Written by guest blogger, Jonna at Natural Rejuvenation MedSpa in Bellevue WA

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A licensed Esthetician can be your best friend when it comes to keeping your skin glowing through the winter months. The changing weather can dry out your skin but we know what you need to keep your skin hydrated and healthy as well as procedures to ensure your skin is polished.

 

Consider switching up your routine.

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Although you have a lovely spring and summer moisturizer, you may need a richer crème to help protect your skin through the winter. Cold weather can crack and dry out your skin so by adding a crème with skin protecting ingredients (look for an oil based crème rather than water based lotion) you will be helping your skin retain its moisture. Also, you can look for lotions containing “humectants,” a common skincare ingredient (including glycerin, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin.

 

Drink plenty of H2O

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When you are dehydrated, it will show on your skin. When your skin is moisturized from the inside, fine lines and wrinkles are less noticeable. It also helps your cells take in nutrients and get rid of toxins. And it helps with blood flow, keeping your skin glowing and radiant. It is easy to skip the water and go for the delicious holiday drinks but make sure you keep hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day. We love alkaline water with a PH of 9 or higher.

 

Keep using an SPF year-round

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Using an SPF of 35 or higher year-round is your best bet to keep your skin looking young! Even through a cloudy layer the sun’s rays cause damage to our skin on a cellular level. Layering SPF with foundation or powder containing SPF is a great way to make sure you are protecting your skin from the sun and free-radical damage.

 

Eat healthy to get your skin glowing from the inside out

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Healthy, beautiful skin really starts from inside. Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants which are important in slowing and preventing free-radical damage. Leafy greens, vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach and asparagus contain vitamin E which is an amazing antioxidant that protects the skin from free-radical damage and inflammation.

 

We would love to see you for a free consultation to help you reach all your skincare goals!

Jonna at Natural Rejuvenation MedSpa
Phone: 425-281-4325

 

So now that we have full bellies from our thanksgivings feasts and are recovering ever so happily. We can turn our attentions to, no not Christmas, but Fall weddings!! Here are some of the most popular fall wedding trends for the 2016 Bridal season.

Fall is such a beautiful time here in Washington. The season change is so defined and stunning, with its beautiful trees turning a brilliant orange. Fall weddings are so gorgeous so we thought we would share some stunning weddings and ideas.

something old, something new, something borrowed, something….Burgundy?

Instead of white or even the “something blue” bridal shoes, why not try some beautiful burgundy shoes? These will bring in some fall vibes in a subtle way. Don’t forget! You can always use them again for another social occasion!!

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Get naked!

Yes you read that right! Naked cakes are on trend and are oh so beautiful *swoon*. These stunning cakes can be decorated with some fall colored flowers to give it that festive vibe. We love these cakes, they have such festive warm tones that will shout fall in the most fashionable way.

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Candy bars are so last season…

This season cookie bars are popping up everywhere. Have your wedding guests be greeted with a delicate array of cookies with some warm *spiked* drinks in hand to celebrate the big day in a cozy but chic fashion.

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To have and to hold…

A super cute idea that’s totally insta worthy are these comfy blankets. Since it is fall, why not give your wedding guests a gift they can continue to use throughout the season? These have the brides and grooms names and nuptial date stitched onto them.

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Fall Bouquets

Bring some color to your bridal bouquet on your big day and get festive! These beautiful warm tones can bring subtle fall tones without going all halloween/ thanksgiving on everyone.

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Baby it’s cold outside…

Being fall and all….a long sleeved dress seems like a good idea. But don’t worry it doesnt have to be frumpy. A dress with an illusion top with lace. This means you can keep the fall chill off you without having to really rug up, while still looking stunning on your big day. We have stunning dresses in store, here is a link to our bridal collections.

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Bridesmaids dresses

Bring some warm fall tones to your bridesmaids dresses for your wedding. Dress your ladies in deep rich tones with beautiful bouquets to show your love for fall!

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We are so in love with fall, probably one of our favorite seasons! We hope these give you some ideas for your wedding and help make your big day super magical with the colors and vibes of fall. We have a stunning selection of wedding dresses fit for fall brides, so don’t forget to make your appointment today to try them on! Call us on (425) 558 5714!

You said yes!!!! Congratulations!!! Ok so now that you’ve flashed everyone (even the cashier) your shiny new rock, its time to start figuring out what your going to wear! I know most of us ladies have a dream dress we have always wanted, seen a killer gown on Instagram, found the most amazing designer gown on Pinterest….but HOW do you even start shopping for a dress?! Don’t worry girl, pop the champagne and take notes, we have years of experience and are here to give you the low down and key things to keep in mind when finding your dream dress!

 

Know your budget

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So we all wish we could buy and Elie Saab wedding gown but not all of us have the dosh to have one. Figure out what you can put towards your dress early on so you have a good idea on what to expect. We suggest this dress budget include money to go towards accessories and alterations etc. Knowing your financial limits help narrow things down when going in for the first time trying on dresses. Yes it will be overwhelming, but we are here to help!

It’s ok to say yes to the first dress!

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We see this all the time. You try on the one dress that catches your eye the most and try it on first, you come out of the dressing room and fall in love (again). Every dress after just doesn’t seem to compare and you know what? That’s totally ok. We mean it! Sometimes you just know and it’s love at first sight. Don’t worry about what everyone else says, if you truly love it, so will everyone else.

 

Figure out your silhouette

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Now we all have some idea what kind of “shape” we are; apple, pear and every other type of fruit out there. Sometimes we arn’t sure what would look flattering on us though. There are many resources online to find what type of style suites your silhouette, but the best way to figure it out is to go into a store and try on dresses. Here at Samila Boutique we have over 18 years of experience dressing all shapes and sizes so you don’t have to worry about figuring out what would look good, we already know!

 

Keep location in mind!

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I think this one is self explanatory but lets just put it out there, its probably not a good idea to be wearing a full ballgown if you have decided on a beach wedding…..just saying, unless you decide you want to take the beach with you everywhere…you know how sand is. Keep your location (and season) in mind when shopping for your dream dress.

 

Just say yes! And stop shopping!

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Ok so you found the dress!…or did you? Sometimes we have the “but what if” thought pop into our minds. what if i try on more and find the one? What if another store has more dresses? What if I change my mind? What if? This is where you need to step back, take a minute to breath and vision yourself walking down the isle to the partner of your dreams, can you see yourself in the dress you said yes to? Do you open your eyes to find yourself smiling? If yes? Stop. Looking…seriously. The only thing you will be doing is jumping back and forth confusing yourself and adding far more stress than you need to. It’s ok to love your dress, if you entourage have second thoughts, don’t listen. At the end of the day it’s YOUR day and YOUR style and if you feel beautiful in it, then that’s it!

 

Be open to different styles

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Sometimes we have such a strong vision in our mind, we get tunnel dress vision. Even though you may have thought about this day since you can remember and know EXACTLY what style and color etc you want, sometimes dresses can surprise you. Get out of your comfort zone and try on some styles you didn’t originally think of and they may be better than you expected! At the end of the day, you don’t have to purchase it, its a day to have fun and try on all the dresses! Who doesn’t love playing dress up?

 

Keep in mind other costs!

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You said yes! Buuuuttt it doesnt quite fit….then you remembered you need earrings and a veil and a garter and and and. When you shop for your dress remember to keep some money in your dress budget for other things so they don’t surprise you later. always be prepared to avoid stress! Luckily when you come into our store we have a beautifully hand selected range of jewelry, belts, veils and more, so you don’t have to worry about where to find all the little details, we got you!

 

Keep alterations in mind

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You said yes! Buuuuttt it doesnt quite fit….the hem is a little long…unless you’re wearing stilts down the isle…and you need a little taking it in here and there. You want your dress to fit you like a glove, so that you don’t have to worry about straps falling, being to bunchy in places, after all it’s your big day! We suggest finding someone/ place who work on evening dresses and wedding dresses regularly, because they will have a better understanding of the construction and fabrics (also the detail work like heavy beading). When shopping for your dress at Samilas we offer in hour alterations with our seamstresses who work only on evening and bridal wear, so your in good hands!

 

Trust your instincts!

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Things can get overwhelming very quickly when trying on so many dresses and trying to decide if its the one! It get’s a little more complicated when you have friends and family with you who all have different tastes and gosh don’t get anything too revealing to offend gran *deep breathe*! Don’t worry, we know you want to make everyone happy and still love your dress, and you can! Even with so many people giving their opinions, you need to trust yourself and your instincts, you know your style, you know how you want to look and how you want to be seen. At the end of the day its about you and your partner, so go with you gut feeling!

 

We love seeing our brides find “the one” and say yes! It brings us so much joy to help each and every one find the dress that they are going to walk down the isle in and feel like the most beautiful woman in the entire world! When you do start to go shopping for dresses, remember, take a deep breathe, be prepared, go out of your comfort zone a little, but most importantly have fun! Who doesn’t love playing dress up in beautiful gowns?

If you would like to have the full Samila Boutique experience, we would love for you to give us a call on (425) 558 5714 to book your appointment today!

Tis the season to get glam!
Now Halloween is over its time to start thinking about delicious roast turkeys, hot toddies and what on earth we are going to wear for those holiday parties! It’s cool guys just worry about the turkey, we got the trends for this season for you!

Sequin City

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Our face part of the season is the ability to crack out all our sequins and be ok looking like a disco ball for the season! Sequins are such a cute way to add some party fun to an outfit for the season. A little sparkle goes a long way or just go all out!
Samila B Tip: If you’re rocking this look, keep accessories to a minimum or not at all to keep this look on trend and chic.

Woman in Red

 

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We all love red for the holidays so this is always a stunning staple for the season. Because this color is so festive you don’t have to do too much for it to look chic. Keeping this look sleek with minimal accessories and soft wavy hair to give this classic a fun party look.

LBD twist

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We ALL love a good little black dress. This season we are giving it a little twist with some nudes and sexy elements that you can bring over to any occasion in the year! Instead of going short go long! This a good excuse for a cute two piece you can mix and match throughout the year, who doesn’t love that?

Pants! Yes we said pants!

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So if you arn’t in the mood to go for a dress this season, then maybe rock some pants? Dress pants are being seen all over the runways, even bridal! This is a good way to be different this holiday season while still keeping to the formal/ cocktail dress code.

Champagne! and not just the bubbly kind

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We all love a little bubbly but we’re talking about champagne colors! If you’re not into the usual festive colors or don’t want to wear black, then this is a great color for the season! You can also do rose gold for a more modern look, we aren’t trying to look like an oscar trophy here. Add some shimmer with this look or go sleek!

Whatever you decide remember to have fun, be merry and dance your way into 2017! Let us know what trend you think will be dominating this season or which one you will be rocking. Don’t forget you can come in store and try on all these latest trends for yourself! Visit our contact us page for store hours or give us a call on (425) 855 5714 today!!

As everyone else is gearing up for the holidays we are already thinking about beautiful dresses for spring! this seasons Bridal fashion week has come to an end *cries*. I know. BUT we did take away some key trends for those of you saying i do in one of the most beautiful times of the year (besides fall…i mean…lets be real).  We scoped out the top designers like Zac Posen, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang to our beloved Morilee, Casablanca, Sophia Tolli and soo many more. Here are our top picks for the season and trends!

1. Sheer

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It’s not an illusion, sheer is in and its beautiful! We are loving all the sexy femininity this brings to a dress without being too revealing at the same time. you can do sheer with embellishments, lace, stones or you can go full sheer or sheer tops or bottoms. Designers Calla Blanche and Sophia Tolli are hitting this trend with stunning sheer illusion elements teamed with stunning lace and bead work!

2. Blue dresses

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Part of the old rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, stick a shilling in your shoe”. there are so many cute and creative ways to include something blue in your big day, but how about a blue dress??!! I know grandma would probably have a heart attack BUT we are so in love with this magical looking spin on an old tradition!

3. Bows

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Bows! Big bows! If you aren’t the sparkles and lace type, this is a super chic way to add some dimension to a simple chic dress. Bows create a stunning waterfall of fabric that looks gorgeous with simple clean elements.

4. Plunging necklines

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How low can you go? Plunging necklines are big for 2017. For the more modern bride who wants to keep things a little more on the sexy side for her big day, this trend is for you.

5. High – low

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Long or short? Can’t decide? Why not do both? You can have a fun short dress for your big day while still having the extravagance of a train as well! This is a perfect look for a warmer wedding while still getting all the swooshing fabric! Team this look with a some show stopping shoes you can actually show off!

6. Large prints

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spring is all about flowers and bloom so of course we had to include one of the biggest trends of the season! Whether its a large print or 3D florals, this trend is stunning and a pretty breathe of fresh air. These are perfect for a more whimsical pretty bride who wants more depth and a modern look over the shiny bedazzled look.

 

This season brought out some jaw dropping dresses we will be talking about for a while! What trend is your favorite? Our fave is sheer elegance! Who doesn’t love an illusion?? who else is excited to see these trends out on real brides? We are!!!! Don’t forget you can try on all these trends in our store today so make your appointment and find the dress of your dreams!!! (425) 558 5714

We know you girls are already getting your prom and grad boards together on Pinterest, we are too. We have the scoop in whats hot and trending so you can rock your night and KILL IT GIRL!
From carrying lines from Jovani, La Femme, Sherri Hill we now design our own line of gowns! Here are the top trends for the season.

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Deep purples, reds and blues are dominating this season! They are such beautiful classic colors to rock that look glamorous with jewels or simple and sleek. Not only are these trending for prom and graduation, but also evening wear and special occasion in general!

Simply Chic

 

We are embracing simple this season! For that sleek runway look we are seeing simple un-embellished dresses pop up everywhere. Don’t worry you can always a statement accessory to glam it up a little. These are also good dresses to keep on hand and you can dress up and down which we LOVE.

Cut it out!

This trend is a bit of a carry over from last season. We are still in love with cut outs, i mean who doesn’t? Its a great way to to show some skin in a classy way. Here are some super adorbs dresses with interesting cutouts that will make your jaw drop.

Not your grandmas embroidered florals

Ok we know what you’re thinking…..umm grandmas table cloths for prom? No we promise these are gorgeous! If you arn’t the bedazzle kinda girl then try embroidery instead, its a cute way to add some delicate details without the disco ball look. These are super fun and fresh for the season!

All an illusion

This is another trend that has been carried over and we still love it. Illusions are super cute and are also for those who want the cut out look without the actual cut out. Illusions are great for lace and rhinestones to have a beautiful sheer look without baring all. P.S Illusions are great for all sizes, yes full figured girls too! yay!

 

Would you rock any of these trends? Tell us what you think in the comments below! Come in store today and try on all these trends and be ahead of the crowd and lead them in killer style! ??