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It’s Easy to *Fall in Love* with Wedding Gloves

Audrey Hepburn did it in Funny Face

photo courtesy of lilpaisley.typepad.com

Jackie “O” wore ’em when she made her way down the aisle to JFK…

photo courtesy of life.com

Even the eptiome of princess standards, Cinderella, kept it classy in her over the elbow accessories…

photo courtesy of bangthemisfit.blogspot.com

No matter who you are, what your personal preference or style is, there is simply something undeniable about the classic nature wedding gloves bring to a bridal look.  Whether their long, luxurious and crisply polished with satin buttons or short, lacey and decorated with delicate details, bridal gloves can be a chic way to dress up your big day. 

They can be kept true to form in white or ivory, inspired by Old Hollywood glamour and vintage velour or even taken to the next level and modernized with color, fingerless shape or Avant Garde appearance.  As always, the decision is left to the bridal beauty rockin’ ’em, but one this is for certain… bridal gloves have got classic style and vintage glam covered!  Take a gander below and see what I mean :)

photos courtesy of i-weddingdresses.com, shoponline2011.com, wedding-dress-gown.com, bridalshoesuk.co.uk, atfirstswoon.com and brides.com

November 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

What Happens When Fairytale Florals & Vampire Vixens Collide?: Pure Magic, of Course!

Designer, Lazaro (photo courtesy of jlmcouture.com)

If the saying, “little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice” holds true in its nature… then the following wedding dresses are a girl’s dream come true!

Combining the “sugar” of delicate florals and flowing fabrics to the bottom and the “spice” of form-fitting corsets and vamp’ed up couture to the top, designers the world over have discovered just how much opposites do attract when it comes to bridal gown glamour.  By creating the sharp contrast between the two, equally fantastical design trends, wedding gowns based off of this unique pattern give a large dose of once-upon-time whimsy with a supersized side of uber sessy!

My eye can’t help but dance from dress to dress styled with curve-hugging corsets, inspired by the undeniable sensuality of Victorian vixens and blossoming bottoms, paralleled by oversized Springtime blooms.  While neither design element is new to bridal fashion, the combination has become one of 2010’s biggest jaw dropping looks and is showing little to no sign of letting up in 2011! 

And while designers like Monique Lhuillier and Allure Bridals lead the pack for mixing these fashion phenoms, it’s no wonder soooo many others have also dabbled in this DIVA-liscious dress trend!  Look below to see what I mean:

Designer, Allure Couture (photo courtesy of allurebridals.com)

Designer, Allure Couture (photo courtesy of allurebridals.com)

Designer, Allure Bridal (photo courtesy of allurebridals.com)

Designer, Allure Bridal (photo courtesy of allurebridals.com)

Designer, Allure Bridal (photo courtesy of allurebridals.com)

Designer, Illissa by Demetrios (photo courtesy of demetriosbride.com)

Designer, Blue by Demetrios (photo courtesy of demetriosbride.com)

Designer, Ultra Sophisticates by Demetrios (photo courtesy of demetriosbride.com)

Designer, Monique Lhuillier (photo courtesy of moniquelhuillier.com)

Designer, Monique Lhuillier (photo courtesy of moniquelhuillier.com)

Designer, Monique Lhuillier (photo courtesy of moniquelhuillier.com)

Designer, Sposa by St. Pucchi (photo courtesy of stpucchi.com)

Designer, Sposa by St. Pucchi (photo courtesy of stpucchi.com)

Designer, St. Pucchi Couture (photo courtesy of stpucchi.com)

Designer, St. Pucchi Couture (photo courtesy of stpucchi.com)

November 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm 1 comment

Elbow, Elbow, Wrist, Wrist: Ms. Universe Inspires Glamorous Wedding Gowns

photo courtesy of glamoursurf.com

Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying the glam-WOW factor beauty pageants can divulge.  From the bouffant hair and bedazzled gowns to the super high heels and extra long lashes, beauty contests are all about glitz and glamour, which is precisely why they make an ahhh to the mazing place for diva brides to come alive!

At the epicenter of all this glamocity is the beauty pageants crowning component – the infamous evening gown strut.  Flying first class, it’s the one section of the show to epitomize all things G.L.A.M.O.R.O.U.S.  The girls transform into a frenzy of whimsy, complete with feathers, frocks and all the razzle dazzle rhinestones their flamboyant designers could get their hands on. 

They cover a broad spectrum of sassiness from form-fitting and flowing to over the top and understated.  Pending the girl, her personality and where she represents, the evening gown she wears can vary greatly from one girl to the next. 

And where could you possibly get a better representation of world class glamour than the Ms. Universe Pageant??  Airing Monday night, the well renowned pageant just crowned their 2010 winner (Yaaaaay, Ms. Mexico!!!), and there was little to no doubt that the “Ooh la la!” was out!  Inspiration below :)

It’s All About Asymmetrical!

No doubt every girl wants to stand out on her big day; however, not every girl wants to go too over the top.  One way you can get a punch of trend power and still remain timeless is by doing an asymmetrical dress… for seres, everyone will be impressed :)

Ms. Ireland, Rozanna Purcell and Ms. New Zealand, Ria van Dyke (photos courtesy of missuniverse.com)

Ms. Thailand, Fonthip Watcharatrakul and Ms. Greece, Anna Prelevic (photos courtesy of missuniverse.com)

Have a Gown Glitz’ed in Gold!

2010 is all about trends, and one of the biggest trends the wedding world is seeing are colored gowns.  But if rockin’ red or pullin’ off purple is simply too much, why not try to glitter yourself in gold?

Ms. Guatemala, Jessica Scheel and Ms. Czech Republic, Jitka Valkova (photos courtesy of missuniverse.com)

Ms. France, Malika Menard and Ms. Albania, Angela Martini (photos courtesy of missuniverse.com)

Power Up your Prettiest Dress with Pewter!

Gold is to Ivory as Pewter (Silver) is to White… Again, while color is becoming more and more popular for wedding dress designers, most often times, tradition prevails, and using more neutral shades like pewter, slate grey or silver can be a great compromise!

Ms. Peru, Giuliana Zevallos and Ms. Haiti, Sarodj Bertin (photos courtesy of missuniverse.com)

Ms. Costa Rica, Marva Wright and Ms. Colombia, Natalia Navarro (photos courtesy of missuniverse.com)

Give it up for Grecian! 

Ideal for a beach, destination or backyard wedding, Grecian styled dresses softly dance along your frame, while allowing you to dance the night away!  They offer a timeless, iconic style and can easily make any bride as beautiful as the Venus de Milo :)

Ms. Norway, Melinda Victoria Elvenes and Ms. Egypt, Donia Hammed (photos courtesy of missuniverse.com)

Ms. Peru, Giuliana Zevallos and Ms. Guatemala, Jessica Scheel (photos courtesy of missuniverse.com)

Be a Playful Bride with Pride!

With wedding dress designers branching out more and more, it’s no wonder that mixing fabrics, textures and shapes can often times create the most radiant looks of all!  I mean just check out these playful numbers…

Ms. Denmark, Ena Sandra Causevic and Ms. U.S. Virgin Islands, Janeisha John (photos courtesy of missuniverse.com)

Ms. Croatia, Lana Obad and Ms. Ireland, Rozanna Purcell (photos courtesy of missuniverse.com)

August 25, 2010 at 1:55 pm 2 comments

Really! They Could Wear it Again: Bridesmaid Dresses with a Print

photo courtesy of snippetandink.blogspot.com

Every bride always says it, and every bridesmaid always dreads it: “Really, girls, the best part about this dress is you could shorten it and wear it again!”

Um, no… no, you can’t.  Nine times out of ten (at least!), a bridesmaid dress is a bridesmaid dress is a bridesmaids dress.  I made no qualms to my ladies-in-waiting; while they were able to select the dress they liked best, it was still going to ‘maid-tastic :)

But alas, there is a solution!  Bridesmaid beauts and please conscious brides, may you find solace in the exception that proves the rule.  For the one in ten times dresses can be worn again… say it with me… PRINTS! 

While prints or patterned dresses may come off seemingly less formal, really are a fantastic way to incorporate vintage glam and retro chic style into even the most mod of wedding settings.  And because of their universal appeal, they can easily be re-worn for other weddings, formal gatherings or simply putting on your Sunday best! 

Check out some of my favorite printed princesses:

photo courtesy of greenweddingshoes.com

photo courtesy of google.com

photo courtesy of greatexpectationsky.com

photo courtesy of onestylishbride.com

photo courtesy of jesslehry.com

photo courtesy of wedding-for-two.com

August 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm 1 comment

DIY Divine: 5 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Dress

When I first started looking for wedding dresses, I started in a place with nearly 30,000,000 different options to choose from… Google, of course!  (For cereal, what did people do before internet and cell phones??  Haha!)  Anyhoot, this obviously led me down a countless amount of roads with an innumerable amount of options, and every dress – no matter if it was of my particular style or not – was absolutely b.e.a.uuuuutiful because, well, it was for a wedding day, duh :)

And with all that beauty rolled into all those options, I began to wonder how a bride could ever choose, and with soooo many dresses featuring different parts I enjoyed, I started to wonder how anyone ever did it in the first place…

Then, I came to the realization that every dress – like every home for sale – has potential to become whatever the bride envisions it to be.  Because every bride owns the right to make that dress her own

For Contemporary Cuteness:  Finish your dress with a Colorful Pair of Shoes and Clutch!

There’s a whole world of color out there, and they’re just dyin’ to be added to all that white…

photos courtesy of daily.wedshare.com and stylehive.com

For Flashy, Vintage Glam:  Pair your dress with Gloves and Gaudy Jewelry!

It’s like playing dress up all over again…

photos courtesy of onewed.com, picsdigger.com and Oscar de la Renta (right)

For Retro Chic’ness:  Give your dress a hint of hippy Flower Power!

Believe me, Mother Nature has never looked better…

photos courtesy of theknot.com, Vera Wang (center) and Atelier Aimée

For Modern Day Magic:  Tie your dress together with Ribbons & Bows!

Nothing says girly glam quite like colorful ribbons, tied into bows…

photos courtesy of marthastewartweddings.com

For Free Spirited Fashion:  Flock your dress with Feathers!

Be it peacock, ostrich or otherwise, you’ll be tickled by feather designs…

photos courtesy of bridesonthorndon.co.nz, Project Runway and Google Images

June 30, 2010 at 11:45 am Leave a comment

Marry in the Roses of June & Life will be one Long Honeymoon

1953 June cover of Ladies' Home Journal

It seems that ever since I can remember, little girls are always taught that June is the month to marry… being a November bride myself, I couldn’t help but wonder why.  So, like any good researcher, I first turned to my favorite grade school subject, history, to see what I could discover.

And discover, my dear friends, is exactly what I did!  Historically speaking, there are several reasons why June has been the unmistakable month to marry.  First, June is named after the Roman goddess, Juno, who is famously known as the patroness of marriage.  I mean, hello???… seems like a pretty good start to me! 

June is also the month known synonymously for warmer weather, and in previous centuries was typically related to the time of year right after a woman’s annual bath… and yes, I said annual… personal hygiene wasn’t really the main focus during the mid to late centuries.  I suppose, however, if everyone smelled to high heaven together, what diff did it make?  Haha!

photo courtesy of blog.photography.si.edu

Even as time went on, June remained the standout marrying month for female pioneers because it was thought if a woman were to get married in June, she’d birth her first child the following spring and have plenty of time to recover before the fall harvest.  (Is anyone else glad they were born in the 20th century?)

photo courtesy of movies.ign.com

But it’s not just historical facts, myths, legends and superstitions that lead so many women to say “I do” in June; it’s also all the hype that the present day puts on it.  In Bride Wars, both Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway’s characters refuse to be anything but a June Plaza bride. 

This same reference is made in Sweet Home Alabama when Melanie Smooter, played by Reese Witherspoon, reiterates to her supposed future mother-in-law that all the press would be expecting the Plaza in June… because apparently, if you’re a New York bride, it’s all about the Plaza in June.  And I have to admit, after getting an eyeful of the picture below, I can see why…

photo courtesy of allegrophotography.com

Without a doubt, June has been the hands down winner for “most likely to succeed in wedded bliss” year after year.  Several celebutantes – as if you didn’t already KNOW I’d need to reference them :) – have also followed the June bridal suit. 

photo courtesy of usmagazine.com

Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez (on marriage # 3) and Nicole Kidman (on marriage # 2) all took the plunge in June.  Kendra Wilkinson, Alicia Silverstone, Christy Turlington and Jennifer Garner said “I do” during the famed sixth month of the year, and not to mention, Marcia Cross, Adriana Lima and Tori Spelling who all made their love offish in June!

The list goes on and on, people.  (Even with brides that didn’t make it – cough cough – Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Anniston – cough cough – wed in June!)  There’s simply no escaping the phenomenon known as the June Bride.  Between movie references, celebutantes and every day brides, stepping out of single town and into married life was then, is now and perhaps forever shall be, June.

June 9, 2010 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

DIY Wedding Makeup Made Easy

With so many people looking to pinch pennies and save these days, brides-to-be everywhere are discovering the fierceness of DIY divinity.  Because the potential for do-it-yourself projects are only limited by the creator’s creativity, it’s no wonder that so many ladies in waiting are discovering their inner DIY divas and bringing do-it-yourself projects to the forefront of of bridal fashion.

And one area futures brides are really starting to dive into head first (pun intended) is makeup.  While I’m a firm believer that putting on makeup is an art form – I mean helloooo?!?!  You are painting a face! – I also know that practice makes perfect, which is why so many young ladies are taking to their colorful pallets and brushing on their most beautiful selves.  It’s a fun way to experiment and create a whole new you without the cost of clothing, salon ‘dos or even (dun, dun, dun!) surgery!

Since so many girls begin experimenting with makeup at a young age, many often times develop a knack… But what about the ladies who feel they’re lacking the girl gene when it comes to makeup??  No worries! 

I recently discovered my newest YouTube obsession while perusing the site for makeup reviews and came across (trumpets sound!) Michelle Phan.  This Asian sensation beauty has an ahhh to the mazing talent for beautifying and applying all kinds of different makeup looks, and she reveals how others can get the same look in her easy, step by step videos.

But Michelle Phan doesn’t just give you the step by step process of applying the goods; she also gives you a list of what goods to use!  Her channel page features everything from extensive step by step makeup tutorials and beauty tips and tricks to makeup savers and clear skin regulators.  As an official Lancôme spokesperson, she is certifiably fabulous, and one of my favorite people to watch! 

Below are some of my favorite tutorials, but feel free to check out Michelle Phan’s YouTube Channel for her entire beauty collection.  And don’t forget, MK has our own YouTube Channel to give brides-to-be the inside scoop on wedding trends, traditions and products!

A Romantic Glow:

Beautiful Skin: 

Fit for a Disney Princess:

For the little girl in all of us:

May 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm 1 comment

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