Minnesota State Fair, cool evenings, football pre-season, back-to-school–yes, it’s official, summer is winding down in Minnesota. While we’re hopeful that Mother Nature will bless us with this gorgeous weather for a few more months it’s safe to say we’re looking forward to fall! We have several dates planned for the rest of 2014 and we’d love to have you join us! We will be holding sessions in downtown Minneapolis in September, October, and November and will likely add another date to accommodate the holiday rush. Available times for our next boudoir marathon on September 20-21 can be found below. Contact us if you’d like more details!
Well, hello there, lovelies!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for some T&A. That’s right: Tips & Advice.
When you decide to do a boudoir shoot, lots of questions might leap to mind. You might be planning your wardrobing choices. Maybe you’re thinking about hair and makeup. Maybe it’s how you might be keeping it a surprise from a very lucky recipient. So, each Tuesday we’ll be here to help you collect up all the details so that you don’t miss a thing—and don’t feel overwhelmed.
Consider this lovely lady and this photo:
Totally beautiful, right? Everything about this shot feels classy, polished, and sexy. Let’s break down why this shot works:
1. She’s wearing a beautiful, simple outfit that flatters.
2. Her accessories add, rather than distract from the shot. Pearls on white? Can’t go wrong.
3. Gray and white: A soothing, sophisticated combo.
But what really adds a wow factor is something you might not think about before opening that hotel-room door to see us: Her nails.
Shots are often very detail oriented or close up. And your hands are a big part of that set-up: If you’re a bride we may want to make sure we get a shot of that stunning sparkler on your finger. You might be trailing your hand along the bed. Or, in this case, she’s clutching her pearls. And the one big *pop* on the page, color-wise? Red nails.
Red nails are sexy. They’re sophisticated. They might signal you’ve put a little more time into yourself—which is a lovely respite, and might also make someone think you’ve been thinking of them. Know what we’re sayin’?
A manicure can go a long way in taking a photo from good to great.
Are you thinking: Yeah, but I walk out of the salon, get my keys out of my purse—and there goes my mani? We hear you. We know of two great services that help preserve the life of your mani (so you don’t have to do it on your way to the shoot). One is Shellac, which is a gel-based polish that cures under a UV light. It lasts a few weeks and then the nail techs can take the polish off with special remover. Some women swear by it. Want something lower-maintenance? A new service called Vinylux is the perfect middle ground: It’s basically the same nail polish, but the formulation allows for it to last for up to two weeks! No return visit to the salon needed. Lots and lots of salons and spas offer Shellac—and Thomas Charles Salon in St. Louis Park does the Vinylux.
Maybe red’s not your thing? Something bright or bold can be sexy—but so can the barely-see-it ballet-slipper pink.
So there you have it: your polish primer for today—a little detail that can go a long way.
Here at Blush, we believe that you’re beautiful just as you are and you’ll never look better than you do now.
But we also believe in taking care of yourself and feeding your spirit—in whatever way that works for you! Each week, we’re going to share some of the things that rock our world and leave us feeling good about ourselves—maybe we can all empower each other to discover or try something new.
I confess, what got me through to door to try Buti Yoga was the week’s theme for the class: boy bands. I mean, I can’t resist taking a fitness class that features songs by my first big crushes! (Don’t worry—if boy bands aren’t your thing, there are other Buti classes with other types of music.) Buti classes combine yoga with dance, cardio, and plyometrics (strength training using your body weight). Buti, according to the website, is a Marathi Indian word meaning “the cure to something hidden or kept secret.” Intriguing!
For me, working out is a complete stress reliever and mood booster. I look forward to it and need in my life to stay focused and balanced. Some people can do a DVD at home, but I like group classes because they teach me proper form, new exercise techniques, and push me beyond what I think I can do. It’s much harder to “quit” a workout when you’re in a room with other people! Group classes gave me confidence in myself so that I can now hit the weight room or other equipment on my own and know a variety of exercises that I wouldn’t have known without them.
It also made me eager and willing to try something new and work some new muscles, which also motivated me to get to class. When you get into a routine, your body can hit a plateau, so I’ve been focusing on mixing up my workouts. I’m seeing results, and I like it!
I joined about 20 other women in the class, rolled out my mat, and got ready to work. …and work I did. Sweat was dripping off me, but singing along to my favorite boy band of all time—NKOTB—helped a lot. This felt like a whole-body workout, but the focus was on core, glutes, and legs. Rolling my hips while holding a squat position for what felt like forever made me want to collapse and die! (In that painfully good way, of course.)
If you’re in a rut and need to shake things up, or you want to have fun while working out (it’s possible!), this class would be a good bet. I expect that adding it into your regular rotation would yield major results. The day after, my glutes and thighs were sore enough that I took a rest day from the gym. Two days later, I’m still feeling the burn!
Sound fun to you? I just found out Sante Fitness, where I took my class, is hosting a “Girl Power” themed night on April 22. You can sign up online!
Sante Fitness, 7500 Hudson Blvd. N., Ste. 160, Oakdale. $15/class; $1 to rent a mat for class.
The sun is shining, the birds are singing, we are shedding layers like crazy—this HAS to be a good omen for our Minnesota Twins home opener today. It reminded us of this super-sexy shoot we did with one of our clients who really knocked it out of the park (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) with her styling and look:
So why do these photos pop off the screen—besides the obvious loveliness of this lady? Picking one standout color against the monochromatic background is always appealing to the eye. In this case it’s racy, sporty red! We love the bit of mystery the baseball cap provides, too. And you can never really go wrong with red heels! Even if you might never wear them “in real life” they’re sexy, fun, and lengthen the leg. The contrast with the black, white, and gray is a total home run.
When you’re planning your shoot wardrobe, consider something he might love—like a favorite team—or hobby he has. Sexy and thoughtful! Or maybe it’s you that loves baseball—or it might be where you went on your first date. Or your best date. Or an inside joke about your worst date. Get creative! Then come to the shoot, where we’ll make your experience a walk in the park. (Sorry, we’re just so jazzed about signs of spring, we can’t help but be punny.)
Contact us if you’re ready to book! We’ve got shoots set up in April for your spring unveiling!
So what if we’re writing this on the eve of a late-season blizzard? We’re making spring happen. We’re bringing it back. We’re willing it into being. Shed some layers, dust on a little bronzer, and get ready to show some skin: Our April Boudoir-a-Thon is nearly upon us, which means you should get to signing up for your session. Once named to a Best-Of list for Minnesota Monthly magazine, we are more committed than ever to bringing the best, brightest, most beautiful version of you on camera. We love showing women exactly how beautiful they are—and whether you share it with anyone else is only your business. But we can share with you that it’s a beautiful, fun, and empowering experience. Think about it: Spring is kind of season of love, is it not? Love yourself. Love others. Revel in the beauty. It’s time to bloom, ladies.