February 10, 2023

Etsy Finds: Valentine's Day!

Every year there seems to be an over-abundance of people griping and complaining about Valentine's Day. And every year I find myself getting annoyed at these said whiners. We get it - you don't have a significant other to spend the day with. Who cares!? I've spent many a Valentine's Days without a boyfriend, and I can assure you - life goes on. This year I challenge you Valentine-haters to get in the spirit! Get dressed up and go to dinner with your girl friends. Grab a bottle of wine and watch chick flicks together. You could always spend some (much needed) you time with a hot bubble bath and a good book. Or how about buying yourself something to get in the Valentine's mood? Every now and then I like to treat myself to something that I really don't need (my fiancé would say it's more than every now and then...but that's beside the point). Here's a great little collection of things I found on Etsy that are perfect for V-day. I mean, how could you not be in the spirit while wearing a sparkly heart headband? Treat yourself to something this V-day and quit the pity party. Trust me, you'll be happy you did :)

From left to right:

Red dress by Kimberly Noland - $49

Felted red necklace by Lyra Lyra - $29

Crocheted Nesting Bowls by Ribbons Undone - $18

Hot Kiss Throw Pillow by Sveta Style - $38

Red earrings by Not One Sparrow - $22

Heart Headband by Danani - $24

Girl Raccoons Card by The Patterned Owl - $4

Red Ruffles Bag by Bayan Hippo - $42

Heart Garland by Snow Fall Studio - $20

February 8, 2023

Wedding Gowns: What's Hot in 2012

Lately I've been curious about the new bridal collections coming out for Spring & Fall 2012.  I like to stay current on bridal fashion and see how it evolves from season to season. This year, I've noticed that a lot of the "big name" bridal fashion designers have some very similar trends to their collections. Based on the work that they do, you can bet that these trends will be the next hot thing in bridal stores everywhere. So, what are they? What are these bridal designers coming up with for 2012? Glad you asked! Here they are, straight off the runway.

What's your favorite bridal trend?

1. Illusion necklines - These are everywhere this year! And, I have to say that I like it. I think it's a great alternative for a modest bride who doesn't want to show the world her goods, but still wants to be sexy. Super trendy and cute.

(Top left: Carolina Herrera, Top right: Angel Sanchez, Bottom left: Alfred Angelo,  Bottom right: Monique Lhuillier)


2. Blush/nude - It's no surprise that so many designers are coming out with these non-white dresses. Blush and nude were such hot colors for weddings and bridesmaid dresses in 2010 that it was just a matter of time before it became fairly common to see in wedding dresses too. Definitely not for everyone, though, these dresses are for the bold and fashion-forward bride.

(Top left: Jenny Packham, Top right: Rivini, Bottom left: Vera Wang, Bottom right: Monique Lhuillier )

3. Lace sleeves - Ahh, yes. This is what I like to call the "Kate Middleton" trend. As soon as I spotted her walking down the isle in her long-sleeved lace dress, I knew that we were going to see look-alikes everywhere. In the past, these dresses were kind of seen as matronly and old-fashioned, but these designers have definitely found a way to make them pretty and fashionable again.

(Top left: Monique Lhuillier, Top right: Oscar de la Renta, Bottom left: Maggie Sottero, Bottom right: Monique Lhuillier)


 4. Subtle boning - In case you don't know, boning is used in bustier type wedding gowns to give the bodice a defined shape. Most times, the boning is hidden inside the fabric. This year, however, designers are letting the boning show for a beautiful, structured look. It's certainly visually interesting and adds some sexy personality to the dresses.

(Top left: Maggie Sottero, Top right: Ines di Santo, Bottom left: Tara Keely, Bottom right: St. Pucchi )


5. Two-Tiered skirts - This is a great way to add a little bit of drama to a dress. The tiers definitely have a unique look and help add some volume for brides who don't want the whole "princess" look.

(Top left: Jennifer Salzman, Top right: Badgley Mischka, Bottom left: Ulla Maija, Bottom right: Christos)



6. Prints - Talk about bold! These designers have gone outside of the traditional box to bring women a fun and funky alternative to a plain white dress. The pattern can be big and in-your-face, or more girly and feminine. Love it or hate it, it's definitely a big trend this year.

(Top left: Badgley Mischka, Top right: Claire Pettibone, Bottom left: Angel Sanchez, Bottom right: Oscar de la Renta)

7. Black - Whether it's a black detail here and there, or an all-black dress, this a great idea for the outgoing, offbeat bride. Who says you have to wear white? Black is the new white!

(Top left: Alvina Valenta, Top Right: Anne Bowen,  Bottom left: Carolina Herrera, Bottom right: Vera Wang)

February 6, 2023

Valentine's Wedding

A Valentine's Day wedding without a hint of red in sight? Gasp! But, isn't it gorgeous? Sometimes the whole red & white or red & pink combo on Valentine's Day can be a little predictable. Plus, for a wedding, it can be a little over-the-top. I don't think a Valentine wedding has to be (or should be) so cliche. Instead, go for something more subtle, and far more romantic! Lace, pearls, bows, soft pinks, and greens are way more tasteful, not to mention more beautiful.

To make it feel more like Valentine's Day, why not add some SUBTLE heart details into the decorating. I stress the word "subtle" because that's the part that's absolutely crucial. You don't want your wedding to end up looking like a fourth grade classroom during a V-day party. In small doses, however, hearts will help your guests get the point (without hitting them over the head with V-day craziness), and you'll have some adorable details that they'll appreciate. And if your wedding isn't exactly ON Valentines day, this look will still help you pull off the V-day feel without going overboard. What if your wedding isn't anywhere near Valentine's day? Leave out the heart details and just focus on the color palette - it'd make a fantastic spring wedding.

Photo credits
Center: centerpiece
First row: bridesmaid, table number, shoes, flowers
Second row: place setting, cookies
Third row: bouquet, bride
Fourth row: clutch, bride, cake, bouquet

February 2, 2023

Wedding Gowns: Splurge or Save?

There's no denying the fact that designer dresses are beautiful. The material, the craftsman ship, the name brand - everything is designed to give the bride a dress she will never forget. For many of us, however, the price tag that goes along with these dresses is a little outrageous. If you can afford to spend $5,000+ on a dress, and it's that important to you, then by all means go for it! But for the rest of us, this just isn't an option. And for me, that's OK. I don't need or even want to spend that kind of money on a dress that I will wear one day. I'm way too frugal to even consider it!

Luckily, you don't have to spend a fortune to get a beautiful gown. There are so many gorgeous dresses out there that cost less than $1,000, some are far less. And odds are, most people won't even know or care that you're not wearing Vera Wang or Lazaro. All your guests are going to be focused on is how pretty you look. A more expensive dress doesn't mean that isn't a more gorgeous dress. You can look just as beautiful in something that's a fraction of the cost!

Got your heart set on a designer dress that you can't afford? Take a look at some of these. It proves that you can find a similar dress for far less. All you've got to do is look around and you'll find something you love that's within your budget. And, honestly, I like some of the cheaper dresses more. Go figure!

Note: You can click on the "save" dresses to see where I found them. The "splurge" dresses come from the designers' websites. Thanks!

1. Splurge: Oscar de la Renta ($8,900) 

Save: Galina ($599)

2. Splurge: Selia Yang ($3,500)

Save: Vera Wang for David's Bridal ($728)

3. Splurge: Rosa Clara ($6,100)

 Save: ($260)

4. Splurge: Kenneth Pool ($5,300)

Save: Demetrios ($400)

5. Splurge: Monique Lhuillier ($11,000)

Save: ($270) on sale for $204

6. Splurge:  Lazaro ($5,300)

Save: Eden ($440) on sale for $262

7. Splurge: Vera Wang Gemma ($6,600)

Save ($340)

8.  Splurge: Alvina Valenta ($4,300)

Save: ($750) on sale for $300



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