What Bra and Undergarments to Wear with your Convertible Dress?

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Finding the right undergarments for any dress can be a challenge. Here are a few of my favorite undergarments that work perfectly under our convertible dresses.

Spanx Super High Power $38: I have found that some of my customers will frown upon wearing Spanx.  Spanx is a necessity under any dress and for every body type! They tame your tummy and create a seamless, hourglass silhouette. Who doesn’t want that! The higher waist falls very close to your bust line, and when you wrap the dress, you can not see the line of the top of the Spanx.

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Fashion Forms U-Plunge Backless Bra $40: This is a great adhesive bra option for our dresses. It is the deepest plunge, backless, strapless garment on the market. It has padding in it which offers the most cleavage and also comes with a detachable halter strap that lends additional security and support. This bra works really well for the Deep V style option. This bra also has a side clear sticky extension.

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Nu Bra $35: This is another adhesive bra that works very well with our dresses. It is completely free of any strap extension. Washable, and reusable. Totally backless, strapless and invisible under any dress. It has a front closure for cleavage and lift. I tell my customers to wrap themselves in the style they are going to wear first, and then slip these on individually. (see video below) They do not even need to be clipped together. They stay in place and give you a smooth finish under your dress.

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Hollywood Tape $10: The famous fashion tape! Easy-to-use, clear double-stick apparel and body tape. It is gentle on the skin, hypoallergenic and leaves no residue on fabrics. I don’t know about you, but I still can’t figure out how to use a safety-pin without it being seen. This is a much better option.

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If you are busty and do not feel like any of these options will be good for you, your not out of luck! You can wear your strapless bra with our matching tube top!

Happy Wrapping!

XO – Francesca

How to create the knot shoulder style with your convertible dress

Today I will show you how to create the knot shoulder with your dress. The knot shoulder is one of my favorite styles because you can place the knot as high or as low as you want depending on your style preference.

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Please view the video as well as the step by step instructions.

KNOT SHOULDER

1. Step into dress or place over head so that sashes are facing the front.

2. Tie a single knot on each sash – knot can be as high or low as you like.

3. Bring sashes down the back and create desired back design – criss-cross, twist etc

4. Then bring the sashes down and around the waist and tie and/or tuck in front or back of the dress.

You can also twist the back of your dress to create a whole different back.

You can style the dress in a halter style as well. The possibilities are endless.

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Happy Wrapping!

XO – Francesca

A Romantic Rustic Chic Wedding

On April 7th 2017 my cousin Chelsea married the love of her life Josh Trotta. They had dated for 7 years and when he asked her to marry him on Christmas Day 2015 we could not have been more happy for them!

I was the MOH and my daughter Rosalina was one of the flower girls. It was such a fun and memorable day full of laughs, tears, and a night of non stop dancing!

Chelsea asked me if I would outfit the girls in Nuova Vita convertible dresses which was exciting for me. It was amazing to be apart of her vision and witness her romantic rustic chic wedding come to life.

Chelsea picked the Convertible Gown in the color twighlight which is what I would call a dusty gray lavender. She paired the dresses with bouquets of Amnesia Roses which matched the dresses perfectly, Hydrangeas, and Dusty Miller which is a grey like accent greenery.

Here are some pictures of the wedding and a bonus is the beautiful wedding clip at the end.

Josh & Chelsea’s Wedding Clip

XO – Francesca

How to Find the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress: Part One

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Hunting for bridesmaid dresses can be one of the most difficult parts of the wedding planning process. Before you decide what style of bridesmaid dresses you want, here are three important points to consider:

  1. The location of your wedding,
  2. The theme of your wedding,
  3. And finally, but most importantly, your personal style.

The location of your wedding

Location. Location. Location. Once you pick out the perfect backdrop for your perfect day, the rest of the pieces should fall into place. The location helps guide you on the style and color of the bridesmaid gown.

For example, a scenic, lush, mountain view wedding would pair perfectly with bold colored bridesmaid gowns to capture the background.

A beach wedding might have bridesmaids wear something a bit softer, maybe soft, pastel colors, so the crystal blue water will pop in the photos.

Whereas a white winter wedding could suggest something a bit more glamorous, yet completely warm, for the bridesmaids, such as a fur coats or sequin gowns.

The theme of your wedding

The theme of the wedding can help guide you towards choosing the right bridesmaid gown for your girls.

For a beach wedding, the dresses could be flowy and airy. A traditional Church wedding could have the opposite effect: maybe choose something simple yet glamorous to match with the decor of the Church or reception room.

Your personal style

Your personal style needs to be at the front of your mind when selecting bridesmaid gowns.
Here are three questions to ask yourself:

What do you like to wear?
Would you enjoy seeing these colors, patterns, and styles at your wedding?
Would you wear it?

Tomorrow, I will be talking about the how to coordinate your style with your bridesmaids style thus creating a beautiful and cohesive wedding party.

xoxo Francesca

Five Gifts For Your Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids are such an important part of the entire process of getting married.  From the bachelorette party, to the bridal shower, to the Big Day! Brides give their bridesmaids a gift before the wedding to show their appreciation for all their love, support, and hard work helping plan the wedding.  I am the type of person that loves a gift that has meaning and also something that they will be able to USE again.

Below are 5 great gifts that I think your bridesmaids will love:

  1. Jewelry: You can give your girls a piece of jewelry that they can wear the day of the wedding and even after.  A lot of my jewelry pieces that I wear has meaning behind it, that is why I loved when I stumbled across the website http://www.dogeared.com.  They have beautiful dainty jewelry that have meaning behind it.  I bought all my bridesmaids the Pearls of Friendship Necklace. But If you wanted to personalize each piece of jewelry for your bridesmaids then you could do that to, and buy different pieces for each bridesmaids from the same collection.  You could buy one maid earrings and another maid a necklace or ring depending on what they wear most.

2. Robe: You can give your bridesmaids something they can wear while they are getting ready. They can be comfortable and look cute in a pretty robe and they wont mess up their makeup or hair by pulling their clothes over their head.  Your pictures with everyone getting ready will look amazing too.  There are so many options in robes, but I am a stickler for floral prints and I love these robes by Plum Pretty Sugar and  Heritage Wedding.

Plum Pretty Sugar: Silk Robes

Heritage Wedding: Set of 6 Cotton Robes

3. Tote Bag:  Every girl needs a simple tote bag. L.L Bean has a great selection of totes that can be monogramed in-house, are affordable, and are great quality.  Your girls can use these bags the day of your wedding and can use them after.  I have one that I love and I use it as a beach tote and travel bag.

4. Jewelry Dish: Your bridesmaids can keep these personalized jewelry dishes on their nightstand to keep their small treasures, or in the kitchen or studio to keep their rings from getting messy.  These personalized jewelry dishes from Modern Mud are simple, and classic with a touch of glam accented in 22k gold.

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5. Emergency Kit: The Pinch Provisions Survival Kit  is the perfect tiny bag filled with everything necessary to fix any fashion or beauty emergency. It has hair spray, mints, fashion tape, static remover, clear nail polish, ibuprofen etc.  This bag will come in handy the day of the wedding but your bridesmaids can also use it as a small makeup bag for your every day essentials.

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Hope you like my ideas!

XO – Francesca