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Today Anthropologie launched their much anticipated online wedding dress shop, BHLDN. While the prices aren’t what I consider budget friendly the designs are fabulous and very inspirational. I am loving these…

Aside from gowns they also have chic dresses and accessories that go far beyond the altar.  You can view the entire collection here.

While we are on dresses I have to highlight a few of my Grammy favorites. I have to admit I felt a wave a jealousy roll through me when I saw Rhianna was wearing Dior Haute Couture’s handpainted and embroidered silk taffeta dress. I have been in love with that dress ever since spying it in the October issue of W.

Kelly Osborne looked fabulous in this purple ruffled Tadashi Shoji but my runner up to the Dior gown had to be the layered chartreuse frock worn by Best New Artist winner Esperanza Spalding.

Hmm…looks like I am having a ruffle moment. Happy Valentine’s Day!


Yesterday prior to the fabulous Omaha Fashion Week Tuesday night runway show I had the pleasure of lending a hand in preparation for the Annual MCH Auxiliary Rummage Sale. I saw so many fabulous finds for the DIY bride. From beautiful candle stick holders to mini champagne flutes (so cute!) they have a little bit of everything and a lot if it is in bulk! The sale is held once a year so it is a collection of a years worth of goodies from households all over the metro. If you are on the lookout for the perfect pieces for your day be sure to check it out this weekend.

Rummage Sale

Washington County Fairgrounds — Arlington, Nebraska

Thursday – September 16, 2010 — Time: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday – September 17, 2010 — Time: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday – September 18, 2010 — Time: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
BAG Sale Sunday – September 19, 2010 Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Proceeds to benefit the purchase of a OBIX® Perinatal Data System. This state-of-the-art technology enhances the entire patient prenatal experience for high risk mothers to be.

Happy Hunting!

So sorry I have been MIA these past few months. Its seems I have fallen into the summer debacle of an ambitious list of summer projects versus relaxing on the patio and weekend camping trips. Seems that latter is winning. That being said I am re-focusing the blog. It will still cover design with an emphasis in weddings and Omaha, but with a much more random subject base.

Today’s subject…my favorite television fixation has returned, Project Runway! I love fashion and design but I think what I love even more is the show’s brutal competitiveness, under pressure. Reminds me of college, a lot.

Quick Episode 1 Rundown: The contestants realize that they are not on the show quite yet and the first challenge is also the last phase of their audition process. All are required to take something out of their suitcases that must be seen on the runway. And then the twist…everyone must pass the item to their right. This leaves everyone with a wide variety of working materials. My favorite has to be Cassanova who pulled a brand new pair of Dolce & Gabbana pants from his suitcase only to see the later destroyed. Such a waste of good Dolce & Gabbana. The contestants are also given access to a room supplied with fabric by Mood.

I have to say I was not very impressed with the results of this first challenge. Apparently some of these designers (ahem, Ivy and Jason) need to check their attitudes at the door, since their creations can’t back them up. Gretchen took home the top prize with her glamorous frock.

I am not a fan of those sleeves but considering that is what she had to work with I think she did a fabulous job. The rest of the dress is beautiful. Simple, glamorous with a very sexy twist in the back. I would wear it (which is how we all judge the designs, right). So no beef with the judges on this choice, however, I do have one with their choice for who was out. McKell ended up being the poor soul at the bottom of the list. This blue floral dress is what sent her packing.

I am in no way defending this design. The top scares me, even though that was what was “donated” to her. I am kind of diggin’ the skirt with some adjustments. It wasn’t good, however, it was no where near the worst of the worst (see Cassanova). I was really excited to see what this girl could do. The coats she has in her portfolio are amazing.

I searched high and low for more about her and possibly a place where some of her fabulous designs are for sale but came up empty. Apparently Salt Lake City doesn’t have the fabulous fashion community Omaha does…boo. So with one disappointment down the drain I am looking forward to Thursday where I will discover my new favorite.

There is something so satisfying about working with an artist to create a custom piece of jewelry. I love the idea of having something unique that represents your own personal vision. These ideals put my husband and I in quite the predicament when shopping for his wedding band. After countless visits to jewelry stores and looking at hundreds of rings we couldn’t find anything that was us. So we decided to find someone who could create our own. In the end the ring turned out amazing but the road to getting it wasn’t as smooth as it could have been. Here are my tips on how make your custom jewelry journey as smooth as possible.

Search out an artist who style matches the piece you are looking for. If a jeweler has something similar to what you are looking for ask them to make adjustments to a piece they already designed. That way the artist is still working in their aesthetic.

Be patient. If you are thinking of ordering a custom piece for a certain date, i.e. your wedding, plan months in advance. And then take that times three. Things always take three times longer than you think they will. Leaving yourself a cushion so things can be re-worked if they aren’t just right will ensure your end up with perfection.

Use pictures. We all speak in different language and many people are visual. By showing the artist a sketch they will have a better idea of what you are expecting.

Research your metals. This is especially important no matter where your purchase your ring.
In the end we ended up finding a fabulous etsy seller, L R Jewelry to create my husband’s ring. We are absolutely ecstatic with the results. If you are looking for something local there are a some great jewelers right in Omaha. Check out Goldsmith Silversmith or Perspective Jewelry Design Studio both are located downtown or Silversmith Jewelry & workshop in Rockbrook Village.

No, I have not taken my new last name to some strange place…even though if it involved a Godfather obsession my husband would love it. Anyway drum-roll please… I was recently invited to become a member of the Omaha Craft Mafia! And I am a little excited.

The mafia is an awesome and talented group of Omaha artists, designers and crafters. The leave the gun, take the cannoli types (unless its a glue gun of course). We are part of a larger network of Craft Mafia around the world. While we can’t be your go-to gals for the sinister acts carried out by more traditional mafias, we can be your source for all things handmade and creative in Omaha. Check out our blog for some nifty crafting tips and to meet the other wonderfully talented members. And stay tuned for our first show.

My husband and I love to go to the Omaha Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. We love wandering around the old market checking out what’s new and chatting up friends while they work their fruit and veggie stands. And my husband can get his sugar fix with a cinnamon roll the size of his head courtesy of The Parthenon.

While we were down there this past Saturday we stumbled upon Renee Gabriel Designs. I am in love with her bags.

They are so unique and funky. Plus since she has a little something for everyone’s taste, her small clutches would make an awesome bridesmaid gift. An added bonus, the size is small enough to be chic but still holds your camera, keys, and cell phone. If you can’t make it down to see her at the farmer’s market, you can purchase her designs in her Etsy Shop.

Flower girls, if you choose to have them, can be one of the most adorable aspects of your wedding. Incorporating children adds innocence and purity to your wedding day.

In looking through the mainstream options available for you littlest attendants there seems to be few other options aside from the generic white flower girl dress.. While there are many who would disagree, there something about dressing a young girl up like a bride that I dislike. Not to mention the prices of these mini-bridal gowns are astonishing. I am a strong advocate of color on flower girls. It is a great place to throw in an accent that you were too afraid to put on your bridesmaids. A five-year-old will have no problem pulling off orange where your bridesmaids may not.

I am loving the whimsical “tutu” dresses I have seen popping up in weddings.

These lovely versions come from Omaha based Piccolina Designs. Definitely check out her Etsy shop. They add the perfect playful touch to any summer event.

To keep this style from looking a little over the top at your cathedral wedding consider letting it peek out from under something like this white frock from J.Crew. Then let your flower girl change out of the top layer for a fun transition to the reception. While your at check out the other offerings in girls everyday dresses. Many of these would make a fabulous flower girl dress without breaking the bank. And they will wear it again!

Last weekend my mother came over to sort through wedding pictures. She brought with her this beautiful bouquet of red tulips. They made me so excited for spring. Here in Nebraska, like many other places, we have had record snow falls this year, resulting in more than one inch of snow on the ground for over 75 consecutive days. Yes, those tulips made me very excited for spring. I placed them in one of my favorite vases. A fifty-cent thrift store find. Looking at the flowers in my second-hand score got me thinking about the garage sales that come with warm weather. I am a garage sale/thrift store junkie, much to the chagrin of my husband. “Stop bringing home crap” he tells me. To help us all heed my husbands advice I am dedicating this post to my rules for second-hand shopping.

Go with a purpose…kind of. It is never a good idea to go garage sale or thrift store hunting when you aren’t quite sure what you are looking for. On the same note if you are looking for an exact object, say a turquoise blue ceramic lamp with a white drum shade you will never find it. I like to keep a running list of things that I need. That list includes picture frames, books, vases, furniture and interesting fabric. I love finding that stack of picture frames in the corner of someone’s garage. I ignore color and focus on condition. Once I get them home I spray paint them to match my décor. Same goes for lamps. I once found a huge ceramic lamp for $1. It was a hideous shade of green. I painted it black and it now has a space in our living room.’

Consider condition above all else. This rule especially applies to furniture. One thing that drew me to this chair from an earlier post, was how sturdy it was. Wood furniture can be re-finished if it is solid wood or has a thick veneer. When considering condition also be sure to think about pricing. I am also on the look out for something very affordable. Once while hunting I found a rectangle table. My office was in dire need of a new work table. After I decided it would be a perfect fit I then saw its $20 price tag. I went through a sort of sticker shock. I had been picking things up for 50¢ and $1 and $20 seemed like a lot. I did not buy the table but kept thinking about it. Another table I had been looking at for my office was in the $500 range. Plus my current table was a plastic fold-up one that had cost $30. I then realized the table I saw made perfect sense. It was solid wood, heavy duty and the perfect size. I went back the next day and luckily it was still there.

When shopping be mindful of geography. I tend to stick to older, established areas. Think estate sales. These “old money” neighborhoods tend to have the best vintage treasures, antiques and classic, well-built furniture. Garage sales in newer areas with younger residents are where you are more likely to find the same stuff you are trying to replace. However, if you are looking for children’s clothes and toys these areas can be a goldmine.

Lastly, if you see it and love it, buy it. You most likely will never see anything like it again. Last summer I stumbled across a really interesting set of dining room chairs. I really liked them and they were well built. At the time I didn’t think I could use them. Now about once a week I wish that I had bought those chairs. In the end if it doesn’t work in your décor there will be someone whose it will.

Here’s to a successful garage sale hunting season!

One of my favorite trends showing up in weddings are chalkboards. From menus, table names and directing guests to the key moments of the celebration chalkboards are making their mark. They can be easily personalized and are affordable, plus chalkboards are versatile enough to fit in with just about any wedding style. They would be a great edition to the garden party theme I highlighted in a prior post.

I love these inspiration shots.

Inspired by these chic homespun looks I created a line of chalkboard invitations. Check them out on my Etsy shop.

My friend Tim has started out on a new creative venture that I want to highlight. He is a pilot and has a background in aircraft mechanics. Recently, Tim began making these unique industrial lamps constructed out of authentic aircraft engine components. The parts are non-airworthy, and non-serviceable for aircraft use. Check out a few of his lamps below. I love the clean, modern lines. I think these would make a great addition to a modern interior or a great gift for the aviation enthusiast.

Tim has also has a line of contemporary styled clocks constructed from the same aircraft parts. These adorable aviation ornaments are made out of spark plugs and would be the perfect addition to any flight themed room.

If you are interested in one of Tim’s pieces please let him know. Call 402.452.6954 to place an order or get more information.