders two stalks of asparagus. I love food! I love going to restaurants, getting take out, snacking at sporting events… you get the idea.
Good news! The secret to being able to double fist your favorite foods is knowing how to order them. Lori Zanini, RD, and creator of the free 7 day meal plan is singing the same tune in these awesome suggestions for what to order when eating out. A few simple swaps can change a not-so-healthy salad (it’s true, not all salads are created clean) into a healthy-yet-still-delish dish.
Whether I’m on the road for work or in my own neighborhood, I love exploring and trying new restaurants. If you know what to look for, choosing healthy menu items is easy no matter what type of restaurant you are trying! You don’t even have to totally overhaul your order.
One of the many things I love about being styled by Anita Patrickson is that she identifies dresses that make me feel sexy, but are still tasteful and classy. One of the common misconceptions about dressing sexy is that it involves showing a lot of skin — I’ve learned it’s the illusion of those things that makes an outfit sexy. And the character of the woman wearing the clothes, of course!
Now that we are in the throes of wedding season, a lot of us are looking for that perfect wedding-guest dress. I’ve compiled some of my favorite looks that make for excellent wedding guest inspirations! Before you shop, inspect your invitation for dress code instructions to ensure you’re properly attired.
These local guides have quickly become one of my very favorite series I’ve ever done. I have loved seeing each of these cities from a local’s perspective — it makes me want to travel more! After I’ve recovered from being on the road these last few months, of course.
Yesterday the MOVE Tour stopped in Phoenix, and even though I only had time to dance in and dance out, I asked Melissa Moore of Stylista Fitness to show us some of her favorite spots so I can live vicariously. I can’t wait to come back and see more of what Phoenix has to offer!
Hi, friends! My name is Melissa Moore, the blogger behind a Phoenix, AZ lifestyle blog called Stylista Fitness. If it’s your first time in Phoenix, I’m here to share my favorite spots to shop, have a bite to eat and get your beauty on.
Although, my original hometown is Los Angeles, Phoenix has been my home for the last twelve years. I’m proud to show you what we have to offer and give you a sneak peek to some cute places around town. As far as weather goes, summer can get pretty hot but the rest of the year is sunny and almost always in the 70s. Hope you enjoy the spots I picked out!
1. Favorite Cafe: Luci’s at the Orchard
We all know the best way to start the day touring a city is with coffee and food in your stomach. Luci’s at the Orchard is your picture perfect spot for this. Not only do they have an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, they have an outdoor open, airy space where you can enjoy your food.
On a hot day, my go-to is their iced chai tea latte with coconut milk. They have a full menu of drinks (even wine) and healthy smoothies. You honestly can’t go wrong with their menu! Everything is DELICIOUS!
I’ve been very excited to share with you all the next installment in the Hometown Tour series, and it’s finally here! If you missed the first tour with Shauntel from Charlotte, be sure to check it out here.
This is the first time our tour has stopped in Oklahoma City, and I wanted to see what the locals see — even though I don’t have enough time to explore. That’s where Allyson Noriega comes in… she’s going to be our local tour guide! Ally’s fashion blog, Allyson in Wonderland, is fantastic, and I just knew she’d be the perfect person to show us around her incredible city.
After seeing OKC through Ally’s eyes, I can’t wait to come back when I have a little more time to enjoy everything the city has to offer.
Hi everyone, my name is Ally Noriega and I’m a fashion, travel, and lifestyle blogger over at Allyson in Wonderland. I’m SO excited to show you around some of my favorite places in Oklahoma City. Lately our city has been enjoying a resurgence with many new restaurants, hotels, and revitalized districts. Today I’ll take you on a small tour around my hometown.
When it comes to eating healthy on-the-go I’ve always believed it’s all about being well stocked with options. The problem I run into — and perhaps you’ve experienced the same — is those options seem so limited. I only have a handful of solid to-go snacks that I go to and as a result, just like most routines, eating the same thing gets boring! As a result, I sometimes stray from my nutrition plans.
Fortunately, there are expert snack-slayers like Lori Zanini, RD, and creator of the free 7 day meal plan, who has a whole arsenal of delicious and clean choices. Here, Lori shares a list of ideas that are sure to keep me happy and healthy on my journey to snack success!
How To Stay Healthy While Snacking On The Go
I frequently get asked how I make healthy food choices when I’m on the road. My strategy: always come prepared by packing some simple on the go snacks! Eating out for most meals, combined with a busy work schedule, can lead to making less than healthy choices while traveling. For me, packing snacks is a must, if I already have them on hand I’m less likely to go rogue. Here are some of my go-to foods when hunger hits on the road!
1. Single Serving Nut Butter Pack + A Piece of Fruit
My favorite on-the-go fruits are apples, pears, and bananas. Buying nut butters in single serving squeeze packs makes it easy to eat the correct portion size without any measuring or mess!
2. Homemade Trail Mix
I think the best combination is almond slivers, cashews, unsweetened dried cranberries or blueberries, dried coconut chips and a dash of cinnamon. Tip: make it in bulk before your trip and measure out your portions — about a ¼ cup for one serving — ahead of time in little jars or snack bags so you can grab and go each day.
3. Simple Avocado Tuna “Salad”
This is a great snack that makes more of a hearty on-the-go meal. Take ½ of a medium avocado and mash it with 3 oz. tuna (or salmon) packaged in water. Add a little bit of salt, pepper and cayenne or chili powder and enjoy! What makes this salad perfect for traveling? All of the ingredients can be kept at room temp until you are ready to whip it up!
I’ve always had an interest in interior design, but it wasn’t until I started working on my dream home that it became a full-on passion. I partnered with creative genius Jake Arnold to make my visions a reality, and he really helped me achieve exactly what I had imagined. Together we created a sanctuary I still get excited to come home to.
The icing on the cake was having the honor of being featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine! We’ve since received a ton of emails like the one below from Amy. I’m happy to help your design dreams come true — we should all have a sanctuary awaiting us after a long day away from home!
Ok, am I absolutely dying to know where you got/what fabric your pillow is on the cover of BH&G!! (The greenish/ blue one behind the Zak+Fox one)… I’ve been looking for a color like that everywhere and it’s always either too blue or too green and never quite right! I love its texture as well! Would love it if you could tell me about it :).