Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding Fashion Details

The question that everyone was asking, "Who is designing Kate's dress?" is finally answered; Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen designed the beautiful gown. I love that she chose McQueen; it shows that she is more of a modern girl than previous royals. The dress definitely had traditional aspects mixed in as well. It was made of white and ivory satin gazar.

The bodice and train were adorned w/ handcrafted lace applique flowers, made according to the Irish Carrickmacross lace-making technique. The four floral emblems of the UK - the rose, thistle, daffodil, and shamrock were incorporated in the lace design. The bodice was narrowed at the waste and padded at the hips, reflecting the Victorian tradition of corsetry which has become a popular style for McQueen.The train was two meters long.

Kate wore her hair in a demi chignon, and the Queens 1936 Cartier "halo" tiara as her "something borrowed".
 For Kate's "something new", she wore a pair of pear-shaped diamond drop earrings from her parents. Her "something blue" was a blue ribbon that was sewn into the inside of her dress. The Carrickmacross craftsmanship was her "something old".

The veil was made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers.

Kate's sister and maid of honor, Pippa also wore a gown that was designed and created by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Look for Less: Christian Louboutin Platform Sandals

I love the vibrant color of these platform sandals by Christian Louboutin, and you can get the same summer flair with a more affordable pair by Steve Madden.

Christian Louboutin Patent & Cork Platform, $595

Steve Madden Gurllee, $129.95

Monday, April 11, 2011

Inside My Make-up Bag - Blending Brush

One particular make-up brush that I use every single time I apply eye shadow is the MAC Tapered Blending Brush, #224. This brush is great for an all over sweep of shadow or to dust a highlight under the brow, but I mainly use it for the crease.

When applying eye make-up, I almost always apply some color in my crease. I use the brush in a back and forth sweeping motion, starting from the outer portion of my eye (think windshield wiper), and you can go over as little or many times as needed.

I usually work in colors of 3 when applying eye shadow ranging from light to medium to dark. The medium color is the one that I sweep into the crease. I will brush on the eye shadow a bit above the actual crease to help pull the eye “up”. When I’m wanting a softer, natural look, I will use a light tan to nude color for the crease.

MAC Tapered Blending Brush #224, $29.00
 The brush is a little pricey, but I have had some of my MAC brushes for 7+ years, and they are still in great condition.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wedding Picture

I am sort of a detail oriented person, and I always care about the smallest of details when planning or organizing things. Sometimes this is a good thing, but it can definitely be a downfall too. As far as the garter I chose for my wedding, it was a great thing. I love my garter. I searched all over for the perfect one, and I finally found it on Etsy, which I highly recommend to those of you that do not browse through items on Etsy. There are really unique things that are usually reasonably priced.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Must Have

This jacket is on sale at Neiman Marcus, and I have seen the jacket in person, and it is oh so cute.

Bagatelle Washed Leather Jacket, $87.00