Posts

Fashion: BHLDN

Long been every bohemian bride’s favourite label, BHLDN (by Anthropologie) has released the stunning photos from their Fall 2015 lookbook. As always, you can expect ethereal and romantic pieces that would induce a heartfelt sigh from your inner girl. That said, we do feel a greater dose of sex appeal with the generous use of illusion details in this collection! BHLDN’s Fall 2015 lookbook also features a couple of vintage-inspired dresses that take a leaf from the opulence of the 1930s. Check out the beautiful collection below!

bhldn1
We are absolutely loving this dress with its subtle illusion front and feathered sweetheart neckline, which give a nice twist to a pretty “standard” look.

bhldn2
Here’s another bohemian favourite updated with an illusion front detail, which lends that extra touch of sexiness to the overall look.

bhldn5bhldn3
We love how these two dresses reflect a more grown up look with a touch of glamour. Styled with a messy low chignon, we can totally see these two dresses taking centrestage in a classy evening banquet!

bhldn7
Body chains were one of the hottest trends to come off last season’s runway. We say this dress which features a delicate low back coupled with gorgeous chain jewellery is definitely a hit.

bhldn4Here’s another classic look that is updated with this season’s details — a look-harder-or-you’ll-miss it illusion neckline and an enticing lace mesh overlay on a form-fitting sweetheart dress.

bhldn8
We’re loving how this short dress channels an easy charm even with its elaborate beadwork. Additional points for the spot-on styling with the simple tousled curls as well!

All photos from Huffington Post.

Celebrity Wedding: Nicky Hilton

nicky1nicky4

Nicky Hilton has gotten married to James Rothschild, a European banking heir! The fashionista walked down the aisle for the second time (her first marriage was to financier Todd Meister) in a regal couture Valentino gown, which complemented the wedding venue, Kensington Palace, perfectly.

As reported at Yahoo Style, Nicky Hilton’s Valentino dress was “made of three different shades of ivory and silver guipure — a lace composed of a gimp or thicker thread — accented with crystal embellishments and the voluminous balloon skirt’s train spanned three metres”. Hilton completed the look with a cathedral vintage lace veil.

nicky3

Apart from the bride, sister Paris Hilton and mother Kathy Hilton were also a sight to behold in their baby blue chiffon dresses, as they stepped up as Nicky Hilton’s “something blue” in her wedding.

Congratulations to Nicky Hilton and we hope she is two times lucky!

Who Says You Can’t Wear Glasses on Your Wedding Day?

For all you spectacles babes out there, who says you must wear contact lenses on your wedding day? There is nothing more beautiful than feeling comfortable in your own skin. If you’re the type of girl who wears glasses day in and out, you (and your eyes) will likely feel quite uncomfortable if you suddenly made the switch to contacts on your big day! So, if you’re thinking of sticking to your usual look on your wedding day, we say, good for you and go for it! Here are some other brides who made the same decision and rocked the look.

glasses1 glasses2 glasses3 glasses4 glasses5

All photos from Huffington Post.

Handy Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

flowers
(Photo from Huffington Post)

Flowers, surprisingly, can add up to quite a hefty bit of your wedding budget, and that’s why it makes sense to give them a little more thought when you are making decisions during your wedding planning. While the greatest rule of all is to stay true to your heart, picking out wedding flowers is not as simple as it looks, though. The following handy tips will give all you brides-to-be a better idea when you’re approaching the task!

Your flowers shouldn’t just look great in real life, they should look great in photos too.

Be mindful of how your wedding flowers photograph — be sure to check that they look perfect from all angles (in the case of table pieces). In the case of your bridal bouquet, always make sure that it matches the vibe of your wedding dress, and is designed not to overwhelm your entire look in terms of colour and size. The last thing you want is to have all attention focused on an overly attention-grabbing bridal bouquet when you’re all decked out in style!

Think of flowers as an accent.

The easiest way to think of your wedding flowers is that they should add to the overall effect of your wedding. For example, if you are having an outdoor bohemian wedding, be sure to pick out flowers that match the mood and ambience of your venue. Apart from the typical centrepieces, do also put some extra thought into other ways you can inject flowers into your decorations, for example, by placing some small cut flowers on wedding stationery and etc. You’ll be surprised how these small touches can go a long way in creating a beautiful setting.

Sometimes, you can’t always have your way.

So maybe you have dreamt about having those gorgeous African roses in your wedding since five years ago. However, do keep in mind that some flowers may be seasonal, and flying them in off-season to tropical Singapore will cost you a bomb. Work with your florist to find similar alternatives that still give you the same look at half the price. On a related note, don’t think of your wedding flowers as something that is absolutely straightforward, and leave things to the last minute. Do factor in time for orders to be placed and delivered, and some extra time in case you need to consider alternatives.

Read the original article at Huffington Post.

Wedding Advice: Planning a ‘Chillax’ Wedding

yahoo1
(Photo from Yahoo Style)

We’ve all come across this dilemma before — you would much rather have a small, intimate and informal wedding (or none at all), but are compelled to throw a wedding banquet because of your family members. The good news is, you are not alone with this headache. Here are two pieces of useful advice from professional wedding planners on how to make your big day as ‘chillax’ (chill and relax) as possible.

Goodbye Bridezilla

The largest part of a bride’s stress comes from the actual planning of the wedding itself. To avoid this, hire someone to do your wedding planning for you, if you’re absolutely turned off by the idea of planning a massive banquet wedding. Research and find service providers whose aesthetics match yours, and let the professionals work their magic.

For brides who are not a fan of over-the-top wedding makeup, do your own makeup! (Ignore those people who insist that you can’t do that.) Tap on the expansive range of online video tutorials to find a look that is perfect for you. Alternatively, enroll in a short makeup workshop to learn a few tricks on how to glam up your look before your big day.

Plan a wedding that you would want to attend

One of the biggest sources of frustrations for many brides is when you feel like your family members start to overrule what you want and impose their views on your wedding decisions. Try to be firm in the face of such family members and state your preferences politely but firmly. Don’t feel obliged to conform to certain family traditions if you honestly do not identify with those practices. This is your wedding, and if you’re not having fun, no one else would. Oh, and if you need a convenient excuse to ignore your family members’ views? Just say that your wedding planner said otherwise.

What other tips do you have on planning for a super no-frills wedding? Share with us!

Read the original article on Yahoo Style.

Reality TV ‘Brides Gone Styled’ Hosts Dish Out Wedding Dress Advice

bgs1
(Photo from Yahoo Style)

US reality show Brides Gone Styled hosts Robert Verdi and Gretta Monahan are probably the best people to dish out advice on wedding dress shopping — after all, this is what the pair do professionally on TV, where they help not-so-fashion-forward brides find their ideal wedding style. Here are some practical advice that could be helpful for your own wedding dress shopping.

Be prepared, very prepared

This may seem like a no brainer, but many times we fail to be amply prepared when we step into a bridal boutique. We’re talking about wearing the right underwear, and bringing the shoes that you would be wearing on your wedding day.

First, do remember to put on underwear that would be appropriate for your dress fitting. If you’re intending to try on strapless dresses, do remember to wear/bring a strapless bra or nu bra. Ditch those granny panties and put on some seamless underwear. Trust us, it makes a difference.

As for bringing your own shoes, this is something that many brides forget. The height of your heel can change the overall silhouette and look quite significantly so do bring a pair of shoes that is indicative of what you will be wearing on the actual day. That said, it doesn’t mean that you have to bring high heels. If you already know that you will be going for more practical options like flats (or even sneakers), then bring those.

Don’t ignore your own style

While keeping yourself updated on the latest bridal trends is great, do always remember that at the end of the day, you have to feel comfortable and confident in whatever you’re wearing. Don’t chase trends blindly — if off-shoulder dresses make your arms look bulky then ditch them, even if they’re the hottest trend this season. If you’re a spunky bride who hardly wears any skirts or dresses in your everyday life, then go for the jumpsuits or pant suits. It is perfectly fine to inject your own style and interpretation of fashion into your sartorial choices on your wedding day; you do not ever have to feel obliged to conform to others’ perception of how it should be like.

Shop for the body you have, not the body you will have

Most brides go onto a diet regime when they are planning for a wedding, but you should be shopping for the current body you have, instead of the body that you will have. Apart from the obvious reason of not being to guarantee that your diet is going to be as successful as you like it, shopping for your current body will reduce a lot of stress and unnecessary plummeting of self esteem. It is much wiser to try to find a dress that complements your current body type, than try to convince yourself that you will look good in a not-so-flattering dress after your diet. In any case, if you manage to shake off some pounds before your wedding, there is always enough time to make the necessary alterations.

Keep the whole look in mind

Last but not least, do remember that the wedding dress is just one component of your wedding day look. Do budget for other things such as headpieces, veils, accessories and shoes, as they would all add up.

Do you have any other handy advice for wedding dress shopping? Let us know!

Read the original article on Yahoo Style.

Double Happiness: A Proposal During A Wedding

w1

Last month we blogged about how popping the question at your friend’s wedding without prior notice was bad wedding etiquette (read it here if you haven’t already) as it upstages your friend’s big day. But that was not the case for bride Chelsea Pulse — in fact, she suggested that her friend Brett Davidson propose to her cousin Megan Creal during her own wedding.

The idea came to Pulse when she found out that Davidson and Creal’s anniversary happened to fall on the same day as her wedding. Keen to make the day extra special for them, Pulse suggested that Davidson propose during the wedding. While Davidson declined at first saying that he wouldn’t wish to steal the couple’s thunder on their big day, Pulse assured him that it would be their honour to commemorate the special moment during their wedding.

w3

The proposal was simple but impactful — instead of throwing the wedding bouquet, Pulse turned around and presented the bouquet directly to Creal. She then gently nudged Creal around to face where Davidson had gotten down on one knee. Due to the unexpected nature of the proposal, the pictures of Creal’s surprise and following delight were just absolutely priceless.

w4

All photos from Huffington Post.

Pinterest Secret Wedding Boards

pinterest-wedding
(Photo from In Spaces Between)

We’ve long known that Pinterest is one of the most favoured online image platforms that brides-to-be use in their wedding planning, but did you know that pinning weddings has risen to be a popular pastime brides-not-to-be as well?

Latest figures from Pinterest show that there are a total of 38 million wedding boards on the platform, and of these, secret wedding boards (boards that are set to private and locked from the public eye) have grown two times from 15% to 30% of all boards created.

The potential commercial spinoff for the wedding industry from Pinterest is a force to be reckoned with as well — a recent study by Millard Brown Digital revealed that 96% of Pinterest users were using the platform to plan for wedding purchases, and 87% made an actual purchase based on something they saw on Pinterest.

For users who are not actually getting married, what is the attraction of pinning their dream wedding, even if they are nowhere near from realising it? Pepper Schwartz, sociology professor at the University of Washington, said, “It’s a kind of dreaming, a kind of fantasy. It’s like reading bride magazines, but it’s also like people reading Architectural Digest … I should say 99% of them cannot afford — even 99.5 of them cannot afford what they’re looking at. But they think about it.” Indeed, one can definitely “plan” their perfect wedding on Pinterest.

With the right balance, Pinterest can definitely make the wedding planning process much easier, especially when you are trying to communicate what you want to your wedding planner and other vendors. While in the past brides had to spend more effort finding their references from extensive amounts of bridal magazines or search efforts, now, everything can be conveniently compiled into one Pinterest board. That saves a lot of time and effort to get you and your wedding planner on the same page.

But Sara Fields, a US-based wedding planner, would remind her clients to stop pinning at an appropriate stage — before they start to obsess about every single detail that might not make a significant impact on their wedding day. “You kind of can’t stop yourself,” Fields shared, “’Oh,’ you’re second guessing. ‘Oh, I thought I wanted this.’ It’s a lot of additional stress.”

Did you use Pinterest to help you during your wedding planning process? What do you think of ladies who start a wedding board even before they have found a partner? Share with us!

11th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest

tp1
The winning design from this year’s Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest is a refreshing masculine-feminine wedding gown that draws its inspiration from tuxedo menswear.

tp2 tp3
(Photos from TODAY Style)

This is the 11th year the Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest has happened in New York, and it just gets better. Apart from the usual spectacular pleats and applique that contestants fashion from plain old toilet paper, this year’s winning design is a refreshing masculine-feminine gown that takes its inspiration from tuxedo menswear. Notably, this is the first time that the contest has tied up with Manhattan bridal store Kleinfled and the winning design will be made into a ready-to-wear wedding dress that will be available on the racks of the popular bridal boutique.

On her win, designer Donna Pope Vincler said, “It’s quite an experience to work on something. And then my daughter was the model and that means a lot of me, and my mom taught me how to sew when I was very young, so it’s like the three of us. And the design on the dress has three pedals, like an appliqué and that kind of stands for the three of us, the three generations.”

Vincler took three months to create her winning look and used a total of 22 rolls of toilet paper in the process (and lots of tape and glue). Contestants are not allowed to use any fabrics or closures (including Velcro) in their garment.

“It’s amazing how strong glue and toilet paper can be. Actually, after I made it I was hitting on it like a drum because you can play it. It’s like, it’s very sturdy. And it’s just all toilet paper, sort of like if you were going to papier mache something. And so, I don’t even know how many layers I just did it till I thought it would stay together,” Vincler shared.

We think Vincler totally deserved her win as her design proved to be right on trend and definitely stood out in the crowd of traditional wedding gowns. We can definitely see sassy brides rocking this look on the aisle!

What did you think of this year’s toilet paper wedding dress designs? Let us know!

Read more at Yahoo.

Celebrity Wedding: Huang Xiaoming & Angelababy

ab4

From breakup rumours to high-key public displays of affection, Huang Xiaoming, 37, and Angelababy’s, 26, romance have hogged the entertainment spotlight for as long as it has been going on. And finally, it is official — the photogenic couple have just registered their marriage at Huang’s hometown in Qingdao, China.

Following news of their marriage, Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy have also released their pre-wedding photos to the media. The photos are all sweet and lovey-dovey, with Huang kissing a bashful Angelababy, or with the couple sharing cheeky and playful moments on set.

Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy first met through a mutual friend in 2009 and have been dating for the past six years. The couple first confirmed their relationship last year, when Huang orchestrated a surprise on Angelababy’s 25th birthday, which saw him dishing out a lavish Lamborghini birthday gift for his lady.

Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

ab1 ab2 ab3 ab5 ab6
(Photos from Sohu)