Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Splurge or Steal: Fabulous Fashions at searsStyle

Don't you just love it when the weather turns brisk and the snow starts to fall in big fluffy flakes (or maybe just big fat drops of rain if you live where I do) and all the shop windows are filled with festive decorations and holiday music is playing everywhere? I just adore this time of year! I love everything about the holidays, but I especially love having the excuse to get all girlied up in my fanciest finery for the many holiday festivities. There is nothing quite like a gorgeous new dress and a pair of glittery skyscrapers to put me in the proper holiday spirit. I have already attended several holiday parties (and looked fabulous I might add!) but there is still one holiday "do" that has yet to be done. The annual office bash. Now, as a fashionista working in the fashion industry this is the Holy Grail of holiday parties so I really want to make a statement. But as a sensible fashionista I want to be able to do so without breaking the bank!


Lucky for me the fabulous folks at searsStyle made it possible for me to rock a gorgeous holiday splurge look for an absolute steal of a deal!

This year's office event is a bit more casual than usual so I opted for a rocker-chic look: gorgeous motocross leggings in a sleek black with leather-look panels (so comfortable and extremely flattering I might add!) from the Kardashian Kollection, which I then topped with a floaty silk tunic from UK Style by French Connection - belted at the waist. I finished the look with a pair of grey brushed suede shirred fold-over boots with a comfortable heel. Total purchase price at a trendy designer boutique would have set me back over $400, but I was able to snap up these fabulous separates at searsStyle for well under $100! Happy holidays to me!

Check out the great styles at searsStyle this holiday season. You're sure to find the perfect ensemble for all your festivities!


I received samples from the searsStyle Kardashian Kollection to review as part of the Glam Trendsetter Program. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears.

Feeling Confident and Chic Every Day!

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Life can be a little tough at times, especially for a fashionista. Seriously, it's difficult to stay stylish in these troublesome economic times, especially when a girl has other financial considerations such as car payments, a mortgage and the occasional but ever-pesky credit card bill lurking. Honestly, just this past week I was on my way home from work, ready for a relaxing evening of web-surfing for a new pair of sparkly sandals, when suddenly my car starting making these wheezing sounds and the engine started to skip. Lucky for me I was able to coast on into a service station, literally on fumes! And you guessed it, my evening's sparkly-sandal-budget went directly into my dry-as-a-bone gas tank. Financial reality strikes again. So what's a fashionista to do when her wardrobe beckons for ?

Well, I am all about staying chic and stylish on a real life budget these days. Which is why I absolutely adore the new Sofia Vergara clothing line available exclusively at Kmart.


This new clothing line is chic, stylish and extremely comfortable to wear, not to mention comfortable on the wallet! I was plea
santly surprised by how nicely the clothing flattered my figure and I was able to put together a stylish ensemble that would have any fashionista feeling like a million bucks...for under $100!


Check out the Sofia Vergara collection today. You are a woman. So dress like a woman.
Sofia Vergara's New Line is exclusively at KMart!





Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Kmart via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kmart.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tweet to Win With Zappos!!!

Starting on December 12, 2011 and running through 6 p.m. PST December 23 Zappos.com and Style Expert Brooke Hyden will spread some holiday happiness to customers who are on Twitter by giving away some of this year’s hottest gift items!

How it works? On each of the 12 days, Brooke@ZapposStyle will announce that day’s gift, ranging from women’s and men’s clothing to accessories and more. As tweets that include #12daysofzappos are published, additional gifts will be unlocked throughout the day–up to 3 gifts per day. The end result—the more tweets, the more gifts Zappos.com gives away each day! One winner will randomly be selected from those who have tweeted #12daysofzappos each day.

ANTI-GREEN MONDAY!


Zappos doesn’t want shoppers to get caught up in the Green Monday hype which puts pressure on shoppers to frantically rush to get all online orders in by December 12 in an effort to guarantee Christmas delivery. In fact, Zappos considers itself Anti-Green Monday because free shipping both ways, 365 days a year is the norm—even during the busiest shopping season! That means customers can wait right up until Thursday, December 22nd to order gifts for last minute delivery on Friday, December 23rd. In fact, Order before 1 PM PST on 12/23 with FREE SHIPPING for GUARANTEED DELIVERY BEFORE XMAS!

So sit back, grab another gingerbread cookie, sip some more cocoa, and just relax—and while you’re at it, Tweet to win. Details and official rules, including how to enter online without Tweeting, can be found at http://www.12daysofzappos.com


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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Don't Let Last Minute Holiday Shopping Get You Down!


The opportunity to finish holiday shopping is down to the wire!

Last minute shoppers hoping for St. Nicholas’ prompt arrival can rely on Rue San Francisco instead. A voucher-based service (meaning vouchers for goods can be printed directly after purchase), all Rue San Francisco requires to order the perfect Christmas gift is the click of a mouse. So what does this mean for holiday shopping procrastinators? Orders can be placed through December 24th and still “arrive” in time for Christmas.

You can pamper your sweetheart with a series Rue San Francisco’s “Top Picks of 2011,” five days of San Francisco’s most popular offers from this year, starting Monday December 12. From an exclusive farm-to-table winemaker menu from Long Meadow Ranch Winery to a luxe spa experience (including bubbly!) at Health Spa of Napa Valley and more from Stript Wax, Spa Radiance and Makeup Gourmet, the “Top Picks of 2011” exemplifies the unique experiences and unparalleled values associated with Rue San Francisco.

For those not quite so starved for time, Monday December 12 is also Green Monday – the last day to order online without having to deal with the extra charges associated with expedited shipping. Rue San Francisco invites you to take advantage of this on Rue La La. So if you’re still looking for a place to wrap up holiday shopping for mom, dad, grams and the kids – Rue is where it’s at. Shoppers on Rue La La enjoy the ability to pay for shipping just once a month - $9.95 to be exact – for unlimited shopping.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Lindt Lindor Truffles During the Holidays

I adore chocolate. It's a fact of life, and one that everyone in my life accepts and understands. But not just any chocolate mind you - only the really good stuff. Seriously, when it comes to chocolate decadence (and indulgence!) a girl deserves the very best!

I recently received a festive bag of Lindt Lindor Truffles with just one caveat: enjoy! (As if a girl could do anything else these little nuggets of deliciousness.) The hard milk chocolate shell encases a rich, creamy truffle center which melts in your mouth, and promises to become your new favorite guilty pleasure.

So stock up on bags of Lindt Lindor Truffles this holiday season - I know I plan to! They make the perfect gift for co-workers, your daughter's teacher, and the sweet little old man next door who tends your cat when you are away. They are the perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer! And, most important of all, they make a great little gift to yourself! After all, you're worth it, right?

Nothing tastes quite like the Lindor Truffle. Created only by Lindt’s MasterChocolatiers, it’s exquisite chocolate filled with a smooth chocolate center. When the irresistible center starts to melt...so will you. Smooth. Flowing. Luscious. Chocolate like no other.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Lindt via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Lindt.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

CELEBRITY SHOE DESIGNER RON WHITE CELEBRATES U.S. DEBUT WITH STAR-STUDDED UNVEILING AND CHARITY EFFORT

Hot off the Emmy’s red carpet, international award-winning footwear designer and “shoe-ru” to the stars, Ron White, celebrated the U.S. launch of his eponymous designer shoe collection at Nordstrom’s The Grove in Los Angeles last night with a star-studded unveiling and charity effort to help raise donations to help local homeless youth.

Celebrities literally took the shoes off their feet to help raise awareness and donations in support of the over 50,000 homeless youth in Los Angeles County. Debi Mazar, Corin Nemec of Stargate SG-1, Max Adler and Josh Sussman of Glee, and Tinsel Korey of Twilight all came out to sign shoes donated from their personal collections to the Ron White Foundation.

(L-R) Debi Mazar, Corin Nemec of Stargate SG-1, Max Adler and Josh Sussman of Glee, Tinsel Korey of Twilight

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Additional signed footwear donated to the Ron White Foundation from celebrities such as Celine Dion, Matt Damon, Daniel Day Lewis, David Foster, Hilary Duff, and Kevin Spacey were also unveiled and on display at Nordstrom’s The Grove last night.

Ron White All Day Heels® and Ron White Signature Collection are unveiled for the first season in the United States. Patented NASA technology and luxurious materials create comfort for Ron’s couture styling. Ron will be making stops in various cities throughout the U.S. over the next month to promote the launch of his new collections at Nordstrom’s.

GIVE YOURSELF A HAND THIS HOLIDAY!


Wrapping presents, cooking and prepping for holiday parties can all be tough on your hands. Protect and keep them healthy with Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Hand Cream. It strengthens the skin of even the most hard-working hands, keeping them safe from external stressors.




Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Introducting MyHabit.com Beauty!

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a beauty rut? They say old habits die hard, but now there is a beauty habit you won’t want to kick…

MYHABIT.com (www.myhabit.com), Amazon’s membership-only fashion destination, expands into beauty today, offering a tailored selection of luxury sales in beauty categories including skin care, hair care, cosmetics and tools, priced at up to 50% off with fast, free shipping on US orders. Beginning today at 9 AM PT / Noon ET, customers can shop across the men’s, women’s, and children’s departments to discover limited-time sales from coveted beauty brands.

Recognizing a true beauty buff’s need to be in-the-know, MYHABIT is pleased to provide detailed product pages with in-depth descriptions including specific claims, key ingredients, directions for use and any product precautions. Beauty products will also be presented with upscale photography and a zoom feature for up-close details.

Today’s sales feature products from prestige brands including Oscar Blandi, Anthony Logistics, Babo Botanicals, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, Boscia and Tweezerman. In addition, to celebrate the launch, MYHABIT is hosting the first curated beauty event featuring a hand-picked assortment of products by Eva Chen, popular beauty blogger.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Save Face: The No-Look – Winter’s Biggest Makeup Trend

Following the recent Harper’s Bazaar spread featuring a confident Lady Gaga sans-makeup, a beauty trend was born. And going bare couldn’t have come during a better season. In an about face to winters past, women aren’t covering it up any longer; the nude makeup trend beckons women to let their natural beauty shine. As winter presents its own unique challenges when it comes to skin, less makeup means caring for skin is more manageable. Women who are simultaneously rejoicing and wondering, just how exactly to achieve this simple yet complicated look – look no further. Here, makeup expert, CEO & Founder of FACES Beautiful, and creator of the Brush-On Liquid Mineral Makeup Gail Sagel offers tips on how to get the most out of this minimalist trend.

Winter Skin Care

When it comes to winter, some people throw skincare concerns out the window. If you’re not willingly exposing your body to the sun, then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about, right? Wrong. “Everyone forgets that the key to a beautiful, well-put-together makeup look is maintaining the health of your skin, first and foremost,” says Gail. “In the winter, I suggest copious moisturizing, drinking lots of water, and using sunscreen no matter how chilly it may be outside.”

Insider Tips

· Find a moisturizer that is aloe or oil-based, as opposed to most products, which are water-based. According to Gail, an oil or aloe base allows the skin to more easily absorb nutrients.

· Limit shower time. Because it doesn’t penetrate tissue, water actually dries out the skin’s moisture.

· Don’t forget sunscreen. Between the sun and the glare coming off of the snow in the winter, skin is up against many obstacles, and this is one that can be controlled.

Apply Like a Natural

Gail suggests using a light hand when applying makeup. Even though there are steps that are present in any makeup routine, the look here is minimalist and natural. “The key here is to create the illusion that makeup wasn’t needed at all to achieve the desired effect. Make sure to avoid the common pitfalls of foundations and powders, like caking and oil, because the look should be fresh and dewy, not stiff and full of product.”

Insider Tips

· If just a tinted moisturizer does the trick – that’s all the makeup needed. However, most women need a bit more coverage. Reach for a liquid foundation and apply it with a makeup sponge in quick, short strokes, being careful to blend. Don’t set with powder; if your skin tends to get oily, use makeup wipes to remove excess oil in trouble spots. In keeping with the powder-free idea, reach for a cream blush to get that “just flushed” look; nothing over the top.

· For the natural eye look, only use mascara. Stick with a reliable product here, making sure to rid lashes of clumps, since they are the star of the show. Add light eyeliner if desired.

· Keep it subtle. Stick with a color that is close to that of the actual lip, without being too glossy.

Spice It Up

Want to make things a bit more interesting? Try highlighting one specific feature. Gail says, “I think its fun to go a little crazy with one facial feature when you’re keeping makeup to such a minimum. The smoky eye and the bold lip are all the rage right now, and playing down other features will accentuate the beauty of these targeted elements.”

Insider Tips

· For bold lips: first, moisturize with lip balm. Next, line the outer edges of lips, which will prevent unwanted bleeding once the lips are set. Gail suggests using a lip brush when applying, as this will make it easier to fill in the smaller spots and stay inside the liner. Wipe away any buildups or excess with a q-tip, keep other makeup simple, and lips are ready to wow.

· For smoky eyes: To keep this look from budging throughout the day, prep eyes with a primer. . Use black eyeliner to create lines on both the top and bottom of lashes. On the bottom, once the line is drawn, gently roll a finger over it to create a smudged-on-purpose look. Apply the light base color; something in a light cream is generally the best choice. Next, apply the darker color, a black or a dark gray, only below the crease of the eyelid. Blend until the colors appear to be running into each other. Finish with ample mascara, and let the eyes do all the talking.

Gail says, “My favorite thing about makeup is that trends come and go, and knowing yourself and what works for you is really the key to developing any look. Have fun with it, and don’t be afraid to experiment!”

For more tips and tricks from expert Gail, visit www.FacesBeautiful.com.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

5 Tips to Achieve Shiny Healthy Looking Hair this Fall/Winter Season

Shiny, glossy and vibrant—the three hair attributes on women’s wish lists worldwide. How do you achieve it? As temperatures drop, you find yourself with a little more time to maintain and upkeep your appearance. With these tips from Italian born Pirri brothers (www.pirrihairgroup.com), you will end up with gorgeous glowing tresses. Try these simple tips at home and watch your hair lifeless hair come to life.

Wash Your Hair Properly


Your simple daily regime could be all wrong. Washing your hair properly keeps you hair healthy and shiny, while keeping your scalp free of dandruff. Are you washing away the dull and bringing in the shine? To properly wash your hair completely soak your locks with lukewarm water, rinsing for about a minute or two. Rub a small amount

of shampoo, about the size of a quarter, into your hair and massage your scalp gently. I recommend trying Pirri Elements Mediterraneo Daily Shampoo (www.pirrihairgroup.com). This product normalizes the hair, scalp and PH balance whi


Dry Your Tresses Properly
le keeping your hair looking healthy and shiny. Completely rinse your hair of all shampoo. Grab a wide-tooth comb and gently comb out any knots prior to applying conditioner. Rub a small amount of conditioner, about the size of a quarter, and leave in hair for about 3-5 minutes. With your wide-tooth comb, brush and rinse your hair. Make sure to rid yourself you hair of any products by rinsing thoroughly. End with a rinse of icy cold water. The cold water will close the pores of your hair so you end up with shinier hair as it dries.

Now that you have mastered washing your hair properly, it does not end there. With the cold weather, air drying is a big no-no. Since you find yourself grabbing the blow dryer more often, you must blow out your hair properly to achieve the best results. Gently pat you hair dry with a towel after showering, removing any excess water. Brush and detangle your locks by gently brushing with the same wide-tooth comb used in the shower. When blow drying, point the nozzle down from scalp to ends of your hair. The nozzle should steadily follow your brush at a 90 degree angle leaving you with shiny hair. Be sure to thoroughly dry your hair.

Maintain Shine

Over-brushing your tresses will only lead to a greasy mess. And with the wind at its peak this season, try to avoid brushing you hair regularly. Put on a hat to avoid tangling from windy weather. Also, avoid stroking or touching your hair often or at all. This will also make
your hair greasy. Avoid blow drying your hair on a daily basis to maintain healthy hair. To protect your hair, apply a heat protection spray when blow drying. And, don’t wash your hair everyday.

Trim It

Don’t be scared of a trim. A regular trip to your hair salon can really transform your hair. So grab your coat and drive to meet your favorite stylist to trim off those split ends that will result in a dry and damaged look. Have some extra time? Ask your stylist to deep condition your hair. You will leave flaunting a shiny and healthy looking do.

Homemade Mask

Has the cold weather kept you cooped up at home? Create a mixture of mayonnaise and avocado oil. For every half a cup of mayo, use 1 teaspoons of avocado oil. Apply for at least a few hours prior to showering, cover with a shower cap. Rinse thoroughly prior to applying shampoo.

About the Pirri Brothers, Piero and Luigi

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Born in Italy, the Pirri Brothers first developed hair styles for the elegant salons of the southern region of Calabria, then moving to London to continue their education for advanced technical skills. Being surrounded by Europe’s most prominent talent, in a city with sharp and constantly evolving style they possess the essence of Europe at their fingertips and have created and conceptualized trend setting styles that have graced fashion and beauty magazines worldwide.

Fast forward to 2009, the Pirri brothers now have two successful salons in Greenwich, Connecticut and Eastchester, New York; and have launched their own product line, Pirri Element (www. pirrihairgroup.com).

With over 20 years of experience, the Pirri brothers want to share their knowledge and technical skill with the hairdressers of today and tomorrow. The Pirri Education Academy was designed to work with the individual to elevate their skills for cut and color to the next level

Jurliques Most Wanted Kit at Sephora!


Jurlique and Sephora have teamed up to create the Jurlique Most Wanted Kit!!! This kit contains Jurlique’s bestselling products for only $50 ($101 value) and will be available exclusively at Sephora.com for a limited time only! The kits are almost sold out so snap it up while you can!

The Jurlique Most Wanted Kit includes:

· Herbal Recovery Gel – For ALL skin types, a multi-vitamin serum with potent botanicals to boost cellular recovery, reversing and preventing damage from free radicals that accelerate skin aging.

· Rosewater Balancing Mist – An antioxidant mist that tones skin, sets makeup and provides an instant burst of hydration with the scent of fresh-cut roses.

· Rose Hand Cream – A rich, protective hand cream with Sweet Almond and Macadamia Oils to intensely moisturize skin and leave hands feeling soft and supple.

· Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer – An innovative antibacterial that kills 99.9% of germs naturally and nourishes hands without irritating skin.

The products are available now at Sephora.com


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lash ™

I have to admit that I am a bit of a mascara junkie. Currently residing in my makeup drawer are nine, yes, count them - NINE different tubes of mascara, no two alike. And in case you were wondering, no they are not old, crusty nearly-empty two-year-old tubes of mascara either. That would be unhygienic and just plain gross. No, these are all less than 3 months old (I know because I always write the date in Sharpie on the tube) and every beauty addict knows to toss mascara after 3 months, right? But I digress...

Anyhoo, I have them all: lengthening mascara, thickening mascara, curling mascara, shimmery mascara and even conditioning waterproof mascara. And yet I am always on the lookout for the latest, hottest, newest-and-most-improved mascara that will live up to its hype.

Well my darling girls, the search is over because I have discovered L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lash ™. This luscious mascara features a unique blend of long and short nylon and rayon fibers (the same material used to make false eyelashes!) to make your lashes appear longer, fuller and curled, with no clumping or smudging.


I decided to put this mascara to the ultimate test: I wore it to a friend's wedding! First of all, it goes on smoothly - without any clumping - and it makes my lashes look fierce! The applicator want perfectly separates my lashes making them long, full and gorgeously sculpted. And the real bonus - it passed the wedding test! L'Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lash stood up to the vows, the kiss, the toasts, the cutting of the fake and right down to the bouquet toss! My lashes looked fabulous the entire evening. I headed right home and tossed those nine superfluous tubes of mascara in the trash.

Create the most outrageous false lash look with our newest, most technically advanced volume mascara - Voluminous False Fiber Lashes. With the power of sculpting fibers this dual mascara wraps each lash to boost, sculpt & volumize building an incredible false lash look. http://on.fb.me/nYOsG7




Disclosure: Compensation was provided by L’Oreal Paris via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of L’Oreal Paris.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Bebe: Show them who's BOSS!

Now thru October 22, enjoy $25 off any in-store pants purchase. For extra brownie points- take your boss to a bebe store today on your lunch break and treat her to a pair of pants!



bebe’s New Way to Work It line:

bebe, known for their pieces to wear to work, has put a new spin on the classic ‘work look,’ updatinLinkg these well known staples and adding in additional key pieces such as: jackets, tops, skirts, belts, hosiery and accessories. Now you can find your ‘New Way to Work It’ in style!

Pieces range in price from $19- $199 and are available at bebe stores nation wide.


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Timberland Earthkeepers - My Go-To Boot for Fall!

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As much as I enjoy the long, lazy days of summer I am always glad when the crisp, cool fall weather arrives - especially because I adore fall fashion! Corduroys and skinny jeans, cashmere sweaters and leather jackets, sweater dresses and skirts with leggings, I love everything about fall styles. And there is that one specific item that pulls the entire look together - the perfect pair of boots. Boots are by far my favorite fall fashion must-have, and I am always on the lookout for what I deem the "perfect" pair of boots. They must meet a specific list of criteria: timeless in style, chic in appearance, excellent quality and comfortable enough to Linkwear all day long and into the night if necessary.


This season I have found my perfect pair with the Timberland Earthkeepers® Rudston Waterproof Pull-On Boot. I recently received a pair of these gorgeous boots and have been wearing tLinkhem practically everywhere for the past several weeks. I absolutely adore the look of this particular boot, with it's sexy stacked wood heel and topstitched leather. I love the versatility as well. I can be comfortable, warm and dry all day long, all while looking very stylish. They look fantastic with skinny jeans and a jacket for a comfortable, casual weekend look and the heel height is just dressy enough for wearing with a skirt or sweaterdress, making them ideal for the office.

They are made of rugged waterproof leather, perfect for the wet and rainy days of fall here in the San Francisco area. They also have breathable mesh linings and a removable anti-fatigue footbed for all-day comfort. This boot also has plenty of eco-conscious features, such as premium leathers tanned at a facility rated Silver for improved water, energy and waste management and mesh linings crafted from recycled plastic bottles. All in all, you'll feel great wearing these boots, and you'll look great as well!

Timberland® Go out and be youClick here to shop now!

“Disclosure: Compensation and free Timberland product were provided by Timberland® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Timberland®


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sneak Peak White by Vera Wang Spring 2012


With the Spring 2012 White by Vera Wang collection, exclusively at David’s Bridal, Vera Wang continues to create designer looks that are attainable for brides and bridesmaids everywhere. The Spring 2012 launch features bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, accessories and shoes.
The Spring 2012 Bridal Collection presents nine new styles, priced between $500-$1,500. Each look is unique in design and aesthetic, perfect for catering to the individual tastes of every bride. The collection includes strapless gowns in taffeta and gazaar with asymmetrically draped bodices in soft hues of white, ivory and blush. The collection also features contemporary looks styled with clean, simple details in updated mermaid and A-line silhouettes and sweetheart, strapless and asymmetrical necklines. Here is a sneak peak at a few of these gorgeous gowns!




Availability: White by Vera Wang bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and accessories will be carried in 250 David’s Bridal stores in North America, including five Canadian locations. Bridesmaid gowns will be available in sizes ranging from 0-26 and bridal gowns will be available in sizes ranging from 0-14, with select styles available in sizes 16-26. For more information on the White by Vera Wang collection, please visit www.whitebyverawang.com.