Archive for March, 2008

This dress is currently available at the Gap for $69.50! Cotton/silk blend! Wouldn’t it make a great bridesmaid dress?


This one from David’s Bridal is quite similar (comes in blue too), but I don’t like it as much. And at $135, it’s twice as expensive!


Also compare this Priscilla of Boston dress, in black and white (it also comes in blue). Not sure how much it costs, but I’d imagine it’s the most expensive!



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As anyone doing wedding planning knows, almost every resource you could possibly need is online!

So, it’s completely useful and awesome that the recently released “Thepurplebook Wedding: The Definitive Guide to Exceptional Online Shopping” gathers up some of the best wedding online vendors, info sites, and registries in a single streamlined book.

It’s like the Zagats of wedding planning!


I just got a chance to flip through the book, and it really does pick out fantastic sources for anyone planning a wedding. There’s a wide variety of websites out there, but all the sites listed in this book are reliable and have been screened by the editors!

Available at amazon.com for $8.76, this is a great gift to any newly engaged folks you might know.

It’s a real help in finding the good stuff when every wedding site you click on links you to 1,000,000 subsidiary ads about weddings!

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This is a great idea:


Canditto is an ATM-like machine that allows your guests to insert their digital camera memory cards and copy all the photos they took at your wedding so you have them at the end of the night!  It only copies photos taken in the last eight hours, and it’s super fast.  Available only in New England for now, but I so love this idea!

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I’ve had plenty of time to peruse registries and housewares, so I thought I would profile a few of my most favorite new additions to the main brands. Enjoy and hope this inspires all you newly engaged people to kick off your own registries!

Apilco cow creamer from Williams-Sonoma ($28):  We had one just like this when I was a little kid. On really special days, my mom would let us use the cow to pour milk into our cereal!


DwellStudio Baroque bedding from Target ($24-70): This is so lovely, but also cool and interesting. I love the yellow throw pillow in the center contrasted with the black and white everywhere else.


Pinkney Street cylinder vase by Kate Spade ($125): Something about the shape of this cylindrical vase with the circles carved out is very classic, yet more interesting than just a bland plain one. I just love it!


Paris Salt and Pepper Mills from Crate and Barrel ($36.5/each): I love the fact that these are white, and have classic lines. They’d look great on any surface table. Made in France!


Blue Crab Polycarbonate Drinkware from Bed Bath and Beyond ($39 each): These would be great for the summer! I love cups like this – they don’t “sweat” in hot weather and keep your drink nice and cool. These crab ones are cute.


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Choosin’ China!

We are trying to find an everyday china that we can throw in the dishwasher and the microwave.  The problem is: I have found very little that is microwave-safe that I also like to look at!  Here are the top contenders (please feel free to leave your comments/opinions):

Top Note by Barbara Barry for Wedgwood:  This one is pricier, and definitely on the upper range of “casual” china. It’s bone china. It is a very nice, plain white with two very thin black stripes around the edge.  I’m just not sure about black and white china…


Switch 3 by Villeroy and Boch:  This pattern is really country cottage, but my fiance really likes it and I think it’s very pretty too. You can pick any of the zillions of matching patterns to complement each other, so we’d have lots of options for each piece:


Big Issue: I LOVE this flatware for our kitchen, so I really want to find casual china that matches it. I think the Switch 3 would actually clash too much with the red. But I don’t really love the harshness of the black and white Top Note with the red either:


This leads me to think what we need is more plain white plates… These are all Williams Sonoma and I love them all. But is plain old white just plain old boring?


(same with a blue band)


and this one is a little bit different:



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