Category Archives: Fashion & Beauty

Summer Obsession: Mobile Airbrush Tanning

May 23, 2016

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Confession – While I have come to love and accept my pale skin (for the most part), there is something fun and flirty about getting a little bronze glow during those hot Summer months.  Since I’ve always strayed away from tanning beds and baking out in the sun for health reasons, the closest to a natural bronze glow that I could get was from an spray tan.  I’ve splurged before a few big events in the past, but to be completely honest the tan looked good for about a day or two and then completely faded out.

ENTER -> The Airbrush Tan

Last week I teamed up with Breeana from Alchemy Beauty – a full service mobile salon in Denver – to try out her mobile airbrush tanning service before a wedding event hosted by The Knot that I was headed to later in the week.  First of all, Breeana is the SWEETEST!  Stripping down in front of anyone can be nerve-wracking, but she is such a pro and made me feel completely at ease as she explained the process to me.

The best part (in my opinion) about her service is that it’s MOBILE.  You got it – she comes to you!  This means there is no need to worry about getting caught in the rain right after your tan, or smudging it up because you’re trying to put your clothes back on.  See below for a photo of Breeana and the mobile tanning tent below.  The fan at the back of the tent sucks up all of the excess solution, so you don’t have to worry about the bronzer getting on your furniture or carpet too.

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When Breeana arrived, I was in my robe that I could easily slip on and off.  I had showered earlier that morning and shaved, but didn’t put on any lotion, makeup, etc so that my skin was clean and could soak up as much of the bronzer as possible.  See below for the “before” picture.

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Once I slipped out of my robe and into the mobile tent, Breeana instructed me to stand in several different poses so that she could spray each area of my body to look it’s best.  Afterward, she asked my opinion and if I wanted to go any darker.  When I felt like I was just the right shade, she made sure to dry the solution so that I was completely dry before stepping out of the tent.  (**Disclaimer – This is HUGE!  Every other time I’ve gone to get a tan, I have been rushed out of the salon with the tan still very wet – getting smudged as I put my clothes back on.)

One other thing that was a big deal for me was that Alchemy Beauty uses ORGANIC tanning solution.  Since you’re breathing in the tanning spray and your skin is also soaking it up, choosing an organic option keeps you safe from ingesting any chemicals.


So how did the tan turn out?!  I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to share more photos with you of the results!  FYI – It’s Sunday night (6 full days after my tan) and I still have a nice glow.  One tip that Breeana shared is to use lotion that is water-based to moisturize.  This has really helped preserve my tan for as long as possible!

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Here is a sneak peek of my lovely glow – tune in to Wednesday’s post about The Knot Rocks Denver event for the final look!

Follow Alchemy Beauty on Instagram here and click here to book an appointment.

Have you ever gotten an airbrush tan?  What did you think?  Comment below!

Cheers,

ladyplanner

Bridal Inspiration: Rehearsal Dinner Outfits

May 11, 2016

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(Image courtesy of BHLDN.)

While choosing the perfect wedding dress is one of the most exciting moments for a bride, I’ve recently become enamored with all of the flirty and trendy options for the night before the wedding – the dress rehearsal dinner.  Since this is the bride’s last night as a single girl and she’s typically with her closest friends and family, this is the night to wear something that’s still bridal but a bit more fun!  BHLDN (Anthropologie’s bridal line) recently debuted some amazing new reception and rehearsal dinner options.  Even though BHLDN can do no wrong (I seriously love everything!), here are 10 of my favorite current outfits…

What will you or did you wear to your rehearsal dinner?  Did you dress up or opt for something more comfortable and casual?  Comment below! 


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Mavis Dress // Katja Dress


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Hadley Dress // Solene Dress


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Anouska Dress // Coral Jumpsuit


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Iva Crepe Maxi // Mara Jumpsuit


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Prospere Gown // Laney Dress

Cheers,

ladyplanner

Chic & Trendy Topknot Tutorial

May 9, 2016

Happy Monday everyone!  Today I’m excited to share my first ever video tutorial for a chic and trendy topknot.  Take a look and let me know what you think!

Cheers,

ladyplanner

DIY Flower Crown Tutorial

April 11, 2016

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With Coachella coming up to kick of the start of the music festival scene this year, I wanted to take a stab at creating one of my favorite festival looks – the flower crown.  There’s just something about a pretty set of blooms that breathes life – whether it’s into an outfit or at an event.  When my friend Abby was in town last weekend we headed over to Michael’s to pick out some flowers and give it a go!  We both thought it would be best to try out this craft with fake flowers first, but make them look as real as possible (ie. non of the overly plastic, gigantic fake blooms).

After watching a few different tutorials online, I was happily surprised at how easy it was to create a crown I loved.  See below for the DIY instructions!

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DIY Flower Crown Tutorial

What you’ll need:

– green floral tape

– green grapevine wire

– scissors

– a few stems of your favorite flowers (real or fake)

– wire cutters (if needed to cut the thicker fake flower stems)


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Directions:

Step 1) Begin by bending the green wire into a circle to fit around your head.  You may have to play around with the sizing a bit here.  I used a full circle of wiring for my crown, while Abby stuck with a half circle for hers.

Step 2) Select which flowers you want to use and begin trimming them down so that just a little bit of their stem remains.  Remember, you don’t want to completely remove the stem because you’ll need it to secure the flower to the wire.

Step 3) After your flowers are trimmed, place the crown wire on the ground in front of your and begin arranging the flowers around the wire until you’re satisfied with the look you want.  Both Abby and I used a mix of big and small flowers, plus some greenery for an overall natural and delicate look.

Step 4) Finally, use the floral tape to put the crown together by wrapping the tape around the wire and flower stem.  Repeat until all of the flowers are secured and in place.

Step 5) Rock that crown!  Bring some bobby pins on the day of to secure the crown to your head, then dance your heart out.


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Photography by Lindsey Boluyt Photography.

Clothing by Inspyre Boutique: On Lauren – Zodiac Sign Necklace, Arrowhead Rosary Necklace, BBD Burgundy Dress, Double Zero Ivory Duster; On Abby – Jack Kona Fur Vest

Cheers,

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