BEAUTY: Quick No Heat 5-Minute Updo Hairstyle
This week is all about chic simplicity in style; but what to do on those days when you just must to get dolled up? This quick, creative updo hairstyle takes just five minutes to do and you don’t need any heat or styling tools. Try this on vacation or when you want to look chic in just a few minutes.
- Viola, Helsinki
BRIDAL: Wedding Day Beauty Essential - Faux Lashes
The ideal bridal makeup look is natural yet striking. The get the perfect balance, there’s no better tool than quality false eyelashes or eyelash extensions. One of the most eco-friendly and non-toxic ways to make your eyes pop is to put on a pair of Winks by Georgie Beauty. I have sampled all their lashes and they are just divine! For my wedding day, I wore the “L’Avant-Gardiste”. To get more details on how to put on false lashes and why Winks are eco, check out this video I filmed for them (I got to know the fabulous founders after I wore Winks on multiple occasions; they then asked me to do a little video segment for them!). A wedding day is a long one and good lashes will always stay put, no matter what. I’ll soon do a tutorial and show all the different lash looks you can experiment with, so subscribe to our YouTube channel if you haven’t already!
Love, Annabella, New York
BRIDAL: Wedding Veil and Bridal Hair Accessories
Bridal veils with clips or hair combs are ideal as you can easily attach them to your hairdo so they stay in place when your excited groom leans in for the kiss!
My wedding was small and intimate, so covering my face or head didn’t seem appropriate or modern. To compliment my vintage-like dress, I opted for a care-free, flowing veil by Minna Hepburn that would look beautiful with a variety of hairdos. When - on the day of! - Viola and I decided on this look (we’ll do a video tutorial soon), the bridal veil was easy to attach as it came with a hair comb. For the reception, Viola was quickly able to switch my veil to a hair piece made of vintage silks and antique buttons.
BRIDAL: Custom Made Wedding Dress
** As Annabella’s lakeside nuptials are just six weeks away and we are in the midst of bridal bliss, we’ll bring you a fashion and beauty countdown to your Big Day! **
If you want a truly unique, custom-made dress, look for independent designers who specialize in bridal and can create the kind of feeling you are looking for. You will not only get personalized service and a one-of-a-kind dress; you will also save on buying a designer name right off the rack.
After I said “I do” and we decided on an American winter wedding and a summer blessing in Finland, I wanted a dress that would work for both occasions and exude romance, with a bit of a vintage feel.
My dream dress was the lace number by Oscar de la Renta featured on Runway to Green until I found Minna Hepburn. After multiple Skype consultations (Minna has a design studio in London), Minna custom created the patterns for the long train and deep V-neck and discovered the vintage buttons for the back and the peace silk that would line the Scottish lace. I got the dress hemmed and made slightly narrower by a local trailer and voilà! I loved every moment in that dress and I’m so blessed that I get to wear it again.
With love, Annabella
BEAUTY: Elegant Hair Tutorial inspired by Scarlett Johansson
How to get Scarlett Johansson’s look from the red carpet at the premiere of Avengers? Viola will guide you through this elegant, yet simple hair tutorial and the look is perfect for a wedding (bride or bridesmaid), prom or any fancy summer event. Hairspray is by Aveda.
Tell us below if you enjoyed this look and what kind of beauty tutorials you would like to see next!