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A Summer Wedding Must: Jergens BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream

April 14th, 2014

Want to know my pick for best accessory for the 2014 Summer wedding season? Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream. It goes with everything without getting on everything (i.e., it won’t stain your clothes), it dries quickly and it moisturizes your skin while improving its look and feel. It also retails for under $12 so it is a wedding season steal (note, if you are traveling you will need to purchase a TSA-approved 3 0z. travel container to carry-on this illuminating and hydrating  product).

I have been using this Jergens BB Body cream for two months now and I feel confident – especially now that the days are getting warmer – my legs are going to look better than ever in my Spring skirts and dresses (partly due to my love of SoulCycle). Obviously, you still needs to eat healthy and exercise for looking and feeling your best, but this Jergens product provides an added glow to your step. Added values include: evens skin tone, visibly firms skin and helps reduce the appearance of imperfections. Sounds like a wedding season hit!

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream is available at

Disclaimer: While I have experienced no problems with this BB cream, all skin types and all beauty products are not the same. I’ve tested other BB creams and had to subsequently throw out my towels thanks to permanent stains. So if you are going to try this product, like any other product, don’t do it the day of a big event (i.e., brides don’t give it your first go on the day of your wedding). Give yourself time to see if the product works for you by applying a small amount and testing your skin’s response and reaction.

instagram mondays: Lucky FABB 2014 Edition

April 7th, 2014

Follow me on instagram: @WeddingSurvival

On April 4, 2014 I attended Lucky FABB – Lucky Magazine’s Fashion and Beauty Blogger’s Conference – at the SLS Hotel in West Hollywood. My third time as an attendee, I still learned even more from the panelists, breakout sessions and other bloggers in attendance. Here are some brand highlights from the day. Thanks everyone for the inspiration to continue down this path!

  1. Launching this week, a new line of necklaces by The Brave Collection, a jewelry line dedicated to fighting human trafficking and supporting the work of fair-trade artisans in Cambodia. The Brave Collection looks like a splendid destination to create unique bridesmaid thank you gifts that also give back.
  2. Trying on a new downtown-inspired, rose gold watch by Caravelle New York. Caravelle watches start at just $59 so they might have a great bridesmaid thank you gift option as well. Jacket from MediaNoche boutique in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles.
  3. Break time! Enjoying a chocolate almond pick-me-up from Pressed Juicery.
  4. Hair did and time spent with friends at West Hollywood’s Blow Me Away Dry Bar sponsored by Wendy’s in support of their #newsaladcollection. The Asian Cashew Chicken was delicious (great bachelorette weekend fast food option if you and your girls are on the road). Featured in photo is the dynamic, San Francisco-based Blogger, Jessica Ryzenberg of Ryzenberg On. My necklace from Glam House. Hosting, or traveling to an LA wedding? Blow Me Away Dry Bar is super chic and has plenty of space for a bridal party takeover. Plus, amazing brunch is right across the street at the always-delicious Little Next Door.

Austin’s French Legation Museum: A Perfect Texas Wedding

March 23rd, 2014

I have just returned from a four-day trip to SXSW and now find myself a bit in love with Austin, Texas. While running from event to event I discovered Austin’s oldest house, the French Legation Museum, which is now under the care of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Truly a hidden gem, even some locals I met were unaware of this most romantic and magical estate. The French Legation Museum is the perfect venue for a Spring or Fall Texas wedding (unless you enjoy humidity). The grounds easily lend themselves to love and celebrating.

Meet BHLDN’s Annabelle Bridesmaid Dress by Jenny Yoo

November 22nd, 2013

SWS Fashion Friday

New for this coming wedding season BHLDN brings you the latest from Jenny Yoo: the gorgeous and romantic Annabelle dress. Annabelle is quite versatile and can not only be worn eight different ways (and counting) but it can be worn by bridesmaids, guests and brides alike. Priced under $300 and with several different ways to style this gown it will certainly be worn more than once.

Available in four colors, BHLDN is the first boutique to carry this Jenny Yoo original with three colors exclusive to the site: rose, mist grey and soft plum. Designed with soft tulle and side boning the cut is quite flattering for may figures, shapes and sizes. But be aware, the largest size available is 16.

The last time I wore a Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dress the price tag was much higher and more stressful so I am all for this new partnership and design launch. This pairing provides bridesmaids with high quality, low cost options during a season of many expenses. On behalf of bridesmaids everywhere, thank you. For more on the Annabelle dress visit BHLDN.

Elle’s Empire State Building Wedding Picks

November 11th, 2013

Red Envelope Wedding Gifts Under $150

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Empire State Building’s Love Above All Valentine’s Day contest where engaged couples enter for a chance to win the romantic wedding of a lifetime atop New York City’s Empire State Building…on Valentine’s Day. How to enter? It is quite simple (if you’ve got what it takes), you submit a super creative video that shares your love story and explains why you deserve to win this special day. Then, you upload your video to ESB’s Facebook page.

To make this “I do” moment even more special, this year ESB has teamed up with Red Envelope and ProFlowers. As a creative way to celebrate this one-of-a-kind wedding event I have selected five perfect Red Envelope wedding gifts – all under $150 – fit for couples who may tie the knot 1,250 feet above the ground, or who have their feet planted right here on earth. For even more wedding gift inspiration – and where I got mine – visit Red Envelope.

Contest ends on December 5, 2013.

Twist Candlesticks ($49.95)

Red Stoneware Mixing Bowl Set ($79.95)

Glass Dome Serving Tray ($89.95)

Cheese Cellar Gift Set ($99.95)

Personalized Lazy Susan ($129.95)

Wedding Party App Makes Elle A Happy Guest

November 5th, 2013

I just attended my first wedding reception where the bride and groom contacted guests prior to the big day to recommend revelers download a wedding app onto their phones. The app of choice? Wedding Party App.

Wedding Party App is lovely. It is free, available for both iOS and Android devices, easy to navigate and most important for guests – it contains all the relevant event information you need to navigate wedding season. From locations, maps, event times and more, guests literally have all they need in their pockets.

Truly perfect for the phone-in-hand generation guests can upload and share their photos with an appreciative bride and groom. This also creates a little more privacy than simply posting wedding photos to instagram with a custom hashtag (though nothing is wrong with that, it is just not for everyone). Wedding App is also easy for couples to customize and personalize.

For my purposes I cared less about the “connect with guest” functionality. But for those times you do meet someone at a wedding and wish you could reach out and reconnect, now you can – without having to patiently wait for your friends to return from honeymoon.  I give this app an A – especially for its engaging and stress-relieving features.

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