Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Well Dressed Groom || Bridal Stylist

Its not a secret that women love a well dressed man, can I get an amen ladies?  As a wedding stylist I watch style trends for both the bride & the groom and many of the bridal trends come fresh off the runway. 

This wedding season I am head over heels in L-O-V-E with the fabric lapel flowers. These lovelies can be a fresh alternative for the groom & groomsmen than your typical boutonniere .  They are fresh, fun stylish and they can be customized in your wedding color palette or print, not to mention they can be used after the wedding! 

Be inspired....by the designs of Rashon Carraway





















Grooms would you consider rocking a fabric lapel flower on your wedding day?  

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Bridal Style || The Well Dressed Groom

Today bridal fashion is not just on the minds of brides, its also being thought about with many grooms whether some like to admit it or not.  Its important to select the right tuxedo or suit cut but its equally important to choose the perfect pair of shoes that compliment the overall grooms look for their wedding day.  If you are having a traditional or modern ceremony & reception I would advise going with a more dressier shoe & if your wedding theme is more casual, consider selecting a more casusal shoe even a sneaker if that's your style. 

Most tuxedo shops will outfit you including shoes however if your style is for a more stylish shoe by all means its perfectly fine to rock your own shoes. This also allows you to purchase them ahead of time & break them in for maximum comfort before the wedding day.  This shows your character & will complete your look just as a bride has that IT Wedding Shoe....So should her Groom! 















Andrea Latrice Style offers bridal styling services for the entire bridal party including parents, for more information visit our website.  

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Beauty Junkie Confessions | YSL Beauty

I am a self diagnosed makeup & "product lover" (aka Junkie) so when I received a message that I was selected to review the YSL Influenster VIP Box I was thrilled.   I received the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer & Touche Eclat Blur Profector. 

The box arrived & everything was package very well.   I am a lover of great packaging and YSL always knocks it out of the park with their mirrored gold packaging. 




Inside the box there was an information card sharing the featured products that I would be reviewing.  The models were absolutely gorgeous, wouldn't you agree?


The first product that I reviewed was the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer.  I have combination skin but definitely oily in my t-zone & large pores on my nose.  The blur primer is a gel-fluid consistency that claims to blur out your imperfections & also gives your skin a radiant glow.  The gel primer to me had almost a silicone feel so it's extremely smooth + it has flecks of gold shimmer.  I am use to wearing a cream primer for the most part so this was very new for me.  


The blur primer applied like butter which I was pleasantly surprised at just how smooth my skin felt after application.   What I did not care for particularly was the applicator.  I applied it to the back of my hand to warm up the product & then applied it with my fingers.  I allowed the primer to set for a few minutes and applied my normal foundation & the application was smooth as well!  


I wanted to put the product to the test so I did wear it on a day where I knew I would be running errands and in & out of the heat.  It stood up to everything that it claimed.  I felt like my makeup looked flawless for the entire day & I was less oily even after 5 hours. 

I highly recommend this product for brides especially if you have combination/oily skin and want a flawless foundation for your wedding day.  The YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer 1oz bottle is priced at $57.00 at Sephora and I think its worth the investment.  This would work great for a bride or just a busy professional woman that desires a flawless appearance to her foundation.  


The next product I received to review was the Yves Saint Laurent  Touche Eclat Blur Perfector; Retail Price $55.00 at Sephora.com


I fell in love with the packaging for this product, its pink, gold & very shiny...something that every woman loves!  Lets be real ladies who would not like to pull out this lovely compact to refresh your face?  The blur perfector included a mirrored compact, cosmetic puff & a velvet YSL pouch to store the compact when not in use.   The overall packaging on this product definitely gets 5 stars in my opinion..... 


Ok, lets talk about about the actual product.....I was extremely nervous when I opened the compact & saw a light pink "balm like" compact.  If you didn't know I am a brown girl so my first thought was "oh this is going to be interesting!"   The product claims to be a  "balm-powder" that acts like a transparent foundation & helps to minimize pores & smooths out complexion.  


I personally used this product to touch-up my face after a few hours to control my shine.  My first time using the product I did not use the cosmetic puff because I didn't feel like it would work with the balm like consistency of the product.  I used a cosmetic sponge & I literally felt like I was wiping all of my makeup off with each swipe of the product.  So I wasn't feeling it at first to be completely honest.  However I tried the product for a second time & used a blotting application and it worked much better + I did not wipe off so much of my own foundation.   This is a product that you would definitely have to get use to the consistency but its a nice product.   Also being that it was a light pink color, it did come off translucent once applied to my face!  


Again, as you can see the packaging is absolutely beautiful however overall I would give the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector a 3.5/4.0 stars.  Its a product that you definitely have to get use to working with on the application.  

However, I would recommend this to a bride for wedding day touch-ups through the day because #1 its not a powder formula so it would not appear cakey in pictures.  #2 its a balm like compact so it leaves no room for accidents in the compact breaking if you carry it in a clutch for the reception or even in the pockets of a wedding dress.  Most wedding dresses now have pockets made into them which makes it easier for brides to carry their favorite lippie or compact to refresh their face during the reception.  



Have you tried any YSL cosmetic products?  Do share your favorites in the comments!! 

Thank you Influenster for selecting me to review this VIP YSL Touche Eclat box & I look forward to reviewing more amazing products with my readers!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Fall Style Basics Must Have | Fall Style Inspiration


Fall is quickly approaching, in fact the first day of Fall is Saturday September 22nd...yes like a few days from today.  Depending on the part of the country that you live in, it probably still feels like Summer.  Here in Nashville the temperatures have been in the upper 90's pretty consistently the past few weeks.  

If  you have been shopping over the past few months, most retailers have been stocking their stores with Fall Fashions since mid July.  This can be a blessing and a curse.  For those that went back to school this was the time to stock up on basics to start the school year.  However if you are not a student, or have students in your home you may feel like the stores may have jumped the gun, similar to going to Hobby Lobby in July and they have Christmas decorations fully stocked...Right?!

The early Fall in store transitions can work in the average shoppers favor because the typical store "life span" of certain items will be in stock for 6 weeks before they start to mark down/clearance out style pieces.  What that means is cheaper prices & you will also be able to shop the 2nd flow of Fall styles when the temperature finally does get a chill in the air.  

8 Fall Style Basic Must Haves 

  1. Crew neck t-shirt -  This is a wardrobe staple that should be refreshed every season, especially the colors white & black for sure. Crew necks make great layers pieces under blazers, transitional summer dresses & sweaters.   Tried & true staple colors to have in your closet are white, black, red, heather gray and a stripe color.  Good stores to shop for quality crew neck t-shirts are Target, Zara, Gap, Old Navy
  2. Collegiate Style Sweaters - These sweaters are definitely for the preppy at heart and can be paired with skinny jeans, khakis & even skirts. 
  3. Long oversized cozy/fluffy sweaters - Cozy sweaters are my go to wardrobe staple because I am always cold.  The fluffy sweater can be styled with skinny jeans & even leggings.  (FYI:  I have a love hate relationship with leggings)  however structured leggings pass my style test.  
  4. Accessory:  Thick Hoops - Whether gold or silver, a pair of thick hoops just boost any casual style look up a notch.  Good places to shop for hoops is H&M, Charming Charlie, Target and many other retailers. 
  5. Skinny Jeans - You can never go wrong with a great fitting dark wash skinny jean. I would suggest a pair that is not distressed & also one pair of distressed for casual weekends.  Dark washed skinny jeans can be incorporated into your office attire when paired with a blazer on Casual Friday.  The distressed jean can be paired with the crew neck t-shirt & long cozy sweater! 
  6. Blazers/Regular + Oversized - Great for the office, weekends with the girls & also date nights.  the oversized blazer can be paired with skinny jeans.  The oversized style blazer can be belted in order to create a waist line for your overall style.  I am personally on the hunt for a plaid and/or herringbone blazer for the Fall.  
  7. Belts - a good belt adds structure and dimension to you style looks. Skinny, structured & wide style belts. 
  8. Mules - My personally prefer embellished styles, but the classic mule is a good transition piece from Summer to Fall.
If you can tell the pattern with this list of 8 Must haves, they can all be paired together & work with other style pieces in your current closet.  The key is to maximize your wardrobe by mixing & matching new and existing wardrobe pieces.  

For additional style tips or to schedule a Fall closet consultation, contact me at AndreaLatriceStyle.com 

What to Wear Wednesday | Fall Style Trend | Beret Hats



A Fall/Winter accessory must have this season is the beret or tam hat. I grew up with it being called a tam hat, I have an Aunt that’s worn them for as long as I can remember. 




I started wearing them last Winter and absolutely love them and the chic look that it gives! 
Beret/Tam hats can be found at most department stores, Urban Outfitters, Asos,  Forever 21 Five Below  & actually your local Beauty Supply Store. 






Would you consider rocking this hat this Fall/Winter? 

Classic • Effortless • Style 
www.AndreaLatriceStyle.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Style Tip Tuesday | How to Cover A Tattoo for Special Events

Style Tip: You are a bride with tattoos but you don’t necessarily want them to be visible on your wedding day.


*Disclaimer* I AM NOT AN MUA But I have worked with some great talent & only refer the best that are a good fit in personality. It’s important to mesh well with even your style/glam team BECAUSE those are the ones that will see you for the last time & give you your finishing touches before your grand entrance to your wedding!


Back on track:: If you do have tattoos and you don’t want them to be visible in your wedding dress, I love products like #Dermablend for a flawless look. However WHEN you hire a professional MUA they will provide their top selections for tattoo coverage as well. Please be aware that additonal tattoo coverage maybe an additional fee for your #weddingstyle budget.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Packing Made Simple for Business Trips + Honeymoon Travel

Lets face it, packing for anything can be a stressful and daunting undertaking.  Couple that with packing for your honeymoon...*insert physical meltdown here*.  You are checking the weather to know exactly what types of clothes to pack, you always over pack so that means that you run into weight restrictions when flying specific airlines.  Sound familiar?

As a Bridal Stylist I work with brides & grooms on their wedding day style but I also offer a service of honeymoon styling that includes packing assistance.   This helps to eliminate that added stress of "OMG I am getting married & Oh I also have to pack" for my honeymoon to this exotic or romantic honeymoon destination. 

Smart packing is the key when packing for a long honeymoon vacation.  I love to compartmentalize my suitcase when traveling because it helps to save space & also keeps things organized should you have to remove something due to weight or for TSA to check your bag. 

Here are a few of my favorite things to use when packing for long trips! 


I absolutely love this Underwear pouch from MochiThings.  It keeps your unmentionables in a discreet pouch that is very convenient.  So even if you did have to be searched by TSA you are not mortified that all your underwear is out in plain view &  is not being handled by a total stranger.
This pouch would also make a great bridesmaids gift as well!  



Another favorite are these Travel Vinyl Bags by Mochi Things  for liquids & wet items.  Sure you could use a simple plastic bag or even a cosmetic bag  but I love the fact that it keeps liquids contained.  There is nothing worse than opening your luggage after a flight only to discover that a perfume or foundation has exploded.  


These Mochi Things medium mesh travel bags make packing & organization a breeze & again its all about creating compartments in your luggage.  As a rule always remember to roll your clothes while packing because it creates more space in your luggage. 


Creates a very neatly package suitcase don't you think?



My final travel/packing essential is the Longchamp Le Pliage Folding Bag.  This bag is everything when you travel.  It can serve as your carry on bag (depending on the size), once at your destination it can become your daily travel bag.  The great thing about this bag is that it can easily fold up & be stored in your luggage when not in use!  Longchamp can be purchased online & also found at your better department stores like  Nordstrom. 


What are some of your favorite ways to organize while traveling?  If you are interested in honeymoon styling services be sure to check out my website www.AndreaLatriceStyle.com