Weddington Way: October Style Challenge

Sarah and I are lucky when we get a chance to be on the same side of the country once or twice a year. These past six months, we’ve been just spoiled with the amount of sister time we’ve been able to spend together. Most recently, we were reunited earlier this month to celebrate the wedding of our cousin, Colby, and we were both honored to stand by her side as bridesmaids! Her wedding day was picture perfect, and the bride couldn’t have been more stunning. Here are a few of our favorite sister moments from the weekend:

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The wedding got us thinking about our own personal styles for our “big day”. I mean, what girl doesn’t dream about her wedding day – or at least make a board about it on Pinterest? That’s how we came across the October Style Challenge for Weddington Way. If you don’t know about the website already, Weddington Way makes planning a bridal party look effortless by curating the top trends and designers on an easy-to-use site.

For the challenge, we were asked to style a head-to-toe bridesmaid/Maid of Honor look, which was perfect timing for us! We began by taking the bridal questionnaire to gauge what style fit our personalities best by answering questions like “structured or flowy” and “what words describe your dream wedding”.

After our showrooms were created, we picked our favorite dresses and created Maid of Honor looks for each other. Yes, when you have a sister, you also get a built-in Maid of Honor for your wedding. And we wouldn’t want it any other way!

Emmy/West Coast Wedding

The words that stood out to me most on the questionnaire were “romantic” and “garden”. Living on the West Coast, there is an endless list of outdoor destinations I wouldn’t mind having my future wedding at. The location that inspired my head-to-toe look was this gorgeous Big Sur ceremony overlooking both the Redwoods and the Pacific Ocean. The style I chose was both romantic and feminine that paired perfectly with bohemian decorations, like a flower crown and Flash Tattoos.

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Dress: Jim Hjelm Style Chiffon/Color 5414 (Sage)

1. A simple flower crown complementing a loose up-do. I couldn’t find a link to purchase the pictured crown, but something like this from Etsy is just as lovely.

2. Dusty rose lip color from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics with a matte finish, and for an added bonus, it’s 100% Vegan, helping me and Mother Nature.

3. Forego the statement jewelry for Flash Tattoos, which are metallic temporary tattoos with unique designs, including this Lena set. And for $20, you can cover your whole bridal party!

4. Neutral shoe with a touch of bling. These are Vera Wang Lavender label, which are sadly sold out, but I love this alternative from Steve Madden.

Bouquet: I know I have always wanted anemones and peonies in my bouquet, and this amazing bouquet from a Gatsby New Year’s wedding perfectly tied the look together.

Sarah/East Coast Wedding

Classic and romantic is the vibe I was going for after completing my questionnaire. I am already a huge fan of designer Lela Rose, and mostly everyone knows that purple is my absolute favorite color, so this style was perfect for my dream wedding day. This elegant shape is a perfect canvas for modern accessories, like crystal drop earrings and killer laser-cut sandals.

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Dress: Lela Rose Style LR207 (Color: Suede Rose)

1. A beautifully crafted sash from BHLDN with delicate flowers adorned with sparkling crystals adds an extra special touch.

2. I love a great lip color, and this easy-wear vibrant shade from Revlon is my everyday (and wedding day) go-to.

3. These neutral Klub Nico sandals have an Art Nouveau vibe to them that still reads really modern.

4. Crystal drop earrings from BaubleBar keeps a simple style with a serious dosage of sparkle.

Bouquet: The perfect blend of purples and pinks featuring my favorite flower, stargazer lillies.

We hope you enjoyed our Weddington Way styles!

Xx, E&S

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Letting Out Your Inner Bombshell

We all can’t have the hair of Blake Lively, or the presence of Beyonce, or the jewelry of Elizabeth Taylor – as much as we would love to.

But, we can learn a thing or two from the awe-inspiring women of the past and present.

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A recent WhoWhatWear slideshow of the 25 most inspiring bombshells of all-time not only presents a fantastic compilation of beauties, but it also got me thinking about how we can take cues from these women to let our own inner bombshells shine.

So, here’s three quick and easy tips to instantly boost your bombshell appeal. Watch out, Blake.

1. Put some color on your pout.

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We aren’t all blessed with naturally rouged lips, but either a glossy pink lip or a bright red Dita Von Teese look will have eyes beelining straight to your smile. Not sure where to start? We love these video tutorials by Jaclyn Hill.

2. Change up your hair-do. 

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Even though Queen Bey was only in the pixie club for a hot minute, it goes to show that a bombshell is not defined by long, luscious hair. Not ready to rush to the salon? Test out some new styles. Try throwing a few hot rollers along your middle part for some Victoria’s Secret va-va-voom. Or ditch your usual up-do by twisting almost dry hair into a tight ballerina bun until dry. Hello, goddess mane.

3. Opt for some flashy jewels, a la Miss Taylor.

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If you’re feeling a little extra tired one day, a great pair of drop earrings or even a statement necklace will have everyone thinking about your bling as opposed to your bags. Not loving the hefty price tag? We both love the trendy options on Baublebar.

And even though this may go without saying, a smile is always the best thing you can wear. As Miss Hepburn said, “Happy girls are the prettiest”.

Xx, E&S