Wedding Inspiration courtesy of Pantone!

We love when Pantone comes out with their color picks for the upcoming season! Per usual, though, the fashion world is a little ahead of the rest of us. The New York Fashion Week happening right now is featuring Spring 2015 looks, and Pantone is following suit by highlighting colors that will be hot in that same season. That’s perfect for the wedding industry though! We’re starting to get super busy with Spring/Summer 2015 brides who can now all take advantage of Pantone’s psychic vision into what will be hot in their wedding season! We’re highlighting a few of the stunning shades below, with Flair dresses to match, of course! There are tons more to choose from, though, so give us a call to stop in and start envisioning the looks that will be coming down your 2015 runway/asile!

This delicious color, Custard, is the perfect shade of yellow! Check it out in Anna Elyse's Slender Sweetheart dress in Lemon Meringue (catching the dessert theme?)!

This delicious color, Custard, is the perfect shade of yellow! Check it out in Anna Elyse’s Slender Sweetheart dress in Lemon Meringue (catching the dessert theme?)!

Glacier Gray is the epitome of chic, as is Jenny Yoo's Suri dress in Dove Gray!

Glacier Gray is the epitome of chic, as is Jenny Yoo’s Suri dress in Dove Gray!

The name of this color, Classic Blue, says it all! It is super flattering and will pop against the bridal gown. Check it out on Lynn Lugo's Sophia dress in Royal; gorge!

The name of this color, Classic Blue, says it all! It is super flattering and will pop against the bridal gown. Check it out on Lynn Lugo’s Sophia dress in Royal; gorge!

Bride Spotlight: Lindsey

Bride Spotlight: Lindsey

Asking a Flair consultant if they have a favorite wedding is like asking a parent if they have a favorite child. It’s impossible to choose! Each one is unique and special in its own way, and we truly do love them all equally. That being said, sometimes a wedding comes along that is so stunning and so well put together, that we can’t help but show it off! That brings us to Lindsey. Her wedding turned out to be just like Lindsey herself; chic, classic and so lovely. We could go on and on singing Lindsey’s praises but instead, we thought all of you might like to hear from the bride herself! Lindsey has some great advice for all of you brides to be, complete with some pretty enchanting photos from her big day. Huge kudos to The Darkroom Photography, who captured Lindsey’s day so thoughtfully and beautifully!

1) Where did you have your wedding?
Wedding was at 5:00 at Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica in Saint Simons Island, GA. Reception was a strolling reception with a band and began with a cocktail hour overlooking the beach at  The King and Prince Beach and Golf resort in Saint Simons Island, GA.
I mean just check out those gorgeous grounds at Lindsey's wedding; a photographer's dream!

I mean just check out those gorgeous grounds at Lindsey’s wedding; a photographer’s dream!

2) Did your wedding have a theme?
No particular theme for the wedding, but I wanted everything to be similar to my style in my daily life. Classic, timeless, and staying far away from trends!
3) How did you find wedding planning? Stressful? Fun? Both? 
I am VERY much a planner and very A-type.  I carry 2 IPhones/2Ipads (work and personal) and a planner for daily use.  However, I did NOT like wedding planning.  It was tough to do long distance and I had to make a few trips down South for vendor meetings.  I did a LOT of emailing and had to trust my mom a LOT!  At some point, I took a friends advice “Decide on what matters most to you.  Be very decisive on those things, and relax on the “less important” details.”  I would love to do the day over, but not the planning!! I now understand why honeymoons exist 🙂
4) Describe your bridal gown shopping experience.
I planned one day and only visited two bridal boutiques.  I went to Flair first and LOVED every thing about the boutique.  The Flair girls were so sweet and so un-pretentious.  Y’all made me feel so special and gave honest feedback, which was so helpful.  I tried on dresses in about 30 minutes and felt fairly certain that I had found “the one.”  It was the dress that when I put it on, I felt like a more glamorous version of “me.”  I visited one more store but ultimately went back to Flair because I couldn’t get the dress I loved out of my head.   Every visit after was so exciting and the girls were so excited for me when I came in to pick out a belt, show my shoes, etc.
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Lindsey’s classic Jenny Yoo sweetheart gown lends itself perfectly to her intricate AB Ellie belt!

5) What dress did you end up choosing?
I chose a Jenny Yoo sweetheart cut dress.  It was exactly the style that I HOPE I portray in daily life.  Classy, timeless, simple but elegant.  Once I came in for my first fitting, I looked for belts and settled on one that was AMAZING and took the dress to another level.  I knew when I put it on, I had to have that belt added to my dress.  (The team at Newbury Tailors were AWESOME!!)
6) Describe your bridesmaids’ dress shopping experience.
I chose bridesmaids dresses on a separate visit, but knew I wanted to start with Flair because the dresses were much more up to date than you see at a lot of dress shops.  My mom and I did the shopping, and I tried the dresses on. I didn’t want to come with bridesmaids because I felt strongly that it was my wedding and I didn’t want anyone to skew my opinion of the dresses.   I knew the look I was going for and chose a dress that would flatter everyone but didn’t cater to any one specific need of any of the girls.
Most brides say “I think you will be able to wear this dress again” and I have NEVER actually worn a bridesmaid dress again.  I chose a dress that I thought was classy, but with a little sparkle to dress it up a bit.  One of my bridesmaids called and said to me “We all say it, but you actually did find a dress that I will wear again!”
Jenny Yoo's Harlow dress has it all: super flattering, unique and gorgeous!!

Jenny Yoo’s Harlow dress has it all: super flattering, unique and gorgeous!!

7) What bridesmaids’ dress(es) did you end up choosing?
Jenny Yoo ‘Harlow’ metallic sheath dress
8) What dress shopping advice would you give to future brides?
As cliché as it sounds, you will know when you have found the dress for you.  Don’t go with a crowd, keep it small.  The more opinions you get, the more it skews your opinion and only YOU know what look you are going for.  I had no idea what I wanted in a dress but when I put it on, it just felt right and looked like ‘me’.  Your wedding gown should be a reflection of you and remember that it will remain in pictures in your home forever.  Steer away from trends or dresses that aren’t YOU.  I wanted to be able to look at pictures in my home without cringing!  I did try on the very “princess” gowns with the tulle and lace, but at the end of the day, they looked silly on me.
Thank you SO much Lindsey, we loved every minute of working with you and wish you every happiness and joy in your married life! Come back and see us anytime! xo
Ending on a sweet note with our favorite photo in the bunch! You can snag Lindsey's amazing veil on our online site, Frills!

Ending on a sweet note with our favorite photo in the bunch! You can snag Lindsey’s amazing veil on our online site, Frills!

 

End of Summer Sale Alert!

End of Summer Sale Alert!

It’s only August 4th, but already talk has turned to the end of summer. Blasphemy! We live in New England and only get 3 months of summer, so let’s not ruin one by talking our way into Fall prematurely. We have to admit, there is one good thing about summer coming to a close: end of Summer sales! Even though seeing all of the new Fall scarves and boots are tempting, now is actually the best time to buy bathing suits and beach accessories. Stores are desperate to clean out their Summer stock so they can fill up with sweaters, trench coats and all of the other Fall fashion that we love, and you can save tons of money helping them do so!

In a similar fashion, Jenny Yoo has decided to reward her customers for shopping this summer! Summer is obviously a popular season for weddings (especially in our area) and dress orders for summer weddings need to get placed in the Fall and Winter. What does this mean? Bridal shops are so slammed in the Fall and Winter that we barely see the light of day! So, Jenny Yoo thought “how can we encourage people to order BEFORE the busy season?” Hey, a big, huge sale is not a bad way to go! Check out all of the sale details below, and call Flair to get on the ball, order early and SAVE!August Bridesmaid 2014 Promo (2)

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A Crash Course in Dress Shopping 101

How to get an A+ in Dress Shopping

July 31st…how did that happen?? We can’t believe that summer is going by so quickly! It’s such a fun time of year at Flair. Most of our brides get married in the summer, and we LOVE seeing photos of your big days! Summer is also the time when we start to prepare for the upcoming bridal season. It feels sort of like when we used to get ready to go back to school, except instead of buying new folders we’re buying new dresses! As we get prepared, we want to help you do the same. It’s never too soon (or too late) to make a game plan for your dress appointments. Going into each store prepared and with a focus will ensure that you have a fun, stress free shopping experience! So, here are our tips to help you pass Dress Shopping 101 with flying colors!

1) Do your homework: Spend some time at home pouring over magazines, Pinterest, wedding blogs, etc. so that you can start to identify what you like and don’t like. Having a hard time? Bring pictures for us! While you may think your photos are random, we can often find a pattern hidden in there that will help us get started!

2) Bring your A team: Think back to study groups. When were you really able to focus and get things done, with a few people or in a big group? It’s the same concept when dress shopping! If you want to be able to focus and have your voice heard, try and keep your shopping entourage small; just a few close friends/family.

3) Stand your ground: While it can be hard to pinpoint what we like, most of us girls have no problem identifying what we don’t like! This can actually be a great tool, if you stand your ground. Do you absolutely hate strapless wedding gowns? Then don’t be afraid to tell your Mom to stop pulling them for you! Do mismatched bridesmaids’ dresses drive you crazy? Then tell your girls to shape up and get on the same page! It can be hard to stay strong and stand up to your friends and family, but that’s why we’re here! We’re your advocate and will do whatever we can to help you get just what you want for your big day!

Remember these tips, and your shopping trips will be productive, easy and most of all, fun! If you need some extra tutoring, feel free to call or email us anytime. We’re happy to answer any and all questions you have before, during and after your appointment 🙂

Chic Color Combos

Chic Color Combos

Here at Flair, a big part of our job is keeping on top of the latest trends in the bridal world. We want to make sure that we carry dresses that are fresh and modern, so that you (and your bridal party) can look the same! For example, thanks to your trend spotting friends at Flair, you will no longer find calf length dresses in the store. Though they were all the rage in the early 2000’s, no one wears them anymore. Thank goodness for that; you pretty much have to be Giselle to pull that length off! While it can be fun to say goodbye to trends of the past, what we love even more is saying hello to the next big thing! Speaking of which, let’s discuss bridesmaids’ dresses in mixed colors (hello, segue). We think this may be just the thing to give your 2014/2015 bridal party that little extra, trendy oomph!

Ugh we love Jenny Yoo's colors, they literally ALL look great together! Pretty picture courtesy of JJ Ignotz.

Ugh we love Jenny Yoo’s colors, they literally ALL look great together! Pretty picture courtesy of JJ Ignotz.

When we say mixed colors, we’re not talking a rainbow here (though we did a rainbow wedding party once, and it came out so adorable and fun). What we’re really talking about is a subtle change in color amongst your bridesmaids’ dresses. You could go ombre, and start your MOH in a dark shade of pink, for example, and work your way down lighter and lighter with each dress, ending in a soft blush. Or you can pop a couple of gray dresses in with some blues. One of our favorite color combos is mixing light pinks and champagnes; so elegant! Jenny Yoo is all over this trend, choosing colors that are easy to mix and match; perfect for the bride looking for something modern and unique. Check out some of her gorgeous color combos below and contact Flair today to assist you in planning the perfect dress and color combos for your big day!

Don't the Iris and Daphne dresses look amazing together!A soft pink totally mixes with neutral colors!

Don’t the Iris and Daphne dresses look amazing together! A soft pink mixes perfectly with neutral colors!

The Sienna and Hayley dresses are showing off how to mix colors within the same palette. Stunning!

The Sienna and Hayley dresses are showing off how to mix colors within the same palette. Stunning!

Nervous about mixing colors? Check out how Jenny Yoo mixed colors, styles AND fabrics with these styles. They look great together and yours will too!

Nervous about mixing colors? Check out how Jenny Yoo mixed colors, styles AND fabrics with these styles. They look great together and yours will too!

Meet Frills!

Introducing…Frills!

Isn’t it funny how social media changes with you as you get older? In college, it was all about finding the best parties and posting song quotes that reflected your each and every mood. Come to think of it, Dashboard Confessional lyrics consumed a good 75% of my status updates in college. Anyways, moving on…as we got older, you’d start to see engagement and wedding photos take over social media. Now, I’m at the “babies and houses” phase. Every day there’s a new, adorable baby or covetable house to drool over. I was starting to feel a little left out. I’ve been married almost 3 (!!) years and in terms of a house, let me tell you, the market is TOUGH. So, what about me?? What can I throw in people’s faces to make them jealous (kidding!)? Well, it turns out I (and the rest of the Flair team) have a baby of sorts to announce; a business baby!

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Almost 9 months ago (see…baby!) we started a project that would allow customers near and far to order products by fabulous designers that we’ve come to know and love over our years in the store. Let’s face it, we’re living in an increasingly online world, and Flair had to adapt. We LOVE our Newbury Street store and will never abandon the face to face customer interaction that we enjoy so much. However, we also needed to address the needs of those customers who just can’t make it to the Back Bay. So, Frills was born! At Frills, you can order a dress, a veil, jewelry, a tuxedo vest and even a custom bridal sketch! The list goes on and on! Basically, it’s for all of those fun, little details you get to think about AFTER you make the hard decisions. So grab a glass of champagne, sit on your couch (in sweatpants, we won’t judge) and shop for fabulous items without searching for parking or getting stuck in traffic. We can’t wait to see you there 🙂

check out this custom bridal sketch of one of our Jenny Yoo gowns! you can get one of YOU in your gown (or for a friend!)!

check out this custom bridal sketch of one of our Jenny Yoo gowns! you can get one of YOU in your gown (or get one for a friend!)!

Down with Arthur, Up with Jenny Yoo!

Here in New England, July 4th was not so hot. Thanks to Hurricane Arthur, we woke up to driving rain, raging winds and cool temperatures. Put those white shorts away, girls! This was shaping up to be a predominantly indoor Independence Day. It was hard not to get a little down in the dumps; I couldn’t even remember the last July 4th that I spent inside. The only thing that saved my day was the fact that I was slow to jump on the “Orange is the New Black” bandwagon. A rainy July 4th felt like the perfect time to get on board, and by the end of the day I had breezed through atleast 8 episodes and was hooked!

With this weird July 4th over, I am happy to report that there is more to look forward to in July than just season 2 of OITNB! A prime example: Jenny Yoo’s fabulous July sales! Both brides and bridesmaids can take advantage of this month’s sales; there’s something for everyone!

Brides, take 20% off most Jenny Yoo bridal gowns ordered by July 26th. See below for all of the details!

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Bridesmaids, you get 15% off all of Jenny Yoo’s crinkle chiffon bridesmaids’ dresses ordered by July 26th!

Crinkle chiffon is such a unique, comfortable fabric that you will look and feel great in. Plus, it comes in a ton of gorgeous colors! Check out below for the 411, and give Flair a call to make an appointment and get in for these fabulous deals!

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Happy 4th from Flair!

You guys, we have big news: the 4th of July falls on a FRIDAY this year! How awesome is that?! We want no part of that Wednesday off and then back to work deal. No no, this year the 4th of July provides us with the best phrase in the English language: a three day weekend! Actually, Flair will be taking off a little longer than that. Hey hey, settle down, we work weekends all fall and winter long, we deserve this 😉 So, take note of our holiday hours for next week below, and we look forward to seeing and speaking with you all when we get back on Tuesday July 8th!! In the meantime, feel free to drool over these fab July 4th wedding ideas and have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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We love how this classic, white hydranga bouquet gets a 4th of July boost with the blue striped ribbon!

We love how this classic, white hydranga bouquet gets a 4th of July boost with the blue striped ribbon!

Nothing says USA more than a blue dress, red flowers and cowboy boots!

Nothing says USA more than a blue dress, red flowers and cowboy boots!

We are in love with these striped straws! Adorable!

We are in love with these striped straws! Adorable!

Macarons are definitely the "it" wedding food, and we adore them with this patriotic twist!

Macarons are definitely the “it” wedding food, and we adore them with this patriotic twist!

Wine Country Wedding Wonder

Guys, we are OBSESSED with Southern New England Weddings. It is seriously one of the most beautifully put together wedding publications we’ve ever seen. Everyone at SNEW has a passion for weddings, and they work hard to produce a magazine that any and every New England bride can turn to for inspiration. There’s nothing we hate more than flipping through a magazine only to find that every idea is out of our fiscal reach. Another bummer? When we see an ad for a cake (cue drool) and then learn that the baker is located across the country. So, Southern New England Weddings is perfect for us! They take the time to feature products and ideas for all budgets, and they shout out all of the best local vendors. Speaking of which, this seems like a good time to segue into a sneak peek of the most recent shoot Flair did with SNEW. (See what I did there…best local vendors…Flair…duh). So sit back, relax, and take a nice, long sip of this delicious wine country themed shoot. Oh, and be sure to grab the newest issue of Southern New England Weddings to see the full spread and get the scoop on all of the fab wedding pros who also collaborated on this shoot! Cheers!

Our Nicole Miller "Mia" gown is perfect for a rustic, wine country wedding!

Our Nicole Miller “Mia” gown is perfect for a rustic, wine country wedding!

Our Mia gown has the most gorgeous sweetheart top, and check out that stunning headpiece by our friends at Ti Adoro!

Our Mia gown has the most gorgeous sweetheart top, and check out that stunning headpiece by our friends at Ti Adoro!

We love this strapless lace gown by Theia! It is soft and comfy, while remaining glam (and well priced!)

We love this strapless lace gown by Theia! It is soft and comfy, while remaining glam (and well priced!)

We are DYING over this detail shot of our Theia lace gown!

We are DYING over this detail shot of our Theia lace gown!

These bridesmaids look effortlessly chic in the Laurie dress by Coren Moore (left) and the Casey dress by Anna Elyse (right). Swoon!

These bridesmaids look effortlessly chic in the Laurie dress by Coren Moore (left) and the Casey dress by Anna Elyse (right). Swoon!

Flair Boston’s ode to TRUNK SHOWS!

Trunk Shows: Getting us through Winter since ’04

Every autumn without fail, I begin to (foolishly) fantasize about the coming winter; sipping cocoa while looking out the window at a light falling snow, ice skating in a chic wool coat, etc. I suppose the summer and fall months in New England are so pleasant that I always seem to forget just how bad the winters are. Every time it arrives, though, my fantasies are crushed. Chic wool coat? Maybe for a few days, then it’s my sleeping bag sized puffer coat day in and day out. Sipping cocoa? Try sipping vodka as I stare despondently at yet another snow storm. There is an upside though! Winter means TRUNK SHOW season at Flair! We jam pack our winter with great trunk shows by all of our designers; they are our moments of sunshine amongst Pax, Rex and all of the other obnoxious blizzard names.

New to trunk shows? Here’s what you need to know!

1) Basically, a trunk show means that we are highlighting a particular designer. What does this mean for you? We will be getting TONS of their dresses in for you to drool over! We rarely have room to carry a designer’s entire collection, so these events are a great time to see everything they offer!
2) While we will have oodles of dresses in the store, we can’t guarantee that we will have every color, style and size. If you want to see something specific, let us know before the trunk show and we will do our best to get it in for you!
3) A trunk show is really just a fancy name for a SALE! All of that particular designer’s dresses will be discounted for the duration of the trunk show. So, come in ready to buy and act fast, the deals won’t last long after the show ends!
4) Appointments are still required during trunk shows, and they book quickly, so call us ASAP if you want to stop in for one!
5) Yes, our other designers will still be in the store during trunk shows. So if you have an appointment during a trunk show but want to see other designers too, have no fear!

Up next....Amy Kuschel!

Up next….Amy Kuschel!

That’s trunk show 101, and you passed with flying colors! Now for extra credit, give us a call to stop in for one soon!!

Happy shopping, brides and bridesmaids 🙂

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