It's true that your wedding day beauty starts from the inside out. Eating, and drinking, right is the first step in achieving that coveted bridal glow. And that's where Sakara Life — the plant-based meal delivery service with a cult like following — comes in.
If anyone can convince you to drink Sakara Beauty Water (aptly named; it tastes like roses), it's the preternaturally radiant creators themselves, Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise. The friends started the meal delivery service in 2012 after stressful hours on Wall Street (Tingle) and a slew of unsuccessful fad diets (DuBoise) left them dull and lackluster. Fast forward five years, and not only have they gained a celeb following that includes heavy hitters like Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow, but they've also gotten engaged in the process. On the heels of DuBoise's wedding, and in the throws of Tingle planning her own, the girls share their bridal beauty secrets.
1. First and foremost, do you. "I wore a custom Wendy Nichol slip dress, duster, and choker—very me," says DuBoise, who had an intimate dinner to celebrate her City Hall wedding. She let her hair air dry with macadamia oil on the ends to prevent frizz, and stuck to her favorite tried-and-true makeup: Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Cassis ($28), W3LL People Expressionist Mascara ($22), and Universalist Multi-Stick Luminous ($24), a brand she loves for its clean, organic ingredients.
2. A healthy body can be your best accessory. "I always told myself I'd be in the best shape of my life for my wedding," Tingle says. "I'm using a new company in New York City, wellns.com, that lets you select a personal trainer who resonates with your workout style. Mine has a background in Pilates and Physique 57 and comes to my house before work. I'd rather spend the money on getting fit than on an expensive dress, because when you feel sexy in your body, anything looks good on you."
The beauty gurus gave us a couple of their favorite recipes. Read on for some of Sakara Life's top rated.
Spicy Citrus Detox Salad, Key Ingredients: Grapefruit: Contains Vit C to support the production of collagen for bright, even, youthful skin. Also boosts immunity. Dandelion Greens, Arugula + Raddicchio: Bitter greens are extremely functional and nutrient dense. They cleanse the liver and stimulate the production of enzymes that facilitate digestion. Turmeric + Cayenne: These cleansing spices reduce inflammation in the body and rev the metabolism. Beets: Contain antioxidant betalain pigments to protect cells against free-radical damage and fend off signs of aging.
Cleansing Watermelon + Cucumber Gazpacho (Serves 4)
2 1/2 pounds tomatoes, quartered
5 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1/2 English cucumber, chopped
2 cups cubed watermelon
1 Serrano chili, seeded
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 to 2 Tbsp sherry vinegar
1/2 cup hemp seeds
Pepper and Himalayan salt
Handful basil leaves
1. In a blender, puree tomatoes, watermelon and oil until smooth. 2. Add cucumber, chili, garlic and vinegar to taste; blend until smooth. 3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate at least 4 hours (or up to 2 days). 4. Divide soup among four bowls, top with remaining watermelon slices, sprinkle with hemp seeds and drizzle with remaining oil. Finish off with basil leaves. Enjoy!