Archive for the ‘bridal beauty’ Category
Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
I’ve a weakness for bows that runs far, deep & wide.
For months I’ve been eyeing these decadently soft ballet flats from Sundance Catalog in yellow, turquoise & orange, willing them with my eyes to go on sale.
But this morning, I noticed the buff color & realized it could be the ideal bridal ballet flat for any bride looking for luxury without the height of a heel.
From Sundance: “Graced with a satin bow, our buttery soft, Italian leather ballet flats will dance their way into your wardrobe, partnering beautifully with everything from cropped jeans to ethereal skirts. Leather insole and outsole. Made in Italy. Exclusive. Euro sizes 36 to 41.”
Just $98. (I really should get them, huh?)
So… you get the buff, your bridesmaids get one (or all) of the other juicy colors. And all of you will wear them again.
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
You may have been hearing a lot lately about the delicate art of wire-wrapped jewelry. But while it’s super fascinating, it’s not super common. It takes loads of time & patience to create just one piece.
Even though the art of wire wrapping has been around for thousands of years, both in jewelry & other handmade creations, not everyone who attempts to wrap delicate wire around precious gems, stones & metals can create a wearable jewelry masterpiece!
We feel so, sooooo lucky to introduce two exclusive new wire-wrapped bridal jewelry pieces to the Orange & Blossom bridal jewelry boutique.
They’ve quickly gained attention for their delicate details, intricate crafts-woman-ship & beautiful hues-of-the-sea color palette.
The Swirled Ice Earrings & Swirled Ice Necklace, both by handcrafted jewelry artist Melanie Rawding, are works of art made just for the wedding day.
Elaborate swirls of sterling silver showcase something-blue gemstone clusters that draw the eye with intriguing layers.
Both the necklace & earrings combine fine technique & lavish materials to leave an unforgettable impression.
Look for light blue topaz, aquamarine, white freshwater pearls, chalcedony, blue lace agate, white topaz & London blue topaz. Stunning!
Wire-wrapped bridal necklace, $365; wire-wrapped bridal earrings, $265. Only at Orangeandblossom.com.
Friday, May 7th, 2010
I’ve been meaning & meaning to tell you about our new jewelry from the young, beautiful & over-the-top talented designers Melanie Rawding & Aurora Palesca. I had all of these juicy adjectives bouncing around in my brain so I could load you up with description & the finer details of handcrafted each piece. Alas! I know in my heart of hearts, it is all about the visuals. So, see this new bridal & bridesmaid jewelry for yourselves.
One of the pieces I’m especially excited about is our new Bikini Honeymoon Necklace. This silver lariat drips with Austrian Swarovski crystals, making it very wedding-worthy for anyone present or participating. But it’s also the must-have necklace for summer & honeymoon.
We call it the Bikini Honeymoon Necklace mainly for the dreamy & romantic images it conjures up—the feelings of sitting in a little thatched-roof hut on stilts over turquoise water with your love for a lifetime. But the truth is, while it does glisten on the bare skin when paired with a bathing suit, it absolutely shines with just about anything. For the next week, it ships for free! An affordable & welcomed gift for bridesmaids or those summer birthdays.
I’m no model, of course. But putting this necklace on makes swim season a little more joyful, I can assure you. Eyes are drawn to sparkly things, so, you see how that works? It’s a nice little confidence booster! Get yours with free shipping until May, 15, 2010.
Monday, March 8th, 2010
The new Anthropologie catalog made my eyes swim with desire, just like they all do. I can’t stand to throw them away, so I usually just use the pretty pages as stationery or to make notes to myself. But these two photos were all wedding hairstyle idea, in my opinion. Couldn’t you see some extravagant yet organic headpiece like these done up in either real or amazingly lifelike faux flowers? It’s a shame the catalog doesn’t credit the person who made them. I’m sure she’d be swamped with requests.
I thought this breezy, casual flower girl dress from Chasing Fireflies offered a similar natural style. It’s simple and feminine without being covered in frills and lace.
For this wedding, I’d add some of our new little nests. They’re just the right size for tucking wedding favors inside, incorporating into centerpieces or wedding cake toppers, or any other DIY wedding decor ideas you might have.
I can picture them running down the middle length of a family-style long dinner table, interspersed with lots of candlelight and found objects you’ve collected on your early spring walks through the woods.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
I grew up in Ohio where Halloween meant weeks creating a fantastic costume only to throw a huge ski jacket on over it to go trick or-treating. My mom’s camera alone witnessed the full gypsy or angel; the neighbors saw only my usual earmuffs, coat, boots, mittens & a random foil-wrapped halo or big, gold hoop earrings.
Winter brides need to stay toasty warm (even if only from the car to the celebration) but also preserve the gorgeous look of their gown, jewelry & shoes. Not an easy feat! But check out these classic beauties…
Both of the 1960s shrugs in our vintage wedding boutique have flown from the shoppe soon after we added them. These satin-lined, plush layering pieces lend retro drama for cool weather brides. Both featured dreamy, vintage ’60s details and were roomy enough to accommodate different dress styles, yet warm enough to fight the wind. Comfy on and glamorous to slip off, vintage bridal shrugs, wraps, and jackets add an authentic and photogenic touch for winter celebrations.
Are you still seeking the perfect warm vintage accent for your ensemble? We can find one for you in time for your wedding! We are pros at tracking down vintage pieces in a variety of styles, materials, eras, and price ranges. Use our contact form to let us know just what you need to stay warm and stylish on your wedding day & night… We’ll get right back in touch with our best finds. A free service from Orange & Blossom.
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
It’s done! And just in time for holiday weddings… Your ultimate guide to red wedding shoes! Blissfully seductive yet still appropriate for a sacred & special occasion…
If you can pull off a retro, perfectly red pout — a starlet-chic red lipstick that most of your friends would never dare touch — then you can pull off a pair of sizzling red bridal pumps. Our collection of favorite red heels are wedding ready, some with more forgiving pricetags than others. Of course, the lovely bonus of wearing red shoes on your big day is that, unlike fairly impractical white slingbacks or cream heels, you can and will wear these stunners again… especially if you’ve already mastered those red lips…
Take it from the top: The Rain red satin bow pump by RSVP invites a night of dancing with its cushioned footbed, $85; Christian Louboutin Ernetsa Bow pump in Cranberry pairs a flouncy bow with a classic T-strap, $875; Anthropologie’s Hedy Platforms in scarlet leather are too cute with little rosettes, snakeskin leaves & a wrapped heel, $162; Made in Italy with the signature red sole, these peep toe, all-over Glittered Platform Pumps by Christian Louboutin would make Dorothy green with envy, $775; More of a bordeaux satin, Bluefly.com has these on sale: Rene Caovilla peep toe pumps with Swarovski crystal-edged platforms, complete with leather lining & silk insole; $511.99; Sheer textured ruffles ensure this Spicy pump by Charles David lives up to its name, $114.95; A rose print & satin flower decorate this romantic & wearable red floral heel by White House Black Market, $98; Gathered suede & two rosettes add style while a cushioned footbed adds comfort to the Vanity heel by Martinez Valero, $172; This Stuart Weitzman Paradise pump is made in Spain with a pleated bow & Swarovski crystal-studded buckle in ruby satin, $395; His bow-clad Satin Jumbo Evening Slingbacks are ideal for every holiday party or wedding, $325; Kate Spade chose a peep toe, topstitching & a suede heart for the Genny Pump in poppy, $325; “Hello Lovely” is a great name for these vintage-style red pumps with jeweled buckle & shimmery texture by Poetic License, $128.70; Another Stuart Weitzman red pump in satin, the Gigi has high-shine & a gathered bow vamp, $298; The Quenna red satin heel with tiered bow by Nina looks more expensive than its price, $89.95.
Rather save than splurge on red heels? Try these from DSW: The Vincente II by Caparros is a simply elegant red silk pump with a side bow for only $49.95. Use code SNOWMAN for free shipping.
Friday, October 23rd, 2009
It’s certainly easier and neater and less filmy.
And it’s only $3.99 at Target.
If you didn’t exactly budget $800 for a trip to the dentist for white trays, but want to add a little zing to your smile before the engagement and wedding photos, pick up a bottle of Arm & Hammer Whitening Booster.
Just add a stripe of the clear gel alongside your toothpaste & brush away.
I can’t guarantee porcelain veneer pearly-ness overnight, but for ease of use and an affordable alternative to those darn white strips, it’s a very handy option to have stumbled upon.
Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
We chose these two handpainted vintage wedding parasols for their unique shapes, original yellow cloth toppers, and excellent condition. Both are fully functional, with mechanisms that stay up and close fully. One, an unlaquered hexagonal parasol with blossoms, butterflies, and a neat blue handle. The other, a feminine, flower-shaped parasol covered in cherry blossoms and coated in shine. Lovely, light to carry, and a stunning accessory in photographs. More vintage items next Thursday!
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
I never knew I needed a Wrapadoo until I put one on my head. Even after creator Cynthia Saito explained all of this new, ultra-luxurious hair wrap’s many benefits (goes on straight, prevents tangles & breakage, preserves shine, snug fit to multi-task in style), I had no idea how soft and comfy it would feel to actually wear one. Those chills you get from a wet, post-shower head of hair? Gone. The towel flopping over and unraveling when you reach down to get something? But a fuzzy memory. At first wear, I could not live without it. Even when I’m not wearing it, I give it a little pet on its hook as I walk by. It’s literally the softest fabric I own.
The day it arrived and I tried it out, I was in heaven. In fact, I added some sparkly earrings and wore it all the way to my salon for my haircut. Yes, this is a true story! I did get a few looks while driving. But I can only imagine the women I passed wondering where they could get one, too. The girls at the salon sure did. It’s fast, easy, and extra cozy as the temps get cool. Place it on your head, twist the tail just once, and loop it over the little “jewel” on front, the finishing touch to the whole retro glamour look.
(For ladies with really long, fragile, or wavy/curly hair, the terry tail catches moisture even if you wear it over your head and leave your hair down.)
Someday soon you’ll see Wrapadoos in all the high-end stores & spas. You know the names. But we beat them to it. I am not sorry one bit to say. We are one of the first to carry and enjoy their plush goodness. They are utterly ideal for getting a whole lot done around your abode without throwing your hair into a soggy ponytail. For pre-wedding pampering, for a towel-atop-your-head alternative on the honeymoon, for all the times you want to feel like you’re off to a day at the spa when the spa is nowhere in sight, there is finally something soft and snug and somehow reassuring that yes, this is a very good life indeed.
Monday, October 5th, 2009
I am still in awe of these sculptural bouquets created entirely of gem-laden vintage & antique brooches and other jewelry, spotted the other day on Wedding Chicks. They are done by the artistic Amanda Heer of Fantasy Floral Designs, a home-based floral design company out here in California. She assembles these custom works of art to match your wedding colors and style and finishes them off with a luxurious ribbon in the color of your choice.
Or… if you and your mom and your grandmama have been collecting vintage pieces yourselves, hand that sparkling treasure trove off to Amanda and she will turn out a permanent wedding bouquet that you’ll admire as a centerpiece on your table for years to come. (One bride asked everyone to bring a vintage brooch to her shower… now that’s thinking!) Total cost is $850 from scratch; $300 from your own collection.
All of this reminded me of a few vintage clip earrings I have hanging around. Though adorable, I’ve found most of them clip on much too tightly to actually wear on my ears. And while everyone knows you can use them as shoe clips to bedazzle a favorite pair, for me, I like to slip one into my hair as a casual barrette.
Voila! Out of the junk drawer and into serious accessory rotation again…