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First Comes Love, then Comes Marriage.

15 Nov

One of my good friends is getting married next year and she is just starting her dress search. They are not sure if they are going to make it a destination wedding or have it in California but either way she wants something non-traditional and unique.

It has been a while since I have done an INSPIRE TO FIND and I was really excited for this one.

For new readers, INSPIRE TO FIND is when someone sees something they absolutely love but either can’t find it at retail or want a more affordable alternative so they send it to me and I do the searching for them. This can be Anything: travel itineraries, clothes, food and wine, accessories, home decor etc.

Luella says…I challenge you to challenge me.

Ok back to the dresses. My friend gave me two totally opposite choices to search for. One floor length, one mini. I loved both.

Did someone say long for the ceremony, short for the party?

Choice #1 Valentino

As worn by Keira Knightley at the 2006 Golden Globes

My alternative choices  to this dress are all by the British designer Jenny Packham.

My friend’s style is very Boho Chic and I think Jenny Packham encapsulates that perfectly.

(Click on the logo to go to their retail websites)

Choice #2 Marchesa

Mini Wedding Dress as worn by Tori Spelling to renew her wedding vows in 2010

For this one, I chose to feature similar dresses by Oregon based designer Sarah Seven. She is amazing and I will be doing a future post just on her collections very soon. She does everything made-to-order and so it makes your wedding dress truly one of a kind.

Let There Be Light.

27 Sep

     

As much as I love fashion, I love home decor.  I am fascinated by  how much it can change and/or create a space.  For the last 7 years, I have collected various antiques and vintage items and have refinished, re-painted, appliqued, sculpted and DIY-ed them to fit into my aesthetic of beach shabby. I am planning on detailing some of my “finds” in upcoming posts so stay tuned for that.    

Now to the rest of the story. Our friends from Encinitas are renovating their beautiful home.  They have been searching for the perfect chandelier for their master bathroom to no avail. (Can we say luxe? Love it!) She loved my idea of INSPIRE TO FIND and to my absolute delight has commissioned me to seek out some possibilities for her.        

Chandeliers are the perfect accent to any room. They are decadent and purposeful, the perfect combination. Below are some of my favorites. Click on the photo to view more details. I also took the liberty of adding in some inspiration photos of rooms designed in various tastes. Let me know which one is your favorite!          

Let there be light.          

      

Old World Glamour.           

     

Neiman Marcus Venetian

 

 

Erich Grinder Mansion

 

     

Art Inspired.         

     

 Traditionally Elegant.        

     

Brocade Home
 

Anthropologie High Minded

 

  

 Beauty at the Beach.        

      

Jayson Home and Garden Madame Noire

 

 

Design Within Reach Murano

 

     

Seaside Hideaway.         

     

Graceful Estate.         

     

Neiman Marcus Harlow

 

 

Jayson Home and Garden Eliza

 

     

Art Deco.         

     

Great Chandelier Jet Black

 

 

Ethan Allen Michaela Twelve

 

   

Vintage in Virginia.         

     

A Room in the Manor.         

     

Neiman Marcus Durango

 

 

Jayson Home and Garden Jenny

 

     

Art Deco          

     

    

Atelier Abigail Athern Neo Baroque

 

 

Atelier Abigail Athern Mud

 

     

 Scandanavian Retreat.         

     

Country Cottage Chic.         

     

Unica Home Venini

 

 

Erickson Beamon Glam Rock

 

Inspired?        

    

Nadine in New York.

22 Sep

 

 

 I am missing New York fashion market week for the first time in 8 years. It feels very strange to not look forward to enjoying the onset of Fall weather and being able to finally wear the items I have been patiently saving all Summer. (Although, if you live in Southern California,  you know I should have been wearing them these past two months when it has been overcast and 60 degrees.)

I digress, my great friend and hairstylist Nadine went on a last-minute trip to NYC this past weekend with her cute fiancé. Besides telling her to have a wonderful time and visit some of my favorite restaurants, I gave her strict instructions. Shop around and take some quick Polaroid shots of your LOVE items so I can post them here as Nadine in New York.

Nadine’s choices  inspired me and I spent my afternoon diving into the design houses of YSL, Chloe & Martin Grant’s  Autumn/Winter 2010 collections on Style.com. I then took the liberty of choosing some of my own LOVE items to share.

Enjoy the essence of Ready to Wear.

MARTIN GRANT is an Australian born designer

Fashion House: PARIS

  

 

YVES SAINT LAURENT is designed by Stefano Pilati  

Fashion House: PARIS 

  

 

CHLOÉ is designed by Hannah MacGibbon

Fashion House: PARIS

                                                                                                   

 

 

Inspire to find.

16 Sep

   

     

What can I do for you? One of the premises of this blog, in terms of fashion, is to help the shopper find exactly what they are lusting for in real-time. Do you need the perfect outfit for an upcoming event? Do you want to find a specific pièce de résistance you saw in Bazaar or Elle? Do you want to have a similar affordable alternative to the aforementioned pièce ? If yes or maybe, message me and let’s start building a closet full of new options for you.      

Here is an example. My best friend Kelly LOVED Keri Russell’s dress at this years Emmy Awards. She emailed me the next day and bascially begged me to find the dress so she could wear it to an upcoming wedding. I did a bit of research and realized it was vintage Jean Louis Scherrer and Keri Russell had bought it at Decades in LA 10 years ago. In layman’s terms, it was Haute Couture and one of a kind. Instead of telling her to move on to a new obsession, I decided to test my resources and seek out some beautiful options for her to choose from instead. This is where we landed.     

INSPIRATION

 

Rachel Pally Camisole Dress

 

Amanda Uprichard Dynasty Dress

 

Halston Heritage Halterneck Dress

 

   I created a Polyvore set for her with 10 options total (Click here to view the set) and she ended up ordering the Amanda Uprichard dress the very same day!  I love to seek and find. If the moment moves you, send me a request and I will find you what you wish for. (fashion related-wise of course!!)   

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