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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

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

Get inspired by “Pinterest”

There are many reasons why I am jealous of 2012 brides. As many of you fellow 2011 brides can probably attest, the year after you get married is super fun and all buuuuuuut also filled with some wedding withdrawals. Planning the wedding takes up so much of your time and energy and then afterwards you’re left trying to figure out what to do with all of that extra time. Well, one of the things that I’ve been doing to fill my time is going on Pinterest….constantly. As my husband eloquently put it “you’re on that website a lot.” Yes honey, I am. I am designing our future home, dressing our future kids and planning interesting meals to cook for you, so I’ve kinda got my hands full here.

Sorry, I got a little off topic there. Circling back around, Pinterest is another reason why I am jealous of 2012 brides. It is literally the best way to organize all of your fab wedding ideas. See a flower bouquet online that you like? Pin it! Then, bring any device with internet access to your meeting with your florist and BOOM they can see it quickly and easily. It is crazy that only one short year ago I was bringing torn out magazine photos to my meetings. Ugh, that’s so 2011.

So, check out Flair on Pinterest to steal some of our amazing ideas and get yourself started. Like me, I’m sure you’ll be neglecting your fiancé/husband in no time (sorry hubby, but really I’m doing it for our future)!

 

 

Happy Pinning!

XOXO

Lindsay

Jill & Nate’s Nautical New England Wedding!

This wedding is close to my heart, mainly because I am lucky enough to say I know the bride and groom!  They are quite the two love birds….you know the type, making googly eyes at each other across the room, always rooting for each other whether it be at a marathon or a triathlon, they are each others biggest fans and seeing the sparks and love between the two of them is quite a joy for all those who know them.  I haven’t met two people who were more meant for each other!  And I really think it shows in their wedding pictures.  What a beautiful and romantic wedding for two people who truly deserve it! 😉
Enjoy the fabulous wedding of Mr & Mrs Nate & Jill Brown!
What was your inspiration for your wedding?
Our venue was truly our inspiration for our wedding. I had been to a baby naming for a newborn I babysat in highschool at the Atlantica.  I knew as I entered the function room that that is where I wanted to get married someday. The room has panoramic views of the harbor so we decided to go with a nautical theme, playing off the venue. We wanted our wedding to capture our love for the ocean and give guests that classic summertime party!

How did you tie that inspiration in to what you choose for your bridesmaid dresses/bridal gown?
My husband, Nate, chose the color for our wedding!  He thought it was obvious that it would be “blue” since the reception was on the water.  I loved that he wanted to add his advice into these often bride-only decisions, so we went with blue (which gave me a lot to work with since there are so many shades of blue) and we added in some splash of teal and hot pink for fun.

What did you choose?
Dessy Collection
What color?
Sailor blue
What were you looking for in your bridesmaid dresses?
Since our wedding was going to be in July I wanted a dress for the girls that was comfortable for that time of year. I wanted the dresses to be affordable since we all have a closet full of old bridesmaid dresses we’ve never worn again! I wanted all the girls to pick their own style dress, keeping it within the same color, in hopes they will wear it again.  They all ended up chosing various styles all in chiffon which I think worked well for the 80 degree day we had and they all looked great!  Flair offered a lot of choices as far as colors, style of dress and prices.
How was Stacey/Lindsay/Brooke most helpful?
Stacey was amazing!  She was more than helpful, offering her honesty, experiences and expertise.  She is enthusiastic, energetic and is genuinely excited for her clients upcoming weddings, which is exactly what a bride is in need of!
What did you choose for your bridal gown?
I went to the Boston’s “Running of the brides” in February.  I went after the hustle and bustle of enery driven brides was over at 6pm. I met my sister and mother there, tried on about 10 gowns and found my dress.  The warnings before going would be there are no changing rooms, so I just wore a bathing suit while trying on the gowns.  There were still hundreds of dresses left that late at night and we were able to skip the craziness that morning!
Tips for brides when selecting their BM dresses?  Bridal Gowns?
I would recommend not bringing your entire bridal party to try on bridesmaid dresses if youre chosing one for all of them. Don’t get me wrong, I know you love everyone in your bridal party, which is why you chose them, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to love everyone’s opinions. That being said I realized everyone has different taste, let them chose their own! Stick with a color or style and let them have some say in where they spend their money!
How was your experience at Flair?
Flair is the cutest little bridal boutique. Its small size makes it intimate for you and your bridesmaids, family, and friends. With having the whole store to yourself during your appointment the store really allows you to play around and have fun…and isn’t that what this is all about?!
Where did you get married??
We got married at St. Theresas Chapel in Humarock, MA, my summer church growing up.  Our reception was at Atlantica Restaurant in Cohasset.
What was your favorite moment at the wedding?
We took pictures before the wedding and we met at Scituate Lighthouse.  Our photographer set Nate up on one side of the lighthouse and I had to walk around til I found him.  Seeing each other on our wedding day for the first time was a feeling I will never forget.  I’ve know him for almost a decade, but for some reason I had butterflies in my stomach looking for him around the lighthouse.  AT the wedding my favorite moment was sitting at our sweetheart table together. Listening to the speeches and LAUGHING.  Looking around and seeing everyone celebrating for you is an overwhelming feeling that I’ll never forget sharing with my new husband.  We couldn’t stop smiling.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We went to Tahiti and Bora Bora. IT WAS A DREAM
List of vendors?
Swiss Cottage Designs (invitations and stationary)
James Patrick Photography (would definitely recommend!)
Festive Events DJ Dave Long (phenomenal) He setup a steel drum player for us during cocktail hour.
Veronica’s Sweetcakes in Marshfield for our wedding cake.
Karen Conlon, MAC makeup Boston
Cheers to happily ever after!
XOXO
Stacey & Lindsay

Spotlight on Kelly & Mike’s Loving & Lighthearted Wedding!

While I love all of my brides, there is a special place in my heart for today’s bride spotlight. She has been one of my very best friends since we bonded over the amazing stylings of the Limited Too in 5th grade (no one else our age seemed to have quite the same level of appreciation…matching your scrunchie to your leggings and what not). Fast forward 15 years to 2011 and you’ll find us just as close (though we’ve dropped the scrunchies since then) and getting married 2 weeks apart. I LOVED having such a close friend going through the stressful, yet amazing, wedding planning process with me, it was such a gift.

Kelly and Mike, you were truly made for eachother and I am soso happy for you and love you both very much! I am looking forward to sharing many more milestones with you in the future (i.e. Kelly and I may have already begun planning a shared 5th anniversary trip to Sandals…)!

Without further ado, here’s a little taste of Mr. and Mrs. Coyne’s FABULOUS day

What was the inspiration for your wedding?

When my husband Mike and I started talking about our wedding, we wanted to make sure that there were aspects of both of us throughout. Our aim was to incorporate our love of music, my love of hydrangea flowers with fun, creative, and handmade details.

What were you looking for in a bridesmaid dress?

As I thought about the bridesmaid dresses, I knew that I wanted a short and whimsical dress that you would want to wear again and again.

What dress did you choose? What color?

Lynn Lugo’s Blake dress in Phlox (such a beautiful blue- looked amazing on all the girls)

How was Lindsay most helpful?

Lindsay asked a lot of questions before my initial appointment, so that she knew what I wanted and what I did not want. She pulled SO many dresses before I arrived for my appointment that it was clear that she understood my vision better than I did! Lindsay was amazing in that she gave my group her undivided attention and was patient with me as I looked for just the right color. When it was time to order the dresses, she worked with all of my bridesmaids who lived in many different states and answered all of their questions through email.

Any tips for brides when selecting their BM dresses?  Bridal Gowns?

In terms of helpful tips, when picking a bridesmaid dress, bring a couple of girls with you to the appointment, and narrow the dress selection to one or two dresses then send the selections to all of your girls- that way you are not overwhelmed by too many opinions. In terms of wedding dresses, I wish someone had told me to be open to all shapes and sizes of dresses before I started looking for my dress. I found that the consultants knew WAY more than I did about what would look right on my body and my bridesmaids body. I would have saved a lot of time and frustration if I let the consultants choose dresses for me from the beginning.

How was your experience at Flair?

Wonderful! Lindsay and Stacey are professional, friendly, and supportive. I wish I could get married again (still to Mike!) so that I could do the process with Flair again and again. I highly recommend working with Flair- they know their inventory and have incredible style!

Where did you get married?

Mike and I met at Providence College in Rhode Island. We were married at St. Dominic Chapel on the Providence College campus-best day of our lives 🙂

What three adjectives would best describe your wedding?

Loving, fun, lighthearted

What was your favorite moment at the wedding?

Too many moments- hard to pick just one! Although, I loved watching all of my closest family and friends dress up in wigs and mustaches and pick out props to enter the photobooth at the reception. I also loved dancing and singing at the top of my lungs to Mike’s college cover band during the last hour of the reception. My bridesmaids and I all threw on the cover bands tshirts on over our dresses and danced the night away!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Antigua- Sandal resort for 7 nights, 8 days- insane! Loved every second and would seriously consider moving there- beautiful!

What advice can you give any other Boston/New England Bride?

Have fun, shop around, start as early as you can with planning the ceremony location, reception location, dj, and photographer. Then relax a little and enjoy shopping around for invitations, flowers, and the extras. Mike and I agree- it was the little details that truly made our wedding- so don’t forget the little meaningful details. Also- only pick the girls that know you the best (how to calm you down, how to make you laugh) to be in your bridal party- my girlskept me sane and stuck by myself the day before my wedding-when I needed them the most- love them!!

 

Finally, please provide a list of your favorite vendors for a shout out on our blog!

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lynn Lugo at Flair, Boston MA

Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero from Erina, East Greenwich RI

Reception: Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Cranston RI (wedding consultant Abbie Partain is unreal- you’ll love her!)

Catering and Cake: Russell Morin Fine Catering, Cranston RI (best food I have ever eaten in my life- also bride & groom to go boxes)

Photography: Michelle Carpenter, Main Event Weddings, Greenville RI

Disc Jockey: Luke’s DJ, Providence RI

Flowers: Flowers by Bert & Peg, North Kingstown RI

Photobooth: Main Event Weddings, Greenville RI

Trolley: Rockstar Limo, Cranston RI

School Bus Shuttles: First Student Transportation, Cranston RI

Paper Lantern Lights: ATR Treehouse, Providence RI

 

Congratulations Kelly & Mike may you dance and sing your way through marriage!

XOXO

Lindsay & Stacey 🙂

Guest Blog with our Intern Joy….Meeting a Fashion Icon

Most people dream of what it would be like to meet their heroes, wondering what they will say and how they will act in that very moment. I was fortunate enough to have ample time to think of what I would say, if I was fortunate enough to have the chance. I spent weeks with the ladies of Flair mulling over what I would write in my essay for the contest to meet design legend Betsey Johnson.

I wrote from the heart, and made sure that my passion for fashion was evident in every word. Luckily, my essay was picked; otherwise I definitely would not be blogging about it, how depressing. Betsey Johnson came to Boston in support of the fight against breast cancer, as she is a survivor herself. She teamed up with South End Health Center to raise money for patients, and held a fabulous fashion show of her latest collection at Cyclorama, also in the South End of Boston. However, a few hours before the show Betsey made a stop at the Museum of Fine Arts, to speak with a variety of creative people, students and professionals alike, in a small setting. As my reward for winning the essay contest, I was able to attend this meeting during the day and was on the guest list for the show at night.

I did not know what to expect when meeting Betsey Johnson, and to say she was one of  the sweetest of people to encounter would be an understatement. She was extraordinarily warm to us in person, and was willing to answer any question we could think of.  She walked out onto stage in the MFA auditorium with two giant suitcases of her own personal collection of vintage clothing, rooting all the way back to her earliest designs from the 1960’s. Her most candid moment was definitely when she proceeded to tear open the suitcases and scatter the pieces all over the floor. In this moment I gasped and wanted to jump on the stage and pick them all back up! She on the other hand was not bothered a bit. I sat back in my seat amazed as she described what it was like to spend time with people like Andy Warhol and Twiggy. At the end of the program, she said hello and signed my essay “xoxo Betsey”, this was one of those “it” moments in my life thus far.

The fashion show was quite the spectacle and was wonderfully pink, just like Betsey. Her new collection featured mostly dresses in wild animal prints with pops of bright color, which was exhilarating to watch parade the runway. It all really came together for me when Betsey did her well noted cartwheel at the end of the catwalk when the show came to a close. I could not believe that I was actually there. Me? Little intern Joy? It seemed too great to be true! Now that all of the excitement is over, I can look back and value what an amazing experience it was to meet such an influential designer. Although you will never catch me in a pink tutu with leopard print leggings, I will now forever be an avid fan of Betsey Johnson!

Help in the fight against Breast Cancer

Yours truly,

The one and only Flair intern

Joy

 

Fall Favorites

It’s no secret that we New Englanders love autumn. With the crisp air, sweaters and those changing leaves that draw gawkers from miles away, it truly is a magical time of year. Here are a few other reasons we love Fall…

1)      Apple picking: Seriously, who doesn’t love a fun day out at an orchard picking apples right off of the tree? Fact: they always taste like 10 times better than the apples you get at the grocery store. Plus, you just feel productive, going out and foraging for your own food and what not. I felt inspired afterwards to continue the productiveness and cook, making applesauce from scratch. Watch out Martha Stewart. Looking for a fab orchard (and who isn’t?)? Try Belkin Lookout Farm in Natick. They have TONS of fresh fruit, as well as a petting zoo. I mean really, there’s something for everyone.

2)      New fall TV: We admit it, we’re kind of TV junkies at Flair. So, Fall always brings a sense of excitement as new shows come out and old favorites pick up from the annoying cliffhangers they left us off at. We highly recommend checking out “The New Girl” on Fox. It is simply adorkable, Zooey Deschanel is a comedy queen. Also, “Up All Night” on NBC is good for laughs, even though we’re not on the baby track just yet.

Hurry up and snatch up these soon to be discontinued styles from Jenny Yoo!

3)      Fall sales at Flair!!: Did you really think we wouldn’t bring this back to Flair somehow? Seriously though, our designers are feeling super generous in the fall and most are offering really great deals just to order your dresses before the crazy winter bridal season begins. So why not check the bridesmaids’ dresses off of your to-do list nice and early AND save some money at the same time! Check out the 411 on the remaining sales below and call us to set up an appointment ASAP!

Coren Moore: 15% off of all bridesmaids’ orders placed by October 31st PLUS one free sash per dress!

Lynn Lugo: $20 off of all dresses (on top of group discount) ordered by November 30th!

Jenny Yoo: Bump it up Promo add and extra 5% off your bridesmaid orders! Catch those styles before they get discontinued.

Siri: Extra $20 (on top of group discount) off all orders of 2 or more bridesmaids’ dresses by November 30th!

Happy Fall 😉

Lindsay and Stacey

 

 

Destination Inspiration……

So, you’re newly engaged and wondering what or where you are ever going to find inspiration for your “BIG” day!  Well Flair to the rescue!  If you are having trouble finding something or someone to inspire you we have done all the research for you. Below are some of our favorite places to be inspired!

Wedding Blogs

100 Layer Cake

Everything you may need to DIY-yourself to a beautiful and elegant affair! Even cooler they have a pop-up shop that changes every few days with cool new deals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style Me Pretty

Think….soft, pretty and romantic! Plus they just added a Local wedding section….check out Massachusetts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruffled

Vintage, Indie or DIY brides make your way over to this gorgeous Blog! They also have an amazing online store to buy recycled or used wedding decor!!

 

 

 

 

 

So You’re EnGayged

A great resource for LGBT & Allied couples check out the friendly vendor list and all the amazing wedding tips & question that you are dying to get answered!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junebug Weddings

Talk about beautiful pictures! Check out the section dedicated entirely to emotional pictures, it will bring you to tears.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographer’s Blogs!

….some of our fav Boston photographers….and one who will travel all over the world!

Person + Killian

Have you been living under a rock? Seriously, Lauren & Jill post some of the most bright and colorful photos you will ever see….and in all of the most gorgeous venues around New England!

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Jane Photography

Not your typical wedding photographs! Interesting angles, special moments, and lots of laughter caught by her lens!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leah Haydock Photography

Fresh, fun, natural and candid photography! She will surely never miss a single important detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate McElwee Photography

Kick-ass wedding photography is an understatement! Colorful,modern and emotional. Sit back and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

W. Scott Chester Photography

Pictures of people being in love….and so much more.  You will spend hours devouring these beauties, beautiful lighting to artistic staging, they can do no wrong!


 

 

 

 

 

We hope you are inspired and excited,now go out an inspire others!

Much love, from your inspirational leaders,

Lindsay & Stacey 😉

Bridesmaids’ gifts made easy!!

Your Flair consultants really sacrifice for you. We took an hour out of our day yesterday to walk down Newbury Street in search of fab jewelry and gifts for your best girls. It was grueling but we were happy to do it for you .

Our new obsession is Bobbles and Lace at 251 Newbury Street. They have absolutely amazing pieces at even more amazing prices! The jewelry is for the most part current and trendy, but they have classic styles too. We fell in love with their collection of rose gold jewelry; it’s the perfect combination of classic with an interesting twist. Plus, they have gorgeous bags and clutches if you decide to forgo the jewelry route. There’s something for everyone!

BONUS: They also have a great selection of super cute shoes and clothes so you can reward yourself for finding such great gifts for your girls. Perfection!

If you want a more interactive gift for your ladies, take them to the bangle bar at Alex and Ani (115 Newbury Street). The concept is simple: pick a bangle and then add a charm from their wide selection. They make the perfect memory of your day together and of your appreciation for them. The charm/friendship bracelet has gone modern people and you heard it here first (OK, maybe not first…)!

We’re sure your girls will love whatever you give them but if you want to be 100% sure, take our advice and hit up these Newbury Street hot spots. You’ll thank us!

XOXO

Lindsay