Heart On

When the Vivienne Westwood “Lady Dragon” for Melissa shoes debuted in 2009, they were an instant hit. Repeatedly selling out and inspiring a 2nd edition of different color ways. Despite their popularity, they’ve been sort of polarizing, with most critics bemoaning the material of the shoe. They’re rubber. Yep. Jellies. They make your feet kind of sweaty, and they smell like bubblegum. Their $150-$180 price tag didn’t help matters either. A lot of people couldn’t justify spending that kind of cash on oversized Barbie shoes.

I mean, I could. I did. It helps that they’re Vivienne Westwood. And A-DOR-A-BLE. Aaaaand they give me little sexy, princess feet.

However, I understand the hesitation. They’re not super cheap and the rubber could be off putting.

That heart though! The heart makes them perfectly sweet wedding shoes. I’ve seen them on a number of different brides, in all the different colors, and they always look so good peeking out from under a wedding dress. Love the heart, but hate the rubber, the colors or the slingback? There’s a cheap answer!

The always fantastic Ban.Do has just debuted shoe clips! Little pom-poms AND red sequined hearts.

My mind is reeling at the possibilities!

How about….

On these!

Unlisted Sewing Kit in Fuchsia Satin – $43.94

Or these!

rsvp Katrina in Turquoise Patent – $85.00

I’m almost positive these are the shoes shown above without the clips attached.

Steve Madden Kinnetic in Gold – $59.95

I would clip those little hearts to everyfreakingthing! No pair of shoes or top would be safe. Even though I do own a pair of the Vivienne Westwood heels, these sequined hearts are calling to me….beckoning even.

The sequin heart shoe clips are $25.00, and if you sign up for Ban.Do’s mailing list now, you’ll get 15% off your order. It’s a perfect storm of buying stuff!

How happy am I that sequins, glitters and metallics are going to remain on trend into Spring/Summer 2011?! Ecstatic! Adding a touch of sparkle is a perfectly fashionable way to bring a feeling of luxe sophistication to your wedding. And it’s soooo pretty!

Photos: After Drk, fashionologie, All Lacquered Up

I love Halloween! I get scared easily, but no self respecting Misfits fan would be anything other than enthusiastic for October 31st. There were several times, during the planning of our wedding, that I wistfully talked about a Halloween wedding. But, since my friends already joke that I’m goth, that would have been opening myself up to more ridicule than I would like.

When I was a kid, I hated the color orange so much, I used to tell my mom I was allergic to it. No, you’ll find no orange in my Halloween wedding. I prefer a lacier Halloween. A sexier Halloween. I’m not talking slutty werewolves, or whatever. I mean, seductive, Victorian tinged Halloween.

An ivory dress with black trim, black lace and ribbon hung as decor, black and mercury candle holders, a ruffled bolero jacket, a bouquet of purple anemones, fiddlehead ferns and peacock feathers, and an invitation that gives your guests an indication of the spooky fun they’re about to encounter. The cloche jar centerpieces could be easily replicated with different lids, bowls and vases, it’s one of my favorite non-floral centerpieces.

And of course, a sequined and glittered mask. Give those out as favors, and your guests will really get into the Halloween spirit. Plus, who doesn’t feel a little bit sexier when they’re wearing a mask? Nobody will be anonymous, but it will be a little edgier. Probably not masked-sex-party edgy, but that’s ok. For now. We can plan that party another time. We’re going to need sexual oils and whatnot for that.

So, that’s my first inspiration board! What do you guys think?

Dress by Jenny Packham

Cloche Jar by Laura Fulmine

Silver Glitter Mask by Mardi Gras Day

Garlands via City Sage

Ballroom invitation by The White Aisle

Bouquet via The Knot

Candles by Furnish

Bolero by maryandangelika

Eloping? Throwing a cocktail party instead of a full blown reception? That means a little more money for you to spend on your bridal look! I put this outfit together around the gorgeous sequined and beaded back of this dress. The front has an interesting skirt, but a simple neckline, so a sparkly necklace and a big, fat cocktail ring fancy up your look from the front. Some sexy matching shoes and an interesting, detailed clutch complete your accessories, while an on-trend turquoise nail is your something blue and a pop of color.

Work space difficulties interfered with today’s originally intended post. I should be back on track tomorrow with the continuation of my budget series! xoxo

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