I discovered my love for manicures in high school. I’m dating myself a little by revealing this, but in my teenage years the French mani was the biggest nail trend—and it was definitely my favorite look. I had asked my mom for advice on the best place to go in Chicago (where I’m from) and as far as she was concerned, there was only one option: Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Salon and Spa.
Getting a manicure with my mom at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon and Spa in Chicago two summers ago.
So I made an appointment and I must say, I was hooked instantly. Not only are the nail techs (shout out to Margarita!) and service so great there, but the luxury of Elizabeth Arden’s standard warm cream manicure is beyond. Seriously, it puts your regular old salon-around-the-corner to shame. As my mom puts it, “once you go Red, you never go back.” And she’s right. To this day, a decade and a half later, it’s still still my go-to place when I’m home.
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 site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
(Photo by: Stephanie Williams on Inspired by This via Lover.ly)
When it comes to wedding day beauty, many brides opt for a classic look: glowing skin, smoky eyes, and pink or nude lips. But there’s another classic look we love: bold lipstick. And while we’re fans of a vintage red lip, there are so many other ways to show off this look; it works for modern, boho, and traditional brides alike. Here are our favorite bridal bold lips from Lover.ly—and some tips on how to score a gorgeous crimson pout.
Lancôme ROUGE IN LOVE in Rouge Saint Honore
My recent editorial stint at Birchbox isn’t entirely to blame for my sudden infatuation with red lipstick. But my co-workers wholeheartedly supported my newfound fixation, and I was suddenly inundated with lipsticks, glosses, and stains in various shades of crimson, brick, and scarlet.
As methodical as I usually am (very), there was no real strategy to my sampling. I smeared on the proffered color and solicited feedback. This one was too glossy, that one was too matte; this one made me look like the blow-up doll in Old School, that one aged me. I tended to like pink- and blue-reds over reds with orange-brown undertones, and preferred a bit of shine, but not too much.
Valentine’s Day normally conjures up images of gourmet chocolates and long-stemmed roses, but this year I have my sights set on a different kind of gift: Smashbox’s recently unveiled limited edition Love Me collection.
Yesterday, I got to ogle the new goodies and meet the man behind the makeup: renowned artist Curtis Kulig. In 1999, Kulig moved from North Dakota to New York City, picked up a can of spray paint, and began emblazoning the words “Love Me” on rooftops and billboards all over the city. He quickly gained a cult following, and now the tag can be seen on everything from Van’s sneakers to Tokyo street signs.
Inspired by Kulig’s signature aesthetic, the collection features bold colors and sleek, modern packaging. These are a few of our favorites from the line that’s now available in select department stores and Sephoras: