A Bit of Blush

Our annual sample sale is just eight days away and we wanted to highlight some of our favorite trends to get prepared–starting with BLUSH!  We have romantic, feminine and playful pale pink gowns to choose from at The English Dept.  From the classic Conservatory, by San Francisco line, Siri, to Elizabeth Dye’s Pinterest darling, Tea/Blush, if you’re shopping for a hint of color you’ll find it at The English Dept.

Drop in to check out these beauties in person between 11 am and 6 pm Tuesday through Friday or call us to make a Saturday appointment!

And don’t forget–all samples will be 50% off for one weekend only, July 26 – 28.  That includes all of the lovely dresses featured in this post!

Elizabeth Dye's "Tempest" with "Sage" from Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge.

Elizabeth Dye’s “Tempest” with “Sage” from Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge.

Elizabeth Dye's "Tea/Blush" gown shown in blush with a vintage brass rhinestone sash by The English Dept.

Elizabeth Dye’s “Tea/Blush” gown shown in blush with a vintage brass rhinestone sash by The English Dept.

Siri's "Conservatory" with The English Dept's "Antheia" sash.

Siri’s “Conservatory” with The English Dept’s “Antheia” sash.


A strapless column by Simple Silhouettes (left) and "Gardenia" by Love, Yu (right).

A strapless column by Simple Silhouettes (left) and “Gardenia” by Love, Yu (right).


Sunshine and Roses in November!

New accessories made by hand at The English Dept.  We’re getting inspired by the beautiful and brief sunny November afternoons and our latest delivery from Ink & Peat.

We always have the most beautiful bouquets from Ink & Peat, but I have to say this week’s delivery was extra special!  Maybe it was the unexpected peak of sunshine breaking though before its arrival or maybe the stunning combination of soft yellow, blue and gray, but something about our latest floral arrangement got all of us inspired to make some pretty new things.  Chelsea hand crafted some delightful new accessories which we couldn’t resist trying out ourselves.  Stop in soon to see our new headpieces and veils!

The English Dept – Weekend Inspiration

Getting some inspiration to be chic from FN0003, one of Nicole Miller’s Fall 2012 Bridal Collection.  We have her for the trunk show with our very own sample to come shortly!  This gown would work so well in an urban loft setting with a black and white bridal motif.  What do you think?

Color Story: Sherbet

Taking a hint from last week’s tangerine, let’s think sherbet: sweet, fruity, and light. Yum. These enticing ice cream shades are perfect applied to cheeks and lips, worn in sundresses, and flourishing in petal palettes.

Clockwise from top left: a fabulous pink puff and cheerful shorts ensemble (both from Pinterest), a bouquet of bright balloons from this love sesh on RockNRollBride, pretty pink nails from Chanel, a knockout statement ring from Kenneth Jay Lane, a sexy social dress from Ivy & Aster, a preppy clutch from Dolce & Gabbana, and a bold lipliner from TopShop.

Color Story: Tangerine Tango

Pantone named “Tangerine Tango” the official color of 2012, so we’ve gathered a list of our favorite ways to add a pop of citrus into any wedding.

1) Satsuma orange candle center pieces. DIY here via HonestlyWTF. 2) Essie Tangerine polish. A simple way to introduce tangerine into your day-to-day. 3) Ivy & Aster “May Flowers” in Tomato. Any of I&A’s social dresses is available in this color – check their website for details. 4) Cloche T-Strap Sandals, available at the lovely Lille Boutique here. 5) Pantone’s Tangerine Tango. Click here for a full list of ‘it’ colors for 2012. 6) Flowers. One of our favorites, dahlias, via here. Mix and match different shades of orange into your bouquet or center pieces. 7) Orange and grapefruit macaroons (yum). Click here for a full recipe!

Trendspotting: Pastels


We love our brights, but we have another trend prediction for 2012: pretty pastels. There are plenty of ways to tastefully carry the trend from your closet to your wedding. Choose a soft shade for your bridesmaids, or a pop of pastel on your nails. Shoes in a sweet sorbet shade will also keep your feet happy. For a pastel statement at your event, add fragrant lavender, light pink pennies or creamsicle colored maarn dahlias to your bouquet and centerpieces.

Jenny Yoo “Casey” and Ivy & Aster “Love & Tenderness” dresses (pictured above) available to order from The English Dept.

Kelly in Ivy & Aster “May Flowers”

The lovely and energetic Kelly stopped in on Friday in need of a wedding dress by January for her wedding in Las Vegas. Her and her fiancé are to tie the knot in a simple yet fun ceremony at The Little Church of the West (joining the likes of Betty Grable, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Dudley Moore, Cindy Crawford & Richard Gere, Angelina Jolie & Billy Bob Thornton). Although she fell in love with a different dress for her big day, this desert-skies color combo of crimson and gold inspired us! We wish you all the best of luck, Kelly, and hope you will share photos of the day with us! We love a good story here at The English Dept.

blue & gold

This week, at the English Department, we had the pleasure of re-tagging our lovely dresses with the prettiest of pretty blue ribbon and tiny gold safety pins. We couldn’t help but notice the cute color combo, warm navy and icy gold. It reminded me of an inspiration board from Snippet & Ink, one of our favorite wedding blogs.

While perusing posts, I came across a similar post, “Gold & Cupcakes”, inspired by the past collection of our very own Elizabeth Dye! I had to share.

“Elizabeth Dye‘s darling “cupcake” dress inspired this gold and white wedding board. I imagine a sweet garden ceremony, followed by a simple luncheon, and of course cupcakes for dessert! Gold can be so over the top, but in doses, and with a vintage touch, it is nothing but charming.”

Color Inspiration: Fall Hues

It’s fall! But that doesn’t mean you have to go with the typical autumn color scheme of oranges, mustards and crimson when planning your fall wedding. We love the use of bright and lively colors mixed with deep purples and greens–fresh and pretty, but still in the seasonal mood.

Photo Via: Ruffled Blog

Color Inspiration

We’ve mentioned the idea of finding wedding color inspiration in ordinary objects, but how about finding your palette in an extraordinary piece of art? Michelle Armas is a lovely and talented painter, whose vivid works contain such fresh combinations of tones and tints. Check out her blog or online shop for more color ideas.

Photos via: Armas Design and Pantone

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