Thursday, November 12, 2009

Win a $25 Gift Certificate to NancyAugust.com !!!


Hello Mommies and Daddies,

I haven't abandoned you! Your favorite bee, was a mini hiatus, but now she's back and ready to talk more children's fashion and style. As an exciting welcome back promo, Nancy August and I have concocted a contest for all you loyal Nancy August shoppers and Bridal Bee readers. We are looking for the cutest, sweetest, most delicious story about a fond memory about your child. If it includes a fashion moment or a flower girl/ring bearer moment, you will get extra points. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to shop for adorable kid's special occasion wear on NancyAugust.com !! Please make sure you post your entries in the comment box and include a valid email address where we can contact you if you win. Winner will be contacted and announced on the blog. We would also love photos of your cherubs to post on the blog! Email photos to info@nancyaugust.com.

I am tickled to death to read your stories about your little flower girls and ring bearers. If you don't win this time around, don't fret because we will be doing more writing contests! GOOD LUCK!

XO,

Bridal Bee

Pick of the week:

I am obsessed with item C342G Girls Gray Coat with Removable Hood and Belt. The way I look at it, is if it's something I would wear it's good enough for my niece. It's very chic and fashionable without being too stuffy. I love the faux fur trim around the face. It's a wool blend so you know it'll keep your little one snug and warm. I want one Nancy August! Make Bridal Bee a coat her size! I don't think they'll hear me, so I'll have to leave this delicious coat for your little flower girl.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Keep Our Flower Girls Warm!


Hello! Fall is here and a chill is on! Okay, so it's still hot as a flat iron in LA, but most places in the country are starting to get a bit nippy. I love fall and winter for two reasons. The first being that my favorite holidays reside during this time and the second being fall and winter fashion. There is no better way to add a little sass to your little flower girl or ring bearers outfit than by throwing on a cute scarf with the seasons hot colors and patterns or a sweater or coat that's well made, but oh so stylish.

Sometimes I wish I lived in a place that wasn't the same temperature as a cup of hot cocoa. Ok, now I'm just adding to the folklore. It does in fact get nippy in Southern California. You do need a coat at times, just not the woolen underwear, which is not flattering for your child or your hips anyway.

It's not quite coat season just yet, but it's chilly enough to wrap your little ones in a sweater. Here are a few of my tips on coats and sweaters for your child. You want your child to be warm, but you don't have to sacrifice style. Instead of layering them so that they look like Violet Beauregard, try buying sweaters and coats that are made out of wool and other warmer materials. Wool, cashmere, and down may cost more, but if you have to buy 5 pieces of clothing to layer instead of a couple pieces it may not save you that much more.

When deciding on the color of your coat and other outerwear, less is more when it comes to color. If you want to jazz up your child's winter ensemble with wild colors and patterns, reserve that for the scarves and hats and inner apparel. You want to purchase a nicer coat that can match many different outfits. Also, have a coat/jacket for casual occasion and special occasions like weddings. You don't want little Jackie going to Grandma's Christmas fiesta or Hanukkah Sadr in one of her school jackets. Outerwear is the first impression all the guests will see.

Enjoy the last bits of warmth. Bask in the glowing rays while you can, but don't forget to get excited about fall and winter fashions for you and your little ones.

XO,

Bridal Bee

My flower girl jacket pick of the week:

Nancy August has a new edition to their collection! Coats! I'm simply in love with the Girls Tan Trench Coat with Removable Hood. It's the perfect fall coat. The color is well suited for fall and tan matches everything. Trench coats are a great go to coat for children and adults of all ages. It's appropriate for casual occasions as well as more formal events. I love the faux fur details. It has a vintage appeal without looking old. Thumbs up Nancy August on including something even the Bridal Bee would wear.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Snow White Princess Dress


Hello Buds,

How's it shakin? I wanted to do a short blog and ask my bridal bee buds your opinions on the princess syndrome. Halloween is approaching and many little girls are going to dressed from head to toe in their best princess outfits for the day.

As a woman who thinks of myself as forward thinking, the idea of being a Disney princess seems archaic. They are beautiful and kind, but generally not the brightest nor strongest girls on the block. They get into predicaments and a man (nicely coiffed gorgeous prince or a hairy beast who turns into a beefy prince) saves the day. I worry about instilling an idea that confidence solely comes from outward beauty and snagging a handsome provider. I want to raise strong girls who can save themselves when a nasty ole witch locks them in a tower. If she meet a nice boy it's to compliment how awesome she already is, but not to make her more awesome. I find it a bit a bit odd and I wonder how you mommies and daddies feel about allowing your little ones to dress up in princess regalia. Do you allow it and like it or allow it and tolerate it or do you refuse to allow them to do it? I also wonder why it's so appealing?

Don't get me wrong, when a little flower girl is dressed up in a princess outfit my heart melts a little. The outfit is generally a little ill fitting and the crown slighted off center, but outrageously sweet. When I get down to it I am the biggest supporter of allowing children to manifest their creativity in whatever form in may take. In the end it would be hypocritical to want to stifle a little girl's dream of wanting to be a princess.

Please post your thoughts and comments. You can disagree, agree whatever you please, but please keep it clean.

XO,

Bridal Bee

My princess dress pick of the week:

Snow White Princess Dress. I don't know what it is about snow whites outfit that I love. I never knew primary colors could be so whimsical and adorable. She is the Disney generations eve, eating the apple and paying for it. In the end she triumphs over that nasty Witch queen, now if she could just take a hammer to that mirror her life would be perfect. I also love this version of a princess dress because it is well constructed and made from nice strong material. It doesn't look cheap while still being affordable.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Our Little Flower Girl Goes Back To School!


Hello Bridal Bee Buds!

As summer is rapidly coming to a close (haven't even started on my new year's resolutions) I thought we'd take a little break from our forays in all things flower girl and focus on back to school. Yup, it's that time again, when your little flower girls and ring bearer, shed their swim suits and summer tans and put on their back packs. It's back to school time and each year millions of parents rush out to buy new clothes for their children. I interviewed three mothers of adorable children to find out where they shop, what they are looking for and if their little flower girls have a say in what they are wearing. Here are brief introductions to our featured mothers. Kathy works for the county of Los Angeles and is the mother of three year old Bella and one year old Jonah. Christine works at the corporate office of a retail clothing industry for a highly successful youth targeted clothing chain and is the mother of nine year old Jordyn. Our final mommy, Mariel, is currently finishing her nursing degree and is mother to six year old Kayla.


1. How do you decide which stores to shop?
  • Kathy: Since the kids grow out of their clothes so fast and are prone to stain them, I try to bargain hunt. I like old navy because I get tons of discounts/coupons. Gap - when they have sales. Target for basics. And I dream when I walk past Nordstrom and Janie and Jack.
  • Christine: Past experience. Which stores are value priced for current fashions. I shop at Target and Tillys. Aesthetic environments. I don't like large crowds or messiness when shopping. I would never shop for Back to School at a Marshalls, TJ Maxx etc.
  • Mariel: Target, Lalaling, and Gymboree. I think about quality and whether it will last long. Good shoes! I will always spend money on good shoes. I will spend most of the money on shoes.
2. What are the top 3 things you consider when purchasing back to school clothes?
  • Kathy: Longevity, weather, versatile.
  • Christine: How long she can wear it. What she currently has in her selection at home that will add options to the item I'm about to buy. What is really a necessity at the time.
  • Mariel: Quality, comfort and easy access. No buttons. I look for hooks so she can go to the bathroom easily.
3. Does your kid have a voice in the clothes selection?
  • Kathy: Yes, lately Bella is picky when it comes to some of her clothes. She is starting to ask for long dresses because she likes this peasant skirt I have that goes to my ankles.
  • Christine: Absolutely! I get the final say but I do consider what she likes and we work together to decide what looks cute on her.
  • Mariel: Oh honey, she always does. She's expressive. She tells me what's comfortable. She tells me if pants are too tight and she'll say "mommy, I can't play in these jeans if they're too tight". She loves trying things on and giving feedback. I choose the clothes and then she picks from that. She'd end up in all pink if she picked everything.
4. Do you consider current trends when shopping?
  • Kathy: Not really. I think about it, but it doesn't influence me.
  • Christine: Yes!
  • Mariel: No, not really. When Crocs were in, they were just so comfortable. We would get them because they worked. I don't go out my way to get trends.
5. Any current styles you would never let your child wear to school?
  • Kathy: At this age no, when she's older, no booty shorts. I don't care how skinny a little kid is, once they are past 6 I don't think it's appropriate.
  • Christine: I stay away from TV show fads or licensed characters. No Hannah Montana, Hello Kitty, Disney etc. I think it looks cheap.
  • Mariel: No.
6. Any trends in clothing that you like for your kids?
  • Kathy: I love the layered look on myself, and I like it on Bella. I like when she throws in her own influence like stripped tights. It's cute when you can tell they kind of dressed themselves.
  • Christine: Skirts, leggings, skinny denim.
  • Mariel: Dresses with pants. She knows to keep her legs together, but she's not thinking about that all the time. It keeps from showing her undies.
7. What's your budget for clothes?
  • Kathy: There is no real budget. When you need it you need it, but here is my average target spending guideline. Jeans - no more than $15, shirt - no more than $12
  • Christine: I only have one child so we spend a couple hundred.
  • Mariel: $100-$200. I generally get t-shirts and jeans from target. I spend $ on undies because I hate holes and good socks. Long sleeves and sweaters, undies, socks I go to Lalaling and Gymboree.
8. What about accessories? Do you accessorize your child for school?
  • Kathy: I don't accessorize for school because the schools don't allow it. They are afraid the kid will lose something and other kids get jealous. However Bella likes belts and headbands. And little hair clips that she puts in herself.
  • Christine: Not necessarily. I make sure she has cute hair clips that coordinate with her clothing. I also invest in a basic pallet of shoes for her that match her clothing. That's really about it.
  • Mariel: Headbands and hair things. I get them at Gymboree. We were told that the play jewelry is distracting [at school]. It's not really allowed.
9. Do you get your child a haircut for the new year? Is there a style hairstyle you prefer?
  • Kathy: I cut it myself recently. I haven't taken her to a place yet. Maybe next year. As far as hairstyle, I love her curls down or in pig tails.
  • Christine: Yes. I prefer no bangs. Each year we pick something a little more mature. This year we went Victoria Beckham.
  • Mariel: Normally just cut the ends. No layers. Square cut with bangs. It's convenient.
10. Are there colors or fabrics that you prefer for kids clothes?
  • Kathy: Soft jersey cotton, denim. colors . . . Anything but white. White is a nice color but stains easily.
  • Christine: Yes. Blue, purple, black, gray, white, pink. We rarely do red or green. I choose colors that work best with her skin tone and hair color.
  • Mariel: I absolutely avoid white shirts. I love white shirts, but not for school. I try not to go with really dark colors. I try to do lavenders, purples, light blue, dark blue, brown and black. Jeans are a good material because it doesn't matter how dirty they get, you wash them and they're clean.
11. How do you feel about uniforms? Would you prefer your kids wear uniforms to school? If yes why? If no, why?
  • Kathy: The good thing about uniforms is that kids don't feel competition in wearing name brands. The bad thing is they are sometimes more expensive than regular clothing. I personally think they are ugly but after seeing how some kids dress today, I am not opposed.
  • Christine: I like uniforms but she does not. She is on a uniform waiver at school. Basically, she can wear them if we want. I like them because it's quick and easy and saves money but I empathize with her need to "fit in" with friends not wearing uniforms so we have her wear uniforms 2 days a week, and she dresses in regular clothes the other days.
  • Mariel: That would be easier. She stains everything she takes to school. It would make my life easier.
12. What do you think about the tradition of back to school shopping? Do you think it's just become a ploy for companies to make money, or do you think there really is necessity in this yearly ritual?
  • Kathy: I don't think it's any different then a black Friday or semi annual sale. I know lots of parents that really wait until the end of summer to buy new shoes for school, new jeans, and the basics. I personally buy more in impulse. I see something at a good price and if I know my kids will be able to wear it within the next 6 months (season/size wise) I buy it. I don't stock up for the sake of stocking up, but when I like something that's a good deal I just get it.
  • Christine: I think there is a need. I almost put off any shopping until these times because I know I will find deals during bts shopping. Kids grow so fast and shoe sizes change at least once a year so there is a need.
I hope all you mommies and daddies found that fun and informative. I sure did. I learned that given the chance many little girls would end up looking like a pink Pepto Bismal bottle. Unless your young child lives in a bubble, better to stay far far away from white. Your child may go to school looking like a million bucks, but by days end she/he could end up looking like a cast member on Lost, so durability is important. Target seems to be a great place to get basics and trends at a very good price, but of course Nancy August is the best place to get cute and affordable special occasion wear. Thanks for playing and as homework write a note and put in your darling's lunch box to remind them how proud you are of them and just how special they are.

XO,

Bridal Bee

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Milk Maid Flower Girl Hair Style


Hello Friends,

A quickie trend to share with all you mommies, daddies, brides and grooms that is simply delicious and perfect for summer time and your peach of a flower girl. Braids have been going strong for the past year or so on all the Hollywood red carpets, but the milk maid braid has made a recent comeback. The look isn't just for Princess Leia look a-likes at comic conventions. It's the perfect summer look because it's it will keep your little princess cool and it's no fuss and easy to do. When the heat is on we are all looking for short cuts to spending less energy. This is the ultimate quickie up do that is so easy your little one could probably do it herself! I take that back. Bobby pins and tender heads are not exactly fool proof.



All you need is 2 - 4 rubber bands and a few bobby pins. Make sure the pins match your the darling's hair color. Last thing you want to ruin a cute ensemble is mismatch bobby pins. You can either have a sharp neat milk maid braid look like Princess Leia (see photo above) or keep it messy. Either way, part the down the middle. Make two braids. You can do the two braids straight from the head or make a pony tail first with two rubber bands then braid then tie off the braids. Either way is fine. If you do it the second way, make sure to wrap a small piece of hair around the bands to conceal them. Take one braid and drape it across the top of her head and secure with a few bobby pins. Take the other braid across the head covering the tail of the first braid then slightly tucking it under, then secure with pins. Voila! You should have an instant up do that is appropriate for any flower girl.

Hope everyone's beating the heat and staying cool!

XO,

Bridal Bee

My flower girl dress pick of the week:

Simple Taffeta Pink Flower Girl Dress with Blue Accent Item J1320G-PK-BL. I love this dress. It's simple yet had just the right accouterments to add some spice. I think it's a perfect dress to go with the milk maid braids. The flower detail in the center with the pop of electric blue is adds that perfect dash of interest without being overbearing.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Little Boy In A Tuxedo, The Handsome Ring Bearer


Hello Friends,

How are the summer weddings coming along? The wedding season is in full swing so I'm sure everyone's had their fill of weddings. I'm sure all your little princess are looking picture perfect in their flower girl ensembles.

This is going to be a quickie blog, but I wanted to quickly touch on something I've noticed at weddings. There sometimes seems to be a lack of cohesion when it comes to the styles of the grown ups in the wedding party and the kids. In general, flower girls and ring bearers are ushered off to get their own outfits for the day. The problem I've occasionally noticed is that the level of formality don't seem to match amongst the adults and kids.

So, just a quick tip. If you must purchase the outfit for your precious flower girl or handsome ring bearer, make sure to ask what style the wedding party will be in. If the wedding party is beach inspired attire, though it is adorable, it's not appropriate to dress your your little boy in a tuxedo. The opposite is true. Same goes for your little girls. No princess ball gowns, if the bridal party participants are wearing khaki safari dresses and flip flops. The wedding day should tell a story and they've planned every detail for months, down to those little bouquet shaped breath mints in the bathroom. It would be a nice and thoughtful gesture to fit your little princesses and princes into the style story of the wedding.

On a side note, I wanted to start bringing in more discussions about boys formal wear. I wanted to showcase this suit before I wrapped up my blog to show a great formal choice for boys.


It's serious, but still fun with the pop of blue of the tie. You want your boys to look like boys not like man clones. One ways to bring down the seriousness of an outfit is incorporating color into a suit or tux. It's a bit harder to ride the line of kid and adult with boys outfits because their is no inherent playfulness and youth in a suit or tuxedo. You have to add that boyish charm with your own creativity and thoughtfulness.

XO,

Bridal Bee

My flower girl dress pick of the week:

The Sparkling Sassy Summer Halter Flower Girl Dress in Red Item J229G. What I adore about this dress is the color. It's the perfect dress for certain ethnic weddings. If you have friends who are Chinese how cute would that be for your little girl to come to the wedding (if they are not in the wedding party) in the traditional color of Chinese weddings, red! Besides the cultural reference of red at certain Asian weddings, red is just an explosive and happy color that people generally shy away from. This dress is a perfect summer dress that is fashion forward and rich in color. I love making a little splash when I'm not part of the bridal party. So if your little one isn't the flower girl (and she should have been, wink wink) there are no rules about stealing a little thunder on wedding day and this dress definitely does that.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Cinderella Princess Flower Girl Dress


Hello Flower Girl Mommies and Daddies! Is it hot in here or is it just me? Summer is heating up and so are weddings! Hopefully you are able to find ways to enjoy those outdoor weddings without melting like the polar ice caps.

As I watch my nieces and friend's daughters grow up it seems inevitable that most of these little one's have a princess moment. And what I mean by moment is that every day for months on end, your little princess wants to be a princess literally by parading around in her favorite Disney princess dress and matching plastic shoes and crown. The princess syndrome is cute for the first month, but by month eight we are all left to wonder how we're ever going to pry her out of this dress so that we can dress her like the perfectly lovely little girl she is instead of a prince and riches chasing princess.

When your phone rings and a bride or groom has invited your daughter to be the flower girl, fear may strike when you realize, little Suzy just won't take off that dirty formerly blue Cinderella dress. Good news is that most flower girl garb has princess qualities. If you offer her a little bling in the form of a cute and simple tiara (no large crowns please) and a shoe with a rhinestone accents, I'm sure she shall willingly cast aside her dingy Disney outfit. If you offer something better she'll surely jump at the chance to change.

Remember the SLS rules when you are assembling your perfect princess flower girl ensemble. If you get her a tiara, you want one that does not over power her. I would avoid gloves as that seems to date the look. I'm a fan of a small bracelet with a little shine and shoes with a little bling like these gems.



These shoes are great because they add a princess flair without going overboard. You can skip the craziness on the dress and accessorize their little hearts out.

Hopefully all you moms and dads have an easy time getting your little flower girls out of that princess dress. If not, try bribery. I kid.

Til next time.

XO,

Bridal Bee

My flower girl dress pick of the week:

There are so many dresses that would fit the alternative princess theme on the Nancy August website. One of my favorites is the Classic Girls Baby Blue Ballerina Dress item: J1047G-BL. I love this dress because it isn't a literal princess dress translation, yet still has the essence.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Flower Power


Hello Bridal Bee Buds,

Happy Belated 4th of July to you all! I took a little vacation and did very little last week and I enjoyed it! We've finally arrived to the last segment of my three hot trends series. We took a bow to bows, a tour of tiers, and finally we'll fling into flower power for your flower girls. This trend is inherently flower girl perfection. Flowers, like the bows, can transform a regal and mature dress into a perfectly adorable and age appropriate ensemble. Flower accents add a little spring and summer to your little princesses outfit.


These first flower power embellishments are wonderful examples because they are not a literal flower translation. The first floor length gown (Elie Saab) and mini dress (Valentino) have the flower embellishments at the bottom of the dress. These flowers are reminiscent of ranunculas without being actual copies of the flower.

Adding a floral touch of to the bottom of your flower girl's dress can lengthen her body. It brings attention to the whole length of the body. If your little girl is a little bit plumper, this look is also nice because it takes focus away from the mid section. The other great thing about the first Saab dress is that it has a balance of weight because of the embellishment at the top. For long dresses it's important to have balance so that your little one doesn't look like the dress is weighing her to the floor.

The third look is from my own closet. I wore this little number to a wedding in the spring, and compliments would not stop. It's a wonderful style for your older flower girls because it is a one shouldered dress which could be a little too revealing for the little ones. The flowers on this dress brings attention up to the face and adds femininity and whimsy. The off the shoulder look reminds me of a woodland fairy and what little girl wouldn't want to look like a fairy princess!


Unlike the first set of dresses, these dresses by Christian Lacroix have uncanny flower like resemblance. These embellishments are easy to reproduce on your flower girl's dress because you can easily buy silk flowers like these at your local fabric shop. Note that the flowers are sparse. Because they are colorful and realistic, the designer uses the flowers sparingly. The first dress has a small kiss of flowers in the center of the dress. You can easily create a pin on "boutonniere" that can be removed when spring is over and the next event is around the corner during a less colorful season. If your little ones have thing straps and you wish to add the on the shoulder flowers, make sure to add a support strap for the flowers or the weight may cause the flowers to slide off her shoulder. We wouldn't want a Janet moment going down the aisle!


This last look (minus the crazy head piece) is a great way to incorporate the flower power theme into your flower girl's hair. I like the simplicity of the flowers used for this hairdo. You can put your little one's hair in a loose bun and add a few simple random flowers to the back. Placing the delicate flowers on the side of her loose bun is also a very sweet touch. You can find simple silk flowers at the fabric store. I wouldn't suggest using live flowers unless you know it is hardy enough to last without water like orchids.

Phew... that was a long one. I promise not to drone on in the next blogs! I hope you all enjoyed my three part series on summer's hot trends. All these looks are appropriate for your little girls on the big day because they take every day girly items and use them in elegant ways.

XO,

Bridal Bee

My flower girl dress pick of the week:

5th Avenue Summer Flower Girl Dress in White Item: 1068G-WHT. This dress is a perfect example of a floral embellishment on the NancyAugust.com website. The other great thing is that it combines two of trends (bows and flowers) in one dress! I would have discussed that in this blog, but it was getting a little lengthy! The flower and bow embellishments are on opposite sides which evens out the weight of the dress. It's also a good dress for creating a cute little waist line for our chubbier cherubs.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Princess Flower Girl Dress Trends


Hello Bridal Bees,

The summer is heating up and so is my discussion on 09 couture trends. I will continue my three part "trends" discussion with the tier trend. I've heard this trend referred to as "cupcake dresses", "princess dresses" and "bridal dresses". No matter what you choose to call this trend, I call it perfectly adorable for any flower girl.

This haute couture is a great look for your little princess for several reasons. Tiers are whimsical, they have a lot of movement, and they are very girly. Tiers remind me of puffs of clouds and cotton candy. The style evokes a princess fantasy without being a Cinderella carbon copy.

The first look (Elie Saab) is a great example of this trend because it plays with textures and is a straight forward dress style we've all seen. In addition I love this look for your little flower girl because it is a skirt and top combo. The default flower girl or even bridesmaid option is a dress, but increasingly I've seen skirt and shirt combos going down the aisle. It's a good way to create your own look for your little princess. Mixing and matching is also a great way to balance formality of the flower girl ensemble. You can pair a more simple tank top with an ornate tiered skirt. It's also wonderful for the little ones that aren't quite proportioned who may need a bigger bottom than top or vice versa. You can avoid altering a dress simply by picking two pieces that fit your flower girl rather picking a flower girl to fit the dress!

Look two (Elie Saab) is a wonderful example of an all over tier texture. While I'm not a big fan of strapless dresses on the very youngest flower girls, I think this appropriate for your tween flower girls/jr brides maids. It's a throw back to the seventies with a modern bent. The ruffles and tiers also has a romantic and Victorian style. It's soft yet sophisticated.

The third look (Christian Lacroix) is a combination of the bow trend I discussed in the last blog and tiers. I looove this. If you haven't realized already, I am a big fan of whimsy meeting fashion. This look has girly written all over it. Again, I'm not saying to remake this look from head to toe. Taking different elements of style and combining them into one ensemble for your flower girl will create a one of a kind look. In this example the bow is attached at the top, but an easy way to add a cute floppy bow is get a fun colored satin ribbon and tie it around the waist of the dress. this wouldn't look right for all dresses, so be discerning before applying bows. The addition of a waist bow would be appropriate and oh so delicious if added to any of these tiered dresses.

The last example (Jean Paul Gautier) may not be appropriate for any of your little ones. I added it to show how beautiful tiers look while someone is walking. The photo captures the motion of the dress. When your flower girl is walking down the aisle in a dress that is full to the brim with ruffles and tiers there an airy motion like she is walking on clouds. I can see why this look was rampant on the spring 09 runway. It's ethereal without being literal. The tier look is sweet and perfectly delicious for any little princess’s big day.

Thanks for playing and stay tuned for the last tidbit from my three part trend alert.

XO,

Bridal Bee

My flower girl dress pick of the week:

Off The Shoulder Princess White Flower Girl Dress Item: J503G-WHT. Isn't this dress lovely. It's a breathe of fresh air on a hot summers day. Though this princess dress is a little daring with the off the shoulder look, it's very sweet with all the little roses. It's pure white, so if your flower girl likes to play with her food, it may not be the best dress for you. I also love it because it reminds me of a wedding cake! Yum!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Flowers and Bows for the Flower Girl


Hello Bee Buds! Let's talk, talk, talk about three fashion trends from the haute couture runway that is perfect for your blushing flower girl. I say it's all in the details. The minute little gifts on your outfit that makes it unique and pop out from the rest. Whether it's the buttons or the detailed stitching, the little surprises are what make an outfit sing. Your flowers girl's dress should also have little sweet touches that elevate the dress and your darling little one.

Three trends that were rampant in the spring 09 couture shows that translate well into flower girl garb are bows, tiers and flowers. What's great about these three trends is that they are easy to incorporate into your flower girl look. They are girly and young embellishments done in a sophisticated way. You can easily take a pre-made dress and turn it into a one of a kind stunner by using one of these tidbits. There is a lot to discuss when it comes to these trends, so I'll save your eyes the drama (carrots are great for the eyes f.y.i) and focus on one idea during each of the coming blogs. Ya with me?

Let's talk bows! Clearly we are not talking about the cheesy yet spirited cheerleader pony tail bow. These bows add a touch of youth, but in a special occasion way. Placement of the bows and size can really jazz up your darlings dress. Here are three distinct ways to incorporate this trend.


The first bow-tastic look (Chanel) is great for two reasons: it's an easy addition to a dress and the color contrast. You can upgrade your flower girl's dress simply by slapping a bow on it. Go to your local fabric store and buy some starchy structured sequined fabric. Craft a bow about 3" long and 1.5" wide similar to a man's tuxedo bow tie. You can simply sew the bow to the front middle of the dress or you can create a belt/band and attach the bow to that. The size of the bow should remain demure since the sequins will be "loud" as will the color contrast. I like the idea of mixing a shiny textured bow with a dress has less texture. It creates a nice pop. I also love this look because of the contrasting color choice. Clearly black and white are Chanel signature colors, but you can easily take your little ones purple flower girl dress and pair it with a sequined white bow. The pop in any color combo would be just as vibrant.

I chose the second example (Valentino) because of the fun size of the boy and also the color coordination of the boy. Even though the color and material are the same as the dress, the size of the bow creates it's own texture. The size of the bow is extremely whimsical and not for the faint of heart. Most likely you will be able to find fabric that is similar to your flower girl's dress. The size of the bow works because it's a floppier bow than the previous example and it's slightly askew. It's playfully messy and oh so delightful.

The last bow look (Alexis Mabille) is definitely the most off kilter flower girl idea for this trend. It may seem garish and loony, but I promise if done well it will look killer on your little princess. No one should attempt a literal representation of this look because it would look a bit silly on a little girl. Focus on the cluster of bows on her left shoulder and skip all the detached random bows peppering the outfit. The idea is to make a handful of bows made from different colors and textures and creating a bow boutonnière on the dress. This idea could be a bit heady for the younger ones, but if you have an older flower girl it would be perfectly suitable. You want the bows to be slightly varying in size and structure. Some should be stiffer and some should be floppier. It may be nice to incorporate colors from the wedding theme in your bow boutonnière. It would make any bride happy to know that you color coordinated your little flower girls dress to her entire wedding color scheme. With this final look, I would caution you that it may not suit all brides, so make sure you can gauge the fashion daring of the bride or groom.

Word to the wise, not every dress will look good with a bow slapped on it even though my soft heart wishes they would. Use your best judgment before going bow crazy. I can just see it now.... Tear stained letters from brides and grooms dismayed by the bow shenanigans that reeked havoc down the wedding "runway".

We may not all be able to afford to buy couture dresses from Chanel, Valentino, or Mabille, but at least we can embellish our flower girls with a little splash of those designers.

XO,

Bridal Bee

My flower girl dress pick of the week:

Lady Lace Lilac Flower Girl Dress Item: J1057G. Can I be honest? The sole reason I looove this dress, is the color. I adore lilac. It's a soothing color that's springy, summery yet cool which we could all use a bit of when the heat is on!

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Sharing is Caring, Promos at NancyAugust.com

Hello Flower Girl Mommies and Daddies. I just wanted to drop in and tell you about promotions NancyAugust.com is currently advertising. 10% off your total purchase for first time customers and free shipping for orders of $100 or more! I am not sure how long this promotion will last so hurry and pick up your flower girl dress today!


Stay tuned...be back soon with some more juicy info.

XO,

Bridal Bee

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Princess Flower Girl


Hello Hello Flower Girl Mommies! I want to continue to work on the modified princess flower girl look I was building in the last blog. Now that we have the clothing and accessory pieces picked to perfection, let move on the hairstyles.

The crowning glory of that ensemble is the sweet tiara so the hair shouldn't detract. I've pulled a few looks online from the adult bridal runway that I feel will translate to a cute look for your flower girl. When taking the adult look remember to follow the SLS rules. Take the look and make it flower girl appropriate.

This first look is soft and easy. It works with this dress because there isn't a heavy sleeve on the dress. It's a simple and easy hair style for your flower girl. Take a large barrelled curling iron and wrap the hair around the barrel. This technique helps to avoid the Little Bo Peep ringlets and creates a softer curl. Once you have all the curled. Gently run your fingers through your flower girls hair to pull out any curls that may be a little too Shirley Temple. The take a few strands from the front and pull it back and pin with bobby pins to create the space where the tiara will sit. Do not slick that portion of hair back or make it tight. Gently pull the hair back so that it's out of the face, but still loose enough that she doesn't look like she's getting a mini face lift!

The second look that would compliment the tiara and the outfit is seen here on probably one of your little girl's favorite pop stars Taylor Swift. It definitely will be easy to get your little girl to love this style because one of her favorite stars is sporting the style on the red carpet. What's great about this look is that it is a young look but it adds just a little bit more sophistication for the big flower girl moment. It's an easy up do with no fuss.

Like the first look, curl your little one's hair with a large barrelled curling iron. Be mindful of where your little girls part is and make sure to curl the hair in the direction of the part. If she has a center part, that should work as well with this look. Loosely pull the hair back and bobby pin the hair on the sides to keep the sweeping draped look. Make sure not to pull all the hair back so that you can have a loose sweeping tendril that glides across the forehead and dangles on the side like in the photo. After you've placed the hair, tie the hair in a loose pony tail. Loosely wrap a strand from the pony tail around the hair tie. After you've tied the pony tail, place the tiara behind the tendrils that loosely frame your flower girl's face. Can you imagine it? Just look at this photo and imagine a sweet little tiara on Taylor's perfectly sweet up do. I can see flower girl princess perfection!

I hope all is well in the bridal kingdom. Weddings are in full swing and I'm sure all you mommies, daddies, brides and grooms are running around like crazy trying to tie up the loose ends. My hope is that my ideas can at least save you one small headache!

Have a beautiful week!

XO,

Bridal Bee

My flower girl dress pick of the week:

Picture Perfect Girls Flower Girl Dress with Ruched Bodice in Mint Green Item: J338G. Why do I love this dress? It's the perfect summer dress with the perfect lime sherbet color. Everything about this dress screams summer. After two weeks of California "June gloom" I'm itching for something that has the ease and brightness of summer. It's simple, yet has just a touch of sequins to take it from a regular Sunday dress to a wedding appropriate dress for a nice outdoor summer wedding. It's sweet and tart and lovely for any flower girl.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Sneak Peak: Flower Girl Dress Accessory


Hello Bridal Bee Buddies!

I'm back and I have a sneak peak alert! If you have perused the Nancy August site you will notice that the accessories for your flower girls have not gone up yet, but yours truly has just one little tantalizing morsel to throw your way. Now, I had to sneak a shot of some of the product so it's not exactly Anne Leibovitz caliber, but you'll still be able to get the idea! I feel like a paparazzi leaking some heinously untrue story in a tabloid except my item is factual, tangible and not mean.

I wanted to talk about building an outfit for your flower girl. I talked about the SLS rules in blog one (softer, lighter, simplified) and though I want to talk about building pieces of an outfit and not actually styling your little flower girl, the rules still apply. So my first little sneak peak is this darling tiara. While, I am not a huge fan of the princess syndrome, I am a fan of shiny fun accessories that can sky rocket an outfit from cute to fabulous. Everybody (admit it) loves a little bling and the little ones are no exception.

Here's the catch with glittery shiny accessories; if you start piling on the shine with a bracelet, necklace, earrings, and foot jingle jangles, it will be garish and frankly take away from the gloriousness of your flower girls moment. If piled on too much, jewels can appear too cold for our little ones. So, to soften the harshness of bling, make sure your dress is simple enough so that your darling appears light enough. You don't want to hit everyone over the head with the princess idea, so I believe the dress shouldn't be a literal princess like gown. Simplify the idea. Take one element and run with it.

Let's build an outfit with the tiara as the center piece! I want to work with the Classic Girls Pink Ballerina Dress Item: J1047G-PNK . What I love about this dress is that it grabs just a touch sparkle from the tiara. The light sequin touches hearken back to the bling in the tiara without going Zsa Zsa overboard. The dress is whimsical for a tiara, but not overbearingly princess. It's ballerina at its best. Just a more glittery rich looking ballerina.

If I were purchasing the dress for one of my nieces, I would actually take off the center rose and sparingly add a few more sequin bits along the belt line to add a little more shimmer in the flower girl dress. I may even take the large rose detailing and apply it to the back so that when she walks away there would be a little show in the back! You can always take a darling flower girl dress and slightly alter it in an inexpensive way to make it one of a kind and more suiting to your style or the style of the wedding.

Unfortunately I do not have more sneak peak items to build into the this flower girl outfit, but I do have a few more suggestions to finish off the outfit. Please, for the love of Pete, no white socks with the frilly accent around the ankles. I would also avoid gloves with this outfit. Keep the tiara and the dress as the star. The extra accessories can take away. As far as shoes, keep it simple with plain ballerina flats.

Remember, you want your flower girl to shine like a star, but not explode like a supernova because when it comes down to it, it's the bride and grooms day. So keep it fun and simple with a touch of sparkle. In fact, let's all wear one piece of bling this weekend and harness our inner diva!

XO,

Bridal Bee

My flower girl dress pick of the week:

White and Red Baby Dress with Dotted Sequin Neckline Item: J1313B-RED
I love this dress and I love accent colors. It's like a little ballerina princess dress! This delicious ivory baby dress features a satin bodice and multi layer tulle skirt. The hand stitched red accent is a great subtle accent. Because too much of anything isn't a great thing.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Flower Girl Dress Size and Style Tips


Hello Everyone! Sorry for the delayed Bee Blog, but Bridal Bee was feeling a little under the weather. Please forgive me my devotees!

I wanted to address a question one of my readers brought up. She has a darling little girl who's a little heavier set. She asks, "what shape and style flower girl dress you would recommend for little girls who have a heavier set?".

The best advice I can give is, less is more (in the right place)!! A little girl who is a bit heavier should wear a dress with less all around volume. Though it's tempting to want to dress your little flower girl in the fluffiest princess dress possible, the volume of the dress will add more volume to the little one. If you need volume, keep the fluff at the bottom and avoid dresses that have too many rosettes and poufy details that lie on the stomach. If your little girl has a larger midsection you want to avoid dresses that have crazy patterns that bring focus to that area. You also want to avoid dress that are tight on the waist and that are just straight up and down. This will most certainly draw attention to the tummy.

Enough of the do nots, here are a few dos. Empire waist dresses are also a good bet, such as Lady Chic Tosca Blue Flower Girl Dress with Empire Waist Item Id: J230G-TOS (shown on the left). What's great about this dress is that it brings attention away from the waist and up to the face. The detailing is around the smallest part of your flower girls body, Another great thing about this dress is that it flairs our at the bottom which also drives attention away from the midsection.

I also really love the Lady Lace Burgundy Flower Girl Dress Item Id: J1057G-BURG (shown on the top left). I know, I know, early I said avoid fluff and detailing on the stomach, but what makes this dress work, is that the detailing draws the eye up and down and also is a narrow panel which creates an illusion of a slimmer body shape. It creates a smaller A-line shape for your little flower girl. The rose detailing at the top of the dress also brings the attention to the face, while the wide skirt also takes away from the larger midsection.

The reader also asks about avoiding hemming costs, etc. Unfortunately in order to have a dress be absolutely perfect you will have to hem or take in a dress is too long or if your child is in between sizes. It's important to understand that the dresses we purchase are made for mass market and there is no way for any dress to be perfect for your flower girl. If perfection is your aim, then it's important to be open to alterations. A quick hem shouldn't set you back much and with the great prices on NancyAugust.com you'll be able to afford the hemming.

I hope I was able to help all you Mommies, Daddies, Brides and Grooms who have a chubby cherub as your flower girl. Remember all children, no matter size and shape is beautiful. The most important tip I can give is to empower your child with confidence in their body type and to feel confident in the clothing they wear!

XO,

Bridal Bee

My flower girl dress pick of the week:

I thought it would be redundant to choose a flower girl dress pick of the week. So enjoy my other two choices for chubby cherubs above!

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Black Flower Girl Dress?


Hello Bridal Bee Buddies! I wanted to address an interesting question that one of my readers posted last week. "Hi bridal bee. I have noticed a lot of people wear black to weddings these days. Do you recommend black for our little girls? Is it too drab for a little flower girl dress?" I like this question. We have all thought about whether it would be appropriate to wear a black dress to a wedding. Evening weddings, it is surely fine, but when is it ok to wear if during the day?

In American tradition, black is more of a "down in dumps" depressing color. I for one like to buck tradition and increasingly people are wearing black to weddings, whether daytime or evening. Black is an elegant color, slimming and easy to wear for all body types. The little black dress is a staple for every woman's closet for those reasons, but at the same time can also look drab and morbid if in an unflattering shape or material. The same would be for your little flower girl.

First things first, if the bride has chosen all the brides maids and flower girls to be in black, then you have to comply! I went to a wedding last summer and black and red were the theme colors. The whole bridal party was in black. The guests were all requested to wear black as well. The bride chose a fun 50's inspired cut for the dresses, which made them quite fun despite the black color. Though it sounds like it would be depressing and lackluster, it was quite elegant. Keeping with fun shapes and material make black quite cute.

To soften black for a flower girl's dress is an easy fix. Make sure to pick a black material that isn't just one texture or too stiff and heavy. There are many fabrics that have black on black pattern. The black may be a varying degree of darkness. It could be black sequin or glitter accents to create texture. It could be a black flocked pattern on black taffeta or chiffon. You can make basic black less basic and more sassy with a great fabric.

Length is another way to make sure the dress isn't to dowdy. I would avoid dressing a flower girl in an overly long dress. A three quarter length dress to the mid shin that has a little volume under the skirt can keep it cute and young. Have the underlying tulle be a different color. When she dances or walks down the aisle there will be a splash of color. Adding a sash to the black dress of a slightly different color like purple would add dimension and variance to the outfit. Remember you can always use the accessories to introduce colors. We all know the flowers most likely won't be black (at least I hope not) and that will be another addition of color.

To make a long story short, if the bride calls for a black flower girl dress, then you should comply. I do think that then and only then should you willfully dress your flower girl in black. Black for other party events like holiday parties are appropriate, but in general for a wedding, stray from black unless asked to do so because black will be more distracting than other colors.

Til next time my friends!

XO,

Bridal Bee

My flower girl dress pick of the week:

My Lady Ivory Baby Dress with Ribbon Hem (item: J1211B-IVY) This dress isn't black, but it's super cute and would be great in black for the following reasons. The different layers would break up the black. Air is not a color, but if there is noticeable space between the layers it would make the black more airy. There are also multiple types of fabric that would also break up the monotony of black! There is so much detail and different patterns and materials that would make this dress truly adorable in black. From the rosettes to the cap sleeves, this is truly a delicious little flower girl's dress.

Queen Lace Black Flower Girl Dress (item: J1311G-BLK) Since I have been gushing over black flower girl dresses, I thought I would show you an example of a dress that incorporated a hint of black that would be suitable for any wedding day or night. This dress comes in a few colors and even in baby dress sizes! Something like this is always great as it can be worn a bunch of times to multiple formal events. More bang for your buck!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Got Flower Girl and Ring Bearer?


Hello again brides, mommies, grooms and daddies! I had a wonderful weekend in Malibu, California relaxing and enjoying the ocean and quietness of the area. All the beauty of the city made me think about the beauty of weddings and that some of the most special, romantic, and spiritual moments in a wedding happen in the stillness of the ceremony. I picture a groom wiping a tear from his brides’ face or the bride hugging her parents for the last time as their only daughter, now someone's wife. There is so much power in silence in a ceremony.

So, this goes out to the brides planning your wedding ceremony. I've thought of a couple cute ways to incorporate the ring bearer and flower girl in your wedding in a non-traditional way that I think adds to the sanctity of your matrimony. These are some ideas from my own personal wedding stock, a gift from the Bridal Bee to YOU.

Idea #1: Bringing back "ring" in ring bearer
Let's talk ring bearers. Those cute little guys role increasingly seems to be down played or completely eliminated. I was thinking about a play on words. Traditionally the ring bearer comes down the aisle in a cute little suit or tux with his hair very slicked back and a ring on a pillow. I have seen that less and less and I'm wondering if a 4 karat whopper is just a bit too much bling to be entrusted to a small child. I thought of a twist on words that would bring a still moment to your wedding and give the ring bearer his own chance to shine!

After the bridesmaids and flower girl have gone down the aisle or path, slowly fade the music down to zero. As soon as the music fades, send the little fellow out with a little bell. Not a big deep sounding bell because that could sound very ominous and morbid. The sounds of bells are very sweet and slightly ethereal. He will be the preface to the main show. All eyes will be ready when it's quiet and everyone will calm down and focus on the big moment. When everything is quiet, people know it's time to focus. Once he's finished ringing the bell, then your wedding song should be brought up. They say that every time a bell rings an angel gets their wings. I'm willing to bet that the ring bearer can get at least 5 angels their wings with this little twist.

Idea #2: Flower girl to little angel
While the ring bearer seems to be losing steam, the flower girl is and will be a main part of the wedding. I thought of a couple things to make your flower girl stand out from the rest. You can think of the flower girl as the one who is spreading out the magic and future riches down the aisle before the bride walks up to her groom. I think of them as the angels of wedding. I wanted to take that one step further and have the flower girl sprinkle white feathers down the aisle down rather than flowers. She'll already look like an angel in her adorable white flower girl dress. She'd look like an angel in any color dress (Nancy August has many beautiful rainbow sherbet assortment of dress to fit your themecolors). Are you still with me brides? Imagine... The doors open and you see your fiancé soon to be husband standing at the alter/hoopa. Between you and him is a trail of white feathers like clouds dusting the runway. You walk down the aisle in a sea of white feathers floating about you... It's so magical.

Idea #3: A little night music
My last and possibly most daunting idea. Brides, I know this is your day and I'm not trying to steal your thunder, but hear me out. A child's voice is so sweet and serene and singing the right song a capella can bring tears to people's eyes. (Did you guys see that little girl on Britain's Got Talent that made everyone cry?) The idea is to have your flower girl or ring bearer sing a song a capella. I know, I know, your sister's daughter may not sing well and we certainly don't want to pull a Milli Vanilli on your wedding day with fake vocals, so you can opt to have another child sing while the flower girl is scatter the flowers of the pedals or feathers. It would be the best if it were possible to get the little one to sing as well (a simple lapel microphone pinned to the dress). Having a single child's voice floating down the aisle before your big entrance, whether a contemporary piece like "Wonderwall" by oasis (ok.. I'm dating myself) or a classic like Ave Maria, is sure to be a lovely introduction to the big show.... The Bride!

I promise that next week I will get back to the nitty gritty styling of your flower girls and ring bearers and until then I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day. It's Sunday May 10th for all of you who have yet to send your mom a little card or present. And for those of you who haven't, make sure to show up at the grandparent's with your little girl dressed in an adorable dress like the Bubble Power Girls Summer Dress in Orange. I love the retro orange and circle pattern. Super sassy, fun and she can spill a little orange juice on it and no one would know! I love easy cute and easy dresses.

XO,

Bridal Bee

My boys suit pick of the week:

The Classic Boys Suit in Black (Item: SUIT10BOY-BLK) is the perfect suit for a little boy. It's understated and classic. I don't want to leave the boys out. How I love the little forgotten ring bearers, the heart breakers of tomorrow. With this suit set you can swap out the vest with one that has the color theme of the wedding. Heck, if it's hot, leave out the jacket all together and he will look adorable in the included white button up and vest. You can punch it up with a tie to match the wedding colors for added zest. If your looking for our baby boy or your toddler boy, dont fret, it comes in all sizes! click here to see all the boys suit sizes.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Flower Girl Hair To The Rescue


Hello NancyAugust.com converts! I'm still here. Bridal Bee back and in action.

Last blog I discussed my SLS styling rules for your children. I want to take that idea and put my money where my mouth is and discuss how to take a look that was prevalent on the spring 2009 wedding runways to your flower girls' hair.

Generally I want to keep my pick of the week as a separate entity, but I thought the Perfect Girls White Ballerina Dress with Beaded Bodice tied in perfectly with the styling I wanted to address. I'm talking ballerina dresses and there is one hairstyle synonymous with ballerinas. All you mommy and daddy's out there who have a daughter in ballet, you know that buns (tight and very slick, no fly always) is required hair etiquette for serious ballet classes. Bun heads as I lovingly refer to ballerinas. I want to take the bun head aesthetic and translate it to a softer and prettier more wedding appropriate look. Let's face it... the too tight bun goes against every single one of my SLS rules. It's a little too harsh of a hairstyle to go with such a fun and fanciful dress style.

Luckily for me, one of the big trends on the bridal runway were messy buns, so I have some good reference points for you to try on your little flower girls. Haute couture wedding dress designer and goddess Monique Lhuillier had a bun parade during her Spring/Summer 2009 runway show, as did wedding icon Vera Wang. The best part about incorporating this adult trend into your child's flower girl style is that it's already messy and disheveled so you don't have to worry about having every hair in place. It's a kid friendly and low maintenance style that take a traditional bun and make it a little more fashion forward.

Here are some examples:


How do you apply the SLS rules to your daughter's hair with a style that is already clearly less structured and softer than a normal harsh bun. First of all, don't go overboard with the messiness. We want your little bundle to look adorable, not unshowered. Simplify the messiness. Skip the teased look that a lot of the runway buns have. Put some big waves with a large barrel curling iron into the hair. Then loosely grab the hair to make a ponytail. The ponytail should be loose enough so that when you wriggle the ponytail around you're not jerking her head around. Take the pony and loosely twist it. Take the twisted ponytail and wrap it around hair tie. Secure the loose bun with appropriately colored bobby pins (dark pins for dark hair and light for light hair). If you must, spray the hair lightly. For an added touch, take the main flower of the wedding and put it in the side of the bun. Voila!

I hope I was able to translate a runway style into something fun and easy to do in your flower girl's hair. Until next time..

XO,

Bridal Bee

My flower girl dress pick of the week:

Perfect Girls White Ballerina Dress with Beaded Bodice (Item: J989G-WHT). This dress is adorable. I chose this as my 2nd pick because it has the same ethereal feel as the last pick. Cloud like and fluffy. It's a bit more grounded and traditional for those who thought my last weeks pick was a little too out of the box for their taste. A way to make this dress less traditional is to have a hairstyle that is a little less traditional, like the messy bun. Great news! It's also available in baby dress sizes! Click here to view the Perfect White Baby Ballerina Dress.

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