Hand Made With Love

I love this time of year! Not only because of the holidays but this is the time of year when I get to make hand crafted accessories for brides. I started Pretty Bride Shop because I saw a need for brides to be able to get the accessories of their dreams. It all started with one head piece for a friend, and since then I have had the honor to create veil’s Garters, flower girl baskets and even a jumping broom kit in addition to feather fascinators. Today I would love to share some of my favorite pieces and why I love making each piece tailored to each bride. 

My first veil for 2014 has turned out to be a very special piece. I met with the bride, Linzy a few months ago. As soon as she began to tell me about her wedding, my mind began to race with designs for her. She is my kind of gal, her style is very boho, fresh, girly, southern with a vintage flair. As I got to know her, she began to tell me about how her grandmother is growing the flowers for the wedding and how excited she is. How amazing is that? to have your grandmother not only arrange the flowers for your wedding, but to grow them! As soon as I heard that, I knew we had to incorporate pieces of her grandmothers jewelry into her veil. Below are a few sneak peaks of the supplies that I used for her veil and of the veil itself. Her wedding isn’t until Spring 2014, so you will have to wait to see her wedding photos. I am so thrilled to have been able to make this very Special veil for such a lovely southern bride! 

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Here are some of the supplies used for Linzy’s veil 

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Here is a sneak peak of Linzy’s veil 

As soon as I get photos from Linzy’s wedding, I will share her amazing veil made with love just for her. 

I would love to showcase some of last years creations: 

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I made this sassy birdcage veil/ flower hair piece for Katie. Katie had a Mad Men Themed wedding. 

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I made La June a Super fun feather flat hat! I had so much fun making her hat for her Tiffany’s themed wedding. 

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Finally, I will leave you with Heather’s flower Head piece. I loved matching the flowers from Heather’s dress for her head piece. I would not have thought of making the flowers the way that the dress maker had made them. This flower headpiece was a piece that forced me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow as a designer. 

Thank You for reading today’s post. I hope you enjoyed it! 

Stop by Pretty Bride Shop anytime! 

xox,

Nicol

 

Mani Monday! Product Review on Sally Hansen

Happy Mani Monday Everyone! Today I wanted to do a product review on a newer nail polish from Sally Hansen. It is the Triple Shine polish. I thought I would test this polish as a stand alone polish.That’s right,  I decided to be a nail polish rebel and not use a base coat or a top coat! O know, you are thinking… “WHAAAT??? how is this possible. You NEED a base coat and a top coat for so many reasons”. Well I don’t know about you, but life gets crazy for me sometimes, so I am always looking for techniques and products that will help me save time. After all, time is money, right? That’s why this nail polish caught my eye. If this nail polish truly has triple shine, why add two steps and products to this process. I have to say that so far, this nail polish is pretty awesome! 

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Here is what I like about this nail polish: 

– The Color range. There are bright colors, deep colors, and you can even get a creamy texture or a sparkly texture. 

– The Brush. This brush is great if you are looking to paint your nails in a pinch while achieving a smooth applications. 

– The texture of the polish. I only had to apply two coats. 

– Finally, I love that it wears well without a base coat or a top coat. 

Overall, I like it and I recommend this nail polish for anyone on the go! 

Thank You for reading today’s post! I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to leave a comment below. Tell me what your favorite “on the go nail polish” is. I would love to know! 

Stop by Pretty Bride Shop anytime! 

xox,

Nicole 

A Little Vision Never Hurt Anyone Even If you Fall a few Times

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As some of you know, I have been working towards making my online bridal shop a mobile bridal suite that will be perfect for Mountain weddings, weddings at an art gallery, well, any unconventional wedding venue. When I tell people my vision some people get it right away, but most people stare at me with eyes glazed over until I explain a little more. Once I add a little clarity as to what a mobile bridal suite is, the glaze disappears and they get what I am doing.

Today, I thought I would take a moment to describe my vision on this blog. My dream/ vision is to get a vintage camper and transform it into a mobile bridal suite. I will completely renovate the interior so that it is girly and comfortable. suitable for any bride to be and her bridal party. During the Wedding season (March-November),not only will the renovated camper be a space for me to work out of, but, I will rent the unit out to brides, hairstylists, and makeup artists, who need a space for the “getting ready” portion of the wedding day. During off season, I will pop up all around Colorado showcasing local designer goods and vintage items. I feel like the new wave of shopping is the “pop-up shop”. If you haven’t experienced a “pop-up” shop yet, I highly recommend you get on Facebook, Twitter, or instagram and start following your local mobile boutiques and designers.

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I tried the whole online crowd funding route in June. I learned a lot, to say the least. I think the most important thing I learned is that you don’t need Kickstarter or a site like it to raise funds via crowdfunding. While those sites are Awesome for Artist, product centered companies, films, singers, songwriters, and fashion designers. It was not the best route for a mobile bridal suite that will only be serving a certain location. Once the Pretty Bride Shop crowdfunding campaign ended, I had to regroup! I had think of another way to raise the funds. I have a new plan. Here is the new plan. I am doing weekly makeup workshops with an entrance fee, I am doing various fundraising clothing swaps, and at home false eyelash parties. I have have a new game plan. I am going to get the vintage camper, I am looking at Shasta trailers, by January 1, 2014, and I have plans to have the mobile unit fully renovated by June 1, 2014! With that said, if you are in the Denver area and love supporting small business and would like to support mine, please feel free to contact me via email, shopprettybride@gmail.com.

Even though I have come across some hiccup and fallen a few times on my journey to reach my vision, I still have it and as time goes by, my vision only strengthens. I am looking forward to the day that I am blogging about the grand opening of the mobile bridal suite!

Thank you for reading today’s post! I hope you enjoyed it. Stop by Pretty Bride Shop anytime!

xox,

Nicole

Happy Mani Monday!!

I don’t know about you but I have a love for nail polish! I always have. I have decided that I will feature a different nail look every Monday. If you are also a fan of nail polish fashion. This week I would love to introduce you to velvet nails. Now I have been in the cosmetic world for quite some time now and have seen all of the textured nail polish trend as they have launched. I have always like the thought of a textured nail but have been afraid to try it. Last night, I was in the mood to spice up my fall wardrobe and found the velvet nail kit Beauty London. It is in a navy blue which is my go to fall color. Also, I thought it would be a great color for a fall or winter bride to be to wear to her pre-wedding events like her rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, or bachelorette party. It also makes a really fun toe color for those ladies who like to have neutral finger nails but go for a dramatic toe mail color. 

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The process of applying the nail color is not as hard as I had thought. Every textured nail kit will have slightly different directions, but from what I gather most of these nail fashions have 2-3 step and it takes about 15-20 minutes for the nail products to fully dry. The velvet nail I used was a 2 step process. All I had to do was apply two coats of the nail color and then dip my nail in the velvet powder… So easy! If you are looking for a fun and funky way to jazz up your fall wardrobe, think about adding some nail fashion to your life. Please leave a comment below letting me know what you think or what you favorite nail fashion, color or trend is right now! 

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I hope you have a wonderful day! Thank you for reading today’s post!

xox,

Nicole

Stop by Pretty Bride Shop anytime! 

 

What’s With the Tin Cans ?!?

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(Photo Credit: Macchina decorata)

I found this really great photo on the Italian webpage, Macchina Decorata. I love it so much because it depicts one of my favorite wedding day moments of when the bride and groom ride off together! Of course, being a vintage lover, I love the vintage car, but what i love almost as much as the vintage car are the tin cans! The tin can tradition is one of my favorites. It is so fun to see a car of a newlywed couple, and when I see a newly wed car with tin cans, i find it even more fun and exciting!! I took a look at where the tradition came from. It is an old tradition that stems from an ancient tradition. In the old days, people believed that by making a lot of noise evil spirits would stay away. The tin cans are more of a modern day twist on this ancient tradition.

Fun Fact: It is the groomsmen’s job to decorate the getaway car!

You can really make the tin cans complement your wedding day theme. You can make it a fun DIY project and decorate them in a way that would complement you wedding day theme, decor, or colors. You can also have someone else take care of this project. Let’s take a look at some cans I found on Etsy:

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(Photo Credit: Shabby N Chic)  

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(Photo Credit: KandJCelebrations) 

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(Photo Credit: handmadeweddings1)

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(photo Credit: Willow Street Cottage)

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s blog post. Thank you so much for reading!

Check out the super exciting project that Pretty Bride Shop is working on: http://rkthb.co/28007

Have a wonderful day and stop by Pretty Bride Shop anytime!

xox,

Nicole

Finishing Touches

ImageToday I want to talk about the importance of a brides finishing touches. Yesterday I stopped by an new bridal shop in Denver, Emma and Grace, with a friend. The shop is such a beautiful shop with a really beautiful inventory of dresses. While we were speaking with the owner, she was walking us through her top selling dresses. My friend asked her if she tells brides what are the most popular? I thought this was a great question! All brides want to feel special and they want to have a one of a kind wedding. The owner of the shop had the best answer. She spoke on how every bride is different and it is how they finish the look that will make them one of a kind and truly bring out the brides personal style. I couldn’t agree more! 

One of my guilty pleasures is to look at the celebrity magazines and look at the “Who Wore It Better” pages. I think I love looking at these types of articles because it shows how important the finishing touches are to an overall look.It’s the little details that can make or break an outfit, like accessories, makeup and hair. This is why I started Pretty Bride Shop. I believe that the little details will be what will help a bride show case her personal style on her big day even if she is wearing the most popular dress. 

Thank you for reading today’s post! I hope you enjoyed it!

Stop by Pretty Bride Shop anytime!

Check out out recent project: http://rkthb.co/28007

xox,

Nicole 

Help Kick Start Pretty Bride Shop

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Pretty Bride Shop started as a small idea in 2011 and I have had such a great time building and watching the company grow. Lately, I am feeling like it is time to take Pretty Bride Shop to the next level. Now that I am finished with school (woo hoo!) , I can really focus all of my energy and attention to helping my business grow. Up until now, I have self-funded Pretty Bride Shop, but I have reached a point where I need help. There are two things that have become increasingly apparent as I am going through my first official wedding season. 1) I am in need of a physical space to meet clients that is convenient for both me and my clients and 2) In this economy I am going to have to get creative! I am currently working on plans for a Kickstarter campaign to help make Pretty Bride Shop an “Everything but the dress” mobile boutique.

In case you are not familiar with Kickstarter, it is an online crowd funding platform that allows anyone to contribute to a specific creative project to help “kickstart” businesses, bands, writers, artists, and such. When you contribute to a project you receive a reward. The rewards can vary from a handwritten thank you note to hundreds of dollars in products that relate to the project. The more money you contribute, the juicier the reward.

[THE PROJECT]
You have all seen those food trucks and more recently the fashion trucks. Well, my dream is to get a vintage motor home, do a gut renovation on it and join the up-and-coming mobile boutiques in Colorado. My vision is to carry really awesome bridal accessories that are handcrafted by new designers, super cute shoes, handpicked vintage finds, and even have a hair and makeup station. The mobile boutique can be turned into a bridal suite for those brides who are getting married at an unconventional venue that doesn’t offer a bridal suite, like a field, the mountains, an art gallery, and such. On June 20th I am going to launch a 30 day Kickstarter campaign to make my dream come true so that I can help my client’s dreams come true!

Feel free to leave any feedback and comments, stay tuned for more details on the project by following this blog and don’t forget to ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

Thank you for reading today’s post. Stop by Pretty Bride Shop aanytime!

xox,
Nicole

Let’s Catch Up…

I can’t believe it is already the end of May! Wow… How time flies?!?! So far, this year has been a real learning experience for me. This is Pretty Bride Shop’s first official wedding season and I am loving every minute of it. I wanted to take some time to write about some of the exciting things that have been going on with Pretty Bride Shop.

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(Girly Head pieces hand crafted by Pretty Bride Shop pictured above)

I am still having fun making really awesome head pieces for the off beat bride, but this year is the first year that I have offered on location makeup services as well. I realized that after doing makeup for almost eleven years for other people, I can’t give it up,  but I still want to work for myself, so I added makeup services to the Pretty Bride Shop service menu. Plus, I have always loved bridal makeup more than any other kind of makeup and there is something special about be able to be part of the final hours before a bride-to-be becomes the bride.

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(A girls best friend… A makeup kit)

At the beginning of the year, we had the opportunity to rent space from a really awesome cupcake tasting room in Denver, Yours Truly Cupcake. Below are some photos of the space.

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The photo above is the outside of Your Truly Cupcake, which is located in the RINO district in Denver. It is such a great neighborhood filled with delicious restaurants, galleries and such.

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These are some of the super cute and yummy cupcake from Yours Truly Cupcake!

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Above is a photo of the Pretty Bride Shop displays.

Last Month in April i held the first ever Pretty Bride Shop trunk show. Which was a learning experience and a lot of fun!I have never organized an event before and have a new found respect for my event planner friends. There are so MANY details and you have to be crazy organized to put on any size event.  I am so grateful for all  of the awesome people who stopped by and helped out with the event. Check out some of the photos from the event.

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Above are some of the new designs from Pretty Bride Shop for Spring 2013.

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As always my niece Lily had a fun time!

In addition to all of these fun things, Pretty Bride Shop has made an appearance in a few bridal blogs. I have plans to be apart of  more stylized bridal photo shoot as well as to organize photo shoots specifically for our brand. This weekend we will have a booth at the launch of Denver Fashion truck since they will be carrying some of our hand knitted bows.

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(If you are in Denver, you should stop by this event and check it out)

So far this has been a really awesome year and I can’t wait to see what happens next with Pretty Bride Shop

Thank you for reading today’s blog post! I hope you have a wonderful day.

xox,

Nicole

Stop by the Pretty Bride Shop anytime!

Do It Yourself Center Piece

Are you a bride who is looking to add a personal touch to your wedding? Today I want to look at how you can add a personal touch to your wedding using doilies and different sized glass vases for center pieces.

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Here’s what you need:

1. Glass vases

2. Doilies

3. Mod Podge

4. sponge paint applicator

5. Ribbon

6. Scissors

7. Flowers

8.Tea light candles

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I chose to use a medium sized vase and a small vase.I made a floral arrangement for the medium vase from flowers I got at my local farmers market, and I put a tea light candle in the small vase.

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On both of the vases, I decopodged doilies and added ribbon to transform the ordinary vase.  I recommend that you cut the doilies so that you have more control and it lessens your chances of getting bubbles. Here are some quick tips for decopodging doilies onto glass:

1. I apply a sheer coat of the mod podge onto the glass before applying the doily

2. place the pieces of cut doily onto the glass then in small sections, apply mod podge over the doily using the sponge paint applicator.

3. As you apply the mod podge over the doilie smooth out the pieces of doily with the wooden end of the piant brush.

4. only apply a sheer coat of mod podge in the areas the the doilies are.

Thank you for reading this weeks  do it yourself project.Have a great day!

XOX,

Nicole Ramirez

Stop by the Pretty Bride Shop anytime

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