Inauguration 2013 : What Michelle Wore

Wasn’t the inauguration and the ball just lovely yesterday? Everyone was watching to see what First Lady, Michelle Obama would wear and I was certainly no exception. I loved last year’s Jason Wu gown (which was totally *bridal worthy*, by the way), with it’s hand sewn flowers and floating hemline.

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For the 57th Presidential Inauguration Reception on Sunday she chose American designer Michael Kors and her wardrobe staple J. Crew for belt and shoes to accessorize for morning festivities.

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And as a side note, I loved Sasha and Malia’s coordinating coats on Capital Hill (Kate Spade and J. Crew, respectively). And Michelle’s Thom Browne was a tasteful, refined choice for a coat.

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I totally didn’t see it coming but she wore a Jason Wu again! I absolutely adored it!! The color was so striking on her and the neckline was simply dazzling. Not to mention the luxurious fabric just draped beautifully on her figure. Now the big question: Did it top last year’s ethereal dreamlike gown? You decide!

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Classic Accessory Updates for 2013

We’re just a couple weeks in but I’m already seeing trends and classics that will certainly carry us through the entire year and beyond. Everything from updated translations on pearls and rhinestones to the a-line bridesmaid dress with modern details, there are endless possibilities.

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Grosgrain ribbon and rhinestones are updated with contemporary grouping Eschutcheon d’Orsays pumps, $330

Discreet rhinestone clasp pearl necklace, on sale now $16.80

This is not your mother’s bridesmaid dress with a sophisticated high collar ruffle Blakely dress in silk taffeta, $200

Classic lace is made modern with a long hanging side veil Jannie Baltzer headpiece

Lace gloves

 

2013 Spring Bridesmaid Dress Trends

There’s still snow on the ground and it’s cold outside (at least where I’m sitting) but wedding season will be here before you know it. If you’re a bride, bridesmaid or MOH, you have dresses on the brain. For Spring 2013 the runway was awash with classic looks adorned with new details. Here are some of the best and most wearable trends.

Peplum accentuates the figure and when done right, it looks sophisticated and not too cute-sy.

_7475282Donna Morgan Peplum dress, $198

The classic waistline is back. Empire waists and low hipslung looks are taking a back seat to the mid-belted look, right where we remember it used to be.

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It’s not quite white but it’s very close. Light neutrals are making a big presence on the aisle and brides don’t seem to mind. This blush number is statuesque with its long hemline.

Screen shot 2013-01-08 at 7.06.16 AMCrinkle column chiffon dress from Vera Wang at David’s Bridal, $178

Laid back looks are popping up during day time weddings and even a few night time soirées. Give your gals the option of a shiny jersey like this look and they’ll be dancing all night.

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Ball gown, anyone? We’re not talking the stiff, ankle skimming dresses of the ’80s. These are feminine and soft looks for your ladies and they’ll look regal standing next to you.

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Strapless fit and flare organza dress at David’s Bridal, $179

Wedding Color Forecast : Tangerine and Violet

Pantone is the company that researches and forecasts the colors for the upcoming year. They announced a while back that Emerald was the it color for 2013. Colors like Linen are timeless and great bases to build a wedding palette around too. But my favorite on the list are African Violet and Tangerine. Can’t you just see a whole day built around those hues?

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VioletTangChiffon tiered dress with flutter sleeves, David’s Bridal  |  Violet and tangerine floral bouquet via Wedding Vibe

Jimmy Choo acrylic glitter clutch via Shopstyle  |  Lavender floral pillow, Tenereze

Marbled cake with purple accents via Pinterest  |  Custom fan program kit, Tenereze

Trend Alert : Custom Wedding Nail Polish

There are splurges and then there are things that seem like they make a lot of sense. For the ladies that cater to all your bachelorette, bridesmaid and wedding needs, a custom nail polish seems like such a fun way to celebrate your wedding palette.

3The company Pretty Please now customizes labels and ships multiples to you.  Isn’t that a brilliant idea? What would you name your color?

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Emerald : The New Pantone Color for 2013

Pantone, the company that researches and foresees color trends for all types of media, creative and marketing outlets has just released its list of 2013 colors including the classic color, emerald green, as the “it” color for 2013. What do you think of that shade of green?

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Picture 4Emerald green looks via Dessy Group

HB-LOIS_IVY-GREEN-NOBLE-SATIN_zoomThe emerald green Lois Clutch from Nina

Picture 5Give your guests a great reminder of your wedding location with a custom pillow from Tenereze.

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Round brilliant emerald engagement ring from Tiffany

Sneak Peek : 2013 Bridal Looks

Carolina Herrera 2013 Bridal via WWD

Marchesa 2013 Bridal via Tom + Lorenzo

Amsale via WWD

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2013 via Wedding Inspirasi

Ramona Keveza via One Wed

Reem Acra via Tom + Lorenzo

Very cute DIY via the beauty department : glitter bobby pins

Just had to share this – a cute DIY that you can make for yourself or for your bridesmaids and slip into their thank you bags. It’ll add a little something extra to a bachelorette party or day-after brunch without being too matchy-matchy. All you need is a some glitter, bobby pins and creativity. See the full instructions here.

Wedding Beauty : 5 Make Up Looks I Love

Very pretty cat liner and neutral face via Pop! of Style

Bronze beauty Elizabeth Hurley shows you how she wears Estee Lauder

Strong brows frame the entire face, like Diane Kruger’s here at LearnLove

Don’t be afraid of color, especially for a cold weather wedding. Tips on getting look at Refinery 29

Don’t forget your hands! Very pretty nails including a subtle wedding details via Refinery 29

The Classics : Wedding Looks that Never Go Out of Style

BRIDESMAID GIFT : You can’t go wrong with rhinestones and pearls, Discreet Necklace, $30  |  CAKE : Delicate frosting and piping will get oohs and aahs on your wedding day, Martha Stewart Weddings

ACCESSORY : Satin matte gloves get a lovely update with floral, $29  |  SHOES : Your something blue, slingbacks are a classic, $300

KEEPSAKE : A family tradition continues when you get your own custom monogram hankies, custom colors available, $27  |  FAVOR : Frame the seating card and then let them take home a handsome silver frame, $3.75