Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – The Ring Doesn’t Mean a Thing

Bling Bling: Does size truly matter or nah?

The touchy subject of the importance (or not) of engagement ring size has been covered here…and here on Triple B by Cousin Mars. But, I’ve never actually delved into the subject myself — until today. As of late, I’ve noticed a lotta folks posting pictures of rings similar to the one above on social media and the comments have been very telling. I’ve read things like: [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – 6 Shopping Secrets for Brides (Or Anyone!)


After earning two degrees from NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology, studying fashion marketing in London, working as a fashion market editor/writer/stylist for several years and most importantly; being raised by a shrewd shopper who can spot the best sales from bargain basements to Bergdorf Goodman (Thanks, Mommy!), I know a few things about shopping smart. Here I share some insider secrets I’ve acquired and hope they help you stay under budget for your wedding day. You’re welcome! [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Gregory Porter’s Good Hands

Gregory Porter might make proposing a little less stressful with his touching song, Good Hands.

I’ve gone through most of my life hearing folks tell me I have an old soul. I’m not sure if this is true but my taste in music certainly reflects this notion. I’ll take Earth, Wind & Fire over modern-day R&B any day. But every now and again, a new artist comes along that reminds me of the soul music I fondly remember hearing during my childhood. Don’t you love the way music can instantly transport you to a time and place?

My cousin (he and I have sat around and critiqued Nas lyrics for hours) recently put me on to Gregory Porter. [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Oyin Handmade

Bennu Bliss: Jamyla and her husband, Pierre, co-founders of Oyin Handmade and their sons Osei and Sadat

One of the products included in gift bags for BlackBridalBliss.com’s 4th anniversary fete was Hair Dew samples from Oyin Handmade. Hair Dew is ideal for naturally wavy, curly and/or kinky tresses because its filled with moisturizing goodies like coconut oil and aloe vera but void of harmful ingredients like petroleum and paraffin. I’m currently transitioning and I’ve been relaxer-free for eight months so my strands yearn for hydration and a yummy scent to boot. All of Oyin’s products are green-friendly and founder Jamyla Bennu and her husband Pierre pride themselves in this. What I’m really feeling most about Oyin Handmade isn’t even their growing line of products — although they all seem fab and I can’t wait to try more — but rather that the couple behind this growing Baltimore-based company is so freakin’ fly. [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: The Conrad Hotel

The Conrad Hotel, NYC

Swanky hotels with chic lobbys and cool rooftops practically populate NYC like pigeons. I admittedly get jaded about sleek hotels in the Big Apple (lots of fashion and beauty press events take place in them) but when I recently accepted a lunch invitation at The Conrad Hotel in the city’s financial district, I knew I had to share this find with y’all. I was wowed from beginning to end! [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – How to Re-create Alexis Stoudemire’s MET Gala Hairstyle

Alexis Stoudemire modeling her fierce side-swept tresses

Today’s POTW is in the form of another awesome bridal hair how-to! New York City based hairstylist Shedelle Holmes who has worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, Keri Hilson and Jennifer Hudson, is the woman responsible for Alexis Stoudemire’s gorgeous hair at the 2014 MET Gala. Here, she shares exclusively with BlackBridalBliss.com a step-by-step recap of how the classy side swept ‘do was achieved. Take this one to the salon for your wedding day hair trails, ladies! [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: Forever Brilliant Stones

The Forever Brilliant "Ovation" ring set in 14KT white gold is less than $1,000!

Are you interested in learning more about stones that are ten percent more brilliant than a diamond yet only one-tenth of the price? I thought so. Enter Forever Brilliant. [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Nail Polish Favors


I’m not a fan of traditional favors — whether they are for birthday celebrations, retirement parties, bridal showers or even weddings. They tend to become dust collectors once I get home so for a recovering pack rat like myself favors can be dangerous. However when I stumbled across these neat nail polish bridal shower favors recently, I got so excited! They’re fun, fashionable, frugal and functional which equals win, win, win, win. [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – BlackBridalBliss.com is 4!


Hola! When BlackBridalBliss.com launched on April 26, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama had been in office less than six months, Instagram didn’t exist, and I was single. Fast forward to today…What a difference four years can make! Triple B has grown tremendously since launching and I am uber-proud of the accomplishments made thus far. [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Smythson Honeymoon Journal


BlackBridalBliss.com Random Confession #63: I adore journals and notebooks almost as much as I do stationery. I realize the rest of the world is all about digital, but doggonit I still enjoy scribbling down my thoughts, dreams, frustrations and even fears on paper. Thus my latest Triple B Pick of the Week is the Honeymoon Recollections Panama Notebook ($80) from Smythson of Bond Street. Why? [Read more...]

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