Archive for November, 2010

Lounging Ladies

Sleek and Chic Robes by Doie

After months of planning, prepping and primping, your bridesmaids deserve some much-needed pampering. Surprise your besties on the morning of your wedding with a robe from Doie.

Made from eco-friendly bamboo jersey, the robes are a practical gift that your girls can wear while primping for the big day. Available in navy, green, black and white, each knee-length robe features Asian-inspired patterned silk trim and kimono sleeves. Stick to one color (white for you) for picture perfect pre-wedding photos. Your ladies will love the thoughtful gesture.

You’ve got them covered.

Visit doielounge.com.

Hard Pressed

Artisan Letterpress Invitations by Bella Figura

You’ve always had a penchant for the past (you secretly love big band music and can’t get enough of Boardwalk Empire), so the thought of computer-generated invites seems a bit modern for your Great Gatsby-inspired wedding. Letterpress printing shop Bella Figura prefers tradition over technology, crafting heirloom-quality wedding invitations with antique cast iron presses.

Located in a century-old warehouse in Syracuse, NY, Bella Figura employs letterpress gurus (not computer software) to design a full suite of coordinated wedding stationery including menus, save-the-dates, thank you cards, programs and more. Choose from 45 different inks, dozens of fonts and hundreds of designs that can be tweaked to your satisfaction at no extra cost. The company will also help with calligraphy coordination for the envelopes and each order includes free two-day shipping. Eco-minded brides will love that all stationery is printed on 100 percent recycled cotton paper from a European paper mill.

It’s hot off the letterpress.

Visit bellafigura.com.

A Nice Ring To It

Fine Bridal Jewels by Megan Thorne

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but many of those pals look pretty similar. Princess cut, platinum, pave or pear shaped…after awhile, it’s all just a sea of sparkle.

Why not dare to be different. The collection of engagement and wedding rings from fashion designer-turned-jewelry designer Megan Thorne is uniquely regal and romantic. Inspired by everything from architecture to ancient mythology, the jewels range from clean but ornate to refined and organic. Her trellis studded bands may remind you of a stroll in the most dazzling garden, while the picture frame ring is reminiscent of a masterful oil painting. Thorne follows in the footsteps of old-world jewelers, finishing and personalizing each lovely piece by hand to ensure your ring is an individual.

Let your finger do the talking.

Visit meganthorne.com.

Luxe Ladies

ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaid Dress Collection

Your checklist for the perfect bridesmaid dress may be short (elegant, chic, flattering) but it has proven to be anything but simple to find. Just in time, the new ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids line available exclusively at Nordstrom has unveiled a small collection of simple silhouettes priced under $200.

Featuring a sophisticated palette of black, gunmetal gray, eggplant and teal, the collection includes a knee-length strapless ruched number in chiffon, strapless charmeuse with a ruched waist and a one-shoulder taffeta dress with a full skirt and pockets. Different options available in identical fabrics will allow bridesmaids to choose styles based on body type. And if there isn’t a Nordstrom nearby, your ladies will love the option of buying the dress online (not to mention the reasonable price tag.)

Bridesmaid dresses, check.

Visit nordstrom.com.

Cupcake Dreams

Special Delivery from Georgetown Cupcake

While your corner bakery might suffice for everyday occasions, a special event like a bridal shower or tea calls for the very best sweets a girl can find — even if that means going outside your zip code.

Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, D.C. makes just about the most delish cupcakes you’ll ever get your hands on — and luckily, they’ll ship anywhere in the lower 48 states. Sisters Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne whip up gorgeous gourmet treats using fancy sprinkles and European sweet cream butter — go for the classic vanilla or chocolate, customized with a cute little fondant button featuring your initials, or a more adventurous sweet tooth may drift toward coconut, key lime or toffee crunch. It may not be practical to FedEx dessert for the 150 guests at your reception, but try a few dozen for a smaller pre-wedding event (plus, overnighting the order means you’ll avoid the incredibly long line that forms outside the D.C. shop).

It’s a piece of cake.

Visit georgetowncupcake.com.