It’s My turn to be Bride and have my very own Once Upon A Wedding!!!//Jacksonville weddings

She said YES!!!

I SAID YES!!!!  It is finally my turn to have my very own Happily Ever After!

After many years of giving my brides their fairy tale wedding hair, I get to plan every intricate hair detail of my own. Being in the wedding industry has its perks. After all, I get to work along side, what I consider, the best in the business!!!!! Through the next few months, I will be telling you which vendors I chose and why they are a necessity to have on your BIG DAY!  But first let me tell you how he proposed…

Jason and I love going downtown every Wednesday where we serve the homeless at Cup of Love Ministry. This is a ministry started by Jason after hearing God tell him that he would “turn a cup of coffee into an ocean of love”…and that he did!!!! It was June 11th and I was so excited about this particular week because I just knew that God was going to move in a big way. It was the first week that school was out and so not only my children but others would be able to attend. Nothing warms my heart more than being able to watch the next generation selflessly give to others, especially the less fortunate! There were also many of my friends that had taken the day off from work and I was excited that they would be able to experience some of the things that had changed my life. Oh and guess what?? You can join us too!!!! We are out there EVERY Wednesday at 8am. We set up shop behind Trinity Rescue Mission at the corner of Union and Broad St.

10464011_10204091044942093_8141454741784808894_nOk back to my story…The morning got underway and I started setting things up to begin serving. There were lots of volunteers that day to give tasks to so I was busy running around doing all the things I do, not realizing how many people had started to gather around. Jason comes up to me and asks me to come over to where he was and so I did……… BAM!!!! He drops down on one knee and asks me to be his wife!!!!! He was holding one of our coffee cups and inside the cup was my ring!!! How adorable, right?

 10472737_931869678921_6043569965726117345_nI turn around to find all of my closest family and friends standing there who had been tucked away for the morning. God sure did turn a cup of coffee into an ocean of love for us!!! Nothing in the whole entire world would make me happier than being his bride! He is such an amazing man and I am excited to see what an adventure our journey will entail!!!

Follow along as I share with you every detail of my wedding including my glorious vendor list!

Get a sneak peak at the plans for our Honeymoon story  HERE!!!!

From My Heart to Yours…

Hello my beauties,

Just finishing out this grateful season as the clock winds down to the end of a very productive year, I look back at the trail of smiles that have lined my path! With over 100 happy brides and countless bridesmaids, I am reminded by each and every one how truly blessed I am. I have had the opportunity to share in so many “once upon a time” experiences this year and my heart overflows with gratitude! It is only by the faith placed in me to create memorable styles on beautiful brides that will live beyond the moment in their photo albums, and on desks and mantles for a long time to come. I am honored to have been a part of each special day!

My success has not been a solo performance. Incredible vendors have played a huge role in helping me reach my goals and have moved me further along than I could have ever imagined on my own. I want to thank them all for their trust in me as a professional and for the camaraderie we share. They have not only given me great opportunities, but have made it fun along the way. Thank you;Adair Currie, Jill Stonier, Jacob Towe, Chloe Austin, Carrie Wilson, Lucia Palenik,Christina Kopecki, Liz Golden, Scarlett and Stephen Knuth, Jennifer Becker, Emily Burton, Dana Thompson, Amber Veatch and countless others. Not to mention the website that I am known for created by Nashville Website Designers Remix Design & Media!!!

Being productive sometimes means taking time away from those you love. I owe much appreciation to my family and friends for all the times I have had to put them on the sideline in order to make my exclusive clients feel that they are getting the undivided attention they deserve. From my family, to my babysitters and my friends, I could not have accomplished my goals without their unconditional love and support. From the bottom of my heart I say a huge “Thank you”.

As I began building my team this year I am enthusiastic to see what next year brings. If you want to stay current with the latest styles, hair fashions and bridal trends, stick with me. It may be another wild ride, but it will be worth it! This coming year is already filled with 46 excited brides, waiting to see their Once Upon a Dream come true! I can’t wait to share in what they may consider one of the most memorable days in their lives. I look forward to telling you all about them very soon!

XOXO, Mandi

Rejuvenating Your Locks

Is your hair dry or brittle? Has it lost its shine? The Sun is brutal during the summer, mixed with chlorine and salt water, that is a recipe for damage and breakage in our hair. The sun and its UV Rays cause the protein bonds in our hair shaft to break down, causing it to loose pigment and have our color to fade. It also causes our hair to look dull and feel dry! SO how can we reverse the negative effects??? Here is a segment I recently did to show you just that!

 

I didnt really have much time to discuss all the benefits of Coconut Oil but yo can apply it to the hair just like a mask. You can also melt it down and use as a hot oil treatment. I even ue it as lotion, shaving cream and eye make up remover, LOL!!! I love it. ome other products you may find in your kitchen are Eggs, Vinegar, Yogurt and Sour cream. Here are a few recipes for those ingredients!

 

EGGS: The [raw] egg is really the best of all worlds. The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils, she explains.To Use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair, Cox says. Use 1/2 cup of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for you and apply to clean, damp hair. If there isn’t enough egg to coat scalp and hair, use more as needed. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water (to prevent egg from “cooking”) and shampoo hair. Whole egg and yolks-only treatments can be applied once a month; whites-only treatment can be applied every two weeks.

YOGURT/SOUR CREAM:Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine—but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. Lactic acid gently strips away dirt while the milk fat moisturizes. To Use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week.

VINEGAR: Apple cider vinegar removes clumpy residue and gunk in hair from product buildup. It also works as a natural detangler. When used regularly in your natural hair care routine, apple cider vinegar can revitalize your hair, leaving it soft and smooth. The vinegar also works by closing the cuticle of the hair, which makes light reflect off of it. In other words, it makes your hair super shiny! To use: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water. After shampooing, pour the mixture into your hair. If you have a spray bottle, that works even better. That way you can spritz your hair with the mixture and massage it into your scalp. Let the apple cider vinegar concoction sit for a few minutes before rinsing fully with water. No need to use conditioner! The apple cider vinegar will leave hair feeling smooth and soft.

***THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP FOR ANY SEASON***

When you get out of the shower before you do ANYTHING make sure you put in some type of oil to coat the hair and protect it from the harsh effects of brushing, blow drying or thermal heat damage! Hair is most brittle when it is wet so be very gentle!!!!!

XOXO, Mandi

 

My Oh My… That’s Un-Be-WEAVE-able!!!!// Hair extensions

Hello Ladies.. I hope you have enjoyed your summer so far. I have been busy with weddings, working at the salon and playing with my kids in the sun. This summer I have done a few segments on First Coast Living and I decided to share one of them with you… Enjoy!!!

 

Here is one of all types of Extensions

It’s a Honey of a Doo!!!!// hair trends

If you listen closely you may be able to hear the buzz about the re-emergence of a hairstyle that made its debut in the 60’s known as the Beehive or Bouffant. This hairstyle sent women into a hairspray buying frenzy. “The higher, the better” was the motto as women did away with their wide and flowing locks and focused on how much hair could be piled on top of ones head.

 

The Bouffant was created in 1960 by a stylist from Chicago named Margaret Vinci Heldt  after she was asked by the editor of a beauty salon magazine to come up with a new trend for a spiced up hair style. She designed the hairstyle after being inspired by a velvet fez hat that she owned. She loved the way the hairstyle held the beautiful shape of the fez but without messing up her hair the way the hat did. Because women were in love with this new trend of having  “BIG HAIR”, the Beehive became an instant success. One of the remarkable things about the hairstyle was that women could wrap it in a scarf and sleep in it, keeping the style in place for days without having to re do the doo!

 

The beehive had been replaced by the bun, pony tail and even its sister style, the French Twist because of rumors about women getting unwanted guests taking up residence within the piled high puffs of teased hair. Those rumors were quickly dispelled, though, before women even had time to trade in their teasing combs.

 

This hairstyle is created by taking small sections of hair and back combing or teasing the hair up tightly, smoothing over it with a soft bristle brush and securing it with bobby pins. Once the top hair is piled high and secured, the hair in the back section is secured in place with pins either in a single twist or in many small twists. The difference in yesterdays Beehive and the beehive for today’s woman is the addition of ‘hair bling’ along with a few messy strands and loose twists that lend an air of softness and sexiness to the style.

 

You can be sure now that as most trends come back around, the Beehive is now making its encore performance finding its way back as a top pick for event styles now over 40 years later. Some of the most fashion forward celebrities, such as Beyonce and Jessica Simpson, are rocking these Bouffant styles on the red carpet today. There are many variations of the bouffant style depending on a person’s particular taste, but this style has stood the test of time and is holding its own again as one of the most popular styles
of all time. No wonder it’s been called a “Honey of a Doo’!

Watch here as Mandi explains it to the viewers of First Coast Living.