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I’m Louise. Blogger. Wife. Designer of TruLu Couture Veils + Accessories.  If you’d like to know more, check out my bio.

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I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! I spent mine in Charleston, South Carolina, visiting new family members – cousins on The Candyman’s side of the family! It was a lovely retreat and I’ll share more on that another time….

Right now I’m excited to talk about CRAVE: The Urban Girl’s Manifesto.

A couple of months ago, you might recall that I shook the dust off myself and headed out into Charlotte to attend a small wedding show. I met lots of nice people and was happy that I’d ventured out of house/cave. At that show, I met photographer Brandy of BeMe Photography and she ended up recommending me for CRAVE.


So what is CRAVE?

CRAVE is about girlfriends getting together. It's about connecting, having fun, indulging, learning more and empowering yourself!
CRAVE means enjoyment, enlightenment, indulgence, health, fashion and above all sophisticated, feminine fun!
We could all use a getaway, and at CRAVE we encourage you to break your routine, to venture from your regular haunts, to visit new neighborhoods with the help of our guides, or come to one of our parties.
Whether it's to hunt for a birthday gift, indulge in a spa treatment or sip happy hour cocktails with the girls after work, let CRAVE be your inspiration to turn to for a one-of-a-kind, custom hometown journey and experience. We believe in acknowledging, celebrating and passionately supporting locally owned businesses.

Basically, CRAVE is a book. It’s a guide to local female entrepreneurs and me and my goodies from TruLu Couture were chosen to be a part of it! How exciting is that? The book curator is hoping to get it into the delegate bags for the Democratic National Convention! How cool would that be? At any rate, I had a photo shoot two weeks ago and now I’m officially a part of the CRAVE team! While this particular manifesto is for Charlotte, there are tons of other CRAVE books available in cities across the country as well as in Canada and Europe. So do me a favor: first go to TruLu Couture on Facebook and hit the “like” button (you know how) and then go to CRAVE on Facebook and do the same. If you’re not from Charlotte, find your city and do some female entrepreneur exploring! Support your local businesses!

Also, check out the latest creation from TruLu Couture that’s not even on the website yet!208429_147689455298560_114916708575835_294504_4561324_n

Vintage floral head piece with velvet leaves. Veil is separate and is a light, light lavender birdcage veil made from 1940’s French silk tulle. This material is so rare, this is definitely a one-of-a-kind piece.

So do you find yourself supporting small and/or local business more now during this recession than you did before? Is it a practice that’s important to you? I know that focusing on quality, personal attention, customer service and uniqueness is important to me and finding all those things in national chains is difficult, at best. What do you think?


Things to Come

You what I've realized about myself? I can be a total slob.

For the first time in my life, I actually have a "studio." I have my own room to create in. It's mine. All my sewing crap is in there, not stored in closets or under beds or atop cabinets. It's all in one centralized location (for the most part). In homes of yore, my studio has been part of my bedroom, part of my kitchen or part of the living room. I even made a friend's wedding gown in my kitchen. I'm not sure SHE knows it was made in my kitchen, so let's um, keep that just between us, OK?

But now. NOW. Now I have my own space. And because I don't have to share the studio with my Tupperware, bed or TV, I can spread out. And spread out I have. I am a slob when it comes to the studio. Shit is everywhere. But it needs to be. I pick things up and put them together and let them sit for a while to decide if I like that particular combination. I take it apart and put it together again. It's cathartic and inspirational all at the same time. I don't have to rush through things in order to clean it all up to make dinner or go to sleep. I love The Candyman for agreeing to let me have a room all to myself. Somewhere in the future of our married life, he will have a Man Cave. He deserves it. 

So what am I doing in said studio? I'm working on TruLu Couture stuff. You know, my bridal accessory line that I launched on Etsy a while ago? Well, that store sucks. Yes, it does. I rushed to put it up because I was a part of a Bridal show that I needed to have something up for. Between the time it went up sometime last spring and today, well - as most of you know - some shit has happened. Now, I have time to really pay attention to it. It's taking some time, but I am looking forward to a re-launch of sorts. My visit to Lina G's and just about every conversation I had while in California helped push me to make some decisions surrounding my plans and what I might be able to accomplish.

So here's a little mini glimpse into the world of TruLu Couture and what it will soon become.

I'm pretty excited. I'm sure I'll do some sort of give away when it's time to re-open, but until then I must practice much patience. And sew like the wind.

Don't forget....enter for your chance to win FREE PHOTOGRAPHY on your wedding day! Go here and read how!


For the Love of the Clutch

When I was a wee tyke, I used to play dress up in my mom's closet just like any normal wee tyke I suppose. There were a few of my favorite go-to dress up things: a little tie-up short penior that I think she wore in the hospital when she either had me or my brother. I also loved this pearl necklace she had that was strung on clear filament so it looked like the pearls were magically floating around her neck. I loved the massive pearl ring my dad bought for her overseas, that now sits in my jewelry box that I wore for my own wedding. There was also a beaded little clutch that I absolutely adored. It was ivory satin with tiny little seed pearls and iridescent sequins. It was just divine. I remember carrying it once to a dance when I was in high school. Neither of us knows what happened to it, but you can bet your fanny I made her search for it high and low so I could carry it on my wedding day. No. Such. Luck.

I was reminded of the bag while flipping through my Inside Weddings magazine yesterday. Trapped in a snowy, icy hell I was able to catch up on some of my magazine reading. What I found was almost as divine as my mom's little 60's clutch. It's by Tejani. Check it out.

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But holy shit, both of these bags are $295! I dunno, I mean I'm sure they are good quality and all, but $300 for a clutch? You could very well use it again for a fancy night out with the hubs once you're married, but still. Why spend that kind of money when there are so other many cool options for WAY cheaper. Lookie:

From Etsy shop Flaming June Vintage for a mere $19.00!

Uh, hello gorgeous! This one is $35 from Little Tuna, also from Etsy.

You can find both new and old alike at a myriad of price points. Once I realized that my mom's beaded clutch was not going to materialize, I started hunting. In my searches, I found a beautiful bedazzled 1960's Lucite clutch that was WAY too expensive for my budget. I started searching on-line and found similar for cheaper, but they were cracked or missing the sparkles, or something. I enlisted the help of a friend who owns an awesome vintage shop in Nashville called The Hip Zipper. She found exactly what I was looking for and actually gave it to me as a wedding gift, which was so freakin' nice I was barely able to contain myself. Here's me with my clutch as well as that giant pearl ring I used to play dress up in.  

Photo by Jonathon Campbell Photography

If you do decide to go vintage, here are a few things to be on the lookout for:

  • The thread on vintage beaded bags is generally the first thing to go, particularly if the bag was used quite a bit. Check for loose beads, or little tiny threads sticking out of the purse, This means you've already lost some beads. You might want to pass on these.
  • Check the hardware - does the clasp open and shut? Put your cell phone, a tube of lipstick and a compact in it to see if it will shut with stuff in it. Kind of important.
  • Check the hardware for rust and discoloration.
  • Check for water marks or discoloration under the beads. 
  • Make sure that you bring a swatch of your gown (if you can) to hold up against the bag to check color. Vintage shops tend to have bad lighting. Sequins, over time, will start to yellow slightly but the seed pearls generally don't. Keep this in mind.

Here's an example of a bag with loose beads.

See down at the bottom edge where the sequins are coming loose? Probably not a good investment at any price.

Below is a good example of some yellowing.

See how the bugle beads are still white but the sequins aren't?

Here's a good example of some discoloration and rust. The frame of the purse, while covered in satin, is rusting through. Make sure you look inside, or if buying on-line, that the seller has taken a shot similar to this one.Buyer beware and all that.

So what will you be doing for your handbag needs on your big day? Will you go retro-glam with some vintage lovely or will you shell out the bucks for something flashy li ke the Tejani? Somewhere in the middle? Do tell.


Cap Style Veils

I'm seeing more and more of the 1930's cap style veil out there. Not sure what I'm talking about? Here's an example of "the look" from that era.


My girl Veronica over at My Hands Made It wore a lovely vintage veil for her cool vintage wedding. *Sniff! Sniff* Is that an Unfake Wedding I smell? Perhapsssssssssssssssssss..... But Veronica's style is more structured and is an actual CAP.


Then there are the styles like this that are simply wrapped around the head in some way. I love these. They feel so very Jane Austen to me for some reason (yes, I know that's an 18th century era and not 1920-30's. It just feels that way.)



And what about THESE gorgeous things from my current fave, Rosa Clara? So freakin' swoon-worthy.

So what do you guys think? Yay or nay. I say yay. However, there are some logistics to think about. Will you wear your veil all day/night? If the answer to that question is no, then what about the hair underneath? Will you have time to eff with it between ceremony and reception? Do you want to? The only reason I wore a veil at all was because I really wanted to wear the lace from my mother's mantilla. The mantilla itself wasn't doable because it was so old, but I  DIY'd my veil just to wear that lace! Not only did my mom wear the mantilla, but I believe both of her sisters did as well. So my veil, while not my particular favorite style of veil, was extremely sentimental and that won out over everything stylish. My point being is that I knew that sucker was coming off right after the ceremony and I wanted hair that I didn't have to eff with.

So, just keep all the logistics in mind when you decide what kind of hair toy and/or head accessory to commit to. So what do you think of this style ladies? What are your hair toy and/or noggin accessories are you planning on? Do tell.


Designer Feature ~ Molly Brown

The role of a Bridesmaid and of a MOH is an important one. There's helping with favors and invitations and seating charts - the list goes on and on! It used to be WAY more important though! Check out this bit of Bridesmaid History I found here:

The history of the bridesmaid varies across cultures, religions and time periods. In early Roman times, bridesmaids formed a kind of bridal infantry as they accompanied the bride to the groom's village. This "protective shield" of similarly outfitted bridesmaids was supposed to intervene if any wayward thugs or vengeful suitors tried to hurt the bride or steal her dowry.

However, the Western bridesmaid tradition seems to have originated from later Roman law, which required ten witnesses at a wedding in order to outsmart evil spirits believed to attend marriage ceremonies. The bridesmaids and ushers dressed in identical clothing to the bride and groom, so that the evil spirits wouldn't know who was getting married. Even as late as 19th century England, the belief that ill-wishers could administer curses and taint the wedding still existed. In Victorian wedding photographs, for example, it can take quite a bit of inspection to pick out the bride and groom from among the other members of the bridal party!

I love the idea that bridesmaids were meant to protect the bride from evil spirits! I think a big, fat THANK YOU is required to your Evil Spirit Defense Team, right?  Go and check out Molly Brown's bridesmaid gift selection here. I like the option to personalize. Initials are cool. Always.


I also like their super-cool packaging (because seriously, who has time to wrap?)!

And you know, you might want to do some shopping for yourself.....I LOVE this jelly bean pendant!

I mean, seriously? Who DOESN'T want a silver jelly bean pendant?

So go on over and check out Molly Brown London (a 2010 Finalist in UK's Jewelry Awards!) and look into their bridesmaid gifts. And don't worry, if you pay by credit/debit , the bank will do the exchange rate for you (£1.00 = $1.51)! Happy Shopping! 

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