I've never really understood the whole "trash the wedding dress" concept. Why ruin a gown you spent so much money on? But my opinion may have changed after seeing these joyful photos of Bre. This red dress is the actual dress she wore during her Paris elopement.
For me, what brides wear on their head is just as important as what they wear on their body. I've been searching for the perfect bridal headpiece to match my gown, and I think I found it. I think. Nothing as wild as above, but somewhat similar in aesthetic. And that's all I can reveal! :)
Did you or will you wear a headpiece, hairpiece, or veil on your wedding day? What did or will it look like?
Remember how I was getting my wedding dress made? Well, sadly, that plan fell through. The cost kept going up, so we pulled the plug. I gave myself about a day to mourn the loss of my dream dress, then quickly found another, thanks to my trusty internet prowess. Okay, let's be honest. I had some back-ups already bookmarked.
Circumventing the bridal salon, I simply purchased a few returnable dresses online and tried them on in the comfort of my parents' home. It was actually a very relaxing and sweet experience. My mom and I were torn between two gowns. I wasn't planning on showing my dad, but we needed a tie breaker and he happened to be there. Funny enough, his reaction helped me make the final decision. I went with the one where my mom heard him whisper, "wow" under his breath. :)
It's completely different than my original dress, but somehow everything I was imagining. Unique, yet not over-the-top. Sexy, yet still modest. Vintage-inspired, yet still current. It's stunning. And very me.
If you're married or engaged, how was your wedding gown selection experience?
This dreamy sun-drenched Planet Blue lookbook takes me back to when I lived right across the street from their beautiful store in Venice. Which would normally prove dangerous, but since I was broke and couldn't spend money there if I tried, it was harmless to window shop and play pretend on lazy Sunday afternoons after the farmers market. I'd peruse the racks, smile at a celeb on the way out, and leisurely stroll down the beach. Then walk home to my 300 square foot apartment. To my reality. Across from Planet Blue.
My sister-in-law's baby shower is coming up. I'm in charge of decor and have some fun ideas planned. I'm also on the lookout for the perfect first-time Auntie gift. If she weren't a summer baby, I'd giver her these darling handmade baby moccasins. If my memory serves me right, I think I had a similar pair given to me when I was born. I almost want to get them for myself to put on display!
It's so easy to lose yourself in the LIFE archives. Here's one of my favorite discoveries. In 1944, Alfred Eisenstaedt photographed a group of fashionable ladies in front of Rockefeller Center. Meet Iris, Beatrice, Delma, Ginger and Eileen. Might he be the pioneer of street style photography?
This morning, after hitting the snooze button 3 times, I had my first wedding dream. I'd like to say it was a good one, but it was anxiety ridden. Makes sense I suppose. I recently passed the 6-month mark and I was discussing the big day with Rachel last night.
Here's what went down. The guests started to arrive while my bridesmaids and I were still in our pajamas. The hair and make-up girl was late. When she finally showed up, she arranged my hair into a horrible 80's prom updo. But I blamed myself because I never gave her photos of what I wanted. Then I realized I hadn't written my vows and would have to wing it. I woke up and it took me a full 5 minutes to figure out it wasn't real.
If you are married, did you have pre-wedding freak-out dreams too? Are they normal? :)
I'm big into wearable geometry as of late. Especially pieces that are photographed as art, like Chihiro's leather triangle necklaces. For her shop's grand opening, she's offering free shipping for all of March. Yay!
I have a girl crush on Swedish fashion blogger, Ebba Zingmark. Maybe it's her bright red hair against the snow. Or her bold color choices. Or her photo layouts. I mean, she needs to eat a big fat sandwich, but I'll forgive her since she's only 16. Tyra Banks, keep an eye on this one.
This cute little hat in black arrived on my doorstep today, just in time for Tahoe! It's a beanie with a hole in it for your ponytail or bun. No more tangly itchy hair on the neck and I bet it's great for running outdoors. I actually think I'm going to wear it during my freezing cold pilates class. If you don't want to wear your hair back one day, the hole magically disappears. Brilliant really.
Resort wear is so alluring. These dreamy images for the Spring 2012 Paule Ka collection pluck me off my office chair and drop me down in a fantasy land of warm breezes and frozen frou frou drinks.
Have you noticed that all the stores are already featuring their bathing suits, maxi dresses, shorts, and sun hats? I feel like I should start building my honeymoon wardrobe now, before it's all gone come September.
An engaged friend of mine is thinking about wearing this floral wedding dress, and although it's beautiful, it didn't seem bridal enough for me. But then I spotted these images of Mary's garden wedding, and how she glows in her vintage floral gown, and I'm floored by how well it works. Can't you just smell the fresh flowers?
It's a good thing these heavenly Cortana wedding gowns are only available in Spain, or else I'd be forced to rob a bank to buy one.
And to be honest, I already have my dress! Well, not in my possession, but it's being made. Hal's mother kindly agreed to help and offered the services of her special seamstress in LA who has access to high quality fabrics. I sent her my measurements and inspiration photos and now I'm patiently awaiting a mock up to try on. It's a little nerve-wracking, being so far away from the action. But I found a local seamstress here who will do the final fittings. For the amount of money I'm saving, it's absolutely worth it. Crossing my fingers that it all works out!
I used to have an ocean landscape printed bathing suit. Where did that thing go? Maybe I still have it, but it's probably in storage since my bikinis rarely see the light of day now that I'm in Washington. I always loved it and I'm excited to see the trend popping up in every day clothing. These are from the latest Marios collection. Would you wear photographic fashion?
I adore Emma's Lovely Lady series where she features bloggers and designers wearing one of their favorite outfits. Isn't it interesting how with just one image, you can sort of guess what each person's blog or art is all about?
I received a heads-up tweet from Dashing Magazine that there may be a surprise for me in their latest January/February issue. I immediately clicked the link, flipped to Page 10, and squealed. My blog was featured in their Blog Lovin' section! I poured myself a cup of tea, expanded the pages to full screen, and read the rest of the magazine, cover to cover.
If you aren't familiar with Dashing, it's a brilliant new online inspiration magazine for creative gals. It was started by Charley, Fanni and Josie, three talented UK ladies with backgrounds in styling, music, and design. Their aesthetics and interests are very similar to mine, so if you're a regular reader of Happiness Is, I have no doubt you'll become a fan.
I'm flattered beyond belief to be included in such a beautiful publication. Thank you again, Dashing dolls!
I adore these shots from the 2nd volume of Kinfolk Magazine. Maybe because it looks like something I'd do. Venture off on my bike into the forest for a pleasant solo picnic by the river. In a gorgeous green plaid cape, of course. Would you too?
Lookie what the cat dragged home! Joan of Arctic boots in the color shale. Not only does my man hook me up with TOMS, he hooks me up with Sorels. Hooray for Evo employee discounts! I've never owned Sorels before, but I've only heard great things. We're supposed to get a nasty winter and I know they'll come in handy.
I've been meaning to post about these paper sack style clutches for some time now. They're made out of suede with a brass snap closure. All your friends will think you're carrying around your lunch, but little do they know...