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It’s About The Gown! The Wedding Gown!

5 Aug

If you are a bride-to-be looking for a gown or a woman who is thinking about IT!  Hmmm! If I was a bride – what would be the wedding gown that I would wear?

Why am I thinking about a gown? 😉

Maybe it’s the two weddings that I have attended  in the last two weeks – which probably has me thinking about matrimony <violins are now playing in the background, while I’m typing this>!

However, like every woman who perhaps wants to be married or a mother who wants their daughter to be married …wonders!  Yes, you do wonder about the gown, thee one you would wear!

So you know, I already  have one picked out!  I have fallen in love…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with this Vera Wang GOWN!  It was delicately tucked in my TO DO folder.  I took it out tonight, to share!

Even if it was not a wedding gown, I would love it as an evening gown.   However, I am going to stick with the wedding cloud!   How about you, do you have a dream wedding gown?

The wedding gown is named, Holly.  A mermaid gown with piked and pin tucked drop-waist corset, with volumes of  layered organza petals with floating sprig embroidery!  Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

My Favorite!!!!

Vera Wang

John Hancock, illustrator.  Vera Wang, Bridal Collection  www.verawang.com

Letia 🙂

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What are They Talking About? Horse Hair for My Dress?

18 Aug

Received an e-mail from Debbie of Framingham, MA asking:  

“Someone told me to get horse hair for my dress, where do I get it and how do I use it; what are they talking about?”

Now there’s the hem found on many wedding gowns; which has been sewned with a horse hair braid. The braid is not actually made from horse hair, but is a just synthetic nylon or plastic braiding.  The horse hair braiding can be purchased in a variety of widths and is typically between 1″ or 2″.  

It is used to create a slightly stiff hemline, adding shape and movement to the skirt. Many wedding gowns use a horse hair braid hem to keep the long train of the gown in the proper shape and allows you to move more easily in the dress. 

Basically, allowing your train not to feel like your pulling another person!  You can go to any Sewing and Notions store; like a JoAnn’s and they should sell it by the yardage ($2-3 per yard).  Many couture gowns also have this; it’s essential – similar to boning in a dress to keep its form.

Now there’s a horsehair braid sash!   This sash can be used to change the dynamic of a wedding dress, cocktail dress or even add pizzazz to an old dress; making it just like new.  We have to be creative, you know!  

The picture shows  a 120′” sash that will create magic.  It’s by Vera Wang®  found at David’s Bridal.  Available in the colors of black and cream for $58.00     It’ has some stiffness to it, so we creating your look, it will stay in place!

See you thought that you would have to go to great extremes to get some horse hair!  NOT!  I hope this helps!   Good Luck!  😉

And Pssst…Vera Wang is designing Kim Kardashian’s wedding gown too!

 Letia 🙂

Picture from Vera Wang Collection at David Bridals ®

Bridalplasty! It’s Allyson!

6 Feb

E!’s controversial reality show where brides-to-be competed in challenges to earn plastic-surgery procedures in the last quest to win their makeover dream wedding.  It was down to the last two brides-to-be, who fought to the bitter end!  Allyson from Crestwood, Illinois won!  It was not all fun and games, she had the following surgeries:

  • brow lift
  • liposuction of chin
  • liposuction of jowls
  • liposuction of cheeks
  • breast reduction
  • breast lift
  • tummy tuck
  • laser skin resurfacing
  • liposuction of flanks
  • liposuction of inner thighs
  • liposuction outer thighs
  • liposuction of arms

I know reading it,  is very, very uncomfortable to put it lightly!  But she’s happy!!!!!   She got the wedding a girl could dream of!!  Love the decor…feathers makes anyone feel better!!!   Congratulations to the bride and groom, Allyson & John Donovan.

She looks absolutely beautiful!  Tell me, ladies if you had the opportunity would you think about doing it? And guys, what your take?  Just curious about it… Bridalplasty!  Wedding Surprise for Who?

Letia 🙂

Photos by E! Network.  www.eoline.com

Plus Size Brides – Of Course There’s A Wedding Gown For You!

26 Jan

I received an e-mail from Sarah, a bride-to-be.  Well Sarah is really stressed about finding a wedding gown!  She’s a beautiful plus size woman and simply dreading it!

First, I know that planning a wedding as it is, is stressful.  However, this bride-to-be should not lose sight that she is getting married.

This is going to be one of thee important moments in her life and finding a gown; can be done…even if she is a plus size!

Let’s set the record straight, the definition of plus size, is any size after a size 10!

The Fashion Industry always reminds us that their sample designs are from size 0 to 3!  From size 4 to 12, sometimes including 14, is the market that most fashion designers will create a collection for distribution to buyers for major stores and boutiques, it’s all about the cost of the textiles and fabrics which drives most of the size determinations.

This is why in some instances, size 16 and up will cost a bit more.  To accommodate, for fuller figure the designs were made a bit wider, this is why the ‘W’ is found next to the size; like 14W.  More and more fashion designers are making the effort to make their designs available for the plus-size woman!  My favorite is Tadashi!!!!!

As for wedding gowns, if Kleinfields in NYC has wedding gowns for the plus size woman up to a size 30.  Then you have to believe, there are other stores which are meeting the demand and affordable too!

So, don’t be ridiculous, you can have a beautiful wedding gown!!! <I’m talking to Sarah!> And…. don’t forget on-line shopping is a wonderful option.  YOU will find a wedding gown!  Your fiancée fell in love with your curves, so take the time to accentuate them with a wedding gown you love!  There are men who love curves,  you know!

Now during Fashion Week, most designers will feature a wedding gown in their collection or if they feature their bridal collection in runway show.  The Spring 2011 collections for most designers has already been featured and the designs are available in most bridal boutiques today.

Let’s talk about cost!  Yes, you may be thinking “designer”, this out of my range, budget, pocket…don’t have that kind of money.  Well many of the designers are teaming up with bridal retailers to offer their designs, making it more affordable.

Top designer, Vera Wang announced she would be doing just that with David’s Bridal, she is teaming up with the retailer starting this spring.  A collection of twenty wedding gowns will be available,  ranging from $600 to $1,500.   Not bad, for her bridal designer line start at $4,000 to $35,000!!!!!  And….plus sizes will be included! I hope you are smiling!

Here’s a few sites:  Kleinfields, David’s Bridal and Light In The Box.  Bara Luxe has beautiful wedding gowns too, featured in video!  I believe Sarah just needed some reassurance, now she can start looking!  And…for those who are being apprehensive about your curves too, start looking too!  So there!!!

Letia 🙂

Video provided by getmarriedtv from http://www.getmarried.com

Bridal Plastic Surgery…Wedding Surprise For Who?

12 Jan

Being a bride is a lot of work! There are so many expectations and the pressure of making the bride and groom’s wedding a success! From the wedding dress, the tuxedo, bridal party, invitations and planning. There is so much to be done and setting a wedding date is crucial; to have an enough time for it all.

A bride has a lot to consider, her wedding gown, hair, shoes, garter, something blue….you know it all.  However, it seems that plastic surgery has become one of the checklists or was it always on the checklist, TV is now just showing us what’s really been going on <nothing new>?

While waiting for my friends to get ready for lunch, the TV was on, where this new reality show called Bridal Plasty was airing on E! Entertainment.  I do recall hearing about the show; but I never really got a chance to watch it; until NOW!

WOW! Brides-to-be competing for plastic surgery! I understand a bride wanting to look their best! The various types of plastic surgeries being performed are quite expensive.   However, do you think this is this going a bit far for an image transformation? For the last bride standing, the winner will not reveal themselves to the groom until the wedding? How does the groom feel about this?  Grooms? What’s your take?

Here’s a clip!  In the commentary there are some valid reasons and then there’s some not so valid reasons.  I am just concerned with the health risk factors.  What happens after the wedding day…Hmmm, what do you think?

Which bride-to-be won?  Allyson Donovan!

Videos courtesy of CBS and E! Entertainment.

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