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Every season, we at Carine’s Bridal Atelier look forward to attending Bridal Fashion Week in New York. It’s amazing to be able see all the designers and their incredible shows. One thing we always love doing is spotting trends in the new collections. When you spend all day around wedding dresses, you get excited to see new ideas – especially when you can start visualizing different types of brides in them. A trend that was all over the runway this season was high necklines. While there were some that were simple bateau necks, we noticed that a lot of designers played around with the traditionally conservative look, adding lace, beading, and cut-outs. Below are some of our favorite high-necked dresses from this season:

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Naeem Khan

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Romona Keveza

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Ines di Santo

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Monique Lhuillier

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Berta

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Photo: South Block Co.

Let’s face it – most of us have tried to lose weight before a big event at some point in our lives. Between juice cleanses, gluten-free/dairy-free detoxes, and the ‘bone broth only’ diet, things can get pretty chaotic.

Here at Carine’s Bridal Atelier, we believe that in order to look and feel your best, you have to take care of yourself on the inside and out. What you put into your body not only affects how you look, but can also impact things such as your energy levels and metabolism. And while it can be tempting to try a crash diet, the best way to do this is lead a consistently healthy lifestyle.

One of our favorite places to go when we want something healthy – and yummy – is South Block Juice Co. Located on Grace Street in Georgetown, South Block Juice Co. has an amazing selection of healthy foods such as açai bowls, pressed juices, smoothies and snacks.  Need some help deciding? Below are some of our favorite items:

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Photo: South Block Co.

PB & J Açai Bowl: This smoothie bowl is an incredible blend of açai, peanut butter, bananas, blueberries, and almond milk topped with granola, blueberries and bananas. For extra protein to keep us full, we like to add hemp hearts and a scoop of plant protein powder.

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Super Green Smoothie: On the days where we need to eat some greens but don’t feel like ordering a salad, we usually opt for the super green smoothie. It’s made with pineapple juice, kale, spinach, mangos and bananas. The fruit cuts through the taste of the spinach and kale, so even though it looks green, it tastes just like a tropical drink.

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Photo: South Block Co.

Avocado Toast: A classic, but one that is exceptionally good at South Block Co. Something we love to do is add bee pollen on top – it might sound weird, but it compliments the avocado and is great for added nutrition.

 

All photos courtesy of South Block Co. 

Peter Langner’s gowns feature a unique architectural beauty that always leave us in awe. We are obsessed with his creativity and craftsmanship and his latest collection is no exception. Join us this week and try on his gowns for yourself! For appointments please call 202 965-4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com.

Berta always brings an edgy mix of glam and sophistication to her designs. The fit of her gowns are incredible and they always hug a bride just right. We can’t wait to share the collection with our clients. For appointments please call or email the boutique.

Mira Zwillinger always manages to turn a bridal dream into fashion reality. We love seeing the magic she creates with every collection and we can’t wait for our trunk show to start tomorrow! Which is your favorite? Take a look and let us know!

For appointments please call 202 965 4696 or email info@carinesbridal.com…

Our Liancarlo trunk show is this week! Our brides always fall in love with each Liancarlo collection because there is something for everyone, from full and sophisticated to soft and ethereal. Take a look at some of our favorite gowns from this season…

We asked our Vendor of the Month J. Scheer & Co. to share their tips for choosing where to clean and preserve a wedding gown because so many brides look at cleaning and preserving their gown as a daunting task. A lot of brides also worry about emergency spills on their wedding day. Here’s what they had to say…

 C.B.A.: A lot of brides aren’t sure if they should clean their dress- let alone preserve it, what advice would you give them?

J.S.: While you may never wear it again, wedding gowns are a piece of priceless family and cultural history that can be passed down to be cherished for generations to come. If you want to preserve your gown to be passed down, don’t drop it off at your local commercial cleaner. Instead trust it to a preservation company who specializes in bridal gowns and who use conservation grade archival materials such as certified acid-free paper and an acid-free textile box to store your dress. Beware of processes that vacuum-seal the dress as this can trap harmful moisture in with your gown, and always use the gloves that come in the box when you inspect it so the oils on your fingertips don’t damage the delicate fabric. 

C.B.A: Well, how soon after the wedding should a gown be cleaned and preserved?

J.S.: It is always recommended to have your gown cleaned and preserved within a few months of your wedding to avoid oxidization of any stains or soiling on your dress, making them harder to remove over time.

C.B.A: What happens if something spills on the gown the day of, early in the day?

J.S.: If something spills on your gown on the big day, don’t panic! These are a few of our tips and tricks for treating and concealing wedding day stains. Beware that water or prepared stain removers can leave a mark or damage the fabric if used the wrong way. Don’t let anyone start dabbing your dress with a wet cloth or stain stick. Instead, follow the below tips and tricks to treat and conceal any wedding day gown mishaps.

  •  For watermarks, softly blot and dry with a clean white towel.  If possible, you can lightly press with a hand iron when dry.
  • Makeup, lipstick or any oily stains should be lightly coated with cornstarch or baby powder to absorb the oil or moisture.  Don’t rub the area, and wait 15 minutes for it to set and then gently remove the excess powder from the fabric with a soft bristled brush. This technique will mask unsightly spots and prepare the area for professional care after the wedding.
  • For liquid spills, such as wine, softly blot the area to remove excess moisture and then follow the same instructions for makeup stains.
  • If you get pricked by a pin and there’s a spot of blood, the best remedy is to moisten the tip of a cotton swab with your own saliva and dab it on the stain. The enzymes in the spit that will safely break down the stain. Then blot to dry.
  • For brides packing their own emergency kit, there are a few items that may come in handy on the big day.
    • Bendable straws (to avoid drink spills)
    • Baby powder or cornstarch for concealing stains (baby powder for white gowns, cornstarch for ivory)
    • Q-tips, and clean dry white towelettes
    • A needle and thread in the shade of your gown
    • Safety pins are good to have on hand to mend broken bustles, buttons, or straps.

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