I have yet to fully embrace the high-waisted swimsuit, but I do enjoy looking at them in editorial. I’m not sure if this is a style I would be comfortable wearing on the beach but there are some beautiful pieces that make for great fashionably artistic photographs…
Will you be wearing this style? If so please send us a photo of the high waisted swimsuit you would love to be seen in on the beach. Thanks!
Resort 2014 collections are already here. There were some great pieces that walked down the runway. It looks like the sheer trend isn’t going anywhere until at least Fall 2014…
I was looking into Boston stylists a few months ago and came across Lydia Santangelo’s name. Upon further research I realized that she is much more than a “stylist”, she is the founder of TESstylist a fashion production company producing runway shows and editorial features. She also works for the Improper Bostonian as a Contributing Fashion Editor and is the producer of fashion editorial spreads for the magazine, appearing monthly. I was lucky enough to get an interview with her despite her busy schedule and was so charmed by her enthusiasm for the world of fashion. It was invigorating for me to speak with someone who loves the world of style as much as I do and is so passionate about what she does. An added bonus, she’s a really nice person! Not many people would take the time out of their busy day to speak with a style blogger such as myself.
This piece is a short interview I did with a good friend of mine about current wedding trends. Funnily enough I met her at the mall one day when we happened to be going into all of the same shops. I gave her my card thinking we must have a lot in common. Turns out we both have boys around the same age and a love for fashion and all things beautiful.
An added bonus, she works on the wedding section at Boston Magazine so knows just about everything you need to know about wedding planning. Needless to say she is the perfect person to answer all my questions. Here are her answers…
Q: First off, what are the BIG trends you are seeing in wedding planning this year?
A: “Big trends: food trucks for a late night snack, chevron and patterns in general, long rustic family style tables (instead of round tables), recreating old family wedding photos (love this one, for example, posing in the exact same way your parents did in one of their wedding photos), mismatched bridesmaids, using pinterest to plan your wedding!”
Q: What colors are popular? I see a lot of pastels on the runways is this translating to bridal?
A: Pastels are popular for bridal gowns actually, and accesorries…I’ve seen a lot of mint shoes lately Also, the Pantone wedding color of the year is emerald, which is big.
Q: I’ve noticed that white is not necessarily the go to color for wedding gowns this year (i.e. Vera Wang’s red wedding dress) do you think this trend will last?
A: Yes, the color trend for bridal has been around for a while, and I think it will continue to be popular. There are options for a subtle hint of color (think blush pink gown or black sash), or more dramatic black and colored bridal gowns.
Q: If you were to choose a color other than white for a wedding dress what would it be?
A: Personally, I am a big fan of the very subtle blush pink. I also love the ombre look (for gowns, and all things wedding).
Q: Who is your favorite wedding dress designer right now?
A: Favorite designer is Monique Lhuillier, hands down! Also love Lazaro, Reem Acra, and of course, Vera Wang. Here is my pinterest board for wedding gowns:http://pinterest.com/daniellemm22/wedding-gowns/
Q: Any trends in wedding hairstyles worth mentioning?
A: Wedding hair is always the same…”messy/natural looking updo” is the most popular request. Interesting head pieces are in though, and bird-cage veils are one of my faves Check out the website for BHLDN (Anthropolgie’s wedding store)
Q: Do you have suggestions on how brides can choose a dress that bridesmaids WILL actually wear again?
A: Yes! I love the idea of having bridesmaids choose dresses in the same color family, but not matchy matchy. See a good example here:
Also, if all else fails, if all the girls choose their own black satin dress….you get a classic look, and a dress everyone is happy with!
Q: What’s new in wedding cuisine? How about cakes?
A: Mini comfort food is still big, as well as late night snacks (food truck, or passed late night snacks or desserts). Here is a fun example:http://www.petercallahan.com/content/blog/were-celebrating-national-margarita-day-with-fish-tacos-patron-ritas/
Cakes are still very personal…so hard to pin down trends. Many brides do try to tie in the same look and feel for invites, cakes, favors, etc (nautical, vintage, etc). The high-end cake bakers do a lot of clean lines, modern cakes (frilly flowers and fussy details are out)!
Here’s a beautiful cake I found from Martha Stewart Weddings, simple but the gold really makes a statement…
Q: You are already married (I love your wedding dress by the way!) but if you had it to do all over again what would you do differently? (if anything)
A: That’s a tough one! I loved my wedding, which is a good thing…though I do wish I could plan my own wedding every year! I would include video if I had it to do over again. I (like many brides) cut video from the budget, in order to spend a bit more on a great photographer. These days, there are some amazing video companies who basically give you a movie production of your wedding day…gone are the days of the cheesy videographer. That being said, this is an expensive add on, but worth it! I would give anything to have my dad’s speech on tape, now that he is gone.
Q: Finally, what are your top tips for brides to be?
A: Oh boy, I have a few…
* Take time to enjoy the day…try to slow down and look around a little. If something goes wrong, do not panic, try to take it in stride and focus on enjoying your friends and family!
* When planning, be honest and up front with vendors. If there is a photographer you love, but you think you can’t afford….call them, tell them the budget you are working with, and ask them if they can offer any sort of custom package that fits your budget/needs. This is different from just asking for a discount….don’t do that!
* Figure out which components are most important to you as a couple, and spend most of your budget there (Menu? Band? Photography? Flowers?)
* Do a boudoir shoot (I am huge fan)
Another suggestion Danielle gave me was to check out the site StyleMePretty.com, this is the “go to” site for wedding planning. Here’s a picture from their gallery featuring emerald bridesmaids gowns.
Solange Knowles in Stephen Roland…
Happy Memorial Day! Please take a little time today to remember those who have sacrificed themselves so that we can enjoy our freedom. Do you have any loved ones that you are thinking about today?
I come from midwestern roots and a long line of American heritage. With that some war heroes. My Great Uncle, Sgt. Jerry Roch, died in World War II. He was a fighter pilot and was shot down on a mission over Bulgaria. He was granted a Purple Heart medal and buried in Rome. Here are a couple of photos that my sister found when she looked up his serial number.
This is where he is buried, at an American War Memorial cemetery in Rome…
I always get excited when the Cannes Film Festival comes around each year. The films, the fashion, the celebs, the spectacular locale (you don’t get much more beautiful than the south of France).
Cannes is a place that seems to transport the idea of celebrity and film back to a more charming time when men were men and women were well, spectacularly glamorous. Perhaps it’s the French culture that persuades the celebrities in attendance to pull out all the stops when it comes to red carpet fashion.
Here’s a look back at some fabulous red carpet moments and other iconic images from the CFF…
It’s the weekend and time to wear what YOU want and not what your boss requires. What is your weekend aesthetic?
Chic Maxi Dresses? This one by Rachel Zoe is styled so perfectly for a weekend brunch…
Classy shorts? This, by Yuna Yang, is perfect for shopping or a day at the museum…
Pretty rompers. This one by Catharine Malandrino looks like she’s ready for a day out in Paris…
I came across these beautiful and fun D&G wedges I just had to share, perfect weekend treats…
And you’re all invited!
I am so excited to see the newest film adaptation of one of my favorite novels, “The Great Gatsby.”
I am thrilled to see the costume designers’ take on “The Roaring 20’s.” I am really looking forward to some of the fashions that will be featured, especially on Daisy (played by Carey Mulligan), the main female character. I am anticipating plenty of beautiful head pieces, hats and, of course, beaded, flowy dresses.
I decided to preview a few of the outfits I have seen in advertisements and teaser trailers so I could be prepared for the fashion in its entirety when I watch the film this weekend.
First, I absolutely adore this look, here. I think the lavender and silver combination of the dress and gloves and really accentuate Carey Mulligan’s skin tone. Her hair adorned with the clip to hold it back truly reflects the flapper girl look of the time period. I think this is a perfect daytime piece that is both pretty and dainty.
Also, Mr. Gatsby’s suit looks amazing with the warmer and cooler toned colors blending together to lend him a sophisticated and classy look.
My favorite feature of this outfit is definitely the vast amount of accessories. Her headpiece is majestic and stunning, definitely crowning the beauty of Daisy and her dress that lies below. Pearls and the collection of rings on her fingers staple this outfit into the time period.
Additionally, the detailing on the dress is amazing! The beading creates such a beautiful flashy pattern perfect for the nighttime.
The one thing I have yet to mention, however, is the pastel-colored fur capelet resting on her shoulders. I think Mulligan wears it well especially for the fancy party setting of this scene in the movie.
I am in love with the head wrap on Daisy in this still frame photo. I love the black and white with the red accent color featured solely on her head piece. It definitely feels very much like art deco and perfect for the time period.
I think the contrasting patterns of the head wrap and her clothing work together in sophistication. The simple pearl earrings also create a classy outfit that does not distract any attention from the beautiful woman wearing the piece.
So far, I am definitely impressed with the costume designers’ decisions for the vintage themed outfits.
This last photo was actually taken for Vogue, and I really think this is my favorite outfit.
I think Carey is the perfect person to be wearing this very light-colored dress because it highlights the complexion of her face and especially brings out the redness of the make up on her lips.
The beading and overall layering of this dress is truly incredible. I feel like this dress would be so much fun to wear, especially to watch each of the beads sway along with every step you take.
I also adore the style of the shoes because the pair truly epitomizes the time period with the vintage appeal of the golden, closed-toe tips contrasted with the openness of the heel.
All in all, the fashion and costumes that have been designed for the new “The Great Gatsby” film are truly reflective of the life and times of “The Roaring 20’s.” I cannot wait to see what the rest of the outfits look like on the big screen.
In the mean time, I’ll get to working on some outfits of the time period on my own. ModCloth is a an amazing place to start to get a feel for this vintage style.
For example this headband looks like it could be a staple item from the 1920′s!
Additionally, some more well-known places to shop have some more affordable options such as this cute, flapper-inspired dress from Macy’s.
So, go ahead and make a vintage style all your own, and let us know which outfit from “The Great Gatsby” is your favorite!