Time for a Getaway!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you live in Chicago, chances are you are thinking the same thing we are – it’s time for a getaway. Somewhere warm, and soon! This is the perfect time to take a break from planning your wedding or just beat the winter (spring!) blues. While taking a full week for an impromptu tropical vacay might not be very practical, a long weekend is certainly not out of reach. Personally, I am headed to Napa Valley in a couple of weeks and can’t wait enjoy the California sunshine! We love northern California in general, but there’s something about wine country that has me already in a relaxed state of mind just thinking about it. Thinking about what to pack, on the other hand, is not a zen-like experience. Finding those perfect items that will travel well, be interchangeable and practical, all while looking put together, can be a daunting task! I put together a little go to short list of weekend getaway necessities to share with you. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="5853" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

My go-to wine tasting ensemble will definitely be a maxi dress. Layering is a must, so I’ll be sure to bring my denim jacket and this springy scarf from Kate Spade. When out and about at wineries, a cross body handbag is a must, so your hands are free for the important task ahead! These comfy wedges from J. Crew will be ideal for a stroll through the vineyards. After a day of wine tasting, you’ll surely have picked up a few favorite bottles along the way. Pack these shatterproof stemless wine glasses from Go Vino and a wine key (in your checked luggage, of course) so you can head to a park where you can enjoy your winery finds el fresco with some artisan cheese or chocolates. Take time to reconnect with your sweetie and hopefully by the time we all get back from our long weekends, spring will finally be upon us in Chicago!




Bridal Trend We Are Loving

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While enjoying the latest issue of Town & Country Weddings alongside a cozy blanket and a glass of wine the other night, we found we were particularly drawn to one of the fashion pages.  We always enjoy a good round up of new bridal trends and we are especially loving the new take on the peplum trend of last year- the exaggerated peplum or the "long peplum" as T&C Weddings is calling it.  This shape has a sense of drama about it while not being too over the top or fussy.  It is a modern nod to a more classic shape in daywear and we think it has an undeniable glamour to it.   We cannot wait to see this shape of dress pop up at a real wedding this season!  For a few more bridal trends check out Town & Country's website right here.  


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Destination Wedding: Guest Style


Katie and Jesse are currently down in the sunny Caribbean putting together all the fabulous details for one of our lucky couples' wedding weekend including a welcome party, ceremony/reception and day after brunch- (we promise to share all the amazing photos from this event just as soon as we have them!).  In honor of this destination wedding in Anguilla at the gorgeous Viceroy Resort, we thought it would be fun to put together a little outfit inspiration for the travelling wedding guest


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welcome party dress by Halston Heritage

wedding ceremony/reception dress by David Miester

day after brunch dress by Karina Grimaldi


Katie's Latest Obsession


Starting today we have a new little series here on the Bliss Blog- giving you a peek into our team's latest obsessions!!

First up is the fabulous Katie Kozlowski who got inspired by the stripes at her client's wedding last weekend which have now turned into her latest obsession.  Katie says "

"From playrooms to pillows...cocktail party dresses to aisle styled flower cones...I can't get enough of this tailored & polished trend!"


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INSPIRED BY: Met Gala Glamour

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INSPIRED BY: Kate Moss' Boho Flower Girls

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are still swooning over the images of Kate Moss' romantic bohemian English countryside nuptials.  When a wedding is that beautiful and perfectly executed it's hard to get it out of your head!  We were recently reminded of Kate's entourage of impeccably styled boho flower girls when we opened the most recent email from BHLDN announcing their new Flower Girl dresses.   It is hard to go wrong when selecting a pint-size outfit for your flower girls since they tend to steal to the show at the ceremony (right up until the bride appears of course!), but we suggest going with the timeless ease of a bohemian flowing dress in shades of off white or ivory accessorized by a floral halo crown of course!  [/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][vc_single_image image="5923" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Valentine's Gift Guide for the last minute shoppers

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today we have a little gift guide for all the last minute guys out there.  Of course we know most of you have purchased a fabulous gift for the belle in your life far in advance, but just in case this holiday slipped by you this year this gift guide has some wonderful options you can scoop up on way home!  

1.  Roses candle from Diptyque on North Damon

2. Delicious macarons from Vanille Patisserie

3. grab a Bottle of Moet that you can write a custom love note on from Binny's

4. Forget about a boring bouquet of roses- swing by Fleur for a chic Valentine's arrangement

5/6/7  You may think your lady's closet is full enough, but trust us when we say one more dress in a festive valentine's color

isn't going to hurt! Pick up any one of these beauties from Neiman Marus- five, six & seven.

If you are reading this post after Valentine's day and you forgot the holiday completely then you will probably need to purchase one of everything! 

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A Little Bliss Belle Holiday Outfit Inspiration


Now that we have decadently dined ourselves through Thanksgiving and given our credit cards a nice little

work out on black Friday, it is time to start looking ahead to all the holiday parties dotting our social agenda in the coming month!

 Here is a little black tie appropriate holiday party inspiration to get you in the spirit!




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1. Issa Jadeite dress- the color of this dress is picture perfect for the holidays and the simple silhouette is to die for!

2. We love the vintage yet glamorous feel of these Lulu Frost for J. Crew earrings.

3. This chic little Christian Louboutin purse was made to be taken to a holiday party- it's even tied with a luxe velet bow on top!

4. We are swooning over these modern Nicholas Kirkwood gold bow slingbacks.


Our Mommy-to-be Model!

Did anyone catch our very own senior weddings & event design consultant, Katie Kozlowski, on Good Day Chicago today? Katie, who is due this New Year's Eve, modeled for FOX Chicago's segment with Bravo TV Star, Designer & Author, Rosie Pope.Chicago News and Weather | FOX Chicago News

Rosie Pope is the complete "Maternity Guru". She is the mom of three, star of Bravo's Pregnant in Heels, has a full clothing line for pregnant fashionistas with two store locations (New York & Santa Monica), and now the release of her new book Mommy IQ. So naturally, Katie didn't hesitate at the chance to not only meet Rosie but to wear one of Rosie's designs! Katie's first look was the Stella Dress, a black cocktail dress with removable sparkle belt,  and with Bliss' "uniform" being classy black attire when working our events, this look couldn't have been more fitting. Katie's second look was a sporty look for the mom-to-be in a 3/4 Sleeve Boat Neck top from A Pea in the Pod. This might have been the first time I have EVER seen Katie in a pair of sneakers, it counts even if it was through the TV, right?  Katie was all smiles and looked STUNNING! We can't wait to get the behind the scenes scoop from her!

You can meet Rosie too! She will be at A Pea in the Pod at the Water Tower Place this evening from 5 to 7pm signing her Mommy IQ book. Don't miss it!

Congrats to our already fashionable mom-to-be Katie!!

The 2012 Olympic Games


You know we love a good theme party. Especially, when the chance to celebrate comes along only once every four years. The 2012 Olympic's Opening Ceremony begins tomorrow at 6:30pm and we are already excited to suck up the hat hair from our berets and cheer on all the athletes. Whether your attending or hosting a party we've got your Olympic look all planned out for you! Throwing a party? The Today Show has got you covered with how to throw an Olympic theme party!  Go Team USA!!

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What you will need to steal the show: Women- The most talked about piece of this year's Olympic Collection, a beret. A navy blazer. A red, white and blue scarf (pick one color if too hard to find). A white skirt, socks and tennies! Add in anything with a pony on it for extra points! Men- Man up with a beret. A white collared shirt, an all American tie, preppy belt, and khakis. Again, work in the pony anywhere you can! Get a little creative with sporting metallic nails ladies, preferably gold of course! Butter London has an adorable limited edition right now!

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The Bohemian Bride


With pictures from Coachella surfacing from this past weekend and the announcement of Chicago’s Lollapalooza lineup, we are channeling our inner hippie and taking a second look at the “Boho Bride”.  Something is mesmerizing about the Bohemian Chic look, flowy dresses, long loose wavy hair with braids hidden throughout, always adorned with a wreath of flowers or bejeweled statement piece. The bohemian bride is the perfect mix of hippie, vintage, romantic and sophistication all rolled into one and designs her wedding in the same carefree fashion that she lives her life in.  We are dying over the fun-loving free spirit of a boho bride!  

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No one does a Boho Bride better than BHLDN!

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Ballet Babes


Give those feet of yours a rest with these fun, flirty flats! While we are a huge fan of the summer wedge and the classic pump, we like to step out in the occasional ballet flat as we run around the city. Nothing can conquer Michigan Avenue like a comfy and stylish flat, your feet will thank us!


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1. Zara, $69.90 // 2. J. Crew, $148 // 3. J.Crew, $138 // 4. J.Crew, $135 // 5. J.Crew, $250 // 6. Kate Spade, $225 // 7.  Lucky Brand, $59 // 8. Zara, $89.90

We will take one of each, please!


From the Desk of...


From the Desk of Renny! Renny answers all our burning questions about herself, her go-to's and her Chicago favorites...

Hometown: Born in Dallas, Texas. Grew Up in Overland Park, Kansas. Has lived in Chicago for the past 15 Years.

Her Wedding Date: October 20, 2001.

What did you want to be when you grew up?  A Wedding Planner.

What is your favorite vacation spot? Hawaii.

What are your go-to Chicago boutiques? Jayson’s Home & Garden, Classic Remix, Curious Sofa, Nordstroms, Trina Turk, Tangerine, The Painted Lady, Marc Jacobs and P45.

Polka-Dots or Stripes?  Stripes.

What is your Favorite Color/ Color combo?  So many!  I love White and Green, Pink and Metallic Gold, Indigo Blues, Gray and Wood tones, Soft Gray and Soft Pinks.  Yellow and Gray. Pink and Tangerine

The Best spot for Drinks in the Chicago is… Anywhere with my girlfriends.  We love Pops for Champagne.

Macaron or Cupcake? New York, West Village, Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes all the way.

Your all time favorite Chicago venue:  Chicago Cultural Center and Tents in Backyard Gardens.

Do you have any hidden talents?  I went to Culinary School, So I hope I am a pretty good cook.

What is the best advice ever given to you?  Live in the moment and don’t sweat the small stuff.  And, Carpe Diem! (My mom has this saying in huge letters in her kitchen and I love it).

Three things you cannot live without…  My Family and Friends, Nice Sheets, Smart Technology, Design Books and Magazines, Ikat Pillows and curtains, Antiques, My Cappuccino Machine, Laughter, Sharpies, Bliss Weddings & Events and The Amazing Bliss Girls – Kara and Katie.

What are you currently reading?  Freakonomics and Sugar Shock.

Where does your Inspiration come from?  Everywhere: Interior Design.  Nature, Life.  Fashion.  Travel. Boutiques.  Personal Style from friends and other women and men I admire.

Your go to Karaoke song is…  No singing. Just dancing.

What is your favorite step in the wedding planning process?  Flowers and Design.

What is the one mistake you see Brides making all the time?  They get too caught up in doing everything they see in books and magazines and loose what they really want.

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Pinning 101

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If you're already on Pinterest, we are here to further you're addiction, if you're new to the craze, we are here to begin your addiction. Pinterest is a virtual inspiration board of fashion, decor, beauty, travel and of course wedding images. Each user "pins" whatever images they want to their own personal board further organizing the pictures into categories. Lost yet? Read USA TODAY's article here. We love using Pinterest to gain inspiration, share our ideas with our clients and other "pinners", and to simply get lost in the world of pinning! Check out Bliss's page here, and check back often since we are pinning fanatics! Our page is always expanding with endless inspiration for weddings and everyday life. Happy Pinning!!


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Belle Vie Bridal Couture's Fashion Show


Renny, Kara and Katie stepped out on the town at the Belle Vie Bridal Couture and CS Brides Fashion Show this past Thursday at Chicago's very own Waldorf Astoria. The show featured 2012 couture bridal collections by Lanvin, Valentino, J Mendel and Elizabeth Filmore. The girls sat first row sipping on bubbly and indulging in macarons. The event was stunning, with décor by Event Creative, music by DJ Megan Taylor and of course, the Bubbly by Dom Perignon! Here are some of our favorite pieces, all available at Belle Vie!


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