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DIY Bridal Sash PDF Print
Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

For the past wedding season, belted wedding dresses have been a huge trend. Ornate belts can add a touch of glamour and detail to a relatively simple gown and having something tied around your waist also accentuates your figure! While some gowns have belts built in, I always love a touch of personalization and wanted to show you how easy it is to make your own. Read on for the full tutorial:




What you'll need:
- satin fabric
- sheet of felt
- lace or ribbon for belt
- metal, glass or pearl beads
- candle
- needle and thread
- scissors


First take your satin and cut a bunch of circles. Make each circle smaller than the last and don't worry about cutting them perfect at all, they can be a total mess because they deform a bit anyway!



Light your candle. Take each individual circle of satin and hold it a few centimeters away from the flame and basically burn the edges. Be careful with the flame because if you get too close, the satin will catch on fire. My fabric caught fire multiple times but I just blew it out & it just singed the edges a bit. Do this with each of your fabric circles and stack them atop each other in size order.



Use your needle and thread and attach all of the layers together. Affix a small cluster of beads in the center to add some glamour and shine :) I went with a mix of silver, glass and pearl beads. Repeat the above steps until you've made enough flowers for your sash. I made five flowers in total.



Cut your felt into an oval shaped pad. Then sew each of your flowers onto the felt. If the felt pad was too large, just trim the excess off the edges.



Then take the completed cluster of flowers and sew the entire pad onto a long strip of lace or ribbon. Make sure the ribbon is long enough so that you can tie a pretty bow on your back with it & you're done!

You can instantly add glamour and a beautiful DIY touch to a simple gown!

xo Sylvia

All photos by Sylvia and Samantha

Dancing Shoes PDF Print
Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00




We all know how "comfortable" high heels can be. No matter how wide the heel, how high the platform, how much extra insole grips we add, they're gonna hurt after standing in them for over 10 hours. The wear on your feet on your wedding day is no joke either-- you're walking down aisles, posing, jumping and dancing. That's why some smart brides have actually planned out back-up dancing shoes for their receptions instead of ending up barefoot on a dirty dancefloor! Every part of your wedding is a photo-op, so why not take advantage and have your bridal party in matching dancing footwear?


Check out these trendy alternatives to cheapy flip flops and whack fold-up flats:

TOMS: These shoes became a hit because of their "one for one" business model. For every pair you buy, a new pair of shoes is given to a child in need! Known for their comfort and everyday wearability, if you go with a pair of these for everyone in your bridal party, it'll surely be a shoe they continue to wear daily. Their popularity as a wedding day shot up so quickly this past year that they actually have a Toms Wedding line for both the Bride and the Groom!


CHUCKS: A classic shoe that seems to transcend fashion subgenres, the converse chuck taylors aren't just an awesome dancing shoe-- countless numbers of wedding parties have actually rocked these for the whole day. The great thing about Chucks are the abundance of colours and patterns that they're available in. If you don't see a style you like, you can design your own completely customized pair! The site even offers the option of embroidering a customized message on the shoe, so you can easily throw on some initials or your wedding date.


CROCS: You're laughing, I know. Crocs are synonymous with being the lowest of the low in fashion, but you're thinking of the clog shaped ones people wear in the garden! Crocs actually have a line of flats that have the comfort of crocs and are shaped like... normal flats! I own multiple pairs (don't judge me) and I swear by the comfort because they eventually shape to your foot. 


So what do you think? Will you try to rock the heels to the bitter end, or are you gonna work in a fashionable and quirky backup plan?

xo Sylvia



Above: Toms Shoes, Converse Chuck Taylors, Crocs Prima Ballet Flats


Bridal Gown Trends PDF Print
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00


This past week was New York Bridal Week! All the latest and greatest of wedding vendors and fashion designers gathered for a one-stop-shop for wedding inspiration at Pier 94 in NYC. Since New York is the fashion capital of North America, the trends during any of their Fashion Week presentations are worth noting.  I sifted through some of the big names that presented their Wedding Collections and compiled some of the hottest trends that I spotted. Check out the photos of the trends below:



L-R: Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Packham, Claire Pettibone. Photos by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images

Long Sleeves were spotted in almost every collection. Surely we can all thank Sarah Burton for designing the soon-to-be iconic Alexander McQueen gown for Kate Middleton's big day. Lace sleeves create a modest and elegant look and are really a breath of fresh air after endless strapless sweethearts. These dresses are a great choice for brides that like a bit more coverage or require modesty in a church setting. 



L-R: Marchesa, Jenny Packham, Carolina Herrera, Jenny Packham. Photos by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images

Detailed beading is one of my favourite trends because of the sheer craftsmanship required for every piece. The careful hand-beading and often symmetrical repeated details is so painstakingly meticulous, these gowns are truely meant to become heirloom dresses that will be treasured for generations. These fine details, seen over delicate lace bodices really make a gown couture



L-R: Claire Pettibone, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Amsale. Photos by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images

Avant garde headpieces were seen on many runways, and while some may argue that these crazy loud stement pieces are just for the runways, I think that more brides should take a haute couture cue from the runways and try to rock something more "out there". Little birdcage veils and  fascinators had their time to shine, so I hope to see more flower crowns and voluminous veils now!



L-R: Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Amsale, Marchesa. Photos by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images

The illusion neckline is another trend that has been going strong and has been going hand-in-hand with the very trendy lace overlays. With an illusion neckline, you can still rock a flattering sweetheart neckline while the lace yoke provides some modesty and extra detailing.


Which of these trends do you expect to see on every bride in the coming year?

xo Sylvia

Floral Tiara Inspiration: Bohemian Vibes PDF Print
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

Whimsy and romantic, soft and delicate, free-spirited and ethereal; these are all words that describe the beautiful, bohemian bride. From flowing chiffon gowns to butterfly accents, this fairy-like walk down the aisle can be accompanied with so many unique, gorgeous details. And one of those unique, gorgeous details may be a floral tiara. Top off your luscious locks or simple updo with a crown made of fresh, lush petals. It’s a trendy look but one that’ll make a memory as soon as it’s debuted. From large and in charge roses to small, dainty baby’s breath, let’s get inspired!





Lots of Greenery:  For a more organic look, try creating a tiara with lots of greenery. This look plays well with fall celebrations and dark hair colors. It’s a more toned down version in the feminine department and looks outrageously beautiful with cranberry and orange florals.


Small and Subtle: Adorn your entire day of ensemble with a small, subtle tiara. Filled with spray roses or baby’s breath it won’t over power your gown or your hair, it’ll only enhance the romance of the entire look and feel of the wedding. You can even create a double band like this beautiful bride for a more unique stamp.


Voluminous and Lush: Maybe you’re looking for a bit more drama. That means you need to grab some peonies for a super lush and voluminous look. Top off your braided ponytail or long, wavy tresses with a piece of art like this amazing floral tiara.


Accent the Updo: Even your high-flying, ballet bun could use a special dressing. A single crown could really spice up a subtle, relaxed bridal look no matter the season. We love how this bride looks a bit bohemian with equal amount of Victorian style.


With Ribbons: Bring on the fairy-tales! Attack some wispy ribbons to the back of your tiara. Nix the veil and use these as your bridal “hat.” It’s unique, it’s refreshing, it’s playful and it’s still very bridal-worthy and beautiful. Use ribbons in your wedding day colors and mix it with some soft floral accompaniments.




Grace Lynne Fleming  

All photos via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Color Inspiration: Garden Green PDF Print
Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Inspired by today’s festivities, the wedding color of the week is garden green. It’s bright, bold, and spring-ready. Let’s see how you can go green for your wedding!

Bridesmaids, Bouquet, Cake and Wreath: Style Me Pretty | Ceremony: Green Wedding Shoes | Simply Elegant Look 22 Invitations


1. Bridesmaids: Dress your bridesmaids in different shades of green. This adds lots of dimension to your very green palette and looks so pretty when all lined up together.


2. Bouquet: Use succulents as the center of your bouquet! Naturally green, a succulent bouquet is so unique. For some softness, add a few colorful flowers here and there.


3. Venue: Take advantage of the outdoors and host your wedding on a green backdrop! No need for decorations because nature will do it for you. Plus, who doesn’t love a gorgeous garden ceremony?


4. Invitations: Instead of decking out your wedding stationary with four leaf clovers, opt for invitations with elegant green damask – just like our Simply Elegant Look 22 Invitation!


5. Cake: Top your custom wedding cake with green flowers –fresh or edible! Keep the rest of the cake mainly white or neutral so that the color stands out.


6. Décor: Hang boxwood wreaths at your wedding venue and bring the garden indoors. From a wooden monogram to satin ribbons, there are many ways to add a personal touch to the wreaths.


How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Tell us in a comment below!

Yours truly,
Diana Sanelli


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