Coming Soon, CoziKnot Bridal Accessories

Coming Soon! CoziKnot Bridal Accessories.

CoziKnot Bridal Accessories

I can’t get my right leg in my 39 year old wedding dress, but my daughter looks beautiful in it! Long before we had a wonderful day searching for her perfect dress, she tried mine on and my oh my! I know. To me, she is beautiful in sackcloth, but her groom will gasp on January 11, 2020.  Imagine wide eyes and open mouth. It will surely become an everlasting memory monogrammed on his brain.

She Said Yes to Her Dress

Although, her magic dream dress was one of her very own, I will never forget seeing her in my dress. The inspiration filled every curve of my heart. I got a glimpse of just how gorgeous she was going to be as a bride. Then, the creative side of my brain kicked in. I wanted to tour bridal shops, shop estate sales and collect antique bridal accessories for all the brides who will take their groom’s breath away someday. It was something about seeing her in a dress from 1980! My dress. The only thing missing was big hair.

After her day of dress shopping, I also realized how fun it is to ask your friends to be your bridesmaid. She gave her friends a card that ask the question, “Will you be my bridesmaid/matron of honor?” Along with the card she gave them chocolates and a mini bottle of champagne for them to celebrate together.

VOW

An obsession was born and I’ve been grooming it for weeks. I just returned from Atlanta, where I attended VOW by Mon Cheri, and learned so much. I’m still processing. I talked to lots of women who own bridal shops all over the world and honestly, I got mixed reviews of the business. Some said don’t go into the bridesmaid business. A young gentleman said, if you treat every bridesmaid as if she’s the next bride, you’ll have a lifetime of fun ahead of you.

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CoziKnot Bridal Accessories

CoziKnot was the next logical place to take my business. Helping brides fulfill some form of their fantasy from the little cozy town of Fairhope, AL gives me a great sense of pride. I love the idea of preserving a little of the past (something old) and adding a touch of modern (something new) to her big day. I absolutely adore the new trend of doing something special for your bridesmaids to ask them to share in the celebration. We gave a small token in 1980, but there was little fanfare about it. I wish I’d honored my bridesmaids with a little pampering 39 years ago. Sorry ladies!

Bride-maids on Beach

The Marriage of CoziNest and CoziKnot

I’ve prayed for guidance, discipline and discernment as I venture into the wonderful world of weddings. The answers have come from all directions. One being the opportunity to help feather the nest of a young bride as she ties the knot. CoziNest and CoziKnot are meant for each other! I pray they live in married bliss for decades.

The second answer came when I stumbled into a showroom in Atlanta that had the most beautiful, creative ideas for brides to give their bridesmaids. I won’t spoil the surprise, but the words of the young gentleman who suggested I spoil the bridal party rang like wedding bells in my head that day. Dramatic? Yes! I’m so excited.

Please Comment about Your Bridal Accessories

So I’m asking you to please do me a favor. Leave comments with your thoughts about this. Tell me stories of your wedding day. How did you ask your bridesmaids to be in your wedding? Share with me the most memorable gifts you’ve received from a bride. What have been your favorite bridal accessories? Consider that your comments can be just what a bride needs to choose how she honors her bridesmaids.

Thank you for helping.

Will you be my bridesmaid?

 

 

 

 

Partying with these lovely ladies:

Happiness is Homemade

Wedding Guest Dresses

Spring is officially here in Fairhope. The cow birds are bubbling, Indigo Buntings are decorating our lawn like little Easter Eggs, April showers are preparing for May flowers and my postman is delivering calligraphy-addressed wedding invitations. It’s time to begin thinking about dresses to wear as a guest to this seasons’ weddings.

Wedding Guest Dresses

The friends and family that are walking the aisle this year have chosen soft colors. My future niece-in-law has chosen a very soft pink with gray for her colors, so my usual jewel tones will not compete with the bridal party.  I like to wear navy instead of black as often as possible, so this little number from Lover.ly just might be one of my choices for 2020. This cap sleeve cocktail dress called the Olivia Dress, by Eva for Loverly is fitted with a flounced skirt. The detail at the neckline and skirt will help draw the eye away from areas that curvy figures want to diminish. I love that the design creates a waist.

 

Olivia Dress

 

Shoes to Wear to a Spring Wedding

I will likely wear a dressy nude sandal… something like this…

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These Via Spiga Sandals are great for petite ladies. Wearing sandals that elongate the leg gives us a little height and doesn’t “chop” us off at the ankles. One tip that I’ve picked up over the years is to never wear an ankle strap that isn’t the same color as your skin – if you are vertically challenged like me at 5′ 3″.

Because of the lace and neckline, I would keep my jewelry simple. Perhaps a simple tennis bracelet and diamond earrings, or something like this from Avila Sterling Wholesalers.

Jewelry

Or perhaps pair something from CoziKnot Bridal Accessories to your wedding guest dresses calendar. Here are a few examples to wear with this navy and nude ensemble.

A Simple Bracelet Worthy of the Crown Jewels

Worthy of Crown Jewels

 

Or a pair of simple pearl drop earrings

 

pearl drop earrings

And my handbag would be simple as well… Like this Jessica McClintock from Zappos.

 

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Or perhaps something to match my shoes… (I know that all the modern fashionistas say this is outdated, but I just can’t help myself. I still think a handbag should at the very least coordinate with your shoes – especially with evening attire.) This clutch from Nordstrom would be great for a day or night wedding.
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So what are you wearing this wedding season?

Here are a few tips of what NOT to wear:

  • White – it is not your day!
  • Black – it is not a funeral.
  • Pants Suit – Business attire should be reserved for the office.
  • Jeans – it isn’t the 70’s and they are not groovy.
  • Shorts – unless you are at the beach.
  • Skimpy Trampy Outfits – the focus is suppose to be on the bride.
  • Hat with veil or a tiara – a real princess wouldn’t wear her tiara to a non-white-tie event, why would you?

These are not rules… just suggestions. May I also suggest this congratulatory wish for the happy couple:

“Wishing you both the happily-ever-after you deserve. Congratulations on your wedding day!”

Have fun!

Teatime Candles are Chic Gifts for Bridesmaids

Today, on day 7 of my 31 Days of Flipping Out, I’m sharing how my daughter makes homemade teatime candles. It’s easy and makes great gifts for bridesmaids and other bridal party members.

As an Art History minor, my daughter is another creative one in our family and it gives me great joy to share her ideas with you. Amy loves candles, incense and all things fragrant. She also loves to make things and give them as gifts to those who might feel a little under the weather or might be celebrating something exciting. Amy works in a coffee/tea shop and as a result has access to empty tea cans, so she brought a few home.

31 Days of Flipping Out

She purchases soy wax flakes, wicks and fragrance at local hobby stores and within just a few minutes (minus the drying time), has several candles ready for gifting.

31 Days of Flipping Out

 

Preferring the way a wooden wick burns and smells as opposed to braided cotton, she adds those to the candles. This is a matter of taste. You can use either. Just be sure to buy treated wood; it burns and lights much easier.

31 Days of Flipping Out

 Using a sturdy piece of dry cookware, heat the wax in a glass jar until melted.

Melting Wax for Candles

Once melted, just pour the wax into your containers with the wick in the middle of course.

homemade candles

Next you add your choice of fragrance. You could choose scents that are close to the name of the tea, but my girl loves the smell of the ocean.

Candle Scents

31 Days of Flipping Out

My sweet baby girls’ hands adding the sweetness that is fragrance to her candles.

Teatime Candles

Aren’t handmade gifts the sweetest? They make great gifts for bridesmaids, too.


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