Of Silk and Willow…

One of our most recent brides was in love the idea of a clean, simple, and classic aesthetic for her wedding. Working with a girl whose vision was so clear was soothing. But also in that clarity is the absolute need for perfection. The dress she chose from one of our Collections was beautiful and just what she had envisioned. The custom maxi skirts we designed for her bridesmaids were clean, soft, and flattering (and could totally be worn again! Wink!) One detail we lingered on for some time was what kind of sash to pair with her gown. We were on the hunt for ribbons and sashes to complete the look and may have found one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Silk and Willow.

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Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Shellie Pomeroy has created a gorgeous line of silk ribbons and sashes using plant-based dyes which she sources from India, domestically, and locally. All of her imported dyes are fair trade and sustainably sourced and she even makes her ribbon spools from the fast-growing renewable Acacia tree. Not to mention all the materials she uses are biodegradable, reusable, and recyclable. (Three qualities we love and appreciate from any small business!)

Of her inspiration and materials, Pomeroy says, “I am drawn to silk for it’s durability, softness, and drape. The tactile experience of silk is alluring, and the colors it radiates are breathtaking. Each of my ribbons is made with the intention of love and longevity, an heirloom piece that can be re-used for years.”

Please discover more at their website, Silk and Willow, and fall in love with the richness and natural beauty of her products like we did.

Plant Dyed Napkins {ASSORTED COLORS}


All images from http://www.silkandwillow.com

A Natural Beauty Project…

No matter how simple or in depth your beauty regimen, you have to admit that you do love to be pampered. But it seems that when we need it the most, it’s least likely to happen. You know what I’m talking about–The week before your BFF’s wedding, for example. Between work and helping to finalize the seating chart, it feels like there isn’t enough coffee in the world to get you through. Or maybe you still haven’t fully recovered from that last minute Labor Day trip up to Marble Head before school started this month. Well, it’s time to wind down and pencil in some “me” time because we’ve been researching some super simple, although lovely, do-it-yourself end of summer home remedies for what’s ailing you.
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Coconut & Coffee Body Scrub:

1/2 Cup Ground Coffee

1/2 Cup Organic Cane Sugar

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Mix all of the ingredients together. If your coconut oil is solid, heat it just a bit until it melts, but make sure it has cooled back to room temperature before adding the other ingredients. Once mixed, store your scrub in an airtight container, and use it when you need to feel revitalized! Let’s talk benefits:

Coffee is full of antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory properties which will draw out excess water and make your skin feel smoother and more firm. And, because of its texture, it exfoliates amazingly, removing dead skin cells and leaving your skin super silky smooth.

Organic Cane Sugar will act as a second exfoliant. If Cane sugar is too course, you can leave it out entirely, or use a softer, less course sugar such as coconut palm sugar or brown sugar.

Coconut Oil is my personal beauty product obsession right now–I use it for everything from masks to makeup remover–it has awesome, healthy fats and proteins that will keep your skin smooth, moisturized, and rejuenated.

Cinnamon has antiseptic properties which can help clear bacteria from the skin. It also helps to stimulate blood vessels, bringing more blood to the surface of the skin which can help your skin appear smoother.

Ginger Detox Bath Soak:

1/3 Cup Espom Salt

1/3 Cup Sea Salt

1/3 Cup Baking Soda

3 Tablespoons Ground Ginger

Mix together dry ingredients and pour into a comfortably warm/hot running bath. Try to soak for at least 30-45 minutes before rinsing off completely. Rehydrate with water before, during, and after since you will be sweating tons! Whenever I have done a soak like this, I am left feeling sleepy and relaxed, so it’s perfect to do before bed! (These soaks are NOT recommended if you are hypertensive, diabetic, or pregnant. Just a disclaimer!) Now, let’s talk benefits:

Epsom salts draw out toxins from your body while relieving aches and pains.

Sea Salt can relieve dry skin as it naturally opens up pores, improves circulation, which in turn helps to hydrate your healing skin.

Baking soda helps to detoxify and alkalize your body, and for those with sensitive skin, it’s colorless and odorless, leaving your less irritated than with commercial products!

Ground Ginger not only smells amazing, but it will  help you to sweat and release toxins from you skin and tissue, as well as assist in better circulation.

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Calming Face Mask:

1/2 Cup Plain, Organic Yogurt

1/2 Cup Raw Honey

Using a whisk, mix the yogurt and the honey together, then massage on your face for a couple of minutes and rinse with warm water. (I love this mask!)  And the benefits are:

Yogurt has lactic acid which will exfoliate dull skin layers, smooth out fine lines, and tighten your pores.

Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great to help prevent and heal acne, and it’s a natural humectant which will give you a dewy glow! And in my experience, honey has helped fade my acne scars.

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Peppermint & Rosemary Lip Scrub:

1/4 Cup Organic Cane Sugar

1/4 Cup Organic Coconut Oil

1 Teaspoon Fresh Rosemary

3-5 Drops of Organic Peppermint Oil

Combine the sugar and coconut oil. Let the rosemary dry out on your counter for a bit before mixing in. Then add your 3-5 drops of peppermint oil. To keep your scrub for the next couple weeks, store in an airtight container in your refrigerator. I’ve stated the benefits of the coconut oil and cane sugar above, but let’s discuss the others:

Rosemary helps to moisturize your skin as well as support collagen production.

Peppermint Oil has a cooling effect to skin–as we’ve seen in many lip balms before–it’s especially therapeutic and soothing when used on dry, cracked lips.

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Weekly Hair Mask:

1 Tablespoons Organic Light Brown Sugar

1/2 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil

Mix your ingredients together and slather mask onto already wet hair. Leave it on for ten minutes, rinse well (sometimes I rinse twice!) with warm water, and wash and style as usual.  Earlier, I listed some of the many benefits of coconut oil, but let’s talk brown sugar:

Brown sugar is a natural exfoliant with no chemical preservatives. It will help remove excess oils and impurities from your hair, and act as a scrub for  your scalp by removing dead skin cells.

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Nail Treatment

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Stir the olive oil and the lemon juice in a small bowl. Put it in the microwave for about 15 seconds, or until it’s just warm to the touch. Stir it and apply to entire nail bed and cuticles. Leave it on while watching an episode of Parks and Recreation (20-30 minutes) and then rinse with warm water. Let’s hear it for the benefits:

Olive oil will penetrate the skin and nail to help soften and repair damage. It will also moisturize your skin during the dry, winter months.

Lemon juice  will help strengthen and whiten your nails without the use of chemicals. Lemons are full of vitamin C and citric acid, so it can help whiten and brighten discolored nails.

We know you are stunning just as you are, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show yourself some natural chemical-free, DIY beauty love!!! Happy pampering!


All images from Google Images.

Ghinda Beauty Project: Jennifer Kessler…

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The project all began with a conversation this winter that I had with Jennifer Kessler, owner and Creative Director at Ghinda. After a day at our downtown studio, we settled in to finish our neglected lattes from that morning’s meetings, and wistfully discussed the impact the fashion and beauty industries have on us all the time—be it on the day of your wedding, your first day at a new job, the last visit from your family—and how, unfortunately, the force that these industries have on our lives can sometimes take us away from ourselves. Our goal behind the Ghinda Beauty Project is to present a reminder to all women  that beauty—really, truly, and simply—isn’t on the outside only. It shows itself in your drive, your actions, what you do when you get out of bed in the morning. Beauty has many facets and we are delighted to shed light on them with you. Don’t get us wrong, we still love (love, love, love)  shopping and getting our eyebrows done, but we want to take time to highlight other awesome features, too; The women we’ll be interviewing may be entrepreneurs, brides-to-be, freelance artists, or just acquaintances who inspire us. No matter what, we can’t wait to share them doing their thing, their way with all of you.

Working for Jen at Ghinda for the last 10 months has taught me many things. Not only have I learned more about business, but I’ve seen firsthand how a positive outlook and kindness can totally enrich my every day life.  So, in honor of her recent birthday, and since a conversation with her got this whole thing started, I talked her into answering a few questions to kick things off for the Ghinda Beauty Project:

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Donna: What does beauty mean to you?

Jen: Beauty is about being completely comfortable and free in your own skin. It seems like beauty is about knowing it’s not about what’s on the outside.  

Donna: What do you think has driven you to accomplish what you have at such a young age?

Jen: I have never considered anything else.

Donna: What do you think the secret to feeling beautiful in your own skin is?

Jen: Confidence that you are free and perfect in whatever way you choose to express yourself. 

Donna: You work with a lot of women–from interns to brides to photographers–There are negative stereotypes about women working together, how do you disprove them?

Jen: It’s about building each other up and being genuinely happy for another’s success.

Donna: Name three things that routinely inspire you.

Jen: Nature, artists, music

Donna: What are your best words of advice to up-and-coming entrepreneurs regarding confidence? 

Jen: Just jump.

Donna: Do you think femininity is too often defined by appearance?

Jen: Absolutely.

Donna: What is the most important part of your work day (besides coffee!)?

Jen: My workout/run time when I get to be alone and rejuvenate.

Donna: Did you have any birthday wishes you want to share? 

Jen: Yes!! But if I told them they wouldn’t come true. 

 


Photo of Jen by Jennifer Schaaf of Jojo Photography and Film. Hair and makeup by Leigh Ann Ehmann of Make You LLC. Jewelry designed by Jamie Riley of White Truffle Studio. 

Watercolor logo created by Linzi Rigsby.

Interviewed by Donna Hoffman, Social Media and Event Coordinator at Ghinda Couture Bridal. 

 

That’s so Columbus…

We recently had the pleasure of shooting at several local businesses around Columbus and we were lucky to be accompanied by the oh-so-talented Stephanie Barnes and her camera. This is the second year we have teamed up with a few of the I Do! Bridal Event vendors to orchestrate a shoot that was beautiful, inspiring, and highlighted some locations that are so Columbus.

 

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Thank  you to everyone involved; We couldn’t have done it without you!
Locations: Igloo Letterpress, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, High Line Car House
Photography: Stephanie Barnes Photography
Hair/Makeup: Virtue Vegan Salon
Models: Rachael Schmitt and Chelsea Burgin
Accessories: Jamie Riley/White Truffle Studio

Gowns: Ghinda