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Oscar 2012 Trend Watch

I love waiting for the Oscars, as it’s usually the end of the award season, and we usually get to see the latest fashion right off the runway. I wasn’t disappointed this year.  White and Red were major colors on the carpet and sexy slits! See these fabulous pictures from Stylelist .

 We’ve all been seeing white being used more and more, and not only for the bride. Light colors have been used in wedding color schemes as well as bridesmaid dresses.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford, Mila Jovovich in Ellie Saab,and Giulana Rancic in Tony Ward









 The Slit

Slits are huge this year and who can pull off this look better than Angelina Jolie in Versace.












Red on the Red Carpet

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli and Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton. Michelle’s dress was actually more of a coral color in person. Still beautiful!




















White by Vera Wang


For all the brides that are Gossip Girl fans, you may have caught the “Royal Wedding” episode that aired last night. I was so taken with the beautiful one shoulder organza bridesmaid dress, which is White by Vera Wang, sold at David’s Bridal. The dresses are retailed for under $200. They come in multiple colors, but I absolutely adore the soft pale pink we’ve already been seeing on the red carpet this year. A great and affordable dress if you are in the market for bridesmaid dresses!

Pictures from Possesionista 

Wedding Color Palette: Powder Blue and Nude


Powder Blue and Nude combined together creates a peaceful, soothing and uplifting feel. Think of the way the sky looks at daybreak with all the colors blending together. Check out some pictures below from Martha Stewart Weddings that show different ways to incorporate the colors into your wedding decor.


Table Decor

Table Decor
















Elegant & Feminine Jewelry


















Golden Globes Red Carpet Style

Today we are taking a break from wedding gown designers, I wanted to highlight some stunning gowns from Sunday’s Golden Globes red carpet. These dresses are right off the runway, and we know that runway styles carry over into bridal lines. Here are some of my favorites of the evening.

1. Angelina Jolie in Versace

A show stopper in this romantic, but fierce gown. The satin material in this dress graces her body, and the pop of red on the lips and top add the WOW factor.

2. Claire Danes in J. Mendel

Black and White with a modern and trendy twist. The detail added to this gown along with the open back was absolutely stunning.






















Picture from Glamour

3. Kate Beckinsale in Roberto Cavalli

We saw a lot of pale pink on the carpet, and I think this will be an upcoming color trend for 2012 brides. Kate’s dress could easily be an inspiration for a bridal gown, or a color for bridesmaids dresses.
























Picture from Glamour

4. Salma Hayek in Gucci

We’ve seen a lot of metallic tones in color pallets lately, and Salma Hayek’s dress is just that. I love the structured top, and all the colors work together very well, even with the tiny hint of red, which was another major color on the carpet this year.

Picture from redcarpet-fashionwards

5. Emma Stone in Lanvin

The way this dress flows, I could easily see this style crossing over to the bridal lines. Dark purples have been very hot lately, and this airy dress not only works on the red carpet, but could work down the aisle too.




2012 Wedding Dress Trends

Check out some great dress trends I found on Brides.com for the year ahead.

Invisible Necklines

Sheer elegance. Soft, Romantic and Sexy.










Gown by Monique Lhuillier


Horseshoe Trim

Synthetic fabric used to create more texture and volume.










Gown by Rivini


Blush Tones

A soft twist on traditional.










Gown by Monique Lhuillier


Lace Sleeves

Kate Middleton set the trend at last year’s Royal Wedding with this look. Both classic and traditional, but updated to fit current bridal trends.










Gown by Legends by Romona Keveza



Out with the Old in with the New

Well, the holidays are over and we are into a new year. A new year with fresh starts, new beginnings and resolutions. I’m sure many of you have New Year’s Resolutions that you have made for yourself such as getting your gym routine on track before you begin your gown fittings. I found some great resolutions on theknot.com. See below for some practical resolutions that will help you keep your head on straight for your big year:

I will not do anything…before the guest list

It is so important to have a ball park guarantee for your wedding before you start putting down deposits for a space that is entirely too large or small for your event. Almost every quote will be based off of this number.  Decide together the type of wedding you both want whether it be intimate or a large party.

I will trust my vendors

You can’t be micromanaging every single detail your wedding planner or vendors make. You have been working closely with your vendors months in advance and chose them for a reason. Trust that this is their profession, and they will ensure all your needs will be handled so you can RELAX.

I will not feel guilty about having an adults-only wedding

I feel this is true especially with city weddings. A lot of brides just don’t see this as a proper setting for toddlers, and that’s OK! Just make sure you are consistent with this rule with no exceptions.

I will actually eat my dinner at my reception

Make sure you aren’t checking items off of your timeline, or worrying about your crazy aunt and uncle. Take time to enjoy the evening with your new husband and all of the planning you worked so hard on. Hire a day of coordinator to relieve your stress, or delegate a bridesmaid to keep things on track. Enjoy YOUR day stress free!

I will look on the bright side — no matter what

If it’s raining on your wedding day, think of it as good luck. Don’t dwell on things you can’t control. If the band didn’t play the correct bridal party entrance song, chances are no one noticed. After months of planning and stressing about every detail, if one or two little details are missed, do not panic! Remember that this is your wedding day and you are marrying the man of your dreams, and no matter what it will be the best day of your life.


Picture from the weddingchicks.com

Last Minute Gift Ideas

So if you are realizing Christmas is this week, fear not. I have listed some gift ideas and your recipient never has to know you waited until last minute to buy them.


Who wouldn’t want to cozy up in these for the winter? Check out UGG slippers.

Skinnygirl Cocktails– You can never go wrong with booze, and this cuts the calories-double win!

Sprinkles cupcakes have the best Holiday Cupcakes you can pick up in the store or order online. Check them out. Always a crowd pleaser, very delicious!


Philosophy has a great collection of holiday gift sets. Check it out at Sephora!

Happy Holidays!!

Fabulous Wedding Cakes

                There are a lot of sweets going around this time of year, and it got me thinking about my favorite sweet- wedding cakes! I came across a few that I really liked on theknot.com, and I wanted to share.


This cake is by Take the Cake located in Chicago, and I love how the scattered sugar flowers give this an elegant and romantic look.


A white and black cake. So simple, but so sophisticated and classic. Cake by Wildflour Bakery & Cafe located in the Chicago Area.


Mini wedding cakes have been a very popular trend. I love this idea, as it creates a beautiful display and you can have multiple flavors.

Cake by Sweet Element, located in New York. Inspired by Monique Lhuillier – each cake has dressmaker details.

Winter Wedding Ideas

I was at a friend’s wedding this past weekend,  and absolutely adored her faux fur white jacket that she wore during the ceremony. It redminded me of Kate Middleton’s second wedding dress at the Royal Wedding pictured below. It’s romantic and stylish at the same time. She looked like a snow princess in December.


For favors, what is more practical than an ornament? The couple can personalize it if they wish, or just choose a beautiful ornament for their guests to take home to put on their tree. Every year when they decorate it, they will be reminded of the wedding.


Picture 1 Alex Bridal from Etsy.com

Picture 2 from Celebuzz


Holiday Engagement Party

The holidays bring out new engagements and newly engaged couples want to celebrate. I love the idea of a holiday engagement party. There are so many themes you can play with. I, for one, love the classic silver and gold theme. You can throw in different shades of each to create a perfect blend. What is easier than filling glass vases and huricanes in your home with silver and gold Christmas balls?  Misteloe is a must in celebrating such an occassion as well. Couples can take a quick moment for romance. Also, champagne will work perfectly with this color scheme. A fun tip: put a few pomegranate seeds in the glass and serve with monogramed cocktail napkins. You can also incorporate pine cones in your centerpieces for your dining table or highboys if you are just serving hors d’oeuvres. Such a fun way to celebrate an engagement around the most wonderful time of the year!

Pictures from Marthastewartweddings.com