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Hanna Hotsyk: Dream. Love. Shop.

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Ending our fall 14’ Style Column session beautifully is blogger, Hanna Hotsyk, from the gorgeous blog Dream. Love. Shop. Hanna is a fashion blogger with an exquisite sense of fashion that she features all the time on her darling blog. She mixes elements of European style and French details into eclectic outfits that you won’t want to take your eyes off of. She’s one of our top style muses when it comes to fashion inspiration (put her on your fashion inspo lists, gals)! You won’t get enough of the outfits she is always turning out. Hanna’s blog hasn’t only captured us, but other publications as well, including Teen Vogue, in which she is a contributor. Her talents also have allowed her to collab with many brands and designers such as Daniel Wellington. Doesn’t she sound like a Devil Wears Prada gal? We think so! Gain some inspiration whether it be beauty, fashion, or traveling from this gorgeous soul. Read on for some priceless style and beauty tips she eagerly shared with us!

Cliché: What are you top beauty/fashion routines?
Hanna Hotsyk: I love having a bit more of free time while getting ready to go out. In such situations I spend more time than usually doing my makeup. I love using the highlighter for my cheekbones (my favourite is the Benefit one) or playing with the eyeshadows (Marc Jacobs or Givenchy). I love having my hair curled with a straightener, but be careful, do not do it often because it damages your hair badly.
Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season.
Body Creams and Body Butters (Victoria’s Secret, Body Shop, or Bath and Body Works), Candles (Yankee Candle, Zara Home) and Woollen skirts. Fall is the perfect time to wear a woollen skirt with a warm sweater and a leather jacket on a sunny day!
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Any staple items that you think are fall must-haves?
A warm cozy sweater. Seriously, how can you survive ‘sweater weather’ without a sweater? This season, I am obsessed with grey and I love how grey woollen sweaters look with jeans and leather shorts and olive pants. And don’t forget a matching scarf. I love silky ones. Beige scarf combined with a grey sweater is a must-wear outfit.
What’s your number one tip to feeling confident in what you’re wearing?
Leave enough time for yourself. Do not get ready in a hurry. When you have time to carefully pick an outfit for the day and make your hair and makeup, you always get a satisfied feeling of a finished look. I personally always think of what I am going to wear the day before, try to find something original. It is hard for me to feel special in a pair of simple jeans.

Mariel Mendoza: Lifestyle Blog

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Meet city gal and Manhattan inhabitant Mariel Mendoza from her blog of the same name! She treats New York City as her personal playground and frequently shares her encounters in the Big Apple with her readers. From series such as “First Look” that cover trends, stores, or new things she tries, to “Cover This” in which she focuses on something special, Mariel is continuously staying in the loop of anything and everything in the city that never sleeps. We’ll call her our personal travel tour guide for the city that we can’t get enough of! We know this gal is one to count on after previously living in Las Vegas — she’s a go-getter for sure. Check out her fabulous blog and some of her style and beauty tips she graciously shared with us below!

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Cliché: What are your​ beauty/fashion routines?
Mariel Mendoza:
My beauty routine consists of cleansing, with a face wipe or a cleanser, and doing a swipe of toner. Afterwards, I moisturize under my eyes and around my face and if I plan on going out, this is when I apply moisturizer with SPF. My everyday makeup is fairly light, so I only use Smashbox’s CC cream, a microfinish powder to help mattify my skin, eyeliner and mascara to define my eyes, and a little bit of contouring and blush so I don’t look washed out.
Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season.
Coconut oil, Lush’s Silky Underwear dusting powder, and Fresh’s Sugar Lip Advanced Therapy. You can literally use coconut oil for anything and I find it to be a great overnight moisturizer for the colder months. Lush’s dusting powders are just awesome because not only do they make my skin soft, they’re great for keeping me dry… especially when I’m all layered up and find myself waiting for a train in the hot subways. Fresh’s Sugar Lip Advanced Therapy seems to be the only lip balm that can really combat my dry and chapped lips.
Any staple items that you think are ​fall ​must-haves?
Capes and ponchos are my favorite fall fashion items and every retailer is carrying them this season. Zara has some beautiful ones at the moment but if you have a budget, Forever 21 has cute ponchos for a fraction of the cost.
What’s your number one tip to feeling good in what you’re wearing?
This may seem like a silly thing to consider as a tip, but having clothes that properly fit will make you feel good about what you’re wearing. If you’re wearing poorly fitted clothes, you’re going to find yourself being self conscious about how you look and that will eventually show in photos and your body language. I was actually a victim of this when I had bought a dress that was a size too large and I insisted on wearing it even though the shoulders were large and I constantly had to adjust the straps of the dress from falling off my shoulders. Needless to say, the entire time I was wearing the dress, the only thing I was obsessing about was keeping my straps on my shoulders.

Vicky Sullivan: Aspiring Socialite

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Known as a modern-day Cinderella, Vicky Sullivan is a blogger that has certainly evolved through the online world. After finding herself in a place she wasn’t happy with in the hustle and bustle of New York City, she turned to the internet to switch her life up. Her dream of becoming a socialite out on the town making experiences and meeting people in a fabulous life came true — all thanks to the cyber world! From life adventures of a socialite to tips on beauty and fashion, Vicky has conquered all she could wish for and more. Check out some of the style and beauty tips she shared with us below. You may find some notes on how to make your dreams come true, too!

Cliché: What are your top beauty/fashion routines?
Vicky Sullivan: I have acne-prone skin, so I follow the daily beauty routine my dermatologist gave me very closely. In the morning, I wash my face with Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash. I then moisturize with Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30. Lastly, I apply Acanya, a combination of Clindamycin Phosphate and Benzoyl Peroxide available by prescription only to fight acne.
At night, I again wash my face with Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash followed by CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion. As the final acne treatment of the day, I apply the prescription cream Tazorac. This has really been the secret sauce to keeping acne away.
As far as fashion routines go, it really depends on the season and the occasion. While some days I dress up and do full makeup, other days I wear a t-shirt, jeans, and light makeup.
For more on my beauty routine, check out this post: http://www.aspiringsocialite.com/my-daily-skin-care-routine-revealed/
Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season.
Three products I couldn’t live without this season include thigh-high boots, moisturizer, and black eyeliner. While thigh-high boots are both sexy and functional, a good moisturizer keeps your skin soft and smooth during the winter months. Black eyeliner always brings out my blue eyes perfectly, but I can’t really use it during the summer because it tends to melt off. So I take advantage of the wintertime and wear black eyeliner whenever I get the chance. I love liquid liners the best.
Any staple items that you think are winter must-haves?
A good pair of boots, a favorite sweater, and a pair of skinny jeans are your basic winter must-haves. Leggings and a stylish trench coat are also fabulous to have on hand for the winter.
What’s your number one tip to feeling confident in what you’re wearing?
If you feel comfortable in your own skin, you’ll feel confident in what you’re wearing. Wear what you feel most comfortable in and let your confidence do the rest.
What is your favorite piece(s) from your wardrobe?
My favorite pieces in my wardrobe include my dark skinny jeans, black tank tops, and black boots. My dark skinny jeans can be either dressed up or dressed down and make me look my best either way. Black tank tops are an essential to go under certain shirts and dresses, while black boots show that you mean business.

Ellen Borza: A Pop of Pink

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Need some fall style inspiration? Ellen Borza can feed all of your fashion needs on her gorgeous site, A Pop of Pink. With just some typing and a click, you enter Ellen’s modest yet chic world where she shares her personal style, fashion favorites, “Pink Profiles” that spotlight other inspirational bloggers, and more. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Ellen now attends the University of Pittsburgh as a Communications and Psychology student. Beauty and brains, right? Let’s just call her your modern day Elle Woods! Her blog started from her passion to write, and she made A Pop of Pink into something not only beautiful to look at but filled with beauty and words. Check out some of the fashion and beauty tips Ellen generously shared with us for our Style Column! You may want to add some of her must-haves to your lists as well!

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Cliché: What are you top beauty/fashion routines?
Ellen Borza:
I’ve really come to learn the importance of wearing lipstick in recent months. Now, I hardly leave the house without it. I think it’s important to have a lip color for day and night.

Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season.
A blanket scarf (so comfy), combat boots, and a great dark nude lip for fall.
Any staple items that you think are fall must-haves?
Again, a blanket scarf is so chic and unbelievably cozy. There’s a reason that it’s called a blanket scarf. I also love combat boots when I want to add an edge to my outfit, but I also love my riding boots too.
What’s your number one tip to feeling confident in what you’re wearing?
I think confidence comes from the inside, and I think you should always wear clothing that makes you feel good and represents the best version of you or who you are in that moment.
What is your favorite piece(s) from your wardrobe? 
I just got a navy and white striped sweater dress from the Gap. It’s so comfortable, but it’s also timeless. I’ll be pairing it with my riding boots throughout the fall.

Erica Ligenza: Coming Up Roses

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Meet Erica Ligenza from Coming Up Roses, a blog where she shares snippets of her life with her readers. From love and adventures to girl chat and fashion/beauty tips, Erica keeps her blog posts interesting and eye-catching each week. Posts like “This is me” and “I think I’m a feminist” allow us to dwindle down and really get to know who she is. She’s unapologetic when it comes to letting her readers into her life, letting us become much closer while getting to know her (it’s a bit Taylor Swift-esque, which we never will be able to get enough of). Erica’s blog allows her visitors to sit down and be real; there is no covering up, playing pretend, or making herself polished and perfect. She’s an honest gal who many of us would feel has been a girlfriend we have known for years. We chatted with this incredible and awe-inspiring lady about fashion and beauty tips for our Style Column, so take a peek at her awesome answers on these topics. We’re sure you’ll want to take some notes down too!

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Cliché: What are you​r​ beauty/fashion routines?
Erica Ligenza: I definitely don’t have a set fashion routine; my wardrobe and personal style are both in a constant state of evolution and flux, so I just take to getting day-to-day inspiration from Pinterest and fashion blogs. My beauty routine changes with the seasons. Since it’s chillier now, I’m heavier with moisturizing and experimenting with shea butters and lighter serums for dewy glows. But my #1 beauty secret? Drink water! No matter the season, I see a transformative difference with my skin overall when I’m well-hydrated. It’s really all about glowing from the inside out!

Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season.
To steer clear of the cliché, I’ll avoid the p-word at all costs (you know, the one that sounds a lot like “bumpkin”?). My hair tends to get a bit more flyaway when the temperature drops, so oils are my friends: argan, moroccan, and coconut oils! My favorite is a healing dry argan oil mist by Organix—I swear it works miracles. Otherwise, my go-to body lotion is Nivea’s Smooth Sensation with Shea Butter and HYDRA IQ (the blue bottle). It smells fabulous and moisturizes like mad. Lastly, I love experimenting with stronger lip colors in the fall, but they can’t suck the moisture out of my lips! (Sense a theme yet?) Clinique’s lipsticks have always been one of my fall favorites, as they last long without drying. But my new drugstore addiction is the Maybelline Color Sensational Color Whispers line. It’s one of the softest and creamiest drugstore lipstick lines I’ve found, so it’s one of this season’s must-haves for me.

Any staple items that you think are ​fall ​must-haves? 
Chambray shirts, dark chiffon scarves, legwarmers, fingerless gloves, and ridiculously fun statement necklaces to wear over solid neutral sweaters. I’m also a huge advocate for a killer tote come fall, since I’m a collegiate with way too much stuff to haul around. I love my own metallic MK bag, but I recently discovered Dagne Dover. Their totes are really quintessential for carrying around everything while staying ridiculously organized.

What’s your number one tip to feeling good in what you’re wearing?
Twirl. Literally. While the fashionable effect is most evident in skirts and dresses, just give a little twirl in front of your mirror before walking out the door, and you’re bound to be smiling. And dress for the day! If you wake up feeling a little more body-conscious one day, don’t wear your skin-tight skirt or top…go for a looser look and just work it.

Emily Snider: Em La Jolie

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Gold, glitter, and some French; how much more darling can you get? These little elements make up some of blogger Emily Snider’s site, Em La Jolie. La Jolie stands for the pretty, lovely, or nice-looking, which is a French translation that describes Emily’s blog right on point. This twenty-one year old East Coast-at-heart gal is currently blogging all the way from Paris. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? She shares some breathtaking photos of her travels with her readers, including food reviews, overseas looks, and her thoughts about her Paris journey. Her “101 Things in 1,001 Days” bucket-list post, which she started last year as a New Year’s resolution, is a must-check-out piece on her blog, especially for the holiday season. Try it out yourself (I’m getting mine started)! Continue reading to check out Emily’s tips on beauty/fashion that we had the pleasure of speaking with her about.

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Cliché: What are your top beauty/fashion routines?
Emily Snider:  For beauty, I like to keep my look natural. My go-to routine always involves exfoliating my face, darkening my brows/eyelashes, and a slight cheek contour with bronzer. When it comes to fashion, I’m also a minimalist. I wear a lot of natural and dark hues, but I love to accent my look with a cute scarf, jewelry, or an oversized sweater.
Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season.
Burt’s Bees Peach Ginger Exfoliating wipes (perfect for on-the-go), oversized sweaters, and my Michael Kors Jet Set tortoiseshell watch.
Any staple items that you think are fall must-haves? 
Definitely a pair of leather riding boots. They’re so versatile, comfortable, and practically scream “it’s autumn” when you wear them! Also, big scarves and the oh-so-necessary Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
What’s your number one tip to feeling confident in what you’re wearing?
Comfort comes first. If you’re going to be constantly readjusting, you’re not going to be happy, and you know what Audrey Hepburn says…

Kylee Gwartney: Kbyeee.com

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The classic 1980’s film Pretty in Pink comes to mind effortlessly when it comes to blogger Kylee Gwartney of Kbyeee.com. Her bubbly personality and caring spirit are apparent in everything she writes, from serious fashion points to “Daily Pinspiration.” Being both born and raised in Oklahoma hasn’t stopped this gal from making her mark in the world outside of her home state. She’s a writer true and through, having a published book called Catching the Fever. Can you say girl power? With a touch of sparkles, pink, and her uber cute cat, we definitely can! Get to know Kylee’s personality more through her style and beauty tips! We’re sure you’ll be heading to her blog daily just as we do!

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Cliché: What is your beauty routine?
Kylee Gwartney: My beauty routine always starts out with Rodan & Fields Unblemish line. It really is worth all the hype and works so much better than Proactiv it’s not even funny! I follow up with Bobbi Brown BB Cream, which is my absolute fave because of how flawless it looks even by itself. But to make my skin look as close to perfection as possible, I also use MAC Studio Fix Concealer and Studio Fix Powder in N5. I top it off with NARS Super Orgasm Blush for a hint of pink and Maybelline Falsies Mascara to make my long lashes pop!

Name the top 3 products you couldn’t live without this season.
Rodan & Fields Microdermabrasion Paste, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Lotion from Bath & Body Works, and Rodan & Fields Sunless Tanner.

Any staple items that you think are fall must-haves?
Cable knit sweaters and leopard leggings are eternally my fall staples. I can’t help it; I’ll never get tired of this look! There is nothing better than feeling like you’re wearing pajamas while still looking put-together.

What is your number one tip to feeling good in what you’re wearing?
Make sure what you have on is cute but still comfortable to be in for an extended period of time. There’s nothing worse than having on a skin-tight dress or a tiny belt and not being able to breathe! It might look cute, but you won’t be feeling good about it two hours from now.

Kiara Michelle: KiaraMichelle.com

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Many of us can relate to going to school to achieve career goals, and we end up rushing from class to class, studying really hard to get those good grades, and juggling all of it along with anything else we may have going on. In the midst of teaching ourselves and learning all that we can, we often strive to find something to inspire us, something to pull out the creativeness within our souls. Kiara Michelle, who runs the blog Kiaramichelle.com, is one such 20-year-old college student from Florida making her way in the medical field and inspiring her readers with her bohemian-esque style. Through her blog, she shares how you don’t just have to stick to one field in life. Instead, she believes you should move with your heart, try out as many of your passions as you can, and let your creativity thrive in as many roles as you can manage. She is a perfect example of being both a fashionista (when not in her scrubs!) and a medical student. Talk about the best of both worlds for her! Check out just how passionate Kiara is about living your life to the fullest and how adding some style will make life feel more loved.

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Cliché: What are you​r​ beauty/fashion routines?
Kiara Michelle:
I don’t think I have a certain fashion routine just because whatever mood I’m in is what I go for clothing-wise. When it comes to makeup, I am super simple. In college, I don’t feel the need to cake my face; I usually lean towards a nice BB cream to freshen up my face, mascara (it’s a must), and I always love to do a slight contour on the cheeks!
Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season.
This season is exciting for me because I get to play with dark lips and a matte finish face. Three products that I cannot live without this fall season is my Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder to set my foundation (I have a super oily T-zone), my Benefit Hoola bronzer, and of course my Mac lipstick in “Rebel.” I feel like I am fall-ready with those three products.
Any staple items that you think are ​fall ​must-haves? 
My fall must-haves are pretty basic because I love to keep certain pieces casual just to layer up and add one statement item to my outfit. My first fall must-have is definitely black booties because they can go with any outfit. Black booties can give your look an urban/edgy feel, or you can wear them casually and dressy. My second fall must-have definitely has to be a leather jacket/vest. I love the dark look for the fall. A leather motorcycle jacket and wine colored lips is definitely my go-to fall look.

Amanda Sater: The Luxe Lion

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Style blogger Amanda Sater knows just how to remain cool and collected through her fashion and beauty while living in the sunshine state. She shines just as bright as the sun in Florida with her own original style in which she experiments on standing out, expressing herself, and wanting to show other young women that it’s okay not to fit into a “category” that we often see in today’s society. To Amanda, it’s all about using what you have in your own wardrobe, and she shows just how it can be done with her own pieces in her closet. She’s easily and uniquely stylish, and we love how Amanda is a little bit of everything from Blair Waldorf and Little J in Gossip Girl to glitter and punk-rock in trends. She’s not afraid to try out something new, and in doing so she makes us dare to go out there and rock anything. Check out her tips for rocking your own unique style below!

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Cliché: What are you​r​ beauty/fashion routines?
Amanda: I’m a big morning person, so I usually shower and brush my hair (it’s naturally straight, so I don’t use any products!) before figuring out my outfit and makeup. I usually have one piece that inspires me for the day, and I build the rest of my look around that. For makeup, I use foundation, cover up, and liquid liner, and I curl my lashes before applying mascara!

Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season.
I definitely think my overalls from Agape Boutique, my cheetah-print Anthropologie oxfords, and my cat-eyed sunglasses from Nordstrom are my fall essentials.

Non-stop Beauty With Jeannie Mai

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Jeannie Mai is a very busy women, not only is she a co-host on The Real, she is also the host of How Do I Look? and Style Pop. She loves any chance that she can get to make women feel better about themselves; Mai makes it her priority to motivate, inspire and educate them. She knew at an early age that she enjoyed making women look better inside and out and that is what lead her to become a makeup artist; after that her career just blossomed from there. Since then she has been empowering women through fashion, make-up and conferences. After learning about all the passion she puts into her work and helping women, I wanted to know more about her career and what she thought were the best beauty products on the market. Mai agreed to take a moment and chat with Cliché about her career, passion and inspirations.

Cliché: You recently became a host of The Real. How is working on a talk show different from being the host of How Do I Look?

Jeannie Mai: Co-hosting The Real compared to hosting How Do I Look? is like comparing sequins to velcro–they’re both completely different! On HDIL, it was never so much about me as it was about my guest, helping her to identify herself and to discover how a sense of personal style could change her life. The Real is completely about me–my thoughts, my experiences.. It took me awhile to adjust to talking about myself so much!

Do you ever feel intimidated when working alongside any of your co-hosts on The Real?

Intimated wouldn’t be the right word.. I’d say more in awe. These 4 ladies are all hustlin to pursue their careers, care for their families, and still put a strut to their step. I love it. We’re all very different which makes it fun to tear any topic apart.

As host of How Do I Look, do you feel that you change more than just a woman’s style?

I actually feel the show ends up not being so much about their style at all, but completely about their life. What most women don’t realize is that a sense of “bad style” is really the RESULT of having neglected to give yourself the time that you’re worth. It’s an understandable slippery slope- women today have kids, jobs, husbands, dating… all these focuses that make them concerned about the “other person” besides themselves. You rush through your morning routine to throw on anything to look decent and the next thing you know you hate the way you look in the mirror and you’ve forgotten your best assets. That’s where I come to save the day through HDIL.

Would you say you’ve spent most of your career empowering women and showing them that they can be confident? Does that give you a sense of fulfillment?

Absolutely. When I decided to move to LA, I created “mai” mission statement to keep me on track of my direction: Jeannie Mai celebrates women’s potential. Whether its through makeup, styling, or a talk show, I’m here to show you not just who you are, but what you can become through the blessing of your life.

At what age did you realize you wanted to be a makeup artist? Who were your inspirations?

I knew I had a skill in makeup at around 9, when I began to take a really invested interest in women’s unique features. I love seeing what makes a woman smile, why she’ll crinkle her nose at a funny thought or why her eyes will glaze over at a fond memory. All of these emotions on a face are meant to be colored in and celebrated through makeup! So I would say people, and their individual stories, inspire me most.

How would you compare your style to other celebrities’ style? If you had the opportunity to style a celebrity who would it be?

First, I don’t really compare my style to another person’s. That’s like comparing signatures. They’re both completely different! However I would describe my style as a celebration of sharp confidence. I would love to style Jennifer Lawrence because she has a bod that won’t quit and can wear so many different looks.

 

Read the full interview in our Oct/Nov issue!

Photo courtesy of The Style Network

95 Tips for Your Best Lifestyle Photos From A Beautiful Mess

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I, along with 1.5 million+ others, am a loyal reader of the A Beautiful Mess blog, so naturally when I heard sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman were publishing a book, of course I had to have it. I didn’t even care what the book was about! Sewing? (I can’t sew.) Baking? (I’m alright.) Home decorating? (I can hang a damn good frame.) Whatever it was about, I would buy it, no questions asked. However, much to my excitement, the book was (and is) about one of my newest interests: lifestyle photography.

Filled with tips and ideas on how to photograph your everyday life (and yourself) with your professional camera or smartphone (hello Instagram!), the book is like a condensed version of the popular A Beautiful Mess blog and is very reminiscent of Elsie and Emma’s friendly and engaging writing style. It is loaded with the photographs fans all know and love–from photos of theirs dogs to their homes to their family and friends–plus the stories behind how they were all captured. There are even several chapters dedicated to DIY projects on how to display these new beautiful pictures of yours!

“It’s surprising how much photography has contributed to the growth of our blog,” the sisters told Urban Outfitters recently. “We’ve always taken all our own photos of every feature we create for the blog.” And after blogging for A Beautiful Mess since 2007 (Emma joined in 2010), we can learn a lot from these two!

A Beautiful Mess: Photo Idea Book is currently available on Amazon and other retailers for $13.98.

BY MEGAN PORTORREAL

Featured image courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

2013 Summer Wedding Style: Fun in the Sun

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Summer is the perfect season to stray from traditional wedding settings and attire by moving the ceremony outdoors . With the warm weather, lush green grass and the opportunity to get creative, outdoor weddings are making a statement in a big way.

Even if the bride decides to incorporate a glam wedding gown into her outdoor vows as this bride did, the key is to dress the bridal party and groomsmen down a bit to keep all eyes on the bride.

This bride keeps her dress classic but simple with a mermaid style strapless fit, lace detail and an embellished bust line. The crisp, clean white is ideal to keep all eyes on the bride by making her stand out against the colorful outdoor setting.

Being outdoors provides the perfect opportunity for the groomsmen to add a pop of bright color to their attire as well! The orange-coral color added to this wedding complements the scenery and provides break in the white detail of the bride and the white summer dresses of her flower girls. Not to mention coral is a must-have shade for this summer!

A fresh sundress is key for the bridesmaids in a summertime wedding, and using a solid color with lace detail keeps the attention on the bride while adding to the summer feel of the occasion. Small details, such as adding an orange ribbon belt as this party did to match the groomsmen, provide unity among the entire wedding party.

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Rising temperatures may play a vital role in a summer wedding, so an updo is a must for the bride. Pull the hair up in some loose curls with an statement hair clip a to achieve an elegant yet simple style. It is generally best to keep the bride’s makeup basic and not too heavy by choosing one feature to really bring out, perhaps with a rich plum lip color as this bride did. Add a bold black liquid liner to the top lids with just a brush of light pink shadow, a sweep of blush across the cheek bones, and this fresh-faced bride was ready to say, “I do.”

So whether you are planning an elaborate wedding or simple ceremony, take the summertime as an opportunity to get creative with your big day! Allow some casual dress, or add a pop of bright color to stand out against the natural scenery. The idea of adhering to a traditional wedding is long gone, so have some fun with settings, attire and accessories.

Photos by Kristin Gallagher