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bow tie wednesday / 43.

I’m downright obsessed with the way Tommy Ton captures style details – bow ties included. These menswear looks from Europe have me rummaging through my closet for the perfect topcoat for this rainy day weather.

I’m endlessly inspired by fashion and these detail shots absolutely make me swoon. Those floral patterned gloves? The multi-colored buttons? A feather bow tie & a neon pink hat? Yes. Please!

photo cred: {tommy ton via style.com}

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bow tie wednesday / 38.

Okay call me ridiculous if you’d like, but I love me some reality t.v.

There is nothing better than ending a super draining day by zoning out to some reality trashy goodness. One of my fav new shows is It’s A Brad Brad World. Yep – you can judge…cause I don’t care. I love Brad Goreski even if he caused drama-RAMA-RAMA with one of my other fashion favs Miss Rachel Zoe.

Okay in a nutshell this is how the story goes…Brad used to be Rachel’s assistant. Brad leaves Rachel. Rachel doesn’t like it. Brad starts his own styling biz. Rachel doesn’t like it. Brad doesn’t care. Brad starts his own show. Jenn loves it.

So long story short, I think Brad is adorable and the fact that he is often strutting around while wearing a vintage bow tie makes him that much more lovable. Oh, AND the finale of the show this season made me cry my eyes out. Gary’s 10 year anniversary gift to Brad was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my life. Their love for each other is absolutely inspiring!

photo cred: {mike rosenthal via refinery 29}

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pic me a palette : an engagement float.

how serene is this engagement photo? holy moly. totally dreamy and killer photography skills by rowell photography.

photo cred: {rowell photography via junebug weddings}

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bow tie wednesday / 35.

how adorable & proper is this gentleman’s poster by Dapper Paper? i love learning all the intricacies of etiquette, especially when it’s wrapped up this cute! happy wednesday friends!

photo cred: {dapper paper}

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bow tie wednesday / 31.

how fun are these bow ties from BILLYBOWTIE?

ummm…i think i need all of them!

photo cred: {billybowtie}

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double dose wishlist! red + yellow.

Since Christmas is less than 48 hours away I thought I’d give you a double dose of color and wishlists today. Yellow and Red have to be two of my fav colors, and these little gift yummies are nothing short of awesome. Any of these gifts would be a happy compliment to our rather bare bottomed tree.

Good luck with those last minute shopping trips and Merry Merry Christmas! We woke up bright and early this morning to hit the road for our trip to CO. I hear there is snow waiting for us! YES! Pics surely to come soon!

Happy Friday friends!

RED LIST: photo cred: HIM – white snowflake patterned mittens {rokit} francis illy coffee machine {tesco direct} corgi lightweight pattern socks {jcrew} red aluminum eiffel stool by shiegeki fujishiro {fab.com} icade iPad arcade cabinet {think geek} HER: sequin heart {ban.do} wellies {joules} ray-ban rubberized wayfarer {barney’s} zippity rabbit wine opener {metrokane} chacha chocolate clutch {kate spade} johnny loves rosie crystal ball earrings {asos} oxblood satin collar jacket {topshop}

YELLOW LIST: photo cred: HIM – black diamond gizmo headlamp {REI} canvas laptop case {west elm} james perse v-neck tee {barneys} HER – chevron clutch bag {etsy} coltskin ballerina {zara} jonathan adler porcelain vase {nordstrom} all wrapped up pave studs {kate spade} mustard cable scarf {topshop} taylor by elizabeth & james {piperlime} sun stripe lidded basket {leif}

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the BLACK list.

Are you ready yet?! Or are you like me and Adam and have kinda only barely started?

Usually I’m super on top of it, but this year I’m a little slow to get the list complete. I’m heading out today for all the trimmings….paper, tags, ribbon etc. etc. I’m kinda OBSESSED with getting the perfect wrapping paper with the perfect matching (or not matching) ribbon. I absolutely LOVE wrapping gifts! There is just so much potential to make the gift super special from the moment they lay eyes on the box.

Only a few days to go…will we get it all done??! Oh and those Chloe ballet flats? Please Santa, please!

photo cred: HIM – toddland mustache wallet {urban outfitters} eastland sherman 1955 boot {via need supply} bowers & wilkins mm-1 speakers {apple} old camera art by toddy mclellan {20×200} wusthof ikon hand held knife sharpener {crate and barrel} smartwool balaclava {REI} dodrops morse suitcase by jules {dot drops} HER – jcrew heart-intarsia wool sweater {net-a-porter} michael kors watch {nordstrom} marc jacobs nylon iPad case {nordstrom} black oslo necklace {le voyage creatif} love ballad top {modcloth} paper + cup book {paper + cup} chloe embellished ballet flats {net-a-porter}

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the BLUE list.

Did you know there are only about 2 weeks left until Christmas?! Uh-huh. Those shopping days are trickling away faster than you can fa la la la la!

I’m heading out this weekend to find the perfect secret santa gift and some stocking stuffers for Mr. Blake & Bailie Bug. I’m definitely gonna keep this week’s BLUE wishlist in mind.

Adam and I actually exchanged our “gift” this week! I’m not even gonna lie. Our brand spanking new 50 inch flat screen television is pretty freaking amazing in our living room right now. And I think most of my excitement stems from the fact that the ‘old school’ t.v. jokes will finally subside from our friends & fam.

Happy weekend friends!

photo cred: HIM – Hand Powered Electric Razor {amazon} Yamaha PDX 11 Speaker for iPhone {yamaha} Lacoste Canvas Belt {lacoste} custom fit college striped polo {ralph lauren} royal stripe boxer {kings underwear} pass on sneaker {diesel} urbanears ‘plattan’ headphones {nordstrom} HER – steven womack scales iPhone case {society 6} honeydew flower lace bralette & undies {madewell} spotted snowfall headband & gloves {madewell} helen dress {wiksten} retro eames style rocker {vintage looks} kate spade dot to dot earrings {nordstrom} denim fitted shirt {topshop}

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the PINK list.

It’s that time of the week again! Wishlist time!

This week….PINK!

I know, I know, typically not the “guy’s guy” color choice but there are some pretty eye popping pink deals for her AND him.

Happy weekend friends!

photo cred: HIM – plum wool two left bow tie {forage} nixon time teller watch {zumiez} calf-high memphis sock {american apparel}  michael kors pink check shirt {bloomingdales} unisex spun poly leather belt {american apparel} northface reversible beanie {nordstrom} iTunes gift card {amazon} HER – hot streak tote {anthropologie} amazing face book {zoe foster via penguin books via the design files} insert collar blouse {topshop} matt & nat gemma plush purse {asos} pink pop herringbone women’s classics {toms} marc jacobs enamel logo disc earrings {nordstrom} nikon 10.1 megapixel digital camera {best buy}

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bow tie wednesday / 25.

photo cred: {found via pinterest. original source unknown.}

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the GREEN list.

With the holidays right around the corner and my intention to shift this blog to a more male/female perspective blog sloooowwwlly gaining momentum, I figured there wasn’t a better time OR way to ring in the holiday cheer than with some him & her gift wishlists!

I’ve been all about bold pops of color lately and thought “why not” share some rad gift ideas for that guy or gal in your life?! For the next 7 weeks I’ll be sharing one color list a week…1st up? GREEN!!!

Check back next Friday for the next color wishlist.

Until then….happy shopping friends!

gift cred: HIM – marmot ama dablam down jacket {REI} architect lamp {crate and barrel} swivel video recorder {swivl} osprey aether 70 pack {REI} citizen canvas watch {via amazon} DODOcase for iPod {jcrew} onitsuka tiger by asics {zappos} HER – marni stretch silk-satin bra and briefs {net-a-porter} kate spade coin purse {kate spade} patent sidewalk skimmer {madewell} twinkle lights pencil skirt {anthropologie} rifle 2012 garden calendar {rifle paper co.} kendra scott drop earrings {nordstrom}

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bow tie wednesday / 17.

As I transition my dear blog into something new and rather exciting, I couldn’t help but make this week’s bow tie wednesday extra special.

One of my intentions in immersing myself into the wedding industry was not only to follow a passion, but to shake things up a bit. In my previous life (that’s what I’m calling it these days) I worked as a nurse supporting couples through the major life transition of becoming new parents. One of the intentions of the program I worked for was to acknowledge the importance of father’s in the lives of their children, as well as the importance of them and their perspective in the couple relationship and those major life transitions. Let’s just say the intention of the program rocked me to my core and opened my eyes to a lot of the things I was often overlooking in my own wedding planning process…i.e. Adam.

I ended up very much wanting to bring a similar theory/perspective to the wedding industry. Like nursing, one of my favorite things about my role in the wedding industry is that I am still supporting couple’s through a significant life transition…this time? Marriage. AND like pregnancy, the bride (female) is often the primary focus of most every discussion leading up to the wedding day and even during the day itself. What does SHE want the wedding day to look like? How is SHE dealing with the stressors of wedding planning? What color suit does SHE want him to wear? Has SHE sent out the invites yet? What colors did SHE choose?

Now don’t get me wrong. My husband had ZERO desire to interject his opinion in which shade of yellow we chose for our day…he really didn’t care. He also didn’t care about a lot of the other decisions regarding the details of our day. BUT what I do know is that he did care about whether or not our day represented us as a couple and the journey we were about to embark on. He was also the guy that spent every night for an entire month cutting cardstock with me on the floor as we handcrafted our wedding invitations from scratch. Who got the glory? Me. Even though his hands were just as blistered and bloody as my own. I also know that in retrospect the guy knows a heck of a lot more about weddings and the pressures/stressors of marriage than I ever gave him credit for. AND his perspective is pretty darn hilarious and quite insightful most the time! So as an antithesis to all of those strictly bride focused blogs/websites out there….bow tie and bustle is gonna do things a bit differently.

Hopefully once a week, (if not more!) I intend to incorporate the male perspective into this blog…hence the new tag line “ideas for him. details for her. wedding inspiration for the creative pair.” Cause guess what folks! It is a “pair” of people who commit their lives to one another on that very special day. I really believe in my heart of hearts that there is an importance in having the perspective of the groom in the wedding planning process and my goal is to make that perspective heard and represented in an industry that consistently focuses on the “her” perspective only. I will also be incorporating that groom perspective in more of my inspiration posts (style boards etc.) as well as the real weddings that I post. It’s gonna be fun!

I also couldn’t imagine a better way to introduce the transition of the blog, than to make my dear sweet hubby and new guest blogger this weeks bow tie wednesday.

Is he not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen! I sure think so!

Look for lot’s of changes around here in the coming week’s as bow tie & bustle shifts directions a bit.

Also, what do ya think of bow tie and bustle’s new mini face lift??! More on that soon!

photo cred: {sears circa 1984}

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guest attire – the male kind.

J: Just try it on! A: But it’s not my style. J: You don’t even have a style. A: Well I just don’t like it. J: Okay try this one. A: No, it’s too tight. J: It looks great! A: No, I will never end up wearing it. J: WHY?! A: It’s too expensive. J: It’s $11 dollars!! A: Nah, I don’t want it.”

A replaces the 3 pieces of fresh new clothing back on the rack, while J pulls her hair out. They leave without purchasing anything.

Has this ever been you? Well, it’s our story at least twice a year (those two times a year when Adam is actually willing to go into the store and physically touch the merchandise). And every time we have one of these shopping experiences I ask myself “why, why, why”?!?

This experience tends to be heightened to the nth degree during wedding season. Oh my gosh. As if finding a basic pair of jeans and underwear wasn’t hard enough, lets try to find Adam a decent outfit to wear to a wedding! Throw in that every wedding is a bit different (casual, semi-formal, outdoors, indoors, on the beach, contemporary, formal) and good night folks!

I’ve picked my brain over and over again as to why “guest” attire, in particular my husband’s wedding guest attire, is so darn hard to come by. Why oh why is it that every time a wedding invitation comes in the mail I’m immediately shoving Adam in the car and racing around town in a sheer panic to find something for him to wear?

Well it’s a couple of things I think: 1. I know how much he LOVES shopping, creating an extended and painful experience for us both to enjoy. 2. It’s incredibly and HIGHLY likely that the one shirt or one pair of pants that would actually work ok is sold out in his size and 3. PRICE. PRICE. PRICE.

I am well aware that some of this attire anxiety comes directly from the price point that I know I’m going to be covering up with my hand, while distracting him with my obnoxious banter, as I maneuver the items and Adam into the fitting room. Why is it that decent men’s attire has to come with a price tag large enough to make me consider running back to a steady paycheck and financial security?? Is it too much to ask to find a suitable button-down and pair of slacks (never mind dress shoes!) that aren’t going to break the bank or fall apart in two washes? All the while which fit well, and make my husband feel comfortable, confident and dashing??

Well, I did a quick sweep of Seattle this afternoon (J.Crew, Gap, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, the list goes on…) and time and time again I find crazy price points for items Adam will either wear once, or shrink in the laundry on the first run through.

So this is where the brainstorming comes in. Where in the world can I find this perfect men’s guest attire that won’t send Adam screaming for the hills or send me off to cry myself to sleep in the fetal position? Well, I think it’s a combo of a few things:

1. Mix it up. There is no reason that a nice new pair of slacks can’t be paired with something that’s already in his closet. Even if this means digging to the bottom of the his laundry basket for whatever was worn to the last event.

2. Shop Vintage. Seriously. Try it out. I can’t tell you the number of rad clothing items I’ve found just by scouting the clothing sections at some of my favorite vintage stores.

3. Target. Target. Target. Seriously! There is some good stuff going on at that Tar – jay.

4. Online shopping. It’s amazing what you’ll find online that they don’t have in the stores and a lot of which is on significant markdown. Also, it’s not like I’m gonna get him into the fitting room at the store anyways, so I might as well buy online and have it shipped straight home…right?

5. Get Creative. Only purchase items that can be worn not only for this event or wedding occasion, but to work, out with friends or to some other fabulous affair. **Note: Thinking in this matter often eases the pain of a steeper price tag AND he seems to complain a bit less.

6. Accept it. Shopping for myself is difficult more times than not, so why would it be any different for him? Do your best to be kind and patient (take big breaths in and big sighs out) and know that it will all be over soon (and hopefully with a decent picture of the two of you next to the bride & groom to boot!).

AND

7. Add a *bow tie* if you can convince him to wear one!

Steps to tying a bow tie:

Step 1: Place tie around neck and even out the left and right sides of the tie.

Step 2: Cross one end of the tie over the other, close to the neck.

Step 3: Loop one end of the tie between the tie intersection and your collar, just like a shoe string.

Step 4: Fold the right side of the the tie in half like a bow.

Step 5: Cross the right bow over the left side of the tie, then swing the left side over the top of the bow.

Step 6: Pull the left side of the tie through the middle of the loop to form a knot.

Step 7: Pull the bow tight by tugging on the front of the tie on the left side and the back of the tie on the right side.

Step 8: Bring the collar down and straighten out the bow tie.

Step 9: Dance around in a circle, cause you just tied yourself a bow tie!

**special thanks to GQ Magazine for the helpful steps!

Photos: 1 {Photo by: Ulmer Studios via Ruffled } 2 {Photo by: Carl Zoch via Ruffled 3 {Photo by: Simon Fazackarley via Ruffled }

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