Monday, August 30, 2010

Bridal Event: Jenny Yoo Sample Sale

Jenny Yoo is having their sample sale this week! Bridal, bridesmaids, and evening wear dresses priced from 40%-80% off. Click here to view the invite and the collection.

Jenny Yoo Sample Sale
August 31 + September 1
12 - 7PM
300 West Superior Street
Questions? Email

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Photo Collages

Our new home has two really long hallways. I love them because I finally have a place to display all of our favorite photos. I already wrote about my plans awhile ago. Here are some photos to use as inspiration!

In the next few weeks, I plan on blogging about the home improvement projects we've done in each of the rooms. It's is, after two months, finally starting to come together!

This is so fantastic for an entryway!
The entryway for our new home, sadly, is probably my least favorite part of our new home. I kept this photo around for inspiration. I love that the photos are black and white but the color comes from different style frames.

I ended up going with all of the same frames -- similar to this photo. But I added different sizes to add more depth.

I kept this photo around as a what NOT to do -- I think the photos are too small for the space. I would have redone this space in a different way. Remember: go big!

I love love the photo on the left. This is closer to what I plan on doing! Black and white with some color photos, all with the same frames.

This is a bit too much. They spent the time to stripe the walls, add a coat rack, some fabulous artwork and yet left the hideous light fixture. Plus, I think it is too busy.

Picking the photos for the upstairs hallway had taken a tremendous amount of time. We went through hundreds of photos from our trips (5 international plus two dozen within the US) to narrow it down to 31 photos. Finally, we had to pick the size we wanted the photo. It is a ton of work! We're off to CostCo today to pick up the photos and put them in the frames. I hope that all of our efforts pay off.

Friday, August 27, 2010

New Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik's cobalt blue satin pump has made its way all over the blogosphere as an amazing option for a wedding shoe and also stole a few scenes in the Sex & The City movie.

Well for this season Manolo Blahnik has released this shoe in a new color - turquoise. I have a feeling this is going to be a hot shoe for upcoming wedding seasons.

Available here.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Kneen and Co.

Kneen & Co. houses an assortment of fine gifts and also offers another option for a Bridal Registry. They are hosting this special event to showcase a new line of linens by Sharyn Blond. The linens shown look lovely and the event would be a great opportunity to check out the shop.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Photo Mingle

In the past couple years, photo booths have become popular at wedding receptions. It's great fun for the guests and gives the bride and groom fun pictures. Along with photo booths, photography is always very important and something couples tend to value higher on their wedding priority list. To have all of these things combined into one at your reception, you should consider Photo Mingle.

Photo Mingle provides a kiosk like above to have at your wedding where guests can take pictures, make videos, and even write messages on their pictures. It can act as a guestbook, too. It is a touch screen and easy to use for all guest. Check out their website to watch a video that shows how Photo Mingle works!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bridal Event: Lazaro Trunk Show

Bella Bianca will be hosting a fabulous Lazaro trunk show that features their Fall 2010 Collection. The designer, Lazaro Perez, will be attending on Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th.

Lazaro Trunk Show
August 27th to 28th
Bella Bianca
17W527 Roosevelt Road
Oakbrook Terrace
To make an appointment, call 630.627.4027

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Winery Bachelorette Party

The immediate place people think of in terms of wineries in the U.S. is, of course, Napa. But for those of us with both budget and time constraints why not spend a day or weekend visiting a local winery (or two). It would certainly be a unique and fun idea for a bachelorette party. Rent a house or some rooms in a Bed and Breakfast. Your girlfriends will all be able to hang out, relax, and enjoy good wine and good food.

Here are some links to help you plan a local winery outing.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Oak Street's 4th Annual Charitable Wedding Walk

CS Brides is hosting their fabulous event again this year!
Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of bridal luxury with your friends and see couture gowns, beautiful jewels, and more. Swag bags are given out to the bride-to be, too! A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.

Oak Street's Fourth Annual Charitable Wedding Walk
Sunday, September 19th, 2010
Walk starts at
The Private Dining Rooms of Spiaggia
980 N. Michigan Avenue, Level Three
12 - 4PM

To purchase tickets, click here. Tickets must be purchased September 10th.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Major Sale on Shoes!

Blue Tux Shoes is having a major sale on shoes. Go to the website to find your perfect pair. Skip the bridal handbag though. Your Maid/Matron of Honor (or Wedding Coordinator!) will end up carrying your lipgloss.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Do you play by the rules?

In my latest issue of In Style, the reader poll was called, "Do you play by the rules?"

77% of readers responded that they would never wear white to a wedding. Really?! 23% of you think that it is acceptable to WEAR WHITE TO A WEDDING? It isn't. I've said it before, I will say it again: 110% wrong.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Bridal Event: The Beauty Girl - Nicole Pearl

The editor and found of The Beauty, Nicole Pearl, is coming to Michelle Rahn Bridal Salon. Come and drink cocktails, eat hors d'oeuvres and learn great bridal beauty tips!
Michelle Rahn Bridal Salon
August 18th
211 N. Green Street
6 - 8PM

Reservations are required, space is limited
RSVP by August 16th to Michelle at

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Glam it up

Glam is one of my favorite websites for inspirational photos. I can usually get lost on there for a few hours. And since you are probably busy planning a wedding, you don't need to bookmark yet another site to lose hours of your time. Except you do! Glam is great for finding fabulous photos of hair and make-up options to take for your trials.
I clipped the photo above of the lovely Zoe Saldana from the Oscars. I think you could take the photo to your hair stylist or your make-up artist. Why do you think? I love this look!
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