Michael Andrews Bespoke

When it comes to weddings, women are not the only ones who have big decisions to make when choosing what to wear on the big day. Indeed, the groom’s tuxedo is every bit as important as the bride’s gown. Furthermore, while a bride will often spend astronomical amounts on a gown that she will only wear once, a well-made tuxedo is a must-have wardrobe essential that can be worn countless times without reservation — all the more reason for a groom to select a tuxedo that fits perfectly and comfortably. Discreetly tucked away in the NoHo district in New York City, but standing at a quite sizable 4200 square feet, Michael Andrews Bespoke specializes in custom tuxedos, suits, and accessories and is a must-visit for any groom-to-be. This elegant store outfits many of Manhattan’s most stylish men and offers an inimitable shopping experience, complete with personal consultations with the knowledgeable staff, in-store fittings, and maybe even a cocktail from the luxe built-in wet bar! The Michael Andrews Bespoke aesthetic is one that combines classic tailoring and craftsmanship with a contemporary fit, and the expert master tailors will work with your personal preferences and needs to create a tuxedo that’s uniquely and entirely yours.

To learn more about Michael Andrews Bespoke, be sure to visit the store’s website!

Michael Andrews Bespoke, 2 Great Jones Alley, New York, NY. 212.677.1755.

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michael andrews bespoke new york city manhattan suits custom tuxedo groom menswear wedding 2011

michael andrews bespoke new york city manhattan suits custom tuxedo groom menswear wedding 2011

michael andrews bespoke new york city manhattan suits custom tuxedo groom menswear wedding 2011

(all photos via Grungy Gentleman)

Sylvia Weinstock

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While filming for “Glamour‘s 25 Biggest Wedding Dos & Don’ts” on the Style Network, I had the pleasure of meeting the inimitable cake guru Sylvia Weinstock. Touted as the “Leonardo da Vinci of Cakes,” her incredible oeuvre certainly qualifies as art, as far as I’m concerned. For over 30 years, she has created whimsical, fun and downright extraordinary cakes for nearly every occasion imaginable. To take a look at her latest projects, you need to check out her blog. Here’s one of my favorites:

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Chic Spring Nail Polish Shades

Although I’ve already extolled the praises of pre-wedding spa days, if you don’t have the time to block out an entire day dedicated to self-pampering, scheduling a mani/pedi is an excellent (time-efficient) way to unwind. It can also be a great way to bond with your bridal party! Now that it’s finally getting nicer outside, it’s a perfect time to experiment with bright, cheery nail polishes — nudes, deep reds and sheer shades need not apply! When it comes to nail polish, Chanel is the holy grail; Peter Philps, the global creative director for Chanel Makeup, is considered a tastemaker in the beauty world. Every color that he concocts for Chanel’s runway shows flies off the shelves and inspires plenty of knockoffs. For spring and summer, Philips created several pretty polishes that I just need to share with you!

First and foremost is Riva, a shade that first debuted at Chanel’s Cruise Collection 2010-2011. This pastel baby blue polish is a breezy breath of fresh air!

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Next is the standout color from the summer collection: Mimosa. A vibrant yellow, this particular color might be divisive among those of you who are more puritanical when it comes to your pedicures. However, this shade is a surefire way to inject a little sunshine into your life, and it’s surprisingly flattering against all skin tones!

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Finally, there’s Morning Rose, a pink polish with a subtle swirl of gold glitter. True to its name, the shade is a warm rose, and I’m confident that it will be a spring/summer favorite! Just perfect for a spring bride.

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Which of these colors are your favorite? Do you prefer the classic Morning Rose, or would you dare to wear Mimosa or Riva?

Quick Tip: Walk it Out!

The final few weeks leading up to a bride’s wedding can be tense. Too many times to count, I have witnessed my clients stress, panic and become completely consumed in perfecting every last detail. Unfortunately, this often comes at the expense of taking time for themselves, their friends and most importantly, connecting with their fiancés. I have the perfect solution: take a walk together! Yes, it sounds simple, but it’s something most of us forget to do. The Brooklyn Bridge, rich with history, is a surprisingly wonderful place to walk. With a walk path that stretches from downtown Brooklyn to NYC, you’ll have plenty of time to catch up. With little to distract you, aside from the scenic views, it is unexpectedly romantic. Stash a camera in your pocket, or if you’d rather unleash your inner artiste, bring a few sheets of white paper and colored pencils – halfway over the bridge you can trace etchings, which make for a lovely keepsake. Best of all, with restaurants on both the Brooklyn and Manhattan side, you can end the walk with dinner and a glass of wine to toast the two of you! Here is a picture of my clients, Maria and Vincent, during their recent walk over the Brooklyn Bridge:
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“Thanks Michael for the great advice! Vincent and I had a wonderful time reconnecting. I have lived in Brooklyn for years and it is something I have never done! I’m so glad I listened to you!”

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Lollycakes Love

I must confess, I have a new obsession…Lollycakes! These mini treats are out of this world! Think cupcake meets lollypop. The cake is at the top of a lollypop stick and then dipped in chocolate (Mmmmmm..). With choices like red velvet, angel food cake, sugar-free and cheesecake, the possibilities are endless. Justine, the Creative Director of Lollycakes, designs these mini cakes to match any occasion.

 

 

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As favors, part of a dessert tray or planted in a ceramic pot or bowl as a centerpiece, these treats are perfect for bridal showers, baby showers, and even weddings. I recently ordered these delicious treats for my client Lauren’s bridal shower. Justine custom designed the Lollycakes to match the bride’s wedding color scheme. She even made the cake flavor in pistachio – the same flavor of Lauren’s wedding cake! Needless to say, they were a hit! I cannot wait to sample Justine’s latest creations.

For more information about Lollycakes, click here!

New York Bridal Week Wrap-Up

Earlier this month, I attended New York Bridal Week — think Fashion Week for wedding planners! I was so excited to check out the latest bridal gown collections; there truly was something for every bride-to-be. As usual, my iPhone was on hand to help me document some of the highlights of the week. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite looks from the runway!

Kenneth Pool
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Rivini (love the drama of the backs and trains of these gowns!)
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Amsale

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new york bridal week 2011 amsale runway wedding strapless dress gown train

new york bridal week 2011 amsale runway wedding strapless dress gown bow

So, which looks do you like best? Do you favor the classic glamour that Kenneth Pool expertly crafted, or are you a sucker for the show-stopping theatrics of the gowns at Rivini and Amsale? Do tell!

Inspiration: “Love Birds” by Avelino Pombo

The great thing about inspiration is that it can strike in response to just about anything; it needn’t be an extravagant vacation or a star-studded event. Indeed, the little things can be an invaluable source of creative energy. Take, for instance, this painting by my friend, Avelino Pombo:

I just purchased this piece, called “Love Birds,” and put it in my home. I love the vivid colors of the birds’ plumage against the stark white background. It’s a very sweet painting and it adds a vibrant pop of color no matter where you hang it. To check out more of Avelino’s lovely work, check out his Facebook page by clicking HERE!

Gorgeous Gowns Galore!

Ask any bride about the most important aspect of her special day — odds are, she’ll tell you, without hesitation, “It’s all about the dress!” While I can create, concoct and coordinate most of the elements that allow for a truly magical wedding day, dress selection is a task that is entirely at the discretion of the bride-to-be. Furthermore, the wedding gown is one of those iconic pieces that are inextricably bound with the idea of marriage; the vision of a beautiful bride in an immaculate white gown, whether it’s simple and understated or sweeping and dramatic, is ingrained in the minds of most girls from early on. Of course, when it comes to choosing a dress, personal style is a key factor. I recently came across this couture bridal gown by Romona Keveza and was blown away by its showstopping glamour. From its fitted bodice to its full skirt, embellished by rose petal-like adornments, this dress is decidedly not for a bride who’s afraid to make a grand entrance (Images via Romona Keveza):

Romona Keveza is a designer whose body of work is quite remarkable; she has an amazing eye for detail, and perfectly balances tradition with modernity, while sometimes adding a hint of frivolity. Within each collection, there is truly something for every bride.

And, while we’re on the topic of glam “gowns,” here is something just a tad less wearable (ha ha!) but stunning nevertheless:

Granted, I took this photo at an event that I attended for The Knot a few months ago, but it goes without saying that this installation, constructed entirely of various flowers, commanded the attention of the room. As you can see, it also towers several feet above the rest of the guests! Talk about making a grand entrance…

Wedding Inspiration: Vieques, Puerto Rico

A few weeks ago, I took a long weekend trip to the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico. The beautiful yet secluded island, which lies just a few miles outside the Puerto Rican mainland, provided me with a wealth of inspiration in a relatively short period of time! I stayed at the W Hotel, where the sand and surf (not to mention the spa) were the perfect remedy for the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. However, since I love what I do so much, I can’t help but think of work, even when relaxing on a remote island! As it just so happened, a couple was getting married at the hotel that weekend, and the wedding arrangements were stunning. Inspired by the lovely waterfront venue, the programs for the procession, and the tropical-tinged table setting, I snapped a few shots of the setting. Although I have yet to work on a destination wedding on an island like Vieques, I think these pictures make it evident why I’d love to try my hand at it!