Go for a pop of color

Wearing a bold lip on your wedding day doesn’t have to be something to shy away from. Its an easy way to make a statement that can be classic and timeless if done properly. Here are some tips to pulling off a bold hue on your lips.
1. Keep the eyes rather simple and neutral. A neutral eye, simple liner and natural lashes will let your lips be front and center. It will look more timeless in photos as well.
2. Keep the skin fresh and clean. Its tempting to go with full contouring and highlighting but that can distract from a classic look. Luminous, glowing skin with only make you look fresh and awake ok your big day.
3. Opt for a matte finish over a glossy red lip. Glossy red lips can be more messy than a matte color. If applied correctly, a matte lip will act like a stain through the night and will require less touch ups.
4. The most important tip is to discuss it with your makeup artist at your trial. There are to many options for red or bold lips. Talk to them about what you are comfortable with and they will recommend the best option for you. What is bold for some is tame for others, so a trial is the perfect time to try on some different shades. Update your artist after wearing the lip color so they can get you the right shade for touch ups on your big day.
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Lash Extensions

Clients are always asking about Lash Extensions and are enamored by the look of them with no mascara!  That’s right, no mascara needed when you have lash extensions. You get the look every day without needing anything in addition.  We offer Lash extensions at our Salon, Salon Alexander. Lash extensions are a more permanent option that lasts up to 4 weeks. If you would like to maintain the extensions then you would fill every 2-4 weeks depending on how glamorous of a lash you have. The thicker fuller lashes require more touch up to maintain. The lash is attached to your natural lash with platinum bond glue and shed when your lashes shed! The life of each lash are always in different stages so lashes will shed at various times. Lashes are synthetic fiber and are hypoallergenic. We do offer two types of glues so if you do have very sensitive eyes or prone to allergies then we do still have an option for you!  For the month of March we have a special for a full set at $125. A $50 savings.   Otherwise a full set is $175 and fills range from $55-$75 based on a 2,3,or 4 week fill appt.  Fall in love with the latest salon addiction! Amazing option in the summer time to ditch the mascara but always have the look that your wearing it!

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Photographer Recommendations

Over the years of doing so many weddings we get to meet many photographers and see their work of our clients. Some we even gain relationships and collaborate off season!  I have such a respect for photographers and finding the right one that suits your vision is so important. I am not one to ever think anyone with a camera can take a good picture. There’s definitely more to it than that. Some have their own niches just like we do in the beauty industry.  Like any artist, a passion in a specific category with what they are shooting will show in the end results. We get to have a different view of the process of a photographer but still be an outsider to their world.  We are all creative artists to what we do so the respect level for me is high when I find a photographer that produces great work, is easy to work with, and is reasonable to their approach with business and how they handle clients. With that being said, I wanted to give some recommendations based just from my own experiences paired with clients feedback.   I make these recommendations not as a benefit to my business in any way for exchange for promotion but, an honest opinion from one artist to another.  If your not on my list, I don’t mean it as an insult whatsoever.

Starting the list… Catherine Fiehn   http://www.catherinefiehnphotography.com/

She is my go to photographer when I need an artistic approach to a photo. What she does with editing amazes me every time. To me with clients she has a journalistic approach paired  with something editorial. That’s the best way I can describe it! lol  We have crossed paths many times on locations with weddings and every year she collaborates with me for the promo of our Wigs for KIds charity event. Her stunning daughter has graced many of our charity promotions. She also documents the Wigs for Kids events for us every year. Not only does she shoot a wedding pretty fantastic but she also is known for her work that she does with pageants.  Traveling throughout the U.S. You can check out more of her photos here as well for pageants and child modeling photography. http://www.catherinefiehnphotogenics.com/

Example of a project we worked on…

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Next up, Marisa Balletti-Lavoie of Sassy Mouth Photo  http://sassymouth.net/

We crossed paths also on weddings.  Her name came up initially highly recommended by one of our clients and I had never heard of her work.  Not long after she became a name that was quite frequently mentioned via clients so we had to check her out. She is definitely Sassy! lol  Very fun to work with and easy going. Her photos  have the same kind of fun spirit and always reminds me of something I would see on Pinterest! Even her studio is like you walked into Pinterest in real life! She is very creative and can bring out the best in you in a photo. She too has volunteered her time on a few charity projects we put together as well as done our staff photos on our website and most recently my maternity shoot!  As a person self conscience in front of a camera she produced amazing photos that you would not be able to tell how much I hated to smile lol.  She does alot of weddings and also has GLAM by Sassy which I also highly recommend for some hot photos of yourself. Everyone should feel comfortable and at ease and she has a knack for dragging it out of you easily with a laugh. Check out GLAM by Sassy too! http://sassymouth.net/GLAM.html

example from my Maternity GLAM shoot..

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David Apuzzo, http://davidapuzzo.com/

I initially met David on a wedding that was the first of it’s kind I had come across. It was my bride’s second wedding with the same man. They had married prior to in another country where her husband was from and then in the states. David came to the salon when she was getting ready and documented the whole thing. It was the first time I saw someone not only capture so much detail with the bride but even for me! He took photos of the salon and things he saw throughout the salon. Details that I thought were so nice to have and never thought of to have either.  That made him stand out to me from the beginning. We have since worked on more weddings together and collaborated outside on other artistic projects with myself personally or my staff.  His work always impresses me without need for edits outside of what he already knows what to do.  Again, his attention to detail and knowledge of what he does is impressive and very respected.  As creative beings we have had our differences on a project but we can agree to disagree and work together very well. I find that really important. So that is another aspect to him I appreciate and why also I mention as a great recommendation.  His work is versatile and very artistic.

Example from a recent project my staff did with him…

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Joe Crawford, http://josephscrawford.com

Foto Joe! Always a pleasure to work with. Although we haven’t worked on too many of the same clients I have worked many times on personal projects with Joe and he delivers every time. He brings out another side of the art of what I do and makes me think in his terms… Lighting and not much editing. From my point of view he likes to bring out the rawness of what he sees. He uses lighting in a way I have never seen a photographer do. But when I see the results of what he produces I totally get it. His raw images are fascinating to me as they sit with no edits.  I always look forward to when we can work on a project together and lose ourselves in the art of what we both do. He’s so easy to work with and an all around nice guy.

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Kevin Stiles… on Facebook.. https://www.facebook.com/kevin.stiles.5?fref=ts

Kevin is not a wedding photographer but I had to have him on my list because of the high respect I have for his work as an artist in general. He is a tattoo artist and does photography more on the side or as a hobby. I’m not sure. But, in a tattoo session with him I was surrounded by is unbelievable art and it was apparent his talent in other realms outside of tattooing  He has a niche in photographing nudes. I had zero experience in this category and quite frankly never had interest. He asked to collaborate and I am so happy I did. His photos are always breathtaking and his ability to work with natural light is stunning. I am a huge fan of his work and always love any photo we create together. He can take a woman that is nude and make the photo literally a piece of art. He is a little quirky in his ways and I NEVER know what he is thinking. Because of the overwhelming art he exudes I feel sometimes intimidated and up for the challenge when I work with him.  His approach is always tasteful and his eye for what he see is inspiring.

example of a past project:

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Rounding out the list… Jerome Braga  http://www.studio1923.com/

I have yet to collaborate or work on any projects with Jerome but from an admirer of photography aspect and feedback from clients, he is with out a doubt a person I mention when talking to people. We have often had the same clients and also follow on facebook and instagram. I would say I am definitely a fan. When inquiring on something for myself they were quick to respond and always professional. Unfortunately I was not able to book him at the time because his schedule does fill up and between the both of our schedules being chaotic it just didn’t work out. I would say based on what I see with what he captures he is also fantastic with editing and pulling creativity out of a photo. He is always professional when I see him on location and have yet to hear a negative comment from any client I know that has worked with his company.

Example of Jerome’s work can be seen on his FB page as well… unfortunately I have no personal photos I have the rights to share.  https://www.facebook.com/studio1923

I hope my recommendations were helpful on your search to finding the right fit for your needs. In no way would I want to discredit any other photographers work because I have also seen some others that have done amazing jobs for clients of ours. I was just hoping to share the few that I have had the pleasure of working with more consistently to give an honest opinion.  I am back on my hunt to find a newborn photographer for my daughter. any recommendations for me feel free to comment on this blog!   Thanks for reading! 🙂

2013 Wedding Trends by: Ashley Stone

Bridal Trends for 2013

Besides all the holiday excitement December is one of my favorite times of year. Wedding season has slowed down and it allows for some time to blog, write for some magazines and beauty sites and do some research for the trends hitting the runway for the next year. Bridal trends are no different than other must haves and must do’s throughout the year that are inspired by, fashion designers, celebs, and the go to hair stylists and make up artists in the industry. Every year the trends are a piece of something new and innovative mixed with a touch of something classic and sometimes vintage. The beauty of Bridal trends I find are most are timeless and regardless of what’s hot and what’s not, Brides seem to always find the perfect look that suits their style. My best advice is be inspired by what you see. Anything can be tweaked to suit your needs, your hair, or your face.

Trends seem to come about from what your favorite celebs wear on the red carpet to the runway. I find celebs and stylists also get inspired by the movies they are working on. The Gatsby will be hitting theaters in 2013 and those 1920’s styles will be hitting the aisle as well.
Vintage brides grow in popularity each year but to have so much inspiration tangible on the silver screen I expect to receive many requests for soft waves, pinup style sets, and birdcage veils. To really give yourself a different look, a faux bob can be created to give you that downstyle with the hair still off of your neck without much fuss. Here are some examples of the styles inspired by the 20’s

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If the styling from the 20’s is not your thing maybe you will get inspired by the accessories inspired by that era. Birdcage veils are always a classic piece to give that vintage touch but if you want to stray away from a veil, maybe flowers are a good option!  Headbands and fascinators can either be used for the bride or the bridal party as well.

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I personally love these looks and am always excited when they make it back to the top choices we see when we travel. Waves are a great style for short or long hair. It gives you the most out of your length. A spiral curl however will make your hair appear shorter. Waves can drop over time but still remain to give you that effortless look that is also big trend this season.
Who doesn’t want effortless looking beauty?

Going into a more modern and very popular look are braids! We’ve all seen some beautiful ways braids can be worn thanks to Pinterest! Waterfall braids are one of the most popular I get requested and I don’t see that changing. This technique of braiding can also give that halo effect a flower halo can give that will be popular but also look amazing with the texture of the waves. here are some photos of some of our own work that was requested most recently:

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Braids Can also be incorporated into an upstyle

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Low buns will be very popular with a clean finish. For a more simple look you can have your style more centered. For a more modern look and to create softness around the face, you can have a style more off to the side.

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Make Up  this season is also another timeless trend that I love to see. Softer nude looks with one focal point that gives a pop of color. This is a look I feel translates well on everyone whether you wear alot of make up or prefer something more simple. How you play up the eyes can really vary and can give a soft accented effect or a dramatic smokey effect. I was always told they are the window to your soul so what better day to play them up is on the day you marry your soulmate!

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Lashes are the ultimate way to add some drama.
Keep in mind, If you play up the eyes I would recommend a softer lip or nude lip. The key is too look fresh and flawless.
Smokey eyes are always a popular request but smokey with color? Yes! Smokey eyes can be done with color. It adds a beautiful effect to the eye and really makes them stand out.

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The nude lip really helps to not take away from that one focal point, the eyes!

If you don’t wear alot of eye make up then you can play them more natural and wear a bolder lip.

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No matter your choice or your taste the make up trend is a clean flawless look. Light contouring to enhance your features and a soft glow. You can have one focal point or just a clean soft pallete. Your choices should always be made with what you feel most comfortable with. I think these trends can satisfy any bride’s style and thats what I love as an artist. I love to have options for my clients that can be suitable for every girl. 2013 trends do just that! No matter your skin or hair texture, a timeless look is easily accessible and right on trend with what you see on TV and the magazines! Because who doesn’t want to look and feel like themselves and a celebrity on a day that all eyes are on you!

Veil or No Veil?

A lot of brides ask us if they should wear a veil or not on their wedding day.  The truth is, in a modern-day wedding, there are no rules with veils.  It is totally up to the bride and there is no right or wrong answer.  Since we see tons of brides throughout the year, we know that everyone has their own style and preference.  Maybe you do want a veil but want something more modern, we have seen it all!  You can also decide to make the veil as part of the ceremony and take it off for the reception.  Just let your hairdresser know what your choice is because veil or no veil- it’s an important part of your wedding day hairstyle.  Below are some options for everyone- veil-lovers or not! 🙂

{modern bride?  look at this gorgeous cage veil}

{not a lover of the veil? replace with a beautiful headpiece!}

{traditional bride but want to glam it up? Swarvorski crystals are your bff for veils}

We ♥ Weddings

Beauty Entourage is FULL force in wedding season.  With October being one of the most popular months for a wedding in New England, our hair and makeup team is in wedding mode, traveling across New England to make our lovely brides and their wedding party even more beautiful.  We wanted to share some pictures of recent brides that we absolutely had a blast with!

{Hair: Ashley Stone, Assistant Carly, Make Up Artist: Kayle Photo: Melissa Arel}

{Bridal hair by Marlem with a beautiful floral accessory}

                                  {Make Up: Kayle A Salwocki. Hair: Ashley Stone}

Boudoir ❤

Ladies, have you done a Boudoir photo shoot yet?  It is the perfect gift for a special someone in your life or even just to feel sexy and confident.  Many of our brides are giving boudoir photo books as the groom’s wedding gift and they also serve as the perfect  anniversary gift as well!  At Salon Alexander, we have some gorgeous classy & sexy looks for your boudoir shoot.  Call us today to learn about Boudoir makeup and hair  packages.  We had an amazing boudoir fashion show this year with Parsons Photography and the Salon Alexander team pulled off the beautiful and sultry hair and makeup.

Fall Weddings

Weddings in September and October and even early November have an advantage in New England- the beautiful scenery.  The colors of New England in the fall are breathtaking.  Are any of you planning a fall wedding or have had a fall wedding?  We would love to see your ideas and pictures and feature them on our blog! Just add on Beauty Entourage’s Facebook page! 🙂

Here are a few of our fall wedding favorites.

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{loving the orange & yellow warm fall colors for a beautiful fall wedding}

Wedding Makeup Ideas from Fall 2012 Fashion Week

{fall is all about color.  Try a bold lipstick to bring out the warmth in your face and hair}

Love the hair.    Southern Fall Wedding: Tiffany + Zach

{simple yet elegant side fishtail}

{ Beautiful eyes- purples and greens are perfect for a more dramatic eye on your wedding day!}