You have been chosen to stand next to the bride on her most special day. What an honor and so exciting! However, if we’re going to be totally real with each other, we both know there are many more hats to wear aside from the “ride or die”. You’re going to do an amazing job!! Here are some of our favorite picks to keep the day, and your job, running flawlessly.
#1- Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder – B&B make exceptional hair products. End of story. This dry shampoo/style holder/volumizer was recommended to me by a good friend, and I am thanking god she forgot it at my house! Keeping yesterdays style, while providing a fresh new bounce will be perfect for any bridesmaid (or bride), that love more calm, slept in hair.
#2- Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Eye Gel Crème- Maybe you’re jet lagged, maybe you went out with the ladies last night, whatever the case may be, this incredibly smooth eye cream brightens and de-puffs your eyes. Don’t hide from the wedding pictures this time; your dark circles can do that.
#3- Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes- These are a personal favorite of mine, and I feel a complete necessity when traveling; (also to keep in your bedside table when you are too exhausted to make it to the sink). They smell like magic, take off all dirt and makeup, and aren’t filled with drying chemicals! With all the curling irons and blow dryers, the bridal suite can get sticky. Bring these along to freshen up before makeup!
Want some serious Maid of Honor points?? Pack a bag for the bride with some comfies so she feels right at home.
#4- Honey Bunny’s old T-shirt- We all love sleeping in a guy’s shirt, calm any nerves or re-instate their excitement to be together by bringing along her favorite for the night before, or hair and makeup.
#5- J. Crew Women’s Vintage Sleep Set- I have an infatuation with sleep sets, and J. Crew. These are made from their “Men’s” cotton (to give the feel of vintage men’s starchy sleep sets) and are AMAZING. Guarantee relaxation for her.
#6- Ugg Slippers- Guarantee the MOST comfort for her.
#7 & #8- J. Crew India Lace Bralette and Boy Thong- Whether the bride wants to feel sexy all day (who doesn’t), or her and her new husband are running away together immediately proceeding the wedding; pack her some lingerie! We love this elegant romantic combo from J. Crew.
#9- Anthroplogie Rolling Leather Weekender- You need a killer bag to put this all in! Anthropolgie is on the top of our list for anything from décor, to clothes, to scents. With amazing style and craftsmanship this bag could be an amazing Maid of Honor gift that will remain classic and strong for years to come.
#10- Rhoto Cool Eye Drops- Again, maybe you went out last night, maybe you didn’t. These eye drops will brighten and soothe even the most red and tired eyes. You put these on your “must have” list, and we won’t tell the bride what time you got back to the room.
#11- Sweetriot Dark Chocolate Bar- What’s the one thing you give to a stressed woman, or a thrilled woman, and get the same reaction? Chocolate of course! Or vodka, but this is the next best thing. And the very best of its kind! With all organic ingredients, vegan, dairy, GMO, and gluten free, you can feel good about indulging! As if that isn’t enough? Sweetriot supports fair trade sourcing cacao exclusively in Latin America. Delish!
#12- Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Candle- With scents of Eucalyptus and spearmint, this will fill a jittery room with the perfect calming scents to set the tone.
These are our top picks to keep everyone, (Including yourself!) happy and excited! Other things to consider, asking the planner for a copy of the timeline and protocol, bride and groom’s parent’s cell numbers, umbrellas (for rain or heat), and of course bobby pins!
We know this is a lot to take in, and you are probably feeling a little overwhelmed. If there is one thing we can suggest, stay calm, and remember what an amazing day this is, and what an amazing compliment to you for being chosen.
Working out is hard. Sometimes it feels like the stars, planets, and moon have to be perfectly aligned for us to feel completely ready to take on 60 minutes of heart pounding, exasperating exercise. But damn are we always glad we did. Not to mention the pressure you soon-to-be brides are under!
With the craziness, of work, friends, family, emotionally unstable dogs, it is so hard to find an hour! Great thing is, you don't always need an hour, or a gym membership, or Nike Air's. We know how important it is for you ladies to feel your absolute best and most confident on your wedding day, so we have compiled our favorite workouts to give you the little push or high five you may need and absolutely deserve.
Alyson's #1 go-to:
A good leg day makes me walk like I own the place (okay, maybe the day after leg day, or 3 days, whatever). However, if I only have a couple of minutes and I want to get my heart pumping and feeling strong, I go straight to my core.
I will typically start with mountain climbers to get my body warm and heart rate up. I don't have a certain amount or reps that I do. I find a good song and and do as many as I can while the tempo is up, take a rest when it slows a bit and speed back up with it.
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For a little extra coordination work and fun, reach and grab the ball brining it down over your head and returning it back to your feet. Don't have an exercise ball? No problem. Improvise with a couch cushion, laundry basket, or gym bag full of towels!
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Don't be scared of them! Plank's are your friend. 60 seconds looking ahead, and without collapsing, switch to side planks and hold for 60. Looking for a challenge? Add some dips in there! Lowering your hips to the ground and returning back to side plank position.
Kate's gym must: Cardio
I am so much more of a cardio girl than anything else. I love how much energy I gain from it and breaking a sweat is instant gratification! I have two favorites: 1) Going for a good old fashioned run, and 2) Cross Country Skiing. Personally, I think music changes everything. If you have trouble running more than a block or two, consider a change in tempo. Most people think really fast paced music gets them going. For me, it made me go to fast and burn out. I choose something lighter and slower, like Ed Sheeran or Norah Jones Radio. That way I can keep a steady pace.[caption id="attachment_2032" align="aligncenter" width="541"] https://leegrantham.wordpress.com/tag/weight-training/[/caption]
Cardio and Cross Country Skiing slim and tone your entire body. The muscles used support your back and core all day, so keeping them strong is crucial. Not snowy where you are living? Get some rollerblades! It is essentially the same movement and muscle groups, and you will get the most high fives of anyone. Style points for sunscreen and a fanny pack.
Chelsea's cant live without: Yoga
I have been doing yoga for years and have seriously fallen in love. The challenge in new poses, strength you can honestly feel being built, and the calm quiet voice of your instructor clearing your mind, have locked me in.
My favorite pose, and I think incredibly beneficial for any level of yogi, Warrior II Pose into Warrior III Pose.[caption id="attachment_2028" align="aligncenter" width="671"] http://www.yogajournal.com/category/poses/types/standing/[/caption]
These poses really zero in on balance and utilize your entire body's muscle to hold Warrior II and slowly move into Warrior III.
Fit Tip- Jillian Michaels is not in our living room's yelling at us, and following all the Victoria Scret angels on instagram does more harm than motivation-so where do we get our push?? We absolutely LOVE the photo blog theberry.com for their hilarious photos, titles, and captions. They feature a section compiled totally of pictures and phrases to get you feeling 110% ready. Go to their site and check out Daily Motivation or DAMO. (Feel free to also enjoy Shirtless Friday) you can thank us later.
Tweak these and make your own wedding workouts and get going! You are going to look as amazing as you feel.
In the words of Mindy Weiss, "There is nothing more important about your wedding, than staying true to the two of you." We cannot agree more. For a day that will be cherised for the rest of your lives, it should be unconditionally genuine. To us, the most genuine parts of our relationship's are the memories created together. Often times those memories are created away from home, (not to say the best aren't sometimes created right in the living room; "Hey sweetie, your shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are spread out covering spiders. DONT LIFT").
However, home is home. Your everyday, your kitchen and your makeup studio. A wedding should feel like a vacation and a celebration. What better way to clebrate than at your favorite dstination spot. With all the breath taking wedding venues around the world it is nearly impossible to choose, so for our first destination wedding post, we felt it was only right to choose somewhere close to home. Colorado for the win-every time.
The ranch is as beautifully and elegantly rustic as it gets. Beginning nearly 100 years ago this ranch is dedicated to keeping the simple, simple. It is meant to bring families together without the stresses of daily life. What more could you ask for on your wedding day!? This ranch has one copious amounts of awards including Conde Nast Traveler's "31st Best Resort in the World". With a knowledgeable and dedicated crew, they have the amenities and heart to make your day the most memorable. Take a gander, as this is one of our favorite places to visit, we hope you enjoy!
Although we didn't have the winter of our dreams here in Aspen, we had some pretty incredible powder days and we are thankful. With that being said, we are psyched for spring!! It is just around the corner and although that means a mud pit of a town for the next 2 months, it also means bright blue skies only graying to bring our May flowers. Our homes will get a good spring cleaning and our fleece bed sheets washed and packed away. The tourism will quiet down and the locals will pipe up, leading to outdoor fun and preparation for the sweet summer! We have put together a few items to revamp your home and life for the fresh new season! (We pre-apologize to any men in your life, these things are girly...but it is physically impossible to turn down rain boots with a bow on them).
#1-The Perfect Rain boots- Well we know it's going to rain! Technically these are a necessity...this-exact-pair. Classy while keeping it young. In love.
#2-James Smith Umbrella- Convenient and fashionable in one try. Bring on the weather!
#3-Hello/Goodbye Doormat- I need something to wipe my perfect wet boots on! And how polite?
#4 & #5- Square & Lumbar Pillow- We are loving this new print by Pottery Barn this spring. It is happy, fresh, and just the right amount of whimsical (psst-it also comes as a bed set)!
#6-Wooden Chimes- The sound of wind chimes always reminds us of open windows and doors. Welcome the new breeze with a little song!
#7-Face Vase- We need them all. The unique shape, style, and pastel colors have us trimming all the plants in all the neighbors' garden's.
#8-eRide Rock Crawler's- We figured opening and ending a blog segment with shoes is never a bad idea. THESE shoes however, are amazing; perfect for the wet and slippery terrain everyone's going to be experiencing on the first hikes of the season. These shoes have amazing traction and amazing support for up and downhill. No more smashed toes!
We hope everyone had a joyful, safe winter and we send our cheers' for a gorgeous and adventuresome spring season!