With the end of the year fast approaching, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of my clients, brides, friends and fans happy holidays! This past year has been filled with meeting goals, new experiences, and a lot of hard work, yet each new challenge provided me with a sense of gratification and personal fulfillment. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the growth of my line. I appreciate all the love and support from every bride to every admirer.
I am eager to see what the new year brings for Girl With a Serious Dream, and I look forward to continuing to share my passion for creating with all of you.
The holiday season is always a hectic time for shopping for
loved ones, and we all know those few girls who are impossible to shop for, so
I've put together a list of some of my favorite holiday gifts. With Christmas
only a week away, you can use this gift list as a last minute guide for ideas
Will You Be My Bridesmaid Cutout Cards & Envelopes: I absolutely
love these cute and stylish cards fromFirstsnowfall Etsy
shop.A perfect personalized gift for the special girls in our life!
Swim Antibes Bikini: Exclusive to
the Everything But Water, this is one of my favorite swimsuits this
season. I even have the same one in white!
Watercolor Tea Rose iPhone Case: I just love
how gorgeous this case is. The perfect mix of color and detail, the
impressionistic style of the art is beautifully reproduced for a one-of-a-kind
look by artist Kristy Rice.
4. The Swan Queen Lace Kimono Robe: Our boudoir
lace kimono is a perfect holiday gift for a special someone. Adds the perfect
touch of sheer luxury to your lingerie collection. This robe is sure to make
you look and feel amazing for a boudoir shoot, while getting ready for a
special event, or even for a honeymoon. It's made of breathtaking
Chantilly lace with wide kimono sleeves, and comes with a soft tie silk belt. Image by Kristen Weaver Photography.Model: Makayla Meisel
5. FujifilmInstax Mini 8 Instant Camera: This instant
camera from Urban Outfitters looks so fun and has so much style too! Portable,
easy to carry, and takes high quality pictures. What more could you ask for in
a cute camera?!
6. TorchLake Bib Necklace: It's amazing
what a statement necklace can do for your look! Take your style to the next
level with this chunky metallic necklace from Anthropologie.
7. AminahAbdul Jillil Bow Pumps: It's no
wonder why these gorgeous bow pumps by designer Aminah Abdul Jillil are
bloggers favorite heels! They look amazing on, and are just absolutely
adorable! These would be perfect for a boudoir shoot paired with our lace
kimono, or just for a night out the town!
Surrounded by distant mountains and grassy hills,
unbelievably tall trees and a crystal clear lake, the natural beauty of the
wide, open space was the perfect backdrop for this bright and sunny
celebration. These images by Shawn Connell for Christian Oth Studio perfectly
capture the gorgeous landscape, impeccable style, and attention to detail of
the Caruso-Fenty wedding featured in Brides magazine. The weather couldn't
have been better for them, and it truly brought together this black tie affair
with their outdoor-chic style.
While getting ready, Catherine wore our Swan Queen bridal lace and silk robe, which was given to her as a gift from her mother. Dressed in
delicate Chantilly lace with a silk chiffon lining, the Swan Queen
robe set the mood for Catherine and her bridesmaids as the
moment approached to walk down the aisle and meet her groom-to-be. Her
smile shined with anticipation as she put on the Aquamarine earrings her
husband gave her, and the antique cameo brooch her grandmother gave her to
fulfill her "something old." Once dressed in her stunning Vera Wang
Hilary lace mermaid gown, she was ready to venture outside with her groom and
feel the uplifting air of endless possibility...
Featured in Brides magazine, we are so thankful for the love and support from our lovely brides, mothers of the bride, grooms, bridesmaids, editors and friends. A special Thank you to Mallory from Christian Oth Studiowho send me these gorgeous images.
I'm very excited to share that last week I learned that a lovely
bride wearing our Swan Queen Lace & Silk robewas featuredin the current
issue of Brides magazine! It's
such a delight to have Catherine and Brian's
wedding photographed by Shawn Connell for Christian Oth Studio featured
on the real wedding section of Brides magazine October/November 2013
By coincidence, my bride-to-be sister was flipping
through Brides magazine in search for ideas for her
upcoming wedding, when she came across the real weddings section featuring
Catherine wearing our getting ready bridal robe! We love how elegant and
effortless beautiful she looked in her wedding day!
Brides magazine is an excellent resource for
planning a gorgeous wedding, and they always feature the most inspiring
weddings and fashion, so I was more than thrilled to have one of my handmade
pieces featured. Brides revel in having their wedding vision
become a reality, and by reflecting pieces real brides wear and cherish, Brides magazine has
truly captured the honor and joy I put into everything I create.
With the arrival of the cool winter weather, this
wedding-planner bride embraced the changing of seasons, and the snowy Colorado
surroundings, to illuminate the serene mood of this gorgeous wintry wedding.
All captured by the talented Laura Murray, this wintertime wedding beautifully emulated a bright, romantic warmth even the first snow couldn't mute.
From the natural landscape to the beauty and elegance of the bride: I love all the details and the unique styling of this winter wedding! Wearing a custom madeSwan Queen robe lined in ivory silk chiffon and delicate chantilly lace truly started
the morning off right by adding an air of calm and grace to the bride's
Getting-ready for the big day can be one of the most exciting and emotional
times for a bride. Inspired by my own wedding, lace and florals,I designedThe
OdetteFrench Lace and Silk
Bridal Robe to be a special heirloom...a memory in itself, of the lush elegance
a bride embraces on her wedding day.
Made one by one, this handmade Bridal
Robe makes a stunning getting-ready look, and is a delicate reminder of your
special day long after the vows have been made...
Handmade from French Lace with a nude
silk-chiffon lining, bell flared sleeves, high neck, scalloped neckline and
completed with a silk sash. This kimono - robe will set the mood from the
time you wake up, to the moment you step into your wedding dress. Perfect for a
bride while gets ready, as a luxe wedding day jacket/cover up or
during her honeymoon.It can
also be lined in other colors like off-white, blush, baby blue, or come unlined.
This is the time of the year that I enjoy the most. Why do I love February? Well, February is the month Valentine's Day falls on--which does happen to be the anniversary of my wedding proposal--but it's my favorite because the entire month exudes passion and romance as the anticipation of the coming Spring grows. Love is truly in the air this month!
Also, my birthday is on Feb 29 (yeah, no birthday this year...but the perfect excuse for a entire weekend celebration!)
A few lovely links:
1.Silk by Bryony digital printed scarf. Oooooh...silk & cherry blossoms...what a perfect combination. I've been dreaming of this scarf; hopefully, it'll make it to my closet this month!
3. I'm daydreaming of a beach weekend, and maybe it's because it's summer in my beloved hometown. The Honolulu bikini pictured in jungle berry is my new favorite from Marysia swim. Marysia has quickly become one of my favorite swimsuit designers. I have to share with you that their suits have an incredible fit (most important thing to me when it comes to swim suits), the quality of their fabrics is amazing, and their designs are so unique! I currently own a one piece and two bikinis and I have to say that I adore them and hope I can add more to my collection soon.
4. I can't wait to try the new Valentina Assoluto. It is inspired by the floral notes of the original Valentina perfume from 2011, but this one is "much more nocturnal, and more seductive." I love the dreamy silhouette of the bottle.
5. How cute is this brushed rose leather pouch from Ann-ya? I love the abstract pink print and the simple, yet interesting design of this must-have clutch.
6. These chic Chloe ballet flats are one of a kind. I own them and they are the most comfortable shoes ever and the cutest too. They have become a wardrobe essential to me. They really turn heads.
7. The First Date Silk scalloped blouse in off white is one of my favorite designs. It has a vintage-yet-modern look in a flattering silhouette in a must have color.
I always loved the look of watercolor, also known in French
as aquarelle. The soft patterns and all the varying shades of colors that blend
well together have that romantic dream-like appeal.
Ombre is a french word meaning shade or shadow that
represents the appearance of tones, with colors graduating from light to dark.
It’s a simple concept but with a dramatic impression. It has a watercolor feel
that adds to it’s spectacular interest and charm.
Ombre is a unique and fun way to play with color, so it's no
surprise that today's brides are embracing it as a wedding trend. A romantic subtle
ombre design can always add the perfect touch of elegance to a wedding.