1. J.Crew has opened it's flagship bridal boutique on Madison Avenue!
To celebrate, the retailer is teaming up with Martha Stewart Weddings for the Say "I do" J.Crew sweepstakes! Enter between now and June 30th for a chance to win a weekend trip for two to New York, a wedding consultation with matrimony maven Darcy Miller, and $2,500 to spend during a private shopping experience in the brand new boutique! With that cash you could pick up this creamy confection, and outfit your 'maids. Silk chiffon in vintage blue is pretty much universally flattering. Just saying.
2. Memorial Day weekend is finally upon us and the start of summer means we want that sun-kissed golden bronze look. A tan can really give a nice glow, especially in a white wedding dress, but the risks and damaging effects of the sun aren't worth it. The Belles have collectively tried pretty much every self-tanning product on the market, ranging from discount drug store finds to pricey "designer" skin care products and spray booths (think Ross on Friends). One continues to come out on top: L'Oreal Sublime Glow. It works as a moisturizer, building up a natural looking, gradual color when you use it each day. The kicker is the subtle pleasant scent, which few other products have mastered. (Nothing worse than the tell-tale tanner stench that lingers for days). You can find it at drugstores or mass retailers for around $10.
3. This might be a controversial posting for a wedding blog, but the site my ex's wedding dress was sent to us this week and we got a kick out of it. Honestly, even happily married couples have no practical use for the pricey gown in the back of the closet. The site is a web-based book proposal for a coffee table book of 101 tongue-in-cheek uses for a guy's ex wife's wedding dress after she asked for a divorce. Recent postings include coffee filter, Christmas tree skirt, and drop cloth. If you want a laugh, check it out.
4. The flash of the bulbs. The screens, inks, and papers. Yes, we're talking about Gocco. Not sure what that is? Well it's an at-home, mini version of a silkscreen printer that comes from Japan. Hardcore DIY'ers have ordered Gocco kits to try their hands at creating original paper goods, and have posted numerous accounts of their successes and failures around the web. How do we know? We've read a lot of them. A LOT, a lot. But it wasn't until seeing this tutorial from Massive Empire that we actually could follow the process easily and (finally!) understand all the steps involved. Are we brave enough to try Gocco now? If we were, it would surely warrant an entirely separate post. Stay tuned.
5. And today we leave you with this, the drool inducing buttercream wonder captured by Such Pretty Things that nearly had us ready to lick our laptop screens. So light, so fluffy, so NOT helping the beach-ready (or wedding-ready) mentality, if that's what you're striving for. Hey, a Belle can only have so much sugary restraint, no matter what season it is.