I really need to go to sleep. I've been working around the clock trying to catch up after the power-outage that robbed me of several days' work. It's because of life's little kicks to the head that I obsessively back-up, and thankfully, nothing that couldn't be redone was lost...just a lot of my time....

But I just can't go to sleep without cluing you in to a fabulous contest hosted by stylemepretty.com! Go to the site and answer a few questions and you'll be entered to win 100 free single-colour letterpress save-the-date cards from Hello! Lucky. Mmhmmm...."free" and "letterpress" in the same sentence... Just so you know, these little beauties would run you about $400. So check it out, put in your .02, and make sure you send me one if you win!

...about amy

Stylemepretty.com is always featuring great schtuff and this is no exception. we've all seen the multitude of brides & grooms breaking out into a choreographed routine in the middle of the first dance and youtube.com is chock full of videos of the wedding party doing "thriller."

...but this is the most awesome thing ive ever seen. it just gets better and better, so keep watching! click the photo to watch the video on AMC Video's blog.

favorite things

this is my new favorite thing ever. of course, you'd have to wear striped hose under your dress and a dagger in your garter.
Rainsend pirate cake topper, at Etsy...where else?....

this installment of "something blue" goes out to karen mikols, who has asked for shoe votes on her own blog. after seeing her dress, my vote's going to these.

it seems those Betsey Johnson shoes were a hit from the comments i've received about them. finding "something blue" beyond the traditional garter or "last resort" pinned-in $60 handkerchief can be a chore to say the least. so i hope you can get some inspiration from the fruits of my internet window-shopping spree in search of the often frustrating "something blue." i've tried to find things that can be worn/used beyond the wedding as well.

freakin' gorgeous. i love the stuff you can find on etsy. these hand-carved bone and blue crystal hairsticks made by lfaigen are perfect for adorning (and securing) your 'do. and the nice thing is lfaigen has been kind enough to post illustrations showing several different ways you can incorporate these sticks into a number of hairstyles.

another Etsy find from ifbdesigns. really sweet adornments for a little sparkle.

there's no law that says your dress has to be white. seriously...ivory, champagne, candlelight, etc are really just very light shades of a colour...so why not go with an ice blue? i can see this dress with a delicate bouquet of ivory and creams, peonies and roses...

no one actually needs to see your blue! these Victoria's Secret panties are aptly called "Cheeky."

i'll refrain from any elvis jokes here...but these are pretty cool blue suede shoes. also a bit more manageable than the Betseys. even better, these are on sale! i'm imagining these peeking out from the bottom of a '30s style ivory slipdress with some light ruffles.

of course, if you'd like to actually wear your shoes all day, check out these anti-ankle-breakers by Vigotti.

don't forget blue blooms. blue is the rarest pigment found in flowers and most "blue" flowers are actually lavender or violet. some true blues are hydrangeas, delphiniums, light blue iris, and sweet tiny forget-me-nots.

something blue

Ok, so these Betsey Johnsons are simply astounding. i'll give a special prize to anyone who wears these as their "something blue."

These are some of the coolest invites i've seen. i'm in love with their minimalism and the best part: half the work is done for you! Eva Paul designs your invitations and sends you the files. from there all you have to do is the printing on paper of your own choice. my favorite place in columbus for gorgeous paper ~ On Paper on n. high street in the short north.

of course, if you're planning a green-wedding, you could always send out these invites through email...they'll be just as pretty and you'll save a bunch on postage and somewhere out there a tree will sigh in relief.

(images © eva paul)

i think i just dislike anything that is titled into the genre for which it was created. especially if it's tied to any type of holiday or any other single-day occasions. "wedding shoes" and worse yet, "wedding jewelry" totally make my eye start twitching. all too often, manufacturers (notice i say "manufacturers" and not "jewelers," "artisans," or "designers") know that these items are to be worn once and thereafter thought of as disposable...and they create these items with that in mind. and somehow the cheap-alloy sparkley chandelier earrings still get slapped with a $55 sticker. often these are items for which one wouldn't pay $15 for everyday costume jewelry and don't even make it through the first dance.

this is why i encourage seeking your accessories from non-wedding sources. not only will you find something more unique, you'll get better value out of something you can enjoy again (and remind you of such a happy day), AND it's less waste in the world.

i'm totally in love with ShySiren's earrings. the flower collection is full of gorgeous delicate pieces. these are my favorites for their subtlety:

these little tiny buds remind me of lily-of-the-valley. only about an inch long, they're just enough embellishment and won't take any attention away from one's face.

these little bells take care of your "something blue" with the sky coloured bead above the frosted bell. or you could go bolder with the blue bells.

lots of pretties for your bridesmaids, too.

and the best part? all of these earrings are between $17 and $30. they do custom order, too. you can find ShySiren on Etsy.com. tell them I say "hi!." (all of the images in this post © ShySiren)

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