Is it Spring yet? I know that’s what many of you are currently thinking, and we can’t blame you one bit. With the better part of the country resembling a frozen tundra, today’s post is all about looking forward to spring, and we dedicate this Wedding Wednesday to all of you stuck inside due to freezing temps.

Vera Wang is one of our all-time favorite designers, especially when it comes to her work with wedding gowns. Only someone like Vera can debut a whole collection of pure black or fiery-red gowns and make even the most traditional bride want one. Actually going to a Vera Wang salon to view her dresses is a sensory delight, from the various colors peeking out amidst pure white to the soft feel of lace or silk.

For her Spring 2015 line, Vera Wang created a myriad of dreamy dresses featuring soft silhouettes, lace detailing and flouncy skirts waiting to be twirled. There are also nice hints of modern detail, such as fun strap designs and cut-outs. These dresses are, in essence, perfect for spring.

Of course we’re going to share some of our favorites with you, and we hope it brightens up your day a bit!

Otillie

Ottilie by Vera Wang

 Olympia

olympia

Octavia

Octavia by Vera Wang

Odessa

Odessa by Vera Wang

Odette

Odette by Vera Wang

There’s a Vera Wang store just down Rodeo that we suddenly feel the urge to go walk by. It’s never a bad time to do some window shopping!
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Hello My Lovelies! We’re headed to the weekend so I thought I’d share my “Must Have” pick for February (my birthday month), GARÇONNE NYC Prét-à-Couture Eyewear. Here’s how this particular “Must Have” came about.

While meeting with my clients to discuss wedding details, we waited for Jillian Ezra at Ezra Productions to join us. As I’m sitting there talking with my clients, all of a sudden this gorgeous young lady walked up to join us. Yes she was gorgeous; however, it was the sunglasses that caught my attention. I couldn’t stop starring. They were SUPER CUTE! I hoped she didn’t think I was trying to come on to her. ;) But I couldn’t stop starring, I had to have those sunglasses. I kept my cool until after the meeting. I didn’t want to seem unprofessional and all in front of my clients. I couldn’t wait any longer, a few days later  I emailed Jillian and asked where she got the sunglasses.  I thought she’d say one of those big fancy stores such as: Nordstrom, Saks or Neiman Marcus. Nope! She pointed me to Founder of GARÇONNE NYC Elena Kibalchich who designed the sunglasses in New York and handmade them in Italy. Just saying that, I feel special.

Look at these beauties below, how could I resist. I purchased a pair and have been sporting them every since. They make me feel elegant and sexy.

A pair of sunglasses should be high on your essentials this summer. But who says you just have to have one? How can you resist these?

Garconne NYC

LENSES BY CARL ZEISS
ACETATE BY MAZZUCCHELLI 1849
DESIGNED IN NEW YORK CITY
HAND MADE IN ITALY

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Happy Tuesday! Now that we’re all refreshed from the three day weekend, it’s time to gear up for the next big event of the month- The Oscars. Let the party planning and champagne popping begin. Our invitations to this year’s awards have obviously got lost in the mail (ahem), but that won’t stop us from dreaming about what magnificent gown we would glide down the red carpet in as we sit on our couches, watching the action on television.

If there was any dress we had to pick for the job, it would definitely be a creation from Jani & Khosla. A fabulous designing duo from India that just launched their debut collection. What we love about their gowns is the amount of detail that goes into each one, from the gorgeous beading to the perfectly placed mirror appliques. With all the camera flashes, we’d sparkle for sure on the red carpet! Here are some of our favorite Jani & Khosla gowns.

 Circa 1923

Art Deco Gown

The 1920’s is still roaring, and this beautiful gold and black art-deco gown would steal the show (and everyone’s breaths).

 Glittering Gold

Gold Gown

It is the Oscars after all, so there’s really no other place more appropriate to wear a stunning gold dress. This short number can pull double-duty, as it’s appropriate on the red carpet as it is at the after parties.

 Bring on the Drama

Mirrored Ball Gown

What’s a red carpet without a dramatic ball gown? Black is classy, looks good on everyone, and the mirror detailing just makes this dress even more visually stunning. The sheer material at the neck is also a nice touch.

 Pure White

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Naturally we had to pick a couple of beautifully white gowns to throw in the mix. We couldn’t help but think that these would be perfect for a bride looking for something unique and a little edgy to wear on her big day.

First we were slighted at the Grammys, and now the Oscars. Ah well, at least we can pine after some of these dresses and pretend we’d totally steal the show in one. There’s always next year to start plotting for… look out, Jennifer Lawrence.

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Happy Monday and President’s Day! I hope you’re enjoying your three day weekend.  I had a great weekend. I actually got the opportunity to attend Louis Vuitton Fashion Exhibition. The exhibition opened February 6 for two weeks and titled “Series2: A Presentation of the Timeless Inspirations Behind a New Collection”.  It featured a series of rooms that shed light on the influences and inspirations behind the spring runway show. The timing of Series2 comes right after the reopening of the Louis Vuitton flagship store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

The entrance to the exhibit, called “Abstract Title”, was shown through an oversized LV logo, with the next room “Talking Faces” giving people a chance to experience the unique animation of  Ghesquiere’s last show. “Magic Trunk” highlights the label’s most iconic products in hologram projections, while the “Savoir-faire” room focuses on the Malletage inspired by the inside of an LV trunk.

Other highlights includes the “Backstage” room which recreates a fashion show’s backstage space and high tension atmosphere, the “Infinite” room boasts a 360 degree projection of all 48 looks of the SS15 collection. The final space, the “Accessories Gallery” set to showcase Marte Mei van Haaster’s scanned, 3D printed figures alongside beautiful heritage pieces.

I was a little disappointed there were no products for sale, but admission is free so what more can you ask for. Overall I had a blast! I left with some awesome little gifts such as: stickers and an oversized LV poster that I plan to hang on my bedroom wall. The photos below should give you an idea of what to expect.

Don’t worry you still have until February 22 to attend the space at 1135 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy!

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day! You know what that means- time for chocolate. Oh, and love, of course. Yes, love is definitely in the air (and so is the smell of chocolate), and to celebrate romance, we perused through some of our favorite weddings from Valentine’s past. Valentine’s Day weddings are really fun to plan and go to, and believe us, things can get pretty epic in terms of the décor.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite Valentine’s trends, from the traditional to the downright unique.

 Pretty Cakes

Ah, cake. There are so many things you can do with your wedding cake nowadays. It can be any color, any size, or heck, you can even divide it up into a million cupcakes and serve those instead. Valentine’s cakes are no less spectacular. Our favorites include traditional elements, like roses and hearts, but are overall elevated in style.

pink roses wedding cake

white roses wedding cake

 Flowers Besides Roses

Flowers are so synonymous with Valentine’s Day that they’re easily the main focal point of your wedding. It’s safe to assume that they’ll be the first things people will look at! Roses are a traditional choice and are classically beautiful, but there are quite a few other kinds of flowers and color combinations that you can choose from if you’re looking for something unique.

purple bouquet

colorful bouquet

White-Tie Affair

You may not automatically think of white as a romantic color, but with the right touches, it really can become one. No color, you say? Trust us, white is anything but boring. An all-white wedding is elegant and will leave your guests breathless.

white wedding

whitewedding

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Welcome to Monday Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It was my birthday weekend so I was busy attending lots of events and doing lots of shopping. One event is a must share because it was AH-MAZING! I can’t believe I’ve never visited New York, just unbelievable! I’ve always wanted to attend a New York Fashion Runway Show. For now, the closest I’ve come to it was to attend Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) Style Beat LA Fashion Show 2015 in a gorgeous Beverly Hills estate this Grammy weekend.

HFR was an idea birthed from self-proclaimed Brandice Henderson-Daniel. Check out her story here. Brandice’s vision was to expand HFR to new cities, including LA to bring more exposure to some of the most incredible designers in the fashion industry, such as Kevin Hall, Kimberly Goldson, Waraire Boswell and Joseph Bethune.

“Designers of color represent less than 1% of designers found in major department stores, yet African Americans alone spend over $22 billion on apparel products. There is a disparity here and it’s our responsibility to address it. For the fashion-loving generations behind us, there is an industry that is not yet open to all of them. Let’s do our part to change that.”

Brandice has started a movement to provide a platform for incredible multicultural designers. The movement to change the face of fashion.

To see more photos go to @HarlemFashionRow  #HFRTakesLA

Congratulations Brandice on a successful event!

Harlem's Fashion Row

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It’s February! Can you believe it?! It feels like we just celebrated the new year. Usually when talk of February comes up, the focus is on Valentine’s Day and such themed weddings (we’ll get to that next week, don’t worry!). Something equally as exciting happens in the month of February though- awards shows!

This Saturday, the 57th Annual Grammy Awards airs, and you can just guess what we’ll be looking at. That’s right- all the fashion. The Grammys is less formal than some of the other awards shows taking place this month, so stars get to be a little more creative with their look and put their personal style on display in a myriad of outfits and accessories. It’s got us thinking- what would we wear on the Grammy’s red carpet? I mean, we might as well prepare something now, just to be prepared in case we get invited next year. We’re just being proactive ;)

One thing is for sure, we’d craft our outfits with a little help from LaMarque. The fashion line specializes in leather jackets (hello beauties), but their collections also feature a wide variety of beautifully tailored mixed-media pieces. Here’s a look at our favorite pieces from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

Leather Jacket with Cutouts

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What’s better than a classic black leather jacket tailored to perfection? A classic black leather jacket with intricate floral cutouts. It’s a great, classic cool piece that’s the perfect touch of feminine. The flirty purplum backing just ties it all together perfectly.

Little Black Dress

lemarque black dress

You can never go wrong on the red carpet with a little black dress. LaMarque has a variety of fun dresses in their collections, but this one is a personal favorite.

White pants

pants

White pants are clean and classy, but these biker pants with lace detailing up the side are just the right amount of fun and edgy for a red carpet.

Gold Jacket

gold jacket

It can hardly be called an awards party unless someone shows up in something that makes them shine brighter than the awards themselves. A gold leather jacket is the perfect piece to get noticed on the red carpet and then transition to all those fun after-parties. I like things that are multi-purpose.

It’s probably too late to get invited to this year’s Grammys, but there’s always next year!

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spa treatmentsHi There! Thank you for stopping by. Living in Los Angeles, you hear a TON about “Award Season”. Well just in case you aren’t a celebrity getting ready for pre-event primping, that shouldn’t stop you from looking like one. I may not be walking the red carpet at the Oscars, but I want my skin to look just as good as those celebs all year long. Below are 4 must have spa treatments to get Red Carpet Ready.

Red Carpet Ready Facial Beginning with heated stone aromatherapy on your back, the 80-minute Red Carpet Ready Facial focuses on rejuvenating the face with Babor’s Beauty Fluids that penetrate deeply into the skin’s lower layers, leaving you looking refreshed and glowing. Aqua Star Babor Beauty Spa at The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-887-6048

All that Glitters Pamper yourself with the 24k gold-infused Pure Gold Radiance Facial from La Prairie . The anti-aging properties of the brand’s Cellular Radiance Concentrate Pure Gold visibly lifts, firms, and brightens your skin. Also included in this package, which is available through awards season, is a mani/pedi featuring Deborah Lippmann’s gold Boom Boom Pow polish. Available at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 276-2251 and the Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA (310) 472-1211

Effervescence Facial Developed exclusively for the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills by Clinical by Innovative Skincare, the new Effervescence Facial is like diving into a bottle of bubbly. After applying an enzyme masque made from honey and papaya, an esthetician slathers on a citrus and rosemary clarifying mud masque, which brightens and moisturizes. The main thrill of this facial, however, is the citric acid resurfacing masque that lights up in a Champagne-like sea of bubbles, texturizing skin and promoting collagen production. Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Dr., LA, 310-273-4444

Oscar Glow Get glowing from head to toe with a 45-minute body scrub followed by an indulgent dusting of 24k gold powder that would make even Oscar jealous! A manicure is also included, which means you’re in for a day of relaxation before a stressful walk down the step-and-repeat. Available through March 31. Spa Montage, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-860-7840

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Hello Lovelies! I’m so excited it’s Friday! I can’t wait for a little “me” time. What about you? Since Spring will be here before you know it, I thought I’d feature… Did you know that in December, the forward thinker Marc Jacobs revealed his complete Spring 2015 campaign with a number of celebrity models?

The American fashion brand unveiled the nine main visuals from its Spring/Summer 2015 campaign, which features some of the top powerhouses of the modeling world, from Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss to Adriana Lima and Natasha Poly.

Shot by British fashion photographer David Sims, the visuals are presented in a two-page format, with a close-up of the model’s face on one side and a view of the complete silhouette on the other. Each model sports one of the messy black bob wigs seen on the Marc Jacobs runway this season.

The nine models are Issa Lish, Jessica Stam, Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, Natasha Poly, Adriana Lima, Anja Rubik and Anna Ewers. Anyone you’re familiar with?

The military-style pieces were styled by Katie Grand, while Guido Palau and Diane Kendal took care of hair and makeup duties, respectively.

It’s always exciting to see how Marc Jacobs brings his creativity to fruition.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

 

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Welcome to another Wedding Wednesday, lovely readers! As is to be expected, we’ve got winter weddings on the brain, and today we wanted to feature a particularly fun aspect of one- hair! Sometimes your hair is your best accessory, and there are some pretty fab things you can do with yours for a winter wedding. A colder season means there’s plenty of room to play with dramatic styles and (my absolute favorite) lovely, sparkling accessories. So come, kick back, maybe grab some coffee, and take a look at some of our favorite winter wedding hairstyles for winter.

Updos

Updo

If you’re going for a classy, elegant look then there’s nothing better than an updo. There are plenty of ways to sweep up your tresses, from a sweet bun to a pile of curls. Take it to the next level by adding a glittering hairpiece. Whether you choose an understated headband or go all out with a tiara (and who doesn’t love a good tiara?), a headpiece will tie everything together.

Credit:  Bellethemagazine.com 

Cascade of Curls

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A wave of curls cascading down your back or over your shoulder is super-romantic, making it quite perfect for a wedding. You’ll look plenty dramatic and glamorous with your flowing hair, so keep your accessory sweet and subtle.

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Retro

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When you think 70s , what comes to mind first? Volume, and plenty of it! Compliment your retro-glam style with something simple, like a lace or floral headband, and let your locks do all the talking.

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Short Strands

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Short-haired ladies deserve some love too! If you’re rocking shorter strands, there’s no need to feel like you don’t have the length to do something fun. Work with what you got and keep your short hair sleek and simple. It’s the perfect canvas for a glam accessory or even bold flowers- the sky is the limit with your beautifully short hair!

Credit: Etsy-Agnes Hart

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