• Talia Margaret Leister

Advice For The Times

Updated: Mar 18

I had planned for my first blog post to be on what to expect at a bridal trial and how to make the most out of yours. (Which will still be coming out, don't worry.) However, present circumstances have prompted a more pressing issue to discuss: how to make it through these times and recover after. So, I humbly provide the following recommendations.

1. Wear makeup daily.

I know, I know, how can beauty be important at a time when we're all practically housebound. Well, let's start with a practical reason. I never realized how much I touch my face until I started trying not to, as advised. I rub my eye from cat hair, I put my hand to my mouth in shock when watching TV, I rest my face on my hand reading emails and research, the point is I touch my face a lot, yet not when I'm wearing makeup. I'm much more mindful not to touch my face when I wear makeup.

Secondly, staying inside and the stress of current events can wear you down. You would be amazed at the power of makeup to pick you up. It doesn't do the trick for everyone, but when I put on makeup it just brings me glee. I don't always want to bother, but when I do I feel the difference. It doesn't have to be a full glam face, and in the coming weeks I'll post videos on Instagram @simpleandsultry of easy makeup you can practice step by step. By the time this is over and you are showing your face again, you'll know how to enhance it with ease.

And to jump back to practical, wearing makeup forces us to wash our faces at the end of the day. Washing your face twice daily is key to the best skin care regimes, and right now we can never wash too much.

2. Clean your makeup brushes and makeup.

While you're disinfecting everything else in your house, don't forget about your makeup and tools. Below are links to my favorite brush cleanser and cosmetic sanitizer, still available for now and on Amazon as well. (Btw, I get nothing for promoting them.) If you don't want to order these or miss them, 99% alcohol is a staple in every kit for a reason. You can clean your brushes with it, and spray it on to your cosmetics for sanitation. I'll be posting a video this week on sanitizing your brushes and makeup @simpleandsultry on Instagram.

Wipeout Brush Cleanser:


Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist:


3. If you are rescheduling, get your new date ASAP.

As of now, all my March and most of my April and May weddings are rescheduling or at least considering. The second half of the year is already at least somewhat booked up for most wedding vendors due to normal wedding planning timelines, and now all these brides that have to reschedule are going to be scrambling for whatever dates are available like women at a wedding dress sample sale. If you are even considering rescheduling, start talking to your vendors about what dates they have available and their policy for change of date in this time. What we've learned from all of this is there's no such thing as taking precautions too early. Start the conversation, but don't panic. We are all here for you.

4. Get wedding insurance.*

While many do not cover coronavirus itself, many do cover illness for you or your bridal party at the least. Below are two links that I found to be very informative as you start to consider wedding insurance:



Stay well, healthy, and optimistic for your big day <3

*Update: It's being reported to me that many wedding insurance companies are not covering anything coronavirus related, some are even going as far as to refund premiums so they are not liable. It's still something to look into, but not bank on.

But we, the wedding vendor community, are here for you and will work with you and each other to ensure the day of your dreams.