Here are some of the latest make-up looks right off the runway. Some inspiration for the big day…

Red lips are really popular.

Bronze Eyeshadow making a hit.

Nude Lips continue to stay popular. Wear with dark eyeliner.

Perhaps the nicest look of them all….soft pink blush.


Black is big this year, having trickled down into receptions from details in wedding bridal gowns. The best weddings are using black to add sophistication. Check it out….

Stand out from the crowd on your wedding day with these inspiring dresses….
Silver silk satin dress with sequin overlay
Peach satin bustie
I LOVE this one!…Pink fine silk tulle puffball dress with satin bow
Pink taffeta dress with beading and ivory lace detail.

No ladies, I am not presenting you with the traditional boring, ‘grandma wouldn’t wear these’ white shoes…

First off, if your dress has a lot going on (say it’s covered in boudoir-evoking lace or white feathers) and it has a slit in the front or is short enough that your shoes will be completely visible, you’ll probably want simple, elegant shoes to balance the look. For short girls, I think a v-front or short dress is much better than the traditional long wedding dress (although you can easily hide platforms under a long dress!). If you’re leaning in that direction, remember to skip the ankle straps; that line across your foot will make your legs look shorter. The ivory Nine West slingback heels below are refined and simple enough to let your dress do the shining but far from your super basic strappy heels. And I love love love the transparent straps on the shoes below by Valerie Stevens (they also have a clear heel!) and Carlos Santana (4.5 inches tall). They’re super minimalist but at the same time really unexpected and amazing.


Left to Right: Valerie Stevens Clear high heels, Carlos by Carlos Santana Pacific platform sandals.

On the other end of the spectrum there are girls who almost shudder at the thought of pure white virginal dresses. Designers have been thinking about you girls too and have started creating more and more dual and tri-color gowns. The New York Times article I mentioned above showed a picture of a beautiful fishtail white dress with a black lace covered v-neck bodice and a black ribbon trailing from the point of the v to midway down the dress. I’ve also seen stores stocking white dresses with brightly colored ribbons tied around the waist (Isaac Mizrahi did one for Target) and others with trains of gold or taupe for contrast. Or maybe you’ll just wear a bright red dress (more power to you!).

If you want your wedding to be one of a kind and your outfit to follow suit, what should your footwear look like? Of course you could get colored shoes to match the accent color on your dress, blue heels to compliment the blue sash around your empire waist for instance. But you can also try shoes in gold or silver if you prefer a less matchy feel. I imagine the Cole Haan platforms below with a drapey Grecian [a la Rami Kashou from this season’s Project Runway] or one shoulder gown (oh and what if you had ivy leaves in your hair?! It would bring out the forest green in the stones so perfectly!).


Left to right: Calvin Klein red Nora satin evening shoes, Bebe blue Dree satin heels with sequins, Cole Haan G-Series Greenbrae.Thong platform sandals.

Lastly the most safe and the most free-spirited brides fall into the third camp. Surprised? Well, if you want a traditional long dress that’ll cover your shoes completely so no one will see them during the ceremony anyway, you might want to pick shoes that are all for you. Plus, since most people change for their receptions (eating anything in a white dress is asking for disaster), this way you can change your clothes and keep the heels! And of course, our free-spirited brides will wear these stunners whether you think they go with their wedding dress or not! You’ll definitely feel like you’re walking on sparkly clouds in these gold sequin platforms by Casadei. And can you imagine the gasps of delight when just your fuschia and feather covered toes peek out from under the hem of your white dress as you walk down the aisle? I can’t even begin to tell you how much I am in love with the stained-glass inspired Louboutin’s below (”but mom-to-be, I got them because they look like the walls in the church” or ”since we’re not having the wedding in a temple…” – you know how you get what you want. ).


Left to right: Casadei 2016C gold satin wedges, , Christian Louboutin gold multi Ankle Strap Sandals.


I think these cakes are amazing…almost too good to eat! When choosing a cake, I think it makes sense to choose one that reflects your personality and the style of the wedding. I mean seriously…you go through the trouble to make every singe detail of your wedding unique only to end up with a simple chocolate or vanilla cake…I don’t think so!

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Check out these amazing ideas for double duty wedding jewelry that allows brides to get more for their money! I love the looks and think they would look fantastic for destination wedding brides. Tiaras become necklaces, bun wraps become bracelets, and hair ornaments become brooches.

Think you can’t wear your tiara after the wedding? Think again! Smart brides are wearing tiaras, headbands and bun wraps that convert into necklaces and bracelets, so they can be worn again on the honeymoon and beyond.

“A bride can wear the design as a necklace to the rehearsal dinner and then again in her hair as a headband or tiara the next day,” says Mandy Greenan, designer for Tigerlilly bridal jewelry. “It’s like getting two pieces of jewelry for the price of one.”

Greenan came up with the idea of convertible headpieces when she was working with brides on custom jewelry. “I kept hearing over and over, ‘I wish I could wear this for more than just one day!’. As it turns out, the length of a headband is about the same as a choker necklace. So, if you use the right sort of materials to make the headband, it’s pretty easy to convert the piece into a necklace.” Check out the styles at

wedding flowers-black orchid

Are you over boring white ones? You should be. This year, it’s all about the black orchid. It’s the rarest and most exclusive breed. It isn’t cheap, but boy, does it have impact!