Is anyone still out there?

I can’t believe 5 years have passed since I last wrote.

I’m still here.

Not a bride anymore.

I’ve still got my husband.

I’ve also got a mortgage.

And two kids.

It’s been busy.

And I’ve decided to write about it.

Come visit me at www.littlebrownmumma.wordpress.com!

I’ll leave the LBB blog up, but you’ll find current content on my new site.

thanks for reading,

littlebrownmumma

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Love these Looks: Club Monaco Fall 2012

Club Monaco finally has COLOUR in its most recent collection! I love the flow and feel of Club Monaco clothes, but the drab colours from the past several seasons washed me out and depressed me; but, now they’ve got red, burgundy, navy blue, and even rust!! Yeehaw!

Below are some of my fave dresses. These are super versatile…with funky stockings, heels or cute booties, and oversize clutch, these would make the perfect night on the town outfits or perfect wedding event dresses (e.g., bridal shower, low key engagement party, bachelorette dinner, etc.). Or paired with leggings, boots, and a blazer, they would be perfect and comfy for work!

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xoxo,
LBB

Payal Singhal 2012: India in Colour

Payal Singhal’s recent collection is full of unique, gorgeous patterns and designs. They are perfect additions to the South Asian fashion wardrobe for a woman looking for stylish clothes that break the mould of traditional designs. I want them all.

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Thank you to Deepal from Peepul Consulting for these pictures.

Xoxo,
LBB

{Inspiration} Art Deco Beauty

Photo credits of Clara Bow (L-R): Here and here

The pics of Clara Bow above epitomize the beauty of the flapper girl: think smokey eyes, dark, bold lips, statement hair, and pearls.

The two looks below are perfect examples of modern interpretations of 1920s/1930s glam. Wouldn’t these looks be great for an engagement shoot or even the reception?

Both pics from Art Deco Weddings

For a South Asian take on the art deco look, look no further than an incredible shoot by Jade Studio Productions. When I first saw the pics on Asian Wedding Ideas, I could not stop drooling–what a perfect meld of art deco style and South Asian bridal beauty!! All the elements are there: the dramatic headpiece, the pearls, the smokey eyes, and the ruby lips. Love, love love.

xoxo,

LBB



Vintage Chic with an Indian Twist

The original style queen meets the modern style queen.

Coco meet Sonam

Sorry for the silence, folks. Been super busy at work and subsequently super tired. Posts reviewing The Wedding Co. Show and new wedding magazines (Lavish Dulhan and The Wedding Co.) are in progress, as are posts exploring Art Deco wedding fashion and beauty inspirations and posts featuring up and coming photographers.

I hope pictures of the chic ladies above will satisfy y’all for now. 🙂

xoxo,

LBB

{Inspiration} Art Deco Decor: Balancing Geometry and Romance

Coco Chanel’s mirrored staircase

To continue my discussion on Art Deco inspired colour schemes, today’s post will focus on the elements and details you can incorporate to continue the Art Deco theme in your wedding decor.

Based on my research, Art Deco themed weddings have the potential to take on a costume-y, even Halloween, effect. Designers might over-emphasize the kitschy and obvious, such as tall vases with huge feathers and pearls hanging off or peacock colours everywhere…and it becomes too much…at least for my taste. I am more a fan of the “inspired” look and not the “obvious” look—if that even makes sense. (e.g., pic on the left: not for me.)

For a successful Art Deco look, I think it’s important to emphasize two elements: geometry and romance. Both balance each other out: romantic elements soften harsh geometric lines, and geometry anchors the romance.

How does this translate into real life? Geometric elements include the more “masculine” aspect of Art Deco: architectural inspirations; strong patterns; sharp, repetitive shapes and lines; mirrors; chrome; and black lacquer. In contract, romantic elements include feminine touches, such as light colours, brushed gold, bronze, curves, texture, pearls, and flowers.

For example, the following tables have a fine balance of masculine and feminine materials:

The Queen Mary Ballroom

Art Deco Collection by Ralph Lauren Home

New York apartment from Architectural DigestRed, black lacquer, bold pattern, and golden light

Centrepieces can also represent the style in many ways. You could take inspiration from the NYC skyline that is peppered with Art Deco buildings (think Empire State, Chrysler, Rockefeller Centre) and incorporate architectural elements into your centrepiece by using different sized vases with soft floral arrangements. Maintaining a strong pattern via geometric table cloths/runners or contrasting colour combinations are additional means of subtly infusing art deco.

The following centrepiece examples are quite modern, but I find they have a good balance of masculine and feminine aspects, along with architectural interest. Architecture doesn’t mean “HUGE”; smaller, textured arrangements could actually have more impact. Moreover, replacing the white vases in the below examples with brushed gold or bronze could infuse a vintage feel; possibly even more striking would be to combine brushed gold or bronze with black lacquer or mirrors (a la Coco Chanel’s staircase). Very sexy. Also, roses, calla lillies, and hydrangeas are ideal flowers–they are very soft and romantic. {Click on the following pictures to be redirected to original site.}


Additionally interesting would be to use art deco vases or vases with patterns influenced by art deco style. {Image credits: Clockwise starting from top left: Crackled vase; Skyscraper vase; White & purple vase; Red, white turquoise vase}

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And, if you’re feeling fancy, la piece de resistance:

A vintage photo booth!

Typography, fashion, and beauty inspirations to follow (soon)!

xoxo,

LBB