Thursday, July 16, 2009

Be a Princess Bride

Okay, I know I am on a bit of a wedding theme this week. But it is a very fashionable event for any bride, attendant, family member, or guest.

When many brides to be are asked what look they want to go for, very often they say "I want to feel like a Princess." Now, if you think about it, this is very broad. If we take a look of real and pretend princesses, you will see that their looks are all very different! The only thing I see as a common trend is long sleeves. But that's not very common right now. Especially for brides getting married in the warmer months. And many famous Princesses have been married for a long time now, so the styles have changed!

When I think of a princess wedding gown, I think simplicity, elegance, and good taste. You will probably never see a princess wearing something tacky. Take a look at these Princesses.

Diana and Grace

Mia, Buttercup, and Ariel

I have done some looking around and have come up with some beautiful gowns that I believe would be approved by any Princess. I think it's important to remember to not get anything over powering. Bigger isn't always better- especially when it comes to fashion!

Style EW9848 - $399 David’s Bridal
Alita Graham Style 31622178 - $1500 to $3000 Kleinfelds

Kirstie Kelly Style C2703 - $1000 to $3000 Disney Bridal
Style T8792 - $399 David’s Bridal

Style 2007 – under $999 Alfred Angelo
Style 11419 – Vera Wang (contact for price)

Kirstie Kelly Style A1914 - $1000 to $3000 Disney Bridal
Style12538 - $2500 to $5000 Vera Wang

Style 4203 - $3000 to $5000 Priscilla’s of Boston
Style PL266 - $3000 to $5000 Priscilla’s of Boston

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Feminine and Fun!

Look of the Day:

There is nothing wrong with looking girly and feminine. The key is to not over do it. if you are wearing a girly color, such as pink, I think it works well to add in a color to offset it. With this outfit I have chosen a pinkish red dress and matched it with gold and blue accessories. I think the combo works great for summer! This dress is adorable and conservative enough for the office, but pretty enough to wear to a nice lunch or even for an evening out.

Tracy Reese Scalloped Trim Dress - $155 The OutNet
Marc Jacobs Fresh Heather Clutch - $495 Bloomingdale’s
Anne Klein Roselyn Shoe - $41.99 (also in black)
Tori Spelling Enamel Station Large Oval Ring - $29.95 HSN
Zad Precious Metal Bangle Set - $11 Lulus
Pretty Floral Bobby Pins - $5.80 Forever 21

Deal of the Day - Birkin Look-a-Like

So anyone who is handbag obsessed knows all about Hermes Birkin Bags. The problem is, most of us can't afford one. And if you can, you may not even be able to find one! So here is an alternative I found from Baghaus. It is available in a variety of colors. Oh ya, it only costs $45. Enjoy!


Headbands are a great way to accessorize almost any outfit! And they help keep your hair back if needed. I love that headbands can be worn in both casual and formal situations. There are so many varieties out there. I am loving the trend of the flower headbands that make it look like you have a pin in your hair. It's just so easy! Every girl needs to own a decent collection of headbands! Here are some great ones to help get you started.

Duchess Headband - $28 Anthropologie
Posey Duet Headband - $32 Anthropologie
White Flower with Feathers Headband - $14.95 Etsy
Gold Outline Cherry Blossom Headband - $4.99 Etsy
Veronica Floral Headband - $8.80 Forever 21
Peacock Feather Headband - $6.80 Forever 21
Faux Reptile Headband - $2.80 Forever 21
Headband with Stones - $7.99 Target
Jeweled Skinny Headband - $14.50 JCrew
Beaded Headband - $15 Shop Intuition

Sale Alerts!

Nicole Miller dresses are on sale now at Billion Dollar Babes! They are discounted up to 75%!!

E.L.F makeup is offering $1.98 shipping. And their makeup is really cheap too!

Brooks Brothers Summer Clearance happening now!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Deal of the Day!

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Bridemaids Dresses That Will be Worn Again...and Again

Planning a wedding isn’t easy. I know. I planned one. Sometimes, as a bride, you can get a little selfish and start over analyzing everything your bridesmaids are doing, or not doing. So, try to put yourself in their position. Or, maybe, you have already been in their position.

One of the biggest gripes from a bridesmaid is over the dresses they have to purchase, have fitted, and wear for one day. Think back to a time where you were wearing something you didn’t like, or didn’t feel comfortable in. Would you want to feel like that in front of 100+ people while walking down and aisle and having your photo taken? I think not.

Woman come in many shape and sizes and it can be very hard to please everyone. If you have a wide range of body types in your wedding party, consider choosing one color and letting the girls chose their own neckline. If everyone is similar, ask what necklines they feel comfortable in. I know not everyone feels comfortable in a strapless dress, especially one that hasn’t been altered correctly. Yes, that can and possibly will happen. I believe it is very important to make these woman feel comfortable at your wedding because, not only is it nice, but you will see it in your photos, it will show in their faces.

If you choose a dress they can wear again after the wedding, it will cut down on the comments about the cost. Bridesmaid dresses are never cheap, but they don’t have to be crazy expensive! I believe if you are going to choose a dress that costs over $250, then you should foot the bill. Now, if you come from a wealthy background and your bridesmaids are also privileged, then that’s an exception. Or if you and your attendants are all set in your careers and are well out of college, that’s another exception. But when you are dealing with a group of woman who haven’t been out of school for too long, are just beginning their careers, and possibly planning weddings of their own, remember that not everyone can just spend hundreds on a dress. Take them into consideration you would hope they would for you.

This all being said, here are some beautiful dresses that can be worn more than just one time and are not crazy expensive. I personally like dresses with more of a flowy look to them. Nothing to stiff or thick as far as the material goes. To me, that screams bridesmaid dress, and I would feel awkward wearing for any other occasion. I hope some of these dresses inspire any future brides or bridesmaids out there!

Vineyard Style 1211 – call for Price* Priscilla of Boston
Beaded Maxi Dress - $89 BCBG (on sale now!)
Sophia in Chiffon 26M27 - $270 Vera Wang
Grace in Satin 26M23 - $240 Vera Wang
Vineyard Style 1504 – call for Price* Priscilla of Boston
Suzi Chin Maggy Silk Chiffon Dress - $168 Nordstrom
Silk Chiffon Juliet Dress - $69-$99 Jcrew (price depends on color)
Silk Chiffon Twist-Tank - $99-$170 Jcrew (price depends on color)
Long Goddess Dress - $79.99 David’s Bridal (on sale now!)
Halter Organza Tea Length Dress - $79.99 David’s Bridal (on sale now!)
Lydia Empire Waist Dress - $199 Ann Taylor
Lizette Silk Crinkle Dress - $199 Ann Taylor
Megan Chiffon Dress 20M12- $180 Vera Wang

Monday, July 13, 2009

Shoe Look-a-likes for Less!

So I decided to post more designer shoes versus cheaper brands. There really are a lot of look a likes out there! Many great options for those who love high fashion, but just can't afford it!

Kelsi Dagger Cola Back Zip - $164.95 Amazon
Pollini Cut Out Bootie - $470.40 Foot Candy

Patent Slingback Platforms - $26.99 Charlotte Russe
Giuseppe Zanotti Platform Crisscross Sandals - $542.50 Shop Bop

Persis – $169.95 Steve Madden
L.A.M.B Rusta Cutout - $355 Shop Bop

Siddons - $70 Aldo
Samantha – $490 Gucci
Mia Pocahontas Sandal - $29.99 Piperlime
Balmain Fringe Flat - $525

Martinez Valero Zenith - $160 My Glass Slipper
Manolo Blahnik Something in Blue - $945 Neiman Marcus

Cut Out Pleated Peep Toe Heel - $21 Go Jane
L.A.M.B Faran - $359 Zappos