Stylishly Green

It's been about a year since I tried my first green drink and I've been obsessed with perfecting my own ever since. I'm always trying new combinations to create interesting, refreshing and healthy shakes. The benefits of incorporating kale into your diet are incredible. These shakes fill me up and energize me. As I prep for my walk down the aisle, I'll definitely be making these a more regular part of my diet.

Here's one of my original recipes I've been sipping on lately!

Stylishly Green
1 1/2 cups of torn, stemmed kale leaves
1 large banana
1/2 cup of orange juice
1/2 cup of frozen pineapple chunks
5 ice cubes

Pulse until frozen elements are crushed. Then, blend into a smooth consistency. To thicken, add more ice. Love this recipe or have one of your own to share? Let me know in the Comments section below, or tweet @TheStylishOne_. Stay healthy and stay stylish!

 

TSO Spotlight: My Wedding Hairstylist

Image via DarrenLe.com

Image via DarrenLe.com

As a wedding industry insider, and beauty fanatic, finding a hairstylist for my wedding has been one of the biggest challenges I've yet to face during the planning process. Hair and makeup are a big part of your Big Day. Photos last forever and feeling your ultimate best is essential. I searched for months and when I found Master Stylist and Bridal Connoisseur, Darren Le I had a feeling that he would be the person for the job! 

From being named both Boston Magazine and The Improper Bostonian's Best Wedding Hairstylist of 2014 to the countless brides and fashion shoots he's styled, I could tell there was something special about him. I loved what he had to say on his website and his take on bridal styling. His work spoke for itself and his technique was quite evident. However, meeting him in person was even more of a treat.

From the moment I met Darren at G20 spa, I could tell we were style soulmates! He was eager to hear what I had been envisioning and enthusiastic about his craft. He made me feel like I had known him forever. He took the time to truly understand my style, vision, and who I was as both a bride, and a person. He explained how important it was to let your true beauty and personality shine through, and not to feel like you are in a costume when you're walking down the aisle... and, I couldn't agree more.

I was fortunate enough to have my mom along for the trial and she also felt so comfortable and confident in Darren's skills. We kept "oohing" and "ahhing" at each twist of his wrist and flip of his curling iron. Ever since my days at Vera Wang, I've been a big advocate for simplicity over excess and staying true to who you are. I always stuck by my method of helping brides find their "true bridal self" and I loved that Darren shared that same philosophy.

I felt understood, beautiful, and excited for what's to come, and there is nothing better than that. And, when I asked Darren about writing a piece about my experience, he simply told me, "speak from the heart." I was so moved by his authenticity and honesty that I couldn't wait to share this with my readers.

I look forward to continuing to perfect my Big Day look with Darren and for my girls to have the chance to experience his artistry, knowledge, and welcoming personality. I can't wait to share the finished product with all of you this summer!

Darren, you are a true treasure to Boston and I am honored to be sharing this time with you.

Xo

Julie

Contact: DarrenLe.comDarren Le at G20 Spa857.205.4629 | Facebook 

Beauty: Drugstore Dupe from Almay

I absolutely love finding affordable, beautiful dupes for high-end products. This balm from Almay in "Blooming" is the perfect dupe for Urban Decay's Naked Lipgloss in "Love Child." What I love about the balm is that it's not too sticky, and it's a perfect shade of pink. Urban Decay's gloss definitely lasts a bit longer when it comes to the color, but this is a great substitute for glam gals on a budget!

Both products have great results and lasting effects on your lips. According to Urban Decay, "86% of participants had a significant improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and said their lips felt nourished... 76% had a significant improvement in volume and hydration." So, if you can afford the $20 price tag, it's definitely worth it!

If you're looking for something more affordable, that is still good for your pout, Almay's Color + Care is gluten-free, hypoallergenic, and has lip conditioning properties for less than $5. Either way, your lips are going to feel luscious and look beautiful. These two shades are ideal for a natural, feminine look. 

Do you have a favorite makeup dupe? Let me know in the Comments section below, or tweet @TheStylishOne.

Get Inspired

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With just months until the wedding, I'm beginning to immerse myself in all the things that originally inspired my love of weddings. This book started it all. While working at Vera Wang, I learned the passion, art, business, and beauty of weddings. I learned that there is no definition for the "perfect" bride because the beauty of brides lies within their individuality.  

As I prepare for my Big Day, I want to tap into the magical side, so I don't get too overwhelmed by the technical. I know things will not always go as planned, but I want to continuously remind myself of the real reason behind weddings, and that is love.  

I want this time to be filled with inspiration so that I am able to tap into exactly what will make us both happy, excited, and moved on our wedding day. So, here's to the next few months and to the celebration of the love I've been so fortunate to find. 

I'd love to know who or what inspires your wedding aesthetic. Leave a comment below or tweet me @thestylishone_!

Fujifilm Fun

Image via Urban Outfitters

Image via Urban Outfitters

Add Fujifilm's INSTAX Instant Smartphone Printer to the top of the "Want It" list! You can easily print pictures directly from your smartphone or tablet through the use of Wi-Fi printing. For a blogger on the go, with a passion for photography, this is definitely a must-have item. I can't wait to get my hands on one soon! What's your must-have gadget of 2015?

Time Flies

When people tell you that your engagement will fly by, they're not kidding. I can't begin to tell you all how quickly the time has gone by. It's already been a year since Stephen proposed and it feels like it was yesterday. It's definitely a bittersweet feeling to know I'll only be his fiancé for this short time, but our Big Day can't come soon enough!

Over this past year, we have planned a huge majority of our wedding, and my experience within the wedding industry has served me well. Having the knowledge of where to go and who to talk to has certainly been helpful throughout the planning process. However, knowing all the possibilities can make certain decisions extremely difficult to make. 

One thing people don't often speak about is choosing your date. When selecting your wedding date, it's important to know what makes you and your fiancé comfortable. In addition to the time of year, you also want to make sure you have a timeline you can manage. If you're the type of person who loves to act in the spur of the moment, you won't need much time to plan. But, if you're like me, and need organization and details ironed out in advance, give yourself a little extra time.

Once you've set a date, my biggest piece of advice would be to make a list of each of the major things you need to do. Dedicate time to each of those items so you can enjoy the process. Choosing a team of professionals to work on your wedding can be stressful, but it's also a priveldge to speak with such talented people who have a passion for the business. You learn so much about what you want and what is possible for your Big Day. Just follow your instincts and don't put too much pressure on yourself. The most important thing is that you give yourself enough time to figure out who you want to work with and what you need.

We're fortunate enough to have most of our team put together. We have a fabulous photographer, Sweet Lady Jane Photography, a wonderful videographer, Ryan James Videography, a great DJ and lighting pro, Julian Sayles, and a beautiful venue, which we'll tell you about soon. We're still looking for hair and makeup pros, but I think we're getting closer! I can't wait to share all the details with you.

I just want to make sure I soak up these last few months and enjoy each moment with my fiancé, family, and friends. It's such a magical, stressful, exciting, challenging, rewarding, and beautiful experience. I just have to remember to accept help, breathe, laugh, and relish in the moments.  I will certainly look back on this time and smile.

Have questions about wedding planning? Need advice? Leave a comment below or tweet @thestylishone_.

Happy planning!

Holiday Gift Guide: Decor

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I'm so excited to share my second gift guide with you! This collection was curated for those who love just a touch of clean, cool glamour in their home. It's all about amazing textures, neutral pops of metallic, and unique pieces. From the scents in your home to the art that you share, each detail tells your story.

1. Minted: Foil-Stamped Wall Art | 2. Vessel Candle Co.: First Snow | 3. Rifle Paper Co.: 2015 Honey Bee Calendar | 4. One's Nest: Pristine Pineapples | 5. Amara: Welcome Mat | 6. Jayson Home: Honeycomb Brass Bowl | 7. Erin Gates: Elements of Style | 8. Inslee: Elephant Print | 9. West Elm: Knitted Sequins Throw | 10. Macy's: Kate Spade Tidbit Plates | 11. SKÍNA: Magazine Rack | 12. Crate & Barrel: Marble Tic-Tac-Toe Set | 13. Society Social: Bar Cart | 14. Joss & MainCasablanca Gold Leather Pouf

Whim Events Wedding 101

Twinkling lights, delicious bites, happy couples, exciting giveaways, and a plethora of wedding wisdom... that's exactly what I experienced at Whim Events' Wedding Planning 101 workshop. Whim Events welcomed attendees to a special workshop right in their very own studio that was as fun as it was informative! 

I have to admit, as a part-time member of team Whim, and an industry insider, I thought I knew it all... but Co-Founder Natalie Pinney taught all of us some new tricks that night! The information that was shared was beyond valuable. From creating a wedding timeline to budgeting and vendor negotiations, this was truly one of the most helpful wedding events I've ever attended.  

Whim also had some great partners involved in the evening, such as Katie Noble PhotographyChef's TableSeason to TasteGordon's LiquorsFlask & Funnel and Yennygrams Calligraphy. The food was delicious and their champagne toast was the perfect way to kick off the evening. 

If you're planning on tying the knot, and live in the Boston area, be sure to stay tuned for Whim's next workshop and consider them for your Big Day! Visit Facebook.com/WhimEvents for updates and information on all things Whim. Cheers! 

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty

With the holidays just around the corner, I thought I'd create a series of holiday gift guides for all you "Stylish Ones" out there... starting with beauty! Here are some of my favorite products and some that I'm dying to try. What's on your beauty wish list this year?

1. The Drybar: Curling Iron, Brushes, Clips & Blow Dryer | 2. Tarte Cosmetics: The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer & The Slenderizer Bamboo Contouring Brush | 3. Beauty Blender:  beautyblender® & blendercleanser® | 4. Crest: 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips | 5. Fresh: Sugar Lip Treatment (untinted) | 6. Guerlain: Lingerie De Peau BB Cream SPF 30 | 7. Pink Sugar: Pink Sugar Eau de Toilette Spray | 8. Zoya: Polish in "Brigitte" | 9. Sigma Beauty: Essential Kit Mr. Bunny | 10. Boscia: Restorative Eye Treatment for Under-Eye Bags | 11. Boscia: Self-Defense Vital Antioxidant Moisture SPF 30 | 12. Urban Decay: Naked3 Shadow Palette | 13. Make Up Forever: Professional Bag

The Dress!

Gisele, Megan, Mila and I at Vera Wang Boston

Gisele, Megan, Mila and I at Vera Wang Boston

I've always loved this photo from my time at Vera Wang in Boston. It's so crazy to think that in the coming weeks, I'll be on the other side of the dress searching experience! I know the anxiety and excitement that a bride feels from helping so many brides find their dream dress and it's so surreal to be experiencing that myself. I know my mom, MOH and bridesmaid will be the perfect team to help me find the dress of my dreams, but I just hope it's out there!

From the cut to the fabric, Vera has definitely spoiled me. It will be difficult not to compare every gown to her perfect designs, but I will have to break out of my shell and try some new things to make sure I find the perfect dress. I want it to epitomize who I am and who I want to become as a wife to the love of my life!

So... here we go!

TSO Spotlight: Our Wedding DJ

I recently wrote an article for BostonMagazine.com regarding finding the perfect DJ for your wedding. I shared inside tips for finding and working with your DJ because I truly believe that music is an extremely important element of any wedding As a bride-to-be, writing the article inspired me to share my own personal experience with my readers here on The Stylish One! 

My fiancé and I are blessed enough to be blending multiple cultures together to create a family of our own. We wanted to make sure that our guests felt welcomed in their own language, had fun dancing to music they enjoyed, and that our specific requests would be worked into the playlist. Therefore, we went on a search for a talented, bilingual DJ.

After many website visits and phone calls, we were lucky enough to find Julian Sayles of Team Sayles in Boston! What impacted our decision was Julian's professional, yet personalized approach, and eagerness to understand exactly what we were looking for. From personalized playlists to state-of-the-art equipment and custom uplighting, we knew that Julian would be a great choice. However, what really sealed the deal was when he told us that his wife works with him and that she could be our bilingual MC for the evening! 

After speaking further with Julian, I found out that he offered LED flat screen TV’s, custom slideshows, digital monogram highlighting, video mixing and ambient dance visuals... basically, anything you could imagine! And, although we opted for a more classic setup, we thought it was very cool that he had so many options to offer couples. If you're planning your Biggest Day, be sure to visit TeamSayles.com!

Review of Team Sayles from real life newlyweds, Caroline and Garrett

As I said in my piece for Boston Magazine, a good wedding DJ helps set the tone of your whole affair. Don't be afraid to ask questions, take the time to speak with or meet the professional in person, and be honest about what you're looking for to create an pleasant experience for both parties.

For more tips and suggested questions, take a peek at my latest piece: Finding the Right Wedding DJ. Have additional questions about planning your Big Day? Leave a comment below!

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Emily Maynard Ties the Knot!

From her gorgeous gown to the quiet magic of the decor, Emily Maynard's wedding was nothing short of a heartfelt fairy tale. We love the soft color palette and chic rustic details. Emily looked stunning a Moddern Trousseau gown and sash. Her adorable daughter, family and friends were on hand to celebrate the couple and their love. We are so happy for Emily and wish her all the best! Check out more of this beautiful wedding here on Style Me Pretty.

Photos: Corbin Gurkin Photography

We're on WellWed!

Wow. Words can't describe how exciting it was to see our engagement session on WellWed today! Our amazing photographer, Katie Hammond of Sweet Lady Jane Photography was the lady behind the lens. We can't thank her enough for capturing these special moments for us.

Stephen, my love, thank you for asking me to be your wife. I will never forget this special walk along Boston Harbor. I can't wait for all the magic to come!

Thank you to the WellWed team for this unforgettable honor. 

Dressed in Denim

What's better than mommy and baby matching? When Kim and North are the duo, of course! We are absolutely loving this laid back look on Kim and North. These two beauties show us how to look fresh and beautiful, while rocking effortless, casual clothing. I know what look is going to inspire my attire this weekend. How about you? Will you be donning denim this weekend?