Posts Tagged ‘wedding’


photo: justin coit for post designed by kristin ess

Our email box is literally flooded with requests for updos so here’s a fun one to get us all going! This is always a favorite for attending an event. This updo looks gorgeous on any hair color but particularly amazing with hilighted hair because it gives the hair lots of depth and dimension. For lack of a better word, I love the way it becomes “swirly”. Best thing is; it’s easy to do, gorgeous and keeps your hair out of your way for the night. I made this a printable tutorial, so all of the steps are next to the photos. Enjoy!

Tools you’ll need: curling iron (to prep the hair with waves), sectioning clips, teasing comb or brush, clear elastic rubber band, bobby pins, light to medium holding hairspray (to mist over at the end).

XX Kristin Ess


photo: angela+ithyle/ post designed by kristin ess

I’ve been getting tons of emails about hair for the do-it-yourself bride. We’ll start off with this super simple chignon and work toward more intricate looks down the line. If you have curly or wavy hair, start by straightening your hair. (Have we even done a tutorial on proper straightening yet? No, and noted!)

Often, there is a rehearsal dinner the night before a wedding. I always suggest my brides get blown out for that evening. Freshly blown out hair on your wedding day can be semi-annoying because of the ooool’ pesky fly aways. When you blow your hair out the night before, it has a chance to calm down and settle, significantly decreasing your number of hairs gone rogue. If you think your hair will get dirty over night, a simple burst of dry shampoo on your wedding day will make your hair as good as new! Here’s what you’ll need to create this look:

TOOLS:  2 clear elastics, 5-10 large bobby pins, tail comb or teasing comb, firm holding hairspray and a hand mirror.

TIP: I always advise looking in a second mirror between each step to check your balance. You don’t want to get too far and then have to start over.

I made this particular photo tutorial printable with instructions next to the photos so it can be by your side on your wedding day. If you do choose to wear this classic modern chignon, technically you’re getting something old, something new, and something blue. Borrow a vintage brooch from a friend to add a little sparkle, and you’re all set.



After this past weekend everyone seems to have weddings on the brain.
Obviously, the much anticipated royal wedding took place (and did not
disappoint).  I, myself, spent the weekend in beautiful Princeton, New
Jersey attending another wedding.  (Slightly smaller, just as lovely).
So I thought I’d write a quick note on my thoughts regarding wedding
glam.  When attending a wedding, subtle is always best.  Think soft,
pretty or romantic instead of sultry, edgy or drastic.  The bottom line is
weddings are about one girl and one girl only. She’s the one wearing
white… and possibly something blue.  It’s her day to shine so save that
statement-making look you’ve been dying to try for another event.
When choosing a hair style, opt for something simple and classic.
Maybe soft curls or a smooth up-do. Keep makeup clean with a neutral
palette. Every wedding is different, but whether it is a grand black
tie event or a backyard BBQ, keep wedding hair and makeup polished
and pretty.

XO Lauren