We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration and e-commerce site. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their expert advice on all things nuptials—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
Photo by: Kristin Sweeting on Inspired By This via Lover.ly
No matter when your wedding is, a fall engagement session is classic and romantic. We love when couples incorporate autumn touches like cozy sweaters, well-worn boots, and hot drinks, all set against a backdrop of colorful fall leaves. Grab your cider and donuts and get ready to fall in love with autumn!
Visiting Laicie Heeley’s blog, A Thousand Threads, feels a lot like stopping by a friend’s beautifully decorated home. The working mom, wife, and design-obsessed lifestyle guru is an expert at finding the little things that make life a little bit better—from delicious recipes to affordably chic home decor and beyond. Today she’s telling us all about her favorite beverage to usher in autumn.
It’s official, fall is here. But if you’re feeling anything like me, you’re still busy soaking up the last bits of summer’s warmth. I’m excited for the falling leaves (and for the return of my leather jacket and scarves), but there are still at least a few days left before I start to crave a seat by the fire and a toasty drink in my hand.
Enter the Stone Wall.
Jouer’s Perfect Red Collection, from left to right: Lana, Simone, Grace, Sophia, Ava. (As you can see, somebody loved Grace a lot.)
Even if I’d love to rock a gorgeous no-holds-barred bold lip everyday, the truth is that on a regular basis I love more natural looking makeup. I recently discovered Jouer, a brand that’s synonymous with crafting beautiful looks using eye-catching colors, while somehow keeping the overall feel very au naturale.
The coolest trick that I’ve learned from the brand lately? Well, for one: Everyone has a perfect red lip color that they can wear all the time (without feeling intimidated). And two: The secret to which red you should be choosing lies not in the makeup aisle, but in your closet. Jouer has created a smart system to help you identify your most flattering shade of crimson using their Perfect Red Collection as a guide. Here’s how it works:
As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.
Do the changing seasons have you stumped? If you’re not sure what color to choose for your nails right now, you’re not alone. Lucky for us, Pantone’s Fall 2012 Color Report is here to help. These 10 shades will be showing up all season in clothes, makeup and of course, polish.
Around the Birchbox office, we get as excited about new serums as most people get about, say, their birthdays or a brand-new Justin Bieber track. What can we say? We’re invested in keeping our complexions smooth and line-free for as long as possible.
In addition to loads of SPF, the best way to protect your skin against premature signs of aging is by applying a potent serum day and night. They act like targeted skin boosters, sinking deep under the surface of your skin to deliver high concentrations of actives. Really, it’s the equivalent of feeding your complexion a truckload of vitamins.
Lately, we’ve been using Vitivia's innovative vitamin treatments, which come in single-use capsules that make it easy to know exactly how much to apply. Each capsule contains a high dose of pure vitamin A or C, both of which have major anti-aging benefits.
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.
Celebrity hair guru Frédéric Fekkai is here in LA to prep for today’s Saks Fifth Avenue appearance at South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St), where he’ll be offering personalized one-on-one consultations. Because Birchbox fans deserve nothing but the best, I checked in with the iconic stylist to offer some exclusive on how to transition your hair care from summer to fall. Read on for his tips and, if you’re in LA, call 714-540-3233 x210 to secure your time with Fekkai!
1. Use a deep clarifying cleanser to rid your hair of summer build-up. “After months of exposure to beach sprays, sunscreen and chlorine, your hair may not feel as clean and nourished as you’d like. The build-up your hair has endured can diminish shine, movement, and touchable texture. Try using the new PrX Reparative Shampoo ($30) which helps remove build-up and impurities while nourishing and detangling each strand.”