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It’s happening already. The city has become “Christmafied” already. My colleagues are listening to Christmas music, it’s on in the stores, little white twinkle lights are dotting the trees on Park Avenue, and the Rockettes have already set up show at Radio City. Christmas is coming… earlier and earlier it seems.

Not that I’m complaining. I love the holidays. I love the sparkle of the holidays. And lately I’ve been into statement making accessories, so today, I bring you  statement making accessories with a whole lot of sparkle.  Necklaces, amazing little clutches, big earrings, bangle bracelets- good accessories can make an outfit. A beautiful dress in a classic cut and color makes a much bigger statement with the right accessories. But… I caution you, as with most things… everything in moderation. Follow the advice of Coco Chanel, and right before you’re about to leave, take something off.

Royal Medallion Charm Bracelet $36- Banana Republic

Royal Medallion Charm Bracelet $36- Banana Republic

Captured Gems Bracelet $178- Anthropologie

Captured Gems Bracelet $178- Anthropologie

Luxe Cocktail Bracelet $98 - J.Crew

Luxe Cocktail Bracelet $98 - J.Crew

Crystal Waterfall Earrings $55- J.Crew

Crystal Waterfall Earrings $55- J.Crew

Champagne Bubbles Necklace $55- Banana Republic

Champagne Bubbles Necklace $55- Banana Republic

Floral Grid Necklace $125- Banana Republic

Floral Grid Necklace $125- Banana Republic

Jeweled Button Earrings $26- Banana Republic

Jeweled Button Earrings $26- Banana Republic

Autumn's Bounty Bib $80- Anthropologie

Autumn's Bounty Bib $80- Anthropologie

Aflush Necklace $198- Anthropologie

Aflush Necklace $198- Anthropologie

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Maybe it’s that’ I just re-watched 500 Days of Summer and fell in love with it (and Zooey Deschanel’s wardrobe) all over again, but I’m loving vintage these days. Mixing it with contemporary pieces… I just love it. Plus it doesn’t hurt that I love just about everything from every era gone by. (Except maybe the 80’s. I lived through that the first time and somehow it’s just not as fun the second time around. Anyway, I’ve been inspired and I’ve been browsing Etsy, where else, for some seriously amazing pieces that I need to have. I bought a beautiful pair of vintage earrings from Belle’s Booty yesterday. See below. Side note- She’s awesome, and her stuff is great!

VIntage Earrings from Belle's Booty

I also bought these from Etsy seller Country at Heart.

VIntage earrings from Country at Heart- Etsy

And these from Vintage Alcove, also on Etsy.

Vintage Earrings from Vintage Alcove- Etsy

Here are some more of my favorite vintage things on Etsy these days… sigh. Enjoy!

Trio of vintage vases - from Impulse Art on Etsy

Trio of vintage vases - from Impulse Art on Etsy

Vintage Bumble Bee and Copper Locket from Freshy Fig- Etsy

Vintage Bumble Bee and Copper Locket from Freshy Fig- Etsy

Vintage1970's Manolo Blahnik's from Lula Mae-Etsy

Vintage1970's Manolo Blahnik's from Lula Mae-Etsy

Vintage beaded clutch from Lenore Eighty Four- Etsy

Vintage beaded clutch from Lenore Eighty Four- Etsy

Four Vintage Owl Glasses from The Relic Trail- Etsy

Four Vintage Owl Glasses from The Relic Trail- Etsy

How did it get to be August? Seriously. I have a Westchester Wedding this weekend so I’ll be sure and update you all next week. In the meantime… Happy hump day with today’s WED FAVORITES!

I love this… so delicate and feminine.

Mera Splash Vintage necklace from This Ilk- Etsy $38

Mera Splash Vintage necklace from This Ilk- Etsy $38

LOVE these. I’m a big fan of making your wedding bouquet be more than just “pretty.” Use it to honor a family member, or honor your new life together. These are super sweet and classic. Plus you can just tie them on. Easy- peasy. They’re also featured in the Aug/Sept ’09 issue of Modern Bride.

Wedding Charms from Cherry Creek Charms- Etsy

Wedding Charms from Cherry Creek Charms- Etsy

Love me some froof. You know it. PLUS these have beautiful love notes written on them. Amazing.

Love Letters Bridesmaid Froof $68 for Set of 4

Love Letters Bridesmaid Froof from Deciduous Soul- Etsy$68 for Set of 4

That’s all for now… new BEAUTIFUL and AMAZING  Real Weddings and Engagement Photos coming up!

Hump Day is here again! And as always here, are my WED Favorites for Wednesday! Happy browsing!

SO Pretty…

Ivory Silk Garter with Buckle by Woomi (Etsy) $34

Ivory Silk Garter with Buckle by Woomi (Etsy) $34

Silk Garter by Woomi (Etsy) $34

Silk Garter by Woomi (Etsy) $34

These are a must for any groom-to-be . Also available in GREEN, BROWN and GREY.

Black Groom's Socks by Erin Borges (Etsy) $30

Black Groom's Socks by Erin Borges (Etsy) $30

Plus her great Father of the Bride socks too!

Father of the BRide Socks by Erin Borges (Etsy) $30

Father of the BRide Socks by Erin Borges (Etsy) $30

Classic Elegance. I love it.

Celine Bracelet (triple strand) by Luxe Deluxe (Etsy) $76

Celine Bracelet (triple strand) by Luxe Deluxe (Etsy) $76

Hi lovelies!

It’s June. How did it become June? I don’t understand. This year is FLYING by already! Madness. Anyway… here are some of my favorite Etsy finds this week. Happy Hump Day! 

 

Lavish Head Froof from LaurelandMagnolia on Etsy.

Something Lavish Headband- Laurel and Magnolia's- Etsy $39

Something Lavish Headband- Laurel and Magnolia's- Etsy $39

 

Something Lavish Headband-Laurel and Magnolia-Etsy $39

Something Lavish Headband-Laurel and Magnolia-Etsy $39

 

Neck Froof from Twigs and Honey by Myra Callan

Rise and Shine Necklace - from Twigs & Honey -Etsy $70

Rise and Shine Necklace - from Twigs & Honey -Etsy $70

 

Custom “Eat, Drink and be Married” Rubber stamps from Crafts by Candice

Customized Stamps by Crafts by Candice - Etsy $19

Customized Stamps by Crafts by Candice - Etsy $19

 

Engagement Party or Backyard Reception fun with this vintage bowling set from Domestikate

Vintage Bowling Set from Domestikate- Etsy $46

Vintage Bowling Set from Domestikate- Etsy $46

 

Pretty paper Lanterns from Hannah Nunn on Etsy.

Pretty Paper Lanterns from Hannah Nunn- Etsy $134

Pretty Paper Lanterns from Hannah Nunn- Etsy $134

 

Ok so I’m really not a big jewlery girl, so it takes some seriously unique and fun stuff to get me going. I’m pretty classic. I wear the same stuff every day, HOWEVER… if I were to amp up my accessory world Kate Gray Designs is where I would start, and then I would follow to my old favorites like J.Crew, South Moon Under and Anthropologie. How much do you love these?? 

 

Benedikta Pearl Vintage Inspired Necklace $75- Kate Gray Designs (Etsy)

Benedikta Pearl Vintage Inspired Necklace $75- Kate Gray Designs (Etsy)

 

Daisy Pearl Vintage Inspired Necklace- Kate Gray Designs $60

Daisy Pearl Vintage Inspired Necklace- Kate Gray Designs $60

 

Dangling Pearl Necklace - J.Crew $68

Dangling Pearl Necklace - J.Crew $68

 

Chain Necklace with Center Bead Medallion South Moon Under $38

Chain Necklace with Center Bead Medallion South Moon Under $38

 

Sun Rise Nectar Necklace - Anthropologie $42

Sun Rise Nectar Necklace - Anthropologie $42

So there’s a part of me that really believes that in my past life I was sitting on a piano (Madonna style in Dick Tracy) singing my little heart out with a tumbler of brandy in one hand and a cigarette in the other. I LOVE the elegance and charm that is any and all things vintage. It’s so much more fun and unique than  cookie- cutter decorations, and accessories. On this hump day I bring you some of my WED favorite vintage pieces… another good place to shop vintage.. flea markets. Weather permitted… I’m heading there this weekend. Here are some treats to hold you over until then…

 

Oval Frame pouch from Oktak (Etsy) $78

Oval Frame pouch from Oktak (Etsy) $78

 

 

Silvertone Shoe Clips from Lorel Mae (Etsy) $20

Silvertone Shoe Clips from Lorel Mae (Etsy) $20

FYI- Shoe clips instantly change a pair of shoes and an entire outfit. I adore them, and these are wonderful. Or… make your shoes your something blue.

 

Vintage Half Bow Slingbacks (8.5) from Esea (Etsy) $14

Vintage Half Bow Slingbacks (8.5) from Esea (Etsy) $14

 

Vintage Hair Accessories from Che Che Couture (Etsy) $5.50

Vintage Hair Accessories from Che Che Couture (Etsy) $5.50

 

Vintage Brush & Comb Set from Vintage Butterfly 94 (Etsy) 415

Vintage Brush & Comb Set from Vintage Butterfly 94 (Etsy) 415

Oh the ultra preppy, ultra fun and flirty color combo. Perfect for beach side, destination and tropical weddings that embrace the bright colors. 

Photos COurtesy of TheKnot.com

Photos Courtesy of TheKnot.com

 Depending on your details you can substitute traditional wedding dresses with patterned Lilly dresses. I will caution you. Lilly is not a cheap brand. But you get what you pay for, and your bridesmaids… providing they like to pop their collar as much as you do…. will thank you for opting for a dress they WILL actually wear again. If you’re feeling extra sweet offer to pay for your bridesmaid dresses as a thank you for agreeing to make you their priority for the next 8 – 10 months. 🙂

 

Fitch Shift Dress in Grasshopper Green $348

Fitch Shift Dress in Grasshopper Green $348

 

 

Briere Dress Silk Chiffon $428

Briere Dress Silk Chiffon $428

 

AND… Lilly has a great part of their online shop called “The Little White Dress” which might be a perfect bridal outfit change for a more casual wedding, a rehearsal dinner or an out fit to leave your giant party in. People still do that right? A fun new take on the “honeymoon suit.” Or keep with your own theme and don your own pink and green ensemble fit for traveling to someplace exotic, warm and honey-mooney.

 

Fiesta Dress Sateen $288

Fiesta Dress Sateen $288

You can always opt for something a little bit more conservative and go with solid colored bridesmaid dresses from David’s Bridal in shades of pink or green with alternating colored flowers. Lime green dresses with bright pink flowers are beautiful! And a pale pink dress with a bouquets of green and white works too! Plus it’s a little less expensive for your ladies in waiting. You can always incorporate the patterned look with “Little Lilly” for your flower girls. They have adorable children’s dresses that are perfect for a preppy wedding.

 

Green Bridesmaid Dress from Jasmine Bridal

Green Bridesmaid Dress from Jasmine Bridal

 I know I put this dress up a lot. It’s just so pretty. I can’t help it.

Cotton Candy Sydney Dress $225 J.Crew

Cotton Candy Sydney Dress $225 J.Crew

 

 

 

Maren Dress $98

Maren Dress $98

 Even the groom and his boys can get in on the action. Brides.com put together this look for a preppy chic wedding.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Photo Credit: Three-button suit, Charles Tyrwhitt, ctskirts.co.uk. Pink-and-white striped shirt and tie with turtles, Vineyard Vines,vineyardvines.com.

Always Vineyard Vines Groomsmen ties. Always.

 

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Photo Credit: A clutch of peonies, roses, ranunculus and hydrangeas adds a jolt of color; about $275, Belle Fleur, NYC, bellefleurny.com.

Invitations can go one of two ways too. Pick a solid color and embellish with the other color, or use both in a more complex patterned invite.

 

Summer Fever Invitation from Custom Creations (Etsy)

Summer Fever Invitation from Custom Creations (Etsy)

 

 

Secret Garden Wedding Invitation by Tulaloo (Etsy)

Secret Garden Wedding Invitation by Tulaloo (Etsy)

 

 

Custom Invitations by Embellished by Tiffany (Etsy)

Custom Invitations by Embellished by Tiffany (Etsy)

Greet your guests with this Pink and Green guest book and pen set from Etsy seller Creative Bridal Solutions.

 

 

Pink & Green Guest Book by Creative Bridal Solutions (Etsy)

Pink & Green Guest Book by Creative Bridal Solutions (Etsy)

 

I’m a big fan of the out of town bachelorette weekend. I’m a bigger fan of brides saying thanks to their bridesmaids as much as possible. Do you really have any idea how much money we are spending on you?? A lot. 

To say thank you, fill a monogrammed (obviously) bag from The Palm Gifts with adorable preppy treats like, flip flops from J.Crew or these adorable pink and green checked ones from The Palm Gifts, Notecards from Lilly Pulitzer, and maybe even a silver monogrammed ring or preppy bachelorette coozies from Preppy Monogrammed Gifts. Also just a quick note about J.Crew… if you still have your student discount lying around you can get 15% off in-store (varies) purchases. Definitely worth using.

 

Flip Flops by J.Crew $24.50

Flip Flops by J.Crew $24.50

 

 

Lilly Circle Notes $16

Lilly Circle Notes $16

 

Polka Dot Bridesmaid Glasses $15

Polka Dot Bridesmaid Glasses $15

Seriously. How cute are those glasses!? I am obsessed. I love them. They are from Etsy seller The Preppy Polka Dot.  They also have these adorable shot glasses with fun ribbon that would be adorable to carry around for a bachelorette party!

Preppy Polka Dot Shot Glasses $9 each

Preppy Polka Dot Shot Glasses $9 each

And for further inspiration… courtesy of Vineyard Vines… because they’re awesome. Here are some pink and green wedding parties to rock your world.

 

Pink and Green Wedding INspiration

Pink and Green Wedding Inspiration

 

 

Pink and Green Wedding Inspiration

Pink and Green Wedding Inspiration

 

Pink and Green Wedding Inspiration

Pink and Green Wedding Inspiration

I hope you were all a little bit more lucky in life and love today! After all everyone really is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Make those little green leprechauns hiding in the shadows send some of that luck your way! In honor of my Irish half here are some of my favorite green Etsy items for you brides out there (and I personally know at least one) incorporating lucky and lovely shades of green into your wedding world! Green Weddings! So fun!

A word of caution: Don’t incorporate ALL of these things into your green wedding world. Often…less is more.

This is adorable from Etsy Seller LuckeyU. You can absolutely do this on your own too. A little spanish moss, branch basket and ribbon (local craft store) and you have your very own DIY ring pillow. OR you could just invest in this fabulous one.

 

Ring Bearer Pillow- LuckeyU on Etsy- $25

Ring Bearer Pillow- LuckeyU on Etsy- $25

 

Ring Bearer Pillow- LuckeyU on Etsy- $25

Ring Bearer Pillow- LuckeyU on Etsy- $25

No secret I love me some pink and green. But green works well on its own with weddings because it matches all your flowers- more or less- and it’s almost a “neutral” color when used sparingly as an accent color with other neutrals. These super cute polka dot ties from Etsy seller Me and Matilda, would be great with a khaki colored suit. Very casual, very backyard, very good near water. Love them!

 

Me and Matilda Neckties on Etsy - $126 for 7 ties

Me and Matilda Neckties on Etsy - $126 for 7 ties

 

Neckties from Me and Matilda on Etsy- $90 for 5

Neckties from Me and Matilda on Etsy- $90 for 5

Subtlety can go a long way… ditch the bright green bridesmaid dress and opt for shades of green that COMPLIMENT each other. Don’t make me come find you…

 

Parrot Bay Silver Earrings from Jeanne de Andrade Designs $24

Parrot Bay Silver Earrings from Jeanne de Andrade Designs $24

Leg Candy… Green Garters go a long way.

 

French Boudoir Style Garter by Designs by Peterene on Etsy - $30

French Boudoir Style Garter by Designs by Peterene on Etsy - $30

And finally and quite obviously… lil bit of Froof…

 

Sweet Nothing Rose Fascinator from Tattered Rouge on Etsy-$18

Sweet Nothing Rose Fascinator from Tattered Rouge on Etsy-$18

Picking out jewelry for a wedding is not the most fun thing in the world. In fact, a little guidance from the bride I think, is definitely a good thing. It eliminates the awkward moment the day of that goes like this…

Bride: “Are you wearing those earrings?”
Bridesmaid: “Well… I was planning on it. You said you didn’t care what we wear.”
Bride: “Oh. Ok.” (Inside her head she’s saying, “I lied. I care. You can’t wear those hoochi mama hoops at MY wedding.”

Again, guidance can be a very good thing.

Admittedly, some brides are mum about jewelry until the day of the wedding because they often buy the jewelry for you as a gift. I thought the earrings that the beautiful bridesmaids of wedding #3 wore were really wonderful and looked gorgeous with their mint green dresses. I couldn’t get close enough to snap any pictures, but they looked a little bit like these Elsa Peretti earrings from Tiffanys, ($425) from 25 pews back…

If you don’t get any guidance talk to the other bridesmaids, and devise some kind of plan… no earrings only necklaces. Or absolutely no necklace only earrings. Don’t show up looking like a beach gypsy with a set of tarot cards…choose wisely, and sparingly in some cases.

For those of you in weddings with brides who TRULY don’t care, there are a lot of options out there to pick from.

CLASSIC/TRADITIONAL:

$195- $350

$195- $355

TOTALLY IRREVERENT:

$65 at South Moon Under

$60 at South Moon Under

There is also a a really great blog on InStyle.com called My Jewel Box, where the rich and not so rich come together to share their favorite baubles and bling and the stories behind them.

InStyle.com

Even if you can’t afford your own version of Donatella Versace’s Fred Leighton ring, at least you can stare at it, use it as a procrastination tool, or a ridiculous aspirational fantasy at work…there are worse things to daydream about.

InStyle.com also has a designer spotlight section that might better help you and your bride determine the kind of jewelery HER special day will call for. Is it going to be more free-spirit, Kate Hudson hippy fest on the beach which, might call for the bold link-and-chain designs of Ippolita, or a more sophisticated soirée ala Natalie Portman with diamond Art-Deco period pieces from Kwiat.

Just remember use these as inspiration with your bride… don’t scare the living bejesus out of her by sending her an email with a link to the $3,000 pair of earrings you’re hoping she’ll spring for. You might get fired from bridesmaid duty…forever.

Communication is key. Talk to the bride, and the other bridesmaids and figure out what look is best for the day, the bride and the dresses. Happy shopping!

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