BlogHer Sponsors: Thank You!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to send out a huge thank you to all of the amazing sponsors who helped me board a plane today, put gorgeous media cards together for me, provided inspiration and photography, designed incredible outfits, jewelry and tutu's....

Without you all, BlogHer'12 would be but a dream for me. You helped make this possible!

BlogHer Sponsor Love: Atutudes Handmade Tutus

Add a touch of shimmer and shine to your summer whites and blues with the new {and oh so fabulous} handmade floral rosette bib necklaces by Atutudes!

Ms. Kristal has been busily dreaming up gorgeous combinations of shimmery material, handling the edges and curves with precision to create beautiful works of art to adorn your neck and spruce up your every day.

Add a little sparkle to the centre, and the necklaces go from day to night in a snap! Pair it with a little black dress and BAM!

These beauties would be perfect for a little party I know going on...called Sparklecorn. Have you heard of it? Have you planned your outfit? Do you know what bling you're wearing? Look no further!

BlogHer Sponsor Love: Atutudes

Have a little girl? Does she love to play dress up, or maybe have a special birthday party coming up? Well you can thank your lucky stars for coming across the blog today!

Kristal Lee of Atutudes Handmade Tutu's creates simply the most gorgeous and well made tutu's around. One of her personal favourites is the Pink Poodle Skirt tutu!

Layers and layers of bubblegum pink tulle, embellished with the cutest white poodle around! Your little one will be sock-hoppin' in no time!

This tutu was actually featured in the 2012 Golden Globes Press Bags! Pretty amazing stuff that celebrity publications have taken these gorgeous one-of-a-kind designs home, and now you can too!

Kristal loves to create whimsical tutu designs....and she's even branching out to create adult tutu's! I'm so excited to have one being created for me to wear at Sparklecorn and can't wait to reveal it to you guys next month!

BlogHer Sponsor Love: Atutudes Handmade Tutu's

What’s that? A new sponsor for my journey to BlogHer’12? You betcha!! Introducing the prettiest and most fashionable couture tutu’s around…made by none other than Kristal Lee of Atutudes Handmade Tutu’s

I started looking at the party schedule for BlogHer’12 and I must admit, I was a little overwhelmed looking at the timing of everything, all of the options, and all of the different themes. Burgers in bed {holla!}, multicultural-esque festivals…and then came the word I’d been dreaming about…

Have you heard about it? The glitter and the glowsticks? Well…I have and I must admit, I have no idea what to wear. It’s one thing to wrap your head around a fabulous peplum cocktail dress for a night out on the town in NYC, but a totally different thing to wrap your head around what you’ll need for a night of dancing…with glitter.

Kristal to the rescue!! I’ve been encouraging her for a long while now to create some couture adult tutu’s…tea length…big and full…lovely and dreamy. Well…now she’s creating me one, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Stay tuned as I reveal design specs and talk about the process to creating the perfect Sparklecorn look!

Talk-To-Me Tuesday...with Kristal Lee!

I am over the moon about today's guest blogger, Kristal Lee from Atutudes Handmade Tutu's.

Kristal creates simply the most amazing tutus that I have ever seen! We met by way of the Artisan Group and it was a match made in heaven! She's even going to be decking out some of my models for my spring photo shoots with Hanlon Lain Photography!!

How did Atutudes get it's start?

My best friend, Jennifer, and I were planning her daughter Elan's first birthday party. We were looking for just the right outfit for her big day. Not finding what we were looking for, we decided to do some research and see if we could learn how to make our own tutus. Once we learned how to make them, we were hooked! It was so much fun to create beautiful things. We thought, Why not try to make a career of it?

Why do you love making tutus?

I love to have a creative outlet. I am a very girly girl. I love fashion and celebrities. I love anything that is glamorous. I have a special affection for things vintage and retro. It is fun to be able to see something that inspires me and create my version of that for little girls to get all dolled up in. They are very popular for flower girls, photo shoots and birthday parties. I love to take a theme and bring it to life.

What is your favorite one to make?

I love to make the Audrey Hepburn inspired tutu dress. It is our best seller. I love Audrey Hepburn. The iconic opening scene of Breakfast At Tiffany's emulates her timeless style. It is the image that pops into my head when I think of her. Nothing is more classic than a little black dress and pearls. I admire Audrey because she was a great woman as well as a humanitarian. She was kind and giving. I wanted to be like her when I grew up. I feel nostalgic. I had dressed up as Audrey for a Halloween party in 2009. When Halloween rolled around for 2010, I searched Google and Etsy but did not find any listings or photos for one. I could not believe that noone had done one before! I had never been so excited about an idea. I listed it in October 2010. Someone pinned it on Pinterest and it went viral. The rest is history. I believe many women my age love her too and are drawn to the concept. What little girl would not love to dress up in a little black tulle dress, a tiara and pearls?

Where do you see them going?

Atutudes has gone so much further than I ever dreamed it would go. I think back to it's humble beginnings at the local flea market. To think that my designs have been in the Emmy, Golden Globes and soon to be Oscars Celebrity Gift Lounges is a dream come true! We have shipped to Canada, Germany, France, and Australia. It is crazy! I can see them going everywhere now.

If you could dress anyone in full Atutudes for an event, who would it be?

I would love to see Bella Thorne wearing one of my designs. She is so adorable! I love her style.

Any new products or styles to announce?

We are always working on new designs. My head is spinning with ideas that I have not had time to get out yet. We have a big themed photo shoot planned for this summer. It is hush hush, but I can say that it will be tied to an event we hope to partcipate in this coming fall. My absolute favorite part of the process is making a new design and working with the talented photographers to create my vision. I love to tell a story in pictures and see it come to fruition. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such amazingly talented photographers and friends.