A Wedding Day Hairstyle for Every Hair Type

When choosing a hairstyle for your wedding day there are different factors to take into consideration such as your hair type and what it will look like at the end of the night, and if it will compliment the style of wedding dress you have chosen.

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SHORT HAIR

It is hard for a bride with a short style to make your hair look different from your everyday, ordinary do.  Here are some suggestions to add a touch of glamour.

* Curl

If your hair has a little length, but is still not long enough to do an up-do,
try doing loose, wavy curls.  This will add softness, and make you feel like
your look is put together and complete.


* Embellish

If you have naturally straight hair that is resistant to curling or is just
too short, put on a detailed headband or elegant hair pin. This is your
chance to accessorize your wedding dress in a different way than just
wearing extravagant jewelry or shoes.

MEDIUM LENGTH HAIR

This is the easiest hair length for special occasions because it is not too long and heavy for up do’s but is still enough to create a style.

* Braid

Braiding can give your hair texture and dimension. You can either use
them to create an edgier look or a simple ‘goddess’ effect. This would be
good for a younger bride with darker hair who is having a non-formal
ceremony and reception

* Chignon

A low textured chignon (a fancy name for a bun!) that is set off to the
side is a romantic style that looks good on all hair colors and face shapes.
The key to this style is for it to look natural and unpolished. You want to
curl your hair beforehand and have loose curls flowing freely. This works
best for people that have angles towards the front of their hair or longer
bangs.

LONG HAIR

With this hair length you have the most options to choose from when it comes to hair styles. It’s your chance to be creative and different!

* High Ponytail

A pulled back ponytail is a way to focus on your top half and is good if
you are wearing statement jewelry. To make it fancy add a little volume
at the crown of your head but be careful not to tease too much! Look at
your ponytail from different angles in order to find the right height.
Then you can chose to either curl the remainder of your hair or leave
it straight.

* Half-up

This timeless style will always look good on all long hair! Create loose,
tousled waves with a little volume at the crown. Then pull back the top
half of your hair, leaving a few front pieces to frame your face. To make
it more complete, twist the two sides towards each other and add a
sparkly accessory to cover the pins!

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Summer Wedding Tips to Beat the Heat

With the summer heat beating down at over 90 degrees even at 5:30 in the evening, it may be hard to imagine planning a wedding during the summer months.  There are certainly many things to consider, such as cost, and vendor availability, as the summer is the most popular time to get married.  If you do decide to plan your wedding day for a summer month, here are some tips to beat the heat:

1.  Wear light fabrics and make sure you have your wedding party do the same.  The only thing worse than picking an uncomfortably dress for your summer wedding day is picking out bridesmaid dresses that are not season appropriate.  You do not want 4 heat-frustrated ex-friends on your hands!  Try Liz Fields bridesmaid dress style #430 for a light feminine style.


2.  Consider an evening wedding when things will have cooled off considerably.  With some good timing and luck, you might even get a beautiful sunset as the backdrop for your vows!

3.  If you are planning to have your wedding outside, plan for a location where there is breeze, like the ocean.  Most guests will not mind the hot weather if they have an ocean breeze on their faces and a beautiful view.

4.  Embrace the summer as part of your wedding theme by handing out fans as favors for your guests as the walk in.  This is a wedding favor they will use over and over and remember your special day.

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Top Styles From the 84th Annual Academy Awards

As a designer of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and now prom dresses, there isn’t a lot of TV more fun than watching the stars get all dressed up and walk down the red carpet.    It’s a time, not only for Hollywood’s more elite to show off their personalities through fashion, but for the other designers to try out next seasons styles on the viewers.

Here were my Top 5 favorite styles from the 84th Annual Academy Awards

1.  Angelina Jolie… She always looks amazing!

2.  Gwyneth Paltrow looks stunning. Very chic!

3.  Mila Jovovich looks beautiful. So elegant!

4.  Glenn Close looks stunning!

5.  Stacy Kiebler’s dress was a major fashion highlight of the show!

Notable Mentions

Michelle Williams

Ellie Kemper

Octavia Spencer

Emma Stone

Viola Davis

What did you think? Who were your top picks for best dressed?

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Prom Traditions Around the World

So far, we have had a very busy start to 2012!  Not only did we launch our new Liz Fields prom line for Spring 2012, but we also greatly expanded our presence in Canada to over 50 locations!

Of course, with any new location comes new customs and traditions.  For example, we never knew that In Canada, while most schools do have a prom, it is only held only for the graduating class.  Because of this the terms “grad formal” and “grad dress” are used more often than our prom and prom dress.  There is no prom held for Grade 11 in Canada, It is strictly a ceremony celebrating the graduation from high school, so don’t expect to be asked you your junior prom if you move to Canada!  We also learned that the shopping for grad dresses begins much earlier in Canada than in the US, starting in early January, something to think about ladies!  No matter where you live, it’s never too early to start trying on prom dresses!

Of course, learning all of this has perked our interest, what do other countries do for prom?  So, we did some research, here are a few of our favorites:

South Africa – Their version of the American prom is the “Matric Dance.”  The Matric happens during the matriculation year of high school, hence the name.  The Matric dance takes place shortly before the spring break, and before their final Matriculation Examinations begin.

Russia – Their prom is called “Vipusknoy vecher,” which literally means “evening of graduation.”  This takes place at the end of June after all of their Sate exams have finished.  The opposite of when they have their celebration in South Africa.

Belgium – Instead of prom the senior class celebrates their last 100 days of high school with a special day called “Chrysostomos” or “100-dagen feest” (100-days party).  The tradition for the 100-day celebration is that on this day, seniors are allowed to pull pranks on their teachers and fellow students.  In the evening, students head to a rented club to party.

Norway – They call their celebration “Nyttårsballet” which means “The New Year’s Ball.”  It is normally held during the winter months.

Peru – In Peru, their Prom is called “Fiesta de Promocion.”  Now get this, they are normally held at hotels where students might choose to stay the night!  While some parents and teachers are often invited, but they don’t normally stay the whole night.  Not only is dinner served at the party, but breakfast is often served the next day!

(source: Wikipedia)

 

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Now it’s your turn!  We would love to know; where are you from, and did you have a prom?  If so, when was it, and what was it called?

 

DRESS GUIDE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Volume II

It may be hard for some of us to admit, but it is that time of year again!  With all of the presents that need to be bought, and elaborate dinners that need to be planned, who has time to figure out what to wear!?  So, here is another little formal wear style guide that I have put together for the holiday season.  If you missed last year’s you might want to check in here too.

The Cocktail Party:

This is the perfect time to bare a little skin and have some fun.  Try an evening dress with an iridescent fabric, or an interesting back to ensure all eyes are on you!

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 Family Dinner Party:

A common mistake people make is to be so focused on being conservative for this event that they lose their sense of style along the way.  Aim for an evening dress that keeps you covered where you need to be, but also has that extra something, maybe a flattering sash, or some feminine and flirty ruffles!

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The Office Party:

This can be tricky, if your party is going to be directly after work, try sometime that you can layer over without looking silly.  To achieve this, the dress should be a simple and flattering silhouette, in a festive color.  Always remember to keep your look professional under all circumstances!

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Tip: Try out our color change tool to create your very own color combinations!

The New Year’s Celebration:

To me it does not really matter if you are staying in with your friends and family, or spending the night out on the town, you’re still going to need a look that makes you feel amazing on the last night of the year!  If you too live in the land of Facebook, you might also want to be sure the dress  looks great in all angles, for all of the photos you are about to be tagged in.  Last but not least, what better way to stand out than to add some sparkle?

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Liz Fields!

Liz Fields to appear at ‘The Bridal Show’ in Des Moines with Selina’s Bridal Boutique

I am very excited to announce that this weekend I will be visiting one of our authorized retailers Selina’s Bridal Boutique, in Des Moines Iowa, where we will not only be having a trunk show, but also showing our Liz Fields Spring 2012 collection at the The Bridal Show on Sunday!

Liz Fields Trunk show at Selina’s Bridal Boutique:  

WHEN:  NOW through the 23rd!  Call today to make your appointment 515-274-1120

WHERE: 3708 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

The Bridal Show:

WHEN: Sunday, October 23, 2011  from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

WHERE: Des Moines Botanical Center

There will be many more of vendors attending with expertise in catering, fashion, floral and more.  Of course, there will also be a FASHION SHOW featuring Liz Fields 2012 wedding dresses & bridesmaid dresses, and our NEW prom dress collection!

If that is not enough to get you excited as I am, there will be door prizes and goody bags too!  I hope to see many of you there!

To purchase tickets to this The Bridal Show follow the link HERE

 


Prom Trends From Liz Fields

 

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It is the last week in August and some of you may be noticing a slight chill in the air as you walk outside in the morning.  For many, high school will be starting next week, and you know what that means… prom is right around the corner! Well maybe not “right around”, but it is certainly not too early to start planning what you want to wear!

Of course, I’m excited about prom season because this will be the year we premier our Liz Fields prom collection!  I hope you will love it as much as I loved creating it.

What I want to share with you today is some of the inspiration behind our prom line, and the trends that we at Liz Fields predicted for the prom 2012 season.

  • Bold colors, such as bright purples, turquoises, and shades of red.
  • In contrast, we noticed that white dresses were going to be another trend, possibly influenced by Pippa Middleton wearing a white dress to her sister Kate Middleton’s wedding.  On a side note, if you are looking for a dress inspired by Pippa Middelton’s fashion , take a look at Liz Fields bridesmaid dress style 400.
  • Showing a little skin is a prom trend that is continuing on to Spring 2012.  This could be anything from a flirty slit on the skirt, to a cut-out on the back of the dress.
  • Sequined dresses have been around for a long time, going in and out of style. This year you will be seeing the sequins used to create a larger pattern on the dress, in addition to the all-around shimmer that is classically known.

 

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Spring is Here!

Its official my friends, spring is here! It may not feel like it where you live, but don’t worry, it will before you know it.

The first thing I think of when I hear spring is color! In September, WWD predicted the top-10 Pantone colors for the upcoming spring 2011 season. Amongst them were colors such as: Coral Rose, Beeswax, and Silver Cloud.

At the same time, our Liz Fields style #300 was featured in Us Weekly Magazine In the “Hollywood Trend Watch – Look of the week/Look for Less” section. Us Weekly felt that our social occasion dress served as the perfect alternative to that of Odette Yustman’s Mousseline gown!  We were of course honored at the comparison, but also concerned, as we did not yet have that color option available. Well, now we are proud to announce that we do!

Left: Liz Fields style #300 in the “Look of the week/Look for Less” section of Us Weekly.
Right: Liz Fields Bridesmaid dress Style #300 in Tangerine Chiffon

In addition to adding Tangerine to our vast selection of color options for bridesmaid and social occasion dresses, we have also added Orange, Magenta, and Charcoal, (colors that have a distinct resemblance to those predicted to be hot by WWD all those months ago). We have also added two additional print fabrics to our collection as well!

Liz Fields Spring 2011 NEW Colors

 

Liz Fields Spring 2011 NEW Prints

You can get swatches of any of these new colors by visiting a Liz Fields retailer.

Now, I want to know your opinion, are there any colors you wish we offered that we do not already represent?  Weigh in below or send me a note on my Facebook page.

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful… but Liz Fields Trunk shows are so delightful

The holidays may be over, but the cold weather is not even close to being gone.  If you are like me, you may be wondering why it is that humans don’t hibernate through the cold winter days.  Well just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean your fun has to be, it’s never too early, or too cold, to start searching for the wedding dress of your dreams! 

Liz Fields has a record number of trunk shows scheduled over the next three months that we are all very excited about over here!  It would almost be hard NOT to live close enough to attend one of these exclusive Liz Fields events.  Don’t miss your chance to view our Spring 2011 Bridal and Bridesmaid lines.  

   

    

   

    

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

Always remember if you don’t see your town listed, you can also request a Liz Fields trunk show   

   

 

Dress Guide for the Holidays: Style Tips from Wedding Dress Designer, Liz Fields

I know that deciding what to wear during the holidays can be daunting.  Here is a little style guide that I have put together for the holiday season.  I hope that you find it helpful, but, most of all, don’t forget to have fun!  You will look great no matter what you are wearing!

 

The Occasion- The holiday dinner where you meet HIS parents for the first time

Liz Fields Bridesmaid & Social Dress Style #350

The explanation – It is important not to seem overly sexy but still show off your beautiful self.  This strapless social occasion dress is perfect for the stressful, make-it-or-break-it event.  The square-neckline is flattering without showing off too much skin.  The added wrap-around bow detail could even give the subliminal message that you are the perfect gift for their son!

The Occasion- Evening get-together with your family (be it Christmas Eve,  Hanukkah, Kwanza, or a reunion)

Liz Fields Bridesmaid & Social Dress Style #365

The explanation – Having a family dinner can feel like navigating a minefield, depending on your personal family dynamic.  You want to look your best to keep any ‘loving criticisms’ to a minimum.  At the same time, you may not want to dress too obviously sexy because like the “meeting his parents challenge,” it might not go over the way you intended.  In this case, social occasion dress , style 365 will fit the bill. The v-neck will look stunning on you, while the pencil skirt will remind your family that you are the good daughter!

The Occasion –  Girls night out

 Liz Fields Bridesmaid & Social Dress Style #255

The explanation – It’s time to have some fun with the girls, and maybe even exchange some of those presents.  Now that you don’t have to worry about what you need to keep covered up,  feel free to let loose with this special occasion dress.  The wrapped details in the bodice are figure flattering, so all of your friends will be jealous of how great you look (even if you don’t want to admit you were trying)! 

The Occasion – New Year’s Eve

Liz Fields Bridesmaid & Social Dress Style #370

The explanation – Whether you are spending the night alone with your special someone or going to a big party, this a time to make sure you look and feel your best. The Chinese see red as the color of happiness and wealth so why not add a little red detail as a good luck charm for the new year to come (it will look sexy too).  This V-neck, halter-top social occasion dress will do just that.

Now, don’t forget that after the Holidays wind down, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!  This day is especially important if you learn that the man in your life is planning on proposing.  With that in mind, you might want to start giving some thought to what you’ll be wearing on that special night!  Personally, I would go with something cute, short, flirty, and of course red.  Perhaps something like this  red  formal dress, Style #362.  

Liz Fields Bridesmaid & Social Dress Style #362

Of course, after he proposes, you know exactly where to head to pick out the perfect wedding gown!

Happy Holidays!

Liz Fields