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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!

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!

E.B. Horn – Your BFF in the Jewelry World

Attention everyone! We have a ground-breaking, hard-hitting news headline for you:

Flair loves jewelry!

Not that surprised? Yeah, we know, it’s a pretty obvious statement. Most of us girls are born with an innate love of all things sparkly. What’s not so obvious? Where to shop for your jewelry! There are so many options out there, and it can be overwhelming. After all, we have entire buildings in Downtown Crossing dedicated to jewelry vendors alone and most of them tend to feel a little intimidating. Are they going to push something really expensive on me? Are they going to understand what I’m looking for? Are they going to laugh at my budget? Put those fears aside because we can assure you that the kind, amazing folks at E.B. Horn are going to listen to you and understand all of your jewelry needs! They have something for everyone, and their staff truly loves to assist each and every customer find just what they are looking for. We love E.B. Horn so much that we’ve teamed up with them for an amazing sale!

E.B. Horn is offering Flair customers 25% off of their bridal party gifts AND Flair is offering E.B. Horn customers who have purchased an engagement ring, wedding band or bridal party gift a 30% discount on all of our accessories. Bottom line: you get to shop at two amazing, local businesses (tooting our own horn) AND save money at both. What could be better? So get out there and get shopping!

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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!

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 🙂