3 Jun

Did you get a chance to enter the Pressed Juicery + fitness giveaways yet? We’re back with another giveaway along with helpful tips from yoga guru, fitness expert, and holistic nutritionist Kelly Leveque of Be Well by Kelly. Kelly is a health + wellness pro who has made it her mission to help brides (as well as expecting mamas and women in any stage of life) look and feel their best on their big day. Today she’s letting us in on her wedding skincare secrets. And don’t forget to enter the amazing giveaway worth $700 at the end of this post!

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Dewy: it’s the new matte. Dewy skin is a hard look to achieve, as you have to balance getting that glow without looking greasy. You can’t simply layer on the cover. There are a lot of products out there to help, but it’s important to remember that healthy, vibrant and beautiful skin starts by taking care of yourself on the inside. Kelly explains, Healthy, plump skin needs proper hydration, fatty acid foods, exfoliation and healing anti-inflammatory oils. Here are ten simple tips from Kelly that will make your skin glow and help you get that dewy look:

Lemon. Rich in vitamin C, this citrus fruit will help your body purge excess water weight and balance the sodium and potassium levels in your cells. Add a slice of lemon to a mug of warm water in the morning to encourage digestion or squeeze a half onto your salad. Topically, you can also do a “natural peel” with lemon. Just rub a little fresh lemon juice on your face, leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse clean. This increases the cell renewal process and has bleaching properties to lighten skin naturally.

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Cucumber. Like lemon, cucumbers contain hydrating, nourishing and astringent properties that are very good for skin both from the inside and topically. The enzymes they contain digest damaged skin cells, remove dead skin cells safely and add a fresh glow. Blend up a cucumber in your green smoothie, or blend it with a little water or aloe (it didn’t make the list but this is way up there, too!), and use the fresh cool mask as a pick me up.

Soy. Avoid it. Soy is full of phytoestrogens that can make your face breakout. These hormonal blemishes occur around the mouth and jaw line. The concentrations of phytoestrogens are actually pretty steep with a ½ cup of soybeans containing 40mg and the textured vegetable proteins being close to 140mg per serving. At BeWell, it’s been shocking how much success we’ve had in clearing up skin simply by having our clients cut out soy.

Omega 3. Recent studies suggest Omega 3 deficiency contributes to chronic acne. Adequate levels of this anti-inflammatory fatty acid will not only keep your skin clear, but also increase cell hydration from the inside out. Wild salmon is one of the best food sources and is also known for its vitamin D and selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Sardines, oysters and mackerel also supply Omega 3 fatty acids. Not a fish lover? One 200-calorie serving of walnuts has 2776mg of Omega 3 fatty acids and is a great source of protein and copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production.

Turmeric. Turmeric is an excellent antiseptic and skin-lightening agent that helps minimize scars and other marks. Plus, turmeric can alleviate allergic, inflammatory and infectious skin disorders that make your skin look dull and lifeless. Add a few shakes to your lemon water, add it to protein rub or blend it up in a smoothie.

Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal, which is beneficial for maintaining clear skin. When ingested, it bypasses the liver and is used for energy instead of being converted into triglycerides. The lauric acid (potent antifungal) in coconut oil also helps to balance gut bacteria by killing of excess yeast and candida, which can contribute to breakouts. You can apply it topically or add a spoonful to your smoothie.

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Cleansers. Skin cleansing needs to be done, but too often it can cause the over production of oils in the skin that can collect dirt and create the “greasy” look. There is a delicate balance. A gentle pH-balanced cleanser in the morning to refresh is great. Save the acne busters for the makeup removal after your workout routine.

Exfoliating. Many seed and rough molecule-based exfoliators create micro-tears in the skin that are prone to infection and irritation. It you are looking for a physically abrasive exfoliator that doesn’t tear, Dr. Goldfaddens ruby scrub contains spherically honed rubies that don’t cut into the skin but remove the top layer of dead cells. For a less expensive option, opt for natural exfoliators to slough dead skin to reveal a more radiant complexion, such as Nude Skincare’s miracle mask. Looking for the perfect mix, Exfolikate from Kate Sommerville offers scrubbing exfoliants lift dead skin cells from surface while papaya, pumpkin, and pineapple enzymes reduce pore size, stimulate circulation, and improve oxygen flow.

Oiling. Probably our best kept secret and especially helpful in getting that dewy look. Oiling a few nights a week will keep you hydrated and looking dewy. This is not the thick night crème you are used to, but a thin veil of simple oils to calm, hydrate and help heal the skin. Our favorite picks are NUDE ProGenius, Eminence calendula oil and just organic virgin coconut oil. Massage a few drops into clean or exfoliated skin.

Sleep. Sometimes overlooked, sleep should be a top priority for your skincare. When you aren’t sleeping well, there is an increase in inflammatory cells that lead to the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid. Those are the molecules that give the skin its glow, bounce and translucency. Get as much shut eye as you can. You’ll glow all the more for it.

Facials. Regular facials will keep your skin clear and prevent picking and scars. Spas like Kate Sommerville and Kalologie offer memebership programs like “Skin Gym” where you sign up for six months schedule a monthly facials and get discounts on product and upgrades. Schedule your last facial a few days before your wedding and upgrade to an oxygen facial this will plump your skin to a picture perfect glow.

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Thanks to Kelly Leveque for the tips. And now for an awesome giveaway! Kelly is offering a Health Consultation and Personalized Bridal Plan along with a 6 week follow-up call for one lucky bride ($700 value).

 
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2 Jun

Floral bridesmaid dresses

Shells. Rocks. Feathers. Pine cones. D + N both have an affinity for natural history—she’s a collector, and he has always been fascinated by geology. So incorporating all of these little found objects was a must, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History clearly made a most perfect choice in venue. Not only did it fit the theme, it’s right near their house and has a wooded grove surrounded by oak trees. Michael Costa captured all the woodsy, beachy details below…

Allure lace bridal gown

Santa Barbara Natural History Museum wedding

Groomsmen Boutonniere

Groomsmen

As soon as we got engaged, we knew we wanted to get married at the museum. It’s a five minute walk from our house and a place we visit often. The woods behind the museum are open to the public and we often take walks there in the evening, so it really feels like an extension of our backyard. It was the next best thing to getting married at our home… Santa Barbara is a big destination wedding location and everything books at least a year in advance. Luckily, the museum got a cancellation and we were able to secure a date that worked really well for us.

Boutonniere

Santa Barbara Natural History Museum wedding

Elegant bridal bouquet

What a bouquet. Made up of… Amaryllis, garden roses, caramel antike, yellow campanella, voyage, spray roses, protea, pieris, clematis, lisianthus, tulips… All in peaches, yellows, and pinks.

Santa Barbara Natural History Museum wedding

Santa Barbara Natural History Museum wedding

Floral bridesmaid dresses

Flowers on flowers on flowers.

Pink floral centerpiece

Santa Barbara Natural History Museum wedding

Santa Barbara Natural History Museum wedding

Blue tablescape

Each table had feathers, geodes, shells, rocks, acorns, antlers, and blooms by Rachel of Finch & Thistle Event Design, who so happens to be the bride’s sister (such a bonus to have a talented event designer in the fam!). See what pins inspired the design here.

Floral bridesmaid dresses

Blue tablescape

Cheers!

Photography: Michael Costa / Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History / Florals & Event Design: Finch & Thistle Event Design / Hair & Makeup: La Rouge Artistry / Invitations: Minted / Cake: Montecito Confections / Catering: Savoir Faire / Rentals: Town and Country / Decorative Rentals: Elan Event Rentals / Linens: La Tavola / Lighting: SMI Concepts / Ceremony Musicians: Vincent and Vedant / Band: Ybarra Music / Dress: Allure from Panache in Santa Barbara / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie / Shoes: David Tutera / Earrings: BHLDN / Wedding Bands: Patco in Santa Barbara / Engagement Ring: Antique 1930s / Groom’s Suit & Tie: Hugo Boss / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Groomsmen Pants: J. Crew / Vests: John Varvatos / Ties: Nordstrom

 
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2 Jun

And for our next giveaway during Beauty & Wellness week here on 100LC… how about something kinda fitness focused? Two lucky ladies will win this juicy package from MyYogaWorks, Manduka Yoga, and Society6.com. It’s everything you need to start or continue an in-home yoga practice while you prepare for your big day.

Yogaworks, Manduka Yoga, and Society6.com giveaway on 100 Layer Cake

Naturally, the fashion is kind of a big deal to us. Society6.com’s new leggings collection is the perfect way to practice (or dress) in style. They have thousands of artist-designed patterns available on their site, like this pretty floral pair our own Kristina is wearing above. Each winner will choose a pair of patterned leggings and a tank from their huge catalog of designs.

Yogaworks, Manduka Yoga, and Society6.com giveaway on 100 Layer Cake

We’ve been taking classes at home through MyYogaWorks for over a year now and we really can’t recommend their high quality video classes enough. Choose class length, class style, teacher, focus, and level for the perfect class for you on any day. They even have a special Wedding Ready Journey Series!

Sometimes you have an hour, sometimes you have 15 minutes. And while you’re in the midst of wedding planning, we know it can be nearly impossible to find two hours to drive to a studio for a class. Each winner will be gifted an entire YEAR of free online yoga classes from MyYogaWorks.

Yogaworks, Manduka Yoga, and Society6.com giveaway on 100 Layer Cake

And finally the gear! We’ve teamed up with Manduka Yoga to offer each winner a top of the line, in-home yoga bundle to make practicing in your living room just like being in a studio. Their mats and products are unmatched in the yoga space and there’s nothing like fresh gear to motivate you to restart a fitness and wellness routine before your wedding day. Winners will receive their signature Black Mat Pro (which will literally last for the rest of your life!), recycled foam block, strap, and Yogitoes towel.

Kind of an amazing package, dontcha think? Even if you’re not a self-proclaimed yogi, there’s no reason you can’t get started with a relaxing, restorative routine as you head into the stress of wedding planning.

To enter, fill out the form below. Winners will be chosen and emailed at the end of the week.

**UPDATE** Congrats to Stacy L. and Rachel H., our randomly selected winners. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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