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Facebook Official!?

Any avid readers of Flair’s blog know that Stacey and I are kinda obsessed with Glee (case in point: our calendar at work may or may not be a Glee calendar…hello Mr. Schuster, heating up July). So, you can imagine our dismay that it is summer and we have WEEKS to go before we get a new episode. Will Rachel and Finn try long distance? What’s Kurt going to do? Are trouty mouth and Mercedes EVER going to get together? These questions and more have caused many a sleepless night for your favorite Flair girls.

Then, like a beacon in the night, our second favorite show came back to brighten the night: Awkward. OK we hear you, we’re probably way too old for both of these shows but we challenge you to watch and not enjoy them. They’re fabulous! Anyways, Awkward’s first episode of the season focused on our girl Jenna trying to decide if she will accept Jake’s online relationship status request (they never make mention of the website being Facebook but let’s face it, that’s what they’re referring to). We’ve all been there. A relationship is just not official if it’s not out there on Facebook for the world to see and judge.

Now to circle around to something wedding related so that I can justify writing a blog on Awkward…Stacey got married a few weeks ago (Gorgeous! Amazing! Fabulous!) and when she got back from her honeymoon she said “I wish changing your name/relationship status on Facebook made it official everywhere.” I have to say, I agree. I got married almost a year ago (yeesh time flies) I and I STILL have yet to get all the paperwork done to officially change my name. I know I know, I’m a bad wife, but it seems so time consuming and annoying! I mean I changed my email address and Facebook name so everyone important knows, right? What do you brides think? Did you already change everything? We’re a little daunted by the task here so any advice you have would be much appreciated! For now, we’ll just continue to watch TV shows about high school kids and pretend we’re that young again.

Lots of love from your non-name changing bridal consultants,

Lindsay Schlossberg & Stacey Kraft

(We promise we will have new last names soon!)

To Stalk, or not to stalk….second time around!

So, we published a blog eerily similar to this around this time last year….and here I am 1 month out from my wedding re-posting!

“This picture only somewhat resembles what I look like :)”

My wedding is  a month away and I estimated that we literally have 100+ teeny tiny little things to do before the BIG day. So, when I realized I/We now have to call or e-mail people who still have not sent in those all important RSVP’s  let’s just say my head started spinning! I mean come on family and friends we made this process as easy as humanly possible, all you have to do is check a box, tell me who is coming and last but not least lick the envelope and throw it in the mail (I mean we even put the stamp on the envelope for you and addressed it!) No excuses, don’t you know this wedding is going to be the best party of 2012?!

So, advice from the Flair girl about to get married and one who is coming up on her 1 year anniversary 🙂

It is 100% acceptable to reach out to your guests and ask them for a response. It shows an effort on your part. That way, if they miss the final deadline (i.e. the day you have to send final numbers to your venue) you can at least say that you reached out and tried. It’s going to be hard to say no to someone who asks to come after that deadline but your hands will be tied and free of guilt. There can be no “Well I misread the date to respond” or any other excuse. We called you, you were slow, so now you have to miss out on the party of the century.

Stay sane summer 2012 brides, our day is almost here!!

XOXO Stacey

The Met Gala!

We’ve been in a bit of a depression since red carpet season ended. Thank God E!’s Fashion Police is now on once a week though, which helps ease the pain a little. Then, along comes the Met Gala to really draw us out of our funk!  The Met Gala is great because it’s a little more “anything goes” than the award shows, with some gorgeous results and some disastrous.  A quick poll of the Flair girls’ favorites:

Lindsay: Christina Ricci in Thakoon

Stacey: Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera

Joy: Diane Kruger in Prada

We have very different tastes, right? All the better to serve our brides of various tastes!

While drooling over the gorgeous (and some not so gorgeous) gowns, we noticed trends that carry over to some of our Flair gowns (you knew we’d tie this back to Flair somehow, right?).

1)      Deep V necks – This neckline is super flattering and elongating, perfect for girls looking to add a little length/height to their look (like our Glee girl Lea Michele, who wore a gorgeous navy DVF gown with a plunging V). See our Rita gown by Amy Kuschel for a stunning example of this look.

2)     Lace – Duh. Obviously lace is a huge trend in bridal, but we’re seeing it also become a trend on the red carpet. Some of the looks were a little more daring (see Rooney Mara in Givenchy) but still, there’s always something classic and romantic about lace. Coren Moore’s Reese gown is a great example; her lace is to die for!

3)     Peplum skirts: I must admit, I am a HUGE peplum fan! What girl doesn’t want a little extra material to cover her midsection, but in a cute way?! It’s genius! Solange Knowles (whose attire I am not usually a fan of) really did it right with her yellow peplum gown by Rachel Roy (plus yellow is a huge color this season). As for Flair, Coren Moore’s Lauren bridesmaid’s dress has an adorable, asymmetrical peplum skirt and Alfred Sung is also coming out with a peplum skirt (coming soon to Flair!).

So basically what we’re saying is that Flair is really on trend with what’s hot this season, like you didn’t already know that! So come see us soon and we’ll help all of you brides and maids look red carpet ready too!

XOXO

Your fashionable friends at Flair

Lindsay, Stacey & Joy

 

 

The Little White Dress Dilemma

With my wedding day quickly approaching, (58 days to be exact, not that I am counting or anything) my to-do list somehow keeps getting longer and longer, not shorter…I am literally not sure how that is even possible, and I realized that I really have been putting off one tiny little decision……

What to wear to my rehearsal dinner??

So many questions that go into buying this all important 2nd white…..or maybe not white dress for the rehearsal dinner.

Do I want the dress to look similar to my wedding dress or completely different?

Do I want to wear white or go with a BOLD color?

Should I buy something off the rack or have something specially made?

So those are all the questions I have been grappling with myself, along with the 50 million other things I have to do before the BIG day!

But, lucky for you I did a whole lot of research for you and here are some of my favorite dress we have here at Flair that might work for your rehearsal dinner or one of your other events you have leading up to your wedding.

Keep in mind that most of our designers will custom make your fav dress in white or you can go with one of their other amazing BOLD colors!

Coren Moore’s “Anna”

Coren Moore’s “Laurie”

Coren Moore’s “Lauren”

Lynn Lugo’s “Angie”

Lynn Lugo’s “Sierra”

Jenny Yoo’s “Libby”

Jenny Yoo’s “Trudy”

After Six “6631”


XOXOX

Good Luck finding your 2nd favorite dress ever!! Call us if you need help finding this all important Little White Dress!

617.247.2828

Fashionably yours,

Stacey

 

Shaping up for Summer

As Summer approaches, I’ve decided to get back on the mani pedi bandwagon. I hate to admit it, but since I got married last summer I’ve kinda let myself go a little. In the months leading up to the wedding I was getting a mani pedi every two weeks, had a stock pile of self-tanner and was in the best shape of my life (yoga twice a day, no big deal). After the wedding though, it was nice to let those things go for awhile. Winter came and the Uggs came back out, my skin went back to pasty white, my nails became a nightmare and now I’m lucky if I do Yoga 4 times a week. Pretty sure this is not what my husband signed up for. JK, he loves me unconditionally…but I’m pretty sure he would burn my Uggs if he thought he could get away with it.

What brought me back to my old primping ways? On Marathon Monday I got a sunburn (oh hey summer, you kinda snuck up on me there) that is now turning into a pretty killer tan. The sight of some color on my usually pale skin brought back fond memories of “pre-wedding Lindsay”. So, I decided to take that one step further, and I picked up the phone and called Mini Luxe on Newbury Street. I have 4 words for you: gel manicures for life! They are so worth the extra money! No chippage for 2 weeks? I’m sold! Plus, it’s SO cute in there! I was chatting with my lovely manicurist and of course Flair came up. She told me that they work with bridal parties all the time. You and your lovely ladies can head there all together and get mani pedis in an uber relaxing environment, with tons of polish colors to match whatever color palette you’re working with. Speaking of, are you making your bridesmaids’ nails match each other/ match the color scheme of the wedding? I did, and occasionally I feel badly and think that maybe that was a little bridezilla-ish…but then I remember how cute they looked with their matching hot pink nails and I get over it!

Mini Luxe

296 Newbury Street

(857) 362-7444

XOXO

Linds

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

 

 

Making and having a successful bridal/bridesmaid appointments!

Congratulations, your true love has finally popped the question and you said “YES”!  First things first, pick a date and a venue!! Now onto fashion…..what will you wear and what will you choose for your bridal party!

We realize this an extremely exciting time in your life and believe us we are so excited for you and cannot wait to hear about all of your plans and ideas! Here are a few helpful hints before you come in for an appointment to keep in mind!

1. Book your appointment at least 2 weeks in advance!

If you have friends flying in from far off lands, you usually know pretty far in advance……so, as soon as you know, call us!  617.247.2828 We hate turning you away when you have your close friends in town but we are a small store and we need more than 2 days’ notice to book you an appointment especially for a late night or weekend!

2. Come in with some sort of vision!!

Lucky for us, we live in a society that is overloaded with information….sometimes completely over the top at all times.  We have so many ways to find inspiration Pinterest, Bridal Magazines, Blogs, Facebook stalking(we know you do it!), and wedding planners! The problems arise when you come in and give your girls free reign of the entire store and don’t pick any kind of direction.  You are just setting yourself up for disaster and a very disappointing appointment.  Your friends do want to please you and help make your day as wonderful as possible so take this opportunity to at least give them a direction to go in!

3. Bring a select group of friends and family!

If you have been to Flair then you know that we are on the smaller side. If you haven’t, now you know!  We are a small store..…you are probably thinking what does that mean for me? Well, it means bringing the entire bridal party or every aunt and cousin you have doesn’t not really work here! Unfortunately we are a small store and we only have two fitting rooms. On Saturday’s we double book so your large groups will be limited to one fitting room.  So, our suggestion would be to pick your most trusted friends and family to come in and help you with your bridal gown or bridesmaid dress process.  You do want some people to be surprised when they show up at the wedding right?

4. If you made an appointment, keep your appointment or cancel it!

So, you called ahead of time to make a special appointment to come in and look at bridal gowns or bridesmaid dresses! Congrats you were able to schedule the best possible time for you and your friends and your special appointment time rolls around……..and we are patiently waiting for you to arrive to show you all the beautiful gowns/dresses we have when……..we realize you are not coming.

Although I would like to say this happens hardly ever, that is not the case.  Not only does this hurt us as a small business, it hurts our other customers that are on our waitlist hoping for a time to be able to get in and check out bridal gown or bridesmaid dresses with friends and family.  So, if you can’t make it that is fine, just let us know so that we can fill in your time slot with the girls who can make it and are calling us non-stop to see if someone has cancelled.

So, now that you have all our pointers make plans with your girls, call early and get in here!! We are dying to hear about your wedding!!

 

XOXO

Stacey & Lindsay

Up Coming Events at Flair

March 9th-11th: Jenny Yoo Trunk Show

March 16th-17th: Coren Moore Trunk Show

March 23rd-25th: Anna Elyse Trunk Show/Bridal Trunk Show

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”

 

New arrivals at Flair!

Welcome to Boston ladies…..we are so happy to have you!

{Voletta}

Features a lace bodice over a tulle and organza skirt!

{Georgeanne}

Features a Point d’Esprit dotted fabric over Organza!

{Mila}

Features a ruches sweetheart neckline and can be work two-ways with or with out straps in silk crinkle chiffon.

{Blake}

Features a ruched crinkle chiffon coktail dress that can be worn two-ways with or without straps in silk crinkle chiffon.

{Trudy}

Features a strapped sweetheart neckline with a starburst gathered bodice in Eastern Silk.

 

Set up an appointment to come see these new beauties!

617.247.2828

Jenny Yoo Trunk Show!

March 9th-11th

XOXO
Lindsay & Stacey