Do you want to WIN your DREAM wedding? For FREE!

YES, you read that correctly! Some of the best of the best vendors are joining forces to create a dream wedding giveaway for one lucky couple! 

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Participating vendors include..

Bridal Hair and Makeup by ME!

Photography by Katelyn James

Venue is Big Spring Farm

Cinematographer Shaina Koren

Floral Design by Amanda Veronee

Vintage Rentals by Paisley and Jade

Graphic Design by Jess Creates

Southern Apparal for men by High Cotton Ties

Event Coordination by Tart Event Co.

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You may have seen all the buzz on Instagram from the vendors and people who are excited to enter to win this amazing giveaway. Follow my Instagram page and connect with all of the above vendors to stay connected on this and other super fun things we are up to.

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Six Organic Solutions for “Winter Hair” Syndrome

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It’s that time of year again. The harsh Winter months have a tendency to dry out your strands, leaving your locks feeling straw-like, dull, and damaged. But with a little TLC, all is not lost. Read on to find six great ways to keep your hair in tip-top shape, in spite of the sweater weather.

  1. Quit Washing Your Hair So Often

I’m not saying you should cut out shampooing completely. After all, you want to keep your hair clean and smelling nice. However, too much washing can strip the hair and scalp of its natural oils, causing your hair to either dry out or produce too much oil in order to compensate. One great solution? Start by cutting back your shampoo sessions. Suds up every other day (or if you’re ambitious, every two days). After a month, you should notice a marked difference in the health of your hair. Plus, washing less often saves you on time in the mornings.

  1. Not all Shampoos are Created Equal

If your budget allows, it’s wise to invest in paraben-free, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Organic and/or natural formulas are more mild and don’t often contain lots of hard to pronounce chemicals.

If you’re sitting there wondering “what are sulfates and what do they do,” let me direct you to this article in the Huffington Post. According to the piece (and scientific research) sulfates are the agents that cause your shampoo to foam up and lather in the shower. However, they also can damage color treated hair and make fine or curly hair prone to frizziness. So if you can, opt for a healthier formula. You’ll be sustainable and have supple strands.

  1. Limit Your Exposure to Hot Water

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing quite like a steamy, hot shower or bath. Therefore, it seems cruel that this same luxury has the potential to dry out weather-sensitive skin, hair, and even nails. In order to diminish these negative effects, limit your time in hot water, either by taking shorter showers or decreasing the temperature.

  1. DIY (or Buy) a Deep Conditioning Mask

Honey, avocado, egg whites… the list of food that’s great for your hair and skin goes on and on. You can purchase a deep conditioning mask at most drug stores, or you can even make your own. Applying a mask once a week can make a big impact. (Be sure to leave the mask on for at least 10 minutes to get the full benefits, and always consult the directions before use.)

  1. Use a Silk Scarf to Save Yourself From Hat Hair (and Breakage)

Wrapping a silk scarf around your head, under your winter beanie, is a wonderful way to prevent your strands from snagging on your woolly headwear. Plus, they generally feel luxurious and awesome.

  1. Switch From a Brush to a Comb   

Too much brushing can also cause unnecessary breakage. Use a pick or wide-tooth comb instead for detangling with less potential for damage.

Hopefully with these tips, you’ll be able to confidently flip your hair and strut your stuff despite the frigid air.

Do you have any winter hair survival tips? Leave them in the comments section below, and check out the blog for more great beauty, fashion, and lifestyle advice. 

Guest post by: Cassie Brewer, freelance beauty writer. 

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Surprise Proposal. Perfect for a Photography Workshop!

Our beautiful “bride” model, the sister of our talented floral designer (Amanda Veronee), thought she was just going to play dress up with her boyfriend and smile pretty for the cameras when she came to Katelyn James, The Workshop Experience in November.

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But she was in for a surprise when he got down on one knee and turned their modeling gig into the proposal of a lifetime!

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She said YES!

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We were all in on the secret, all of the attendees for the workshop and the vendors. I wasn’t able to stay for the big moment but I was getting regular updates from those on the inside.

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It is an honor to work on these shoots with Katelyn and our dream team of vendors a few times a year. It is so impressive to see the talents of my creative friends and peers come together to create the scene for these beautiful images that we get to use in our portfolios.

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You can see more of these images on Inspired By This Blog here in the proposal section!

Shouts out to these amazing vendors

Katelyn James Photography

Amanda Veronee, floral design

Katherine Elizabeth Bridal, dress

Paisley and Jade, vintage rentals

Sweet Pear Paper, custom paper floral backdrop

As always, hair and makeup by me, Emily Hudspeth. 

Seeing these features and adding these images to my website and Instagram always get me excited about the upcoming workshop. Next one is in February!

More on the proposal and the workshop details are on Katelyn’s blog here. 

Can I get your help choosing favorites to add to my portfolio on the website?

Tell me your favorites in comments and help me choose. They are all so beautiful, its hard to choose!

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Men’s Shaving Tips

Tips for shaving that you and the men your life will find helpful!

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Thanks to our friends at Advanced Dermatology for this great and super informative info graphic.

Testing with a great team of talent… A Beauty Shoot

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to team up with the super talented photographer Kate Ignatowski and gorgeous model, Noelle, who is with Modelogic Wilhelmina for a fashion shoot. This entire project was organized by Kate and her vision came together flawlessly. I am honored that she reached out to me to do hair and makeup for Noelle. Here are some of my favorites from our day.

Warning! There are a lot!

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Between the first and third one, which do you think would fit best on the website.To see how the portfolio is laid out, check it out here. 

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Which of the two black and white above do you like best?

Can you help me pick which ones I should add to the website? I can probably add a few poses from each wardrobe/hair change. But I am going to need your help narrowing it down!

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What about these two? Eyes to camera or away?

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Just gorgeous, right?

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Which of these in the red hat is your favorite?

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What about these?

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 I LOVE this one! Right?

As if you weren’t already impressed by Kate’s mad photography skills, all of this was shot on film. Remember that stuff? It came on rolls that you had to load into your camera and actually know what the heck you were doing because you couldn’t just take 1,000 shots hoping you get a few goods ones and then delete the terrible ones. No instant gratification here! But totally worth it!

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Closer in or a bit more background? Which do you like best?

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We were blessed with a stunning model, thanks Noelle! And super impressive light from the heavens. Basically, it was the perfect day.

I’m really going to need your help deciding which of these need to go on the website.  Can you do me a favor by commenting with your favorites? Also, if you want to see Kate’s favorites, check out her blog post on here.

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I am thinking about this one for the new home page image. What do you think? I like the black and white image that is on there now but I think it could be fun to rotate between a couple of different shots.

Thank you for your help! I look forward to your comments!

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