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Tiffany & Co. Launches Engagement Ring iPhone App

With her social schedule and style sense (not to mention her gig forwarding messages from Sing-Sing resident Sally Tomato), we’re pretty sure that if Holly Golightly were around in 2010, she’d be packing an iPhone in her designer clutch.  Just imagine her joy at discovering that her beloved Tiffany’s had launched an app of its very own! That’s right, the famed jewelry retailer has introduced the Tiffany & Co. Engagement Ring Finder iPhone app. Browse Tiffany engagement ring styles (rings shown are true to size), view diamond carat weights (you can customize styles with six different carat sizes), zoom in on details, save choices and share favorites via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter, all from your iPhone or iPad (though not all features are compatible with the latter).

The best part? Though your genuine Tiffany diamond engagement ring might cost more than a new car (you’re MORE than worth it, of course), the Tiffany engagement ring iPhone app is FREE!

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Nominate Houston Wedding Blog @ AisleDash.com’s Wedding Blog Awards!

If you’re reading this post, you’re familiar with the Houston Wedding Blog. And if you’re familiar with the HWB, then you know that we are one of the best wedding blogs around. And if you know that we’re such a fabulous wedding blog, don’t you want the world to know that you know so that they know too?

Nominate us for AisleDash.com’s Wedding Blog Awards and at least a good chunk of the world WILL. Judges include celebrity lifestyle guru Colin Cowie and renowned wedding planner and “eventiste” Marcy Blum (who just happens to be profiled in the July issue of Weddings in Houston, on newsstands now!), so the stakes are pretty high. But we’ve got confidence that our signature Houston blend of tradition, cosmopolitan sophistication, international flair and down-home hospitality is a winner in the making.

To nominate the Houston Wedding Blog, just choose a category (we suggest Best Local Area Blog or Best Magazine or Wedding Website Blog), take 5.2 seconds to fill out the nomination form, hit submit, and help HWB achieve worldwide (web) fame!

Nominations close July 22, so vote now, and please, please, please spread the word (linking to this post via Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc., is a great way to tell your friends)!

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The New Issue of Weddings in Houston is Out!

• Six pages of breathtaking wedding-reception table design.
• Nine pages of dreamy designer wedding gowns, hot off the Jan. 2010 Before You Say…”I Do!” bridal-soiree runway.
• Twelve totally personalized, absolutely exquisite Houston Real Weddings.
• The brand-spanking-new “Profiles in Elegance” series, featuring exclusive interviews with three of the world’s most famous bridal-gown designers and three of the world’s most in-demand celebrity wedding planners.

These are just a handful of the features you’ll find in the July issue of Weddings in Houston magazine, on newsstands—and at select bridal salons and wedding vendor locations around town—right now!

Of course, you’ll also find Houston’s best wedding consultants, floral designers, cake bakers, caterers, gowns, accessories, venues, photographers, video pros, transportation companies—everything you need to create the wedding of your dreams.

Plus, the new issue’s got Houston wedding services you’re not likely to find ANYWHERE else. For instance…

Looking for a scent expert to create a personalized wedding perfume of your own? Flip to the new issue’s Wedding Resource Directory to find Fúmme Custom Fragrance.

In-laws-to-be interested in getting you the perfect shower or wedding gift? Point them in the direction of renowned bridal/wedding portrait artist Sheila McGraw, whose listing appears in the same aforementioned directory!

All this and much more is available in beautiful, oversize, full-color glory in the new issue of Weddings in Houston magazine. Pick it up, tote it around to vendor and gown-shopping appointments, scrawl notes in the margins, dog-ear those glossy pages, share it with friends, splash a little Chardonnay on the cover, really, we don’t mind. After all, Houston bride, we made it just for you.

Happy planning!

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To Do This Week: Mia Bridal Couture Sample Sale

Christos, Kitty Chen, Watters, Kenneth Pool…Houston has been trunk show CENTRAL this past month or so, and we are loving it. Not only do our dear Houston brides get to hobnob with expert reps from some of the most desirable bridal design houses in the world, but those of you who buy your wedding gowns during these limited-time gigs get the benefit of that beloved trunk show treasure, the 15% discount.

What’s that you say? Schedule been so stuffed with to-do’s you haven’t had a chance to take advantage of any recent designer trunk shows? Fear not! This Thursday through Saturday, July 1-3, River Oaks Shopping Center’s deliciously chic Mia Bridal Couture is holding its sensational sample sale. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for fashionista brides on a strict bridal gown budget, and basically any bride who wants to look her designer best without paying premium designer-gown prices.

On Thursday, Mia is open extended hours, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is offering an additional 10% off already deeply discounted prices (for THURSDAY purchases only).

If you can’t make it Thursday, you can still have your pick of designer sample gowns at unheard-of prices on Friday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), so don’t miss out! No appointments necessary, just grab a couple of stylish, discerning pals and GO. Need more info? Call 713.622.2022 or e-mail info@miabridalcouture.com.

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To Do This Week: Kenneth Pool Trunk Show @ Mia Bridal Couture

PHOTOS COURTESY KENNETH POOL

Dramatic, glamorous, showstopping. These are the kinds of words you’ll find associated with Kenneth Pool bridal gowns. Kenneth Pool creative director Amsale Aberra says she loves being able to express “the more elaborate side” of her personality with the high-profile line, and it shows. The vintage-crystal embroidery? The sparkling jewel-appliqué details? The oceans of tulle and billows of gleaming duchess satin? These are no wallflower wedding gowns, baby. These wedding dresses command ATTENTION.

PHOTOS COURTESY KENNETH POOL

Like Bethenny Frankel’s for instance. The star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City recently got hitched in the strapless satin “Romantic” from Kenneth Pool’s fall 2010 collection. And if you think your bridal gown’s gonna need alterations, Frankel was almost eight months pregnant when she slipped into that snug, trumpet-style stunner!

OK, enough about reality-TV stars. Make Kenneth Pool part of your own wedding-day reality this weekend, when Mia Bridal Couture hosts a very special Kenneth Pool trunk show Friday and Saturday, June 25-26. Call  713.622.2022 or e-mail info@miabridalcouture.com now to schedule an appointment to meet with a Kenneth Pool consultant and try on a couple of these knockout gowns yourself (like maybe the “Knockout,” for instance, with hand-beaded tulle, silk organza and a dreamy chapel train). And enjoy 15% off your gown purchase when you buy during this event (and we do mean ENJOY—a 15% discount is nothing to sneeze at for gowns that tend to be somewhere in $4,000 to many-more-thousands-than-that range).

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