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5 BEAUTY ESSENTIALS YOU NEED FOR YOUR WEDDING

I'm a professed skin care junkie, and a skeptical one at that. I loathe false advertising and gimmick-style products, which why I am SUPER excited to share my top 5 beauty essentials you absolutely NEED to include in your monthly skin care routine leading up to your wedding day.

Having healthy skin is so important before your wedding day and can enhance your makeup two fold! That means a nicer foundation glow, a more natural strobing or contouring effect and it goes right down to the way your skin absorbs makeup. With healthy and properly moisturized skin, your makeup won't look like it's "sitting" on top of your face. - You know what I mean! Cakey foundation, wrinkles you've never seen before in full display etc etc

For the last two years, I've been investing in my skin care. I've also made myself a promise- to only purchase highest quality creams, oils, serums, tonners and sheet masks. And I'm not shy to admit having had $400 IPL laser facials to repair and soothe my super sensitive skin in the hopes to wear barely-there makeup. #liveyourbestlife am I right!??!

So before I go into detail on my facial routine and why I love the following products, here are a few of my personal skin facts... because not every product I use will work the same for you... which obviously your results may vary.

Elise Schmitz

 

 

MY SKIN TYPE

FAIR / SCANDINAVIAN SKIN TYPE
HIGHLY SENSITIVE
DOES NOT ABSORB SKIN CARE PRODUCTS WELL
SLIGHT ROSACIA ON CHEEKS
MINIMAL SUN SPOTS & SIGNS OF AGING
DRY TO COMBINATION 

Truth be told, my skins in pretty good condition...

 

 

 

 

 

SOUTH KOREAN OBSESSED #SOKOGLAM

So how did this journey start?!

To be honest it was a random trip to Nordstroms when my girlfriend- scolded me for purchasing a "mildly" expensive jacket. 

 
You should be investing that much into your skin care girl!!!!”
— Klava Zykova
 

And she's right. How can I justify that purchase and then cheap out on self-care. And to make a long story short, she introduced me to the wonderful world of South Korean skin care products and that little thing called THE 10 STEP KOREAN SKIN CARE ROUTINE......

 

SHEET MASK ADDICT! 

After doing some mega research, to kick off the whole skin care makeover experience I decided to do the 7-day Sheet Mask Challenge. I knew my skin was in bad shape, so this seemed like the perfect way into prepping my face for the 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine I so desperately wanted to master. But I also wasn't going to put just any old sheet mask on my face... you know the basic of basic Shoppers Drug Mart brands you used to purchase every time you had a sleep over with your girlfriends in high-school. Number one- they never worked and number two.... I just didn't see the benefit suffocating under a slimy ill fitted piece of cloth... I needed to re-educate myself on the whole concept before committing.

So I turned to SOKO GLAM. and their blog called The Klog - now my newest addiction. After reading a few articles I settled on the Green Tea Pre Care + Moisturizing sheet mask which was recommended and developed by SOKO's editor. I really loved the fact that it was a gelly mask. So instead of being a creepy mummy, it felt like I had a velvety layer of Jello on my face....I know it sounds weird - but I loved it. And even better, my skin LOVED it. 

Green Tea Pre Care + Moisturizing SOKO GLAM

The results were astounding. After just 3 days my face was looking super hydrated, plump with a  serious J-LO glow. Charlotte Cho the editor of SOKO GLAM collaborated to create this latest innovative sheet mask. The hydrogel mask is infused with whole green tea leaves to ensure that your skin is getting high-quality ingredients straight from the source. Green tea is a natural antioxidant that cools, de-puffs and soothes acne-prone skin. I did learn one valuable lesson when looking for the perfect sheet mask.... careful choosing any Korean products that include the term "lightning". It's a subtle word for "whitening" aka bleaching the skin. No bueno if you're trying to keep a tan or have super sensitive skin... the whitening can be intense. 

 

My 5 Step Korean Skin Care Routine

Once I gave my skin that boost I jumped right into using these 5 products + 1 extra lil something you deffinitely need in your like - like yesterday! 

Seve de Bamboo Eye Matte $34

Seve de Bamboo Eye Matte $34

This eye cream  helps to visibly reduce the signs of fatigue such as fine lines, dark under-eye circles and dehydrated skin. This moisture-rich gel-like moisturizer contains Bamboo Sap, which helps to intensely hydrate the sensitive eye area for a healthy glowing look as well as Bamboo Fiber, which helps to lock in the moisture, diminishing the look of fine lines. AM & PM ladies! Although it didn't get rid of my inherited dark circle - thanks mom, It did improve the plumpness around my upper cheek bones.  

PHA Moisture Renewal Power Cream $25

PHA Moisture Renewal Power Cream $25

I'm new to acids and normally have very sensitive skin. BHAs or AHAs can leave your skin red and irritated. That’s when you need PHAs (polyhydroxy acids), a gentler acid that's also effective in eliminating dead skin cells and smoothing skin texture. This cream is formulated with 3% PHA to give your skin the exfoliation it needs while hydrating your skin with 50% coconut fruit extract and 2% niacinamide, If your dry or dehydrated, this cream is amazing for intense moisture your skin needs. The first morning I woke up after using this moisturizer--- I looked like I had slept for a year. My skin tone was incredibly even with my inherent dark circles actually minimized.  

Eye Envy $65

Eye Envy $65

So I like breaking the rules...and Eye Envy isn't SK or what you could consider part of the traditional 10 steps- but I like to mix things up and this miracle serum is a daily must. I first saw its results on my sister. She came over for dinner and I thought she had a new fresh set of mink lash extensions. NOPE! She had just finished 1 month of the Eye Envy. And so I had to try it. 1 month exactly and I had doll lashes. I highly recommend. 

Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing stick  $24

Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing stick  $24

The Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick is a travel-friendly cleanser created by Charlotte Cho that offers a 3-in-1, travel-friendly experience. Formulated with 13 natural oils to breakdown makeup, natural green tea leaves to exfoliate and a low pH to gently cleanse your skin. This cleanser will lead the way to bright, clean skin. Perfect product to take on your honeymoon ;)

Benton Snail Bee High Content Pack $20

Benton Snail Bee High Content Pack $20

This sheet mask is made of pure cotton and is soaked in snail mucin to deeply nourish and hydrate irritated skin. Bee venom extract helps improves skin tone and texture. I know what you're thinking- and with sensitive skin I was leery about the Bee venom. But fear not my lovelies! No stinging at all. Now one of these sheet masks actually gave me the same results that I got after a full 7 days of sheet masking. I personally believe that everyone skin absorbs things differently and mine just so happens to love...snails ;)

 
Hanacure Set $110 

Hanacure Set $110 

The only product that I though was too good to be true- but bought it anyway. I blame Drew Barrymore - queen of all facial junkies, who posted it to her IG and endorsed it. Since this kit is always sold out, I ended up waiting 3 months for it. And every minute spent waiting was worth it. The technology behind it is intense and granted the older your skin is- the more results you'll see. So what did it do to my face?! One things for sure, it increased the circulation in my skin two-fold. The mask naturally tightens on your face as it dries while pulling out impurities. From the first mask to the third you could see a huge difference in the color of the product after it dried. After one treatment I literally couldn't believe that it had erased some little pesky sun spots on my forehead. I did all four treatments, once a week for a month. Now I'll be scaling down a bit and doing 1 a month as maintenance. FYI if you order there'll be about $20 worth of duties...

Adding 5 More Steps

I'm building up to the 10 step method and will share along the way right here on my blog! So stay tuned and follow along on our IG @toast.events

 

xox

Elise 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 STEPS TO PLANNING YOUR TENT WEDDING

 
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The first thing you need to know is that tent weddings are never inexpensive. And if it is, it's because you're doing ALL the work right up to the very last-minute. 

Planning your tent wedding can and will be stressful if you don't have a planner.  Your hopes and dreams for DIY wedding seem attainable, especially if you start planning and making things a year in advance. Wrong. Time will escape you, because planning a wedding can easily become a second job on top of your everyday life. Before you know it priorities kick in and what was important on your wedding to do list is pushed back. 

I know this all sounds so pessimistic, but it's the reality. Even my most organized brides whom we've planned with for their tent weddings - end up feeling that DIY crunch and often email us unattainable to-do-list at 1:45 am just hours before the wedding day. Which is also why we always have 4 Toast staff onsite on the wedding day. 

So here are 10 steps on how to plan your tent wedding- because I know you're brave! 

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Toast Events Tent Wedding Ottawa Wedding Planner
Toast Events Tent Wedding Ottawa Wedding Planner
Toast Events Tent Wedding Ottawa Wedding Planner
Toast Events Tent Wedding Ottawa Wedding Planner

 

HAVE A SYSTEM IN PLACE

Go to Chapters and buy yourself a cute agenda JUST for wedding planning. Live by it. When you add a due date for a DIY- stick to it. Don't ever delay or postpone. You owe it to yourself to me timely. If you want to sew 150 napkins, schedule it so you sew 20 every Wednesday....so you're breaking up the work and don't become overworked and discouraged. You should also have a binder that has every contract and invoice. Even if an invoice has been altered 4 - 5 times, have that copy infile to make sure there are no miscommunications in the days leading up to your big day.

 

TIMELINE BUILD

It's important that your vendors have a good grasp of the timeline of your day so that they can judge what is feasible within your itinerary. 

 

HAVE A RAIN PLAN

Now that you have a timeline you'll need to think of a rain plan. What happens if your ceremony is outside? What do you want to do if your cocktails are outside? Where will you take your pictures if it's raining? How will you address lightning and thunderstorms? What provisions will be made for catering?

 

BOOK THE BEST OF THE BEST

You're building your venue from scratch. Think about that for a minute. Just let that thought really resonate. You're  temporarily transforming a space where there once was zippo. The smartest thing you can do is hire an extremely reputable tent company and the best caterer in your area. You'll regret any penny-pinching. It means you'll be paying minimum 7k for your tent and around 28k for your catering for 140ppl. If you just did some major eye rolling thinking that "this girl doesn't know what she's talking about". Let me tell you that your 2k tent quote doesn't include a liner, any lighting, flooring, tables, chairs, bug screens, catering tents, added fees incase you need a water truck to fill up your tent weights, drilling if they'res rock bed underneath your grass etc etc. 

 

MINIMIZE YOUR VENDOR LIST

If you don't  have a planner to coordinate all your vendors and provide you with floor plans, timelines etc in the months leading up to your wedding, have all your decor and florals come from one company. Make sure they have a standing relationship with your caterer and tent company. It's important because they most likely have the logistics of set-up down to a science. If they work well together - they can communicate amongst themselves for set-up with you having to provide them a 7-page timeline on logistics. That saves you the hassle of min 50 emails, 1 panic attack and 2 sleepless nights.

 

HIRE A LANDSCAPER

Take the pressure of your parents and hire a lanscaper to grade the area you'll be having the tent at least a year prior to your wedding date. This gives the lawn time to set and seed well in advance. Unless of course, you're paying for a leveled floor. Don't assume, getting flooring means it'll be leveled. Some are just plywood they lay down and paint on the spot or come as lego pieces. There is a big difference between a 2k floor and 6k floor. Take a look at the video series bellow as I chat about the effects of flooring and table sizes from a wedding we just did.

 

PAY THE EXTRA

Pay the extra fee to have your tent installed a few days in advance. And I'll tell you why it's soooooo important. Because that hand-drawn floor plan isn't actually to scale. So you actually have less room than you anticipated, and woups!, the tent that was installed is actually smaller than you expected... So you're going to have to play around with all the tables. Then move them again because you realized that tables are one thing, but when you place chairs around them.... the tables had to be moved because they were close together too tight. Remeber that cute Chapters daytimer you were supposed to get. Markdown an afternoon to tackle this task ;) 

 

CONSULT A PLANNER

Schedule an appointment to consult with a planner once you have all your RSVP's and final estimates. Paying $200 - $300 for a few hours of her time to look over all your details will save you three times as much in mistakes you might have made. She'll let you know if there are any red flags or things you might have altogether forgotten. And bring her EVERYTHING! even your floor plans. I'de even go as far in having her check your inventory lists

 

COUNT EVERYTHING

When all you rentals arrive to make sure you count and cross-reference your invoices. You only have a limited time to report missing items that can be charged to you as lost or stolen when they come to pick up again. 

 

HIRE A DAY OF COORDINATOR

Treat yourself. Like I always tell my clients, you deserve to feel like a guest at your own wedding. The time passes so quickly it's sometimes hard to live in the moment. Just remember wherever you are - be all there ;)

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So there you have it. The best shortcut advise I can give you to help you on your way. We're always here for you - if you need us ;)

xox

Elise 

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H+S WEDDING AT HORTICULTURE BUILDING W/ KYMBERLIE DOZOIS

ieHOLLY + SHAWN

What a dream client to work with. Holly's cool and chill vibe lasted from planning right through to her wedding day. Unlike any other venue in Ottawa, The Horticulture Buildings' unique industrial look and feel is always an opportunity to design something out-of-the-box that truly reflected Holly and Shawn on their wedding day. Simple, unfussy details with just the right amount of intrigue. There was an understated elegance about the day that Kymberlie Dozois captured so beautifully.

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BEFORE & AFTER INDUSTRIAL WEDDING AT THE HORTICULTURE BUILDING

In popular demand, the Horticulture Building has been one of the toughest venues to reserve. Other than Zibbi, the Hort is the only other trending warehouse venue to accommodate a 200+ guest list.

This space leaves a lot to the imagination and with little to no help from the booking department at the City of Ottawa- a planner is almost essential in navigating permits, rentals, catering, space access and liaison to city staff and security on your wedding day. 

We're no stranger to Landsdowne, as we've planned their largest wedding to date in the Aberdeen Pavillion as well as several other weddings in the Horticulture Building.

So here's the space you have.  And it comes with some tables and chairs and no garbage bins-note to catering ;)

Horticulture Building

A gorgeous blank slate where you can hold your ceremony and reception with cocktails on the patio. Separate catering entrance and work stations located at the back of the space. All patio doors open.

 

HOLLY & SHAWNS TRANSFORMATION

We started planning H+S's wedding back in late 2015. The perfect example of a client who stated their vision then said -- run wild! Now I wouldn't say we went crazy by any means, but we kept the decor chic and minimalistic.

 

INITIAL VISION

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Toast Events Wedding Mood Board
Toast Events Wedding Mood Board
Toast Events Wedding Mood Board
Toast Events Wedding Mood Board

LAYOUT

We included a ceremony in the front half of the space which had never been attempted before which left city staff skeptical. The ceremony turned out perfectly and were able to re-purpose the ceremony floral arch behind the head table.

Toast Events Wedding Mood Board

BEFORE

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Toast Events Horticulture Building Wedding
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AFTER

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Toast Events Horticulture Building Wedding
Toast Events Horticulture Building Wedding
Toast Events Horticulture Building Wedding
Toast Events Horticulture Building Wedding
Toast Events Horticulture Building Wedding
Toast Events Horticulture Building Wedding
Toast Events Horticulture Building Wedding

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kymberly Dozois

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ELEVATE RETREAT GIVEAWAY

What would a launch week be without and awesome giveaway!

AND ALL of my favorite things no-less! 

I adore taking photos of my clients with my own Polaroid camera, my motto in life is "Live Simply" and I'm obsessed with vegan fur poofs! UGH I wish I could just keep all these goodies to myself! And you want to know what the funniest thing is! Laura went out and bought these gifties- I swear we share the same brain! 

 
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