• Ann Krause

I'm sure by now we've all heard 10,000 jokes about how buying a 2020 planner was a complete waste of money! I definitely fall into the category of people who stepped into the year with with a set plan for my life and all of the benchmarks I would achieve both personally and professionally. Since then, there's been countless times when all we can do is just shrug our shoulders and simply roll with the unexpected.


Here are my main takeaways from this year;

Home is everything. One thing I've really enjoyed this year is creating my own little peaceful sanctuary where I am surrounded by all of the things that I love with home cooked meals everyday. I moved into my own studio apartment in July which now allows me to walk to about 90% of my work. Ladies, I have even found my signature scent (Capri blue- volcano candles)! I finally feel at home every day, and that's worth so much to me.


If I ever need to save money really quick, now I know how. Case in point; March & April. When everything shut down and the new uncertainty was so scary, I stopped spending money on anything aside from food and absolute household/hygiene necessities. Now I know that a complete halt to spending money isn't even that hard!

Self Care is crucial. I really try to give myself an hour each day... not saying I'm killing it at this goal, but I'm trying.


Make time for family. It can be so easy to put the majority of our focus on our careers, etc. but one gift that covid gave me was a full month living with my brother, sister in law & 5 year old nephew. Such an extended period of time will never again be possible, and I am so grateful for all of the moments we shared.

Working from home is pretty great. As long as you can do it alone, of course. When your only distractions from work are the breakfast dishes, you learn quickly to deal with that stuff before you settle into the work day. I'm willing to bet that there's some employers realizing that their staff is far more productive when they aren't distracting each other all of the time.


I need to work on giving up control sometimes. And this one is the hardest for me. With the current state of the wedding industry, I am simply not able to work in the way I am used to nor can I keep up all of the practices I have set up to make things efficient and thorough.

For example, this morning (in mid September), I sat down to assemble the wedding day touch up kits for our October brides, but there's still a handful of events for next month up in the air. This means (that like many other tasks) this becomes a twice a month task instead of once.

Somewhere between working crazy long hours to get it all done and letting some things go, there is a balance that makes sense for this odd time in history, and I am trying every day to find that perfect spot.

There is so much to be grateful for! Ultimately, I start and end each day feeling blessed. Sure, there is a lot of uncertainty and added stress and worry for everyone right now, and I am so thankful each day to be able to support myself in a career that I love while getting to work with amazing women who I enjoy.

So many of these basic things can be easily taken for granted (and sometimes it can be easy to just obsess about the next better thing you want to get), and I am happy that 2020 has brought more awareness around these blessings.


Now let's conquer the rest of this year!

Ann

I had always been curious about this particular venue, so when Nicole of Millennium Moments Studio asked if we would like to participate in a styled shoot at Stan Mansion, my answer was an enthusiastic "YES"! Truth be told, this venue is far more ornate and traditional than most of the locations that our brides tend to book, and I think that's what had me so interested- it was something "new".

In these images our bride model, Kayla, wears an elegant gown to perfectly compliment the regal setting and as you can probably expect- we choose an effortless beauty vibe as a bit of a juxtaposition to keep everything from feeling too serious.

Kayla's sultry makeup look complete with a plum smokey eye, has a dewey finish which keeps her from looking too done up. Her slightly messy low chignon hair style would go just as great in a boho look- but in this shoot brings the perfect touch of softness.

I love how this shoot is an example of the possibilities available to Brides when it comes to mixing styles. Simply put; you just don't need to obsess over matching every little detail perfectly. There is beauty in the unexpected!







You know I geek out over the little details... even the ones that have nothing to do with hair and makeup.



I couldn't think of a better way to finish this story. Can you?

Check out the rest of the talented vendor team who came together to pull off this shoot;


Organizer/Photographer: Millennium Moments Studio Venue: Stan Mansion

Dress: Ellie Day Collection

Suit: Formally Modern

Florist: Wild Rose Flowers Decor & Blush blooms Co.

Decor: Lovely Wild Flower Shop Model: Kayla DeFrenza

Do you ever finished getting dressed, only to fuss around with your hair because you're feeling uninspired- or worse yet; your hair is misbehaving and you just don't know what to do with it? I used to have days like this, even after becoming a hairstylist. Now, I like to make sure that I always have 3 go-to hairstyles that I can quickly choose from, and the fun thing is that you can totally change these with the seasons.

For example; my bun of choice used to be a messy topknot, this summer it's a low chignon with loose waves around my face.


I hope that you find my concept and general ideas inspiring. The ideas are just that; general. For example, when I talk about a bun, your favorite version can be anything. My goal is for you to have a plan that will save you time because you know exactly how to achieve your end goal, you know how long it's going to take, and you can choose quickly between the three. Think of this like having your three favorite outfits!


If you need inspiration to find your favorite ponytail, etc. please check out my IGTV where I share tutorials for everyday looks that you can do at home!

Look #1. Beautiful Texture

Insert your favorite wave/curl here. I'm currently loving what I like to call sexy messy hair. You might get a couple of days out of this style (when secured on top of your head while sleeping), and when that's over you still have the perfect foundation for looks 2 & 3.

New things to try:

Use dry shampoo right from the beginning to add volume and a defense against oiliness.

Give yourself a looser wave than we have been in the past few years by increasing your iron size by 1/4" and also tugging your hair straight while still hot to prevent it from waving too tightly.

Look #2. Elevated Pony

This is a great look on day 2. You've already got a great wave/curl, sure it has relaxed a bit, but there's no need to redo it.

Here's some ways to make your pony special:

Tease the fullest part of the pony to make your hair even thicker.

Use a fancy hair tie or cuff, or scarf.

Loosen the hair on top of your head by pinching and pulling pieces upward. This will give instant volume and texture and make your face look more narrow.

Twist a loose piece of hair around your hair band to hide the band. Pull this piece through with a topsy tail.

Look #3. Effortless Bun

This can always be a great choice on day 3 since you don't need to leave any of your hair down. A little dry shampoo and no one knows how long it's been since your last shampoo.

New things to try:

Wear a headband or tie a scarf around your head.

Try a bun with your natural texture if you have waves/curls.

Use decorative pins on the back of your head or nestled into the base of the bun for added sparkle.

Leave some loose pieces around your face.


Happy styling!

Ann

© 2020 Beauty by Ann Krause.

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