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Do your Bridesmaids a favor! Lose the formalities!

While at home this weekend I opened up a pandora’s box in my own childhood closet. 

 Boxes, like 17 of them, of old notes from my entire grade school and high school years, My sister’s wedding china (Mind you she’s been married for 6 years and its never made it to her house)  And Dresses…..lots of them! Prom’s, Homecomings and of course Bridesmaids! 

  Why do we keep these when we know were never going to wear them again? On the off chance that “Oh I can just get it hemmed and make it a cocktail dress.”

  Who are we kidding? Every bride claims that the bridesmaids dress that she is choosing is totally re-wearable!  Maybe….. as a donated Prom dress!

   Now, see I am very aware now-a-days how far the wedding industry has come along with these new styles of bridesmaids dresses. Finally the cut and silhouette have improved but one thing hasn’t- The price!  Tack on the alteration and you’re lookin at $200.00-300.00 For a dress that may or not be attractive, your style or too formal for any other occasion than well….being a bridesmaid in another wedding.

    Well summer’s officially here, which is  the most popular time slot in wedding season.  If you’re having a casual summer wedding I have a great idea that your bridesmaids will be extremely thankful for…..yup cheap, mainstream find em’ almost anywhere, Bridesmaid dresses!  That still look pretty enough and formal enough for a wedding!

       Just shop around online or well known speciality stores for a dress that fits your wedding theme.  Here are some great reasons why you should avoid the formal bridal party dresses in lue for a more stylish casual option.

1. Savings!-  Huge savings depending exactly what kind of dress your wanting. If you’ve been in a wedding before, you know all the extra expenses required for being a bridesmaid.  Hair and make up, Decorations, food and games for bachalorette and Bridal showers, Gifts for wedding, showers and bachalorette, shoes for the dress. It goes on and on ! Lets give our friends a break by picking out a dress they will be proud to pay for and that won’t break the bank!

2 Versitility– Think of the selection you can choose from. The Mall or internet is your oyster!

3. Avoid the Pins- Less possibility there will be any need for Alterations

4.  Schedule your own fitting– Instead of 1-2 fittings scheduled in the brides hometown, You have the convience of ordering and going to the store and trying on the dress.

5.  Wearability– The dress doesn’t have the formality that holds you back from being able to wear typical bridesmaids dresses. You can wear a mainstream dress again….and again!

6.  The Perfect Bridesmaid Gift:  Give a useable and appropriate gift! Skip paying for the jewelry or some cheesy ingraved item thats bound to get trashed. Get them the dress! You can find many options from $25.00 and up!  Oh! I am so serious!

Check out some possibilities! My favorite of all (honestly, not partial at all) is Bevello’s,online fashion boutique,Chocolate Covered Strawberry Dress.  This dress is formal enough to be bridesmaid savvy, but also so re-wearable!  Its very girly and feminine and goes great with brown and pink themed weddings!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Dress

bevello $55.00

bevello $55.00

Delias "Lianna Dress" 44.50

Delias "Lianna Dress" 44.50

 Forever 21 "Enchanted Cocktail Dress" 24.80

Forever 21 "Enchanted Cocktail Dress" 24.80

Alloy "Chiffon Halter Dress" 29.50

Alloy "Chiffon Halter Dress" 29.50

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Katie Marchese! Congratulations! you have earned yourself a $20.00 bevello gift certificate!

Here’s what Katie put togther with our harem pant
 

 

 

black harem pants from bevello!

http://www.bevello.com/product_p/rp9007.htm

 

Bevello Harem Pants

Bevello Harem Pants

ruffle top from forever21

Ruffle top Forever 21

Ruffle top Forever 21

http://www.forever21.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=FOREVER21&category%5Fname=top%5Fdressy&product%5Fid=2060262360&Page=all#

 

vintage beaded pillbox hat from vixenandprudence on etsy

Vintage Pillbox Hat Etsy(vixen and prudence)

Vintage Pillbox Hat Etsy(vixen and prudence)

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22676775

long necklace from bevello

Chirp Necklace from bevello

Chirp Necklace from bevello

http://www.bevello.com/product_p/fo277.htm

 

HOW:

I’d dress up the harem pants with a brightly colored ruffle top, and accent the look with a vintage pillbox hat to add that extra oomph. You could go crazy with some super colorful stilettos, or keep it simple with basic black pumps. The long birdcage necklace adds the perfect touch of whimsy.

WHERE:

Perfect for an evening of cocktails at a poetry slam in NYC. This look is urban chic and sure to turn heads.

 Thank Katie! You have amazing taste!  Katie is also the co-owner of Vixen and Prudence http://tinyurl.com/plbree.  You can find the pillbox hat(Katie is also modeling the hat!) as well the clutch in my orginal contest post.  Katie and her friend Lena started the shop recently and have some really amazing vintage finds for extremely affordable prices! 

Great first contest! Next week we will be holding another be a bevello stylista contest on tuesday so be on the look out!

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This year was the first time that I had heard of the lipstick effect.  Basically when the economy is down, lipstick sales soar.  Why you ask? Well, lipstick is the one purchase that is fairly cheap (depending on what cosmetic line you use) and can make a women feel good about herself!  I’m not sure if a lip gloss or lipstick would really quench my thirst, but here’s what WWD has to say about it:

” The phenomenon,known as the lipstick effect, dates back to The Great Depression and has provided bright spots in otherwise dull retail landscapes.  Meanwhile, Estee Lauder chairman Leonard Lauder added credence to the economic indictor when he coined the “Lipstick Index” post 9/11.  The sqaure root of the concept is an easy, feel-good item that offers a quick and affordable fix.”

According to WWD one of the most popular  lipsticks is the new Guerlain Rouge G, the red lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G, the red lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G, the red lipstick

 

   Hmm, pretty packaging at least.  So other than lipstick what else are women turning to in these economic times of despair?   According to Ken Downing, senior vice president and fashion director at Neiman Marcus ” The new lipstick is shoes”

  Brands that are trending up are Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Christian Dior.  Looks like Carrie Bradshaw had it right all along!

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Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin

 

Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik

  Other retailers such as Donna Karen, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Lord and Taylor, Henri Bendel, J crew, Gap and Intermix cite these favorites as the next lipstick:

  • Scarves
Accordian Scarf from bevello

Accordian Scarf from bevello

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Handbags
Saltbox "Trellis"

Saltbox "Trellis" from Dillards

  • Costume Jewelry
Lilith Earrings from bevello

Lilith Earrings from bevello

Chirp Necklace from bevello
Chirp Necklace from bevello

 

 

 

 

Henna bracelet from bevello

Henna bracelet from bevello

  • Cocktail Rings
Juju Ring from Forever 21

Juju Ring from Forever 21

         

 

 

 

  • J Crew’s Cupcake T
J Crew Cupcake Tank

J Crew Cupcake Tank

  • Bright clothes
  • Jumpsuits
  • Headbands and Hats
Urban Outfitters Feather Headband

Urban Outfitters Feather Headband

  Looks like accessories are a big hit amongst this recession.  Here’s what Scott Schramm Senior VP of Henri Bendel has to say about the strength of accessories: “Accessories typically have been recession-proof. ”

(“Beyond ‘Lipstick Index’: Stores see some hits even in the recession” by Jessica Iredale)

   I agree.  Accessories are key in fashion.  It takes a blah and boring dress or shirt and adds that much needed POP!  Its an acquired skill. One that I myself need to work on.  I am so focused on my outfit and shoes that I regularly forget to put on accessories!

The reason I love accessories? 

  It doesn’t matter what size you are!  Accessories look great on everyone size 2 to 22!

  Whats my favorite “lipstick” ?     The hinged wallet or clutch!

Hinged Wallet from target

Hinged Wallet from target

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The evolution of the one piece bathing suit:

ughh yeah summers here. fabulous.  I mean… FABULOUS!  well i can’t exactly hide my reluctancy to throw myself in a bath suit once again.  Yeah I got curves. You know… a little more than I should. But So do a lot of other girls!

So this year instead of the bikini, I am gonna try out the hot new style in swimwear, THE ONE PIECE.

  I literally have not worn one of these since my speedo days.  When I was growing up you didn’t wear a bikini until you were at least in high school.  So we opted for options like these.

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    Yeah I dunno. Maybe its cause I was in a catholic school.  Even the cool girls wore these. I believe it was the style right along with umbros.  Traditional pool party garb in the mid-nineties was colored umbro shorts with an over sized T-shirt (sleeves rolled up). The t-shirt was usually about 2 sizes too big and said things like “love you earth” or a hip hop cartoon Tee.  Gimme a holla if you remember this tragic fashion! 

 Ok sorry for the tangent!  Oh yeah back to my focus: The one piece.  So I haven’t worn one in quite awhile.  However I figured it would be a sexy yet conservative alternative to the bikini this summer.

 

So here’s a few of the options I am considering.  Help me pick what style I should try this summer!

Forever 21

Forever 21

 
Option 1- Magenta Forever 21
Old Navy

Old Navy

 

 

Option 2- Purple Old Navy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victorias Secret

Victorias Secret

 
Option 3-Taupe Victoria Secret
Victorias Secret

Victorias Secret

                               Option 4  –  Purple Victoria Secret
or old fashion email mgillogly@bevello.com

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