My husband and I built our business with a lot of hard work and long hours, but we loved it because it was “our baby”. Well, we reached that age (or at least I did!) where we had to decide if we were going to fit a real baby into our lives. Lucky for us, our little Lorelei came along about 10 months after that, and as any of you parents can understand, we are just beyond in love with her!
Since our daughter arrived, I’ve joined the society of “Women Trying to Balance it All” and not to brag, but I think 5 years in, I’m getting the hang of it! I don’t work quite as many hours as I used to, but I am for the most part, focused and productive. We get home in time to have dinner together as a family, and most weekends are fun-filled. It’s not perfect, but she is happy and knows with a profound certainty that she is loved. Our business is supported by the great team we have built over the years, and as any small business, we’ve had our challenges, but having a child does give you a bit more perspective on those, doesn’t it?!
I am extremely passionate about my designs and love the sense of purpose, fulfillment and creative energy that happens each season. People say that having a child changes you, and it certainly does…it opens your heart and makes you a better person…more patient, more humble, more loving…all good qualities in a bridal designer! Lorelei, even at this young age, has an understanding of what her mommy and daddy do, and has been to quite a few NY bridal markets and Trunk Shows!
I am heading out to Bridal and Formal in Cincinnati this month, and the owners were so sweet to invite the whole family! So, I’m looking forward to meeting you all, offering tips and dress advice and hopefully helping brides-to-be find the perfect Claire Pettibone gown. This will be my first visit to Bridal and Formal. They have been carrying the collection for quite a few years now, so it’s long overdue! Can’t wait to share the collection with you there, and if you see a 5 year old hiding behind the dresses, you’ll know that’s my new assistant!
Dresses arrive Friday, and I personally will be there all day Saturday and most of Sunday.
Be sure to make an appointment July 13-15
We are back from NY in April, where we debuted the Fall 2012 collection. Many in the industry call it Spring 2013, but the dresses will arrive in stores late summer, so I’m not sure why anyone wants to rush
time even faster than it is already spinning!!! Anyway, right before market, we decide which gowns will be discontinued. We generally keep about 40-50 gowns in production at any given time, and since I design about 30 new dresses every year, that means something’s gotta give!
Sooo, the tough choices have been made, and the great news for you, is we are having a fabulous SAMPLE SALE at our Flagship salon May 18-19th!
There is an assortment of mainly bridal size 10’s and size 4’s to choose from, and you might just score a great deal on a one-of-a-kind that never went into production, or the dress you’ve been dreaming of!
Sample gowns are sold as-is, so you will probably need to have a tailor make some adjustments so everything is just-so, but with savings from 25% to 75% off, you’ll still be way ahead! If you are a last minute bride (and by our standards, that means your wedding is less than 4-5 months from now) you may now be realizing it takes months to order a wedding gown. A sample sale is the only way to purchase a Claire Pettibone gown “off the rack” so you summer brides could still be in luck!
If, by chance there is a discontinued gown that you love, but the sample won’t do, there are some cases
where we have limited fabric for a few lucky brides. In that case, the gown will be regular price, but if
you’ve been waiting to order, now is the time!
With many beautiful styles to choose from, come see if “the one” is here for you!
Claire Pettibone Sample Sale
May 18 – 19
10:00am – 6:00pm
Call to reserve a fitting room, walk-ins will be served first-come as fitting rooms are available.
236 South Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Hills, 90211
I know I may be a bit biased, but I really have the best brides! Smart, interesting, gorgeous women you want to be friends with. It’s a joy to help them select the gown that flatters in the best possible way, and also captures the essence of who they are, and celebrates this amazing love they have found. Thank you to all our wonderful brides-to-be who visited our Flagship Salon Trunk Show this weekend, it was such a pleasure getting to know you all! To make our weekend even more special, some fabulous local vendors joined in the fun!
Peony and Plum created these sweet and lovely glass bud vases wrapped in an assortment of fabrics and laces. A simple way to add lots of charm. As for the bridal bouquet, take your pick of pinks and deep plums, or perhaps ivory and gold, an unexpected combination of formality and rambling cascades keeps it relaxed and lovely as a French garden.
Beautiful and de-licious mini bite-sized treats from Cupcakes Couture MB pack all the punch of the full sized, but allow you to try every flavor! My personal fav has to be 24K Ginger, but the Strawberry Shortcake was probably the crowd pleaser! Everyone agreed, they were ALL worth the calories! And the floral full size cupcakes (works of art), will rival any cake and make a truly breath-taking display.
What a great concept: do good while gettin’ your party on! One Hope Wine offers a fabulous way to entertain your guests with a selection of wonderful California wines with a portion of sales donated to your favorite charity…truly a guilt-free way to celebrate!
After a lovely conversation and a few sniffs and tests, Ka-mil-yin nailed it! I wanted a scent to capture the essence of my Beau Monde collection…imagine strolling through a rambling garden in the French countryside…that feeling of decadent relaxation takes over, the orange blossoms and lavender are wafting on the warm breeze, and we’re having a glass of wine at four o’clock in the afternoon…ahhh, life is good!
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NEXT WEEKEND March 2nd & 3rd!
As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been spending a bit more time at my Flagship Salon lately…training the lovely Erica, doing a bit of sprucing up, and keeping in touch with my ever-amazing, gorgeous brides!
The first weekend in March we’re all in for an extra special treat…make that treats!!! It’s Trunk Show time, so yes, the entire collection will be here, but to add even more loveliness, we have beautiful flowers, scrumptious sweets, and custom scents! I’m putting the finishing touches on our signature Beau Monde fragrance that you will all receive, along with the opportunity to design your own! Plus, we just had One Hope Wine say they want to join us with sparkling wine for all, so now we can really get our party started!
Appointments are booking fast for Friday and Saturday, and we will open a Sunday wait list if needed, so please give us a call and enjoy some extra treats while you select your dream dress! 310-360-6268
It’s been a busy Trunk Show spring season, and we’re bringing it home to our Flagship May 6th – 7th. I’ll be styling and advising all of our lovelies, helping guide them to “the one” that perfectly enhances each individual’s beauty and grace, and speaks to her heart. I ADORE creating wedding gowns, and when I see how much joy my work brings to others, it really takes it to another level and makes my life as a designer that much sweeter. So, joining in all of this beauty and celebration, we have some AMAZING treats for our Beverly Hills girls!
I’ve been working with professional makeup artists for years on all of our advertising campaigns, and I have to say, Stephanie is one of the best. You really want to consider having a professional on duty for your big day…after all, you are the star of the show, and those pictures will last a lifetime, so you want to shine (but not SHINE!) and be the best version of you.
Did someone say cake?! If you are a sweet tooth like our Flagship Manager Cynthia and I, it’s always time for cake! The Cake Divas are spoiling us with treats and samples of their beautiful and mouth-watering work, so leave a little room, and get a taste of the masterpieces Joanie and Leigh can create for your special day.
And of course, what is a wedding without flowers? Peony and Plum, represented by The Bridal Bar, has festooned many of our brides with unique and gorgeous floral bouquets and décor. A true artist, Susan Tom-Nellis and her team create floral stories that perfectly compliment your gown and incorporate nature’s gifts into your wedding.
Flagship Trunk Show May 6th – 7th
236 South Robertson Blvd. Beverly Hills 90211
Book your appointment with Cynthia
310-360-6268 // firstname.lastname@example.org