Navy Blue Stunner

Not to steal Joanna's thunder, but Cup of Jo blogged about this dress yesterday. Three weeks ago, Waiting on Martha blogged about the same dress. Since then, I've seen this frock EVERYWHERE. Blogs, Anthropologie emails, Instagram...damn, she's pretty ain't she? 

But what about love for its Navy Blue sister? It's counterpart is a STUNNER. Lace, ribbon, appliqued flowers...I can't get enough.  The length is perfect, the silhouette is complementary, and it is completely unique from the Black version, although equally dreamy. Red nails, red lips, and a satin pump and you are ready to take the town.  YOLO solo! 

Other Byron Lars Favorites: THIS and THIS (on sale!). 

5 Thoughts on LIKEtoKNOWit

I've thoroughly enjoyed writing reviews and posting my thoughts on fashion related apps and new technologies.  From Wearable Tech to Fancy, from Keep to Luvocracy, some online shopping tools are seamless, while others are clunky, confusing, and lacking oomph. Here's five pros and cons of the RewardStyle Instagram integrated app- LIKEtoKNOWit

PRO: For bloggers, it is immediate satisfaction if the item that you are wearing is a part of the RewardStyle affiliate program, and can be linked. 

CON: For customers, I'm finding that 80 to 90% of the time, the actual item featured by the blogger is not the item you are directed to! It is incredibly frustrating and disappointing when you think you've scored this outstanding find that was recommended by your favorite fashionista, and you "like to know it" and your inbox is flooded with sub-par secondhand suggestions. Don't misunderstand me, I get it, lookalikes are better than nothing I suppose...but this shopper wants the real deal.

CON: Some bloggers solely rely on LIKEtoKNOWit and have moved away from tagging brands in their Instagram posts. Please don't do this, ohhtay?

CON: Every time I "like to know it" in a 24 hour period, I receive one email in my inbox per "like."  Well, if you are like me, and you follow 300+ bloggers and brands on Instagram, that's a lot of "likes", a lot of "like to know its", and a lot of emails.  SUGGESTION: Send one email a day (or one email a week depending on my preference) of all of my "likes" along with the date the items were featured. 

PRO: Once you do click into the email to view the pieces and where you can find them, the design is modern, sleek, and streamlined. See my lovely vignette below. 

Our Wedding: Joanna August & Ben Amun

I don't do ugly bridesmaid dresses.  I just don't.  I also don't do accessories I know I'll never wear again, just because it's a "special occasion."  That's why on my Wedding Day, I went for designers I know and love, designers I admire, and know I'll proudly wear again- like Loren Hope, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, and two other brands I am featuring on today's post: Joanna August and Ben Amun

My bridesmaids looked gorgeous. Effortless, chic, relaxed, and each unique in their own way. They wore the shoes they wanted, the jewelry they wanted, and fixed their hair to look like them, and not some version of themselves. They each picked out their own dress from Joanna August's Ceremony line and I couldn't have been happier. Joanna is known for airy fabrics, and designs that a girl can wear again and feel put together. All the dresses needed minimal alterations and were made special by each of the girls adding their own touches. I encourage all brides to think outside of the box and research brands like Joanna August...you won't be disappointed. And YOU WILL get ooo's and ahh's from your guests, right ladies?

Jill in the Dorian LongJessica in the Newbury Long, and Lisa in the 8th Ave Long

*Photos by Inku Photography

 

OTHER JOANNA AUGUST FAVORITES:

Left: Kimberly Long (NEW!)

Right: Sammy Long (NEW!)

 

My Wedding Day earrings were from Ben Amun via Shopbop which I ordered online (gasp!). There is this stigma that comes with buying bridal pieces online rather than trying on in a bridal salon or boutique, and personally, I just don't get it. I know what I like and where to get it, and no bridal haze is going to change my mind. I was set on these crystal crescent earrings from the beginning, and they were the perfect final piece to my look. I know I will rock these again on New Years Eve or an upcoming vacation. Who wouldn't?

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Pearl & Crystal Crescent Earring 

 

OTHER BEN AMUN FAVORITES:

Left: Belle Epoque Drop Earrings

Center: Deco Crystal Pyramid Earrings

Right: Crystal Geometric Earrings

 

PS: I love this post from Dallas Shaw about the same topic, she just gets it. 

Our Wedding: The Details

From the day we started planning our early Fall 2014 wedding, I was determined to find a venue that was unique and more of a destination than anything.  Growing up in New Jersey, I wanted all our friends and family from out of state, to be awestruck with the venue, one that was modern and industrial, but fun too. Grounds for Sculpture fit our wants and needs and we could not have been happier with the choice. Hiring a photographer like Inku Yo was icing on the cake, because his aesthetic is modern, his photos are vivid, and I knew he could do great things with the art and landscape. It truly was the classy affair that we hoped for (with some silly accents along the way). Succulents and greenery provided pops of freshness where needed and keeping with the art theme, our table numbers were hand painted by one of our bridesmaids. We decided to go with textured white linens and black table runners to provide dimension and offset the masculine touches around the East Gallery. I love how the concrete floors in the space provided that modern look that we wanted, yet made the photos look like we were dancing on water. The sculptures around the property provided almost a free "photo booth" if you will. Our guests really enjoyed visiting  and took advantage of the photo opportunities. We weren't sure if we wanted to do a favor, since admission to the sculpture park was free for our guests the day of our wedding, but we decided on black and white cookies as a parting gift. Being from New Jersey but living in New England, the cookies not only fit our color scheme, but gave our guests a taste of the Tri-State area!

 

*All photos by Inku Photography

Venue: Grounds for Sculpture

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker

Wedding Gown: Legends Romona Keveza

Tuxedo: BLACK by Vera Wang

Bow Tie: The Tie Bar

Groom's Socks: J. Crew

Floral Design & Rentals: Viburnum Design

Catering & Cake Design: Main Street Fine Catering

Drink Stirrers: tulleANDtwig via Etsy

Toasting Flutes & Cake Knife/Server : Kate Spade

Customized Sweethearts: NECCO

Wedding Gown Illustration: Floral Design by Erin via Etsy

Guest Book Sign: Marshmallow Ink via Etsy

Paperie: Friend of the Bride

Table Numbers: Handpainted by a Bridesmaid

 

 

New Year, New-ish Blog

Hello World and hello 2015! I've been missing the blog for awhile now.  I didn't feel comfortable writing again till I knew I could commit to a few days a week, revamp the overall look of The Fashion Collaborative (you like?), have the right tools (hello new Macbook), and genuinely be excited to post.  Well that day has finally come, and with a new Twitter page, a fresh-to-death site header, and lots of ideas up my sleeve, I am back in business! This year will be the year of:

REVIEWS. Lots of REVIEWS. From LiketoKnowIt, Tradesy, and Spring, I'm comin' for them, and I have lots to say.

SHOP. Pinterest is great, really.  At one point, it surpassed my love of Instagram, and that's saying something. But why not feature 12 items I am coveting at the moment on my own blog, with links to purchase? Click here for my January Favorites

COLLABORATIONS. I've missed a lot while I've been gone.  From Alexander Wang + H&M, to Alexis Bittar + Sephora, I have a ton of catching up to do and I promise I won't disappoint. 

Selfie or Celfie? was my most popular post, driving a ton of monthly traffic to the site while I took a break. Search inquires that led readers to the blog include "Selfie vs. Celfie", "Selfie o Celfie," and "What is a Celfie?". 2014 was truly a selfie/celfie revolution! 

Crossed several more states off my list including Oregon, Indiana, Hawaii, and Kentucky...bringing my grand total to 36. Bachlorette-ed in Chicago, Honeymooned in Kauai & Maui, and saw a dear friend get married in San Fran. Drank lots in Napa, relaxed in Maine, and thoroughly enjoyed the Summer. 

Oh, and the biggest event of them all...GOT MARRIED.

More to come in a future post, so stay tuned!

Photo by Inku Photography

Photo by Inku Photography