St. Louis Botox Party at the Studio

St. Louis Botox specialists are all over the city.  After searching for a while, one of my clients recommended Nurse Lauren Pohle.  After emailing with her for a few weeks, I met her for coffee to discuss the possibility of a Botox party in my studio.  I am so excited to offer this to my clients!

Not only will Lauren be there doing injections and explaining the importance of long term wrinkle prevention and anti-aging, but Maddie Moore and Gillian Becker are also going to be in attendance!

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Be sure to ask Maddie all about her business, Meals by Maddie.  She helps clients meet their fitness goals by providing them with meals that are specifically designed with your goals in mind.  The results I have seen have been so amazing.

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Gillian is one of the best fitness trainers in the industry and she is right here in St. Louis! She can talk to you all about how to meet your fitness goals, how to get started, and answer any other questions you may have!

Who is Nurse Lauren Pohle?

She is a registered nurse with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree. Lauren has always loved cosmetics, skin care, and helping people feel good about themselves. She specializes and is certified in Aesthetic Injections and aging prevention in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Also, her skin looks AMAZING, which it should right?

Why Botox and when should I start?

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New studies say your mid 20s is an appropriate age to start Botox to prevent wrinkles from causing permanent creases due to aging and expression over the years. As in all things, it’s easier to prevent than to correct these wrinkles!

Botox targets the underlying cause of your lines/wrinkles from frowning and squinting over the years reducing muscle activity for visible smooth lines.  It is recommended for preventative measures to get Botox treatments at least twice a year.

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St. Louis Botox Party

So, the St. Louis Botox party will be held at my downtown studio August 19, 2018. There will be giveaways, champagne,  fresh baked cookies and Bissinger’s Chocolate!

Here are the details.

  • August 19, 2018
  • 3pm- 6pm
  • $15 ticket
  • $10 per unit for Botox. Normally priced at $14/unit in the St. Louis area.
  • Giveaways
  • Champagne and snacks!
  • Maddie Moore and Gillian Becker will be in attendance!
    • Both can talk to you about your fitness goals!

To secure your ticket, click here!

One other great thing to know is I will have 1/2 price sessions available that day AND I will have a giveaway for a session and a $100 print credit.  I will be securing other giveaways in the mean time, so stay tuned!

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Splash Beauty Eyelash Extensions//St. Louis

When I was still working as a dental hygienist, I would look at the patients’ eyelashes.  I’m sure your hygienist is doing it too, just an FYI.  Unfairly, little boys always had the longest, darkest, thickest eyelashes.  WHY ARE THEY SO LUCKY?  (I definitely screamed that).  It’s not fair.  Women do everything we can to have longer, thicker lashes-–cue eyelash extensions.

Brides– wouldn’t these look amazing for your wedding day? They would be so great to have for your boudoir session as well!  We all love long beautiful lashes.

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Lash Lift vs. Eyelash Extensions

I have mentioned Savanah Summer Beauty before, who I still definitely recommend for a lash lift.  Check out her blog post here.  Savanah is amazing.  The fact that a lash lift is all natural makes it even better.  My results were phenomenal.  I wish I could have mine done again.  My allergies the past few months have been out of control. Mascara isn’t an option right now! Lash lifts are definitely out of the question at the moment.

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Lash Lift- What is it?

A lash lift is kind of like a perm for your eyelashes! Lash lifts are safe and low maintenance treatment that curls, lifts, and tints your natural lashes which gives your eyelashes the appearance of looking longer and fuller. A lift is a great alternative to eyelash extensions!

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Eyelash Extensions- What are they?

Eyelash extensions are used to enhance the length, curliness, fullness, and thickness of natural eyelashes.  They are semipermanent and take about 2 hours to apply at the first appointment.  The fills need to be done every 2-4 weeks and can take 45 min to 1.5 hours to reapply.  Eyelash extensions can come in various colors, lengths and thicknesses as well.

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Who to use for Eyelash Extensions in St. Louis?!

I have been searching for the past two years for  someone to recommend to clients in the St. Louis, MO area. Recently, I found an eyelash extensions company in STL who is amazing.  Splash Beauty is in the Westport Plaza area and has done lashes for a few of my clients. P.S. many of my clients can attest to the fact that the Westport Starbucks is my absolute favorite. Ha.

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The primary aesthetician is Ashley.  I met with her recently and she is the tiniest and sweetest human ever! Ashley specializes in training and applying semi-permanent eyelash extensions that give you longer, thicker and very natural looking eyelashes. Her company, Splash Beauty, is one of the leading eyelash extension companies in the St. Louis, MO metropolitan area. They offer a full line of lash tools and products. Splash also offers full body waxing if that is something you want to look into before your upcoming boudoir session!

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How to contact Splash Beauty?

Find Ashley and Splash Beauty at her handles below.

Facebook

Instagram @splashbeauty

Website

On her website, you can actually book your appointment, check out her services more in depth and find pricing and more information on the services she offers.

A new set of lashes would be great for your boudoir session. Lash extensions for brides on the wedding day would make you feel very beautiful and special. I have heard that getting lashes gets as addicting as getting your nails done. Be prepared!

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STL Bridal Hair and Makeup // Blowout Bar

When my clients ask me for the best STL bridal hair and makeup for their weddings, I always point them in the direction to Blowout Bar in Downtown St Louis; which isn’t too hard since they’re only a half-block away from my boudoir photography studio! They serve as my go-to hair and makeup team for my shoots, but they also specialize in weddings for your STL bridal hair and makeup needs. I’d love to share with you all about this awesome establishment, and tell you about some of my own clients’ personal experiences with the amazing Blowout Bar!

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All About Blowout

Amanda Boatman and Nichole Merkel are the driving force running the Blowout Bar, a top-rated STL bridal hair and makeup vendor. They are all about bringing innovation and inspiration to the beauty industry. The people who work there pride themselves on impeccable and professional hairstyling for any occasion, especially wedding days!

On your big day, Blowout Bar encourages you to “take over [their] whole salon”, beckoning you to come and sit back for relaxation over a glass of champagne while their professionally trained staff takes the utmost care of you! As the perfect STL bridal hair and makeup wedding vendor, these ladies really know how to go all-out with the blowout… I mean, it is in their name, after all! They are proud of their luxurious space where they’re able to beautify you in a way unmatched. With various signature styles from classy Cabaret to a spunky Spritzer (a quirkier, sassier look,) you’ll want the Blowout Bar to be your STL wedding hair and makeup team.

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Testimonials From Clients

Keely

Keely is a beautiful woman from St Louis. She works tirelessly as a NICU nurse. This is one of the more difficult careers, as it wears on your body, mind, and soul. After hours upon hours, days upon days, and weeks upon weeks on end… Keely got to a point where she needed some serious pampering. Being an STL NICU nurse is such a noble and selfless profession; but when you spend most of your time caring for others, you must find time to care for yourself. . .

Cue Blowout Bar! They are not only an STL bridal hair and makeup salon– they specialize in pampering anyone. That includes NICU nurses, brides, someone needing some girl time, anyone! Keely’s experience at Blowout Bar was just what she needed for rejuvenating her soul. And, she got a day to just feel pretty and feminine again.

Jennifer

Jennifer is a mom, wife, and works as an esthetician and at Pink Lemon Studio as a dance instructor. Talk about having a full plate! Jennifer knew she was running on fumes and needed to recenter and get some time away from all the hustle-and-bustle. I’m so grateful she gave me a call to book an STL boudoir photoshoot, as I got to meet this fierce lady and take some amazing photos! (Check out my blog post featuring her and those boudoir pictures here.) I use Blowout Bar as my go-to team, so we got to make this hard-working mommy feel sexy, special, and look as amazing as she felt! We had a great time shooting her boudoir photography over some mimosas. As she donned her most sensual outfits, she had the perfect hair and makeup to fit the style of our session.

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So maybe you’re looking for a quick hair blowout on your way to an important job interview. Perhaps want to have a girls day out and have a little bubbly while getting your hair done together. It could be that you need your makeup done before the big party going on later this evening. Or, the most paramount of occasions could be happening: maybe in just a few more hours, you’ll be walking down the aisle to marry the man of your dreams. Blowout Bar will always be my top recommendation for St Louis hair and makeup. They are, the best STL bridal hair and makeup salon. This is why I use them almost exclusively for my boudoir photography sessions.

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Telling isn’t selling– so I urge you to book with them today and see for yourself! While you’re getting beautified, also consider contacting me to talk about doing an STL boudoir photography session together. With all the confidence the salon will instill in you, you’ll want to capture it all on camera!

Femme Fit– Fitness and Nutrition Designed Just for Women!

Femme Fit–Empowering Women in the STL Community and Beyond

As a boudoir photographer, it’s my mission to empower women while helping them to feel sexy and feel their best selves. I love learning about and aligning myself with other local women who have the same calling. I’m excited to introduce you to Dr. Savanna Ray and her personal online training program designed for women, Femme Fit! Femme Fit is a nutrition and workout program designed specifically for women to build bodies they feel great about. And what’s so great about this program is that the workouts are developed on an app. You can do the workouts anywhere!

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Maddie Moore’s Fitness Journey

Boudoir by Tracy Lynn’s friend and blogger extraordinaire, Maddie Moore from There’s Moore to it, has been working out with Savanna and her husband, Marshall, for several months and loves them. While Maddie works with them in person, she talks more about Femme Fit and accessing this awesome fitness and nutrition programming virtually on her blog. Maddie started her fitness journey several months ago. You can see photos from our fitness photo session throughout this post! Her hard work has paid off!

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The Making of Femme Fitness– It’s Science!

What is so great about this program is that Dr. Savanna Ray and her husband, Marshall Ray, founder of Faster Fitness, combined their collective expertise to develop Femme Fit into the fabulously comprehensive program that it is today. Savanna has an incredible mastery of all things anatomy and physiology. She’s a pharmacist with eight plus years experience studying the human body at the doctoral level. She and Marshall collaborated to realize Savanna’s passion of helping women gain confidence and build bodies they feel great about. While Savanna knows all things anatomy and physiology, her husband Marshall is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Precision Nutrition Coach, which makes these two a scientific knowledge power-house. Thus we have the perfect match to bring this dream to life! After working diligently for five years, their app and program are live! They recently launched to support women ready to transform their bodies and build confidence (and nice booties).

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The Femme Fit Family

While Faster Fitness is a brick and mortar fitness studio in Brentwood, Femme Fit provides intentional workouts that you can do at your local gym or at a home gym anywhere. The workouts are fun and Savanna is on the app showing you exactly how to do the exercise! Along with the engaging workouts and encouragement on the app, Femme Fit gals also get custom meal plans with recipes and grocery lists. There’s a third aspect of the Femme Fit program that I think is awesome– community and accountability! Once you’re in the Femme Fit family, you are in it and connected with other women for support and guidance from the coaches!

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To learn more

St Louis has such a vibrant scene of female entrepreneurs on the quest to help and support other women.  I’m so excited for Savanna and the launch of Femme Fit! Check out Femme Fit’s website to learn more!

And if you’re ready to treat yourself to a fun boudoir session and feel your sexiest, email me today at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com to book your boudoir session!

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Helpful Links

Holiday Healthy Eating Tips

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the holiday season which means lots of fun, family and friend time, and delicious food. While it’s such a great time of year, it can admittedly be a bit stressful. Maybe we have decent habits throughout the year that all seem to come to a screeching halt as soon as the mashed potatoes come out or that decadent cheeseball and crackers come in plain sight. This is exactly why I want to share with you some holiday healthy eating tips from local expert, Gillian Becker.

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More About Gillian Becker

Gillian Becker is a registered nurse, certified personal trainer and weight loss specialist with a passion for transforming men’s and women’s bodies and empowering them through healthy lifestyle changes! She is the lead trainer at momshells.com, the world’s first weightless and support system for moms! She has been involved in the fitness industry for over 12 years as a bikini competitor and fitness model and is a sponsored athlete with 1st Phorm International, House Of Pain Apparel, and Toxic Angelz Bikinis.

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Gillian’s Holiday Healthy Eating Tips

There are so many things I love about Gillian. She understands how bodies work and is all about helping you be strong, healthy, and feeling your best. I also love that she’s realistic– it’s not about starving yourself– you deserve to eat foods you love while respecting your health and your body. Here is some excellent advice for how to handle the holidays without stressing out.

Before the Party

  • Exercise the day of your event.
  • Bring a healthy dish with you to serve to guests at your holiday parties (fresh veggie platter, large mixed green salad, Cauliflower Fauxtatoes).
  • Eat a high protein snack with a small portion of fat and carbs before your event so that you don’t overeat when you get there. A good pre-party snack is a handful of almonds and a serving of nonfat Greek yogurt.

At the Party

  • Choose a smaller plate at the buffet tables at holiday events.
  • For every alcoholic beverage that you drink, drink one large glass of ice water.

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You can still indulge…a little

    • Don’t fret over enjoying your favorite holiday indulgences but keep your portion size small. Remind yourself that it’s just as satisfying to have a few bites of your favorite holiday foods rather a large plateful.
    • Be a food snob! Don’t feel that it is your responsibility to sample every item at the Christmas buffet table. Enjoy small portions of the foods you truly enjoy and skip those that don’t appeal or that you can live without.
    • Remember that holiday events are all about the company you share the season with, not the food☺

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The Next Day

      • Get back on track the day after your holiday event. Start the day with a green smoothie (handful of fresh spinach, handful of fresh Kale, juice of one lemon, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein, 1 pear, 2 tbsp nonfat Greek yogurt, filtered water).

For More Inspiration

You can still enjoy yourself without feeling guilty or totally derailing your body. And you’ll feel better! If you’re interested in connecting with Gillian, email her at beckerbuiltbodies@gmail.com. And for more advice, check out her Instagram.

Now that you’re ready to enjoy the holidays and you’re feeling your best self, email me today at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com to secure your spot in my books for your holiday boudoir session!

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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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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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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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the caramel room at bissinger's rooftop wedding photo/ ceremony photo/ beautiful view/ stl/ I-70 bridge/see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com
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.

the caramel room at bissinger's grand entrance photo/ chocolate factory/ stl/see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com
Photo courtesy of Keith Lee Studios
the caramel room at bissinger's bride and groom holding photo/ wedding portraits/ sunset photo/wedding photos/ stl/see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com
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.

the caramel room at bissinger's glowing sign wedding photo/ wedding portraits/ st louis photo/ bissingers sign/see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com
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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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!

Lash Lift STL// Savanah Summer Beauty

LASH LIFT STL

I have known Savanah Moore of Savanah Summer Luxury Hair and Makeup  for about a year now.  She is one of the sweetest women I know.  She offers whats called a Lash Lift in her STL Salon in the Central West End in ST. Louis. I have been curious about them and decided to give it a try after seeing so many mutual friends getting them done. I am SO happy I went through with it!  Check out my results! I can’t even believe these are my own lashes!

This will be a GREAT service to have prior to your boudoir session as well.  We want to do everything we can to enhance your features for the camera.  🙂

Lash Lift STL
I can’t believe my results! Also due for my eyebrows wax…don’t judge!

I am not going to lie, I copied and pasted this from her website, but you can find more information and how to contact her at this link.

Lash Lift

 Say goodbye to your eyelash curler and hello to luscious, thick, and longer looking lashes!

What is a lash lift? 

It’s kind of like a perm for your eyelashes! It’s a safe and low maintenance treatment that curls, lifts, AND tints your natural lashes which gives your eyelashes the appearance of looking longer and fuller. It’s a great alternative to eyelash extensions!

Will this work if I have short lashes? 

Yes! If you have short lashes we recommend taking home a lash growth serum after your first treatment to use in between treatments.

Can I use mascara after the treatment? 

Yes! You’re free to wear mascara, eyeliner, get them wet, and go about your normal routine 24 hours after the treatment!

Are they eyelash extensions? 

They are your natural lashes NOT eyelash extensions! Crazy right!?

Will it harm my lashes? 

If the treatment is performed by a trained and certified lash artist it is safe.

How long does the treatment take? 

1 hour

How long does it last? 

6-8 weeks

How much does it cost? 

100

So how do you contact Savanah?

314-502-4999

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