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Shades of Lipstick for every bride!

Shades of Lipstick for every bride!

8/31/2017

SHADES OF LIPSTICK FOR EVERY BRIDE

FROM OUR DESIGNER MAGGIE SOTTERO

It’s generally recommended that brides stick to their hair-and-makeup comfort zone on their wedding day. It makes sense; your look should be a chic upgrade to your everyday aesthetic, something that makes you feel most like your charming and radiant self. That being said, we’re here to advocate for a little fun when it comes to lip color. Consider this: for the non-Taylor-Swift-types, lipstick might be something that feels overly conspicuous at the office or even a casual cocktail party. At a wedding, however, atmospheric conditions align to empower your cheekiest, flirtiest, and most charismatic of personas to emerge. And if you hit just the right note of ease and upgrade, you can achieve a lovely-yet-striking lip color that stands out in a sea of rosy neutrals. Keep reading for more from our Maggie and Midgley brides! (And don’t forget our Fairytale Princess Quiz, just for funsies.)

CHERRY RED LIPS

Start with the shade Queen Cleopatra achieved by grinding bugs into a paste (you know the one: classic carmine!). Cherry red lipstick evokes beauty, health, femininity, and exuberance, and shows up great on film. (As a general rule, go a little brighter with lip color than you think to avoid looking washed out in photographs.

Shades of Lipstick for Every Bride - Cherry red lipstick evokes beauty, health, femininity, and exuberance, and shows up great on film. Shades of Lipstick for Every Bride - Cherry red lipstick evokes beauty, health, femininity, and exuberance, and shows up great on film.
 

PINK AND CORAL HUED LIPSTICK

From red, dial it up to pink and coral hues. Think bright fuchsia with chic and understated eye makeup, or luxe rouge-hued satin with a smoky eye. Just don’t get too glossy on this end of the scale; it’s destined to disappear before you ever reach the altar. And while matte textures are all kinds of scrumptious in photos (i.e. Pinterest),they tend to get a little flat IRL.

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NEUTRAL BRIDAL LOOK

If you do want to go the neutral route, opt for nudes and beiges. They aren’t as photo-ready as the red scale, but offer a sexy and modern look nevertheless. Channel Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid with smoky eyes and bold brows, or go beachy glam with bronzed lids and a dewy highlighter.

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DEEP MAUVES AND PURPLES

Give in to the dark side with deep mauve and purple hues, including a dark plum stain or plush magenta. Dark reds make you look vampy and mysterious… your photographs will look striking and sophisticated for years to come!

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SWITCH IT UP

Still not convinced? Go classic for the ceremony and switch to a party-ready pout for the reception. A fabulous shade of electric pink or smoky plum is guaranteed to get the festivities rolling.

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Other ways to incorporate these iconic little tubes of magic: have your bridesmaids wear matching shades of lipstick, give candy-colored cosmetics as favors, or request a makeover party or department-store outing as part of your bridal shower. Above all, have fun! Donning lipstick should be playful and fabulous, not a maintenance chore or surrealist nightmare. And besides, half the pleasure is experimenting: try a few shades during your bridal beauty timeline, take some selfies, and test out your new look at a party or friend’s wedding. Transformation strikes in unexpected ways…

 

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Be a Bridal Cottage Ambassador!

Be a Bridal Cottage Ambassador!

8/18/2017

Hello Bridal Cottage Brides!

Our brides are forever a part of The Bridal Cottage family!  You are all Bonded by a Common Thread. You are a representative of our most proud moments, our most cherished memories.  You are what make us love what we do as professionals and enjoy coming to our job each and every day.

That is why we focus our advertising on our brides.  Because you are the ones that can tell our story the best! 

We are looking for Bridal Ambassadors of The Bridal Cottage.  Being a Bridal Cottage Bride, you have personal knowledge on who we are, and we want you to represent us!

As an Ambassador, you will:

  • Be featured in our advertising for one year, including Arkansas Bride, our website and all our social media sites
  • Be an advocate in the community for The Bridal Cottage
  • Attend a few events throughout the year to represent The Bridal Cottage
  • Receive a free wedding gown preservation

In order to be considered, you must:

  • Attend an all day photo shoot on Monday, September 18th Photography by Sterling Imageworks, Hair and Makeup by Wicked Salon, Flowers by Tipton & Hurst and location shoot at Alda’s Magnola Hill
  • Attend the Little Rock Bridal Show on Sunday, January 14th, 2018
  • Be able to wear your bridal gown

Submit two wedding photos showcasing you in your gown and a short paragraph on why you would like to be an Ambassador of The Bridal Cottage to consultant@bridalcottageonline.com.  Deadline for submission is Wednesday, August 30th.

HUGS!

Lindy, Owner

Thank you to our lovely brides that were featured this past year!!!  

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DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers!

DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers!

8/11/2017

 

 

DIY WEDDING IDEA: LACE CHOKERS BY:

You’ve seen our super-cool lace chokers in our Sottero and Midgley collections—now it’s time to make one of your own! Keep scrolling for the trend breakdown.

1. Assemble your materials: lace motif on illusion or lace pattern, scissors, tape measure, snaps.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS:

  • lace, lace motif, ribbon
  • needle and thread
  • snaps
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • tape measure

2. Measure your neck to determine length of lace needed.

DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers

3. Measure and cut your lace. If you’re working with motifs on illusion, carefully trim away the illusion to create the desired effect. Leave an overlap of lace to be snapped at the neck.

4. Sew or glue snaps at the lace overlap.

DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers

5. Don your work of art and dance the night away!

DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers
DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers

(And while you’re riding high on DIY, get inspired by these other bridal-ready accessories!)

DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers
DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers
DIY Wedding Idea: Lace Chokers

 

 

 

 

 

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Little Rock Bridal Show!

Little Rock Bridal Show!

7/21/2017

We would love for you to join us for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Little Rock Bridal Show, Sunday, August 6th from 12:30pm to 5pm!

This is your chance to visit and see wedding professionals that are here to help you with your wedding planning!

Swing by our booth and see the lastest trends in bridal and bridesmaids. We are also having a "Wedding Hashtag Contest" where you have a chance to win a $200 gift certificate to our boutique!  

We also are launching our new line of Bride t-shirts!  You WILL want to take one of these beauties home!

And you won't want to miss the Bridal Fashion Show at 4:30.  Aren't able to make it to the Fashion Show?  That's ok!  Hop on over to our Facebook page where we will be showing it LIVE!

Find out more info by going to www.arkansasbridalcommunity.com.

So excited to meet all our Future Bridal Cottage Brides!

 

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We are hiring!

We are hiring!

7/5/2017

 

The Bridal Cottage is looking to add a highly motivated and energetic Bridal Sales Consultant to join our Bridal Cottage Team!

We are seeking a team player with a love for working with people.  It is such a joy to work with brides and their friends and families every day…we literally make dreams come true!  We consider it a great honor to be a part of their special day! 

 

Here are a few details about the position:

  • Retail or sales related experience is preferred (an eye for fashion!)
  • Have a fashionable, polished style.
  • Needs to be detail oriented/highly organized.
  • Be a self-starter, motivated, and confident.
  • Also kind, friendly, and hospitable.
  • Computer skills are a must!
  • Have knowledge and understanding on how to navigate popular social media platforms.
  • Have the ability to learn new procedures quickly and efficiently.

This position wil be 30+ hours per week and Saturdays are mandatory! This is a fast paced environment that might require being on your feet for two (2) or more hours at a time. 

Please email your resume and cover letter to consultant@bridalcottageonline.com. No phone calls please! 

We are so excited to meet you!!

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