Holiday Gift Guide: Last Minute Gifts for $50 and Less

Shopping at the last minute? Can’t believe it’s already December 17th? No worries. Triple B’s editors compiled our “9 Fab Finds” from our Holiday Gift Guide series and they’re all $50 or less. [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: For Men

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR MEN  

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014: For Women

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR WOMEN Janee Weather

Name/Title: Janee, Editorial Assistant
Hails From:
Mount Vernon, NY
Favorite Holiday Tradition:
My family’s annual party on Christmas Eve: Christmas pajamas, great wine and incredible food!
What I Enjoy Most About Weddings:
Definitely the reception; I always keep a pair of dancing flats handy. [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...]

You Oughta Know: Designer Love Collins

Black Bridal Bliss EXCLUSIVE: Love Collins Custom Clothier

Los Angeles-based fashion designer Love Collins has been designing stylish pieces for the discerning woman for nearly a decade. “I began designing under my own label professionally, full-time in 2005,” the newlywed explains. Collins studied at Howard University and the Fashion Institute of Technology and her first major break designing under the Love Collins Custom Clothier umbrella was actually a bridal job for Kimberly Chandler, wife of NBA player Tyson Chandler, currently a center for the Dallas Mavericks. “I designed the wedding gown for Kimberly and every item the bridal party wore — over 20 people!” recalls Collins. [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...]

MARS vs. VENUS – Critique of a Groom’s Look

Hey, Triple B! Your favorite cousin has something new up his sleeve. In addition to my Final Friday musings on serious topics like marriage, brotherhood and parenting, I will post here each and every Thursday about…Fashion. The truth is I’m a simple khakis and sweater kinda guy when it comes to clothes — I’ve never been nor do I aspire to be a “fashion dude.” But Boss Lady Bridgette felt like BlackBridalBliss.com was slacking in men’s wardrobe content. Eventually I had to agree she had a valid point: Most fellas want to be fly for their wedding day, too. Still, I told her I would only do it if I could make it fun and stay true to who I am. So I partnered up with my lil’ cuz Janee D. Weather aka “Venus” (Triple B’s hardworking editorial assistant) and soon the Mars vs. Venus concept was born. We’re kicking off this exciting feature with a look for the groom and/or his groomsmen in the above pic. [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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DIY Wedding Cakes

How to bake your own wedding cake…really! See for yourself here [Read more...]

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...]

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How far would you go to entertain your wedding guests?

Seven fun wedding entertainment ideas. Learn all about them here. [Read more...]

Fashion Friday – Bridal News You Can Use

Step outside the traditional bridesmaid attire box!

Jumpsuits for bridesmaids? Absolutely! View stylish options at every price point here. [Read more...]

Fashion Friday – Bridal News You Can Use

She Said Yes!: Radio personality Shirley Strawberry gets engaged on-air during The Steve Harvey Morning Show

Shirley Strawberry of The Steve Harvey Morning Show is engaged! View the touching proposal here. [Read more...]

Black Bridal Bliss GIVEAWAY!!! Win a Wedding Dress ($265 value)

Light In A Box Wedding Dress

Win This Gorgeous Wedding Dress!

Black Bridal Bliss has teamed up with LightintheBox.com for an amazing wedding dress GIVEAWAY! Lightinthebox.com is an online resource that sells everything from shoes to kitchen faucets (see our previous post here.) One (1) *lucky* reader will win the Trumpet/Mermaid Off-the-shoulder Floor-length Tulle Wedding Dress  pictured above. Giveaway details are below. Good luck, spread the word, and don’t forget to enter daily! This exciting giveaway ends Thursday, August 14, 2014 (12:00 am EST).

IMPORTANT ADDENDUM: The winning dress is a U.S. size 10.

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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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The digital divide at weddings is on the rise, experts say.

Why are rented wedding gowns gaining popularity? Find out here.

To unplug or not unplug at your wedding…That is the question. Read about the wedding digital divide here. [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 – 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...]

GIVEAWAY! Ginger + Liz Nail Polish

Black Bridal Bliss has teamed up with Ginger + Liz for an exciting GIVEAWAY! Ginger + Liz launched in 2010 by two young African American women, Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett, and is a fave of celebrity manicurist Lisa Logan. Celebrities such as Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, and Taraji P. Henson have rocked their polishes. The best part? They’re vegan friendly and free from harsh chemicals like DBP, camphor and resin. And now Ginger+Liz nail polish is available at Ulta Beauty! Follow the instructions below for GIVEAWAY deets. We have 5 bottles up for grabs. Good luck!


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Bachelorette Bash Bliss: What Happens in Vegas...

Vegas? Karaoke? Cocktails on the ready? Bonding with my girls on the eve of saying I Do? Sounds like the makings of an unforgettable bachelorette trip — or a scene in the new film, Think Like a Man Too! View a hilarious trailer here. [Read more...]

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