Stories for: Bridal

Beauty, Bridal, Celebrities, Eco & Organic, Los Angeles, Nails, Skincare, Spas & SalonsBellacures Hits Pasadena

Need to rest your toes-ies after a long day of shopping in Old Town Pasadena? You’re in luck! Bellacures just celebrated the opening of its new location at 40 Mills Place (right next door to Burke Williams).
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BridalWedding Belles

We’re already feeling overwhelmed by the long list of engagement parties, showers and bachelorettes leading up to the many weddings we have on the horizon this summer! Stay stress-free and above all stylish with our picks to streamline your shopping list and subsequent wedding prep this spring. Cheers – bring on the celebrations!

{Shower Gifts} One Kings Lane never ceases to amaze us with their exciting giftables, we recently purchased personalized coasters from Preppy Plates at a fraction of their regular retail price.

{Wedding Gifts} Bright, cheerful and customizable, Mattie Luxe offers items to spice up your dining room including placemats as well as melamine and lucite trays, $99.

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Bridal, FoodKim & Kris Kardashian’s Georgetown Cupcakes

Now that the biggest wedding of the year is behind us (minus that tiny little royal one), the details keep rolling in. You can say a lot of things about the Kardashians, but they know how to work their fame into…well basically anything (reality show, OPI nail polish collaboration, self-tanner line, almost credit card.) The newest emerging wedding detail is a sweet gift that the newlyweds left for hotel guests: a personalized assortment of Georgetown Cupcakes. Monogrammed with the K and K logo, guests like Maria Menounos got to try a half dozen cupcakes: Red Velvet, Lava Fudge, Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter Fudge, Chocolate Coconut, and Vanilla with Vanilla Buttercream.

I’ve wanted to try Georgetown Cupcakes after reading Sara’s early write-up and watching their TLC reality show, DC Cupcakes. Yes, NYC is quickly approaching max cupcake saturation, but with the arrival of Sprinkles this year, it’s only fitting that the other cupcake heavyweight enters SoHo in Winter 2011. Until then!

Bath & Body, Beauty, Bridal, Fitness & Health, Hair, Spas & Salons, TravelSanctuary at Kinetix Spa & Salon, New Orleans

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Recently, I took a ill-timed, direct red-eye flight from Los Angeles to New Orleans for a wild wedding weekend, only to regret not taking a nap before the three-and-a-half-hour trip. (Anyone who was there during Halloween/Voodoo Fest weekend might know that it was practically impossible to check in to your hotel early.) Unfortunately, this was my first time in The Big Easy, and wandering sleep-deprived through the French Quarter at 8 a.m., fueled only by a cup of chicory coffee and a plate of beignets, was — well, not so easy.

Imagine my elation when I literally stumbled upon the charming Kinetix Spa and Salon (formerly Ofadean). On a whim, I asked owner Michael Mikolajewski if there was a “quiet room.” He smiled and gently said the prettiest word I’d heard all morning, “Yes.” I then asked if he could accommodate me and my delirious husband, despite the fact that the salon was bustling with some of what must have been 100 bridal parties in town that weekend. Again he said, “Yes.” (He really had that southern hospitality thing down.)

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Accessories, Bridal, Cheap & Chic, Home, Paper GoodsMartha Stewart Pom Poms

I’ve found that springtime and being in your mid 20′s has meant one thing: multiple bridal showers and the emergence of wedding season in full force.  As friends have found love, my friends and I have been subject to being more bridemaids and maids of honors than I can count, resulting in lots of trips of Bed, Bath, and Beyond, plentiful manual labor involving cutting the crusts off those pesky tea sandwiches, and the dreaded ‘what to do for the decorations?’ question.

It’s not easy finding practical and beautiful decorations for a bridal shower that won’t detract monetarily from the amount you’ll end up spending for the wedding gift, which is why I was excited to find these homemade pom poms from Martha Stewart.  My friend, Katherine, came up with the ingenious idea of using Martha’s pom poms for a bridal shower she was responsible for decorating, and the effect was chic and cheap.  The materials only include tissue paper and cloth-covered floral wire, both of which can be found easily and affordably at your local craft store.

You can make the pom poms in any color tissue paper you can find  and hang them up to add some color to the room.  Best of all, it’s incredibly simple to make so that even your significant others won’t mess it up–trust me, these pom poms will win against  the “I won’t help you, because I’ll mess it up” argument.   After the bridal shower is done, you and the guests can even take these pom poms home–after all, they’re just too pretty to throw away.

Read on here to see the exact directions for how to make these hanging pom poms, as well as a napkin ring version.

Bridal, International, TravelMy Big Fat Indian Wedding

In my next life, I decided that I wanted to come back reincarnated as an Indian princess…and if that isn’t possible, I think I would settle for having an Indian wedding in this lifetime.  Being a bride or groom at an Indian wedding is probably the closest a person can ever get to feeling like a Maharaja and Maharani in current times, since Indian weddings are known for being a three day extravaganza of grandeur and opulence.  The wedding I attended a month ago in Jaipur was no different.  With three nights of parties going from evening to past midnight and different outfits for each one, I wondered why anyone would ever want to have a traditional non-Indian wedding.  Elizabeth Hurley, who wedded Indian textile businessman, Arun Nayar last year (see picture left) clearly sees herself the benefits of having an Indian wedding.  She held not just one, but two weddings, including a Western one and a traditional Indian one. READ MORE

Beauty, Bridal, MakeupBobbi Brown Bridal Kit

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Bobbi Brown’s new Limited Edition Bridal Kit ($75) has the absolute essentials that a bride will need on her big day. “On your wedding day, you should look like yourself at your most beautiful,” she says, and this kit works with all skin tones to create a natural look that accentuates your natural beauty. The kit comes in a sleek white case with a mirror and interior pockets, and includes:

  • Ivory Eye Shadow
  • Black Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
  • Black No Smudge Mascara
  • Pink Sugar Shimmer Lip Gloss
  • Short Handle Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush

Step-by-step instructions included with the kit will help any bride, bridesmaid, or mother of the bride achieve the beautiful look above. Check out bobbibrowncosmetics.com for more information, and be sure to view the video of Bobbi creating her bridal looks. Keep reading for Bobbi’s top wedding day beauty tips! READ MORE

Bridal, Paper GoodsCrafty Wedding Keepsakes

Planning a wedding is an exciting, yet arduous, process, so let me help cross one thing off your long to-do list. I found the perfect keepsakes or thank you cards for your bridesmaids and flower girls! Isadora-Ink has the most gorgeous, customized handmade cards, which your bridal party will want to keep forever. Every card is hand crafted by Isadora herself–consisting of a hanger and bead, customized dress, and personalized message. She works with you to customize every detail, from using your bridal party’s dress colors to making sure that each dress form is cut and framed perfectly. What is unique about her cards is that the littlest details can be incorporated into the dress, like sashes, ribbons, beads, and even ruching. The result is a card that your family and friends will always keep as a remembrance of your wedding.

Isadora emphasizes quality in her products and spends a lot of time developing her templates and creating new prototypes. Her interest in crafts peaked in 2002, as she made these customized items for her own wedding. She realized after the wedding that there was a real demand for her work and began to sell her products online. The cards are the most popular items at Isadora-Ink, followed by journals made from vintage cardstock and LP covers. Her products are all so clever, and I think I may have found a funny new obsession in the Grudge Journal.

Visit isadora-ink.com for more information and be sure to check out her gallery of customized cards! Each card is $5.95.

Accessories, Bridal, JewelryTie the knot

Ready to tie the knot? It seems like so many people are getting engaged or at least have marriage on the mind lately (or maybe it’s just the people in my life?)…and I’ve been going crazy over appropriate gifts. This “Nantucket” necklace by Gorjana might be the perfect gift for a newly engaged girlfriend or bride-to-be. It’s not overly cheesy or clichéd, but still conveys a message of love and commitment. Even better? It’s so pretty that not only will the recipient continually thank you, but she’ll also wear it for years to come. Oh…and of course, you may want to pick one up for yourself, too! :)

Retails for $195. Available in silver or 14k gold vermeil. For more information, please visit Gorjana.com.

BridalBridesmaid to the Rescue!

When you signed up to be a bridesmaid for your friend’s wedding, you had no idea that she was going to be the Queen of Bridezillas. Now it’s a day before the wedding and she’s completely freaking out – about everything from losing the back of a “something borrowed” earring (from the future mother-in-law) to a button possibly falling off her dress.

So, being the good and patient friend that you are, what do you do? You hand her the Wedding Day Survival Kit and save her sanity. Well, at least if and when any fashion/ beauty emergencies come up! Armed with thirty essential items, from double-sided tape to antacids to emergency wedding bands (heaven forbid!), the anxious bride (and you!) can rest easy, knowing that the big day will go off without a hitch.

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