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Fashion Monday: Jim Hjelm

Jim Hjelm’s designs are far beyond the ordinary– they exceed the divine with their soft lines and romantic themes. The flouncy fabrics and textures celebrate everything feminine and alluring, while adding the touch of glamour every bride wants to captivate.

Mouthwatering Mikaella

Mikaella ruched halter mermaid wedding gown with organza rochette


There are so many words to describe a gown by Mikaella wedding gown:  lush, ethereal, and elegant.  Each wedding dress has its own story, that enhances every curve and feminine aura. 

white ruched bodice with jeweled waist brooch Mikaella wedding gown silk bodice with organza and silk skirt wedding dess mikaella

ruched diamond bodice wedding gown Mikaella wedding dress white lace strapless wedding dress Mikaella

With a gorgeous assortment of gowns, veils and boleros, Mikaella appeals to the bride who wants a classic design that is high on style and  personality.

Mikaella flower veil white chapel finger length lace veil

mikaella white silk bolero white cap sleeve bolero mikaella

Check out more of the gorgeous designs at the Mikaella website and check out their upcoming event calendar!

How Does Priscilla of Boston Inspire You?

priscilla of boston social media contest                   


It’s no secret how much we adore Priscilla of Boston, so we are very excited about their new social media contest “How Does Priscilla of Boston Inspire You?”.  If you love Priscilla of Boston’s gorgeous gowns, simply create a collage or inspiration board of your favorite dress and upload it to enter.  Share your personal photos of you and your fiancé or family and friends, favorite vacation spots, career or decadent food and drink–show the world your fabulousness!  You are a luxeling, so we expect nothing less!


One lucky winner could receive a luxury trip for two to NYC for Priscilla of Boston’s exclusive fashion show during April 2010 Bridal Fashion Week, a private appointment with an expert bridal consultant at Priscilla of Boston NYC Salon, a Priscilla of Boston dress of your choice and much, much more!  Prizes will also be given to one runner up winner and to one most viral winner.


Ready to enter?  Great.  Head on over and get inspired by Priscilla of Boston!

If you enter, let us know so that we can support your submission!

Fashion Monday: The Littlest Attendant

Finding the perfect dress for your flower girl is just as hard as finding your own wedding dress.  You have to walk a delicate balance of being cute but not chintzy, beautiful, but not brash.  Similar to your bridesmaids, you want to select a dress that the little girl can wear again, as some dresses can be an investment.


Here are some cute ideas:


apple green shantung Watters WaWa             ice blue tulle flower girl dress with sequins and satin blue ribbon


I love these dresses by Watters, as they deviate from the typical overly tulled white dress that most little girls drown in and allow you to express her personality and the personality of your event with these fun dresses. By incorporating color, you increase the probability of your little friend to wear it again.



ivory champagne organza flower girl dress with beaded waistband

ivory lace bodice with satin bow and tulle skirt flower girl dress by david's bridal

rhinestone bodice white dress faux fur flower girl dress jessica lyn for emerald bridal organza flower girl dress with flower satin bow waistband jessica lyn emerald bridal

If you are looking for an ivory or white flower girl dress, but want to kick it up with more style, look for adornments and embellishments, like these (clockwise Us Angels, David’s Bridal and Jessica Lyn for Emerald Bridal).  Simple additions like a beaded bodice or waistband, ribbons and flowers are a good way to help her stand out and feel like a princess.


white flower girl dress with scalloped hem andblue satin waistband ivory lace flower girl dress with beige flower

flower girl white layered organza dress with ruffled hem by pink princess ivory flower girl dress with organza overlay by winnie couture


If you are looking for something that is gentile and whimsical, but offers a simple elegance for your flower girl, then these dresses by Joan Calabrese for Mon Cheri, Us Angels, Pink Princess and Winnie Couture should  appeal for you. (How adorable is the last little girl with the wreath in her hair!)  Their clean lines and light textures do not add a lot of fuss, but instead enhance delicate details. These would be perfect to wear again, especially for holidays such as Easter or  Mother’s Day.

Priscilla of Boston Turns It Up

Priscilla of Boston Wedding Gowns and Dresses


In doing some research, I stumbled into the Priscilla of Boston experience.  I say experience, because the site is not the run-of-the-mill bridal designer site.  It is fun, interactive and reflective of the upscale brand, while introducing you to some of the new modern, sexy, yet still elegant lines.  The site seeks to make your acquaintance with everything that Priscilla of Boston can offer:  wedding gowns, dresses for your bridal party…right down to a little black dress.  Additionally, you can view previous runway shows, meet the designers as well as get info on attending some of the trunk shows and other events.

I loved that each time you click on a dress to see it in greater detail, you are surprised to see not just a picture, but a video of a model walking in the dress down the runway.  Perfect!  This helps tremendously to see how a fabric moves, interacts with a body, as well as how the lines can complement or disgrace the model.


Here are some gorgeous features from each line:


Priscilla—the classic line


Priscilla of Boston Priscilla line of wedding dresses

Priscilla of Boston Priscilla line of wedding dresses


Melissa Sweet—the feminine, fashion forward whimsical line

Priscilla of Boston Melissa Sweet line of wedding dresses


Platinum—the opulent, luxurious line

Priscilla of Boston's Platinum Line wedding dresses

Vineyard—The sophisticated, of-the-moment line

Priscilla of Boston Vineyard Sophisticated wedding dress line


Reverie—non-traditional, unique-sense-of-style line

Priscilla of Boston Reverie Line Wedding dress

Jewel—The glamorous line for modern brides


Priscilla of Boston Jewel Wedding dress lines 



Fools Ruche In

One of the hottest trends in fashion right now is (and has been) ruching.  Ruching is the ruffle or pleat in fine fabric—once used only on collars and trimming, ruching has made impact on bodices, waists and other lines within a dress.  Ruching actually makes you look slimmer, which great within itself, but also adds unique lines to your gown’s overall design. 


Ruched ivory tafetta and rhinestone wedding dress by Romona KevezaWhite Asymmetrical Mermaid Ruched Wedding Dress by Romona Keveza

White Ruched chiffon and silk wedding dress by Romona Keveza 

White Halter Ruched Wedding Dress by Romona Keveza White bandeau ruched wedding dress by Romona Keveza  Ivory Feather Halter Wedding Dress by Romona Keveza

All wedding gowns by  Romona Keveza; see more at

Ines Di Santo: Rocking the 2010 Runway

I’ve always been a huge fan of Ines di Santo—I love the lines and how the designs are bridal, without being overdone.  It is sexy bridal fashion made for real women that not only enhances woman’s curves, but also her inner confidence.  Here are some of my favorites from the 2010 Runway show:



Love the opulent detail and cut of the bodice. 


This is definitely one of my favorites:  the colors, shirred fabrics and hem are divine!


I love how this design kicks it up a notch—adding the slimming shirred design with feathers and crystals.


This simpler empire cut with the ornamented pleats adds sophistication and understated elegance


Love the drop waist and full skirt on this gown!  The sheen of the fabric complements the extraordinary beading and cut of the bodice.


Once again, the designers take a simple design  (here, a mermaid gown) and make it exquisite with the addition of ivory lace  and pleats at the top of the bodice and bottom of the hem.


See more of Ines di Santo 2010 Bridal Gowns on the runway courtesy of

Photos by Dan Lecca

Definition: Bengaline

Apple Green Bengaline from BBJ Linen

ben·ga·line  (bngg-ln) n.   A fabric having a crosswise ribbed effect made of silk, wool, or synthetic fibers.

[French, from Bengale, Bengal.]
Putting a modern edge to decor is always fun. Bengalines help you incorporate the soft feel of a fabric, with your choice of sheen or matte, without splurging on other costlier linens like lamours.  It’s ribbed texture is a nice difference from a lamour, but is not a knit fabric, but a woven one.  Bengaline is used in everything from wedding gowns to linens to tent lining. 

Jackets! Jackets! Jackets!

One of the hottest trends hitting the runways this fall are jackets!  Personally, I love a good jacket, especially one that is tailored to fit and can complement almost any outfit from pencil skirts to jeans.  But, what about bridal wear? 


Enter the bolero. 











Shawls are great, but can be a tad bit worrisome.  You have to actually hold it or let it hang;  just keeping up with it can add an additional task to an already harried day.  Boleros can add additional style to your bridal look as well as serve its function of keeping you warm.  For example, you’ll look a lot more stunning in your bridal bolero than your new husband’s tuxedo jacket at your outdoor reception.  With the entrance of winter and fall weddings, we see the influx of many bridal jackets, boleros and cover ups.  Because there are so many options, you want to be sure you are picking one that is right for your style of dress and the season of your wedding.


Some designers create boleros to go with a few collections in their lines, while some bridal salons will make a bolero for you if you bring in or purchase the lace or desired fabric of your choice.  Another great perk of wearing a bolero is the ability to maintain your shape while still adding  a bit of style.  It’s not bulky like some bridal jackets, so you are sure to stay along the same lines for your look as you do without it. 




Row 1:  Rina di Montella Bridal Style No. RB2800S :: Destinations by Mon Cheri Style No. 28100 :: Le Spose di Giò Style No. E50 ::

Row 2: Renella De Fina Style No. Mia :: Alvina Valenta Style No. 9851 :: Rina di Montella Bridal Style No. RB2802S ::

Row 3: JCH CollectionStyle No. J2082 :: Essense of Australia Style No. DJ852 :: La Sposa Style No. Ferida ::