Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Met Gala 2016 Recap

Love in the Club: Solange + Alan

Love in the Club: Solange + Alan

On Monday evening, some of the most celebrated talents in the worlds of fashion, music, film, sports and more gathered in New York City for a super-duper party also known as the Met Gala. The annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the hottest tickets in town. This year’s Met Gala theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Find out what looks were most memorable for Triple B and why!

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: Five Reasons You Should Attend Our Wedding Workshop on April 30th

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Be honest: You’re still on the fence about attending our wedding planning workshop on April 30th. Well, here are five reasons you should stop playing and purchase your ticket…today. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: A Case of the Bridesmaid Blues

Where My Girls At? Blissful bride Alexis Stoudemire flanked by her beautiful bridal party.

#BridesmaidGoals Blissful bride Alexis Stoudemire flanked by her beautiful bridal party.

It has been a minute since we covered bridesmaids on Triple B, so I thought today was a great time to revisit them. Okay, lemme come clean: I recently uncovered a vent from a bridesmaid on social media and had to discuss it with you all. Said bridesmaid, let’s call her Tara, is having a major dilemma due to her engaged friend’s requests for her wedding. Tara is presently one of six bridesmaids and she’s watching her coins like a hawk to get in better financial health. She and the bride-to-be are distant friends from high school. The bride’s requests include:

  • Paying for a ~$350 bridesmaid dress (before alterations)
  • Paying for a catered bridal shower that will host ~100 guests
  • Paying for bridal shower favors at $40 per guest

Whuuuut?! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Our Journey Journal

Capture precious marriage moments, stylishly.

Capture precious marriage moments, stylishly.

I discovered Our Journey Journal from Aisle Always Love on Instagram and thought it was a novel gift idea. (I’m a sucker for a cute journal.) I put it in save and said, I’ll order one for the hubby and me later. “Later” never came. But recently while visiting my mom, I had the opportunity to read my deceased father‘s very last journal before he passed. To say it was numbing is an understatement. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: Stop Wedding Shaming!

Get Yours! Having a wedding and owning a home are not mutually exclusive.

Get Yours! Having a wedding and owning a home are not mutually exclusive.

 

I’ve been hearing an increasing amount of chatter surrounding how weddings are a complete waste of money and in lieu of them couples should buy a house, or pay off their student loans or splurge on a fancier honeymoon. I get it. Really I do. But many couples — yes even Black ones — who are preparing to tie the knot already own a home, do not have student loans and have traveled extensively prior to getting hitched. The whole “just elope/do a destination wedding” [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – The Mrs. Box

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Prettiful, right?

This week’s chosen pick, The Mrs. Box, is just plain pretty. We first spotted the company on Instagram. Ideal for a bridal shower or engagement party gift, the custom-dyed velvet boxes perfectly house your Mrs. bling (but I would proudly use them for earrings too) and make for great heirlooms. The bold hues just scream fun! They’re also a colorful addition to your wedding day obligatory “getting dressed” shots.

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: Affordable Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

A Couple That Laughs Together? Alicia Keys + Swizz Beatz Horsing Around

A Couple That Laughs Together? Alicia Keys + Hubby Swizz Beatz Horsing Around. Laughing is Free (even on Valentine’s Day)!

Valentine’s Day 2016 falls on Sunday — the day after tomorrow for most of us. Since the vast majority of you have waited until the last minute to even think about a gift for your honey (admit it) and are also trying to keep your finances in check, we figured a traditional Valentine’s Day Gift Guide just wouldn’t do. Check out our round-up of five thoughtful, unpredictable and fun gift ideas that won’t break the bank. Enjoy and you’re welcome! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: Top 2016 Wedding Trends

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NBA player Russell Westbrook + college sweetheart Nina Earl on their wedding day in 2015. 2016 promises more memorable weddings!

Guess what? Today, Thumbtack released their 2016 Wedding Trends Report — the largest survey of U.S. couples getting married this year. The company receives more than 320,000 personalized requests for wedding services each year. This 2016 study reveals some interesting findings. Take a look of the highlights and use some of this valuable research to help you plan your own wedding!

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: 2016 Golden Globes Bridal Inspiration Recap

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Taraji P. Henson shut down the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in a white hot Stella McCartney number

Red carpet season 2016 is officially here! Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards was full of bridal inspiration as sleek white gowns and ultra-feminine silhouettes dominated the carpet. The evening was also chockful of wedspiration for the fellas (Hey, they want to look sharp on their big day too, right Cousin Mars?). Here are my faves:

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Bridgette’ Pick of the Week – A Bridal Piece

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One of Our Fave Styles From A Bridal Piece

WHAT: A Bridal Piece caters to discerning brides in search of stylish and elegant headpieces to wear on their wedding day. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Rose Quartz & Serenity

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I’ll admit when I first learned that Pantone selected Rose Quartz and Serenity as the 2016 colors of the year I was skeptical. Why two? And why pastels? Generally, I prefer to rock bright bold hues. Pastels typically make me think of Easter eggs. But the soothing, serene hues grew on me and now I’m eager to see how next year’s brides incorporate them into their wedding day and beyond! Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman explains, “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” I’m definitely looking forward to more order and peace in 2016. Here are a few of my personal style ideas in Rose Quartz and Serenity to get your juices flowing: [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – D.C. Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation Recap

In Great Company: My + Moderator Cori Murray Flanked by the Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation Panelists

In Great Company: Me + Moderator Cori Murray Flanked by the Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation Panelists

Ladies and gentlemen, the Black Bridal Bliss Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation in Washington, D.C. was a bona fide hit! On November 8, 2015, beautiful people made their way to the historic Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inn in Dupont Circle for sexy signature craft cocktails from Stir D.C. and yummy pastries from Mimi’s Mocha Treats. The equally fun and informative conversation which covered a wide range of topics from blended families to relationship social media boundaries with our all-male panel of married men was moderated by the lovely Cori Murray of ESSENCE Magazine. Each guest was also gifted with a copy of the November 2015 issue of ESSENCE. However, I can show you better than I can tell you. Take a look at these pictures to get a glimpse of Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation for yourself. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Should Couples Pick and Choose Which Children are Invited to Their Wedding?

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Hola! I recently discovered an intriguing article over at MadameNoir.com as it was getting quite a bit of buzz on Facebook. Said article weighed the pros an cons of have an adult-only wedding while allowing select children to attend. It caused a bona fide fury both on the blog and on popular social media platforms. Thus, I really want to know where the Triple B family stands on this. Take a read [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Fab New Hair Resource

Curl Crushin': From tight kinks to loose waves veteran hairstylist Gabrielle Corney shares her hair wisdom on YouTube!

Curl Crushin’: From tight kinks to loose waves veteran hairstylist Gabrielle Corney shares her hair wisdom on YouTube!

The world wide web is flooded with self-proclaimed hair experts (especially in the natural hair space) dishing out DIY advice to women like us. It is daunting, especially for planning brides who are already overwhelmed. I’d like to introduce you to Gabrielle Corney, a talented beautician who has been professionally styling hair for over two decades. In addition to working with celebrities like Brandy and Kandi Burruss, Corney is a creative consultant for the hair division of Carol’s Daughter. Check out her debut how-to video below; a perfect style option for you natural brides-to-be!

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Healthy (and flavorful) New Recipe

Dinner is Served: Linnyette's Shrimp & Sauteed Spinach!

Dinner is Served: Linnyette’s Shrimp & Sauteed Spinach!

Admit it: Most of us have been successful in eating healthier but on those evenings when you get home from the office late or have to shuttle the kids around town to one of their upteen extra-curricular activities, the last thing you want to stress over is preparing a healthy meal for you and your family. This daunting task can of course applies to men and women. (My husband might be a better cook than me…Shhh, Don’t tell him I admitted that.) Ordering take-out or buying fast food often seems like the easier option in our time-starved lives. Well folks, keep reading! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Pantora Mini

Pantora Mini debuts in Brooklyn, NY!

Pantora Mini debuts in Brooklyn, NY!

By now you’re hopefully familiar with Pantora Bridal, the chic Brooklyn, NY boutique specializing in stylish bridal and eveningwear fashion. Pantora creations have appeared on popular reality television shows and outfitted blushing brides and bridal parties from Bed-Stuy to Australia. Pantora designs are noted for a unique mix of modern textile and classic silhouettes, all with a glamorous edge. Now, owner and designer Andrea Pitter has expanded. The Fashion Institute of Technology graduate recently opened a second shop right across the street for children called, Pantora Mini

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Why Are You Getting Married?

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Short and sweet this week. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Personalized Cutting Boards

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I’m a sucker for most things personalized. These days, I’m also a sucker for home furnishings. I’ve learned that style goes far beyond clothes. Enter this fab cutting board (pictured above) from Heirloom!

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Bachelorette Fun in Washington, D.C.

Triple B on the scene in DC!

Triple B on the scene in DC!

Jetting off to Las Vegas or Miami are expected destinations for bachelorette fun but did you ever consider turning up in Washington, D.C. for your last days as a single woman? Surprisingly, there are lots of ways to make that “last fling before the ring” trip unforgettable in Chocolate City. Check out our roundup of where to stay, play and eat for a truly memorable bachelorette trip in the nation’s capital! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Shopping In Your Own Closet

Me and the hubby minutes after getting hitched.

Me and the hubby minutes after getting hitched. My earring were nearly 20 years old!

Ladies, before you go purchasing any and everything new you can find for your wedding day, take an honest inventory of what’s already in your closet. Seriously. The earrings I wore on my NYC wedding day? I owned them for almost 19 [Read more…]

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