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Best Bridesmaid Gift!

Best Bridesmaid Gift!

Hi guys! I am jumping on for a quick blog post to share with you all one of the gifts I gave my bridesmaids on our wedding! I wanted to give my girls something useful that wouldn’t just be a “bridemaid” gift. I remembered back to a wedding I recently was in where the bridesmaids and I were trying to coordinate which clutches to bring on the wedding day, and it clicked. I would give my bridesmaid all a little clutches that matched their bridesmaid dresses!

I decided to fill their clutches with essentials for the day like mints, gum, tissues, hair ties, advil, nail files, and anything else I thought they would need! Let me tell you that my friends absolutely loved them, and still use their bags to this day! I wanted to share this idea with you all because I found it was a perfect gift for my bridesmaids that they seriously continue to use to this day!

Below I linked some of my current favorites from the brand I got my gifts from (Urban Expressions from Nordstrom Rack). They are all under $25 too!

1) Classic Blush Clutch – almost identical to what I gave my bridesmaids!

2) Rose Gold Clutch

3) Embellished Floral Clutch – comes in a bunch of colors, I want the pink for myself!

4) Light Grey Clutch

5) Tan Clutch

6) Gold Clutch – comes in more colors!

7) Small Tan Clutch

8) Off White Clutch

9) Gold Floral Clutch

Bridal Dress Breakdown!

Bridal Dress Breakdown!

It is beginning to look a lot like bridal shower season! I am forever wishing I could be a bride again for the sole excuse to buy allll of the white lace dresses! If you know me, you know I could live in a white lace dress every single day of the week. No ruffle or frill is too much for me, and while I already have far too many white dresses in my wardrobe, I am always looking to add to my collection!

I thought it would be fun to do a run down of dresses I would currently be buying for a bachelorette or shower if I were a bride again! I am SO excited to be partnering up with Red Dress for this round up! If you have not shopped there before, you can get 10% off by signing up for their emails! I hope you all love these dresses as much as I love them! Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite!

For sizing reference I am 5’4″ and Size 2.

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Wedding Makeup – Full Breakdown

Wedding Makeup – Full Breakdown

Today I am running through a complete breakdown of all the makeup products I used on my wedding day! I did my own makeup the day of my wedding, and all of the products I used are my absolute favorites! I hand-picked all of these products specifically for my wedding day to achieve a rosy “glowing from within” look, and I was so pleased with the outcome! If you are getting married, I highly recommend all of the products I used, and if you are a makeup artist I think these would be great additions to your kit!

As always if you all have any questions regarding the products I used or my makeup application, feel free to leave them in the comments below! I posted an in depth tutorial video on my IGTV here walking through why I choose the products I did, why I love them so much, and the application of everything! I hope it is helpful!

Base
Foundation:
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place – 2W0 Warm Vanilla & 3W1 Tawny
Concealer:
Tarte Shape Tape – 22N Light Medium
Setting Powder:
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder – 1 Fair

Eyes
My Custom Palette:
Light Shades –
ABH Baby Cakes (light pink)
MUG Creme Brulee (light beige)

Medium Shades –
ABH Buon Fresco (medium mauve)
MUG Cupcake (bright pink)
ABH Fawn (medium brown)

Deep Shades –
ABH Fudge (deep warm brown)
MAC Embark (deep cool brown)

Lid:
Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III – Shade: Heat wave

Similar Eye Palettes:
Colour Pop Blush Crush Eyeshadow Palette
Huda Beauty The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Tarle Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette

Eyeliner:
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner – Obey-Ge 66 (used on actual wedding day)
Kiko Milano Smart Colour Eyepencil – 01 Metallic Rose (used in tutorial)

Face
Blush:
Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion – Sangria
Bronzer:
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder – Bronze 04
Overall Highlight:
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – Luminous Light
Cheekbone Highlight:
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder – Highlight 01
Setting Spray:
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Lips
Lipliner:
Milani Color Statement Lipliner – 03 All Natural
Lipstick:
Tarte SEA Color Splash Lipstick – Set Sail
Mac Amplified Lipstick – Blankety

10 Ways To Style Graphic Tees

10 Ways To Style Graphic Tees

Hi friends! I am SO excited about today’s post! If you know me, you know I absolutely love fashion, and I guess you can say the creative side of me comes out when it comes to styling outfits!

A while back I was with shopping with my best friend and she was on the fence about buying a dress because she didn’t know how to style it. Without even thinking I started listing off about 5 different ways I would style the piece, and she laughed because it was such a typical “me” response. This moment got me thinking about how I would style my own graphic tees that I sell in my Details and Swirls shop! Of course I have discovered numerous ways I style my tees, and realized it could be so helpful if I shared my styling tips with you all!

I know so many of you all have my long sleeve tees, so I came up with 10 different ways to style my graphic long sleeve tees, I hope you love them!

1 – Classic

2 – Edgy

3 – Cute

4 – Athletic

5 – Statement Jeans

6 – Girly

7 – Vest

8 – Long Sweater

9 – Trendy

10 – Athleisure

I rounded up all of the pieces I used to style these looks below! Some of my pieces were super old, so I linked the best matches I could find!

How I Style My Pitcher Vase

How I Style My Pitcher Vase

Hellllo friends! I am super excited to share this week’s blog post with you all! My rustic farmhouse pitchers are some of my all time best sellers in my Details and Swirls shop! I live-letter these pitchers at all of my pop-up shops, and I know so many of you all have them! They are one of my favorite things to make, and I absolutely love how versatile they are. Whenever I post a picture of mine styled in a different way, you all ask so many questions on what I use to fill them, so I wanted to write all about how I style my pitcher for different seasons!

Classic Farmhouse – All Season

When my house is not decorated with seasonal decor, hues of grey, sage, and white fill my home! On a normal basis I have my pitcher filled with a mixed of eucalyptus and cotton stems! If you are looking for something a little smaller than the cotton, small white faux flowers work perfect to mix with the eucalyptus!

Eucalyptus leaves

Cotton Stems

Small White Flowers

Seasonal Picks

During Fall and Christmastime I love to fill my pitchers with seasonal picks instead of faux flowers! You can find beautiful seasonal picks at hobby lobby, michaels, and even amazon! I linked some of my favorites below, but you can either fill your pitcher with a mix of picks, or pop a few in with your eucalyptus!

Red Berry Picks

Frosted Berry Picks (Similar)

My favorite fall picks & sprays:

Wheat Sprays

Fall Picks

Pop Of Color

During Springtime I love adding a pop of color to my pitcher! I added some faux tulips into my eucalyptus and it immediately added the perfect Spring touch to my decor!

Tulips

Fresh Flowers!

Last, but certainly not least, I love to style my pitchers with a bouquet of real flowers! I will pick up a bouquets from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, and pop them in the center of my dining room table to create a beautiful display!

How do you all style your pitchers?! Send me your photos, I would love to see!!

Shop my pitchers here!

Also shown:

Mercury glass vases // Tuscan blue distressed vases // Grey plaid runner

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Q&A – Wedding Style!

Q&A – Wedding Style!

Hi friends! As you all know, weddings are my passion. I run my own hand-lettering business, Details and Swirls, where I work directly in the wedding industry! My business stemmed from my passion of planning the details during our own wedding. Joey and I got married in September of 2018, and it was the most incredible day. You can read all about our wedding day here!

I am often asked specific questions about our wedding, so I opened up a Q&A on my instagram @detailsandswirls, to gather all of your questions! Some are specific to Newport weddings, while others are general, so I hope these help with whatever step you are at in your planning!

Q: Did you plan it or hire a planner to help? Or both?

A: We hired a planner! I really wanted to be involved in the planning, design, and every single detail of the wedding, so we did a month-of planning package with Ariana of AMC weddings! If you are nervous about hiring a planner because you do not want to lose creative control of your day, I can completely relate! I had this same fear, but let me tell you that is the complete opposite of Ari’s planning style. We worked together to bring my vision to life and she took care of all of the behind the scenes things that I didn’t need to deal with! And not to mention she was there the entire wedding day making sure everything ran smoothly. There are so many tiny tiny details, check-ins, and tasks that need to be taken care of before the wedding, and I definitely would have been very stressed before the day trying to get everything done if it wasn’t for her! If you are on the fence about a planner, HIRE ONE! It was the best decision we made!

Q: Did you pay for a MUA for your bridesmaids?

A: I did! At first I decided I was going to pay for either hair or makeup, but as planning went on, and I realized how much time and expenses my friends put in to make my time as a bride so special, I made the decision to cover both for them. I know everyone’s situation is so different, I do not think there is a standard answer for this!

Q: Did you have a theme in mind?

Yes, romantic! I wanted our day to encompass our love for each other in all of the details. I wanted it to feel personal, warm, romantic, and magical! Within this theme I found that vintage accents, neutral tones, and hints of blush and greenery best fit our vision!

Q: Where was your rehearsal dinner?

A: We had our rehearsal dinner at The Landing in Newport! They have a room upstairs with floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors! There is a small private deck area and all windows overlook the wharf. The view of the sunset is beautiful, and you can have all the doors and windows open for a true indoor-outdoor vibe! We found it was the perfect spot to host our family and friends before our wedding.

Q: Vendors?

I have a full list of vendors here! I have nothing but absolutely wonderful things to say about each and every one of our vendors!

Q: Suggested list of decor? We’re doing backyard & want to make sure we have enough!

A: I have a list of all wedding details in my Master Guide to Wedding Details! There is actually a specific section called “outdoor extras”! In terms of general outdoor decor though, you can never go wrong with too many candles, lanterns, and signs of course!

Q: I would love a breakdown of your wedding makeup!

A: I will be posting an in-depth walkthrough to my IGTV very soon, along with a blog post here outlining all of the products I used!

Q: Did your guests celebrate the weekend or just the day?

A mix of both! We got married on a Sunday, so we had our rehearsal dinner and welcome drinks on Friday evening. I would say 30-50 of our guests were from out of town, so this was a nice time to connect with our friends and family who traveled in for us! On Saturday we had a “guys” and “girls” day. I went with my bridal party, mom, mother-in-law, and invited all other girls like aunts, and out of town family, to go get mani-pedis! We had a girls lunch, and then spent the afternoon opening up bridal party gifts. I did not want the gift opening to be rushed on wedding day, so I found this was perfect timing! The guys did a bar crawl around Newport, and the entire bridal party met up later Saturday evening for a big cookout!

Q: Where did you take your wedding photos?

A: We took our wedding photos at Castle Hill Inn (our venue)! If you are not familiar with Castle Hill, the grounds are stunning, and they have a mix of gardens (where we took our formals), as well as seaside cliffs (where we took our portraits). If you are looking for suggestions for places to take photos, Beavertail State Park is stunning and definitely gives off similar vibes to Castle Hill. Ochre Court is beautiful and elegant, very Newport! If you are looking for something a little more rustic, we actually took our engagement photos at a BEAUTIFUL spot in Narragansett! I am not sure if the field has a name, but it is off of Bridge Point Drive, I used to drive by it every day, and we knew we wanted to have our engagement pictures taken there! I will attach some photos so you all can see, it is a hidden gem!

Thanks for all of your questions! I hope you all found this helpful! If you have any further questions, I will be answering them in the comments on this post!

Rosy Cheeks – Go-To Blushes

Rosy Cheeks – Go-To Blushes

Hi loves! Today I am running through my most asked beauty question – what blush are you wearing?! If you follow along, you know I loveeee a good rosy cheek! I am definitely a blush girl, and if given the choice I would choose blush over bronzer any day of the week! I rotate between 4 different favorite blushes, and they are my absolute staples! My personal style revolves around neutrals and mauve tones, so I tend to lean toward rosy and mauve tones in my makeup. In my opinion these blushes are fool proof, so I hope you love them just as much as I do!

4) Buxom – Wanderlust Primer-Infused Blush – Dolly

This blush is a beautiful mauve, and it leans more towards the peachy side in comparison to the others I am sharing. It is not super pigmented, so if you are looking for a subtle rosy wash of color, this is for you!

Find It Here

3) Laura Mercier – Blush Colour Infusion – Sangria

This is my go-to blush in the summer months when my skin is a little tanned! While it is very pigmented, do not be intimidated by it’s bright color, it will not look that bright on your skin! A little goes a long way with this product, and the finish is absolutely gorgeous. It does not have any shimmer, but has the most beautiful sheen that makes your cheeks glow from within. I actually wore this exact blush on my wedding day! I did my own makeup for my wedding, so if you all want a run down of what I used or a tutorial, let me know in the comments!

Find It Here

2) Benefit Cosmetics – Blush Bar Cheek Palette

This Blush palette has been my every day blush for years! I do believe this exact palette is getting discontinued, but Benefit usually releases a new blush palette every year. I mix together the following three blushes from the palette:

  • Gold Rush warm golden-nectar blush
  • Rockateur rose-gold blush
  • Dandelion brightening baby-pink blush

They all have a slight shimmer, so your cheeks glow! Benefit also sells the blushes individually, so I would recommend Rockateur for deeper skin tones, and Dandelion for lighter skin tones!

Find It Here: Blush Palette // Individual Blushes

1) Kiko Cosmetics – Sicilian Notes Baked Blush – Panarea Mauve

A fairly new discovery, I picked this blush up on our recent trip to Italy, and it quickly became my FAVORITE blush of all time! it is a mauve toned blush with a slight shimmery sheen that adds the most radiant glow to your cheeks! I wear this blush absolutely every time I apply makeup now! I cannot speak highly enough of how perfect this blush is. I even use it in my crease every time I do my eye makeup! It is just perfection in all ways possible!

Find It Here

Mirror Wall – Design Tutorial

Mirror Wall – Design Tutorial

Hello friends and Happy New Year! I am coming to you with my first post of 2020! We are finally settling into our house a bit more, and starting to complete each room. My office has been on the top of my list to complete since we moved in! Now that wedding season and holiday season is officially over, I have the time to jump in and finish my office. First thing is first, I painted the entire room (Collingwood BM) and prepped the space to begin my mirror wall design!

From the moment I saw my office, I knew I wanted to create a mirror gallery wall using my ornate gold rental mirrors I have as part of my Details and Swirls wedding rental inventory. What appeared to be a daunting and time consuming project, ended up being fairly simple and easy! Below I mapped out the steps and instructions I came up with for mapping out and installing my wall!

Step 1: Map

I measured my wall (10 feet wide x 7 feet tall) and took to the Pottery Barn Room Planner to map out my design. If you haven’t used this before, it is AMAZING! I plugged in the dimensions on the room, added icons with the dimensions of all the mirrors I wanted to use, and dragged them around to determine a layout. This created a perfect map of my wall with the exact dimensions! If you are wondering why the mirrors are labeled it is because all of my rental pieces have “names”!

Step 2: Map Out On Floor

Now that I knew the dimensions and pieces I was using, I wanted to map everything out in real life. I used the floor in my office for this step. Since the width of the floor is the same as the width of the wall, I measured 7 feet on the floor to mimic the height, and laid my pieces down. Basically creating the exact dimensions of my wall, except on my floor.

Step 3: Equip All Mirrors For Hanging

Ensure all mirrors have proper hanging equipment. I used this wire and these hooks to ensure sturdy hanging. I recommend using wire suited for weight 50lbs and over!

Step 4: Take Your Mirror Measurements

To ensure proper hanging height, you need to keep in mind the distance between the hanging wire and the height of your mirror. After I attached the wire on each mirror, I put the mirror face down to measure. I lifted the wire from the center until there was no more give (this is how it will sit on the hook). Then I measured from the top of the mirror to that high point on the wire (let’s say 10 inches for this example). This means that whatever height I want the mirror to sit at on the wall, I need to place my hook 10 inches below that. Complete this step for all mirrors noting down the wire height for each!

Step 5: Hang!

Now it is time to hang! I started with my center mirror, because the placement of every other mirror is based off of my center. Since I had all of my pieces proportionally laid out, I simply measured from the “ceiling” how high to hang my center mirror (including the wire height from Step 4). That’s it! Once I had that measurement, I took to the real wall, measured that number, placed my hook up, and hung! Now that the center is up, I moved onto the other mirrors by simply holding them in their place on the wall, marking the top, and placing the hanger at the appropriate wire measurement. Simple and Easy! The beauty in doing a mirror wall is the measurements do not have to be exact. As long as the mirror is held up in the area you want it, you just mark, measure for the wire, and hang!

Details and Swirls Turns One!

Details and Swirls Turns One!

My hand-lettering business, Details and Swirls, is officially one! Oh what a crazy year this has been. I set out in December 2018 to launch my very own hand-lettering business. I was excited, nervous, and naive. I set myself a goal of booking two rental weddings for the summer of 2019. I thought if I really worked hard marketing my business, and putting myself out there I could achieve this goal. Flash forward to over 25 rental weddings (one of which was published in People & Style Me Pretty!), combined with over 500 Etsy orders, a new blog platform, and much more! I am blown away by everything this first year of business has brought, and I am just getting started! Cheers to 2020 and bigger and better goals for Details and Swirls & Details and Danielle! The sky is the limit!

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Favorite Pearl Sweater

Favorite Pearl Sweater

Hi friends! I am back with a quick post to talk all about my new favorite pearl sweater! If you know me you know I love absolutely anything with pearls, so the second I saw this sweater I had to have it! It is super comfy and the delicate bow collar is the perfect detail to match with my pearl earrings! Pair with my favorite chunky beanie, it makes and adorable winter outfit!

Sweater

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