20 Aug, 2010 | by Kathleen Barbosa
I’ve written a few times about my wedding gown, which I love. Without giving too much away, it’s a dramatic trumpet gown of cream Duchess satin by Alvina Valenta. Embellished with crystal appliques and classic in its details and silhouette, my wedding dress helped inspire my current vintage obsession. I bought it last year a few months after becoming engaged and am as excited about it today as I was when it first arrived at Bridal Trousseau last Spring. With that said, however, bridal fashion is really at its zenith right now, with designers like Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier raising bridal couture to stratospheric heights of decadence and artistry, and there are literally dozens, if not hundreds, of dresses I admire and could wear just as easily, and enthusiastically, as the one I chose. For example, there’s the subject of this post. I ran across this gown a few days ago, a garment of such beaded fabulousness that I just had to share it with everyone. No, this isn’t actually related to my own wedding, and, yes, it’s a bit of a detour, but this site has evolved into a forum for me to share my general musings on all things wedding-related and to indulge my silly fantasy of becoming an event/wedding coordinator (you know, just in case my law degree really does fail to pay dividends in the future). In that spirit, I’ve decided to devote this post to the one dress I’ve seen in the past year that has given me a mild case of “dress envy.” It’s from Lazaro’s 2010 collection, and it’s utterly glamorous. Feast thine eyes:
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14 Aug, 2010 | by Kathleen Barbosa
After months of drooling over Regina B.’s delicious baubles, I finally turned my fixation into actual purchases: A few weeks ago, I ordered earrings as gifts for my maid and matron of honor, my best friend Tara and sister Victoria, respectively. More recently, my sister ordered my accessories as a gift, my “something new” (the best gift ever, for which I’ve decided to thank her by waiting several full weeks before accosting her with a new laundry list of wedding-related tasks I need completed in a timely and efficient manner). So, all I can do now is wait semi-patiently for the arrival of my fabulous trousseau at some point before November 6th. In the meantime, I’ve been getting my daily fix from her website, www.reginab.com, where I discovered the mind-numbing fabulousness of the necklace pictured in this post. I’ve decided its over-the-top, sparkly decadence deserves a post all its own. continue reading »
7 Aug, 2010 | by Richard Vinhais
The Hangover was out-of-this world funny. In fact, I’ve seen the film over a half-dozen times now and I still find it hysterical. How could it not be funy when you’re given a healthy dose of: Memory loss, kidnapping, grand theft auto, Mike Tyson’s Tiger, Mike Tyson himself, random baby, missing teeth, being hospitalized, getting tased in the face, etc. Come on! How ridiculously entertaining is that???
When the time came for me to think through what I’d like to do for my bachelor party, I didn’t hesitate…Vegas baby! Did the film influence my decision making? Eh, maybe a little bit, but not entirely. At the end of the day it was my “best man” who convinced me that it would create the most memorable experience. I’ve never been there before and it’s already on my travel wish-list. Not to mention it is the quintessential destination to cut loose with friends.
With that said, for those that really know me understand that I’m not much of a drinker; or party animal for that matter. In fact (just to continue the Hangover reference)…I’m probably the equivalent of the groom that was left on the roof the entire movie. So my expectations for the trip will be tame by comparison. continue reading »
2 Aug, 2010 | by Kathleen Barbosa
As the wedding day draws closer, more and more of my initial “vision” has shifted, either by choice or by necessity. One change that I’m particularly excited about is the decision I’ve made recently regarding my wedding favors. For the past two years, I’ve assumed that I would choose small boxes of Godiva chocolates for my favors, primarily because the gold boxes are elegant and would match my ivory and gold color scheme. We chose four-piece Godiva ballotins for my sister’s wedding, and they went over very well with all the guests. I mean, who doesn’t like Belgian chocolate? In the back of my mind, however, I doubted whether this idea really said all that much about my personality, or my fiance’s. Rich loves Godiva’s hazelnut open oysters, but aside from that chocolates seem to be a rather impersonal party favor. I attended a wedding last year in which the bride and groom chose ASPCA favors, and a few weeks ago Rich and I decided that we would do the same. After all, everyone who knows me knows how much I love animals. APCA favors would be the perfect way to reflect my personality and at the same time aid a cause that I consider extremely important.
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