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Throw It In A Bag

August 20, 2010

I love this time of year (no, not the 100 degree Atlanta heat), since it’s now that you start getting catalogs full of fall fashion – boots, yummy sweaters, cashmere scarves, little wool dresses, patterned closed toed shoes and so much more. Based on what I’ve seen from Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, it appears that oversized satchel bags are going to be big this fall. Polished black, bright turquoise leather, distressed camel… all so pretty. Here are some of my favorites!

Fossil Vintage Reissue Weekender, $238, Nordstrom.com

I love this bright Kate Spade. Obviously, not very versatile for the price in bright tangerine… but so pretty.

Kate Spade, New York Five Points Camille Leather Femme Satchel, $475, Bloomingdales.com

Lord knows, I love some animal print. Isn’t this DVF one elegant? I love how it’s a subtle zebra  – black and charcoal makes it so wearable!

Diane von Furstenberg Grace Zebra Print Day Bag, $625, NeimanMarcus.com

There were actually a handful more that I wanted to post, but A) I seem to have a short attention span these days and B) you can’t copy and paste images from the department stores’ sites… and a lot of the designers I love haven’t posted images up online. Anyway – add some of your favorites to my list! I’d love to see “readers’ choice” satchels. 🙂

<3,

Jennifer

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S-Mitton

August 19, 2010

I’ve been a super-delinquent blogger of late. It seems like I can barely keep my head above water with “real life,” even though I just looked and have 19 blogs saved as drafts (i.e. started, but not finished / posted). I’m going to *try* to be better about posting regularly. Girl Scout’s honor (I wasn’t a G.S., but moving on…).

Now, onto the weddings stuff! As I’ve said about a million times, weddings are all about the details. A special detail for the bride is one that Daily Candy wrote about recently – garter belts by Florrie Mitton on Etsy. Each style is handmade and they even have bespoke offerings, based on your colors, style and interest. Aren’t they delicate and pretty?

Ethereal Silk Tulle Garter, $92.

For something a little more simplified, I love the one below:

Forever Lace Garter, $81.

I’m still holding out hope that my DeeDee (mom’s mom) will maybe find her garter from her wedding in the 1950’s for me. And, I know it seems silly to spend nearly $100 for something that no one will really see… but these are stunning. And, who can’t use a little eye candy mid-week?

Happy Wednesday!

<3,

Jennifer

Accessorize It

July 20, 2010

I love it when I run across weddings when brides really prize being themselves / stylish over being traditional and doing what’s expected. Funky heels instead of white slippers. Cardigans instead of a more traditional “wrap.” A statement piece of jewelry instead of the typical dainty pearls. I think it shows such confidence and shows that she really knows who she is.

When I first started looking for a photographer for my wedding, I fell in love with Atlanta-based Our Labor Of Love. They have such an artistic, edgy style and really seem to see things in cool ways. Even though I’ve selected the fab Alea Moore to do the photography for our wedding (who also has a fun, edgy style that suits the future hubby & me perfectly!), I still check the OLOL blog from time to time to be inspired by the creativity of their brides – it seems that because the photography teams are so creative, they attract edgy brides too.

I stumbled across these photos of Ashley & Shane’s wedding at Serenbe – a gorgeous sustainable community and farm south of the city (& home of one of my favorite restaurants, The Hil). The environment is stunning all by itself, but I LOVE how Ashley (who has a cute business called Icemilk Aprons) decided to accessorize herself and her bridesmaids. How fun to do strands and strands of beads / pearls! Plus, girlfriend has excellent taste in flowers – anemones and rinanculous – two of my favorites, which will no doubt make an appearance on Nov. 13th. Enjoy!

Budget Bridal

July 19, 2010

It’s no secret that weddings are big business. From the flowers to the shoes to the flowers, someone is making a killing at each juncture, selling brides something the JUST MUST HAVE {insert sarcasm here}. Even at moments when you know that it’s not 100% rational, as a bride, you find yourself caught up in the inertia, dreaming about that perfect day and buying into the commercialism of it all.

All of that being said, weddings are fun. Part of the reason I love scanning the wedding blogs is that I find the level of creativity out there fascinating. Let’s face it – your wedding is the one day that can be {if you choose} the ultimate expression of your personality. Perhaps that’s why brides feel such pressure? They’re saying, “This is me, this is my style.”

That long-winded intro is to say that weddings are big business {wait – I said that already!} and big mass retailers are getting in the game. J. Crew, Ann Taylor and now, The Limited are all offering bridal lines. Some of the dresses are offered in white or a color, making them work for either a wedding gown or for a bridesmaid. Here are some of my favorites!

J. Crew "Dune" Gown, $895


J. Crew Silk "Gracie" Gown, $475

J. Crew "Goddess" Gown, $475

J. Crew "Seraphina" Dress, $149

"Romantic" by The Limited, $298

Ann Taylor Silk Bridesmaid, $215

Shoe Fantasy Land

July 13, 2010

It’s fun to dream about the shoes {for the purposes of this post, shoes, but insert your favorite item here – for Will it would be kayaks) you would buy if money were no object. I’m realizing that, in a few short months, my love of high heels is well-documented on JennAndTheGiantPeach.com.

For those of you who are already inclined to roll your eyes by reading the above paragraph… I warn you: STOP reading and check back later when I *may* decide to post something less girly / indulgent. If you’re thinking, “Yes! I love to look at shoes that double as words of art…” Read on!

Christian Louboutin Jeweled Platforms, $2,830, http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com.

Givenchy Crocodile Sandals (with tiny gold flecks); $1,150 at net-a-porter.com.

Donna Karan 5 inch Matte Gold Heels, $795 at net-a-porter.com.

Chanel Carnival Wedges in Gold & Black Suede, $895 by calling 800-550-0005.

Brian Atwood "Farrah" Heels, Peep-Toe Stilletos, $915, email info@brianatwooddesigns.com

A thing of beauty is a joy forever… I’m sure the biblical author wasn’t referring to Louboutins, but these definitely make me smile in a dreamy-I-would-never-spend-$1000-on-shoes-kind-of-way!

It’s All In Your Head

June 30, 2010
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Kyna Hairpiece, by Lo Boheme

Memorable weddings (or events, for that matter!) are all about the details, and one of the next details I need to focus on is the veil. I found these that I love by Lo Boheme, each handmade by a designer / artist team out of San Diego.

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Penelope, by Lo Boheme

Lo Boheme hair pieces

I hope I’m brave enough to really make a statement with whatever I pick… I’m hoping to find something sweet and elegant for the ceremony and then something bold and, dare I say, funky for the reception. My dress will definitely lend itself to both styles, so now I just need to be inspired. Recommendations welcome!

<3, Jennifer

These Boots Are Made For Walkin’

June 22, 2010
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Can you see me? I'm in the national gardens in Caracas, Venezuela. Spot the boots? Summer, 2007.

Do you have one piece of clothing or jewelry that seems to be present in a lot of significant moments in your life? It doesn’t have to be expensive (heirloom jewelry) or special by virtue of what it is (a Hermes scarf, for example)… just something that you love and makes you feel like the best version of yourself when you wear it. For me, it’s a pair of tan boots. Full disclosure, they’re from Target from years ago, right when the whole calf-length cowboy-style boots were becoming popular. I saw them (probably priced less than $30) and thought, “Why not?”

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With my mom, Debra, at the fountain on Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain. Such a fun mom / daughter trip!

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In front of the Eiffel Tower, Paris on the second leg of the Spain / France trip, 2006.

They have become my go-to footwear favorites and have traveled with me to France, Spain, Kenya, Venezuela and I was wearing them when Will proposed. They’re comfortable and pretty much “all weather.”

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Playing with some little friends in Ngaamba, Kenya (couple hours from Nairobi), January 2009. You can sort of see the boots.

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I'm jumping up & down & screaming... I don't even think I cried - just squealed!

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ENGAGED!!!

When it came time to decide on outfits (or in Will’s case “clothes,” since he was quick to remind me that guys don’t do “outfits”) for our engagement shoot with Alea, I knew I had to fit the boots in somehow.

They’ve taken me from being a single, world-traveling girl to an engaged, about-to-be-married girl (it’s weird for me to say “woman”… I’m not quite 30 yet, so I can get away with it for a bit longer!)… And I look forward to taking them on many more adventures (hopefully around the world!) as Will’s wife!

Color Me Inspired

June 18, 2010

Cameron Diaz is not necessarily one of my favorite actresses today, but when she gets it right style-wise, she really gets it right (often styled by Rachel Zoe). I’ve loved the magenta + turquoise combination for a while now, but as my friend Elle put it, “no one has done it as well as Cameron.”

Here she is at the The Met’s Costume Institute Gala in 2007 – stunning magenta dress and chunky, vintage-y turquoise accessories.

I also love the Van Cleef & Arpels turquoise & diamond necklace Eva Mendes wore to the 2009 Golden Globes – so bold against her structured white frock.

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I’ve *definitely* chosen bridesmaids dresses – FINALLY! We’re doing gorgeous, floor-length Dessy gowns in “merlot” (a magenta-y color) with turquoise accents. I know the turquoise might make it slightly more spring/summer, but I love it, so I don’t really care. Isn’t it a fun, different, color combo? And, since each ‘maid will have her own dress, she’ll also have her own, unique turquoise jewelry to go with. Check – another decision made (and blogged about, so that makes it totally final, right?).

<3,

Jenn

Wedding Trends To L-O-V-E

June 17, 2010

I’ve never really liked the term “trendy.” It always makes me think of a teenager who shops exclusively at 5-7-9 and says the word “Mom” with 15 syllables (the ability to do this is the precise reason why my own mom never wanted to be called that).

All that being said, trends are part of what propels culture (and, for the purposes of this post, weddings) forward. Some – like jams, slap bracelets, feathered bangs and poofy-sleeved bridesmaids dresses – are so over. Others, like the ones below, are making me think twice about some of the expected, traditional choices for my own wedding. Who knows? Perhaps I’ll figure out a way to pioneer some trends of my own…

  • Eat local: Regardless of where you live, chances are something is grown locally. Why not incorporate it into your menu? Some ideas for Georgia would be peaches, Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese for a cheese course (they are known for their Asher Blue – a salty, crumbly blue cheese. MMM.) and pecans (pie anyone?). Not only is it a way to keep sustainability in mind, but if you get things in season, it could help cut costs.
  • A group photo of ALL the guests: I’m definitely doing this one. After the wedding party walks out of the church, we’re going to have our minister ask everyone to remain in their seats – then we’ll come back in and have our photographer come in and get a panoramic view of everyone who’s there. How neat to have all your nearest & dearest in one shot!
  • Photobooth: Another one that I’m totally doing! I’ve loved the “SmileBooth” concept since I first saw it on Our Labor of Love’s site. But, having a pro set it all up would add about $1,000 (that I do not have!) to my budget. So, I believe I’ve figured out how to DIY-it, with the help of my very tech-savvy photography-buff future brothers-in-law. I’ll do a whole post about how to set it up later, but it’s a completely fun way to give guests both something interactive and entertaining at the wedding… all while documenting some silly moments that the bride & groom would never see otherwise.

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  • Mini-Food: Think about doing something special that will make guests smile, right at the beginning of your reception. Ideas are endless – think mini-grilled cheese sandwiches, tiny pulled pork or hamburger sliders, personal crudites and lobster bisque served in an espresso cup. Guests will love the whimsical, just-one-bite twist on some classic comfort food. Bonus – no utensils needed!
  • Family Photos: One of my favorite weddings I’ve been to recently (hi, Ellie & Clint!!) featured a huge table by the escort cards full of wedding photos from the bride & groom’s families – their parents, grandparents and maybe even great-grands. What a neat way to honor your personal history and the legacy the new couple is a part of!
  • Non-Traditional Shoes in Bold Colors: Yet another trend I’m totally on board with. I love shoes (have I mentioned this before? If not yet, just wait…) – the higher the heel, the better. I’m on the hunt for something stunning to wear the day of… and they most certainly won’t be white. I love the idea of a fun pop of color peeking out as I walk down the aisle (and later, dance the night away). Aren’t the Christian Louboutins below gorgeous? Pink isn’t so much the color I’m looking for, but stunning shoes, nonetheless.

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  • Temporary Augmentation: The beauty buzz words these days in terms of bridal are spray foundation (flawless, HD finish from dawn ’til dusk), hair extensions (think Victoria’s Secret waves), spray tans (no need to use your wedding as an excuse for skin damage!) and eyelash extensions (self-explanatory!). I’m considering all of the above – all brides want to look like themselves… perhaps just a slightly upgraded version.
  • Cheers!: A full open bar for the duration can get crazy-expensive. I’m hearing about / seeing a lot of brides opt for an alternative – signature cocktails or a series of signatures. Some brides choose to have a cocktail created for their reception and named something significant to the bride & groom (like the “S-Rated” cocktail some girls & I did for our friends Stephany & Samm). A twist on this would be to serve local wines or beers or something more elaborate like a margarita or mojito bar. What about a coffee bar with cordials (Kahlua, Bailey’s, Frangelico, etc…) as mix-ins? It’s a fun excuse to be extra-creative… and maybe do some taste-testing.

I haven’t begun to scratch the surface, but part of the benefit of blogging while wedding planning is that you have an online record of all the ideas you’ve run across. Perhaps it’s time to embrace my inner trend-follower…

To Each Her Own

June 16, 2010

I *think* I’ve finally chosen bridesmaids’ dresses. Two of my sweet ‘maids (thank you Elle & Steph!) went shopping again with me over the weekend and I commented that it was surprising that picking bridesmaids dresses and colors has been so much harder than choosing my own dress.

I started out wanting teal and cocktail length… Now, I’m thinking magenta and floor length. I guess it’s a bride’s perogative to change her mind? I’m sitting on them for a couple days to make sure I still love them as much in a week… Below is a style board I made of them on www.Dessy.com (home of the “Panetone Wedding,” a kind of brilliant way to take a look at what dresses and accessories come in your color). I’m really excited because the dresses are modern and there are enough of them that each girl will have her own, unique one – whohoo for personal style! Exactly what I was looking for. What do you think? I welcome feedback…