Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: The One Thing I’m Glad We Did For Our Wedding

Me and the hubby minutes after getting hitched.

Me and the hubby minutes after getting hitched.

Valentine’s Day marks an unofficial end of “engagement season” for the wedding industry and as of last weekend there are a lot more newly engaged folks checking out Triple B. Welcome!

I technically had two weddings. No, I didn’t deplete my 401K for this. In fact, both ceremonies combined cost less than the national average for weddings. Full disclosure: My husband and I were extremely fortunate to receive many perks during planning as a result of me being a bridal blogger. And we had a lot of financial help from family. But still, we were tempted to go over our set budget several times. We got plenty of practice flexing those sacrifice and compromise muscles during our planning process and good thing we did because those muscles are needed quite a bit during marriage.

The reason I have no regrets – even when I have to make a dollar stretch more than I’m used to as a new wife? Keep reading… [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Cool Cocktail Idea!

Spice is Nice

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many will be seeking a new sexy cocktail to enjoy with their partner, with friends or even solo. Deets on the above cocktail [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – The Finance Bar

The Finance Bar is Bringing Smart Money Management to You

The first Wednesday of the month here at Black Bridal Bliss is all about highlighting ways to get the most bang for your buck — especially helpful information when you’re planning a wedding or a newlywed. This month’s fun financial find is The Finance Bar! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – The Newlywed Cookbook


Let’s get a something out of the way: It should not be assumed that women are the primary cooks in their relationships. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, The Newlywed Cookbook (St. Martin’s Griffin) is a cute little find for a just married couple — the bride or the groom — and here’s why: [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – With This Ring

SOS: Sisters on Screen! Will With the Ring Delight or Disappoint?

I know most people equate Lifetime movies to sappy, predictable, saccharin-sweet chick flicks with mediocre (at best) acting. But I must admit, I’m pretty freakin’ excited about With This Ring [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Diamond Candles


I’m a sucker for an affordable, clean-burning, scented candle so I’m always on the hunt for new ones. My latest find is Diamond Candles! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – The Live Richer Challenge


As promised, the first Wednesday of the month here on Triple B is now dedicated to a financial find that can help you add more bliss to your life — regardless of your relationship status. In 2015, I am challenging myself to include even more financial resources to empower Black women and their families on BlackBridalBliss.com and boy are we kicking the year off with a bang! Whether you’re saving for a wedding, a modest townhouse, a third vacation home in the South of France, building a college fund for Junior, searching for smarter ways to invest, trying to increase your credit score or just all around want to be better informed about your finances, today’s Pick of the Week should definitely be on your radar: [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Happy Holidays!


Well guys, this is my last BPOTW post of 2014. What a ride this year has been! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Tips for Giving a Memorable Maid/Matron of Honor Speech

Make sure your wedding toast is one to remember!

I recently stumbled across this post by Teal Pennebaker on wedding toasts over at Brides.com and decided to share it — well, a remixed version anyway. It’s long overdue since Cousin Mars has already blessed us with tips for a memorable best man toast for the groom…The bride deserves her shine too! Read, share and enjoy. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Body Wash

Bathtime Bliss: SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Wash

Confession: Like most bloggers who regularly cover style and beauty, I often receive freebies. However I only post about those items that I feel are truly Triple B worthy; especially as my Pick of the Week. Here’s why this week’s pick, SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Wash made the cut. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – My Visit to Truth + Beauty Spa

Triple B on the Scene at Truth + Beauty Spa in Long Island, NY

I recently headed out to the borough of Long Island (for you non-New Yorkers, Long Island isn’t really a borough — this is my attempt to be funny) for a visit to Truth + Beauty Spa. This posh medi-spa opened Spring 2013 and offers a wide range of treatments for brides-to-be. So when the invitation for me and a friend to spend an afternoon at Truth + Beauty landed in my inbox, I was all in! Here’s the scoop: [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Carolee Word Play Bangles


In August, I attended the Carolee Fall/Holiday Press Preview. Carolee is one of my go-to resources for stylish fashion jewelry for formal or semi-formal occasions. In fact my bridesmaids even wore earrings and bracelets from Carolee during my Charlotte wedding last year. It was one of my gifts to them. However at their recent press preview, it wasn’t the “bling” I went home thinking about. I was most smitten by the new Word Play bangles. They too make excellent bridesmaids gifts and are so fun for stacking. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: 5 Easy Ways to Make Your Wedding in St. Lucia (Even More) Memorable

Give the Drummer Some! Find out how to incorporate this into your wedding day.

Once you’ve decided to say “I Do” on an island like St. Lucia, it would be easy to just sit back and have the same type of affair you would in your hometown, right? But the truth is, part of the reason you and your boo thang decided on destination nuptials in the first place is because you wanted both you and your guests to experience something different than what you can offer in your own neck of the woods. So while in town for the LoveElevated Symposium, Triple B got the inside scoop on five easy ways to insert some local flavor into your St. Lucian wedding! (Your guests will thank you.) [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Chic Passport Cases

Just Married: Are you ready to jet-set in style?

Those of you who follow Triple B on Instagram are aware that BlackBridalBliss.com was just in St. Lucia for the Love Elevated Wedding Symposium. It was an awesome time. I look forward to downloading about the trip here on the blog very soon. While on this fab excursion, I realized that I really do prefer traveling with a passport cover. Why? [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Feyonce Shirts


These shirts (~$15) are just plain fun. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Nubian Skin

 


As a woman with a dark chocolate complexion, I’ll forever be grateful to my parents for instilling a positive self-image in me from an early age. As an adult I realize what they managed to do was no easy feat. I still have a few issues with my image — but thankfully my complexion (or hair texture/length) has never been among them. Yet, the reality is the rest of the world — and especially the fashion and beauty industries — is for the most part obsessed with light skin. So although you’ll never catch me trying to bleach mine, it is annoying to say the least when searching for bandaids, hosiery, lingerie, etc. to match my ebony tone. In fact, the rare times I do find a bra/panty set in my shade that is actually  cute, I literally get excited. How cool it would be to have a go-to resource for brown women that offered affordable and stylish undergarments in a range of brown hues, right?

Enter Nubian Skin.

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Flash Tattoos

Flash Tattoos: My latest crush!

When I was a freshman in college, I got my first (and only) tattoo. My older cousin took me to get it and thankfully provided some guidance. She ensured the location was clean, licensed and that I didn’t get some teenage boyfriend’s name permanently stenciled on my body. I went with an ankh on my upper right thigh and nearly 20 years later I have no regrets.

But, every now and then a gal wants to mix things up — and not necessarily with permanent ink — with no guilt or worry. So when my friend Pam introduced me to Flash Tattoos, I was excited. These metallic henna-inspired temporary tattoos are so hot! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – The Zero Degree Zombie Zone


This week’s pick is different from most of my previous selections but for good reason. I’m taking a quick break from bridal items to highlight the hard work of a colleague turned good friend, Patrik Henry Bass. Patrik’s latest literary creation, The Zero Degree Zombie Zone, includes riveting illustrations by Jerry Craft and chronicles the fictional life of a shy fourth-grader named Bakari Katari Johnson. [Read more…]

Travel Thursday – Travel Bliss in Charleston, SC!

Triple B was on the scene in Charleston!

Back in February, the hubby and I headed below the Mason Dixon line for some R&R. We initially chose Charleston, South Carolina because JetBlue was having a sale. We figured it would be a nice getaway for my birthday, a quick escape from NYC’s harsh winter and a chance to experience a new city together. Both of our expectations were pretty low. Man, were we pleasantly surprised! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pic of the Week: Roman & Sunstone Bridal Jewelry

This Roman multi-strand necklace is only $8! (Seriously.)

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Accessories Council’s Top Picks Bridal Event. (Check out Triple B’s IG for behind-the-scenes images and video.) It was a cool lil’ shindig and I’m glad I attended. One of the biggest takeaways was having Roman & Sunstone on my radar for super-affordable, on-trend bridal jewelry! [Read more…]

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