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Designer Wedding Gown Sample Sale: Need I Say More?

Calling all Southern California brides-to-be: what would you do for a Vera Wang wedding dress priced under $1000? What about a vampy Monique Lhuillier creation or a classic Carolina Herrera? If I’ve piqued your interest, clear your calendar on April 5 and 6.

articles_altWhy? Glamour Closet, San Francisco’s famous bridal gown outlet is coming to the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel, and they’re bringing the real goods: hundreds of gorgeous sample dresses from the likes of Reem Acra, Amsale, Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuiller, and yes, Ms. Vera Wang — and no dress will cost over $999. If you’re currently trying to calculate the savings in your head, let me help: that’s up to 80% off the normal price for these works of wedding art.

The usual sample sale rules apply: there are limited sizes, all gowns are sold on a first come, first served basis and there are no dressing rooms (although sales consultants will be milling about). If you go, do yourself a favor and prepare: wear clothes that you can get in and out of easily, and remember to stretch first!

One more thing: If you’re a Northern California bride, don’t feel left out of this fashion-free-for-all. At Glamour Closet’s San Francisco bridal gown shop, every day is a sample sale with dresses priced at 30-75% less than retail.

Glamour Closet Wedding Gown Sample Sale
Saturday, April 5, 2008 (10am 5pm)
Sunday, April 6, 2008 (10am 3pm)
Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel
686 Anton Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Mar 24, 2008.
Filed under FashionVera WangWedding Dresses

A New Kind of Wedding Invitation

A while ago, I posted about one man’s very creative marriage proposal to his love. Jeffrey Paul created a short proposal film and played it at an Oakland theater with all of their family and friends present (not to mention a TLC camera crew!). Intent on topping even himself, this animation teacher at the Art Institute of San Francisco had his class work on his wedding invitation, too! The result is another quirky/cool animated video. They actually sent out the DVDs as the invite:

In addition to holding the title of Most Adorable Couple in the World, Natasha and Jeff proved they have great taste in wedding locales: they were married at lush and lovely Wildwood Acres in Lafayette.

For those of you preferring to stick to the tried-and-true snail mail kind of invite, we know some awesome invitation experts in both Northern and Southern California who can definitely get you started.

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Mar 21, 2008.
Filed under InvitationsStuff We Love

Wedding Makeup: Glam Goes Green

Like most of you, I try to do right by the environment…I especially love when doing right also makes me look good—and I don’t mean in front of my eco-activist friends. I mean in the mirror!

articles_altAs you begin your own personal makeover in preparation for your wedding day, you can choose products that are both good for the planet and your close-up. That’s why I want to share with you the news about makeup leader Mineralogie. These purveyors of health-conscious beauty products have taken “natural” up a notch, by undertaking an ambitious corporate initiative to make their entire company eco-friendly. Steps include switching to eco-chic packaging, changing to a green energy provider, converting to enviro-friendly shipping materials—company owner Mary Van even rides her bike to work.

But let’s get to fun stuff: the makeup! Mineralogie uses the purest ingredients in their makeup, which means it’s free of harsh chemicals and dyes. Everyone’s talking about minerals and how wonderful they are for the skin, and Mineralogie’s mineral-based products are of the highest pharmaceutical grade.

I use the Pressed Mineral Foundation which looks light and sheer on my face, and the Pressed Eye Shadows (in the shades of Luminous and Mango) which offer subtle enhancement—perfect for creating soft bridal looks. My fave product, however, is the Natural Lip Gloss in “Antique Pearls.” I normally go for big, bold lip colors, and I was surprised how seductive this more muted shade made my lips—warm, luminescent and very sexy in an unpretentious way.

See? Even jaded make-up junkies like me can learn some fresh tricks!

For more green wedding ideas, check out our Green Weddings category in our Articles + Ideas section.

Jolene Posted by Jolene on Mar 19, 2008.
Filed under Bridal Beauty AdviceGreen WeddingsMake-up