Arch Apparel//Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//St. Louis

Arch Apparel: St. Louis inspired street wear

Arch Apparel/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com//St. Louis, MO Skyline

Arch Apparel is one of those St. Louis brands that we all love! They have taken Instagram in STL by storm and everyone in town is talking about them.   The quality of the products they offer, the simplicity of the designs, and the colors make them one of those brands I love to promote. See what they offer here!

Girls Day Out//Arch Apparel/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com//St. Louis, MO

Girls Day Out with Arch Apparel

A few weeks ago,  I photographed a Girls Day Out(blog coming soon).  The girls all donned Arch Apparel hats and hung out on my rooftop.  I LOVE how these images turned out! Vi, Ainsley, Madi, Kendra, and Alex all looked so beautiful with the St. Louis Skyline in the background! See more of Vi at this link. 🙂

Arch Apparel Hat//Boudoir by Tracy Brown/St. Louis, MO Arch Apparel Hat/Flannel Shirt/Crop top/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com//St. Louis, MO Arch Apparel Hats//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com//St. Louis, MO

About Arch Apparel

“Our mission was simple.  We wanted to create a clothing line and share our visions in style with our hometown.  Inspired by themes that were abundant around us – tradition, quality, and community – we built Arch Apparel. Providing  another sense of community to our city is an honor of ours; we hope you like what you see and join us in our vision.”  Aaron Park

St. Louis Skyline//Arch Apparel//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Where to Buy

Anheuser-Busch gift store – 1200 Lynch St, St.Louis MO

Bud Shop @ Ballpark Village – 601 Clarke Ave, St.Louis MO

Jeans Jackets and Jewels Boutique – 117 Hilltown Village Center, Chesterfield MO

JuJu’s Boutique – 48 Four Seasons Shoping Center, Chesterfield, MO

Koho Boutique – 5433 Hamption Ave, St.Louis MO

LaVille Boutique – 15848 Fountain Plaza Dr, Chesterfield MO

MOD Boutique – 110 N Clay Ave, Kirkwood MO

Paisley Boutique – 233 W Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves MO

Splash Boutique – 8811 Ladue Rd, St.Louis MO

STL Mix and Match – 2207 S 39th st, St.Louis MO

The Bidege @ Mizzou – Mizzou, Columbia MO

Too Blue Boutique – 109 W Gundlach st, Columbia IL

Union Station gift store – 1700 Clark ave, St.Louis MO

I have been wearing my Arch Apparel Hat on vacation this week!

Beauty Tips//Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//St. Louis

Beauty Tips for Every Day

So, I know we have talked about tips to prep for your upcoming session, but what about beauty tips in general?  I love to talk to women in general about what they are doing to help themselves look and feel beautiful every day.  We had a discussion about it in my Facebook Group a few days ago.  I have finally compiled a list of the best beauty tips discussed below! Let me know what you think. 🙂 

beauty tips//there's moore to it//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Moisturizer

Moisturizer in general was a big discussion in the Facebook group.  Baby oil, coconut oil, and Rose Hip with Vitamin E were the main options. Some girls used baby oil immediately after showering. A few SWEAR by coconut oil. My friend Mihika(below) LOVES the Rose Hip with Vitamin E.  I am using a type of baby oil right now, but no matter what you use, moisturizer is important! Let’s prevent wrinkles!

boudoir shoulder shirt photo/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

The Magic of Coconut Oil

Every one LOVES coconut oil right now.  Whether it is here to stay or not, I don’t know.  There are so many things that we are using it for… My friend Makayla(below) uses it to help her hair grow and feel healthier. She puts it in before bed and sleeps with it in her hair.  She also uses it for teeth whitening. Now the hygienist in me is saying just go to the dentist for that, but if it works, then try it I guess!  I had another friend who uses it as moisturizer for her face. Another friend uses it to remove mascara! Do you have any other uses for coconut oil?  I would LOVE to hear them!

Maroon lace body suit//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Ways to Prevent Sun Damage

So I am VERY anti-tanning.  I don’t want to be a leathery old lady, nor do I want skin cancer. I tanned a little bit in college and after, but not much at all.  We had a little discussion in the group about how to prevent it! The overwhelming response was sunblock with a high SPF, which we all know, but don’t necessary follow(unless we are in the pool right)? Hats, staying in the shade, sunglasses, chapstick with SPF are all other options.  We all want Vitamin D during the summer, but think about what you are doing to your skin long term as well.  A good option for your upcoming session is sunless tanning.  Glow STL is my go to girl for spray tans.  Try her out next time you need a tan!

boudoir photography lying down photo//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Lashes

So, this is my suggestion.  I started getting a lash lift in May with Savanah Summer Beauty. OH MY GOSH. Everyone needs to do this. My lashes have NEVER looked better. I rarely have to use mascara, plus they look twice as long! Check out my results below and contact Savanah for your Lash Lift as well.  You won’t regret it! 🙂

lash lift/ savanah summer beauty// st louis, mo

If you have more suggestions, I would LOVE to hear them! Comment below, or join the Facebook group!

 

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Prepping for your Boudoir Photography Session // STL MO Boudoir Photography

Boudoir photography is an art where the body is celebrated. It captures the subject when they’re most vulnerable, yet most strong. If you’re wanting the empowerment that comes with a boudoir photo shoot, I will always recommend getting one done. However, it’s not something you should do on a whim! To prepare for a boudoir photography session takes a little bit of planning, work, and effort. The prep work is nothing too tough, but the results will amplify your beauty.

boudoir photography bra lying on couch photo/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Prepping Your Outfit

This is what comes to mind first for every girl: “what am I going to wear?!” While it’s the most fun part in some ways, there are some rules to keep in mind to follow. I have three previous blog posts talking specifics on what you should wear to your boudoir photo shoot; I wrote each one depending on which style you’re wanting to go for.

The first post in my three-part series talks about the comfy/casual look in boudoir photography. The second post talks more about the risqué, sexy attire; this one may seem obvious for a boudoir session, but there are still special guidelines you want to adhere to for the best shot! In the third and last post, I focus on attire for curvier, plus-size ladies. In that post, I go into detail about how we can flaunt all that you’ve got in a tasteful way.

The best way to prepare for the wardrobe for any boudoir photo shoot is by being thoughtful, finding what works best for your body, and following the advice in the aforementioned posts. Those guides will help you decide which style is right for you. Every body is different and unique!

boudoir photography low cut v neck photo/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Glowing Skin

While you may be beaming on the inside with confidence and strength, we want your skin to glow in the same way! Complexion is a big deal– not just in everyday life, but especially in a photo shoot with a camera capturing the light that will be shining on your skin! There are a few tips to take away in order to prepare your skin for your boudoir photography session so we can get that perfect picture.

First of all: hydration is key. It’s a rule of thumb (for your health in general) to drink at least eight glasses of water daily. To prep for your photo shoot, I recommend drinking at least this much if not plenty more beginning two weeks before you’ve booked your session. Our bodies need water and does miraculous things for our skin.

Secondly: adding extra fruits and veggies to your diet will also help your skin shine more like the sun! I’m not endorsing a total change of lifestyle, like adopting a vegan diet (unless you already are a vegan.) Simply switch out snacks high in sugar or fat for healthier options like grapes, carrots, apples, bananas or granola bars are good examples.

Lastly– and this is a big one!– MOISTURIZER! This may seem the most obvious, but some women don’t already have a daily moisturizing regimen. If this is the case: find a moisturizer you like and works for you, then begin using it daily… Especially the day of your shoot, ladies!

boudoir photography tee shirt photo/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

The Little Details

Amid all your primping and prepping for your boudoir photography photo shoot, there are a few considerations to remind you of. These little details are important to produce the best photo possible.

1. Waxing: This one is simple. If you’re going to get a wax, get it done at least a week in advance. This way, all the bumps and blemishes from the wax itself will have settled and gone away.

2. Makeup: For the day of your photo shoot, don’t come wearing any makeup at all. My makeup artist specializes in stylizing for boudoir photography. She will know just how to enhance your beauty! We want you to come clean-faced without any makeup. We also prefer clean and dry hair. This way, my makeup artist will be able to do the best job possible in making you look as sexy as can be!

3. Tanning: Now, this last little detail I want to include totally goes against my previous belief; but I love a good spray tan. Yes, that’s right: I’m endorsing getting your spray-tan on! To be clear, I don’t believe in getting into an actual tanning bed for health reasons. But the contrast of a freshly sprayed-on tan brings excellent contrast and vitality to your photos. My favorite company is Glow St. Louis. Lauren, the owner, does an incredible job making sure the tans look even and natural. She uses a product that will bring out the natural highlights and undertones of your skin. Also, it doesn’t have that funky “tan smell”. Book a spray tan with Lauren a few weeks before you need it, then have a session within a day or two of your boudoir photo shoot in my studio.

boudoir photography body suit hat photo/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

The “Do Nots”

Along with these ideas on good ways to prep for your boudoir photography session, I have a few suggestions on what I think my clients should steer clear of.

The first “do not” may seem to go against a previous recommendation mentioned in this post, but it doesn’t! While moisturizing is wonderful, I highly suggest not getting a facial done within a week before your session. The only exception to this rule is if you are someone who gets facials regularly. My reasoning is this: after you get a facial, oftentimes all the the yucky stuff in your pores comes out over the days following the procedure. Since we don’t want any gunk showing up in the pictures, stay away from the facial all together– just in case!

A second suggestion on what not to do before your shoot is limiting the intake of a few things that can really affect the health of your skin. Such things would include the following: greasy foods, alcohol, and caffeine. I’m not saying you should completely abstain– only to avoid these as much as possible a couple of weeks leading up to our session.

That being said, my last “do not” is one I stress with great care: don’t worry about dieting. Especially any crazy diets! My job is to help you celebrate your body the way it is and accentuate its’ perfect, unique beauty. You are fierce and gorgeous just as you are! I will capture that on camera and the product will be great– without a fad diet!

boudoir photography white knee high socks photo/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

I love to celebrate each and every body through the art of boudoir photography. Each body is special and to be thankful for. With the tips I mentioned on how to prepare for your boudoir photography session, I know you’ll be all set the day of our photo shoot!

Contact me here to set that up. To see more of my work, click here. Talk to you soon!

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