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..


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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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hello Mommies, Daddies, Brides and Grooms!

Wow. My first day on the job writing for NancyAugust.com, one the hottest purveyors of kids special occasion and formal wear online! Mixing affordable with adorable! I'm honored. Truly.

I don't want to come off as a taskmaster and skip all the niceties, but I'm excited to get into the thick of things in regards to special occasions for your kids. Wedding season 2009 is here and I'm sure all you busy moms, dads and brides are searching for the perfect hair styles, accessories, and shoes to compliment your darling flower girl or ring bearer.

While we've all seen and loved the Little Bo Beep ringlets and porcupine hair, the look is a bit dated. I want to share my thoughts on how to bring contemporary fashion to your child's special occasion wear without aging them (they're growing up fast enough, right?). The big question is how to translate adult bridal runway styles into wearable kid friendly styles? They say that flattery is the most sincere form of flattery, but let's all agree that there is a limit, especially when it comes to kids formal wear and hair.

Before I can go into styling your flower girl and ring bearer with this seasons sassiest trends (I'm already drooling over my next posting topic) we must go over the basics. Here are my 3 simple SLS rules:

1. Softer: Less structured, less gel, less spray, less helmet head. If the bridal party has super slick buns or french twists, the little ones should be a bit less rigid.

2. Lighter: A little make-up goes a long way. If the Bridal party is evening formal and the bride and her crew are dolled up with smokey eyes and red lips, your precious flower girl shouldn't be their clone. Think about taking it from a 10 to a 3.

3. Simplified: Less is more. Overly bedazzled and jeweled accessories, hair, shoes, gloves, tiara's can detract from the beautiful flower girl dress you or the bride has selected. I love shimmer and glitter, but we don't want our little ones to look like she got into her craft box and dumped a jar of glitter and rhinestones on her head! When you and I dress ourselves, we have a piece of our ensemble that is the shining star of the outfit and the same should be for your little flower girl. If you choose a tiara, opt for a less flashy dress or a smaller tiara. Yes, it's the bride's day, but we all know that the flower girl is the scene-stealer and we want her to steal the show in a good way.

Hallelujah, we made it. Now that our homework is out of the way we can get into the fun stuff in my coming blogs. Remember S.L.S. Did you all take notes? I thought so. I'm over joyed to let my hair down and get into the nitty gritty of flower girl and ring bearer styling ideas in my next blog post. Enjoy the site and make sure to check it out!


Bridal Bee

flower girl dress pick of the week:

Sparkling Sassy Pink Girl Summer Halter Dress (Item: J229-PK). It's very reminiscent of a beautiful Monique Lhuillier wedding dress my friend wore for her wedding a couple weeks ago. It's the perfect marriage of whimsical, girly and fashion forward. The tiers are like cotton candy made from fairy magic, but better. Your little girl will swear she's floating in this dress. Whether your daughter is the flower girl or not, this dress is a knock’em dead choice.

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