Friday, December 31, 2010

Best of 2010: Wedding Accessories

There were so many fabulous accessories this year, I just couldn't put ALL of my faves here...but these are a few of them:

Veil: Bethany Lorelle
Bouquet: Lion Gate Designs
Tie: Cyberoptix Tie Lab
Earrings + Gift Tags: Nina Renee Designs
Shoes: Vera Wang
Clutch: Third Willow Weddings

Best of 2010: Bridesmaid's Dress Style

From the pockets, to the carefully placed ruffles and bows, this year has been a great year for bridesmaid's dress design. Most of these fabulous dresses can be worn again and again...and, that's definitely a good thing - fantastic, actually!

Turquoise one shoulder draped dress by Carol Hannah
Black dress with back bow by Holly Stalder
All other dresses by JLM

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Best of 2010: Bridal Gown Style

Oh...I have sooo many favorites that were featured on my blog this year, it was really hard to narrow it down to *just* 14 pretties :-). However, these gowns made my 'best of 2010' list because of the well-placed fabulous details. Even the simplest of styles has gorgeously placed details to give it a bit of whimsy + wow. I loved the 2010 collections!!

top row, l-r:
St. Pucchi; Vera Wang; Claire Pettibone; Suzanne Neville; Ian Stuart; Alan Hannah; Louise Kennedy

bottom row, l-r
Cymbeline; Elie Saab; Temperley Bridal; Couture Gallery; Oscar de la Renta; Suzanne Neville; St. Pucchi

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

{Statement Making} Shoes by Aruna Seth

Butterfly heels, ballet flats, Swarovski wedges...all fabulously designed by Aruna Seth in London. These pretties definitely are a luxury and budget buster.....but, they're gorgeous!

Friday, December 24, 2010

{Beautifully Detailed} Bridal Style

A simple strapless wedding gown just won't do it for designer, Ian Stuart. Ornate details, vintage charm and theatrical glam inspires this 2011 Collection. Gorgeously done!

:::Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to ALL!! Have a great weekend! :-):::

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

{Romanticly Modern} Bridal Style

These gowns remind me of organized chaos: strategically placed details... in a fussy sort of way. Beautifully modern, feminine dresses by Marchesa, 2011 Collection.

My fave is the slinky strapless dress with the fantastic pleated ruffles...chic and gorgeous.

Monday, December 20, 2010

{Dramatic + Modern} Bridesmaids' Style

For the bride who wants traditional evening style with dramatic modern flavor. There's nothing casual about this look, just fabulous bold glam!

Hair Flower: The Headband Shoppe
Dress: JLM
Shoes: Nine West
Gift Tags: Nina Renee Designs

Friday, December 17, 2010

{Groomsman's Gift Guide} Affordable + Fabulous Gifts for Men

{Groomsman's Gift Guide} Pt I

Shopping for men is not as hard as you may think. Once you've answered these questions: What are his interests/hobbies? Does he like to travel? Party? Earth Conscious? A Trekkie? Sports Fan? It should get simpler. You cannot go wrong with gifts which are practical + thoughtful; these gifts are more likely to be used and appreciated!

Star Wars DVD Set via Barnes & Noble
Map Cufflinks by Sherry Truitt
Personalized Beer Mug by Distinct Glass
Men's Organic Bath + Body Gift Set by Herban Lifestyle
Wrestling tickets via Ticketmaster
ESPN Magazine Subscription via Barnes & Noble

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

{Modern Ballgown} Bridal Style

Beautifully simple and modern gowns by Art Couture...

Friday, December 10, 2010

{Simple Dress, Bold Jewelry} Bridal Style

I love the idea of saving money on your wedding by purchasing a simple, well-fitted gown; then, taking your accessories up a couple of stylish notches. With this bold, but elegant jewelry, you can wear simple post earrings and a stunning headpiece to boot. And you'll be just fabulous.

Cuff Bracelet + Pendant Necklace: Nina Renee Designs; Shoes: Ivanka Trump; Dress: Jasper Conran (2009 Collection)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

{Teal, Blue + Gray} Bridesmaids Style Inspiration

Inspiring colors which can be worn in any season elegantly and effortlessly. Brighten up your summer soiree with more vibrant blues...or... add more silvery icy grays for winter. So many gorgeous possibilities!

Earrings: Stacys Designs 88
Custom Gift Tags: Nina Renee Designs
Clutch: The Nested Pearl
Dress: Alvina Valenta
Hair: Heart of Light
Shoes: Nine West

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

{Fabulous Red Shoes} Bridal Style

You want to make a fabulous style statement...but, you want others to see *only* if you show it to them? The Perfect Solution: Unexpectedly bold shoes! As long as the shoes are fab, it's really a pretty simple way to make a daring statement...and your hubby-to-be will appreciate the red shoes :-).

Dress: Angel Sanchez
Shoes: BP. Shoes
Hair Flowers: Emily Wootton

Friday, December 3, 2010

{Simple Elegance} Bridal Style

Elegant, yet fabulously embellished + embroidered, these bridal gowns by Louise Kennedy are for the modern bride who appreciates simplicity, uniqueness and elegance. Not an easy combination to pull off, but, these designs are exactly that...and beautiful, too.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

{Eco-Friendly} Bridesmaids' Gift Guide

{Bridesmaids' Gift Guide Part IV}

Gorgeous, thoughtful...and earth conscience, too. If you are a tree-hugging type of bride, you will want to give your maids some fantastic (& stylish!) green gifts. Nowadays, you can find fabulously earth-friendly gifts that won't break the bank...

Mineral Make-up by Pink Quartz Minerals
Vegan Soap Gift Packs by DeShawn Marie
Natural Perfume Oil by For Strange Women
Bamboo Shawl by Anny May
Jute Tote Bag by Monograms Markings and More
Bamboo Earrings by Isette

Monday, November 29, 2010

{Pretty Spring Pink} Bridesmaids' Style

I looove pink. So feminine, so delicate, so gorgeous! The perfect color for an outdoor wedding for spring or summer 2011. Also, this cute one shoulder dress can be worn again and again...

Bridesmaids Gift Tags + Bracelet: Nina Renee Designs
Dress: Lela Rose

Friday, November 26, 2010

{Dramatic Ruffles} Bridal Style

Gorgeously placed flowery ruffles make these dresses by The Couture Gallery dramatic..... yet, elegantly modern.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

{For Her Office} Bridesmaids' Gift Guide

{Bridesmaids' Gift Guide Part III}

Who doesn't have a home office area nowadays? These cute gifts are thoughtful and perfect for any work or home office. I love looking at beautiful-ness while at my helps to get my enthusiasm back up from those "not so fun" tasks.

(Also, the custom portraits, mug and vinyl art would be great gift ideas for groomsmen, too!)

Custom Portraits by African Grey
Porcelain Mug by Gleena Shop
Heart Dishes by My Polka Dot Pottery
Tea Mug Cozy by Knit Storm
Personalized Stationery by Invita Paper Studio
Vinyl Wall Art by Planet Wall Art

Monday, November 22, 2010

{Deep Red + Chocolate Brown} Bridesmaids' Style

Red is the color of love...deep, bold and beautiful! Pair deep red with a rich chocolate brown to keep the boldness chic, sophisticated and elegant...

Gift Tags: Nina Renee Designs
Swarovski Bracelet: Nina Renee Designs
Dress: JLM
Shoes: Chinese Laundry
Hair Fascinator: Chloe and Maddie

Friday, November 19, 2010

{Designer Bridesmaids' Gifts} Under $100

{Bridesmaids' Gift Guide 2010-2011 Part 2}

You would surely impress your girls with a cute designer accessory...and you don't have to bust your wedding budget in the process. Check out these fabulous gift options for your bridesmaids!

Bracelet ($85) + Lunch Bag ($30) by Dooney & Bourke
Lip Gloss Duo ($51) by Chanel
Perfume ($65) by Badgley Mischka
Boudoir Candle ($18) by Vera Wang

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

{Perfect Bridesmaid's Gift}: Interchangeable Earrings

{Bridesmaids' Gift Guide 2010-2011 Part I}
Who doesn't love to receive a fabulously versatile gift? (I do!) Which is why I was inspired to create these classic, yet modern, pretties. Sophisticated freshwater pearls *or* sparkly Swarovski crystals for your wedding...the choice is yours. Your bridesmaids will wear these far beyond your wedding other special events, or to the office.
Also, the timeless & simple design makes a perfect gift for mom, grandma or any woman, regardless of her age.

These fabulous earrings are in my shop right here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

{Green, Grey + White} Bridemaids' Style

I've always loved this color combo...modern and fresh....but, sophisticated, too. This dress is definitely a keeper for bridesmaids wanting a dress to wear beyond the wedding festivities...lovin' those pockets!

Custom Earrings: Nina Renee Designs
Shoes: Nine West
Dress: JLM Hair Flower: Emily Wootton
Custom Bracelet: Nina Renee Designs

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

{Fabulously Detailed} Bridal Style

My favorite thing about bridal style...(or ALL style for that matter) is: unexpected, fabulous details!

I love how designer, Phillipa Lepley, uses bold details to make her uniquely gorgeous gowns. They are embellished, embroidered, laced and jeweled to perfection!

Monday, November 8, 2010

{Modern Feminine} Bridal Style by Carolina Herrera

There are beautiful details in each of these dresses... ruffles, lace and layers of fabulousness!

My favorites are the short sleeved beauty, pleated and trimmed in lace....and the fabulous relaxed romantic gown with matching hat. Just gorgeous. Carolina Herrera does it right with her Spring/Summer 2011 Collection.

Friday, November 5, 2010

{Glittery Goodness} Bridal Style

A little sparkle can take your bridal style a long way. Glittery accents are perfect for the "modern glamorous" bride.

Upcycled Vintage Hair Clips: Nina Renee Designs
Dress: Alfred Angelo
Shoes: Dezario

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

{Plum Elegance} Bridesmaids' Style

Mix deep purple with lighter shades, including lavender. It will give you a vast amount of choices for accessories and decor won't necessarily have to have the "perfect shade of purple" for things to come together fabulously.

This dress is gorgeous, elegant and feminine...perfect!

Dress: JLM
Flowers: Blue Sky Weddings
Hair Flower: Aya Wedding
Shoes: Nine West

Friday, October 29, 2010

{Traditional Glam} Bridal Style

If you're looking for traditional style on your wedding day, you may want to consider choosing a dress and/or accessories with delicate lace details. Timeless and classic, lace is the epitome of femininity and elegance. And best of all, it's just beautiful!

Dress: Caroline Castigliano
Headband: Nina Renee Designs
Clutch: Angee W.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A {Fabulous} Little Black Dress: Bridesmaids' Style

Who doesn't need another fabulous little black dress in their closet? :-) A LBD is such a versatile and practical option for bridesmaids! Also, they can each pick out their own style (within the bride's parameters, of course!) AND, they can wear it again and again! Perfect.

My favorite thing about this inspiration board: Everything is handmade!

Gift Tags + Bracelet: Nina Renee Designs
Dress: Holly Stalder
Clutch: Independent Reign

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

{Beautiful Neutrals} Bridesmaids' Style

Neutrals are elegant and timeless....but, best of all, you can add virtually any other color and the palette will still be fabulous. I love this little dress by has pockets, too! Very modern and pretty!

Earrings + Necklace: Nina Renee Designs
Dress: JLM Shoes: Nine West
Flowers: Karen Tran Florals

Friday, October 22, 2010

{Beautiful Rosettes} Bridal Style

Style Trend: Rosettes, rosettes...and more rosettes!

This modern take on the classic rose is truly fabulous... plus, the options for bridal wear + accessories are endless. Oh... and those shoes are...just...gorgeous!

Handmade Faux Bridal Bouquet: Hair Bows Wonderworld
Dress: Rosa Clara
Shoes: Cole Haan
Rosette Hair Combs: Jannyfay

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

{Modern, Trendy + Glam} Bridal Style

Make a statement with your dress, shoes and earrings...without being over the top. And, of course, touches of gold are always fabulous...

Shoes: Enzo
Flowers: Martha Stewart Weddings
Dress: Vera Wang
Earrings: Nina Renee Designs

Monday, October 18, 2010

{Burgundy, Gold + Creme} Bridal Style

The combination of these colors are beautiful and sophisticated for the fall without being to "fall themed." Also, I love the monogrammed tie...unique, elegant + stylish!

Tie: Cyberoptix Tie Lab
Hair Comb:Pinking-Edge Designs
Dress: Tara Keely
Clutches: LouLouBell
Ring: Formia Design

Friday, October 15, 2010

{A Touch of Pink} Bridal Style

An elegant way to make a unique statement on your wedding day is to have just a "touch" of color to your ensemble. A subtle way to be different...but, still fabulous!

Shoes: Bourne
Vintage Glam Hairpins: Nina Renee Designs
Dress: Monique Lhuillier Spring 2011
Flowers: Blue Skye Weddings

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

{Romantic Loves Glam} Bridal Style

Perfect for the bride who wants a dreamy gown with gorgeous sparkle.

Jenny Peckham's 2011 Collection is the perfect marriage of romantic flowy meets glamorously jeweled. Her strategic placement of glittery goodness among the soft layers and just beautiful.

Monday, October 11, 2010

{Something Blue + Silver} Bridal Style

Incorporating the tradition of "something blue" into fabulous modern style is simple: do whatever you want ...any accessory can be blue and stylish.

My favorite trend right now is definitely the brooch bouquet...not only is it glamorous and won't die and will last for years to come!

Brooch Bouquet: Lions Gate Designs; Earrings: The Peach Tree; Dress: Alan Hannah; Bridesmaids' Gift Tags: Nina Renee Designs; Shoes: Nine West

Friday, October 8, 2010

{Full-Figured and Fabulous} Bridal Style

It's nice to know that beautiful modern dresses come in plus-sizes for our voluptuous brides. I do especially love the short jacket option ...which adds coverage for those of us who are a bit self-conscience about our arms. Also, the jacket is fabulously chic AND can be worn with other wonderful!

All gowns are by by Alfred Angelo.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

{Romantic} Bridal Style by Claire Pettibone

It is very clear that designer, Claire Pettibone, is all about romantic femininity! Her collections are fabulously adorned with beautiful laces, fabrics and flowers. Not surprisingly, she also has a gorgeous luxury lingerie collection. Sexiness just oozes out of both collections...

Perfect for a casual seaside celebration... or a more traditional nuptial gathering...these beauties would be lovely for both!

Monday, October 4, 2010

{Glamorously Formal} Bridal Style

Definitely the look for the bride who wants every single detail from head-to-toe to be fabulous, eye-catching glam. She will not have to wonder if she'll be the star on her special day...because there won't be any competition :-)!

The veil by Tessa Kim is one of my favorites as far as short veils are concerned...very vintage glam, yet modern and sassy, too...I love it!

Bracelet + Necklace: Nina Renee Designs
Shoes: Vera Wang
Dress: Caroline Castigliano
Veil: Tessa Kim

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sleek + Chic Bridal Dresses by Suzanne Neville

While I love ruffles, rosettes and all of that girly-ness, I also adore the chicness of a beautifully sleek and modern gown.These dresses by Suzanne Neville are unfussy and simple...with the details strategically placed to accentuate a woman's body... so lovely! My fave is the one shoulder dress with the glam embellishments...absolutely gorgeous!

Monday, September 27, 2010

{Fuchsia, Black + Flats} Bridesmaids' Style

I personally love and prefer a beautiful high heeled shoe, however, your bridesmaids may be a little more practical. Luckily, cute special occasion flats are very trendy these days!

Although, these Kate Spade flats do not have a practical price... at $285, your bridesmaids' may be a tad bit offended if you suggested these pretties (unless you're forking the bill)....but, there are many affordable options to choose from via the internet or in department stores....get searching! :-)

Clutch: BCBG
Tie: Rabbit Stop
Dress: JLM
Shoes: Kate Spade

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bridal Dress Style By Leanne Marshall

Recently, I posted about former a Project Runway I'm posting about another one: 2008 winner, Leanne Marshall. She was known on the show for her remarkable way of using fabric in "wave like ruffles," a unique trademark of her designs. Two years later, I think she's doing a fabulous job of incorporating her "waves" into new and exciting designs in her bridal collection...great job, Leanne!

Monday, September 20, 2010

{Modern Girly Girl Ballerina} Bridal Style

Tulle, tulle and more tulle! I'm *so* loving the trend of bringing classic ballet style to wedding fashion...very feminine, playful and of course .... girly girl.

Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Handmade Dress: Claire Lafaye
Hair Fascinator: Amie Noel Designs
Freshwater Pearl Earrings: Nina Renee Designs

Friday, September 17, 2010

{Fabulous} Wedding Favors: Bath and Body

When I came across these favors, I just HAD to share them with you! :-)

These favors are great for a bridal shower as well as the wedding; practical, unique, visually pleasing and handmade...everything you want in a gift favor.

Top Row: (1) Personalized Soap by The Sudstress (2) Handcrafted Butterfly Soap by Enchanting Soap Favors

Bottom Row: (1) Towel Cupcakes by Lymonia Dawkins (2) Mini Bath Bomb Cupcakes by My Other Princess (3) Custom Monogrammed Gift Soap by Noirliliana

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Apple Green Bridesmaids' Style Inspiration

Pair apple green up with ivory to add a bit of elegance to a playful color...and....these shoes are fabulously magnificent .... expensive, too!

Clutch: Red Ruby Rose
Earrings: Nova of Love
Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti

Monday, September 13, 2010

{Anything But White} Romantic Goddess Bridal Style

If you're looking for this style of wedding dress, Designer Douglas Hannant has the eye for making gorgeous romantic Grecian Goddess like gowns. His collections are for the modern bride who craves to be different, but still adores the easy romantic feel. I really love the soft floral printed dress in purples and greens...although it is not a white dress, the bride wearing this beauty will still *undeniably* be the belle of the!

Friday, September 10, 2010

{Gorgeous} Wedding Dresses by Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier is one of the best designers when it comes to modern + feminine wedding gowns. Her 2011 Spring/Summer Collection is wonderfully diverse...with lace and beading and rosettes, but, there's still that polished modern edge. My 2 favorites here are the lace dress with the beautiful vintage style lace overlay...and the strapless sleek beaded gown is just fabulous!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

{Pretty Princess} Bridal Style

Fabulous details for a fabulously styled bride. One of my faves: The gorgeous vintage-y trim on these shoes...oh-so perfect...

Flowers via Martha Stewart Weddings
Shoes: Martinez Valero
Dress: Rosa Clara
Barrette: Nina Renee Designs

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

{Soft and Pretty} Bridal Style by Carol Hannah

Do you remember Carol of the 2009 finalists from Project Runway? (I LOVE Project Runway!) Well, she's still going strong and making fabulous wedding dresses and accessories...see more of her goodies here. Great job and continued success to you, Carol! :-)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

East Meets GLAM Bridal Style

I've always loved the way accessories can totally change a look...for this's all glam! The deep "V" kimono dress welcomes a bold pendant sexy + stylish.

The unexpected twist, however, is definitely the vintage brooch bouquet! WOW! Walking down the aisle with that will surely keep the attention on the bride...I love it.

Brooch Bouquet: Lion's Gate Designs
Shoes: Bourne
Kimono Dress: Love June Boutique
Pendant Necklace: Nina Renee Designs

Friday, August 27, 2010

{Chocolate Brown and Ivory} Bridesmaids' Style

Rich chocolate brown paired with ivory is classy and sophisticated. However, the large modern Swarovski hoop earrings keep things fresh and fun...

Gift Tags + Earrings: Nina Renee Designs (coming to my shop next week, stay tuned!)
Dress: Jenny Yoo Collection

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

{Beautifully Detailed} Bridal Gowns by St. Pucchi

These gorgeously designed dresses by St. Pucchi are not for the shy girl...they are for the stylish woman who's comfy in her own skin.

My personal fave is the gold dress with the jacket...very sophisticated and perfect for a non-traditional winter wedding.