The Secret to Silky Smooth Summer Legs
Spring has sprung in Arizona which means its time to pull out the shorts, tank tops and sundresses and start thinking about silky smooth summer legs and skin. Even though Arizona winters aren’t harsh compared to other parts of the US, our skin is often neglected as we bundle up in tights, jeans and sweaters. We asked our experts for some simple tips to supercharge your skin for the sunny days ahead. Here is what they had to say:
Detox Your Skin
Dry brushing is a great way to stimulate a number of organs through a gentle massage. It also helps the lymphatic system, eliminates ashy dead skin, strengthens the immune system, can eliminate cellulite, stimulates the hormones, and can help tighten skin through better circulation. Step into the shower (or bath) and brush your skin using dry bristles. We recommend a brush that has 100% natural boar bristles for maximum exfoliation.
Condition While You Shave
If you are looking for a great alternative to shaving cream then look no further. Coconut oil is a natural, cost effective, multi-use product that will condition your skin while you shave away the stubble. Not only will your legs be silky smooth, you will smell like you just stepped off the beach. Don’t forget to run a smidge over your arms and shoulders as well.
After your shower don’t forget to add moisture to your body.
We love Hempz because it is enriched with 100% pure natural hemp seed oil, is paraben-free, gluten-free, 100% vegan and THC-free, contains vitamins A, C and E to help protect skin from natural and environmentally triggered oxidants AND it provides tons of hydration and nourishment. Plus, it is available in 11 different scents so you are bound to find one you absolutely love!
Now you are summer ready to slip on your sandals and tackle the world with perfect silky smooth, glowing skin.
Back in September we teamed up with the talented Mandy from Mi Amore Photography to do a styled wedding photoshoot at Aldea at Tlaquepaque. We have anxiously been waiting to receive the pictures and we are now so thrilled to be sharing them! The concept for the photoshoot was that perfect mix of classic, holiday fun with a slight edge. The details fell into place perfectly, from the grooms sharp tux and red velvet bow tie to the brides tattoo sleeve and crimson red lips to the dramatic floral pieces amongst the romantic twinkle lights, this shoot felt like a festive, intimate wonderland! Trust us you’re going to want to pop a bottle of bubbly and put on your favorite tunes and soak in all this beauty!
Shoutout to our stylist Renee for pulling off this classic edgy bride look!
Also thank you to all the amazing vendors that made the photoshoot come together!
Venue – Aldea at Tlaquepaque
Photography – Mi Amore Photography
Makeup & Hair – Renee from Babydoll Weddings
Florals – Andy Castano Design
Dress – Ivory Row Bridal
We love showcasing Babydoll Weddings real brides and their romance stories! This issue features Christina Koch and John Koch dishing about their favorite wedding moments. Would you like to be considered for our Real Bride Series? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the information.
What is your name and your groom’s name? Christina and John Koch
What was your wedding date? Saturday, November 1, 2014
How did you and your groom meet? Plenty of Fish website and met for the first time at Ah-So Sushi in Tempe. Needless to find out later he didn’t even like sushi but remembered that I love it.
We are dying to know, how did he propose?! After a dinner in San Diego and a walk on the beach he proposed on the balcony of our ocean view top rise hotel. I was a balling mess.
Where did you find your dress? Would you say that finding your dress was relatively easy or difficult? David’s Bridal had the dress that I fell in love with but I couldn’t afford it so I bought a less pricey one at Strut. I kept going back to David’s website to look at my dream dress and one night it was on clearance in my price range! Needless to say, I bought it right away and was so thrilled! I still have both dresses but the first one I loved was the one.
Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any special meaning behind the choice of the venue(s)? We chose the Manor at Catlin Court because it was small and cute and had everything that we wanted. I grew up in Glendale and Phoenix so for me it was a no brainer.
What kind of flowers did you have in your bouquet and at the ceremony/reception? I chose orange and teal as my colors so we chose orange roses with orange mini flowers and teal ribbon and added yellow calla lillie’s tinted with orange for John and me. The flowers were gorgeous.
What was the flavor of your wedding cake? My dad made my cake. It was a perfect small cake in lemon with lemon curd filling and rosette swirl orange icing. So cute.
Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they? We had a photo booth for our guests which also turned into our guest book it was a blast and everyone loved it!
What details from your wedding that made it unique to you? We had our vows made traditional and funny. We had a plant that our mothers watered and then we watered together to feed the roots and symbolize our growing family.
Other than marrying your husband, what was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day? All the songs I picked for individual people. When they played each person got super emotional. It was just perfect!
Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go? We did a small honeymoon in Phoenix at West Gate and took our official honeymoon 3 months later in Jamaica!
What is one piece of wisdom you learned from your planning experience that you would like to share with future brides? Just go with the flow as nothing’s worth crying about unless it’s raw chicken.
Who were some of the other vendors that were a part of your dream team? We did most ourselves. Glendale Florist was fantastic and hand delivered everything.
5 Easy Steps to Banish Under Eye Bags
Let’s face it, sometimes it’s hard to get those full 8 hours of sleep, or some days you wake up and your skin just looks a little puffy. Use these 5 easy steps to banish under eye bags! Simply grab your favorite beauty blender, your favorite bowl and fill it with iced water and follow these steps to watch your skin tighten and saggy bags disappear.
1.Place the beauty blender in a bowl of cold water.
2. Squeeze out any excess water.
3. Press and roll on your face. Especially the parts that you want to depuff and tighten.
4. Afterwards you may use that same beauty blender to put your foundation!
5. Violá! You’ll now look well-rested and be ready to take on a busy day!
Our Real Bride this issue was married just little over a year ago
and we are still in love with the story of how he proposed! Read more below!
Handle the Heat While Staying Fresh and Dry
Don’t sweat it, dolls! As the temperatures begin to climb in AZ (can you say 96 degrees in mid-March #dolls?), we turned to our stylists for some simple tips to keep you fresh and dry on your big day, and the days leading up to and long after you walk down the aisle. All you need is some baby or talcum powder, a large makeup brush, and a little help. Simply brush a light coat of powder over your chest, back, underarms and any other area that may need attention (under the bust line or around your thighs). Don’t be afraid to ask your maids for help reaching your back. We all know they will do anything for you! Now you are ready to dance the night away with your handsome husband.
A Day to Cherish is a wedding planning company whom we have had the pleasure of working closely with on weddings and most recently a photoshoot for AZ Finest Wedding Sites & Services magazine. We so enjoyed working with Cara and her team on that shoot so we wanted to feature her and her company for this Friday’s Friendor! Read more about this wonderful company below!
Nicole and Abraham recently were married in June of this year, so safe to say we were excited to receive their wedding photos! With dark purples and light pinks incorporated so well into every detail of the wedding, truly made for a beautiful June wedding. The grooms’ cake made us all smile; we love seeing all aspects of the bride and groom’s personalities show through out their special day! Read more below to learn more about their special day!
We’re so pleased to introduce Erin! We did her wedding a couples months ago, and we have to say it was the perfect combination of simplicity and elegance. Can you believe her dress what actually made by her maid of honor! How sweet is that! You’re going to want to click below to see all the details.
There’s nothing less satisfying than not getting those full 8 hours of sleep, and when if comes to planning your wedding, or just dealing with everyday life it can be hard. Thank goodness for the magic and wonders of concealer! Now you might be used to putting on your concealer by tracing a half-moon right on the dark circles under your eyes, but for a more seamless look try tracing a downward triangle. This way the bottom point reaches the apples of your cheeks and the other two points should reach the corners of your eyes. This trick helps you blend the color with the rest of your face while also highlighting your cheeks! Give it a try and let us know what you think!