Our Magical Wedding- Part One (Getting ready with your bridal party, plus hotel room must haves!)

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(Location: The Ravel Hotel. Dress purchased at Kleinfelds in NYC. Photo by Glenmar Studio)

Our wedding day was the most magical day I could have ever dreamed of.  The weather was incredible… clear skies with a breeze, no rain, hardly a cloud in the bright blue sky.  We were blessed. It had rained almost every day previously, and every day after, but it was a gorgeous day on July 29th, 2018 in NYC.  We didn’t take this for granted.

There was so much planning and work that went into it, that I thought I’d wait until afterwards to post a blog series chronicling the entire process!

We just got our photos back from Glenmar Studio, so I thought it was the perfect time to share the incredible experience we had!

In the next several blog posts, I plan on detailing everything that went into making our wedding day as incredible as it was.  As perfect as the day may sound, make no mistake, the planning was stressful, the expenses piled up, and there were a ton of things I wish I had known ahead of time.  But hindsight is 20/20, and now that I have gone through it, I can certainly help anyone who’s planning a wedding to learn from my mistakes, and I can share tips and insight on how to make the most of your special day!!

Part 1 of this series is going to focus on your bridal party, and getting ready for the big day!! Yay!! 🍾🥂

My best friends were my bridesmaids, and I am so lucky to have them.  From the moment I asked them to be in my wedding, I immediately started thinking about dresses, shoes, jewelry, hair, makeup, and matching robes to wear while getting ready! Not to mention special gifts for them!

 My goal was to find dresses that would be flattering on every single one of them, and would also make them feel comfortable. I also didn’t want all this to cost a fortune, so with some searching, and trial and error, I was able to get everything I wanted, and stay within my budget. (Sort of! Kind of? lol)

First off… the robes. 

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(Robes are from ETSY! Link HERE.)

For the night before my wedding, I booked the girls and I a room in the gorgeous Ravel Hotel.  The view is incredible and it’s right next door to our wedding venue, The Foundry. 

I wanted us to all have matching robes for photos, but since there was 5 of us, that can get expensive pretty quickly. Luckily, I found the perfect ones on ETSY.  Stylish, affordable, and unique!  They were floral, came in a ton of colors, and they were customizable! Perfect!  I ordered the white floral Bride robe for myself, one Maid of Honor robe, and 3 Bridesmaids robes for the rest of my girls.  They were comfortable, arrived quickly, and were beyond gorgeous for photos! Great buy!  I highly recommend! Link HERE to buy! 

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Second… makeup!!! 

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The process of narrowing down a makeup artist was daunting at first. I wanted someone who would be able to give me a natural look that still “looked like me”. At the same time, I wanted the girls to be able to customize the perfect look to fit their personality, so I needed someone versatile. After testing with a few other makeup artists that were great, but didn’t seem to “get me”, I found BEAUTINI!  Wow! I tested with Kathy Zikas, and she was beyond incredible. She was able to give me the dewy, glowing, natural look I wanted for my indoor/outdoor Summer wedding!

Added bonus, she gave me, and all the girls individual false lashes! They looked natural, lush, and full.  Some of the other girls wanted a more smokey eye, and darker makeup, which she accommodated beautifully. Everyone was happy with how they looked, and I was ecstatic!

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(Snapshot of me and my amazing friend, and groomsman Dennis, who also got his makeup done by Beautini, and loved it!!)

Beautini truly did a wonderful job, and made everyone photo ready! P.S… they also brought us complimentary champagne! How can you beat that?  🥂🍾

If you’re looking for a makeup artist for your wedding, or any event, look no further!

Third… gifts, and jewelry for your bridal party!

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(Crystal butterfly rings by Gucci. 🦋 Purchase HERE or HERE.)

When I asked my bridesmaids to be a part of this incredibly special day, I wanted to get them each a gift as a thank you for being there for me and standing by my side. I also wanted to get them something they could wear on the day of the wedding. When I saw Gucci’s new Butterfly line, I fell in love.  All their pieces were gorgeous and full of whimsy, but it was the rings that caught my eye. They were the perfect size, not too big, but certainly not small. The sparkle on them was incredible.  It’s the perfect Summer ring in my opinion.  🦋  Buy HERE!  And if you love butterflies, check out their Butterfly Choker HERE, and their Butterfly bracelet HERE.

Fourth… the bridesmaids dresses! 

When searching for dresses with the girls, there were two things that were most important. Finding a dress that would be flattering on everyone, and would also make them feel comfortable.  There are tons of dress styles out there, from off the shoulder, to lace, to floral, to a-line.  We searched at a few different places, including David’s Bridal, and Nordstrom, but finally found the perfect dress at BHLDN.

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(My gorgeous bridesmaids in the Jenny Yoo Annabelle dress in cameo pink. Belts were custom made on ETSY, link HERE!)

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(Posing on the balcony at The Ravel Hotel, before heading over for the ceremony)

I knew I wanted the dresses to be blush pink, and this Jenny Yoo dress was the perfect shade, and the ideal flattering cut. The a-line shape looked great on everyone, and the structured bust was just gorgeous. 🌟🌸 Plus, the price was super affordable, and every now and then, they have sales on this brand, so keep an eye out for that!

I knew the dresses needed belts to make them pop, but sadly all the belts were sold out at BHLDN.  Luckily, I found an incredible seller on ETSY that made me custom belts for all the girls! Her customer service was INCREDIBLE and I couldn’t recommend her more! Plus her pricing was incredible! Great value for a low price! The belts were STUNNING. Here’s a link to her store: Heirloom Garter Co. And the link to the belts I got my bridesmaids is HERE.  Buy the dresses HERE. 

Fifth… Let’s talk about shoes!

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When shopping for wedding shoes, comfort was my first and main concern!  My husband and I had been taking ballroom dancing lessons with the incredible Daniela Del Giorno for the past 6 months to prepare for our first dance. (BTW, she’s amazing, and I highly recommend taking lessons with her!)  I wanted to make sure I had shoes that would allow me to dance without causing me unspeakable pain, or blisters! I also wanted shoes that I could walk around in, and dance all night without worrying about limping halfway through the day.

Luckily I found these gorgeous rhinestone encrusted heels that were perfect.  They are from the Jewel by Badgley Mischka collection! They were comfortable with a medium sized heel, and bonus… they matched my dress!  My Maid of Honor ended up buying a pair as well in their blush color to match her dress.  If you’re looking for stylish, yet comfortable shoes to boogie the night away, look no further! They were only around $100 bucks, but looked like a million! Buy them HERE!

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(My beautiful bridesmaid, Thao, helping me on with my shoes)

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Sixth… jewelry for the ceremony!

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For the bridesmaids, I thought it would be best, and most elegant, to keep it simple. I got them these gorgeous studs and matching solitaire necklaces by Danori from Macy’s. They had just the right amount of sparkle that played off their crystal belts.  Perfect for any occasion! You can purchase the earrings HERE, and the necklace HERE!

Sixth, and last…. decor and extras for the wedding suite!

As I mentioned before, I booked us a room at The Ravel Hotel so we could stay there together the night before, and get ready together in the morning. Everyone brought different items, treats, and decorations to make the night special.

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(Love balloon from ETSY.  Bridal cookies from ETSY.  Wifey clutch by Edie Parker)

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Debbie, my maid of honor surprised me with these adorable wedding themed cookies from ETSY! They were as delicious as they were adorable! She also brought the LOVE balloon, also from ETSY. They were two perfect additions to the beautiful room.

I got the WIFEY clutch on sale at SAKS! It’s by Edie Parker, and I had been lusting after it for a long time, I was so happy to find it 60 percent off! Link to more Edie Parker clutches HERE!

My bridesmaid Thao surprised us with rose gold glitter for our Champagne! It bubbled over when we poured it in and put us in the mood to celebrate!

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(Our gorgeous wedding invitation, in front of my stunning bouquet by Ivie Joy Flowers)

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The incredible team at Glenmar Studio, who took these amazing photos, told me to bring along one of my wedding invitations for pictures, and I am so glad I did! It was a great way to capture every detail that made this wedding possible!

In the next several posts, I will be talking about designing my invitations, save the dates, picking a florist, (Ivie Joy was AMAZING), finding my perfect dress, and choosing our incredible venue. (The Foundry was a dream!)

There’s so much to talk about, I couldn’t possibly do it all in one post!

Stay tuned for news on my new Youtube Channel I am launching, where I will be talking about ways to save money on your wedding day, my favorite fashion finds, and what to splurge on, and what not to!

All the gorgeous photos on this post were done by the incredible Glenmar Studio! I will be doing a post on them coming up! Stay tuned!

XOXO

Julie Rose 🌹

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunshine On My Birthday

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It’s been a while since I posted, and I have a lot to update you guys on! I’ve been busy planning our wedding for this July, which I will begin documenting on this blog! I’ve also been busy working on a few different projects, as well as starting a new health and fitness journey that I can’t wait to share with you all!

First though, here’s a post from my birthday this past Feb 21st! Incredibly, it was over 70 degrees that day…in NYC…in February!! It was a miracle!  Chris and I headed to Astoria Park to enjoy the weather and snap a few shots. All details and links to shop are  below!

Stay tuned for my next few posts on my new beauty routine for glowing skin, as well as inside info on all the major sales happening as Spring approaches!

XOXO

Julie Rose 🌹

Jacket:  Marc Jacobs (Sold out in pink but you can get it in light blue denim HERE ), also new Marc Jacobs styles HERE, and HERE. For other pink denim jackets, check out  THIS ONE, and THIS ONE. Sunglasses: Karen Walker. Also HERE in tortoise. Bag GUCCI. This is seriously an amazing bag, it’s a wallet on a chain, and fits a ton! Other colors HERE and HERE.  Sneakers: Reebok.  Ring: GUCCI.  And get it in the gorgeous larger size HERE. 



My Current Obsessions- Holiday Edition

Hello! I hope everyone had an incredible Holiday season! I wanted to share some of my favorite items that I received for Christmas! I am totally in love with these pieces, each one is magical in it’s own way!  All links to purchase are below! What did you get for the holidays? Tell me in the comments! xoxo Julie Screen Shot 2017 01 06 at 4.53.57 PM My Current Obsessions  Holiday EditionMy sweet friend Thao surprised me with this incredible Lanvin Love Ring for Christmas! It’s bold, stunning, and sparkles like crazy! Perfect statement ring with a beautiful message. #AllYouNeedIsLove   My Current Obsessions  Holiday Edition  My Current Obsessions  Holiday Edition Speaking of love…I am head over heels for this YSL metallic heart bag! Perfect size for evenings out, and the color is amazing! Again, thank you Thao for being such an amazing friend!  Here’s this amazing bag in black: YSL Black Heart Bag (ON SALE TOO!),  and also here in leopard! YSL Leopard Heart Bag  IMG 8192 My Current Obsessions  Holiday EditionLINKS: YSL HEART BAG.  LANVIN LOVE RING.   IMG 8516 My Current Obsessions  Holiday Edition IMG 8528 My Current Obsessions  Holiday Edition IMG 8529 My Current Obsessions  Holiday Edition This Lanvin Love Necklace is my favorite, and I wear it almost daily! (Even with t-shirts!l)  It’s by far one of my very favorite necklaces, and well worth the price! #BoldStatementNecklace  Here it is in the gold version! Gold Lanvin Love Necklace IMG 7381 My Current Obsessions  Holiday Edition  My Current Obsessions  Holiday EditionAnyone who knows me knows that I have a serious obsession with opals. When I discovered Arik Kastan…that was it.  His jewelry designs are so unique and organic!  I love this Opal Mandala Ring for the little details.  The composition…the different sized stones.  It’s truly a work of art.  All of his rings are stunning. Check out his site!!

 

 

 

 

YSL PINK METALLIC HEART BAG, (Also in black HERE, and in leopard HERE, LANVIN LOVE NECKLACE, (And in gold HERE), LANVIN LOVE RING   Shop this look below:

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Currently Obsessing Over…….OPALS

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Ever since I was a young girl, I have been absolutely obsessed with opals.  I think it’s the numerous colors inside the stone that seem to shoot out like beams of light in every direction. Opals remind me of the universe, caught inside a small bubble.  There is definitely something mystical and mysterious about opals, and that’s exactly what draws me to them. It’s for this reason that I am loving all the opal jewelry that I’ve been seeing lately.  From delicate stacking rings, to stud earrings, and to larger statement rings and necklaces, opals seem to be everywhere lately.  (or maybe I am just looking for them! lol)  Above are some of my picks for delicate opal jewelry. In my opinion, Wwake is doing the best job of creating gorgeous, special, understated opal jewelry that showcases the beauty of opal, without being too “over the top.” It’s perfect for daily wear.   The designs on these pieces are amazing.  They’re  great for daily wear, the beach, and nights out! Links to everything below!

FIRST ROW: (From left to right)

1) Wwake Opal stud earrings 
2) Wwake Opal large 4-Step ring (Great for stacking!)

SECOND ROW:

1) Wwake 3 Step-Baloon ring 
2) Wwake Opal stud earrings (Love the style!)

THIRD ROW:

1) Wwake Opal hanging stud earring 
2) Wwake Opal ring with diamonds 

AND……if you are looking to make a bigger statement, and want a stunning opal ring that won’t cost a fortune, look no further than SAMANTHA WILLS!  I fell in love with her gorgeous signature Bardot Ring, available in this stunning opal for a limited time!! Sadly, it’s sold out now, but it’s not too late to get on the wait list!  Also, check out her other incredible Bardot rings HERE!

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Currently Craving: Summer Jewelry

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Summer alway makes me want to wear bold, statement jewelry to decorate all the skin we expose in this hot weather. I love these pieces because they are bright, ornate, and perfect for a trip to the beach, or a nighttime cocktails! Links below to everything!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
XOXOXO
Julie

First Row:

1) PAMELA LOVE OPAL ARROWHEAD RING (Yes, this one is way too expensive, but I loved the style, so here are more affordable alternatives HERE, and HERE.
2) HOUSE OF HARLOW TURKANA RING  (LOVE this, and great price!)

Second Row:

1) PAMELA LOVE SHOOTING ARROW EARRINGS (Perfect subtle statement)
2) DANNIGO EZRA CRYSTAL STATMENT NECKLACE (Perfect with maxi dresses)
3) SAMANTHA WILLS BOHEMIAN BARDOT RING (I am loving all her designs)

Bottom Row:

1) KELLY WEARSTLER PERFORATED RING (Love the openness of the design)
2) EDDIE BORGO FLAT COLLAR TRIANGLE NECKLACE (perfect statement necklace to go with everything!)

 

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Maybe it’s because I have been watching entirely too much Game of Thrones…(If that’s even possible!), but I have been lusting after elaborate, regal, and ornate statement necklaces lately.  The right one can bring an entire outfit together.  My favorite way to wear them is over a t-shirt though.  Laid back, and unexpected…it’s just a bit of sparkle to make you feel like a Queen.  (Or a Khaleesi)  Ok, I will stop now!

Check out my current picks for the most drool-worthy statement necklaces out there. All details on where to buy these gorgeous pieces are below!

Also, I am very sorry for my long hiatus from blogging! I was working on an incredible play, with a super talented cast.  It was written by my insanely talented boyfriend Chris Ferretti.  I will be doing  a feature on the play coming up!

Happy Tuesday! (& thanks Thao for getting me into Game of Thrones!  <3 you twinnie! )

1) Elizabeth Cole Stephanie Necklace (I love the subtle colors!)
2) Dylanlex Riley Necklace (Check out their website- you will drool!)
3) Lola Pixie Necklace (gorgeous detailing!)
4) Adia Kibur Crystal woven necklace (Great price!)
5) BCBGMAXAZRIA Multi Teardrop Necklace (gorgeous colors for Summer!)
6) Lulu Frost Poseidon Necklace (Love the silver/gold combo)

 

 

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Currently Craving

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Here are just some items that I am lusting after.
 I am already getting Spring fever!
Details on where to buy everything are below!

First Row:

1) Forever 21 Marled Trench Coat-  (Incredible quilted faux leather sleeves!)
2) Rag & Bone Kendall boots- (Yet another amazing pair to lust over!)
3) Ray-Ban Ice Pop Wayfarer Sunglasses (Love the color! Other colors HERE)
4) Topshop Floral Print Tea Dress (Great with tights and boots in Winter!)

Second Row:

1) Alexander Wang Rockie duffel in peppermint (Check out the matching studs!)
2) Goldsign The Stevie Jeans (I love the grunge boyfriend look!)
3) Jagger Edge Montana iPhone case in floral with studs (Rocker chic for Spring)

Third Row:

1) Annabel Ingall Small Isabella Tote (Love this color for Spring as well)
2) Hipanema Bysance Bracelet (The colors are stunning- great for stacking)
3) Topshop clean edge fedora (Great year round color!)

 

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GIVEAWAY from Lindsay’s Necklaces!!!

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Happy Friday! I am very happy to announce an exciting giveaway from Lindsay’s Necklaces!!!  These beautiful, handmade necklaces are more then just a fashionable piece of jewelry, there is an inspirational story behind them.  Click HERE to read how the idea behind these gorgeous, hand crafted necklaces was born.  Special thanks to Lindsay for sponsoring this giveaway, and giving one of my loyal followers a chance to own this chic, leopard print necklace!!

As my readers know, I LOVE animal print!!  This necklace is great because it’s bold, but neutral at the same time.  I decided to pair it with bright yellow to welcome in Spring. (Any day now NYC!!)

Would you like to own this necklace??  Simply FOLLOW ME ON FACEBOOK and TWITTER to enter!  I will be picking a winner in one week. The winner will be announced on my Facebook page next Friday, April 5th! If you already follow me, leave me a comment below stating how you would wear this necklace!  Good luck to everyone, and thanks again to Lindsay for sharing her gorgeous creations!

I was wearing:

Jacket: Marc by Marc Jacobs,(Similar look HERE, and HERE), Sweater: J Crew (try THIS ONE too),  Gloves: J Crew, Sunglasses: Karen Walker

Trending for Spring: Bright and Colorful Statement Jewelry

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Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am jewelry obsessed. No outfit feels complete for me without a eye catching bracelet, or statement making necklace.  You can totally update your look, or make an old dress feel new again with the right accessories.  With Spring coming, (soon I hope!), I am seeing more and more jewel centered pieces.  I love the organic feel of a huge stone ring, or a bold necklace with multicolored stones.  It makes me think of the warmer weather, and definitely brightens my mood.  I have put together a collection of current items that I am lusting after.  I recently discovered Katie Dean Jewelry, and I have included some of her gorgeous creations on this list.  I love her use of different shapes and colors in her pieces, and I especially love that most of her bracelets are stackable. Links to purchase each item are below. Which are your favorite?
XOXOXO
Julie

First Row:

1) Katie Dean “Destiny Awaits You” Necklace

2) J Crew Factory Stone and Crystal Bracelet

3) Adia Kibur Resin Triangle Necklace

Second Row:
1)Iosselliani Fused Stone Ring Set

2) J Crew Fan Fringe Necklace

3) Katie Dean “Bad to the Bone” Turquoise Skull Bracelet

Third Row:

1) Katie Dean “Forever and Always” Pink and Silver bracelet

2) push BY PUSHMATAaHA Octagonal Monarch Ring