A classic creation done by...me!

A classic shoe creation designed by yours truly!

Custom wedding shoes that won’t break the bank? I just discovered that Nina Shoes has a new option on their website that lets you design your own shoes. I created a fab pair for $199.  You pick the style, heel height, and color. There are 16 shades to choose from, and you can choose different colors for the upper, heel, and bow (though I’m not sure I would recommend a three-tone shoe!). A great idea for your shoes, and your bridesmaids’. Unleash your inner Louboutin! –Christina, Un-Veiled

Tonight is our private fashion show, where the final five Operation Dream Dress designs–chosen by America!–will be showcased on the catwalk and critiqued by our panel of experts. Among these panelists are our own fashion director, Rachel Leonard; Austin Scarlett, who you might recognize from the first season of Project Runway; Hilary Rhoda, the face of Estee Lauder’s fragrance, Beautiful; Dan Rentillo, designer for David’s Bridal; and Britt Aboutaleb, Associate Editor of Fashionista.com.  Our panelists and models are just arriving! –Jackie, Cubicle Chat

dancing pearl 1A heads-up to brides looking for pearls for themselves or their bridesmaids: You’ve got to check out Eco Opulence, which offers real pearl jewelry for fab prices. They’ll win brownie points with environmentally conscious brides too, since all their pearls are 100 % organic (not treated in any way) and are set in recycled gold or silver. I’m highlighting the Dancing Lace necklace, and not just because the name is soooo bridal. Drum roll please–it retails for just $65. Happy shopping! –Christina, Un-Veiled

To celebrate its New York store’s 100th anniversary, Cartier—the legendary Parisian jeweler—has set up a special exhibit at their Fifth Avenue Mansion of gold bracelets, sapphire rings, and diamond necklaces worn by some of the most glamorous celebrities from old-time Hollywood, like Princess Grace and Vivien Leigh. If you’re like me, you’ve only heard about Cartier’s famous jewelry but have never seen it up close. (They tend to loan it to A-list celebs, not editorial assistants!) I thought Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels from her great love Richard Burton stole the show, notably the pearl, ruby, and diamond necklace named La Peregrina. The exhibit runs through Thursday, May 21. –Jackie, Un-Veiled

Working at BRIDES has given me some very cool opportunities—parties, opening nights, fashion shows. But this week was possibly the best: a cover shoot. I was asked to videotape the process for our Facebook page, so I showed up at the studio with a camcorder, digital camera, and tripod. I tried blending in, but it wasn’t completely successful: When I swung my lens around our editors ducked, trying to sneak out of the shot, and even our model, clearly not camera-shy, gave me the evil eye when I was filming her makeup touch-ups. Still, I managed to get hours of footage and tons of photos. It’ll take a little while for us to edit it all—come back in a few weeks when we un-veil it!  –Jackie, Un-Veiled

Working in NYC offers normal people (like me) the chance to brush shoulders with A-list celebs.  Yesterday I caught up with Twiggy, Brooke Shields, and Naomi Campbell.  It wasn’t some bizarre casting call—I took the subway up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Model As Muse” exhibition, which salutes the models who’ve helped push fashion forward over the last 70 years.  Each decade had its own look: the classic beauties of the 40s and 50s (Dovíma), the trailblazers of the 60s and 70s (Jean Shrimpton); the supermodels of the 80s (Cindy Crawford and Heidi Klum, both of whom were on the cover of BRIDES!), and the natural girls of today, like Gisele Bündchen.  If you’re in New York this summer, go see it!  –Jackie, Un-Veiled

That's me in the yellow!

That's me in the yellow!

A year after my friend Jen’s wedding, I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my bridesmaid’s dress.  It’s a floor-length, chiffon Jovovich Hawk dress the color of a buttercup, and while I do want to preserve the integrity of this lovely frock, I know I’m not going to wear it as is. My mission is to turn it into the perfect dress to bring on trips, wear out to dinner, and maybe even wear to this summer’s weddings.  Do I shorten it? Do I dye it?  Or should I leave it as is, and ride the wave of maxi dresses that are flooding the market these days?  Whatever I do, I can’t just leave it in my closet!  —Xander, Un-Veiled