a blend of sunny San Fran inspiration and Milanese hand-woven fabrics, Siri Inc. is the brain-child of skilled designer, Beverly Siri. Fascinated by innovative textiles and classic cuts of old, Siri quickly set out to fashion the ‘Classic Hepburn’ dress. Not only would this evolve into one of the best examples around for understated bridal elegance, but would welcome in a trend of wearable affordability and ease.
i n the age of DIY, brides are shying away from that which is cookie-cutter and embracing all the off-kilter details they can get their turquoise-polished nails on. This includes the esteemed centerpiece, a stand-out chap but too-frequent frequenter of the flower and candle crowd. Leave the old depenables for the bedroom, and instead, opt for something a little less expected.
h uddled together in a sea of pashminas and paisley quilts, you and your truest-blue besties watch the mystic fog roll off the crystallized glass surface of a tranquil lake, while mossy cobblestone paths and whisk-broom swept terraces, apple pie rolls and hooked penny rugs graciously await you back in the heart of good old cottage country. Move the party on over to the whims-iest vintage-iest breakfast nook you can find, and indulge in a deluge of ultra-goldi-luxe - alongside a few terra cotta dishes of rhubarb custard trifle, decanters of freshly churned cream, and a gabfest to remember.
e arfuls of sweet nothings are always yes-please welcome, but they’ve got nothing on the rite of passage-ness that comes with teenage ear piercing parties circa the sandy-dandy girldom days of Grease. With a shout-out-out-out that goes all the way back to ancient Persia, femme fatales have been bedazzling their lovely lobes for centuries. The just-right trickle of gem or pearl compliments flushing cheeks, creamy necks, and light refracting properties of stained-glass resplendency, making today’s cosmetic highlighters glow green with envy. beauty within earshot
l aunching her otherworldly line in ‘99, Elizabeth Fillmore welcomed in the century with gowns that rocked both the all-out glam gal and boho chic chick. Invested in each bride’s unique sense of personal taste, as well as an ‘independent vision’ to span the ages, Fillmore’s flawless designs convey hand-crafted accents, flattering bias cuts, and loads of airy draping.
t raditional wedding cakes are not for everyone, despite being spun from vanilla clouds and birthday frosting. While spicier cakes are on the market, you may choose to nix the thing altogether and favour something on the humbler side of sweet. Because cupcake tiers have become the knee-jerk alternative, it’s absent on this list but should probably remain on yours.
a very sarcastic ‘good luck’ to those trying to spot a common motif amongst this summer’s hair trends – they give it to us straight, curly and unkempt, plus piled unnervingly high. Combing through the sundry styles (all drop-dead hot) takes a boar bristle brush, but once detangled, it’s clear the fashion gods have smiled upon us all- especially those suffering from the sticky summer neck. Get ready for some pretty sexy pragmatism, ladies. general guidelines
u pon entering the world of « La Vie En Pink » brides-to-be were whisked away into the arms of Montreal’s couturiers, where visions of sugarplum fabrics, intricate embellishments, bodices and underlays posed for pic-worthy perfection.
m any of us have spent more than we’d like to admit on lipsticks with cute, catchy names that sound promising (berry sexy, anyone?) but instead give us that sickly, yellowish “glow.” If you’ve been making that classic rookie mistake – matching color with color- it’s time to focus on the wonders of the undertone. Shopping sprees will become a little more involved, but ultimately more successful. You might even discover you can in fact pull off those risqué shades beauty rags always warned you “winters” to stay clear of. So, perk up your pout with a vibrant shade that compliments your skin t
d eemed the most romantic of the Cyclades, Santorini is the verdant gem in the crown of getaway Greek islands. Renowned for its Oia sunsets, blue-domed churches, and whitewashed towns, Santorini’s friendly locals lovingly shares its 4000 year old history with newly-acquainted patrons. Whether you choose to bask in the warmth of its sprawling coastline, or careen the night away in a rawking Caldera cocktail bar, this island is hands-down a big fat seventh heaven.