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Inside a Fashion and Beauty Writer’s Very California Wedding

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

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It happened! Last Saturday I got married, and it was as a dreamy as I hoped it would be. Everyone was spot-on when they told me that the day goes by ridiculously fast, so I’m glad that I savored every second of it. As previously mentioned, I went for a bohemian luxe look that matched my Pacific Palisades venue’s picture-perfect setting. Take a peek at some snaps, along with fashion and beauty credits, below!

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5 Brilliant Bridal Beauty Havens in Los Angeles

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

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(Photo: Frozen Fashions)

Surprise! I’m getting married in one week, and in true West Coast bride form, I’m going for a bohemian luxe look that’s a cross between Kate Moss and Pamela Love

There are a handful of local havens that are helping me nail the look. With my trusty bridal beauty game plan in tow, I’ll be hitting up these spots throughout the next few days. (Oh, and in case you’re wondering, anxiety levels are surprisingly moderate—for now!)

Blushington
8591 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069; (310) 652-5874
This truly is a
makeup lover’s paradise. In addition to offering star-quality services in their studio, they also make at-home calls for those looking for a more private experience. I think I’ve used them for just about every special occasion since they opened.

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4 Easy Everyday Makeup Tips From Blushington’s Pros

Ever since Lorelei blogged about Los Angeles’ newly opened Blushington, I’ve been wanting to check it out myself. I stopped by the beauty mecca yesterday and left with a slew of pro tips.

The sunlit boutique is comfortable and stylish, with 14 tricked out beauty stations, not to mention rooms for waxing, lash extensions, and tinting. While it’s tempting to go for the regular makeup application (at $35, a complete steal), it’s Blushington’s classes that sets them apart. The goal, says Founder and CEO Stephi Maron, is to change the way people think about beauty. “It’s not just about makeup,” she says. “It’s about confidence, and feeling good.” Blushington offers basic one-hour Makeup 101 sessions, where you are encouraged to bring in your own products so a pro can teach you how to use them, plus a two-hour advanced class, and a special 45-minute New Mommy makeup tutorial. 

I sat down with makeup artist Michele Des Groseillers to find out about the most frequently requested techniques, common makeup mistakes, and more. Click through to find out what I learned.

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