Sunday, September 21, 2008

Underneath it all, there's Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson "Stretch Mesh" Demi-Cut BraYour favorite stretch mesh bra now comes unlined in signature Betsey colors

Betsey Johnson "Stretch Mesh" Unlined Demi-Cut Bra A bra that hits the spot. Adorable dots and pretty pom-poms create a sexy-playful look by Betsey Johnson.

Betsey Johnson
"Zipper Stripe" Low-Rise Thong. Super sexy with distinct Betsey Johnson style, this low-rise thong features a tonal zigzag stripe, lace trim and a pink satin bow.

Betsey Johnson
"Zipper Stripe" Lightly Lined Demi. This demi bra from Betsey Johnson is intricately sexy, with an allover tonal zigzag stripe, lace trim and a satin bow detail.

Spanx me if you want, you can Spanx me anytime at all . . .

Davey Jones of the Monkey's said it best, "I'm a believer, I couldn't leave it if I tried..." : ) I can't believe it, but I am a true believer in the power of Spanx. I've got 2 weddings this month and a dress I love that is a tad clingy. What to do . . . suck it in and be conscious of it; wear a long sweater or do what everyone else does, wear the control top panythose and hope the lines don't show. Lo and behold, quite by accident, I actually came across some people buying and swearing by Spanx at a lingerie store. Spanx helps women earse the line on pantylines and those love handle bulges. Suprisintly in talking with some friends, I am finding out that everyone swears by them; and they are not necessarily just for special occasion. Some women are addicted to the cinched-in feeling and assuredness that there are no little bulges peeking through their clothes—so much so that they wear them everyday under everything including leggings.

The company makes footless and footed hosiery, tights, and body shapers to give women a slim and smooth look with any style dress or shoes. Spanx also sells bras (all-hosiery Bra-llelujah!), slips, panties (Power Panties), and lined apparel. Their products are anywhere from Macy's to, Walmart (they sell the Legg's Version for $6.97) to Bare Necessities.

If you don't know the story; Sara Blakely is credited with inventing footless pantyhose. She started up Spanx in 1998 with $5,000 of her own savings.

If you can't find them in your area, then here are a few places on line where you can find them : )
Slim Cognito Shaping Bodysuit 069 by Spanx

Slim Cognito Shaping Bodysuit 069 by Spanx
*Shapes and contours waist, tummy and bottom *Reinforced front tummy panel *Convertible straps work with any bra *Non-binding waist and leg bands *Back center seams provide additional definition Spanx Slim Cognito Shaping Bodysuit technical details: *Bodysuit straps included *1/2 inch bra straps *4 hidden slots for bodysuit straps *Elasticized back center seam *Heat transfer label *Cotton crotch *Size S will fit dress size 6-8 *Size M will fit dress size 8-10 *Size L will fit dress size 10-12 *Size XL will fit dress size 12-14 Spanx Slim Cognito Shaping Bodysuit is shapewear reinvented with seams to prevent excessive bulging and convertible straps that allow you to mix and match with any bra of your choice. Surprisingly lightweight, the Spanx Slim Cognito Shaping Bodysuit has a reinforced front panel that targets the tummy for a flawless hourglass figure. Specs based on size L Material: 80% Nylon, 18% Spandex/Elastane, 2% Cotton Available in sizes: S, M, L, XL

Bra-Llelujah Bra 013 by Spanx

Bra-Llelujah Bra 013 by Spanx
*No more bra lines, bulges, clasps, hooks or wires *"Underwire" lift without the underwire *Unique hosiery knit engineering offers the ultimate support and comfort *Designed to give you a smooth, sexy back *Straps distribute weight evenly and won't dig in Spanx Bra-llelujah! technical details: *1 inch bra straps *3 1/2 inch back wing width *2 inch back band *Knitted construction The Spanx Bra-llelujah! revolutionizes bra design with an all-hosiery construction that offers smoothing and "underwire" support without the wire. This incredibly stretchy seamless Spanx Bra-llelujah! bra is designed to finally get rid of bra lines, bulges, clasps, hooks and wires forever. The soft straps on the Spanx Bra-llelujah distribute weight evenly and won't dig in so wearing this bra feels like a soft hug. Specs based on size 34 C/D Material: 90% Nylon, 10% Spandex/Elastane Available in sizes: 32-36A, 32-42B, 32-42C, 32-42D, 38-42DD Product Features: Bras, Plus Size Bras, Seamless Bras, Wireless Bras.

Spanx Hide & Sleek Half Slip Shapewear
Spanx Hide & Sleek Half Slip Shapewear
The uniqueness of Hide & Sleek is the double-layer compression that gently slims and smoothes the tummy. The soft, cool fabric and non-binding waistband offer a comfortable and invisible look under your clothes. Moderate control hip slip. Stretch nylon. Slims tummy, thighs and rear. Creates a smooth look underneath clothes. Moisture-wicking fabric for a cool, dry feel. No waistband and tagless for added comfort. Soft, slick yarns won't cling to your clothes. ( Style 054A ) Fabric: 87% Polyester, 13% Spandex

All The Way by SPANX - $ 20.00
From: Kiyonna Klothing

Power Panties by SPANX - $ 25.00

From: Kiyonna Klothing

Higher Power by SPANX - $ 34.00

From: Kiyonna Klothing

Bare Necessities. Long leg control brief. Constructed of soft, silky microfiber. Moisture-wicking fabric for a cool, dry feel. Smoothes tummy, thighs and rear. Double layer compression. No waistband. No leg band for a smooth look on thighs. Slick yarns wont cling to clothes. With a cool, soft fabric, the Hide & Sleek Mid-Thigh Smoother is perfect when you need sleek, firm shaping under a sheer or clingy garment. With the no-leg-band design, there will be no tell-tale leg bulges.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Affordable Wedding Gowns for Full Figured Women

Looking for a beautiful and affordable (key word there) wedding gown / dress. Check out Kiyonna. They have a small but "nice" selection. A great return program and sales. Check for coupons.

Scalloped Lace Wedding Dress with Cummerbund

Price: 288.00Plus-Size

Vintage Inspired Scalloped Lace Wedding Dress

Price: 420.00Plus-Size

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Retro Cake Topper Just Ooozes Retro Style

Is this just not the cutest thing you ever saw????

Retro Couple Cake Topper

This couple simply oozes retro style with their hip outfits and fab hair. This is an especially fun look when paired with a bright, whimsically decorated cake. The piece is made of lightweight polished silver metal and includes a stem at the base to anchor it securely into your cake top. Measures 7" tall, 3.7" wide and the stem is 2.5" long. Available here.

If this doesn't make you smile I don't know what will : )

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Audrey Hepburn "Updo" Timeless and Classic

Art Poster Print - Audrey Hepburn- Pop Art by unknown Print Size: 12 x 36 inches.

Bangs are in. There are Bettie Page bangs, the Cleopatra straight cut bangs and the fringe bangs; and then there are the short short bangs. Then there is the Audrey Hepburn hairdo in Breakfast at Tiffany's. On Audrey Hepburn, short bangs accentuate her doe like eyes, making them appear larger than they were. Your eyes are drawn to her eyes by the well shaped eyebrows and large eyes. Hepburn's updo gives her a flirtatious pixy look which is she is famous for.

Hepburn's updo is timeless. Her hair is simply pulled up into a ponytail and fluffed for fullness. The ends are curled under and secured with bobby pins. If you feel secure with this look, here's how to get it:

  • Separate your bangs. Your bangs need to be cut in an uneven pattern and texturized, by point cutting or with a razor, so that they appear light and natural. Cutting tCustom hem straight off will give you a blunt and chunky look.
  • Pull the rest of your hair back smoothly and form it into a full, controlled ponytail. This can be achieved on very long hair by pulling all the hair up into a high ponytail and fanning it out; or if you have very thick hair, you can backcomb the ponytail and then lightly smooth it over the top. The third option .... buy a hair piece to add on.
  • Pin the ends under and spray with firm-hold hairspray.
  • In hair that is not quite long enough, place a second ponytail about 2 inches down and hide it under the first. This allows the hair from the second ponytail to flow farther down or to the nape while the first ponytail is fanned out to cover all traces of the second. This also works well with layered hair.
  • The band of the first ponytail is hidden by taking part of the hair and then bobby-pinning it to your head in front of the band and then smoothing the hair over the band and blending it with the total ponytail. Skip this step if you have an ornamental barrette or large clip to hide the band.
  • To create this look on even shorter hair, pull your hair back and secure it with bobby pins and hairspray. Fasten a hairpiece in the form of a small hair piece or a fall to the crown of your head, making sure to cover all the bobby pins. The hairpiece should be a perfect match of your own hair color.

Make sure you have a great looking barrette. Here are a few we like:

Bellezza Crystal Mini Barrette

When you're wearing your hair up, a fancy little barrette is a nice way to dress up the look. This silver tone piece is pave set with sparkling crystals for a vintage look. Measures 1.5" wide.

Venus Barrette

Freshwater pearls and clear crystals are woven into an intricate lattice pattern along with glass pearls in your choice of white or ivory. Pearls and crystals can be attached with either 14K gold or sterling silver wire and are set on a 3.5" silver barrette. The decoration measures approximately .5" wide.

If you want to go a step further and "get" the Hepburn look, you will need pearls and a "little
black dress":

Lila's 12 mm White Baroque Pearl Set - 20" Long
-Pearls are a fashion staple - as one friend of ours said, "pearls are not a luxury - they're a necessity"! Sometimes, though, that standard string of pearls just doesn't have enough oomph for your fabulous outfit. Not to worry - Lila's collection of shell pearl necklaces and earrings are suitable for any occasion. Baroque shell pearls (shaped like tiny acorns) are tightly strung together, and secured in the back with a strong magnetic clasp. To close the necklace, just position each magnet near the other. They close with a snap, and open with a gentle pull on each magnet. The only trouble with Lila's pearl jewelry is picking just one! Do you prefer opalescent white pearls, gleaming silver pearls, or ultra-chic black pearls? 12 mm or 16 mm pearls? 18 or 20 inch necklaces? Forget choosing your favorite one - we're still trying to narrow it down to our favorite three or four! Be sure to shop the entire collection of Lila's pearl jewelry, and find the set that's perfect for you. There are eight sets to choose from...

And,'s "Audrey" dress. This is a sexy slim down dress, deep low V-neck front and back, gorgeous lace detail around neck line, stretch to huge your curve, a vent slit at back, side zip.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Vintage Wedding Gowns Available at

Looking for a unique 1940's or 50's bridal gown. Check out Revamp Vintage Bridal line at
Designer Annamarie von Firley, is a designer with a passion for collecting and wearing vintage clothing, received her first degree from Hampshire College with a Bachelor of Arts in Wooden Toy Design and Construction. She moved to San Francisco nearly seven years ago to earn her second degree from California College of Arts and Crafts and graduated with honors with a BFA in Furniture Design. She formerly was the Product Designer and Operations Manager for Grandiflorum Perfumes. Annamarie is also a professional dancer working with three local companies. In her spare time, Annamarie is an accomplished flying trapeze artist. A member of the Art Deco Society of California, Annamarie has amassed a growing collection of vintage clothing, catalogues, movies, music and art from 1890 to 1950.

We are highlighting the "Lillian" Gown. The bride of the 1940s had World War II to contend with. Rationing of fabric made simplicity in line and trimming an important factor to consider. A bride sometimes had no time to have a gown made before her fiancée was shipped off to war and had to make do with a suit or casual dress. The lucky bride had more time to consider her options. The most popular gown tended to be of rayon-satin worn in an unadorned A-line style. Although simplicity was key, wedding dresses were anything but boring. The A-line dress, also called the princess line, had a fitted bodice, a nipped in waist, and were usually fitted at the neckline, wrist, and midriff. with an A-line skirt. For those brides who wanted a little something different, over-dresses of sheer netting or lace would create a soft look. Moderate length veils were worn with decorative headdresses in a coronet style or a heart shaped style of fabric or lace, that would mimic a sweetheart neckline, a popular 40s motif.

“Lillian” is a stunning and accurate example of bridal wear from the early forties. This lovely dress is stitched in a buttery golden silk charmeuse with an overlay of caramel lace. The silk under-dress is princess-line, five-gore skirt fitted closely at the bodice and waist and is sleeveless with a sweetheart neckline. The overdress adds an air of modesty with a princess-line bodice, wrist-length leg-o-mutton sleeves that fasten with 4 loop and button closures, a high rounded neckline and fastens down the front of the dirndl skirt with 58 self-covered loop and button closures. The overdress made of carmel colored floral embroidered net adds a formal note appropriate for a church wedding.

And, if you are looking for a great Prom Dress, Cocktail Dress or Bridesmaid Dress ... Check out the Vivinne Dress. Gorgeous beyond words!
Both available at

Friday, September 5, 2008

You'll Fall in Love with these Fall Favors

"Autumn Elegance" Laser-Cut Fall Leaf Favor Box - Set of 24

Planning a pretty fall wedding? Add a delightful finishing touch to your autumn décor with these “Autumn Elegance” Laser-Cut Fall Leaf Favor Boxes! A tempting way to conceal small soaps, candies, or other tantalizing treats, these exquisite favor boxes show your sophisticated side. For a distinctive personal touch, be sure to opt for our personalized tags, available in a broad range of styles and colors for a nominal fee.

Each beautiful box features a slip-on top and satin bow in your choice of apple red or chocolate brown. Laser-cut maple leaves allow the bottom box color to show through, adding interest and intrigue to your gifts for your guests. Sold in a set of 24, these wedding favor boxes are easy to assemble.

Fill these elegant boxes with scrumptious treats, like Chocolate Truffles or the equally decadent
Premium Almonds Dragees (each sold separately). Size: 2" square

"Fall in Love" Scented Leaf-Shaped Soap Wedding Favors

Guest soap is a truly classic gift, and our elegant "Fall in Love" Scented Leaf-Shaped Soap Wedding Favors celebrate an autumn wedding with exquisite style. The perfect way to thank your guests, these lovely little soaps are perfect for placing on the tables at your reception…and they’re adorable awaiting your guests as they check into their hotel rooms. For a personal touch, opt for our distinctive personalized tags, available in a variety of colors and
designs for a nominal fee.

Each gift box features a brown-and-cream leaf design with a satin ribbon and a matching “For You” tag. Inside, you’ll find two oatmeal-colored, leaf-shaped soaps sitting in a nest of straw. These are great gifts to keep on hand for your engagement party hostesses and anyone who offers you a little help in preparing for your big day!


As a pretty preview of an elegant autumn wedding, choose our "Fall in Love" Tealight Candles as hostess gifts for your bridal showers and engagement parties. Each candle is adorned with an autumn leaf, and a set of four comes packaged for giving, wrapped in an ivory organza bow. These autumn-themed tea lights are also beautiful d�cor for the tables at your reception, especially when they glow in one of our gold

Beaded Tea Light Holders
(sold separately). Beautiful and affordable, these tea lights are the perfect way to bathe your entire event venue in a sea of shimmering candlelight.

If you're giving our "Fall in Love" Tealights as gifts, choose an optional personalized tag to match your wedding and event themes. Add the names of the bride and groom and the wedding date, and you have an effortless presentation that your guests will love. Either burning or as display pieces, these tea lights are a beautiful addition to fall decor.

Size:Packaging is 3" x 3", candles are standard size tealights.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tell the Bride to Bag It!

Touch-Ups Victoria Handbag
Most women don't know what to do with their hands or arms if they don't have a handbag. Good chances are that you are not going to need one on your wedding day, but sometimes you may just want to have a little bag by your side for some little emergencies.

Victoria Handbag:

This seashell-inspired clutch is covered with intricate beading in an unforgettably beautiful pattern. We love the old-fashioned snap closure. In colors made for any occasion, white, ivory silver or black. This handbag is not dyeable.
Touch-Ups Donna Handbag

Donna Bag:

All feminine and romantic with soft, luminous dyeable white satin and pretty pleats. Looks cute carried as a clutch or swinging by its short, silver chain. measures 8.25" x 4.5".

Ravishing Handbag

Ravishing Handbag:

Romantic times await each time you carry this one-of-a-kind baroque handbag. Handcrafted of European silk, it is embellished with delicate rhinestones and resin floral detail set in your choice of silver, gold or antique gold. 7" x 7", with a 4" coil handle. Shown in ivory with silver setting, this bag is available in white, ivory or a custom color.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Passionate Purple for Your Bridesmaids Dresses

It's no secret that all shades of purple seems to be all the rage in fashion right now. I'm seeing Fall/Winter 2008 catalogs and press releases touting all shades of purple ranging from soft, powdery lavenders to deep, rich royal purples. So i thought I’d make a roundup of my favorite purple pieces in the market, ranging from affordable to splurge-worthy. This is a great color for bridesmaids, mothers of the brides, grandmothers and guest goers : ) I love all of these dreeses for the bridesmaids and the other women in the bridal party.

Very-Vogue Dress

The face-framing peek-a-boo cut-outs at the neckline keep all eyes on you. This pull over dress has long sleeves with elastic cuffs. I bought this dress. I absolutely love the neckline on this.

Gathered Front Dress

Leave them breathless with a deep, gathered V-neck and collar that enhance the bustline. It's designed with long, wide cuffed sleeves and an unforgettable bold colour.
Also Availabale at:
Lew Magram - Runway Fashions at Runaway Prices!

The "Hey Dress" Eggplant Kickpleat Dress by Stop Staring

Finally the Pleats dress! This dress is so 1940’s! Is a beautiful and unique eggplant color! Is made of the highest quality stretch bengaline! This dress has the most amazing details. Has a very geometric neckline. There are pin tucks on the bust, sleeves, and front skirt. Waist is fitted and follows to a pencil skirt. The best part is when you turn around! Back of skirt bottom features the most amazing vintage like details. There are a row of long pleats. Above the pleats, is a flap with 2 covered faux buttons. This dress is to die for! Snatch this now before it sells out! Available