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Royal Wedding Wrap-Up

Now that everyone has had a chance to watch, rewatch, and digest the royal wedding (and nap), what did everyone think?  I thought it was so so lovely and just perfect for a princess.  Kate's gown might not have been my style or very favorite, but ON HER it was perfection.  And how about her sister Pippa's gown?!  To die for, right?  The whole affair was just so exciting and it was nice to see people celebrating what is, deep down, a wonderful moment for others.  Because although they may be royal, they are also just a couple in love who just committed to a life together.  I wish them all the best!

Here are some of my favorite pics from the day:

{photos via msnbc and stylemepretty}

WEDDING JEWELRY: MsBellezza + Bling = Gorgeous Bride

After watching the William and Kate's wedding this morning, as well as a documentary on the late Princess Diana's jewelry, I could not wait to tell you about MsBellezza's jewelry line.

I totally got to feast my eyes on these gorgeous pieces - up close and personal. When I opened the boxes, I was blown by all of the sparkle. It was full of that bling that brides love so much. Oh hell, the bling that I love so much!!! Using Swarovski crystals, semiprecious stones, and exquisite metal and beadwork in the design of each piece, MsBellezza Jewelry [miz-be-LET-za] will help the bride, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom bring on the bling.

What made me even more excited to share this line with you was because of the prices. I could not believe that most of the pieces in this jewelry line fall under $200. There are a few pieces in their Premiere Collection that are over $300 but rightfully so. But you can own a stunning piece of jewelry for your wedding day that definitely will not break the bank.

Here are the pieces that I viewed. Most pieces are from the Statement Jewelry or Premiere Collections:

Here are some lovely options under $150:

Come Over & Over, $140.00

The Betty, $120.00

Secret Garten, $40.00

Silver Screen, $120.00

Gypsy Song, $120.00

Champagne Cheers, $140.00

Everyday is Friday, $120.00

Lovely Links: In Honor of the Royal Wedding

By the time this post publishes (as scheduled) William and Kate will have tied the knot.  So, congrats to the happy couple!  Because I can't stay up, or get up, to watch (sleep when the baby sleeps!) I will be catching up on the highlights rather than posting the details live.  So instead I'm sharing with you some of my favorite royal wedding posts from around the web.

royal wedding inspiration loveliness here and here.

want a non-cheesy royal wedding souvenir?  yes, they do exist.

for the royal wedding haters, or those just wanting a chuckle

tiaras for the rest of us.

color palette fit for a princess.

the princess diaries, inspiration board style

Enjoy and happy Friday!  xx

WEDDING LINGERIE: Affinitas In A Box For You & Your Bridesmaids

I am loving these packaged panties by Affinitas. Perfect for a wedding day quick change (hey, stuff happens!) or as bachelorette party favors, bridesmaids gifts or to bring along on the honeymoon! You get a pack of three for $28.00.

At just 4” x 4”, these cutie patootie packages make the perfect travel companion – discreet enough to bring just about anywhere. Stash a pack or two in your luggage for the destination wedding and honeymoon, and never worry about security going through your unmentionables again! Offered in both hipster and thong styles, Packaged Panties by Affinitas are fabricated from comfy stretch lace and mesh, in One Size Fits Most (approx 0-8). Panties come three solid colors to a pack in the following colorways: Ivory/Nude/Black, Aqua/Hot Pink/Turquoise and new for Spring, Pistachio/Sand/Baby Blue. Too cute, right?

Available at Her Room.

THE ROYAL WEDDING: Celebrate William & Kate with The Booth & The BBC

Unique Vintage Gals Pick Their Royal Wedding Favorites

The gals over at Unique Vintage picked the dresses that they would wear if they were going to be a royal princess. What do you think?

From top left to right:
1. Maggie Sottero, 2. Maggie Sottero, 3. Allure Bridal, 4. Maggie Sottero, 5. Maggie Sottero, 6. Maggie Sotero.

From bottom left to right:
1. Maggie Sottero, 2. Maggie Sottero, 3. Maggie Sottero, 4. Maggie Sottero, 5. Fancy New York, 6. Fancy New York.

Unique Vintage items include 1920's flapper style dresses, 1930's inspired bias-cut red carpet dresses, 1950's style swing dresses and pin up bathing suits as well as 1960's style mod dresses.

For added bling, both modern day and vintage accessories are also available. Yet despite the influence of these indelible eras, Echerverry’s items all have a hip and timeless flair that are perfect for the modern fashionista...and are not available at your local department store!

Whether you’re looking for a knock ‘em dead party dress, a classic wedding gown or you simply desire to set yourself apart from the “off the rack” set, UniqueVintage.com beats sifting through flea markets for that perfect piece.

The Unique Vintage brick and mortar store is located at: 2013 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506

SPONSORED LOVE: Interflora, The Flower Experts, Loves Roses

Roses love weddings!

During times of great happiness and joy, flowers can be a remarkable symbol of celebration, especially with weddings where appropriate flower arrangements can take some of the pressure off and help facilitate stress-free planning. With any flower delivery UK florists can help to make the flower arrangements a seamless task and can lend their support to creating the perfect wedding flowers. At any wedding flowers represent everlasting love and therefore they need to be chosen carefully to ensure that any sentiment is done so eloquently.

When it comes to flowers, roses are often chosen due to their ability to transcend the need for words, with their elegance and beauty speaking volumes. Roses whisper messages of love and passion without overpowering the rest of the service and any wedding flowers inclusive of roses tend to be simple, beautiful and very effective.

With the flowers it's a good idea to consider the day as a whole. The wedding flowers can be part of the bridal bouquet or present at the church, so they are of the utmost importance. Added to this, they can be included in the table centerpieces at the reception. They can also be sent directly to the bride or her family with messages of congratulations. Therefore, when making a decision, it can be useful to look at all the options available and the flower delivery UK florists can offer. Roses are always a good option as they can be cut accordingly and have the flexibility to be displayed in bulk, or interspersed with other bright and breezy blooms. They can also be given as a gift in the form of a tree or bush, as a more permanent reminder of the couple's special day.

Beautiful flowers can be simple or elaborate, subtle or vibrant and bouquets can be custom designed or simple in their very essence. When considering the arrangements, roses are the natural choice as they are neither flamboyant nor insipid and simply know their place and allow the bride to take centre stage! They wrap their comforting arms around those celebrating, but never inhibit or intrude.

Whatever flower arrangements are chosen, there are a host of florists who can assist, allowing the bride and groom to relax and concentrate on their wonderful day.

{Inspiration Board} Cheerful Spring Wedding + Guestbook Alternative

I've needed a bit of a pick-me-up lately and what better way to do that (wedding related at least) than to build a cheery colorful inspiration board.

{Top Row} via Style Me Pretty, via Once Wed, via Wedding Chicks, via Ruffled
{Middle Row} via Style Me Pretty (X2), Nicole Hill, via Wedding Chicks

And how about that top right photo for a great idea for a guestbook alternative?

{Real Wedding} Tina & Derek: Homespun Outdoor Lovebird Wedding

Some weddings are so reflective of the couple being married, and this wedding is one of those.  This couple wanted a wedding that would reflect their laid-back style and their love for the outdoors.  The bride weaved the idea of 'lovebirds' in many of the details.  The centerpieces, cake stands, garlands and signs were all DIY.  Birds were found on the vintage hanky invitations, on each table name, and the bookmarks that served as escort cards.  They couple were married at a campground overlooking a lake and incorporating the outdoors as their backdrop.

Instead of clinking glasses, guests hoola hooped to get the couple to kiss!

Photographer: Ryan Birchall submitted via Two Bright Lights

How did you make your wedding YOU?  From Tina:

 I honestly don't even know where to begin!  Every last detail of our wedding was very personalized, from the hankie invitations to the choreographed first dance.  Derek and I wanted to take the sometimes "stuffy" and overly traditional aspects of weddings and make them more casual to reflect our laid-back personalities.  The campground was a perfect opportunity to do this, especially since we both love the great outdoors!  

NY BRIDAL MARKET: Erin Cole Brings The Glamour

This almost never happens to me. But while we were checking out everything in the Intercontinental, I had to stop by one of my favorite jewelry and hair accessories designer, Erin Cole. When I walked in the door, I did not notice the tall, beautiful designer. But as I was perusing her new gems, she said to me, "Hi, I'm Erin." To that I replied, "The...?" She just laughed.

It was so lovely to meet the woman behind this incredible brand. I have been a fan of Erin Cole for as long as I can remember. So I could not wait to show you her new pieces. Can you believe that I took these photos with my iPhone? It really serves as a great little camera for me when I need to get a shot quickly. Anyhoo, you will need to see these for yourself. Find an Erin Cole store or retailer near you.

The Designer, Erin Cole with a model

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