Little White Dress Wednesday | April 26th

Now more than ever, women are taking a stand and that includes in the wardrobe. Gone are the days of just dresses and skirts. Today, let me introduce you to the jumpsuit. This option is not only fashionable, but it is very on trend right for spring and summer 2017. 

Little White Dress Wednesday

Business in the Front...

Do you want to make a statement, but also have a classy and sophisticated look? This is the jumpsuit for you. Business in the front with a crew neckline and party in the open back with a drape closure. This is a piece no one will forget. 

Shop this look HERE.

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Delicate Open Shoulder

This frill sleeve, wide leg jumpsuit is the perfect outfit to wear for an outside rehearsal dinner or shower. The drawstring on this piece gives it a laid-back look and with the keyhole back and cold-shoulder you won't have to worry about over-heating! 

Shop this look HERE.

A Little Lacy

What's for the short and sweet with a little bit of lace? This jumpsuit! A petite exclusive, this bardot neckline is the perfect amount of glamour for a bride-to-be. 

Shop this look HERE.

Rosé Soirée (My Bridal Shower)

My bridal shower was an absolute dream come true! Working in the wedding industry as a stylist, I had a lot of ideas and inspiration, but I still wanted my shower to be a semi-surprise! I handed off my "pin-spiration" to my oh-so-talented mom, sister and godmother, and they made miracles happen! 

We had my bridal shower at my apartment in Old City, Philadelphia. As soon as I moved in (4 months prior) and showed my mom and sister my new place, our wheels started turning. The high ceilings and floor length windows had us dreaming about floating flowers and a spring soiree! While having a semi-surprise bridal shower at your own apartment isn't quite traditional, I must say it made transporting all my special gifts a breeze :)

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I've aways been inspired by my mother-in-law's vintage tea collection and was thrilled when she offered 36 sets for my shower! My guests and I were in awe over how beautiful and intricate each tea set was. They were a hit!

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My mom and sister stumbled across a local peony farm, where they sourced the flowers and made their own arrangements. Although they attempted to keep the fresh blooms a secret, I caught wind of a trip to a peony farm and weaseled my way in! Who can say no to the bride-to-be?! We had such a fun day picking flowers, it was just a glimpse of what was to come!

Choosing an outfit for my bridal shower was surprisingly difficult! There is nothing I love more than styling brides in little white dresses, and when it came my turn to be the bride, I wanted ALL the dresses! I had to draw the line somewhere and I decided on a tea length lace dress with modern cut outs and a grosgrain belt. The length was classic and appropriate, while the cut outs made the dress fresh and fun! I found these big white flower earrings and couldn't pass them up! With a white dress and white earrings, I continued on the theme and went with white shoes to finish the look.

 

On the day of the shower, I was sent off for some pampering at Richard Nicolas Salon. Kristyn, from shimmer and spice did my make-up with soft, pink tones and full lashes. She made me feel so glamorous - it was the perfect way to start the day! 

When I got back to the house, it was a complete transformation! I was surprised with the most fragrant flowers (everywhere!), pretty little details, delicious cupcakes, all my favorite foods. They even had rosé from the Willamette Valley, OR, where we got married!

And the best gift came from my sweet mamma! Inside the prettiest package was a handkerchief that had been carried by my great-grandmother, my nana, my aunts and my mom on their wedding day. And a Mrs. Box with a six pence to wear in my left shoe on my wedding day. We're a pretty tight knit family so these traditions meant the world to me!

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We played games (created by sister and MOH), opened presents and drank plenty of rosé! The day was full of the most thoughtful and personal touches, I could not stop smiling :) And here's proof...

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I was so grateful to have my friend and talented photographer, Ashlee Mintz capture this special day! It was so full of love and I'll cherish these photos forever!

xx,
Lauren

Little White Dress Wednesday | April 13th

Where are my sleek and simple brides? Today, I've rounded up some classic little white dresses dresses that offer a hint of subtle trends. The understated yet feminine details are perfect for a bride-to-be!

While the off the shoulder trend is everywhere, this silhouette is timeless - making the perfect combo for your pre-wedding events because you never want to look back and say, "what was I thinking?" Add some drama with a bold statement earring (like these) and you're ready to go!

Shop this dress HERE.

There's something about lace that is so feminine, intricate and whimsical - perfect for a bride-to-be! The longer hemline is conservative but still really fresh. Finish this look with some beautiful fine jewelry pieces (like these!).

Shop this dress HERE.

Little White Dress Wednesday

This ruffle detail is sweet, sexy and is kind of giving me mermaid vibes (obviously welcomed!). Finish the look with smooth, pulled pack hair (inspo here), a coral lip and minimalist accessories. 

Shop this dress HERE.

xx,
Lauren

You're Invited | BHLDN Philadelphia & Trousseau Style Event

You're invited to join me at BHLDN Philadelphia on April 27th from 5-8pm to build your bridal wardrobe! Finding the perfect little white dresses for all the events surrounding your wedding can be overwhelming! Wether you're celebrating downtown, in a garden or on the beach,  I'll help you style the perfect look for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and other events! Attendees are granted 30% off your purchase for the night and there will be plenty of time to shop!

Already have your little white dress? Great! We'll help you accessorize and finish your look! Space is limited so RSVP now!

Photo by Brittani Elizabeth Photography

BHLDN Philadelphia is located inside Anthropologie at 1801 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA.

I hope to see you there!!

xx,
Lauren

Main Line Fashion Week's Painting With A Fashionable Twist | Recap & Photos

I had the pleasure of working with Lydia Marie Elizabeth and Main Line Fashion Week to co-host "Painting With a Fashionable Twist" at the beautiful Inn at Grace Winery. We chose the Shoshanna Lupe Dress from  to illustrate. Not only is this minty green a breath of fresh air after the looong winter, it's really fun to paint, AND, it highlights one of my favorite spring trends, the ruffle! I'm sharing a full recap of the event below!

About Main Line Fashion Week

Main Line Fashion Week

Founded by Patricia Mae Maristch, owner of Piqued PR, Main Line Fashion Week supports local businesses and celebrates the style of the of the Main Line and Philadelphia’s western suburbs.  Providing a platform for local designers, boutiques, stores and related businesses to showcase their offerings to the fashion conscious consumer of the Main Line. The event spans over three days and is full of fashion!

 

About Lydia Marie Elizabeth

Lydia Marie Elizabeth is an artist and brand built on a love of art, interior design, and architecture. 

After studying Interior Design at Drexel University, Lydia worked at high end architecture firm in Greenwich, Connecticut where she developed hospitality and residential designs. As her imagination ran wild and she yearned for her creative studio, she started her brand in 2013.

Lydia works in pen, ink, and watercolor on paper.  She works out of her home studio in Philadelphia and accept commissions of all types and sizes of art and illustration, including weddings, fashion, landscape and interiors. View some of her amazing work below!

I might add that she is also an excellent art teacher! She made the painting process totally fun and enjoyable!

 

 

Painting With a Fashionable Twist

Lydia taught us all the basics! We started with a bunch of "heads," (or circles) stacked on top of each other. Then we added some shapes that became the body. Once our drawing started to resemble a body, we softened the lines and dressed our girl.

The next step was to outline definitive lines with black marker and erase the excess.

Mixing the paint was pretty fun and I had a major Bob Ross moment cleaning my brushes ;) Once we had the colors right, we painted inside the lines (or at least tried!), added some bushes and violà! We had a fashion illustration.

It was pretty amazing to watch our drawings transform from a bunch of circles, to an actual painting! I will definitely be trying this at home (but not quitting my day job!).

Thank you to all who attended and made this event possible!

xx,
Lauren