Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Oh so glamorous...

How stunning and glamorous is this dress? I've been busy today tackling the unglamorous, never-ending chore of laundry and cleaning. While taking a little break to recharge my battery I came across this beautiful photo and it instantly put me in a better mood. Oh how I wish I could put that dress on and prance around my {almost} clean apartment. Okay, back to work.

{photo: Guy Aroch via dress design & decor}

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pretty black dresses...

Black dress + matching pedicure + light colored bouquet = stunning.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Which wedding dress do you like better?

Option 1: One shoulder chiffon gown by the talented Jane at bridal bliss designs


Option 2: Vera Wang Oscar gown as seen in my previous post here.

I am so indecisive, I need all the help I can get. Thanks for your input!!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Old Hollywood Weddings...

Old Hollywood weddings were so classy and glamorous. Some of these marriages lasted a lifetime and some ended before they began - but they all started with style.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

One of those days...

I'm having one of those days - and it's not even 10am yet. Ugh.

{photo: we heart it}

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Gorgeous garters...

I'm not a garter wearing kind of girl but these beautiful garters from Florrie Mitton Couture are so feminine and beautiful I might have to reconsider. Thankfully, we aren't having a garter toss at our wedding but even if we were I would never let something so beautiful out of my possession.

{photos: Florrie Mitton's Etsy Store}

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Wedding Dress Debate...

I loved Michelle Williams 2006 Oscar dress by Vera Wang. I have to say it's one of my favorite gowns of all time. When I recently found a wedding dress designer who can recreate any gown you show her a picture of my mind went straight to that bright yellow confection. I tried to find as many photos as I could of this gorgeous gown. I even photo shopped it to see what it would look like in white. Then I showed Ian to get his opinion, I was sure he would love it as much as I did. Which is why I was astounded when the words, "I don't like it at all, that dress is completely unflattering" came out of his mouth. He followed this with, "but if you love it get it, I know I will love whatever you wear that day." It was a sweet statement but if he thinks that dress looks unflattering on teeny tiny Michelle Williams then I don't stand a chance of it looking good on me.

Still, I needed to seek out a second and third and fourth and fifth opinion before I gave up on the dress. I consulted some girlfriends. Their reaction to the dress was identical to mine. I now felt confident that I would go ahead and have the dress made. I just wanted to ask one more person, the other most important man in my life, my dad. My dad has amazing taste so I was really curious as to what he would say. His words went something like this (I kid you not) "No, I don't like that dress at all. There is nothing flattering about it. And that material around the neckline looks like something an 18th century nun would wear." That was enough to change my mind about the dress. I get the whole 'it doesn't matter what other people think of the dress as long as I love it' argument. But I just can't do it if my future husband dislikes it along with my dad. Oh well, back to the drawing board.

This whole thing got me thinking though, what is it that my girlfriends and I saw in this dress that the men didn't? What is it that made me think of the neckline as whimsical and romantic and my dad think of it as grandiose, like a religious order? More importantly, what do you think? I'd love to hear your opinions!! xo

{photos: google image search}

Casual Rhinestones...

I love the look of a rhinestone necklace layered with gold necklaces or with ultra casual clothes. It is so unexpected and cool. The Ben-Amun necklace pictured above has been on my wish list for a couple years now. I must get it soon.

{photos: TFS, Ben-Amun}

Monday, March 22, 2010

Love and Timing...

This weekend I talked to two girlfriends who have both been screwed over by the guys they were dating. What's interesting is they both had nearly identical stories. They both are beautiful, intelligent, independent women who fell for men who seemed to have it all together. After a few months when things got a bit more serious the men fell off the face of the earth. Never to be heard from again. As women, we are stumped by this. Why put so much time and effort into building a relationship only to bolt out the door when it starts to become real? And yes, we've all read He's Just Not That Into You and Why Men Love Bitches

Here's my take on it; I think it all comes down to timing. I talked to Ian about his experiences and he sure had some bolt out the door moments with girls he dated in the past. When we started dating he was ready for a relationship and so was I. There were months of compatibility tests between us. Little daily tests we didn't even know we were taking. We passed more than we failed and that allowed us to fall in love.

Why didn't it work out with the guys I dated in the past?  For whatever reason, things just didn't add up. And, yes, it sucked at the time. I felt how my girlfriends feel now. Confused that something was wrong with me, confused by my constant relationship failures. (WARNING SAPPY ALERT) Then I met Ian and suddenly I was so thankful all those relationships failed. I feel like all my past relationships (as much as I regret some) were part of my growth. They contributed to the person I was the day I met Ian and helped me realize what I could tolerate in a relationship and what I couldn't. It all came together because the timing was right. We had both been through enough to realize what we had found in each other and we both knew we didn't want to let it go.

So my advice to my girlfriends is to try and be thankful when these guys head out the door. That action alone proves that they weren't right for you. Be thankful that it didn't take you years to figure this out. They have freed you up to find someone who is right.

In the meantime, I will totally indulge in that tub of ice cream and chocolate chip cookies with you.

{photo: we heart it}

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hello Spring...

Even though it's so hot it feels like summer here in Hollywood, these photos make me feel like Spring. I have to admit, I'm not a fan of the intense heat and I get a bit sad to put my winter boots away (I might feel differently if we had frigid cold winters) but these photos get me excited to wear my sundresses and cutoff jean shorts. Now all I need is a bike with a basket full of flowers.

{photos: creature comforts, cherry blossom girl via dress design decorelsea chelsea}

Now Panic...

This makes me laugh every time I see it. I'm planning on framing this print and hanging it right around the corner of my Keep Calm and Carry On poster that way I can giggle throughout the day.

{photo: fffound}

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Local Collection...

A couple weeks ago a dear friend of mine that I hadn't seen in ages invited me to go to the Local Collection at the Glendale Galleria. I had never heard of the Local Collection before so I was excited to see what it was all about. Plus it was a great excuse to see an old friend and reminisce. 

The Local Collection is a concept store that comes complete with irony. It is the antithesis of a mall store located in a mall. Local designers and artists are carefully handpicked to showcase their products and the store was filled with unique and eclectic items.
 Beautiful feather collars and accessories by Sweet Evie.

I was impressed by this store for a variety of reasons the first being that nothing in the store is massed produced. When you purchase an item you walk away with the same feeling as when you score something in a vintage store. Don't get me wrong, I love Forever 21, H&M and Zara as much as the next person, but whenever you buy something there you know hundreds of people within a 20 mile radius have the same thing. It's nice to buy something that feels unique and special every now and then.

The gorgeous feather collars from Sweet Evie really grabbed my attention. I kept going back to them again and again. I desperately want the black feather collar pictured above. I can imagine pairing it with a plain white tee, jeans and black patent heels. Yep, I need it.

A mix of bold and dainty jewelry from London Manori.

Another reason I loved the Local Collection was that it introduced me to some amazing new designers I would have never heard of otherwise. Some of my new favorites include Sweet Evie, Rojas, Flea Market Girl, London Manori and Ever Originals.

 Love the fun headbands from Ever Originals.

AMAZING jewelry from Flea Market Girl.

 Finally, everything is reasonably priced. I can't tell you how excited I was to look at the price tag from a Flea Market Girl necklace I was admiring to see it was only $7.50!!! Makes me want to purchase one of everything they make.

{photos: my own}

Monday, March 15, 2010

An Indie Wedding

I love how relaxed and cool this wedding looks. The couple got ready and took pictures at the awesome Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and then got married at a friend's house. Aren't the pictures amazing? I especially love the bride's dress. It's a dress from the 1930's and she only paid $600 for it!! Check out all the wonderful details and photos here.

{Photography by Our Labor of Love}

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