Transitioning to Life After the Competition

As the focus shifts to the new class of delegates for Miss Universe, we can't help but think about how the class of 2017 is transitioning from life in the spotlight as the crowns are passed on.

Behind The Scenes at Miss Universe

So much of the magic of Miss Universe happens behind-the-scenes! Here are a few of our favorite moments off-stage:

 

DANCE PARTIES were one of our favorite trends! Dancing is a lot easier when you can be sure your robe will stay put - we like to think that our secure ties helped these ladies dance with a little extra confidence:


 

Miss Universe Laos Souphaphone Somvichit and Miss Universe Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp 

 



 

Miss Universe India Shraddha Shashidar and Miss Universe Sri Lanka Christina Plate  

 

BONDING BACKSTAGE over lattés and lashes, these ladies are so pretty in pink!

Miss Universe 2017

Miss Universe Namibia Sune January, Miss Universe Albania Leka Blerta, Miss Universe Sri Lanka Christina Plate, and Miss Universe Canada Lauren Howe.

Miss Universe Natural Beauty Tips, Part 1



Miss Universe Beauty Tips



When we asked the 2017 Miss Universe contestants to share their favorite natural beauty and wellness secrets, they responded with amazing tips to keep us all looking and feeling our best!


Take a look at these easy beauty tips you can do at home:

 

1. Scrub for Luscious Lips

Miss Universe Norway Kaja Kojan
Kaja Kojan, Norway

"One of my favorite beauty tips is my homemade lip scrub. The recipe is: mix sugar, oil and some fresh lemon juice. This makes your lips always smooth and soft so they are always ready for some lipstick or gloss. Two other very important things is to keep my skin clean and always take off my eye makeup before starting my beauty sleep.”

 

2. Coconut oil and Indestructible Curls

Miss Universe Sweden Frida Fornander
Frida Fornander, Sweden

“Tip 1: Coconut oil is the answer to everything! Ever since I started using this magic, natural oil as a makeup remover and moisturizer, my skin has not only cleared from breakouts, it feels more radiant and glowy!

 Tip Number 2: Many of the girls during Miss Universe were asking me how I get my curls to hold for days, and I always told them to pin their curls while they are hot, and after they have cooled, you can let them down. Just use a little bit of flexible hairspray. No need to wash your hair every day, just touch up with some dry shampoo.

 Tip Number 3: It's really true - beauty comes from within. I eat a plant based diet that provides my body with everything that I need to feel energetic and confidently beautiful! My best advice is to find a lifestyle that suits you, and you should never compare yourself with others”

 

3. A Sweet Treat for Your Skin


Miss Portugal and Miss Zambia both say that honey is the key to a natural glow!

 

Miss Universe Portugal Matilde Lima

Matilde Lima, Portugal

“I have a very good homemade mask recipe that I love to do. Only one honey soup spoon and two almonds are necessary to prepare this homemade mask exfoliant. First of all, you need to smash the almonds until you get a very fine dust and blend it with honey. Then, add a teaspoon of lemon juice and apply gently to the face with a circular massage and let it dry for 15 minutes. Flush with warm water, and it’s done!”

 

Miss Universe Zambia Isabel Chikoti

Isabel Chikoti, Zambia

“My favourite beauty tip is a 'Natural Honey facial,’ when I studied in the Ukraine my skin was always dry and lacked vibrance and moisture. Natural Honey worked incredibly well for me because not only did it hydrate my skin but it is also antibacterial hence prevented inflammation to fight acne and scaring. When it crystallizes I like to use it as a body scrub as the glow would be from head to toe. Honey continues to be a vital addition to my Natural Beauty Routine. The Natural Honey Facial is suitable for all climates and skin types.”

 

4. Beauty Rest is Best

Miss Universe Great Britain Anna Burdzy
Anna Burdzy, Great Britain

"I'm always asked on my skin regime and every time I am pleased how relieved girls are at its simplicity! It's important to treat your skin well; always remove your make up before bed, wash your face, drink lots of water and get good sleep. Don't underestimate any of those! Sleep is so important and I literally get every hour that I can. For those that struggle I always find that putting your phone as far away from you as possible works, as well as reading beforehand to help you switch off.”

 

5. Coconut and Banana

Miss Universe Canada Lauren Howe
Lauren Howe, Canada

It sounds like a delicious smoothie, but it’s actually Miss Canada’s trick for gorgeous hair and soft skin!

“I moisturize my hair once a week with coconut oil in the hair overnight and use a clarifying shampoo once a week / every two weeks to remove build up. Apply a deep conditioner afterwards.”

“For acne prone skin, don't be afraid to moisturize! There's a tendency to want to use all "anti-acne" products when you have acne prone skin, but I truly believe a lot of acne is a result of your body reacting to something - stress, hormones, allergies, etc. Make sure you're still feeding your skin rather than stripping essential oils away. Exfoliating to clear away dead skin is KEY! A makeup artist recently gave me a really good on the go trick:  use a mashed banana or banana peel on your face. It acts as a great exfoliator and moisturizer! Leave it on for about 10 minutes then rinse.”

 

6. Aloe Vera Miracle Plant

Miss Universe Guyana Rafieya Hussain
Rafieya Husain, Guyana

“My go to for almost anything is Aloe, the natural aloe from the plant. I use it for skin, hair, scars, the list goes on. For hair, it strengthens it and gives it a natural glow without any products or tools. I blend some of the aloe from the plan and add vitamin E oil from a capsule. Then, soak it in my hair for 30 mins, wash and air dry. Everyone has different hair and skin types, so make sure to test a patch at the end of your hair first.”

 

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Images by Georgina Vaughan Photography 





 

 

Mommy and Me Robe Set in Bella

Our newest mommy and me robe set is in, and we're so excited for this minty-blue print! This gorgeous duo is so adorable twinning in our Bella Mommy and Me set. 

mommy and me matching robe set in bella

 

mommy and me matching robe set in Bella

 

mommy and me matching robe set in bella

 

mommy and me matching robe set in bella

 

mommy and me matching robe set in bella

 

Captured by Thelma Arora @stillloveglam 

 

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Galentine's Day Gift

How pretty is Madi in our Nora robe? We love this print so much, it's so sweet and girly without being floral and fussy. It's kind of perfect for Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day...and honestly every day!

Nora robe
 
Nora robe
 
Nora robe
 
Photos by Braja Mandala  Makeup by Shilpa Thomas  Shop this Robe 

Dulhan Mugs

Start your wedding day - and every day - with a little sparkle. This adorable 11oz mug features a gold glitter script "dulhan" so there's no mistaking the bride's morning coffee or chai. Glitter is proven to help get through monday mornings with ease. 

 

dulhan mug bridal shower gift

These adorable mugs are Microwave and top-rack dishwasher safe, though hand washing is recommended. Buy the Dulhan Mug here

Bridesmaid Robes: Gift or Prop?

Are bridesmaid robes a gift? Or are they just a prop for your getting ready photos? 

bridesmaid robes

 

A time-honored part of the bridesmaid experience is wearing whatever dress the bride selects. The last thing you want her bridesmaid to feel, however, is that she’s a photo prop while getting ready. She’s a member of your bridal party because she is important to you, so make sure she feels it with the gift you give her!

Here are some tips on how to do bridesmaid robes right:

 

Bridesmaid Robes Getting Ready Gift 

1. Think about the fit

 

The most common complaint from bridesmaids is that the robes they receive don’t stay closed in the bust area, and they feel exposed. Not a good feeling especially when there is a photographer documenting every wardrobe malfunction in your half-getting ready state. With a “fit and flare” silhouette, interior ties, an attached side tie that won’t slip or roll, bust shaping darts, and a six-paneled flared skirt, PajamaSutra robes fit securely. And not every bridesmaid feels comfortable with an above-the-knee hemline. When in doubt - ask what she prefers! PajamaSutra robes are available in two lengths, and can be customized as well. Our A-line wrap-dress silhouette is perfect for flattering all body types, and custom maternity and plus sizing is available. 

 

 

2. Shop like its her birthday

 

A good rule of thumb for any bridesmaid gifts is to shop for her like its her birthday. Avoid the lower quality, inexpensive robes found online and think about her personal taste. Is she a floral girl? Does she hate pink? If you think about each of your ladies individually and come up with a print that each would love, then you will end up with a palette of mix and match gorgeousness that’s reflective of their individuality - and looks even prettier and more meaningful in photos than the matchy-matchy look.  PajamaSutra robes are a gift in itself - we include a lovely scroll message, chocolates, gold “goddess” tattoos, and press our robes with rose water for an incredible scent. 

 

Bridesmaid Gift scroll note

 

3. Keep it personal…but don’t personalize!

 

Most robes that have “bridesmaid” in rhinestones written on it will likely not be worn again, so it really doesn’t make it much of a gift she will appreciate long-term. Monogramming is a better choice, but stick to first names as initials can change in the future. Another way to add personalization is with customized tote bags! Totes are an cost-effective way to add a fun - and functional - packaging layer to your gift.
The very best way to personalize? Write a sweet, heartfelt note with your gift that conveys how special your bridesmaid is to you. 

 

Little Mommy Photo Session

Flower Girl Robe Block Print

 

Flower Girl Robe Block Print Cotton

 

Flower Girl Robe Block Print

 

Flower Girl Robe

 

Flower Girl Robe

 

flower girl in mom's heels robe

 

Flower Girl Robes

 

little mommy brushing hair

 

Flower Girl Robe

 

Mommy and Me Robes

 

When we wrapped up our last Mommy and Me photo session with Ami and her sweet daughter last month, my eight-year-old asked (demanded) that we do our own photo session - hair, makeup and all.

With plenty of giggles, tickles, and snuggles, the girls were the best little mommies to their dolls (who also wore matching PajamaSutra robes!)

 

Thank you Lindsay Herkert for these amazing photos and the best Mother's Day memories! xo

Mother's Day Matching Mommy and Me Robes

 

 

 

 

Mommy and Me matching robes for Mother's day

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes louboutin heels

 

mother's day matching robes louboutin heels

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes

 

mother's day matching robes

 

These two! Such a fun morning with this sweet duo. Cuddles, curlers, and lots of kisses. 

Ami and her sweet baby girl are wearing our mommy and me set in Jaipur Rose, one of PajamaSutra's original prints and back this year for our 10 year anniversary!

All our Mommy and Me sets are pressed with organic rose water prior to shipping and include a special gift for mom and daughter!

Our little girl robes can also be ordered individually, perfect for flower girls and junior bridesmaids!

Images by Life Iz Photography

Shop this set here

 

 

 

Tips for Gorgeous "Getting Ready" Photos

Those special moments before a bride-to-be becomes a mrs can be the most cherished moments of her wedding day. From the sweet anticipation to the glamorous transformation - and all the fun moments with your bridesmaids in between - its important not to overlook your wedding morning photo list with your photographer.

Here is a list of must-shoot photos for your getting ready session, as well as a few tips to help set the stage for gorgeous shots:

Bride Getting Ready

1. The Relaxed Bride Shot

With bubbly in hand and an easy laugh, this shot captures a fun, relaxed vibe in such a beautiful, glamorous way. TIP: One of the best ways to create a relaxed atmosphere is with music. Set the vibe in your getting-ready suite with a bluetooth speaker and one of your favorite playlists. 

Photo: Tom Cisneros


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Bride Getting Ready

 

bride makeup hair robe

2. The Glam Close-Up

Your make-up is fresh and flawless, and now is the perfect chance to go for an ultra-glam goddess shot! TIP: Good lighting, and a simple background is key for this shot. Your make-up artist will likely position you in the spot with the best natural light anyway, but mention to your photographer that you'd like a photo with a very minimal background.

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Photo: Tom Cisneros / Alisha Crossley 

Bride and Bridesmaids

 

bride and bridesmaids laughing getting ready3. The Informal Group Shot

All your ladies in one shot, and none of them, including you, looking at the camera! It is a fun way to capture the atmosphere, and while it may not end up framed in your living room, you will treasure candid images like this!

Photos: Nicole Goddard / Ira Lippke Studios

Bride and Bridesmaids

 

bridesmaids in robes outdoors

 4. The Group Shot

This is a must-have shot, and not just once, but at least twice - first in your robes, and then again later all dressed up! TIP: This is a great shot to take outdoors, which can add to your timeline. Set aside a few extra minutes to take a few images outside the getting ready room while the ladies are still in their robes, and then retake the images in the same spot when the ladies are in their dresses. 

Photos: Nicole Goddard / Alisha Crossley 

bridesmaids first look
5. First Look with Bridesmaids

Everyone loves the first look photos with the bride and groom, but don't forget the first look with your bridesmaids - those reactions are priceless!  

Photo: Alisha Crossley


Bride and Flower Girl
6. With The Flower Girls and Junior Bridesmaids

Be sure to take a few shots with the youngest ones in your bridal party! TIP: Don't forget matching robes for your little ladies!

Shop our flower girl and junior bridesmaids robes here
 

Photo: Robyn Rachel Photography

bride reading note from groom

7. The Love Note

Passing notes was never more romantic and sentimental! Be sure your photographer captures this precious moment as you read your groom's words to you. TIP: water-proof mascara! Also, before sending your note to your groom, spritz it with your favorite perfume. Read more about writing the perfect love note

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Photo: Lin and Jirsa

 

bride mehndi hands with jewelry

 bride henna mehndi hands ring

 bride mehndi hands bangles8. The Jewelry and Mehndi Close-Up Shot 

Though your gorgeous, intricate bridal mehndi deserves a close-up all on its own - add in your bridal jewelry for an exquisite capture. Our Lara, Eva and Tara Bridal Robes provide the perfect backdrop in these images!

 

 

Photos: Sachi Anand / Randery Imagery / KSD Weddings