Monday, August 30, 2010

Best of EB: 17 Ways to Keep Your Sanity While Shopping for Maids Dresses


 {Image via WEtv}

1.    Know the difference between the types of gown retailers.  There are many different places to purchase bridesmaid dresses, and the trick is knowing what you can expect from each type.  Always keep in mind that you get what you pay for.  Think of it in terms of how your purchase your everyday clothes.  If you shop a little boutique, you will pay a higher price, but you will (hopefully) get exceptional customer service, because they are a small business and their reputation is on the line.  If you shop at large chain retailers you might score a great deal but won’t get a whole lot of insight from sales personnel, and if something goes wrong they will be less likely to help you out.  Think about what is most important to you- either getting a great bargain or getting great customer service and go from there.  Buying online can be great too but is also tricky because you have even less of a chance of someone helping you if something is wrong.

2.    Research boutiques in a widespread area.  Just because there is a boutique five minutes away from your house, doesn’t mean it is the right one for you.  Research online for boutiques within a ten to twenty mile radius and find ones that fit they type of store you are looking to buy at.  Trust me, it is so worth it to travel a little farther away in order to get what you want and have a great experience!

3.    Always always always make appointments.  You will have a better overall experience when you make an appointment, rather than just walking in to a shop.  Even if you only call a few hours ahead of time, it will give the salon a chance to prepare for your visit.  When a salon knows you are coming, they will have a consultant and a fitting room waiting for you.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ethereal Beauty: {No. 9}


As soon as I saw this editorial for French Vogue, I knew I had to feature it for this weeks Ethereal Beauty post.  Not only does Freja look super edgy, but her co-star is none other than a fierce black panther.  I love black panthers because I am the owner of an 11 pound black-cat-who-thinks-he's-really-a-black-panther and whenever I see the real thing, I realize how tiny and delusional my kitty really is.  Enjoy!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Précis: {Weeks of 8.15-8.28.2010}

Clockwise, from top left:
A little vintage inspired inspiration
EB revisits ascot
Gaga takes EB's advice
Hair gets romantic and rough 
Devon Aoki shows her bright side
Jessica Stam's Spanish romance
purple+orange+yellow=perfect summer to fall transition

Hope you all have a great weekend and congrats to all the weekend brides!  See you tomorrow for the ninth installment of Ethereal Beauty!

Ciao!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I ♥ vintage-y inspiration!

I came across this real wedding photo on Eat Drink Pretty and thought it was really beautiful!  You all know what a sucker I am for vintage-y photos...


Click here to see the rest of the photos from this winter wedding!!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Great Late Summer/ Early Fall Color Idea

So, as I mentioned last week, I stood up in my cousin's wedding this past weekend and had the pleasure of sporting the lovely and unexpected color combo of purple, orange, and yellow.  I know your probably thinking it's a little weird (as I admittedly did too when I first heard my cousin's plan), but I was pleasantly surprised when the flowers arrived Sunday morning.  Our gowns were purple (or, as David's Bridal called them, "Lapis"), and our bouquets were a great combo of purple lisianthus, orange gerbera daisies, yellow spray roses, and purple limonium.  It was great way to tie in the dark autumn purple tones with the bright, summery yellows and oranges- perfect for late August.  Here are some photos...


Dresses by David's Bridal, styles F13185 and F12732

What do you all think?? Let EB know in the comments section below!!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Best of EB: Black and White and Pink All Over!

 For this week's "Best of" post, we're revisiting this lov-er-ly inspiration board featuring Audrey as Eliza in My Fair Lady! Enjoy!

I've decided to make an inspiration board based on one of my favorite movies, My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn.  You can find tons of inspiration from pretty much every Audrey film, but I've decided to begin with this one.  Her iconic black and white lace Ascot dress, paired with the mother of all race-day hats, created one of the most recognizably chic looks ever put on film. Hope you enjoy!!


A few publicity shots from the movie 

click to enlarge

{Publicity stills via IMDB}
Photo Credits
 Top left gown: Legends by Romona Keveza style L108;
Bottom right gown: Enzoani style "Diana";
Flowergirl dress: Wawa by Watters style 44262; 
Cake (directly inspired by film, as seen on WEtv's Amazing Wedding Cakes): Merci Beaucoup Cakes
All the rest: The Knot



Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ethereal Beauty: {No. 8}

Jessica Stam hits Sevilla, España in stunning gowns and sultry, yet wearable makeup! 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hair Trend Alert: Messy, Romantic Updos

Since my sister and I are standing up in our cousin's wedding this Sunday, I've been looking for hairstyle ideas and have come across a super cute trend- loose, messy, pretty buns!  Here are some of the highlights...



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gaga Goes Greige

So, I hate to say I told you so- ok, well not really-, but remember back in April when I said "greige", aka gray+beige, was going to be huge??  Well, leave it to Gaga to take it to a whole new level... 

Lady Gaga in the August 2010 issue of Vanity Fair

Maybe not a style women will be running out and copying, but still pretty edgy, right?? Thoughts?? Share below!! 


Monday, August 16, 2010

Best of EB: I Want Candy!

Here is this Monday's "Best of EB" post... Enjoy!!

If ever a jewelry line could cause a toothache, this would be it.  Ever since I interned at Tenacity Boutique a few years ago, I have fallen victim to the obsessive, sparklicious world that is Tarina Tarantino jewelry and accessories.  Her broad sources of inspiration combined with her psychadelic use of color make up an amazing array lucite and Swarovski crystal confections and let me tell you, it's very addicting.  And, if your as hooked as I am, there is no reason why the addiction can't carry over into your wedding day!  There are plenty of options for you and your bridesmaids and these are pieces that you can't almost guarantee will be worn again.  The quality is fantastic, and they are made in her "Sparkle Factory" in Los Angeles. I've created some inspiration boards showing a few of the many different ways Tarina jewelry can be worn on the big day.  As always, click the images to enlarge.

 These bright, floral inspired pieces would look great at a tropical destination wedding!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Précis: {Week of 8.8-8.14.2010}

Clockwise, from top left:
Flowers that rise above the rest
Valentina hits the beach
Gown shopping doesn't need to end in tears!
Famous brides who changed the game

Hope you all had a great week! See you back tomorrow for EB's 8th edition of "Ethereal Beauty"!

Ciao!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Reception Trend Alert: Floating Flowers

So, three times now this week I've seen photos of suspended reception decor and figured that's a sign that it deserves it's own feature.  Here are some photos of the attention-grabbing trend...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Top 20 Iconic Celeb Brides

So, as promised, I've come up with a list of 20 iconic famous brides, with your help.  My only rule was that they had to be real (no fictional brides allowed) and their wedding gowns had to be influential on some level. I know I'm missing a ton, so please put your additions to list in the comment section below!! 

Here you go, in chronological order...

1. Queen Victoria
 Up until Queen Victoria married Prince Albert on February 10, 1840, brides wore pale blue to symbolize purity.  Then she wore a white gown and we haven't looked back since!

2. Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth married Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark on November 20, 1947 in a gown was made using rationing coupons to pay for the material since the country had not yet rebounded from WWII.

3. Elizabeth Taylor
As we all know, Liz has been married eight times (two of them to Richard Burton) but the photo above is from her first marriage to Conrad Hilton (Paris and Nicky's great uncle) on May 6, 1950, wearing a traditional 1950's silhouette.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Best of EB: 21 Ways to Keep Your Sanity While Shopping for Your Gown

So lately I've gotten into the routine of not posting anything on Monday's because, let's face it, everyone needs a day off.  But then I got a bright idea- I will start re-posting some of my old features from when EB was brand new, because many of those posts went relatively unread since I didn't have a whole lot of visitors in the beginning.  It's a win-win situation- I still keep my day off and you get a chance to catch up on what you may have missed! So, for my first Monday re-post, I bring you "21 Ways to Keep Your Sanity While Shopping for Your Gown"!  Enjoy!

 

 {Image via WEtv}

Before you shop:
1.   Know the difference between the types of gown retailers.  There are many different places to purchase your wedding gown, and the trick is  knowing what you can expect from each type.  Always keep in mind that you get what you pay for.  Think of it in terms of how your purchase your everyday clothes.  If you shop a little boutique, you will pay a higher price, but you will (hopefully) get exceptional customer service because they are a small business and their reputation is on the line.  If you shop at large chain retailers you will probably score a great deal but won’t get a whole lot of insight from sales personnel, and if something goes wrong they will be less likely to help you out.  Think about what is most important to you- either getting a great bargain or getting great customer service and go from there. 

2.   Research boutiques in a widespread area.  Just because there is a boutique five minutes away from your house, doesn’t mean it is the right one for you.  Ask around and research online for boutiques within a ten to twenty mile radius and find ones that fit they type of store you are looking to buy at.  Trust me, it is so worth it to travel a little farther away in order to get what you want and have a great experience!

3.   Always always always make appointments.  You will have a better overall experience when you make an appointment, rather than just walking in to a shop.  Even if you only call a few hours ahead of time, it will give the salon a chance to prepare for your visit.  When a salon knows you are coming, they will have a consultant and a fitting room waiting for you.

4.   When you book the appointment, ask if you can do an hour and a half instead of only an hour.  Every place is different, but most book a standard one hour appointment.  Usually this isn’t enough time, at least for your first time out.  It can’t hurt to ask for a longer appointment, and as long as it’s not on a super busy day they will most likely be more than happy to oblige you. 

5.   Avoid weekends if possible.  For obvious reasons, weekends are the busiest days for bridal salons.  Even if you make an appointment ahead of time, you may still have to share the 3-way mirror with other brides and that can be frustrating.  Do yourself and your sanity a favor and try to go during the week when it’s way less chaotic and overwhelming.  Tuesdays are typically the slowest days of the week and many shops have one or two late nights during the week to accommodate the “after work crowd”. 

6.   Look at gowns ahead of time.  I can’t tell you how many brides I’ve worked with who came into their first appointment having zero idea as to what kind of gown they wanted.  I’m not saying you need to come in knowing exactly what you want, but at least have some clue about what type of message you want to send.  Are you going for a modern, minimalistic vibe?  Something soft and romantic?  Is dramatic and edgy more your style?  Look through magazines and websites like The Knot and Brides and tear or print out pictures that catch your eye.  Even if it’s just certain elements you are drawn too (like a certain type of lace or an interesting neckline), it can really help your consultant pinpoint what styles to show you. 

7.   Know your budget.  Hopefully your consultant will ask you what you’re looking to spend at the beginning of your appointment, but if they forget make sure you tell them.  There is nothing worse than falling in love with a gown and then discovering that it is way out of your price range.

8.   Keep your eyes out for trunk shows.  Trunk shows are when a gown company sends the entire current collection to a store for a few days.  Usually bridal shops (at least small ones anyway) only purchase certain pieces from each collection, but during trunk shows give you the opportunity to view the pieces you may not otherwise get to see.  Also, many times shops offer a 10-20% off if you purchase your gown during the trunk show.  You can find trunk show information on bridal shop and designer’s websites. 

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ethereal Beauty: {No. 6}

I love the gorgeous lighting and  beachy boho vibe in this editorial!  So pretty!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Précis: {Week of 8.1-8.7.2010}

Clockwise from top left:
Laura Schuller hits the road
Dave and Kirsten's Massachusetts engagement shoot
Martha's crazy craftiness 
Lanalia's shoe-case
A truly winning combination

Enjoy your weekend, congrats to all the newly-weds, and join us tomorrow for the sixth installment of "Ethereal Beauty"!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Martha knows best...

Ok, so I seriously love Martha Stewart and all the insanely awesome things she creates.  So on this early Friday morning, she is who I am turning to as I am drawing a complete blank on what to post for you today!  Here are some her crazy crafty ideas...

A tote bag for your bridesmaids!
It's easier than it sounds- your or someone professional can create an image or text, convert it to a digital file, print it on iron-on transfer paper, and iron it on the bag! Make sure you fill it with some goodies for them too, they deserve it!

Something (discreetly) blue!
Your need for something blue doesn't have to be a cause for stress! Just buy some pretty blue ribbon, tie it in a bow, and safety pin it to the underskirts of your gown- problem solved!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Scarlet+Citrine: A Winning Combination

At the beginning of June I did a post featuring some fun color combination, one of which was scarlet and citrine.  Jill, a close family friend actually renewed her vows with her husband, Mike, of 25 years a few weeks later and used this gorgeous summery palette for her ceremony!  My sister-the-floral-designer did all of the floral arrangements for her, using white daisies, yellow roses, and red hypericum berries.  Jill submitted her photos to show EB readers how pretty this color combo can be! Enjoy!

The altar featuring not only the lovely floral arrangements, but also the couples original unity candle, napkins, and matchbook from their wedding day!
The bridal bouquet

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A little more shoe love...

I came stumbled over these beauties and thought they were deserving of my sporadic shoe showcase (errr shoe-case??).  They are by LA based shoe design company Lanalia, and the cool thing about them is they are totally customizable.  Lanalia’s philosophy is “Your Day, Your Shoes, Your Way” and the goal is to allow a woman to create her perfect shoe. You can choose from leather or satin, 22 different colors, 11 different colors of Swarovski crystals to cover the heel and/or sole, a 4.5 or 5.5 inch heel, a NASA created Poron cushion option, 3 width choices, and a monogram option available in 7 colors.  The price is pretty steep, around $1,000 depending on what options you choose, but possibly worth every penny for the shoe connoisseur...
 What do you all think??  Share your comments below!
Lanalia's "Zina" shoe

{Image via Lanalia}


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ethereal Beauty: {No. 5}

Strong brows are a great way to draw attention to your face without being too over the top.  Glossy orchid lips don't hurt either...

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