11 Mar

BHLDN Spring bridal collection | Photo by Alison Conklin | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69645

Get ready for it, brides. Today BHLDN is sharing their brand new Spring collection, which includes—wait for it—TEN new gowns!! You heard right. That’s one of BHLDN’s biggest gown launches ever. And surprise, surprise, each and every one of those gowns is totes gorgeous.

If there was a way to sum up the Spring collection, we’d say that it’s all about drama and glamour. The silhouettes are a little more fitted this season, and the details and embellishments are out of this world. Think hand-beading, embroidery, and lots of texture. But enough with the chit chat, yes? We know you’re dying to scroll through those gowns yourself. To showcase the new Spring line, BHLDN staged a dreamy photo shoot in an art museum in Philly. And given the artistic feel of the new collection, they couldn’t have picked a better spot. Just take a look…

BHLDN Spring bridal collection | Photo by Alison Conklin | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69645

Thea Gown by Catherine Dean, $2,400

BHLDN Spring bridal collection | Photo by Alison Conklin | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69645

BHLDN Spring bridal collection | Photo by Alison Conklin | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69645

Faye Gown by Badgley Mischka, $1,000

BHLDN Spring bridal collection | Photo by Alison Conklin | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69645

BHLDN Spring bridal collection | Photo by Alison Conklin | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69645

BHLDN Spring bridal collection | Photo by Alison Conklin | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69645

Honora by Love,Yu, $1,800

BHLDN Spring bridal collection | Photo by Alison Conklin | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69645

Emma Gown by Theia, $1,295

BHLDN Spring bridal collection | Photo by Alison Conklin | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69645

BHLDN Spring bridal collection | Photo by Alison Conklin | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69645

Tamsin Gown by Catherine Dean, $1,400

And yes, we could gush about BHLDN’s pretty gowns all day, but we can’t forget to mention that there are a bunch of new accessories and décor to check out too!

Kudos to everyone below for putting together such a perfect photo shoot:

Photographer: Alison Conklin / Styling: Styled Bride & Styled Creative / Hair: Amanda D’Andrea / Makeup: Beke Beau / Location: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts / Flowers: Sullivan Owen / Furniture: Maggpie Vintage Rentals / Gowns, Jewelry, Accessories, & Décor: BHLDN / Special Thanks: Stephen Starr Events

 
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11 Mar

We hope you ladies are feeling lucky today because boy do we have a giveaway for you. Yep, it’s time for #7 in our series of anniversary giveaways and they just keep getting better!

Let’s start off by saying that we have a major crush on Benefit Cosmetics. The adorable packaging, the sassy little taglines, the top-notch products… These guys are the whole enchilada when it comes to makeup. But what you might not already know about Benefit Cosmetics is that they also host super fun parties at their boutiques. Which brings us to today’s giveaway…

Benefit Cosmetics giveaway: party for 10 friends + make-up kit | 100 Layer Cake

They’re Real Mascara, $23 / They’re Real makeup bag, $26 / Peek a bright eyes, $32 / Hoola, $28 / Hoola gloss, $16 / Deluxe minis of Benetint, Lollitint, Stay Flawless, Fake Up, & Bad Gal Lash

One lucky reader is going to score the bundle of Benefit goodies pictured above and a Beauty Bash for up to 10 ladies! If you’re wondering what the Beauty Bash involves exactly, it’s a private, after-hours party at the shop. Wine and light nibbles are served while Benefit Beauty Artists doll you and your girls up. Sweet! You could use it for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or any other girly outing. A couple years ago we hosted a couple of these parties ourselves, and we can say from personal experience that it was the most fun ever.

Enter to win below! And then keep those fingers crossed because we’ll be picking a winner real soon…

*And just a note that this giveaway is limited to our U.S. readers who live in NY, CT, Boston, Chi, L.A., or SF, since that’s where the Benefit boutiques are located. Unless you want to make a big road trip out of it!

*This giveaway ends on Friday, March 14th and is open to U.S. entrants only.

Congrats to our winner Jennifer Bastin!!!
 
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10 Mar

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

If only every workday involved dressing up and trying on handfuls of yummy diamonds, right? Jillian never got to go shopping for her own sparkler (although her hubs did a pretty good job on his own!). So, we teamed up with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and spent the day on a little ring shopping adventure. When you think about it, it’s really not a bad idea to gather up your best gals and go ring shopping together. It’s the most fun way to educate yourself cuts and settings, and find a combination that fits your style perfectly. All in a day’s work!

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Our first stop was SN Queens in the Downtown LA jewelry district. They specialize in beautiful handmade jewelry that is contemporary with a vintage feel. They also have a great range of styles from classic to vintage, and the prices are great! We had so much fun trying on all their brilliant baubles.

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Let’s seeeeee…. which ring was our favorite? Maybe the cushion cut pink diamond? With little rose gold prongs in the pave setting. Yes. You all can probably agree!

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

SN Queens has a really nice assortment of diamonds from rose gold rough cut diamonds, platinum center cut diamonds,  pear shaped diamonds and so much more.

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Amanda’s style: Amanda’s dream ring would be the one with the big pink diamond. Because who can resist a big pink diamond?

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Jillian’s style: Jillian went for the Art Deco-style ring (platinum center stone round diamond), which coincidentally has a similar feel to the ring her hubs picked out. 

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Jilly’s cutie skirt is by Ted Baker. Perfect spring-y addition to your wardrobe.

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Kristina’s style: An unexpected platinum pear-shaped diamond feels perfect with Kristina’s relaxed, classic style.

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Once you’re the proud owner of your dream diamond, you’ll want to know how to take proper care of it, right? Here are a few tips from our peeps at Jewelers Mutual:

Get checkups. At least once a year, take your jewelry to a jeweler for inspection and cleaning. They’ll check for loose settings, faulty links, worn prongs, and other potential problems.
- Clean regularly. Clean your jewelry at home frequently to avoid dirt buildup that can increase wear. Your jeweler can give you a few tips on proper cleaning.
Don’t wait. If you see a prong that’s loose, worn, or catches on fabric, it could lead to a lost diamond. Don’t want that, do you? Take the piece to your jeweler and have it checked stat.
Store jewelry gently. Storing jewelry cluttered together can cause scratches. So when you’re not wearing your jewelry, place each item in a separate soft compartment or container. Think of it as an excuse to buy that cute jewelry box.
Go easy. Diamonds are among the hardest materials on earth, but they can chip if struck at the right angle. Don’t risk a damaged engagement ring. For any potentially high-impact activity, store your ring safely on the sidelines.

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

And what would any trip to Downtown LA be without a stop at the famous Bottega Louie? Best French macarons for miles around.

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

When you have a rock this pretty on your finger, you definitely want to make sure it’s protected. Which is why it’s super important to have your ring insured.  Many times homeowners insurance just simply isn’t enough for your new piece. Choosing an insurance company like Jewelers Mutual that has specialized in jewelry insurance for over 100 years can give you peace of mind. Their Perfect Circle® Jewelry Insurance offers comprehensive, worldwide protection for your most special pieces from loss, theft, damage, or even mysterious disappearance. More importantly- they strive to replace your piece with same kind and quality if a loss ever happens.

Learn more about jewelry insurance at PerfectCircleInsurance.com.

Photography: Scott Clark Photo & Leila Brewster Photographer / Hair & Makeup: Fiore Beauty / Jewelry Store: SN Queens / Cafe: Bottega Louie

*This post was sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Neenah, Wisconsin. Coverage is subject to underwriting review and approval, and to policy terms and conditions.

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