2017’s Strangest Beauty Trends

Perfect PoutInstagram has birthed all flavors of beauty and fashion trends over the years but in the last week, the beauty influencers have been pushing out a message that GONE are the days of perfecting smooth pouts, perfectly arched brows and understated make-up.   Instead, we should throw caution to the wind and embrace our inner wild-child, who apparently wants squiggles, feathers, and mood-changing hair color.

First up…squiggle eyebrows.  There’s not much we can add here except, after watching several videos of squiggles be applied, it takes a lot of skill to accomplish, when done “correctly”.

And that trend quickly morphed into the squiggle lip which, in some cases mirrored waves and others, spikes of color grossly over-applied to the lip.  It wasn’t long before a picture posted of one daring femme rocking both the squiggle brow and lip and while we will always be proponents of individuality, the final look seemed a bit overdone (but still, you GO girl!!)

And then, there were feather brows.  Now, having grown my eyebrows out before I’m not too sure why anyone would go for the full caterpillar effect to adorn their eyes but these ladies are making it work.

Maybe I’m not as adventurous as I thought I was because all of these were a mega-NO for me however, just as I was about to give up hope, I came across another trend that I can truly embrace – heat changing hair color!!

Professional hair-color and product line Pravana is soon releasing the industry’s first heat activated temporary hair color.  By just adding heat, you can have hair that instantly goes from lime green to yellow, cool violet to pink, smokey grey to invisible, or tropical peach to invisible.  Gives new meaning to wind-blown hair, right?  Additionally, if you flatiron or curl your hair, the heat from the tool will have the same effect so yeah, we’re sold!

I love to hear from our readers, and if you’ve tried or plan on trying one (or all) of them, let us know.

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ICYMI, Letoya Luckett is Engaged!

If there’s one thing we love, it’s an engagement.  And if you’ve been a reader of Behind the Veil, Beyond the Vows for any length of time, you also know that we love a good celebrity love story. And we were thrilled to learn that our 2nd favorite member of the Destiny’s Child dynasty, Letoya Luckett, is engaged.

She took to Instagram to show off her gorgeous oval rock and publicly announce her engagement to Dallas entrepreneur Tommicus Walker in a post that read

“I said , ” Yes yeeeesssss” on his Burfday!! #issaengagement #GodShowedout  #HesaGoodManSavanah  #LoveWins #8/16/17.”

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And she looks over the moon with happiness..not to mention, how CUTE he is…proving, once again, love does really win!Letoya Luckett and Tommicus Walker

Congrats Letoya!

Happy New Year!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! I’m not a resolution kinda girl.  Yes, I could stand to lose my last 10 pounds and read more books that aren’t just about weddings but I figure, all in due time.  Instead, I choose to reflect on the year prior, listing both the learning lessons and accomplishments, and that is what I try to build on in the new year.   Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from 2012.

IMG-20120228-00329SocialBFly participated in the first bridal showcase hosted by Weddings For Heroes – a NJ charitable organization that provides dream weddings to Combat wounded military personnel, Combat Veterans and active duty military facing hardships at no cost to them. Did I mention this was also our first time participating as a vendor in a bridal showcase?  See more from this experience in SocialBFly About Town: Weddings for Heroes Bridal Showcase.

We were featured and included as a contributing author in the 2012 wedding book: Insiders Know-how: Planning Your Perfect Wedding.  We were honored to be listed among some of our esteemed wedding colleagues including Ariane Fisher of Storymix Media and Desiree Mondesir of Desired Assistance Weddings.  The e-book is currently available on Amazon.  Why not, read an excerpt.

The presidential race wasn’t the only race being run in 2012.  We were fortunate to be included in the Wedding Industry Experts annual Wedding Planner of the Year competition and you voted us #1 in Roselle Park (Union County). I know I’ve said it before but, Thanks guys…you make a girl feel good!

Looking back at our year in numbers – 14 events and special projects were flawlessly executed and 27 new blogs were posted on Behind the Veil, Beyond the Vows – our most popular post of the year was Hostess How-To: Setting The Perfect Table for A Dinner Party. We ended the year with 188 LIKES on our Facebook page, 1458 followers on twitter, and 142 amazing inspiration boards on Pinterest.  Thanks to everyone that makes our social media efforts worthwhile!

Last but not least, 2012 also marked the second straight year that SocialBFly has been Wedding Wire rated!  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

This is where we will build from in the new year.  2013 has an exciting horizon and we promise there is more in store for our readers, partners and clients.  Look out for our new website coming in February as well as our series of NJ and PA wedding workshops, feature guest bloggers, and bridal showcase appearances throughout the tri-state area.  Stay tuned…if you aren’t following us, you really should be.

We’re also happy to welcome new couples N&T, P&R, N&D, and L&B into the SocialBFly family and are looking forward to being a special part of their 2013 nuptials.

So cheers to a 2013 that is filled with enormous success, energy and gratitude….and, CHEERS to love!!  Happy New Year!

xoxo, tasheea

Do You Tweet?

There’s a pretty awesome North Jersey bridal community that’s growing over on Twitter. Lots of popular wedding pros from all around the area are steadily active on it and it’s proving to be a great way for casual interaction and introductions. With so much activity, it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with exactly what cool kids from the North Jersey wedding community have joined, so we’ve put together a list of local North Jersey wedding professionals on Twitter.


To be included on the list, simply leave your twitter @name along with your specialty as a comment below and we’ll publish the complete list in a future blog.  Don’t forget to drop by our twitter page, follow us, and say “hi”!

p.s.: please help us spread the word and tell other wedding professionals in the area.