Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category

Bridesmaid Gift Idea: Mar Y Sol Clutch

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
Mar Y Sol Heart Clutch

Mar Y Sol Heart Clutch

We love our bridesmaids. We love doing good for the world. We LOVE Mar Y Sol’s simply, sustainably gorgeous little clutches (and so do the likes of Daily Candy, Glamour and Lucky, by the by).

We came across Mar Y Sol while dropping in on brides’ chats about which bridesmaids’ gifts were the biggest hits with their girls. Sure, we heard about all the usual stuff—pashminas, spa mani-pedis, earrings, etc. But these raved-about clutches really stood out, and here’s why: Not only are they beautifully designed and incredibly chic, but they are fair-trade bought and handmade in Kenya and Madagascar by local women artists using a combination of traditional weaving and contemporary techniques. Whenever a bride-to-be (or anyone for that matter) buys a Mar Y Sol bag, that purchase contributes to the artist’s economic independence and generates funding for community projects—what a beautiful way to celebrate the spirit of sisterhood with your ’maids, Houston bride.

We’re especially fond of the fresh, elegant Gigi collection, which includes one design with a butterfly closure, another with a contemporary take on the sunflower and still another accented with a carved wood heart to show your bridesmaids how much you love ’em.

Mar Y Sol Garden Clutch

Mar Y Sol Garden Clutch

If you’re still a stickler for the traditional mani/pedi gift, go ahead and pop a gift certificate for a local spa inside one of these beautiful, eco-friendly bags. We guarantee your ’maid will instantly be among the most fashionable girls in town!

Mar Y Sol Sunflower Clutch

Mar Y Sol Sunflower Clutch

Modern Bride and Elegant Bride May Be Gone—But We’ve Got You Covered, Houston Bride

Monday, October 12th, 2009

If you’re used to loading up on the latest bridal mags, Houston bride, your load just got a little lighter. That’s right, last week brought the news that publisher Condé Nast will cease publication of Modern Bride and its sister magazine Elegant Bride.

We’ll miss the two mags’ timely features on fashion, reception décor, floral design, planning and more. But we at the
Houston Wedding Blog and Weddings in Houston magazine plan to work that much harder on seeking out the latest discoveries, tracking the most popular trends and bringing you the absolute best in EVERYTHING wedding from Houston and beyond.

New to the blog? Check out some of our most popular recent posts, like these great items on
Indian weddings, or this roundup of our favorite head-to-toe beauty finds. Searching for the perfect wedding shoes? Have a look at either these or these lovelies! Plus we’ve got handy tips on how to handle
kids at your wedding, figuring out whom and how much to tip, when and where to get a wedding license in Houston, and much, much more.

For those of you who love the heft and high-gloss inspiration of an honest-to-goodness print magazine (and what bride doesn’t?), the new issue of Weddings in Houston hits newsstands in January. Look for all your favorite departments and features, incredible photo spreads featuring the latest in gowns, cakes, floral and more, plus the most comprehensive guide to Houston’s ceremony and reception facilities (including information on size and capacity, rental fees and available services).

Still missing something? Tell us! If there’s a topic you want to see covered by the Houston Wedding Blog or Weddings in Houston magazine, email blog@weddingsinhouston and let us know. Be our most valuable resource for feedback and suggestions, and we’ll be your most valuable resource for wedding-planning advice and inspiration. Promise!

Amsale Trunk Show @ Mia Bridal Couture

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
Photo Courtesy of Amsale

Photo Courtesy of Amsale

Fashionable brides, this is one Houston trunk show you WON’T want to miss. This Friday through Sunday, Sept. 18 – 20, representatives of bridal gown goddess Amsale bring the Ethiopian-born designer’s prized collection to Houston’s beloved Mia Bridal Couture.

Spectacular silk radzimir, silk faille and silk taffeta, sumptuous satins and ethereal organzas, crystal beading and vintage brooches—these are signature Amsale touches certain to be on breathtaking display at this much-anticipated September show.

Follow in the footsteps of Amsale’s celebrity fans—the self-made, FIT-trained designer has outfitted such stars as Salma Hayek, Vanessa Williams and Julia Roberts, and her bridal gowns have been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and in the blockbuster film “27 Dresses”—and make one of these magnificently constructed creations your very own.

Call 713.622-2022 today for an appointment, or simply pop in and soak up the glamour, girl.

And while you’re at it, how about a 15% discount for trunk-show purchases? Now that’s VIP treatment, indeed.

Photo Courtesy of Amsale

Photo Courtesy of Amsale

Wedding Shoes that Wow II

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Boring kitten heels? Dull dyeable pumps? Too-pointy T-straps that look like they’ll have you cringing in pain after the first dance? Even bona-fide shoeaholics can find themselves at their wits’ end when it comes to bridal footwear. If this sounds like your personal plight, Houston bride, you’re going to love this post.

We’ve been scanning the bridal fashion scene for knockout wedding shoes, and we’ve found some amazing beauties. For the sake of brevity, we’ve narrowed our picks down to closed-toe styles, in a nod to upcoming fall and winter weddings.

We invite you to try these darlings on for size:

Photo Courtesy of Zappos.com

Photo Courtesy of Zappos.com

Pretty, and so’s the price: That’s what we think about the Xion from longtime special-occasion favorite Nina. Along with a sassy “vamp band” and sweet rosette detail, this 3 ½-inch-heel pump has luxe features including leather lining and a leather sole. Nice!

Photo Courtesy of bellissimabridalshoes.com

Photo Courtesy of bellissimabridalshoes.com

From Paradox London, the Benjamin Adams Collection’s lovely Liza is handcrafted from duchesse silk and Swarovski crystals, with kid-leather lining. We adore the sweet pleats and itty-bitty bow.

Photo courtesy of myglassslipper.com

Photo Courtesy of myglassslipper.com

Tall brides take note: The lower-heel (1 ¾ inches) Lilla by Grace features a lightly elasticized slingback for fit and comfort, and delicate embroidery for refined bridal elegance.

Photo Courtesy of endless.com

Photo Courtesy of endless.com

For a whisper-soft touch of color, we are mad about Badgley Mischka’s pale pink Carlo. With its fashion-forward raw-edged rosette and divine mesh-covered satin upper, this willowy 4 ¼-inch-heel pump will remain a dress-up favorite long after your special day.

Photo Courtesy of NeimanMarcus.com

Photo Courtesy of NeimanMarcus.com

O.K., so the Ceci Air Rose from Cole Haan is technically a peep-toe, not closed, but we’re going to let it slide. I mean, how can we not jump up and down for an Italian silk-satin, rose-covered wedding shoe that pairs a sexy 4-inch-heel with sporty NIKE AIR® technology? Score!

Designer Spotlight: Pronovias 2010 Bridal Collection

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

There is a regal elegance to Pronovias bridal gowns that makes us think “princess,” but not the girly, twirly, glittery, Disney-fied kind of princess—the stately, majestic, gorgeously groomed, destined-to-inherit-her-kingdom kind.

A bit about the design group: Barcelona-based Pronovias opened its first bridal salon in Spain in 1968, then 80 more in Spain and elsewhere in Europe in the decade that followed. In the 1990s, the esteemed bridal design house finally (blissfully) made its way to the U.S.A., where it’s been outfitting high-profile (and lower-profile but equally style-savvy) brides ever since. Under the leadership of creative director Manuel Mota, the 70-person-strong Pronovias creative team turns out some of the most alluring gowns and accessories in the bridal universe.

We are head-over-heels for the 2010 collection, which includes several non-strapless and one-shoulder styles, as well as a couple of drop-dead gorgeous ballgowns.

Behold a sampling:

Photo Courtesy of Pronovias

Photo Courtesy of Pronovias

Photo Courtesy of Pronovias

Photo Courtesy of Pronovias

Photo Courtesy of Pronovias

Photo Courtesy of Pronovias

Photo Courtesy of Pronovias

Photo Courtesy of Pronovias