By Megan Alice Arterberry
By Megan Alice Arterberry
I got a question about what to wear to a wedding. In fact, she has three weddings to attend! One is at the beach, another at a vineyard, and a formal affair over the summer and into fall. While choosing pieces, I had in mind the longevity of each piece for her wardrobe. I have learned over the years, through trial and error, the value of price-per-wear. Here are my wedding looks :
Beach and Vineyard Wedding: One Look for Both Weddings! (Luckily they don’t have the same guests!)
- The maxi dress can be dressed up or down. Pair with a jean jacket and flat nude sandals for a casual look.
- The cork clutch is a summer staple.
- The low silver wedges will give comfort and are of exceptional quality at a great value – made in Italy.
- The lilac cashmere wrap is a great travel piece, looks just as great with jeans, a teeshirt, and ballet flats.
- The pearl studs are a great value and a true classic.
- The crystal link bracelet is a steal and is fun to wear with more casual outfits.
- The lace dress is great for formal events.
- The nude patent pumps are low and designed for comfort, and Kate Middleton has proven that nude patent pumps go with everything formal – even Camilla’s on board!
- The use of the same clutch and jewelry prove how good these pieces are!
I also found two more looks that might work for all three weddings!
- The coral shades of the pink dress and orange wrap are perfect for the transition of summer to fall.
- The pearl bracelet gives a beachy yet classic feel.
- The low sandals give comfort and has both quality and value, in which J.Crew is prized for.
- The same clutch and earrings!
- The deep purple dress, both flowy and formal, compliments the lilac wrap.
- The same great sandals but in silver to work better with the purple hues.
- My favorite clutch and jewelry finish the look off nicely!
Plus, here are a few tips:
- Go to Nordstrom for undergarments – they measure for proper fitting
- A short nail with pale pink polish – simple, clean, and pretty
- Mineral Makeup – great for your skin
- Hair in a low chignon or a slicked low ponytail with a side part – great for wind
- Natural perfume – easy on the nose for sensitive guests (jasmine is my favorite scent for summer)
1. Dry Brush
2. Body Oil
3. Epsom Salt
The best way to use these three essentials is in a row. First you dry brush, then apply the body oil (such as Almond), then take an Epsom salt bath. It seems a strange to use oil before a bath or shower but in Ayurveda, an ancient art of healing from India, this is recommended as a self massage in their Abhyanga treatment, a healing technique, improving circulation and calming the nervous system. Dry brushing allows you to eliminate those shower gloves and body scrubs. A dry brush exfoliates your skin gently by brushing toward your heart on dry skin, improving circulation and cellulite as well. These two simple steps of dry brushing and oiling are recommended as a daily routine. An Epsom salt bath, on the other hand, may not be practical for everyday but should be part of your weekly routine. Epsom salt alleviates sore muscles and inflammation as well as detoxifies. A great way to top off this simple foundation of body care is add fresh lemon wedges to your water to help alkaline your PH and hydrate your body.