Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bridal Event: Jenny Yoo Fall Soiree

Come and check out Jenny Yoo's 2011 Collection at her annual fashion show.

The event is $15 for the bride plus 1 guest. Parking is free.
Thursday, October 7
Zhou B Art Center
1029 W 35th Street
Chicago, Il 60609

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bridal Event: le Dress

Weddings involve so many events aside from the actual wedding day. Say Yes to le Dress is an event to help all of you brides outfit your wardrobe for this other special days - showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, etc. Along with a great assortment of dresses, Erin Gallagher jewelry will be showcased and Nika Vaughan will be there to provide makeup tips. Toast & Jam DJ's and Foodie Registry will also be present.

Tuesday October 5th, 6-9pm
1741 West Division St

Saturday, September 25, 2010

What's your favorite wedding tradition?

In the October 2010 issue of InStyle, celebrities were asked "What's your favorite wedding tradition?"

"I loved not seeing her that day until we saw each other during the ceremony."
-- Ellen DeGeneres

"Brides tend to forget to wear something blue. I had a little blue ribbon sewn into my dress that I really loved."
-- Ashlee Simpson- Wentz

"The toasts! Sometimes they're funny or inappropriate. You're like, "Wow, maybe you don't want to share that with 150 people."
-- Kate Walsh

"Well, I'm Mexican, so we have a lot of them. I love the lasso in Catholic ceremonies. It's basically a rosary that they put around the bride and the groom."
-- Eva Longoria Parker

The article really struck me because it took me awhile to have a favorite wedding tradition. I absolutely love the anniversary dance and am thrilled to see it slowly replacing the bridal bouquet toss. I rather celebrate marriage at any wedding.

What is your favorite tradition?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Couture at it's Best

Charlotte Dellal is the designer behind the fablous UK shoe line, Charlotte Olympia. Married in May 2010, she had Giambattia Valli design a gown for her. And, I adore the gown for the simple fact that it looks like two gowns, but is, in fact, just one.

The photo quality is poor; but use your imagination!

For the ceremony, the bride walked in with layers upon layers of tulle. (I am loathing the 80s effect on the photo too).

After the ceremony, the bride took the tulle off to show a dress that looks very different.

Do you love it? I do.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bridal Event: Million Dollar Wedding Event

The Wedding Salon will be hosting its first Chicago event. Stop by to visit with some of the top vendors in the industry. It will be a night filled with bridal luxury, sampling of hors d' oeuvres, cocktails, desserts, and you will get to leave with a great gift bag.

Monday, October 4th, 2010 4-9pm
The Sofitel Water Tower
20 East Chestnut St
Chicago, Il 60611

Monday, September 20, 2010

Buying a Gown at White House Black Market

How many mass retailers are going to enter the wedding gown market?

The latest is the Bridal Boutique at White House Black Market. I have only seen the photos online but like the designs. I really want to see the line in person though before giving a final opinion. Something can look great on the web but not so great in person.

My main concern is the quality of the dresses. Katharine which is made of polyester and costs only $348. Audrey is $698 but made of pure silk. In my eyes, the Audrey gown is the real bargain ... but again, I would like to see the gown in person to feel the quality of the material. Quality at WHBM is very much hit or miss, in my opinion.



Sunday, September 19, 2010

Love It. Hate It.

In the same September issue as yesterday's post, Vogue covered two recent brides that both happen to be models.

I adore Coco Rocha's gown. (If you haven't seen the video from her wedding, then where have you been? Click here.) The gown, designed by Zac Posen, it is stunning. And can be/ should be worn by only 1% of the population. She is truly breathtaking.

Lara Stone's dress is an entirely different matter. What was she thinking?! My initial impression is that even if she was marrying a rock star (she didn't, the groom is an actor), I hate this dress. I mean, I really hate it.

What do you think?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I love you, Oscar de la Renta

If you don't follow politics, Huma Abedin is Hilary Clinton's assistant, was recently married. Her gown was custom designed by Oscar de la Renta.

I absolutely adore this gown. It is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

PS. I love it even more for not being strapless.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bridal Event: Belle Vie Bridal Couture Sample Sale

This Saturday, September 18th from 8am to 9am only, Belle Vie Bridal Couture will be having a sample sale. Bridal Gowns will be on sale for $999, first come, first serve.

34 East Oak Street
4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bridal Event: Anne Barge Trunk Show

Anne Barge will be having a Trunk Show Preview Weekend at Belle Vie Bridal Couture on September 10th and 11th.

There will be an Anne Barge Trunk Show at Belle Vie Bridal Couture the following weekend as well, September 17th and 18th.

Special Incentives will be offered during the Trunk Shows

By Appointment Only
Belle Vie Bridal Couture
34 East Oak Street
Chicago, Il

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I don't even like Clinique...

I am absolutely obessed with the brand Milly. So much so, that I almost want to buy some Clinique make-up for this free make-up bag. Is there any great Clinique products that you can recommend? I might be willing to try them so I can get my free gift with purchase!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Bridal Event: The Dress by Nicole

Check out the 2nd Annual Sample Sale at The Dress by Nicole. Select wedding gowns, will be 20-60% off, along with bridesmaid, mother of the bride, and flower girl dresses and accessories.

September 10-12th
The Dress by Nicole
131 W Wesley St
Wheaton, IL 60187

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Nesting Newbies

Magazines are my absolute favorite. I subscribe to over a dozen and really enjoy perusing them for all sorts of ideas -- fashion to home decor. Online magazines are still new but I do love them almost as much. Besides Lonny, I read Nesting Newbies. They just came out with their latest edition, issue #4.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Home Project #1 - We love our hallway.

Well, we did. We finished our first home project. The walls are painted and we have our collage of photos up. Both of us are very pleased with the final result.

View of the hallway, coming from the front of the house.

Some of the images, up close and the other angle

View of photos when you walk out of the nursery.

My favorite photo of all time.
What's up next? The Guest Bedroom!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Home Project #1 -- Fabulous Hallways

I am sure that there are people that can get home projects done in a matter of minutes. Isn't that what these blogs and home decor shows lead you to believe?

Lies, all lies.

The one home project I was looking forward to was decorating our upstairs hallwall with photos from our past travels. While not quite as bad as when we tried to line our wedding invitation envelopes, it's a close second and definitely in the same level of Dante's hell.

Here were the steps involved:

  • Get inspired. I found mine and posted about it here.

  • Pick the photos. This took an incredible amount of time but was fun for the both of us. Since it was on our past travels, we had to put in a serious amount of time deliberating on how many photos from India VS Turkey. Hours people, hours went into this step.

  • Buy the frames. We went with classic black frames from IKEA.

  • Match the photos to the frame. There were some photos that were meant to be displayed at the 4x6 size while others were deemed worthy of an 8x10. Another chunk of time spent deliberating.

  • Contemplate what color to paint the hallway so that the photos would the focal point.

  • Have the walls painted by our fabulous painter.

  • Denton made cut-outs of the photos and hung on the wall for us to make sure that we like the arrangement. Ultimately, we decided to align the photos to an invisible line that was parallel to the windows. The arrangement took quite a bit of time and even some online research.

  • Deliberate the arrangements and bite our nails at the prospect of marring our hallway walls.

  • Bite the bullet and hang the photos.

I'll post photos tomorrow of the finished hallway!

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