Thursday, March 31, 2011

All In The Deets...

I love to see couples make their wedding day uniquely special by showing their "style" through details. Sometimes it is hard to express your personal style and execute it by yourself, so that's when wedding planners and venders come in. Like an interiors designer they can take your ideas and turn them into magic. This past January, Hitched had a showcase event hosted by Bash, Please and Urbanic Paper (some of the most creative people in the wedding/event industry) where many other amazing vendors all got together to share their talents...







In Love!

{images via : Green Weddings Shoes}

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Something Blue








I had a few "something blues" at my wedding; an evil eye pin that I attached to the bottom of my dress, my garter,  a bracelet given to me by my old boss Kenneth Jay Lane, and a pair of panties that said "Bride." 

What was your "Something Blue"?



{image 1: Couture Bridal Designs | image 2: Net-A-Porter | image 3:  Studio Stems | image 4: Making Magique | image 5: Vera Wang}

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rustic Charm


Babies Breath Bouquet


"Please Take Your Seat"


Adorable Favors

Pretty much "speechless"






{image 1: Dog n Bird | image 2:  Brides.com | image 3: My Eco Wedding image 4: Knight Light Events }

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Dress

If you missed my post on Saturday, it is "Wedding Week" here on Lilac and Grey. Ahhh... The Dress.

Romantic

Monique Lhuiller: Aspen

Jenny Packham: Cascade
Classic

Carolina Herrera: Berthe

Romona Keveza: RZ 273


Beachy

Elizabeth Filmore: Cassandra

Glamourous 

Priscilla of Boston Platnum Pl396

Vintage

{image 1: The Ring Bearer | image 2: Jenny Packham | image 3: Strictly Weddings | image 4: Romona Keveza | image 5: Fashion Bride | image 6: Hayden Olivia | image 7: Mason Bellaish}

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Quote of the Day






"Big girls need big diamonds. "

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wedding Season

Spring is not only a start of warmer weather and longer days, but also the beginning of "wedding season." If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may know that I have spent the last 3 years of my life attending many (many) showers, bachelorette parties, and weddings. This year is the first year since we got engaged that we don't have any to attend (trust me I am not complaining). It is a much needed break for us and our wallets, however my love for weddings still has me searching online for the newest trends. I know many of my readers are planning weddings themselves, so I would like to devote the next week of Lilac and Grey to Weddings....

It all starts with The Ring



1933 1.20ct European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring, Platinum, Single Cut Side Stones, $6950
Photo via Erie Basin

About a year ago I was at a store in Princeton, NJ and the sale associate was wearing the most amazing ring, I couldn't help but stare at it! I knew that it looked round, but it definitely was not round brilliant (the same cut as mine), so I had to ask her...she said it was a European Cut diamond, and that the ring was passed down to her by her grandmother (so sweet). The European cut diamond is making a BIG comeback, and as you can see above it is stunning.


Fun Fact:


"Appearing in the mid 1800's, the Old European-cut Diamond or OEC, has a round symmetrical circumference often with an open culet, a high crown and 58 facets, similar to the Old Mine-cut Diamond but more round than cushion-shaped." -Fay Cullen

Friday, March 25, 2011

Kick Start

I am kicking off my morning in celebration for the weekend with a cup of Tanzanian Peaberry coffee from Roasted Grounds Coffee Co.


I take my coffee with just a little cream and sugar... How do you take yours??


{image via Lushlee | heart cup & saucer set via Molla}


PS. If you missed my Guest Post this week, you can click HERE to read it :)

{via Elle Decor}

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Would You Like To Advertise On Lilac and Grey?



Would you like to advertise on Lilac and Grey? April and May are now available for booking. I have lots of fabulous readers who shop online and read blogs regularly. I have also created my rates with small businesses in mind.

Please email me for details at cara.gardner09@gmail.com. Thank you so much! <3 Cara

Line I Love: Nixie Clothing

While doing my usual internet browsing I came across this stunning children's clothing line based in London called Nixie Clothing...









I fell in love with the designer's philosophy...

"Only sustainable and vintage fabrics are used in the production of our Collections. The materials are locally sourced and all garments made in London, UK."



 Their Spring/ Summer  Collection was created using predominately handpicked vintage scarves to give the line a vintage boho vibe. You can find these one of a kind styles HERE at Nixie Clothing.com





{image 1 via Bubble Kids News & Trends | images 2-6 via Nixie Clothing | image 7 via Lucky's In Love}

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday Style + Guest Post

 Transitioning is hard. Nothing is worse then transitioning into a new job or a new schedule. Every year I have a hard time transitioning from one season to the next. I am just not a fan; and it is hard to know what to wear. From summer to fall I always question "When is it too early to wear ankle boots?" Or I am asking myself now, "When is it to early not to wear black opauqe tights with every dress or skirt."

Here are some things you can wear now....or later....


Love this black silk silk dress by Tucker. Wear it now with boots, or later when the weather is warmer with nude sandles (as seen above).


This striped silk wrap DVF dress is also a perfect option to wear with boots or sandles!

On a day that the temps are reaching mid 60s- 70's and you ask yourself "Is it too early to wear a tank?" This asymetric sweater by Kaelen is the perfect transition into tank tops!


Not to mention this Kaelen nude colored skirt is drop dead gorgeous!


There are so many different options and ways to wear it too!

All items available at Shopbop.com

I would love for you all to check out {Re}cycled Consign and Design where I am guest posting today for Amanda's "Spring Fling" Series.  I have gathered a few ideas and trends together for spring; here is a little sneek peak...


Head over there by clicking HERE

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Map My Love





Both of these maps have me weak in the knees and I am ON THE HUNT to find one just like it! Any suggestions??

{images via Daily Crush}

Monday, March 21, 2011

Office Space

I have been really busy with work these past few weeks so it is taking me longer then I expected to finish designing my office. I have a general idea of what I want to accomplish- but now it is I just have to have the time (and money) to go out and get everything to complete the look.

Here is my design inspiration so you can get a feel for what my office will eventually look like...





I originally wanted to get a detailed wall covering for one of the walls- but all of the ones that I adore come with a hefty price tag. I figured an easy way to cut costs is to paint large stripes like this space above on one of the walls instead of using expensive wall covering.

{via the decorista}

This is another photo that I have bookmarked in my inspiration folder for my office- and if you haven't guessed yet what color I plan to paint my office- drum roll please...it is....Lilac.

I bought a clothing rack from a retail wholesaler, which I have displayed all of my "vintage finds" on. It adds some glamour to the space.

If you have any suggestions for this space I am all ears! I hope to complete the space soon-so I can post photos for all of you to see!

Happy Monday Loves!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

To Do:


Call me crazy...but I am a little obsessed with this space!



I am even more obsessed with the door! It is also adorable that they wrote the word "dog" above the dog bowl! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Now I just have to figure out where I can do this in my home :)

{image via we heart it}

Friday, March 18, 2011

New Beginnings

I think that was the title of my first blog post...Spring to me does mean new beginings -  a clean freash start. This weekend I want to celebrate the upcoming season by...

Shopping for spring fashion...


Buy Fresh Flowers...


Do a little spring cleaning...

Enjoy a cocktail!



Enjoy your weekend!


{image via | Vogue Paris | this is glamorous | Vogue.com | The Bride's Cafe}
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