Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Language of Love

A pervasive theme in my correspondence and communication with Ashley was linguistic.  Her intonation, the fact that she's bilingual, and that so much of her charisma was felt in the way she spoke.  I relished each and every e-mail and phone call from her.

The backstory: a few years ago, Ashley was sitting unobtrusively in her assigned seat on a flight to Paris.  Young man enters plane and catches her eye.  Young man has seat next to Ashley. Evidently he knew right away she was someone he wanted to get to know.  Transatlantic flight gave them time for that initial conversation.  Phone numbers were exchanged at the end of the flight.  The rest is history.

Ashley was one of my naturalista brides.  Everything about her is natural and genuine.  Her deep love of family; her infatuation with her new groom; her love of her native South Carolina helped sustain her while living abroad and planning a Charleston wedding from France.  There were so many things I loved about Ashley, but two things really stand out:  First, she's a Mama's Gurl. . . the love and deference she showed her mom was simply endearing.  The way she called her "momma" had a ring to it that I felt was filled with the utmost respect.  Not everyone can call their mothers "momma" and carry it.  The way Ashley spoke made me want my own children to refer to me only by that moniker.  Secondly, Ashley's respect of her groom's family was lovely.  This was their first trip to the U.S.  The way she translated and slipped easily in and out of their French was like silk; effortless and accommodating.

Beautiful backdrop courtesy of Charlestowne Landing and the Legare-Waring House.  Magnificent photography courtesy of Juliet Elizabeth Photography.  Hair by Stephanie Clyburn.  Makeup by Pamela Lesch.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Makeup vs. Humidity. . . Your Makeup Wins with Model in a Bottle!

"Will my makeup last?" is a question I'm frequently asked, especially during this time of year, when humidity is at its highest.

Model in a Bottle is one of my go-to products that help ensure long-wearing makeup.  Misted on at the very end of an application, it seals and locks in the longevity of my airbrush foundation.  It's great over traditional and mineral foundations, as well.   One of the residual benefits of this product is its amazing fragrance.  But I love that it also comes in a formula for people with sensitive skin.  

I had the pleasure of meeting the creator of this line, Jill Stephens, at The Makeup Show in NYC this past May.  Her product gets the job done, and her generous spirit and enthusiasm made me want to buy a dozen of everything!  Now that I've been using it with such great results with my clients, I'll definitely request at least three each time I place an order.

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