Archive for October, 2005

Looking fresh on the big day

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Makeup. I used to hate it but now I kind of like it in small doses. Until recently, I never understood the mothers who ran after their soon-to-be-married daughters with an attache case full of cosmetics, screaming, “Just a little more foundation! Please! I’ll do anything!”

While weddings are a time of joy, new beginnings, and fellowship, they are often first and foremost a time of many photographs. These photographs are meant to be timeless…to show future generations how stunning the bride and groom looked on their special day. Which is why matrimonial makeup is so often designed to look as natural as possible, like so:


Following a few guidelines, like those offered by fashionista Sher Matsen, can help you avoid looking like an extra at a Clockwork Orange convention, like so:

The eyes have it

Matsen says:

Avoid glittery or dewy looks Ė these are not very receptive for photographs and you may come out looking greasy.

For your makeup to look good in your photos, it must be completely matte and in neutral tones, brides usually prefer a little color. Pastels look soft and pretty, but avoid glitter, shimmer and frosted eyeshadows.

Donít apply white or black eye shadow.

If you are doing your own makeup, see a beauty consultant and purchase your make up at least 3 months in advance. Then practice until youíve got the perfect makeup.

Hear, hear!

The Gothsmaid

Friday, October 28th, 2005

Satanic bridesmaids

This European Satin strapless bridesmaid dress with attached banded, bowed, and beaded corset around the bodice by designer Bill Levkoff seems a little…demonic for the traditional church wedding, but could be quite the showstopper at a wedding officiated over by a Church of Satan representative.

Perhaps the ceremony could be held in the Goth room of Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, where the Grim Reaper welcomes you at the wrought iron cemetary gates and escorts you through the fog and candlelight to meet your minister, Count Dracula himself, and in place of the wedding march, the bride emerges from within the confines of a snow white coffin.

A treat or a trick?

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Before I say anything else I need to preface this post by asking, why do all Halloween costumes for women have to be sexy? There is the sexy cop. The sexy devil. The sexy witch. The sexy jailbird. And, naturally, the sexy bride.

Sexy bride

Who in their right mind, when contemplating Halloween costumes or costumes for any occassion, really thinks, I’m going to be a bride! The only answer I can come up with is that it must be the single girl. I come to this conclusion because if I were to don this getup on October 31, The Beard would no doubt hop on the nearest broom stick and fly for his life fearing that I had gone mad with womanly rage caused by the explosion of my biological clock and was about to do something drastic.

Hello Bridey!

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Hello Bridey!

Manolo says, the Manolo’s hilarious internet friend the Spirit Fingers, she has found the latest fad from Japan, the Hello Kitty theme wedding!

Happy, happy, happy

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

waited too long!

I’m another year older today, but I’m not going to tell you how old I am. On this very special day, which I will spend working, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank The Manolo and everyone reading this for giving me a place to kvetch about fashion, cakes, and how The Beard has not yet proposed. When I blow out my birthday candles (and that’s provided someone is gracious enough to bake me a cake), I’m going to cross my fingers and make my wish that The Beard doesn’t wait until we look like the zombieweds above to make me his lawfully wedded wife.

Oh, momma!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

There seems to be some rule floating around that says the mother of the bride, no matter what her age or figure, must dress in some pastel colored dowdy get-up that makes her look like a body double on a Golden Girls set. I see such things for sale all the time on re-sale sites. These mammas, hopefully realizing their mistake before the wedding, advertise things like POWDER BLUE, SEQUINED SUIT DRESS and PATCHWORK CHIFFON CREAM/LAVENDAR LACE GOWN. Always, they are boxy and unflattering. Almost always there is some sort of jacket involved.

This look does not say to me, “My little girl is getting married today and OHMIGOD I could just die!”

Old mom

Now, I know one should not outshine one’s daughter on her wedding day, but come on. Respectable does not have to mean entirely reserved. Maybe I’m too progressive on this one. But I see no reason at all a Mother of the Bride Dress can’t look like this one, from Mon Cheri Bridal. You could even put a jacket over it.

Hot mama!

Cynthiha Rowley on the Sale

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Teddy by Cynthia Rowley     Manolo Likes! Click!

Manolo says, here is the pair of the pretty, white satin Cynthia Rowley shoes, suitable for the bride, that have been reduced 50% off of the regular price!