‘Tis the season for beach weddings in Northern Michigan.
Because we have lovely beaches and a perfect summer weather out here, it is not an uncommon sight to see a dressed up bride and groom strolling the beaches of Northern Michigan followed by their entourage. Of course, the bride puts on a massive effort to shine on her wedding day, not the least of which is her wardrobe repertoire. So if you are attending as a guest, you shouldn’t outshine the bride but you can certainly try to outshine the rest.
Consider your whole appearance. Do you need a hair cut? A new hair color? We can get obsessed with the wardrobe and quickly forget that the state of your hair can undo all that panache. Carefully check for color outgrowth at the roots, particularly on the sides of your hair. Don’t want to spend the money at a salon for a touch-up? Check out this fix-in-a-pinch called “Pronto Colore” by Oscar Blandi (www.qvc.com), a touch-up pen to quickly hide the gray roots in between colorings.
Hair and make-up. Getting dolled up for a special occasion can quickly get expensive. Oftentimes, you can do your own hair or make-up and look like a professional did it – when you have the right tools. You could consider investing in high end make-up and do it over a period of time so you do not feel the pinch when you have to buy it all for an occasion. I love Stila cosmetics because they are highly pigmented and can be used wet or dry. My go-to mascara is Lancome’s Definicils. Don’t have much lash? Try Ready-to-Wear’s Lash Extension – this is literally lashes-in-a-bottle. It can quickly give you that lust-worthy lashes in minutes (www.hsn.com). Make sure you practice putting them on before the big day. Don’t worry – they are way easier than traditional fake lashes. No gluing required.
For a quick up-do, try Goody’s Spin Hair Pin (see picture). Click this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvhE75bxf2I for a tutorial on youtube.
The centerpiece. So what do you wear to a wedding to sizzle as a guest? The wedding day is all about romance (of course, until reality hits the couple eventually after the ceremony). So think chiffon, laces, and satin. Remember that you have to be comfortable wearing what you eventually choose, otherwise you will not rock that outfit! In this article you will find a slide show (upper left hand corner) of a few diva-licious outfits to turn you into that wedding head-turner (I repeat, try not to outshine the bride!) Depending on your budget and taste, the price tags for these outfits range from $40.00 (already marked down) to $200.00. There is no need to spend more to look fab! Your confidence and stylista sense will do the heavy-lifting for you, not the price tag.
Your best foot forward. Even if you are going to a beach wedding, you should still consider wearing heels. It really is more formal although there are many sliders or slippers that are elegantly blinged up they can really make your feet sparkle. However, this is still a formal occasion and it is in good taste to wear heels. It is also respectful of the uniting couple. Choose platforms if you are going to wear strappy sandals (they are uber-sexy) to the beach to avoid the sand getting in between your toes. Otherwise, a pair of sophisticated pumps may be the better way to go. Tip: You could be in your heels for three to five hours during the whole celebration so consider your feet comfort – wear some foot cushion to help you withstand the pressure on your soles. Many women swear by Foot Petals (find them on www.amazon.com).
Lastly, prep your skin the night before. Use a mild exfoliant or a mud pack to get rid of the dead surface cells and help your skin glow naturally. Tip: Fake it ’til you make it. When Hollywood stars like to get a dewy glow on their faces for a red-carpet event after partying all night, they use illuminating powders or brightening serums to achieve this effect. One to try: Benefit Cosmetics’ High Beam or Stila’s All-Over-Face Shimmer in Kitten (find both on www.sephora.com).
There, now you go, Gorgeous!