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Paris Wedding Hairstyles: The Chignon

Have I got a real treat in store for you today! today’s post is all about an amazing Parisian wedding book by Kimberley Petyt

We have got our hands on a copy of this gorgeous book and you could win it! Just read to the end for more details!! 

© The Paris Wedding, Gibbs-Smith

© The Paris Wedding, Gibbs-Smith

 

Paris Wedding Hairstyles: The Chignon

© The Paris Wedding, Gibbs-Smith

© The Paris Wedding, Gibbs-Smith

 

As with wine, cheese, fashion and Johnny Halliday, the French take their chignons very seriously. Before moving to France, I had assumed that a chignon was a fancy word for “bun”—when hair is pulled back into a band and then pinned under to make, well, a bun. It wasn’t until I started phoning hair salons in Paris for wedding clients did I realize how naive I had been. The moment that I would tell the salon receptionist that my client needed a chignon, her tone would immediately change: “Non! Zayre ees nobody who can do chignon ’eere.” Or, “C’est pas possible, Pierre is zee only one who can do chignon and Thursday ees his day off!” That was my first clue that a chignon à la française is a whole other ballgame.

 

Getting married in Paris

 

Bombée, tressé, néo-romantique, décoiffé or banane—the names of styles of the French chignon are as elaborate as the many variations of the style itself. Like the bride who sports it, a classic chignon mariage can be austere, demure or unbridled. It can be slicked back, poofed up, or swept over with meters of ringlets tumbling down the bride’s back. Some French hairstylists devote their entire professional lives to chignon, while others, having been shamed early on in beauty school, outright refuse to approach them. This is actually quite a noble thing, considering that a bad chignon is typically very, very bad.

 

© The Paris Wedding, Gibbs-Smith

© The Paris Wedding, Gibbs-Smith

 

When you’re making an appointment for a chignon at a salon in Paris, especially for a wedding or other special occasion, try to make an appointment for a trial (called an essai in French) sometime before the actual event. Go to the trial armed with photos of the style you want, any combs, clips or other accessories that you plan to wear and photos of your wedding dress or gown. This being Paris, be prepared for the stylist to gasp in horror at your photos, and to insist that under no circumstance will he ever give you the style that you want. It’s okay, it’s all part of le jeu (the game). Let him give you the style that he thinks is best, ogle and fawn all over it, all the while flaming his ego with words like “maître” (master) and “génie” (genius). Then slowwwly ease it into the style you want. For example: “Oh, Pierre, it is absolutely magnifique (magnificent)! My future sister-in-law was right! You ARE a genius. You have given me a chignon that is sexy and sophisticated, with just the right amount of virginity to make those other women seethe with jealousy. Oh, but I must confess—I have always been embarrassed by the homeliness of the nape of my neck. Do you think it would be possible to drop the chignon down just a bit, to spare me the embarrassment on my wedding day?” Et voila!

 

Bride in Paris

© The Paris Wedding, Gibbs-Smith

 

Many salons in Paris will offer a forfait mariage, which is a package deal that could include a hair and makeup trial, plus hair/makeup and a simple manicure on the day of. The prices of forfait mariage are varied. For some reason, salons in Paris are usually very suspicious about quoting a forfait price over the phone. They often try to insist that you come in to see them to get a price. If you let them know that you’re phoning from overseas and are unable to come in, they will give you a price seemingly off the top of their heads, but you can assume that the true price will be within fifty euros or so of the one quoted. The best bet, of course, is if you have a printed advertisement or if you can get a quote sent to you by email.

If you’re thinking about trying out an authentic French chignon while in Paris, take a look at a few of these salons. I’m sure that any one of them will make you look magnifique.

 

Bar à chignons

Christophe-Nicolas Biot

52, rue Saint André des Arts

75006 Paris, France

www.christophenicolasbiot.com

Carita International

11, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

75008 Paris, France

www.carita.com

Jean Marc Joubert

255, rue Saint-Honoré

75001 Paris, France

www.jeanmarcjoubert.com

 

Kimberley Petyt is an American wedding planner in Paris, a French wedding expert and the owner of Parisian Events, a wedding & event planning agency catering to English-speakers in Paris. She writes the popular blog “parisian party: tales of an american wedding planner in paris” www.parisianevents.com/parisianparty

Her book, The Paris Wedding (Gibbs-Smith, 2013) is a full-color, idea-packed, go-to guide for globally minded trendsetters who are in love with the style and romance of Paris, and is available in the U.K. now through online booksellers.

To enter the competition to win your very own copy of this book. Just answer this question:

Who is the book’s author?

Please leave your answer in the comment box. One winner will be chosen at random on the 25th April 2013.   

 

Good luck

Joyce xx

 

 

Win a pair of Hotpants

A little over a year ago I was on Twitter and I saw a tweet that said lose 2 jean sizes in 2 weeks. Well of course I was sceptical but they were doing a giveaway so I thought I would give it a try. I had nothing to lose except inches (no pun intended).

Hotpants for slimming

In July  my hotpants arrived and I decided to take the 2 week challenge and all I had to do was wear the hotpants everyday for 2 weeks for at least  30 minutes a day! I sweated a lot but within a week I noticed how smooth the skin on my legs were and at the end of the 2 weeks I was over the moon because not only had I lost 7lbs in weight I could also get into smaller jeans!

Not long after I became an Ambassador for hotpants

weightloss

So today I am delighted to give you the chance to win a pair of Hotpants Vivas! There are 3 pairs up for grabs!! These Vivas have an RRP of £50 a pair. So enter the competition now!

Hotpants vivas

For a chance to win a pair and brighten your summer, all you have to do is:

1. Tweet to your followers – I entered to win the @BridesandBeauty Viva hotpants competiton. You can win a pair too! http://bit.ly/OO7CzZ #vivascomp

2. Leave a comment Why you should win with your twitter or real name.

3. Follow me on twitter.

4. Important! You may only enter once per day, please don’t spam your followers it will not help your chances.

3 (Three) Prize Winners Will Win:

RULES: Entrants must be at least 16 years of age or older as of date of entry. The competition ends on Tuesday 31st July 2012.

Three winners will be chosen at random!

Good luck!! 🙂 

 

Read more about Zaggora products here!

Youngblood Make Up – Giveaway!

 

 

 

 

*******THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED*****

I love Youngblood make up and I want you all to love it too. As a celebration of my 5th business birthday and Xmas this year I am giving away an ‘Artiste Palette’ in Romanticism. The limited edition kit contains:

2 x Blush: Sherbet, Blossom

Blossom blusher

3 x Eyeshadow: Alabaster, Golden Beryl, Penny

Alabaster eyeshadow

3 x Lip Shine: Brilliance, Glorious, Mesmerize

Lip colour mesmerize

1. Tweet to your followers I entered to win the @BridesandBeauty Xmas prize draw! You can too at www.skinandmakeupblog.com

2. Leave a comment why you should win with your twitter name.

3. Follow the blog and follow on twitter and facebook.

4. Important! You may only enter once per day, please don’t spam your followers it will not help your chances.

1 (One) Prize Winner Will Win: The Romanticism Make Up Palette.

RULES: Entrants must be at least 18 years of age or older as of date of entry. Prize draw ends Monday, 5th December, 2011.

Good LUCK!!!!!

Competition Winner – Kelly

Winner of The Clarins Collection Twitter competition!

I got this lovely photo from Kelly thanking me for her prize.

Great to see her so happy with her prize!

Keep an eye out for more giveaways on here and twitter – follow me there @BridesandBeauty

Easter Skincare Giveaway!!!

I’ve got something really special to giveaway to those of you with mature skin. You can win it for yourself or give it to someone special.

Dermalogica MAP-15 regenerator Æ for mature or prematurely-aging skin.

A revolutionary powder-to-emulsion treatment that delivers the highest concentration of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) directly into the skin, dramatically improving skin firmness and clarity. Contains no artificial fragrance or color.

 

MAP 15 Regenerator RRP £68.50

Control the signs of ageing, Improve elasticity, Brighten skin!

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is:

1. Tweet to your followers √¢‚Ǩ≈ìI entered to win the @BridesandBeauty Skincare prize draw! You can too at www.skinandmakeupblog.com”

2. Leave a comment why you should win with your twitter name.

3. Follow the blog and follow on twitter and facebook.

4. Important! You may only enter once per day, please don t spam your followers it will not help your chances.

1 (One) Prize Winner Will Win: The MAP 15 Regenerator.

RULES: Entrants must be at least 18 years of age or older as of date of entry. Prize draw ends Monday, 2nd May, 2011.

Good LUCK!!!!!

Win the Illamasqua Throb Collection!!!

Win the Illamasqua Throb Collection!!!

Nail Varnish in Scorn (Black) £13.50, Nail Varnish in Load (Cream) £13.50, Intense Lipgloss in Succbus £13.00, Lipstick in Sangers £15.50, Nail Varnish in Throb (Red) £13.50

Follow these simple steps to enter:

1. Tweet to your followers √¢‚Ǩ≈ìI entered to win the @BridesandBeauty Illamasqua Valentine prize draw√¢‚Ǩ ù

2. Leave a comment why you should win with your twitter name.

3. Follow the blog and follow on twitter.

4. Important! You may only enter once per day, please don t spam your followers it will not help your chances.

1 (One) Prize Winner Will Win: The entire Throb collection.

RULES: Entrants must be at least 16 years of age or older as of date of entry. Prize draw ends Monday, February 21st, 2011

Raffle/Prize Draw for Breast Cancer Care

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who has been very kind and generous and donated a prize to the raffle. Some of the prizes will be National and some will have to be local prizes. The draw will take place on 30th November 2010

The inspiration for this raffle is my friend Caroline. Read her story here http://www.bridesandbeauty.co.uk/site/2010/11/05/breast-cancer-carolines-story/

Please log on here to buy your tickets https://www.bmycharity.com/V2/bridesandbeauty

I have lost friends and family to this terrible illness that affects mostly women but can affect men too! I am so proud to do everything I can to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and I’m delighted with the huge support that I have received especially from my tweetmates on Twitter.

National Prizes:

The top prize is:

in black. This prize will go to the person that buys the most tickets. Value £319.00 RRP

Necklace and Matching Earrings Donated by Elizabeth Gems (Facebook)

Pearl and Pink Swarovski Crystal earrings from www.poppysparkles.folksy.com

Set of 4 Palmer’s Body butters in a gift box from ET Browne UK LTD

Pink Swarovski Crystal and Butterfly bracelet from www.ladybead.com

An 8X8 Personalised bespoke boxed occasion card of your choice from www.boxcleverwedding.co.uk

A Personalised Marriage Certificate Holder from www.carolmillerdesigns.co.uk

19mm Steel barrel curling tongs from www.wahl.co.uk

Pink Hope Lipgloss from www.ybskin.co.uk

Sea Source Detox Spa Fortifying – Hair Mask from www.anita.myarbonne.co.uk

Sea Source Detox Spa – Re-Mineralizing Body Lotion 24 Hour from www.anita.myarbonne.co.uk

Sea Source Detox Spa – Detoxifying Rescue Wash from www.anita.myarbonne.co.uk

Illamasqua Fable Lipstick from www.illamasqua.com

Dermalogica Spa Body Therapy Kit from www.dermalogica.com

A Canvas photo print to the value of £65 from Viz of Caversham

£25 M&S voucher from www.madelineisaacjames.com

A candystripe headband from www.rosegardenaccessories.co.uk

Mirage Chandelier Earrings-Pink Diamond from www.yarwood-white.com

Pioneer SE-CL21m Red In ear headphones from Brandon

Natural Freshwater Pearl Charm Bracelet from www.micheledawn.co.uk

Local Prizes (Reading):

2 Glasses of wine and 3 Tapas from Alto Lounge Caversham

Christmas Cake from Cakes by Lisa

£50 voucher from Brides and Beauty

£25 voucher from Luxe Locks

Good luck to you all.

Tweet My Feet Competition

I think you might all be wondering by now what on earth is ‘Tweet My Feet’ all about? Well this summer I have seen some feet in sandals that should be made illegal in public. Why don’t we care for our feet? They carry our entire body weight around from the time we start walking and for the rest of our lives and yet they are so neglected by us.

Well here how one lucky pair of feet can have a new lease of life and step out in style.

All you have to do is ‘Tweet Your Feet and tell me why your feet deserve to win the products. You can either send me a picture of your feet by email to joyce@bridesandbeauty.co.uk or if you re brave enough you can tweet the picture on twitter.

Easy: Picture and why you deserve the prize!

The prize is a ZenSpa Energising Ginger Travel Kit by √¢‚ǨÀúJessica Nails RRP £31.40

The perfect travel companion for holidays: Contents: 2 oz Blissful Soak, 2 oz Purify Enzyme Scrub, 2 oz Pampered Silkening Souffl√É ©, 2 oz Refreshed Foot Spray, ZenSpa Brochure

Winner will be contacted after 31st August 2010. (The winner will the person who has the best story)