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We blog and host a weekly events series, "Cupcakes & Conversation for the Modern Bride." Our goal is simple:  To nourish the mind, body and spirit of brides throughout the wedding planning process.  Please visit our blog or visit us in-person to explore and share methods for achieving balance and joy every day!
 

DIY: BATH BOMBS

Who doesn’t love a relaxing soak at the end of a long the day?  Instead of a bubbles, drop in a bath bomb and watch your bathtub explode with a burst of color, fragrance and effervescence! 

While retailers like LUSH offer a wide selection of bath bombs, you can make your own with the recipe below!

Homemade Bath Bombs

What you’ll need:

4 oz. baking soda
2 oz. corn starch
2 oz. citric acid
2 oz. Epsom salt
1teaspoon of water
1 teaspoon essential oil of your choice
1 1/4 teaspoon oil (I like coconut)
1-2 drops food coloring (optional but recommended)
A mold (you can use those cute rubber ice trays in fun shapes!)

In a bowl combine the dry ingredients (baking soda, cornstarch, citric acid, Epsom salt). In a small glass jar stir together the wet ingredients (teaspoons water, essential oil, teaspoon oil, food coloring). Slowly pour the liquid mixture in with the dry mixture, whisking as you go. If you see the mixture fizz or foam, you may be adding the liquid too quickly. Once all the wet ingredients are combined with the dry, take a small amount in your hand and squeeze it together. It should stick together fairly well in one or two big chunks. If it's still too powdery to hold together, just add a tiny bit more water and mix until it does hold together.

Fill your mold with the mixture until it’s just overflowing. Then, pack it into the mold. Leave the mold out to dry for about 10 minutes and then very gently remove each bomb from its mold. Once they are completely out of the mold, allow them to dry out overnight. Once very dry, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and store in a dry place until you're ready to use them.

They make for a great bath for yourself, but you can also give them as gifts.

Rain: Created for Living

We all know that planning and preparing for a wedding can be incredibly exhausting. While you have to ensure that all your ducks are in a row, you also need to remember to take care of yourself.  What better way to relax than with bath salts, body scrubs, and essential oils organically-grown or sustainably-harvested from the wild. 

Located on Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side on Manhattan the boutique, Rain: Created for Living delivers indulgent collections of handmade bath and body products.  Based out of South Africa,  their goods are made from the finest ingredients, and special care is taken for customers, craftspeople and the environment. 

All staff members at Rain are thoroughly trained to give the best possible advice on skincare. They are well-versed on the products lines, and each employee can answer your questions about each product's benefits and uses -- allowing customers to receive all the advantages Rain has to offer. 

STAFF PICK FOR BRIDES:  Stressed brides find a personal haven in lavender. Its calming scent will help brides-to-be relax.  Rain, specifically, has a lavender olive oil soap harvested in Africa.

Gwyneth Paltrow Launches Natural Cosmetic Line

There is now one more makeup company for brides seeking organic beauty options.  According to Well + Good, Gwyneth Paltrow in partnership with Juice Beauty has launched Goop, a clean, certified organic cosmetics line.  

“We now know it’s possible to create luxurious makeup products but without the potentially toxic ingredients,” Paltrow told Well+Good.  Goop’s makeup products were created by Juice Beauty scientists under the creative guidance of Paltrow.  

The collection features 78-pieces of “high performance makeup,” with products ranging from lip and cheek colors to mascaras, primers, foundations and concealers.

Truly Romantic Wedding Gowns!

Most brides have a vision of what they want to look like on their wedding day:  vintage, modern, classic, edgy...  If pure romance is what your daydreaming about, these angelic, soft-as-a-whisper gowns bring the love!

bhldn | Amelie Gown | $1640

bhldn | Amelie Gown | $1640

bhldn |Tamsin Gown | $1600

bhldn |Tamsin Gown | $1600

bhldn Georgia  Gown | $1,000

bhldn Georgia  Gown | $1,000

bhldn | Mabel Gown | $3290

bhldn | Mabel Gown | $3290

bhldn | Aimee Gown | $2400

bhldn | Aimee Gown | $2400

Lela Rose | The Archway

Lela Rose | The Archway

bhldn | Onyx Gown | $1800

bhldn | Onyx Gown | $1800

bhldn | Penelope Gown | $970

bhldn | Penelope Gown | $970

David's Bridal Collection |  WG3693 | $949

David's Bridal Collection |  WG3693 | $949

David's Bridal | Jewel Collection - WG3734 | $1050

David's Bridal | Jewel Collection - WG3734 | $1050

David's Bridal | AI13012555| Special Price!

David's Bridal | AI13012555| Special Price!

Truly Zac Posen for David's Bridal | AI13012555 | $1650

Truly Zac Posen for David's Bridal | AI13012555 | $1650

Carolina Herera | Dagma Fall 2015

Carolina Herera | Dagma Fall 2015

Carolina Herrera | Denise Fall 2015

Carolina Herrera | Denise Fall 2015

Marchesa Spring 2015

Marchesa Spring 2015

White by Vera Wang @ David's Bridal / $928

White by Vera Wang @ David's Bridal / $928

Oleg Cassini @ David's Bridal | CWG660 | $1850

Oleg Cassini @ David's Bridal | CWG660 | $1850

David's Bridal | AI10042649 | Special Price!

David's Bridal | AI10042649 | Special Price!

Truly Zac Posen | ZP345016 | $1050

Truly Zac Posen | ZP345016 | $1050

Carolina Herrera | Deborah Fall 2015

Carolina Herrera | Deborah Fall 2015

Carolina Herrera | Dorian Fall 2015

Carolina Herrera | Dorian Fall 2015

Marchesa Spring 2015

Marchesa Spring 2015

How to Become More Optimistic About Your Wedding

Wedding stress may feel like a tidal wave of emotion: excitement, anxiety, love, fear. All major life changes come with their fair share of stress. Combat stress by staying optimistic!

Having a positive outlook when confronted with new or difficult situations is a choice.  In other words, you have the power to  focus on the goodness and love in your life instead of obsessing over what you don’t have or can’t do.  Relax, do your best, allow life to unfold and you will reap the benefits of having a positive attitude. You have the tools to paint your future with vibrant, happy colors!

Nurture yourself and your relationship by sitting comfortably for five minutes and imagining your best possible future self.  Think of everything you want to accomplish.  Be present!  Contemplate your relationships, your family, where you are in your life, who is with you, what you are accomplishing, how you feel,and what makes you happy.  Then put it down on paper.

Laura King, a psychology professor in the University of Missouri developed this exercise and found that participants who spent 20 minutes a day for 4 days writing about their best possible future selves had a more positive mood, remained happier several weeks later, and even had fewer physical ailments than participants who wrote about other topics. Other studies have shown that imagining a particular scenario or event has the same effect on the brain as actually experiencing it.

 

Bridal Looks from Carolina Herrera Spring 2015

Here's a round up of some of my favorite looks from Carolina Herrera!  Watch the show here:  http://www.carolinaherrera.com/newyork/en/bridal/spring-2015/collection/12/video

Carolina Herrera:  Carmen | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera:  Carmen | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera:  Claudette | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera:  Claudette | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera:  Celine | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera:  Celine | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera:  Camelia | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera:  Camelia | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrara:  Catarina | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrara:  Catarina | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera:  Charlie | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera:  Charlie | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera:  Catherine | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera:  Catherine | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera:  Chloe | Spring 2015

Carolina Herrera:  Chloe | Spring 2015

Flowers that Calm

This past weekend was one of those rare occasions, when I actually had some much needed down time.  So I decided to do some "pins" on my "Her New York" Pinterest account, which features boards for Her New York Weddings, Holistic Bride and Things that Inspire HER.  As I gathered pins for Holistic Bride, I stumbled into a world of serenity-inducing florals.

I decided to share some of them with you -- simply because I know that when planning a wedding, sometimes flowers can leave you frazzled.  Hopefully, just looking at these beautiful images will restore a sense of calm -- like it did for me! 

Okay, okay -- so it's not a flower.  But I couldn't resist sharing this too cute crystal teapot and teacup with you!

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