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.


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.

Screen shot 2013-01-08 at 6.57.59 AMLacey dress in cotton candy pink at J. Crew, $235

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.

Screen shot 2013-01-08 at 7.03.04 AMMatilda liquid jersey at J. Crew, $250

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?



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

What’s Your Shade? Blush Rose Pink

Now that everyone’s seen Jessica Biels’ blush wedding Giambatista Valli wedding dress, I’m sure it will be all the rage for next spring. See all the shades of pink, blush and rose.

BRIDESMAIDS : Peonies Monogram handkerchief, from Tenereze, $27  |  DINNER : Rose wines are making a comeback. Would you serve it at your wedding?

BRIDAL : Manolo Blahniks, BB patent leather pumps, $595  |  FLORAL : Luscious blush peonies from Fifty Flowers, $139-$329

BRIDAL PARTY : Well Dressed, the softest blush pink from MAC Cosmetics, $20  |  BRIDAL BOUDOIR : Bridal nightwear, Ikebana Babydoll from La Perla, $494

4 Tips for Dealing with Bridesmaids Behaving Badly

What happens when your bridesmaid or MOH becomes a nightmare? Has she been totally unresponsive or taken over all the planning? Perhaps she’s totally ignoring your wishes or just decided to have a cookie-smashing fit of jealousy at the wedding shower a la Kristen Wiig.

Even with a level headed bride and oodles of planning, weddings can become a stressful time for everyone involved. Bridesmaids feel an obligation emotionally and financially to accommodate the bride and it can become a volatile situation no matter how good the intentions. Here are some nightmare scenarios and how to handle them like a lady.

MOH/Bridesmaid take over
She’s taken over the shower, the bachelorette party and is now choosing the color of your linens. Sit her down immediately and tell her how much you appreciate what she’s done so far. But that this is an experience you want to share with your hubby-to-be. Have a list and delegate the tasks that you think she would be good at, pointing out how great she would be at those particular tasks. It’s a touchy subject but it’s your day and the final say is yours!

They Said “No” to the Dress
You chose the dress but she refuses to wear it. Or, you let them have input on the bridesmaid frocks and now there’s warfare over the color, length, style. Try to handle the situation by suggesting a two-toned or multi-style dress so each gal can wear it her way but still stay in the color scheme.

Two tone bridesmaid dress from JLM Couture

Styling your dress is endless with Two Birds Bridesmaid

Trouble Amongst Bridesmaids

Even worse than bridesmaids not following directions, is each one fighting for your attention and trying to outdo the other. Along the lines of dealing with a take over, sit the guilty parties down and tell them how much you want this to be a good experience for everyone involved. After a heart to heart, they should realize how much the fighting and turmoil could spoil your affair and they should simmer down. And if they don’t, ignore the cattiness. You don’t want to get involved in the drama or be forced to choose sides.

Anybody Home?

She hasn’t responded to your texts or emails about dresses, fittings, tasks – at all. Maybe she’s just really busy but if you see her updating her status on Facebook, it can be a really hurtful reminder of her lack of interest.  I had a similar experience where one of bridesmaids didn’t respond to emails, didn’t come for the bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner (she lived an hour away so I was surprised that she didn’t even RSVP). The morning after, we hosted a breakfast for friends and family and she insisted on taking lead to the location in downtown Chicago. Since she refused to take the directions we handed out the day before, she led my two girlfriends on a wild goose chase to the wrong location across town and they showed up after everyone else had eaten and left. Her behavior broke my heart but I didn’t let it ruin my day. I later found out that she had been going through a really stressful time at home.

Everyone has their own life and reason for doing what they do. During this potentially stressful time, focus on the joys and milestones of being engaged. Take a deep breath when things aren’t perfect and relish in the things that are. It all goes by so quickly, you can’t fret about what others are doing. Be there for your girls and lament when you need to. But going through this experience with grace will make you a glowing bride that everyone will be looking to and at the day of. Good luck!