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So a couple of weeks ago, my recently engaged bestie, who you’ve all heard me talk about, made a visit north to the big bad city for some birthday fun. When we realized that J.Crew was having a Weddings & Parties Showcase and sample sale just blocks from my apartment, I casually suggested dropping by for a “quick look”. I knew she wasn’t really interested in doing the whole white dress shopping, but hey, J.Crew has some pretty fab bridesmaid dresses that can double as guest dresses. Plus there were shoes. So we went.

There were probably 4 or 5 rooms just with bridal gowns and dresses, some as low as $200! I was expecting mayhem, but we were probably two of maybe 20 people total there, on Saturday. The sample sale was held at the Flatotel Hotel, 135 W. 52nd St. from February 19 to Sunday, February 21, but they still had A LOT of stock left.

The dresses were beautiful. Simple silhouettes, and beautiful lines, but there’s something not so special about looking at the same style dress stacked 50 deep on the rack. Takes away from the “this is my dress and only my dress” idea. BUT, for $200, you could find a dress that would have been perfect for a beach wedding, a second dress to change into after the formal ceremony comes to an end, or just something in white to trash the next day in a “trash the dress” photo shoot that’s starting to trend with bride’s now.

Aside from the bridal gowns, they did have two rooms of shoes, though digging through the boxes under the table to find my size wasn’t something I was really interested in, especially after they confiscated my coffee at the door. We both tried on a handful of the bridesmaid dresses, which were EVERYWHERE, and very affordable, but sadly, we both left empty-handed. I honestly couldn’t believe it. I thought for sure we would be able to  find SOMETHING… but no.

I think the key to this sample sale ladies… know exactly what you’re looking for. Know your colors, know what style you’re looking for, and take your entire band of ladies with. I think if a bride had led her bridesmaids into that huge rooms with racks and racks of rainbow-colored dresses, she easily would have been able to outfit her entire party in under an hour.

It was a good first step in the planning process. Now if I can only get her to pick a date…

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I haven’t been to a wedding in 3 months. It’s a record. But in a week I get to go to my dear friend E’s wedding at a ski resort in Maryland, and I could not be more excited, and I cannot wait to share everything about it with you all so soon!

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite guest dresses out in stores now. Most of you know I’m not a bag whore kind of girl. No, no. I take my temptations in the form of shoes, (lots and lots of shoes) dresses and coats. It’s bad. By the way… sometimes you can get really amazing dresses that won’t make you shell out you’re entire paycheck, which… is amazing. And sometimes, you have to just suck it up, spend the money and promise yourself to wear it more than once. Enjoy!

Pleated Strapless Dress- Gold $39.99 from Target

Woven Strapless Dress- Plum Point $39.99 for Target

Satin Trim Sheath Dress $152 for Banana Republic

BCBGMAXAZRIA Bubble Dress $129.90 at Nordstrom

Cache Ruched Beaded Satin Sheath Dress $168 at Nordstrom

BCBGMAXAZRIA Faux Two Piece Chiffon & Sateen Dress SALE $118.90 at Nordstrom

Here are some of my personal favorites from some of the top designers for 2010. Photo’s courtesy of MSLO.

First up Monique Lhuillier…

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2010

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2010

From Carolina Herrera…

Carolina Herrera Spring 2010

From Reem Acra…

Reem Acra Spring 2010

Reem Acra Spring 2010

From Jenny Packham…

Jenny Packham Spring 2010

Jenny Packham Spring 2010

From Vera Wang…

Vera Wang Spring 2010

From Amsale…

Amsale Spring 2010

From Lela Rose…

Lela Rose Spring 2010

From Melissa Sweet by Priscilla of Boston…

Melissa Sweet by Priscilla of Boston Spring 2010

Melissa Sweet by Priscilla of Boston Spring 2010

Martha’s talking about it, and so is everyone else. This season’s hottest color trend… Sea Glass. I love it. Subtle, yet elegant and totally chic. Get inspired with some ideas below.

Photo's Courtesy of Martha Stewart/ Brides.com

Photo's Courtesy of Martha Stewart/ Brides.com

Here’s the “BUY-IT” breakdown…

Wafer Cake: Necco wafers– Mint shade available at necco.amazonwebstore.com; Invitations: HammerpressFavor Boxes: Materials from your local ARts Store. See How-To- Here; Bridesmaid Dresses (Blue): “Bellini” strapless dress, Siri, 415-431-8873. “Mallory” sweetheart crisscross halter dress, Jenny Yoo Collection; Collective Sea Glass Inspired Jewlery; Get a shot of something blue with a sparkling piece of jewelry that’s seaworthy and wedding-worthy. 1. Pendant necklace, by Danielle Welmond, from Twist, twistonline.com. 2. Beaded necklace with freshwater pearls, Rina Limor, rinalimor.com. 3. Quartz and chalcedony necklace, Suzanne Kalan, suzannekalan.com. 4. “Cleo” hoops, Rachel Leigh, rachelleigh.com. 5. Topaz and gold necklace, by TenThousandThings, from Ylang 23, ylang 23.com. 6 & 7. “Snowman” topaz earrings, and gold and topaz bangles, Ippolita, 877-865-5500. 8. Aquamarine chunk necklace, by Gabrielle Sanchez, from ABC Carpet & Home, 212-473-3000. 9. Brazilian agate bib necklace, Jennifer Rose, jenniferrosejewelry.com. 10. Bracelet with smooth fluorite, Becky Kelso, beckykelso.com. 11. Peruvian Amazonite earrings with diamonds, by Jamie Joseph, from Ylang23, ylang23.com. 12. “Stellar Mix” earrings, by Dana Kellin, from Fragments Prince Street, 212-334-9588; Earrings: Style GS688AQ, by Gabrielle Sanchez, from ABC Carpet & Home, abchome.com; Bridesmaid Dress (Green): “Orchid” jade shantung dress, Simple Silhouettes; Bottle Favors: Shop vintage shops, good will and $1 stores and then complete each favor with a typed out message inside from the you! ( Photo Courtesy of Brides.com)

So Brides.com today has this stellar piece up about Peacock inspired wedding ideas. And you KNOW I love me some feathers. Just remember… don’t go overboard. Integrate the colors into the wedding with subtle actual peacock elements. Otherwise it’ll just look like a complete and total mess… trust me.

First… this cake is to DIE for. Seriously AMAZING. $520- serves 40 by Mark Joseph Cakes

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

Then there’s the flowers…

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

And the bridesmaid dresses…

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

Photo by John Aquino- Brides.com

There are loads more fun and beautiful peacock inspirations to choose from at Brides.com. In addition, head over to your my never fail… Etsy… like these below.

Peacock Ring Pillow $28 from Busy Buttons- Etsy

Peacock Ring Pillow $28 from Busy Buttons- Etsy

Peacock Feather Boutonniere $15 Ruby Feather- Etsy

Peacock Feather Boutonniere $15 Ruby Feather- Etsy

HOLLY Peacock Fascinator $19 The Sleepy Albatross- Etsy

HOLLY Peacock Fascinator $19 The Sleepy Albatross- Etsy

Ok- so chloe & reese just launched this fab new line called Ardour, after bridesmaids united and banning tulle and sating down the aisle.  A bridal strike if you will. So Ardour heard the ladies calling and VOILA… new versatile and modern dresses for the wedding party. Count it.

The Ardour Collection features a whole bunch of new product. Full- length dresses, high- waisted skirts, one shoulder silk faille party dresses and dresses with froof and strapless classics. Plus they customize, AND they’re made locally right here in NYC’s Garment District. Love it.

Here’s how it works. Bride picks dress style. Then chooses from hundreds of luxury fabrics and color options imported from France and Italy. The dresses ship worldwide and specialists will work closely with out of state and international customers to send swatches, photos and samples for brides who are unable to visit the Manhattan showroom.

For more information on choloe and reese visit their international custom shoppe at www.chloeandreese.com and for Ardour call 888-317-1695.

Ardour Champagne Party Dress

Ardour Champagne Party Dress

 Ardour Rasberry & Navy Party Dresses

Ardour Rasberry & Navy Party Dresses

Ardour Yellow Faille Party Dress

Ardour Yellow Faille Party Dress


 

Alfred Angelo Coupon

Alfred Angelo Coupon

Food, water, shelter… bridesmaid dresses. Maybe not for everyone, but I know there are a few of you that are saving up your couch change to walk down the aisle, catch the bouquet and empty your bank account. Well dress designer, Alfred Angelo is making life a little bit easier with this offer.  From May 23- May 31st print this coupon and bring it into any Alfred Angelo store for $20 off EACH BRIDESMAID DRESS. Who doesn’t love that. There are plenty of dresses, style and over 55 colors to choose from. Take advantage of the opportunities put in front of you… get shopping ladies!

Just in time for wedding season Bloomingdales is showcasing bright colors and fun new styles perfect for summer receptions and soirees! I’m feeling fanciful, hopeful and completely aspirational today, so … I’m not saying these dresses are affordable necessarily, but beautiful… yes.

Hey… a girl can dream right? 

 

Phoebe Couture $370

Phoebe Couture $370

 

BCBG $248

BCBG $248

 

DVF $325

DVF $325

Coast "Surranna" $298

Coast "Surranna" $298

 

Kay Unger $430

Kay Unger $430

Laundry by Shelli Segal $345

Laundry by Shelli Segal $345

 

Catherine Maladrino $295

Catherine Maladrino $295

I LOVE Vera Wang’s new bridesmaid collection. They’re beautiful, unique, totally wearable and MADE TO ORDER. Love it. Below are a few of my favorites. Plus, you can head over to Brides.com to check out an interview with Vera herself on this fabulous new collection! 

 

From Top: Dee $220, Lillian $230,  Alice $200 and Bridget $190

From Top: Dee $220, Lillian $230, Alice $200 and Bridget $190

 Here are some of my favorite  dresses from the Spring 2010 Collections…

Vineyard Collection 2010

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Vineyard Collection 2010

 

Amsale 2010

Photo courtesy of brides.com

Amsale Collection 2010

 

Peter Langner 2010

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

 Peter Langner Spring 2010 Collection

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Anne Barge Spring 2010 Collection

 

 

Photo courtesy of Brides.com

Photo courtesy of Brides.com

Carolina Herrera Spring 2010 Collection

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Rivini Spring 2010 Collection

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