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nov11It takes a bold person to wear feathers on their wedding day. Feathers are often shunned and categorized as tacky or is placed in the costume accessories department. If overdone, yes, they can over the top. However, is this week’s collection, the designers use feathers and take on an airy new approach and create dramatic silhouettes and accents.

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Belted Beauty: The bodice is pulled towards to the natural waist with mild ruching and flows down the skirt. A feathered belt is encrusted with crystals and beads giving this overall simple dress some creative expression. (Priscilla of Boston; $3000+)

Wedded Whisps: It only takes three words to describe this dress: strapless, short and sexy. Ostrich feathers layer the skirt to add some oomph to this streamline silhouette. Sparkling details around the waist and hem kick up the drama.(Sue Wong; $518)

Belted Bird: The skirt features an organza overlay and ruffled hem which adds femininity and flare. Fine feathers and beading line the belt. Watered silk peek-a-boos from under the ruffled hem adding shimmer and sheen to every step.(Junko Yoshioka; $3000+)

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Full of Feathers: This tight-fitting mermaid silhouette envelopes the body with structured diamond-like pleating. The full skirt has a canopy of ostrich feathers that will surely seize the scene. Swarovski crystals at the bust add sparkle. (Jane Yeh; $4500)

Light in Flight: Feathered flowers are fastened to the single strap on this empire dress. Sweeping and light weight chiffon float around the body. An assymetrical overlay gathers at the bustline and splits into handkerchief hem. (Augusta Jones; $1500-3000)

Flowers & Feathers: The folded layers of organza create stunning architectural lines and appeals to the eye. Flowers dot the dress and feathers line the neckline and hem. (Becoming Mrs; $1800)

Did this collection ruffle your feathers?

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oct21Rose, rose, everywhere and not a petal to pick. All the dresses featured are from the designer’s Spring 2010 runway collection. The designers may or may not feature these dresses in their upcoming Spring collection, but it still fun to look at the stylish efforts. Of course in all the collections, there were shared designs, one obviously being the rose.

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Silver Surfer: Luxurious metallic fabric adds shimmer and shine to this dramatic dress. A ruffled hem sneaks up the front of the dress. Dashes of rose-like ruffles are strewn on the bodice. (Romona Keveza)

Rose Garden: This whipped concoction shows off layers and layers of petals that ripple downward. The petals create a scalloped neckline and hemline. (Rivini)

Fleur de Frock: Feathers and floral dance along the bodice this fit and flare silhouette. (Melissa Sweet)

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Bloooming Bride: Ruffles twist into the shape of flowers in this cascading ball gown of blooms. A sweetheart neckline shows off the tightly fitted ruched bodice. (Monique Lhuillier)

Pretty Posy: A sweetheart neckline and spaghetti straps are paired with svelte sheath silhouette that skims the body’s curves. Roses line the hemline and outlines the peek-a-boo slit. (Elizabeth Fillmore)

Petal Pusher: A trumpeting gown with ruching to the thigh. A line of roses fall in an asymmetrical pattern at the top of the skirt. (Maggie Sottero)

Did you take time to smell the roses today?

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oct14Sit back and dream about yesteryear. The glamorous silver screen where famous faces would dance across stage with a grace and elegance. My husband and I are fascinated with Old Hollywood 50’s and 60’s, especially the AMC TV series, Mad Men. The TV series is set in the 60’s in New York City at an Advertising Agency, Sterling Cooper. This week’s collection is inspired by the women who fret around the playboys of Sterling Cooper and the timeless style they bring to the screen. I feature a dress with sleeves, since showing one’s shoulders was considered risque. If you like the style, but not sure about the neckline, check out bateau, square or v-neck (with thicker straps).

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Night Cap: Duchess satin a-line dress is a perfect for a modest bride. A modified square neckline softens the edges around the bust. Add a double hem in a different color or fabric to add color or texture.  (Aria; $225)

Debutante Doll: A ballerina-esqe tea length ball gown is set apart from other frilly frocks. A rounded sweetheart neckline made of silk connected to a full tulle skirt that flounces at every step. (Candy Anthony; $2000)

Tip Off: Lace embellishments adorn this 3/4 sleeve Italian organza ball gown. An off-the-shoulder neckline flatters the collar bone. A basque waist is flattering on all body types, as the hem of the bodice dips downward. (Demetrios; $1500-3000)

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Dipping Dots: A 50’s inspired strapless silk organza dress decorated with coin-sized polka dots. A playful and cute dress for a spunky bride. (Michelle Roth; $2,250)

Old Hollywood: Ballerina length (just above the ankles) makes this a feminine and charming option. Tulle wraps the bust and cinches in a bow-like manner. French lace peers from under the circular skirt. (Roz la Kelin; $1500)

Hour Glass Hottie: The bodice is boned and lined to create a fabulous hour-glass shape. Halter neckline paired with a sweetheart outline gives this dress subtle sexiness and appeal. The belt draws the eye to the skinniest part of the waist, flattering all body types. (Vivien of Holloway; $130 )

As you can see, dresses that are inspired from timeless beauty are still relevant and popular almost 50 years later. Glorious gowns with impudent neck and hemlines are created to make a sensational and timeless dress. Find one that fits your style today.

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oct07It is almost the season that glitter, sparkle and shimmer embellishments take over. The weather is causing you to turn up the heat, so take a hint from nature and enjoy this week’s collection of cool shimmer and spice. These dresses will make you shine!

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Silver Collar: A modified halter creates a dazzling display of sparkle on the bust and back. Sparkle adds interest to the ruched bodice and intricate embellished loops frame the back like wings. Airy chiffon glides over the body in this natural waist a-line gown.  (Jenny Packam; $3000+)

Bold Borderline: Layers and layers of hand painted pale pink tulle dominate this empire-cut ball gown. The band of glitter outlines the hem of the bust adds sophistication to the dress, making it appealing to chic and of the moment brides. (Vera Wang; $3800)

Silver Supreme: A bold band of geometric figures and crystals wrap the smallest part of the waist. The silk satin gives off a natural sheen that shimmers in all lighting levels. Mini pleats detail the girth of the skirt. (Priscilla of Boston; $3-5000)

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Demure Diva: Svelte and shimmer make a lovely pairing. Trumpet silhouette glides over the body and embraces the body’s curves. The simple line of crystal decorates the sweetheart neckline. (No Ordinary Bride; $2700)

Mesh Mash: The smooth continuous bodice eases softly into the full ball gown pleated skirt. The brilliant mesh belt is made of Swarovski crystals and adds flair to this understated silk and cotton faille dress. (Priscilla of Boston; $3000)

Glittery Gal: The sweeping incandescence embroidery outlines the entire dress from bust to hemline to the chapel train. The modified trumpet silhouette is sure to put you in the spotlight. (Sophia Tolli; $1000)

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sept02This week’s collection is a second glance at short dresses. If you missed the first posting, here it is. Even as the economy is slowing turning around, brides are still opting for smaller and simpler weddings. Going to the courthouse for a Justice of Peace ceremony and simple restaurant reception is showing you’re financially aware of your situation, but still want to share your love with a close knit of family and friends. Here are eight options that will put the spotlight on you, no matter where you say your “I do”.

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1) Flower of Youth: Innumerable cotton flowers dance tightly around the skirt of the dress and create a scalloped hem. The strapless sweetheart neckline and bodice is wrapped in lace. (Watters; $950)

2) Chic Attack: Silky smooth Mikado silk makes this little number a classy choice. Scoop neckline softens the somewhat stiff structure of the dress. A wide waist band sits pretty around the natural waistline. (Jenny Yoo; $500-1000)

3) A Rose By Any Other: This graceful scoop neckline and pleated skirt draws in the waistline and flatters any figure. An accent rosette sits atop of the right shoulder. (Kirribilla; $385)

4) Ballerina Belle: Halter straps and sweetheart neckline adds adulate the torso. A full and flouncy organza skirt waver with the wind. The seam pockets keep your something borrowed hidden away. (Vineyard Collection; $1000-1500)Click here to find out more!

5) Slim Jim: A sheath silhouette is slimming and feminine. The fabric has room for stretch, thus hugging the body very tightly. The neckline of the dresses features a scalloped edge. (Kirribilla; $75)

6) Double Band: This glamorous dress hits just above the knee. The silk falls naturally from the waist. (Paula Varsalona; $1500-3000)

7) Chip Off Your Shoulder: This refined gown has off the shoulder straps that call attention to the shoulders. This pleated bell shaped skirt swells from the empire waistline. (Jenny Yoo; $500-1000)

8) Ruffle Effect: Liberated ruffles drip down the dress, giving it a flowy and whimsical feel. Tank style neckline and bodice is sealed with a tie wrap. (Calvin Klein; $178)

Short dresses may still be a way to go, but for some, it is not even an option. Have these options (or prices!) changed your mind?

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aug26Tulle was originally the fabric upon which lace is stitched. It was not an official fabric until a factory in Tulle, France started mass producing it, thus making it more affordable. Queen Victoria started the tulle tradition by wearing it as a veil for her wedding in 1870. From that point forward, it was used in every wedding way imaginable. Tulle is sometimes overused in poufy petticoats that resemble whipped-like topping that engulf the body. However, this week’s collection show classier options use tulle to its advantage by delicately layering it over silks or with rows of ruffles.

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Birds of a Feather: Beaded flowers with feathers accent the skirt of the dress. The natural waist is wrapped in English net and emphasized with the feather flower. Sweetheart neckline adds oomph to the bust with surplice detailing.  (Watters; $1000)

Three Tiers To You: A dropped waist and trumpet silhouette emphasizes the curves of your body. The tiers of organza and tulle ripple down the skirt in a loose and organic fashion. Lace detailing compliment the fitted bodice and flutters of the skirt.  (Watters; $1500-3000)

Whisper Sweet Nothings: This illuminating dresses has layers upon layers of gossamer fabric that cascade from the empire waist. This sweetheart strapless frock features a small notable bow in the center of the bust. Lace detail throughout this a-line tenderly designed dress. (Pronovias; $1500-3000)

Belle of the Ball: This alabaster colored dress ball gown grabs your attention with its full a-line skirt. The filmy layers of tulle floats over the silk under layer. A muted raspberry satin ribbon wraps the waist. (Jasmine Collection; $500-1000)


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Tankini: The wrapped obi-like waist with bead detailing creates an illusion of a longer torso. The tulle descends gracefully from the ball gown skirt and floast just above the ground. (Demetrios; $500-1000)

Ethereal Angel: This strapless dress has a vaporous feel, as the English net softly hovers over the body in an empire silhouette. A beads and crystals speckle under the bust and attract the eye. (Emerald Bridal; $500-1000

Vogue: Strike a pose in this strapless stunner. Embroidery decorates the bodice embroidery drips down the skirt adding color to the dress. The skirt is made of tulle sways with every step, while a sweep train trails along behind you. (Allure Bridal; $500-1000)

Tiers for Fears: The spaghetti straps and a scoop neckline flatters the neck and shoulders. Rows of ruffles as light as air fabric billow with the gentlest of breezes, as they surround the body. Rows of ruffles drift in a downward manner to the chapel train. Sparkles and detailing accent the asymmetrical skirt. (Demetrios Sposabella; $1000-1500)

Are you tulled out or would you wear a dress with tulle?

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aug19The ever-feminine adornment is the bow. Adding sweetness to any item, this ultimate feminine touch is back in the racks. This week’s collections gives a nod to the dresses that feature a bow, whether it is a soft and tiny tie or a large and in-charge twist. Bows are being used as a focal point, embellishments or scattered haphazardly. Don’t worry, I didn’t find any butt bows. Whatever your style, you may find a dress that is as perfect as your future husband or wife.

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Dropped Jaws: The ruched bodice envelopes the body in silk shantung. While, the mermaid outline dramatically billows out at the knees. The dropped waist is accentuated with a large silk bow. This stunning number comes in a variety of delicious color combinations. The one on the left is a duo of champagne and bronze and the right is in ivory and red. For a more traditional look, the dress also comes in ivory. Detachable straps are also included if you feel the need. (Mon Cheri; $1300)


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Fit to be Tied: The modified mermaid adds instant appeal in this svelte silhouette. The bodice is bejeweled in hand beaded crystals. The empire waist elongates the torso and creates a tall illusion. The impressive twist creates a significant detail on the bodice. Chapel train produces drama upon entering and exiting a room. Optional straps included if one does not prefer the strapless neckline. (Mon Cheri; $1200)

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Bow Tied: Lace bodice and v-neckline leads to the thin spaghetti straps. The fit and flare silhouette hugs the curves and flares out at the knees. A silk bow ties off right under the bust line for a feminine touch. A dramatic and plunging back makes for a great exit. (Paloma Blanca; $1700)

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Twisty Tie: Silky taffeta streamlines the silhouette in this dropped waist dress. The strapless neckline and a-line skirt updates the basic strapless. The obi-like sash and bow is wrapped about the natural waist and the Swavorski brooch adds a sparkly spotlight to the center of the bow. (Saison Blanche; $1300)


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Tie the Knot: The encrusted sweetheart bodice catches the light with ever step. The satin fabric flows from the empire waist and wisps around the body. A loosely tied bow hangs from the smallest part of the waist and the strands flows down the dress like a waterfall. (Maggie Sottero; $800)


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All Tied Up: The slight sweetheart neckline creates a bit of a dip in the center of the dress. The beaded alencon lace bodice connects with organdy tie at empire waistline. A soft feathery flower made of organza is at the heart of the bow. The bias cut organdy skirt clings to the body without being restricting. The added length in the back of the dress makes this sweep train ever so sweet. (Mikaella; $1000-1500)

What do you think? Are you a fan of the bows?

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