musings #3

I am still distraught over the end of the season of Dowtown Abbey.  I have been curious about the history of behind the show and find this article fascinating.  

I’m not sure which collection I’m more excited for: Kate Young for Target or Derek Lam DesignNation for Kohl’s

Besides a new line for JCP, Marchesa is having an amazing contest with the Knot for a destination wedding in Hawaii that also includes china for 8.

Speaking of contests, have you entered ours for a veil or bridal jewelry?

I’m dismayed at the number of people that are blasting Victoria’s Secret for this supposed collection aimed at middle school children. Can you Google before you judge?

I’m a Lucky Magazine Contributor!

I can’t say how much I enjoy sharing my thoughts on everything from books, to bridal events, to beauty tips with my ‘Bee’ readers, it’s so much fun to show you what I am currently loving and obsessed with! Now, I know in the past I’ve confessed my not-so-private adoration for magazines, and recently I’ve taken this love to the next level by becoming a Lucky Magazine Contributor! I couldn’t be more excited. It’s amazing to be a part of a ‘community’ with so many fabulous people sharing so many of their fabulous ideas. Check me out in the Lucky Community here, and keep your eyes peeled for more posts to come from yours truly!

"Get Fest Ready" Fashion Show at Bloomingdale’s

I know it doesn’t feel like it when you step outside, but Spring is upon us, and that means we can soon welcome back our pretty frocks, gladiator sandals and sleeveless blouses with open arms! Bloomingdale’s has the right idea with their “Get Fest Ready” fashion show, on March 21st, styled by celebrity stylist Jacqueline Rezak of Rad and Refined. Inspired by music festival chic, get the low-down on the trends that are bringing the heat this Summer so you can steal the show at the hottest festivals like Bonaroo, Coachella and Chicago’s very own Lollapalooza. I mean, who cares about the performers when you’re strutting around in your studded high-waisted white denim shorts?!

Bloomingdale’s “Get Fest Ready” Fashion Show 
Thursday, March 21st 
900 N Michigan Ave., Floor 5

If Jessa said ‘I Do’ in Chicago…

I don’t know about you, but HBO’s Girls holds a coveted spot on my Sunday night schedule. I. Am. Ob-sessed. Earlier this season, one of the characters, Jessa, had an incredibly quirky, eclectic wedding in NYC, think ethereal lace, exposed brick, lofty ceilings, and bohemian decor. This got me to thinking: if Jessa’s wedding took place in Chicago, where would it be? Below are three local venues that immediately came to mind!

With delicate accents of flowers and strung lights, ARTango so easily can transform into an intimate setting for a small wedding. Add in the dramatic windows and wooden beams, and this venue has serious character.

An industrial inspired venue, the white washed walls and clean lines allow this space to cater to the tastes of individual couples. Also did you look at those windows?! So much natural light is happening, I love! 

Modern with a backdrop of amazing artwork, this gallery offers a fabulous amount of chic to any wedding! All the angles of the overall space create tons of mini spaces, a cool way to make such a large room seem less overwhelming and more cozy. 

March Makeup Madness prented by Sonia Roselli

Forget basketball! We’re talking all things beauty here. Everything about what I am going to share with you is beyond fabulous, so take a good moment to brace yourselves. This month THE Sonia Roselli is introducing her series of Makeup Master Classes for women who want to take their beauty regime to the next level.

  Check out the March lineup below for a closer look at what’s in store:

DIY Bridal Makeup Class 

diy bridal makeup

Learn step-by-step how to acheive that perfectly-perfect wedding day makeup from Sonia herself! Cue gasps now. Nothing is more frustrating than getting your makeup done and loving it, but not being able to re-create the look at home! Now, with Sonia’s expert help, problem solved.

March 16th at 2-4PM
March 17th at 10-12PM  
Cost: $45 per person 
7001 N. Glenwood Avenue 

A minimum of 8 participants are required per class so spread the word!
Register with a credit card by March 14
No shows will be charged.

Brush Hour Makeup Class 


Not to be outdone, the DIY class will be followed by Brush Hour. In this class, learn more about professional brushes and their specific used to maximize your glam factor! Now, if that’s not enough, here’s the added bonus: by the end of this class, you will leave with 16 professional makeup brushes worth $350*. I know, I know, here’s how you sign up! 

March 23rdth at 10-12PM & 2-4PM 
March 24th at 10-12PM 
Cost: $149
7001 N. Glenwood Avenue 

A minimum of 8 participants are required per class so don’t be shy, tell everyone!
Register with credit card by March 14
*Products are included in this class. You must prepay the non-refundable cost.

Catwalk to Sidewalk-Spring 2013 Trends 


To round out this amazing trio is the Master Catwalk to Sidewalk class. Cover the hottest trends from the Spring 2013 Fashion Week runways and learn how to seamlessly translate them into your everyday life. Now, I’m sure you’re already convinced but if not please note that you get to keep all your trend-setting makeup, valued at $400*. I mean, how major is this?! 

March 30th at 10-12PM
Cost: $149 
7001 N. Glenwood Avenue 

A minimum of 8 participants are required per class, so tell all your friends! 
Register with credit card by March 14
*Products are included in this class. You must prepay the non-refundable cost.

Email or call 773.771.1102 to sign up or for more information. 

Givewaway from SimplyBridal!

It’s always a pleasure to introduce new brands and companies doing fabulous things in the wedding world, so say a big hello to! Launched in 2011, SimplyBridal has an AH-MAZING array of wedding fashion including gowns, veils and accessories for every type of bride. 

Saying that, I am beyond excited to announce that I will be picking one very lucky reader to win a veil or jewelry item, of their choosing*, from SimplyBridal!! Here’s what to do: visit their website to peruse their products, comment below on your very favorite veil or jewelry item, and it just might end up at your doorstep! 

The winner will be selected on April 1st. Below are some of my accessory obsessions from the site, and if you weren’t already dying for this giveaway before, I know you are now.

Silver Plated Earwire with Hammered Oval Link and White Shell Pearl

7″ Gold Plated Three Small Oval Link Bracelet with White Coin Pearl

Lace Trim Veil 

*giveaways exclude jewelry by May Yeung

Dimitra’s Bridal host Alvina Valenta and Ersa Atelier Trunk Shows

Always a source of amazing bridal fashion, Dimitra’s Bridal welcomes Alvina Valenta’s Spring 2013 Collection to their boutique March 7-10th. From delicate lace to lady-like tulle, Valenta’s gowns cater to the ultra feminine bride. A combination of traditional and modern, these innovative designs are truly fabulous. One weekend not enough for you? 

Head back to Dimitra’s March 21-24th as Ersa Atelier presents her bridal gowns for the first time in America! These French inspired gowns combine various silhouettes, fabrics, and shapes to create truly one-of-a-kind designs. These bridal gowns were surely worth the wait! Dimitra’s will be offering special incentives to attendees purchasing gowns at the trunk shows. 

Dimitra’s Bridal Couture 
March 7-10th
March 21-24th
1011 N. Rush Street
Third Floor
To make an appointment, please call 312.787.0920.

Haute Bride Wedding Accessory Trunk Show at The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery

So many fabulous events, just one weekend. Here’s another to add to your list! The Left Bank Jewelry welcomes Chicago brides to their Haute Bride Wedding Accessory Trunk Show this weekend.  The trunk show will feature a special limited edition collection of wedding belts and sashes. 

From the experts at Left Bank, here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for wedding accessories:

1. Bring a photo of your wedding dress.
2. Wear a white/ivory shirt.
3. Special orders can take up to 8 weeks to deliver, so don’t necessarily go by your wedding date but when you want everything in you hands.
4. Have fun!

To make an appointment, email or call 773.929.7422.

March 9-10th

The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery
1155 West Webster Avenue