Friday, October 13, 2006

Always a bridesmaid

Hi Girls,
My sister Devon’s (aka Brownie’s) wedding was breathtakingly divine!! The ceremony was a total tear-jerker, her husband was uncomfortably good-looking in his tux, and everyone danced till their hair “went home.” But more than any other detail, I’m still in awe, plain awe, of the gorgeousness of Brownie. I swear, she was Vogue-should’ve-covered-the-wedding gorgeous. She really went there with this Monique Lhuillier- number—it was all ivory lace, with the chicest little cap sleeves and a graceful, totally bare back. And Brownie’s friend Veronica lent her an uber-glamorous ivory mink stole that pushed her whole 1930s, Harlem Rennaissance, James Van der Zee-portrait thing over the edge. Honestly, it was like she’d gotten lost on her way to the Oscars.

And here’s my favorite part—were it not for my lightening-quick reflexes, Brownie’s bridal perfection was almost not to be! Okay, here’s the story. When I showed up at her hotel room the morning of her wedding day, the first thing she did, of course, was try on her wedding dress for her big sis. And, to our unending horror—it was almost TWO SIZES too big (she had lost quite a bit of weight, but still, her tailor should’ve caught that!!) On the day of her wedding! Anyway, Brownie began to hyperventilate, but out of nowhere materialized a never-seen-before, fabulous-in-a-crisis version of Tia! I instantly called the concierge (shout out to the incredibly efficient staff at DC’s ritziest boutique hotel, The Hay Adams) and demanded he find us a capable tailor in the area. In mere minutes, we found ourselves at a swanky shop called Georges de Paris (we knew it was swanky because the walls were covered with autographed pictures of several US presidents and First Ladies). Suddenly, a roly-poly, opaque-accented man wearing a three-piece suit and a grey-haired, chin-length bob (Georges?) swept us inside. Brownie tried on the dress, and in a flurry of pins and French-sounding grunts, the Keebler Elf-looking man announced the gown would be ready in an hour. And guess what? He finished in LESS than an hour…and Gorgeous Brownie swanned down the aisle in a couture-perfect gown!!

Ah, my shining moment. You have to understand, I’m usually prone to bouts of shrill hysteria in stressful situations, so this was a very big deal. I’d like my epitaph to read: “She saved her sister’s wedding dress and wrote a couple books.”

And how about those bridesmaids? All that sexiness in one place just isn’t fair! I had the distinct pleasure of doing their makeup (as I’d gently point out to anyone who’d listen), but these girls—all Brownie’s friends from UNC Chapel Hill, except for me and Lauren, of course—are legendarily beautiful, chic, and stylish on their own. So much so, that I stole some beauty tips from them on the Big Day…and here they are!


BRIDESMAID: Erin, a long-limbed, Harvard Law-trained attorney
BEAUTY FAVE: Alterna Classic Styling & Nutritive Crème Gel, ($16): At 8am, famed Washington DC hairstylist Bogard applied this miracle cream to her hair before curling it—and he swore her curls would keep all day. She raves, “He was completely right. I never had to touch-up with a curling iron, or even cover my hair with a scarf in the rain!” I was there, it’s true—her hair was bouncy and frizz-free long after mine had exploded into a fuzzy, danced-out mess.

BRIDESMAID: Lauren, a pin-up-girl-gorgeous editor for (and our baby sister)
BEAUTY FAVE: Stila Eyeshadow in Wheat, ($14): She’s been wearing this insanely flattering, shimmery beigey-tan shade for years, and it’s obvious why. It’s the quintessential day-to-night shade—it’s neutral enough to wear to work or school, but add a little more and the pearly tones make eyes pop in a sultry, party-time way.

BRIDESMAID: Shay, a green-eyed wine distributor and dancing queen
BEAUTY FAVE: L’oreal Volume Shocking Mascara in Black ($12.95): When I was doing Shay’s eyes, she totally intercepted me. “Omigod girl, use my mascara—it’s The Business!” she announced in her sing-songy voice. I did, and the whole room gasped. It’s all about the dual-ended formula—first, you apply the fiber-rich base coat that bulks up lashes, and then layer on the volumizing mascara. Why even wear false lashes anymore when this stuff exists?

BRIDESMAID: Jennifer, a sultry real-estate agent with cheekbones for days
BEAUTY FAVE: MAC Powder Blush in Format ($17.50): You know I’m all about either Nars Blush in Taos or Tarte Cheek Stain in Sunkissed, but after Saturday, I think I have a new blush obsession. I was looking through Jennifer’s makeup bag because, well, that’s what I do—and my breath stopped short at the sight of this shimmery, reddish-pinky-bronze blush. I tried it on, and oh, it’s so toasty and summery on my rapidly-getting-paler skin! A seasonless suntan.

THE BRIDE, HERSELF: Devon/Brownie, our queeeen-to-beeee
BEAUTY FAVE: L’Occitane en Provence Candle in Honey Harvest ($22): Okay, she’s not a bridesmaid, but I had to include Brownie in the roundup—because when I stepped into her bridal suit at the Hay Adams, I was met with the most intoxicating, lovely scent ever. She was burning L’Occitane’s delicious honey candles…and they managed to gently sweeten up the atmosphere without knocking us all out. Mmm, it smelled like some ridiculously chic boutique in the Left Bank. A must during a sexy dinner party for two.


Blogger Rasha said...

Hey Tia,
Looks like the wedding was awesome. And you are right, all of that fabulousness in one place is so unfair :~)
Question: I'm going to be a bridesmaid in a December wedding and I have been helping to coordinate the color scheme. It looks like we will be in warm tones such as gold, wine, or pumkin... can you suggest any great make up colors/tricks/products that we can incorporate to add a little umph to my friends special day? Thanks a bunch!!!!

7:32 PM  
Anonymous AppleDiva said...

OMG, OMG!!! The wedding photos are lovely. The sateen, cobalt blue is luxe. I love it. I am a taupe, brown kinda lady, even had my bridesmaid wearing taupe. I wish your sister all the best in her new marriage. Remind her that there is no 50/50, only 100/100.

Walk good, T-Love

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am obsessed with Devon's gown. OMG I can't stop thinking about it. I saw lots of great pictures of you on facebook..compliments of your baby sis. You whole clan is fab!

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Quel said...

So pretty!

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE Stila's Eyeshadow in Wheat & L’oreal's Volume Shocking Mascara is truly all that & a bag of Salt & Sour chips!!

I'm going to try the L’Occitane en Provence Candle in Honey Harvest!

Sounds like you all had a lovely day..

11:46 PM  
Blogger 1969 said...

WOW...Brownie truly is the epitome of chicness and glamour. What a gorgeous bride and that dress is to die for.

The Bridesmaids aren't too shabby either :)

Congrats to the whole fam!!!!

8:13 AM  
Blogger Elle* said...

WOW! "Brownie" looks gorgeous! And that color on the Bridesmaids; gorgeous Sapphire Blue is to-die-for! Excuse me, while I wipe my drool...

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Julia said...

Tia all you guys look great and it seemed like a joyous and happy time. Brownie looked beautimous. It seemed like a fabulous time was had by all.

What would we do without Format blush :)

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...your sister looks BEAUTIFUL! (And, it goes without saying, you look as gorgeous as usual...) However, did I miss a picture!?! You can't tell us about this celebratory day and post TWO pictures! :-D Wishing your sister and her beau a lifetime of LOVE..


4:07 PM  
Blogger Schanina said...

Thanks for sharing the details of this ultra elegant affair. I love the wedding dress and shawl! Many blessings to your sis and her new her new husband.

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Funkeedva said...

WOW! I am in tears. The love for your sis just jumps through the page :)

Everyone looks FABU!

Gotta go get some wheat...

I bought the two faced eye creme thingy and it crumbled eye (shadow base) :( I'll try again though.

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE your sisters dress! She looks gorgeous!! I just bought a Monique Lhuillier dress for my wedding next July - her dresses are amazing!

I am starting to think go gifts for my bridesmaids and would love to include something with makeup. Any suggestions?

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Cousin Kuka said...

Hey T! So wow on the pics of the wedding and yes you and the ladies and Devon look FAB as always. Would it be possible to post more??
Anywhoo, please spill a few more wedding tips, becasue I just so happen to know someone who is needing a little help in the "How will I do my hair and makeup on my big day" department! So Tia, come on, help the soon to be brides out here! We need MORE tips! LOL Love ya!

4:21 PM  
Anonymous CousinKuka said...

Me again- One more thing... I was just over at Glam dot com, and are they kidding me? Havent platform shoes (not the seventies kind either) been a "trend" for a while now?

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tia -

Are you coming back to cosmo radio? my boyfriend borrowed my radio for a week and when i got it back you were gone.. i know you were out sick (sorry) but i need you back. you brought balance to the show that it is now lacking..

4:14 PM  
Blogger Miss Angel said...

The photo of your sis is impossibly gorgeous! My congrats to her and her new hubby.

And you bridesmaids... well, you already know how bad you all were!


7:11 PM  
Blogger MalcaJ said...

Awww the pics look beautiful congrats to your sister and new looks like y'all had a great time
Ok so I bought the olive oil spray and I love it! I actually went to get my hair done and my stylist used it so I knew I had to buy it after that. I love the smell and it keeps my hair so shiny without weighing it down..thanks for the tip...b blessed

11:55 AM  
Blogger chicprincesspetite said...

Congrats to your sister! You all looked FAB!

3:09 PM  
Blogger chicprincesspetite said...

Congrats to your sister! You all looked FAB!

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Porsche said...

Brownie and everyone looked GREAT. And Tia, you looked quite FIERCE.

I'm glad everything turned out so beautifully.

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with 4:14pm. Are you ever coming back to Cosmo Radio. It's really not the same without you! I wish you luch with your health but hope to hear you again!

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the exact same wedding dress for my wedding last August! Your sister looks gorgeous!

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