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A Braided Updo For Bridal Showers And Beyond

What’s better than an ultra chic up-do that you did all on your own? Uhm, nothing. Take this braided beauty from Keri Bette that’s everything but boring. It’s one part heavenly halo of hair, one part part chignon, and all parts totally to-die-for, and we’ve got the breakdown on how you can get this look styled by The Well Styled Life and captured by Justine Milton below.


Start with freshly brushed, clean hair. Using a curling iron or blowdryer to create a soft bend in the hair will allow the hair to move with more ease into the style.

Section the hair across the head from ear to ear. Back comb hair from the crown of the head to the middle of the back of head. Using the same backcombing brush, smooth the the backcombed section so it lays smooth on the surface. Pinch the ends of the backcombed section together and secure by crossing two bobby pins.

Moving to the front of the head, create a side part from mid eyebrow to crown. The side with the majority of hair, pick up a triangular section of hair right along the part at the hairline. Start your french braid.


Your french braid will consist of three sections of hair. Cross the outside section over the center section, then cross the outside section on the other side over your new middle section. Repeat these steps again, adding a small section of hair on the outside of the braid to each outside section. Continue this down the side of the head. When you reach the bottom of the ear, continue your braid, only picking up hair to add to the top outside section. Secure braid with clear elastic and start to pull apart the braid, moving from top to bottom to create texture.

Once you are satisfied with the amount of texture you have created in the braid, pin the braid to the head. Do this by keeping the rigid edge of the bobby pin facing down, place the opening of the bobby pin against the head and turn downwards against head to secure. Do this on either side of the braid with 3- 4 pins. NOTE: do not open the pin. This will pick up too much hair and cause the bobby pin to push itself out. The small opening on the pin allows the proper amount of hair to be picked up for a secure hold.

Keep a 1″ section along the nape hair line. With the rest of the hair below the braid, backcomb from root to end. Smooth the under side of this section so the surface is smooth. Pinch together end of the section of hair and roll hair up to the head. Secure by inserting bobby pins into either side of the roll.

Take the remaining 1″ of hair and smooth over the roll.

Using the bobby pin technique of placing the opening against the head and scooping downwards, do this along the entire top of the roll, securing the 1″ of hair over the roll. Use as many pins as needed, approximatley 8-10 pins.

Use that same bobby pin technique to close the sides of the roll to the head and VOILA!

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Photography: Justine Milton Photography | Styling + Design: The Well Styled Life | Hair + Makeup: Keri Bette

Learn How To Get the Dewy, Fresh Faced Look Everyone is Talking About

Summer is a great time to play with your makeup routine and maybe give it a little kick in the booty. This dewy complected, bold lip combo is just the beauty booty kick you need. Keri Bette and Teal Minisofer of The Well Styled Life are showing the simple steps to get this fresh for Summer look. Check out the full tutorial shot by Genevieve Renee Photographie below!

This summer beauty look emphasizes a soft dewey skin, a peach sheen eye, soft cheek and a bold pink lip. With an emphasis on the dewey skin and bold lip, this look is perfect for a fresh, fun, feminine look. 

Start by prepping the skin with moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. Apply primer to the skin, I like Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. Apply your favourite foundation, on Gia we used MAC Studio Finish. Make any corrections to the skin using concealer under the eyes, around the nose and on any blemishes that may be causing any redness to the skin. Finish with a translucent powder.

Apply highlighter to create a dewey, fresh face. I started by using the Anastasia Cream Contour Kit. After blending the cream from the apples of the cheeks across the cheekbone, use the remaining product on sponge and apply to bridge of nose. Then apply Benefit High Beam with a brush, blending in an upwards motion along cheekbones. Do not apply shimmering highlight to any areas other than the apples of the cheek and cheekbones, it will give you a feverish look, as opposed to a glow. If you desire to apply highlight to the nose, forehead, lips or chin, make sure it is a matte product.

Using your favorite brow product, whether it be powder, pencil or pomade, draw a line along the bottom of the eyebrow, following the natural curve of the brow. I used Anastasia Dip Brow with an angle brush for optimal control of my lines. On the top of the brow, create a line from just in front of the arch of the eyebrow to the end of the brow. With your desired product, fill in the brow between these two lines. With the remainder of product on your brush, or light strokes of your pencil, create small featherlike strokes at the very start of the brow, sweeping your tool in an upwards, delicate fashion.

Create a gorgeous cheekbone with contouring below your highlighted cheekbone. Using the Anastasia Contour Powder Palette, I swiped a light brown contour right below the cheekbone with a powder brush. Blend the contour lines up towards the hairline to create a soft finish.

Brush a slight shimmer across the eyelids in a soft peachy pink. Keep the color below the crease of the eyelid, but using a blender eyeshadow brush, stroke the eyelid along the crease to blend the color.

Using a brown eyeliner, create a thin line from the inside corner of the eye to the outside corner. If you have trouble creating a clean line, use a clean angle brush and draw a line over the existing pencil line. This will smooth out the pencil line and give a nice crisp look.

Choose your bright, spring lip color, I used MAC for my fresh, airy look. Using a lip brush, start applying color at the center of the lip and slowly work towards the corners. Complete with a neutral, pink lip liner to create a soft edge to the lip.

Complete the look with a swipe of mascara. For weddings, my favorite is Maybeline Waterproof Mascara in Black, you shed those happy tears without worry.

Photography: Genevieve Renee Photographie | Floral Romper: Adorn Boutique | Make Up Artist: Keri Bette | Model: Gia O | Styling & Direction: The Well Styled Life | The Bridal Boutique: The Bridal Boutique

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Planned In Only Two Months, This Pretty Pink Wedding is Perfectly Sweet

Props to anyone who plans their big day in a matter of months, but those that pull of it off super stylishly too? Well I bow down in your honor – and that’s exactly what I’m doing with Justine Milton’s pics right here. This winter wedding is elegant, chic and oh so sweet, and considering it was planned in only two months, it’s even more impressive. Let our Vault motivate you right this way!

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From Justine MiltonCindy and Johnny had two months to plan their wedding. With the vision in mind of a clean and elegant design showcasing hints of tradition, Cindy decided to go with a soft neutral colour palette of gold, blush and ivory. Wanting to expand on the theme of a winter wedding, Cindy went with ivory glitz linens that resembled the look of snow and alternated tables with a soft blush linen. On the wedding day, Cindy and Johnny got ready at one of the pinnacle downtown hotels and they were able to capture bridal party photos and special moments between the bride and groom among some of Calgary’s historic downtown architecture. The wedding day itself was filled of personal touches of reading aloud each other’s vows in their candle filled ceremony and having an intimate dinner and dancing with close friends and family.

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Photography: Justine Milton Photography | Videography: Next Episode | Event Planning + Design: The Well Styled Life | Cake: I Love Craft & Sweet | Stationery: Minted | Reception Venue: Lynx Ridge Golf & Country Club | DJ: Fun Factory | Officiant: Jerry Stilson | Chair Rentals: Monica Watson - Reflections Weddings And Events | Linens: Celebration Creation | Table Decor: Special Event Rentals

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