Friday, March 29, 2013

Anne Barge Trunk Show

Happy Friday! Another week is over and a weekend of bridal fashion awaits! Next weekend, the Nordstrom Wedding Suite is featuring show stopping gowns by designer Anne Barge. Think Great Gatsby inspired embroidery and intricate hand beading! Obsessed.  

April 5th and 6th
11AM - 7PM
Wedding Suite on 3
55 East Grand Street  

To schedule an appointment, please contact Juliette Geller.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

musings #3

I am still distraught over the end of the season of Dowtown Abbey.  I have been curious about the history of behind the show and find this article fascinating.  

I'm not sure which collection I'm more excited for: Kate Young for Target or Derek Lam DesignNation for Kohl's

Besides a new line for JCP, Marchesa is having an amazing contest with the Knot for a destination wedding in Hawaii that also includes china for 8.

Speaking of contests, have you entered ours for a veil or bridal jewelry?

I'm dismayed at the number of people that are blasting Victoria's Secret for this supposed collection aimed at middle school children. Can you Google before you judge?

Friday, March 22, 2013

I'm a Lucky Magazine Contributor!

I can't say how much I enjoy sharing my thoughts on everything from books, to bridal events, to beauty tips with my 'Bee' readers, it's so much fun to show you what I am currently loving and obsessed with! Now, I know in the past I've confessed my not-so-private adoration for magazines, and recently I've taken this love to the next level by becoming a Lucky Magazine Contributor! I couldn't be more excited. It's amazing to be a part of a 'community' with so many fabulous people sharing so many of their fabulous ideas. Check me out in the Lucky Community here, and keep your eyes peeled for more posts to come from yours truly!

Monday, March 18, 2013

"Get Fest Ready" Fashion Show at Bloomingdale's

I know it doesn't feel like it when you step outside, but Spring is upon us, and that means we can soon welcome back our pretty frocks, gladiator sandals and sleeveless blouses with open arms! Bloomingdale's has the right idea with their "Get Fest Ready" fashion show, on March 21st, styled by celebrity stylist Jacqueline Rezak of Rad and Refined. Inspired by music festival chic, get the low-down on the trends that are bringing the heat this Summer so you can steal the show at the hottest festivals like Bonaroo, Coachella and Chicago's very own Lollapalooza. I mean, who cares about the performers when you're strutting around in your studded high-waisted white denim shorts?!

Bloomingdale's "Get Fest Ready" Fashion Show 
Thursday, March 21st 
900 N Michigan Ave., Floor 5

Friday, March 15, 2013

If Jessa said 'I Do' in Chicago...

I don't know about you, but HBO's Girls holds a coveted spot on my Sunday night schedule. I. Am. Ob-sessed. Earlier this season, one of the characters, Jessa, had an incredibly quirky, eclectic wedding in NYC, think ethereal lace, exposed brick, lofty ceilings, and bohemian decor. This got me to thinking: if Jessa's wedding took place in Chicago, where would it be? Below are three local venues that immediately came to mind!

With delicate accents of flowers and strung lights, ARTango so easily can transform into an intimate setting for a small wedding. Add in the dramatic windows and wooden beams, and this venue has serious character.

An industrial inspired venue, the white washed walls and clean lines allow this space to cater to the tastes of individual couples. Also did you look at those windows?! So much natural light is happening, I love! 

Modern with a backdrop of amazing artwork, this gallery offers a fabulous amount of chic to any wedding! All the angles of the overall space create tons of mini spaces, a cool way to make such a large room seem less overwhelming and more cozy. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Justine M Couture Trunk Show at Bella Bleu

With a mix of classic, vintage and eclectic inspired styles, Justine M Couture's collections are designed with every bride in mind! Make a trip to Bella Bleu March 22nd and 23rd to shop this trunk show and enjoy an afternoon of wine and tea, not to mention special incentives for all attendees. Appointments are preferred but walk ins are welcome.

Bella Bleu 
143 N. Northwest Highway 
Park Ridge 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March Makeup Madness prented by Sonia Roselli

Forget basketball! We're talking all things beauty here. Everything about what I am going to share with you is beyond fabulous, so take a good moment to brace yourselves. This month THE Sonia Roselli is introducing her series of Makeup Master Classes for women who want to take their beauty regime to the next level.

  Check out the March lineup below for a closer look at what's in store:

DIY Bridal Makeup Class 

diy bridal makeup

Learn step-by-step how to acheive that perfectly-perfect wedding day makeup from Sonia herself! Cue gasps now. Nothing is more frustrating than getting your makeup done and loving it, but not being able to re-create the look at home! Now, with Sonia's expert help, problem solved.

March 16th at 2-4PM
March 17th at 10-12PM  
Cost: $45 per person 
7001 N. Glenwood Avenue 

A minimum of 8 participants are required per class so spread the word!
Register with a credit card by March 14
No shows will be charged.

Brush Hour Makeup Class 


Not to be outdone, the DIY class will be followed by Brush Hour. In this class, learn more about professional brushes and their specific used to maximize your glam factor! Now, if that's not enough, here's the added bonus: by the end of this class, you will leave with 16 professional makeup brushes worth $350*. I know, I know, here's how you sign up! 

March 23rdth at 10-12PM & 2-4PM 
March 24th at 10-12PM 
Cost: $149
7001 N. Glenwood Avenue 

A minimum of 8 participants are required per class so don't be shy, tell everyone!
Register with credit card by March 14
*Products are included in this class. You must prepay the non-refundable cost.

Catwalk to Sidewalk-Spring 2013 Trends 


To round out this amazing trio is the Master Catwalk to Sidewalk class. Cover the hottest trends from the Spring 2013 Fashion Week runways and learn how to seamlessly translate them into your everyday life. Now, I'm sure you're already convinced but if not please note that you get to keep all your trend-setting makeup, valued at $400*. I mean, how major is this?! 

March 30th at 10-12PM
Cost: $149 
7001 N. Glenwood Avenue 

A minimum of 8 participants are required per class, so tell all your friends! 
Register with credit card by March 14
*Products are included in this class. You must prepay the non-refundable cost.

Email or call 773.771.1102 to sign up or for more information. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Givewaway from SimplyBridal!

It's always a pleasure to introduce new brands and companies doing fabulous things in the wedding world, so say a big hello to! Launched in 2011, SimplyBridal has an AH-MAZING array of wedding fashion including gowns, veils and accessories for every type of bride. 

Saying that, I am beyond excited to announce that I will be picking one very lucky reader to win a veil or jewelry item, of their choosing*, from SimplyBridal!! Here's what to do: visit their website to peruse their products, comment below on your very favorite veil or jewelry item, and it just might end up at your doorstep! 

The winner will be selected on April 1st. Below are some of my accessory obsessions from the site, and if you weren't already dying for this giveaway before, I know you are now.

Silver Plated Earwire with Hammered Oval Link and White Shell Pearl

7" Gold Plated Three Small Oval Link Bracelet with White Coin Pearl

Lace Trim Veil 

*giveaways exclude jewelry by May Yeung

Friday, March 8, 2013

Dimitra's Bridal host Alvina Valenta and Ersa Atelier Trunk Shows

Always a source of amazing bridal fashion, Dimitra's Bridal welcomes Alvina Valenta's Spring 2013 Collection to their boutique March 7-10th. From delicate lace to lady-like tulle, Valenta's gowns cater to the ultra feminine bride. A combination of traditional and modern, these innovative designs are truly fabulous. One weekend not enough for you? 

Head back to Dimitra's March 21-24th as Ersa Atelier presents her bridal gowns for the first time in America! These French inspired gowns combine various silhouettes, fabrics, and shapes to create truly one-of-a-kind designs. These bridal gowns were surely worth the wait! Dimitra's will be offering special incentives to attendees purchasing gowns at the trunk shows. 

Dimitra's Bridal Couture 
March 7-10th
March 21-24th
1011 N. Rush Street
Third Floor
To make an appointment, please call 312.787.0920.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Haute Bride Wedding Accessory Trunk Show at The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery

So many fabulous events, just one weekend. Here's another to add to your list! The Left Bank Jewelry welcomes Chicago brides to their Haute Bride Wedding Accessory Trunk Show this weekend.  The trunk show will feature a special limited edition collection of wedding belts and sashes. 

From the experts at Left Bank, here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for wedding accessories:

1. Bring a photo of your wedding dress.
2. Wear a white/ivory shirt.
3. Special orders can take up to 8 weeks to deliver, so don't necessarily go by your wedding date but when you want everything in you hands.
4. Have fun!

To make an appointment, email or call 773.929.7422.

March 9-10th

The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery
1155 West Webster Avenue 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Free Martha Stewart Weddings Spring Issue

Always a source of abounding inspiration, The Martha Stewart Weddings spring issue hit stands on March 4th. The annual 'color' issue is overflowing with tons of innovative ways to incorporate an assortment of hues into your wedding day. 

The magazine's website has also recently launched a new "Wedding Dress Finder" application to help brides more easily navigate through the process of finding the perfect dress! Broken down into categories including: designer, silhouette, length, neckline, and color, the "Wedding Dress Finder" works to take the stress out of searching for your gown. 

To celebrate the release of this new app, you all have access to a free download of their digital subscription on your iPad here by entering this code: GFgCNm. Enjoy! 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Honey Bee Wedding Seminar at the Jewelers Center

I have exciting news. In a few weeks, on Thursday April 18th to be exact, I will be speaking at the Jewelers Center, located downtown Chicago, discussing Wedding Budgets and sharing tips to help ease the panic and fear of Chicago's very own! Along with my seminar, attendees will receive a special presentation from a select Jeweler. Now what's even better than me, you, and wedding dish? All of that plus a stellar Swag Bag! 

Please RSVP here or look for more information on Facebook. I hope to see all of you so very soon!

Jewelers Center 
Thursday, April 18th, 2013
5 South Wabash 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The 85th Annual Academy Awards: Who Wore What?

The high point of award's season, the stars brought the fashion, with a capital "F" to the Oscars this past Sunday evening. Below are my top five favorite looks of the night. Do you agree with me? Did these stars shine the brightest, or in your opinion, fall short of perfection? Tell me what you think in the comments below! 

Best Actress nominee (and winner!!) Jennifer Lawrence was the picture of perfection in her Dior Haute Couture gown. Complimenting the high drama of the dress with a simple Chopard necklace down her back, I nearly died for this look!

Have you ever seen Charlize Theron in a look she doesn't completely own?! I mean, that pixie cut is the best I've seen in long time. In a Dior couture structured gown and Harry Winston jewelry, Theron was a vision in white. 

Pardon me a moment while I audibly gasp. Channeling "Old Hollywood Glamour", in the words of Jessica Chastain herself, the Zero Dark Thirty star glimmered in this intricate Armani Prive gown. Between the movie star waves, bold red lip, and Harry Winston bracelet, Chastain can do no wrong. 

 Is that the Chrysler Building? No, just a statuesque Naomi Watts KILLING it in this metallic Armani Prive gem. Metallic everything is huge this spring, so this is not the last you've seen of this look. 

 First time Oscar attendee, Kerry Washington, hit the red carpet in a coral Miu Miu embellished gown and Fred Leighton ring. Complimenting her caramel complexion so well, Washington was a standout in this ensemble. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Francesca Miranda Trunk Show at Dimitra's Bridal

Welcome Francesca Miranda to Chicago! February 28-March 3, plan a date to preview her Fall 2013 collection at Dimitra's Bridal

If you're a fan of exquisite taste and a keen attention to detail (and really, who isn't??) 
then you're sure to be a fan of Miranda's gowns. From ballerina inspired tulle to ladylike 
lace to form fitting mermaid silhouettes, these dresses are truly one of a kind. 

Added bonus? Any attendees purchasing a gown during the event will receive special 
incentives, so get to shopping!

Dimitra's Bridal Couture
1011 N. Rush Street
Third Floor

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