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Hooray for Spring Giveaways of Fabulous, fun and flirty accessories! 

J.Crew Awholics Spring Giveaway!

J.Crew Awholics Spring Giveaway!

J.Crew makes everything better am I wrong? I kind of love it. And I LOVE  this giveaway from Leigh at J.CrewAhaholics! Post on her link about it, tweet or embed her gadget to enter to win the glass beaded necklace shown above! hurry though. today is the last day! 

 

 

J.Crew Bridal

J.Crew Bridal

NYC Lovelies… J.Crew in Rockefeller Center is hosting a bridal trunk show featuring styles from their new 2009 collection!

WHEN: April 25th and 26th from 9:00- 11:00 am

WHERE: 30 Rockefeller Center, NYC

RSVP By April 22nd: ashley@jcrew.com

 

Pink and Navy is my ALL-TIME  favorite color combo. It’s elegant, but still flirty and fun and evokes all the style of New England summers on the Cape. So fab.

Pink, Navy & White

Photo Courtesy of TheKnot.com

AND…

Here are some things you can buy right now…

The Pink & Navy Retail King… Vineyard Vines. Seriously have you guys ever checked this place out. EVERYTHING is in this rockin’ color combo and it’s AMAZING. They have great ties for groomsmen, and patterned dresses perfect for bridesmaids. J.Crew is another great option because almost all of their dresses come in pink and navy for mixing and matching or total solidarity.

 

Cotton Candy Sydney Dress $225

Cotton Candy Sydney Dress $225

 

 

Vineyard Vines Tie $75

Vineyard Vines Tie $75

 

Pink & Navy Monogram Invitations from Your Style Invitations

Pink & Navy Monogram Invitations from Your Style Invitations

 Pretty pink peep toes are so very girly and fun.

Joley Patent Leather Peep Toe $198 J.Crew

Joley Patent Leather Peep Toe $198 J.Crew

Again… incorporating prints and patterns into a color theme is a fun way to lighten it up and keep it fun and whimsical!

 

Polka Dot Wedding Cake- Purple Awning Pastries

Polka Dot Wedding Cake- Purple Awning Pastries

And just to give you a better idea of how the pink and blue color theme looks on the whole bridal party… some wedding photos courtesy of Vineyard Vines. THE pink and blue wedding expert.

 

Photo Courtesy of Vineyard Vines

Photo Courtesy of Vineyard Vines

 

Photo Courtesy of Vineyard Vines

Photo Courtesy of Vineyard Vines

Photo Courtesy of Vineyard Vines

Photo Courtesy of Vineyard Vines

 

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

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.

So in addition to all of the weddings I have to attend, this year and next, I have some supplemental events: rehearsal dinners, showers and bachelorette parties to attend too. I’ve been dress shopping for a few months now for fun, flirty little spring dresses that will make me appear a) incredibly happy for the couple I’ve traveled so far to bestow my well wishes upon and b) super hot to every hot single groomsman at the party.

Here are some of my favorites:

GAP – Tropical-print Flounce Dress $69.50

CK Bradley – Lally Dress $358

J.Crew – Polka -dot rosette dress $168

Anthropologie– Yellow Cloud Dress $178

Boden – Pretty Applique Dress $168

Keep a lookout for a post on cute shoes to match tomorrow. Who doesn’t love shoes… come on.

So after all you max out your credit cards on three different shower centerpieces and favors, a bachelorette party, bridesmaid dress and alterations, a blender for shower #1, a toaster for shower #2, champagne flutes for shower #3, and any other miscellaneous expenses like rental cars, hotels, party favors, potted plants and therapy you just might be lucky enough to get something in return.

It is customary for the bride & groom to show their complete and utter gratitude to their devoted bridal party in gift form at the rehearsal dinner and if you can direct them to a fantastically great idea…even better. Especially given that you’re now poor.

Since you can’t ask for a credit card payment or cash or money orders the next best thing is to present some options, discreetly, as you don’t want it to see like you’re EXPECTING anything right? ha. Below are some practical bridesmaid gifts I’ve witnessed, been given and heard rave reviews on. As always please share any ideas you have for all of the other bridesmaids out there!

  • J.Crew Monogrammed Amagansett Totes
    These are bags. Don’t be fooled by their very fancy name. Very pretty, durable bags that can bear your initials if you like that sort of thing, and sometimes I do. This Spring they come in bright colors and patterns and really aren’t going to set the bride back all that much. Polka dots, stripes and the prepster madras prints come in small and medium sizes. The small bags range from $33.50 to $44.50. (Patterns determine price here) The Mediums bags range from $44.50 to $49.50.

    Polka DotsStripes

    I’ve seen them filled with everything from beach towels, printed umbrellas, baseball hats and pretty flat flip flops in the brides signature wedding color to give your feet a break post ceremony.

    ** These also make great welcome baskets for a bachelorette weekend or as welcome baskets in hotel rooms. More on that later.

  • Vineyard Vines Bags & Accessories
    Since we’re on the subject of good looking tote bags, I must mention Vineyard Vines. I love this company for a lot of reasons, but mostly because the brothers who started are rebellious self starters that did exactly what they wanted to do, and it worked. Read their story– it’s pretty amazing.They have a whole bunch of amazing products, which are also great to outfit any bridal party, specifically if you happen to be in a wedding happening very near to a body of water.Headbands, belts, flip flops, ties and tote bags…you name it and you can probably get it with whales, crabs or seahorses on it. Pretty great. Their bags are a little bit more than the J.Crew totes, but are very customizable and come in great patterns like watermelons, shamrocks, martini glasses, even breast cancer awareness ribbons. The totes range
    in price from $85 to $105.

    Vineyard Vines Classic ToteVineyard Vines Mini Tote

  • Jewelery and yes… More bags
    If you haven’t guessed, I think bags in some form or another are a great attendants gift. Jewelery is also good. I know brides who have opted to buy the jewelry they would like you to wear on their big day. I have a friend who gave each of her bridesmaids a beautiful pink Coach wristlet along with the multi-colored jewelery they wore.

    Jewelery that gives back is another great gift idea. The Green Bracelet from Red Envelope is $125, with $20 of each purchase going to the Diamond Empowerment Fund, an international non-profit organization that raises money to educate and uplift the people and communities of Africa. Plus, we think it’s really pretty. Designed by the Simmons Jewelery Company, the bracelet features native African materials, green malachite beads and a conflict free diamond loosely housed in a gold alloy cage.

    Green Bracelet

  • Monogrammed Flasks
    If you and your fellow bridesmaids occasionally like to sip on adult beverages, monogrammed flasks in pastel leather are fun AND excellent for toasting your excellent work…and of course the happy couple. They’re also really inexpensive at just about $29 each.

    Monogrammed Flasks

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