WISH LIST // MAY

I recently shared a Mother’s Day gift guide — and you still have time to order if you have Amazon Prime — but I thought I would share a May Wish List as well. Why not, right?  Here are a few things I’m loving this month. I’m sensing a color theme this month, everything in shades of pink, white and gold. Happy shopping! 

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Best Man Style Tips

For any bride and groom their wedding day is special. On that day, they get confirm, and celebrate, their love for each other with the help of their friends and family.

It is also special for the other members of the wedding party, including the best man. Being asked to take care of the groom on such an important day is an honour which most men do not forget in a hurry.

Naturally, for such a special, and important, occasion the best man wants to get everything just right, including the way he is dressed. The last thing he wants to do is to spoil the wedding photos because he has chosen to wear the wrong attire.

Complement the groom’s style
For some weddings choosing the best man´s clothes is not hard. If the groom has chosen to get married in a morning suit, the chances are he will want the other male members of the wedding party to wear one too.

However, these days, this form of wedding attire is rarely worn. Most grooms prefer to get married in a tailored suit, or to dress in a style that reflects the overall theme of the wedding. For example, for a 20s style, Great Gatsby, wedding he may choose to wear a tuxedo, which was popular during that era. In all likelihood the groom will want the best man to wear something similar.

The best man’s outfit needs to complement what the groom is wearing, but it is not a good idea for them to look exactly the same. A good approach is to choose the same style of suit, but opt for slightly different colors.

Little details matter
It is very important to pay attention to the details. The best man needs to take the time to do things like buy a new belt, get their suit professionally adjusted and wear cufflinks if everyone else is wearing them.

He needs to get his hair properly styled and consider visiting a professional barber for a hot towel shave. The best man should also have a manicure, and perhaps a facial so he looks as well groomed as possible.

The right footwear
The fact that the best man is going to be on his feet for much of the day means that he needs to choose his footwear wisely. His shoes need to be comfortable as well as look good. Ideally, he should break them in by wearing them around the house for a few days before the wedding.

Have a dry run
Usually there are one or two fitting sessions for the wedding party, which the best man should attend. He needs to try on his entire outfit, including all of the accessories. Once on, he should view his outfit from all angles to make sure that the fit is perfect. It is also important for him to crouch down and fold his arms across his chest to double check that he has enough freedom of movement.

Disclosure: This post was written by the client. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Join Xehar Biggest Fashion Event

There’re so many options of how to spend your spring Saturday, but, hey, what could be possibly better than having a glass of wine at a Hollywood-style party with cameras flashes, fashion show, models, live music, and a lot of people you simply strive to meet? Pretty much nothing So mark your calendar, pick a nice outfit, call a couple of girlfriends, and join Xehar Biggest Fashion Event on May 13th, 2017!

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So, what exactly is that about? 
Xehar, an international fashion company, located in Los Angeles, California, is having a big celebration of summer, fashion, and women’s empowerment. They prepared a nice party for all their fans with a lot of fun, runway fashion show, live music performed by an international DJ, free professional photoshoots for everyone interested, free hair/MUA services, free fashion styling sessions, and more, and more!

Any awesome prizes, giveaways and gifts?
Yes, yes, and yes! And you don’t have to present to be selected – so even if you’re not even close to LA, give it a try and register today:
1 Winner is going to receive an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
1 Winner is going to receive $700 shopping spree + $700 AMX gift card
1 Winner is going to receive a trip for 2 to LA + a night stay at a hotel!

If you weren’t able to make it to the event, no worries! Just sign up to make sure you entered the ruffle, and stay tuned – winners will be announced in June!

  

Any useful people attending?
Hey, we all want a little help with making our big plans come true – well, here you go, we’ve got all the right people of the industry right here, in one place! Make connections with famous bloggers, photographers, stylists, designers, journalists, and all kinds of LA fashion adepts – meet-and-greet, ask for an advice, discuss collaborations, get involved in their projects… Opportunities are endless!

Special Guests

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ALL SUBSCRIBERS WILL GET EXCLUSIVE EARLY ACCESS TO OUR UPCOMING
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Ready to start a new chapter in your fashion life? Register now to secure your spot as space is limited, and join Xehar Biggest Fashion Event on Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 2-6 pm PST.

REGISTER http://xehar.com/community/
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Microblading by Kristin Callaway BEAUTY + BROW and a Special Offer

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about microblading after I got my eyebrows done last month so I thought I would write a post sharing my experience. Let me start by saying that I’ve known Kristin for over 10 years. She did my make up — yes, she’s also an amazing make up artist — for my bridal portrait back in 2007 so I know how insanely talented she is.

Let’s start with the basics.

WHAT IS MICROBLADING
Microblading which is also known as eyebrow embroidery or feathering is semi-permanent cosmetic procedure where pigment is applied into the top basal layer of the epidermis. This procedure is done using a hand tool of bundled microneedles. The tool combined with the art make for incredible natural hair strokes that give the appearance of real hair. Typically a 6-12 week touch-up procedure is needed to ensure maximum retention and to correct any areas where the pigment may not have retained. Results generally last between 12-18 months, depending on the individual’s skin type, how well they adhere to aftercare procedures as well as environmental variables such as sun exposure.

MY EXPERIENCE
I was a teen during the late 1990’s — what did that mean for my eyebrows? Over plucking of course! My main issue was the tail of my eyebrows and the fullness of the bulb along with not having the ideal brow shape.

Our consultation started with us talking about my concerns and with Kristin mixing the perfect pigment shade to match my hair, skin color and natural eyebrows.

Then she took some measurements to created a frame for my new eyebrows. She customized them not only fit my face but to look natural. The question I get asked the most is did it hurt? Not nearly as much as I thought it would! But I have a tattoo and have gone through labor pains and recovered from 3 c-sections, so… But honestly, it felt like a more intense version of eyebrow plucking. It was uncomfortable at times but it was never really painful. The process generally takes about 20-30 minutes depending on the amount of work that needs to be done.


Only a few hours after microblading.

Kristin provides every customer with detailed after care instructions as well as a healing ointment (I’m wearing it above, only a few ours after my session). During your 6-12 week follow up, Kristin will touch up any areas if needed.

I can’t tell you enough how much I love my eyebrows now. They have reshaped my entire face and made my makeup routine much easier, one less thing to worry about! I couldn’t recommend this procedure enough. If can’t book an appointment with Kristin — you should, she’s the best — make sure you do some research! Ask for before and after pictures, talk to past customers, read reviews. I have seen a lot of horrible results, not all microblading specialists are trained the same and not all are talented.

After workout selfie — eyebrows always on point

Check out her Instagram page for lots of before and after pictures as well as videos of many satisfied customers.

ABOUT KRISTIN

Beauty has always been a big part of who I am. I remember as a little girl sneaking into my Granny’s vanity to get into her Cherry Red Cover Girl lipstick. I always loved the feeling of sass and pride that I felt rocking those red lips. Not just because I knew I was breaking the rules, but because it was an outward expression of how I felt on the inside.

As I got older, makeup and beauty became something all together different. It became a beautiful fusion of something I loved, art, and power. Not power in the traditional sense, but the power to totally change how someone felt about themselves. Throughout college, beauty became a beloved hobby. However through word of mouth and experience, it developed into a career. Eventually it led me to work for MAC Cosmetics. I received amazing training and experience with MAC and credit the majority of my makeup art skills to the company.

After leaving MAC cosmetics to pursue a freelance career I still felt a desire to further my skill and purpose in the art. With the help of dear friends, I was able to volunteer with the Lydia Project to help women recovering from cancer treatment to feel their best. This experience led me to research and learn more about the art of microblading, something I had a seen in the latest beauty trends. You see, most women that have to endure chemotherapy for cancer treatment do not regain their brows back; or if their brows do grow back, its very sparse. This perked my interest in pursuing microblading even more.

After researching many training facilities, I decided to train with Lavish Beauty + Brow in St. Mary, Florida. I began my career shortly after training and have been blessed with a booming business ever since. I look forward to helping more and more women and/or men feel their best through makeup and microblading art in the future. And also, look very much forward to an up and coming project working with women fighting cancer through this art!

SPECIAL OFFER
If you are local (Augusta, GA area) Kristin is offering an exclusive 15% off discount on your first procedure which includes consult, microblading and a 6-12 week touch up. Package must be purchased by 5.8.17. You can book your appointment through her Facebook and Instagram pages or text her at (706) 284-5519. Make sure you let her know you saw this special offer here.

Microblading makes a great Mother’s Day gift & gift cards are available! Kristin is available for microblading parties and if you are not local but in the Georgia/South Carolina area, she is also available for travel for parties within a limited area. Get in touch with her for more info and details.

Gift Guide: Mother’s Day

Looking for last minute Mother’s Day gifts?

I have the perfect round up for you! All gifts included in this year’s guide are available on Amazon and are eligible for Prime shipping (2 day free shipping). Shop for that special lady in your life (or for yourself! ) right on this post. Happy shopping!

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