Favorite STL Vendors– Part 1

In today’s economy, in a sea of large businesses, there’s a surge of local, small business and entrepreneurs coming to the scene. Not to get too much into economics here, but these big shops can lower their prices due to the large volume of products and services they produce. Even so, it’s so important to shop local STL to experience the unique services and products small business can offer!

Shop Local–

There are at least two advantages to shopping locally at small businesses. First, just because the prices are cheaper does not ensure the quality of the product or service. When you frequent a small business, you are the priority! You can get more personalized service and the owners are passionate for their craft or service. Second, your money, instead of trickling down a large business or corporate structure, goes directly to your preferred business owner and their community, vendors, contractors, etc. You can actually put a face to where your money is going and give your money to people you like for services and products you love! They may even have brand values that you believe in that makes your purchase even more special and meaningful. And if you love St. Louis like I do, you can support local business owners and invest back into your city!
Now that I’ve talked about why shopping local is important and advantageous to you, I want to highlight some of my favorite local vendors in St Louis. I have so many businesses that I love, the products or services and owners alike! So here is part 1 of my Shop Local STL series (because I have many more!)

1. Dr. Koo Premier Skincare

Dr. Michelle Koo is a board certified plastic surgeon and has been practicing for 23 years. She used her expertise to develop a skincare line using the finest ingredients and strives to give her clients the best skin they’ve ever felt. AND, she is totally committed to the St. Louis community! All of her products were designed, printed and fulfilled in St. Louis! Her hashtag is even #koointhelou.

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I use her skincare line and it is AMAZING! I have switched from proactiv to hers and my face has done a 180. The redness/dryness/oiliness is gone, I am having fewer breakouts now than I did with proactiv. Overall my skin feels healthier. I highly recommend this, especially if you’re frustrated and tried a bunch of other products. Check out my previous post about my treatment plan to find out all about my treatment plan!

2. Savanah Summer Beauty

Savanah Moore is the beauty and the brains behind it all. She is one of St. Louis’ best hair and makeup artists and she has an extraordinary team. What’s special about Savanah Summer Beauty is that Savanah and her team do so much more than just wedding hair and makeup. Savanah offers special packages that offer all day styling for the bride so that she’s red carpet ready at all moments. When she’s not booked out for weddings, she and her team do flawless makeup, hair, and styling for special events, too. Savanah Summer Beauty also offers lash lifts that are not extensions but enhance your existing eyelashes and last 6-8 weeks!

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And to share the love and the wealth of knowledge all things hair and beauty, she offers private and group hair and makeup lessons! I feel like I could go on forever about how great this business is! It’s always been a pleasure for me to work with Savanah and she does incredible work to enhance her clients’ natural beauty and creates knock-out looks! Check out Savanah’s instagram to see more!

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3. Liviara

Liviara is a new lingerie company whose philosophy is to bring women edgy and luxurious lingerie to help them live unapologetically and feel sexy. Their mission of empowering women to feel beautiful and powerful really resonates with me and my business. I love the company but I also love the quality of their products and how beautiful they are. They pride themselves in the craftsmanship of their pieces as pieces are designed and sewn by skilled artisans in the US. While this brand is nationally renowned, Liviara is actually based in St. Charles, Missouri and everything is manufactured and designed locally.

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I have had the pleasure of working with Liviara and shooting for them. Here you can see Vi rocking a lingerie ensemble, looking stunning as always. Liviara’s pieces are also popular and featured with some pretty big names, like Ariel Winter, Halsey, oh, and queen Beyoncé in her iconic pregnancy instagram post (the light blue panties are by liviara) This brand is high-end, artisanal, and has a great mission to help women feel their sexiest!

4. Pink Lemon Studio- Pole Dancing Fitness Studio

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Locally owned and operated, Pink Lemon Studio’s mission is first and foremost to empower women to feel sexy and strong. This is St. Louis’ largest and premier pole dancing studio and offers some amazing classes. Beginners need not fear as there is a beginning pole dancing class. But it doesn’t stop at pole dancing fitness classes. Pink Lemon also has other dance fitness classes, yoga, lifting, and bootcamps for women of all shapes and sizes.

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While Pink Lemon empowers women with fitness, there is a true artistry as they offer Aerial Arts classes like silks (when you see people hanging from silk fabric doing beautiful yogic poses), and hoops. They also offer acrobatic yoga which is so fun and a little hard to find in St. Louis. While Pink Lemon is a big deal, they are all so nice, friendly, and welcoming! I l love everyone at Pink Lemon! Check out Pink Lemon’s instagram to see what they’re up to!

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5. There’s Moore To It Blog

There’s Moore To it is a blog written by one of my favorite St. Louisans, Maddie Moore. She writes very honestly and earnestly about all things food, fitness and lifestyle. Her writing style is really warm and personable and you can tell that she loves writing and sharing her expertise on all things St. Louis.

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Maddie has visited the studio before and we had the most fun during her shoots! Not only is she gorgeous, but she is also so sweet. She partners with some amazing vendors in the area. And her recipes are healthy and out of this world good. She most recently teamed up with her bestie Carly to make ‘Fudging Chipfaced Cake’, launching a series of healthier desserts using protein powder and making it so delicious! To see more of Maddie, check out her instagram, too!

I’m so excited to share more about my favorite local shops in the area. Trust me, St. Louis has SO much to offer and I can’t wait to share more soon!

And if you’re ready to book a boudoir photography session and chat more about favorite local vendors, email me at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com.

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The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s // STL Wedding Venue

As a St. Louis boudoir photographer, I meet lots of wonderful women with great stories. A lot of these women are soon-to-be married and do their shoots for their soon-to-be husbands. Because I am an STL photographer, I feel I have a wealth of knowledge about the best vendors, such as amazing wedding venues. This post will be my first in a series sharing that knowledge. I want to help all of those STL brides find the best gems that St. Louis has to offer! Our first stop is at a magical wedding venue that is both unique and elegant. Today I’m taking you to The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s in St. Louis, MO.

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Photo courtesy of Connor Photography

Features

The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s is a working chocolate factory in the heart of St. Louis. It truly captures the essence of hip modernity, but is still special enough to captivate your guests and keep them talking about your big day long after the fact. Being a chocolate factory, it should come as no surprise delectable chocolate treats are yours for the indulging in! And, trust me, my history in chocolate-eating can vouch for the amazing tastiness of their product. Along with the treats, they have chocolate-infused decor that doesn’t translate visually into something too over-the-top or kitschy. It’s a perfect blend of sweet and chic.

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Photo courtesy of Keith Lee Studios
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Photo courtesy of Keith Lee Studios

It is one of St. Louis’s newest, most sought-after wedding venues, and once you step inside, it’s easy to see why. With the gorgeous natural light, robust hardwood floors and sparkling chandeliers, you can imagine how well the pictures will turn out! Also, they have a breathtaking skyline view, as well as a beautiful terrace and scenic view of the river. Yes, this place really does have it all! Here’s a little more about what this wedding venue has to offer when you book.

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Photo courtesy of Erin Stubblefield Weddings
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Photo courtesy of Carretto Studios Photography

Benefits of Booking

The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s has so many awesome aspects going for it as a St. Louis wedding venue. Along with the cool ambience and the special, different vibe to it, it has many amenities. I love venues that have both an indoor and outdoor space available for utilization. With the ability to have a rooftop wedding, The Caramel Room tops the list as one of my all-time favorite STL wedding venues! I mean, what an awesome concept. But, if you do want to use the outdoor facilities and it happens to rain or snow unexpectedly, their expert staff is always ready with a contingency plan.

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Photo courtesy of Carreto Studio Photography
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Photo Courtesy of The Rowlands

Their staff is carefully crafted with workers that are both knowledgeable and extremely competent. They are very much in love with what they do which translates into truly caring and working hard for the customer. The staff want your big day to go flawlessly, just like you do. The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s does have an event planner on staff, but they encourage you to hire a wedding planner. Since they host an impressive 150 weddings a year, you need to make sure to book about 18 months in advance.

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Photo courtesy of Keith Lee Studios
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Photo courtesy of Carreto Studio Photography

They have a max occupancy of 300 guests which is perfect for either an intimate, romantic event, or a larger wedding. As far as food goes, chocolate isn’t the only thing on the menu! Along with a sexy bar on campus, they offer a stunning menu that you and your guests can enjoy.

Not only does the Caramel Room at Bissinger’s in St. Louis, MO serve as a great wedding venue, but it can also be a nice event center for corporate affairs. It would be perfect if you’re tired of the blasé meeting at a hotel or in the back corner of a noisy restaurant.

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Photo courtesy of Carretto Studio Photography

If you have any doubt of the elegance or the artistic air of this event space or STL wedding venue, I suggest you check it out for yourself! Go ahead and snag yourself some sweet chocolate while there. The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s offers amenities unmatched by anyone in the region, and it’s charming decor and delicious desserts will enchant you and your guests. Make your wedding day the sweetest, most memorable one! Contact The Caramel Room here.

If you’re interested in my services as a St. Louis boudoir photographer, please contact me here! Not sure what that’s all about? Go ahead and check out a previous post of mine to get a good idea.

 

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5 Things about Your Boudoir Session/ STL

So you are interested in taking the leap and booking your first boudoir session. Maybe you’ve seen some great boudoir sessions and you’re starting to envision yourself in the studio looking stunning and sexy. But you may have a few questions before getting started. I’m here to tell you that a boudoir sessions is worry-free and FUN and address 5 questions you may have wondered about your boudoir session.

Five things you may have wondered about your boudoir session–

1. Hair and makeup– Who does it how long does it take? How will she know my style?

My makeup artists are AMAZING. You can tell them what you are wanting and they will deliver! If you want, you can check out my Pinterest board for some inspiration to get you started. And I really recommend loose waves for hair. It screams sexy bedroom hair and that’s what we are going for here. You will get your hair and makeup styled up exactly as you want it in my studio before we start your photoshoot.

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2. Who else will be there during the session?

Just me, the makeup artist and you. You can also bring a friend if you’d like, or book a session together and make it a girls’ day out! Occasionally I will have my next client in hair and makeup while we are shooting your session, but it’s no boys allowed in the studio!

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3. Do I need to research poses for the session?

Nope! I have you covered here. I will pose you from head to toes, including your hair. I am bossy when it comes to posing, so be prepared to be sore the day after your session from arching your back and pointing your toes! Consider your boudoir shoot as your workout of the day. I promise it will pay off and you will look like your best, sexiest self!

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4. How many outfits should I bring?

Depending on your session, 3,4, or 6. But I would recommend bringing more, simply because some outfits may photograph better than others! More is always better and then we can pare down from there if we need to. Check out my what to wear blog series for some ideas and inspiration!
Part 1– Comfy
Part 2 – Sexy
Part 3 – Plus Size

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5. Will I be nervous?

Understandably, first being in the studio, you may be a little nervous but the nerves will wear off quickly, especially with the help of a mimosa! After the first outfit, most girls are feeling their sexiest and ready to rock the next outfit– once that mimosa kicks in and once you realize how amazing you look! It is easy to get comfortable in front of the camera when you have makeup and hair done and are feeling gorgeous and sexy! And I will show you some photos as we go along so you can know for sure that the images are looking great!

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Still have more questions? Click here for more FAQ.

So set your worries aside go ahead and click here to contact me and book your session today! Can’t wait to hear from you!

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Why a Boudoir Session is the Perfect Christmas Gift//STL

How is it almost autumn already? Time is flying by and before you know it, it will be Christmas. So now’s the time to start thinking about getting the perfect Christmas gift– but what to get your guy? Instead of spending hours scouring the internet for the perfect, romantic gift, consider a boudoir session. There’s still time to schedule one and I’ll tell you why a boudoir session is the perfect gift for Christmas.

Why a Boudoir Session for Christmas

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It’s a gift for you and for him!

Who says pampering yourself is a bad thing? Exactly, no one! You get a day all about you full of blissful pampering with hair and makeup, mimosas, and feeling like the most beautiful woman in the world. And I think you’ve earned yourself some quality girl time– and you can get even more girl time if you book a session with a friend and make it a girls’ day out! Most importantly, once the session is over, you leave with a renewed appreciation of yourself and see yourself for the sexy, beautiful woman that you are. I love watching my clients strutting confidently and feeling empowered and gorgeous after a boudoir session.

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Not only will you feel amazing, but he will also get a thoughtful gift and a well-planned surprise! Because, really, he can order that shirt online or at the mall anytime. A boudoir session is not quite as predictable as a bottle of cologne!

And if you’re looking for a gift that will outlast that bottle of cologne, look no further. Your husband will have an enduring souvenir of your beauty, captured in this very moment in time.  Imagine giving your husband a gift that he can look back on many years from now. When you are both old and gray, he will still have your thoughtful and timeless gift.

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You get new clothes!

You get to go shopping for cute new clothes, and maybe even some new lingerie. And now you have the perfect opportunity to get some cute new sweaters. An oversized sweater can be sexy and perfect. And to complement your new sweater? Those adorable knit socks that you’ve been wanting, like these super cute ones from aerie. Get some more inspiration from other boudoir sessions here and then get to shopping!

And new shoes!

Let’s not forget the shoes! You finally have an excuse to buy those really sexy heels you have been eyeing. What’s a better excuse for sexy heels than a sexy boudoir session?

It’s something he probably won’t expect

Do you find yourself getting your man the same thing every year? I do too– no worries. This is something that he won’t expect and believe me, he will be pleasantly surprised and excited! Sexy surprises are the best kind of surprise.

Are you convinced yet?  Contact me today to book your Christmas boudoir session at heello@boudoirbytracylynn.com.

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