Monday, May 31, 2010

How to avoid becoming a Bridezilla


Alright, now I have a bone to pick... ladies, why do some of you get SO obsessed with your weddings as to go to the point of turning into a total and utter Bridezilla?!?

Does it really matter if the the napkin shades are off a tad? Do you need to bring out the attitude just because you spotted one dirty glass? I'm not sure I will ever understand the fascination behind the obsession, but here are a few tips to avoid terrorizing everyone involved in your bridal party...

  • Don't be a control freak. Yes you want to get what you pay for, but be realistic. Some things will always be out of your control and last minute - don't let these things get to you and ruin your day as well as others.

  • Remember what the day is really about. It's not about the cake having the perfect amount of flowers, the dress upstaging everyone else's or any of the material things surrounding you. It is about you committing to someone else for the rest of your life and promising to always be there for them. Start being the significant other that can handle reality from day one.

  • Leave your ego at the door please. Yes, this day is about you... no, you are not God. Just because you will be the center of attention does not give you the right to step on other people or belittle them. Keep your head grounded no many how many wishes, congrats and compliments you may receive. Being humble is strongly underrated.

Hope these tips and tricks help you walk down the aisle with class and grace on your big day... nobody wants to be the bride everyone remembered as

BRIDEZILLA.... (ahhhhhhhhh!)


Fashionista 514

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Your Summer time Fragrance, Sex and the City Inspired!


So I've been seeing this scent everywhere lately, and that's no surprise at the Sex and the City 2 is coming THIS WEEK! (Some of the amazing ladies from Maddy K are attending the preview, including myself!! Yes, I'll blog about it!!!)

Sarah Jessica Parker explains the scent here:

"A large part of the inspiration was what I now understand to be people's impressions of seeing Carrie Bradshaw walk down the street and what feelings that evokes for her and for them -- a real sense of freedom and possibilities, a love for the city around her and, of course, fashion, but the most surprising aspect [of SJP NYC] is the strawberry note that looms nicely at the top of the fragrance," Parker continued. "The reason it surprises me is because I have this idea in my head that strawberry is very youthful and juvenile, but this fragrance doesn't smell candy sweet. It amazes me that this essence of strawberry mixes so beautifully with the more sophisticated floral notes and the musks that I love and will always have as part of my fragrances. In a million years I would never think, 'Let's work around strawberry.'"

It's just fabulous as a daily scent and definitely something that's great as a little gift for one of your best girlfriends or... .bridesmaids! :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Liv-Chic Boudoir Furniture


I recently stumbled upon liv-chic interiors and vintage inspired boudoir furniture, and I must say... all I want to do is completely redesign my place with all these goodies!!! Albeit the hefty price tags, these stunning pieces can turn a regular flat into a Queens quarter!

Their complete interior design looks like something right out of Carrie's redone place in Sex and the City... vivid and fresh colors, sexy prints and luxurious textiles all come together for a textured and refined modern look.

Want the same look for less? Invest in an interestingly shaped antique love seat or armchair, have it re-upholstered in the luxe fabric of your choice and spray paint the wooden areas something both girly and funky (think white, silver, gold or black for dramatization).

It's really amazing what a small can of spray paint can do for you... freshen up old drab dressers, lamps, bookshelves... you name it! Details and personality can be easily added with stencils and Sharpies... so really you have no excuse!

Get out there and glamorize your living space!

Every goddess needs her castle...
Live it. Love it.


Fashionista 514

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The 2010 Bridal Boudoir Affair will be taking place at.....


This year's Bridal Boudoir Affair will be taking place at the beautiful and historic Just for Laughs Museum.

The Just for Laughs Museum, located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles on trendy St. Laurent Boulevard, is the place to go to go see anything from hilarious comedy shows, great contemporary art exhibitions to amazing musical concerts, and now the 2010 Bridal Boudoir Affair will take the Just for Laughs Museum by storm!

The Entire team simply can't wait to show you what we have in store... but you'll have to wait till December 5th 2010.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Something Blue


Now I was never one to dream about my wedding when I was a little girl. Never one to fantasize about the dress, plan out who I would invite or ponder bridesmaids... but there are four particular things that I am going to be very particular about when the day does come...

Wedding dresses I don't care much for. I see them mostly as an impractical splurge that could have been well spent elsewhere. I figure I would still do the wedding dress thing with something vintage or easy to wear after for a party or special event (It must shine again)! But the shoes... oh... the shoes... now they must have the blue soles and be Louboutin. This is a must, not a want... an actual wedding NEED!

Brides from all around have been shedding tears because Louboutin no longer releases the blue soled beauties it once did... but I have a little secret to tip you all off on...

If you order your shoes through their boutiques, you can put in a custom order for any shoe style you want! Yes ladies, you heard right - they will make your order specially for YOU! Now, if that is not the ultimate in indulgences... I really don't know what is! Just think of how amazingly this would add to your wardrobe (think jeans and a beautiful blouse)...

Second on my list of marriage "must haves" is the ring. Aye, for the fashionista something that is a permanent staple in her look must do her justice! My ring must be freakin' spectacular (my babe has been forewarned and knows the rules of my game) :P.

It is a reminder (when times are tough) of the love you have for each other and the sacrifice of salary he made to have you by his side for the rest of eternity (I think it's amazingly romantic).

Third and fourth on the docket for my nuptual necessities are the party itself. It must be only our closest friends and family, ridiculously small and at a glamorous, very Parisian restaurant. A very "steak frite"type of surrounding! No set menu, just lots of champagne, good food and even greater company :).

The most important to me though, above any material satisfaction is the vows. They must be from the heart and shared in private. For my actual ceremony I am a strong believer that a couple's love is nobody else's business but their own. When I confess my love to my future husband it will be in complete privacy (with the exception of whoever will actually be marrying us). A secret promise only meant for the two of us to know.

What are your marriage "must-haves"?


Fashionista 514

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wedding Wednesday!


Just gorgeous, right? Right! Wedding Dresses by Dior by John Galliano, are just as couture and stunning as they come, aren't they? For this weeks Wedding Wednesday, it' just about the eye candy. So enjoy!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Trash the Dress Wedding Photography


Now some brides go to ultimate extremes when it comes to creating a memorable wedding album... the hot not-so-new trend of "trash the dress photography" - yes, that is actually it's official name involves brides being shot destroying their dresses via fire, earth, water, paint... really whatever they can get their hands on!

The result is a fierce artistic expression, some reminiscent of a fantasy or fairytale scene... very, very cool if you can cope with destroying a beautiful piece of clothing (not to mention pricey)!

I really love the images. They may be a bit edgier, but I find they add a lot of honestly, personality and natural beauty to the pictures... much nicer than bridal parties placed in rows for a group pic. These photo's are romance revived!

Have a beautiful week


Fashionista 514

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Fashion Note - Sumptuous Fabrics


There are certain fabrics that were created to enhance the femininity, softness and strength of a woman. Fabrics so sumptuous you want to feel their texture against your skin... materials that give such a delicate edge to your natural beauty that they transform you from ordinary to goddess.

Sleeping in silk, cuddled in cashmere, seductive in lace, warmed by fur, comforted in cotton... all these natural fibers bring to mind memories, ideals and fantasies.

What I fail to comprehend is why more women aren't embracing the instant luxury that comes from adorning the body with these textiles! I'm not talking about cotton in the form of denim, lace as a trim on a tank top or faux silk satin polyester pants... I'm talking the real deal ladies and gents!

Real french lace baby dolls and gloves, velvet dresses and top hats, cashmere blend jackets, Egyptian cotton bedding, fur throws for a glamorous night out on the town... The fabric/fiber quality makes a world of difference when compared to their knock-off counterparts.

There is nothing like spoiling your sense of touch with lavish and extravagant offerings :)

As coveted as the delicate and soft may be, there is something so intriguing about adding structure to the mix. Boning and corsetry, a ballerina's performance slippers... leather and ribbon, grommets on satin... the perfect external representation of the inner strength of the woman wearing it. As in life, it's all about the quest to finding the perfect balance of tough and tender.

Indulge in your womanly rights with opulent textures.

Have a beautiful week!


Fashionista 514

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Boudoir Tickets for a Good Cause


Although we aren't selling Bridal Boudoir Affair tickets yet, we have a little something special for our eager brides!

Valerie, our PR Girl, is running a marathon in collaboration for the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada! In order to raise funds for this amazing cause, she is hosting an online Auction benefiting the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada!

Check out the Auction HERE!

We have 4 Bridal Boudoir Affair Tickets up for sale for this amazing cause! There are also prizes from Phototerra, Sylva K & Christina Esteban, L&V Sweets, Fashionista514, Telegraphe, Jenifer Laoun-Rubenstein, and many MANY more!

It's all for a great cause and all winning bidders will receive a tax receipt, so really... what do you have to loose!?