3 Jun

Who else is feeling slightly more relaxed after those wedding stress relief tips? We’re super excited for this next giveaway in celebration of a week of YOU. Natural skincare brand Jurlique is giving away a set of five products to three different brides! Not only that, but we’ve got a handy guide to show you which natural ingredients do what when it comes to skincare products.

PS Open a few new tabs and scoop up your entries to our other giveaways here, here, + here.

Jurlique giveaway with 100 Layer Cake

Perhaps you should pin this graphic for safekeeping? Jurlique began in 1985 when a German couple jetsetted to Australia to create the purest skin care on earth. They formulate products containing potent (and more importantly natural) herbs and botanicals chosen specifically for their amazingly beneficial properties, from hydrating to soothing to protecting. Each product addresses a specific skin concern. Of course, on your big day, you want to immediately zap any and all skin issues, which is why a sampling of their product line is in order.

Jurlique giveaway with 100 Layer Cake

Jurlique giveaway with 100 Layer Cake

And the packaging is pretty too.

Jurlique giveaway with 100 Layer Cake

In honor of wellness week, Jurlique is giving away Rosewater Balancing MistRose Silk Finishing PowderPurely Age-Defying Firming Treatment MaskLove Balm, AND Hand Cream to three lucky brides. Good luck everyone!

 
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3 Jun

Hopefully all of you in planning mode have been feeling a little less stressed by taking time away from all of the nitty gritty to focus inward. It’s important to put things in perspective whenever you feel overwhelmed. Easier said than done, right? Luckily Kelly Leveque is here again, sharing some wedding stress relievers and ways to keep your mental health in check while on this journey from bride-to-be to Mrs. Take it away, Kelly…

Planning your wedding can be one of the most magical and fun experiences of your life. It can also be one of the most stressful. Even the most even-keeled of brides can feel the pressure at times. Stress takes a physical and emotional toll on us. During times of particularly high stress, you might feel ravenously hungry, eat to fulfill emotional needs, find yourself having a short fuse or overreact in situations you otherwise wouldn’t.

Managing bridal stress is just as important as your nutrition and fitness. In fact, they all go hand-in-hand. And, most importantly, taking steps to proactively deal with your stress will keep your mind clear and present on what you’re counting down to: a day of pure love unlike any you’ve lived before. Here are a few ways you can help keep your cortisol and corticotropin-releasing hormones in check.

Be Well by Kelly health coaching giveaway

Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation: This is the gateway to all forms of meditation. It’s great for beginners and can be done anywhere. The intention is to bring focus to, and release tension in, the physical body through your breathing. First, close your eyes and bring your attention to the inhalation and exhalation of air. Focus on each breath. Then, start a body scan. As you continue to breath, focus your attention on your toes and slowly work your way up your body, thinking about each part with heightened awareness. Release tension on exhales and send love on inhales. Give each body part 30 to 60 seconds of attention. Get comfortable and sink into the moment. You can do this seated or laying down.

Focused Meditation: Focused meditation can be described as an attention meditation technique where we choose to focus on one thing to the exclusion of all else. The singular focus allows us to quiet our busy minds and feel peace. The object can be a person, place, thing, idea or mantra. Start by choosing something simple and bring your mind back to focus when you find it drifting. The goal is not to “fight” your thoughts, just refocus when you drift.

Rest

Sleep to Thrive. Sleep is a bride’s best friend. It regulates your hormones, decreases inflammation, helps you manage stress and improves your overall outlook on life. The best hormone-balancing sleep happens with the natural circadian rhythm of the Sun. A dark bedroom is key. Wear a sleep mask or invest in blackout curtains. Next, turn off the backlight of an iPhone or computer at least two hours before bed. If you have to be on your computer late at night, invest in amber “blue light” blocking lenses. Blocking blue light will allow your body to produce the melatonin needed for restful cleansing sleep. Finally, aim for 7 to 8 hours per night.

Acupuncture. Acupuncture has been used for more than 2,500 years in traditional Chinese medicine and it is now used by millions of Americans each year to treat stress. Many health problems are linked to chronic stress, such as depression, insomnia, weight gain and anxiety. In a recent study, stressed animals that received acupuncture had a reduction of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), which suggests the ancient healing modality helps to normalize stress hormone levels. If the idea of adding another appointment to your schedule stresses you out, consider purchasing an acupressure mat to lay on 20 minutes a day. This is a very affordable way to decompress and it’s also the perfect meditation mat.

Movement

Walk. The fastest way to change your mental state is through movement. Tony Robbins is known for explaining how using your physiology can biochemically change how you feel: “Emotion is created by motion.” We can use movement to de-stress. Starting the day with a run, power walk, yoga class or jumping for 15 minutes on a rebounder allows you not only to physically move but emotionally move the negative unaligned thoughts from your mind.

Yoga. “HIIT” (high intensity interval training) can be a great way to increase your fitness before the big day. However, that type of intense training can also increase your cortisol levels. Yoga, on the other hand, has been shown to reduce training-induced stress. It increases flexibility, muscle strength and muscle tone all while improving respiration, energy and vitality. So, for stress purposes, mix in some yoga to your schedule of fat-burning HIIT.

Be Well by Kelly health coaching giveaway

Mind

Journaling. Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. They are about
anything and everything that crosses your mind and they are for your eyes
only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort and prioritize, which helps to synchronize the day at hand.

Tweak Your To-Do List with Smart Goals: When counseling clients about self-improvement, meeting goals and managing stress, we work within the constraints of SMART goals: they must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. We drill down into what needs to be done whether it is improved sleep, drinking more water, working out, meditating, calling a friend or eating healthy. Too many times, we set vague or unattainable goals that end in failure and create a cloud of stress an anxiety. Smart goals are a stress busting habit will help you create actionable daily tasks to get the job done without overwhelming yourself with the big picture. When it comes to your wedding this means your to-do shouldn’t say “flowers.” Instead, pick small tasks that get you closer to choosing a wedding day florist. For example, “call Carissa at JL Designs at 2pm on Friday” and then schedule it in your calendar.

A BIG shoutout to Kelly for sharing these essential tips! If you haven’t already, better read her dewy skin how-to and enter to win a Health Consultation and Personalized Bridal Plan along with a 6 week follow-up call for one lucky bride ($700 value) here. There’s also still time to enter our other wellness week giveaways here + here.

 
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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!

Be Well by Kelly health coaching giveaway

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.

Be Well by Kelly health coaching giveaway

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.

Be Well by Kelly health coaching giveaway

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.

Be Well by Kelly health coaching giveaway

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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2 Jun

Low twisted updo

Have you guys been enjoying beauty + wellness week so far? It’s nice after months of planning to be able to take a few moments for yourself. Perusing the internet for the loveliest bridal hairstyle is one of the more fun parts of planning too. Oh the possibilities! Certainly helps if you have a tutorial though, right? This “low updo” is one of those intricate-looking hairstyles that are actually quite simple to pull off. Hair + makeup artist Samantha Landis is here to show us how it’s done in these step-by-step snaps by Apryl Ann.

How-to create a low twisted updo

Low Twisted Updo

Instructions:

1. Curl hair with 1.5″ iron.
2. Take a small section of hair from the right side of the crown, twist and pin on the left.
3. Take another small section from the left side of the crown, twist and pin on the right.
4. Continue to alternate sides, twisting and pinning on the opposite side. Be sure to tuck in ends before pinning.
5. Once the back sections are pinned, move to the front, twist and pin back.

How-to create a low twisted updo

Yellow bouquet

Low twisted updo

Yellow bouquet

And how about a romantic bouquet + gown to complete the look?

Yellow bouquet

Given that you alternate the twists all the way down, it would be easy to tweak for different lengths. Be sure to browse our hair + beauty section for more bridal hair tutorials.

Thanks to the gals below for the how-to!

Photography: Apryl Ann / Hair & Makeup: Samantha Landis / Floral Design: The Southern Table / Dress: Rue de Seine from The Dress Theory

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