5 Tools Every Makeup Enthusiast Should Be Using

Hello Friends!

It has been a minute! Between wedding shows, illnesses (that flu!) classes in Seattle and Hawaii and life it has been a busy month for me! Thankfully January is over, February really kicks off the 2017 season for me with early spring weddings tucked in intimate forest settings to big city affairs like the one I worked on last week with New Creations Weddings with Erika Hernandez at The Arctic Club in Seattle! Just wait until you see the photos Alante Photography shot from this one, seriously my gorgeous bride Elise was a knock out! the 2017 season has me booked in some really show stopping locations this year, I hope you stick around to see all the beautiful weddings I will be a part of from Iceland and Napa to Kauai and New Orleans- and a personal trip coming up next month to TOKYO its going to be an amazing year!

Blah blah blah Anne! enough already right? let's chat beauty and the 5 things you really should have in your personal makeup kit

Number one on my list and its a must have for great skin, is your skin prep!  Of course, I have my all time favs for moisturizer, eye cream and more but as long as you are using great product that YOU love and agrees with your skin you are winning! 

 

We must talk concealer, I work with so many clients who skip this and please don't! A little concealer goes a long way. Once you have prepped your skin like a pro, concealer will serve as your new "less makeup BFF!" I am a HUGE fan of NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer and they just came out with a new one, Soft Matte Complete Concealer. I love the finish, this is great for anything you want to cover, correct and hide on your face but don't swap this for the Creamy Radiance keep that bad boy for under your eyes and use the Soft Matte elsewhere- they are a great team! 

Seal the deal! ok, not that deal but your makeup! Why spend so much time working on your face to only have it wear off mid day? two of my favorite setting sprays are Urban Decay All Nighter and PPI Blue Marble SELR Sealer Spray oh and click that link, happy makeup shopping you are welcome! 

Photo Rick + Anna Photography 

Photo Rick + Anna Photography 

To create beautiful makeup you need good brushes! period and my favorite way to collect them is the super affordable month brush club from Morphe Brushes. For $20 a month you get at least 3 brushes a month shipped to your door click HERE to check out the club its SO worth it! 

These pink little egg shaped things are your makeup BFF! use them damp to perfectly apply your skincare, foundation, concealer, cream blush and so much more! I have tried them all and I swear by the actual Beauty Blender brand hands down above all the knock offs! Shop HERE

 

Studio Sessions:Chapter One|The Sweet Life with Lauren Anderson

Have you ever seen that funny meme floating around about makeup artists? The one that shows all the different exaggerated perceptions about working in makeup? no? Well here ya go, this meme always cracks me up because its kinda true. I mostly wash brushes, lots and lots of them every week and sometimes I am lucky to work on a semi famous face but its mostly wonderful everyday women and a few men from time to time

I wanted to think of a way to pull back the curtain a little to share with you what the full time life of a makeup artist looks like and also introduce you to some of the amazing people I am lucky to work in the creative community with. So today, I am kicking off a fun series called Studio Sessions, my own little hang out time in the studio with other creatives and strong entrepreneurial women in the PNW where we talk about building a business, our own attempts at work life balance (giggle), struggles, success and yes, we play with lots of makeup! 

For my first session I invited Lauren Anderson to hang out, she is the owner and lead baker of Pacific Northwest Cupcakes and seriously she makes the most beautiful and delicious baked goods! Lauren's cupcakes are not only works of art but also are organic, she uses locally sourced ingredients and has gluten and dairy free options!

YUM! In the summertime you can find Lauren at the Snohomish Farmers Market, where she has long lines and her tasty treats sell out every weekend

YUM! In the summertime you can find Lauren at the Snohomish Farmers Market, where she has long lines and her tasty treats sell out every weekend

 

I connected with Lauren online this year through various wedding industry groups and we finally got to meet in person a few weeks back and decided to make this happen. With the help of my very talented friend and wedding photographer Kate from GSquared Weddings we had a date! 

 

Let's start off with a little honesty here, she really doesn't need me.. I mean come on, Lauren is one of those naturally gorgeous women we all envy but she wanted to learn some new makeup tricks!  

Let's start off with a little honesty here, she really doesn't need me.. I mean come on, Lauren is one of those naturally gorgeous women we all envy but she wanted to learn some new makeup tricks!

 

So here is how it started...

Me "tell me about your makeup routine"

Lauren "hahaha I wear mascara, but I want to learn to maybe wear more makeup!"

 

Like girls in a candy store! 

Like girls in a candy store! 

I love a good start up story, why people chose to work for themselves because 99.9999999% of the time it is never about money...Mine is simple, I have blogged about it before I just have a hard time with not being able to travel when I want (queue the small violin) and knew that on my own I could make the same or more money in less than the required 8 hour retail shift.. and then travel more!... but this is not my story today its Lauren's I hope you enjoy this maiden voyage and come back to see who I will interview and style next!

Q I feel like nearly everyone has that first career before they find their creative click, what was yours?

I've done dressage for 12 years , been riding 15 years and I originally moved out to Washington to pursue my dressage riding career (equestrian). I also worked retail at Gap and H&M

 

This was not only Lauren's first experience getting her makeup professionally done, but it was also her first time experiencing airbrush..she said "it tickles"  I wanted Lauren to experience the same makeup application I use on my brides, so airbrush had to happen

This was not only Lauren's first experience getting her makeup professionally done, but it was also her first time experiencing airbrush..she said "it tickles"  I wanted Lauren to experience the same makeup application I use on my brides, so airbrush had to happen

Q What was the spark that drove you to baking and specifically cupcakes?

 I have always had a love for baking, but my business started after I did cupcakes for my son's first birthday, and all of our friends and family LOVED them. So, I just kind of went on a whim and did it! I did it very loosely on the side for a good year, and didn't get super serious until last summer. I only did cupcakes for the first year, and then incorporated small cakes because couples were requesting a small cutting cake, and then discovered I LOVED cakes, so then I offered cakes of all sizes. This fall I launched artisan gourmet brownies. And this year I have plans to launch rustic pies, macarons, and a few other confections. 

 

I recently bought the cult fav Tom Ford Beauty eyeshadow quad in Nude Dip and I am SO obsessed!! For Lauren I wanted to focus on her gorgeous blue eyes, so using a natural palette with a silky shimmer did just that

I recently bought the cult fav Tom Ford Beauty eyeshadow quad in Nude Dip and I am SO obsessed!! For Lauren I wanted to focus on her gorgeous blue eyes, so using a natural palette with a silky shimmer did just that

Q What is the best part of working for yourself?

The best part of working for myself is being able to be with my son so much, and the flexibility to create my own schedule
Blend blend blend! I am using one of the Morphe rose gold beauties here to blend out the shadows to give a very soft yet smokey look 

Blend blend blend! I am using one of the Morphe rose gold beauties here to blend out the shadows to give a very soft yet smokey look 

My tools! I belong to the Morphe Brush club it is a monthly subscription program. For $20 a month you get at least 3 brushes mailed to you and its the best way to grow your collection on a budget! Click HERE for the deets! 

My tools! I belong to the Morphe Brush club it is a monthly subscription program. For $20 a month you get at least 3 brushes mailed to you and its the best way to grow your collection on a budget! Click HERE for the deets! 

Q What was the moment you knew this was going to work? 

The moment I knew this was going to work as a full-time gig was the first time I did one of my specialty cakes - a semi-naked spiced pumpkin cake with salted caramel buttercream, salted caramel drip, dressed with 23k gold leaf and floral. It just hit me. I had a specialty, and that combined with being the only bakery in the area to use only locally sourced organic ingredients, I knew I had something good with a passion I loved.
 
I gave Lauren glowing skin and smokey eyes, on point!

I gave Lauren glowing skin and smokey eyes, on point!

Q You have so many unique flavors, I swear every time you post on Instagram I am looking at my phone drooling! Where do you come up with the flavor profiles?

Flavor combinations were what set me apart from other bakeries before my aesthetic became a focus. I just have this wild skill for coming up with amazing flavor combinations that really hit your palate. Sometimes they're inspired by non-cake desserts, sometimes by drinks, but also they come from meals I've had at favorite local restaurants. I have come up with over 150 flavor combinations, and I am always coming up with more, occasionally rotating some out. It's what my clients find me for and repeatedly come back to me for! It's who I am
One of Lauren's many gorgeous creations, she may have started in cupcakes but she creates some of the most unique wedding and celebration cakes you will ever see!

One of Lauren's many gorgeous creations, she may have started in cupcakes but she creates some of the most unique wedding and celebration cakes you will ever see!

Q What sets you aside from all of the other bakeries and pastry artists out there?

Everything I do is very unique; I have a very niche aesthetic - everything I do is focused around the natural beauty of my ingredients and the pacific northwest, so you'll never find fondant in my shop, and the only food dyes you will find are all natural. Everything I touch has floral in mind!
Because who secretly doesn't want Victoria's Secret hair? I used a large conical curling rod to give Lauren these bombshell waves

Because who secretly doesn't want Victoria's Secret hair? I used a large conical curling rod to give Lauren these bombshell waves

Cookie dough is my kryptonite and of course she knew it, she really didn't but... and it was SO GOOD!

Cookie dough is my kryptonite and of course she knew it, she really didn't but... and it was SO GOOD!

Friends, if you are ever in the north sound reach out to Lauren, follow Pacific Northwest Cupcakes on Facebook and Insta she is always posting something delicious

Thank you Lauren for hanging out with me, it was so fun spending time with you in the studio! Thank you Kate for the amazing photos and check back in to see who I hang out with next!

Pacific Northwest Cupcakes

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lauren@pacificnorthwestcupcakes.com

 

GSquared Weddings 

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Kate@gsquaredweddings.com

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XOXO

Anne

Brows part 2

A few weeks ago I posted on how to create the perfect brows, and I loved all of your comments! It feels great that I can share anything that is helpful, that is my #1 goal with this little page of rambles. But that was just the start, there is SO much more to talk about when it comes to brows including products, waxing and advanced services like micro-blading (its coming up soon) Throughout the year I plan to revisit the topic of brows often, share product reviews and together we will all master the art of our own brows

Browless from the start! me age 8ish

Browless from the start! me age 8ish

This week I called up an old friend, Leslie Mcalister, who is the brow master behind Browz located in Downtown Seattle in the Medical Dental Building. I met Leslie years ago when she worked for Anastasia of Beverly Hills doing brow services in the Flagship Nordstrom store. She took care of my invisible brows, yes invisible hairs that still needed a little waxing and shaping. Since then she has moved in to her own studio right next door, literally attached to the same building! 

Here is what Leslie has to say about trends, taking care of thin brows and more

Q For the last few years brows have been super strong, overdrawn and bold, is that holding on or is the trend changing? "As far as brow trends go less seems to be more right now meaning a groomed brow with less trimming, less filling and more tinting for color and depth followed by a little gel to set and polish the brow"

One of Leslie's clients 

One of Leslie's clients 

Q Biggest mistakes you see with brows? "The biggest brow mistake is still over tweezed and wide-set brows"

Q For my brides or clients who have never had their brows waxed how often should they come in after their initial visit? "3 weeks for maintenance would be ideal" 

Q For someone who got a bad brow job, what is your advice to fix it?  "It can take time to correct an over tweezed brow so getting to a professional as soon as possible would be your best bet and every persons growth is different but to prevent someone from going overboard with the tweezing"

Q Microblading is a huge trend right now, what are your thoughts? "I think microblading is great for someone who is lacking brow hair, you do still have to shape what you have and microblading is not a permanent solution it does still require maintenance and needs to be re-done every year or so"

Thank you Leslie, it is always great to get a pros view on beauty techniques!

I love her little studio, much better than a broom closet at a nail shop some of you are going to..oh I know you are!

I love her little studio, much better than a broom closet at a nail shop some of you are going to..oh I know you are!

Go see Leslie, your brows will thank you!

Go see Leslie, your brows will thank you!

Lash Envy

I love a good lash, who doesn't? From killer mascara like YSL, Armani and Chanel to fluffy gorgeous strip lashes from House of Lashes I love it all! However, the really sad truth for so many of us is deeper than a quick lash fix.. many of you like myself are totally lash deprived, its a beauty epidemic ladies and gents! Personally I struggle with mascara, my lashes are fine and short so short in fact that the cult fav Dior Show mascara brush is way too big to use on my eyes (yes boo hoo!) I've thought about lash extensions over the years, and I tried them once before but they took over 2 hours to put on and they fell out fast, after that I was not a fan! Plus we have all seen so many bad extension jobs, and in my line of work you can multiply that times infinity! 

Over the holidays I threw a little in home candle party with the amazing Kelli Marie Design and in walked my friend Laura and all i could see were these stunning lashes, I don't think she even got her coat off by the time I was all up in her business checking them out- I knew right then I would totally give whoever did hers a shot and that Lash expert is the one and only Carol who owns Lashes by Louie in downtown Edmonds WA (visualize the Wayne's World bow right here, so not worthy)

 

Photo Kat St John 

Photo Kat St John 

For those who are not familiar, lash extensions are individual silk or mink hairs adhered to your own lashes with a semi-permanent glue. They last anywhere from 3 weeks to a month depending on how you care for them. You start off with what is called a full set and then you go back in for a fill. 

 So I set up an appointment with Carol and with the help of my dear friend and photographer Kat St John  we spent an afternoon in Edmonds and left totally understanding why she has a two week long wait list to get in

After a quick Starbucks run we headed over to Carol's studio. Let me start by saying how cute her shop is! located above the boutique Rogue in downtown Edmonds WA. Carol has this little loft all to herself, which is nice because you don't feel like you are in a busy salon, you feel like a guest in her home.  Now, let me also tell you how clean and tidy her studio is, super important because we all know and have seen places that make you worry a bit! Carol is also totally adorable so kind and welcoming, I get why she has a long standing client list, she also has 10 years of experience- gold in my book. After chatting about how I like to wear my lashes and a few standard questions it was time to lay down and let Carol work her magic

Carol worked quickly while I asked her all the questions I wanted to be able to share with my brides

  • Q How soon before a wedding would you recommend getting lashes applied? Carol suggests getting your first set two month prior to ensure you don't have any allergies to the glue, allowing you time to get used to the volume and length and then getting a fresh fill 2-3 days before your wedding day. I totally agree with this, and I went a little less on the full glam side and I already know that when I go in for my fill I will get those bumped up! 

Q Can you wear mascara on top of the extensions? Yes, you can wear a clear gel or traditional mascara from the mid of the lash to the tips

Q How can I make my lashes last as long as possible between fills? Start out by avoiding water and soap the first 24 hours while the glue sets, so yep you have to bird bath it if you plan to shower. Avoid anything oily near the eyes, oils break down the lash glue so those eye creams and eye makeup removers you will really want to be careful of. Less eye makeup is better, you can still totally rock that smokey eye but to get the most wear out of your set you will want to carefully remove your eye makeup. But here's the beauty of extensions, you don't need as much eye makeup on the daily, so that is why so many women opt for them. 

This is the final product, a full set of gorgeous lashes! and yes I am also brow challenged, read below to my brow post 

If you are in the Seattle area and thinking about getting extensions I highly recommend taking a drive to Edmonds to see Carol. She is so fun to talk with, very experienced and she only took 90 mins to put a full set on for me- bonus! Thank you Carol for having us and I will see you soon :)

Thank you again Kat for all the photos!! Kat St John Photography

Lashes by Louie

For bookings appointments and inquiries

524 Main Street
Edmonds, WA98020
1-206-920-6532

lashesbylouie@gmail.com

www.lashesbylouie.com

 

The one vendor a bride should always hire, besides me

Photo Alante Photography Design and coordination by Erika Hernandez with New Creations Wedding Design and Coordination

Photo Alante Photography

Design and coordination by Erika Hernandez with New Creations Wedding Design and Coordination

When booking a client one of the first things things I do is to send over a little Q&A to get a better idea of what their styling needs will be. Its a quick 10-12 set of questions covering the basics like venue, total number of people who will need makeup and hair, the photographer they are working with and who will be paying for all the bridesmaids. All of this information helps me to get an understanding of the bride, her organization and the vendors she has chosen to make her day perfect!

So, that was my old questionnaire... Let me take a step back, a couple of years ago I was on Orcas Island styling a wedding. It was a gorgeous summer day for a cute little wedding at a small private vineyard. Upon arriving I was ushered into a tiny room with my assistant where we had to move every piece of furniture around to even find space to set up. Really no biggie, I can handle most situations with ease.. The bride finally arrives late, completely overwhelmed already at 9 am with table settings, the lunches she needed to order for everyone, the seating arrangements to balance a delicate dysfunctional family (no judgement, we all have them), who had the marriage license?, did grandma make the ferry?, and why the tasting room at the venue was open when it wasn't suppose to be!?.. the frustration wore on her face like a bad contour, it was heavy

One thing to know about me is that I pride myself in my timelines, I get you can't control time but I am not one of those makeup artists that gets everyone out late but here I was trying to wrangle my bride and get her to sit down, get her bridesmaids to show up because we were now running 30 minutes behind schedule. I could go on and on with all the craziness of the day, like the time the bride had to get out of my chair (one of 12 times) to find the bologna for the groomsmen sandwiches or when two family members got in to a screaming match over the seating chart...

But I wont, I will say I left that day adding one more question to my list, WHO is your wedding planner? Because this is exactly the kind of stuff that happens when you don't have one and let me explain the stress level of the bridal suite, it can be high! I mean reeeeeeally high! From 'momzillas' to 'bridesmaidzillas' things can go astray but when you have your own hollywood director who comes with their entire production team all of that just melts like butter! So now, I always ask WHO is your planner? It doesn't mean I won't work with a client who didn't hire one but it does give me a heads up to plan extra time, to understand that they will need a little more hand holding and things just might go off the path at some point. It tells me I need to book more time in the schedule for the unknown, and to get some extra sleep. When a client doesn't have a planner, I always suggest hiring one of our many talented pros even if it is for just the day of. I work with some incredibly skilled planners, these women are the masters of time management and just make magic happen. I reached out to some of my favs and asked what is it that you do that makes such a difference?

 

 

"I don’t like to generalize, but I have many a groom not understand why hiring a coordinator is so important. Which is why it was an incredible complement when one of my 2016 grooms pulled me aside before their grand entrance and said “I didn’t know how much we needed you until today and I thought my wife was crazy for wanting to spend the money. You were the best money we spent on this whole wedding. I still don’t know what exactly you did, but everything just magically happened how it was supposed to and I know you are the reason.” Alex Chalk with Taylor'd Events Group 

Photo Clane Gessel Photography 

"The biggest difference that coordinators make in a day is building the trust with their client that their day will be handled with the love and care that went into creating it. Becoming someone's "best friend through the process" is actually I title that I gained once and it was one of the most flattering things anyone could have said. That means I did my job right. They trusted me to take over one of the biggest days of their lives and guide them through those last hurdles leading up to it. The last two weeks of wedding planning is known to be the most difficult. Having someone to hold together the team of professionals (make-up, hair, entertainment, photography, catering, florals, etc) and be there for those last minute decisions and questions that come up is essential. The couples are always busy dealing with last minute family details so having someone to back you up is priceless" Angela Schoening with Love + Lemons Events Photo Kelly Lemon Photography

"The biggest difference that coordinators make in a day is building the trust with their client that their day will be handled with the love and care that went into creating it. Becoming someone's "best friend through the process" is actually I title that I gained once and it was one of the most flattering things anyone could have said. That means I did my job right. They trusted me to take over one of the biggest days of their lives and guide them through those last hurdles leading up to it. The last two weeks of wedding planning is known to be the most difficult. Having someone to hold together the team of professionals (make-up, hair, entertainment, photography, catering, florals, etc) and be there for those last minute decisions and questions that come up is essential. The couples are always busy dealing with last minute family details so having someone to back you up is priceless" Angela Schoening with Love + Lemons Events

Photo Kelly Lemon Photography

"For most people, you're only married once (or YOMO as we say), so you don't necessarily know what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. That's where we come in. Not only do we help you with the logistical side of things, we help design a day that is authentic to your love story. No two weddings are the same, so we are on a mission to create a design concept tailored to you and your significant other...You give us the go-ahead and we work to finalize those vendor deals. We handle the logistics so all you have to do is sign on the dotted line and do a little happy dance that it's all coming together so perfectly. Think of us as your hype girls, your margarita drinking, bachelor watching girlfriends—we’re here for you." Bixby + Pine Photography Tonie Christine 

"For most people, you're only married once (or YOMO as we say), so you don't necessarily know what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. That's where we come in. Not only do we help you with the logistical side of things, we help design a day that is authentic to your love story. No two weddings are the same, so we are on a mission to create a design concept tailored to you and your significant other...You give us the go-ahead and we work to finalize those vendor deals. We handle the logistics so all you have to do is sign on the dotted line and do a little happy dance that it's all coming together so perfectly. Think of us as your hype girls, your margarita drinking, bachelor watching girlfriends—we’re here for you." Bixby + Pine

Photography Tonie Christine 

 

but, seriously ladies and gents hire the planner if even just for the day because this should be the best day of your life, to celebrate with family and friends and not to worry about where someone hid the lunchmeat ;)

 

XOXO

Anne

 

 

The Red Dress Wedding, Sayulita Nayarit Mexico

The 2016 wedding season was by far the busiest year i've ever had. With over 80 weddings, including 4 far away destinations I was running on Redbull fumes and hope by the end. From local overnights to Leavenworth, Chelan and The San Juan Islands to logging 40k flight miles on Alaska Airlines to reach brides in Hawaii, Boston and Phoenix I was everywhere and my Zuca looks like a beat up old chevy!

The dress photo credit Mandee Rae

The dress

photo credit Mandee Rae

Which brings me to La Gran Final, the wedding of Jessica and Ross (not Rachael and Ross)  aka my end game wedding of the season in Sayulita Nayarit Mexico. I met Jessica when she booked me for a commercial shoot and we quickly got to talking about her wedding... AND when a bride says to you "I am getting married in Sayulita Mexico this fall, I bought a red Vera Wang dress and its over Dia De Los Muertos can you go?" Hello, why YES I can! and there was a heavy emphasis that this was going to be one big party, how could I not? and then she books one of my favorite Seattle photographers to shoot the adventure, Mandee Rae

 

Before I go on, I always say planning a wedding is like writing, financing, directing, producing and starring in your own Broadway musical..now planning a destination wedding is like taking that show on tour. My small roll takes a lot of planning and some luck, especially when your'e trying to guess how humid is 90% really? how much frizz in the hair and shine on the face are we talking? 

Fast forward to 7am Sunday October 30th, it was one of those typical dark cold rainy Seattle mornings but who cares we were off to the land of tacos and tequila!

 

 

We arrived in Sayulita after spending a couple of quiet days in Puerto Vallarta getting our rusty Spanish tuned up, landing on the first night of Dia De Los Muertos and it was pure magic!

We arrived in Sayulita after spending a couple of quiet days in Puerto Vallarta getting our rusty Spanish tuned up, landing on the first night of Dia De Los Muertos and it was pure magic!

Destination weddings are not without their own little surprises, like the bumpy rustic streets all over town (not a lick of pavement) Quaint and rustic but my kit on wheels was not a fan, note to self travel with a backpack from now on! and if you go to Sayulita I highly recommend staying at La Esquina, it is right on the beach and the studio apartments are perfect for a casual yet stylish trip! 

Destination weddings are not without their own little surprises, like the bumpy rustic streets all over town (not a lick of pavement) Quaint and rustic but my kit on wheels was not a fan, note to self travel with a backpack from now on! and if you go to Sayulita I highly recommend staying at La Esquina, it is right on the beach and the studio apartments are perfect for a casual yet stylish trip! 

My first bartering experience was with some local farmers selling 'tres piñas para cincuenta pesos" off the back of a truck... probably a little too much piña for me and Mandee but I was proud to own them!

My first bartering experience was with some local farmers selling 'tres piñas para cincuenta pesos" off the back of a truck... probably a little too much piña for me and Mandee but I was proud to own them!

It has been a dream of mine to experience Dia De Los Muertos in Mexico ever since I lost my own brother. I was living in Phoenix AZ when I lost my brother Ian 9 year ago and through some amazing friends I learned to celebrate the life he had instead of focusing on the grief. I was brought to the happiest of tears as we wandered around the small town square looking at all the alters and tributes to so many loved people who had passed

It has been a dream of mine to experience Dia De Los Muertos in Mexico ever since I lost my own brother. I was living in Phoenix AZ when I lost my brother Ian 9 year ago and through some amazing friends I learned to celebrate the life he had instead of focusing on the grief. I was brought to the happiest of tears as we wandered around the small town square looking at all the alters and tributes to so many loved people who had passed

One of the many alters around town, created by hand over days and made with colored sawdust, candles and fresh veggies

One of the many alters around town, created by hand over days and made with colored sawdust, candles and fresh veggies

My rule of travel is 'get local' skip the chain restaurants and the tourist traps..ok I mean, some tourist spots are classic and must be experienced like the Eiffel Tower and surf on the North Shore of Oahu but when you can try to get as local as possible especially with food. Here is Mandee getting ready to dig in to her first bite (ever) of elote- SO GOOD!

My rule of travel is 'get local' skip the chain restaurants and the tourist traps..ok I mean, some tourist spots are classic and must be experienced like the Eiffel Tower and surf on the North Shore of Oahu but when you can try to get as local as possible especially with food. Here is Mandee getting ready to dig in to her first bite (ever) of elote- SO GOOD!

The town was lit up until midnight then everyone and I mean the entire town, followed the path of the colorful flags that led to the cemetery where the party when on until dawn

The town was lit up until midnight then everyone and I mean the entire town, followed the path of the colorful flags that led to the cemetery where the party when on until dawn

When a makeup artist with a full kit and a photographer who can hold her own as a model find a little down time, photoshoots happen! This was my Francois Nars moment, styled and shot by me  

When a makeup artist with a full kit and a photographer who can hold her own as a model find a little down time, photoshoots happen!

This was my Francois Nars moment, styled and shot by me

 

Look at this food!! For real, this was the freshest avocado, fruit and tastiest chilaquiles ever! So this was how I started off the wedding day, with a big yummy Mexican breakfast...again, eat local! slap your own hand if you try to order a burger or anything remotely familiar

Look at this food!! For real, this was the freshest avocado, fruit and tastiest chilaquiles ever! So this was how I started off the wedding day, with a big yummy Mexican breakfast...again, eat local! slap your own hand if you try to order a burger or anything remotely familiar

The bride and groom rented out Casablanca Sayulita and hosted their wedding party, if you're going to do destination then make it count!  Photo Mandee Rae

The bride and groom rented out Casablanca Sayulita and hosted their wedding party, if you're going to do destination then make it count! 

Photo Mandee Rae

Compete with your own private pool and unicorns! Photo Mandee Rae 

Compete with your own private pool and unicorns!

Photo Mandee Rae 

Time for that hair to happen! So humidity was not my friend, but thanks to Oribe Dry Texture and Shine Light sprays and I won that fight Photo Mandee Rae

Time for that hair to happen! So humidity was not my friend, but thanks to Oribe Dry Texture and Shine Light sprays and I won that fight

Photo Mandee Rae

All ready for that first look Photo Mandee Rae 

All ready for that first look

Photo Mandee Rae 

Find your style as a bride because this is YOUR Broadway show and the curtain doesn't raise until you are ready to take the aisle Photo Mandee Rae

Find your style as a bride because this is YOUR Broadway show and the curtain doesn't raise until you are ready to take the aisle

Photo Mandee Rae

First looks Photo Mandee Rae If you find yourself lucky to travel for work, take some time for yourself and enjoy the journey. Do a little research before you go to a new city, I love Lonely Planet guides they are a gold mine of little gems most people miss. Hang with locals, step off the beaten path and just get in to it. Mandee and I spend a week in Mexico, it was an experience that I will never forget, we became better friends and just wait!! we have so much more planned to share with you all XOXO Anne

First looks

Photo Mandee Rae

If you find yourself lucky to travel for work, take some time for yourself and enjoy the journey. Do a little research before you go to a new city, I love Lonely Planet guides they are a gold mine of little gems most people miss. Hang with locals, step off the beaten path and just get in to it. Mandee and I spend a week in Mexico, it was an experience that I will never forget, we became better friends and just wait!! we have so much more planned to share with you all

XOXO

Anne

For you I would count the salt under the sea

 

I just couldn't wait another day to share with you our Mulkilteo Lighthouse Wedding!

But FIRST the credits and what a team

Angela Dalessandro, Love + Lemons Events, Co-Creator, Design/Style angela@loveandlemonsevents.com                        

Anne Timss, Anne Timss Makeup Artist, Co-Creator, MUHA/Style Hello@annetimss.com   

Mandee Rae, Photography, rae.mandee@gmail.com

Jaffrey Bagge, Twelve Baskets Catering, Food/Beverage, Rentals, jaffreyb@twelvebasketscatering.com

Gather - Amy Kunkel-Patterson, Florals, gatherwestcoast@gmail.com

BHLDN, women’s wardrobe and accessories http://www.bhldn.com

Point No Point Studio, Bride and Groom Rings

Accessories Brittany Schooley, Fanciful Rentals, Specialty Rentals, brittany@fanciculrentals.com

Ellen Mauro, Ink Wellington, Calligraphy/Stationary, elle.mauro@gmail.com

Seattle Farm Tables, Bench rentals, seattlefarmtables@gmail.com

Models: Taina Rain Kanar, Bride

Cailey Kudrna, Bridesmaid

Garrett Hystek, Groom, garrett@shutterbusco.com 

Wine Country

Let's be real, as much as we all talk about how busy we are.. most of us thrive in the spin of a busy schedule. So when I got a call from Erika Hernandez in the middle of wedding season when my fanciest of outfits are clean hair and yoga pants and she asked me, hey how about doing a 16 hour day trip to Lake Chelan in 90 degree weather for a styled shoot at Siren Song Winery..my answer, HECK YEAH!! 

 

Venue: Siren Song Winery, Owner-Holly Brown

Design & Coordination: Erika Hernandez of New Creations Weddings

Flowers: Erika Hernandez of New Creations Weddings

Photographer: Angela Carlyle of Angela & Evan Phototgraphy

Dress: Mea Marie, Designer-Yolan Cris

Rentals: vintage Ambiance, Cort, La Tavola

Paper Goods: Water & Chalk

Cake: Honey Crumb 

HMU: Anne Timss

Model: Amelia Carter

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CREATIVE: Marked by the ability or power to create

If you're an artist, you get what I mean when I talk about the force that pulls at you to create. As working artists our lives are generally filled with work that pays the rent, its not always the Wharholesque soul stimulating stuff we daydreamed of doing way back when...but being a working artist still kicks ass

For myself and my two clutch mates, Kat St John and Shyn Midili we work the wedding business pretty hard. One night over many glasses of wine and long group texts I am fairly certain we counted up a tally of weddings we are working on for 2016 that hits well in to the high 100s. So as much as we love peonies, blush&bashful and braided updos we have to find ways to stretch our minds and create

For this week, it was all about that golden hour of summer sun, you know that light.. its just before sunset and its magic! We grabbed that light by the horns and rode it in to the dark

We hope you enjoy and check back in on our adventures!

Clothing: Horseshoe in Ballard WA

Model: Taina Kanar with TCM Models and Talent 

Photography: Kat St John Photo

Hair and makeup: Anne Timss Makeup and Hair