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Fashion’s Night Out: A Retrospecive

Hello happy brides and maids! Did you hit up Fashion’s Night Out? It’s the first time this event has taken place in Boston for 15 years and we were pumped to check it out! What a cool concept; fabulous stores stay open late, pump you full of free apps and beverages and give you discount on their wares. Hello, nothing wrong with that! Plus, we secretly loved walking in the middle of a blocked off Newbury Street.

Some Flair favs:

1)      DVF (duh, always a fav) had some AMAZING deals! Stacey found an adorable black lace mini for $325. Perfect for a rehearsal dinner, shower, etc.

2)      Ted Baker had some adorable dresses! They are super fun and flirty, perfect for a bachelorette! One of our favorites was a black cocktail dress with a tiered skirt. The fabric was a layer of tulle with chiffon sewn over top, so unique!

3)      Bobbles and Lace is a new addition to Newbury Street, with a recent move from the North End.  We are sure they’ll be a HUGE success with the venue change! This is definitely the place to hit up for bridesmaids’ jewelry. We’re already planning a trip back there to take a more in depth peek, be on the lookout for more info on them in a future blog…

In short, we hope it doesn’t take another 15 years to have a Boston’s Fashion Night Out! We’re sure it was a huge success and are already looking forward to next year!

Fashionably Yours

Linds & Stace

 

Spotlight on Lindsay & Jay! A “Flair-y Tail” Wedding!

What is a “Flair-y Tail” wedding you ask?

Once upon a time on a hot day in July after months and months of planning and thinking about her big day, the manager at Flair finally got married!  Although it was one of the hottest days of the year…..hovering around 90 degrees all day….it was a beautiful clear summer day for Lindsay and Jay to tie the knot, and as a guest at the wedding, it truly was a magical and gorgeous day! Here is what our esteemed manager had to say about her big day! XOXO

What was your inspiration for your wedding?

This is going to sound bad coming from someone in the wedding industry but I really didn’t have a theme or any one thing that inspired the wedding. As I got to each to each item (stationary, cake, dresses, etc) I really just chose what appealed to me most visually and hoped that everything looked great together in the end (which it did!). Personally, I am not a huge fan of theme weddings but every bride is different! One theme that did sort of creep out after we made a few decisions is that most everything was black, white and gray, so we ended up with a very neutral wedding. We really only had pops of color in the pink flowers and some pale pink in the cake. Brides, I encourage you to not get too caught up in a theme. Yes, sailboats are adorable on your personalized cocktail napkins, but you don’t necessarily need them on your cake, men’s ties, etc. This is your one chance to just choose things that you love and make it all about you, so go for it!

How did you tie that in to what you choose for your bridesmaid dresses/bridal gown?

After months of cutting out wedding gown photos from magazines, I found that all of the ones I loved had a few things in common: mermaid, strapless, ruffles. Turns out, I had a very specific style! I found just that at Kleinfeld in NYC; it was a great experience, though I would have loved the ease of purchasing my gown at Flair!!

I felt a lot of pressure when it came to the bridesmaids’ dresses. First things first, I wanted to make sure my girls loved their dress. Secondly, I work so close to the bridesmaids’ process that I really felt pressure to do something unique. This lead me to my two tone dresses. I am madly in love with them! A big thanks to Lynn Lugo for doing the two tone for me, I highly recommend it to brides looking to set their dresses apart a little.

What did you choose?

I chose the Tate dress by Lynn Lugo; gorgeous! Yes, I went with a trendier style with the one shoulder, but that truly didn’t bother me. It was my favorite and the girls’ favorite so that’s what we went with. Don’t overthink it brides! If you find one that everyone (or most everyone) likes by all means STOP LOOKING and go for it!

What color(s)?

Keeping with the neutral theme that developed, I went with a silver top and a gunmetal skirt. My sister/MOH had a black crystal A.B. Ellie belt to set her apart a little (more like a lot…she had more bling than me…). I love neutrals, it makes it much easier for the girls to rewear (fingers crossed) and you can always add color in the flowers, shoes, etc.

Tips for brides when selecting their BM dresses? Bridal Gowns?

1) Don’t overthink it! Brides are constantly asking themselves “Is this too trendy” “Does this go with the table linens?” “What will soandso think?” If you like it, don’t question it, go for it! You don’t want to look back and wish you’d gone another way.

2) When you find a dress you love, stop looking! There are lots of pretty dresses out there so you could torture yourself and keep looking but you’ll just end up stressed and tried.

3) Know from the start that you may not make all of your bridesmaids’ happy. Pretty self-explanatory, but it’s true. If they’re your good friends they’ll wear whatever you want them to. You’re the one that has to look at the photos for forever, so make sure YOU like how it looks first and foremost!

4) Be ready to do some tailoring, every dress needs some. I had some and all of my bridesmaids did too. So, even the “experts” aren’t immune. It’s just a fact of bridal life so get used to it!

When and where was your wedding?

I knew from the start that I wanted a chic, downtown wedding. We were married in St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Back Bay with the reception at the Skywalk at the top of the Prudential Center. Great views for our out of town guests!

What was your favorite part of the wedding?

Our first dance! In the last two weeks before the wedding we decided to add 6 dance lessons to our already packed schedule; certifiable but was worth EVERY minute. It was nice to escape and take the lessons together and then wow our guests with an amazing choreographed dance. I will never forget their reactions!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We are waiting to honeymoon until the winter. It’s so nice in New England right now but we’ll be glad to escape the snow in a few months! We’re thinking Hawaii or the Atlantis in the Bahamas.

List of Vendors

Bridal gown: Alita Graham exclusive for Kleinfeld

Bridal Alterations: Newbury Tailoring Company (we wouldn’t send you a place we wouldn’t use too!)

Bridesmaids: Lynn Lugo from Flair (duh)

Veil: etsy!!!!

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Flowers: Rob from Twig in the South End = genius!

Hair/makeup: Wedding Tresses (they are amazing!!)

DJ: DJ ACT1 (nicest guy ever!)

Ceremony Music: Intermezzo Chamber Players (Coldplay and Journey on the strings? Yes please!)

Photography: Mary Paulk for The Pros Photography (best deal around!)

Cake: Konditor Meister

 

So nice to finally be able to celebrate Lindsay and Jay’s wedding….she truly deserved such a beautiful and special day, especially after dressing hundreds of other bridal parties in and around New England!

Congrats to Lindsay & Jay!

May you live happily ever after……..

xoxo

Stacey 🙂

 

 

Ode to Moxie!

Pretty shoes are one of the many reasons I am SO glad to be a girl. Seriously, do you ever just look at guys’ shoes and think “yawn?” I know I do. The September issue is out and the verdict is in, it is good to be a girl!

Shoes have a magical way of transforming your entire outfit. The same chunky sweater dress can look casual, daytime chic with a pair of Tory Burch riding boots (which I am currently coveting) and cocktail appropriate with the Sam Edelman “Renzo” studded booties (go to Bloomingdales.com, look them up, thank me later). The same goes for the shoes you choose for your wedding day. We know better than anyone that it’s all about the gown, but your shoes really say something about you too. Are you a classic, petal pink ballerina flat or a trendy, blue Manolo ala Carrie Bradshaw? Personally, I went with sparkly Christian Louboutins and I loved them just as much as my gown (maybe even more when you consider that you actually can wear them again)!

To ensure that you start your wedding shoe love story off right, do yourself a favor and head straight to Moxie on Charles Street. The girls there are super cute and helpful and have a wide variety of styles to suit every bride/bridesmaid. The store itself is adorable and welcoming and the location is ideal for a shopping day with your best girls. When we went into Moxie to do research for this blog I of course parlayed that into shopping for myself. Unfortunately they didn’t happen to have my size in the Tory Burch riding boots or Revas that I wanted. Normally, this is a legitimate reason to spiral but they offered to call me when they got more in. Now that’s service! So, say goodbye to the boring, old ivory wedding shoes of the past and say hello to gold sparkle Kate Spade’s, black petaled Badgley Mischka’s and more!

Moxie

51 Charles Street (Beacon Hill)

617.557.9991

XOXO

Linds & Stace 🙂

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is…

Don’t you just love living in the new millennium? I honestly do not remember how we lived sans cell phones and the Internet. Hello, I absolutely must have access to Facebook at all times. I am a little bitter though that we 80’s babies didn’t have the luxury of the Internet growing up (well, pre junior high), it would have made all those book reports a lot easier. Remember spending Sundays at the library doing research, using a card catalog, etc.? Eww. It’s SO much better to do that same research from your laptop with the Kardashians on in the background.

Anyways, the internet has also revolutionized the wedding planning process. Now, you can compare vendors and even see samples of their work all from the comfort of your favorite chaise. You can email them when any little detail comes up and have it taken care of ASAP. Really, it’s a God send. There is one tiny exception that we have found…the super discounted dress sites. C’mon, you know you’ve checked them out. We do not take it personally, why not be a savvy consumer? We do want to caution you though…if they are selling the exact same dress as us for a much cheaper price, there’s a reason for it and they will definitely make that money up somewhere (in tailoring costs, exorbitant shipping or other misc. fees, or just in the stress they will inevitably cause you).

For example, we had a fabulous bride come to us a few weeks ago with a dilemma (and she’s not the only one, we’ve heard plenty of these stories…). She’d ordered her dresses from one of these sites (don’t want to name names and call out this business on the blog, but call us if you want to know who to avoid) and they came in with the wrong trim/sash color. OK, not a good situation but for Flair, though, it’s totally fixable. For this site, apparently, it was not. They never returned her calls and really there’s no customer service department to speak of. Long story short, she shipped the dresses back to them (even though she hadn’t heard from them) and now has to go through the annoying process of contesting their charge on her credit card. NOT what any bride wants to be doing in the weeks before her wedding.

Flair to the rescue! Said fabulous bride came to see us and we, along with the designer’s help, got her dresses to her within a week. So we caution you to remember, you get what you pay for. Flair does not charge anything over the designer’s suggested retail prices and along with that you get US! We are here to help you in any way that we can. Let’s face it, mistakes happen and they’re never fun to deal with but I can promise you that we’ll take care of them much easier and faster than one of those sites.

Happy shopping brides and maids, we look forward to working with lots of you this coming Fall and Winter!

XOXO

Linds 😉

 

Let Photographers do their job!

It’s not often that I write a post about my personal opinion but…..here is something new that I have been seeing at wedding after wedding and it has really caught my attention.  I realize how lucky we are to live in the age of digital cameras and phones with the ability to take gorgeous pics and videos.  This is super exciting and it seems we get even more excited about it at weddings.

But, I noticed while at a friends wedding a few weeks ago….as we all paused to watch this beautiful bride walk down the aisle….not everyone was enjoying the sight of a woman walking to her future husband, so excited and in love….. I looked around during the most important part of the wedding and realized what was happening all around me.  It was like paparazzi surrounding Lindsay Lohan….people leaning over other people, stepping in the aisle just to try and get a shot of the beautiful bride approaching the alter.

This is when I realized, um hello this bride and groom probably paid thousands and thousands of dollars for PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS!!!  Your pics will probably turn out blurry, or have half of someone face chopped off, so why the heck are you ruining the moment trying to get a fuzzy pictures, when you were asked to be a guest at the wedding, not the photographer.

I guess what I am trying to say is put your cameras, phones, ipods, ipads and everything else away….at least during the ceremony and PLEASE, PLEASE let the PROFESSIONALS do their jobs.  That is what they were hired to do.  Sit back and enjoy the most magical part of the wedding, take in the sight of two people pledging their undying love for one another!  I promise the pros will get it right and you will be able to enjoy a beautiful and hopeful wedding ceremony.

So, save your photographs for the cocktail hour and reception!!

Take a look and some of our favorite professional Photographers in the Boston area!!

Sweet Jane Photography

Leah Haydock Photography

Pearson + Killian Photography

Kate McElwell Photography

Smile!

XOXO

Stace

Our Kim Kardashian Wedding Dress Prediction!

Although we do not have any so-called “royals” here in the good old U.S.A the closest thing we have is the Royal Family of Reality TV…..

THE KARDASHIAN’S!

Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphrey’s will be getting hitched this Saturday……so Lindsay and I put our head together and debated for hours upon hours over the past few weeks and here is what we have come up with!

We know the designer is Vera Wang, a close family friend and we think she will stick with the Mermaid silhouette.  It’s gotten her this far why would she veer off course now! So, we think it is going to be a mix between these two gowns below….and don’t be surprised if you see her in something other than WHITE! (Although we think that would be such a crime)

We are thinking this will be the shape of the dress and possibly the color!

With a train that will W-O-W and a sleek satin bodice!

As for the gaggle of bridesmaids we had a tougher time….we thought she would want to something a little different from Khloe’s wedding, so here is our best guess!

Soft, romantic and flowy!! However we are voting for a grey color!

I guess we will all have to wait and see. But in the meantime let us know what you think Kim and her “dolls” aka bridesmaids will be wearing on the Big Day!!

XOXO

Your fav Flair Dolls!

Lindsay & Stacey

Check out our prediction from the real “Royal Wedding”!

I’ve been there, learn from me…

Hi pretty brides! I’m sure all of you 2011 brides are in stress central right? I was there approximately 1 month ago and you’ll get through it, I promise. I just got married on July 23 and it truly was the best day of my life. The feeling of having (almost) everyone you love all in one room is so overwhelming (in a good way!) and amazing. There’s nothing like it! So, keep that in mind as you do those last monotonous things. It will all be worth it in the end! I’ve come up with some tips to help you through the end of your planning process.

1)      Don’t sweat the small stuff: I know, it’s much easier said than done but really try to live by this mantra. Practicing what I preach: my bridal gown had little organza flowers on the skirt and people kept stepping on it which pulled some of the flowers off. This is not an excuse to go all Jeckyll and Bride all over said guest(s). My exact quote was “whatever!” Seriously, by the time your day gets here you’ll be so happy that stuff like that just doesn’t seem to matter anymore.

2)      Have a photo plan: The time you have between the ceremony and the reception goes by in warp speed. If you go in without a plan it’s going to pass you by and all you’ll have to show for it are a few cheesy posed shots that no one really likes. Know where you want to go and what groups of people you want photographed. Also, if time allows definitely save time for some photos of just you and your honey. It’s a nice way to relax a little and make it just about the two of you. It is your day, after all!

3)      SLOW DOWN: As anxious as you are to get married, take your walk down the aisle slowly. I sped through mine and it was tough for my photographer to get good photos. Whoops, fail, etc.

4)      Cheers!: Plan ahead and have some bubbly waiting for you and your bridal party after the ceremony. It will loosen them up a little for the photo session and it’s a great excuse to have people toast to you and tell you how fab you are.

5)      Girls night!: Don’t plan ANYTHING to do the night before the wedding (besides the rehearsal/ rehearsal dinner of course). Spend your last single night with your best girls. If you’re anything like me and my friends you’ll end up gabbing and doing those cheesy dance moves that you can’t do in front of your fiance. Well, soon you can because you’ll be married and he’s stuck with you no matter what…

Boston’s Best Moderately Priced Bridal Gowns~Round 2!

Hello bridal world we know yesterday was amazing….and we hope you loved those Jenny Yoo gowns as much as we do!!

But, today hold on to veil’s girls……and check out Coren Moore’s gorgeous gowns!   A born and bred New England-er Coren Moore has some classic and beautiful shapes!

Coren Moore’s “Seraphina”

With some gorgeous lace Seraphina is a traditional strapless gown with an A-line skirt.

Coren Moore’s “Colleen”

Shown in Silk Shantung with a sweetheart neckline with a contrasting waistband and A-line skirt!

Coren Moore’s “Addison”

This is quite the show stopper….an one shoulder ruffle gown with a fit and flare skirt!!

Coren Moore’s “Chloe”

A traditional look with a sweetheart neckline and a super flattering fit and flare skirt!

Coren Moore’s “Reese”

Similar to the “Chloe” silhouette a lace gown with sweetheart neckline and a fit and flare skirt!

Coren Moore’s “Ruby”

An adorable dress with a sweetheart top with a pleated skit in dotted tulle!!

Coren Moore’s “Skylar”

A one shoulder ruched bodice  dress with a super cute gathered skirt….shown at Flair in white seersucker!!

Coren Moore’s “Katherine”

A simple and elegant sweetheart neckline with a fitted trumpet skirt.

 

Coren Moore has some amazing bridal gowns with a classic feel that you will never look back and and say, “what was I thinking!”

Call us to make an appointment soon!

617-247-2828

Until next time…..when we will be featuring Nicole Miller gowns!

XOXO

Lindsay and Stacey

If you missed out on the Jenny Yoo Bridal Blog check it out here!

Boston’s Best Moderately Priced Bridal Gowns!!

We know….Flair is known for selling bridesmaid dresses….it even says it in our name but we don’t discriminate against brides! In fact we love brides and we love brides who are looking for simple yet elegant gowns!!  So, with that being said our next few Blogs are going to be dedicated to the Bridal Gowns we carry here at Flair!!  So, maybe next time you come in you won’t be saying, “Oh, you guys carry bridal gowns?  I had no idea!!”

Jenny Yoo

Simple, Modern and understated….add a sparkling belt or a elegant flowered sash and make any of her dresses your own!! Don’t forget all of these are 15% off this month!

Jenny Yoo’s “Aimee” in eastern silk regular price$1,199 

$1019.15 this month!

Jenny Yoo “Charlize” in organza $1595 regular price

$1355.75 this month!

Jenny Yoo “Elysia” in Silk Shantung $1399 regular price

$1189.15 this month!

Jenny Yoo “Mackenzie” in Eastern Silk $725 reg price

$616 this month!

Jenny Yoo’s “Madison” in Silk taffeta $1475 regular price

$1253.75 this month!

Jenny Yoo “Mira” in silk chiffon $875 regular price

$743.75 this month!

Jenny Yoo “Naomi” in Silk Duchess Satin $1800 regular price

$1530 this month!

Jenny Yoo “Riely” in Silk Shantung $1375

$1168.75 this month!

Jenny Yoo “Tara” in silk shantung $850 regular price

$722.50 this month!

 

What we are trying to tell you is come see us to try on some beautiful bridal gowns as well as bridesmaids dresses! We promise you will not be disappointed!

 

Stay tuned next up…..

Coren Moore’s bridal collection!

XOXO
Stacey & Lindsay

Spotlight on Kat’s Wedding at The Towers in Narragansett, RI

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Kat came into Flair and made quite the impression on us. We could tell right away it was going to be a beautiful, fun and bright wedding!  Boy were we right!! Looks like that had a beautiful day at The Towers in Narragansett captured by he talented Kate McElwee.

What was your inspiration for your wedding?
Our inspiration for the wedding was summer beach party fun! We wanted  our guests to be casual and comfortable so they could enjoy the night.


How did you tie that inspiration in to what you choose for your bridesmaid dresses/bridal gown?
Our bridesmaids dresses were so colorful and fun! My favorite colors are turquoise and pink, that’s why I chose the color scheme. The cut for the girls was absolutely perfect – extremely flattering, and they were in alignment with our casual theme. My dress was all alencon lace, a fit to flare cut, and while extremely elegant – -it wasn’t too much dress and was easy to get around in!


What dress did you choose?
We chose the Coren Moore “Courtney”  two-toned dress for the bridesmaids. It was ivory silk shantung on top, tiffany blue silk shantung on the bottom along with the pink sash.
The junior bridesmaids wore the junior lilly dress in the tiffany blue silk shantung with a pink seersucker sash.
The flower girls wore the junior lilly dress in white seersucker.


How was Stacey/Lindsay/Leah most helpful?
Stacey, Lindsay, and Leah were wonderful! As you can see, we had an extremely large wedding party, 8 bridesmaids, two junior bridesmaids, and two flower girls…not even including the boys! Many of the girls are from out of state. Stacey, Lindsay, and Leah were so patient taking orders and making sure sizes were spot on. They were also great with the kids who wanted to try everything on! As far as a bride goes, they were fun to work with, calm, and most importantly – – they girls don’t pressure you. Stacey, Lindsay, and Leah also gave us great individual attention in all of our appointments.

Tips for brides when selecting their BM dresses?  Bridal Gowns?
My only advice for a bride when selecting their bridesmaid dresses is that they should really go with what their heart tells them! I went with my favorite colors – -so I knew I couldn’t go wrong. Plus, the colors matched the season.

How was your experience at Flair?
My experience at Flair was amazing! My mother, sisters, and I took numerous trips to Boston to search for bridesmaid dresses, and nothing was unique or had the extra oomph that we wanted. When we walked into Flair, we were so excited to see different dresses that matched our theme perfectly. They also have a wide range of styles in different colors – – something that fits every body type.

Who designed your bridal gown?
Ana Hernandez out of Boston personally designed and sewed my dress!

Where did you get married?
Our wedding was at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Narragansett, RI. The reception was held at “The Towers” in Narragansett.

What three adjectives would best describe your wedding?
Fun, casual, and family-oriented.

What was your favorite moment at the wedding?
My favorite moment at the wedding was walking out of the church with Alex, as a newly married couple. The weather was sunny and beautiful, the church bells were ringing and we were just so excited to be married!

What advice can you give any other Boston/New England Bride?
My advice to other brides is to relax, take a deep breath, and use the help of your family and friends. Some of the planning can be a bit stressful… of course it’s time consuming, but try to laugh your way through it, and enjoy it!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We went to Oahu, Maui, Kaui, and stopped in San Francisco on the way back! It was awesome.

List of vendors
Photographer – –Kate McElwee, Boston
Band – –Soul Sound Revue, Connecticut
Wedding Dress – Ana Hernandez, Boston
Hair – Moss Salon, Providence
Makeup- “2 Shine Cosmetics”, Providence
Cake – –Scrumptions, East Greenwich, RI
Invitations – –Paper Source, Boston

 

Congratulations to Kat & Alex, such a beautiful wedding we appreciate them sharing there special day with us!

XOXO

Stacey & Lindsay

For more pictures from Kat and Alex’s beautiful wedding check out

Kate McElwee’s Blog Post #1

Kate McElwee’s Blog Post #2