Trends vs Tried and True

This is my favorite season, all of the new lines are out and most salons need to pass along their samples to make room for the new fall collection, also, spring trends are on the runway. Kind of exciting but unlike seasons past, there are fewer new trends. It would appear as though we are…

Seasons of Change

Happy September! This is the time of year when salons typically change out their designer samples to make room for the designers fall line,  that means an influx of new gowns and accessories for us — some discounted to more than 70% of retail. There also seems to be a surge in consignment gowns so…

Bigger is Not Always Better

I was told recently by a sweet bride-to-be that she was worried I wouldn’t have much to choose from since I have such a small shop. I thought about that and truly had not given much thought to the perception that a lack of space would create doubt about selection. Truth be told, I have…

Vintage Vibe

Spring is mostly a time for pastels and brights but I am seeing a great deal of beige and champagne colors-usually with ivory lace overlay…a bit of a vintage look–so classy and subdued but totally contemporary at the same time. I particularly love the satin slip dress base with lace over-dress. Not much sparkle but…

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Happy to offer size 4 to 16 with the occasional smaller or larger in designer label gowns, our boutique is filled with sample, discontinued and consignment gowns that have all gone through our stringent refurbishing process. We strive to maintain a variety of sizes and silhouettes to fit any body and styles to please any…

Mail Order Bridal?

     Recently I met a bride who ordered her dream wedding gown from a website who makes a “custom” dress in China and will ship it to you in six to eight weeks. She was looking for a particular style and obviously the best price and who could resist the most stunning photos at…

A Silver Sixpence In Your Shoe?

I am surprised at how many people have never heard this portion of the old rhyme…                                    Something Old, Something New Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Silver Sixpence in your shoe!   This is a wedding poem originating…

Budget? Financing? Layaway!

If you have a budget and have set aside money for your gown, you are in great shape-but many girls are paying for their wedding as they go and the gown is a substantial part of the puzzle. I recently saw that a bridal salon was offering financing! I said WOW! Not certain that I…

Ladies, Start Your Engines

Friday nights in Escondido in Spring mean only one thing…Cruisin’ Grand! Girls, this is not just for guys but it is a good excuse to have a date night. I hesitated to stay open later for this event but how can you pass up such great activity on your street – much less a sea of…

One In A Million?

Most often brides come in with a clear idea of what they like, or what they don’t like. They know that they like lace or a sweetheart neckline or a ball gown or something simple…or not. I always encourage all shoppers to try on things that they thought they didn’t like or never imagined themselves…

Sample Sale

I was asked recently if I have sales periodically…I think every day I open the shop is a sale. The majority of my inventory is made up of sample gowns. Those tried on in salons, never worn for a ceremony. The bridal industry dictates that when new designs come out, the ‘traditional’ bridal shops must…

Putting a Wrap on It

A foundation by definition is a basis on which something is supported. Also, a Seinfeld episode, a series of science fiction books by Isaac Asimov, a skin colored makeup to create an even skin tone or the basic tools used to create a website. I use this term in reference to a body shaper, slimmer,…