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fall color inspiration: navy blue

 

It might be considered sacrilegious to say this (especially in New York), but we’re gonna risk it: sometimes, we get tired of black. Gasp! But It’s true. Our go-to outfits generally involve hefty amounts of the inky color, which is easy to wear and chic – and also pretty boring day-in and day-out. So, what’s a busy woman to do?  Lately, we’ve been spicing up our everyday wardrobe with navy blue, another neutral that has a bit more sparkle and pizzazz than basic black. It goes with everything, it’s equally flattering, and it’s unexpected – like these adorable pieces below. More >

tips for the eco-friendly bride

tartelettes, if there’s one thing I’ve learned while planning my wedding, it’s that this industry loves excess.

Back in the day, brides just had to pick a place, hire a photographer, get a DJ, and find a dress. Now, with bridal blogs aplenty, the minutiae of wedding planning is never-ending; there are about a million ways to personalize your nuptials, from monogrammed napkins to hot-air balloon rides for your guests. Frankly, the possibilities are exhausting – and, oftentimes, wasteful in terms of both expense and the earth. It shouldn’t be surprising that I’ve blocked those sites from my browser until after my wedding.

But there is one thing that I am happy I learned while obsessively poring through the blogs: all the eco-friendly alternatives to normal bridal traditions that are gaining popularity as the DIY and green movements have become mainstream. Here are a few ways to put a green stamp on your wedding while still making it beautiful.

 

1. The dress

The dress can be one of the biggest single expenses of a wedding – and one of the most important. After all, your wedding will likely be the most photographed day of your life! Every bride wants to look and feel stunning – and you can do so while still maintaining your green sensibility. For those who don’t care to buy new, there are now tons of outlets specializing in used or upcycled dresses. Think about it: a gently-used designer wedding dress, for a fraction of the original price! Good for the earth, and your wallet.

Another option is a new dress made of earth-friendly materials, like natural fibers. Threadhead Creations and plenty of sellers on Etsy are good sources for such gowns.

 

 

 

 

 

2. The flowers

Flowers can be a huge cause of consternation for any eco-conscious bride. There’s the waste, the questionable sourcing, the concerns over the welfare of the growers. One solution, of course, is to go local: there are now florists who grow their own flowers and only use what’s in season.

You could also opt for the fake kind, or go DIY and make some sweet paper buds. These can be gorgeous as boutonnières, bouquets, or even centerpieces.

Another option is to forgo florals completely, and use alternative decorations. For my wedding, I’m going for a glow-y, Great Gatsby-esque feel, which means lots of candles and lanterns – and very few flowers.

 

3. The invitations

So much paper – so much waste! You have to get the word out somehow, though, so here are two good green options. In our Internet-dominated world, it’s becoming more accepted for modern couples to send out e-invites for their wedding. Paperless Post has gorgeous options for all sorts of tastes (from quirky to sophisticated), and the website even mimics the process of opening an actual envelope.

For those who can’t stand the thought of not sending out a physical invite, recycled options abound. There’s also my favorite green invite choice: seed-seed infused paper (Botanical Paperworks is one purveyor) that recipients can plant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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best dressed at the People’s Choice Awards 2012

The red carpet was sizzling last night at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards. Celebs were dressed to the nines and wow factors were at an all time high - sheerness, outrageous cuts, and risky styles were abundant! It was hard to narrow it down, but here are a few of our favs!

The sheerness, the length, the neckline – we’re obsessed  with everything about Vanessa Hudgen’s Jenny Packham gown.

We love the short and sweet style in which award winner Nina Dobrev opted to go green!

Miley Cyrus looked stunning in this sophisticated, yet edgy dress – sheer, deep necklines were the trend of the night!

Ooh la la! Juliana Hough fearlessly sauntered down the red carpet in this incredible, backless number.

 

Ginnifer Goodwin paired a retro fingerwave ‘do and with a thoroughly modern structured, hot pink dress .

 

The boldly peachy color and slight Grecian influence of Demi Lovato’s gown is genius. Oh, yeah, we’d also like to add, va va va-vooom!

 

Flirty and feminine, Ashley Benson hits a fashion home run with this black and white cocktail dress.

 

 

Honorable mention: Lucy Hale certainly took quite a risk with this gown . We applaud her fashion guts and think she pulled it off.

 

What were your favorite looks of the night?