CelebrityAll Hail the Veil: Kate Moss Nails It Again

 
I’m a sucker for a wedding, and when a supermodel marries her rocker beau, well, sign me up! Kate Moss tied the knot with The Kills guitarist Jamie Hince on July 1st, in a gorgeous dress designed by longtime friend and controversial fashion outcast, John Galliano.
 

 
Let’s just take a moment to revel in the beauty that is Kate’s rockin’ bod in that stunning gown before I blaze the spotlight on…
 

 
That glorious veil! Duh, the dress is gorgeous, Kate is gorgeous, it’s a gorgeous parade… But her cap-style, floor-length veil deserves some serious kudos of its own among all the beautiful, vintage-y, embroidered laciness going on.
 

 

 

 
How pretty is that floral embroidery! And the flowy, non-poofy shape? So delicate. LOVE it.

CelebrityEmma Watson’s Harper’s Bazaar UK Cover Shoot

 
As the countdown to Friday’s premiere of the final Harry Potter movie installment ticks away (just two more days!), I thought I’d provide any Potter-lovers out there (like myself) with a little Emma Watson photo treat to tide you over. Though, it’s hardly fair to bring up the movie franchise when she’s doing her darnedest to break out of Hermione’s shell. Check out her awesome spread for the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, which hit stands July 7th.
 

 

 
 
LOVE the ethereal feel of the soft focus and light colors… before we switch gears into the dark, edgy mood below.
 

 

 

(Photos courtesy of the huffington post and the daily mail)
Photography by Alexi Lubomirski
 
Sorry Emma, but for just a few more days, you’re still Hermione to me…
 
Click here to check out some behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot.

 

GeneralEasy Vegan: How to Make Whole Wheat Bread

Baking bread doesn’t have to be that hard, just use these tips and do it more than once. I swear you will get good at it!
 

 
Tip 1. Proofing Yeast: to get the perfect temperature of water for yeast, use HOT tap water that you can comfortably put your hand in. No more, no less.
 
Tip 2. Sticky dough makes tender bread. Knead your dough until it just barely sticks to your surface, with no flour left on the surface.
 
Tip 3: To measure flour use the dip and sweep method.
 
Tip 4: Bake loaves in the center of your oven and rotate once halfway through.
 
Ingredients:
4 C. Unbleached Flour
3 C. Whole Wheat Flour
2 Tbs. Yeast dissolved in 1/2 C. Hot Water
2 heaping tsp. Salt dissolved in 2 1/2 C. Tepid Water
1/3 C. Honey*
Olive Oil
*If you don’t eat honey you can substitute agave nectar or maple syrup.
Directions:
 
Combine all flour in a large bowl; make a well in the center. Add remaining ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon (dough should be a little sticky).
 
Knead for 2 mins. Let dough rise in a large bowl that you have coated lightly with olive oil. Cover with a moist towel (well-wrung out) and let rise 30-45 mins or until dough is doubled.
 
Punch down your dough, knead for 5 minutes and separate into 2 even pieces.
 
Shape each piece into a circle, fold in half, pinch together to make underside of loaf. Place in two lightly oiled bread pans. Cover again with your wrung-out towel and let rise 30-45 minutes.
 
Preheat oven to 400*.
 
Bake loaves for 10 mins. Turn oven down to 350*. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until bread sounds hollow when “thumped”!
 
Loosen edges with a butter knife and cool completely on a wire rack before storing. 
 
Impress all of your friends with your new talent!!
 
 

BeautyWedding Bells: DIY Make-up for a Natural Look

Wedding bells were ringing . . . and ringing, as my groom waited nervously at the altar for his do-it-yourselfer bride to arrive.
 
Choosing to have our wedding in an extremely remote part of California meant I wasn’t going to have a make-up artist. A few weeks before the wedding I appealed to my sister for help and together we created a look that I loved, and would also work well for pictures.
 
What they tell you about wedding pictures: Cake on the make-up. Wear waaaaay more foundation and everything than you would in real life.
 
What I decided on: I just felt too uncomfortable greeting my family and friends in a flesh-colored mask of paint. I decided to go with a medium to light coverage of foundation, concealer under the eyes and pops of color on the cheeks and eyelids. It’s a very subdued, natural look indeed, but no one can say I wasn’t a blushing bride!
 
Here is my entire palette laid out for you with one exception: item 7 1/2 was my favorite Revlon Perle Eyeshadow in Sunlit Sparkle (an almost white shimmer that was too loved to photograph).
 
Clear skin was my friend that day, and I had a simple but strict regimen of washing my face twice a day with none other than St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub. The entire application of my make-up took about 5 minutes, and while I did use a brush for item 6, almost everything else was applied with fingertips!
 
 Face:
1. Smashbox Photo Finish Facial Primer 2. Smashbox Sheer Focus tinted Moisturizer 3. M.A.C. Studio Fix Fluid 4. M.A.C. Studio Finish Concealer 5. Smashbox Creamy Cheek Color & Brush 6. M.A.C. Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Honey Rose
 
How To: Moisturize (2), Prime (1), then cover your face evenly with a comfortable amount of foundation (3).
 
Touch up with concealer (4); I used M.A.C.’s heavy duty concealer to eliminate dark circles under my eyes.
 
Finish with a soft helping of blush (5) and a light swath of shimmery powder (6) along cheeks.
Eyes:
 

7. Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer  8. Smashbox Eye-Beam Double-Ended Brightener 9. Smashbox Eye Shadow in Ambient 10. Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara in Blackout
 
For eyes: Prime (7) and cover with a light eye shadow (7 1/2).
 
I used the eye brightener (8) along my upper lid and the inside corners of my eyes.
 
Dab a bit of gold at the corners of lids (9) and finish with plenty of mascara!
 
 
Lips:
11. Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain and Color Seal Balm in Petal
 
Lips: Pretty self-explanatory. I probably could have used a touch-up before pictures though, I think I smooched a bunch off at the ceremony!
 

 
Do you have any favorite looks for wedding make-up?
 
 

ContestsName the Dress Contest #57!

 

The contest has ended. Be sure to enter again next week!

Winning Dress Name: Waiting in the Wings Dress   

Winner: Andrea