Thursday, March 12, 2009



If you are looking for the perfect gift for someone you don't really know or for someone you know but he/she has everything?! Visit this site and you will be blown away.  Her name is DayNa Decker and she is a couture candle and scent designer and her products are amazing.  I just bought the Botanika Essence Diffuser scent Leila (which was the best seller at Co. Bigelow) and it was a hit.  It worked really well and the scent wasn't too overbearing.  Her package design is exquisite and her presentation is fabulous.  A wonderful gift!



Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Legs Not Included

Corto is a lovely accessories designer... 

honestly ass-kicking..

trendy pieces but still have timeless wear.. your daughter can use this when she grows up.



Thank you Karly

Who knew he designs for Chanel
What a transformation
I think this line defines "the millenias" or generation "X" "Y" whatever generation 80's babies are from...
This defines us...
So thank you Karly for making us come alive.



If You Need A Booty: go Hussein

1) Just because he has an Islamic background why is that the first thing that people ask! Do we ever ask if Judaism has had an effect on Karl Lagerfeld and his designs?

2) If you need a booty you need Hussein! I love these mini dresses! ABFAB thanks



Long Live The Queen

M.C Escher?
Marilyn Manson?!

The peplum is absolutely IN, it will cinch your waist like no tomorrow.  You gain confidence with this type of suit, extremely feminine.

Leather... hounds-tooth. 
overbearing lip schmear.... 

This is a show, this is art. Mr. McQ never fails.

80's baby

i need this entire collection!
I must have those python heeled shoes!

This look is great for anyone and because of the drape hugs you in the right places.



Oh Ricardo!

Please tell me this wasn't amazing!!
I love the hair dress!
I want the studded pant-suit and cowl dress! ASAP!

I need a squined shoulderpadded lace dress with pointy nipple bust pads! ASAP!!


~ giselle~

leather bound buns

Absolutly exquisite!

Nothing is better thank leather ALL over your body!
Pilati went in the only direction there is to go.
There was a woman who mentioned that the collection is hard to wear unless you are very tall... This is NOT true. This look is perfect for that small waist big hip body or boyish, this IS the new look this season and will be for a long while. Amazing

~ giselle~

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

ALTERATIONS at The Dress Doctor

My mother and I do all of the fittings at our boutique in The Water Tower Place. If you have any question please contact us at (312) 943-2828 or e-mail us at and I will probably be the one responding to your e-mail.

Alterations with us are very custom and for bridal usually take four fittings. At your first fitting or consultation we will have you tell us how you expect to look in your gown and we will explain how it can be done. We usually start with the bodice, or top, of your gown checking to make sure that it fits properly. If it does then we will go to your hem and bustle. If it doesn't we will fit it properly then have you try it on again for your next fitting and then go to the hem. It is usually okay to have your exact shoes by your second appointment or shoes that are of exact height.

Your first appointment or consultation is free and you will be given a receipt of exactly how much your alterations will cost and there is no obligation.

At your first appointment if you do wish to work with us we like to take a 50% deposit, we take all major credit cards and checks. We also like to schedule all of your other appointments (because we fill up quickly) so be prepared to bring your calendar.

Alterations can range between $300-$700 or higher depending on what you need done, and again your total price will be given to you at your first appointment. If you need your gown in one week or less we charge a rush fee of double, if you need your gown in 2-3 weeks we charge a rush fee of time and a half ex: $450 is your cost of alteration plus $225 for rush fee your TOTAL comes to $675 (we do not charge tax on labor only on fabric, nail polish, bras etc..)

Custom designs start at $800 and go up NOT including fabric. For custom projects you can either bring in a picture or sketch or tells us an idea you have and we can create it for you. We have fine fabric swatches in house for you to custom order from or we can tell you how much fabric you need if you'd like to purchase it yourself.

We carry bustiers and strapless bras from Felina that can be purchased through us, or during your consultation we can let you know what undergarments work best with your garment.

We also carry a nice line of costume jewelry by an online company called Mariell
(trust me their pieces are amazing in person and look like they cost a fortune!)

We also work with a custom jewelry designer Ani Afshar who creates pieces inspired by you!

My mother has been creating custom garments for over 25 years and has been written up in Vogue Magazine for being the "Best Copy Cat" in chicago. We work exclusively with Belle Vie Bridal Couture and Vera Wang Chicago (which I highly reccomend!) and will soon be launching a line of Mother of the bride/groom gowns under my label Giselle. Belle Vie is a wonderful place to purchase your gowns and accessories.

Please stop by to see our boutique located on the 9th floor executive suites of The Water Tower Place, we do work by appointment only and are closed Wednesdays and Sundays, but if you'd like to come by and take a look that is not a problem at all! See you soon!

You are more than welcome to bring along anyone you'd like, your mother, aunt, sisters, etc.. also if you have accesories that you'd like to try on with your gown please bring them along, (we can also put items like your shoes or bra on hold for you so you don't have to bring them back and forth) these appointments are for you and your big day, do whatever makes you happy! And please feel free to come in to try on your gown between appointments for your family and friends if they can't make it to your fittings.  We are here for you.


TOMS Shoes

I LOVE this company and sell their shoes at my boutique.  They are perfect gifts for bride's maids and are super comfy.  PLUS each shoe you purchase TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need.  You can also go on shoes drops with them! (hopefully I can go on one this summer!) Here are some of their new styles for women plus the white ones I carry for my brides.

CHRISTOS Trunk Show!

Christos will have a trunk show at Belle Vie Bridal Couture March 13th-14th, it is worth the visit!



Sunday, March 8, 2009

Essie Bridal Collection

I love Essie and also LOVE her bridal collection! They are soft pastels and neutrals (with cute names of course) that look great with any skin tone. Here is my review on how to wear them, because I sell the collection I've tried each color in different ways.

-Cloud Nine: Great for french manicure thin or thick white french lines, needs two coats, blends in with many skin tones because it has a white base, looks great on darker skin, great with any gown even ivory or blush gowns, great for modern looks like AMSALE

-Tie The Knot: Pretty opaque so it isn't good for french, great on toes! nice on nails but better for people with yellow hues in their skin not that great for pink skin tones it washes out, lovely on darker tan skin it pops, great for ivory colored gowns with lace and ruffles CHRISTOS

-Happily Ever After: great for light sheer french, has a small amount of iredecence in it but can only be seen with two or three coats, pink base some blue as well which gives it a Cinderella feel, very simple, not bold at all, beautiful with ball-gowns done in silk satins REEM ACRA

-Blushing Bride: great for a "Blush" french, sheer enough for french but bold enough to wear naturally, lovely on sleek silhouettes with bead work or embroidery detail ANN BARGE BLACK LABEL

-True Love: great for a fun color, very sheer pink/rose, not good for french because it makes the white lines look pink and dirty sometimes they crack or look uneven, great for funky brides who are non traditional ELIZABETH FILMORE

-No Pre-Nup- very similar to True Love but has a bit more white base in it, still great for natural and not so nice for french for the same reasons as True Love, great for fun designs that still have traditional under tones VERA WANG



If You Have: small waist wide hips

Look for gowns with a higher waist line so that the emphasis of your body is at the smallest point of your torso; right under or at your diaphragm.  
Another look that will suit your beautiful body is a mermaid, trumpet, or modified mermaid silhouette; this emphasizes your curves and creates an even smaller waist.
*These types of garments are also great for shorter girls 5'4 and under
Undergarments are extremely important! Check out my first post on this blog for tips!
Here is the link: day-of undergarments

The Serena gives the illusion of a higher waistline by shortening the bust and having the waist band sash start right under the bust.

The Adelia has wonderful texture that pours out right at the knee and flows away from the body but gives the illusion of a longer torso and smaller waist.

Vera's gown has a sexy mermaid shape with Scarlett O'Hara french ruching at the bottom.  The bust is shortened with that same ruching.

These are dont's:
This will place the emphasis on your hips, which is the largest part of your body, because the seam of the skirt starts from your hips and extends out.
Anything with a natural waist and a bit lower will do this to you. 

Even though this gown has a mermaid silhouette the embroidered beading ends at natural waist and depending on how big of a difference there is between your waist and hips it can either do the job or not, if you really like this gown it is best to just try it on to make sure.


Your own little secret

A popular trend amongst the Brides-to-be these days is going with a traditional gown but slipping into not-so-traditional shoes.  Shoes like this Louboutin Bow T Dorcet in Fushcia give you lots of pop in color under your dress and make for so super cute photos, but the best part is that you can wear them again after your wedding!  Thanks Christian :)

You can find a great collection of Louboutin's at Barneys



Steve Madden Has a Bridal Collection