09 April, 2011

Baby {Shower} By Goldiluxe: Vendor Spotlight

I am finally giving the people what they want!  You have flooded my inbox with requests for details on the recent baby shower I designed with my good friend and Auntie-to-Be, Miss Allison C. Beilke.  So here we go!

We spent a lot of time designing a super cute sweets table as the focal point of the shower.  Using the invitation as inspiration I went to town collecting all the cute in the tri-state area.  Which brings me to my favorite vendor.  Chicago's own Layer Cake Shop.  Take a look...

My order!  Couldn't you just die of the cute?!

Okay.  Here's the skinny. Based in Chicago and run by a pair of peppy party practicioners, Layer Cake Shop carries vintage inspired baking supplies.  And how!  They've everything you could ever want!  Let me put it like this: I could spend an hour writing about all of the ah-MAZING things in store for you.  For the shower I ordered treat bags, decorating sugars and baking cups.  The website is deliciously colored, easy to navigate and meticulously organized.  The product pictures were surprisingly true to color!  For me, the biggest and most wonderful thing about Layer Cake Shop is the superior quality merch at affordable prices.

Seriously, I could go on all day.  But I won't.  I'll tell you about the adorbs blog and website and let you check it out!

04 April, 2011

Goldiluxe Explains: A Veil{ed} Attempt

Happy Monday, Y'all! I'm back from a short, but much needed bloggy break. How about a little glossary action for your Monday afternoon?

{Blusher} Blushers can be either a portion of an existing veil that covers your face or its own separate piece. It is worn covering the face and is typically lifted for the "kiss your bride" moment. Blushers are the most traditional and widely recognizable veil and can be worn to any length in front, but is usually not gathered.
  Blushers always remind me of movie weddings from Hollywood's Golden Age. I always imagine Cary Grant or Virginia Mayo or some other glamorous couple....
{Dropped} A flat, streamlined piece of tulle fastened anywhere on the head with hairpins and a comb.
Ah, an iconic picture of the fabulous Grace Kelley. What a ridiculously beautiful dropped veil. Isn't she just the living end? Sigh...
{Gathered} Gathered veils typically have rounded edges and the entire width is gathered across the top. This is the most common shape for bridal veils and works well with a blusher because it falls behind your face when worn back. Adding gathers increases the volume the veil.

{Mantilla} The mantilla is of traditional Spanish origin. It was made popular by Queen Isabel II in the mid-1800s (fun fact, no?) They are basically a large circle or oval made of chiffon or a likewise translucent fabric and usually feature lace details. Mantilla veils are worn flat for a very sleek, sheer look.

A lovely mantilla.

{Petal} A petal veil is generally made from three or more oblong oval pieces attached across the back of a headpiece. The veil hangs down to form "petals" around the bride's head and back. Petal veils are available in a number of lengths.

A cute, shoulder length petal veil.