Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Do Brides Always Carry a Purse?

To clutch or not to clutch is often a question we're asked when brides are in our shoe room.  How many brides actually carry a clutch, purse, or handbag?  The answer is about half.  Half of our brides opt to carry a matching accessory to hold their goodies and half of them strut into the receptions sans hand bag.  What do they put in these bags?

*Compact Mirror
*Powder Compact
*Hanky or Tissues
*Cell Phone name a few.  Ultimately, the choice is up to you.  I love bags, so when presented with the option to buy another one, I say go for it.  If you're unsure about the "rewearability" factor of a white or ivory bag, then grab one in a coordinating color or a fun metallic like silver or gold.  No need to worry about how to get it from your car to the head table.  Your wedding coordinator or Maid of Honor will be more than happy to help you out.

Check out more clutches and handbags for your wedding here.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Nautical Inspired Jewelry

Love the deep blue sea?  Try on some nautical inspired jewelry with class.  Perfect for sea lovers or the romantic couple getting married on a yacht!  The Jeweled Moon necklace's deep blue and green crystals will sparkle like the ocean when paired with just about any dress.  Designed by Anne Koplik, $42.

A long Sugar Ball Lariat is simple and subtle in gold or silver, $36.

Slip matching cocktail rings on the fingers of all your "ship mate" bridesmaids, $24.

Go completely thematic with Ship Anchor Earrings, $39

Or stay subtle with navy blue drop earrings, $39

Where to Buy

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Spunky Pearl Jewelry

Who says pearls have to be traditional?  These fun baubles are tradition with a twist.  Perfect for an engagement part or to adorn your rehearsal dinner dress.  Our Jolie Collection is all fun.  Above, an asymetrical crystal bow adorns this two stranded pearl necklace, $36.

One strand bracelet, $29

4 Strand Bracelet, $36

Single strand necklace of mixed pearl and crystals, $36.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pearl & Vintage Crystal Bridal Jewelry

We're always searching for unique, one of a kind pieces for brides.  We love vintage pieces mixed with classic pearls and these one of a kind vintage elements are set in luxurious silk, satin, and Swarovski pearls.  Nothing is more sophisticated on a bride than a timeless piece that can continue to be passed down for generations to come.  Above, the Beau Bracelet, two strands of pearls adorn this crystal baguette bow.  $179.

Mila Necklace, $269

The Fig Leaf  Headband set with a stunning asymmetrical flower, $169.

Asymmetrical pearl necklace, Eleanor, $289.

Guinevere three strand bracelet, $249.

Fiona four strand bracelet with an emerald centered crystal sunburst, $199.

Vintage pieces always sell fast!  Take home one you love today, or bring us your own vintage piece and we'll create something new just for you.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Tote Bag Gifts for Bridesmaids

All of us at The Left Bank love jewelry and think it makes a perfect bridesmaid gift, but if your girls already have tons or you decided they don't need to wear matching jewelry, what should you give them?  How about stylish and fun tote bags?  There's always an occasion for a great bag!  These are our top five picks for perfect carry all bags to gift your bridesmaid.  Nothing says thank you better than a fun and functional gift they're sure to use long after your wedding is over.

1.  Our super popular Polka Dot Bag is one of my favorites.  Available in six different colors with your choice of one initial embroidered free in a variety of thread colors.  These wooden handled bags are big enough for beach towels, books, and just about everything else.  Measures 18.5" by 16.5".  $39 each.

2.  The Weekender Tote Bag is also large enough for almost all your life essentials and features a zippered top to keep it all from falling out.  Natural cotton canvas is trimmed in black and monogrammed with up to three initials in your choice of 11 thread colors.  Gift this multi-purpose bag to the ladies early and they can pack all their wedding weekend goodies in it.  Better yet?  Get one for yourself too!  The weekend bag is also available with "Bride" written on it, complete with a Swarovski crystal dotting the "i."  Measures 22" x 16" x 6".  $36.

3.  This cute Damask Tote Bag  is fashionable and functional.  Double handles, interior pocket, key chain holder a fully lined damask fabric interior, and a cute ribbon tie round out this stylish option.  Chose from seven thread colors to embroider a monogram or single initial on the front.  Measures 18" x 12" x 8.5".  $42.

4.  If you're looking for something shiner, then the Buckle Tote Bag is for you.  Black and white leatherette bag with adjustable straps and silver buckles makes it perfect for almost anyone.  Embroidered with your choice of one to three initials in black thread.  Measures 16" x 13" x 4".  $38.

5.  Having a beach wedding or weekend girls trip?  The Striped Canvas Bag is perfect!  Reminds me of a weekend at the beach, blue stripes and extra long handles hold flip flops, sunscreen, towels, and spare shoes in one place.  A big front pocket can be embroidered with a monogram or name (up to 12 characters)  in six different thread colors.  Measures 13" x 7" x 25".  $34.

And of course we totally support your need to buy one for yourself!  You can never have too many bags.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Versatile Vintage Jewelry

We're in love with this new piece by a local Chicago designer.  The Lucille Ribbon (available for $249) was created using a vintage bracelet and gorgeous ivory silk.  Wear it as a sash, necklace, head band, or bracelet!  This is the perfect piece for the bride who like to change her look between the ceremony and reception.  The extra long silk fabric gives you plenty of room to play and the ends finished with more vintage crystals lend a sophisticated look to the piece.  Wear it as a gorgeous wrap around your dress at the ceremony and then pop it in your hair after your take your veil off for the reception.   The Lucille Ribbon is a one of a kind piece, but we'd be happy to create one just for you! 

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Jewelry for the Beach Bride

Nothing says beach wedding like warm weather and waves!  Destination weddings are still the rage, but accessorizing them can be tricky.  Keep the care free nature of a wedding by the water with shell inspired jewelry and light sparkle.  To celebrate beach season and inspire all those lucky destination wedding brides, we've picked out favorite beach inspired wedding jewelry.  Start off by selecting something fun to adorn your sandals.    A Foot Lariat lets you show of your pedicure with style and sparkle.  Not crazy about foot jewelry?  Weave it through your hair for a sea goddess effect.  Lariat, $129.

Starfish inspired hairpins with dainty pearls.  Set of 3 for $129.

Subtly elegant mother or pearl pieces, Lianna, $229 (left) and Freya Petite Comb, $109 (right)

Petite Shell Haircomb, $229


Chloe Starfish Hairpin, $199.

Seashell Hairpins, $42 each. 
My favorite of the beach collection!

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Our Wedding Window Remodel - After

Our window makeover is complete!  We've added a fun faux grass flooring, light up cubes, and a veil tree to name a few.  Check out the photos or come stop by the shop to see for yourself how glamorous it looks then tell us what you think!  Like it?  Love it?

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Gift Guide

Searching for your next fabulous gift?  We've done the work for you.  Here are out suggestions for gifts that are sure to be a hit for all your common gift giving needs.

Graduation - A chic, stylish, yet interview worthy necklace and fun business card holder will give your graduate the confidence she needs to interview like a pro!  Jolie Pearl Necklace, $36.  Business Card Holder, available in silver and gold, $16.

Engagement - Wine and stationary will be in abundance, so why not gift the new bride with wedding day keepsakes she'll be sure to use.  A cute shaped hanky folds out into a full sized square for wedding sniffles.  Pair it with a personalized monogram ring box and you'll have a timeless gift any bride will adore.  Dress Hanky, $18.  Monogrammed Ring Box, $26.

New Baby - Give the new mommy a gift she and her new one can use.  Sweet stationary will help her with all those thank you notes while baby will enjoy a timeless rattle engraved with his or her monogram.  Thank You Stationary, 12 cards with envelopes, $12.  Sterling Silver Engravable Rattle, $155.

Hostess and House Guest - Whether you're visiting a friend or having guests over, a small gift is always appreciated.  A classic gift of a candle is given a fresh twist when miniature pagoda candles are set in a sweet reusable gift box.  Mini Seda France Pagoda Candles, assorted scents, $14.95 each.  Small Fluer Box, $16.

Thank You -  For a piano teacher, accountant, or just when a friend needs a little something...a pampering set of gourmet soap and French lotion fits the bill.  Keep a handful in your house when you need a gift on the go.  Wrapped Bar Soap with Charm, assorted scents, $9.50.  Shea Butter Hand Creme, available in original or lavender, $7.50.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Bride's Head Revisited Trunk Show Photos

See some photos from our last trunk show!  We were lucky enough to have a fun photographer there snapping photos as brides found the perfect accessories for their wedding gowns.  Take a peek at the fun you can have at our trunk shows!  Special thank you to Andre of Andre for visiting us!

Photography by Andre LaCour

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Haute Bride Trunk Show Photos

See photos from our fabulous Haute Bride Trunk Show.  One of our favorite lines for their big, bold, and beautiful stones.  See all the pieces in person until Saturday and Sunday, June 12 & 13, 11am to 5pm.

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