Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Like many brides, I had super long hair for my wedding day. For months leading up to our wedding people would comment on my “wedding hair” and asked when I would be cutting it. Instead of going for a 5-inch trim, I took off 11 inches this month and donated my hair to a Children's Cancer Foundation. There are campaigns that take as little as 8 inches of healthy, minimally processed hair. So if you’re thinking about chopping the wedding hair after your big day, please consider making someone else’s day by donating your hair.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
My sister and I agree that there's something about that red sole that makes your heart beat faster... For something a little more neutral but still more unconventional- what about these crystal Miu Miu slides from Saks. Although i'm not sure how long i'd last in these pencil thin sildes.The best part about these shoes? You can definitely wear them again because they are just so darn fabulous!!
Monday, February 18, 2008
I love the look of this suite- eggplant & magenta on kraft colored paper. Genius!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Here's a handy bridal hair trial checklist I got from Civello, which has been creating lovely wedding hairstyles for years in Toronto. Don't forget to discuss important details (mentioned in old posts) with your stylists such as "who, what, when and where"!
- Keep your style in shape – have your hair trimmed every six weeks
- Use a stylist recommended weekly deep-conditioning treatment at home
- Compile hair and makeup photos from magazines
- Wash hair the night before your trial and wedding day appointment
- Bring your magazine clippings to your trial appointments
- Bring reference photos detailing the theme of the wedding (i.e. flowers, dress, venue) to your trial appointments
- Tell us if the wedding is evening or day, indoor or outdoor
- Bring items of makeup that you currently wear on a daily basis to your trial appointments
- Bring a digital camera and take images of your hair and makeup trial
- Bring your headpiece to your appointment
Monday, February 11, 2008
Manzanita trees with hung crystals, orchids in pots of flowers by our own florist Fuscia Designs decorate tables at a wedding at the ROM.
Photo by: Lisa Lefkowitz Another popular trend using brances- using a vase full of branches as a "guest book" or wish tree.
1) Use Magazines & Web Sites - Prepare tear sheets and print out photos of dresses you like. Make a note of what it is you like about the dress. This will be a great starting point.
2) Make a list of stores - Make a list of local stores you'd like to visit. While I was in New York, I tried on a few wonderful dresses at Vera Wang New York and at Saks Fifth Bridal Salon, but realized my time schedule wouldn't allow for 3 fittings. If you're able of course, by all means, go ahead!
Tip: A good way to compile a list of stores, is to go to the vendor websites of brands you like, and search for your location for stores. Start off with a max of 3 stores so you don't overwhelm yourself.
3) Set a firm budget - even though that gorgeous $15,000 Monique Lhuillier is so tempting to try on, don't do it if it's over your budget. The worst thing that could happen is for you to fall in love with it and be heartbroken because you can't have it.
4) On your first consultation, describe what you're looking for, and disclose your budget. Try on one of each type of silhouette (ie: slim fit, mermaid, A-line, ballgown), even if you think it wont look good on you. You may be surprised at what you thought would look terrible looks great!
5) Make a short list of 3-4 dresses that you love. Bring a few close friends and family members whose opinion you trust. Can you see yourself loving this dress 20 years from now?
5) Ask important questions. After you have found the dresses you like, a good sales consultant should be able to answer these basic questions clearly and honestly:
- Are alterations included? How much are they?
- How many alterations are typically needed at that particular store? Keep in mind your schedule.
- How long does it take to order each particular dress? Different brands vary in lead time.
- How much do veils, shoes, accessories, crinolines (if sold separately) cost? Don't forget to factor these into the budget.