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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!!!

Bridal Market Recap: Day 1

Bridal market is officially here! After a packed day of appointments with some fantastic brides on Saturday, we ventured into New York City early Sunday morning, eagerly awaiting what our designers would have in store for us. Let’s just say we were not disappointed! After our first day of appointments, we are noticing a couple of common themes: illusion necklines are becoming an increasingly attractive way of taking an otherwise strapless gown and giving a bride a little more coverage, lace is still hot, hot, hot, but it is becoming more commonly seen as an overlay on other fabrics, and sleeves are appearing in more collections.

First up was Marchesa. We are always completely wowed and in awe of this collection. It always seems impossible for designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman to top themselves…and then they always do. We were particularly impressed this year with their amazing selection across a wide variety of price points. Below are two of our favorites from the collection.

Our next stop was Lianarlo. Designer Carlos Ramirez impressed us as always. Elegant lace, embroidered fabrics, and sparkle were features of his collection that really caught our eye. Below are some photos from this collection. How stunning is the embroidered veil and gown together???

After a few appointments with some potential new designers for the store (you’ll have to wait and see who that may be!!), we spent over an hour with Kelly Faetanini’s collection. For those who don’t know, Kelly is the former designer for Priscilla of Boston’s Jewel collection, and she launched a new collection under her own name earlier this year. One of our favorites this season was a gown that can be worn in three different ways – a plan skirt, a lace skirt, and with the skirt detached, turning a long beautiful lace gown into a fun, short party dress. After today, we are even more excited for the Kelly Faetanini show we are hosting on November 2nd and 3rd! Here are a few pictures from our appointment today:

Our last appointment of the day was the Anna Maier runway show, which is always an amazing affair. Designer Charles Bunstine and his team did not disappoint, yet again, with a collection that is both dramatic and romantic. We have no idea how we are going to choose just a few from this collection. Closing out our first day with an Anna Maier runway show is our idea of perfection.

When we told our lovely brides this weekend we were heading into the city for bridal market, many expressed concern that they were going to “miss” the new collections and wondered if they should wait. Our honest answer to that is “no”. Each new bridal season tends to incorporate many features of past seasons. There is a lot of continuity from one collection to the next in bridal, and you don’t often see the seismic shifts in the bridal world that you sometimes see from season to season in the regular fashion world. So brides, consider yourself lucky that you have found your gown and don’t worry that you have missed anything!

Next up…day 2 of bridal market. Now it’s time to get some sleep for another big day ahead of us!

Grace Ormonde VIP Party

On Wednesday we had the distinct pleasure of attending the Grace Ormonde VIP Party, which was held at the fabulous Bee and Thistle Inn in Old Lyme, CT. At this spectacular event, which showcased an amazing group of Connecticut wedding professionals, we had the opportunity to mix and mingle with some of this area’s most talented businesses. Particularly exciting for us is that we were asked to showcase our gowns at the event.

To greet guests at the entrance, we selected what we think is a true showstopper – from Liancarlo’s Fall 2012 collection, a tulle ball gown with a Swarovski crystal embroidery. We paired it with a beaded pearl and crystal Liancarlo belt and a stunning necklace and broach from The Something Old Collection.

The main portion of the event, which took place in a beautiful tent, was pure luxury. Four gorgeous tables were placed throughout the room. Erica Powell of Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs was responsible for the amazing table designs, and she chose four amazing floral designers to help turn her vision into reality. With the first table, decorated by Just for You Floral Design in a blush hue, we selected the Marchesa “Gabriella” gown, a silk chiffon strapless gown with an embroidered bodice.

With the second table, decorated by Diane Gaudette in a plum motif replete with stunning floral arrangements, we chose the Marchesa “Eva” gown, a pleated satin faced organza strapless beauty. We felt the floral pattern of the gown perfectly complemented the lavender blossom chair backs and the plum pleated organza table covering.

With the third table, decorated by Carolyn Dempsey Design, we were particularly drawn by the gold theme and ivory and gold orchid taffeta table covering when selecting our gown, the Anna Maier “Bianca”. Bianca is a slim lace column gown over a taupe silk double charmeuse. The table, covered with an amazing selection of flowers, was made even more elegant by several gorgeous chandeliers that hung in a line above the table. Pure opulence!

The fourth table, decorated by Flowers by Danielle, had a beautiful metallic table runner, teal crinkle chair backs, and amazing floral arrangements. For this table, we selected the Anna Maier “Claire” gown, as we felt the embroidery on the bodice complemented the table perfectly.

Paired with each of our gowns was a bridesmaids dress from Durga-Kali, a new entrant onto the bridal scene who has created an amazing selection of reversible bridesmaids dresses in pure silk. Stay tuned for a selection of these to make their way to A Little Something White in the coming months!

The event also featured a live model in two different looks during the evening. For the first style, we selected the “Felicite” by Anna Maier, a dramatic and stunning gown made of silk duchess satin with a tiered, bustled train. While our model posed beautifully in this gown, a beautiful sketch of her was drawn. We can’t wait to display this sketch in the store!

For her second look, we selected the Poppy gown by Marchesa. The crystal-embroidered tulle sheath caught the lights in the tent in a beautiful manner, and the gown sparkled brilliantly. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to take a photo before our gorgeous model was pulled onto the dance floor by the band! Both gowns were paired with a selection of stunning jewelry from The Something Old Collection.

Wedding professionals mixed and mingled while sampling appetizers provided by the Bee & Thistle Inn. Additionally, guests had the opportunity to view and sample a selection of delectable cakes provided by Ana Parzych Cakes. The only thing more amazing than their beauty is their taste! I sampled one of each kind offered that evening (I worked up an appetite putting all those heavy gowns on mannequins!!) and can honestly say they are divine! On top of that, Ana is an absolute sweetheart as well and I can tell she would be wonderful to work with.

Thank you to the fabulous folks at Grace Ormonde for including A Little Something White in this spectacular event. We were so thrilled to be involved!!

Bridesmaids Collection: Introducing Coren Moore

When I got married several years ago, I had what I thought was a simple goal for dressing my bridal party: find a cute, colorful dress that some of them might want to wear again. After months of searching, I never found what I was looking for, and settled on a simple black dress. I added a pop of color by creating a sash for each dress, and although my bridesmaids looked beautiful, the dresses were not what I had in mind when I was initially looking. Unfortunately, I got married before Coren Moore’s brand had exploded onto the bridal scene. Had this amazing collection been available to me, I probably would have chosen the Nolan in blue or green seersucker, which would have been perfect for my summer wedding in the Berkshires.

One of the things we love most about the Coren Moore bridesmaids collection is its versatility. A wide range of styles, incredible fabric options, and gorgeous color palette mean that everyone in your bridal party has the option of also looking and feeling their very best on your wedding day. And even better, after your wedding, many of these styles can be either dressed down for the day or glammed up for a night on the town. But don’t just take our word for it! Martha Stewart Weddings features several Coren Moore styles in their Wear-Again-Worthy category, and the Coren Moore website shows real people wearing these darling dresses.

We are over the moon about carrying this collection at A Little Something White. We cannot wait to see what the rainbow of colors looks like hanging in the store, and more importantly we are so excited to share this amazing collection with our brides!

Here are a few short styles we think are positively adorable!

These two-tone options make us want to be a bridesmaid again!

Who said long bridesmaids dresses can’t be just as cute as short ones? We’re not sure, but we think Coren Moore proves them wrong!

But how do these adorable dresses look on real people? Take a look for yourself at a collage of photos from real weddings with Coren Moore bridesmaids dresses. We think these girls look spectacular! From city to country, spring to fall, and funky to fresh, every bride can truly personalize her bridal party’s look with all of the options available in the Coren Moore bridesmaids collection.

We can’t wait to get our Coren Moore dresses hung up in the store! Will it be as awesome as this? We sure hope so!

Images were found on the Coren Moore website, the Coren Moore Facebook page, and pinterest.

The “Wear it Again” Bridesmaid Dress: Cute or Cliché?

We believe the only piece of clothing you should wear just once is your bridal gown. So when it came to deciding which bridesmaid dress collections we wanted to carry, the biggest factor was, “would we want to wear it again?” And because of this, the Coren Moore collection was first on our list. We love this collection for a number of reasons. First, with a wide range of styles, the collection flatters a variety of body types. Many styles also come in short or long versions. Second, an incredible array of fabric choices means that you have options for everything from a more casual beach wedding to a more formal affair. And last, each dress is available in a rainbow of color options, meaning the collection will work with any bride’s color theme.

So how is a collection that works so perfectly for the wedding also versatile enough to wear in real life? We recommend simply swapping the accessories you wear on the wedding day with different options for your everyday events. To show what we mean, we feature the Coren Moore “Leigh” dress in tangerine silk shantung and show how it can be worn in six different ways. From a day of shopping to dinner with a date, the Leigh dress will impress. We may just have to go out and buy one for ourselves now!

Credits: These looks include pieces by Coren Moore, Kate Spade, Marc Fisher, Love of Pretty, Anthropologie, Kendra Scott, Pelle Moda, C. Wonder, Tory Burch, Tipsy Skipper, Stella & Dot, Ralph Lauren, Guess, BHLDN, and Aldo.