The Knot Fall Issue!

We are so thrilled and honored to be featured in print for the first time alongside such phenomenal vendors! Keep an eye out for these gorgeous pics from Jessica Cooper Photography in the Fall issue of The Knot! We absolutely LOVED working with Lindsey and her ladies. Lindsey has an eye for detail, and a vision for beauty like no other. Mulling over her Wedding Vision was breathtaking at every.single.point. Her wedding day was thought through so meticulously, and with such care. It was a tremendous privilege to work with her!!

Vendor team:

Ceremony & Reception site: Smithville Inn, Historic Smithville NJ
Videography: Martin's Accent Wedding Videos
Planner: Kyle Michelle Weddings
Flowers: Vault & Vine
Gown: Sweet Caroline
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Wedding Rings: Harry Merrill & Son Jewelry, Inc.
Engagement Rings: DeSumma and Wexler Fine Jewelry
Hair & Makeup: Janelle on Location
Stationery: Pippa & Fig
Cakes&Pies: Queen Bee Pastry
Favors: Ever Laser

Measuring Beauty & Worth

BarbieThere is a new wave of "what beauty isn't" articles and videos going around. Dove commercials, blogs exposing Photoshopped lies that we're "told" on the cover of magazines-- showing us that models really are "normal." {a relief, right?!} This adjustment and re-defining of "beauty" is good. We need to know what beauty isn't. But we also need to look beyond that and ask ourselves,

How are we measuring beauty? How do we determine what is beautiful and what isn't?

Usually, we just compare. This is more beautiful than that. She "wears that better" than her sister. And we play it ourselves, too-- the comparing game that we've so wonderfully and instinctively MASTERED as ladies.

But.

Using other's looks {or gifts, skills, relationships, etc.} as our "beauty measuring stick," we will always.aLwaYs.ALWAYS have a skewed perspective. We'll fall short. Or. We'll measure higher than them. We will see ourselves as better or worse. More beautiful or less attractive. More popular, or unimportant. It's a competition: there's no even playing ground where we celebrate differences. Nothing's a tie. We're either in the lead, or falling behind...of every.single.woman. we meet.

...makes it really hard to love people, and truly appreciate their gifts without being jealous, huh?

Why do we do this?!Measuring

We all want the same things. We long to be beautiful, to be accepted as we are- to know our uniqueness and be treasured because of it. We hunger to be desired.

And yet our method of "achieving" this acceptance is to either push others down, or raise them as "better" in our minds- a standard to strive for.

This accomplishes NOTHING beneficial! We spin and spiral mentally, worrying and wondering what other's think about us, how we come across...what do we  weigh on the beauty scale? Are we as "together" as the lady who sits in front of us at church? Do our kids behave better than the woman we just passed in the cereal aisle? Will our hair ever be as beautiful as {you fill in the blank.}

We're constantly evaluating ourselves in light of other's success or failure, beauty or flaws. 

We base our worth, appearance, the value of our gifts, the depth/importance of our friendships...completely on OTHER PEOPLE. We ask others to be the final say in determining our significance.

We frantically wonder who's "winning" and where we fall in line.

Oh, but you see, dear reader, our beauty does not come from what others "have" or "have not." Our worth is un-related to what our friends do or don't do, look like, or don't look like. How together or a mess they are.

Your worth, and your beauty...have nothing to do with THEM-- no matter how low or high you view them.

looking in a mirror

You were created specifically, individually and uniquely YOU. There never has been, nor will there ever be in the history of all eternity another YOU. 

Your nose is unique. And your eyes. The structure of your jaw line, your hair's texture, the hue of your skin.  The shape of your mouth and the way it molds into your chin. There's not another like it. In all the world. Your individual strengths or weaknesses may not be unique in and of themselves...but the COMBINATION of those strengths and weaknesses is entirely unique. And cannot be compared with other 'combinations' of strengths and weaknesses {ie: other people.} They are different entirely!

So as you read various tips and tricks for hair and make-up, please PLEASE do not lose sight of this.

Eye shadow and hairspray do not make you beautiful. The fact that your friend's nose is a little crooked does not make you beautiful.

The beauty that you posses is found in the Creator's unique display of Himself in you...unlike any other.

So stop spinning, comparing, wondering, worrying and striving. Rest. You are THE MOST beautiful you.

Let us stop looking to be "higher" or "lower" than others and instead, learn the true beauty of being the right size*.

 

*A concept articulated by David Powlison

The Giveaway Winners!

A big, gigantic, hu-normous, massive THANK YOU to all who participated in our Launch Giveaways last week! Your support, comments, "likes", shares and tags have made a difference and I am so so grateful for you. I am looking forward to our future together so.very.much. as we talk about hair and make-up practicals and how-tos.

Now, for a drum roll please! All winners were chosen by computer at random, and we are eager and excited to ship your gifts to you!

Announcing the winners of each giveaway...CONGRATULATIONS!!

Matrix Hairspray: Joy T

AnGEL: Brittany M

BaByliss Curling Iron: Katie F

Handbook and Deva gloves: Mallory S

It's a 10: Stacey S

Devafuser: Rayna D

We can't wait to hear how these new tools and products make a difference in your styling!

Grand Finale Bridal Giveaway is accepting entries until Friday! Please make sure to complete all steps in order for your entry to count. Good luck!

Hair Stylist in Hatboro Specializing in Weddings + Curly Haircuts

Welcome to my little hair and make-up blog! I am so glad you’re here! There’s a lot of girly bonding we’re about to enjoy together-- discussing wedding details, curly girl conversations, hair and make-up tips, DYI products, and so much more! Hopefully over lots of cups of delicious tea or coffee- but that’ll be up to you.

Janelle on Location is a small business run by yours truly. My wonderful assistant*, Joanna, and I travel on-site to make the pampering and beautifying of a wedding convenient, professional, and relaxing for brides and their favorite ladies. We bring the salon to you! Based in Hatboro, PA {just north of Philly} we travel worldwide.

I also have been a certified “Deva Inspired Stylist” since February of 2010. Basically, that makes me a Curly Hair stylist who loves working with all different types of Curly Hair. Specializing in dry curly haircuts and the Deva Curl product line, I find great joy in helping curly girls get frizz out of their lives and teaching clients how to best reveal the natural beauty of their curls.

I started styling hair when I was 13 and worked many long Saturdays in High School doing Homecoming and Prom hair. After doing my first bridal party when I was 15, word began to spread and amidst many of my personal adventures, Janelle on Location was born.

I hope to offer my fellow blog-reading sisters a few suggestions and tricks my experience has taught me, that might help in your own personal styling. Make sure to stop by for our frequent Secrets, Tricks, and Styling Tips posts!

We’d love to hear from you-- what are some common obstacles or concerns you have with your hair or make-up? Tutorials to address your specific questions are on their way! What do you want to hear about and see?

Join us for a week of giveaways as we celebrate our website launch...starting today at 11:00 and noon! TWO giveaways!

And as you wait to win some goodies, go ahead and click on our logo at the top of the page. We welcome you to our new website-- have a look around!

 

 

*a few outstanding stylists from up and down the east coast occasionally join the team depending on a wedding’s State/location