Monday, December 29, 2008

Ben(y) and Zooey

Oh goody! The ridiculously-adorable Zooey Deschanel just went and got herself engaged to Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard.
I just love Zooey. Her clothes, her style, her voice. . .my sister-in-law just introduced me to her side-project band, She & Him. So I can't wait to see what sort of look she pulls together for a wedding. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say she's going to wear a vintage-inspired dress, and that black tights will be involved.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A special holiday message

From Santa Dog!
Desi just wanted to say, Happy Holidays to all. . .
. . .he's beyond excited to visit family over Christmas. . .
. . .but he likes to keep it all inside. . .
. . .he's got to keep his energy up. We'll (both) be back next week!

Monday, December 22, 2008

This baby is a great excuse to shop

So here's my second baby-bump wardrobe dilemma. (Well, besides the daily dilemma of finding pants that fit or attempting not to wear the same 5 outfits over and over again). I'll be going to a family wedding in early February and provided that my belly expansion-rate doesn't decide to like quadruple, or something, I think this little number might make me happy. . .

ingwa;melero Carmelia Mini Dress, $229.60 at Shopbop.com

I'm thinking black tights - since I'm sure it'll be freezing, and also those lace embellishments do run just a tad high on the leg there, good thing I'm short. And y'all can see that the dress is a champagne/taupe color right? I'm not going to commit the 'bridal white' faux pas. Right? Thoughts?

Newly-wedded wife

Isn't she lovely?
At last week's LA premiere of The Spirit, Scarlett Johansson looked absolutely glowing, don't you think? I just love that beaming look you see on the newly-married. Looks like marriage agrees with her.

(Image via Popsugar)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pleased as punch

That's right pleased as punch I say, to let you know that Nina & Todd's wedding is featured in the current issue (Spring/Summer) of Brides Washington and Brides Maryland magazines!
Check out the shout out to yours truly, as well as Mary Kate McKenna, the Cake Cartel, Atelier Floral Design and Melissa Bluey. On newsstands now!

Monday, December 15, 2008

In her shoes

Excuse me Miss Cameron, but was is going on south of your ankles?
Nude rosette-embellished satin peep-toe pumps? With a white dress? Does it work?
I'll say.

(Image 1 via Popsugar, image 2 via JustJared)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

From you, to them

If you're at least mid-engagement, by now you've figured you get a pretty decent amount of gifts out of this whole wedding thing. Which means, you're going to be needing some thank-you notes. A lot of thank-you notes in fact, so why not pick some absolutely gorgeous ones, like these beauties from Linda & Harriet.
I fell in love with them when I saw them on Cookie's Nesting blog this morning. I'm a fan of script-y looking fonts with a modern silhouette. These cards are limited edition and (swoon!) lined with vintage wall paper.
One small suggestion, if you don't mind my two cents. When we were getting married, we ordered our thank-you notes (lovely ones, from the Written Word) with our new address printed on the back. That lasted us through all the thank-yous for all our wedding gifts and then some. But fast-forward to our decision to leave the minuscule and overpriced one-bedroom apartment in 'glamorous' Penn Quarter for the quiet tree-lined streets of Glover Park and presto! Those envelopes were pretty much useless. So think long and hard before you order 500 envelopes with an address stamped on the back.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

About (my) face

Yipee! My Laura Mercier oil-free foundation is running low and that means I've gotta a special treat coming my way. (Oh and by the way please don't balk at that price, it was an impulse purchase. . .I'm usually a MAC girl all the way).
See, when my make-up runs out, I wait until the day of a special occasion. . .a wedding, my birthday, New Year's Eve, that sort of thing. At this point I've got my outfit planned, my shoes selected and I probably just got a haircut, you know, for the blow-out. So I head on over to the department store make-up counter and. . .tada! I get my make-up done. For free! The exact details vary according to brand/store, but at MAC, spend $65 in product and the make-up job is on the house. . .it's a steal. Get where I'm going with this brides? It might not be a convenient route to go on for the wedding day, but if you've got an upcoming bridal shower, engagement party, bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner, and you're out of foundation, lip gloss, mascara, eye-liner, eye shadow, you name it, head on over to your favorite make-up counter, spend what you'd spend anyway and. .voila! Walk out feeling pretty and party-ready. Here are some great make-up looks, courtesy InStyle Weddings, for some inspiration.
The blushing bride glow
Freshface, berry lips
Full pout

Monday, December 8, 2008

Girls' Night

Just came home from a lovely girls' night at Ceviche, which reminded me that you all might be interested in this quick tip: if you're looking for bridesmaid dresses for your ladies, Hitched is showcasing Amsale's latest collection with their own little girls' night, a buying party this Thursday, December 11th, from 5 to 8 pm. Any Amsale bridesmaid gowns purchased will be 15% off.
If you're interested, RSVP to info@hitchedsalon.com. And how nice are the Hitched-ladies? If you can't come on Thursday night, call 202-333-6162 or appointments@hitchedsalon.com to set up an appointment for Friday, December 12. . .they'll still give you a 10% discount on any Amsale bridesmaid dresses purchased.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Are they for serious?

I've been to one or two weddings where you could feel a certain. . . let's call it concern, from the guests about whether or not the couple tying the knot was. . .let's say meant for each other.
To be blunt, some of us (ahem, them) were taking bets as to how long the marriage was going to last.
Sad, but true. But if you ask me, there's no need to speculate.
I always say that you can judge the future success of a marriage by how genuine and happy the bride and groom look in their wedding pictures.
If true love is in the air, there should be no posed smiles, no vanity, no smirking and no (what the?) glaring.Why do I bring it up? No reason. So, hey, Speidi finally got married. Thoughts?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

What's in a name?

(Former?) Model Astrid Munoz strikes a pose in bridal white for the Sartorialist. Hmmm, Astrid. . .potential baby name? No, don't freak out mom and dad, I'm just trying to throw you off my scent.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

'Tis the season (finally)

I've had to hold back from posting anything related to the holidays since like, September, but I'm ready to dip my toe in the water. Vera Wang thinks of everything.

Christmas tree ornament, $30, Vera Wang

Monday, December 1, 2008

High-heeled and pregnant

So, have I mentioned to y'all that I'm preggers? Indeed. . a few months in and so happy. Already searching for clothes that fit! And speaking of clothes that fit. . .
(Photo by Wiedmaier)
That's right. This spring, about four weeks before I'm scheduled to give birth to like, an actual baby, I will be walking down the aisle in front of over a hundred people as a bridesmaid for these two crazy kids. I am so, so, so happy to be in the wedding and am thrilled that my 'delicate condition' didn't give me the axe, but you know. . .I'm nervous! All eyes on me. . .which believe me, under normal circumstances I have no problem with. . .with an a enormous belly and God knows what else going on? (I'm hearing things about swollen ankles, and well swollen everything. I put my fingers in my ears when I hear these things). When I first became aware of this upcoming dilemma, I called around to local bridal shops to ask for advice. They told me I had two choices, go with a designer that carries maternity bridesmaid dresses (who knew their were such designers!?) or stick with an empire-waist, order 2-3 sizes too big and alter away. So armed with this advice, and a wonderful-bride who's actually taking my ever growing tummy into consideration, we've come up with some options and it's looking like a potential winner (!), that, believe it or not, we think will look good on all four of us - short legs, long legs and huge stomach. Want to see the dress? Fat chance, y'all know me better than that. You'll see it in due time, promise. In the meantime, if you or a friend are finding yourselves in the same predicament, here are some dresses that might work.
Jersey halter gown, Amsale
Phoebe dress, Jenny Yoo
Black satin maternity gown, Occasions by Jim Hjelm
Becca dress, Jenny Yoo
Short jersey gown, Amsale
What do you guys think? Can I fit-in with the rest of the 'maids? I'm thinking it can be done.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Don't take this the wrong way. . .

. . .but for the rest of the week, I've kinda got some better things to do. Eat. Do.
Bon Thanksgiving. . .back on Monday!

(Picture via food_in_mouth)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Day to night

I love this wedding profile from one of my favorite blogs, Snippet and Ink, and I couldn't get over one detail. . .
The dress. Beautiful right? I mean way to take tiers of tulle and just run with it. Silk tulle to be exact, by Monique Lhuillier, and the bride had the brilliant idea of making the bottom two tiers removable so she could dance the night a way in sexier short version.
Love it!

When white doesn't feel quite right

If you're like me, then maybe you got to a point in your wedding dress shopping where each gown was just another white dress. Scores of dresses with color names like ivory, snow, eggshell, chalk, pearl, cloud, champagne, cream. It made me dizzy. Eventually the dizziness subsided and I found the right one for me. But if your head is still spinning, maybe you need to walk away from all the white? Perhaps your colors are the more blush and bashful type. You'll find pink-hued gowns hidden in the collections of some major bridal fashion designers like Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier. Here are some pretty pinks to ponder. .
Sarah Jessica Parker - I call this shade petal
(image from Popsugar)

Rihanna, parfait
(image from Justjared.com)
Winona Ryder, tulip
(Image from Coutorture)
Kerry Washington, ballet slipper
(Image from InStyle magazine)
Jennifer Lopez, punch
(Image from InStyle magazine)

Ain't that the truth

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Merci, beau-coup!

It's the weirdest thing. I am a warm-weather person through and through. As August draws to a close I start to physically dread Autumn and Winter. My wardrobe is in denial for a while - seriously, I don't wear socks for the longest time. And then. . .something just clicks. The leaves change and fall, there's a chill in the air and the upcoming holidays just woo me. Right now I am pretty much smitten with the seasons and I'm loving all the adorable winter wedding details that are out there. Like these adorable Mini-Holiday Brownie Pops from beau-coup!
Adorable right? I love using beau-coup for favors and wedding gifts, they have great products and are just lovely to work with. Which is why I am thrilled to announce that beau-coup is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky bon mariage reader!
So what do you have to do to win? Here's the scoop. . .leave a comment below and tell me your favorite winter wedding detail. The winner will be selected at random, (but I love this stuff so if merely for the purpose of sharing you want to send me actual pictures, feel free to do so at bonmariagedc@gmail.com). Comments must be left by midnight eastern standard time on Friday, November 21st and the winner will be announced Friday evening. Good luck!

* UPDATE * The winner is Amanda! Congrats - enjoy your prize!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Nights in white satin

(Pictures from Justjared.com)
Well doesn't Nicole Kidman just look the part of blushing bride? The actress has been showing a penchant for white while promoting her new film, Australia.
I love the knee-length sheath dress on the end and I adore the up-do.
(Picture via poetictouch)
The girl looks good in white.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Breakups & Makeups

It's old news by now that former Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas broke up with her fiancee, Jesse Csincsak. Another tv-romance bites the dust, and with it a tiny bit of my soul. Come on! It's like these people are purposefully trying to take my romantic hopes and crush them to bits. What are they trying to prove, that true love can't be found on ABC? DeAnna seems to be recovering nicely, she just got a gig over at Lifetime hosting the show Get Married. Call me crazy, but isn't that kind of like Spencer Pratt teaching modesty seminar?
On a happier, and less catty, note it looks like love is getting a second chance for one of my favorite past Bachelors, Charlie O'Connell (brother of Jerry), and his season's winner, Sarah Brice. The two dated from 2005-2007 and are now together again. Is it too melodramatic to use the old saying, when the lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window, when talking about reality television?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Plaititudes

How cute is Nicole Richie in this hairdo and why didn't I wear my hair like this at my wedding?
Photo from Popsugar

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