Monthly Archives: April 2009

Feminine Chic: DIY Friday

You may have felt a little neglected this week, what with only one post each day instead of three. What in the heck??? I’ve been busy over here getting ready for a photo shoot that I’m styling this weekend. I’m SO excited for what we’ve got planned, and as soon as the photos are published, you’ll be the first to see the goods. So while I run around getting ready, I thought I’d offer up a big helping of love from our favorite MSWeddings.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but feminine details are all the rage right now: ruffles, sparkles, pearles and lace. If you haven’t picked up this month’s Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, you should run out right now and grab it. This quarter is one of my favorites! The whole issue highlights a return to glamour, which pleases me more than you’ll ever know. Here are some fabulous goodies (and several DIY projects) from their feature on lace:

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Fashionista Vista: Brights vs. Whites – The Great Debate

I am so dang excited to welcome back Fashionista Vista, who has been doing important things like getting married and going on her honeymoon. What gives? Anyhow, she has some really great post-wedding bridal advice for you all, which I’m going to share early next week. However, today we’re luck enough to get a new installment of our beloved Fashionista Vista. Without further ado…

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Fashionista Vista, back at it, with a real mind-bender today…

: : B R I G H T S  VS.  W H I T E S — T H E  G R E A T  D E B A T E : :

Joining the ranks of such intense rivalries as “Mustard vs. Ketchup,” “Chunky vs. Smooth,” “Thin Mint vs. Shortbread”  (hmmm or maybe I’m just hungry…) is one of those burning decisions you never knew existed but suddenly seem to be facing when planning a wedding…

What do I wear to my Bridal Shower? And Bridesmaid Luncheon? And Lingerie Soiree? And Engagement Photo Shoot?

Do I wear all white to every wedding event?  After all, I am (dum-dum-da-dum) “The Bride” – shouldn’t I milk it for all its freakin’ worth?   You know, get in on all those cute white sundresses while the gettin’s good?

Or do I spice it up with a pop of color?  Because I am (dum-dum-da-dum) “The Bride” – shouldn’t I stand out?  Make a statement that draws all eyes to me?

Before making a rash decision (heavens no!), consider this:

  • There are sure to be multiple events (aside from The Big Daddy: The Wedding) thrown in honor of You (oh, and you know, that cute dude, what’s his face… your fiancé)… showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, brunches, etc.
  • Plus, there’s a high probability that you will be photographed more during this period of your life than any other (disregarding that whole “Mom took 872 naked pictures of me in my first bath” episode).

So what’s a girl to do?  Don’t fret, my pets – I’ve got you covered.

: : W H I T E S : :

Enjoy the idea of donning the official bridal color but afraid of potential fashion-wall-flower status?  Lucky for us, Marilyn Monroe’s moment with the subway vent and Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” video took care of that whole “white = demure and virginal” thing back in the day, so scout out frocks with a heavy does of flirt!

Pros:

  • Ain’t no mistaken who you are, missy!
  • There is no better color to highlight that pre-wedding “glow” (yes, I know it’s hard-earned from the tanning bed / bronzing bottle / poolside, but your secret’s safe with me!)

Cons:

  • A poorly cut piece in white can pack on the visual poundage
  • Two words: “cliché potential”

So, if you’re a “Go White or Go Home” Bride, here are some tips for picking the perfect ensemble. Hunt out your most flattering fit.  White is an unforgiving little sasspot, so give yourself a head start by finding the fit that best flatters your body type.  Cinch in a tiny waste; highlight killer legs; flaunt a full bust-line – just pick what works best for YOU!

  1. Hunt out your most flattering fit.  White is an unforgiving little sasspot, so give yourself a head start by finding the fit that best flatters your body type.  Cinch in a tiny waste; highlight killer legs; flaunt a full bust-line – just pick what works best for YOU!
  2. In the same vein… Choose top-end fabric.  Thin, clingy black fabric?  Eh, sometimes it works.  Thin, clingy white fabric?  Yep, you look like a poor-man’s Pretty Woman.  Two words, my dears: Double Lining.
  3. Its all in the details.  Yeah, yeah, we all know the bride wears white, but it’s the little embellishments that will set you apart from the crowd!   Ruffles, textures, and detailing will take you from “sweet” to “stylish” in the time you can say “saucy silk burnout!”

Maggy London Tiered Burnout Silk Dress

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J. Crew – Printed Erica Dress in Light Pewter

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Anthropologie – Galaxy of Dots Dress

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J. Crew – Silk Tricotine Cecilia Short Dress in Champagne

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Elie Tahari – Karalyn Dress

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: : B R I G H T S : :
Coyly smirking in the face of bridal fashion tradition, you aim to be a tulip in a field of lilies!  And in a day and age where a bridal brunch doesn’t (necessarily) translate into white gloves and cucumber sandwiches (thank gaaaawd!), feel free to boogie into spotlight sporting something eye-catching!

Pros:

  • Brights let a gal’s true personality really shine
  • Purchasing-wise, color is much easier to get right the first time

Cons:

  • Overhearing a guest muttering “which one’s the darn bride-to-be?” would be a total buzz-kill

So… if you find yourself all choked up when the Muzak of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors streams through the elevator speakers (nary a worry, it’s just the PMS!)… some tips to help you find yours:

  1. Stick with the theme.  Nowadays, pre-wedding events often come with a theme… Is a Mexican Fiesta being thrown in your honor?  Go with oranges and yellows with eyelet or embroidery.  What about a BBQ Rehearsal Dinner?  Pair up bright ruffles with boots.  Dressing the part is a sure signal your guest-of-honor status!
  2. Either keep the color shocking and simple…  Head-to-toe daring color in an unfussy silhouette screams Sass & Class.  But remember to keep the design simple – that pop of color will stand out even more if it’s uninterrupted by unnecessary trappings.
  3. Or surprise ‘em with a audacious print.  Prints can be trixy minxes – god-forbid you blend in with the upholstery or look like you’re attired for a Mommy & Me Outing.  Try bold and retro with an uncomplicated cut, or dazzle in a regal maxi dress.

T-Bags 3-Tiered Maxi Dress

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Trina Turk “Bonita” Dress with Belt

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BCBG MaxAzaria Ruffle Front Shift Dress

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Nanette Lepore – Coming Up Roses Dress

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Shoshana Circle Eyelet Dress

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: : T H E  P E R F E C T  C O M P R O M I S E : :

What’s that you say? You like mustard and ketchup on your hotdog?  Well alright, Miss Thang! Have your freakin’ wedding cake and eat it too with the likes of these “I want it all!” looks:

Donna Ricco Keyhole Back Border Print Dress

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Anthropologie – Coral Way Dress

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Anthropologie – Krasna Dress

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Shop strong and walk tall, ladies!

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Recipe Cards

If you’re having a kitchen shower, I think these letterpressed recipe cards from Dingbat Press just might be a great addition to send out to your attendees. Does it get any better than good food and letterpress? I think not!

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Flowers & Dirt

It seems most brides really have their hearts set on floral centerpieces. And I don’t blame you…they are JUST SO PRETTY. However, if you’re looking for a way to incorporate stems on the table but are concerned about cost, I’ve got an option worth considering. Why not keep ’em potted?

The pros as are follows: 1) You can buy the centerpieces ahead of time…so if you’re a DIY bride, it’s like doing your own flowers a week in advance…and with little to no work!  2) They can double as favors if you do a small grouping per table.  3) You can plant them and have a nice little memento from your wedding day that will outlast that frozen wedding cake you’re going to choke down in a year.  4) They are rather affordable!

Here are a few delightful examples:

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{Nancy Liu Chin via Here Comes the Guide}   &    {Martha Stewart}

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{Jessica Claire via The Classic Invitation}

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Real Wedding: Amanda and Abner

Take a look at this destination wedding in Manasota Keys, Florida, shot by Tec Petaja. WOW! Not only is the location spectular, and the decor absolutely delicious, but Tec got lucky with such a beautiful couple!

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GQ: Dressed for a Summer Wedding

Not going to lie. If I were dating any of the men in these pictures, I’d feed them a few cheeseburgers. But that’s neither here nor there. Let’s all just be thankful we can aspire to this GQ breakdown on summer wares.

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Say HELLO to our new arrival!

Grey Readers! I am more than pleased to announce our new arrival to the {GREY} family. And guess what? It’s not just one arrival, but TWO! The truth is, Grey likes a lot more than just weddings, so an expansion was inevitable. That’s right EXPANSION! I’ve started not one, but TWO new blogs for you to read at work, or in the wee hours of the morning, or on the weekend, or whenever it is that you come for your fill of all things pretty and delightful. Though they are newly born, I just can’t stand waiting any longer. I’ve decided to let you in on the growing babies, because your feedback is just too important to live without.

Ladies and Gentlemen, without further ado:

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greynestinglogoGrey Likes Nesting is committed to finding vintage, modern and handmade finds for your nest. We particularly like affordability and one-of-a-kind ideas. If you love splurging on your home, accessories, wardrobe, or even cooking (all of which I affectionately refer to as “nesting”) then hopefully you’ll love what you find here!

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babylogo1Grey Likes Baby is for the well-styled mom and dad (or grandparent…or aunt or uncle for that matter) who love to incoporate modern, vintage and handmade finds into their family living. You’ll also find family photography and spectacular ideas for celebrating your offspring’s milestones. Whether your children are still incubating or methodically ravaging your household, I hope you’ll enjoy Grey’s daily inspiration!

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Please check out the little seeds that have been planted and let me know what you think!

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DIY Friday: Programs

Just in case you were wondering, I LOVE every single comment and email that I receive from you. It lets me know you are real people coming here and gives me insight into how you feel about what I’m jabbering on about every day. So, thank you, to each of you who takes the time to come and take part in our community.

Now that we’re through with embarrassing tears of gratitude (sheesh) I thought I’d discuss an interesting request that reader Amy Boyd made in one of her comments. (See…I do read them and I do try to respond to every one of your requests for ideas…you all just give me pretty tough challenges!)

Amy wanted some ideas for programs. Hmmm…programs. So, besides just hiring a super rad designer like, I don’t know, Wiley Valentine (whose blog I adore in more ways than one), one really has to ponder the possibilities. So I pondered. Hence the delay. (Sorry Amy!) But alas! I think I’ve come up with a really fun idea that you might be able to do yourself, if you’ve got a few computer skills. Yay for DIY!!!

Breakin’ it down: I thought it would be super cute-tastic to use love taglines for the front of your programs (think half of an 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock). They’d act as pseudo-posters for guests (I’d probably want to take mine home and frame it) and then just put your program details on the back. Also, for an added twist, why not spice it up with several different variations? You’ll have to design your own, but here are some posters that might help get the creative juices flowing.

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{Pig and Thistle} Insert fiancee’s initials:

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Does this idea make sense to anyone? I hope you get where I’m going. Anyhow, I love this idea so much, I’ve got it saved in my “one day” file (if you know what I mean *wink wink*).

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Real Wedding: Malin and James

Please forgive me if you’ve already seen this wedding circling the blogosphere. I, for one, have not. For those of you that don’t already stalk Jose Villa’s blog, I suppose after viewing shots from this wedding at the Viceroy in Palm Springs, you will.

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Announcements…and a RAD dress

I just couldn’t take my eyes off this dress and her handsome counterpart shot by Jose Villa. So while all I’m doing is informing you of a few great things, I thought we could just stare at it together. Moment of silence please.

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Okay. Let’s get in to it!

: : One : : {Grey} likesweddings is featured on JoMyGoodness today. What? How sweet is that? So you ought mosey on over there and check it out.

: : Two : : Our early bird special for the Arranged Workshop has ended, however, JoMyGoodness is going to do a giveaway for a chance to go for free. I’ll let you know when entry is available, so be on the look out.

: : Three : : Tune in on Monday to find out about our big announcement. Grey’s family is growing, and we’re thrilled for you to find out how!

: : Four : : Let’s look at the dress again. *sigh*

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