Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Rosette Wedding Purse

Looking for a fabulous clutch to carry at your wedding or next special event?  Look no further than this new design from Sondra Roberts' La Rose Clutch!  Fabric rose petals adorn both sides of this boxy, hard sided purse.  With a faux diamond clasp on top, this chic clutch is perfect for the bride looking for a wedding bag that makes a statement.  You'll love it so much, you'll want to carry it all the time.  Available in ivory, red, and black for $149.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Do It Yourself Bridal Bracelet & Brooch

Love the look of some of the big blingy bracelets for brides but need a more budget friendly option?  Try doing it yourself!  To DIY take a fabulous brooch you have, or grab a fun inexpensive one, and attach it to a multiple strand pearl bracelet.  Simply lay the bracelet strands on the backside of the brooch and pull the pin down over them.  Voila!  A beautiful, custom bracelet for your wedding day.  We made this one with a 6 strand fresh water pearl bracelet, and a big brooch.

Not feeling crafty?  You can buy our "Cluster Bracelet" for $199.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Bridal Sniff Tissues

Worried about tears on your wedding day?  We found the perfect thing!  Wedding themed Sniff Tissues, cute, pre wrapped purse sized packets of tissues with brides and grooms.  These are perfect as an add on to a bridal shower gift, tucked in your bridesmaids' gift bags, or as quirky favors for ceremony guests.  At only $2 each, you can afford to stock up!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Perfect Presents - Part 1

We're Open on Christmas Eve!

Need a last minute gift?  Shopping for someone who has everything?  There's no shame in grabbing a Left Bank Gift Card and letting them pick out something they really want.  Available in any amount and we'll wrap it up in a pretty gift box.  You'll be in and out and on your way in less than 5 minutes! 

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

One of a Kind Meg Jewelry

December in Chicago is always the host of the One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart.  We love unique and one a kind pieces, there's no more perfect way to feel special than to drape yourself with a piece no one else has.  So in honor of all things unique, Meg Lammers of Meg Wedding Jewelry has sent us some fabulous one of a kind pieces.  Check out some of my favorites from the tons of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces she sent us.  See something you love?  Grab it fast as all these gems are the only ones!  Above, Mae, $250

Bronze Filagree Earrings, $110

Left to Right, Green Amethyst $65, Aquamarine $80, Peridot Crystal $100

Green Amethyst Earrings, $50

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Perfect Presents - Part 2

Almost everyone has keys to carry. Let them get their French on with a crystal Fleur de Lis ($16) or Eiffel Tower Keychain ($9.50).

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Perfect Presents - Part 3

Show her she has the key to your heart with a sweet crystal key necklace, $36

Monday, December 21, 2009

Cocktail Rings for Brides AND Bridesmaids

Bling Rings, $18 each

We say there's almost never an occassion where a cocktail ring isn't appropraite.  Fun, blingy rings are a great way to add glamour to an outfit.  And we love the new trend of bridesmaids wearing cocktail rings!  Treat your girls to a fun ring as a gift instead of the traditional necklace or earrings.  Grab one to match their dresses, the colors of your wedding, or be fashion forward and wear one yourself as your something blue!

Big Black Flower Ring, $29

Colored Flower Ring, $29

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Perfect Presents - Part 4

These beautiful boxed and gift wrapped soaps by M Luxe make a perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer.  Quadruple Milled French Soaps and Bathing Bars come boxed in a set of two, or gift wrapped individually.  Boxed Set, $16.95.  Single bar, $9.50.

Each soap has a small carved drawing on the front and comes in three unique scents.  Choose from classic almond, eucalyptus aloe, or olive blossom and coruander. 

Each indivually wrapped bar comes with a reuseable magnetic charm and is wrapped in beautiful paper. 

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Perfect Presents - Part 5

Treat her senses to these pretty Lavender Filled Crown Bottles.  Beautiful glass bottles with a rhinestone studded crown shaped top, come in three sizes, are filled with lavender, and adorned with a pretty purple bow.  Perfect for display, or filling sachets in any room, $22 each.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Perfect Presents - Part 6

Gift your favorite gal with a truly trendy gift.  Fascinators and hairpieces are all the rage right now.  These cute ribbon barrettes are studded with sparkle, but chic enough for any party or everyday styling.  Ribbon Barrettes, available in gold, black, or lilac, $18 each.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wine Theme Hostess Gifts - Perfect Presents - Part 7

Nothing puts people in the holiday spirit more than a good party, and chances are, you've been invited to a few this month.  Don't stress about what to bring the hostess.  Our new collection of wine themed hostess gifts will make sure you don't show up empty handed.  A bottle of wine or champagne is always a tasteful and thoughtful gift, but if you're looking for something extra to stash in the wine bag, look no further.  Here are some our our favorite wine themed accessories.  Above, too fun Champagne Cork Candles ($8.50 for a set of four) and a "Party" wine charm ($4).

If you're looking for something a bit more extravagent and you know they adore champagne, grab this fantatsic, Vintage French Champagne Bottle Lamp Base (price upon request).  Or get crafty and make your own!

Show them you're the perfect party guest by tucking in something fun and functional.  Every hostess can always use cocktail napkins.  These cute cork photo ones look like the real thing!  ($5.50)

Lastly, a perfect gift if you're an over night guest, grab a handful of Cork Wrapped Glass Votives.  Available in two sizes. (Small, 6.25, Large $11.25).

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

December Giveaway Winner

Say Congratulations to Christina Palmer, the winner of our fabulous cocktail ring! 
Thanks to everyone who entered!  Stay tuned for our January Giveaway.

Perfect Presents - Part 8

I am in love with these beautiful French Boxed Stationary Sets.  Bring back the lost art of letter writing with a small box of Momento Boxed Notes (on left) containing 25 notes and envelopes, $16.95.  The avid letter writer is sure to love the Stationary Gift Set.  A large gift box with 16 tri-fold notecards and matching envelopes, 16 miniture note cards with matching envelopes, 50 decorative envelope seals, and 100 sheets of stickable notes, $29.  Both boxes come smarty wrapped with a ribbon and are completely reuseable. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Vintage Inspired Bridal Earrings

Are you a classic, vintage inspired bride?  Looking for that perfect pair of earrings to complete your look?  Check out some of our newest Vintage Inspired Earrings.  These fabulous pairs give you that retro feeling without the sticker shock of truly vintage pieces.  Above, Maragaux, $88.

 Dahlia, $88

Decora Flat Pearl, $64

Filagree Window, $46

Okay, we cheated...theses actually ARE vintage.
Screw Back Vintage Earrings, $48

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Perfect Presents - Part 9

Give your favorite friend some spring to look forward to with these preety Fleur Cuffs.  Available in gold or silver, these rhinestone studded flowers will brighten even the snowiest of days.  $39 each, available here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Perfect Presents - Part 10

Candles are always a go to gift, but how about one that's a little extra special?  These personalized candles smell fantastic AND have an added personal touch.  A single inital or traditional monogram stays intact while the candle is burning.  Available in Creme Brulee, Honeysuckle Vine, Cinnamon Spice.  $32 each, monogramming is free.  Get one as a gift or a gift to yourself here.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Perfect Presents - Part 11

Make stashing keys or displaying perfume bottles extra special for someone this holiday season.  A vintage advertisment adorns this beautiful glass 12x6 tray, and at $32, you can grab one for everyone on your list.

Which Hand Should I Wear My Wedding Bracelet On?

Keep it away from "the rock" and wear your bridal bracelet on your right hand.  You'll get some great photos during your vows and your bracelet will become a treasured heirloom.

Here are two wonderful shots of one of our brides, Heather Rust, who wore my personal favorite wedding bracelet, The Glamoura Cuff, also available in a pearl version.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Perfect Presents - Part 12

We love bracelets, and the holidays are a perfect time to gift these beautiful baubles to everyone on your list.  These lovely freshwater pearl bracelets are hand strung and floating on jeweler's illusion thread.  Natural, Champagne, or Peacock Gray are sure to go with any cocktail party dress!  $42 each, available here.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Perfect Presents - Part 13

Celebrated your December lady with Turquoise, which is one of the birthstone's for this month.  One of our favorite turquoise pieces in this unique pendant that's mixed with Swarovski crystals.  $36.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Real Wedding - Jennifer & Tom

The Wedding of Jennifer Hovey & Tom Healy
October 10, 2009

Here's how we helped Jennifer find her dream accessories...

Jennifer and I first clicked when she was wedding shoe shopping in our boutique. She was searching for a super comfortable shoe from her recent foot surgeries and we realized we had the same podiatrist, Dr. Weil who "saved" our feet! We also realized we have a mutual fondness of New Zealand (where they honeymooned). During her frequent trips into the store and our chatty usual selves, we became friendly and I adored her style and self confidence.  Jennifer chose to wear this amazing sterling silver antiqued filigree bracelet set with tiny Swarovski crystals and the best wedding wedge shoe on the market, the "Victoria". It's not too high, very stylish and comfortable.


Congrats to Jen and Tom!

Jennifer & Tom's Ingredients

Ceremony - St. Vincent DePaul
Reception - Maggiano's Chicago
Photography - Jeremy Lawson Photography
Florist - Dilly Lily

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Perfect Presents - Part 14

Perfect for the writer or obsessive paper collector you know.  These adorable mini notebooks close with a hidden magnet and a silver metal pen and pad of paper for quick note taking. Side pocket folds holds receipts and saved notes. A much needed handbag accessory in bright and cheery papertones.  $6.50

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Perfect Presents - Part 15

Here's a gift to go with yesterday's post.  Grab a fun, contemporary twist on the Tennis Bracelet to show your favorite lady that you care.  The Bubble Bracelet is a sparkly, unique piece that everyone will love.  Better yet?  There's  a matching necklace and earrings!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Perfect Presents - Part 16

Here's a gift perfect for your holiday hostess.  A Sweet Treat Dishcloth Set is sure to make any hostess happy.  Wrapped up like a delicious cupcake and topped with a crystal strawberry, these sweet treats are available in pink, brown or white.  $12 each.

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Contemporary Tennis Bracelets $32 - $68

What exactly is a "Tennis Bracelet?"  Lots of brides wear a dainty bracelet on the their wrist, and many choose a thin "in-line bracelet."  Exactly as it sounds, an in-line bracelet has diamonds lined up in a single row.  The tennis bracelet term is attributed to tennis star Chris Evert who halted the 1987 US Open to retrieve her lost in-line diamond bracelet, created by George Bedewi.

Ms. Evert instantly created a new trend for bracelets and many tennis players can be seen wearing them today.  The tennis bracelet is considered a classic, timeless look and comes in many variations, perfect for everyday wear or special occasions.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Perfect Presents - Part 17

Our 17th gift idea?  A gorgeous custom designed velvet jeweled brooch.  This hunter green and gold piece named "La Reine" was featured in Chicago Magazine Fashion Issue and is made of beautiful French silk velvet and a Swarovski crystal gold brooch.  $78.