Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My First Runway Show -- St. Pucchi!

This past weekend, I had the honor of representing Weddingbee at the NY Bridal Market (along with the fabulous Mrs. D'Orsay!). I attended the St. Pucchi runway show, which was held in a posh hotel on Central Park South, so I already felt out of place as soon as I walked in.

The gowns were incredible, though, as was feeling like someone actually important when I met some of the beautiful ladies from Project Wedding who seemed to genuinely care who I was. I wrote a whole long post about the trends I noticed that went up on Weddingbee, so I won't rehash the whole thing here, just give you a quick 'n dirty summary:

1. Lace or ruffles and bling on the same dress
2. Tulle used in unexpected ways
3. Corsets, corsets, corsets!
4. Highly detailed gowns
5. Lots of dropped waists
6. Floral detailing
7. The influence of bygone eras
8. The fairytale motif
9. Very dramatic trumpets
10. Accessory trend: headband bling!

I adored the collection because it was right up my alley, fabulous beading and trumpet silhouettes and all. I'll share pictures of a couple of my favorites:

(Scanned this photo from the press kit)

Love the incredibly fit and flare shape and the fabulous beaded bodice of that one. Definitely my favorite of the day.

(Photo credit to Aisle Dash)

I wasn't really a lace kinda gal in my planning, but I adore it on other brides. And I think it's really unique to incorporate bling on these dresses, too.

(Photo credit to John Ryan Photography)

And this just is just to-die-for in its romanticism. 

I was also super excited to note that blingy bridal headbands are definitely still in again for 2010, since I've really gotten into making them for the Etsy shop lately. See?

(Photo by me)

I don't think this piece would have looked at all out of place at the St. Pucchi show:

Maybe that's why I loved the show so much? Or maybe it's because it just felt awesome to be doing one of those I-would-never-get-to-do-something-like-this-if-I-didn't-live-in-New-York things? Either way, I was tickled.


Friday, April 9, 2010

This probably makes me immature, but I don't care

So my best friend in the entire world was in town this week! Yay! She drove all the way up from Alabama to hang out for the week, which meant 1. I got to hang out in the city with one of my favorite people ever, and 2. I had easy access to...a CAR! What a luxury, right?

Well, I took advantage of our car situation by making a long-procrastinated trip to IKEA in Brooklyn. I've been wanting to find a cheap sofa table to use as a replacement keyboard cabinet for the one that my Dad lost while he was storing it for me in college. He claims he never had it, which is a convenient story for him and inconvenient for me, since it means I was on my own as far as replacing it. You see, this is similar to how my keyboard is supposed to look:

Only, because the replacement stand is $250, ever since we moved into the city it's been sitting on our livingroom floor getting dusty, which doesn't exactly make for a conducive environment for practicing or playing along while I sing.

So we headed out to IKEA and found the perfect sofa table for $89, the Markor sofa table, threw some green boxes for storage and flair on the bottom and voila:

A pretty good substitute, no? Please excuse the crappy iPhone picture.

I could end this post on that note and sound all "responsible and well-adjusted newlywed" and such, but that isn't really the reason I set out to write this post. In fact, the real reason is that I wanted to share this chuckle-inducing display from the kids' section at IKEA:

Some guy had apparently spent some time collecting half a dozen stuffed animals in order of size and putting them into this rather uncouth position. I'm not gonna lie, though, I laughed. And that, my friends, is why I am not your typical "responsible and well-adjusted newlywed." Oh well. At least I'm not boring.