Bridal Beauty: 6 Dos and Don'ts for using essential oils on your skin

Any essential oil lovers out there? Raise your hands! I'm raising mine-LOVE THEM! I use them a lot for diffusing in my home, especially during germ season, or for making body scrubs, which I've shared some tutorials here. When I was in a wedding a year ago, I included a bottle of lavender in the bride's emergency kit to help her nerves...seriously, don't forget to include that on your wedding day!

Friend of the blog, Amelia, from, has sent over some great info on the dos and don'ts for proper essential oil use-which is very important! Check out what she has to say below! Let us know your fave oils you use and how you use them! I'm going to start a comment thread below as I don't want to deter from Amelia's info.

Retail Entrepreneur Donates Prom Dresses to Underprivileged Girls

Sam Sisakhti, USTrendy

We could all use a good story about now, right? Though this is not "wedding related", NWL as it is shortened, this touches the heart strings. I love hearing about the good people are doing in the world. We are kind of in some tough waters right now, and hearing a positive story of giving just makes my heart feel more at ease that there are people doing good around every corner. Such a person is Sam Sisakhti, whom is the founder of USTrendy. He reached out to me to share a program he has started, This program donates prom dresses to underprivileged girls around the country. Please take a moment to read what he has to say:

I am the founder of UsTrendy, the world's largest Independent Fashion e-commerce site. In an effort to have a positive influence on young women, I started a foundation called the Believe in Yourself Project one year ago. I recently launched a site for foundation: Some of the objectives of charity is to combat the financial pressures that are felt on low income girls and their families to continuously stay in style and purchase new items each season along with promote positive body image .

Giveaway!! BRIDES x Casablanca Bridal: Enter to win!

BRIDES and Casablanca Bridal are partnering to give one lucky bride-to-be the chance to win her dream gown and the chance to star in a BRIDES photoshoot!!

Entering is easy: visit to immediately enter or discover a list of upcoming Casablanca trunk shows to try on a dress before entering.

Styled Shoot: Lovely Valentine's Day Bridal Inspiration

Happy Friday lovers! We have a sweet Valentine's Day photo shoot that Christina from Sweetly Stitched Images sent over to us! The shoot features a gorgeous red haired model, and sweet nods to the heart filled love day.

Christina shared this with us for what inspired her vision you see here:
Recently I had an itch to photograph an off the beaten path bridal styled shoot. With the winter months swarming in whether we like it or not, I really wanted to highlight one of my favorite winter holidays...Valentine's Day. :) I pitched the idea to a few wonderfully talented wedding industry pros in my area, and to my delight, they were in! So one recent Saturday afternoon, a small group of fun loving women put their ideas together in a small (natural light) studio to bring you this lovely Valentine's Day bridal inspiration shoot.