B H L D N – Anthropologie’s Bridal Line

It’s been about 4 months since Anthropologie launched their wedding line, BHLDN (short for “beholden”) , and I’ve been visiting the site every so often for inspiration and to keep up with new product offerings.

They offer jewelry, headpieces, intimates, shoes, bridesmaid dresses, bridal gowns, cover-ups, and even 2nd dresses —  you know, to change into, for the evening party!  Items are offered exclusively on-line, but very soon (Aug. 18, 2011 to be exact) their first store is opening in Houston, TX!

Here’s my review:

  • Bride Dresses: 15 total wedding gowns ranging from $600 – 4000.  Although I like some of the unique vintage styles, I think some of these dresses are priced high. I think if you were to spend $4000 on a dress, you could get your ultimate dream designer label gown. But its fun to browse to narrow down your likes/dislikes in a dress!
  • Bridesmaid Dresses: I’m not excited about their selection of BM dresses here.  Since my personal style for bridesmaids is the less traditional, non-bridesmaidy look, I think the every-day dresses available at Anthropologie (not BHLDN) could be used as bridesmaid dresses and then some! If you’re looking for a more
  • Intimates: They have a pretty cute selection of under garments – lots of lace and sheers.  Check it out.
  • Bridal Shoes: Average about $300. It is priced a little high but if you’re looking for bridal shoes that are not your typical bridal+ white/ivory (although there are a few of those available), check it out. They seem to have a few of the more popular colors that I’ve seen in weddings lately.. yellow (mustard), lime green, pink, purple, gold,… they even have ballet flats!  love it.
  • Jewelry: Average about $250. Pricey. A lot of the pieces could be found elsewhere for cheaper.
  • Cover-ups: A bit pricey, but cover-ups are a little hard to find, so it might be a good splurge for brides that have fall/winter weddings who’s looking for this!
  • Headpieces: Ranges from $35 – $300. Pricey. Since I love headpieces and  actually made one for my very own wedding,  I know that it takes some time and to create these beautiful pieces.   Although it probably took me longer because it was my first time and the only one I made 1, I think some pieces are worth the price… and for the effort, time, material, and worry, some of them would be worth the splurge!  If nothing else, it’s fun to look at to help visualize what type of wedding style/hair style you can do with each piece.
  • Accessories: gloves, belts, clutches. Not much selection. The gloves are pretty unique, but the rest you could easily find elsewhere for cheaper.

Here were my favs:

All photos from: BHLDN

Anthropologie – February Goodness

While in NYC for Vday this year.. I had to stop by my one of my staple clothing stores, just to look at the window display – because God knows I am already on the site daily (you know, to add to my wishlist and keep a close eye.)  😉  By the way, I have found that “out of stock” items do come back “in stock” BUT only for a milisecond. If you add the item on your wish list in the size/color you need, you’ll know (when you check your wish list) when it available again. Maybe. But timing is everything. Here’s a snap of Anthro’s February window display in the Chelsea Market, NYC.

Window display. February 2011 - Chelsea Market, NYC

Speaking of wish lists, I was a bit sad that I didn’t grab a pair of shoes before it was gone around Christmas time; I just couldn’t justify it at the regular price. I kept thinking:  “Doh! I should have gotten it just to avoid day dreaming about it for forever.” Maybe it was worth it. February is nearly ending now and right when I was getting over my lost love, it came back in-stock AND on SALE! It imediately went into the cart, along with some “It’s Cold Outside” leggings (on SALE too!). 

"Raines Heels" Aren't they just darling! I can't wait to wear it!


Zapped Into A Gaga Wedding by The Fake Sartoralist

It started with a wedding photo with the girls and my love for outfitting (head, body, and feet!).  How perfect would it be to transform the girls into wearing something else…!?  What could my alter-wedding look like!?  And then …

clipdraw, delete, POW, Poof , zap !   Out from the Fake Sartoralist Magic Box:   my very own black-clad gaga wedding


See the original photo and read the story behind these black-clad ladies and their operative mission, as originally told by the Fake Sartoralist

And now, for my favorite Lady:   “Spike Girl”,  sporting her razor-sharp metal clogs and dress !  (and of course I love my headpiece too! …. and Lady Gaga-like, with the snow white hair to match the outfit.)

I don’t remember the last time I laughed with such love, reading my inbox! Thanks Eduardo!

(For the orginal Hollywood Gala-inspired wedding blog post click here.)

Net-A-Porter.com Launches The Wedding Boutique

The Wedding Boutique @ Net-A-Porter.com

More retail expansion news… of course it has to do with “wedding”!  The upscale online shop site Net-A-Porter, which offers a number of high-end designer wear, including everyday-wear, lingere, work-wear, swimwear, bags, shoes, and accessories… has now launched their select offerings of wedding attire!  Through their new addition “The Wedding Boutique”  wedding dresses, accessories, and dresses for the entire bridal party will be available. 

I like that ou can do your bridal browsing based on the kind of bride you are; it’s a narrowed search of what’s available.  I’ve checked it out at love the selections they have… and here is my pick from each category!

Classic Bride:

Jimmy Choo

Minimalist Bride:

Lanvin Dress

Bohemian Bride:

Louis Mariette headband

Fashion Forward Bride:

Philip Treacy headpiece

…and I couldn’t help but check out the rest of the site where I found some other lovely dresses!  Happy bridal shopping – where ever you go!

Roland Mouret dress

Chloe dress

Anthropologie goes Bridal!

For those who religiously peruse the countless number of wedding blogs out there, you’ve quickly realized that the trend in weddings (and it’s hear to stay!) is the hand-crafted uniqueness and cohesive randomness of all aspect of a wedding, especially the details, which collectively displays each couple’s personality and style.  From the arrangement of flowers, or lack there of, to the decor brought from home or the flea market, to the not-so-cliche bridesmaid sun or jersy dresses, this one-of-a-kind eclectic vintage aesthetic is most inspired by Anthropologie.   (good thing about blogs is that run-on sentences are ok.. right?!!) =) )

As I perused my favorite wedding blogs in search of the perfect photo to convey this look, the photo above was the winner. I love the work of  Jessica Claire, and sure enough this anthropologie inspired photoshoot puts all my words into a photo).  With that preface said….on with my headline blog!

The news is out!

With such a faithful following of clientel and increasing, Urban Outfitters, Inc., adding the title bridal outfitter to their already vast repertoire was bound to happen! It’s about time! 😉 I can’t wait!

“Urban Outfitters, Inc. has announced its evolution into the bridal industry; this will be the sixth concept under the Urban umbrella, joining Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and Leifsdottir.

The currently unnamed wedding brand will provide resources for brides-to-be, offering both event-focused attire and services like planning and styling advice. The collection is quite extensive: wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, shoes, jewelry, bags, intimate apparel, invitations, decorations and gifts will all be included. Prices for gowns will range from $750 to $5000, with dresses starting at $200.

The concept was developed by the same people behind the largely successful chain Anthropologie and is set to debut online in Spring 2011, though they do plan to open selects stores across the US.”
(source: Fashonista.com)

  “Bridal and Anthropologie– sounds like a marriage made in retail heaven.”
(source: stylecaster.com)

Also!!!!! stay tuned for another similar news in my next blog!

Here are some of my favorite items, just for fun..

Antwerp bloom chair

Jumbo Flower necklace

Ode-to-spring tank

Fleur-de-lys tumbler

Rochelle Blouse

Pleasant-In-Peasant blouse

Gem Forest Bib Necklace

Pahala Halter