September 25th, 2017
{6 Cool Bridesmaids Bags Your Gals Will Use Over and Over Again}
 

Your b’maids do so much sweet stuff for you. Here’s something sweet you can do for them: Gift them with bridesmaids bags they’ll clutch with joy on your wedding day, and use, with fond memories, and a ton of style, long after. Here are a handful of our faves!

Bridesmaids Bag Totally Crushin Pink Velvet Clutch: Lulu’s

So soft. So pink. So…FREAKIN ADORABLE. Lulu’s pink crushed velvet clutch tops our list of bags we’d like to have and to hold. The magnetic front closure and zip top mean this hip-and-girly b’maid bag will keep your gals’ wedding-day essentials safe. Carry as a clutch or attach the 48-inch gold chain strap that accompanies this totally versatile bridesmaids bag.

Bridesmaids Bag Femme Pouch Case: Anthropologie 

San Francisco-based designer Mary Frances created this beaded bag in homage to the vibrancy and diversity of the city where she grew up. And what a pretty city bag it is! Your bridesmaids can use the Femme Pouch as a makeup bag or mini-clutch, both on your big day, and on any date night, girls’ night or night on the town!

Bridesmaids Bag Pink Small Linen Pouch: Neiman Marcus

Neiman’s demure pouch is such a perfect combo of preppy crispness and cosmoplitan chic, with its natural fiber construction and funky metallic tassel. Personalize your bridesmaids’ pouches with their initials for an extra-special touch.

Bridesmaids bag Floral Medium Flat-Zip Pouch: Banana Republic

Add a pop of glorious color and a fun floral motif to your wedding-party style, with Banana Republic’s vibrant flat-zip pouch. Your gals can carry it as a clutch on your big day, and use it to keep things organized inside a larger bag, at work or at play!

Bridesmaids Bag Pouch in Metallic Italian Leather: J. Crew

J. Crew is our go-to for simple sophistication–and their metallic leather pouch is no exception. This luscious Italian leather mini-bag is pretty enough to use as a wedding-day clutch, and practical enough to use as an understated evening bag or inside-the-tote cosmetics pouch any and every day. Bonus: It can be monogrammed with your bridesmaids’ initials or something fun, like LOL, BRB, ETC and more.

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September 22nd, 2017
{5 Nail & Lip Colors for Fall Brides…and Brides-to-Be}
 

Myth: Bridal makeup must be demure, girly, and, for lips and nails especially, preferably some shade of neutral or pink. FACT: Your wedding day is your time to make a statement, darling. And if you happen to be an autumn bride, well…here’s some good news: Straight from the runway, the season’s hottest nail and lip shades are bold, dramatic, even, dare we say…gothic. Take a cue from pro makeup artists, and set off your wedding day look with intense lip and nail shades that make themselves known, rather than fading into the background. They also happen to look UH-mazing set against white, ivory and champagne gowns, and are totally on point for fall-season engagement parties, bridal showers and other swank to-do’s!

Fall 2017 Lip Color

1. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Damned” – NARS

Pair this ultra-vampy lip color with any transitional spring-to-fall piece in your wardrobe to complete your autumn look. Or bring an elegantly wicked edge to your heavenly wedding by making this your go-to bridal lip shade!

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2. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb – Sephora

It’s here! It’s HERE!! That’s right, lovelies…Rihanna’s long-awaited Fenty Beauty line has finally graced us with its arrival, just in time for fall, y’all! We’re loving on the ultra-nourishing Gloss Bomb–a shea-butter-infused, stay-put gloss in a gorgeous, shimmery shade of nude. Want to shine big time on your big day? The Gloss Bomb is your jam, sugar. SaintLaurent-Rouge Pur Couture Vinly Cream Lip Stain-Burgandy Vibes- NeimanMarcus1

3. Saint Laurent Pur Couture Vinyl Cream Lip Stain in “Burgundy Vibes” – Neiman Marcus 

Saint Laurent’s Vinyl Cream is both as durable and as luscious as its name suggests. Our favorite shade for fall is “Burgundy Vibes,” a magnificent burgundy-red hue that goes on like a liquid lipstick, but stays on like a stain (kisses, anyone?). The diamond-shaped applicator keeps things precise, while the rich formula provides 10-hour wear, with no drying or cracking. We are in LOVE.

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4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Fashion Collection Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in “Trax” – Sephora

Got a little vixen in ya? Let her out, at least through your fingertips, with Marc Jacobs Beauty’s limited-edition Fashion Collection Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in “Trax”–a black-burgundy creme shade that looks stunning against a backdrop of wedding white…and will enhance your ring-finger dazzler, rather than steal its shine.

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5. Deborah Lipppman Gel Lab Pro Color in “Waking Up In Vegas” – Deborah Lippman

Dull gray? NO WAY! With its warm greige tone and dual-patented nail-loving formula, this professional salon nail color is the ultimate in cosmopolitan sophistication. Rock it on date night, party nights…or the big night. It’s all good, gorgeous. Happy beautifying, loves!

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September 21st, 2017
{3 Hot Bridal Hairstyles + Our Earring Picks for Each!}
 

Hairstyle + earrings = the frame for your beautiful bridal face! Inspired by these looks? Make sure to ask your jeweler to show you a selection of similar earring designs to pair with your perfect ‘do

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1.) Boho Braid. French, Dutch, fishtail or a combo of techniques…whichever you choose for your wedding-day look, braided bridal hairstyles are so on trend. Natural hair not quite long enough to rock braided locks for your big day? Azur Salon at West Ave has the solution for that! Natural or…helped out a bit…wear your long bridal braid swept to the side, and pair it with a textured drop or modern ear-crawler for maximum cool.

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2. Messy Updo. Part classic chignon, part sexy tousle, the slightly undone updo is a lovely bridal hairstyle choice for medium to long locks. Because this style already has a lot of texture and movement, you don’t want to add more with super-elaborate chandelier earrings or oversize stones. Instead, opt for an elegant piece of hair jewelry, and dress your lobes with delicate pearl-and-diamond drops or studs.

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3. Half Up, Half Down. It’s a style compromise…in the most beautiful way! The half-updo takes your hair out of your face, but also allows for flow and movement. It’s both demure and dramatic, and it’s the perfect bridal hairstyle to frame your pretty face, and showcase a larger, sophisticated bridal earring style.

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September 20th, 2017
{4 Celebrity Weddings to Borrow Your Style From}
 

Celebrities…they’re just like us! Or rather, we can be just like them, by snagging a bit of paparazzi-ready style from their front-page weddings. The key is not to steal any one star’s entire wedding look, but to take inspiration from the themes and details that give their made-for-the-spotlight weddings that certain…magic. These 4 fabulous celebrity weddings are just a handful of our recent faves!

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Lauren Conrad & William Tell |Photographer: Elizabeth Messina |Source: Lauren Conrad

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1. Rustic Elegance: For her California wedding to William Tell, fashion and lifestyle guru Lauren Conrad rocked long, loose locks and a flowing custom dress from Mark Badgley and James Mischka, while her bridesmaids wore sweet and comfy styles from her very own dress line, Paper Crown . The couple wed in a nondenominational ceremony where they shared vows they’d written themselves, natch. At their California-cool reception, bare wood tables got a bit of classic elegance from hemstitched runners, accented with tousled, low centerpieces and long white taper candles.

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2. Lush & Lavish: “Modern Family” bombshell Sofia Vergara and “Magic Mike” hottie Joe Manganiello exchanged vows at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. The reception was held in the hotel’s ornate Venetian ballroom, where a canopy of creamy-hued floral garlands set a glamorous, ultra-romantic tone. At their reception, yellow linens and lush white roses topped dining tables, and the couple shared a first dance to Frank Sinatra’s 1964 classic, “The Way You Look Tonight.”

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Pippa Middelton & James Matthews | Source: Telegraph

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Pippa Middelton & James Matthews | Source: Telegraph

3. Timeless & Classic: Duchess Kate’s sis Pippa Middleton didn’t try to outdo the pomp and circumstance of her sibling’s royal affair, when she married beau James Matthews. Instead, she opted for a classic close-to-home wedding, donning a high-neck lace Giles Deacon dress (designed to create the impression of being seamless), and ivory satin Manolos, to say her vows in a historic parish. Post-ceremony festivities took place in a Belgian glass palace set up on the grounds of the Middleton family home, and centered on a timeless menu featuring caviar, Champagne and lobster, along with a projection show highlighting milestones of the couple’s love story. Awww…

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Italia Ricci & Robbie Amell | Source: US | Image:Dimitry Loiseau Photography

4.) Culturally Traditional: She’s been a “Supergirl.” She’s a “Designated Survivor.” And on Oct. 15 of last year, Italia Ricci took on one more starring role: bride. For her traditional Italian wedding to fellow actor Robbie Amell, Ricci wore a princess-worthy James Clifford ballgown, and the couple spoke traditional vows in a cathedral ceremony. For their lively reception, the couple, threw in plenty of current faves, such as a super-fun signature cocktail (made with vodka, basil and lemon), a decadent doughnut wall, and beloved wedding dance tunes including “YMCA,” the “Macarena,” and, yes, the “Chicken Dance.”

 

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September 18th, 2017
{7 Ways Neutrals Can Anchor Your Wedding Tablescape}
 

Basic beige? Not even. Choose linens, rentals and tenting in neutral hues to tie your flowers, table settings, and decor together. Ask your wedding planner and florist for tips, and take inspiration from these neutral wedding palette “tricks!”

1. A pattern in a neutral color acts almost as a solid.

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Photo: Joanna Krueger Photography |  Flowers, Rentals & Decor: Darryl & Co. | Location: Brennan’s Houston

2. Neutral chairs and linens paired with greenery bring the outdoors in.

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Photo: Pinky Promise Photography |  Linens:  EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Location: The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center

3. Barely-there “ghost” chairs and soft white tenting create airy space for larger receptions.

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Photo: Adam Nyholt Photography | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Maxit Flower Design

4. Pair a neutral pattern with gold and a range of pinks and greenery for a fresh palette.

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: AJ’s Urban Petals

5. Use varying saturations and tones of a classic neutral (in this case, taupe) to add dimension to decor.

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Photo: Koby Brown | Furniture Rentals: Darryl & Co.  | Flowers: Bows + Arrows

6. A light-hued, sheer runner paired with a natural surface acts as a texture rather than a color, creating layers of interest.

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Photo: Luke & Cat Photography | Rentals:  Swift + Co.

7. White, as a textured table linen or used sparingly on napkins or chair sashes, lends a clean, modern finish.

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Photo: Sylvie Gil  | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Todd Events

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