Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Say Yes To The Dress

After the 29th of April 2011, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton will be known as her Royal Highness Princess of Whales!

The most anticipated wedding ever. The wedding that will be talked about for years to come. The DRESS that will be talked about FOREVER!
While everyone wants to feel like a princess on their wedding day, Kate will actually be a real princess.Kate has some huge shoes to fill in the dress department compared to the royals before her. Her choice of dress will be judged by millions of people as she steps out of the car to walk down the isle at Westminster Abbey. It will also be produced by the time she makes it to her groom. Designers are on standby to make replicas of the soon-to-be famous wedding gown of the year.

In Royal wedding past there have been some pretty interesting gowns. We can start off with Princess Elizabeth. Sr Norman Hartnell, a famous British designer was the one responsible for this gown. Embellished with thousands of seed pearls and white beads it made quite the statement in her time.

Princess Margaret chose the same famous designer Norman Hartnell. Her wedding was the first to be televised with over 300 million viewers. She went with a not so traditional approach with her gown other than her sister Princess Elizabeth.
Princess Marie Chantal wore a Valentino wedding gown that took over 25 different seamstresses to create.
Princess Matte-Marit wore a Ove Harder designed gown. Since this is a more recent wedding you can kind of imagine the look Kate might pick. The fit and fabric are a more modern look for a princess bride.
Princess Diana wore the most famous wedding gown of all time. Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. Hand crafted with over 10,000 pearls and a 25 foot long train that no one will forget. It took 40 yards of ivory silk taffeta and antique lace. Diana's dress was just as much of a secret as Kate's. Round the clock security personnel guarded the dress without a chance of anyone seeing it. As a precaution, if the wedding dress design leaked another was on standby.

So now with only hours to go before Kate Middleton is officially a princess the question still stands. What will she wear?? After reading countless blogs, news articles, and magazines I've come to the conclusion no one REALLY knows.

I do know that there are several suspected designers:Sophie Cranston, Victoria Beckam, Alexander McQueen,Daniella Issa Helayel,Bruce Oldfield, or Phillipa Lepley. I do not think Kate will choose anything like Diana's gown. The dress will show off Kate's personal style. Something tighter fitting and more modern in a satin fabric. It is said that the dress will be long sleeved (maybe lace). The train is one thing that cannot be forgotten. Kate's not quite 25 feet, but supposedly 10 foot long.
Reports say she is wearing her hair down with loose curls nothing too different than her normal look. She is also wearing pearl and diamond earrings along with other jewels borrowed by the Queen herself. In no time and millions of viewers Kate Middleton will reveal the wedding dress of the decade at one of the most famous weddings of all time!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

70's Chic

In case you didn't know EVERYTHING for this spring is taking us back to the 70's. Almost every designer has inspiration from 70's fashion in their 2011 spring lines.

The 70's was a special time for fashion because it gained a little more attention and people became a lot more aware of trends and style.Here are some key pieces that you are going to need to update your closet with for this spring season!

Fringe Handbags:
Fringe has officially made its comeback. I have a mustard yellow fringe handbag that I will never be able to get rid of because it is one of my all time favorites. It was actually a steal not a splurge and those are the best kind! If you have to this is a splurge kind of item for this spring. Here I found a pink fringe bag for $395.00 at Djpremium.com. This dark brown is cheaper from asos.com for $62.76.
Maxi dresses/skirts:
From skirts and dresses to their hair, people from the 70's liked it long!!To get an early start to my spring fashion trends I have already purchased several skirts/dresses. Being the latest trend you can find these at any store right now.Bottom line invest in a maxi if you haven't yet or you will be left far behind. This pink maxi skirt is from anthropologie.com $128.00.The olive stripe skirt is a little bit budget friendly $46.00 BBDakota.com.The off-the-shoulder cream dress is a design from net-a-porter.com $1,295.00.The black maxi dress with pink roses is $58.00 from shopnastygal.com. Last but not least the basic essential maxi for ONLY $10.00 from the one and only (never letcha down) forever21.com.
One of my favorite part of the 70's era are jumpsuits!!Icons like Elvis and The Brady Bunch made the jumpsuit what is today. In 2008 it made its comeback and is still trying to weasel its way into your closet so give it a chance!If you are to nervous you can also give the illusion with the bell-bottom pants with a same color top. The one shoulder floral print jumpsuit is $89.63 asos.com. The strapless printed blue is from tillys.com $27.99. The orange halter print is Marc Jacobs $1,300.00 Bergdorf Goodman. Next are the pants (which I am totally in love with this pair,but cannot make myself buy them)from freepeople.com $108.00.The wide leg trousers by LOVE** are from topshop.com $76.00. The last pair are navy blue pleated and also from topshop.com $100.00.

Platform Sandals:
Any of these grooooovy sandals will be a great start to your spring to go in to summer. Most of them are actually pretty comfortable and not that hard to walk in because of the stability of the soul. I would suggest getting a pair that are not to high so you can wear them more. For me the skies the limit with my heels because I'm a shorty. P.S. platforms aren't just for discos. The first pair are (my pick and my recent purchase)Jessica Simpson $98.00 piperlime.com. Despite the 5 inch heel they are as comfortable as a heel can be and easy to walk in. The tan wedges with tassel zipper on the back are by Dolce Vita $178.00 freepeople.com. The navy/leather ankle wrap platform is Christian Louboutin $995.00 neimanmarcus.com. The olive green wood heel platforms are (also in my closet,but in pink) from charlotterusse.com only $35.50.
Flared Sleeves:
If its a mini dress or a dainty top it needs flared sleeves for the 70's. I love long sleeve dresses especially for the temperature change when you don't really know what to wear.. well now is the time! Flare sleeved tops look cute paired with shorts and platforms or flats. The first dress (once worn by Kelly Ripa) is found at boutiquetoyou.com for $220.00. The navy dress is found at shopbop.com $209.00. The cream flared top(cute with ripped jeans)is $174.00 piperlime.com. The last one i LOVE is from asos.com $98.62 (I see it in my future)