Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Musings

1. Martha Stewart's latest covergirl, Lauren Conrad, shows off her new bridesmaids line, with none other than her very own fabulous bridesmaids! Read all about her idea on what makes a perfect bridesmaid look. And don't forget to check out her Paper Crown line now. 

2. Dessert sushi? Yes please. Bright & colorful, different & fun... we might throw a party just to have this!! Perfect for the bride that loves sushi. What a unique idea for a bridal brunch when sushi doesn't seem appropriate. 

3. An engagement basket how-to!! Already engaged? Use this for inspiration on a bridesmaid basket, maid of honor basket, or even mother of the bride basket. The possibilities are endless! And customize with your besties favorite brands!

4. Still searching for little fun finds to make your wedding personal? Well Grey Likes has done the work for you. Check out their "Etsy, Ideas, & Finds" on their blog now. From "Garden Glam" to "Citrus Brights" there's so much inspiration for every bride and look!

5. Oh and apparently Brad and Angelina got married. Just a small little story... NOT! We are dying for details on their intimate affair. Rumor has it that Angelina went traditional and wore white. Reports are also saying the kids all played a role in the wedding. They certainly had a few flower girls and ring bearers to choose from!
oxo - the belles

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Red Carpet Favorites: 2014 Emmys

Monday was a whole lot better thanks to the Emmy's changing it up and not airing on Sunday! The Emmy's mark the beginning of the award show season and we cannot wait for all the fabulous fashion to follow in the Emmy's footsteps. And the TV stars did not disappoint. From crop tops, colors galore, plunging necklines, and detailed backs, it was harder to have a worst dressed than a best dressed! With big honors for Breaking Bad, a fun host in Seth Myers, and jokes from nearly everyone, we couldn't have been more entertained. But now onto the real reason Belles watch... FASHION! To see all the other amazing gowns head to NY Magazine or E! online

Alia and Chelsea's Favorite:
Sarah Hyland
in Christian Siriano

Caroline M's Favorite:
Lizzy Caplan
in Donna Karan

Caroline W's Favorite:
Claire Danes
in Givenchy 

Christine's Favorite:
Lucy Liu
in Zac Posen

Emily D's Favorite:
Heidi Klum
in Zac Posen 

Emily M's Favorite:
Halle Berry
in Elie Saab 

Jordan's Favorite:
Hayden Panettiere
in Lorena Sarbu

Natalie's Favorite:
Michelle Dockery
in Rosie Assoulin

Valerie's Favorite:
Sofia Vergara
in Roberto Cavalli 

And an honorable mention to our new favorite couple...
There's no denying Aaron Paul's love for wife Lauren Persekian

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Musings

1. Love this little trick on how to create your NEW monogram. Fun and easy step-by-step process used in Microsoft Word! 

2. Check out how fun and different this calligraphy is!! Plus we love the backdrop of the printed pattern. Belle tip: make sure your photographer gets a photo of your invitation suite! Don't forget to bring with you on wedding day :)

3. Download this fun new app called House Account. It's sort of like a mix of instagram + pinterest with direct access to the products you love! Follow your favorite shops and see their latest inventory, then shop straight from your phone. With tons of giveaways, it's the newest addictive app!

4. Bride-to-be Lauren Conrad may be secretly testing out some bridal updos, and thank goodness she instagrammed it! She nailed the look we all want: gorgeous, yet effortless. LC you did it again. Perfection!

5. How amazing are these temporary gold tattoos?! Love this for your girls on your bachelorette weekend. Fun, but far less painful than the real thing :)

Have a great weekend everyone!!

xoxo - the belles

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Musings

1. We can't get over how amazing these paper flower arrangements are by up-and-coming Balushka: Paper Flower Artistry based in Houston! Use them to make a statement on your big day or as a fun backdrop at a bridal shower or luncheon - her custom orders make for endless possibilities!
Balushka’s Spectacular Paper FlowersPaper Flower Wall 11' X 16'  White or Ivory Flowers for Weddings, Window Display, Fashion Photos, Music Festivals, Photo Backdrop

2. Succulents are big this upcoming Fall wedding season! They add a rustic feel to any boutonnière, bouquet, or table arrangement and make for great wedding favors!

 3. Dannijo is a favorite jewelry brand of the Belles, and they just came out with a bridal line! Check out all of their gorgeous statement earrings, necklaces, and more - perfect for a bride-to-be and her bridesmaids!

4. This might be the most gorgeous wedding dress we've seen! As a one-of-a-kind couture gown in the Ralph & Russo collection, this dress took over 3,900 hours to hand-embroider and is made from several different types of beads and Swarovski crystals and hand-printed tulle. You have to check out the article on Vogue to see more pictures of this breathtaking gown!

5. Mint Juleps are a classic Southern cocktail, and this DIY version is simple, easy, and the perfect party favor for any shower or reception! Plus that packaging is just too cute. What's not to love?

xoxo - the belles :)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Musings

1. Make your big day fun and memorable with these 35 Non-Traditional & Creative Wedding Guest Signing Ideas. Maps, guitars, old records, coasters, or pillowcases... love the thought of having a great keepsake with all of your loved ones' signatures and personalized notes!
2. Everyone will love a Rustic Italian Martini Bar at your cocktail hour or reception! You and your guests get a chance to play bartender by mixing a drink to your own liking with Vodka, Vermouth, soda water, "dirty water" and various garnishes like olives, limes, lemons, cucumbers and even mint!  Keep the presentation clean and crisp with labels. Sunday Suppers even added a hand-stamped "how-to sign" for guests that aren't feeling as confident in their barista abilities.

3. Beat the heat with these scrumptious Sweet Treats for a Summer Wedding found on Style Me Pretty! Your sweet tooth will definitely be satisfied after a long summer day with a grapefruit sorbet, strawberry pretzel ice cream, or a classic homemade ice cream bar on a stick! And you have to check out the Ombre layered cake!

4. For thanking the Groomsmen with a gift basket or helping the guys to a great start for their Bachelor Party weekend, we really love these Bourbon Barrel Gifts found on Town & Country! Heritage Handcrafted transforms staves from whiskey and wine barrels into coffee tables, boxes, chandeliers and now for a limited time only gift boxes from Van Winkle Distillery! Bourbon & cigars in a rustic and handcrafted authentic box is perfect for the boys and they will definitely thank you later!

5. Let these 10 Iconic Wedding Dresses from Town & Country take you back in time for a little inspiration for choosing your perfect wedding gown! Grace Kelley, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Diana and the rest of the unforgettable brides all made their own statement. Who will inspire you?!

6. Don't wait till the last minute to get your fall and winter must-have's! Right now until Sunday October 27th Calypso St. Barth is having their Friends & Family Sale where you can get 25% off using their code found here from Glitter Guide. Loving their top picks of neutrals, booties, and cashmere that are all perfect for next season!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Musings

1. Need inspiration for your next bridal shower, birthday party, or luncheon? These 15 Girly Bridal Shower Ideas from Style Me Pretty are sure to make your attendees swoon over the gorgeous and perfectly feminine décor! We especially love these floral arrangements for showcasing the bride's monogram and the season's prettiest blooms!
2. Don't miss Hannah Joy's cake tasting at BHLDN this Saturday! Her marshmallow fondant and buttercream icing are to die for!! Joy's creative and beautiful cake designs are perfect for your wedding cake and make our mouths water!!

3. Our favorite duo, the Olsen twins, design their first wedding gown and its breathtaking! Mary Kate & Ashley vowed to help their close friend, Molly Fishkin, design the beautiful tailored white lace dream dress and floor length veil for her LA wedding. Scalloped neckline, bell sleeves, column silhouette- its empyreal bohemian perfection! The Paramour Mansion in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles was the perfect site to show off the stylist, Molly Fishkin's gown and made us want to see a second wedding gown from MK and Ash. 
4. Olivia Palermo ties the knot and of course does it in style! Olivia set trends for all brides with her 3-piece Carolina Herrera set. A cashmere sweater stitched with delicate ostrich feathers, full tulle silk & satin skirt with beautiful floral detailing over the oh-so-chic tailored shorts underneath was just amazing! Olivia looked nothing but fabulous strutting down the aisle at an intimate park in Bedford, New York in her cobalt blue Monolos, resembling America's long-loved style icon Carrie Bradshaw in her civil ceremony in Sex & The City the movie. Olivia makes it look effortless as she topped off her look with a chic ponytail and very light and natural makeup. Catch up on more details about her avant-garde look and the beautiful ceremony with husband Johannes Huebl on Olivia Palermo's website!

5. Anthropologie is hosting a pop-up farmers market on August 2nd! We can't wait to stop by and try the amazing home-made treats from local farmers and artisans. It will help spark your taste buds and get the creative juices flowing on a wedding menu. Plus this fun event would be a great way to spend your Saturday with your significant other :) Sign up for emails on their website for more information about future events!
6. Don't worry if this happened to one of our brides, the Belles would be sure to take care of the "situtation." Love this couples sense of humor and this hilarious story, that has sparked the hashtag: #WeStillComing
xoxo - belles :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Musings

1. These gourmet ice cream sandwiches from Houston-based Ricca Co. look to die for! With flavors like peppermint stracciatella, chocolate and peanut butter, and lemon blackberry goat cheese, these are the perfect dessert for a summer shower or wedding!

 2.  Everyone's TV-favorite Monte Durham from "Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta" dishes on the latest wedding dress trends! Think less beading and more classic simplicity this season, or change it up with a stylish headband instead of a veil.
3. No party is complete without a glass of bubbly! These 15 Ways to Serve Up Bubbly are a fun, delicious twist on the classic glass of champagne to serve at your next celebration! 
4. Searching for the perfect high-fashion gown for your big day? Check out Vogue's Haute Couture Dresses for endless bridal inspiration!  

 5. J. Crew has us obsessing over their latest collaboration - they teamed up with Paperless Post to create the cutest invitations and stationary for any event you throw this summer!

xoxo - the belles :)