Trendspotting: Long, Lacy Sleeves

When I was gown shopping for my winter wedding, I seemed to be the only sleeve-obsessed bride in a sea of strapless dresses! Enter Kate Middleton. Her effortlessly elegant Alexander McQueen gown brought lace sleeves back to life, which was evident as the Spring 2013 bridal gown collections walked the runways in NYC. Who ever thought a fashion rebellion would involve covering up?? Here are five of my favorites…

Badgley Mischka

Badgley Mischka

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Marchesa

monique lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

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Oscar de la Renta

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Reem Acra

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Outdoor Weddings & Chandeliers!

 There’s something so mystical about an outdoor wedding. Yes, there’s definitely a risk in holding a wedding outdoors (mother nature please cooperate!) but if the sun is bright and/or the stars are shining the payoff can be AMAZING! My favorite look right now is incorporating chandeliers into your outdoor decor! Chandeliers bring a little glitz, glam, and sparkle – creating a magical wonderland for your special day 🙂

 Check out the incredible decor below!

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LOVE THIS! SIMPLY GORG!

Source: http://onthegobride.com/2012/07/unique-ceremony-backdrops/

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The lighting creates such a sophisticated, beautiful atmosphere!

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Perfect setting for a romantic proposal – love, love, loving this!

source: anyonecandecorate.blogspot.com

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 This has such a Midsummer’s Night Dream feel to it – Shakespeare lovers, this is for you!

Source: bellethemagazine.com

Ladies, what are your thoughts on outdoor decor and outdoor weddings?! If you are planning an outdoor wedding always make sure you have an indoor back-up plan that’s just as FABULOUS!

A 3 Step Plan to Ever After

The night my husband and I got engaged, he looked at me and said “You’re going to take that off before bed, right?”. My reaction? Are you crazy?!! I was so excited and there was no way that ring was parting with me for a very, VERY long time. But, eventually, I learned that a little separation anxiety was best for me and my radiant ring. To help your sparkler live happily ever after, follow this 3 step plan…

  1. When you’re finally able to part ways for a few hours of sleep, it’s best to keep your ring in a velvet-lined tray or box. And, really, your ring should be the first thing you take off at night and the last thing you put on the the morning, to save it from any lotion lathering or perfume spritzing damage. This gorgeous Jonathan Adler box will help you keep it out of harm’s way but close to your heart.
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  2. Take your ring to the jeweler annually to have the stones checked to make sure all are safe and secure. And bonus – they’ll steam, buff and scrub until it looks good as new!care-jewelry
  3. Keep it shining all year long by cleaning it in between annual check ups. You can buy jewelry cleaner at most jewelry and general stores (i.e. it’s the Beyond in Bed, Bath & Beyond) or you can whip up your own. For gold rings, mix 2 parts dish soap and 10 parts warm water. Soak your ring for 3 hours and then gently scrub it with a soft toothbrush. Dry it with a microfiber cloth and then polish it up with  a jewelry cloth. For plantinum rings, combine one part ammonia to six parts warm water and then scrub, dry and polish like the goldies. The result will keep you staring at your ring for years to come!tacori-engagement-ring-with-pave-set-diamonds-2620rd-1-C.png

Hit The Nail On The Head With These Looks!

I absolutely LOVE getting manicures! Nicely done nails have a way of making your hands look more slender, sleek and gorg! I just have to be more patient when the polish is drying 😉 So ladies, obviously getting your nails done for the big day is a MUST! I personally love french manicures or light, classic pinks – a little safe I admit, so I did some digging and came up with a few classic styles with a twist!

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Love this look! How CUTE!

Photo Cred: Trendhunter

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Glitter, Glitter, Everywhere!

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Modern, Edgy….love it!

Photo Cred: Pinterest

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Delicate, feminine, and sparkly…what more could you want?!

Photo cred: Pinterest

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Carrie Bradshaw needs this mani, her black diamond from Mr. Big would POP & SPARKLE!

Photo Cred: Stylegrill

My Favorite Weddings of 2012

I love all styles and sizes of weddings, but there’s something special about celebrity weddings that allows us to vicariously live out our wildest wedding dreams! 2012’s weddings, while more private and understated (at least by celebrity standards), didn’t disappoint. The top three things these 10 A-list couples’ weddings had in common? Destination or backyard wedding locales, half were either pregnant or had a child together and 30% served vegan food!

  1. Chris & Tara – Mr. Big was Mr. Private on his big day. He and Tara only invited 10 people to their low-key wedding in Maui and their son, Orion, served as ring bearer. Maybe his sweetly simple wedding to Carrie Bradshaw inspired this groom’s real-life wedding style?
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  2. Alec & Hilaria – For a couple that only shook hands the first 6 weeks they dated, these two definitely ramped up the romance for their NYC wedding. Instead of the bride worrying about fitting into her gown, this Yogi was focused on getting her pre-diabetic groom into suit-worthy shape! Alec lost 40 pounds before the wedding so he could fit into a sleek Tom Ford suit. Now I assumed that he let his diet slip that day to enjoy some delicious wedding cake but Hilaria made sure he could stick to his healthy lifestyle by having TWO cakes – one vegan and one for the rest of the regular cake lovers (aka – ME!).
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  3. Ben & Natalie – This couple had a traditional Jewish wedding with very nontraditional touches. Natalie wore a floral halo and  Rodarte tea-length dress while both wedding bands were made of recycled platinum and contained conflict-free diamonds. The guest favors were lavish packets of… wildflower seeds!! I love flowers as much as the next girl, but I would be a little bummed to go to a celebrity wedding and walk away with some seeds. The only way the happy couple could lift my spirits? A ballet first dance in homage to their Black Swan meeting.
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  4. Mario & Courtney – I have to admit that I was more of a Zack Morris fan, but I was still excited to see A.C. Slater finally get his happily ever after. I watched the drama unfold on TLC’s wedding special. Topping the list of “I can’t believe it” moments? 11,500 cream and blush roses were flown 2,000 miles to Mexico from LA, the cake was driven 47 hours from Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ (does that not have a stale ring to it?) and the groom did some heavy lifting  (shirtless, of course) just hours before the wedding to ensure it would all be set up in time for his bride-to-be / baby momma. Somewhere Jessi Spano is shedding a tear.
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  5. Will & Drew  – I think I speak for all celeb-lovers when I say I hope that the third time is the charm for Drew. Especially since her father-in-law was a former CEO of Chanel, hence the head-to-toe Chanel looks for the newlyweds. While this wedding had a star-studded guest list, what I loved most was how fun and personal the celebration was. Drew served Barrymore wine from her vineyard and yummy comfort food, there were teepees set up and filled with movies and games for the kids, a funky 80’s band performed, and a late night burger truck kept everyone energized.
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  6. Mark & Priscilla – As the youngest married billionaire couple, I was expecting Mark & Priscilla’s wedding to be dripping in luxury. But it couldn’t have been more different. The groom emailed (hello, why didn’t he create a Facebook event??) 80 family members and friends an invitation to his fiance’s medical school graduation party in their backyard. Priscilla wore a $4,700 Claire Pettibone dress and they ordered sushi and Mexican food from two of their favorite local restaurants. The only sign that it was a celebrity wedding? Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong performed for the new Mr. & Mrs.
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  7. Matthew & Camila – As a fan of slumber parties, I thought it was so fun that this cool couple invited all of their guests to glamp (glamorous camping for you rugged readers) in their Austin, TX backyard during the wedding weekend. Other cool factors? The beautiful bride chose a family friend from her Brazilian hometown to create her wedding dress and their uber cute kids, Levi & Vida, also walked down the aisle as ring bearer and flower girl.
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  8. Adam & Anne – For me, the biggest mystery of this wedding was why Anne wore no jewelry when she was marrying a jewelry designer! How did that happen? But she made up for it with yards and yards of tulle crafted by retired designer Valentino. Mourning her pixie haircut, she covered it with a beautiful 20’s style hair band. The one accessory I’m still waiting to hear about is her footwear. On the wedding invitation, the couple advised guests to wear comfortable shoes to their rocky, cliff-side wedding in Big Sur. Could this fashionable bride have worn flats??
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  9. Ryan & Blake – I think these nuptials win the award for most secretive wedding of the year! Only the photo below was released and the rest has been left up to our imagination. But with the Boone Hall location (where The Notebook was filmed), it was undoubtedly ridiculously romantic. She wore Marchesa, he wore Burberry and the 60 guests didn’t wear a cell phone. They had to give that up at the door, as well as sign an agreement that they wouldn’t discuss the wedding. How romantic.
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  10. Justin & Jessica – He sings, dances, acts and is effortlessly cool. She’s athletic yet girly and just exudes total gorgeousness. So, of course, we were all obsessively pouring over every detail of this couple’s wedding (it wasn’t just me, right?). This double-celeb couple jetted to a high-end resort in Southern Italy to say “I Do”, as well as many of their high-profile besties. The only guests noticeably absent? N’SYNC! Wouldn’t “This I Promise You” have been the perfect song to walk down the aisle to?? Obviously an oversight, but luckily Justin had written an original song for the blushing bride, which he performed at the ceremony.  I’m sure it was no “God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You” but Jess and I will get over it.
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