First, I can’t believe I’m writing this again, but, Always a Bridesmaid has a new home. I haven’t been posting for the past couple of days because we’ve been internet less and phone less and blah blah blah, BUT we are settled now. We found a space we simply could NOT turn away… a little reception area, a nice, simple clean design studio for us to show clients sample tables and an production office large enough for Rebecca to sit at a desk that is full size instead of the “children’s desk” she said we gave her when she first started. We have A LOT of work to do, but I’m including a couple of sneak peak images of our new space which is (happily) still in Tribeca.
Next, what a great time to be a bride. If you are on the Upper East side tonight, The Registry at Bloomingdale’s is playing host to two amazing fashionistas Georgina Chapman and Karen Craig of Marchesa will be showing off their new line of China, Marchesa by Lenox. The wonderful Millie Martini Bratten, Editor in Chief of Bride’s Magazine will be on hand to lead a discussion with the designers of all things glamorous, including creating fabulous table tops. I’m a little late on the draw on this one, but the event will be from 6-8. (sorry so last minute! the internet just went back on!)
If you weren’t aware of it, in addition to our many fabulous FASHION WEEKS held here in NY, we also are host to something called NY Bridal Market. I love Market, because I just love going to all the shows and getting to see the gowns up close and personal. Typically, the shows are only open to buyers from various salons as well as bridal media and a handful of Event Designers and planners, which is sad since if I, single wedding professional with no need for a wedding dress, get excited to attend the fashion shows, imagine how a bride would enjoy them? Well, this season Michelle Roth and her brother, the incomparable Henry Roth are opening up their 2011 runway show to real brides. The show will take place at the world famous Kleinfeld salon and 25 Brides will have an opportunity to attend this intimate show that attracts everyone in the biz from Darcy Miller to Colin Cowie and of course, Randy Fenoli. The show will take place on October 20th and you must click here and winners will be notified on October 11th.
I love colors in theory, but in practice, I always find it difficult to pull the trigger. I need to start small. Which is why I loved these throw pillows. What a great way to add color splashes and make your living room a little more interesting!
The site is still not complete, but I was on a role, so I started to look elsewhere for places to buy home goods that remind you of your travels. I came across a company named Ten Thousand Villages. This company works with artisans around the world by marketing their goods in North America. My favorite part about this site is that you can see which artisan created the item that you have fallen in love with. This paperweight (which you can flip according to your mood) is made by an artisan in Haiti. I want this on my desk so that everyone in the office knows where they stand in the morning:)
Everyone always makes fun of how much I love the color gold. I mean, I would totally wear it EVERY single day if I could (and honestly pretty much do). So, how excited was I when I saw this gold Owl Pouf on Global Home New York . This company, started by a couple who quit their corporate jobs to start their business, features pieces from around the world.
I also feel in love with these bins. Having a baby? Need something cool for your nursery? What about these adorable cotton toy bins to a help you keep your child’s toys nice and stylishly neat.
So when you are registering for things for your home, consider going global in your approach. It’s a nice way to add some character (and possibly personal relevance) to your interior.
This past weekend I was in Essex CT with my Aunt Linda. The town was quainter than quaint and we let my Uncle off the hook from our shopping excursion through adorable stores. This was a good thing because I found and fell in love with an array of products from Juliska. Some of these things MUST make your way to your registry. Initially, we fell in love with this adorable ceramic piggy that is available in an array of glazes including yellow, green, pink and blue. At only $45 it’s the perfect thing to gift to people for a new baby.
After I noticed the piggy, we went crazy over these GORGEOUS pitchers. They are all handblown in the Czech Republic and are insanely delicate and yet dishwasher safe. They have gorgeous stemware as well. My favorite detail about this pitcher is that the mouth forms the shape of a heart… but in a totally, uncheesy way!
If you love the blown glass, you will love these domed dessert dishes. I think they are a MUST have for any registry because, honestly, when would you buy yourself a domed dessert stand?
Finally, I just loved their ceramic dinnerware. The patterns are definitely leaning towards the shabby chic and are much more for everyday than fine dining, but they are so lovely and INSANELY well made AND, again, you have a lot of options with the glazes. They are all made in Portugal.
Anyway, it’s not that often that I’m really impressed by quality and price and design of household items, but these really did impress me. I encourage you to check them out- especially some of their hostess pieces, as I think they could round out a registry of some more basic items.
The tradition of the bridal registry dates back to Victorian times when the registry was actually just a simple book kept in a shop where friends and relatives would go to view the list and select items to purchase. Now that we have entered the “digital” age, most registries are accessible on-line in one way or another. Additionally, with technological advances there are an overwhelming range of items you can add to your registry – some quite useful, others not so necessary…but still pretty awesome.
Here are a few fun items that fall into both of these categories: (the Cuisinart ice cream maker tops my list – mom never let me get the Snoopy Snow Cone machine so this will hit the spot and then some)
Another personal favorite is the new Nook from Barnes and Noble. It is a new-ish (new for for B&N at least) e-reader that you can personalize with fun cases that come in a variety of different colors and styles. And yes I have to admit, the chic and adorable Kate Spade covers are an absolute must have in my book. Ha! Get it…my book
Nook @ Barnes and Noble- $149.00
Barnes and Noble- $19.95
Kate Spade for Nook…
Barnes and Noble- $125.00
Barnes and Noble- $85.00
Where to buy (left to right) : Electric Wine Opener $119.95 from Williams Sonoma,Cuisinart Electric Rotisserie$199.95 fom Williams Sonoma, Keurig platinum Coffee Brewer 169.99 from Kohl’s, Home Entertainment System $549.99 from Sony, Ice Cream Maker $79.99 from Best Buy, Pizzazz Rotating Oven from Target $49.99, Berville Juice Fountain $375.00 from Bloomingdale’s, Videophone Touch AiGuru $270.00 from Saks Fifth Ave, and Sodastream “Genesis” Kit $125.00 from Bloomingdale’s
Trying to recover from the holiday weekend. We had a lovely wedding on Friday at the Harold Pratt Mansion, so I’m looking forward to posting some of those pictures. In the meantime, here is some wedding items on and around the web!
Karen Wise launched her new, beautiful wedding photo blog this week! The redesign looks fantastic. Check out some of the images from a wedding she shot recently in Malibu!
If you are a tweet fanatic, you might find yourself going doubly crazy about Bridal Tweet. It’s twitter for weddings!
If you are looking for a cool, personalized shower present for the bride who has it all (or just loves luxurious things) check out these gorgeous personalized robes in the Robeworks wedding collection. They are currently offering complimentary monogramming!
And probably the coolest developement of the week: Amazon officially launched it’s wedding registry! They’ve partnered with Universal Registry to create a feature where you can not only add things to your registry from Amazon, but from any site on the web!