LAURA ANN Ladies, Meet Stella & Dot

It's with great excitement that I announce LAURA ANN's Bridesmaid Collection collaboration with Stella & Dot Stylist Joanna Roth! In the spirit of Bridal Fashion Week in New York City, LAURA ANN has launched a line of "Will you Be My Bridesmaid?" greeting and thank you cards inspired by Stella & Dot's Spring 2014 Elodie Necklace and Naomi Cluster Earrings (also available as Allanah Clip Earrings). The curated special collection calls out to the confident, bold and stylish bride attracted to both brands.

"Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" Greeting Card (LAURA ANN/$22.50 for a set of 3); Naomi Cluster or Allanah Clip Earrings (Stella & Dot/$44); Bridesmaid "Thank You" Card (LAURA ANN/$20 for a set of 6); "Bridesmaid = Love" Card (LAURA ANN/$20 for a set of 6); Elodie Necklace (Stella & Dot/$89)

At LAURA ANN, we believe in the art of the personal touch, and that inspiration from coordinated details makes an extra special impression. For engaged ladies overseeing the  hundreds of details that go into planning a wedding, sharing the love with your bridesmaids is one detail not to overlook. Let them know just how much they mean to you with a handwritten note when asking them to be part of your bridal party, as well as a note and gift when they shower you with love on your big day. The LAURA ANN "Will You Be My Bridesmaid" card was designed in conjunction with a "Bridesmaid = Love" and "Thank You" card to coordinate sentiments of gratitude to your bridesmaids across wedding related occasions.

I personally love the warm gesture that goes with giving and receiving jewelry between bride and bridesmaids, and have seen how bridal jewelry can be a strong point of inspiration when selecting bridesmaid dresses, shoes, and other accessories. I am a big fan of the clean, bold, and artistic aesthetic of Stella & Dot, and love that they have so many jewelry pieces that could capture the style of a bride and her maids! I sat down with my longtime friend and fashionista Joanna Roth, an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot to discuss Stella & Dot bridal jewelry:

Laura Ann Elbogen, Founder and Creative Director, LAURA ANN and Joanna Roth, Independent Stylist, Stella & Dot.

Laura Ann Elbogen: As a Stella and Dot stylist, you are an expert in helping clients choose the right pieces for any occasion. What's particularly exciting about styling for weddings?
Joanna Roth: I love styling for weddings because it is such a joyous occasion! Women tend to wear more color during festive occasions and that makes me so happy. I wish everyone would wear bright colors all the time.

LAE: How would you describe the jewelry style trends for this spring / summer?
JR: There are three main trends happening this spring and summer. The first is fringe - you will be seeing it everywhere, on jewelry, bags, clothes. The second is a pop of color - we have some great pieces that are in a strong coral or blue that will liven up any summer outfit. The third is rocker chic - we have some beautiful floral pieces that were inspired by vintage Chanel necklaces our designers found in Paris. We added a little bit of edge to the design to make them cooler and more wearable for the modern woman. 

LAE: What advice do you have to brides about selecting jewelry for their bridal party?
JR: For anyone who loves our pieces, but would like to see them in person before purchasing, please reach out to me to set up a FREE trunk show! I'll show you all our latest jewelry and can bring over my favorite pieces for brides and bridesmaids.

Joanna Roth can be reached through her website at www.stelladot.com/sites/joannaroth.

Thank You, Thank You

It doesn't have to be Thanksgiving to show your gratitude. At LAURA ANN, we believe a hand written note of appreciation in personal correspondence and business goes a long way, and others agree. Guy Trebay in the Fashion & Style section of The New York Times recently penned on the cultural art that the "boring stuff your parents made you do never actually goes out of fashion" ("The Found Art of Thank-You Notes", April 4, 2014). Not only is it proper manners, but he brings up studies linking the old handwritten note to health benefits such as better sleep and stress reduction - who knew! 

Similarly, Regina Lewis reported in USA Today's weekly Money Quick Tips that a handwritten thank you note is helping individuals stand out in today's digital world of over communication ("Handwritten Notes making a comeback", March 22, 2014).

Here at LAURA ANN, where penmanship comes in many calligraphy styles, we believe in the art of personal communication, and helping our clients and customers communicate their own personal style and touch. How sweet is it to pick up a saved note from an old friend or loved one and hear their voice in you mind as know them by their handwriting? For my part, I know that any message written out to Laura Ann is from my parents, the only people who have ever called me by my full name.

It is with gratitude and thanks to friends and family who have supported LAURA ANN from its early days that the LAURA ANN online shop goes live with its first retail product category - Greetings and Thanks. From the bottom of my heart here in NYC, thank you for your interest!

The Manhattan Heart Collection Thank You is available in a set of 8 cards and envelopes ($20).


Manhattan Love Production Party

As a graphic designer and illustrator of wedding stationery suites, I have the unique pleasure of sharing in the love of my clients, giving visual communication to their emotions. With Adam and Marianne I also had the joy of working with them to bring the stationery pieces themselves to life. At LAURA ANN, I help clients find the printing (or digital) solution to best fit their needs, and I love it when clients jump in for a "do it yourself" stationery project.  I was delighted to lead a production party with the bride and groom to be and their lovely friend.

Adam and Marianne brought the LAURA ANN "Manhattan Love" collection to life for their New York City nuptials at the chic, modern Tribeca Loft venue. The illustrated island of Manhattan and the couple's initials with a heart in their wedding color became custom marks used from their thank you notes, to the menu, program, escort and table cards, and even the cake and photo booth (wedding day photos to come!).

The bride and groom found black and white photograph postcards of iconic New York City landmarks to inspire their table names, inscribed on the back with hand calligraphy as table cards. Look closely and you'll see that the heart moves on the map to match the location of the landmark!

Cheers to Adam and Marianne!