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.

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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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15 Jul

How about a sultry, romantic makeup look to inspire you today? Just look at those sparkling eyes. So perfect. Bride Nancy had the chance to flaunt this amaze 1940s inspired look by bareMinerals on her wedding day at Carondelet House (which you’ll see here on 100lc tomorrow!). Thanks to makeup artist Thang Dao for showing us how it’s done.

Dramatic wedding makeup | Photo by Phil Chester | 100 Layer Cake

Nancy: I have been wearing bareMinerals for as long as I can remember. I’ve tried other brands, but I always go back to bareMinerals. It stays on all day, and a little goes a long way. I never look like I’m wearing too much make up, and I love that it is all natural. For my wedding day, it lasted through the flood of happy tears I cried, and that was very important to me. I am the biggest crybaby, so I needed something that wouldn’t let me down. I tested a few other brands, and they all left me with embarrassing streaking tear marks – so I decided to stick with what I know and love. I’m SO glad I did. The bM makeup artist created the perfect look for me that day, and I’m so thankful! I wouldn’t change a thing. bareMinerals was absolutely perfect for me.

Dramatic wedding makeup | Photo by Phil Chester | 100 Layer Cake

The latest genius product from bareMinerals, bareSkin, is a super light liquid foundation that delivers clinically-proven tone-correcting coverage with the bare minimum of ingredients. With jojoba, coated mineral pigments, vitamin C, supercharged lilac plant stem cells, and a coconut-derived base, it’s a good-for-you foundation. From bareMinerals: Created with purity in mind, bareSkin Foundation mirrors our ‘less is more’ philosophy. No oil. No silicone. No water. No parabens. No fragrance.

Dramatic wedding makeup | Photo by Phil Chester | 100 Layer Cake

And now, how to get this bold, vintage inspired bareMinerals look for your big day:

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Face:
Start with Purely Nourishing Moisturizer: Combination Skin.
Nourish skin with Firming Eye Treatment & Multi-Wrinkle Repair.
Prep skin with Original Prime Time Foundation Primer, to smooth out skin’s texture for the best makeup application.
Apply bareSkin Foundation in Bare Sand #12. Just a little bit goes a long way. Shake, Drop, Buff™ one drop at a time – with the Perfecting Face Brush.

Eyes:
Begin with READY 4.0 Eyeshadow in The Truth, then add 5-in-1 BB Advance Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Divine Wine on eyelids for an instant and long-lasting smoky eyeshadow combination.
Line with Lasting Line Eyeliner in Absolute Black.
Coat lashes with Lash Domination Mascara.
To ensure the makeup is happy-tear ready, Locked and Coated Waterproof Top Coat  seals the deal to make mascara and eyeliner last for the life-time memories.
Lastly, a good Rockabilly inspired makeup calls for structured brows. The Frame & Define Browstyler in Dark will make that precision happen in no time!

Cheeks:
Begin with READY Blush in Aphrodisiac and add Rose Radiance to give a soft, glowing, and radiant finish.

Lips:
For a bold lip, use Marvelous Moxie Lipliner in Pumped, the most natural looking lipliner.
A bold, deep red lipstick, Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Call The Shots finishes this modern, Rockabilly inspired makeup look.

Dramatic wedding makeup | Photo by Phil Chester | 100 Layer Cake

Glamorous, right? Be sure to check in later this week for the full recap of her Nancy’s wedding—with even more pics of this gorg wedding day makeover.

Photography: Phil Chester / Makeup: Thang Dao for bareMinerals

This post is a partnership with bareMinerals.

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