This shoot right here is classic, as in its pretty old but also pretty awesome. It has been featured in a few magazines, like Virginia Bride and on blogs like United With Love. I am sharing it because this shoot was a beautiful set of photographs shot by Sweet Tea Photography by Lisa Marie and was perfectly executed by the team at Weddings & Events Bliss! When we restarted our site, the blogs disappeared with it. This one was too good to lose. Gabriela did an amazing job, this is one of the most requested hairstyles we've seen yet. Enjoy the eye candy, enjoy your Tuesday and check back tomorrow for a new post.
This year has been, taxing. That's really the only way to describe it. I mean, a tornado ripped my roof off. [Don't worry I think the whole using-that-excuse-time is coming to an end -ha] Needless to say, I am extremely excited about what 2016 has in store. Its shaping up to be a beautiful year already. I spent the first day of this year on the hunt for a copy of the latest issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine. Courtney & Sonny's Pippin Hill wedding was featured! A day well spent.
On a serious note, each person in my community has supported me during a really transitional time. Including all of our clients. Many of our brides had trials rescheduled and dealt with our temporary space during the construction. After talking with my team, we wanted to offer a really radical offer. We wanted to say thank you to each and every person who has helped us by offering our a few of our services at cost. That means $5 hair cuts and $10 30 minute facials for the entire month of January.. Its insane, right?
We figured this would be an amazing gift, everyone is a little tight after the holidays & we're all energized about resolutions. I know its overdone, "New year, New you!" ::Insert Eye Roll:: -really though, I think its a wonderful time to get a fresh outlook, and a clean fresh face. A new year is an amazing time to get a fresh new look too. Either way, we hope you'll join us this month. Check out our specials page for more detail information. Hope to see you soon. Oh and...
What a better way to start your holiday & winter season then to try out some fun glitter nail designs. It is fun, simple, and eye-catching. The stunning pink & gold combo was completed here in salon at Let's Prep! It can be as simple as just having an accent nail, simple glitter design, French glitter design, ombre glitter design, or painted all with some fun-tastic glitter.
A great way to spice up your holiday & to celebrate the winter beyond it is to get a cute snowflakes designs on one or all of your nails. Much harder than it sounds, but a pro should have no challenge. It cute, simple & appropriate beyond the holiday!
If you are a candy kind of gal then you would probably love this design idea that can display your love for candy. A great way to invite the holiday into your life as well!
Tell a story
The holiday is here! These designs is great to tell a story of winter or Christmas for those who love designs and be a little more festive. We adore the detail in these designs. Our techs are totally up for the challenge.
These traditional nails offer a nod to holiday past. Timeless and fun, how can you not totally adore these designs? A super upgrade to the ugly sweater.
Not to long ago we sent our girls out to Riverside on the Potomac, one of the most stunning venues around. Boy, was it worth the drive! We ended up with the prettiest backdrop with nice weather to boot. Our friend Jessica from JEM Events wanted a simple, natural type of glam for her model. Not that I even need to say it, but the models were stunning too! Such a sweet couple, who were very smitten with each other. There isn't a whole lot to say, other than combining a few very talented vendors creates a very pretty set of photographs. Which we can thank the ladies over at Paired Images for capturing all this pretty.
So, you may have heard.. or maybe you haven't because we're a small team full of awesome with a very limited facebook following. Either way! We found a new home. Well, we forged our own. At the beginning of 2015 my husband and I sat down to discuss this years goals and out of no where he looks at me "have you thought about getting a studio?" The wheels started turning and I began a construction adventure. It has been a lot of work. Like, a lot of work. When you are passionate about something though, it comes easy and it comes fast. Once we got settled, a few things dawned on me. I've got these really talented girls, this beautiful space and plenty of availability on week days. My gears started turning, one rock solid business plan later and I am excited to announce the grand opening of our new salon PREP! We even had a little party. [thank you to those who stopped in!] So, if we've been a little quiet on social media or I seem completely frazzled its because I've been coordinating contractors, ordering retail displays and working with the permit office on top of a thousand other things. I am excited for this new adventure. I am excited to see my brides after their wedding and to meet some other absolutely gorgeous women. I'm excited about creating an environment that helps women to feel relaxed, pampered and ready to take on the world. Really, I'm just excited.
So if you are in the neighborhood or just feeling nosey, please come by and see us! We're open Wednesday through Sunday and we've got an incredible space. We're offering nail services, blow outs, waxing, facials, spray tans, makeup and extreme lashes. Yes, all of these things. You can find out more about our space here:
A huge, HUGE thank you to some of our amazing vendors who helped to make this evening amazing:
Photography: Kyle Bergner Photography
Lighting & DJ: Mark Maskell
Photo booth: Booth-a-rama
Florals: Studio DBI
JenLee & Abby showed up bright and early to the Washington Court Hotel. It was a warm, bright September morning and Jacqueline was ready with a sweet smile and the typical "its-almost-time" jitters. She was surrounded by all of the important women in her life. J, thank you for allowing my girls and I to celebrate such a wonderful and meaningful day with you. From wooden wedding bands to luggage tag escort cards; each detail is absolutely perfect. With one proud papa and a drop dead wedding dress this whole wedding is stunning. Enjoy! xx.
JenLee & Abby
We have this phenomenal relationship set up with Pop Wed Co. It is seriously the coolest idea. Basically its a really rad company that helps couples plan, coordinate and execute a perfect elopement wedding. When Maggie sent Katie my way I knew it was a fit. Katie was wearing a gorgeous, vintage style dress and was planning the sweetest ceremony for their brisk New Years Eve nuptials. Her hair is drop dead gorgeous, everything just fits perfectly. I don't even want to talk over all this cool. Just take a peek into their beautiful, intimate and very DC wedding! [and also check out pop wed, it is an awesome elopement option!]
Wedding Planning and Photography: Pop Wed
True love is in the details. In the weird quirks and understanding your significant others inner fangirl. Well, Rebecca did just that. In a sweet gesture of love she had an Orangina booth set up as a surprise for her citrus obsessed husband to be James. That wasn't the only adorable detail, from scrabble table numbers to handmade bridesmaid gifts. Rebecca and James had their hand in every aspect of their wedding. Which is exactly how I like it. A unique wedding for a unique couple, madly in love. Thank you Rebecca for choosing my girls and I, we are so thankful that you chose us to come celebrate with you and your beautiful ladies. To the rest of you, enjoy!
Abby, Marina & Erika
A Cherokee elder was teaching his grandchildren about life.
He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me… it is a terrible fight between two wolves.
One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, hatefulness, and lies.
The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, humbleness, kindness, friendship, generosity, faith, and truth.
This same fight is going on inside of you, and inside every other person, too.”
The children thought about it for a minute. Then one child asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”
The Cherokee elder replied…
“The one you feed.”
I can give you a list as long as my arm of the things I don't have. If I so choose, I could talk all day about the disappointment of not having the niceties that pinterest has convinced me I am less without. The lack, it catches my foot and drags me down until I am eye level with my demons. It shoves in my face all of my short comings, the 'not-good-enoughs', the 'you-should-haves' and the 'it'll-never-happens'. It holds me down and jams these negatives in my face until my silver lining dissipates. Until it is nearly gone, leaving me hollow, belittled and filled with regret.
This happened, yes. We all have our moments. Prior to the holiday I allowed myself one big, final pitty-party. One last, 'cry-it-out-and-regret-everything' afternoon. It was an 'Oprah cry', the exhausting yet fulfilling mid afternoon cry. Similar to the one Oprah would give my mom at least once a week at about 4 in the afternoon. I allowed myself the afternoon. I put on my comfy pajamas and curled up with the hallmark channel and a glass of wine. I knew it would be the end. When I shed that last healthy tear, I decided that I was finished. I let go of every drop of envy, each regret from 2014. Instantly, I felt lighter.
I will not feed that wolf. I won't trip into that rabbit hole. I have too many amazing things in my life to waste it on regrets, envy and fear. I will relish in the love of my husband, our strong and awe inspiring bond. I will celebrate my loud, opinionated family. I will wake up each day to a fresh slate. A day dedicated to doing what I love. I will let my heart beat a little faster each time a bride chooses my girls and I to work with. I will give myself a break, I will work hard but I will also relax. I will be kind and happy and I will enjoy each and every beautiful blessing I am given. I will feed a wolf. The one filled with love, hope and joy. I will starve the negitive, the envy, the regrets. My silver lining will glisten, like a beacon when I am low. Here is to a awe inspiring 2015. Filled with contentment, celebration and above all -Love.