August 26, 2015

Bridal Style | Honeymoon travel/packing organization


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.OpulentCouturier.com 

August 19, 2015

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!

August 2, 2015

Fun + Fashion at Tiffany & Co. - Nashville - Recap


As you know from my last post, I had the opportunity to partner with Tiffany & Co. Nashville  at The Mall at Green Hills for their first ever in-store style event.  Fun + Fashion at T&Co. for an evening of fun, fashion & of course fine jewelry.  A group of Nashville Bloggers & Fashion Stylist were invited to show their style perspective based off of the 2015 Power of Style Trends with Elle Magazine & Tiffany & Company.



Each blogger selected a Style Solution based off of the Spring 2015 Style Trends; Bohemian Romance, Natural Explorer & Modern Graphic. These looks were based off of style, beauty & jewelry runway.   My selection was Modern Graphic which I was so excited to share my style perspective as it relates to my target client but also the current professional woman that loves to indulge in a luxury piece of Tiffany jewelry.  Every woman would love to indulge in a little T&Co. luxury...classic yet modern! 

I chose a window pane style look because its extremely popular right now and is easy to transition from day to evening simply by adding a smoky eye or bold lip color for an evening look.  Very modern + graphic but still city chic in black & white. 


I created the above 2 inspiration boards to share with my model Chelsea & also Tara of Capella's Salon + Spa in Mt. Juliet for hair & makeup of my style vision for the day.  I wanted my Modern Graphics style to show the young - middle age professional woman that loves a classic look for the office that could transition to happy hour or a girls night out +  also loves to indulge in jewelry & other fun Tiffany accessories.  






All attendees of the event indulged in savory tiffany blue treats +  champagne...of course! 


Feel free to search the Instagram hashtag #TCoNashvilleStyle for more images from the evening. 






I am in love with the Tiffany blue leather tote + sunnies.  They were perfect for the look! 





Pre judging selfie with Chelsea! 


Looks:  Bohemian Romance, Natural Explorer & Modern Graphics. 


Models:  the overall event was a style competition and although we did not win the competition, I am confident that I represented the Tiffany brand & also shared style options for my target client.  




In love with this Tiffany T-Bar Cuff bracelet....You must check this piece out in person! 


Chelsea & I both ended the evening celebrating with a little T&Co. love!! 

Stylist & Bloggers:  Taylor Colson - And Delight Reigned |  Emily Lunsworth - The Locus of Style | Melissa - Fabulous Glance Nash
Also pictured:  Teri C. - Tiffany & Co. 

July 13, 2015

Fun + Fashion at Tiffany & Co.


I am so excited to be collaborating with Tiffany & Co. at The Mall at Green Hills for their first  Fun & Fashion event this Thursday July 16th.  This event will set the mark for fashion events for the hardworking fashionista's to attend that don't mind treating herself to something in that pretty little blue box!

Tiffany & Co. is such an iconic brand and its awesome to see the direction the company is moving toward to provide exceptional fashion forward jewelry pieces while staying true to what they are known for & that's quality!  

The evening will include an opportunity for you to browse & shop the new & existing collections,  savory treats, networking  & fashion challenge that you don't want to miss!  So arrive early ladies & gentleman!  I definitely hope to see you all there & bring your girlfriends and make it a girls night out!  




Oh, one last thing...bring one of your own fashion or statement pieces of jewelry that you may not know how to pair it with certain style looks.  There will be personal stylist & fashion bloggers on hand to answer your burning style questions!  

RSVP information:
Jennifer Vermillion
(615) 298-5747 ext 363
Email: Jennifer.Vermillion@Tiffany.com

I hope to see you on Thursday evening! 
Cheers to Fun & Fashion! 

July 12, 2015

Pops of Color: July Rocksbox


As I posted last month I am partnering with @Rocksbox on their designer jewelry subscription service! I am an avid jewelry lover so it's a perfect match! 


To share in my excitement of this partnership use my code: OpulentCoutureXOXO to get one month FREE!! How does it work? You receive 3 pieces of jewelry each month from your wish list that you create when you sign up. When you want to switch it you just send back the pieces that you don't want. Or you can keep the ones your love! The subscription service is $19/month which is great for the designer jewelry pieces that you receive. 


I love how the Rocksbox is packaged and the sturdy white + black bow box, inspirational quote & detailed description of the jewelry you receive.   All jewelry pieces arrive at your door in their own individual jewelry pouch. 


Inside my July box:

  • Perry Street - Bethany Necklace Retail Price: $55
  • Perry Street - Aria Earrings Retail Price: $38
  • Kristine Lily - Druzy Pop Ring in Silver Quartz & Silver - Retail Price: $48

 If you are a jewelry lover and you want to always rotate your jewelry or have trendy pieces, I highly recommend this subscription service!  

www.Rocksbox.com Code: OpulentCoutureXOXO  or you can click the Rocksbox banner to the Right---->