Flair Fall Events!!

Well summer flew by and although we are sad to put away our tanks and bikinis 🙁  we are officially prepared for fall. We’ve got our layering sweaters and boots ready for a fun + fabulous fall….. and boy do we have a busy fall season ahead of us!! We would love to see you at one or all of the events we are co-hosting or attending!!

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Invite your friends…it is sure to be a great event for everyone!!

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Registering at Bloomingdale’s is so fun and amazing…trust us!! Make sure you don’t miss this event!!

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Non-traditional Registry Ideas!

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There is a new trend in the wedding presents. Forget the registry but look at websites such as TheHoneymoon.com and GiftsofStock.com. These are a little unconventional but they are classier than just asking for money. Often times the couple only has select things on a registry or unsure of what exactly they need.

With GiftsofStock the couple can receive stocks. (Smart financial investment!) With TheHoneymoon.com the couple can relax a little bit more because their family and friends can pitch in and help pay for the honeymoon! Sweet Deal!

Think outside the box…literally!

XOXO

Caitlin 😉

Mis-Matched Bridesmaids Dresses!

While we consider ourselves to be pretty fearless most of the time, lately alot of our brides have been saying something to us that truly makes us shudder: “I really like the look of Molly Sims’ bridal party.” <Cue classic horror movie music> Gasp!

If you haven’t seen her bridal party, do a quick Google search. Find it? OK good. It really is gorgeous, and we love to see someone doing something a little different BUT we’ve had a hard time recreating that look for our brides…until now!

Jenny Yoo came out with her first “social collection” this season, which includes pretty prints, luxurious laces and preppy polka dots. They pair perfectly with our already fabulous collection of solid dresses, to help you achieve that effortless mix and match look that so many brides are going for these days. Check out these fab photos from her recent shoot to get a sneak peek and if you like what you see (and we think you will) give us a call to come see it in person!

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So go ahead….mix it up!

XOXO

Linds + Stace

Theia….now at Flair!

Here at Flair, we pride ourselves on providing our brides and bridesmaids with the “Newbury Street experience” but without the “Newbury Street price tag.” We firmly believe that every bride and bridesmaid deserves a high quality, gorgeous garment and stellar service, no matter what their budget is!

So, when it comes to the dresses we carry in the store, we spend hours researching designers who have that same philosophy. Then, once we zero in on a Flair approved designer we spend several more hours going over their dresses and choosing just the right ones for our brides. It’s fun work, but definitely a long process. So, you can imagine why we are SO excited to welcome a new designer to our family: Theia bridal!

We love Theia for so many reasons but here are just a few:

1)      Quick lead time – We can get most of Theia’s bridal gowns here in a matter of weeks, not months, which is UNHEARD of in the bridal world! So, planning a wedding quickly? No problem! You can get a gorgeous Theia gown without a rush fee!

2)      MAJOR style variety – We had a hard time choosing samples for the store, there were just SO many dresses that we felt would be perfect for Flair. In the end, we chose some lace, some chiffon, some strapless and some strapped; truly something for everyone! Plus in the coming weeks we’re getting a gown in their “petal” fabric. We’d never seen anything like it, and are SO excited to show all of you as soon as it arrives!

3)      Crazy prices – We had to triple check their prices, they just seemed too good to be true! None of the styles we picked up are over $2000, and many are under $1000. YES, you read that correctly, and trust us, the styles look like they are worth WAY more. With Theia you’re really going to get the most out of your budget, which we LOVE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soooooo gorgeous!!

Most of our samples came in today (and if you’re wondering, yes, we tried them all on!) so, do us a favor and make an appointment to come in and see them (as well as our other gorgeous gowns) because we are literally dying to try them on you.

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Happy Fall, we look forward to seeing all of you soon!!

XOXO

Linds & Stace

Relax…….and Exhale!

It seems like forever ago, I was stressed out and uptight about my upcoming nuptials.  It was actually only a month ago……but I can clearly remember the stress of seating charts, RSVP’s and final dress fittings weighing on my mind.

When like a knight in shining armor the ladies from EXHALE MIND BODY SPA came to rescue me from my stress crazed, pre-wedding meltdown!  Not only have they created an oasis like atmosphere but they have hands down the best classes in the city!

They offer two very different types of classes at Exhale, upstairs they Transform you with their Core Fusion classes which is a challenging barre-based workout, which combines core work with Pilates, yoga, ballet and dance principles to stretch, tone, and lengthen muscles like never before.

Needless to say, it’s the best workout I have had in my entire life.  My whole life I was under the impression that the only way I could get in shape was by running and unfortunately it took its toll on my poor old 29 yr old knees. The Core Fusion classes are challenging but easy on my knees and I feel like I literally saw results almost immediately, (I realize, I now sound like an infomercial, but it’s true!).

On to the stress relief, downstairs at Exhale they hope to help you transcend in to a different state of being! (Such a peaceful message) The offer seriously relaxing Vinyasa Yoga and PranaVayu Yoga and breathing techniques! You will literally forget you are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Boston and chaotic wedding planning!

Exhale also offers amazing packages for all you brides-to-be! It includes unlimited classes as well as nutrition counseling, massages and facials! Um, hello please sign me up!

Needless to say I got married a month ago and loved it so much I signed up to be a member of Exhale as a wedding present to myself!  It is seriously addicting (in a good way)!  Hope to see you around, a little more relaxed and totally toned!

Stacey  🙂

Anna Elyse’s NEW Silk Essence Collection!

OK I’ve got a question, when is this whole economy thing going to turn around? Anybody know? I’ve been doing pretty diligent work on my end, revamping my Spring/Summer wardrobe and all. Now I understand that that alone may not be enough to turn the whole economy around (though my husband might beg to differ…he put me on a budget the other day…silly Jay) so we’re trying to help out at Flair as well.

Having planned our own weddings during this economy, Stacey and I understand how hard it is to ask your bridesmaids to spend a ton of money on their dresses. We also know, though, that you want them to look super cute. Know who else understands all of that? One of our fabulous designers…Anna Elyse! So, she has come to the rescue with a gorgeous new fabric called Silk Essence. It looks just like real silk, but since it’s a poly you save tons of money! For such a great deal you probably think your options are going to be kinda limited though, right? Wrong! There are about a million colors to choose from and most of Anna Elyse’s styles are available in her new fabric. So, bottom line, come check it out ASAP! We just got our first sample in and it’s adorable! We know you’ll agree.

Happy Shopping!

Lindsay

XOXO

Heart Pounding Pastels!

The struggle of having to decide what to wear to a friend’s wedding, can be as difficult as deciding what to have your own bridesmaids wear on your big day. However, fashionistas like yourselves may take note that the Spring 2012 trend of pastels, lends itself to wedding fashion this current season. Hues such as pale pink, yellow, and blue took over the Spring 2012 runways, and have begun to trickle down into the  bridal scene. Although one might think that only Easter eggs should come in pastel, when done in the right manner the colors can look quite classy and feminine.

Designers such as Ralph Lauren and Diane Von Furstenberg sent their models down the catwalk in flowy pastel pieces, sometimes even throwing in a pastel colored floral print. Rodarte took the dominant trend to the extreme and closed their show with a series of floral pastel green, blue, and yellow printed dresses. This trend translates to the bridal industry in a major way, as it can easily be applied to dresses for spring and summer weddings. Our featured designers Anna Elyse and Coren Moore offer many of these trendy colors in much of their collections, which makes it easy for any bridesmaid or wedding-goer to be fashion forward! Worried that you or your bridesmaids won’t look good in pastels? Have no fear! Pastels truly go well with all skin tones, pale or dark and are not eccentric so that everyone can feel comfortable. The subdued feel of the tones also promise not to take away from other important details of a wedding, such as the color theme… or even the bride!

So now that we’ve sold you on either choosing pastel for your bridesmaids or for a dress for yourself, we would like to offer some suggestions that we have for you here at Flair! Anna Elyse offers gorgeous pastel colors in her Silk Chiffon and Sponged Silk Charmeuse Fabrics, which are both also fabulous lightweight fabrics for a spring/summer occasion.

Another designer who falls does a rendition of the trend is Coren Moore, who has great pastels in her silk shantung and silk chiffon fabrics. The designers offer many of their pieces in these fabrics, and they are sure to be perfect for spring.

We hope that if when it comes time to choose a dresses for your special occasion, you have difficult time during the Spring 2012 season, you will go with the trend of pastels. It is a simple, classy, yet fashion-forward way to show off your stylish side at the next wedding that you are in or attend. Who knows, maybe you will even be able to re-wear your pastel piece during this mad wedding season! You’re sure to be the most stylish group of bridesmaids or attendee at any wedding!

XOXO

Intern of the year 😉

Joy

500 down and 100 days to go!

Just a mere 500 days ago I got engaged.  It is actually crazy to think that it was that long ago that my fiancé asked me to marry him.  And, what a LOOOOOOONG 500 days it has been.  Let me tell you about my engagement journey.

Now, if you have been to Flair in the past year or so you might know that I was supposed to get married on October 1, 2011.  We had set the perfect date and picked an amazing venue.  We had started down the long road of hiring vendors, ordering dresses, tasting endless desserts, sending out save-the-dates, taking engagement pictures all over Boston and whittling down a guest list to a manageable number.  We were on our way to having an amazing fall wedding in Boston!

After a particularly fun day of wedding planning, I came home with the perfect rehearsal dinner dress and shoes ready to show my fiancé, Zak.  Before I could show him my fab finds, he proceeded to drop the most life changing news I would ever hear.

His doctor had called earlier in the day to tell him that a recent test had come back showing signs that he had cancer. After the shock and disbelief wore off, I realized what now really mattered in our life was for my fiance to be happy and healthy.  Our lives were changed so radically in just a few days. We went from fabulous wedding tastings and vendor meetings to blood tests and chemotherapy treatments (sooooo not as fun).

It was a rough summer, especially for Zak who was taking all his treatments in stride.  But, luckily we were able to spend quality time with family and friends who helped us every step of the way.  After many long discussion with doctors and family we decided we had to postpone our perfect fall wedding.  Although, I was disappointed and sad; when it rained on October 1st, we laughed and looked forward to our 2nd perfect wedding date in June.

It has been almost a year since that awful April day, and again Zak and I are back in full wedding planning mode, even more exciting, Zak is now in remission, and we can finally celebrate!

As I look back on the past year I am truly amazed and thankful for such an amazing group of family, friends, doctors, nurses and one fabulous co-worker (Lindsay) who truly supported both of us though a very tough and not fun time in our life.   But I also realized what an important role all the brides and bridesmaids have played who have come into Flair in this past year and  how they have helped me get through it on a daily basis without ever really knowing it.  It felt so wonderful to have been a part of the wedding planning process for so many amazing women.  To not have to think about test results and blood counts for even an hour was such a wonderful escape. So, to my amazing 2011-2012 brides & bridesmaids, I can’t thank you enough for the laughter and fun you brought to me every single day!

So, after a long 500 days of engagement what have I learned??

Well, the most important thing was to never sweat the small stuff.   Corny but true. Although no one likes to think about worst case scenarios, things could always be worse.  If you go into every situation calm, cool and collected you will certainly yield the best results!

Secondly, it was to to hire the most trusted, amazing and understanding vendors in the business. After Zak had been diagnosed and we realized we would not being having our Fall wedding, we had to make some seriously not fun phone calls.  Understanding and caring is an understatement, I could not ask for a  group of more professional and amazing vendors and friends in the wedding industry if I tried! I feel so so lucky to have picked such great people to work with.

Last but certainly not least, surround yourself with the people you care about the most.  Your wedding should be about you and the person you are marrying, but it is also very important to involve your close family and friends.  They will be the ones to help you when and if things ever get too overwhelming, they will be your sounding board when you can’t pick the perfect flowers, they will help you when you cant decide between the two perfect bridal gowns, and they will tell you nicely but firmly when you really are being a bride-zilla! Don’t forget  in the midst of fighting over the perfect napkin color, what the BIG day is really all about.  It is about the love shared between two people pledging to be together, through thick and thin, sickness and health, good times and bad, no matter what……..even if you decide to just go with plain white napkins!

Truly grateful,

Stacey xoxo

(I started this blog when I really had 100 days to go until the wedding …it took a little longer than expected to write it.  I hope you understand that I did not change the title of the blog because it wouldn’t have sounded as cool,  we only have 84 days to go now!)
You are probably wondering who all those amazing vendors are that I was talking about, they really are awesome, TRUST ME!

The Harvard Club on Commonwealth Avenue

Coren Moore Bridal

Sweet Jane Photography

Long Haul Films

Photo Fun Box

Parties Over Boston

Beat Train Productions

Rentals Unlimited

Petealena

Sensational Travel

 

 

Gown Preservation…..with love from Joy

The most exciting day in every girl’s life is the day that they get to stroll down the aisle with the man they love most. However, after all of the festivities have come to an end there is one important detail that most brides fail to remember: preserving their gorgeous gown. It might seem simple enough to toss your dress on a hanger, throw it on the closet, and move along with your day. However ladies, this may be the worst decision you could make. So, the ladies of Flair decided to save you the research, and gathered some simple rules for storing your dress properly.

Clearly it would be detrimental for your gown to be cleaned in the washing machine, so your first step should be to take a trip to a trusted dry cleaner. A professional should look over your dress with you when you drop it off, in order to point out any specific stains or damages. If the clerk feels as though they can not properly clean your gown, then they should tell you. In this instance you should call a local conservator. After the dry clean is complete, if your gown is hung then immediately take it off of the hanger. Also if it is wrapped in the notorious blue dry cleaner tissue paper, take it out right away as this can cause discoloration.

Once your gown is all shiny and new again, there are a few simple rules to follow. The first thing you should do is order a preserving box and tissue paper which must both be un-buffered and acid free. This is because the chemicals that go into regular boxes and tissue do not react well with the chemicals in fabric, and therefore will eventually become extremely damaging. You can purchase preserving materials easily at Foster-Stephens.com. Another storage no-no is the cedar trunk, although this may seem like a logical place to keep your gown, its not. Cedar gives off gases as time progresses that will essentially eat away at your lovely fabric.

When your packing materials come in, you should store it as soon as possible. Ideally you will fold your gown in three ways. In between each fold you should place a piece of the non-acidic tissue paper, in order to avoid permanent fold creases or fabric fractures. You should then place the folded dress in the box with tissue underneath and on top. An important detail to remember is not to include plastic in the packing process, as it easily collects humidity and will leave stains and/or rust marks from any metal detail. Make sure to seal the box extremely well on the outside, using tape if necessary. An ideal place to store the box is in a cool and dry place, in which you clean often. Attics and basements are not a great idea, as they are often extreme in temperatures and tend to be very damp/dry.

You should repeat all of these steps about every two years, as the conservation materials always need to be refreshed. Although this process may seem tedious, trust us, its not that bad! It is totally worth it to take the steps, and be able to cherish it forever. Just think, your daughter may wish to wear your fabulous gown someday!

 

Preserve on!

Joy

aka “#1 intern at Flair”

 

Brides of Distinction!

The year is 1991, the place, my childhood bedroom. There’s excitement in the air as Teddy Ruxpin takes his place at the front of the audience of troll dolls. Ken joins the bear up front, looking as stoic as ever. Barbie comes around the corner in her fabulous, white wedding dress, complete with enormous puffy sleeves and lace turtleneck; the epitome of understated elegance. Then and there, with my goldfish bearing witness and the honorable Ruxpin presiding, Ken and Barbie pledge their love to one another. There’s not a dry eye in the house.

This, my friends, is how most of us spent our childhood days (atleast I hope it wasn’t just me, right??). We dreamt about our wedding day and made fake plans, with zero regard to budget mind you. That being said, it’s OK if you find you still need some inspiration when it comes time to actually plan your big day. Even I’ll admit that some of my 1991 ideas did not come to fruition for my 2011 wedding. Apparently Joey McInitre was just too busy to be my Justice of the Peace. C’mon, priorities Joe.

So, when the time comes that you get proposed to and you can finally plan your real wedding, I highly recommend attending the Brides of Distinction fashion show and Brunch at the Omni Parker House for some inspiration. While you sit and enjoy a delicious brunch catered by the Omni, wedding experts will dish on what’s hot in weddings this year (for example, the editor of “The Knot” will be there, and you know she knows a thing or two). Plus, you’ll get to taste some gorgeous cakes, discover what flowers are perfect for your season and see some of the wide, wide array of linen and table setting options (who knew there were so many different kinds of ivory linens??). Oh and we will be there too, showing off some gorgeous bridal gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses! Peak your interest? Contact the Omni ASAP for tickets, because they are running out quickly! We would love to see you there! Barbies and troll dolls welcome as well!

Sunday, March 04, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
$39.00 per person

Reservations Required. Please call the Omni at 617-305-1857

XOXO

Lindsay

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