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!

XO,

Bridal Bee

My
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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