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PATRON SUPPORTED: Vera Wang + David's Bridal = Magnificence

Oh! Em! Gee! I adore Vera Wang as you know from my recent post, Bride & Groom Unveiled & Vera Wang. So you know that I was so looking forward to viewing her new collaboration with David's Bridal, White by Vera Wang, up close and personal.

Vera Wang did not disappoint. Let me just say that they get an A+ on affordability. Dresses range from $600 to $1400. Yes, starting at $600... you read that right. I know that you have felt the material of a $600 gown and it was not quite like a $6000 gown. That is not the case. The fabric of these amazing gowns is top notch. Not sure how Vera did it, but she did.

Not only is the fabric luxurious, but the designs are classic Vera Wang. There was organza and chiffon and lace and tulle wrapped with beautiful bows. There were one-shoulder, v-neck and strapless options. Guaranteed to please any bride with sizes from 0-14. My absolute favorite is the blush pink strapless organza gown. It made me want to get married again. View all of their very unique wedding dresses, including White by Vera Wang.

Here are a few of my favs:

Monday Inspirations: Sometimes You Need Some Quiet Time

Last week I played catch up which proved harder when you've got a cold. Boo. Being sick is never fun. I think I'm on the brink of the end of it, so hopefully this week is much more chipper and productive.

So to start off the week I am posting a few lovely images that are currently inspiring me, whether it be a moment, a hairstyle, perhaps even just a color.

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Image Credits: 1.] Designlovefest.com, 2.] The Vamoose, 3.] HoneyKennedy.com, 4.] Japanese Craft Book, 5.] Two Hares, 6.] Gaby J Photography, 7.] Montreal, 8.] Oncewed.com, 9.] BulgerGallery.com

How to Wear Vintage: Vintage 1950s 'Cobalt Nightingale' Dress

It's our second "How to Wear Vintage" post and this time around we're featuring the gorgeous 1950s bombshell "Cobalt Nightingale" sundress.

How to Wear Vintage: Bombshell Picnic

Bombshell Picnic: Who says you can't be glamorous when going on a picnic? We love this vintage dress paired with a silk floral print scarf worn around your head (think Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn) and then with retro inspired glasses. The chunky platforms has that modern vintage look and we're suckers for cork heels!

The Shopping List:
1.] Vintage 1950s dress from Adorevintage.com
2.] Chloe sunglasses from TheOutnet.com
3.] Eco Picnic Basket from UncommonGoods.com
4.] Jaques Vert Peony Bloom Scarf from Debenhams
5.] Iris Platforms from Kurt Geiger

Vintage Glossary: B is for Bolero

Boleros were mostly popular in the late 30s and into the 40s and there was a sprinkling of it into the early 1950s. They were almost always an accompaniment to a dress or suit but we've seen boleros with summer playsuits and pant suits.

Definition of Bolero: A short cropped jacket ending above or at the waist and worn open. Most boleros do not have a collar or lapels.

Vintage boleros from the 1930s to the early 1950s.

So what exactly is a bolero? Usually when one thinks of a bolero visions of a Spanish matador come into mind, which is correct as the bolero jacket was derived from this fashion. (At least to the best of our knowledge!) To keep it simple, just remember that a bolero never has closures. If it does then it's a cropped jacket, not a bolero.

Vintage Treasury | Edwardian Lady

It's our first treasury on Etsy, and I must say this was quite fun (and fairly addicting) but, I will control myself and will only create this one Etsy treasury (although frankly I'm inspired to do quite a few more today, but the work schedule is jam packed with playing catch up...)

The inspiration for today's Vintage Edwardian treasury comes from the growing collection of lovely lace Edwardian clothing we've had arrive in the studio. Some pieces are in need of repair and will be sold in "as is" condition and a few other pieces are stunning and nearly mint. Isn't that crazy? A dress that is about 100 years old that looks brand new? I've grown quite attached to all these lovely delicate antique clothes though, so perhaps they won't be arriving in the shop too soon... but we'll see!

Handmade Wedding Cards

Generating your personal wedding invitations is simple, nevertheless a typical issue for brides which have by no means created cards prior to is the fact that they just do not know exactly where to begin. Here handmade wedding cards tips for you :

1. The very first rule of designing is 'keep it simple', and with that in thoughts your initial choice is card blank colour, this really is generally white or ivory, believe with the card blank as your canvas, a great card blank will currently have 'Wedding Invitation' printed on it, usually select a card blank that's of a regular format size like A6, A5 or DL when folded, this may make life so a lot simpler whenever you come to print the inserts.

2. Select a colour theme which will be utilized within the style of one's invitations, at this point most brides will go for their bridesmaid dress colour, other people will select a presently fashionable colour. When designing your invitation, items like ribbon, die cut shapes or other embellishments ought to be chosen together with your theme colours in thoughts.

3. The final stage of designing your personal wedding invitations would be to choose suitable embellishments, remember that weddings are a conventional social gathering and some convention inside your style is expected, well-liked embellishments are entwined rings, entwined hearts, bride and groom, flowers, or ribbons and bows.

FOR THE HAPPY COUPLE: A Monogram, Two Hearts, Love Forever

On the hunt for something special for the happy couple? I love the idea of this rustic wooden heart with the couples initials. It would also make a fab decoration for your reception hall or outdoor reception space. Available at Rock Candy Vintage.

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: Amazing Photograph by Paul Retherford Wedding Photography

I love this image. Simply beautiful. Photograph by Paul Retherford Wedding Photography.

WE HAVE A WINNER of the Tacori IV Bracelet

We have a winner of the gorgeous pearl bracelet from the Tacori IV line. L & M you are the winner but you didn't leave an email address. Please email me at bridalwishlist@gmail.com to claim your gorgeous bracelet!

Play the Tacori “Mating Game”

FOR YOUR BRIDESMAIDS: Sarah Jessica Parker & Halston Heritage

The very stylish Sarah Jessica Parker is now the Chief Creative Officer of Halston Heritage and that is a good thing. She is the perfect person to protect the history and grandeur of the Halston brand. That is also good news for brides looking for bridesmaids dresses that are modern but still feel very vintage. This dress is from the latest Halston Heritage collection. See this one and more at Shopbop.

Vintage Movie Thursdays | Charlie Chaplin "The Kid"

A little clip from Charlie Chaplin's first full length movie released in 1921 "The Kid" featuring Jackie Coogan.

Vintage Shop Updates: Lace + Sparkles


This week's shop updates are probably some of the prettiest (and girliest!) the shop has had in awhile. All the dresses are from the 1940s to the 1950s as well as the jewelry. Be sure to take a peek inside the shop! (Also, Adorevintage has a new look, let us know what you think of it!)

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Vintage Style Icon: Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly Style

Grace Kelly epitomizes New England elegance; wholesome, preppy, and clean. Most of you are probably aware that Hermes named one of their bags the "Kelly" bag after a photo of her appeared in LIFE magazine in 1956. The bag was originally called 'Sac à dépêches' and it first came out in 1935.

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For more information on Grace Kelly: Grace Kelly IMDB, Grace Kelly WIKI, Grace Kelly Style Exhibition


We love giveaways and this one is no exception. The fab jewelry line, Tacori is launching a fab and fun new game called the "Mating Game." So we are celebrating with them by giving away a gorgeous piece from the line for one of you bridal lovelies.

The Tacori "Mating Game"" is essentially TACORI’s take on the original "Dating Game" - where eligible bachelors and bachelorettes can play to find their perfect mate, and their perfect TACORI ring! Host Guy Goodall, the energetic and enthusiastic Brit with a cheeky and playful sense of humor alongside his sexy female co-host, Alexa Goodnight will walk you through a series of 5 witty “personality type” questions and answers, ending in the selection of a perfect Mate and TACORI Ring!

The game is super fun and interactive, with animated vignettes in French style line drawings set in a whimsical interior; truly a TACORI Blue experience. You just have to play to see how cute it is!

Okay ladies. I must have made this too hard. So let's change it up.

The Bridal Wishlist and Tacori are giving you a chance to win this gorgeous pearl bracelet from the Tacori IV line. To enter, comment on this post and tell me why you should win this gorgeous bracelet. Make sure you include your email address.

One person will be randomly selected on Tuesday at noon. You will be notified via email.

Good luck Bridal Lovelies!

Play the Tacori “Mating Game”

Found Photographs | A Story Lost, A Story Imagined


I collect vintage photographs. There is something about an old photo that tugs at my heartstrings. I can't quite put a finger on it, but it's the same feeling I get when I listen to "Clair De Lune" by Claude Debussy (my all time favorite song if you ever did wonder)

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I do not know the stories behind the photos, but I place them in a little notebook where I draw little doodles and conjure up tales of love, of lost, of hope, of dreams.

What do you collect?

NY BRIDAL EVENT: Meet Anne Chertoff, Editor-in-Chief of Aisle Dash, at Williams-Sonoma

Join Wedding Expert, Anne Chertoff, Editor-in-Chief of Aisle Dash at a free wedding planning seminar at Williams-Sonoma

If you're still working on on your wedding registry - deciding where to register, what to put on it - as well as looking for some wedding planning tips to help you plan your big day, and live in the New York tri-state area, you may want to sign up (it's free!) for one of these upcoming events at Williams-Sonoma.

On Sunday, February 20th at 9am Anne will be at the Williams-Sonoma store at the Time Warner Center, and on Sunday February, 27th, also at 9am, at the Williams-Sonoma store on 59th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues, sharing both wedding planning and style advice as well as wedding registry and entertaining tips.

These two special events are part of their "Store is Yours" series and is open to 40 people before the store opens, so brides and grooms will be able to create and/or edit their wedding registry as well as enjoy some treats!

To RSVP for the Sunday, February 20th event at the Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle), call 212-823-9750.

To RSVP for the Sunday, February 27th event at the 59th Street and Lexington Avenue store (121 East 59th Street), call 917-369-1131.
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