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Our 5 Favorite Tinted Moisturizers...Ever!

Ever since BB creams burst onto the beauty scene, tinted moisturizers have taken a back seat to their souped-up cousins. The thing is, a lot of people still love tinted moisturizers (myself included), and for good reason. I actually consider them to be the best way to achieve that no-makeup makeup …

14 Summer Desserts from Willow Bird Baking (plus some from other blogs!) - Willow Bird Baking

<i>Thanks, Foodie, for sponsoring this post.</i><p>Thank you so much for filling out my reader survey! If you haven’t yet, you can still do so here. I’m not …

Video: A Must-Watch Commencement Speech for Creatives at Every Stage in Their Journey

Neil Gaiman is an author, a writer whose work you have probably read at some point or another, but the advice he offers in this 20-minute …

The Anatomy of a $6,500 Shoe

Photo: Mary Rozzi<p>Personally, I love luxury. I don't scoff at price tags for designer dresses (at least, not often), because as someone who works in fashion, I understand that an incredible amount of thought, creativity, and effort goes into producing those garments. But every now and then, I'll see …

12 Expert Tips For Photographing Cityscapes At Night

<b>Jimmy Mcintyre</b> <i>is a travel photographer and educator. His photos have been published in local and national magazines, including the BBC. His online</i> …

59 Alternative Engagement Rings for the Non-Traditional Bride

Today's bride is hardly cookie cutter–and her engagement ring shouldn't be either. In the interest of the individual, peruse these uncommon heart-stoppers.<p>In dreaming about your engagement ring, a simple solitaire rarely comes to mind. Rather than debating the nuances of a cushion cut vs. a radiant …

10 DIY Hair Masks for Every Hair Type

When a new season arrives, it’s time to freshen your look and adjust your beauty routine. While the warmer temperatures brighten your mood and vacation plans, they don’t always do the same for your hair and skin. DIY hair moisturizers may do the trick in winter, but in the spring and summer your …

Hair Care

Galia Lahav Wedding Dresses: La Dolce Vita Collection

We’re having a bit of a fashion frenzy on Bridal Musings this week as we showcase the latest bridal collections hot off the catwalks of New …

Best in Bridal: Spring 2015

The season of wistful white dresses is upon us. Get a glimpse at what you or the betrothed ladies in your life will be wearing for their upcoming nuptials with the best looks from each of the top collections—Oscar and Vera, Marchesa, oh my…<p>The season of wistful white dresses is upon us. Get a …

Weddings

Spring Hair Awakening: The Pixie

We're well into April now, which means we can officially pull off our hats and hoods, and shake our hair out into the sunlight. But, our spring hair …

Hair

Stunning Photos of 8 Million Flower Petals Raining Down on a Costa Rican Village

When your day involves eight million flower petals, you either have a VERY upset significant other, are St. Valentine himself, or you’re doing a …

Photographer Gives 11-Year-Old the Gift of a Walk Down the Aisle with Her Dying Dad

Photographer Lindsey Villatoro of Lovesong Photography recently did something that is warming the hearts of the entire photo community and beyond: …

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The Wedding Garter Co. Debut Collection (And a Very Special Reader Treat)

Whether it’s your Something Blue or your Secret Something, your wedding garter is a chic accessory, and a unique keepsake of your special day.<p>It can …

8 Stunning Vintage Engagement Rings—and the 1 Tool You Need to Buy an Engagement Ring Online

I'm not in the market for an engagement ring, but I still <i>occasionally</i> enjoy browsing the online selection. Fine, constantly. And while I would TOTALLY buy an engagement ring online, I wouldn't consider doing so without seeing the ring on a hand. (Or even one of those creepy fake hand replica …

Belle The Magazine - Weddings

One of our all-time favorite wedding dress designers, Galia Lahav Haute Couture, has just launched her very own collection of incredible evening …

Chocolate Celebration Cake for 100

How often do you get to make a 90th birthday cake? Not often enough, I'm sure. When I found out this milestone was on the horizon for our own sweet …

Elegant Maui wedding inspiration

Mar <i>4</i><p>Categories Wedding Inspiration<p>Wendy Laurel Photography + the folks over at Pacific Weddings magazine are lucky enough to have the Maui beaches at …

The Wonderfully Bizarre Paintings of Christian Rex van Minnen

View Gallery<p>One of our favorite artists that we learned about last year was Rhode Island-born, Christian Rex van Minnen. The paintings he had at …

The Cat Eyes of Paris Fashion Week (and the Perfect Liner for the Look)

<i><br>Photo: Christian Dior A/W 2014 Collection. Dominique Charriau / WireImage</i><p>A good cat eye never really goes out of style, and that was never more clear …

“My goal is to make images that are familiar and dreamlike, evocative of an almost unreachable memory.”–Vanessa Marsh 

<i>“My goal is to make images that are familiar and dreamlike, evocative of an almost unreachable memory.”–Vanessa Marsh</i><p>In photography, as in all forms of art, one must travel their own path. Seeing the work of Vanessa Marsh for the first time, I immediately sensed that this young, Oakland-based artist was following a particular vision. It’s refreshing to see images that ask us to slow down, look and ponder what we see.<p>Her work, which combines a variety of techniques including drawing, sculpture …

Unique Wedding Invitations: Laser-Cut Stationery

It's been a while since I've been THIS excited about a piece of paper—but these laser-cut wedding invitations from Avie Designs are worth getting excited about. Check 'em out:<p>Ritzy Wedding Invitations, $973 for 100.<p>Wouldn't you be SO psyched to get one of these in the mail? I'd pretty much assume …

Honeymoon Planning by Mr & Mrs Smith

<b>SMP: We are fascinated by the beauty of Italy, but want to try something new. Where else would you recommend that has a similar feel?</b><p>Jasmine: If you …

13 Tips For A Tempting Cake Table

Serving multiple cakes at your reception is a surefire way to satisfy the sweet tooth of each and every guest (plus the spreads are just so pretty!). …

Review: Olympus 25mm f1.8 (Micro Four Thirds)

When Olympus first told us about their 25mm f1.8 lens, we were thrilled that they finally created one. For many years, the scene has been dominated …

All 5 Parts of the Beyoncé Documentary are Here, Hooray! (VIDEOS)

Trying to breathe. Not succeeding.<p>The time has finally come, ladies and gents! All five parts of Beyoncé's short documentary have dropped on her YouTube channel and we're pretty sure 75 percent of the views they've racked up are from us watching on repeat. Each video is better than the last, …

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Bridal Musings

Announcing The Dream Wedding Location!

You met our dream wedding couple, you read their touching story, and you voted for their location. (Right?!) Well if you'll recall, the options for …

I'm Letting My Wife Go

I'm sure it may come as a shock to some people, but I let my wife go. It was one of the hardest things I've had to do, but it was the right thing for the both of us.<p>No, we're not getting a divorce and no, we're not separating. Truth be told, the practice of "letting go" has actually brought us …