I’m super excited about this new series from Lora Kelley (one of our awesome Select vendors). She’ll be stopping by once a month with a different beauty tutorial, starting with this easy DIY updo…

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
tiny elastic bands
bobby pins
Frederic Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray

1. Start by creating two ponytails directly on the top of your head, one thicker and one thinner ponytail. You want the ponytails very close together and high on your head – closer to your forehead than to the nape of your neck. Spray with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray to give texture and hold.
2. Fishtail each ponytail and tie off with a small elastic band. For a slightly different look, you can also braid them, if that’s easier.
3. Lay the first, thicker fishtail across the front of the hair. Wrap it around, pinning as you go, and tuck the elastic end under the side of the fishtail.
4. Take the second, smaller fishtail and wrap that around the base of the first section, pinning as you go.
5. Spray heavily with Frederic Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray, to keep the bun in place, but also allow it to look fresh and loose.

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Hair, Makeup: Lora Kelley / Photography: Elisa Bricker / Ring: Catbird NYC / Dress: Alice + Olivia from Net-a-Porter / Lip Gloss: Laura Mercier Opal Lip Glacé

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Lora Kelley and Elisa Bricker are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

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I was lucky enough to attend one of Ariella Chezar’s workshops last year, and it was such a treat to see her in action. Corbin Gurkin was at the most recent workshop and captured it beautifully.

Says Ariella, “After years of hosting workshops in far off locales, I chose my home turf of the Berkshires for the most recent one. It’s such a spectacular time of year round these parts, and the flowers, all in their final hurrah, are marvelous. It was such a treat to share what I love in a place that I love.”

Ariella’s three-day Master Class workshops include bridal bouquets, large and small compote arrangements, tall branch and vine arrangements, as well as a complete tablescape…

I absolutely adore Ariella’s creative use of items like tomatoes and peppers (sometime fruit and berries). I mean, how sweet and fun are these chair garlands?!


Thanks to Snippet & Ink Select vendors Ariella and Corbin for sharing these beautiful photos of a stunning workshop!

Photography: Corbin Gurkin / Floral Master Class: Ariella Chezar / Location: Stonover Farm in Lenox, Massachussettss / Food: Chef Jennifer Lee / Model, dress design: Jeni Wrightson of Prairie Clothing Co.
  • Ariella Chezar Floral Workshop

    6 November 2013
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    There are so many fun ways for flower girls to be, well, flower girls! No need to limit their flowers to petals in a basket. Photographer Christina McNeill teamed up with florist Kiana Underwood from  Naked Bouquet to bring us some darling ideas, from pretty head wreaths to sweet nosegays.

    For this French wire basket, Kiana incorporated fruit to give them an organic quality and some texture.

    A small bouquet of peach garden roses is lovely for a junior bridesmaid.

    Says Kiana, “The garland, with garden roses, eucalyptus, astilbe, and smoke can be used in so many different ways, and makes an amazing statement piece when carried by one, two or three flower girls.”

    No reason wrist corsages should be limited to mothers and grandmothers – they’re perfectly sweet for flower girls, too!

    Queensland tulips add sophistication to this pomander and nosegay.

    For something especially simple, but still sweet, flower girls can carry a single stem like one perfect peony.

    How’s this for a twist on the traditional flower girl cone? An ice cream cone filled with gardenia blooms and leaves!

    So sweet! Which ideas do you love most for your flower girls? And of course, a big thanks to Christina McNeill and Naked Bouquet for sharing these darling and creative ideas with us. (By the way – don’t miss Christina’s brand new website!)

    See even more creative flower girl ideas in the gallery.


    Christina McNeill is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

    Photography: Christina McNeill / Floral Design: Tulipina / Hair: Lia Negrete / Venue: Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, California / Dresses: Zara, J. Crew
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    What better way to kick off this 4th of July holiday week than with a list of our favorite popsicles for grown-ups! They’re fun and unexpected – a perfect last minute party treat or signature cocktail for your summer wedding! Which one will you freeze up first?

    Classic Cocktail Popsicle Recipes:

    Mai Tai Tiki Pops / Black Russian/White Russian / Margarita Ice Pops / Dark & Stormy / Bellini Pops  / French 75 / Mojito Popsicles / Dirty Pirate Poptail


    Boozy Citrus Popsicle Recipes: 

    Lemon Vodka Cream Pop / Campari Citrus Pop / Lemon Pale Ale Popsicle / Frozen Lime Rickey Popsicle / Maple Brown Derby Cocktail Pop


    Boozy Fruity Popsicle Recipes: 
    Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour  / Blueberry Moonshine / 4th of July Cooler  / Mango Mojito  / White Sangria / Blueberry Basil / Lychee Saketini / Blueberry Cabernet Cheesecake  / Bourbon Peaches & Cream / Watermelon Mint Tequila  / Sour Cream Cherry Tequila / Prosecco Fruit Pops

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    Brides have long worn flowers in their hair, both fresh and faux. Today, photographer Corbin Gurkin and Anne Bowen from Stems in Charleston bring us some totally romantic ideas for wearing flowers in your hair…

    Replacing traditional wax flowers, verbena flowers are paired with a vintage lace veil.

    Below, lily-of-the-valley, miniature ivy and white licorice plant are twisted into an open-front head wreath.

    A single gardenia or white peony is pinned behind the ear. Winchester peplum gown by Carol Hannah.

    Hellebores, jasmine and coral bells dress up a low chignon.

    A wreath of hellebores is tied with Midori feather velvet ribbon in dusty rose. The result is perfectly boho romantic when paired with a blush vintage gown.

    No reason flowers have to stand alone. Here, lily-of-the-valley and kalanchoe are clustered with a feather and vintage brooch. Monticello v-neck silk chiffon gown by Carol Hannah.

    This fresh spring bouquet includes sweet peas, hosta, white licorice plant, hallemore,  tillandsia, coral belles, and lily-of-the-valley.


    Thank you to Corbin Gurkin and Anne Bowen for sending over these beautiful bridal looks!


    See all of the bridal hair flower looks in the gallery.

    Photographer: Corbin Gurkin / Floral Designer: Anne Bowen of Stems Charleston / Gowns: Carol Hannah and vintage / Styling: Lindsey Nowak / Hair, Makeup: Ashley Brook Perryman
  • How to Wear Flowers in Your Hair

    12 June 2013
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