A Wedding Dress Made Out of Golden Books

Image: Musetouch.net

Image: Musetouch.net

This ‘Storybook’ gown is constructed entirely out of recycled and discarded children’s Golden Books. The gown designer, Ryan Novelline, created the bodice from the golden-colored spines of these classic children’s books and then sewed together the skirt from their illustrated pages.

See more artistic images here: http://www.musetouch.net, and don’t miss the dreamy trash-the-dress images.

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Wedding Guest Dress Pick: Ann Taylor Trendy Peplum Dresses

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Choosing the best wedding dress as a wedding guest can be a challenge with all of those wedding dress code terms, like ‘outdoor chic’ and ‘beach stylish,’ even ‘semi-formal afternoon’ or no dress code mentioned at all but simply the time of the wedding — leaving you wondering what to wear. I’ve found a super-stylish collection of perfect wedding guest dresses that fit into just about every wedding dress code except for the most ultra-formal. And since I love Ann Taylor so much, choosing Ann Taylor dresses for my own bridesmaids, it’s not a surprise to me that they’d have such fantastic dress choices for your wedding dress-ups. I’d get them in every color, and you’re set for every spring, summer, fall and winter wedding this year! Add in www.retailmenot.com discounts and Ann Taylor’s own fantastic sales and frequent shopper discounts, plus Ebates.com money back, and this trio of dresses becomes ultra-affordable!

Here’s what I found:

Ann Taylor Asymmetrical Peplum Dresses

Intricate pintucked detail and an asymmetrical hem takes this have-to-have from sophisticated to simply stunning. Jewel neck. Sleeveless. Asymmetric peplum at waist. Lined bodice; unlined sleeves. 20″ from natural waist.

In Bright Jadeite, seen above, and here is the back view:

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Or in Black

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And then there’s the Ann Taylor Peplum Sheath Dress without the whole asymmetrical cut, which evokes more of a ‘flowery’ image. Here it is in In Alpine Sky:

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Vibrant and confident, this curve-defining style flaunts a runway worthy peplum silhouette that pairs perfectly with sky-high heels for the look of the season. Jewel neck. Sleeveless. Scoop back. Hidden back zipper with hook and eye closure. Lined bodice; unlined skirt. 21 1/2″ from natural waist.

It’s International Tiara Day! Time for Brides to Sparkle…and Recent Brides to Wear Yours All Day

They may have a “day” for everything these days, but International Tiara Day is definitely a holiday I can get behind!

The first International Tiara Day was held on May 24th, 2005 in conjunction with Barbara Bellissimo’s Seasons of Success. In 2009 Lynanne White of American Rose Bridal along with a few of her employees decided everyone should be able to wear a tiara, not just brides. Lynanne researched to see if there was a tiara day. After contacting and receiving permission from Barbara, Lynanne took over International Tiara Day in hopes of helping all women feel like a princess. Lynanne thought May 24th was an appropriate day since it was Queen Victoria’s birthday. We hope to continue this tradition every year.

So happy birthday, Queen Victoria, and on this day, you get to feel like a princess, or a queen, or a fashionista with fabulous flair for headwear.

Brides, you may be thinking about how to ‘top’ your bridal gown look, and if your bridal shop has nothing but traditional tiaras that look like Miss America crowns (unless that’s what you want!) check out the amazing, ultra-creative tiaras and headbands from one of my favorite companies, Twigs and Honey:

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Check out Twigs and Honey’s lovely, ethereal tiaras, headbands, clips and other bridal accessories to add a little bit of that romantic magic to your wedding day look, accenting your wedding gown, fulfilling your dream of a magical wedding look.

And if your days as a bride are over, get your wedding tiara out and put it on! I’m literally in pajama pants and a white tank top right now, wearing my wedding tiara! It’s just fun, a quirky little day-maker, and a fun celebration of International Tiara Day!

Here’s a look at me on my wedding day, with my so-pretty tiara:

 Photo courtesy of Rich Penrose, Dean Michaels Studio

What’s your tiara story? Where did you find yours? Do you wear it just for fun?

Responses enter you to win a copy of my new book!

Winners will be chosen on May 31st~

Your one-and-only Wedding Glossary

Every bride needs a great wedding glossary to make sure she’s aware of all of the creative possibilities in her gown design, as well as for her bridesmaids’ dresses, so here’s the most complete Wedding Glossary out there — on the gorgeous site for Mon Cheri Bridals. From train lengths to bodice styles and details, even some terms you might never have heard before, it’s all here…

While you’re there checking out the glossary, cruise around to see their fabulous dresses. I wore a Mon Cheri couture dress at my wedding, I love it that they’re working with Kathy Ireland on her 2Be Bride line, and they have their new catalog on the way! Sign on to get the latest news from Mon Cheri — and no, I’m not their spokesperson. I’m just their biggest fan :]