#ROCK WHAT YOU GOT…
This is my general style philosophy, as I see it, we are all unique. No one is the same, so having one style solution for everyone is just silly.
I like to say , rock what you got…
*Focus on your best parts, accentuate them and show them off well.
* Focus on what you have and not what you need.
When you are focussed on all the good that you have and you are truly grateful you are fuller, happier and more beautiful !
We all have different things that make us special, Maybe you have beautiful eyes, or great skin, or nice legs, or a small waist, or a pretty face, or a cute bum, or good teeth or nice hair. Maybe you really know how to apply your make up really well, or you have a great fashion sense and have loads of style, or maybe you have an awesome laugh . Maybe you are a beautiful person and have a magnetic personality or a brilliant mind, or you are soft, kind and humble. Maybe you are funny and have the ability to make others feel happy, whatever it is, there is something special and wonderful about you.
Everyone is special in some way and no-one is perfect.
Over the years of helping lots of girls find things to wear, Ive met so many beautiful girls and truly they come in all different shapes sizes and colours. To be honest, it is sometimes the most beautiful girls that suffer the most from insecurity . I think that they are so close to the impossible perfect ideal that we see in fashion mags and the media, that they set an impossible ideal for themselves, maybe they think that they need to be perfect, and to be honest, no one is perfect, even those that we think are perfect. We are all simply unique.
Everyone has ups and downs, sometimes we feel beautiful and look amazing and sometimes we don’t feel amazing and don’t feel beautiful. Flowers don’t bloom perfectly all the time, perfection is usually short lived, the bottom line is that we all move through cycles.
We must strive to accept and enjoy the different stages of our lives ,we all change, we all age , we all grow, we all bloom, we all fade, we all live, we all grow, we all love. It makes you no less beautiful.
I think women and girls are the most beautiful living creatures. There are so many different ways to be beautiful and there is no perfect ideal. I think the most beautiful thing in women is when they understand themselves, accept themselves and rock what they have to great effect.
Learn to love and accept yourself, focus on the parts of you that are special and the rest of you will follow. Accepting and loving yourself is truly the best beautifier.
SO .. go ahead and ROCK WHAT YOU GOT !! We love helping you to create a look that accentuates your look and that you can incorporate into your life stylishly !!
xx Love and light
5 Things to think about when picking bridesmaids dresses
# Try to buy dresses instead of making them…
Don’t get me wrong .. I love the idea of creating exactly what you want and getting them made up- it sounds simple and awesome. You think to yourself, buy the fabric and get someone to sew them, you have an Aunty that sews or a cousin that is a designer, you will even save some money and get exactly what you want, I get it… BUT the problem is that so often this is not the case:(
Every week I have customers coming in store, sometimes in a flat panic, because the wedding is in a few days and the bridesmaids dresses that they were getting made up are a complete disaster !!
When you make dresses up, it can be risky, the fabric you selected does not work perfectly with the style you envisioned ,the dresses don’t fit nicely, and you are DEVASTATED because you are not getting what you thought !!
The designer misread your vision and has not managed to create what you were thinking, there are so many things that go wrong.
The biggest problem is that for the most part when you make a dress up it can so often disappoint you. Its not always the case but it so often is, just because you have a vision of how you think the dress will look and feel, then when you try it, reality hits you like a ton of bricks, and you are like , THIS IS NOT WHAT I WAS THINKING 🙁 SO PAINFUL !!) I don’t want that to happen to you …
I say that there is nothing better than liking a dress, trying it on, loving it , buying it and owning it, it does not disappoint, its the simplest and best way to go about dress shopping. Less overwhelming and much more fun!!
# THINK AHEAD
We care about how those dresses are going to look in your photographs, you will be looking at your wedding photos for many years to come, and you don’t want to see them in 5 years time and go, “What the hell were we thinking?” You want to look at them in 50 years time and go, “ WOW we were so beautiful then”…
Besides the future photos, its also a good idea to give yourself a bit of time, we need 4 weeks to do a special order for your special day and remember that we do a 3 month lay-bye, which can help all your girls secure their dresses and pay them off bit by bit before the big day
So don’t stress and get planning, if you have left it for the last minute, that’s also cool- We will always strive to help you.
# COULD YOUR GIRLS WEAR THIS DRESS AGAIN?
Bridesmaid dresses are notorious for this !!- You never ever wear them again. I feel quite passionate about this subject and love the thought of bridesmaids really loving their dresses and then being able to wear the dress again and again. YES I said it… !! A great bridesmaid dress should be able to worn again.
I personally love our Magic dress for this, its such a simple beautiful versatile dress, that you can style in so many different ways that I feel this is the best dress to wear again, it dresses up , it dresses down, you can wear it at night you can rock it during the day. It’s a winner in the wardrobe, it’s that piece that you can come back to time and time again, assessorise it differently and rock it again.
We also have some gorgeous shorter dresses that can work beautifully and give you such a unique look, our styles are really classic so they will work wonders and make your girls look stunning so keep an eye out on what we are making and check us out
# PUT YOUR BRIDESMAIDS IN A STUNNING SKIRT?
This is also a great option. A skirt is great, you change the top and it gives you a whole new look, so its versatile. I adore skirts.
Its true, It will take a bit more co-ordination, but with some direction you can create an awesome bridesmaid look with stunning skirts !! Check out our skirts, they are perfect to create great formal looks for your wedding and its something that can really be worn again and again.. wink wink !!
Add our bow belt to one up our skirts and create a killer bridesmaid look… YAS !!
#TRY AND MAKE IT FUN
It might be a good idea to take the time to go around and scout for dresses, before you take the whole gang shopping. Decide of what you like so that you can direct and influence your bridemaids positively and no one gets annoyed and over whelmed by the process.
Take photos and try styles on. Sometimes you can be presently surprised or disappointed by dresses, so try to take some of the tedium out of the experience by trying and scouting for the shops that you would like to try before taking everyone with you. Alone or with 1 friend you will be able to think more clearly and get closer to your vision, it will also allow you to decide what direction you would like to go in without being influenced by your girl gang, you will know how much the dresses cost and have a clearer idea of what’s out there.
When you know what you want, take a few of them with you or the whole gang and make sure you take the time to make it memorable and fun.
BONUS THOUGHT !! .. REMEMBER : Comfortable bridesmaids are happier bridesmaids !! Happy Bridesmaids = Happy Bride !!! 🙂
You want your bridesmaids to look amazing and to feel good too. We use the best fabric, and we line our dresses with a natural fibre that breathes, its super comfy and it makes our dresses hang beautifully. They are easy fit and super flattering on many different body types.
SALVATION in Menlyn is open everyday and its easy to pop in and fit a few options and take some photos. We will offer you brilliant advice and guide and help you every step of the way. If you are unable to come to the shop, you could shop online, we will always be there to assist you and we would like you to make the best possible choice for your special day.
We love a classic drop in long dresses; it reminds us of a classic Grecian style, its being in fashion since the beginning of time.
I say .. (super biased !!) Go for a beautiful and classic style, something your stylish grandmother will love and your fussy boyfriend will also love you in.. Seem impossible? it’s certainly not. Classic styles cut through…
Thank you for reading !!
xx Love and light