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 :)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Musings

1. Definitely need to check out these pics from Jessica Simpson's wedding to her new hubby Eric Johnson, from The Knot's blog! Inspiration from the Bride's favorite movie, Great Expectations, made Jessica's wedding so romantic and unique. From the mismatched couture bridesmaids dresses including: Jason Wu, Carmen Marc Valvo, Carolina Herrera (her wedding dress designer), the hanging vines, and even a coconut & mixed berry cake turned the San Ysidiro Ranch into a forrest runway! We loved her unique style for her big day! A full spread of the wedding comes out today. Grab a People Magazine right now!!!!

2. The perfect flat has officially been created... Teiks! With hundreds of colors and patterns, you'll end up with five in your cart. They easily roll up in your purse too, so at the end of a long evening you'll be so thankful you have these. They've made Oprah's "O List" and Mother's Day gift guide. A Belle favorite for a long wedding day too :)

3. Love this idea found on Linso.hannapee blog! Adding mint, lavender, rosemary or any other decorative and tasteful herb or flower is a great way to cool down and add a refreshing kick to your drinks! Looks great for an outdoor wedding or any other summer event!

4. Try out this Still Standing spray to help relieve foot pain in those gorgeous heels. It has aloe and arnica to fight inflammation and over-heating. What a great little gift for bridesmaids before they are hitting up the dance floor all night long!

5. This Bruchetta Bar from "What's Gabby Cooking?" is genius! This is such a fun & interactive food station at a wedding reception, or perfect for entertaining friends for delicious dinner party snacking! Just toss fresh arugula, pesto, caramelized mushrooms, red pepper sauce, goat cheese, prosciutto, salami and the works on toasted bread and you have yourself some pleased guests! So easy & creative... plus you and your guests will be loving this little taste of Tuscany!
xoxo - the belles

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Belles & Summer... Part II

We're just about halfway through our summer here in hot hot Houston! Check out what our two summer interns are looking forward to, as well as, two more Belles. And so begins part II...

What Natalie's looking forward to...

1. Wearing all of my neon pieces from kendra scott this summer! Kendra has come out with the most amazing neon pieces that you can wear from day to night. Love this long necklace, it's a Belle must-have!

2. Family vacation to Thailand, London and Paris with baby G to visit family and friends! Wish us luck on our long flight with a baby! 

3. Celebrating Gwyneth turning 1 year old! Can't believe how quickly time has flown by! Huge thanks to Morgan Lynn for all of baby G's pictures. She is such an amazing photographer who captured baby G perfectly :)

4. My pledge class trip to New Orleans. Most of the girls have never been so I'm looking forward to introducing them to beignets, jazz and hurricanes! 


5. Planning my sister's wedding! She just got engaged in June!

What Chelsea's looking forward to...

1. Vacations to Tulsa, San Diego, and Florida to spend time with friends and family!

2. Rooftops and cocktails :) 
3. Summer sandals to show off those bright pedicures! 

4. Pool time!
5. Backyard BBQ's... mmm!

What Diandra's looking forward to...

1. Shopping for more colored jeans

2. Catching some rays and hanging out with friends at Lake Austin this weekend!
3. Visiting my grandparents and family in Long Island! Can't wait for the shopping, beach time and relaxing!

4. Visiting my best friend in NYC!
5. And my last few 'to do's' like printing pictures from study abroad and finish reading Cold Tangerines!

What Rebekah's looking forward to...

1. Preparing to study abroad in Florence in the fall! I leave the end August and can't wait to be surrounded by all of the art, culture, and amazing Italian food!

2. Cute summer espadrilles!

3. Going home to Memphis in August for a family portrait!

4. Taking advantage of all the cool art exhibits in Houston. I can't wait to visit the Menil!

5. Moving my sister into her dorm at SMU - she's going to be a freshman and is so excited!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 4th Musings

In honor of America's birthday, we thought we'd do a pre-Friday Musings all about the red white and blue!! We have a little inspiration for all the brides and/or party-throwers this July 4th, next July 4th, or every July 4th. Enjoy!!

1. Red, White, & Blue Floral

We love that this centerpiece mixes in two shades of blue with a pop of red... just gorgeous!

Check out this 4th of July wedding spread on Style Me Pretty. We can't get enough of their strawberry flower arrangement. And that vase is just perfect!

And for a classic look, we love the simplicity of blue and white hydrangeas mixed with red spray roses. 

2. Firework Exits

What better way to say goodbye in style, than with fireworks?! And there's nothing more traditional than fireworks on the 4th! Mix up the sparklers with these and get that wow-factor for your guests to enjoy as you end your perfect wedding night!

3. Cakes
Naked cakes are all the rage these days, but we love this red white and blue one. Those berries scream summer-time July and the color combo couldn't be more perfect!

How about an American Flag grooms cake? Its cute, fun, and goes with the theme without being cheesy. What Southern American-loving groom wouldn't want this?!

Want something a little more traditional? Try this blue and white floral fondant 3-tiered cake. Check out the other six "Pretty Patriot Cakes" from The Knot here!

4. White Dresses

What's more American than a little white dress on the 4th? Perfect for a bride of course too :) 

In honor of the 4th, Valentino's RED collection has a great selection of white summer dresses for any occasion!

We are dying over Naven's "twiggy dress"! So simple and chic and can be found on  Salon Thesis!

Bride-to-be Lauren Conrad had this adorable little white dress on her "Friday Favorites" blog post. 

Rosie Huntington Whitely perfects the white look in Christian Dior! Our favorite part may be the white dress with white heel combo. This look is perfect for a glammed-up rehearsal dinner, or any summer event!

5. Cocktails
Check out Cosmo's 12 Red White and Booze Cocktails for the 4th! This Strawberry Sparkler looks so yum and refreshing. Have it be your signature drink and the first thing guests see as they enter!

Mix up the classic champagne toast with this Pomegranate Bubbly. Your guests will love the fruity taste and the red, white, and blue look! 

We also love the idea of Strawberry infused water from Ruche's Blog. It looks tasty and also pops a bit of red for a d├ęcor for your 4th of July inspired wedding! 

Have a wonderful July 4th and a great long holiday weekend! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Musings

1. Curious about what name change is right for you? Take this funny quiz to find out your ideal married name!

2. Every year Pantone, the global color authority, influences countless aspects of the coming year with their announcement of the "Color of the Year".  This year, Radiant Orchid is making a name for itself in its presence on runways and weddings alike.  We love this rich purple hue as inspiration for a color palate!

3. It’s your turn to ask the question!  Celebrate your girls with these 5 creative ways to ask your bridesmaids to stand by your side on your special day!

4. It's hard to beat a great brunch! We love the idea of a morning-after wedding brunch for your guests. Keep it simple and casual for guests to reminisce your epic wedding and say their good-byes. Mimosas, coffee, a hangover kit (including water and advil) and some yummy snacks will definitely be appreciated!

5. If you're a bride with a passion for charity, we've got just the bridal shower, or engagement party for you!  Hope at Home specializes in hosting wine tasting events and will donate 15% of proceeds to the charity of your choice!  Their blog and Instagram are also full of fun DIY ideas! 

xoxo - the belles

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Musings

1. Make thank-you note writing a little easier with this personalized return address stamp. We love how cute the state of Texas is with your new married last name! 

2. Love these stemless champagne glasses for your bridesmaids to sip out of on the big day! And it's personalized for each girl to make it special. An added bonus, you won't have to keep up with who's glass belongs to who, which can get tricky after a day of bubbly :)

3. How cute are these letterpress prints? Love the idea of decorating your home with these if you go on a honeymoon to any of these European locations! 

4. The Sweetest Occasion recently posted about their love of food trucks and we couldn't agree more. Mix up the typical late-night food at your wedding by getting a food truck. Or thinking of having an engagement party... why not have a food truck cater? From burgers to snowcones, Houston has a ton to offer. AND what a perfect date night out to taste all your options :)

5. Tanks, hoodies, bags, and more, check out ILY couture's "wifey" line. This mint tank is perfect for the summer bride to wear on her honeymoon!

xoxo - the belles

Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Musings

1. Pretty amazing story! A couple bought an abandoned french chateau and have started a blog to share their journey. 

2. This app is everything. The most entertaining, laugh out loud app ever. It's called relay and you are going to be addicted. Send gifs to your friends and enjoy!

3. We see robes, oversized men's shirts, cute monogrammed button ups, but why not more PJ's on wedding day? After all haven't you been having slumber parties with your bridesmaids for years... 

4. Noise makers for the happy couple! What a cute and creative idea for once the couple is hitched. 

5. Summertime and popsicles go hand in hand! Try this list of 33 homemade popsicles find your favorite and then have them ready for a bridal shower, luncheon, pool party, or even a cool way to chill out on wedding day!

xoxo - the belles :)