If you’ve been following me on almost any social media outlet, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I am getting married soon. Like, real soon. Like, a week from tomorrow soon (!!!).
There is a lot of preparation that goes into a wedding, not the least of which pertains to the specifics of the bride’s body, face, and hair.
Lucky for me I work hard to maintain a healthy weight and body fat percentage, so I didn’t feel the pressure to drop pounds and “tone up.”
That said, it doesn’t mean I didn’t have a sh*tton of fine tuning to do on this here bod.
I went back and forth about actually posting this entry, because I didn’t want to come off like a bridezilla, a vain idiot, or an absolute sucker – and I think, to some degree, you might think I’m all three if you stick around to read the whole thing.
But I also wanted to be completely transparent about what lengths I personally have gone to in order to feel like my best self on my wedding day and heck – some of you might even empathize (or at least get a hearty laugh).
So here we go:
About six months ago I started zapping my face. No, not zit-zapping, more like wrinkle-zapping, with the NuFace by Carol Cole system. My sister-in-law uses and swears by it, and she bought me one for my bridal shower – turns out, the thing’s addicting. Once you get used to the tiny but somewhat painful microcurrents shooting into your face, it’s actually kind of relaxing, and it leaves your skin feeling tighter, softer, and yes – younger-looking. You do have to commit to using the thing – I didn’t start noticing results until about two weeks in – but I really like it and will continue with it long after the wedding is over.
Around the same time I decided to fry my face off, I also got into waist training. Yep, you head me, Kardashian-style waist training – the thing where you wear an increasingly tight corset to help shrink your waist (and note: although I am not overly concerned about my weight, I am concerned about my proportions, which I often find bordering on masculine due in part to my lack of waist-hip ratio). Did it work? Well, despite being a huge pain in the ass and completely uncomfortable, yes – my waist went from 28 inches at my first dress fitting to 26 inches at my last. Win!
Speaking of being strapped and tightened, I also started wearing a back brace to help straighten out my posture. Sure, I lift weights, do yoga, and generally maintain proper posture, but I also have scoliosis, which means I never really look “right” from a side view (which, if you guys have been to weddings, is often the sustained view you get of the bride when she’s saying her vows). Please note if you are actually attending my wedding that I busted my ass to stand up straight so if it looks like I am slouching, you know I’m doing my best.
Not crazy enough for you yet? How about the $40 custom spray tan that I (along with many of my bridesmaids and my own dear mother) am getting? If you’re wondering what a custom spray tan is, well, listen up: they customize a color for your skin tone. They spray and contour your “trouble zones” (I always ask for double triceps and triple abs). They sometimes apply a light fragrance so you don’t smell like stink tan. And best of all, they spray into all the little nooks and crannies a misting bed will miss, resulting in a super smooth, even, and amazing-looking tan. Badda bing.
The spray tan, though, wouldn’t mean nuthin’ if I wasn’t already trying to “up my cuts” by lifting weights and working out, a regime which for the past two months has also included sessions in the hot Pilates pod known as Iobella. It is exactly what I just said – they put you in a plastic pod, crank the heat up to 103 degrees, and make you do Pilates-inspired movements (in excruciating sets of 40) inside. Despite sounding hellish, it’s actually quite wonderful, and has done a ton for any outstanding pockets of cellulite I was not so thrilled to show off.
Ah yes, speaking of cellulite….most women hate it; I tolerate it, knowing that the places it usually falls are the ones I can hide out of sight most of the time. Except when your wedding involves a pool party. And except when that pool party involves wearing a bathing suit in front of all your wedding guests (who just saw you look like a pretty pretty princess in the warm and comforting confines of a boned, fitted wedding gown). So I bit the bullet and added an element to my cellulite-fighting bath routine (which already includes dry brushing and exfoliating massage): fatgirlslim products. Yep, the caffeine-jacked, peptide-potent gel products from the bliss line of beauty supplies now line my bathroom shelves, and I massage those bad boys into my arms, butt, abs, and legs on a daily basis – and again, believe it or not, I swear it’s helping. The skin’s appearance is taut, firm, and smooth – and even feels tighter to the touch.
Speaking of products, a client of mine gave me Beautycounter products for Christmas and whoa – are they ever spectacular! The standouts for me – again, used in conjunction with the Clarisonic I already commit to religiously and the Nu Face mentioned above – are the face oils, which have literally transformed the way makeup goes on my face as well as the way my skin looks without makeup. They smell divine, last a long time (thank God, since they’re expensive as all get-out), and will literally retexture your face. No joke.
You know what else isn’t a joke? How seriously I take my dental hygiene. I have never missed a 6-month checkup in my entire adult life, I floss daily, brush twice, use Listerine, and don’t f*ck around with cavities (never had one).
But what I do do is drink coffee and red wine, both of which are horrific for the enamel and coloration of the teeth – and I know it. So the last step in my pre-wedding beauty regimen has been using a combination of baking soda and peroxide paste (homemade) and Crest Pro Whitening Strips to help restore my natural whiteness and address some of those pesky stains.
Whew. Just typing that wore me out; I am surprised I was actually able to do all this crap over the past 6-12 months leading up to the big day! I didn’t voyage too far into what I perceive to be the “crazy” stuff brides these days do – Botox, liposuction, surgery, bleaching/dying of various body parts, and so on – but I feel like I definitely went above and beyond my normal routine (which is, let’s be honest: wash face. bathe. apply makeup. leave house.) to try and be my best bridal self for February 14th.
Married readers – how did you prep for your big day? Single ladies and gents – what do you plan to add to your “glam squad” routine when wedding bells are ringing?