Jenny Yoo Redefines Bridesmaids Dresses

I know bridesmaid dress shopping can be a challenge with so many opinions and body types!  So I want to share  a few of my favorite bridesmaids dresses that will have you and your bridesmaids excited and breathing a sigh of relief! 
Jenny Yoo recently launched her latest collection, which incorporates rich and luxurious silks, chiffons and cottons to create an elegant, feminine and refined look. What I love about her collection is that the dresses are beautifully made, high quality and definitely can be worn again for another special occasion. Take a peak at the complete 2014 Collection here!

My favorite dress of the collection is this delicate, flirty dress.

 Clean lines, modern and feminine, this dress is a classic.
You can easily add a crystal belt  for some extra sparkle.
Annabelle                       Wren

How sweet is this soft silhouette? This dress would look fab on almost every body type!
Turn this LBD around for a surprising plunging V back.

These dresses for expecting mothers are flattering as they show off a little baby bump and the mom-to-be will feel stunning in the comfortable fabric.
 Cerise                         Delphine

Brideside + Bonobos Wedding Party

Brideside and Bonobos are teaming up this Sunday, February 17th, to help Chicago brides take the stress out of wedding party shopping. From 12 to 3PM brides, grooms, and their wedding parties can browse 120+ different designer bridesmaid dresses with over 80 color options, courtesy of Brideside, while simultaneously sizing and fitting grooms to match. I honestly cannot think of anything more ideal! 

Bonobos Guideshop 
Sunday, February 17th
840 W. Armitage

Dressing my Bridesmaids

Choosing bridesmaids dresses was harder than what I thought. When I first engaged, I was confident that I give the my bridesmaids the liberty to choose their own dress has long as it was cocktail stlye and black. I liked the idea that they could get a dress they could wear again and it wasn’t so cookie-cutter. I am not a fan of bridesmaids dresses that look like they are straight out of a bridal magazine. However, being the planner I am, it made me anxious thinking about what my girls would choose since I have an array of personalities.

I moved on to plan B, which was picking out ones for them. I was set on the color black, but now couldn’t choose between long vs. short dresses. Being a December wedding, long dresses would be perfect for the weather, but on of my goals was to pick out a dress the girls could wear again. Here’s what I liked.

This dress is form Nordstrom, but unfortunately $198.00 and I felt that was too high for a few of my bridesmaids.

I love the length and the bow on this dress from Nordstrom, but I really wanted a dress that actually wasn’t strapless. However, the price was doable, only $138.00.

Finally, I found this one.

I love basically everything about it; the ruffle collar, the length, the ability to wear it again, and the price. So, I had a few of my girls try them on at Nordstrom and try them on. One of my bridesmaids, Lucy, texted me while she was in the dressing room saying, “I love it. I definitely think I could wear it again. Plus it just reminds me of you!’ That sealed the deal for me!

What to do with that old bridesmaid dress?

Dessy has been designing bridesmaid gowns for many years. I am in absolute love with this idea that launched recently. Called Newlymaid, the concept is pure (green) genius.

  1. Find an old bridesmaid dress
  2. Mail to Newlymaid.
  3. Get a code for discount shopping.
  4. Buy a new dress like the own pictured above!

Why would Newlymaid want your old gown? They either recycle the dress or they donate it to charity. Click here for the pretty amazing idea.

Royal Wedding, The Gowns

I realize that everyone else has already talked about the Royal Wedding. I waited until I could find the exact images before hitting up my blog. I really adored Kate’s Alexander McQueen wedding gown. The gown is not only elegant but very much Kate’s style. I felt that the dress was a cross between the wedding gowns worn by Grace Kelly and Ivanka Trump. I loved the cut. I also loved the lace and that it wasn’t strapless!

And then there was the second dress. Also designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, I felt that it was a huge fail. The gorgeous embellishment didn’t work with the simple circle and the shrunken angora cardigan. Seriously?! The dress doesn’t fit the royal occasion. It is far too simple and the jeweled waist looks as though it was added on at the last minute. I would have suggested an entirely different dress. I think that Kate’s Maid of Honor, her sister Pippa, wore a gown that would have been a much better choice for an evening gown. That dress was amazing!

Shopbop Lovers rejoice

Shopbop has decided to join the trend and open a wedding shop. While many of the items are a bit unreasonable ($795 for a bridesmaid dress), I am so glad that people are opening their eyes to wearing dresses for bridal attire. The idea that you need to go and spend a fortune for a hideous dress just because it is deemed a bridesmaid dress is ridiculous. I love the idea of ordering off the rack and hope that this isn’t a trend but changes the industry.

Bridal Event: Jenny Yoo Sample Sale

Jenny Yoo is having their sample sale this week! Bridal, bridesmaids, and evening wear dresses priced from 40%-80% off. Click here to view the invite and the collection.

Jenny Yoo Sample Sale
August 31 + September 1
12 – 7PM
300 West Superior Street
Questions? Email

27 Throw Pillows

Sometimes you just have to admit that you will never wear that bridesmaid dress again – why not actually get more use out of it by turning it into a cute ruffled pillow? It’s quick, cheap, and easy thanks to these great instructions on

I am always surprised at how expensive accent pillows are: this little round one at the end of the bed is $220 from Neiman Marcus. Perfect! Buy your bridesmaid dress, wear it cheerfully once, covert it into a pillow, and you’ll actually be MAKING money.

Not all accent pillows can say they were once worn out in public either. Take that, Neiman Marcus.

Ann Taylor’s 2010 Collection

Ann Taylor has a beautiful wedding collection and they just introduced their new line for 2010. Also, on their wedding website they have some useful articles and styling tips like this one on how to wear your dress after the wedding.

Here are a few of my favorites.

I love this dress with a front and back V-neckline!

The color of this dress is great, but the pockets are even better!

Another short but classic dress. Perfect for a summer wedding!