Category Archives: Fashion

A Gold Glitter Holiday Party

Yes, I am finally embracing the holidays (good thing because I have 2 1/2 weeks to shop for Christmas) and I had to start with glitter! Since I now have a fiance ūüôā we have a few holiday parties to go to and of course that means new outfits. I know I should be shopping for everyone else, but let’s face it what girl can resist a fabulous new dress. For my first holiday look I’m beginning with this sequin-embellished dress from The Outnet and pairing it with this Betsy Johnson bow clutch from Bloomingdale’s and these adorable bow earrings. If you are playing host for the evening don’t forget to decorate the outside of your venue. I’m a big fan of white lights, because a little go a long way, and I love this row of trees outside a brick building. If you’re on a budget, or you spent your budget on your outfit, this Etsy Garland is also very DIY friendly. Click on over to Etsy to order yours, or you can find some sparkle paper, cut some circles, squares, triangles or whatever shape you love and glue them to each side of a piece of string. Wah-Lah! I’m a huge fan of edible gold, yes there is such a thing click here, so I would coat my entire cake with it! For favors send guests home with cute little gold reindeer! Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Images via: The Outnet, Bloomingdale’s, Amazon, A Gift Wrapped Life, Etsy, Kitchen Deelite, 4.bp.blogspot

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Inspired Event

Who says the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show can’t inspire a girl to more than just hitting the gym a few extra hours? The Passion segment opened and the bold, beautiful colors were perfect! (See the inspiration video here.)When angel¬†Candice¬†Swanepoel hit the runway in this piece that was hand embroidered in India I fell in love! It is the perfect blend of bright and feminine, what girl wouldn’t want a party themed after the most expensive piece in the show? I would start by sending out a feminine invitation with a neon accent and envelope liner. I would also enclose some fun neon confetti for guests to know they are bound for a fun time! If you’re looking for a neon DIY look these mason jars are perfect and 100 Layer Cake even walks you though how to make them here. Since Brooklyn Bride posted this fabulous neon tablescape September 12 I have been looking for a way to incorporate it into a blog! I love the lime runner and hot pink and orange accents on the plates and banquette. Make fun place cards with neon colored pencils, and don’t forget to set you cake on a bright cake stand. You could even put a fun flower on your cake for it to look like Candice’s shoes! Don’t forget that you’re the host and you must dress to impress. While I’m not suggesting you have a hand embroidered piece sent to you front India, try a statement necklace to tie you into your event. All you have left to do is have a happy VS Fashion Show inspired event!

 

 

Images Via: Vogue, Vogue, Etsy, Brooklyn Bride, Lovely Bride, Brooklyn Bride, 100 Layer Cake, Etsy, Oh Happy Day

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What’s A Girl To Do About Her Shoes?

As many of you know I recently got engaged! It’s so fun to personally walk though what I have walked so many of my brides through. It’s also fun to do fun things with my mom like pick out my dress, look for shoes, and much more! (I can’t share too many details with you because my future Mr. likes to read my blog, hi hunny!) So, last night I was pinning on my Pinterest page and low and behold it was like an extra ray of sunshine came from a gorgeous pair of Christian Louboutin’s! I knew I had to hunt them down and have them for my special day. To be honest I’ve never had a pair of Louboutin’s and I definitely do not want to order the wrong size so this morning I went to Twitter with sizing questions. Of course the shoe fairy failed to make every shoe fit true to size, and what really is my shoe size? So, I’ve come up with a few tips for finding shoes for your special day.

  1. Get your dress first. This will allow you to see what style would go best with your attire. If your dress is satin and form fitted you may not want shoes with an obnoxious bow – it may get caught on the front of your gown when you walk.
  2. Research! Do you want flats, boots, strappy heals, sling back heels, platforms? Do you want a color, texture or pattern?
  3. Try your shoes on! As I said the shoe fairy did not make every shoe fit the same. While some sites like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus have size guides you want to make sure your shoes fit and are comfortable. You are the bride and you will not get to sit down for very long on your wedding day. If you will be dancing well into the night you want to make sure that beauty isn’t too much pain.
  4. Take your shoes to your dress fitting. Nothing is worse than using a pair of shoes at the dress store because they “look close to your shoes” and chopping off too much of your dress.

Just like your dress, jewelry and bouquet your shoes are as much of your wedding day look as anything else. Don’t rush into a decision, order them off line to receive them just in the knick of time – all for them to fit wrong.

Happy shoe shopping!

 

 

Images via: Miles Witt Boyer, Josh McCullock, Jose Villa, Jose Villa, Ace Cuervo, Candi Coffman, Candi Coffman

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Every Love Story

With the combination of a light drizzle and cooler temperatures here in Tulsa I knew where to find today’s inspiration. I love how every love story is different and non-traditional brides are taking charge of their day. The non-traditional feel of this board from the redhead bride to seafoam color bridesmaid dress is stunning. With brides stepping outside of the box I’m a big fan of this iced, chocolate cake and opal ring. Opt for a natural feeling bouquet in pinks and reds with a sweet ribbon tied around the stems. Carry the floral look over to the tables for the centerpieces. Make your grand exit in a vintage car with your man. I couldn’t resist including this good looking man in today’s post; hey why not?!

Images via: Rapunzels Daughters via Pinterest,¬†Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty, Phantom Rats,¬†Malleries, Happiness is…, Etsy, Saipua

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Real Bride: Jen

It seemed fitting that for today’s Trousseau Tuesday we feature our Zinke East Coast Sales Rep, Jen and her bridal portraits! What most people don’t know is the gown she wore for her bridal portrait session was not the same gown she got married in. Rewind three and a half weeks to wedding day; Jen’s bridal portrait day: The Oklahoma heat was in full force, even at 6:00am, and Josh McCullock was snapping away! Shannon Schroeder did Jen’s makeup and Ashley from Jara Herron Salon and Spa did Jen’s hair. We were rockin’ and rollin’ and having a great time! Needless to say the bottom of Jen’s dress got a little dirty from her Aunt Betsy’s backyard and tennis court. No biggie, the cleaners will be able to get that right out. Jen took the dress to be cleaned and they told her it would be ready in one short week. Fast forward one week: It was a Friday morning, two weeks before the wedding, and the office was buzzing with events, apparel meetings and Jen’s phone was ringing off the hook. Next thing you know I am looking up with Jen in front of me, her face in a state of shock as the words “they ruined my dress” come out of her mouth. I jump to my feet ready to take on whatever is to come. In short the dress was completely ruined by the chemical process it took to clean the dress; Jen was in tears and without her custom dream wedding gown. As soon as Jen was off the phone I was on the phone with Gabriella’s New York Bridal Salon, where the dress was purchased, as she told the rest of the Zinke girls what had happened. Jen’s maid of honor had already been in touch with the salon to give them a heads up of the situation. In the midst of preparing for hurricane Rita in New York, Leah Jen’s sales rep was awesome! She emailed me the measurement sheet complete with 17 measurements for Jen and I to fill out. I officially added seamstress to my bridal coordination resume and we got the measurements right back to Leah in NYC. The dress that took 6 weeks to make was now going to be rushed into production and back to Jen in Oklahoma in one week! Yes, we looked into plan B dresses just in case, but it wasn’t necessary. Even with NYC shut down the dress entered production, and arrived via expedited shipping on September 1, nine days before Jen’s wedding. She rushed to the tailor in Tulsa, OK to alter any last minute fitting needs and Jen was headed out of town to St. Louis for the weekend. She returned to Tulsa, picked up her dress the week of the wedding and it fit like a glove! I told Jen I had never been in this situation before, but we would get through it! Sure enough, we did and you would have never known the difference – outside of the high stress situation. A big thank you goes to Gabriella Bridal Salon for their quick response to recreate Jen’s dress and to Shannon, Ashley and Josh for being Jen’s bridal dream team! Here are a few of Jen’s bridal portraits and a sneak peek (from my phone camera) of Jen and her new husband, Steve, on their wedding day! We are so glad she is relaxing on the beach now; she deserves it!

Images via: Josh McCullock Photography

Image via: Christina – Zinke Design

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Bourbon and Black

If you follow Zinke Design on FACEBOOK you may have noticed the inspiration clue to today’s blog post; this bourbon, chocolate milkshake! Not only does it sound surprisingly good, but the picture got me thinking outside the box. How perfect is a treat like this for the non-traditional bride; I’m not thinking sweet country wedding, I’m thinking gorgeous, wild mustangs.¬†With a menu of bourbon at the bar and comfort food like these hassleback potatoes I’m already hooked! Add a non-traditional cake with brown chocolate icing, top it with a crown and you’re ready. Set the tone for the occasion with beautiful, black stationary with white calligraphy. With a location like this adorable black painted chapel in Rhode Island you don’t need additional decorations. Carry a bouquet of white anemones and roses, wrapped with black and white ribbon and the bride is ready to walk down the aisle. What non-traditional bride wants to wear an all white gown? Begin with a white, tulle skirt and pair it with a sleek black button up blouse. Sweep your hair off you face and add a black chunky necklace to your neck to finish off your look; stunning.

Images via: imbibe magazine, oh i like that, ruffled blog via Pinterest, Style Me Pretty, luxe + lilies via Pinterest,  w-weddingflowers

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Shades of Blue

I absolutely love this driveway framed by potted, blue hydrangea and couldn’t think of a better setting for a sweet luncheon. Girls, gather all of your girlfriends for tea because today is the perfect inspiration. Set the tables with a soft blue linen and fluffy white centerpieces. White votives are perfect to fill the remaining space without making it look fussy. Use a script font for printed materials like menus or a special note to each of one your girlfriends. After lunch serve lavender ice cream and send your friends home with lavender seeds for the gardens. If I were the host I would wear this fabulous white and blue skirt! No one should be sad with this shades of blue themed luncheon!

Images via: Ritzy Bee Blog, Once Wed, Style Me Pretty, The Book of Secrets, Dust Jacket Attic, Bird and Banner

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