17 Jul

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

We so wish our hair looked this glamorous every day. Wouldn’t that be something? Lucky for all you brides-to-be, you get to spend hours swooning over pics like this (okay, we do too), all in the name of landing on the perfect ‘do. Janet Miranda, owner and bridal hair expert at BE.NYLA is here to nudge you in the right direction with a series of bridal hairstyles based off of romantic summer beauty + fashion. Shoutout to Betsi Ewing for the photos in this new lookbook, and to Janet for all the wedding hair 101

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Deep Side Part + Loose Waves

Note: For medium curls, use a 1.25” curling iron; for large and voluminous curls, use a 1.5” curling iron.
Tools: Protective serum, light hold hairspray, curling iron

Steps:
1. Create your part before curling
2. Using the curling iron, curl sections away from your face
3. Run your fingers through hair from roots to ends to loosen the wave 
4. Finish off by spraying with the light hairspray 

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Rope Braid

Note: Second-day hair is best to create this look—texture is key.
Tools: Two elastic bands, bobby pins 

1. Tie hair in a low ponytail
2. Grab a thick portion underneath the pony + wrap around to cover the hair tie; pin
3. Separate hair in two equal sections; twist together
4. Finish by tying hair with elastic band, and tie a few strands around to hide band

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Top Bun

Note: Best with second-day hair.
Tools: Boar brush, one elastic band, bobby pins 

1. Tie hair in a high pony, using boar brush to smooth
2. Twist the hair
3. Wrap around to form a bun, and pin!

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

So great! Thanks, Janet! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

Photographer: Betsi Ewing / Hairstylist: Wedding Hair & Makeup Artist Janet Miranda of BE.NYLA / Dresses: Temperley London, Monique Lhuillier provided by Nearly Newlywed / Model: Annelise Cherie

 
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16 Jul

Is a honeymoon really only a one-time deal? Mayyybe, but the 100lc team sure loves a good vacay, like when Amanda explored Mexico (here & here), or Jillian’s recent trip to Jamaica (here & here)—all expertly vetted and planned thanks to the pros at Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels. Their honeymoon specialists have spent 10+ years studying up on the best stays around the world. There are over 900 boutique hotels on their radar, so you know your dream destination is out there, and these pics oughta help you find it.

If your ideal getaway involves a secluded beach, tropical cocktails, and hours to sit and do nothing, you’re in luck. Mr & Mrs Smith is offering $200 off your honeymoon booking just for our readers… full details at the end of this post. Let’s take a look at their top three destinations for those who want a one-stop fly-in and lie down on the beach type of honeymoon. Over to you, Mr & Mrs Smith

Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam

If you’re looking to wander off-the-radar and directly to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches (without the tourists), then this slice of paradise on tropical Con Dao island is it. Tiny and isolated, you can explore the area on guided hikes, bike rides, snorkel or boat excursions. Well, that is if you can manage to pull yourself away from the secluded palm tree-fringed beach, the private pool at your villa or the award-winning spa.

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Six Senses Con Dao, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels | 100 Layer Cake

Six Senses Con Dao, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels | 100 Layer Cake

Six Senses Con Dao, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Capella Pedregal, Mexico

Basking on the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, this luxury escape proves you need not travel far to feel completely transported. And, with sparkling ocean views and private plunge pools in every room, four creative restaurants and a spoiling spa (hello, candlelit massage) you’ll likely feel transformed, too. At the very least, relaxed. It’s a difficult place to leave, even for an afternoon, but the hotel’s staff of personal assistants will help arrange dolphin swim excursions, snorkeling trips or zip-line tours for adventure-seekers.

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Capella Pedregal, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels - Capella Pedregal | 100 Layer Cake

Capella Pedregal, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels | 100 Layer Cake

Capella Pedregal, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Secret Bay, Dominica

As far as romantic settings go, the five tree-house-style villas and bungalows perched on a tropical hillside overlooking the Caribbean are difficult to top. After all, these intimate, jungle-shrouded suites with private terraces and inviting king-size beds were the runner-up for the Sexiest Bedroom in the World in last year’s Smith Hotel Awards. Not content to simply flop, the concierge will arrange trips with local guides for every outdoor pursuit from horseback riding to remote hiking, deep-sea fishing and sailing excursions, scuba diving or a cruise along the Indian River in a traditional Caribe boat.

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels - Secret Bay Cove | 100 Layer Cake

Secret Bay, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels | 100 Layer Cake

Secret Bay, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels - Secret Bay Cove | 100 Layer Cake

Secret Bay, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Daydreaming yet? Time to start, because Mr & Mrs Smith is offering Layer Cake readers $200 off a honeymoon booking of 7+ nights.

Bookings for the seven-night consecutive hotel stay at one Mr & Mrs Smith hotel need to be made by August 31st 2014 and travel completed by January 31st 2015 (valid on new bookings only). Just use the code FLYNFLOP when booking online or call their honeymoon experts: 1-800-464-2040 and mention it over the phone.  

Ahhh, feelin’ relaxed already.

 
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16 Jul

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Nancy + Trenton’s classic vintage inspired wedding was so full of thoughtful details, where to begin? For starters, Nancy designed the bridesmaid dresses! And she learned calligraphy. Plus, they hit up antique shops for brass décor… See what all those long hours added up to in these shots by photog Phil Chester:

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

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We love Nancy’s vintage bareMinerals makeup. See how to achieve this 1940s Rockabilly inspired beauty look in this post.

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

She had a 3am campout at the Monique Lhuillier sample sale to snag this (brand new!) gown. Sooo worth it.

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

They discovered the Carondelet House via 100LC! A perfect fit, yes?

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

On the bridesmaid dresses: Their dresses were vintage inspired, all different, but with a common theme, beautiful delicate ivory lace over vintage floral patterns (inspired by Valentino). I designed each dress with each girl’s personality in mind. The dresses were made by my aunt, Marina Rodriguez – seamstress and alterations specialist.

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

We had a two year engagement and I started planning the day after he proposed to me, so for two years I planned out every detail of our special day. Nancy DIYed pretty much everything, from the backdrop to garlands to all the calligraphy—which she taught herself. Her advice to DIY brides? Time management is key, especially when you only have weekends free.

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

  Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Carondelet House wedding | Photo by Phil Chester | Planning WINK Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75493

Congrats, guys!

Photographer: Phil Chester / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Carondelet House / Event Coordinator & Planner: Elizabeth Vining of WINK! / Florist: Diana Loshuk of Little Shop of Flowers/ Invitation Designer: Sweet + Crafty / Hair: Tony Medina of His Vintage Touch / Makeup: Thang Dao for bareMinerals / Cake: Susie Cakes / Catering: Tres LA / Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier (Catherine) / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Rings: Both antique / Groom’s Tux: Suit Supply / Shoes: Lanvin for H&M / Cufflinks: Antique / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Designed by bride + made by her aunt, Marina Rodriguez, a Seamstress + Alterations Specialist / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Aldo / Flower Girls’ Dresses: Marchesa for Target

This post is a partnership with bareMinerals.

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