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We had the opportunity to talk to Elizabeth Yin and Jennifer Hsieh, co-founders of shinyorb.com, who share some great tips when searching for the perfect outfit for your bridesmaids.
1. What are the top trends you're seeing with bridesmaids dresses?
It's difficult to say what the top trend in bridesmaid dresses is. We see mostly simple A-line silhouettes, cocktail or tea length dresses, with just a little bit of "fancy." For example, maybe ruching around the waist or origami folds at the bust but nothing with over-the-top beading or bows. Colors vary from bold and bright to soft pastels. Many online shoppers are searching for bridesmaid dresses under $100, and there are plenty of good deals to find. Be sure to order early!
While traditional bridesmaid dresses still remain popular, we're starting to see that many brides are going with "wear-again" bridesmaid dresses. These dresses can look a little more casual and usually avoid satin or any shiny material. Macy's is a great place to find dresses like this.
Brides are also embracing the LBBD (little black bridesmaid dress), which in the past, would have seemed very no-no!
2. What's the most important thing to think about when choosing a dress for your bridesmaids?
Being a bridesmaid is certainly an honor, but the bride should keep in mind that having bridesmaids is also a privilege. We recommend the bride collaborate with her bridesmaids to come up with the best bridesmaid dresses. Together, they can find dresses that everyone will be comfortable wearing (and comfortable paying for). To that end, we worked hard to build a "dressing room" feature on Shiny Orb to help people work together. Don't be afraid to stray from tradition. The girls don't all have to be wearing the same style or even the same color. "Mismatched" bridesmaid dresses can really show off the personality of the wedding party.
We were inspired to start Shiny Orb when we realized just how hard it was to shop for bridesmaid dresses together when the bridal party was scattered across the globe. It was really hard to collaborate! After surviving the experience with Elizabeth's wedding, we built Shiny Orb to be a one-stop online site for all wedding apparel and to be a central meeting place for the wedding party to collaborate on choosing dresses for the big day. Jennifer used the site for her own wedding and had a much easier time than Elizabeth. We want every online bride to have a great social browsing and shopping experience, so don't hesitate to let us know what you think!
Shinyorb.com has a great collection of bridesmaid dresses for the pocketbook-conscious fashionable modern bride.
On this last trip out to Kansas City, the River Market Antique Mall was top on my to-see list. This place definitely did not disappoint. I could spend HOURS here, but unfortunately I only had a few. Check out a few of my favorite finds at this amazing store which was a surprise around every corner.
In December, we had the opportunity to pair up with a very talented bunch of designers at 1185 Design to print 10 custom Thank You cards. 1185 packaged these cards up for their clients as a holiday gift. We had the opportunity to check out the studio in Palo Alto and even meet with the owner and designers. Here's your first peek at their amazing designs.
This past weekend's Sunday dinner was simple. I was feeling slightly lazy so I decided I'd use my Christmas gift to make something gourmet, that wouldn't take a lot of prep time. Also, I was pretty inspired because my brother made this same dish for Christmas and it turned out delicious!
Recipe Courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
Veal Shanks are tied so that the meat cooks with the bone and doesn't completely fall off during the cooking process.
The veal is cooked on low heat for 2 hours in a dutch oven until the meat is falling off the bones. The flavor comes from a bouquet garni of thyme, bay leaves, rosemary, and clove.
This low maintenance dish can be paired with a nice dry white wine. The bone marrow is definitely a nice bonus at the end so don't forget to savor every part!
We had the chance to stop by Shotwell's Bar in the Mission a few weeks back to deliver some fun drink cards we printed that were designed by Josh Pfeffer. Not only do they have an amazing beer selection posted on their backbar mirror, but its just a great place for a no frills evening. If you're in the neighborhood, definitely check them out!
Most of our days are spent with designing, emailing, and printing. But on the days where I actually have some free time, my second love is cooking (and eating!). I'll be testing a new blog feature on our weekend dinner dates.
This Sunday's dinner was a simple one, but was inspired by the mildly cold weather we've been experiencing here in the bay area.
CLAM CHOWDER with BACON
(recipe courtesy of Ad Hoc at Home - Thomas Keller)
I haven't actually made a soup in a while so this was definitely a fun new recipe to try. Surprisingly, this was fairly low maintenance. New cooking tricks learned: using spice satchels, parchment lids. Paired with a young 07 Sauvignon Blanc - it was a good start to what will be a long week.
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