Milan Fashion Week just ended but there was plenty to love. Emporio Armani has several looks that walked their runway show that make fabulous wedding dress. Especially if you are looking for a short dress with plenty of wow factor.








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CHICAGO BRIDES: THE WEDDING SALON IS TAKING OVER!

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Flowers Make Great Gifts

During times of great happiness and joy, flowers can be a remarkable symbol of celebration, especially with weddings where appropriate flower arrangements can take some of the pressure off and help facilitate stress-free planning. With any flower delivery UK florists can help to make the flower arrangements a seamless task and can lend their support to creating the perfect wedding flowers. As flowers represent everlasting love, adoration, and friendship, they need to be chosen carefully to ensure that any sentiment is done so eloquently.


During this special time, you are surrounded by people who love you. There is that one special person who needs a little extra attention. Your maid of honor has always been by your side. You have been through the good times and the bad times. On this happy occasion, let your maid of honor know just how special she is to you. Need gift ideas for her? Sending a beautiful orchid or sparkling wine & chocolates or maybe a tin of personalized biscuits could definitely be the perfect gifts for her.


If you chose flowers, beautiful flowers can be simple or elaborate, subtle or vibrant and bouquets can be custom designed or simple in their very essence. When considering the arrangements, roses are the natural choice as they are neither flamboyant nor insipid and simply know their place and allow the bride to take centre stage! They wrap their comforting arms around those celebrating, but never inhibit or intrude.

Whatever thank you gifts you choose, there are a host of florists who can assist in choosing the perfect gift, allowing you to relax and concentrate on your special day.

FROM THE RUNWAY TO THE AISLE: REED KRAKOFF SPRING 2012

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Reed Krakoff was not satisfied with running one of the largest global brands in the world (Coach, Inc.) He had to branch off and do his own thing. I, for one, am very happy that he did. His bags are beyond fabulous. But he also designs ready-to-wear. He had a few looks at his runway show that could easily walk down the aisle (for you non-traditional brides, like myself).




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FROM THE RUNWAY TO THE AISLE: ZAC POSEN SPRING 2012

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Our new series, From the Runway to the Aisle, will feature looks from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week that you could easily wear down the aisle. Our first installment takes a look at some of the gorgeous gowns presented by Zac Posen in his Spring 2012 collection.






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BRIDAL JEWELRY: THE VINTAGE LOOK & ERIN GALLAGHER

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Erin Gallagher is one of the brands that always has something beautiful to offer. I really love the vintage look and feel of her pave button earring called "Amber."

WEDDING INVITATIONS: When A Man Loves A Woman

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I love a man who can create something that tells a story about what he knows for sure in his heart. Jeremiah Shaw designed these wonderful invitations for his May 2009 wedding. So adorable. 



ZARA LAUNCHES ONLINE SHOPPING IN U.S. TOMORROW

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The first time that I went into Zara I was in Barcelona, Spain. I wanted to buy everything. When I returned to the states, I kept thinking that I wanted to shop at this store but didn't think that there were stores here. When Zara opened stores in DC, I was over the moon with glee. It is absolutely one of my favorite stores. So when I found out that Zara was launching online shopping in the U.S., I almost lost it. All I can say is "someone please hide my credit cards!!!"


Fashion concept Zara is launching online shopping in the United States tomorrow, September 7, at Zara.com, offering free delivery to all 50 states. Zara’s online platform will sell the full range of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing that are also available in-store. All products retail online at same prices as in Zara’s stores


DELIVERY OPTIONS

Garment prices are identical online and in-store and there are two classes of delivery: standard and express. Shoppers opting for standard delivery will receive their orders at home for no charge within two to four days. Similarly, purchasers can opt to pick up their orders at the store of their choice, also free of charge, within a period of three to five days. The other option is express delivery: home delivery within 24-48 hours for a flat rate of $9.95. Regardless of the selected delivery option, product orders will be wrapped in purpose-designed eco-friendly packaging which keeps purchased garments in an optimal state until delivery.

Payments can be made using all the standard e-commerce payment methods such as PayPal plus all major credit cards, including Visa, Master Card and American Express.



FREE EXCHANGES AND RETURNS

The exchange and return policy is identical to that offered in-store: during a 30-day period and free of charge, unwanted items can be picked up at home or returned to Zara stores. Zara has hired a logistics operator with a proven track record in the field to handle nationwide distribution.

www.zara.com users can also call toll-free customer service (855-635-9272) or write to a dedicated e-mail address for help with order-related queries or problems.


INTERNET AND SOCIAL NETWORKS

The US online platform is Zara’s first outside Europe, where shoppers can already buy online in 16 countries. Zara recently celebrated the first anniversary of its online shopping launch on September 2. Zara is also very active in social networks. Of its over 10 million Facebook fans, more than 400,000 are located in the US. In conjunction with this launch, Zara has recently opened up a Twitter account, @ZARA_US, and the #DearAmerica and #ZARAShopOnline hashtags in order to keep its followers up to speed on all the breaking news in this market.

ZARA IN THE U.S.

Zara’s business presence in the United States dates back to 1989 when it opened a store in New York at 750 Lexington Avenue. Along with Paris (France) and Oporto (Portugal), New York was one of the Spanish group’s first international location choices when it began to expand abroad at the end of the 1980s. Today Zara operates stores in over 30 US cities, including New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and Houston, where it has flagship stores. In Manhattan, there are seven Zara stores, located along some of the Manhattan’s best shopping streets, such as Fifth Avenue, SoHo and Broadway. In Chicago, the Zara store is located on the city’s Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue, and is the retailer’s biggest store in the US, while the Boston store is located on Newbury Street.