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Laid Back Santa Barbara Boudoir Session

I love the simplicity of a boudoir session. It’s a world where the lens is given permission to focus less on material details and more on pure, effortless beauty… a curvy silhouette, a perfect pink lip and a single bloom just for starters. And when Sally Pinera is the lady behind that lens, it’s even better. See more from this alluring shoot from Chloe + MintPlenty Of Petals and Suzie K Makeup here in The Vault.

From Sally PineraA laid back approach to a boudoir session is just what we had in mind when creating this effortless boudoir. Set against the historical yet beautiful Santa Barbara Historical Museum, our model was beautified with effortless hair and makeup for that easy, laid back look. Claire Pettibone’s lacey robe along with a gorgeous sun hat was all you needed for this alluring boudoir.

Photography: Sally Pinera | Coordination: Chloe And Mint | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Ring: Trumpet And Horn | Hair And Makeup: Suzie K Makeup | Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Boudoir Piece: Claire Pettibone | Sunhat: Jcrew

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Elegant Santa Barbara Resort Wedding

When you’ve got a team of talented vendors like Anna Of Michael + Anna Costa Photo and Grass Roots behind your Big Day you’re pretty much guaranteed un-stoppable style. Add in some California sunshine and the unequaled scenery that is Santa Barbara, and you get a gallery that’s as good as it gets. See it all in The Vault!


From the beautiful Bride… Tim and I met in graduate school while studying journalism, and quickly bonded over our mutual loves for traveling, long-distance running and the beach (we both ran track in college and worked as lifeguards in our earlier days). Tim grew up in Connecticut, and I grew up in California, and it shocked me to find out he’d never visited my great state. So early in our relationship, I whisked him out for an epic road trip down Highway One from San Francisco to San Diego. Along the way, we met up with my parents for a couple of days in Santa Barbara. While there, we went on a bike ride along the coast, pedaling our way to The Biltmore, Four Seasons. We parked our bikes and took a long stroll around the hotel’s beautiful grounds.

Three-and-a-half years later, Tim proposed—in New York City, where we both live—and we began searching high and low for a wedding venue from afar. We remembered that lovely afternoon at the Four Seasons, and it seemed like the perfect spot. For me, it was doubly sweet, because I grew up taking weekend trips to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles and have some of my favorite childhood memories there. As for Tim, it seemed like the ideal place to bring in his out-of-town guests for the celebratory weekend.

We especially loved the Biltmore’s Spanish architecture (we’d vacationed in Spain a few years back), its lush gardens and its proximity to the Pacific. That sparked our theme of “California coast meets travels abroad.” I had fun picking out beachy touches like sea urchin place-card holders, and we definitely worked in some Euro accents. Before we met, Tim had lived in Germany, so it just seemed right to adorn our wedding dinner table with a cursive script of the German words for Mister and Misses—”Herr” and “Frau.”

Our specialty drink—Coganc, ginger ale, and a spiral of orange—was inspired by a family boat trip down the Charente river, in the Cognac region of France. We called it the “Jarnac,” after the town where we started and finished our trip.

The best part was watching our family and friends from around the country (and world—my sister and her husband flew in from Australia), laugh, talk, and dance amid the wonderful setting—that, and the whales that just so happened to swim up the coast during our cocktail hour. Our families joke that we hired them for the evening.

Photography: Anna Of Michael + Anna Costa Photo | Event Design: Bijoux Events | Floral Design: Grass Roots | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Cake: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore | Hair And Makeup: Shine Blow Dry Bar | Calligraphy: Sophia Uretz | Lighting: AMS Entertainment | DJ: AMS Entertainment (DJ Brad) | Groom's Attire: Jos A. Banks Traveler's Collection | Officiant: Jon Ireland | Transportation: Darin & Sierra Fiechter | Venue: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Cake Topper: LHCalligraphy | Guitarist: AMS Entertainment (Jon Francis) | Invitations & Menus: Paper Source | Place Card Holders: Beachy Chic Decor

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#BridalBeautyBreakdown: Golden Girl Glam

Whether it’s from the sunshine, the laid-back attitude, or perfectly applied makeup, California girls seem to have a glow about them. And today, Meagan Brown from Juna Beauty is here to teach you all the tricks to keep your summer glow well into the fall using the gorgeous look below as inspiration. When you’re done, you’ll be looking as pretty as the Sally Pinera inspiration session that started it all!



This look started with fresh, clean skin.  One of the most important steps you can take before applying your makeup is moisturizing the skin—this allows the makeup to blend with your skin and look as realistic as possible. When applying foundation, wait no longer then 10 minutes after you apply your moisturizer. For long lasting results, always start with your liquid makeup first in the following order: concealer, liquid foundation, liquid bronzer, liquid blush, then liquid illuminator. Use a concealer first to conceal any discoloration or blemishes, remembering to always conceal blemishes last. Apply the concealer with your fingertips to help blend into the skin for a natural look. Use a foundation one shade lighter then your skin tone for highlighting, only applying to the areas of skin that are still bare. Avoid foundations with non-flash-friendly ingredients, like titanium dioxide, zinc, paba and zinc oxide.


Use a liquid bronzer to contour under your cheekbones, and keep in mind, less is more. Contouring should be subtle, it’s all about an illusion. Then, apply a cream blush on top of the cheekbones and build up color for long-lasting results. Reapply powder blush on top of cream blush, powder illuminator on top of the cheekbones and powder bronzer below the cheekbones. Finally set your face with loose, matte powder, being sure to cover the top of your eyelids as well.


Start by applying a cream shadow or eyeshadow pencil along the base of the lid, smudging in an upward motion until blended. Then, layer starting with lightest tone powder shadows to darkest; gradually applying less of the darkest color along the base of the lid. Finish with a tight, thin liner at the base of the lid with waterproof mascara and a set of lashes.


Always fill the brows lightly with a pencil or gel first, then brush through with a wand to even out any inconsistencies. Then brush into the brow hair a powder brow shadow, back and fourth through the brow to give a natural look. Finish with another brush through with a wand.


Be sure to hydrate your lips with a good lip balm 10 minutes prior to applying lip products. Start with a pencil lipliner and fill in your lips completely. Blot and reapply. Blot once more, and add lipstick on top to finish your long-lasting lip.

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Makeup + Tips: Meagan Brown with Juna Beauty | Photography: Sally Pinera

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