Engage!13 Partner: Nordstrom Wedding Suite

I am particularly THRILLED to be working with my friends at The Nordstrom Wedding Suite for our Styling Suite at Engage!13 because I met them at the last Engage in December!!!  Andrea Wasserman, who heads up the wedding division at Nordstom (and an Engage!13 speaker!), and I fortuitously sat next to each other at the Gala dinner. Needless to say, we had more than a few things to talk about. And out of that Engage connection comes this Engage collaboration!

Now for the goodies…here is a sneak peak at some of the amazing things they are sending!

Thank you so much for participating, Nordstrom Wedding Suite!

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Engage!13 Partner: Jennifer Behr

A flapper outfit is just no complete without a head piece, so I excited that Jennifer Behr will be partnering with us for the Styling Room at Engage!13 and providing some of her incredible designs!

I have been fan of Jennifer’s since she launched her line in 2005.  I remember the first time I saw one of her bridal head pieces at a wedding was like a breath of fresh air. Since then, I’ve watched her business grow and have always been so excited for her success.  I think she makes some of the most beautiful and interesting head pieces out there, and I’m thrilled to be working with her on Engage!13!!!

Here is a sneak peak at some of the amazing items she is sending us…47AK1-07H_Larissa_JenniferBehr 50MC3 _MG_9565 _MG_1151 copy


Engage!13 Partner: Thomas Laine

I recently discovered the amazing website Thomas Laine as I was looking for art deco jewelry for Engage!13. Have you ever seen something on Pinterest that you love and you obsessively research it until you find it? Well that was me for the first pair of earrings below. I just had to have them in the The Stylish Dresser Styling Suite.  I am so happy that I found Thomas Laine because not only are they lovely to work with but they just opened up a New York showroom where brides can see their impressive selection in person.  Here is a sneak peak at some of their awesome art deco pieces we will have for attendees to borrow for the Gala.




Engage!13 Partner: Moyna Handbags

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Engage!13 is less than one week away!!! Each day this week we are going to be featuring one of our amazing partners for The Stylish Dresser Styling Suite where guests can borrow hand-selected Gatsby inspired accessories for the Gala!

I love Moyna’s beaded evening bags, so I was beyond excited when they agreed to partner with us for Engage!13.  Because really, an outfit is not complete until you have a great bag to go with it! Here are just a few of the amazing bags they have lent to us for the event.  Visit us in The Stylish Dresser Styling Suite on Tuesday afternoon to see the full collection.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Gatsby inspired dresses for the Engage! Gala

If you are like me, you have waited until now to think about what you are going to wear to all the different events at Engage!13 (you know the saying, cobblers children have no shoes!). Anyway, I’ve had a few friends call me for suggestions for the final night Gala with a Great Gatsby theme.  While I was shopping in Bloomingdales yesterday, I had them in mind, and noticed that they have a slew of great options that would work. So I thought I would share with you incase you are in that same boat.

First up are two dresses from needle & thread.  Aren’t they just perfect for a Gatsby night!?!?

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Next are two super cute dresses from Alice and Olivia that aren’t outwardly Gatsby, but with the right accessories could be amazing!2013-05-21 11.18.05 2013-05-21 11.20.06This Trina Turk is one of my favorites.  I love the damask pattern and the little chiffon skirt. So flapper!
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2013-05-21 11.27.11Both of these dresses by Parker are real show stoppers. The first, in a deep emerald green with black beading would be great for Gatsby!2013-05-21 11.23.16I really love this one, and it looks like fun to dance in with the beaded fringe at the bottom!2013-05-21 11.22.38

A cute number by Trina Turk…2013-05-21 11.21.24 And finally, for those of you that are a bit more body conscious and wouldn’t be excited about showing your knees (mine haven’t been seen since 1994!) these dresses are basic, and easy to accessorize in Gatsby garb at the Styling Suite!!!

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The Stylish Dresser is coming to Engage!13

I am so excited to announce that we are bringing The Stylish Dresser to Engage!13 at The Biltmore Estate!

In addition to fixing fashion emergencies and helping you get ready, we will style your look with hand selected Gatsby accessories that you can borrow for the gala!!!

We have partnered with amazing companies like Nordstrom Wedding Suite, Charm and Chain, Jennifer Behr, Johanna Johnson, Thomas Laine, and Monya who have been so generous in lending us truly outstanding pieces! In the coming days I will be showing you a sneak peak of what we will have, so check back for more.

Hopefully this will take a little stress out of dressing for the Gala.  Just bring your dress, and we will take care of the rest!!!


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For the moms! Bridal market dress we most want to see for MOB’s

When helping a family put together the different fashion pieces for a wedding, I find that the Mothers of the Bride and Groom often have the hardest time.  They want to look chic, appropriate, like themselves, comfortable and amazing.  And they almost always say to me that they don’t want to look like the boring MOB/MOG in a beige suit! And often times, as many women do, they feel a bit self-conscious about their figures.

So in honor of all the mom’s out there and Mother’s Day this weekend, I wanted to put together some ideas for them to think about.  Sometimes designers can make dresses in different colors, and if you see something you like, I would encourage you to inquire.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2014

Carolina Herrera Spring 2014


Oscar de la Renta SS14

Oscar de la Renta SS14


Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014




Bridal Market: Best Wedding Dress for a Loft Wedding

As I was watching this Vera Wang wedding dress walk down the runway, I fell in love with the chic simplicity of it. It proves the saying that sometimes less is more. They describe it as a “silk crepe soft mermaid with a sheer back”. And while I think this dress can lend its self to many different settings, I can really see it as-is in a chic downtown loft.  It will drastically change with how it is accessorized, but I happen to LOVE the kid-skin gloves. So chic.

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Bridal Market: Best Beach Wedding Dress

Hi everyone!

We are so happy to be back from our hiatus, and diving in to our bridal market coverage.  Better late than never, right?!?! So instead of reviewing the trends and everything you’ve seen and already, let’s talk about dresses for different types of weddings. Because let’s face it, as pretty as some of the dresses are, if they don’t go with your style of wedding, they just don’t make sense.

There are many many different dresses you can wear to get married on the beach. But one of the most fun that we saw was this Elizabeth Fillmore “Plume” gown.  I just love the eyelet embroidered organza and the ostrich plumes!  Typically I’m not a fan of the high/low hem, but in this case it really works.  And where else better to wear it than on a beach!?!?