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Throwback Thursday: Bridal Beauty

Welcome to our first-ever Throwback Thursday blog spotlight, where we take a look at our favorite posts from the past.

This week, we revisit our favorite tips for bridal beauty and fashion on your big day. Whether you want the perfect hairstyle or to find the perfect shade of lipstick, here are the best of the best from our blog.

Bridal Beauty

Get your lips ready for your first kiss as a married couple with our favorite lipsticks, stains, and glosses.

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Bridal Pearls 

Add elegance to your dress with a timeless strand (or strands, in this case) of pearls.

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Bridal Hairstyles

Bring glamour to your hair with one of these gorgeous hairstyles for your big day.

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For more posts from the past, make sure to check out our blog and our Pinterest page.

St. Patty’s Day Style

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and it's a pretty big deal in Pittsburgh. From the parade to all of the festivities in the downtown and surrounding areas, Pittsburgh is the place to be. We have some great ideas to make this St. Patrick’s Day one for the books.

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The Parade

The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is on Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 11th Street and go away from downtown toward Grant Street, where it will eventually lead to the Boulevard of the Allies.

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The 2015 Parade Grand Marshall is Marty Madigan, a first-generation American whose entire family hails from County Galway, Ireland. He is a Pittsburgh native who recently retired from the Allegheny County Register of Wills office after 35 years.

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For more information about the parade and what is going on around the city on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, make sure to check out the official Facebook page of the 2015 parade.

What to Wear

With all of the crazy temperatures Pittsburgh has been experiencing the past few months, warm weather is not guaranteed. This year's St. Patrick's Day fashion is going to be all about the layers. Luckily, we have you covered for any scenario.

Although we aren't ordinarily a fan of green nails; for the occasion, we love this OPI color, “Jasper Jade”. It’s the perfect shade of green to bring you the luck of the Irish.

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We love this J.Crew Classic Merino Wool Long Cardigan to wear to the parade … it’s the perfect piece to layer, depending on the weather.

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We also love this layered look for the parade.

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If you’re looking for a chic outfit to wear into the office on the actual St. Patrick’s Day (which falls on a Tuesday), look no farther than these cute combos for inspiration.

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The Event Group | Pittsburgh, PA | event planner | wedding planner | St. Patrick's Day | style

The Event Group | Pittsburgh, PA | event planner | wedding planner | St. Patrick's Day | style

The Event Group | Pittsburgh, PA | event planner | wedding planner | St. Patrick's Day | style

The Event Group | Pittsburgh, PA | event planner | wedding planner | St. Patrick's Day | style

For colder weather, these Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots would be perfect for the parade.

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For warmer temperatures, slip into these Tory Burch Mini Miller Flats in Pond Green.

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Accessories

If you don’t feel like wearing green, remember the details are in the accessories! From sunglasses to clutches to earrings – and everything in between – you can add a pinch of green!

Add a pop of color with green lenses with these Original Wayfarer Ray Bans.

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We love the idea of adding a green statement necklace or scarf to your outfit.

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We love this Alex and Ani green bangle to stack on your wrist.

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For more St. Patrick’s Day style inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards or our St. Patrick's Day blog from last year.

Bridesmaid Trends 2015

We love all of the new trends and styles coming out for weddings in 2015! We asked Bridget Pope, owner of Bella Bridesmaid in Pittsburgh, to weigh in on the biggest bridesmaid trends of the year, and here is what she had to say.

Ombre Dresses

“We're also seeing a lot of brides choose an Ombre palette of colors which can look beautiful when all put together,” Pope said. “Our bride Jessica chose a Charcoal, Graphite and Dove chiffon dresses by Amsale for her bridesmaids.” (Photo by Ryan Zarichnak)

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“A bride will pick gray as the color and then choose three different shades of it and have it all woven into the bridal party,” Pope said.

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This style can be used in any season, and with many different color palettes, dress materials and dress lengths.

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The Event Group | Pittsburgh, PA | event planner | wedding planner | bridesmaid dresses | Bella Bridesmaid | ombre

You can use bright and bold colors

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Or keep the ombre more subtle.

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Neutrals with Sparkle

Add a bit of glam to your wedding with neutral (and sparkly) bridesmaids’ dresses. Inspired by the roaring 20s, your bridesmaids can all wear the same dress or mix it up with different dresses.

“Brides are really loving to bring in bling on their bridesmaids. Mixing and matching sparkle with different styles and colors of chiffon, lace and tulle can create a unique and fun look for a bridal party,” Pope said. “You can choose different styles with complementary colors and different dresses.”

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“Our bride April chose Adrianna Papell style 091866700 in Taupe/Pink for 2 of her bridesmaids. Her other bridesmaids wore various styles of Joanna August in Silver Bells, I Want Candy, Paradise City and Tiny Dancer,” Pope said.  (Photo by Veronica Varos Photography)

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“Our bride Laura added subtle sparkle into her bridal party with two Jenny Yoo metallic lace dresses mixed with Twill Blush dresses,” Pope added. (Photo by Caitlin Thomas)

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The Event Group | Pittsburgh, PA | event planner | wedding planner | bridesmaid dresses | Bella Bridesmaid | neutrals with sparkle

The Event Group | Pittsburgh, PA | event planner | wedding planner | bridesmaid dresses | Bella Bridesmaid | neutrals with sparkle

The Event Group | Pittsburgh, PA | event planner | wedding planner | bridesmaid dresses | Bella Bridesmaid | neutrals with sparkle

Floral

One of the biggest trends for 2015 is floral dresses – which you can mix and match or have your bridesmaids wear the same. Pope said that while the floral trend hasn’t officially hit Pittsburgh yet, it is huge in other parts of the country.

Remember to keep the flowers the bridesmaids carry simple so they won’t clash, and keep the color palette the same if you are choosing different dresses.

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Lauren Conrad recently teased Instagram followers with this sneak peek of her bridesmaid dress collection, Paper Crown.

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We love the incorporation of the bride’s cultural background in these dresses.

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Vintage/Romantic

“We are also seeing a lot of the vintage/romantic look with our brides,” said Pope. “One of our most popular dresses is the Jenny Yoo Annabelle. This is a convertible dress which can be styled in a variety of different ways, allowing each bridesmaid to be unique and also comfortable! The dress comes in many gorgeous shades, and the neutrals have been the most popular. This dress also now comes in Metallic Gold Tulle.

“Our bride Margi's bridesmaids wore the Annabelle in Shadow Grey.” (As pictured below)

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We love these romantic bridesmaid dresses from a wedding last year.

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The Event Group | Pittsburgh, PA | event planner | wedding planner | bridesmaid dresses | Bella Bridesmaid | ombre

The Event Group | Pittsburgh, PA | event planner | wedding planner | bridesmaid dresses | Bella Bridesmaid | vintage and romantic dresses

The Event Group | Pittsburgh, PA | event planner | wedding planner | bridesmaid dresses | Bella Bridesmaid | vintage and romantic dresses

The Event Group | Pittsburgh, PA | event planner | wedding planner | bridesmaid dresses | Bella Bridesmaid | vintage and romantic dresses

For even more bridesmaid inspiration, make sure to check out our Pinterest boards and our gallery pages. And remember to visit Bella Bridesmaid for all your bridesmaid needs!