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Aria Guest Trunk Show!

Welcome, Aria!

Here at Flair, we are SO excited about Summer! ::Insert obligatory “this winter was awful” comment here:: While that is true, that’s not the reason we’re excited. First of all, our fabulous brides are starting to get married and gorgeous wedding photos are beginning to roll in. Second, Flair’s summer features an amazing guest trunk show schedule. Next up: Aria!

Aria began over 10 years ago when owner/designer Tak Hau noticed a lack of modern, sophisticated designs for bridesmaids. Fast forward to today, and Aria has become a well-respected name in the bridesmaids’ world, and has also expanded to include bridal gowns, flowergirl dresses, men’s accessories and more! Even better, Aria is committed to making all of their garments in the US, with only the highest quality fabrics. We love Aria (and Tak, who is so kind) and are SO excited to share their designs with all of our brides! For this trunk show, we are featuring Aria’s beautiful bridal gowns. The first thing we noticed about Aria’s bridal gown collection is their diversity. There truly is something for everyone! Want some proof? Check out some of our favorite gowns below and give us a call to make an appointment to see these and more during our trunk show June 18th – 21st!

Meet Vivien: A gorgeous, pleated organza ballgown that is sure to wow at only $1,818! (belt sold separately)

Meet Vivien: A gorgeous, pleated organza ballgown that is sure to wow at only $1,818! (belt sold separately)

Jillian is perfect for the bride who loves a sweetheart but wants a strap. We love her illusion top and low back (all for just $1200)! (belt sold separately)

Jillian is perfect for the bride who loves a sweetheart but wants a strap. We love her illusion top and low back (all for just $1200)! (belt sold separately)

Lace for only $1200?? Well hey there, Avery! We are swooning over your illusion top and keyhole back!

Lace for only $1200?? Well hey there, Avery! We are swooning over your illusion top and keyhole back!

Thinking outside the box!

We get so excited when brides think outside of the box! For instance, we’ve had some choose a fascinator in lieu of a veil. Others go for patterned bridesmaids’ dresses (we’ve got ‘em!) instead of the usual solid. Another favorite is when brides wear a chunky, colored necklace with their gowns. These little changes go a long way towards making the look and style of the wedding truly yours, and we love that! For that reason, we take the buying of Flair’s merchandise very seriously. We want every girl who walks in the door to find something that she loves, no matter her desired style or budget. So today, we’re highlighting some of our designer’s bridal gowns that step outside of the box, for you brides looking to wear a little something unique on your big day! Enjoy and give us a call when you’re ready to do a little coloring outside of the lines 🙂

Lynn Lugo's Kristen bridal gown: Slinky, sassy and silver. We love it!

Lynn Lugo’s Kristen bridal gown: Slinky, sassy and silver. We love it!

We are in love with the low back and blush color of Amy Kuschel's Hope gown!

We are in love with the low back and blush color of Amy Kuschel’s Hope gown!

Theia's ombre petal gown; such a stunner!

Theia’s ombre petal gown; such a stunner!

Love, Yu Bridal Guest Trunk Show!

We are in Love with Love, Yu Bridal!

Summer is such a fun time at Flair! One of the things we’re most excited about is our amazing guest trunk show schedule! We love using the summer months to get to know new designers, and bring their gorgeous fashions to YOU! Up first is Love, Yu Bridal. Owner and designer Ee-Lyn Tang was working in the banking industry, but she always had a passion for fashion. So, she bravely decided to leave her old world behind and enroll in Parsons, and the rest is history! Ee-Lyn started Love, Yu Bridal in 2009 and has been wowing brides all over the world since. Flair has always been a fan, so when we noticed that Love, Yu didn’t have a store in New England, we jumped at the opportunity to show off her gorgeous gowns to our brides! Check out some of our favorite gowns below, and give us a call to see them (and more!) in person at our guest trunk starting next Saturday the 31st! This is a rare opportunity to see her gowns in our area, so act fast. We know these appointments will book up quickly!

We love the illusion neckline on the Hailey gown (only $1700!)

We love the illusion neckline on the Hailey gown (only $1700!)

Check out the gorgeous lace hem and detailing on Paige (just $2000!)

Check out the gorgeous lace hem and detailing on Paige (just $2000!)

Maya is perfect for an alternative bridal gown, or reception dress, at $1500!

Maya is perfect for an alternative bridal gown, or reception dress, at $1500!

We are obsessed with the cap sleeves on Olivia (only $1800)!

We are obsessed with the cap sleeves on Olivia (only $1800)!

Madison is the epitome of elegance for just $2200!

Madison is the epitome of elegance for just $2200!

Ode to veils!

An Ode to Veils!

Oh, wedding veil, we love you so. You are the icing on the cake and the cherry on top. You are the finishing touch, helping all of us to achieve that full, bridal look. Working where we do, though, we know that some brides just can’t picture themselves in a veil. We get it! Obviously we don’t wear anything like that on a daily basis, and sometimes girls just don’t feel like themselves in a veil. We totally hear where you’re coming from BUT we encourage you to think about the whole picture of your wedding day as you make your veil decision. You’ll likely have hair and make-up service, paparazzi (aka your fab photographer) following you around, and literally everyone you know will be in the same room, at the same time, to celebrate YOU. There’s nothing ordinary or average about that day, and your look needs to match!

Still not convinced? We invite you to drool over these photos of a few of our brides in one of our favorite veils. It’s a simple, classic, chapel length veil with a corded edge that is lightweight and easygoing; perfect for those of us who want “veil light”. This veil literally looks good with every bridal gown…and it’s only $150! Contact us if you want to try it on! If you can’t make it to the store though, we have exciting news for you….Flair is now ONLINE! We are so excited, check us out! Browse fabulous Flair products (perhaps on your couch with a glass of champagne), without fighting for a parking spot on Newbury Street 🙂

Aly looking fab! Thanks Phil Fox Photography!

Aly looking fab; Phil Fox Photography

 

Our veil looks stunning with Ali's Amy Kuschel gown!

Our veil looks stunning with Ali’s Amy Kuschel gown!

Ali (and her veil!) looks beautiful coming down the aisle!

Ali (and her veil!) looks beautiful coming down the aisle!

 

We love this windblown shot of Lindsey and her groom! Breathtaking!

We love this windblown shot of Lindsey and her groom! Breathtaking!

 

Our owner Stacey even chose this classic veil! You (and Zak!) look perfect Stace!

Our owner Stacey even chose this classic veil! You (and Zak!) look perfect Stace!

TGIF and happy shopping!

Register with Style!

Register with Style!

Every bride knows that one of the best parts of wedding planning is registering for gifts. It’s literally the only thing on your wedding checklist that will not require you to spend ANY money! That fact alone should be enough to get anyone psyched to register, but just in case you need a little extra incentive, we’ve got just the event for you!

Who: YOU!

What: The “Pre-Wedding” Wedding Party

Where: Bloomingdale’s Chestnut Hill (the crème de la crème of all bridal registries!)

When: Wednesday April 30th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Why: It is literally the perfect time for Summer and Fall 2014 wedding couples to register for their gifts, and you can do so here with helpful registry pros on hand to assist. Even better? When you start your registry during this event, you will be  entered to win fabulous prizes, including a 3 night stay at the luxurious Taiwana St. Barth. On top of that, there will be free sushi, hors d’oeuvres and cake tastings as well as tons of amazing local vendors and wedding experts (including Flair!) on hand to help you plan all aspects of your dream day. This party is a can’t miss!

How: RSVP here NOW, before the event fills up!

Chestnut Hill Wedding Party 4.30.14

Hope to see you all there!!

Are you a “bride of distinction?”

Are you a “bride of distinction?”

Planning a wedding often requires a leap of faith (or several). Take Flair, for example. We would love to have every dress color, size and style in the store, but we just don’t have room for them all. So, we ask you to take a leap of faith. Yes, we can get you that dress in your size and in the perfect color, but you can’t see it before you order it. We know, it’s not ideal, but hundreds of you take that leap every year. We hope that the reason you’re willing to do so is because you trust us. You’ve talked with us, spent some time in the store, and somewhere along the way you decided to believe us when we said that your dresses would come out perfectly (because they will!).

You have to take that same leap with a lot of your vendors:
“Sure, Mr. Florist, ranunculus mixed with billy buttons and hyacinth sounds great!” I think.
“Absolutely, Ms. Cake Artist, 4 layers of lavender fondant with sage accents will be gorgeous!” I hope.

It can be scary, but if you choose great vendors they will never steer you wrong! There are some such vendors, though, who realize how stressful those leaps of faith can be, so they’re working together to give you a better preview of your big day. It’s the fabulous Omni Hotel’s “Brides of Distinction” bridal brunch and fashion show! Anyone who is interested in booking the hotel for their wedding (or even those who already have) can come to their ballroom for brunch and see it set up in all of its gorgeous, wedding day splendor. Plus, there will be several cake styles to view (and taste!) from Montilio’s Bakery, gorgeous linens, chairs and more from Rentals Unlimited, amazing centerpieces by Madison Floral…the list goes on and on! Also, the uber-talented Person and Killian Photography will be there to document the entire, fun filled event. Oh, and did we mention that Flair is running the fashion show? Duh! We want you to see some of our favorite styles on models, working it in the ballroom, so that you can really imagine them on your big day. Plus, our models will have gorgeous hair by Bella Hair Studio and makeup by Dani Wagener Beauty, so you know they will be looking stunning! Plus, there are tons of fabulous giveaways…and mimosas. Have we convinced you yet? If so, click here for all of the info. We hope to see you there!

Hello gorgeous! Who wouldn't want to have their wedding here?!

Hello gorgeous! Who wouldn’t want to have their wedding here?!

The Great Accessories Debate

The Great Accessories Debate

Let’s relive, for a moment, a memorable day in 2008. You’re in a packed church, the sun is shining, Brody is still dating Jade, Justin Bobby cut his hair and OMG is that Kristin Cavallari?! Yes, everyone, we are journeying back to “The Hills” for Spencer and Heidi’s wedding. I got sucked into a Hills marathon recently and about 8 hours later (don’t judge me, you know you’ve lost a whole day to that train wreck too) Heidi and Spencer’s big day was upon me once again. Now, being a wedding professional, I looked at that episode in a whole new way. Forget the LC and Kristin drama…look at that DRESS! I must admit, Heidi’s gown had it all; it was gorgeous, classy, elegant and impeccably tailored. True to Heidi form though, she couldn’t leave well enough alone and she piled on enough bling for FIVE brides. For me personally, it was over the top and took away from her soft, romantic gown. What did you think?

Ahh the good old days...

Ahh the good old days…

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what I think, and shockingly enough, Heidi did not call to ask my opinion. For that reason, all brides should take a page from her book (but probably only that page, don’t even look at her chapters on men or plastic surgery). She did what she wanted and was true to herself, which is how every bride should approach her accessories decision (and really any wedding related decision).

No matter what you decide, we’re pretty sure our fabulous accessories designer, A.B. Ellie, will have something for you! Her gorgeous accessories range from bling-tastic to soft and simple. Not seeing exactly what you want? She’s always open to tweaking her designs to suit your individual taste and style. We are obsessed with her; every Flair consultant who has gotten married (so far) has had some A.B. Ellie gorgeousness with her on her big day. So, give us a call to stop by and drool over her pieces with us. There’s something for all of the Heidi’s, LC’s, Kristin’s and Audrina’s out there!

The Gabrielle belt; perfect for the bride with a little Heidi in her

The Gabrielle belt; perfect for the bride with a little Heidi in her

The Nora; ideal when you want some impact and style without the sparkle

The Nora; ideal when you want some impact and style without the sparkle

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 🙂

Golden Globe Gorgeous!

Golden Globe Gorgeous!

Here at Flair, we love, love, love award show season! The red carpet always gives us such amazing inspiration for bridal and bridesmaids’ styling, as well as our own personal styling! All of the Flair girls got together last night (via a massive group text) at 6:00 PM sharp for the start of the season; The Golden Globes! As our Facebook followers already know, each Flair gal had a different choice for best dressed (click here to follow us and see our picks!) and we LOVE that it turned out that way! We each have a unique sense of style, and as a group, we bring a diverse style perspective to our brides and bridesmaids!

There is one thing that we all could agree on though; there were some fabulous trends on the red carpet that will translate perfectly to the 2014 wedding season (and beyond)!

1) High slits – Thinking of a long dress for your bridesmaids, but worried about them being too warm? A slit is the perfect solution; they can look hot while staying cool!

Elsa Pataky in Paule Ka (yes, we did choose this photo in part because of Chris Hemsworth). Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Elsa Pataky in Paule Ka (yes, we did choose this photo in part because of Chris Hemsworth). Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Dessy Collection style 2879. Hello gorgeous!

Dessy Collection style 2879. Hello gorgeous!

2) Sleeves – No longer does a sleeve scream matronly; tons of stars (Olivia Wilde! Camila Alves! Emma Watson! Julianna Margulies!) rocked a sleeve and looked young and fresh at the same time!

Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana. We weren't 100% sold, but atleast it's different! Photo credit: JasonMerritt/Getty Images

Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana. We weren’t 100% sold, but atleast it’s different! Photo credit: JasonMerritt/Getty Images

Jenny Yoo's Gabby dress with a delicate flutter sleeve; so romantic!

Jenny Yoo’s Gabby dress with a delicate flutter sleeve; so romantic!

3) Color blocking – In the past, if you wanted to incorporate a second color into your bridesmaids’ dresses it meant one thing; a sash! While that is still true, there are also new, modern ways to incorporate color!

Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung. Photo credit: Jordan Strauss/ Invision/ AP

Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung. Photo credit: Jordan Strauss/ Invision/ AP

Yes this is my wedding but it's not a shameless plug, I swear! After all, we did color block our Lynn Lugo dresses :)

Yes this is my wedding but it’s not a shameless plug, I swear! After all, we did color block our Lynn Lugo dresses 🙂

4) Slicked back hair – While we’re not sure if we’ll see many slicked back gals in this year’s wedding photos, we have to admit, it’s a cool, new way to keep the hair out of your face and show off your gorgeous makeup!

Jessica Chastain in Givenchy. Photo credit: Jason Merritt/ Getty Images

Jessica Chastain in Givenchy. Photo credit: Jason Merritt/ Getty Images

5) Bare necks – While we had 6 totally unique best dressed choices, they did have one thing in common; bare necks! Many stars decided to forgo the somewhat over-done statement necklace for the next big thing; a statement earring! We predict many bare necks with statement earrings in wedding photos this year!

Emma Roberts in Lanvin. So clean and chic! Photo credit: Jason Merritt/ Getty Images

Emma Roberts in Lanvin. So clean and chic! Photo credit: Jason Merritt/ Getty Images

While we try to remain neutral about fashion choices (to each her own!) our Golden Globes recap just wouldn’t be complete without atleast a mention of some of our least favorite dresses. Just for fun:

1) We wish our TV had some “blurred lines” over this gown.

2) This gown needs to head back to “Nashville.”

3) This gown is a “big bang” mess.

4) Even a “Charlie’s Angel” couldn’t save this dress.

That’s it! Now we want to know what you liked (and didn’t like)! Can’t wait to hear your picks!!

Happy award show season! XO

Stacey, Jaime, Joy, Madison, Hilleary and Lindsay

Flair Brides are now Haute Brides!

Flair Brides are now Haute Brides!

The idea for Flair came about when our first owner was planning her wedding. She was disappointed in the lack of options out there for her bridesmaids and vowed to give future brides and bridesmaids plenty of fabulous dresses to choose from. 11 years later, and we’re still working hard every day to make sure our customers have the best of what’s out there in the bridal world! So, you can imagine our elation when we came across Haute Bride. Haute Bride began when their fabulous owner/designer was planning her own wedding (sound familiar?) and she just could not find the perfect hair accessory to accompany her gown. So what did she do? She made one herself! 13 years later, and Haute Bride is providing the perfect accessories for any and every bridal gown! We are so excited to have found a “wedding industry kindred spirit” in Haute Bride, and even more excited to bring their gorgeous wares to our brides and bridesmaids. Check them out online and in Flair SOON! We can’t wait to show them to you! In the meantime, feel free to drool over just a small sampling of the amazing press on Haute Bride:

InStyle Weddings: Hello gorgeous!!

InStyle Weddings: Hello gorgeous!!

 

Looking fierce in Your Wedding Day Magazine

Looking fierce in Your Wedding Day Magazine