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Happy New Year!!

Spectacular. That is the best word I can choose to sum up how I feel about 2013. For me, it was a year of incredible happiness, both professionally and personally. Coming into the year, I had high expectations for A Little Something White for its first full year in business. And as I reflect back on the year, I cannot help but feel immense pride at what my team accomplished. As a small shop, we all work tirelessly with the goal of ensuring our brides have an amazing experience. We had the pleasure of working with several hundred brides this year and are so grateful for those of you who gave us the opportunity of working with you on your wedding day. Many of you took the time to tell us how happy you were with your experience at A Little Something White, and we are so appreciative of that feedback. It was you speaking up that helped us to receive several accolades this year. For the second year in a row, we were selected as one of The Knot’s best bridal salons, an award that is decided based on the reviews of our brides. Additionally, we received the honor of Moffly Media’s “Best of Gold Coast” award in the Bridal Gowns category. This was voted on by our brides just six months after we opened, and is therefore all the more meaningful for us!

In the midst of this thrilling year for the store, I was blessed with my second child in July, a boy we named William. A lot of people told me I was crazy to start a business and have another child in the same year, but as I reflect back on the last six months, I can only thing that I am immensely fortunate. Will has been a true blessing and while he has added an extra element of crazy to my life, it is far outweighed by the happiness he has brought us. And after successfully (at least I think so) managing a growing business, a newborn, and a three year old over the last five months, I feel incredibly fulfilled both professionally and personally.

I would be remiss if I didn’t end this post with an enormous thank you to my team. To Amber, who managed the store effortlessly over the last five months while I spent a little extra time with my family, and Kim, who joined us in June, hit the ground running from day one, and has dazzled so many of our brides in her short time here, and Bridget, who ensured every single one of our brides had the perfect fit on her wedding day (I’m not kidding, I can honestly say that every single bride was happy with her alterations), I can only say thank you a million times over from the bottom of my heart. You are a special team and I am immensely grateful for everything. Thank you to my family as well, for continuing to support me day in and day out. It is because of you that I am able to dedicate myself to growing this successful business and I am and always will be your biggest fan.

Cheers to an amazing 2014!!

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Photo credit: Pinterest

Interview with Sareh Nouri

Our Sareh Nouri trunk show kicked off on Friday, June 14th and continues through Saturday, June 22nd. We are so honored to carry this collection and to be working with Sareh. We are thrilled that on Saturday the 22nd, she will be at A Little Something White and working with our brides! Earlier this week, we sat down with Sareh herself to learn more about the person behind this amazing collection. Read on to hear what she had to say!

1) What inspires you?

I’m inspired by so many beautiful things – Persian art from my Middle Eastern heritage, early bridal fashion, nature, and the soft, luxurious fabrics used in my collections.

2) What makes your collection unique?

My gowns are lightweight and every gown has a personal touch from the choice of lace to detailed buttons.

3) How would you describe the bride that wears a Sareh Nouri bridal gown?

She’s confident, alluring and effortlessly beautiful on the inside and out.

4) If you had to pick a favorite gown in the entire collection, which would it be?

That is hard to say. I have a few favorites. Lets just say I love tulle and lace. I would say White Swan (shown below) is one of my favorites.

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5) What can we look forward to in your next collection?

Lots of beautiful lace, and sparkle!

6) What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is every time a bride to be is wearing a Sareh Nouri gown and says, “this is it”. It’s an incredible feeling that inspires me to continue.

7) What piece of advice would you give to a bride who is just starting her gown search process?

A wedding gown is an emotional purchase. I always tell brides to do their research but stay open-minded. We must remember that just because the gowns look gorgeous in a magazine doesn’t mean that we will fall head over heels in love when they try one on. Pick the styles you like (sleeves or no sleeves, full or slim-fitting, trumpet), but it could change once you try them on! Be honest with your consultant regarding budget, and in the end you will benefit by finding “the one”!

8) Why do you like working with A Little Something White?

We love working with A Little Something White because your bride encompasses all that the Sareh Nouri brand is about… She is classic, elegant, one-of-a-kind, and timeless. Ashley’s commitment to providing her brides with the best bridal gowns in the industry coupled with excellent customer service and genuine interest in her bride make A Little Something White a dream boutique to work with!

Here are some of A Little Something White’s favorite Sareh Nouri gowns!!

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Spring 2014 Bridal Market Recap!

Almost two weeks ago we returned from bridal market in New York City. So why am I just posting our recap now?? Well, that is what happens when you as a business owner plan a family vacation to Disney World within days of returning from market. Although I am late in posting this, I’m still just as excited to share with you the wonderful gowns and trends that we saw! And in the next week, we will introduce you to our newest bridal and bridesmaids dress designer, coming to A Little Something White this summer!

Gorgeous Embellishments

Recently, many of our brides have been asking us for classic gowns with a twist. We think many of our designers nailed it with their use of embellishments in this newest collection. We just love with how so many of our designers have taken an classic styles and made them just a bit more unique.

Beautiful Necklines

We love that brides are finally embracing non-strapless bridal gown options, and all of our designers seem to be responding to that trend! We continue to see stunning options being introduced for brides that do not want to wear a strapless gown on their wedding day. From all lace necklines, to beautifully embellished straps, to cap sleeves, there is something for everyone!

Amazing Texture

We love what the addition of texture can do to a bridal gown. One of our most sought after gowns at the boutique has been a beautiful floral and Swarovski-crystal embroidered gown. The embroidery, which adds an additional dimension to the gown, is simply stunning while the silhouette of the gown is quite classic. From tulle flowers to beaded lace to pearl embroidery, we are loving the texture on these styles! If you like these gowns in the photos, you should see them in person. They are just stunning!

The detail can be difficult to see in the full body shots below, so we included some secondary images for each of the gowns which give an up close view of the texture.

Stunning Backs

We always tell brides not to forget what the back of their gown looks like!! Fortunately for them, all of our designers have managed to find ways to take the stunning beauty that we see on the front of their gowns and have it continue to the back. There were so many options that we couldn’t just pick four photos from market, so we have included two rows of pictures!

Tons of Tulle!

When our brides think of tulle, they often think of massive ballgowns with layers and layers of tulle. That is not the case with the tulle creations we came across at market. Many designers are using tulle in creative ways for added romance and beauty. Below are four different and distinct ways our designers used tulle. Liancarlo used an Italian stretch tulle through the bodice and hips and then accented that with asymmetrical tulle skirt ruffles. Alvina Valenta and Marchesa both showed trumpet styles with lace through the bodice and hips and tulle at the bottom, with Alvina Valenta choosing to accent the skirt with horsehair trim around the edge of the tulle. And Junko used a simple tulle overlay on the skirt of this gorgeous ballgown to allow their gorgeous lace to subtly peak through the skirt while remaining prominent in the bodice.

Stay tuned in the next week as we announce the newest designer that will be coming to A Little Something White this summer! We are so excited!

Oscars: Red Carpet Roundup

The Oscars. One of my favorite nights of the year. Watching the Oscars’ Red Carpet is my favorite three hours of television all year long. Typically, I find a comfortable place on my couch, delegate the childcare responsibilities to my husband for a few hours, and soak up the gorgeous fashion. This year was a little different. With my husband on a business trip and my rambunctious 2 1/2 year old by my side, I enjoyed the red carpet but wouldn’t describe my personal viewing party as particularly relaxing. Nonetheless, I was able to focus enough to come up with our list of favorite red carpet looks from the night!

Bridal-Inspired

Many of our favorite gowns seemed plucked from the aisle! In our opinion, Jennifer Lawrence (Dior Haute Couture) and Amy Adams (Oscar de la Renta) were two of the more gorgeous stars of the night. We hate following the crowd, and we know Jennifer Lawrence was a favorite of many people, but we couldn’t help but fall head over heels in love with her gown. Amy Adams also wowed us with her entire look, not just her gown! We loved Charlize Theron’s sleek Dior Haute Couture gown and sparkled peplum. Her hair felt a little severe to us but we also recognize she didn’t have much length to work with and it is probably cut that short for one of her movies! And last but certainly not least, we thought Georgina Chapman, co-designer of Marhcesa, was stunning in her gown. Pregnant? No big deal for Georgina!

Black Beauties

On the opposite end of the spectrum, some of our favorite stars were beautiful in black. Norah Jones really wowed us…when we first saw her we didn’t even know it was her! She has grown and matured so beautifully, and we think she looked statuesque in this Tadashi Shoji gown. Adele, in Jenny Packham, is a perfect example of how to dress a fuller figure in the right way. We think her gown hugged in the right places and she was ravishing. Sandra Bullock typically wows us, and this year’s Elie Saab gown was no exception. We would have preferred to see a bit more with her hair, but the gown was beautiful. Giuliana Rancic (in Rafael Cennamo Couture) and Stacey Kiebler (in Naeem Khan) were also gorgeous in black. But one of our favorite black beauties was Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Her Reem Acra gown was simply stunning on the soon-to-be mom, and the keyhole back on her gown was just gorgeous. She moved quickly down the red carpet on Sunday, and we wish we had the chance to see more of her!

Pop of color

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton, Jennifer Garner in Gucci, and Kerry Washington in Miu Miu all wowed us and stood out among a crowd of stars that often wore white, black, or nude hues. It’s not as obvious in these photos, but Jennifer Garner’s gown had a gorgeous cascading detail in the back that just added to the whole look. We also wanted to give a huge applause to Robin Roberts. Coming off a rough year, we think her poise, beauty, and confidence on the red carpet only served to enhance the beauty of her gown (Marc Bouwer).

Shimmer and shine

While not overly prevalent on the red carpet this year, there were two stars in particular whose shimmer we cannot ignore. Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive looked absolutely gorgeous, and she was reminiscent of the Oscar statue she was vying for. Jennifer Hudson was just….wow. Does she continue to get more and more beautiful? Her deep blue long-sleeved gown was gorgeous on the carpet and the slit up the front was glamorous and tasteful. Nicely done, ladies!!

Disappointments

Our Oscar round-up wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention those who disappointed us on the carpet this year. The biggest disappointment for us was Anne Hathaway. We are still elated over her Oscar win, but felt that her high-necked, dull pink Prada gown just wasn’t glamorous enough for what proved to be one of the biggest nights of her career. It is rumored that she decided at the last minute to not wear the gown Valentino had designed for her because it was rumored to be too similar to Les Miserables co-star Amanda Seyfried’s gown. We think she would have been much better off taking that risk! Was Jennifer Anisten beautiful? Yes, she pretty much always is. But we felt her Valentino gown and hair down was boring and blah. She always wows on the red carpet so we were surprised with her selection. And last but not least, we felt Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera was just a big thumbs down. At various points throughout the night, her hair appeared wet and messy, as if she had gotten caught in a rainstorm. And we felt that her gown was not all that flattering to her body. The back of the dress seems to be pulling strangely, as if it’s just a bit too tight. Again, a big disappointment for us because the shimmer of the gown is gorgeous!

All photos taken from The Hollywood Reporter

Golden Globes 2013: From the Red Carpet to the Aisle

If you read our previous blog post, you know which Golden Globes red carpet looks we are in love with (and which ones not so much). Believe it or not, many of the styles shown last Sunday could just as easily show up in a wedding (just in white or ivory)! Below are five styles from the Golden Globes that we think would translate beautifully into the bridal world.

1) Open any magazine this week, and Amy Adams is definitely on the best dressed list from the Golden Globes. We happen to agree. She absolutely blew us away in her Marchesa gown. Want this look? Marchesa introduced a similar look in their Fall 2013 collection. Even better? This collection will be at A Little Something White on February 8th and 9th during our Marchesa trunk show!

2) Do you love Anne Hathaway’s sleek Chanel gown? We do!! Junko Yoshioka has a similar style that is part of their Fall 2013 collection. It is certainly more embellished than Anne Hathaway’s gown, but it is just as sleek and striking. Want to try on this style? This collection will be at A Little Something White on February 1st and 2nd during our Junko Yoshioka trunk show!

 3) Jessica Alba was stunning in her Oscar de la Renta gown. We think the Anna Maier “Laetitia” gown from Anna Maier’s Spring 2013 collection is the perfect option for a bride who loves Jessica Alba’s look. And while we can’t suggest how to get your hands on the $5.8 million Harry Winston diamond necklace that Jessica wore, Laetitia does come with a gorgeous crystal beaded bow in back that ups the drama of this gown even more. We carry the Laetitia gown at A Little Something White, and if you think it’s beautiful in these photos, you should come see it in person…it is simply stunning!

4) Kerry Washington and her Miu Miu dress were not on our favorites list. We actually love the sheer overskirt on Kerry’s dress, but we didn’t love the length. If you like this gown, Kelly Faetanini’s Georgina gown from her Fall 2013 collection could be the perfect bridal look for you and is definitely in the right length! Even cooler is that Kelly’s gown can be made in two pieces so that the overskirt can be removed during your wedding or in one piece with the overskirt attached. So cool, right? This is one of the dresses we ordered from Kelly’s collection, and we actually ordered it in a way that gives brides not two, but three different options. Curious? Make an appointment to come see this gorgeous gown when it arrives at A Little Something White in March or at our Kelly Faetanini trunk show on March 8th and 9th!

5) We still can’t get over how gorgeous the very-pregnant Kristen Bell looked on the runway in her Jenny Packham gown. We think her look can easily translate not just from the red carpet to the aisle, but from maternity to non-maternity. Marchesa has a gown in its Fall 2013 collection that we think is the perfect option for a bride who loved Kristen Bell’s look. This Marchesa gown is also part of the collection that will be at A Little Something White on February 8th and 9th during our Marchesa trunk show!

Golden Globes gowns photos sourced from US Weekly and Pop Sugar: Amy Adams (Marchesa), Anne Hathaway (Chanel), Jessica Alba (Oscar de la Renta), Kerry Washington (Miu Miu), Kristen Bell (Jenny Packham)

Golden Globes 2013: Red Carpet Roundup

Many of those close to me know that one of the things on my bucket list is to walk the red carpet at a major awards show, preferable the Oscars. Will this ever happen? Probably not, but a girl can dream, right? Watching the red carpet pre-shows during awards season is one of my favorite things. I’m not a big television watcher otherwise, but I absolutely love watching the red carpet!! I always find the red carpet portion of the evening goes way too quickly.

The Golden Globes 2013 certainly didn’t disappoint, delivering many swoonworthy styles as well as many that left us saying, “what were they thinking?” Here is our roundup of the best and worst looks of the night!

The Best

We think Amy Adams, Jessica Alba, and Julianne Hough stole the show on Sunday. Amy Adams wowed in her blush-colored Marchesa gown. Jessica Alba was simply stunning in Oscar de la Renta. And Julianne Hough took our breath away in Monique Lhuillier. Everything about these ladies was perfect in our eyes, from their gowns, to their hair and makeup, to their jewelry.

Anne Hathaway and Michelle Dockery were simply stunning in their sleek white gowns. Anne opted for understated elegance in Chanel while Michelle was sleek and sexy with her embellished Alexandre Vauthier gown. Both gowns remind us of styles we saw on the bridal runway last fall, and we think both ladies were beautiful.

Claire Danes and Jennifer Garner also blew us away. Both wore red ensembles but wowed us for different reasons. The draping on Claire’s Atelier Versace gown was done in such a slimming, lovely way, and the color really allowed her to pop on the red carpet. It’s hard to believe she just had a baby…one month ago! Jennifer Garner’s Vivienne Westwood Couture gown was more subtly beautiful, which worked well since she wasn’t there as a nominee but to support her husband. We are hard pressed to find a time that we don’t love Jennifer Garner’s red carpet looks. We give both moms a huge thumbs up!

In our view, Kristen Bell wore one of the most beautiful maternity gowns than we have ever seen on the red carpet. She radiated beauty and confidence from head to toe in her Jenny Packham ensemble, and we thought her gown was gorgeous from all angles.

Mixed Feelings

There were really only two styles on Sunday that really left us with mixed feelings. We think Kate Hudson’s Alexander McQueen gown was drop dead gorgeous, but were disappointed with her hair style. At times, her wavy locks covered up what we think was the most beautiful part of the gown, the embellished neckline. Our thoughts on Jennifer Lawrence changed depending upon the camera angle. From the front, we thought her Dior gown was simply stunning, but from the side her pointy chest area left us wondering what she was thinking.

Worst

We know there are people out there who loved the prints and patterns on the red carpet. We love prints and patterns, but hated them for the red carpet. In our opinion, Halle Berry’s Atelier Versace gown looked like a beach cover-up. While the cut of Lucy Liu’s gown was quite flattering on her, we felt that the pattern of her Carolina Hererra gown looked more like the pattern of a bedspread. And Sienna Miller? We have no words. We know she is a free spirit, but there was nothing about this Erdem gown that we liked. The pattern, colors, and texture just didn’t seem well suited for the red carpet. And the gown didn’t even seem to fit her that well!

We generally think Eva Longoria could wear a paper bag and would look glamorous in it. However, the moment she walked onto the red carpet, we were kind of embarassed for her. Wasn’t the Angelina Jolie “leg” incident just last year at the Oscars? It felt like she was trying to copy Angelina’s look from last year and then take it up a notch. The deep plunging neckline would have been gorgeous on her Emilio Pucci gown without the dramatic leg thrust. With Jessica Chastain, we absolutely loved the color of the Calvin Klein Collection gown, but really disliked the draping around her chest. It looked to us like the gown was just too big on her. Combined with her sleeked-back hairstyle which we didn’t love with this drapey style, we just felt the whole look was blah.

We loved the deep blue/purple color of Jodie Foster’s Giorgio Armani gown, but that was about it. We felt that the the geometric pattern around her bust wasn’t flattering at all and the whole look was just so-so. Rachel Weisz might get our worst dressed vote of the night (it’s a close call between her and Sienna Miller). Her ill-fitting Louis Vuitton gown and polka-dot illusion neckline and skirt was too busy and distracting. You don’t know where to look when looking at her, and none of it was all that appealing! If you are going to get the length of your gown wrong, don’t do it on a gown with a sheer skirt that will easily show bunching at your ankles.

Stay tuned for a post later this week about how the Golden Globe styles might translate into the world of bridal!

Photos sourced from US Weekly  and People Style Watch – Amy Adams (Marchesa), Jessica Alba (Oscar de la Renta), Julianne Hough (Monique Lhuillier), Anne Hathaway (Chanel), Michelle Dockery (Alexandre Vauthier), Claire Danes (Atelier Versace), Jennifer Garner (Vivenne Westwood Couture), Kristen Bell (Jenny Packham), Kate Hudson (Alexander McQueen) and Jennifer Lawrence (Dior Couture), Eva Longoria (Emilio Pucci), Lucy Liu (Carolina Hererra), Jodie Foster (Giorgio Armani), Jessica Chastain (Calvin Klein Collection), Halle Berry (Atelier Versace), Rachel Weisz (Louis Vuitton), Sienna Miller (Erdem)

You’re Engaged…What Now?

Did you get engaged over the holidays? If so…congratulations!!!! Now comes the very fun, very important, and very time consuming process of planning your wedding. We think it’s really important make sure the wedding represents the personality of you and your fiancé as a couple.  So how do you accomplish that? While flipping through the most recent issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine over the holiday break, I came across this great article from Editorial Director Darcy Miller. I absolutely love these 20 questions. Use this as your starting point and answer as many of these as you can, and refer back to the answers during the wedding planning process.

So when does the gown shopping come in? You can start whenever you want, but we typically recommend deciding on your venue and date before getting serious about gown shopping. The location, time of year, and formality of the event will likely have an impact on the type of gown you will wear. Fortunately, you only need to get through the first five questions on this list in order to determine your  ideal venue, so gown shopping should be right around the corner for you!

Taken from Martha Stewart Weddings Winter 2013 issue, page 92

Emerald: Color of the Year

When I heard that Emerald was selected as Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2013, the first thing on my mind was “goodbye, 2012…hello, 2013!!” I have always been a fan of bold colors in general, but there is something about Emerald that always catches my eye. As Pantone describes, Emerald is the color of growth, renewal, and prosperity…and who doesn’t want those things in their life?

So as a bride, how can you incorporate the color of this gorgeous gem into your wedding? There are several ways this can be accomplished, and we have listed a few here.

Bridesmaids or Rehearsal Dinner dress

Jewelry for the bride or bridesmaid. I have been a personal fan of the earrings on the left since we opened and I may have a hard time parting with them on the day we sell them (though I will be happy for the new owner!!)

Shoes…do they get any more stunning than this?

Cakes…beautiful and delicious!

Bridesmaids: Coren Moore, Jenny Yoo Instagram page, Saks Fifth Avenue

Jewelry: Something Old Collection, Love of Pretty

Shoes: Shoes 1, Etsy shoes , BHLDN

Cakes: Cake 1, Cake 2, Cake 3

Coren Moore: Impressive, Incredible, Inspirational

When we first met Coren Moore in 2011, we were in complete awe of her collections. Brides who have visited our store have no doubt tried on at least one of the many Coren Moore gowns we offer, and the words of praise coming from our brides about the Coren Moore collection give us all the affirmation we need that approaching this amazing designer was a smart move. Her bridesmaid and flower girl collections have been a popular choice for our bridal parties, and we are already excited for the spring and summer weddings when we can see how these darling dresses look lined up next to each other.

On a personal note, Coren is someone I truly admire. A devoted mother, talented designer, and warm-hearted person, meeting with Coren to talk bridal fashion feels more like meeting your best friend over coffee. Just this week, Coren announced her most recent endeavor. We think it’s truly spectacular and are so excited to share it with you!

Coren has introduced a new dress called the “HOPE dress”. It is an exact replica of the Coren Moore Molly flower girl dress but designed to fit an 18″ doll. A few color options have been introduced in time for the holidays, and more options will be introduced in the new year. So what makes this so special? 100% of the profits from the sale of these doll dresses will go to pediatric cancer charities. a cause near and dear to Coren’s heart after her youngest daughter was diagnosed with, and successfully beat, pediatric cancer in 2010. We have included a picture below of the HOPE dress on an American Girl doll. Information about how to purchase this adorable dress can be found here.

Not only is this dress perfect for a holiday or birthday gift, but we think it would make an awesome thank you present for the flower girl in your wedding. At A Little Something White, we are proud to support such a special cause and we are so looking forward to watching the success of Coren’s philanthropic effort as it plays out over the next year!

Bridal Market Recap: Day 2

With day two of bridal market now done, the only thing we can think to say is “wow”. Our designers really blew us away this season. We feel so fortunate to work with an amazing group of talented individuals, and we are so beyond impressed with their hard work, dedication to excellence, and brilliant collections. We kicked off the day with the Kelly Faetanini runway show. Not a bad way to start a Monday!! We had already seen the collection on Sunday, but there is nothing like seeing it on the runway. In addition to loving the styles we have picked out, Kelly really blew it away with her finale gown, a gown with purple ombre feathers (how did Kelly know I love purple so much?!?!) It is no surprise to us that The Knot just picked Kelly as one of the 10 Up-and-Coming Couture Designers from Bridal Fashion Week!

Next we visited the Junko Yoshioka showroom to view what is always an amazing collection. We were wowed with a series of gowns that were light and airy and incorporated subtle sparkle. Below are two of our favorites in the collection! It’s hard to see in the photo, but the gown on the right has a floral sparkle with tulle overlay, creating a look of understated glamour.

Our next stop was the Anna Maier showroom. Following Sunday’s runway show, we couldn’t stop thinking about what we had seen, so we were really excited for our appointment. We love what Anna Maier does following their runway show. They set up every gown on a mannequin in the showroom and strategically place them throughout the room, so when you step off the elevator into their space, you are surrounded by pure bridal gorgeousness. Below are two of the gowns that wowed us. The one on the left is just pure perfection in our opinion. It has a bust like Felicite, which is one of our in-store favorites, with a beautifully draped skirt, and then a big satin bow in the back. And as usual, this lace number is to die for!!!

We made a quick visit to see the Noir by Lazaro collection presented on the runway. This season, Lazaro introduced two new features – floral brocade and laser cut lace. Both were very beautiful on the runway and we are eager to see what our bridal parties think.

Last on the agenda was a visit with the always wonderful Judd Waddell. Judd did not disappoint this season, introducing incredible texture, such as a gown scattered with raffia daisies, and dramatic accents, such as long charcoal sash. Below are two of our favorite gowns. How could you not love the back of this lace number on the left? And how cool is this mitred chantilly lace on the right?

And that concluded our second day of market. We cannot wait to introduce you to all of the new gowns that will be coming to the store in a few months. We just don’t know how we are going to wait until then to see them!!!