Wednesday, March 10, 2010

French Silk Grosgrain

My mom found this French silk grosgrain ribbon (on the left) at Promenade fabrics in New Orleans.  Beautiful color!  It would look great as a sash for the flower girls I think.  Can't wait to see it (she has shipped it to me).  I only hope it isn't prohibitively expensive. So pretty!  Didn't think grosgrain came in silk!  Happy discovery!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Vera Wang - lavender grosgrain sash

The Vera Wang 2009 Fall bridal collection included several dresses with a thick lavender grosgrain sash. None of these dresses were right for me (or my budget), but I did fall in love with the color of the grosgrain sash. (I briefly though the dress of my dreams was a Vera Wang dress by the way).  Our wedding colors are lavender and navy and I love sashes and bows - so it is no surprise I fell in love.  See it on the dress below. 

Vera Wang dress, photo from Maurice Ramirez Photography
So now comes the question - how do I find this color grosgrain ribbon online?  I want to use it in the reception decor (around baskets, candles, etc).  It has proven difficult to find the right color - sort of a grey/blue based lavender instead of a red based lavender.  Worse comes to worse, I am going to Britex this Saturday so I can check out their massive ribbon selection (although they aren't the cheapest option).  

Any favorite online ribbon resources?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

rehearsal dinner dress... again

A few weeks ago, I found the rehearsal dinner dress of my dreams - Lela Rose for Dessy, style 102. Well, as it would turn out - you have to leave at least 5 - 8 weeks for delivery (with expedited shipping).  By the time I got to try it on - that ship had sailed.  So it was on to plan B.  I still want to wear a white dress, but finding a white dress in February is proving to be difficult.

My sister (and maid of honor) found me this dress at Nordstrom.  The smallest size is a 6 (which means it will need to be altered), but it was cute and the reviews were good.  I am crossing my fingers!  Hopefully I like the fabric and the shape when I see it in person. 

Donna Morgan from Nordstrom

I am not sure it will go with the petal pink shoes I planned to wear... might have to rethink that as well.  What do you think?

my amazing rehearsal dinner shoes 

Friday, March 5, 2010

bridesmaid's gifts + flowers!

A while back I stumbled upon a website called This very adorable woman makes (and models) cloth flowers and sells them via her website/blog.  When I discovered the cream dahlia clutch, I was in love.  I thought it would make the perfect bridesmaid gift for the right wedding.  I had already purchased a gift for my girls, and I wasn't sure I was really into the 6 of them having matching purses - but it was too gorgeous to totally leave behind.  Solution?  I just bought one for myself. 

the cream dahlia clutch from

And while we are on the subject of emersonmade - I saw the photo below and was instantly inspired.  I have since ordered a navy blue blazer from J. Crew.  I can't wait to wear it through spring and on my honeymoon in New Zealand!

photo from
I also bought the small red poppy broach to wear with my new navy jacket.  I couldn't resist.

the 5" poppy pin from

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

DIY Mercury Glass

For our centerpieces, I have borrowed 22 sterling silver mint julep cups from my dear Aunt Donna.  However, my florist suggested that we need about 8 - 10 more small vases.  She was thinking glass, but I was thinking that mercury glass might be really pretty.  When I suggested this to the florist she informed me that mercury glass could be quite expensive.  A lightbulb then went off - I remember Martha Stewart had a DIY tutorial in the January 2010 issue of Living.
Martha Stewart Living - January 2010
I think it looks pretty fantastic and it is super easy!  There are many other blogs that appear to have tried it with varying levels of success.  I could get cheap glass vases at Michael's or Target and then the only thing missing is the can of mirror spray paint.

The mint julep cups kind of look like this:

What do you think, does (DIY) mercury glass go with sterling silver or is plain glass better?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

counting down the days...

To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.   -- William Hazlitt
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