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So before it was even New Years retail stores were already swapping sweaters for shorts. Seriously. A little early? Maybe. But it’s certainly setting the tone for Spring.  The hot new trend for spring is literally “Tying the Knot”, nautical style.
Get inspired ladies…

Polka Dot Sheath in Deep Blue $79.50

Banana Republic Rayon Striped Dress $98

Nine West Babealish $79

Nine West Babealish $79

Four-chain link bracelet by J.Crew $68

Striped Pursuit Top $98 at Anthropologie

Longing for Yellow Dress $158 at Anthropologie

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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

Well ladies I have been waiting to blog about some amazing froof, and the day has finally come. The Blue Onion Marketplace is an adorable new online shop that just opened up with full-force. Back in the Spring of this year, I stumbled across Michele (she’s the super fabulous owner at Blue Onion) and her amazing collection of Dulken & Derrick pins. These are THE beautiful silk flowers you see styled on all of the latest fashions for J.Crew.

Well now they’re available for you to style at home. Which is seriously amazing.

Dulken & Derrick is perfect for Fall, and PERFECT for weddings. Pin the corsages to a great jacket, dress or t-shirt and go.

Here are some of my favorite’s

Yellow Parrot Tulip Pin $27.99

Yellow Parrot Tulip Pin $27.99

Soft Blue Gardenia Pin $41.99

Soft Blue Gardenia Pin $41.99

White Peony Vintage Pin $47.99

White Peony Vintage Pin $47.99

Large Butter Poppy Pin $37.99

Large Butter Poppy Pin $37.99

We did a test run with some of these fabulous pieces at Katie & Chris’s Wedding in the Woods. I pinned the Vintage White Peony pin- above- into my friend Shauna’s super simple updo. With her Navy and white dress and…

Shauna with Dulken & Derrick Pin

Total success.

But heed this quick warning ladies… when you’re unpacking that duffle from your weekend away, avoid throwing these amazing pins into the wash. They’ll die. Trust me.

But seriously, these are totally versatile. Pin them on a dress, fasten it to a belt, or bobby pin it into your hair. They’re beautifully made and have a seriously high-end feel. Plus, they’re super affordable.

So The Blue Onion Marketplace also has super fun OTHER things too. I hear the Dulken & Derrick pins, but they also carry Streamline Luggage– which is A-MAZING.  The Editor Series is my favorite… I think. I also really love The Aviator Series. They’re so old Hollywood yet… made in Ireland. I love it.

They also carry Passotti Ombrelli umbrella’s and hats, and have a line of Kate Aspen luggage tags and party favors coming soon!

Now here’s the best part. FREE SHIPPING in SEPTEMBER. Just enter the Code: WELCOME at checkout.

J.Crew Aholics– Aren’t you so excited by this?!?!?

Happy shopping girls!

It’s that time again… Salute your inner prepster. It’s summer. Why not? If you bestie frequently sports a string of pearls, a popped collar, madras flip flops and anything with a whale… this post is for you lady. Listen up.

A shower should be a reflection of all that the bride is, so if your bride-to-be is a seriously put together, pink and green model of preppy perfection make your life easy and follow suit for her bridal shower.

Here’s everything you need to know to plan a perfectly preppy bridal shower.

THE INVITATIONS
This is your first clue to guests that this shower is going to be pretty-in-prep. So shop around and set the tone here.

Preppy Stripe Invitation from MyGatsby.com

Preppy Stripe Invitation from MyGatsby.com

Andalucia Green Invitation by Bliss from Paper Buzz

Andalucia Green Invitation by Bliss from Paper Buzz

Preppy Gingham, Plaid and Polka Dot Invitation by Polka Dot Paper Shop

Preppy Gingham, Plaid and Polka Dot Invitation by Polka Dot Paper Shop

THE DRESSES
I’m a pretty firm believer that bridal shower attire should always still remain a little bit on the dressy side. Not over the top evening wear obviously, as they used to say, your Sunday best. But if you’re a pretty little preppy I shouldn’t have to tell you that. You wear your pearls to sleep don’t you? What?   I do.

These fun new “Summer in the Vineyard” dresses from Kiel James Patrick are PERFECT for a preppy shower, whether it’s the bride, her maids or her lovely ladies in waiting, these sweet summer frocks are perfect for a preppy shower.

Lindy Mayfair Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

Lindy Mayfair Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

Chartner Meadow Melon Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

Chartner Meadow Melon Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

April Darling Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

April Darling Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

OR

go traditionally preppy and sport something in Lilly, and J.Crew or Vineyard Vines with looks like these…

Bowen Dress Solid Lace by Lilly- $248

Bowen Dress Solid Lace by Lilly- $248

Embossed Green Lorelei Dress $118

Embossed Green Lorelei Dress $118

Vines Skylark Dress by Vineyard Vines $295

Vines Skylark Dress by Vineyard Vines $295

THE CENTERPIECES
If you were lucky enough to hit up the MacKenzie Childs Barn Sale last weekend (which was amazing) you can make use of the seriously discounted and seriously adorable planters they have to decorate tables. If not, you just have to dig a little deeper in your pocket. Plant adorably simple herbs like rosemary, basil, parsley and thyme and DIY your own adorable plant sticks with materials from your local craft store.

Courtly Check Planter $25 from MacKenzie- Childs

Courtly Check Planter $25 from MacKenzie- Childs

Pink & Yellow Stripe Planter $25 from MacKenzie-Childs

Pink & Yellow Stripe Planter $25 from MacKenzie-Childs

THE DECORATIONS
Keep it simple and in the same color scheme as your invites. Using varying shades of fewer colors is a good way to keep things interesting without going overboard. I love this faux rose kissing ball from Special Occasions Designs. Perfect for decorating outside the venue on iron stakes or on the doors.

Floral Kissing Balls  $20 from Special Occasions Designs (Etsy)

Floral Kissing Balls $20 from Special Occasions Designs (Etsy)

Hang personalized tags on chairs as place cards instead of using table cards.

Personalized Hang Tags- $5.95 for set of 12 from paper Eclectiques (Etsy)

Personalized Hang Tags- $5.95 for set of 12 from paper Eclectiques (Etsy)

Buy up sets of fun and flirty party poms to hang from the ceiling from Etsy seller Party Poms or DIY with this easy tutorial from Martha over on In The Details Blog!

Girl Fun set of 5 from Party Poms on Etsy $25

Girl Fun set of 5 from Party Poms on Etsy $25

Pom Pom Decor from Martha Stewart

Pom Pom Decor from Martha Stewart

THE FAVORS
Fill tiny monogrammed boxes with flower seeds for guest to take home and plant.  If you’re more of a traditionalist fill with small candies, nuts or dried fruits for guests to take on the way out, or place at each place setting.

Personalized Gift Boxes $2.50 each from Special Occasion Designs (Etsy)

Personalized Gift Boxes $2.50 each from Special Occasion Designs (Etsy)

Monogrammed Compact Mirror from The Preppy Polka Dot

Monogrammed Compact Mirror from The Preppy Polka Dot

GIFT GIVING
Distribute these adorably preppy recipe cards from Dabney Lee at Home with the invitations and have guests bring their favorite recipe for the bride to the shower.

Dabney Lee Recipe Box

Dabney Lee Recipe Box

Kate Spade Posy Vases are perfect to brighten up a room…

Kate Spade Posy vases $49 on Sale!

Kate Spade Posy vases $49 on Sale!

Monogrammed Candlepot from Pottery Barn

Monogrammed Candlepot from Pottery Barn

Don’t forget to say THANK YOU…
Mind your manners and get your thank you notes out pronto on some super preppy paper.

Preppy Polka Dot Thank You from Dainty Invites

Preppy Polka Dot Thank You from Dainty Invites

Kate Spade Thank You Notes $25

Kate Spade Thank You Notes $25

OK, so Bridesmaid dresses traditionally are not known for their fashion forward prowess. In fact, I think up until 2006 the object of the bridesmaid dress was to make sure the bride really did look her best. There was no way in those ugly dresses that the most beautiful bridesmaid could look even a little bit nice. Impossible.

Thanks to some amazing designers and some open minded brides, things are starting to change.

Jenny Yoo’s Bridesmaid Dress Collection is AMAZING. Granted it’s a little bit higher in the price bracket, but if you actually do want to wear this dress again, shell out a little extra cash for something super classy and very chic.

Here’s the part where you direct the bride after she’s agreed that burnt orange and plum wine are the “beautiful” colors she’s chosen for you to wear to march down the aisle in. If you have to wear her version of the worst color you’ve ever seen…at least have a little say in the style. The Jenny Yoo Collection has an assortment of beautiful dresses in Taffeta, China Silk, Charmeuse, Shangtung and Lace. They range in price from $175 to a whopping $1,125. But that’s for the high rollers. Most are very affordable around the $250 to $350 mark, with group discount for multiple dresses. Remember you want to wear them again…

Mandarin Orange Silk TaffetaGrape Silk TaffetaSunset Chiffon with Sunset Trim

J.Crew and Ann Taylor have also stepped up to play some bridesmaid ball with a simplistic lines in pastel hues and bold colors respectively. J.Crew’s bold fashion trends include bright shades of yellow, fuschia and orange and muted earth tones like browns, greens and grays.

Cotton Candy Lydia DressLyndsay Dress in Sour Lemon

Ann Taylor’s Celebrations Collection this Spring includes lots of pretty pastels in blues, pinks and greens.  Some in prints and some in Satin solids with demure detail.  They hover around the $198 mark and are definitely  ready to wear again.
 Monique Georgette Strapless Dress      Cameron Strapless Dress

Sure, the ideal is to not have to spend a fortune on  a dress, but you want to look good don’t you. Besides, your bride won’t care how much the dress is, she’s not paying for it. (Lucky you, if she offered). But these are some of my absolute favorites this Spring!

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