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Individual Style: Advice for the Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom and You

 

        

Celine Bag                                                                Lorraine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I I had the privilege to meet with my friend and stylist, Lorraine Winkler, recently.  Loraine has been a stylist and couture manager for Jacobson’s, Saks 5th Avenue and now Nordstrom.  She assists a vast amount of clients that are busy, professional and all with various styles.  Working with individuals for special occasions and events is one of her many fortes.

I asked Lorraine to give us an inside scoop on fashion and timeless style. She is the “go to” lady and may be reached at the Nordstrom in Naples, Florida at 239.325.6100. The beauty about working with Lorraine is that you can live anywhere in the world, shop with her by phone or email, get free shipping and be delighted!

First, we spoke about Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom.  Lorraine feels there are two very important strategies here.

1.  Get a dress you can wear again and do not upstage the bride.  When looking for your dress, it is best to go directly to the store’s personal shopper or stylist.  They always provide a complimentary service and know the store like the back of their hand.  Let them know your price point.  Don’t hedge, tell them!

2.  Determine what your priority is.  Do you want to go all out on the dress, the  shoes, the handbag or all of the above?

Lorraine feels some great designers are Adrianna Pappel, Suzy Wong Chinn, Marchesa, Badgley Mischka, Akris Panto, Reem Acra. Kay Unger and Vera Wang.  The average couture gown will be $2,500 while non couture could be $300.  One point to remember is that you do NOT have to match the colors of the bride’s colors in your dress, unless you want too.  Fashion colors this year lean toward dusty rose (Jessica’s, our lead designer that just got married wedding palette) and sapphire blue (Abbie’s, my son’s fiancée and now new wife, wedding’s palette). An example, Abbie’s colors were cornflower blue, powder blue and silver.  I wore coral.  I chose coral because it is a good shade to go with my coloring and complimented Abbie’s blue.  Abbie’s mom wore a silver grey and looked fabulous. Jessica’s mom wore navy that is a great neutral and looked great with Jessica’s wedding colors.

When you get your dress, go ahead and purchase the shoes and handbag too.  Complete the entire ensemble, instead of procrastinating.  For shoes you have one question: comfort or style????  Remember, you will have to wear them for a three hour minimum.  For couture it is hands dowon Jimmy Choo, Prada or Manola Blahnik.  Lorraine had a recent client that paid $198 for her dress, $700 for her Prada shoes.  Other shoes with a smaller price point would be J Renee, Michael Kors, Stuart Weitzman, Nine West.  It is totally up to you on where you will go….A nice clutch and nice earrings will complete your FABULOUS look.

I asked about tips for investment clothing too.  I really feel and have learned that buying 10 $9.99 shirts is not the “steal” that buying one good shirt is. My experience has been that I wear one investment piece far more times than a “bargain”.  Lorraine agrees, go for what you feel confident in and look great in.  Most of the time it isn’t going to be on the clearance rack. Look in your closet and look at what you repeatedly wear vs. your bargains……..Need we say more?

Don’t over accessorize.  If you love that statement necklace, don’t wear 10,000 bangles stacked. No fads on shoes either. Remember comfort, especially when you need to wear your shoes all day.  Always possess a  neutral colored shoe.  We think nude is a great investment along with navy and black.

Here are some of Lorraine’s insights: Choose one of spring/summer’s bright colors in a skirt or dress with a nude shoe will lengthen the leg. Print always will make you look heavier, whether it is a swimsuit, dress or pant. A printed top with a solid colored skirt or pant looks better.  Print will look better on a smaller frame too.  Black is always the “go to” color. It is timeless, just don’t overdo it. Your best investment colors are white, navy, black, grey and khaki, she claims.

For handbags, go with one you love! Go with one that will make you feel great and will work with a lot of your wardrobe.  Kid leather is softer and can tear compared to caviar leather (Chanel’s) or canvas (Louis Vuitton’s handbag fabric).  Think also about getting a handbag insert that holds all of your “goods” and can be removed quickly from one handbag to the next; making it easy to use ALL of your handbags, instead of the favorite few repeats. One of our favorites handbag inserts may be purchased at ETC for the Home in Bloomington. I purchased one there and use all of my handbags now….finally!  Lorraine’s favorite bags is the Chanel Grand Shopper.  Yes, this is an investment, but  you could carry it every day for 20 years and never go wrong.  Michael Kors, Valentino, Tory Burch and Coach are other bags Lorraine likes. Inside scoop: Celine is the newest couture bag that Lorraine claims EVERYONE wants. We’ve pictured the Trapeze style.

Remember, you always hear it here first!  We love fashion and we love you!  Make sure to let us know about your favorites too!

xoxo

Kim

 

 

Matt+Jodi: Nurse Makes Patient Fall In Love!

Nurse Captures Patient and Falls In Love

Look at the engagement announcement of our military couple Matt+Jodi.  We are sooo excited to be there for them.  It’s been a fun  road of communication for us as we have planned their wedding; from Tokyo and Australia where they are stationed. Now we will all be HOME in southern Indiana for the Best kind of wedding with Happily Ever After!

September 30, 2012

White/Croucher Engaged

AnonymousWashington Times-HeraldThe Washington Times-HeraldSun Sep 30, 2012, 03:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Robert and Sheila White of Loogootee announce the engagement of their daughter, Jodi Leigh White, to Matthew Croucher, son of Alan and Robyn Croucher of Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia.
The couple met in Yokosuka, Japan, while Matt was admitted to the hospital that Jodi was stationed at and was assigned as his nurse. After his discharge they continued their friendship that later developed into love.
The future bride received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Indiana University. She joined the Navy as an officer upon graduation and is currently stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. Her fiance  graduated from Heathcote High School and has since served in the Royal Australian Navy as a boatswain mate for the past eight years.
An Oct. 20 wedding and reception are planned at the Jasper Country Club.

Betsy+Jeff: IU Wedding! Go! Fight! Wed!

We were honored to be able to coordinate the wedding of Betsy and Jeff.  What a great IU Wedding! How doe you like the way we designed the end zone???? Here is a “teaser” from Northernlight Filmworks.  We will have more to come soon.  All of you IU fans are gonna cheer for this one!

http://player.vimeo.com/video/44383831

 

The Cupcake Girls

Don’t deny it, we all have a list of favorite television shows that we watch every week. One of my new favorites is The Cupcake Girls. I tune in every Tuesday night. The Cupcake Girls is a great show for me because I have such a sweet tooth and so every time I watch it I want to bake! Good thing I resist the urge pretty well or else I might be overcome with enough desserts to last me a year. The Cupcake Girls is about the trials and tribulations of Cupcakes by Heather and Lori, a nostalgic cupcake franchise in the USA and Canada. Heather White and Lori Joyce are the co-owners of Cupcakes by Heather and Lori and the show tells the story of their rise in the cupcake world. It’s got everything. It has charm, whit, and cupcakes, with a lot of business savvy.

I am telling you about The Cupcake Girls to recommend that you watch the show of course, but also to fill you in on why cupcakes are so happening. Cupcakes are like little bundles of joy. They are just as delicious as a full cake, but in a better serving size, and you can get so creative with them. Yes cakes have the same ability, but it’s a little unusual to see a mound of cupcakes instead of one large cake. Cupcakes are becoming so popular because they are unexpected.

I am a creative person and so I see so many possibilities when I think about serving cupcakes instead of one big cake. You can use cupcakes as the main dessert display at any event. Birthday parties, graduation parties, anniversary parties, and even weddings are all great places to serve the little cups of heaven. You can try new flavor combinations, get a little artsy with the icing, or try a new display method. For example, you can line up your cupcakes and spell words with the icing as if it were a puzzle. For a birthday or graduation party you can spell out HAPPY BIRTHDAY or any sort of congratulatory message. You can mix icing colors and designs to create your own original cupcake to match any theme or color scheme. As a bride and groom, think about serving a tower of cupcakes instead of layers and layers of cake that would take forever to cut. Contact us here at Kim King Smith Events and we can assist you with your cupcake craze! We would suggest keeping the tradition alive though, by getting one small layer of cake for the bride and groom to cut and then having a crafty cupcake display for the rest of your guests. No need for volunteer cake cutters, the guests can come and pick up their individually wrapped dessert as they please.

Now if you still want to cling on to the idea of one big cake, consider a cupcake cake. Now you can buy new baking pans that are shaped like an oversized cupcake and matching icing topper. These pans make for an unusual cake that can add a little surprise to the party. Nobody will be expecting one gigantic cupcake! So whenever you want to be that person at the party that always brings the best looking and best tasting dessert, think cupcakes!

By Ali

Photos courtesy of:

http://www.cupcakeactivist.com/2009/07/cupcake-girls.html

http://www.thecupcakeblog.com/tag/white-wedding-cupcakes/

http://www.caketodays.com/cupcake/giant-cupcake/

Your Personalized Message is a Favor for Guests

We just came upon this fabulous and creative way to incorporate your favors and decor into one.   Whether you are having a wedding reception or social party, this is a great way for guests to receive a personal wish and gift from you.

Martha Stewart did it again with this original and creative idea.  Candles in three shades of white are wrapped in corrugated paper and tied with waxed twine; written inside are messages from the bride and groom
and/or hosts.  A thank you, a memory, a holiday wish can all be a message on these simple and thoughtful gifts.  Read more at Marthastewartweddings.com: White Favors: Greeting Candles

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/article/white-favors-greeting-candles?xsc=eml_dwd_2011_06_24

Thank you, Martha!

Simple and Thoughtful Favors

We Have Been Published In Style Me Pretty

We are thrilled to receive word that we have been published in Style Me Pretty www.stylemepretty.com .  Our Chicago Style Wedding was something we loved and wanted to share with others.  Our couple had Chicago ties that we incorporated in the wedding to bring Chicago to Indy. Go to the link and see our wonderful pictures! http://www.stylemepretty.com/2011/04/01/chicago-inspired-indianapolis-wedding-from-kim-king-smith-events/

Special thanks to our wonderful bride and groom and their precious families!  What a joy to work with them and get to share in such a special day.  It was an honor and a pleasure!

Special thanks to all of our fabulous professional wedding team.  We couldn’t do it without a great team.  Thanks to   Ashlee Addison Photography www.ashleeaddisonphotography.com, Evans Audiovisual www.evansav.com, Encore Desserts  www.encoredessertsandmore.com, JP Parker Flower Company www.jpparkerco.com, Miller Transportation  www.millertransportation.com, Thomas Caterers www.thomascaterers.com, The Scottish Rite Cathedral www.aasr-indy.org, The Fudge Pot, Chicago,  Party Time Sound www.partytimesound.com Salon 01 www.salon01.com The Sheraton City Centre www.sheraton.com

Kim