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Spring 2012 bridal gowns that wow

Posted by on May 4, 2011 · Leave a Comment 

Future brides can look forward to trying on some sweet new wedding gowns spotted on the catwalk.

Here’s my (long overdue) Spring 2012 bridal gowns Round-up…(in no particular order). I had too many favorites so it was tough to narrow down the list to nine.


Pictured Gowns:

  1. Reem Acra- glamorous sparkled embellishments under romantic layers of sheer and flowing fabrics and slightly more transparent short sleeves. I’m loving the illusion bodice with the see through a-line structure.   Now, that’s a gown your guests are going to want to see up close and personal.
  2. Monique Lhuillier- Another stunning and detailed Monique Lhuillier design that’s consistent with her beautiful, feminine aesthetic. I think the blush color adds some more romance but the gown is also available in white.
  3. Carolina Herrera- This dress is classic, elegant and simply marvelous, darling.  Herrera certainly knows elegance and this lace mermaid gown is proof of that.  How Sophisticated and timeless!
  4. Christos- Loving the infusion of the most popular silhouette with extra special and unique ribbon style adornment to add the wow factor.  The detailing is unlike the other patterns seen on the bridal runway this season.
  5. Carolina Herrera- Again, upscale elegance is the name of the game.  This dress is simply a work of art and the more I look at it, the more I like it.  A ballgown style that’s tailored and painted to perfection.
  6. Oscar De La Renta- A silver metallic shimmer top with layers upon layers of soft and angelic fabric folds.  All eyes on the bride-this gown is full of glam!
  7. Monique Lhuillier- You can easily spot the designer’s creations as she knows just how to flatter a woman’s body.  This dress celebrates femininity with it’s impeccable floral details.
  8. Ines Di Santo- The go to designer for showstopping ballgowns, gives us a sexy and stand out number that will make the grooms jaw drop.  It’s a ballgown that manages to show off a gorgeous body.
  9. Ines Di Santo- Another beautiful designer gown that stood out in a collection with lots of ballgowns.  The clean lines and polished look of this dress is modern, sophisticated with a beautiful touch of glitz and glam. Very Parisian Chic!

More fabulous favorites from other bridal bloggers:


BHLDN by Anthropologie-part 2

Posted by on February 16, 2011 · Leave a Comment 

The new BHLDN line not only carries bridal gowns.  The shop includes bohemian chic boleros, eclectic shoes, hairpieces, jewelry and even bridesmaid dresses that you can’t find everywhere!

For part two of this post, here is a preview of some of these new items:


  1. Hinted Phlox necklace- $245
  2. Sinuous Silk Bracelet (from Emily and Ashley)- $290
  3. Izmir Necklace- $850
  4. Winged Duo Belt- $90
  5. Pave Teardrop Earrings (from Lee Angel)- $180
  6. Serpentine Belt- $400
  7. Agave peep toe shoes- $350
  8. Festooned Shoe Clips- $80
  9. On-A-Wing Heels- $480

Now a peak at some  stand-out bridesmaid’s dresses, boleros, and hair adornments from BHLDN


  1. Savoy Dress in Navy- $220
  2. Indigo Mist dress- $400 (very hippie-chic)
  3. Willow Dress- $260 (ready to accessorize)
  4. Floating Peony headband- $60
  5. Beauregard Headband- $550
  6. Dewed Vines Hairpin- $140
  7. Vapor Cardigan- $240
  8. Primrose Bolero- $220
  9. Adorned Bolero- $180

There’s plenty more unconventional items in the new shop, so check out what’s in store at www.BHLDN.com


Department Store Bridal Shops

Posted by on December 1, 2010 · 3 Comments 

You may have noticed the recent ads and upgrades of department stores like Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor and Macy’s, targeting brides and bridesmaids for wedding day shopping.  With so much competition, each of these giants offer something different to distinguish themselves from the others.

Here are a few key advantages and/or disadvantages of wedding shopping at Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor and Macy’s.


-Many (over 16) existing locations have expanded their bridal sections and have their own bridal concierge employees to help.  They offer a wide price range for gowns and bridesmaid dresses, from $138 to $2,000.

Monique Lhuillier for Nordstrom exclusives

One fabulous perk is the offering of exclusive ML Monique Lhuillier bridesmaids dresses (pictured above) priced at under $200.  Being one of my all time favorite dress designers, I would have loved the option of having my bridal party wear Monique Lhuillier just like I did on my wedding day.

-To it’s disadvantage, the store lacks a huge variety of popular designer wedding dresses for the bride and it still has no home/registry component.


Until now, this department store has kind of dropped off my radar.  That may just be because I live in downtown Chicago, where Lord and Taylor has little presence.

Lord and Taylor wedding dress shop

Lately, billboards and advertisements have been popping up everywhere!  I was actually pleasantly surprised when I visited the website to see the latest developments.

Lord and Taylor brides

One huge plus was seeing stylish wedding gowns that were actually designed and created by the Lord and Taylor’s own brand (one pictured above).  I was also thrilled to see the addition of new, fashionable bridesmaid dress lines like Love by Enzoani and finally a brand new home and registry shop.  It’s efforts have come full circle to try and make Lord and Taylor a good contender for being your one stop bridal shop.


macy's bridal registry ad

PROS: Macy’s always has spectacular sales, helping you to save a ton of money.  They also have one of the largest home and registry departments around. Their Wedding Shop also includes suggested gifts for your bridal party at various price points!  Macy’s carries some more plus size bridesmaid gowns to fit many different body types.  If you do go to a specified bridal shop location, then you will see a number of higher end, designer wedding gowns and special stylists to help with fittings.

Macy's bridal salon site

CONS: The full Macy’s bridal salon is only available in limited locations and it is not directly linked to on the Macy’s website.  To make matters worse, the store location link does not appear to be working right now.



Posted by on October 13, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

Looks like E! is jumping on the bridal TV bandwagon and casting for their new series that definitely adds the network’s Hollywood focused style.


According to the Hollywood Reporter:

In the new series named “Bridalplasty,” plastic surgeon Dr. Terry Dubrow of Newport Beach will “guide the competitors in their quest for a flawless wedding,” E! said in a press release. E! stated:

Before the competition heats up, [12 contestants] meet with Dr. Dubrow for a private consultation to create a personalized plastic surgery “wish list” that they hope to complete before walking down the aisle – from muffin tops to crooked noses to flat chests, the perceived imperfections they hope to fix are extensive and dramatic. Each bride will leave the consultations with a clear vision of what her new body could be.

Each week’s winner of competitions such as writing wedding vows or planning honeymoons will get to choose a procedure from her “wish list.” The surgery “will take place immediately and be revealed at the beginning of the next episode,” E! said — apparently before the bride/patient has a chance to recover from the surgery.

Competitors will be eliminated one by one until the final contestant wins a “dream wedding,” where she will unveil her surgically altered looks to family, friends and the groom.

Viewers will witness his emotional and possibly shocked reaction as they stand at the altar and he lifts her veil to see her for the first time following her extreme plastic surgery,” E! said.

I’m assuming the series might be missing the authentic, touching appeal of a show like “Say Yes to the Dress.” I say, if you have a ring on your finger there’s clearly somebody who loves you just the way you are…


ga-ga for google

Posted by on May 6, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

Let’s face it, google is the God of cyber space!

You can trust google to help you do just about anything these days, including planning and managing your wedding.

In collaboration with Style Me Pretty, the most popular bridal blog on the web, google docs has come out with amazing,  free wedding tools and templates to help tame your inner bridezilla…

Templates include: budget planning, seating charts, wedding day schedule, guest address manager AND MUCH MORE!

I wish I had these tools when I planned my wedding


Bella Bleu

Posted by on March 24, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

The newly launched website, Bella Bleu, carries unique gifts and adornments for chic and stylish brides.

Chicago resident and founder, Andrea Petlock-Novak, launched Bella Bleu with a mission to give brides hard to find luxury bridal products.

From fabulous designer wedding shoes to handmade beaded handbags and silk floral clutches, the shop is anything but cookie cutter.

Andrea is constantly updating her website with couture bridal treasures as special as the occasion itself, so keep bellabluebridal.com on your wedding radar!



Posted by on February 20, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

Strapless wedding gowns have always been the top-selling and most abundant dresses in the bridal market.  However, many designers have gotten more creative in 2010-beyond the asymmetric, one shoulder style dress.  See examples below from designers; Monique Lhuillier, Priscilla of Boston, Enzoani, Reem Acra, Angel Sanchez and Jennifer Salzman.2010 wedding dresses with straps

Celebrities like Katie Holmes and Ivanka Trump have opted to wear non strapless dresses to their ultra-chic weddings. Have they been inspiring modern brides to follow?

Katie Holmes and Ivanka Trump wedding


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Posted by on January 14, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

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More Angela Nuran: Sneak Peek

Posted by on September 10, 2009 · Leave a Comment 

wedding dance shoes
In my last post, Angela Nuran Shoe Genius, I forgot to provide a sneak peak of her new Astoria bride and Astoria black silk heels.
Her Eternity pearl style shoes will also be offered with a new kitten heel (pictured bottom right).  These gorgeous kicks hit the market this November and I’m in love with the new detailed embellishments!

Angela Nuran: Shoe genius

Posted by on September 9, 2009 · 1 Comment 

Like many other brides, I’ve spent months in quest for the perfect pair of wedding shoes, and failed miserably.

Convinced of their non-existence, I was prepared to sacrifice style for comfort and change into some flat ballet slippers for my reception.  I could picture myself tripping on my wedding dress over and over again….
Let’s face it, girls, dancing without the leg height just doesn’t feel as sexy or feminine.  You don’t see the women on Dancing With The Stars wearing flats for a reason!

Recently, my prayers were answered when I stopped in Chicago’s Left Bank store and tried on a pair of Angela Nuran shoes.
Created by a professional dancer, the gorgeous, custom dyed/sized wedding shoes are available in  2 1/4 or  3 1/2 inch heel height. They are cushioned for ultimate comfort and  the Angela Nuran motto, Feeling is Believing, could not be more true…

For more info visit angelanuran.com and find a retailer near you.  You will thank me later!
Brides should not only be on Cloud 9 on their wedding day, they should be comfortably dancing around it! Thank you Angela Nuran
*Attn. Chicagoland brands: Angela will be leading a “master dance class” for couples on Oct. 5 at White Chicago
Visit whiteexchange.com/events for more details or call the shop at 312-397-1571
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