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Those of you who know me, KNOW that I love me some froof. Ya know… oversize flower pins, a touch of feather in the hair, big satin flowers on the shoes a la Carrie Bradshaw. I love it. I think it stems from wearing too many bows as a child…Either way, I seriously cannot get enough of it. It’s everywhere this season, from tank tops and headbands to slingbacks and dresses. So go out and make a statement. Whether it’s at the shower, out on the town, or strutting down the aisle… go big or go home.

Etsy is a fabulous place to find all things froof. The stuff out there is so fun! If you’ve never been… you’re missing out. They have Hairpieces, headbands and flowers….

 

Etsy Seller NevaPlume- $36

Etsy Seller NevaPlume- $36

 

AOKI feather headpiece- $49 Etsy Seller Portobello

AOKI feather headpiece- $49 Etsy Seller Portobello

 

Etsy Seller $10 PierogiPicnic

Etsy Seller $10 PierogiPicnic

 

The White Collection- Etsy Seller calexandra $8.95

The White Collection- Etsy Seller calexandra $8.95

 

 

 

The Sophie Headband from Etsy Seller theLittleOak $20

The Sophie Headband from Etsy Seller theLittleOak $20

Anthropologie also has some really fun and flirty headbands with loads of froof

 

 

Brooches and pins…

 

Etsy Seller- $22 Jilliann's Pink Rose Brooch

Etsy Seller- $22 Jilliann's Pink Rose Brooch

 

Pale Beauty brooch $12.95

Pale Beauty brooch $12.95

And other fun things…

 

Etsy Seller- $25 Star Selection

Etsy Seller- $25 Star Selection

This is so great. This is a 5 satin rosette piece that detaches and can be added to any garmet! How much do you love that! Imagine adding it to the top of a simple little black dress! Not simple anymore… LOVE THIS!

Old Navy had some really great tanks in-store. They’re not available online, but they come in a whole bunch of colors with giant ribbon bows on the top left shoulder. It’s a nice little twist to the household beater.

And then there are Shoes…..

J.crew has these fabulous sandals that I would honestly kill for in every color. And they’re not $300+ like the rest of their shoes.

 

Satin Rosette metallic capri sandals- $78

Satin Rosette metallic capri sandals- $78

 

Matisse Black & Yellow Sandals- $118 Shoes.com

Matisse Black & Yellow Sandals- $118 Shoes.com

 

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

And on to the dresses… Seriously. Lela Rose is FANTASTIC. There’s froof everywhere. 

Lela Rose Spring 2009

Lela Rose Spring 2009

 

Lela Rose Spring 2009

Lela Rose Spring 2009

 

Lela Rose Spring 2009

Lela Rose Spring 2009

So, for those of you new, and not so new, to the bridal world let me diffuse a myth. Being a bridesmaid is not cheap. In fact, it is incredibly expensive. The brides who have had the (pleasure, luck, experience, nightmare) of being a bridesmaid know that it can cost a pretty penny, and hopefully go easy when it’s their turn to head down the aisle.  But brides who have never been a bridesmaid… it’s like those people that leave bad tips who have never worked in the restaurant business before… Bad form.

Here’s the reality. Bridesmaids drop cash on a blender for the shower,  the food, prizes and cake for the shower (usually the bridesmaids pitch in to pay for this), an array of ridiculous and sometimes tacky sashes, crowns and other nonsense for the bachelorette party, a wedding gift, their hair, their makeup, their bridesmaid dress, shoes, a bag, hotel accommodations, travel (planes, trains and automobiles- yeah that means you destination wedding girls) all with a giant smile. I spent close to $1,500 on one wedding I was in when all was said and done. 

The dresses can be the most expensive part of being in a wedding.

A good rule, especially in these economic times….

Brides…if you want your bridesmaids in $350 dresses, you better buy them yourself.

It’s unfair to impose expensive dresses on your bridesmaids when they’re going to be shelling out a lot more cash for everything else. Keep the next few things in mind when picking the dresses.

Top 3 things every bride should remember:

1. If you’re wedding is a destination wedding that requires hotel, airfare etc. for showers, bachelorette and wedding, offer to pay for something! Your bridesmaids hotel rooms or their dresses maybe? Taking some of the edge off is a nice thing to do if you want to keep your friends when your wedding is over.

2. If you and your hubby are “just-out-of-college” newlyweds, and so are your bridesmaids, odds are no one has established themselves in the real world and don’t have unlimited funds to spend on you. 

3. Yours might not be the only wedding your friends are in/attending this year. Ease up on the bridezilla antics.

There are cheap dress options. Buying in bulk and asking for a discount always works nicely. It’s amazing what you can get if you ask nicely. The worst thing that happens is the store says no and you take your business elsewhere…

Of course you can always opt out if you can’t afford to walk the walk. It’s completely allowed and bride should never hold it against her bridesmaids if they can’t afford to participate. It just makes life easier if all of this is taken into account BEFORE the wedding.

Happy Wedding Season…

Admit it. You do kind of care what they’re wearing and where you can get it for less. We’ve all tossed a trashy celeb mag into the basket on the last trip to the drugstore, and I know you’ve all spent at least one sunday of your life eyes glued to the red carpet during award season. With award season upon us, here are some red carpet  fashions fit for the aisle. And we tell you how to get the celebrity look for less. 

Kate Winslet’s beautiful Golden Globe  gown that retailed for around $7,700 get’s cheap and chic from Faviana for $298.

Kate Winslet's replica Faviana dress

Kate Winslet's replica Faviana dress

Some of my favorites from the 2009 SAG awards were Katrina Bowden in Christian Siriano, and Julie Benz from Dexter.

 

Dexter's Julie Benz at the 2009 Sag Awards

Dexter's Julie Benz at the 2009 Sag Awards

 There’s a similar dress at Lord & Taylor by J S Boutique for $218.

30 Rock's Katrina Bowden in Christian Siriano (photo Courtesy of TVGuide.com

30 Rock's Katrina Bowden in Christian Siriano (photo Courtesy of TVGuide.com

And you can score Katrina’s look for less with J.Crew’s Cotton Candy Erica Dress for $225

 

J.Crew Cotton Candy Erica Dress- $225

J.Crew Cotton Candy Erica Dress- $225

So we don’t have the celebrity cash to throw around…but it doesn’t mean we have to give up on fashion.

Here are some of my favorite new party dresses of ’09 that will carry you through the any kind of throwdown this season. Whether it’s laid back cheap chic, or high profile glitz and glam, these dresses are sure to impress.  

Of course there are some of my go-to favorites like Anthro and Banana, but I threw in one of my new favorites. CMarchuska is a fabulous new line by a fabulous and very lovely lady. Her dresses, tees and clothing is sexy and get this…it’s eco-friendly. I’ll tell you all about them in another post. For now just ogle “the sylvia dress.”

Casual, Laid Back Afternoon Shin-Digs…

 

Purling Stream Dress $298- Anthropologie

Purling Stream Dress $298- Anthropologie

 

 

 

Water Garden Dress $148- Anthropologie

Water Garden Dress $148- Anthropologie

 

Floral Neck-Split Shift Dress $168- Gap

Floral Neck-Split Shift Dress $168- Gap


 

 

Saucy Night Time Numbers that Turn Heads…

 

BR Monogram Silk Bow Dress- $250- Banana Republic

BR Monogram Silk Bow Dress- $250- Banana Republic

 

ABS by Allen Schwartz Ruffle Sheath Dress $288- Nordstrom

ABS by Allen Schwartz Ruffle Sheath Dress $288- Nordstrom

Sylvia Dress $135- CMarchuska Signature Collection

Sylvia Dress $135- CMarchuska Signature Collection

 

 Mid-Morning Brunching Frocks that totally trump a hangover…

 

Cap- Sleeve Shift Dress $130- Banana Republic

Cap- Sleeve Shift Dress $130- Banana Republic

 

Betsey Dress by Lilly $268

Betsey Dress by Lilly $268

 

Hailstones Shirtdress $158- Anthropologie

Hailstones Shirtdress $158- Anthropologie

 

Courtesy of 1-800- flowers.com

Courtesy of 1-800- flowers.com

 

 

The Champagne and Cupcakes post is one of our most popular and now you can make the perfect centerpieces for a Champagne & Cupcakes shower. I work with a serious cupcake maven named Megan at my happy little day job. She does not mess around when it comes to cupcakes. So for her birthday someone sent her this fabulous non-confectionary cupcake made out of flowers! The credit goes to 1-800 Flowers, but there are plenty of how-to’s out there on how to make your very own Cupcake Centerpieces out of my favorite cheap and easy stems- Carnations, peonies, mums and more! Perfect for your cupcake themed shower!

For step-by-step DIY directions check out Inspired Ideas.

 

Courtesy of Inspired Ideas

Courtesy of Inspired Ideas

Well Ladies… I hope this frigid New Year is treating you well. I apologize for the holiday hiatus, but I am in planning stages. This year has some changes in store for Be My Bridesmaid and I hope you’ll all come along for the ride and embrace that  change. Generally change is a good thing…so I’m told.

It is a new year with new weddings to share! Following my “8 in ’08” Wedding schedule last year, ’09 promises to deliver. We’re already repeating the past with 8 in store from January to November. Should be a good one!

I’ve added a new page to the site where you, my fun and  fabulous bridesmaids, can submit your perfectly planned shower, bangin’ bachelorette party or wedding to be featured on the site. Just click on Real Bridesmaid Submissions, and follow the instructions.

2009 promises to be another fun, exciting…and decidedly jam packed year of weddings. Share your stories, your photos and stick with us as we make some new and exciting changes to the site in the coming months!

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