Friday, 30 April 2010

Exclusive 1-day sale on Pronovias Cocktail Gowns - May 6th in NYC

Attention ladies!!! There is an amazing sale going on at Pronovias at their Flagship store in New York on May 6th.

Their cocktail gowns are pretty outstanding...I may even go there myself!

If you are looking for spectacular bridesmaid gowns, mother of the bride gowns or going to a black tie affair soon yourself, definitely make an appointment for the sale.

Pronovias is also having their bridal trunk show today and tomorrow for their 2011 collections.

You can either set up your appointment online or give them a call to book your appointment at 212.897.6393.

Happy shopping!


Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Spring Studio Sale Today at ARTIKAL!

I am thrilled to say that Artikal is having a studio sale for their spring and winter hats today.

I am a huge devotee to Artikal hats and hair pieces having given them as gifts in the past (my friend Christie of City Girls World) as well as styling brides (like the fabulous Kristin) with their amazing bridal collection!

This could be a great opportunity for you to find amazing hats and cocktail pieces to give to your bridesmaids. They are stylish and fit all different types of looks. Take a look below at some of their hats and their bridal pieces - just love them...

Spring Studio Sale
TODAY, Thursday, April 29th from 6:30pm - 9:30 pm
All Spring and Winter hats on Sale
Website orders receive 10% off this week
(to redeem orders must be called in using the code: Spring Sale)

Call Artikal to make an appointment for the sale today: 212-260-0278 or 917-940-9294

Artikal is located at:
510 East 12th street Basement between A and B, NYC

Monday, 26 April 2010

I love BOHO Mag...

Vogue was always my favorite magazine growing up until I hit my 20s when, due to my wanderlust, I fell for Conde Nast Traveller. Upon my move to NYC last year, I lived by Elle Decor in order to furnish my new apartment with my husband and puppy.

The other day I came across another new fave - a magazine called Boho.

As a wedding designer, planner and a personal stylist to the bride and groom for their big day, I get my inspiration from everything I come across on a daily basis.

Boho, which is about all things green and sustainable from fashion and travel to beauty and food, is definitely a source of inspiration.

Their Spring 2010 issue focuses on "springtime in Paris". The design of the magazine is amazing - pretty, delicate and pink. It is, in fact, what caught my eye sitting on the shelf amongst all of the other publications.

With tons of info on where to buy one of my favorite delights - the french macaron - as well as a precious frenchy-inspired photoshoot (a great idea for an engagement shoot girls!), and the latest on Parisian street style, there are a ton of possibilities on how to weave some of these bits and pieces into your upcoming wedding if you are going for French-styling and decor or just some cute accents to make your wedding more unique and, of course, environmentally friendly.

I can't wait to see what Boho has coming up for Summer 2010...I am secretly hoping for a Tuscan-themed issue...though not a secret anymore! :)

Go out and buy the latest issue at your newstand or if you can't find it locally, count it as part of your wedding planning and order a subscription.

I will leave you today with their definition of a Boho girl:

Free. Radical. Independent.
Her style is her own.
It's personal, existential.

Her only fear is convention.
Her only weakness, shoes.
The bump on her nose adds character,
the scar on her shoulder adds strength,
the curl in her hair adds attitude.
There is no such thing as imperfection,
just originality.

Unmovable, Unshakeable, Unstoppable,
She is America's next top role model.
Someone both inspired and inspiring.
She embraces her spirituality,
aspires to her dreams,
lives through her passions.
She is a world changer.
She is bohemian.
She is a boho girl.

Friday, 23 April 2010

We are on the Ruffled Blog!

I am very pleased to say that Kristin and Jeffrey's wedding is currently being featured on the Ruffled Blog. I loved working with Kristin and Jeffrey.

They are such a wonderful couple and I thoroughly enjoyed desiging and planning their wedding as well as styling them for their big day!

Take a look at the feature on Ruffled and read all about their story...

I will also write a detailed story all about their wedding shortly so stay tuned!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010


Last Friday evening I had the fortune to go to one of Vera Wang's Open House events in her NY flagship boutique in celebration of her Spring 2011 Collection, thanks to the wonderful Deborah Lauren of City Sweets & Confections.

I have to say, I was amazed by the collection. The gowns were not just wedding gowns. They were pieces of art, like a Botticelli.

The detail was beguiling - from the asymmetrical gathering to the ornate bodices, handpainted lace and fluffy tulle.

You couldn't help but stare and touch and desperately desire to try one on and magically start dancing a perfect Viennese waltz like Sleeping Beauty around an enchanted garden or spectacular ballroom.

See the beauty for yourself below...

On a side note, I have to say, Deborah's cupcakes at the event (along with the champagne) were the perfect compliment to Vera's gowns...fluffing frosting and moist cake that was delicious and incredibly addictive.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Beauty Q&A with Laura

Question: I want to try a smokey eye for my wedding but am afraid of looking too vampy or over the top... Any suggestions?

Laura's Answer: A lot of people ask me this question and there are other ways to achieve a smokey eye without feeling like it is too much or you are not looking like yourself.

For a subtle smokey eye but still looking sultry - try medium to dark grey tones with a thick lash, using charcoal or grey colored pencils instead of black. Try phone number, or engraved pencils by M-A-C, or scene, sketch, and print eye shadows by M-A-C too.

Dior makes a palette called mystic smokys that gives a range of color to work with for a sexy smoky eye.

Also, using a bit of a shimmery color in the center of the eyelid adds a nice touch as well.


MAC Phone number

MAC Print

MAC Sketch

DIOR Mystic Smokys

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Welcome Kevin!!! Stellina's new fitness expert and personal trainer

I am thrilled to announce that Kevin Steinmuller has joined the Stellina Events blog team of experts. Based in Park Slope, New York City, Kevin is an amazing personal trainer whose expertise is in strength training and classical pilates.

I use the word amazing because he is actually my personal trainer as well as my husband's. As you probably don't know, I have been exercising for ages - literally ages - from about the age of 15. When the gym and I have a good relationship, I go 4-5 days a week and do 45 minutes of cardio followed every other session with 45 minutes of weight training.

When I met Kevin he congratulated me on all of this hard work. However, I quickly realized that he was, as the English say "Taking the piss" or as we here in the US say - He was joking. Kevin's method is more about seeing results than about how much time I put into the gym. So now I go about 4 days a week to the gym and spend one hour or less but rather than watching tv on my favorite elliptical or bike, I spend it working out crazy hard but the results speak for themselves.

How are the results, you ask? Well, within just two weeks, I was able to feel tons more confident putting on one of my bikinis and suiting up for partying poolside. In other words - I was shocked and incredibly pleased. My husband, in addition to a better diet, lost 18 pounds working out with Kevin in just 7 weeks.

How can Kevin help you ladies? He knows how to give you wedding arms!!! In his entries here on the Stellina blog, Kevin will give you pointers on exercise techniques, nutrition and everything regarding wedding fitness and health.

Kevin is also a big fan of staying healthy - in other words, no starvation diets here and please do stay away from the scales. He is smart and really knows his stuff. I am amazed and I hope that you will be too! Can you just imagine being able to get to your ideal wedding figure while being healthy and happy? I know - it sounds pretty shocking but he knows how to make it happen.

Originally from New York City, Kevin was one of the top trainers in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is now back in NY and we are thrilled to have him.

I think that it is Kevin’s holistic approach to physical conditioning that sets him apart from other trainers out there. Incorporating the Classical Pilates repertoire with world-class strength & conditioning programming makes his programs not only unique, but also phenomenally efficient, which is exactly what I have experienced.

Kevin is a Classically Trained Pilates Instructor who holds the NSCA-CSCS, along with CrossFit and kettlebell coaching certifications.

Let's all give a warm welcome to Kevin for joining the Stellina team!!!

Stay tuned for Kevin's first post...

Monday, 12 April 2010

An elegant Vegas wedding - yes, I did say "elegant"!

I have just returned from a fabulous surprise birthday trip that I planned for my husband, Michal, to Nevada and Arizona. It was a blissful, adventurous and super fun four-day adventure.

I spent months crafting the perfect trip to the desert as I had never been to Nevada or Arizona previously. It turns out that the hotel was an enormous success!

We stayed at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas, which is directly above the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The Four Seasons was a peaceful escape from the craze that is Vegas. It gave us the perfect combination of relaxation and harmony to juxtapose the party-filled landscape of the city.

The hotel hosts beautiful weddings outside in their gardens on the Fountain Terrace and by the pool area that is full of luscious tropical trees, plants and waterfalls.

In addition, if you are looking to beat the summer heat, there is the Acacia Ballroom, the Four Seasons Ballroom and the Palm Lounge for indoor ceremonies and receptions.

The service at the hotel was top notch and the food was delicious, especially their chocolate cake. Overall, the hotel was definitely worth all five stars!

So if you are thinking of a Vegas wedding but want it to be more chic and pretty rather than an Elvis-ordained event, you must check out the Four Seasons...

In addition, I would recommend organizing a Sunday brunch at the Bellagio in their Jasmine restaurant. It was to die for!

Friday, 9 April 2010


When I look at Monique Lhuillier's Spring 2010 and Fall 2010 lines I see texture, texture, texture.

For spring it is soft while there is more structure and depth to the fall designs.

In any case, all of the designs are beautiful, inspiring and definitely worth trying on during your hunt for the perfect gown!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010


As many of you know, I adore empire waist wedding gowns. Maybe it is their softness or the delicate look to them or that they bring us back to a different, more seemingly romantic time... I just can't help but love them.

On that note, the Vineyard Collection by Priscilla of Boston has two gorgeous empire waist gowns from their Spring 2010 collection that I would like to share with you.

Happy dress hunting!

Monday, 5 April 2010

Spotlight on CHRISTOS

I am currently in love with the soft, whimsical designs and pretty, southern belle inspired tiered creations from Christos.

The gowns below are from a combination of Christos' most recent lines - Fall 2010 and Spring 2010.

If you like one of the gowns from a previous season, don't worry! Just contact your local Christos store for more information and they can find out if they can get it for you. Or just give them a call to schedule an appointment.

For more designs from Christos straight from the runway, click here.