Whether you’re a blushing bride or just attending spring weddings, stepping up your beauty routine is a priority, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, easy breezy beauty is the motto of the season!
The Relaxed Bride
One of the top wedding trends is the advent of the relaxed bridal gown for the “non traditional” bride. The workmanship and elegance is every bit on par with traditional gowns, but there’s something more modern and less fussy about the flowing romantic gowns hitting the aisle these days.
Topping the list of this new trend in bridal couture is Don O'Neill’s new White Collection that he's developed for non-traditional brides as Creative Director for THEIA. Born and raised in a small village in Ireland, much of Don's culture and upbringing have inspired his collection for THEIA. A dash of some good old fashioned “luck of the Irish” has helped to successfully launch the collection, and in less than two years it's been sold in over 350 stores across the world and worn by top Hollywood celebs including Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.
Don defines beauty as elegance wrapped around confidence. He told me, “Confident women radiate beauty! Beauty cannot and should not be defined by fashion magazines and TV sitcoms. It is redefined over and over again by confident women, who continually make us see beauty in new ways.” With the wedding season now upon us, some of these soft stunners could be the answer to a bride still searching for the perfect dress. THEIA’s main collection is sold at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and Neiman Marcus across the country.
This season hair has taken a relaxed turn for brides not to mention wedding guests! Full and loose tresses partially curled on the bottom and hanging naturally from the crown is all the rage. Wondering how to get this laid-back look? Aaron Johles, a stylist at McMillan Canale Spa in Malibu suggests a three-step Japanese conditioning treatment by Nigelle Hy to help get your hair into tip top wedding season shape by repairing processed hair. This treatment is also a wonderful first step to take a few weeks before having a Brazilian blowout and will make your hair healthier and more manageable. Aaron also recommends a few products that will help you maintain the conditioned look and feel. A Finish hair repair product, System4 R Chitosan Hair Repair is great for blow drying, and the Nigelle Hy 4x treatment system, which is composed of 4 tubes of conditioning treatment will help you keep up the beautiful shine. Products available at www.IbizaHair.com. Japanese Conditioning Treatment: McMillan Canale Salon, 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, California, 90265; 310-456-9973. Open seven days a week, walk-ins welcome.
While one can never go wrong toasting with a glass of Taittinger Comte de Champagne Rose, Salon Blanc de Blanc, Krug Grand Cuvee, or Dom Perignon Rose, lately there’s been a trend toward unique hard-to-find quality boutique quality wines to celebrate the occasion. Maison Albert Bichot is a perfect example. A luxury Burgundy winery with a 6-acre vineyard nestled in a natural amphitheatre in the heart of the Grand Cru sector of the historical age-old Chablis wine country, Maison Albert Bichot offers a selection of their luxury wines worldwide. For more information please go to www.bourgogne-bichot.com. Red lovers might enjoy Sagrantino Di Montefalco 25 Anni DOCG by Arnaldo Caprai. Made of 100% Sagrantino, an indigenous grape grown only in the hills of Umbria, Italy, Sagrantino di Montefalco 25 anni DOCG makes any wedding lunch/dinner special when it's poured. A jubilee wine produced for the first time in 1993 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the winery, Sagratino 25 is full-bodied yet soft and velvety and pairs well with meat, black truffle and matured cheeses. Retail is $100; www.arnaldocapraiusa.com.
One of the most beautiful things in life is giving a lovely gift, and the SEAH Destiny Bracelet is perfect for bridesmaids as well as best friends. Featuring top-quality leather in an array of colors perfect for any spring occasion with gold/steel astrological icons for a special personalized touch, the Destiny Bracelet is available in a two wrap or three wrap version. It’s not hard to see why Seah fans include Helen Hunt, Mischa Barton and Michelle Rodriguez. Bracelets range from $250 to $325 and are available at www.seahwatches.com.
Wishing you all things beautiful in the sweet wedding season!
Fashion Designer Mary Jo Matsumoto writes a nationally syndicated style blog at www.trustyourstyle.com. She is debuting her Fall 2011 line of couture women's clothing, fine jewelry, and handbags this March. For more information please visit www.maryjomatsumoto.com.