My Journey to Capitol Hill: Fight against Counterfeiters

If you don’t know already, Intellectual Property theft affects every industry and as a small business owner, it is something I deal with and fight against every day because it makes it very hard to survive.   When you have an idea or design and you work hours upon hours, pour blood, sweat and money into starting your business and putting your ideas out there and then you find your images, your name, your dress designs on thousands of rogue websites selling counterfeit versions of you….well, you can imagine the frustration!

What makes it worse is when you hear countless stories from brides who ordered from these sites, being scammed into receiving a dress that is nothing like the one in the photo and then have nobody to turn to because it’s not actually the designer’s dress.  On our website, LizFields.com, we have created a “Buyer Beware” section to try and educate women shopping for wedding dresses or bridesmaids dresses on how to spot these fakes and we even created a tool where you can type in the web address where you saw a Liz Fields dress and we will tell you right away if this is a counterfeit site or an authorized retailer.  Unfortunately, not many take the time or even think to check with us before making a purchase.

For a little while now, I have been in contact with the US Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center, which does so much to support small businesses like mine from IP theft and educate us on what we can do to protect ourselves.  Recently, they gave me the opportunity to be part of a panel of speakers at a Small Business event at Capitol Hill.  Yesterday this briefing took place and I was able to tell my story to Congress staffers with the hope that it would resonate and some reforms could begin to take place.

That's me on Capitol Hill!! :)

That’s me on Capitol Hill!! :)

I loved Washington, DC since going to college there, but now, I have a renewed respect for all those who work to try and make reforms on behalf of us.  It’s no easy task…and as I saw yesterday, a lot goes into getting these conversations started and then keeping them going to the finish line.  Regardless, it reminded me that we are so lucky to live in a country where these conversations are even possible.

I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people and I look forward to continuing my effort, no matter how small, in getting heard and reform started.

For now, please educate yourselves and others around you.  If the price is too good to be true, then it is probably not authentic.  If you aren’t sure about the Liz Fields dress listing you are seeing on a site, check with us on our Buyer Beware section.  You can also check out Bridal Beware more more information on counterfeit gowns and shopping tips.  If it’s something else you’re shopping for, check with the company’s website to make sure you are purchasing from an authorized retailer.   I will be posting some resources and links to this blog shortly so please stay tuned and I’ll keep you updated on my journey.

How To Avoid Fighting With Your Bridesmaids

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While planning your wedding is a huge deal and your bridesmaids are supposed to help you make the process a whole lot easier, it’s still important to treat them with respect. No one likes dealing with a bridezilla, especially the bridesmaids because they’ll be around her the most throughout the planning process. So, as the bride – what are some guaranteed ways to not push your bridesmaid’s buttons? Continue reading

How To Be A Bridesmaid In A Crunch Time Wedding

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It was just one week ago that you were asked to be a bridesmaid for your oldest and best friend’s wedding. While you want to be happy for her and hear all the details of how he proposed and what not, you suddenly realize she said they want to get married in two months. What is your first thought? Let the madness begin! Continue reading

Getting The Grooms Back In The Game

Liz FieldsThroughout the years, it seems as though the grooms have not been as excited or involved in the wedding planning. It’s almost as if they ride in neutral until they have to walk down the aisle. There is almost no surprise anymore in terms of wedding planning, even from the engagement. Continue reading

Dress For Your Body Type: Bridesmaids Dresses for the Pear Shape

As we continue our “Dress For Your Body Type” blog series, we will be covering the Pear Body Type.  When shopping for bridesmaids dresses, it is often difficult to find a style that can suit several different sizes and shapes within your bridal party.  This series of blogs will assist you in the process and make the whole shopping experience a piece of cake.

In the last post, we covered the Apple Body Type and we still have Hour Glass, Triangle and Rectangle body types to go, so stay tuned.

Bridesmaids Style Suggestions for the Pear Body Type

Bridesmaids Style Suggestions for the Pear Body Type

Body Type: Pear

Description:

  • Narrow Shoulders
  • Smaller breasts
  • Hips wider than Shoulders
  • Long Waist
  • Shorter, thick legs

Our Recommended Styles: 651, 653, 668, 655, 668

Why?

Pear-shaped women should try to bring more attention to the top half of their body to distract from their lower half. This simple trick makes your appearance more balanced and slimmer overall. These bridesmaids dress styles will drape a pear shape elegantly with a more relaxed fit and a floor-length gown will give the illusion of longer legs!

All styles are available in sizes 0-28. Visit LizFields.com to view all of our color and fabric options and find an authorized retailer near you!

 

Winter Wedding Ideas

Winter weddings tend to scare people away and they definitely are not as popular as Spring/Summer weddings.  However, a white wedding can be equally or even more romantic and fun as its warmer counterpart. Here are some of our favorite ideas for your winter wedding:

Idea #1:  Fur Stoles for the Bride and Bridesmaids

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Photo from http://www.pinterest.com/pin/208713763954892720

Fur stoles are an awesome accessory to keep you and your bridal party warm and look great in photos! If you’re looking for a gift to give your bridal party and you’re having a winter wedding, this could be the solution you’re looking for.  Don’t be afraid to give your wedding that Old Hollywood flare with some fur stoles!

Idea #2: Hot Cocoa Bar

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Photo from http://www.pinterest.com/pin/91620173643411578/

Keep your guests warm and fuzzy by passing around hot cocoa or having a hot cocoa bar.  Not only will this be a hit at the wedding, but guests will be talking about this for a long time after! Hot Apple Cider could be another option for those who don’t love hot cocoa (but I can’t imagine anyone doesn’t) or if you want to have a lactose-free options for your family or guests.

Idea #3: White Flowers and Blue Lighting

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Photo from Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/pin/146085581632852929/

White flowers tend to capture the softness of snow, and blue lighting really gives that cool winter feel to your wedding…and everything looks so elegant in that light, including your beautiful white or ivory dress! If you’re going to have a winter wedding, why not make it a winter wonderland!

Oh, and of course, don’t forget to accessorize your bridal party with gorgeous, custom dresses by visiting us at LizFields.com

 

 

Couple Video Chats Future Selves At Wedding

Liz 2In a more strange and hilarious turn of events, a couple video chatted their future selves at their wedding reception, mere hours after they said “I Do.” The newlyweds, Ben and Katie Nissen, filmed an interactive video short of themselves 50 years in the future, and it went way better than expected. Continue reading

Dress for your Body Type: Bridesmaids Dresses for the Apple Shape

Choosing the perfect wedding dress is hard, but choosing the perfect bridesmaids dress to compliment ALL of your bridesmaids can be equally difficult.

Women are all proportioned differently and finding THE ONE perfect dress that compliments all body types is stressful and can seem impossible…but it doesn’t have to be.  Follow the suggestions we outline in the next several posts for each body type and your bridesmaids dress search will be smooth sailing.

Keep in mind that in recent years, many brides have opted to choose different dresses for each bridesmaid to make the process much easier.  If you choose different styles, try to stick to one or two colors in the bridal party to keep everything looking uniform and complimentary.

In the next several posts, we will be covering the following Five Basic Body Types:

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Hour Glass
  • Triangle
  • Rectangle

Today, we are discussing the APPLE BODY TYPE.

Liz Fields Bridesmaids Dresses for Apple Body Type

Bridesmaid Style Suggestions for the Apple Body Type

Body Type: Apple

Description:

  • Broad Shoulders
  • Little-to-no Definition in Waist
  • Average to Fuller Bust
  • Average to Longer Length Legs
  • Hips more Narrow than Bust

Our Recommended Styles: 656, 657, 663, 667, 669

Why?

The goal is to balance out the top half with the bottom half of your body. These dresses will create a more proportioned silhouette, while accentuating your shoulders from all angles and distract from the midsection.  Styles are available in both long and short…don’t be afraid to show off those legs!  That, too, is a perfect way to accent your assets.

All styles are available in sizes 0-28, with no extra charges for larger sizes, so visit www.LizFields.com to view all of our color and fabric options and find an authorized retailer near you!

 

Mila Kunis Walks Down The Aisle!

Don’t worry, it’s just as a bridesmaid! Actress, Mila Kunis, was seen wearing a short, light peach colored bridesmaid’s dress with her actor boyfriend, Ashton Kutcher, not trailing far behind. The wedding was for Kunis’ brother and of course she invited Kutcher as her date.

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Via Ashton Kutcher’s Instagram account – Kutcher and Kunis kissing under the “sunset.”

Rumors have been swirling around in the media that these two actors’ may be walking down the aisle to say their own “I do’s” soon enough, but only time and reports will tell.

Kunis was asked to be a bridesmaid by her brother’s fiancée – and she was also seen wearing a gold band around her ring finger, but onlookers did mention that it did not strike them as an engagement ring, but rather an accessory.

According to eyewitnesses at the wedding, Kutcher was welcomed by the Kunis family and was even invited to be in some of the family wedding photos. One source from the wedding claimed that Kutcher was very much into the wedding and the overall feeling of joy that was surrounding everyone there – and that could be seen by his body language towards Kunis and her entire family as they posed for pictures on the altar.

 

As soon as Kutcher finalized his infamous divorce from actress, Demi Moore, the public assumed that Kutcher would soon after pop the question to Kunis, but as said before – only time will tell. One thing is for certain though; they looked very natural in the wedding atmosphere.

4 Reasons Why Being A Bridesmaid Is The Best

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Many women will begin to stress once they receive their invitation for being in the bridal party, but there is no reason to stress because there are so many amazing reasons as to why being a bridesmaid is the best offer ever. Yes, it can end up being a little pricey and you may have to tap into your savings a little bit – depending on the style of the bride – but it’s all worth it from the moment you’re getting pampered before the nuptials, to dancing your shoes off at the reception.

So, with that being said – here are FOUR awesome reasons to say “YES!” to being a bridesmaid,

You Seal Your Friendship Status

Nothing will seal a friendship more than supporting your best friend as she walks down the aisle. This is one of, if not THE biggest day of her life and she wants you to be a part of it. Yes, she may ask you to spend money on travel, attire, and gifts, but she wants you to be a part of it all, from start to finish. Being a part of her big day is way better than staying out of the loop until the actual day of the wedding.

More Photos To Collect For Social Media

Obviously, social media is running society today – and having the right pictures is very important. Lucky for you, your best friend’s wedding will probably have a professional photographer who will most likely take some of the best photos you have ever seen of yourself. Plus, the photos are one thing that you won’t have to pay for! Who doesn’t want professional photos taken of them – free of charge?

Your Attire Is Like A VIP Pass

You are obviously a very important person at the wedding, which basically means you are VIP. How do people know you’re VIP? Well, it’s because you’re wearing the dress! The bridesmaid’s dresses are a huge ticket and other than the happy couple, you’re the next in line and the whole reception is basically centered on the newlyweds and the wedding party.

You Get To Avoid Awkward Seating

Being in the bridal party means that you are guaranteed to have one of the best seats in the house. By the time of the reception, you have probably become decently close with the rest of the bridesmaids, if they aren’t already your friends. So, that automatically eliminates having to make that call to the bride beforehand to make sure you’re not sitting next to one of her future husbands weird uncles – because there’s always that one weird family member.

So, when your best friend proposes that you be in her wedding party – accept the invitation because you get to witness something not everyone gets to see!