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.

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!

 

Bridesmaids Funny Girl A Bridesmaid No More!

Celebrity WeddingEllie Kemper took on the role of playing the quirky, Pixar-obsessed, obsessive compulsive, bridesmaid in the popular, box-office hit, Bridesmaids. However, the roles have turned and Kemper has officially tied the knot with former writer for Conan O’Brian, Michael Koman. The funny girl, actress has a star studded wedding with some comedic relief from Bridesmaids co-star, Kristen Wiig, and The Office co-star, Mindy Kaling.

Celebrity WeddingAfter announcing her engagement in December, by no coincidence, on Conan, she has been doing several interviews on how she even surprised herself with being a bridezilla. Kemper explained, “I was always like, ‘I’m going to be the cool bride! I’m going to be laid back about everything!’ But it turns out I’m not.” The funny girl from The Office went onto explain that her fiance is getting the worst of the bridezilla lashing, “With Michael, my fiance, I’ve been like, ‘Why don’t you contribute?’ So, then he contributes an idea and I’m like, ‘That’s a terrible idea! Stop contributing!’”

Knowing the bride’s personality through interviews and even in her acting roles, this wedding must have really been a fun wedding to get the invite to. While Kemper’s acting career has driven her into the friend roles, her execution of the smaller parts is on point with the comedic relief.

Bad Dress Etiquette: Are You A Good Bridesmaid?

So your best girlfriend since Kindergarten is getting married. If you haven’t been included in the selection process, you’re likely being emailed a link to the terrible bridesmaid dress she’s requesting you wear to the festivities.
Is there any way to get around wearing that awful thing or do you suck it up and swallow your pride? After all, you’ll only have to wear that dress once.

                                                                              Bridesmaid Dresses Wrong

There are some instances where it’s okay to speak up about your dress. The bride should take into account that unless all of her friends are Stepford Wives, no two women are going to look exactly the same. The style of dress chosen for the bridesmaids should be equally flattering on all shapes. That being said, if your dress doesn’t flatter your figure, it’s perfectly fine to speak up. I mean, there are

Another reason to speak up is cost. It can be downright expensive being a bridesmaid. It can cost up to $1,000.00 for a bridesmaid to attend the wedding. If the dress the bride selected is a little above your price range, it’s perfectly acceptable to inquire about a less expensive, but equally tasteful option.
You’ll want to remember that when addressing any issues with the bride, that you don’t want to be confrontational. Keeping a calm head is more likely to yield results after all!

In situations when your grievance is not about function or finance, it may not be appropriate to complain about your dress to the bride. If you’re just not digging the color of the dress or the ruffles on the bust, then you may be out of luck. When dealing with your friends, sometimes you need to bite the bullet and take one for the team. Your dear friend will (hopefully) only be marrying once, so this is the last time you’ll have to look at that dress.

Bridesmaid Dresses That WorkI would expect that most of you ladies would hope for something more like these dresses!!

Bridesmaids and Brides Dresses

Modernizing Your Wedding by Abandoning Old Traditions

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Planning your wedding is an intricate endeavor and when it comes to certain wedding traditions it’s important to understand that how having a fresh perspective on old traditions can help you revitalize your wedding. Although most people find it refreshing to engage in old traditions, many people like to put a fresh spin on certain things like cutting the cake and throwing the bouquet in order to surprise guests and leave everyone with a memorable and unique experience.

Cake cutting doesn’t have to be as traditional as most people make it. As a matter of fact, many couples are opting to do different types of desserts altogether which make it to that there isn’t any need for even a knife! Having a different type of dessert at your wedding gives you the opportunity to make a speech or even give your significant other a kiss instead of placing each other’s hands together in order to cut the cake. Some people opt to use a different dessert as an expression of their love and feed one another the dessert rather than ceremoniously cut the cake together.

Let’s face it, throwing rice can be messy and the traditional itself is extremely outdated. In order to prevent this from happening at your wedding, try looking into different options such as flower petals or candy. Candy can be fun if your wedding involves children and flower petals are great for a romantic, smaller wedding setting. Another option to utilize in lou of rice throwing is biodegradable confetti. Biodegradable confetti is eco-friendly and will reduce the amount of time that you spend cleaning without having to worry about harming the environment.

Wearing a wedding veil is another tradition that many women are starting to stray away from. Many brides are opting to wear tiaras instead of veils because of their light weight feel and their modern look. Veils can often be cumbersome and in some cases, and modern brides are deciding more and more not to wear them.

Another outdated tradition is the giving away of the bride by the father. In more progressive relationships, it isn’t couth for the father to give away the bride anymore. If you are planning a wedding and want to do something that strays from tradition, you may want to walk yourself down the aisle instead of pick a less traditional family member to walk you down the aisle.

Decorating your car is yet another tradition that people are straying away from. Rather than decorate your car for your wedding, change it up and decorate the valet instead. This will be an added surprise for your guests and leave them with a unique experience that they’re sure not to forget.

Bridesmaid Dresses, The Groom and How to Have a Modern Wedding

Custom Bridesmaid Dresses

Planning a wedding nowadays is a much more modernized process than in the past. It is because of this fact that wedding planning no longer has to be a stress inducing endeavor. As long as you keep in mind your needs and the needs of your significant other, planning your big day should be an experience that you enjoy. By refreshing your perspective, everything from the bridesmaid dresses to the wedding cake can be handled with ease.

Include the Groom

Allow the groom to be a part of the wedding planning process. Part of having a modern wedding is remembering to include your groom in the decision making process. Weddings will bring you and your significant lover closer together, and you should both be included in all of the decisions that are made regarding your big day. If your groom doesn’t want to be included in every single decision, ask him which ones are important to him and include him in those decisions. For instance, it may not be important for him to have a say in the bridesmaid dresses, but he may want to express his opinion on the wedding cake.

Bridesmaids

Don’t force your bridesmaid into unflattering attire. Modern weddings are a way to allow your bridesmaids some freedom when it comes to their bridesmaid dresses. Don’t force them to wear anything that is going to make them feel uncomfortable or unflattering. Take a modern approach by giving guidance, such as the color, to bridesmaids and then allowing them to choose which fit works best for them. Keep in mind that each one of your bridesmaids does not have to match perfectly. Picking out custom bridesmaid dresses should be a fun experience that everyone enjoys.

Menu

Put together a menu that is modern and that reflects your personalities. Try to stray away from traditional foods that people would expect to have at a wedding and focus more on what you like. Don’t be afraid to showcase your personal taste preferences by going vegan or ethnic and offering your guests a large variety so they are more likely than not to find something that they like. Also, don’t be afraid to boast local vendors and have your rehearsal dinner at a restaurant that showcases the best food that your city has to offer. This is especially helpful during the summer when vegetables and produce are at their peak and can be shown off to all of your guests.

Say Goodbye to Tradition

There is nothing wrong with a traditional wedding but if you want to plan something more modern, don’t be afraid to throw caution to the wind by stepping away from certain longstanding traditions that may have you missing out on throwing the perfectly modern wedding. Your wedding day is just that-yours. Don’t be afraid of what other people will say and think because chances are they will be refreshed at the idea of something new. People easily tired of the same old thing, and changing things up a bit will give your guests something to talk about for years to come.

Tips for Your Destination Wedding

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Planning a destination wedding can be an adventure for you and your groom to embark upon together. The planning is usually very detailed, and by following a few simple tips you will be able to ensure that the experience is less stressful and more fun. Between choosing the right destination, finding accommodations and familiarizing yourself with a foreign country it may seem like you have a lot of your plate, but do not despair. Use these tips to help you simplify the process.

Choosing the right location can mean the difference between spending over budget and saving money compared to having a wedding in the United States. For instance, if you chose a destination such as the Bahamas and you live in New York City, chances are that even with airfare your wedding will be less expensive than if you’d had it in the States. By the same token, don’t forget to factor in all of the extra expenses in order to stay within your budget. Food, airfare, hotels, and other expenses need to be taken into account in order to ensure that you don’t over spend during your destination wedding.

Be careful when choosing which vendors to work with. There are a number of online resources that can help you determine which vendors are credible and which vendors you should avoid. In order to help you figure out whom to trust, it’s important that you do some research. The worst thing that could happen to you is to entrust someone with your money only to find out that they can’t deliver on their promises. Finding people to work with in a foreign country always requires a little extra care. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and family for help as well as consult with local travel agents and other professionals with expertise abroad.

Always inform your loved ones where your wedding is going to be before you invite them to be a part of essential planning. It’s important to give everyone a chance to determine whether or not they will be able to make it. Not everyone is going to be able to afford airfare; hotel and other expense so don’t expect your entire guest list to attend. In fact, it’s safe to assume that a number of people will not be able to come.

Check the local whether predictions ahead of time and make sure you don’t go to a remote island during hurricane season. The weather is always going to unpredictable, but with a little research you can reduce the odds of having your wedding during a full blown monsoon. Don’t assume that just because you are having your wedding in a tropical paradise, that the weather is always perfect. Also make sure to set aside plenty of time to pick out bridesmaid and wedding dresses.

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Liz Fields is Getting Hitched: Part II: The Wedding

November 29th, 2012 marked the beginning of the next chapter in my life.   It was the day that I was able to marry the love of my life in front of 50 or so of our family and closest friends in Miami Beach, FL.

More photos will follow, but I wanted to share some of the photos today and take the opportunity to say THANK YOU to all our amazing vendors and guests for making our 3-day Destination Wedding an absolute success. It may have rained during our outdoor rehearsal dinner, during our outdoor ceremony, and during our outdoor post-wedding all-out bash, but somehow, it all felt right.  A little rain never hurt anyone.

Below are all the vendors that deserve a big Thank You! Please visit their sites. I strongly recommend them!!!

Wedding Dress & Bridesmaid Dress: Liz Fields

Wedding Venue: The Palms Hotel Miami Beach

Wedding DJ: DJ Neza  (we were so lucky to have the amazing DJ Neza!!! And a special shout out and thank you to our MC, Gabriel!)

Wedding Events Photography: Jason Bennett, Sunship Films,  (Amazing filmmaker and photographer!!)

Day of Coordinator: Monica Henning

Wedding Flowers: For contact information, please send an email info@lizfields.com

Bridal Hair and Make-up: Please send a message to info@lizfields.com if you would like the information of my hair and make up artists, local to Miami beach but able to travel! They are amazingly talented women!

Bridal Veil: Edward Berger (THANK YOU!!)

Bridal Rhinestone Garter: Alisa Brides (please visit Alisa’s site…she makes amazing hand-made accessories….bridal veils, garters, hair pieces, shoes)

Bridal Floral Hairpiece: Sarah Gabriel

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Cake Designs by Edda

Post-wedding dining & partying the following night: Rouge Waterfront

Also, a very special thank you must go out to the 3 heroes of our wedding. These 3 men, our brothers and dearest friends, Alex, Elliot and Patsy, were always there to make sure things ran smoothly and that we had nothing to worry about. We love them dearly and will always be grateful. THANK YOU!!

If you need any additional information about the vendors or my wedding, feel free to send an email to info@LizFields.com or contact me via Facebook.com/LizFieldsDesigns or Twitter.com/byLizFields

Liz Fields Wedding

Liz & Gary 11-29-2012

DIY: Personalized Wedding Hanger – For Under $10!

Having a personalized hanger to hold your wedding dress is becoming a new trend that makes a great gift for a bride to be!  However, if you want to have a unique hanger this can get pricey and is an unnecessary added expense. Here is an inexpensive and quick way of creating your own personalized hanger:

Materials:

-14 gauge galvanized wire (available at any home improvement store)

-Wire cutters

-Needle nose pliers (you can find a 2-in-1 tool that cuts & bends wire)

-Wooden hangers

-Drill with drill bit about the size of your wire

-Glue gun or strong gorilla glue

-Pen and paper

Step 1: Pre-plan your font

We suggest writing or printing out exactly how you want your font on a piece of paper before you start to bend your wire, this will make it easier to see how your finished product will look!

STEP 2: Measure & Bend your wire

Start to measure out how much wire you will need for your hanger, allow approximately 10 to 12 inches of wire per letter plus a little more so you can attach it to your hanger.

Tip: Cut a few extra practice pieces of wire, it will take a couple tries to get your bending just right but be patient!

Step 3: Drill!

Drill two holes in the bottom inside of the hanger but don’t go all the way through, you may want to just go in a 1/2-inch or so.

Step 4: Attaching the wire

On both sides of the wire put a small amount of glue, be careful not to put too much since the wire will not fit nicely into the hanger and you will see the excess glue.

Step 5: Accessorize (optional)

You can decorate your hanger by tying a bow around the hook or gluing on rhinestones to the wood. This is your chance to make it even more personalized and creative!

 

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Wedding Day Makeup

When planning your wedding day most brides think about their wedding dress first, then maybe what accessories they will wear, and then what bridesmaid dresses their party will wear.  However during wedding planning it is also important to think about what you would like your wedding day makeup to look like!  Here are a few wedding makeup trends to help you draw inspiration from.  

‘The Color Smoky Eye’

 A smoky eye no longer means shades of grey, black with a silver highlight!

For a more modern look use shades of purple, green and blue to create a ‘bridal appropriate’ smoky eye. This is a more unconventional look that could be daring for a lot of brides but done in a subtle matter with the correct shades will make your eyes pop!

‘The Bold Lip’

Sometimes Women make the mistake of playing up more than one feature at a time. You do not want to look like you’ve decided to put on all the makeup you own at once! Chose you best feature that you want to accentuate and work on that.
A bold red or pink lip is a romantic choice that is a simple way of tying your look together if you don’t want to pile on the makeup.

‘The Golden Eye’

This is a new trend that has shown up on the 2013 Runway’s, a goddess golden eye! Sweep a shade of deep gold with a copper brown in the crease to highlight your eyes and achieve a sexy, dewy complexion. This is perfect for darker skin tones!

Airbrush Makeup!

To get your foundation to last all day consider using airbrush foundation! This gives a flawless finish that will cover all imperfections and discoloration. If you don’t feel the need to purchase your own airbrush foundation, go to your local makeup counter and get it professionally applied!

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