Jenny Packham Fall 2014 Bridal Fashion Show. A gorgeous and dreamy vintage inspired season..

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Jenny Packham 2014.

I have always loved Jenny’s bridal wear! When I was living in England in 2005, I tried on several of her dresses and ended up going for a vintage dress re-designed, but her dresses are SO gorgeous & I will never forget the fit. The way they drape your curves is just sinfully gorgeous! Such grace, elegance and old hollywood dreamy-ness! One cannot help but love and adore her work and craftsmanship.  The thing I love most about Jenny Packham is her subtle use of shimmer, sparkle and sheerness as well as the ladylike quality of her designs. Also, having lived in England and being able to experience the feel of her dresses myself,  it makes me proud to see a British designers do so well across the pond! Good for her!

Enjoy these stunning pics of her show. I also included a little hair and makeup close up at the bottom because that really stuck with me…her look at the show was reminiscent of the old world paintings of the renaissance yet kind of that 70’s studio 54 cool, lots of romantic curls and lots of big hair, a few bobs too!!! Being a naturally wavy and curly hair’d gal myself…made me proud to see all those big flowing locks. Love it!

Gorgeous industrial space, love the lighting!!

An industrial New York venue was transformed into a tree lined boulevard at dusk, setting the scene for Jenny Packham’s latest collection of romantically soft, feminine designs. Intricate, light beading, delicate embellishment and clean, understated silhouettes played homage to an Edwardian inspiration, whilst romantically volumous ballerina skirts, graceful tulle sleeves and elegantly exposed backs brought to mind a very modern bride, evoking scenes of a chic European destination wedding. 

Enjoy the dresses!

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Hair Spotlight – Make it big!

Loving the big luminous wavy hair Jenny chose for the show!!

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Enjoy! Happy Planning!

XOXO,

Kirstin @FrouFrou Le Bleu

 

 

Check out these Wedding Cake Alternatives that will wow you into trying something different!

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‘Let them eat cake’

Seriously now, who says you can only serve cake at a wedding?! These days there are so many fun ideas to really put a modern and edgy spin on the traditional wedding to match your personalities…be it quirky, artsy, green, traditional, international or just plain fun!! It is so great to watch your desert choices shine through on your special day and how fun that your choice can really reflect your personalities and become a real wow factor that makes your day something unforgettable to everyone! Hey, if a traditional wedding cake isn’t really you then why not treat your guests to a taste of you as a couple with a fun and unique treat!

Here are some really fun, interesting and fabulous ideas!

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Kirstin @ FrouFrou Le Bleu

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Happy Planning!  

It’s Fall! Time to put the finishing touches on your Winter wedding! Check out these beautiful vintage winter wedding ideas!

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Winter Weddings!

10 New Winter Wedding Ideas

My favorite time of the year is Fall, mainly because that means it’s almost Winter! Even though I live in Southern California, I still do appreciate the cooler “sweater” weather, that crisp feeling in the air and just love getting ready for the holidays! My husband told me I should be living in New England and I am born to be wearing cozy sweaters, hunter boots and bundling up by thee fire with a nice cup of coffee!

Snowflakes and pinecones are tried-and-true winter wedding motifs, but don’t feel bound to these seasonal standbys. Here are 10 ways to reinvent your winter wedding! Is this you? If so, check out some of these great ideas and photos to see if anything works for your theme and decor!

1) Wedding Colors

Reds and greens certainly reflect the season, but overdo this color combo, and your wedding may seem more holiday-oriented than you intended.

What’s Hot Now: Consider a less-is-more approach to your color palette: Silver and white with crystal accents can add some serious glamour to your winter wedding. For your ceremony, try a white velvet aisle runner trimmed with white satin ribbon, or decorate the altar with a crystal curtain backdrop adorned with hanging strands of elegant white phalaenopsis orchids. If you’re exchanging vows outdoors, get your guests in on creating the ambience by giving out clear umbrellas to friends and family members as they arrive.

2) The Flowers

Red roses, calla lilies, and amaryllis are decidedly winter wedding flowers, but if you step outside the flower box, and you’ll find a variety of options for winter blooms.

What’s Hot Now: Consider fuller flowers, such as white hydrangeas and soft ranunculuses. White boutonnieres can be handsome when they’re accented with greenery, but they also look great with a simple white ribbon. Add sparkle to your bouquet by wrapping the stems in ribbon embellished with crystals.

3) Invitations

Since winter weddings are usually held indoors (it’s an ideal time for ballroom receptions), they often call for a more formal invitations.

What’s Hot Now: A black-tie event is nicely conveyed by heavy cardstock and a navy blue, chocolate-brown, or even eggplant font with hand calligraphy. For a fresh way to achieve a formal tone for your winter wedding, use thick, frosted Plexiglas invitations in white scripted ink. Send the sturdy invites out to all your guests tucked into silver envelope liners.

4) Centerpieces

Go beyond glowing candles to add both warmth and romance to your reception site.

What’s Hot Now: If you want to heighten the drama, bring in the icy outdoors with ice-carved vases on your reception tables. Have your florist fill the vases with tall winter-white branches and hanging crystals to reflect the light from the tables. Surround the centerpieces with votive candles, and top your tables with white dupioni table linens and frosted glass china.

5) Escort Cards

Miniature sleighs and holly motifs stamped onto your escort cards would spell out the season pretty clearly, but they might not dazzle your guests.

What’s Hot Now: Leave everyone awestruck as they retrieve their escort cards by making the entire table sparkle. Have the cards hand-calligraphed in silver ink and attach them to individual crystals with a ribbon. Hang each from an oversized crystal candelabra centerpiece for a new take on the popular escort card tree.

6) The Music

A classical pianist playing during dinner is a sure way to create an elegant ambience, but consider a more unexpected accompaniment.

What’s Hot Now: For a twist on the tunes, consider hiring an a capella quartet to sing background music at your reception. Have the group sing your favorite jazz and pop songs to set a welcoming and festive tone for the evening. If you’re into a more classical sound, hire a cellist and ask that Vivaldi’s “Winter” be included in the repertoire.

7) Cocktail Hour

A winter cocktail hour calls for warm, comforting drinks. You really can’t go wrong with hot chocolate and warm apple cider, but it’s your wedding — why not take every opportunity (drinks included) to add an element of surprise?

What’s Hot Now: Serve up white hot chocolate in small espresso cups and eggnog in small punch glasses for your guests as they arrive. At the bar, offer saketinis (Japanese rice wine and sweet-flavored vodka) in glasses rimmed with sugar crystals.

8) The Cake

A wedding cake trimmed in red or green ribbon or topped with roses looks pretty, but bakers who are willing to push the fondant envelope can reflect the winter in totally creative ways.

What’s Hot Now: Play up the season with a white, vintage-style cake, dusted with edible silver powder. For accents, have your baker add a white sugar ribbon and crystal drops cascading down one side of the cake.

9)Favors

Food wedding favors are always a hit, but if cookies or truffles seem passe, try new treat ideas to send your guests home satisfied.

What’s Hot Now: Give out small packages of chocolate-covered cranberries or roasted chestnuts. An over-the-top idea that will undoubtedly impress: Have your caterer set up a hot chocolate and churros station to top off the evening.

10) Honeymoons

While many couples flee the blustery weather for warmer (and sandier) locales for their honeymoon, a winter wedding can segue perfectly into a snowy escape.

What’s Hot Now: Embrace the season and rent a cozy log cabin for a week in Lake Placid, or join the jet-setters at a luxurious hotel in Aspen for some serious skiing, wining, dining, and snuggling.

Ok, let’s get started with ogling over some gorgeous photos and ideas!!! The best part! :-)

Happy Planning!

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xoxo,

Kirstin @ FrouFrou Le Bleu

 

 

 

Channel your inner “Old Hollywood Royal Glam” Bride with Elie Saab’s stunning dresses at his Paris Haute Couture show Spring Summer 2014

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True Love

Ok I cannot stand how gorgeous these dresses are by Elie Saab at the Paris Couture Show 2104, I just had to post!! I love them and this show was absolutely amazing!

For anyone hoping for a traffic-stopping wedding, Elie Saab had much to offer in his Spring/Summer haute couture collection A master of red-carpet dressing. Elie dresses all the celebs for all the awards shows and you can see why…

The 19th century Paris Bourse, or historic stock exchange, seemed fittingly grand for Saab’s opulent cocktail dresses and gowns. The bride, a standard feature at haute couture shows,  especially dazzled in the majestic setting as she emerged from between the classical columns in an eye-popping silver gown, thickly embroidered in sequins, stones and crystals, and trailed by three bridesmaids to carry her veil. I mean, WOW!

Saab’s procession of light-catching sparklers came embellished in sequins and embroidered in ruby, sapphire and emerald jewel-toned crystals. Trains were abundant and to emphasize the richness, open backs were cut in the shape of oval and pear-shaped gemstones.

Just beautiful…no words! (except those above, hee hee ;-))

Enjoy these beautiful dresses..

XOXO,

Kirstin @ Froufrou Le Bleu

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Champagne, Gold and Black – Oh My! Love…

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XOXO 

Oversized blooms! How using a very large hair flower fascinator can update your bohemian wedding look!

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Super-size me!

Alright girls, so incase you haven’t known..popping up on the runways all over the world and the “cool-way ” to wear big flowers isn’t tucked behind the ear (aloha) anymore. It’s not even on the side of a low chignon bun (ole’!). It’s this – start with unkept waves or a ruffled milkmaid braid, then place a couple of flowers to one side of the forehead, so they’re a little off-kilter and not too perfect. They should look like they’ve been shoved on without even thinking! Super cool and effortlessly atop your gorgeous head..

Before you roll your eyes and flash me a peace sign, hair flowers have gone through a serious image makeover this past year. What once used to be the favorite head-toppers of hippies and brides are now popping up on the most stylish heads around, be it as colorful crowns, scattered buds, or oversize blooms. Flower crowns are especially popular among It-girls—and not just for music festivals.  Sticking to one bold bloom can have a very stylized dramatic effect. Remember Billy Holiday’s beautiful large white flower?  See below. This is what were going for and more!

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Check out these amazing inspiring ideas below with that fashion edge! Oh and be bold and go for some color! Match your flowers with your decor…such an  inspiring and artsy look!  Scroll down to the end of my post for some crazy fun colorful ideas!

Enjoy and happy planning,

Kirstin @ froufrou le bleu

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Color me beautiful (and big!).

Why stick to only flowers? Miniature citrus, berries, and a petite pomegranate can create a colorful stunning look! I love the way even the stems add architectural interest to the unique design which features orchids, dahlias, garden roses! Also, though fresh flower crowns are a natural fit for spring and summer celebrations, wintertime greenery, holly berries, and pine cones make the perfect accessory for a cold weather wedding. Beautiful for any season! Wear your “something blue” atop your head.

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XOXO,

Kirstin


Olivia Palermo Marries Johannes Huebl in Secret Ceremony & wears Carolina Herrera!

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Yayy, It’s official! Despite the rumors that Olivia Palermo had wed her longtime boyfriend Johannes Huebl in a secret ceremony at City Hall last week, it appears that the duo had something else in mind. Well, kind of. Yesterday, Palermo and Huebl tied the knot in areal secret ceremony in Bedford, New York, then blogging about it on her website.

The announcement reads: “The two said their vows amongst only a handful of family members and closest friends as they were surrounded by ivy and blossoming flowers in a quiet park tucked away in Bedford, New York. We really wanted to keep this beautiful day very private and special to us and enjoyed the whole day with our family and two friends.”

As for the dress, everyone seems slightly surprised that Palermo opted for something more casual. You see, it wasn’t actually a dress at all, but instead..beautiful Carolina Herrera separates, à la a cashmere sweater, white shorts and a flouncy tulle skirt. Huebl wasn’t too shabby himself, white Marc Anthony Hamburg suit and all.  Very “Olivia” though..as she always sets the trends and has the most unique style,  is stunning  and so effortlessly chic in whatever she wears! In fact I was just flipping through a UK magazine this morning and it was all about alternative bridal gowns and the “seperates” look is very now.

In line with her preppy-with-a-twist off-duty style, Palermo chose a classic full-skirted silhouette, but what looked like a very traditional gown was in fact a light cashmere sweater and tulle skirt, worn over delicate coordinating shorts. Her shoes also ticked traditional and quirky boxes, being the same Manolo courts that Carrie Bradshaw married in at her civil ceremony for the Sex and the City movie, (not bought especially for the occasion, but in fact an old favourite) and also provided her essential “something blue”.

Fear not wedding watchers who were hoping for a much more elaborate couture confection – this is “part one – the civil ceremony” the couple noted. Meaning that part two is likely to satisfy all your fashion wedding desires.

Congrats to the gorgeous couple!

XOXO,

Kirstin @ Froufrou Le Bleu

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Photo Credits – Olivia Palermo

Sources – Vogue

Model Poppy Delevingne marries her longtime partner James Cook in London wedding!

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Ok if you know me well, you know I love England and especially a good English wedding!! I married a Brit and sometimes I find myself mentally “re-doing” our wedding..imagining if we had a quintesential English wedding and how lovely that could of been, Oh the pims we would have drank, the smells of the English flowers and the amazing old Manor home we would have rented for the weekend along a little river in the Cotswolds! Ho-Hum, Oh don’t get me wrong, we just loved our wedding in Sausalito, Calif.., but the secret wanna-be Brit in me still longs for that imaginary wedding we never had across the pond. Luckily, we went to so many beautiful English wedding during my time living there and I cherish all the memories, traditions and sweet organic vibe of a good old English wedding! Hmm..Maybe someday we will renew our vows in the UK! Now that’s a great idea! More on that idea in the future! haha… 😉

So, I have clearly been a little out of the radar lately (yes…having kids can sometimes take a toll me on me with no “help”) and now that I am back to posting..I decided that posting this stunning wedding of Poppy Delevingne (London Model and Socialite see more about Poppy here) and James Cook , her lovely tall blonde husband was a great way to start the Summer!

Now on to the Details

Poppy Delevingne married her longtime partner James Cook at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge, London. The bride looked stunning in a custom-made Chanel Haute Couture gown (how dreamy is that dress!) — the model is especially close to the brand’s designer, Karl Lagerfeld — while younger sister Cara Delevingne wore an equally gorgeous white Chanel dress. Cara played the role of the doting maid of honor, holding on to Poppy’s gown and helping her enter the church, and Poppy shared a sweet smooch with her brand-new husband after tying the knot. Guests at the nuptials included former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and fashion designer Matthew Williamson, but sadly missing was Poppy’s BFF Sienna Miller, who is currently filming American Sniper with Bradley Cooper in LA. It sounds like Sienna will have another chance to see her friend get hitched, though. There are also some great pics of their 2nd ceremony in Marrakech!

Poppy broke the news of her engagement to James last year by tweeting a photo of a bespoke red jewelery box by Anya Hindmarch with “Will you marry me?” etched on the inside. She shared photos of the gorgeous engagement ring soon after.

Scroll through below to see all of the beautiful photos. Congrats to the happy couple!

XOXO,

Kirstin @ FrouFrou Le Bleu

 

 

 

 

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Photo credits – Pinterest, Tatler and PopSugar

 

Pre-wedding Skincare Woes and tips to help you avoid them!

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Beauty Bummers

This was a fun post for me to write. I am a closet skincare junkie and am obsessed with beauty, spas and wellness. I get excited at the sheer thought of a lavender scented oil and some Enya playing in a treatment room, lol. So, even though this post may not be all about spas…you can think of your skincare regime as a journey to your personal wellness and you can do treatments at home which will help prep your skin for your wedding day. Don’t worry..you can get some amazing spa and pampering time in on your honeymoon. 😉

Ok, as a bride, of course you’ve taken great care to make sure you look picture-perfect from head to toe, right? Designer pumps are on your pedicured feet, and your glittering flowing white dress is accented by gorgeous headpiece you’ve chosen or the perfect vintage inspired veil which will lie atop your beautify; flowing locks pr perfectly coifed up do!

You feel confident and beautiful, am I right? No one can steal the spotlight from you on your wedding day! Then.. the horror..before you turn the corner to walk down the aisle, you take a quick look in the mirror to discover that a flaming red pimple has taken up residence in the space between your perfectly shaped brow, eek!! You open your mouth to scream, but instead, you wake up in a cold sweat. It was all a pre-wedding nightmare.

To any bride slacking off on their daily skincare regimen, don’t let this nightmare become your reality! Use the months during your engagement to whip your pores into tip-top shape, no matter what the present-day condition of your complexion may be. Every bride can have skin that radiates with a natural glow..all it takes is a little preparation and special attention to detail. Here are 10 tips I’ve put together to help you achieve gorgeous skin by the time your wedding day arrives! Hope it helps! It’s helped me writing this even if I am already married! Every girl needs a little skincare help to give us that special glow!

Get ready to inspect those pores

Alright girls..pull out a magnified mirror, turn on a bright light (Oh no!!) and take a long look at your reflection. Do you have dry skin or an oily complexion? Knowing your skin type will help you decide which skin care regimen is right for you. If you suffer from regular breakouts or acne, you may need to seek the help of a professional to ensure your skin is in great shape by the wedding. Some medications take up to 12 weeks to take effect, so book an appointment with a dermatologist for a consultation at least six months in advance of the big day. Even if you don’t have a year to prep your pores, it’s important to adopt a healthy skin care regimen as soon as possible! I think you will thank me on your wedding day!

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Drink plenty of H2O!

It’s no secret that drinking water is good for your health. And while experts can’t prove that drinking pure H20 will give you clear skin, it can’t hurt to cut carbonated beverages from your diet and drink more water instead! I always wonder if thats true so I slack on drinking water myself, but I will tell you that once I start pounding the water, great things start happening in my body and my skin does indeed have a much prettier look! Some attribute a glowing complexion to water, and that may be true. Experts report that drinking two or more glasses of water a day increases blood flow to the skin, perhaps giving the organ a little boost at the same time. Fine lines and wrinkles may become more visible if you’re dehydrated, so drink plenty of water in the months before your wedding to look and feel your very best. So drink up my Ladies!!

Wash your face every day

Regardless of how much makeup you wear, it’s imperative that you wash your face every night before you go to bed in order to maintain a clear complexion. Use a cleanser that will effectively wash away makeup, dirt and bacteria from your face, and when you’re traveling, use makeup remover towelettes as a convenient alternative. When in doubt, reach for a foaming cleanser that rinses with water — it works well with most people’s complexions, including those who suffer from breakouts. No matter what skin type you have, always use cold water to rinse the suds away — skin could become irritated when exposed to hot temperatures. I also notice that if I have any broken capillaries (which I do sadly), that the warmer or hotter the water is…the more irritated they become. Keep it cool..

Bad Blemish!

No matter how hard to you try to keep your skin in tip-top shape, the stress of planning a wedding is bound to leave you with a pesky pimple or two over the course of your engagement. I find this still to this day during a stressful time or that “time of the month” especially.  To safely zap a zit, dab a small amount of benzoyl peroxide on its surface before going to bed. The blemish should dry out and reduce in size, and in some cases, it could completely disappear by morning. Whatever you do, never squeeze or pick at a blemish (although so tempting!!), even if you’re in a pinch! Doing this could result in an infection, or worse,  leave you with a permanent scar. eek!

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize, did I say Moisturize??

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Skipping the use of a daily moisturizer will most likely wreak havoc on your skin. Whether you wash your face in the shower or in the sink, apply a moisturizer immediately after drying off — skin is porous and will absorb liquid best during this time.

Those with oily complexions may choose an oil-free moisturizer that’s applied only once a day, while those with dry skin may need a product that’s applied in the morning and at night. Remember, you don’t have to treat all patches of skin the same. Pay attention to which areas are dry and oily, and moisturize accordingly!

Get your beauty rest girlies!

Never underestimate the power of getting a good night’s sleep. It’s not just good for your well-being, but your skin will benefit from a good snooze fest, too. The body produces more proteins as we sleep, rejuvenating tissues and cells, so getting enough rest is important to having healthy skin. Ever notice how on a night you get awful sleep you look awful too? (insert smiley face here!). Sleep deprivation can leave you looking puffy with dark circles under the eyes, so avoid over-celebrating at the bar with your bridesmaids or any late-night wedding planning, especially right before the big day. Make a conscious effort to get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep every night and you’re sure to look and feel your best as a result.

Keep Makeup Brushes Clean

Not only can dirty brushes muddy the colors of your makeup palette, but they’re full of dirt and bacteria, too, which can be detrimental to your complexion. No bride needs to deal with blemishes, so clean makeup brushes regularly with a little shampoo and water to avoid any breakouts on the big day. After rinsing the suds from your brushes, hang them up, bristles facing down, and allow them to dry completely before using them again.

Try some at home face masks

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While masks shouldn’t replace your daily cleansing routine, wearing one regularly can improve your complexion. Masks melt hard sebum that resides deep in your pores, removing grit and grime that most daily skincare products are unable to do. Plus they look funny and you can scare anyone around you while wearing. haha!

Those with oily skin should wear a mask every other day to remove oil and dirt, while those with dry skin should wear a mask sparingly — just once or twice a month. Even though masks work well with most skin types, don’t wait until right before the wedding to try one for the first time — there is a small chance that you could have an allergic reaction!

Slather on that SPF!

Many brides want their white dress to pop against bronze, sun-kissed skin, but exposing yourself to the sun’s harmful rays without wearing sunscreen is dangerous to your health. To prevent skin from burning, choose cosmetics with built-in SPF. These makeup products should include a label with PA+, PA+ or PA+++ to indicate the level of UVA protection in the formula, but achieving full coverage doesn’t stop there. Most women don’t wear a makeup application heavy enough to protect them over the course of an entire day, so it’s best to layer moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher on skin before applying a base. When you’re outdoors for a significant amount of time, always reapply sunscreen and makeup to ensure long-lasting coverage from morning to night. Finally, don’t forget to wear lip balm that’s SPF 30 or higher to maintain a perfect pout — a very important accessory for a successful first kiss as husband and wife!

Hope these tips helped and you will be on your way to a fresh face for your wedding day!

XOXO,

Kirstin @ FrouFrou Le Bleu

 

 

Celebrity Inspired Ring bling! Molly Sim’s gorgeous vintage inspired engagement ring..

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Loving the Bling

This is absolutely one of my favorite subjects in the world of weddings! Just ask any of my friends or my husband and they will tell you…when I hear a celebrity got engaged, the first thing I want to hear and see is what ring they are wearing…and then I get googling! Of course, I get extra excited when I see it’s a sparkler with vintage flair! I absolutely LOVE Halo and bloom rings & if done right, they are amazing and in my opinion…the most gorgeous. Gorgeous and so art deco!

This week I decided to focus my attentions on Molly Sims and her gorgeous cushion cut engagement ring from her now husband, film producer Scott Stuber. The ring was designed by Lorraine Schwartz and Scott had the help of Diane von Furstenberg to assist in the design process.  They worked together for several months on it.

The details are : Approx 6 carats, Platinum, estimated price is $80,000 plus! (wow!!) The ring is a cushion cut diamond with beautiful delicate tiny sparkling diamonds surrounding the main diamond all around and all along the band of ring. Some jewlers would call it a ‘Halo’ or as Tacori calls them …a ‘Bloom’.  Can we say sparkle madness??! Stunning!!

Check out pics of Molly and her ring below!

Enjoy the sparkle!

xoxo,

Kirstin @ Froufrou Le Bleu

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21 Day Fix Program by Autumn Calabrese – Lose Weight and Get in Shape for your Wedding day!

21 Day Fix EXTREME gives you everything you need for serious results.
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OK..so, who’s ready to get in shape and lose weight for your wedding day?

Ok, first of all, make sure you follow my new bridal weight loss and fitness page here called fit and fab bride – click RIGHT HERE for my Facebook page accountability group for brides just like you! here is my personal coaching page as well, I am not a coach with beach body, but just offer a free page for you to feel inspired and motivated. – https://www.facebook.com/coachkirstinlawrence

21 Day Fix EXTREME gives you everything you need for serious results.

So I  decided to do this post because I really want to tell you all about this great new program called the 21 day fix by beachbody! I just started it myself and so far I am amazed with the results, so far I have lost 5 pounds in 10 days. Yes I am serious! What’s crazy is…the amount of food I am eating, I mean..I am never hungry and I was shocked when I got on the scale and saw I was 5 pounds down already, um..score!! My favorite weight loss system I have ever done! I am loving the container system and the half hour amazing workouts are fabulous, super quick and easy to follow. The results are amazing and I will post a couple results of real girls who have lost weight and got in amazing shape using this program at the end of the post! I recently decided to become a beachbody coach after seeing friends have amazing results with the program. One friend lost 11.5 pounds in the 21 days and another friend lost 10 pounds. Yayy! I mean, how cool is that? Another passion of mine is Shakeology by beach body and the reason I decided to become a coach with the company. So, I lost my baby weight (my daughter is 1 and 1/2 now) of about 55 pounds in about 15 months drinking their yummy chocolate shakes, see below for my shakeology weight loss, I replaced one meal a day of their chocolate shakes and then watched what I ate and did cardio and yoga 3/4 times a week! I still drink them today and this is what brought me to the company and now I am also excited about the 21 day fix. I am drinking my Shakeology on the program and most days I will replace a meal with a shake, or have a shake as my snack. Yum! Anyhow, on to the 21 day fix and why you have to do it with me and join my challenge group for your wedding (insert huge smiley face here!!)!!! See below for Challenge groups I am always hosting for free and again I am not a beachbody coach, but I do still offer a great private (as in none of your friends can see posts on Facebook timeline) free support page!  Make sure to follow me on Facebook for  challenge groups updates!  Here is my Facebook page! “like” me here now for motivation, updates and new products! CLICK RIGHT HERE for my Facebook page and make sure to like me! Again, here is my personal fitness and health coaching page, blog also coming soon! :-) https://www.facebook.com/coachkirstinlawrence. If you purchase the program, please email me at froufroulebleu@gmail.com and I will friend you and add you to my private support group of women for help and motivation, this is a separate page I offer and not my normal Facebook “like” page. Would love to be a part of it and join our fun group!

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Ok, so What is this 21 Day Fix thing?

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21 Day Fix is a nutrition and fitness program that makes losing weight so simple, anyone can do it. Easy-to-follow portion control and 30-minute workouts take the guesswork out of losing weight to help you see results fast—up to 15 pounds in just 21 days!  Whether you want to lose a few pounds before your next vacation or jump-start a bigger weight-loss goal, 21 Day Fix is the program for you. It’s simple, it’s fast, and it works. If you’re ready to get serious, 21 Day Fix can help you lose the weight. A wedding day is the perfect start to this program because you are more motivated than ever to look fabulous for your upcoming special day! Not to mention your honeymoon…if you plan to be going somewhere bikini friendly! eek!

Ok, so why is the 21 Day Fix so effective?

Because it’s so simple! You don’t have to count calories, points, or log your food into diet software. With 21 Day Fix, everything is laid out for you. All you have to do is use the specially designed portion-control containers (they are so darn cute!!), pick your choice of food from a very long list of the different categories of approved foods (carbs, veggies, etc.) and then do one 30-minute workout per day. that’s it! Commit to it for 21 days, and you’re going to love your results. I am in my first week and will for sure be posting my results as well..keep watching this page or check out my website here! I will be starting a fitness blog as well so I will make an announcement when this is launched and be sure to give you that info once I have it for you!

What makes the 21 Day Fix unique?

It’s the only fitness and nutrition program that combines portion-control containers and world-class workouts. By placing equal emphasis on fitness and healthy portion control, 21 Day Fix can help anyone lose weight—and keep it off—in a way that’s simple and sustainable. Whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds, you can do it with this program. The amount of food is crazy, one day I was in “food coma” after a salad I kid you not! I then decided I was still full from lunch and so I ended up having one the yummy huge shakes I told you about called Shakeology for dinner with fruit and some almonds on the side It is like a creamy shake and feels like desert (only much healthier!) and very filling!

How does the 21 Day Fix work?

With the 21 Day Fix container system, you’ll learn how to create healthy portions simply and intuitively.  It shows you how
to eat whatever you want, in the right amounts, so you can reach your goals fast.  No guesswork, and no calorie counting! I love how it is teaching me how to eat. I am a mom of two and I run all over the place constantly and have completely lost touch with how to actually sit down for breakfast or lunch. I am either eating in a rush, having a meal replacement bar in the car…or when I do get to prepare myself something…I am eating standing up in my kitchen while I take care of my kid’s needs! Ugh. It gets crazy! So, this is really a great learning experience for me and I feel like I have the assistance of a real dietician who is helping me, plus I have the benefit of weight loss, win-win situation. Oh and the exercise program is fabulous and Autumn Calabrese is so easy to follow and she really makes it easy for you to get through it. I have never been an “at-home” dvd exercise person at all, I have always preferred the gym or outdoor activities like power-walks etc. Now that I have these DVDs I will be doing them for years! I love how there is a different dvd and exercise for each day (cardio, upper arms, lower, abs, Pilates (did that yesterday, ouch!) and even yoga! Lots of Variety with the 21 day fix I am telling you!

Who is Autumn Calabrese and why did she create the 21-day fix?

A rising star in fitness circle, Autumn Calabrese is a celebrity trainer and National Bikini Competitor. Her 14-years in dance studies sets her base to lay her foundation for her approach to exercise and wellness. Certified from NASM and AFPA, Autumn is the founder of Mighty Mommies Fitness. Through Mighty Mommies Fitness, she taught women to take care of their body and feel strong and sexy during pregnancy while raising their family. She started working on portion controlled systems to control accurate serving size while eating in 2012. Autumn’s knowledge and motivational training have earned her a reputable name in Los Angeles. Some of the famous celebrities trained under Autumn’s supervision are:
• Brooke Burke
• Rachel Zoe, and
• Tom Bergeron
Autumn- Versatile in her skills, writes for MomzInTheMix.com. Her workouts are also featured in
• C Magazine
• LA Parent
• The Palisadian Post
• Daily Candy

A few real live 21 day fix results pics! (mine included, scroll down.. :-)

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I started my journey at 180 after the birth of my seconds daughter, here is me “before” in October 2012 about a month after I gave birth to my 2nd child and right underneath is my “after” pic…of me now in May 2014!…I still drink Shakeology and am totally addicted to it now! I honestly crave those shakes! It’s amazing dense nutrition full of vitamins and super foods plus they taste amazing! My total weightless since Oct 2012 is 60 pounds!

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As promised my actual before and after the 21 day fix results. I am finally updating! I did the program for 27 days and had a couple set backs! Hey, I am human! Point is…I stuck with it and I love my results!

My before pics for the 21 day fix – 127 pounds (I am 5 ft 3)

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Drum roll… tada..My after pics for the 21 day fix! My results – a loss of just under 7 pounds. 120 and 1/2 pounds was my weight after completing the 21 day fix/ 

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And…how could I forget, my Selfie :-)

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Honeymoon Bikini Dreaming?? A little motivation for you to start this program!!

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 Want to Join my 21-day fix Challenge Group?

It’s super exciting to see the girls on my 21 day challenge group doing so well and getting amazing results! One of my girls lost 11.5lbs in just our first week weigh in. Since summer weddings are fast approaching, I’ve decided to open up the challenge once again for July and Aug. Give me 21 days…. Working out 30 minutes a day following and exact meal plan with portion control container so you know exactly how much of each food group to eat (super easy!! I am doing it and I can tell you it is easy and fun!). Nothing complicated here… Super simple and easy a child can do it, all you need to do is commit and show up in our supportive Facebook page on occasion to get results. This is an online challenge so anyone in the US or Canada can join. It’s a fun filled group of devoted and motivational individuals!! Along with me sharing my own struggles (and lord knows I have many! ha!) as I do this program with you!! If this is something you’re interested in doing send me an email to froufroulebleu@gmail.com. Lots of fun girls in the group who are serious about getting in shape and losing weight, brides and non-brides too! Open to anyone!

Hope this inspired you! I decided to do a different kind of post today and I know everyone loves a little health and fitness inspiration so hopefully I have given it to you and inspired you to try the 21 day fix with me! Email me at froufroulebleu@gmail.com if you are interested in coming on this journey with me! Remember to like me too on Facebook here !

Are you ready to lose weight and get in the best shape of your life?

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Ok ladies, who wants to join me and be a part of my next challenge group for brides!! I am setting up an accountability group and starting one soon! Email me at froufroulebleu@gmail.com and let’s do this together! Looking forward to hearing from you! Make sure to like me on Facebook too! :-)

xoxo,

Kirstin @ Froufrou Le Bleu

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From This Day Forward – A Modern-Vintage Wedding Collection from Ruche Bridal! Stunning and budget friendly!

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I am so happy to announce and post about this gorgeous Vintage Inspired wedding collection introduced by Ruche Bridal.It’s their new collection of beautiful, wedding, bridesmaid dresses, veils, hair accessories, lovely jewels and handbags… and in perfect time for Spring! This collection is dedicated to the vintage savvy bride, full of style, grace and an edgy retro-flaire! So pretty with it’s ethereal goddess-like lines and oodles of chic laces, soft silhouettes & a true vintage romantic vision.  What I am loving most of all…is the affordable price! I got so excited this morning when I saw this will be in store very soon!

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About Ruche Bridal

“From the first look to the sendoff, your wedding day should be a unique celebration of your relationship with your spouse-to-be. Our bridal lookbook, From This Day Forward, offers you a modern-vintage wedding collection filled with affordable wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and reception dresses to make your special day beautifully original. Browse through the pages to find the wedding dress of your dreams and the bridal accessories to accompany it. Whether you’re interested in the aesthetics of a vintage wedding dress or are on a budget for your big day, our collection surely holds the wedding dress you’re looking for.

From delicate lace veils to pretty embellished detailing, the wedding dress essentials found in the pages of our lookbook will help you create an enchanting ambiance on the day you say, “I do.” Your vintage wedding dress will accent your enduring love as you walk down the aisle, greet your guests, and kiss to the clink of silverware on glass. If you’re looking for a wedding reception dress, our shorter-length dresses can also be worn as an alternative wedding dress, perfect for the bouquet toss, cutting the cake, and dancing with your loved ones through the evening.

Once you decide on our wedding dress, sort through our bridal lookbook for the bridal accessories you need to complete your wedding day outfit. Slip on a pair of bridal shoes, opt for a sparkly headband or hair comb, and add the finishing touch with a beautiful lace veil. With these wedding essentials in tow, we know your wedding day will be truly unforgettable — an experience you remember from this day forward. ” Ruche

Check out their lovely gallery below! Shop here!

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Will be in store soon! Make sure you click here to shop and pick out your gorgeous new dress while you can!

Happy Shopping!

XOXO,

Kirstin@FroufrouLebleu

Spotlight on Craftsy.com – online classes on baking, sewing, jewelry, clothing design & photography classes and more!

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Have you heard of Craftsy?!

The company I am spotlighting today has developed a sort of online creative university.

It’s a website designed with creativity in mind- a place in this world where creative people can go and make new things, learn techniques from experts and polish up or advance in crafty skills.

Craftsy is a website chock full of instructional videos (really good ones!) from anything from vintage cake design, to Vintage style veils and headpieces, to retro bombshell dress designing, to knitting or vintage inspired designs, all sorts of sewing and even photography. You get the idea and I could go on.. on and on, the classes are endless.. and that’s just a small preview! In the next few months they will be adding even more courses to their catalogs!

Here is an example of just a few of their classes below..a little snippet..

 

You can take classes on your own schedule, and at your own pace, but still be able to interact with your classmates and instructors. So cool!

Craftsy produces four to six new classes a month. Courses generally cost between $20–$50.Around half of the courses are filmed in the company’s Denver studios, with the remainder being filmed in the instructor’s studio or shop. Videos also include a 30-second repeat feature to enable students to rewind to sections they have missed.

Courses are delivered by experienced craft teachers and video courses are typically 10 lessons long, amounting to five hours of video tuition. Courses paid for never expire, so can be rewatched and searched to find a particular section. Students who are having difficulty with a particular method or technique can also post a question and photo to get help from the instructor or other people taking the class, with the question appearing as a pop-up bubble below that section of the video.
In addition to video lessons, Craftsy has a range of downloadable step-by-step craft workshops, combining photographs and instructions. Workshops typically cover one project, whereas videos cover several projects or techniques.

Check out all these fabulous sewing and design classes, um…wow!

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Wanna start your own cake business and looking for ideas?

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Ever wondered about becoming a wedding photographer or learning more skills?

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Who’s ready to sign up for some classes? Hurry 50% off sale ends soon!

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DIY your wedding

I also love their array of wedding related instructional video classes below. So much fun and perfect way to DIY your wedding. I designed my own veils and floral headpieces for my bridesmaids and it was so much fun! Oh and wait until you check out their cake design classes!, they are very popular and the teachers are amazing! It’s all very fresh, modern, professional and edgy as well.  This is a great way to learn and super fun! I also love that you can keep your classes to refer back to and watch again..

Here is a little below about their wedding related classes...there are of course a ton more here..

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I personally am in love with Craftsy! I am now officially addicted to learning new ideas and picking up new talents constantly. What a fabulous site! I am so happy to share it with you..

Enjoy!!

Hugs!

Kirstin@FroufrouleBleu