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The Top 10 Secrets of Stylish Women

Between career, family, finding time for ourselves and all of the things, stepping out the door with style every day can seem impossible. But, trust us, there are a few attainable things that fashionable women do to look painlessly put-together.

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1. BE A PLANNER

You can’t plan for everything, but don’t let your Monday mornings catch you off-guard. Just like you’d plan a week’s worth of meals on a Sunday if you’re trying to stay trim, plan your outfits in advance for stress-free mornings and outfit-regret-free days.

2. FOLLOW STYLISH WOMEN

Browse internet trendsetters in your free time. Find a few fashionistas whose style you admire, then use their photos as inspiration to create daily looks. A good place to start? Check out our Instagram and Pinterest boards for endless style inspo.

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3. (OVER)DRESS FOR THE OCCASION

If you’re ever on the fence about what to wear, consider where you’re going and who you’ll see. When in doubt, always err on the side of being too dressy—it’s a big no-no to be the only person in jeans.

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4. ROCK RED LIPSTICK

A well-known fashion “it-girl” hack: swipe on a touch of bright, cherry-red lipstick in a tone that best suits your skin. It’s an instant face brightener that screams “I took time for myself”—even if you didn’t.

5. ALWAYS ACCESSORIZE

Try to have at least one accessory on, whether it’s a statement necklace, a pop-color scarf or an great pair of earrings. And remember: sometimes less is more. You don’t need to get crazy at an arm party—minimal can also be memorable.

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6. INVEST IN BASICS THAT FIT

Basics really aren’t basic—they can be the foundation of extremely fashionable (and simple!) choices. Ever wonder why a woman looks great in a white button-up, skinny jeans and heels? It took a minute to think of the look, but it took planning to ensure her pieces fit perfectly.

7. WEAR COLORFUL SHOES

When it comes to footwear, color packs a huge style punch—and they don’t have to be sky-high heels, either (flats can make the same statement and your feet will thank you). Next time you’re in jeans and a tee, throw on cobalt or fuschia flats to make your outfit go from 0 to 100 instantly.

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8. OWN ONE CONVERSATION PIECE

Every once in a while, you need that pure “wow” factor. Whether it’s an amazing pair of over-the-knee boots, a vintage dress that you borrowed from you mom’s closet or an enviable handbag, keep something in your arsenal for the days you need to really show up stylish.

9. CARRY A FASHION EMERGENCY KIT

The most stylish women are always prepared. Whether it’s a snag, stain or sandal-induced blister, be on your toes with a 911 carryall chock-full of band-aids, sewing kit and other essentials to (stylishly) save the day.

10. SELECT THE RIGHT UNDERGARMENTS

Stylish women know the foundation (hehe, literally) of a great look is appropriate underwear. Besides, nothing instantly throws off a look like VPL (visible panty lines). Be strategic about what you slip on and why—then do a quick mirror scan in natural light before you leave the house.

There's our Top 10 secrets!  How'd you do?

What's in my Summer Makeup Bag?

What are the 'must haves' we should have with us during the hot summer months?  We asked NPDP Hair & Make Up Artist Jenna Cagle from Spalon Montage-Woodbury to give us the run down!

HAIR 

Oribe Impermeable

This lightweight, low-hold spray is your key to frizz-free hair. The name is Spanish for raincoat, and it does exactly that! Spray this over smoothed out styles to lock out humidity or on damp curls to keep texture condensed while air drying. 

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil

This stuff is amazing and super under-rated! If you have colored hair, this spray acts as a shield to stop color fading and UV damage.  No one really realizes the sun can damage your hair along with your skin. This spray works kind of like sunscreen for your hair!

Morrocanoil Treatment

Everyone has heard of Morrocanoil. It was the first argan oil haircare product and is still one of the best. It infuses hair with moisture, shine, and strength, making it the perfect thing to layer over your parched strands. They make a light version now too, which is great for fine or blonde hair that still needs moisture. 

Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash

Detox shampoo is a MUST if you do a lot of swimming this time of year. Whether you are in the lake, the ocean, or the pool, your hair absorbs minerals and chemicals that cause damage. Maxi wash gently exfoliates the hair to get rid of harmful deposits and can even remove the grimy green glow you get from being in the pool! I love this if my part line gets sunburned too, it has a slightly cooling effect and can speed up the healing/peeling process! 

Wet Brush 

I use a wet brush on myself every day. I have super fine, tangley, blonde hair, and this brush makes it so much easier to work through knots without breakage. I keep a mini one of these in the bag, it’s perfect for post-pool comb outs because on wet hair, and I use it dry all the time, too!

SKIN

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

This stuff is my most recent obsession! It’s so refreshing and dewy to set your makeup with, but works great as a mid-day pick me up to add extra hydration to your skin! I’ve also been using it after long days in the sun to cool myself off and the aloe in it helps soothe sunburn!

Benadryl Gel

I’ve gone thru about a million bottles of this stuff. Bugs LOVE me and I get super bad reactions to mosquito bites. This magical potion has saved me! Just a little bit on each bug bite stops the itch and reduces the swelling. It’s a histamine blocker so it targets the irritants caused by bug bites, poison ivy, and sunburn, so it’s handy to have around!

Babyganics Sunscreen Stick SPF 50

Being a Wisconsinite, I have super fair skin and burn easily. I’ve used this brand of sunscreen for a few years and love it! This is the most natural sunscreen I’ve found that has the best ingredients and is still affordable. The sunscreen stick is great for small areas like face and ears, and now they make a spray version that applies so easily and rubs in quickly. 

Smith’s Rosebud Salve

This balm is amazing. It’s so moisturizing and has just a slight rosy hue, so it’s easy to wear! For a long time I struggled in the summer with all of my favorite lip products melting! I love anything in a tube or a tin that, even if it heats up, in still useable. I am a chapstick addict, so this is always in my bag!

MAKE UP

Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer 

This tinted moisturizer is so easy to put on and gives you just enough protection. I love this because it evens out my skin, works as a sunscreen, and moisturizes all in one! The formula is super dewy and fresh, and the coverage is light. Beautycounter is an amazing brand if you like natural products, they formulate with the safest ingredients in the industry! 

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara

Brows are something I never used to think about, but recently I’ve been loving filling them in a bit! This product adds a little pigment to each strand and tames brows into place in one step. It’s super effective but super easy.

Benefit Bene-tint

I am a sunscreen junkie and I try my best to stay out of the sun, but sometime when I’m surrounded by tan goddesses I want to fake it and give myself a little color. I add a few dots of this to my cheeks, blend out with my fingers and instantly gives a rosy flush. When you’re as pale as I am, any color is good color, and this is an easy way to add some life back into your skin without getting an actual sunburn!  

Tarte Tartlette Tease Mini Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette

I found this baby in the checkout at Ulta one day and was OBSESSED. It has 6 shades, they are super pigmented and so easy to apply with your fingers! I also included this because it’s an inexpensive, great quality palette for someone who is maybe just getting into eyeshadow. I use this constantly, touchups, intensifying the eye, I’ve even countered with the dark brown shade! 

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter

HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT. I will never not use this. It is the prettiest champagne color, super pigmented but blends easily, and it is really buildable if you like a more blinding highlight. I use this every day on the inner corners of my eyes to brighten them up and swipe just a bit on my cheekbone to add a soft, natural glow.

Jenna Cagle is a licensed cosmetologist and hair professional.  Formally trained at the Aveda Institute, she now works at Spalon Montage in Woodbury, MN.  To learn more about Jenna, you can follow her on Facebook at Jenna at Spalon Montage Woodbury.

Clear Teen Skin

Clear skin is not only important for senior photos...it's important for everyday!  We asked Heather Olson, Product Specialist and Trisha Leir, Lead Patient Coordinator from  Skin Rejuvenation Clinic in Edina, MN to let us in on some of their trade secrets!

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Skin Rejuvenation Clinic is Minnesota's premier cosmetic skin and body contouring clinic and has been featured on the 'Today' show.  They have received numerous awards and pride themselves on providing a standard of excellence in improving and maintaining the beauty of your skin.  With four licensed physicians on staff, you won't just see their name in a brochure.  You will see their faces each and every time you visit their clinic.  For twelve reasons why you should choose Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, click here.

Karen's Ultra Glam Surprise Session :: Twin Cities Glamour Photographer

Karen's Session was an absolute blast! Seriously, we had so much fun! Love, love, love how her bubbly personality and addictive smile shines in each image. BEAUTIFUL!

Read about Karen's NP Design & Photography experience in her own words below!

"The photographs were taken as a surprise for my husband. Nate really captured the flirty nature of that and we had such fun with it. The session was very much like the special attention you receive on a wedding day or the fun of playing dress-up as a child. And more was the added bonus of Nate wanting to capture it in a beautifully artistic way. It could not have been better"

"When my husband saw the photos he wanted all of them. He settled on an album which he treasures, a portrait for his office and one photo he chose to frame for a wall in our home. I love that some of the photos are so artistic that you want to look at them or display them whether you are familiar with the subject of not."

"The whole experience was a delight. Nate's talent and the talent and special touches his team provides should be shared with a market that will make him famous, but the experience is so perfect as it is now, I wouldn't want it to become inaccessible to the area he is now serving so well."

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NPDP Creative Shoot - December 2013

NPDP Creative Shoot - An exercise in sharpening the skills and raising the bar on our studio portrait work. Hair & Make-up artists: Shawna Tarman, Jesse Olson, Brianna Ellevold. Photographer: Nate Peterson Digital Image Artist: Kelly Knutson Stylist: Teresa Peterson Models: Lindsay, Kendra, Mackenzie, Heather, Marissa, Kayla, Erika.

Glamour Portraits 2014: Just in time for Valentine's Day!

Ladies,

When was the last time you truly felt sexy? Glamorous? Beautiful? Let us pamper you with a special session just for you. The professionally-trained hairstylists and makeup artists at Perfect Reflection will glam you up and then we'll capture some amazing images! A complimentary desktop 5x7 is included with this session, but there are lots of other items to choose from! Shouldn't every woman have the chance to feel like a supermodel?

Call today to book your Glam Session! 715.246.7510

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Sally's Glam Portrait Session

This week, we have been pretty neglectful of the blog. For anyone that hasn't stopped by the studio in the last few weeks and seen us running from one session to the next, I'll give you an NPDP news update... we are crazy busy! NP Design & Photography is in full-fledged senior portrait season and fall sports photography is ramping up. 

Amidst all this craziness, we are taking time out for one very special lady - our wonderful friend, Sally Field. Sally originally came to NP Design & Photography for a professional headshot portrait late last year and has been stuck with us ever since! In January, she participated in our Glamour Portraits Limited Edition Series and we all had an absolute blast. 

Below are some of Sally's favorite images, a few special spreads from her custom-designed album, and her beautiful slideshow.

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From Sally: "Nate had Latin music playing and I LOVE that music. I started dancing around in my little black dress and he got what I was feeling."

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"The album was my husband's Valentine's gift and he LOVED picking out what images he wanted!"

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"I was having way too much fun. {My session} was way too short! I could have played for hours! Love you guys!"

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"Nate and Teresa put together an amazing slideshow too!"