28 Aug

We can’t think of a better Thursday morning activity than swooning over dreamy dresses and a sharing a giveaway, can you? Paper Crown, Lauren Conrad’s line of modern yet classic, feminine, and charming wardrobe staples, just launched a bridesmaid and events dress collection. Be prepared to fall in love with romantic crepe fabrics, elegant draping, delicate lace details, and gorgeous silhouettes.

The bridesmaid dresses just debuted in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings and we thought you all would want to know about it ASAP! Oh, and that giveaway we spoke of? See what we mean:

$500 Paper Crown by Lauren Conrad bridesmaid dress giveaway on 100 Layer Cake #100LCbridesmaids

We’re offering one reader a $500 gift card to use toward a purchase at Paper Crown! Use it for bridesmaid dresses, or any other special event coming up—a rehearsal dinner or bridal shower, perhaps?

To enter, all you have to do is follow 100 Layer Cake and Lauren Conrad on Pinterest, then pin the above image to your own Pinterest page. Check out the collection below and then use the widget at the bottom of this post to log your entries.

Lauren Conrad bridesmaid dresses | 100 Layer Cake

Maura Dress in Ivory Lace Overlay w/ Pewter Chiffon

Lauren Conrad bridesmaid dresses | 100 Layer Cake

Meghan Dress in Silver Peony Crepe

Lauren Conrad bridesmaid dresses | 100 Layer Cake

Meghan Dress in Silver Peony Crepe

Lauren Conrad bridesmaid dresses | 100 Layer Cake

Lauren Dress in Ivory Lace Overlay w/ Silver Peony Crepe

Lauren Conrad bridesmaid dresses | 100 Layer Cake

Lauren Dress in Ivory Lace Overlay w/Ash Crepe

Lauren Conrad bridesmaid dresses | 100 Layer Cake

Meghan Dress in Ash Crepe

Lauren Conrad bridesmaid dresses | 100 Layer Cake

Tori Dress in Pewter Chiffon

Lauren Conrad bridesmaid dresses | 100 Layer Cake

Lauren Conrad bridesmaid dresses | 100 Layer Cake

Let us know when you’ve entered by using the widget below…

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Which dress is your fave? Good luck everyone! xo

 
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28 Aug

Erica Cerulo's indie wedding style | Win a set of Bridesmaid's gifts from Of A Kind | 100 Layer Cake

You know how we love to add bits of indie style to our own summer wardrobes? Well, when chatting with the ladies from Of A Kind, we knew they’d be able to share how to incorporate unexpected fashion and décor elements into a wedding, too. They are certainly the experts when it comes to independent designers, and we couldn’t agree more that adding pieces from up and coming designers and artists sets you apart from the masses and allows you to show off something truly personalized and unique. Fitting for a one of a kind day, yes?

For their own weddings, Of A Kind founders Erica and Claire both incorporated unique fashion pieces from on-the-rise designers. Not hard to do when you have a website full of stunning options to choose from! Their awesome site and shop promotes new and emerging designers and their stories, so you can get your hands on an exclusive, limited piece before anyone else. Hello, most perfect little shop for unique bridesmaid gifts! More on that later, first let’s see what these two fashionable ladies wore for their own recent weddings.

Up first, the lovely Erica and the biggest item of interest… the dress! She explains how she found her (ready?) WHITE LEATHER number by Kaelen. (See the same design here in black.)

“I was really struggling to figure out what I wanted to wear— I liked the idea of a just-sixties vibe that felt right for the City Hall setting, but I just wasn’t drawn to the idea of a classic wedding gown. When Claire and I went to Kaelen’s fashion week presentation, I pointed at a dress she was showing in a bronze-brown leather and said, “I want something like that in white.” And Claire said, “So ask her!” It was perfect. And how many excuses do you get to wear a white leather dress, really?”

Erica Cerulo's indie wedding style | Win a set of Bridesmaid's gifts from Of A Kind | 100 Layer Cake

Her invites were designed by friend, designer, and illustrator Lisa Hedge.

She chose a Lulu Frost bracelet, a small homage to the first piece of big-girl jewelry she bought for herself (also from Lulu Frost). Isn’t it sweet that every time she puts that beauty on, she’ll be reminded of her wedding day?

Erica Cerulo's indie wedding style | Win a set of Bridesmaid's gifts from Of A Kind | 100 Layer Cake

She carried a blush Clare Vivier foldover clutch (definitely a 100 Layer Cake favorite in any color) and her rings were made by Blanca Monros Gomez. She and her hubs had them custom designed from rose gold, black diamonds, and sapphires (his birthstone!). And if you caught a glimpse of her stunning blue shoes in the photo at the top of the post, we’re betting you want to know who made them, yes? Alexandre Birman. You’re welcome!

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Now for the beautiful Clare, who was married in her parents’ backyard with spiderman for a ring bearer. We like where this is going already.

Claire Mazur's indie wedding style | Win a set of Bridesmaid's gifts from Of A Kind | 100 Layer Cake

Aside from her adorable super-nephew, let’s talk about her dress first. Sexy and simple, it sounds like she couldn’t have found a more perfect piece.

“I knew I wanted something really simple and minimal, but I was prepared to be proven wrong (as a lot of people told me I would be!) and find myself falling in love with something more traditional instead—strapless, lacy, big. But I felt so out-of-place in all of the traditional gowns I tried on. I’d never worn a giant gown in my life, so it felt like a strange idea to wear one for the first time on the one day where I really wanted to feel like myself. As soon as I tried this Juan Carlos Obando number on, I realized it was hitting all the notes I had in my head. It’s super modern, chic, and simple without being boring.”

Love this bit of advice she gives newly engaged friends: Go try on fancy dresses somewhere that is not a bridal salon! Barneys and other high end stores carry beautiful, expensive white dresses that are still less than a bridal gown. And you can wear them again!

Claire Mazur's indie wedding style | Win a set of Bridesmaid's gifts from Of A Kind | 100 Layer Cake

Her invites were made from paintings of her parents’ house, done by her talented grandmother who passed away in between the time they were engaged and the wedding. What a sweet way to imbue Claire’s marriage with the presence of such an important person in her life. They are so spectacular!

Claire Mazur's indie wedding style | Win a set of Bridesmaid's gifts from Of A Kind | 100 Layer Cake

Claire’s mom made her veil using a tutorial on YouTube (go DIY!).

Claire Mazur's indie wedding style | Win a set of Bridesmaid's gifts from Of A Kind | 100 Layer Cake

Her rings were designed by Lauren Wolf, with the help of her husband, and of course Erica! That’s grey diamond solitaire with an organic pave diamond band. Super lovely and different.

Claire Mazur's indie wedding style | Win a set of Bridesmaid's gifts from Of A Kind | 100 Layer Cake

Of A Kind designer Caroline Z. Hurley made the beautiful table runners, which Claire had cut down into napkins for everyday use after the wedding was over.

Claire Mazur's indie wedding style | Win a set of Bridesmaid's gifts from Of A Kind | 100 Layer Cake

Claire Mazur's indie wedding style | Win a set of Bridesmaid's gifts from Of A Kind | 100 Layer Cake

If the back of that dress doesn’t make you swoon! Such a beauty, Claire.

We say thumbs up to every single part of these pretty weddings. But even if indie isn’t right for your wedding look (we love a big beautiful gown too!), Of A Kind is the perfect place to shop for something thoughtful for your bridesmaids. Erica and Claire have noticed lots of savvy brides doing the same, so we’re thrilled to offer up this giveaway for one lucky reader.

The winner will receive FIVE of either this raw double diamond necklace or this pretty zip clutch. Yes, please!

Diamond necklace / Clutch giveaway from Of A Kind on 100 Layer Cake

To enter, fill out the form below. We’ll announce a winner on Tuesday after the long weekend. (Note, by entering this giveaway you are agreeing to join the Of A Kind newsletter list.)

Good luck cakies! And happy gifting.

 
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27 Aug

All you long time cakies may recall a few of our guest tote ideas in the past. What can we say, we’re all about those details. And for a destination wedding, the welcome bag is a super fun detail to show your guests just how much you appreciate them hopping on a plane to celebrate with you. After learning about the travel pros at Weddings by Funjet, we were inspired to create a Mexico-themed tote for one of our very faves (and their most popular) wedding locales, Riviera Maya.

Mexico guest tote

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Mexico honeymoon travel

Weddings by Funjet has some pointers for creating the best welcome bag:
• Choose a tote that can be used as a beach bag
• Personalize the bag with monograms or dates
• Include helpful info like a welcome note, schedule of events, resort map, and contacts
• Include travel essentials that guests may have forgotten
• Add local flavor by including snacks or treats from the area 

Mexico honeymoon travel

When you enlist Weddings by Funjet to help you plan your wedding, all the details from the save-the-date to the honeymoon are taken care of. Your totes will be in the room by time the guests arrive. If you’re into all that, get in touch with Weddings by Funjet.

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