Monday, February 28, 2011

Academy Awards: Best Dressed

So who were the best dressed at the 2011 Oscars? Just take a look below!

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Couture

Michelle Williams in Chanel Couture

Hailee Steinfeld

Reese Witherspoon in Giorgio Armani Prive

Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier

Anne Hathaway in Valentino

Images via Zimbio.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Fab Frocks Friday: So This is Love

Fall in love all over again ... with the finest selection of bridal fashions and finery only at Net-a-Porter.

Image via

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Love Takes Time

What better gift to give that love and time? Show your love with this ultrachic reversible necklace from Marc Jacobs.

Image via Nordstrom.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wedding Wish Wednesday: Exclusive Q+A with Monique Lhuillier

Having a bit of a Monique Lhuillier love affair {wouldn't you be too?} and what better way to celebrate than an exclusive Q+A with the expert team at Monique Lhuillier!

Q: What are some general tips and advice you have for brides when they first try on wedding dresses?

A: The most important thing to remember is not to get overwhelmed! Try on 6-8 gowns to get an overall feel for the fit and design.

Also, Be true to yourself. If you have never been comfortable in a strapless dress your wedding day isn’t the day to wear one! If you know you have to wear a bra- don’t fall in love with a backless dress!

Don't forget to have an open mind. You may not be able to visualize how a 2 piece wedding gown fits on the body by looking at it on the hanger or just because you envisioned yourself in satin doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pick a lace gown that you love!

And trust the experts! Consultants are experts on their product! They have seen brides of all shapes and sizes! Listen to their advice and know that they want you to look the best you possibly can on your wedding day.

Q: What do you see todays' bride trending towards?

A: The reception short cocktail dress has made a major comeback! Stars such as Carrie Underwood have set the tone by changing into a sexy short cocktail dress to dance the night away! At Monique Lhuillier you will see embellished corset bodices with textured short skirts!

Q: You've probably seen this before: a bride loves one gown, but her friends/family think she should wear something else. As the expert, what would you advise on this dilemma.

A: This happens all the time! As the bride is shopping for her wedding gown she is bogged down with opinions from all of her family and friends. What our bride needs to remember that only she will be wearing the dress she selects!! If you feel confident and beautiful in your dress that is the only thing that matters. Listen to yourself and you can’t go wrong!

I think to avoid any negative energy it is best to bring your friends or family after you have already found the dress of your dreams and purchased it! This way you can announce confidently here is my dress- not giving room for any opinions to sway your decision or make you second guess!

Q: Any bride would love to be surrounded by all the beautiful gowns at the salon on Melrose Place. How do you help her narrow down her choices of finding the dream dress?

A: The thought of choosing just ONE dress out of the sea of beautiful gowns we have at the salon is no easy task! It is so important to try on several different styles and shapes to narrow in on the silhouette that you want to wear. After the silhouette is selected then you can easily navigate through the details to decide what it is that you like best- embroideries, beading, lace or textured layering!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday Shoesday: Badgley Mischka Pretties

Blushing pretty with these darling satin peep toe pumps and layered tulle bow from Badgley Mischka.

Image via Style Me Pretty.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Backstage at Monique Lhuillier

After all the pretty delights from New York Fashion Week, can't you hardly wait to see all the swoon worthy dresses from your favorite bridal designers? Bridal Market may be a few months away, so here's a few backstage shots from Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2011 Bridal runway show to tide you over ...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fab Frocks Friday: Home on the Prairie

Open skies, golden fields, prairie life as imagined by Rodarte.

Image via Vogue.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Gold Standard

New York Fashion Week is almost at an end and I'm recapping a few of my favorite collections ... such as Jason Wu's unbelievably gorgeous Baroque inspired Fall 2011 runway collection. A perfect marriage of lace and embellishments on ultra feminine silk and chiffon, if I may say so myself!

But what truly captured my imagination - Wu's gilt-edged mirror runway upon which the models glided across. Because really brides, who wouldn't want to make a grand entrance and walk down her very own gold laden aisle?

Image via Vogue.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wedding Wish Wednesday: Free Registry 101 with Anne Chertoff & Williams-Sonoma

If you're still working on on your wedding registry - deciding where to register, what to put on it - as well as looking for some wedding planning tips to help you plan your big day, and live in the New York tri-state area, you may want to sign up (it's free!) for one of these upcoming events at Williams-Sonoma.

On Sunday, February 20th at 9am Editor-in-Chief Anne Chertoff will be at the Williams-Sonoma store at the Time Warner Center, and on Sunday February, 27th, also at 9am, at the Williams-Sonoma store on 59th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues, sharing both wedding planning and style advice as well as wedding registry and entertaining tips.

Learn how to create the perfect wedding registry to fit your lifestyle and get wedding planning and style tips to help you play your dream wedding. Come mingle with local wedding professionals and enjoy personal service, expert advice, and light refreshments.

Space is limited to 40 people each, so RSVP today!

To RSVP for the Sunday, February 20th event at the Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle), call 212-823-9750.

To RSVP for the Sunday, February 27th event at the 59th Street and Lexington Avenue store (121 East 59th Street), call 917-369-1131.

Hope to see you at one of these events!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday Shoesday: Petal to the Metal

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day with Mark Niemierko

I'm so delighted to share this truly romantic champagne reception Valentine's Party from Mark Niemierko, the UK’s premier wedding planner, and Caroline Burstein, Creative Director of Browns Fashion.

The St. Valentine’s evening drinks reception was held within the Browns Bride boutique on Hinde Street in London’s fashionable Marylebone. Guests were first informed of the event having received beautifully Gold Foiled invitations designed by Cat Hammond of Paper Cloud Creative and printed by Barnard & Westwood.
Calligrapher Paul Antonio scribed love notes and hearts onto the Browns Brides fitting room mirrors.

Invited guests were able to view dresses from designers including Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Peter Langner, Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang.

Champagne and Rose petal martinis were served alongside canapés by famed caterers Peyton Events. Spearheaded by Oliver Peyton who brought his experience in creating innovative food design. The menu included Quails Egg & Pancetta, Cheese Soufflés and Venison and Blackcurrant Skewers.

One room within BROWNS BRIDE was perfectly lit into a mix of pinks and blues, especially for renowned cake designer Peggy Porschen. Within this Dessert Room Peggy had designed cupcakes to match the Niemierko theme for the night. Blush pink and gold. Peggy also arranged for meringue kisses and delicious fondant fancies to be available for the guest’s enjoyment.

The sweet treats didn’t stop there. Peyton Events had several sweet treats in store from Macadamia Crème Brûlée, Tiramisu Balls and Raspberry and Chocolate Lollipops. All washed down with Espresso martinis.

Mark Niemierko commissioned one of his favourite floral designers, Rob Van Helden, to create remarkable arrangements. Rob is the florist of choice to some of the biggest celebrity names from Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and Valentino. Starlight Design ensured guests look their best in flattering lighting, as well as installing a huge silk upholstered bar with shinny chrome top. Along with furniture experts Great Hire arranging mirror topped poser tables and perfectly placed love seats.

Quite the party Mr. Niemierko!

Image via Mark Niemierko.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fab Frocks Friday: Fashion Week

Get ready - it's fashion week.

Image via Harper's Bazaar.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

B* Mine: Dallas Shaw + Kate Spade

Won't you B* Mine, Valentine? Aren't you just in L.O.V.E. with Kate Spade's e-Valentines, a collection of whimsical, cute, and clever designs that is sure to put a smile on your sweetie or BFF's face.

My favorite? This oh-so-chic illustration from Dallas Shaw that is leaving me seriously smitten! Oh, and did I just find my perfect Valentine's Day outfit? Sweet red dress, check. High heels, check. Top knot, check.

Thank you, Kate! Thank you, Dallas! My answer is yes!

Image via Dilly Dallas

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Feeling ...

... slightly under the weather, so taking off for today and indulging in some sweets and a nice spot of tea.

The lesson for today brides? Take a moment for yourself throughout the entire planning process. Those little breathers will be a lifesaver!

Image via ange de lamour's Blog

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday Shoesday: Color Wheel

Image via Tumblr.

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