We are ending our week at the amazing Peninsula Chicago with one skirt, two ways! A big thank you to the Peninsula, Chicago for allowing us to feature their beautiful property. Today we have an amazing Roberto Cavalli printed crepe de chine maxi skirt. This blue and white printed skirt can be dressed down or up. We think the print is perfect for a Sunday farewell brunch. For our casual look we paired the skirt with a simple James Perse white t-shirt and Valentino studded metallic leather sandals. We kept the accessories simple with a Lanvin pewter cuff and crystal cocktail ring. Our dressy version for the skirt involves the same print in the top and blazer. The accessories are simple Jimmy Choo Lance metallic leather sandals and Maison Martin Margiela silver-tone crystal ring. What is your favorite piece? Is the dressy version too much with the print?
Today we are inspired by the beautiful outdoor terrace at The Peninsula Chicago, the perfect venue for a rehearsal dinner underneath the stars. What could be more beautiful than a formal sit down dinner in amidst the skyline of downtown Chicago?!? The outfit takes inspiration from the beautiful colors that are everywhere this spring: pinks, greens, and yellows. Our favorite piece is the Stella McCartney jacket paired with Stella McCartney crepe flared pants. What is your favorite piece? Isn’t the jacket incredible!
When deciding on where the hem of a dress should fall, most people do it by sight and like it just above skimming the floor. But there is actually a lot of room for interpretation. Sometimes, the client wants it a bit shorter if she knows she’s prone to tripping, or sometimes they want it as long as possible.
Of course it is important to get it where it looks best, but something most people don’t consider is whether or not the dress will be worn on carpet. This has a big impact on where the dress should fall because when you walk (even on low pile) carpeting you sink just a bit into it. If the hem of your dress is skimming a hard floor in the fitting, it will most certainly get caught on the pile when you walk.
My advice: make it just a quarter of an inch higher so that you won’t be dealing with friction when walking. There is nothing worse than having to lift up your hem all night.
We are back at the fantastic Peninsula Chicago to talk about the bridesmaid’s style. As we showcased yesterday, the bride is wearing a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown. Today our bridesmaids are wearing an Alice and Olivia sequin ball gown. We just love the metallic textured taffeta and the sequined bodice. Together they create a voluminous and beautiful dress that is perfect for a ballroom reception. The accessories are understated and simple playing off the metallic tones in the dress. What is your favorite piece?
This week we are featuring another one of our friends from the Engage12 conference, and heading to Chicago’s Peninsula Hotel on the Magnificent Mile. When I think of a Chicago wedding, I think of a traditional black-tie affair that is the epitome of understated elegance. In Chicago, there are few better places to do that than The Peninsula’s Grand Ballroom with floor to ceiling windows and breathtaking views. The Peninsula prides it’s self on incredible service and providing a relaxing environment for its guests. To us, it sounds like a wonderful place to check in for the weekend and get away from it all!
We love Monique Lhuillier’s “Candice” gown for it’s long sleeves and demure lacy sexiness. Sometimes the most alluring thing can be to show nothing except the shape of a woman. This dress does just that with it’s slim column silhouette and long sleeves. The detachable sheer skirt gives the bride a more traditional and voluminous look for going down the aisle and then a sophisticated dress for the reception. We would suggest changing up your hair and accessories to really make the two looks different and distinct.
Having a brunch the day after the wedding can be so much fun! It gives everyone a chance to talk about the wedding and say good bye to the bride and groom before they leave on their honeymoon. Sometimes our brides that stay until the end of the after-party and feel a little…shall we say, tired the next day, don’t always want to put on a formal outfit. So, today we are featuring a low-key fun, beach, brunch outfit! It is the epitomie of chic-casual, and who doesn’t love a poncho!?! The earrings really finish it off and add a bit of yellow to the look. What is your favorite piece?
We are back at the Hamptons where the sands and beach have inspired today’s bridesmaids look. We have kept it simple with a gorgeous J. Crew Lucienne One-Shoulder dress in silk chiffon. We think the pleating on the bodice with flouncy skirt would look beautiful amongst any backdrop in the Hamptons. The accessories are low key with amazing Oscar de la Renta Hudson metallic leather multi-strap sandals in a hint of sliver to play with the Casablanca blue of the bridesmaids dress. The other silver accessories are the Kotur clutch, J. Crew Flower Lattice necklace, J.Crew Crystal Crush bracelet, and J. Crew Martha bracelet. What do you think of the look?
This week we are focused on the The Hamptons as inspiration for our wedding attire. The Hamptons are the epitome of chic, country, and New York sophistication. When we think of The Hamptons, we think beautiful beaches, lush lawns, and gorgeous estates that are the perfect balance of country and chic. Hosting your reception in a tent gives you a blank canvas and lets you decide on everything from carpet to chandeliers! Here are some snapshots of The Hamptons and reception tents for inspiration. We think the perfect dress for a tented backyard wedding is this beautiful Carolina Herrera gown. It is classic, chic, and has a touch of sparkle making it the perfect compliment.
For today’s post we could not resist paying homage to color green. Maybe it’s our Irish roots, or maybe it is that Emerald is EVERYWHERE right now in fashion (and Pantone’s color of the year), but we are obsessed with all things in this lovely and versatile color. There are so many ways it can be incorporated into your wedding fashion, and here are a few of our favorite pieces to inspire you!
We are ending our week at the beautiful Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado with a farewell brunch outfit! Today’s outfit is designed to be easy, low key and at the same time fashionable. We kept it basic with only 5 pieces for this look giving the attention the fantastic PIERRE HARDY sandals. We think these color block wedges are fantastic, and add a pop of color to the CHLOÉ top and REED KRAKOFF shorts. Accessorized with CUTLER AND GROSS sunglasses and a VALENTINO clutch, this outfit is simplicity at its best!