Archive for March, 2011

Step It Up

Loeffler Randall’s New Bridal Shoe Collection

While your wedding dress will surely cover your shoes, you still want to take your first steps as a married woman in style. Loeffler Randall reveals its new bridal collection featuring six sophisticated yet simple styles for spring.

For a chic seaside wedding, slip into a flat T-strap satin sandal with a graceful tulle ruffle, or the twisted mignon flat in silver metallic leather. Add a vintage vibe to your ensemble with a lace satin and mesh tie-up bootie, or keep it classic with a criss-cross stiletto in satin or metallic snakeskin.

Put your best foot forward.

Visit loefflerrandall.com.

 

 

Just Desserts

Snackable Wedding Favors on Etsy

A small sweet is the best favor to give guests as they dance their way out of your wedding reception, but it’s hard to find the right balance between homemade and heavenly delicious.

Rather than whipping up petit fours for 250, look through Etsy.com’s treats created by talented independent bakers. The selections change regularly, but some current options include old-fashioned chewy Madagascar vanilla Fleur de Sel caramels individually wrapped in natural parchment paper, pretty sugar-topped cake pops that can be customized to coordinate with your wedding colors, and hand-cut key lime or lavender lemon cookies packaged in a monogramed favor box. If all these desserts give you a toothache, scroll through Etsy’s wedding boutique for shabby chic bridal accessories and decor that look too good to be DIY.

How sweet.

Visit etsy.com.

Pieces of Flair

Shopbop’s New Online Wedding Boutique

You’ve picked up a “something borrowed” from your best friend and a “something old” from your favorite thrift shop, but you’d like “something new” in the form of a few fabulous wedding-day accessories.

Shopbop.com just launched its wedding boutique, featuring dresses by the designers you’d love to be on your guest list. Try walking down the aisle in a beaded maxi strapless dress by Shoshanna or a one-shoulder column gown by Notte by Marchesa, with bridesmaids in silk satin sarongs by Halston Heritage. But for those who’d rather find their couture in the real world, the point-and-click shopping doesn’t stop with frocks. You can also stock up for the honeymoon with a D&G bikini, Tory Burch beach tote, Alexis Bittar gold cuff, Eberjay chemise or Eugenia Kim fedora. Rather than searching high and low for the perfect bridal accessories, the site has all the must-haves in one place: If the tiaras and beaded purses at the bridal salon scared you, check out the bohemian-chic crystal headbands by Deepa Gurnani and Lauren Merkin snake clutches.

Not that you’re into labels.

Visit shopbop.com.

Spin Cycle

Scenic European Bike Tours by BikeSherpa

After a tranquil minimoon, you’re ready to embark on a week-long European adventure. Whether you’re a die-hard cyclist or just enjoy a casual ride, BikeSherpa offers a variety of guided couple and group bike tours and cycling cruises that cater to honeymooners.

Available in 14 countries from Spain to Slovenia, BikeSherpa’s tours include four-star hotels and gourmet meals. Pedal from the stunning Dolomites mountains in northern Italy down to the Mediterranean, and end up in romantic Venice. Love wine and French cuisine? Opt for the Provence and Rhone tour that takes you through the rolling hills of France where you’ll spend your days sipping and tasting local specialties, and nights at charming boutique hotels. For the laid-back cyclist, the company’s cycling cruises offer a unique land-and-sea tour from aboard a yacht or cruise ship to a range of destinations like Greece, Croatia and Belgium.

Let’s get physical.

Visit bikesherpa.com.

The Perfect Face

Obagi-C Rx Early Intervention Kit

Monthly facials are one step toward a natural wedding-day glow, but now’s the time to perfect your complexion in between appointments, too. Starting an at-home routine and sticking to it means you may be able to erase some of the problems caused by sunning too much and sleeping too little.

Stop analyzing microscopic wrinkles in the mirror and be proactive with the Obagi-C Rx Early Intervention Kit, a vitamin C-based skincare line that helps keep damage away (before it’s too late…cue the dramatic music). Created to erase common troubles like sun spots and freckles in normal to dry skin, the five-piece set includes a cleansing gel to prep and condition your face, plus morning and night treatments (a clarifying serum, exfoliating day lotion and SPF for AM, and a therapeutic night cream for PM). Use the antioxidant-rich system for about 12 weeks, and you’ll really notice a difference — think softer, smoother, refreshed skin that will look luminous in front of the wedding photographer’s lens.

You clean up well.

Visit lovelyskin.com.

Obagi-C Rx Early Intervention Kit