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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

Bohemia Braid- NAti Hortig Image: Nati Horti | Top: Anthropologie- Freshwater Fringe Drop Earrings | Middle: BHLDN- Rihanne Earrings | Bottom: Baublebar- Fergie Ear Crawler

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.

1bridal-updo-Jessica Sim Image: Jessica Sim | Top: Blue Nile- Topaz Drop Earrings | Bottom: Neiman Marcus- Small Pearl Earrings

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.

6 High-Heeled, High-Drama Wedding Shoes for Stylish Brides

As the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey recede, as pavement dries and lawns firm up once again, we’ve been thinking about shoes. In particular, high heels. And most especially, sleek, chic, super-sophisticated, high-heeled bridal pumps, peep-toes and sandals that bring the bling…and a whole lot more. Craving a little footwear drama for your big day? Behold our current faves on the ultra-luxe bridal footwear scene. And be seen.

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Hangisi Jewel Pump: Manolo Blahnik

Enduring bridal footwear fave Manolo Blahnik hits all the right notes with the Hangisi, featuring a classic silhouette, pretty pointed toe and sparkling buckle detail, which peeps out perfectly from beneath just about any wedding dress style.

Viola-Jimmy Choo Viola: Jimmy Choo

Not for shrinking violets or demure debs, Jimmy Choo’s glamorous Viola has it all–ostrich feathers, zippers and oodles of dazzling crystals…yet manages to look completely elegant rather than over-the top.

christianlouboutin-madamemenule1 Madame Menule: Christian Louboutin

The ultimate in femininity, Christian L’s bow-accented Madame Menule, in off-white crepe satin, manages to balance “princess bride” with “fashion icon” flawlessly.

christianlouboutin-brodiriza1 Brodiriza: Christian Louboutin

For a wedding-day Louboutin with maximum opulence, you may want to opt for the spectacular Brodiriza, an exquisite half d’Orsay pump in ivory crepe satin, embellished in an ethereal handmade embroidery of sparkling clear and opaque crystals.

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Karolina Embellished Evening Shoe: Badgley Mischka

Soaring at 4-3/4 inches high, Badgley-Mischka’s Karolina is our hands-down favorite platform peep-toe right now. Why? Because it looks as good approaching as it does sashaying away (thanks to that gorgeous jeweled heel detail!), and because the sturdy covered platform lends support where we need it most. Happy shoe shopping, loves!

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Yes this knockout ivory sandal from Sophia Webster features a stunning embroidered swirl detail. And yes, it also boasts beaded embellishment and a stacked-bead heel we love. But our favorite thing about the whimsical Selina? Oh…that’d be the  and “Wifey for Lifey” message embedded on the soles of each perfect pair. Now that, love, is a bridal shoe!

Modern Black & White Wedding at Hotel ZaZa by Adam Nyholt

This week, as all of us take shelter from the unprecedented deluge of Hurricane Harvey, and take stock of everything that is dear and precious to us, we will be sharing some of our favorite weddings of the last few years. If you need an escape, a moment of peace, a reminder of the importance of family, friends and, above all, love, please settle in, snuggle down and join us. And once the storm clouds clear, and the water recedes, let us know what we can do to help you. We are all in this together. #BeStrongHouston #LoveConquersAll

Houston bride Rozlind wanted her wedding to be a fabulous party that still had a warm, inviting feeling. From the black and white decor, to the all-white flowers, and romantic candlelit ballroom at Hotel ZaZa, Rozlind and Matthew’s wedding was the definition of modern glam. If you think all of this sounds glamorous, just wait till you see Rozlind’s gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown and Nicholas Kirkwood peep-toe lace heels! Thanks, Adam Nyholt, for the beautiful photos and congrats to the newlyweds!

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Photos: Adam Nyholt, Photographer ~ Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier ~ Bride’s Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood ~ Venue: Hotel ZaZa ~ Décor & Rentals: Plants n’ Petals ~ Invitations: Bering’s ~ Registry: Kuhl-Linscomb

5 Super-Stylish “Something Blue” Picks for Fashionable Brides

OK y’all, we’ll leave the “something old” and “something borrowed” up to you (and your mom, grandma, favorite auntie, BFFs, etc..). But for something new and beautifully, bridally blue, we’ve hand-selected five “something blue” bridal finds we’re pretty sure you’ll find it hard not to fall in love with!

La Perla- Macrame Macrame Tale Bodysuit: La Perla

It’s not often that we come across a piece of lingerie that is as exquisite as it is supportive, but La Perla’s Macrame Tale Bodysuit happens to be just such a piece. Form-fitting, sensual, feminine and bolstered by delicate padding and ultra-comfortable underwire, this blue-if-it’s-a-bride bodysuit slips perfectly underneath (non-strapless) wedding dresses…and is equally well suited to wedding-night canoodling, or a romantic honeymoon romp. Oh la la!

blue-earrings-jewelry-Neiman Kiki McDonough Detachable Drop Earrings: Neiman Marcus

Classic in cut, but modern in style, Kiki McDonough’s gold-and-blue-topaz drop earrings get an extra dash of sparkle from delicate inlaid diamonds–just one of the reasons they’re preternaturally popular with McDonough’s well-heeled London clientele AND a favorite of brides who want their “something blue” to be something they’ll pass on to future generations.

Blue Topaz- bloomindales Blue Topaz Y Necklace: Bloomingdale’s 

If you’re planning on wearing a super-haute plunging-neckline bridal gown, you’ll want to check out Bloomingdale’s exclusive blue-topaz drop Y-chain necklace. We’re crazy about this piece’s simple sophistication and briolette-pendant dazzle. And we’re equally excited about repurposing this Y-chain for cocktail parties, date nights and fun-in-the-sun festivities long after the last post-reception sparkler has sputtered!

Maria-Badgley Mischka Maria Embellished Evening Shoe: Badgley Mischka 

A gorgeously embellished, brilliantly sparkling, sleek satin, subtle blue Badgley-Mischka bridal pump is all any bride needs to complement just about any bridal gown silhouette and get her “something blue” squared away, all at once, in flawless style.

Kendra-nail polish Turquoise Nail Lacquer: Kendra Scott

Oh, Kendra…your drop earrings make our lobes yearn for them, your pendants give us palpitations on the regular, and now, NOW, your gem-inspired nail lacquers (turquoise, most especially) are giving us the bridal blues in the best way ever. Thank you!! And thank YOU, Houston brides, who inspire every single one of our bridal beauty & style discoveries : ))

 

 

How To Pack The Perfect Wedding-Day Emergency Kit

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Whether you’re packing your own bridal bag (aka the wedding-day emergency kit) or having your MOH get one ready for you, you’ll want to make sure not to leave out a single wedding-day essential! You can go ahead and start getting your bridal must-haves ready a month before the big day, using our handy list of 10 wedding-day essentials as your guide:

  1. Snacks. You may not feel hungry with all the excitement surrounding you on your wedding day, but you’re going to need energy for this major celebration. Nuts or granola bars are a great source of protein, and will keep for months before your big day.
  2. Toothbrush and toothpaste. Buy a travel size of each to keep in your bag. You wouldn’t want to say your “I do” with anything less than fresh breath.
  3. A garment steamer. If you have a handheld one on hand you’re already winning! If not, get one. It’s an essential tool for smoothing out stubborn gown wrinkles, and can be used for last-minute clothing touch-ups for years to come!
  4. Bobby pins and hair ties. There are going to be lots of girls. Someone is going to need them, right?
  5. Sewing kit. A popped button or dropped hem is never good news. Having needle, thread and hem tape handy will save the day in a pinch.
  6. Mints, not gum. You don’t want to be captured on film chomping away like it’s nobody’s business, after all.
  7. Band-Aids. You’ll be wearing your bridal heels for hours. Even if you’ve made a pre-wedding effort to break them in, you’ll almost certainly have a few blisters or sore spots as the night progresses.
  8. Nail polish. Be sure to pack a bottle of your wedding-day nail color. Your bridesmaids should do the same. Chipped nails are a definite no-no in those detail shots your photographer is going to take!
  9. Lipstick & lip liner. You’ll be kissing your freshly minted spouse all night. Make sure your lip color is locked in or refreshed for photos.
  10. Blotting papers. A quick press to absorb any oil or sweat that may have snuck out to your skin’s surface, followed by sweep of translucent powder, will have you looking fresh and shine-free, in person, and in pix!