LAST DAY to place your bids ...

Apr 30, 2010


This month flewwww by but that means today is the LAST day to enter your bid to win my vintage cakestand {shown above}. Bidding will close tonight at midnight CST so make sure you get your bid in if you're interested and good luck! ;o)

Click here for details and info on how to bid - It's as simple as pie!

Classic Finds: Alarm Clocks on FoF


I'm always falling in love with vintage ephemera and right now I'm just mad for small vintage clocks {alarm and travel} ... So click over to Flights of Fancy for my full inspiration board and for my ideas on how you can incorporate the lovelies into your big day!

And if you're head over heels for the blue number shown above, you can check out the pricing details on him here {just scroll down} - He could be all yours! ;o)

{Image on right googled; Image on left by Maile Lani}

April Fridays with O&B: Planning A Vintage-Style Elopement, p.5

So pleased to welcome back Lisa Marie from Orange & Blossom to chat with us one last time this month! And enjoy a peek at Lisa Marie + Rikky's engagement photos shown below, too! The floor's all yours, Lisa Marie:

I’ve really enjoyed sharing the details of our elopement-honeymoon trip this summer. Thank you, Sarah! I want to send best wishes to everyone planning their wedding at the moment. Whether you have no guests (like us) or hundreds upon hundreds, may you create a day that reflects the two of you above all else, and never let the planning come before your own relationship. There are no rules—you create them. That’s what my final post is about…



One of my favorite poems applies to weddings of any size as well as it does to life in general. It is by Spanish poet Antonio Machado (1875-1939):

Wanderer, your footsteps are
the road, and nothing more;
wanderer, there is no road,
the road is made by walking.
By walking one makes the road,
and upon glancing behind
one sees the path
that never will be trod again.
Wanderer, there is no road--
Only wakes upon the sea.

None of us had instructions on how to fall in love, and getting engaged certainly doesn’t include instructions on how to plan a wedding! That’s why I remind myself often: There are no rules. We make the road to our wedding day, just as we will create the road long after it. No one else’s will be the same as ours. And we have to embrace every choice.


My best advice from years of being involved in weddings: Keep your decisions simple and confident. Don’t be swayed. Set expectations with everyone so feelings don’t get hurt and your ideas don’t get compromised. Don’t get to the point of saying you just want to elope instead of having a wedding. The stress isn’t worth it. And if you really, truly, want to just run off and say your vows at City Hall like we are, you absolutely should!

I look back over the course of our relationship and we have certainly created a road for ourselves that doesn’t exactly follow tradition.

Meet => Start building a life together => Discuss matching tattoos => Get engaged => Wear wedding bands => Buy a wedding dress => Start thinking about having a wedding => Decide to elope => Book a photographer for our San Francisco City Hall ceremony => Keep building our life together…


You need your own road that has nothing to do with what other people want your big day to look like. Only you two will know. If you have the right person in your life, there is no real “right” order in planning a wedding or “right” ways of going about it. Everything IS right after that. (You wanted to know if we got the matching tattoos? I can’t tell all my secrets on a blog!) Congratulations on your own road, wherever you choose it will lead you.

Fabulous advice! Thanks for stopping by every Friday this month, Lisa Marie - It's truly been a joy having you and please know you're always welcome back! ;o)

{All images by VP Photography}

SP*: Paris is calling ...

Apr 29, 2010



It's never a bad time to visit Paris but what better time to travel to the City of Light than with your love on your honeymoon? I can't think of a more romantic city to share that special time in ... exploring the sights and sounds, getting lost on the Metro ... don't you want to book a flight already? I've become a little addicted to checking out Liberty Travel for hotels ... a second honeymoon is sounding mighty fine to me! ;o)

{All images by Rodney Smith}

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Wednesday Nesting: Lucite love

Apr 28, 2010


I've finally found the perfect sectional for our home from Neiman Marcus and am trying my hardest to have it ordered and shipped before the movers come in July {I can't wait to lounge on its loveliness} ... All that aside, I've now decided a mod lucite coffee table would be its perfect companion - isn't the one above so glam?

I also think lucite looks amaaazing when incorporated in wedding styling ... have you seen the lucite ballroom chairs? So frilly yet modern! Perfect for a ceremony and/or reception, no?

{Image via Domino, found here}

SP*: Inspirational packing for a sweet Nantucket wedding ...

Apr 27, 2010

Today I thought it would be fun to imagine styling a small Nantucket wedding on a cloudy spring day ... plus a peek at what I'd imagine to be the fabulous essentials that guests should pack for such a New England wedding ... Let me know if you think there's something I forgot! ;o)

Whenever the venue is naturally gorgeous without any embellishments, I like to see the color palette blend in to the surroundings rather than create a contrast. For this inspiration board, I took cues from the ubiquitous yet stunning weathered shingles found on the island and tried to inject lots of natural elements with a relaxed and rustic spin.


Image Credits:
Row 1: Image found here; George Lawrence house found here
Row 2: Ceremony image found here; Florals via Alice Q. Foodie
Row 3: Tablescape via Sunday Suppers; Drinks via The Knot; Boutonnieres via Country Living

... And below is a peek at what I imagine to be the perfect packing for a couple headed to attend this delicious destination wedding:

First up, HERS:


Image Credits:
Row 1: Degrade Seraphina dress from J. Crew to wear to the wedding; North Face Sidetrack luggage from Shoebuy - perfect to stow every last piece of clothing and jewelry!
Row 2: Casual Barn Metallic Silver Leather flipflops from Shoebuy - dressy enough to pair with a dress but still island appropriate
Row 3: Seersucker bikini from J. Crew; North Face Masonic Hoodie in Shoreline Blue Heather from Shoebuy to cover up in case of a chill
Row 4: Lodis Sport French Purse with Frame in Green from Shoebuy; Sun-Down Shades from Anthropologie
Row 5: Women's Teva Pretty Rugged 2 Shoes from Shoebuy; Ring from J. Crew; Lodis Passport Cover in Red from Shoebuy - because who knows if you and your honey will decide to book a spontaneous getaway!

 Next up, HIS:


Image Credits:
Row 1: Jacket, Shirt and tie to wear to the wedding, all from J. Crew
Row 2: Sperry Top-Sider Gold Driver Venetian in Dark Brown Deerskin from Shoebuy; Seagrass Trilby Hat from J. Crew
Row 3: Cargo board shorts from J. Crew; Men's New Balance MR993 in Grey from Shoebuy 
 
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{In order to comply with newly revised FTC Regulations, all items featured above from Shoebuy.com were sent to me as samples to review for posting}

SP*: Temperley London trunk shows in NYC + LA

I do love a good bridal trunk show and these two from Temperley London have me rather excited so if you're in the NYC or LA areas, make sure you read on for details about this weekend's events! ;o)

For all NYC brides-to-be:


And for Los Angeles brides-to-be:

TEMPERLEY LONDON - LOS ANGELES BRIDAL TRUNK SHOW

Temperley has invited an exclusive selection of LA’s top luxury bridal vendors including C. Greene Jewelry, Sepal Floral Design, Pointe de Vue Salon Hair & Make-up, and Moët & Chandon to showcase their products and services to future brides at the event. Taking place in the intimate setting of Temperley London's Melrose Place boutique, the event offers future brides the opportunity to meet and consult with a selection of Los Angeles’ most sought after names in the bridal industry.

All future brides attending the event can register in a raffle to win the ‘Luxury Bridal Bliss Kit’ filled with over $3000 worth of bridal treats.

$500 Temperley London Gift Card valid towards wedding gown purchase
A One-of-a-Kind Vintage Coral Piece by C. Greene Jewelry valued at over $2,000
$250 Sepal Floral Design Bridal Bouquet
Point de Vue Salon Half-Day of Beauty including facial, collagen hair treatment & style.
Complimentary Champagne Magnum from Moët & Chandon

Details:
Location: Temperley London Boutique, 8452 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Date: Friday, April 30th & Saturday, May 1st, 2010
Time: 12PM – 6PM
Contact: RSVP Required to johnz@temperleylondon.com

Hope you're all able to attend one of these fab events!

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Only a few days left in my Vintage Cakestand Auction!

Apr 26, 2010


Yep, only FOUR days more to go until the auction for my vintage cakestand {shown above} comes to a close! For more details as well as info on how to bid, just click here. Good luck!

{Photo by Look Photography via Wedding Style Guide}

Monday Vintage Finds: Mirrors + Poems, etc.


When I first came across these two ravishing mirrors, my first thought was to make a mental note to search for some similarly gilded mirrors during my time in Europe to create a similar effect - I love the idea of having a poem or lyrics in French scrawled across to create a piece of unique art.

Then wedding mode kicked in and I started thinking what a beautiful + personal touch it would be to include a mirror with a phrase, song lyric or poem that means something special to the bride and groom. I think it would be a lovely touch above the guestbook table or even as the focal point behind the altar flanked by some gorgeous florals. I also loooove that the specially-chosen words would be {literally} reflecting the couple, if used behind the altar. :o)

What phrase or saying, etc., would you have on your mirror?

{Images via Splendid Willow}

A Sunday kind of Love ...

Apr 25, 2010


Cute anniversary session - See more here.

Hello gorgeous ...

Apr 24, 2010


I haven't seen a shoe shot this tremendously scrummy in ages ... the tulle, the striped socks, the shiny shoes ... Gahhh ...

April Fridays with O&B: Planning a Vintage-style Elopement, p.4

Apr 23, 2010

So sorry I'm a little late on this post but it looks like I'm going to be able to squeak by with a few minutes of Friday left for those of you still up {and at home} ;o) ... so let's welcome back Lisa Marie from Orange & Blossom to chat with us once again today ahem, tonight {and every Friday this month!}. It's all yours, Lisa Marie:

Thanks again, Sarah. Now that I’ve shared the wedding details, I thought it would be fun to delve into the vintage-inspired honeymoon trip …

One of the most fun parts about eloping is that we get to start our honeymoon before we even get married! Rikky and I plan to head up to San Francisco a day before our ceremony at City Hall, then stay on a few days to run around as “man and wife” and soak up the city.

For both the wedding and the honeymoon, we’ve kept things easy and affordable. We contacted 3 photographers based on their websites, cut one based on price, and chose Lilia Photo for her warm personality, artistic images, and vintage-inspired portfolio of City Hall. I contacted one makeup artist, Bara Krejcikova, who was referred by Lilia, and booked her quickly. We’ll have a trial at my house in June before the wedding in August. That makes it more expensive, but she kindly agreed to provide a few valuable makeup pointers during the trial. Phew… I need them! Because I’m opting for handbags over a bouquet and we’re still pondering options for Rikky (a handmade feather boutonniere, a vintage porcelain flower pin from England, an orange handkerchief à la his all-time-favorite Frank Sinatra?), no florist was required.


{Image credits: Left: Frank Sinatra care of Telegraph; Top right: Makeup by Bara Krejcikova (On her blog: http://barakrejcikova.blogspot.com/2010/01/wedding-kelli.html); Bottom right: Lilia photo}

We opted for a few more nights at a less expensive hotel over 2 nights at the view-laden Mandarin Oriental. (We have our whole lives to travel in high style, right?) In keeping with the vintage feel, Hotel Vertigo was a perfect finishing touch. It’s a renovated, retro-style old hotel that plays homage to its namesake Hitchcock film, which plays continuously on a loop in the lobby. Some scenes were filmed in the original hotel that occupied this building, and leading lady Kim Novak lived here during the last half of filming. The mod orange interior and dizzying staircase will make for some fun photos when we come back to change clothes.


{All above images credit to http://www.hotelvertigosf.com/}

Beyond the hotel, we envision a romantic yet restful adventure filled with experiences we can’t have at home. On the list of possibilities: Chinatown for two pairs of newlywed chopsticks (I use them at every meal), Japantown for wooden sandals and a cast iron teapot for our evening tea, an Ethiopian restaurant, the classic Conservatory of Flowers (constructed in 1878) and Palace of Fine Arts, a hand-carved wooden booth in the Fantasy Room of the Maharani Indian restaurant (with silk cushions and beaded curtains, it’s all about the atmosphere), an old wine bar, a historic food tour, a tea house with garden (we enjoyed one so much in Venice where we got engaged), paddle boats on Stow Lake, views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Crissy Field, North Beach for pastries, Café Claude for jazz among vintage travel posters, and Top of the Mark (popular among WWII Navy officers) for a drink and the view. We may have to save some of these, and a walk among the larger-than-anything redwoods of Muir Woods, for anniversary visits. Thank goodness for the quick one-hour flight!


{Image credits: Top row: vintage Top of the Mark postcard; view from Crissy Field by A Romantic Spot; Absinthe Brasserie & Bar; Middle row: Muir Woods; Chinatown; Conservatory of Flowers; Stow Lake; Bottom row: Palace of Fine Arts; Café Claude; Maharani’s Fantasy Room}

Wow, I am in love with Hotel Vertigo!! Thanks for stopping by again, Lisa Marie! See you next Friday!

Classic Finds: Cupid love on FoF


Click over to Flights of Fancy for my full inspiration board and post on incorporating the darling concept of Cupid in your wedding {whether it's Valentine's Day or not} ... and that cute bow + arrow pin? It could be yours! I have it up for sale in my CB Vintage shop - just click here and scroll down to check it out! There's also a cute heart + arrow brooch. :o)

Mobile, Ala. antiquing finds ...

Apr 22, 2010


After our fun in New Orleans, we thought we'd head the opposite way to Mobile, Alabama ... On the way to the city, we stopped at Charles Phillips Antiques and Architecturals located deep down in the southern country! {You'll feel like you're in the movie Sweet Home Alabama} In fact, when we pulled up, we had to check the address because it looked like someone's home rather than a business ... as it turns out, it's both! After driving down a dusty dirt path, we found several old buildings that we soon referred to as little treasure troves ... Each contained gorgeously restored antique pieces and cleverly used architectual pieces. I already have a few pieces on my wishlist and I think I'll have to make a trip back before we move to Europe this summer ... It's obvious now why this little gem is so popular with interior designers!

Later, at another shop in Mobile, I spotted this oyster shell-covered lamp {below} ... What do you think? At first I loved it and then I wasn't sure ... but seeing as the Mississippi Sound is covered in oyster shells, I've already begun collecting some pretties for a project ... whether it's a lamp or something else. :o)


We ended our day enjoying milkshakes at Lovelace Drugs in Ocean Springs, Ms. ... It has the cutest retro/soda shop set-up inside and isn't the sign outside just scrummy?

I still have some more fun escapades to share with you and they'll be coming up in the next few weeks so stay tuned if you've been enjoying these!

Wednesday Nesting: Antiquing, NOLA-style

Apr 21, 2010


Continuing with our New Orleans visit, one of my favorite places we visited was Tara Shaw's showroom on Camp Street in the Garden District. I've long been a fan of Swedish/Gustavian antiques and Tara specializes in those, as well as French and Italian antiques ... It was such a treat to admire so many gems in one room!

The chairs shown above reminded me of hot air balloons and I started thinking how fabulous it would be to use those for a laidback wedding in a wheat field, followed by the bride and groom taking off in a balloon, waving goodbye to guests. :o)


Such endless inspiration ... Seriously, if you find yourself in the Big Easy, head over to Tara's shop, if only to dream. It was a delight.

And check back in tomorrow for a glimpse at some of our Alabama travels and finds!

NOLA getaway ...

Apr 20, 2010


A few weeks ago, my Mom came down for a visit and we treated ourselves to a stay in New Orleans, soaking up the sunshine {before the summer's humidity came rolling in!} and taking in all the eye candy that the Crescent City has to offer ... it seems that every time we visit, we discover something new and fabulous so I thought I'd share a peek with you!

I spotted those white iron chairs {above} in an antique store on Magazine Street and thought they'd be a deliciously rustic touch to a courtyard or garden wedding ... can't you just imagine the bouquet gracing the seat {instead of the celebratory beads}? Speaking of Mardi Gras beads, I love how they get stuck in the ancient oaks along St. Charles after the parades and stay up there all year long ... sparkling in the sunlight ... so pretty and so NOLA!


Tune in tomorrow and I'll share some more fun we had on our trips! See you then!

Seaside photoshoot + a CURSIVE Olivetti Typewriter for sale! SOLD!

Apr 19, 2010

I think you all know how much I love manual typewriters by now and I'm pleased as punch to share another lovely for sale with you today! I found this little sugar in an antique shop along the Mississippi Sound and after falling in love with its greenish-blue colouring, I fell even harder when I discovered its irresistible flowing cursive font {see below and swoon!}.

I felt a styled seaside-inspired shoot was in order for my new Olivetti friend .... I was imagining a guestbook table set up beneath a white tent on the sand with the sound of the waves crashing in the distance ... Then again, it would be just as fab for any wedding with a vintage vibe!


About the typewriter:
This is a gorgeous seafoam green Underwood Olivetti Studio 44 Manual Portable Typewriter, manufactured in the Olivetti plant in Barcelona, Spain, in the 1950s.  It comes with its original hard carrying cover/case and has a cute handle that makes transporting a cinch.

This deliciously retro typewriter is in excellent vintage condition and has no chips or cracks. The only visible wear is found on the inside of the carrying case - there is a tiny bit of rusting on a bit of the metal inside the case but overall, it is in superb condition. All keys are working and the return bell lets out the most delightful ring. The typeface is Elite, a charming cursive font which can be seen below. The typewriter measures approximately 11" wide x 15" deep x 5" high.

Note: The typewriter ribbon has dried out a little bit, so it will need to be replaced with a fresh universal ribbon to produce crisp letters.

Price: $295.00 + shipping SOLD!
If you're interested in the typewriter and would like to request a shipping quote, just message me your zip code at theclassicbride@gmail.com! First come, first serve.


Love, love, love the flowing cursive typeface:


The typewriter comes with its original case, cleaning tools and the most adorable heart-shaped 'Sweetheart Super Korectype' which appears to have never been used. Adorable touch next to the typewriter for a guestbook station!


Bonus!
All the props shown in this shoot are also for sale so if you see anything you're keen on, just drop me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com for pricing and shipping info.

Even more:
The candy-apple red stack of books and the Typewriting Technique manual shown below are also for sale! I love how they match the one red key and accents on the typewriter! The Typewriting Technique manual has a copyright from 1936 and I think it would be charming sitting next to the typewriter to create some more vintage visual decor! If you're interested in any of the books or other props, message me at theclassicbride@gmail.com for pricing and shipping information.

And isn't that boutonniere shown above the cutest?! Purchase your own from Hope's super sweet Etsy shop, The French Mouse! She has the most beautifully hand-crafted items for your wedding!

A Sunday kind of Love ...

Apr 18, 2010


Aren't the blues and pinks so cheerful for spring? Happy Sunday!

{Image via flickr, found on French Frosting}

Click clack

Apr 17, 2010


Totally and completely loving this shot of the guestbook station from this wedding. :o)

Classic Finds: Something Blue on FoF

Apr 16, 2010


I have always adored the tradition of incorporating 'something blue' into your big day ... for my own wedding, I incorporated a family heirloom by wearing a gorgeous sapphire and diamond ring that I had inherited. But for more ideas, click over to Flights of Fancy where I discuss some fun options including the vintage bluebird net veil shown above - isn't that adorable?!

April Fridays with O&B: Planning a Vintage-style Elopement, p.3

So pleased to welcome back Lisa Marie from Orange & Blossom to chat with us once again today {and every Friday this month!}. It's all yours, Lisa Marie:

Thank you Sarah for another Friday to guest blog about our elopement planning! This has been a perfect forum for which to give our day more thought, articulate our ideas, and share them for others who may be considering a similar type of vintage-style wedding day.

It’s pretty easy to get inspired for your wedding, and that includes elopements. Of course, “inspirational” doesn’t always equal “meaningful.” Meaning takes inspiration to a whole other level. That’s doubly true for elopements. With no invitations and programs, no readings or songs, no toasts or dances, meaning needs to come from new places. I wanted our short but sweet civil ceremony, along with the hours and days surrounding it, to move me, to have a timeless, eternal quality to them, to be steeped in weight and significance. We’ve found several ways to layer the meaning behind the marriage ...


Tangible tokens
Where old meets new

Like any bride, I wanted each object to have an importance and there have been happy coincidences along the way: The 1960s dress & jacket I chose for ensemble #2 comes from Lizbeth Jeanne, a dress shop in Toledo, Ohio, where I was born; the earrings I fell for at first sight are a vintage Farrah Fawcett design—a woman of strength and beauty. It was kismet to find an unused “Orange Blossoms” vintage wedding album from 1942. We look forward to hand writing our story inside.

And the natural-colored personalized Lokta photo albums handcrafted in Nepal have just been added to my shop. I ordered the first one from our new artist, Aurora Palesca Designs, who adds the customizable calligraphy. We’ll fill it with photos and mementos from the trip.

Part of my wedding gift to Rikky are the vintage sterling silver armorial-style cufflinks that read: “To Practice the Truth in Love.” We do that every day.

I also plan to wear my grandmother’s 25th anniversary diamond ring on my right hand that day. I have always adored the way it glistens and reminds me of her hands and her caring spirit.

Symbolic gestures & rituals:
Beyond the ceremony

With so much time before August, we’re still formulating ways to have a meaningful day. For certain, we’ll get ready together instead of separately. As part of that, I’ve decided to wear contacts, which makes me nervous in a good way. It will mark the first time since high school that I have ventured out without hiding behind the safe comfort of my glasses. I wanted to step into the world that day as a new person, as I know that’s how I will feel.

We’ll also perform a Moroccan rosewater hand washing ritual before leaving for San Francisco City Hall. It symbolizes a cleansing of the past and preparation for new life—and smells wonderful!

I think we’ll also spend time reading some of our own words to each other post ceremony. We’ve written so much to each other over the years, we pictured sitting down and compiling some of the truest words that bear repeating.

There may be additional things we’ll say or do that day or week or month to add personal meaning. But we’re still making those decisions. One thing I suggest to brides, whether you’re eloping or not: If you have rituals in your day to day life, add them to your wedding. If you don’t, start some now that you can continue. Every summer, Rikky and I make an annual “fragrance trip” where we spend hours at the counters choosing just the right new fragrance for each other to wear. This year in July we’ll choose our wedding day scents.

Time to celebrate:
With each other & loved ones

Instead of a group celebration back at home, we plan to enjoy the people in our life individually, in a way that reflects our personal relationship with them. We’ll have more time to visit with them, share our feelings about our new life and how much we will continue to value them in it, and savor the togetherness. We look forward to a first wedded year filled with these small-scale celebrations.

Thanks for stopping by again, Lisa Marie! See you next Friday!

Our wedding featured on Weddings Unveiled!

Apr 15, 2010

I'm so thrilled to share that Weddings Unveiled is featuring our wedding on their blog today! I actually hadn't looked at our wedding photos in quite some time and when I had to choose a few to send over to the lovely WU editors, it gave me a chance to get all nostalgic and remember how wonderful our day really was ... Looking through the images, I started to remember the excitement, the nervousness, the giddiness, the laughter ... and the love ... lots and lots of love. It was such a beautiful day and one of my favorites forever ...

Hope you'll hop over to WU and check out their post about our wedding as well as my interview from yesterday! ;o)



SP*: Designer Crush: Valentino


I think these Valentino looks would all work so well for wedding day 'getaway' attire. The structured ruffles tend to create a modern take on the popular pillbox-hat-and-suit getaway look from the 1960s.

Also looooving the idea of adding some gorgeous diamond accents to these looks from the Everlon Collection. Yum!

{Images via Style It}

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Happy news interruption ...

Apr 14, 2010

Just popping in to share with you some happy news ...

I recently did an interview with Weddings Unveiled and you can now read it in its entirety here on their fun blog. :o) I talk about how I started CB ... what my average work day is like ... my fave online sources and lots more ... so check it out if you like! And a warm thank you to WU for including me!

I also wanted to give a big blog hug to Maria over at Ritzy Bee for the very sweet post she did on my online shop, CB Vintage! Thank you so much!

:o)

Wednesday Nesting: Tinsley Mortimer's delicious digs


Tinsley has long appealed to me as a classy version of Paris ... and then I heard she was getting her own reality show. Hmmm.

I tuned in for one episode and after scraping away the filthy layers of trifling {but somewhat scrumptious} drama, I found myself in eye-candy heaven in Tins' new downtown digs which brought me to this conclusion: It's worth it to watch if only for the design and fashion elements.

I couldn't find any online images of her new abode but I thought it would be just as fun to revel in her former Upper East Side apartment's flawless design. Isn't it just perfection?

I'll be tuning in tonight - will you? ;o)

{Images via Harper's Bazaar-March 2008, found on Habitually Chic}

SP*: Loving EmersonMade!

Apr 13, 2010


I am completely smitten with everything from EmersonMade - the adorable handmade designs emit so much cheer you just can't help but smile! The large blooms are so lovely to wear as a sash ... in your hair ... or even carry as a bouquet!

EmersonMade was kind enough to send me one of their Snow White Dahlia sashes and I am beyond in love! It is a perfect {and easy!} accent to every single seersucker dress I have in my closet and I always enjoy wearing it!

Make sure you visit their shop to see all they have to offer {as well as more of their adorable styling - so preppy chic - I love!}

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Monday Vintage Finds: Cloches + Seltzer bottles

Apr 12, 2010


Despite my diligent search, I still have yet to find a {just-right} vintage seltzer bottle and welcome him to our home but when I spied the lovely lacey-looking one above, I immediately started imagining a row of them filled with gardenias, white hydrangeas and baby's breath ... wouldn't they make the most eclectically beautiful centerpieces?

And cloches ... I do dearly love! They embody that cool vibe of looking like they're preserving ancient artifacts and I just dig it - perfect wedding decor, no? What do you keep in your cloches??

{Image found on Savvy City Farmer}

A Sunday kind of Love ...

Apr 11, 2010


Love imagining this image was shot by an adoring husband of his new wife the morning after their wedding day. Happy Sunday!

{Image found here}

Road trip

Apr 10, 2010


I've been enjoying lots of small road trips these past two weeks and we're headed on another now to Houma, Louisiana, for some exploring, antiquing and good eats.

Hope you're having just as much fun this weekend!

{Image by Rico Puhlmann via Brabourne Farm}

April Fridays with O&B: Planning a Vintage-style Elopement, p. 2

Apr 9, 2010

So pleased to welcome back Lisa Marie from Orange & Blossom to chat with us once again today {and every Friday this month!}. It's all yours, Lisa Marie:

This is the post I’ve been waiting for. (Thank you, Sarah!) Last week I shared a little about how we came to the very happy decision to elope this August. Now … what to wear? For me, it all started with the dress. Before we had even pinned down a date or a location, I stumbled upon a 1950s Priscilla of Boston dress on eBay that gave me the same feeling I had the night I met Rikky: I found it! Not a true traditionalist, we pored over the auction listing together and decided that it should be mine. That big cupcake of a dress with billowy layers that remind me of buttercream frosting was the first tangible piece of the puzzle. I closed the laptop and fell asleep quietly elated.


That beautiful PoB dress became the cornerstone of LM's wedding ceremony look
Classic 1950s Evening Glamour | Old Hollywood Starlet | Unabashed Romance | Formal Drama

The Details:
The dress: 1950s Priscilla of Boston
The earrings: 1980s/1990s Farrah Fawcett earrings (No need for a necklace; these are huge! She sold her jewelry line on QVC. So 1950s to me.)
The bracelet: Vintage
The handbag: Vintage hand-beaded purse by Josef USA (It’s missing a pearl from the top clasp, which I love. The lack of perfection and obvious use charms me.)
The feather shrug: Vintage Bonwit Teller made in England
The shoes: Purchased years ago at Enzo Angiolini on my lunch hour during my days as an editor at Bridal Guide magazine. The shop was down the street and when I saw them I thought: “Those are my wedding shoes!” A dreamer, I figured I would meet the right person eventually!

Eloping creates a unique phenomenon: the wedding will be wherever we are. It’s a mobile celebration. Once we decided to elope at architecturally stunning San Francisco City Hall, I knew the cupcake dress in the closet would be perfect. Alas, not exactly practical for the rest of our marriage day running around the city. I decided {with the loving encouragement of my fiancé} to allow myself a little obsession. Two dresses were in order! I started the search for a Jackie O.-style suit that, to me, expressed the essence of eloping in vintage-style.


The Marriage Day Look:
1960s Jackie O.-inspired, carefree afternoon around town then off to dinner and cocktails

The Details:
The dress and jacket: Vintage beaded & gold brocade set
The shoes: Steve Madden Women’s Dreemm (my dad’s name is Steve; the shoe name took the cake)
The handbag: Vintage patent purse by Woolf Brothers (once a family-owned luxury goods department store in Kansas City)
The earrings: Vintage Trifari from a nearby antique store
The accessory: Vintage gold Scope telescoping cigarette holder (meant to be hung from a keychain) for the celebratory mini cigar

My heart and soul have always responded to items filled with a historic mystique and stories untold. Being drawn to what has been loved before me is who I’ve always been. My vintage fashion choices fell quickly and easily into place. Note the lack of a bouquet. When you elope, there’s no home base where you can set things down, and having lipstick on hand seemed more dire.

Such great insight! Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous wedding fashions and ideas, Lisa Marie! For more inspiration, check out LM's fabulous wedding blog and make sure to stop by CB next Friday for another peek at LM's planning! Happy Friday!