Black BeauTEA Talk // 4 Picks for Summer Bridal Trends

Black BeauTEA Talk // 4 Picks for Summer Bridal Trends

It’s summer trends, but giving people a little cold shoulder action at your wedding is definitely a "Hell Yes," if you ask me. I have seen so many off-the-shoulder gowns lately and loved all of them. Everything from a fitted dress to a more beachy vibe, loose fitting off-the-shoulder is extremely beautiful and effortlessly sexy to me. Not to mention, Rihanna just released a new body glow product for Fenty Beauty, Body Lava, so just imagine having that glowing neckline exposed, yes girl!

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Why Do We Keep Having Traditional Weddings? The Answer Might Shock You

Why Do We Keep Having Traditional Weddings? The Answer Might Shock You

Weddings have not fundamentally changed for hundreds of years. Truth is, you can do whatever you want! Here are some ideas to remove that monotone sexism from your own wedding and still keep with an upbeat tone celebrating your relationship and partner.

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Why Every Couple Should Consider Premarital Counseling

Why Every Couple Should Consider Premarital Counseling

It’s not a relationship death sentence, and yet so many react as if I’ve given them one when I suggest it. Premarital counseling. Somehow we’ve associated that with being sent to the principal’s office or having our parents say they’re “disappointed" in us. We treat it like it means there's a problem, but premarital counseling isn’t a sign of problems, it’s the solution to them.

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6 Creative Wedding Invitation Suites to Get You Inspired

6 Creative Wedding Invitation Suites to Get You Inspired

Invitations and save the dates are an important part of your wedding. Without them, no one would know when your wedding is! If you want to make a good first impression with your future guests, show off some lovely paper goods.Find inspiration from 6 of our favorite wedding invitation suites.

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It's Time for a Wedding Language Re-Dux: Say This Not That

It's Time for a Wedding Language Re-Dux: Say This Not That

If you have spent even a limited amount of time in the wedding industry, you have likely picked up on the heteronormative language that is deeply ingrained in the day-to-day. This language is outdated, and hurtful to those in non-hetero relationships. It's time for the wedding industry to be inclusive of all couples in love. It's time for a wedding language re-dux.

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How to Find a LGBTQ+ Friendly Honeymoon Location // Honeyfund Registry

How to Find a LGBTQ+ Friendly Honeymoon Location // Honeyfund Registry

While there hopefully will come a day where LGBTQ+ couples can travel without fear of persecution throughout every corner of the globe, that is not the current reality. There are still some places that refuse to open the doors to the LGBTQ+ community or have laws that are harmful to these couples. Rather than bother with these places, we have compiled a list of places where LGBTQ+ couples are welcomed.

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Creating Your Wedding Budget

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Creating Your Wedding Budget

There are a lot of opinions out there about how much money you should spend on your wedding, and how much you should spend of specific pieces of your wedding. The truth is, your wedding budget should be just as unique as your relationship, but with all the outside voices surrounding you it can be hard to know which things are worth spending big money on and which aren't.

Here are four questions to ask yourself before you and your partner create your wedding budget.

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Black BeauTEA Talk // Makeup Trends for The First Day of Spring

Black BeauTEA Talk // Makeup Trends for The First Day of Spring

Hey beauties, it’s March and the first day of spring, and I am so ready for some warmer weather and sunny days. It’s actually a bit rainy here as i’m sitting writing this but i’m still sipping on a half and half, or Arnold Palmer like the sophisticated people say. The weather seems to be lagging on getting the information that it's spring, but that doesn’t mean that we have to wait, so i’m going to drop my top 5 beauty products for the spring and a few makeup trends that I want to see in excess this season!

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Adapting to the Ordinary // A “Traditionally Untraditional” Wedding

Adapting to the Ordinary // A “Traditionally Untraditional” Wedding

Soon after the last phone call was made and the pictures of the engagement ring were uploaded to various social media platforms, it was time to switch gears and focus on turning our wedding day visions into a reality. Then it was time to discuss the wedding plans. Where would we get married?  How many guests could we invite? How were we going to afford this? So many questions, and nearly as much advice, came flooding in.

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10 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know Before They Start Their Small Business

10 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know Before They Start Their Small Business

Starting your business is scary, and half the time even the most experience entrepreneurs feel like they have no idea what they're doing (**cough** me **cough**), but there are a few important things that I learned from my time in the corporate world that all entrepreneurs should consider when they first start out.

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Four Things To Do Before Choosing a Wedding Transportation Vendor

Four Things To Do Before Choosing a Wedding Transportation Vendor

It's not uncommon to have your ceremony location and reception location be far apart, and if you're considering a remote location, you might have to consider how guests get back and forth from the venue to their hotel. Renting buses or limos can be a great way to provide a thoughtful service to your guests, but it can be hard to know who to trust for your wedding day transportation.

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People Are Not Props // How to Avoid Tokenism in Your Portfolio

People Are Not Props // How to Avoid Tokenism in Your Portfolio

How to diversify portfolios is a topic that comes up frequently in photography groups on Facebook. It generally looks something like this: “I want to start photographing gay weddings but don’t have any gay clients… what do I do?” or “I need make my portfolio less white/straight… should I do a model call?” A few of those conversations have resulted in white people getting called out for tokenizing members of marginalized communities and, frequently, those who were called out responded with mild (or not so mild) outrage and wondered how to get away from their straight white client base if they can’t do model calls for LGBTQ2S+ folks or POC to expand their portfolios.

There is very limited information regarding tokenism as it pertains to fine arts generally and photography portfolio building specifically. This article is an attempt to compile the information I did find and present it in a way that is applicable to the photography industry. It might seem straightforward and obvious to some, but I think it is needed

 

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Black BeauTEA Talk // Selfish Self Care

Black BeauTEA Talk // Selfish Self Care

I think that people have romanticized the idea of self care; we don’t talk about what it really means to take care of self. What I want you to do when thinking about self care is to keep in mind those things that you need so badly. This includes the physical, mental, emotional, and financial. What is it going to take you to get to the place you need to be in these areas?

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Adapting to the Ordinary // The Dreaded “I” Word

Adapting to the Ordinary // The Dreaded “I” Word

Accomplishing everyday tasks or doing ordinary things that able-bodied people do (like buying milk, going to school or getting married) are not inspiring. And to categorize them as such lowers the expectations we have for people with disabilities. This is problematic in a lot of aspects but particularly when fighting for equal opportunities in education and employment.

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Thoughts from A Therapist // All I Want for Christmas is the Perfect Relationship

Thoughts from A Therapist // All I Want for Christmas is the Perfect Relationship
  • How active have you been in your search for a perfect partner? How did that work — or not work — for you?
  • How good are you at letting people come to you? Can you relax and let things unfold when you're dating someone?
  • What are your standards for your perfect partner? Are they the same or different than your standards for yourself?
  • How similar have you been to past (or your present) partner(s)? How have you been different?
  • What patterns do you see in your past relationships?  What do you see as your biggest obstacles in meeting your perfect partner?
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Thoughts from A Therapist // Mentally Healthy Holidays

Thoughts from A Therapist // Mentally Healthy Holidays

As a psychotherapist, this is one of the busiest times of year. Why? Because “The Holidays” bring up so many unrealistic expectations for many of us. We get depressed because we compare ourselves, our gifts and our families with what we think other people experience. We all imagine everyone else is having a lot more fun than we are.  

But honestly, we have no idea how happy or miserable anyone else is behind their façade. If you could sit in my chair and hear how unhappy most people are at this time of year, you’d stop envying them.

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