Posts from — March 2010

The List Wedding – Questions Answered!

Dear lovely commenters,
Thanks for all of the kind words on the Style Me Pretty feature of Lovely’s very own Lanie and her hubs Chris. There were also quite a few questions, which I’d like to take the time and answer here:

* For those who wanted to know about the DIY flowers, click here for a tutorial.
* The fabric was from Jo Ann Fabrics.
* The menu template is from Martha Stewart and can be downloaded here.
* The Badgley shoes are sadly sold out. But this Raphaela style is the same heel height.
* The ties were from Lord and Taylor
* Two of the maids dresses were Jcrew and the satin one was Prada on super-sale!
* Most decor (chandeliers, curtains, etc) were from Ikea…great wedding resource in the garden and lighting section! Cheaper than renting!

I think that was all of them! Feel free to email if you have more questions.

Love, Lanie

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Heals for an outdoor wedding

Whether rustic or upscale, outdoor weddings can definitely provide an unforgettable experience, but when it comes to footwear the options can actually be pretty limiting. Stiletto heals will sink right into the ground (unless you want to stick these on the bottom). Flats are a great way to go but if you still want to have a little height then wedges it is. But even then, it can be difficult to find dressy ones. Wedges made of cork or raffia are great with a pair of shorts or boyfriend jeans but we think these picks are better suited to go with a fabulous wedding dress.

{Left to right, top to bottom: Pour La Victoire, Alexandra Neel, Giuseppe Zanotti, Pour La Victoire, Christian Louboutin, Tabitha Simmons

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Lovely Store Decor 2 – One Day, Three Pinks

I now know why blue was assigned to boys and pink to girls. Blue is easy going. You might prefer one blue over the other, but any blue works just fine. Lovely was painted blue this weekend, and in one quick coat, it looked just right. Our pink bathroom, on the other hand, has been a pain in our @?!. Pink is complicated and unpredictable. Just when you think you find the right shade, you put it on the wall, but nope, looks like Barbie dream house. So we try another, nope, looks like a band-aid. Next one, Pepto Bismol. We are just about fed up with pink. We have gone through Silky Smooth, Paris Romance, and Bridal Pink and nothing looks right. Now when Bridal Pink doesn’t look right in a bridal shop, you know it’s not us, it’s the paint. Should I give it one last try? Maybe this Mosaic Pink or Dress Pink? Any tips on finding a good pink?

I’ll leave you with some more thrift finds. Got this great dove gray chair, a fun chartreuse number, and the butter leather vintage suitcase. And check out the awesome gigantic mirrors my hubs is building for the store! He is the best. (Clearly these pics are not to scale as the mirror is way huger than a suitcase).

Expect short posts this week at Lovely because we are in the final stretch before the store opening and workin’ workin’ day and night! But if you just can’t get your fill of Lovely, check us out on 100 Layer Cake where we are guest blogging this week!

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One Great Dress – and a New Best

Lately I’ve been having a huge love fest with my new best Elizabeth Messina. So when I saw her magazine cover for Santa Barbara magazine, I just had to declare it our ‘One Great Dress’ for the week. It’s not just the dress in this instance but the whole styled look. I love the placement of the veil and fascinator…so whimsical. I’m honored and excited to say Elizabeth and Lovely have several collaborations in the works so we can create some of our own magical photos together!

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Arm Candy – Vintage Bangles

Ever since we featured this wedding on our One Great Dress series, the hunt for estate jewelry has commenced. We absolutely love the idea of only wearing stacked vintage bangles! It definitely brings a modern more edgy feel to the classic pieces.

{Our Labor of Love}

Doyle & Doyle is an incredible resource for antique and estate jewelry in NYC (but no worries if you’re elsewhere they have everything for sale on their website). They are a must visit for anyone looking for vintage engagement rings but also have tons to dress up your look once the big day arrives. Here are a few piece we are wishing for to pull off our own stacked bangle look…

{Left to right, top to bottom: Etruscan Gold Bracelet $1200Old Euro Diamond Bracelet $1600Victorian Tri-Gold Bangle $1600Etruscan Revival Wide Bangle $3900.}

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