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

Beautify for Fall

It’s October, and I can already feel a hint of chillier weather in the air. Or at least my face can tell. My lips are insatiable when it comes to chapstick, and my hair is getting dryer by the day.

I usually try out new beauty products this time of year to find the best fall colors for my skintone and to seek out extra-moisturizing defense for the chilly air.

My first go-to is Jaclyn Hill’s YouTube page because she has some of the best make-up looks and tutorials out there, plus she is adorable and hilarious!

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Here are some videos you definitely need to check out from her (and even though some of her videos are a little lengthy, her charisma definitely makes up for it!):

1. Fall Trend 2013 Makeup Tutorial

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2. Fun & Glamorous Makeup Tutorial

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3. Foundation & Concealer Routine

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And to make sure my hair and face stay ultra-hydrated for the upcoming winter months, here are some products I adore:

1. Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Weightless Healing Oil 4 oz. [Only $5.79 at Target!] Smells amazing and gives my hair a slight shine. Plus it is a spray, so no oily hands!

2. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer—Learned about this concealer from Jaclyn Hill’s favorites, which includes both drug store and professional products. This concealer covers perfectly and stays all day!

3. TARTE Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder.–Some how my face stays oily all year round…ugh. But this powder helps to keep me shine-free and feels weightless!

Stay beautiful, and check back tomorrow for a new post!

Xx, S

Bring Back Summer

As of today, October 1st,  it is safe to say that summer is really gone…sigh. Of course I do love this beautiful fall weather we are having in VA and I am so excited for snowboarding season, but summer will always be my one true love. So to continue on with our “B” week theme, we thought we would B-ring B-ack Summer by sharing some of our favorite warm weather moments through our favorite photo sharing app, Instagram!

 

Sarah // Follow: Setappen

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1. Awesome way to celebrate finishing finals :]!! Making hoops with sweet Virginia, learning new tricks in the beautiful weather, and enjoying Starbucks #shesthebest #hooponhoops #RVA#summer2013

 2. Jump for joy…it’s Friday!! #tgif #Rebounders #allsmiles#happy #favoriteworkout #summer2013

3. @jaclynpaulk was up a creek without a paddle….literally!  #getbywithalittlehelp #towhome#needalift #4milepaddle

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4.  Out with the best friends! 🙂 #girlsnight #ladies#GreatBridge #homeee #757

5. Good morning!! #shebesurfing #surf #vabeach#croatan #getoutandsurf #livethesearch

6.#nofilter #differentangles #Chesapeake #757 #sunset#endlesssummer #beauty

Emmy // Follow: Emtaps

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1. Revisiting my San Fran trip on the blog today! #sf#photography #linkinprofile

2. The cure for anything is salt water – tears, sweat, or the sea. #fromvatoca

3. No one can be at peace unless one has freedom. #4th #greenvalleylake

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4. Never too old for a bejeweled headband.. Right? #ootd #fashion #blingbling #mirrormirror

5. Here we go!  #weddingday #limo #bride #gorgeous#0719 #calvertwedding ❤ @tashanae

6.Such a fun weekend in SF exploring and celebrating with the besties! #sf#tourists #bestfriends #laborday

Follow us on Instagram to keep up with all of our fall and winter adventures!

Xx, S