Feb 29, 2008
It's made of organic linen and vintage lace and is $3,000. It's not something that I'd wear for my wedding, but I think the design is gorgeous.
This babydoll dress made from hemp/silk organza is so cute. I think it would be perfect for a fun, casual beach wedding
And check out the super cute cashmere shrug to go with it! I would so wear this whole outfit out to dinner with my man.
"Deborah creates exquisite apparel out of a mix of "reincarnated" and new Earth-friendly fabrics." She's got a lot of other options on her website so check it out if you are having a "green" wedding or just looking for a fun and unique wedding dress!
Picture credits Deborah Lindquist
First, you will see a new search feature on the side bar. It’s the Lijit
Search, which is a search engine for not only what’s on my blog, but also what's in my “network”, which is everyone on my blog roll. So if you wanted to search for “invitations” it would give you results from all of us lovely wedding bloggers! Neat huh?!
Next thing I’ve added is from Sk*rt. This is just a site where you can link to the cool stuff that you find out on the web and want to share it with others. It’s fun looking through and seeing what other’s share.
I actually found Lijit through a link from someone that shared it on Sk*rt!
Feb 27, 2008
A few of the invites lined up...
The inside... The triangle to hold the card, yup, cut and glued each one of those too! It was hard to get them to stay in perfectly.
The front of the card. We used a picture from our engagement session.
You see the rectangles at the top? Those are magnets! Here they are taken off the card. I wanted to incorporate magnets but not have one of those big magnets with our faces on them. I am going to have to brag and say that I thought of this all by myself (to incorporate it into the design). Genius, I know ;)
The magnets are DIY (actually all of this was DIY)... We bought a huge roll of thin magnet sheet that had a sticky side. J printed the design on the computer on cardstock and then we would place the design on the sticky side of the magnet sheet and hand cut each one out with an xacto knife. If you are going to do this, use an industrial and very sharp xacto. We had a "craft" xacto knife that we started out using, but the magnets are really hard to cut through. We ended up getting a really good one from the tool section at Home Depot! It was pricier than regular xacto's but it made the cutting so much easier. The magnets are meant to be a small enough reminder of our date and can be used alone or to hold the card up.
I don't have pictures of our envelopes, but we incorporated the back design onto the envelopes and then embossed with our logo.
So that's it! It was a labor of love but so worth it. I am in love with the finished product. The pictures don't really show how great they turned out, I wish I could show all of you what they look like in person!
Can I see your Save the Date's? Send me a picture or link if you have it! I love seeing everyone's Save the Date's because you can get so creative with them.
One of my favorite beauty blogs, Blogdorf Goodman, has great posts on the makeup of the night and the artists that created them.
I'm trying to get ideas of how to do my makeup as I will probably be doing it myself. I won't have time to find a makeup artist in Jamaica, much less have time for a trial so I figure I'd be better off doing it myself.
My favorites of the night...
Best Actress Marion Cotillard - I already love her style as you can see from my post below and this is no exception. The curls on one side is something that most people don't think of and I think it would be hard to pull off but she looks gorgeous! I love that the corners of her eyes are highlighted in a light color and then gradually moves to dark. It's very subtle which is why it works so well.
Pictures from Yahoo via Blogdorf Goodman
Feb 25, 2008
I am such a lover of pleating. I'm not sure why, but on evening dresses, I think it looks so elegant and modern at the same time. This retailed for $795. Gilt had it on sale for $248!
This hot little number has a gorgeous lace overlay and a silk gathered band at the waist. Oh, so pretty! Retail $595, Gilt $188.
Rose print chiffon. Love! The rose petal detail on the bust. Love! Retail $995, Gilt $308. I would love to wear this for my rehearsal dinner. Too bad they sold out of my size already. :(
If you want to be a member of Gilt, send me your e-mail address and I can mail you an invite! Tommorrow's sample sale is Judith Ripka so I'm hoping to score some wedding jewelry. On Thursday, it's Notte by Marchesa which is a brand that I ADORE. I can't wait to see the dresses that they will have on sale.
Picture credits Gilt Groupe
Edit: Wow! Just got an e-mail from Rachel at Gilt and she created a link for anyone that wants to join through my post! www.gilt.com/soontobemrsish
Thanks Rachel and Gilt!
Feb 22, 2008
I have subscribed to quite a few more wedding blogs so thought I would update my links section on the side.
I am such a crazy Google Reader reader. I have subscribed to more blogs than I want to admit too! Mine is broken down to 5 sections:
1) Beauty - there are an abundance of Beauty related blogs that I just ADORE. I am obsessed with make-up, skin care, etc, and love that so many other women out there share this obsession. My favorite site is All Lacquered Up. It is all about nail polish! I love that she does reviews and shows pictures of her nails with the colors. I recently purchased 5 O.P.I colors from their new India collection just based on her reviews and her pictures. So fab!
2) Celebrity Gossip - how else will I know what's going on in the world? ;) Perez Hilton does a fabulous job of keeping me up to date on the most important details of this fun, fabulous world.
3) Fashion - um I love fashion. I love clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories, style, I mean everything about fashion. There are so many fashion blogs out there, I *think* it beats the number of wedding blogs! My fav? The Latest Luxe.
4) HR/Business - I recently discovered the abundance of HR and business related blogs and was absolutely floored. I like to keep up on my industry and in a non-boring work kind of way. I love reading about other people's experiences and the different takes on certain HR issues that every company has. Being in HR and being in Management is also a whole other animal and I love to hear about those perspectives too. One of my favorites is Ask a Manager.
5) Wedding - Last, but certainly not least! And we all know how many wedding blogs are out there and how we can be so addicted to them. I'm not going to name my favorite out of this category, because, they are all so great!
Please check out the links on the side for those fabulous blogs! If you know of a site that I don't have on there, please let me know, I love reading them all!!
Feb 15, 2008
I recently bought a handbag that fits literally everything that I have ever wanted to carry in my bag. And it’s not too ridiculously big that I can use it everyday. I used to have to choose between which cosmetics bags to fit in my purse and only carry one pair of sunglasses. I have to note that I do carry a lot in my bag. More than most woman I think.
Anyway, I am sort of a designer handbag whore. I have more Louis Vuitton's, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, etc. bags than I can count. I usually don't buy non high end designer handbags unless it is a really great style. I was perusing this adorable little shoe boutique in Fremont, Lamb's Ear and came across this awesomely big but really well designed bag that is a "non-designer" label.
It's the Anna Corinna Jet Setter Jr. bag! What an appropriate name for it huh? The leather is a glazed leather and is really soft. The hardware is really nice and not too heavy. If you own a Marc Jacobs bag you know what I mean about heavy hardware. There are 2 inside pockets and the top buttons can snap together or apart to create an even bigger, roomier bag! Ever since I started carrying this bag, I have had so many people (even men!) compliment me on this bag. Everyone wants to know where I got it, who designed it etc... Out of all the nice bags I've owned, I have never recieved so many compliments on one bag in the one month I've owned it.
Just wanted to share with anybody that is looking for a fabulous stylish travel bag that can be used for every day too. I just adore it and am contemplating on buying it other colors.
You can buy it at shopbop.com, shoptwigs.com, saks.com and it comes in so many different colors. Also comes in regular leather, not just glazed. Oh and depending on the websites it could also be listed under the designer "Foley & Corinna" as she is part of that design team. It depends on what site you go to and what color and leather type but the bag ranges from $465 - $528. Not bad at all for a huge leather bag. My Louis Vuitton's cost double that and they aren't even all leather!
I am loving this gray. I might just have to buy this one too.
First picture from shoptwigs.com and second picture from shopbop.com
Feb 14, 2008
Pics from celeblog
Seems like gray is the latest color for weddings. I've always loved gray and think this dress would be so pretty for bridesmaid dresses for a gray color scheme. It'a gorgeous silk chiffon so would be lightweight for a beachy/outdoor wedding.
Perfect LWDs (little white dresses) for a rehearsal dinner or engagement pictures.
And how about this for a black and white theme? It's such a gorgeous design. I'm a huge fan of bridesmaid dresses that aren't actually bridesmaid dresses. This one is a bit pricier but the wear it over factor is much higher than any "bridesmaid" dress that I've ever seen, for me at least :)
A.B.S Ivory Sateen Strapless Dress $345
And just for kicks because I love LBDs (Little Black dresses), here are my favorites!
prices range from $134.99 to $169.99
All pictures from bluefly.com A.B.S category
Feb 5, 2008
We have some DIY ideas about how we will customize it, so if/when we get that project done, I will do a follow up post.
5. Photographer - So I, like a lot brides, think that photography is one of the most important vendors you will book for your venue. Do not think that you have to use a photographer in the area of your wedding. Do not be afraid of contacting photographers that you love and ask them if they will do a destination wedding. I'm in Seattle and my photographer is NY, but I fell in love with her work. She is worthy of her own post, so I will not go into too much detail here, but I was extremely happy with her price and package and think that it is one of the best decisions I've made so far in the planning.
6. Guests - First find out how many your venue can hold. My venue is small so if I wanted a 100 guest wedding, I couldn't have done it there. Next, make your guest list and STICK TO IT. This is important to all weddings, but like for my hotel, they need to start holding rooms and such so they need the list early on. A lot of the caribbean hotels/resorts get booked out a lot earlier than typical stateside hotels because people like to plan their tropical vacations way early in advance to make sure that they get the room they want. You will also need to let your guests know that they will need to put a deposit down to hold the room so I believe in giving very advance notice (we told our guests about a year ahead although Save the Dates have yet to go out).
So, not a comprehensive list, but some of the top things that I've had to deal with. Hopefully somebody has found this helpful! I'll do another "tips" post later on, as I can think of several more things that I have encountered but never knew until I started this process.
If you have tips, post them in the comments below, I would love to hear from other brides!
Please click on the pictures to take you to the respective websites.
This picture is almost laughable. The dress is obviously too big (it's probably two sizes too big and it hasn't been pinned/clamped in this picture) but it looks like the dress is eating me alive. I showed J this picture and he was like "Is that even you?" He didn't even recognize me. Not only does it look like I've gained 20 lbs but it just looks so yucky on me.
I tried on a few strapless gown that same day, but for some reason, my computer decided to eat those pictures, so for reference, here I am in a strapless dress.