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Arden Ward Upton, known for her keen eye and southern style. Has curated gifts  for wedding, lifestyle and original art. Arden has worked as a photographer for over a decade photographing some of the South's most exclusive weddings as well as weddings all over the world. During her time as a photographer she has developed a distinctive look and style that is shared on this site and with her customers throughout the years. Arden is also known for her fine art photography available in limited signed editions.

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72nd Annual Golden Globes

Arden Ward Upton

If you are anything like us, then you look forward to award season like it is the next string of holidays. While we don't actually get a day off work, we do enjoy celebrating the big award shows with a drink and maybe a viewing party. We were blown away by the beautiful heartfelt speeches, a little in shock over a few tasteless jokes, pulled for the underdogs, and cheered on for the win of Boyhood.  We love films, (probably has something to do with the fact that it is a moving picture) and consequently, we love actors - and we especially love what they wear! Who doesn't dream of Italian silk and being draped in millions of dollars of jewels. Now apparently they have to give all that back, but a girl can dream, right! Here are a few who made our Best Dressed List. Who was on yours?

Kate Hudson in Versace

Kate Hudson in Versace

Lupita Nyong'o in Giambattista Valli

Lupita Nyong'o in Giambattista Valli

Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein 

Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein 

Naomi Watts in Gucci

Naomi Watts in Gucci

We were drooling over that dazzling Bulgari diamond Serpenti necklace. What a standout accessory! 

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Jared Leto 

Jared Leto 

Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum in  Carolina Herrera

Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Carolina Herrera

George Clooney and wife Amal Clooney in Dior

George Clooney and wife Amal Clooney in Dior


Expert Advice: The Scent of a Woman

Arden Ward Upton

My mother used to say that a real woman needs a signature scent, something she can always be recognized by, a fragrance that will remind people of her, even if someone else is wearing the scent. 

I love this ideology. It is so reminiscent of Old Hollywood, when women never left the house without a good shade of lipstick, their heels, and a beautiful fabric hat. This was the dawning of the era of the celebrity fragrance endorsement. 

No one can forget the infamous words of the iconic Marilyn Monroe when after being asked what she wore to bed, giggled, smiled demurely and whispered in her breathy voice, "Why, only Chanel No. 5 of course!" No doubt that was the chart topping Christmas gift that year. The unforgettable Elizabeth Taylor created the fragrance White Diamonds though it is rumored that her personal signature scent was actually Bal A Versailles by Jean Desprez. 

A few of my favorite scents are Un Jardin en Mediterranée by HermèsCleopatra by Tocca and Vintage Gardenia by Jo Malone (click the links to find out more information)

Tips to Leave Your Scent Lingering: 

Spray your scent on your bed pillows, or your man's so he is reminded of you and will drift to sleep with sweet dreams of the two of you. Spritz any cards, letters, or invites you are sending out. Your friends and family will begin to relate the scent to you without even realizing it! Spray the perfume in your hair when you are getting ready in the morning. The scent will stay with you all day, and will linger in your wake as you walk away! 

Need some help discovering what your signature scent should be? Try this quiz to find out which fragrance tones suit you best: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/best-perfume-scent-quiz