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Is a Reception Dress for You?

Many these days have learned about having a reception dress by watching My Fair Wedding and other shows, but is a reception dress something that you should consider? Today we share advice for you to help you decide whether or not to indulge in a reception.

Church vs. Party

If you are getting married in your church and need to cover up or have a long aisle to walk down, you need a dress to match, but just because your ceremony is traditional and formal does not mean that your reception and after-party need to follow suit! By having a reception dress, you can enjoy your rustic chic or outdoor picnic style wedding party without the cathedral train dress you wowed with when you said your vows! If you are going for a fun, carnival sort of reception you don’t even need to wear white!

Theme or Stylized Wedding

If you are having a “theme” wedding (aka incorporating your husband’s love of medieval things, or super heroes, or your love of Hello Kitty etc). Change out of your formal wedding gown into a more playful or less formal gown.

Dancing Queen

If you plan on getting down on the dance floor your ball gown could get in the way, or your strapless gown might not give you the support you need.

If you just love a wardrobe change!

You did theatre in college and love standing in the limelight! Go for a stunning wardrobe change that will keep you the center of attention and give you a whole fresh round of compliments!

Here are some great reception dresses to think about if you fit into any of these groups, or if you just want a second beautiful wedding dress!

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Ask The Team: 2013 New Year’s Resolutions

How many of you here actually achieved your 2012 New Year’s Resolutions??  I asked around our department wondering what my fellow colleagues will try to achieve this year, 2013.  Read their responses below, and click on the images to purchase our awesome gadgets that will enable YOU to achieve your 2013 goals!


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So there it is, our 2013 New Year’s Resolutions.  Share with us YOUR New Year’s Resolutions and how you will go about achieving them!


3 New Year’s Eve Party Dress Tips

So New Year’s Eve is almost here, and it’s time to open up your closet and fish out that Little Black Dress from last year….or you could have thought ahead and ordered a custom dress from LightInTheBox like this reviewer on!

Black cocktail dresses are the typical attire for New Year’s Eve parties and events, however here are some tips on how to stand out from the sea of black! Share your NYE prep and couture tips with us in the comments!

Don’t be afraid of some color!

Although Black is the signature formal color, no need to be so orthodox! Try having a two-toned dress if you still want to stick to black, or be BOLD and dive into bright festive colors for a standout party look! Black is great too, but play it up with sequins or a radical hemline!

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Know Your Venue

If your New Year’s venue is at a club or event center you can keep your dress fun and lively! If your New Year’s plans are for a more sophisticated event, say a Philharmonic fundraiser, or a posh party at the Art Museum, make sure your hemline is modest and subdued, and that your outfit isn’t dripping in sequins.  Here are some recommendations for more formal New Year’s :

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Shoes are a girl’s best friend!

Especially if you are sticking with a black dress make sure that your feet are dazzling with style. Ankle boots and dazzling pumps are a sure way to WOW your friends!

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The Countdown: DIY Projects of 2012

AWESOME DIY projects of 2012!  Do YOU have DIY projects you’ve completed this year?  Don’t hesitate to share with us in the comments below!

DIY iPhone Case

Materials: clear iPhone case, scrapbook paper

How-to: trace the paper around the clear case, including the camera hole.  Cut the holes out with a round hole punch.  Create more than one print for interchangeable cases!

Bubble Quilt

Materials (for a size of 24×44 without the ruffle): 16 different colors of scrap fabric, 1 yard cheap crappy fabric for the base of the puffs, 1 yard minky, 1 1/2 yard silky fabric for the ruffle, some poly-fil

How-to: Click here!

Bacon Wraps with Brown Sugar and Butter

Ingredients: 1 pound Bacon, Cut Into Thirds, 1 pound Smokies, 1 stick Butter, 2 cups Brown Sugar

How-To: Preheat oven to 375F. Cut the bacon into thirds and wrap each smokie. Place all the wrapped smokies in a single layer in a baking dish. Then melt the stick of butter and then 1 cup of brown sugar and stir until mixed well. Pour the butter and brown sugar mixture on the smokies and bacon. Then take the other cup of brown sugar and sprinkle evenly over the smokies. Bake them for about 15-20 minutes and then turn the heat up to 400F for about 5 minutes or longer until the bacon becomes crispy.

Sinus-Clearing Shower Tablets

Materials: muffin tin, some baking soda, water, and whatever aromatics you want to use (essential oils.)

How-To: Make a paste with the baking soda and water, and include your essential oils. Leave them out overnight in a muffin tin, and you have your tablets!

Dry Erase Calendar

Materials: 35 chips, a 12″ x 16″ frame, and a dry erase marker

How-To: Click here!

Watermelon Keg

Materials: watermelon, spigot

How-To: Cut a lid at the top and scoop out the watermelon, then attach a spigot via a hole you either drill into the melon or make with an apple corer.

So there it is, the best (or so I think,) DIY projects of 2012.  Don’t forget, post some awesome home projects you know of or you have completed yourself in the comments below!  Happy 2012!

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Best Silhouette for your Body Shape

On LightInTheBox we are happy to cater to any body type! By offering made-to-order custom-sizing he hope to give every woman a dress perfect for her! But in order to get the most flattering silhouette or shape for your body type, following some simple rules and trying on dresses in shops to understand what truly looks best for your figure. Remember all those dream dresses you have been looking at in magazines and on Pinterest might be a fantasy for your body type. Take a caring and honest friend with you to help you see with clear eyes the best shape for you, you really will thank her on your wedding day. LightInTheBox also has a shopping guide to help buying by body shape, and desired silhouette – making shopping for your dream dress that much more easy!


Petite, plus or average size, you’ve got a full bust. 
Dos: Accentuate the positive with an uplifting foundation garment, like a good bra, or a corset. Or minimize your curves by balancing your top with a full skirt.  Classic V-neck wraps and halter styles draw the eye downward for a slimming effect. A-line styles, full skirts and details at the hem help balance out the bottom half.

Don’ts: Be careful that your dress isn’t too revealing — you want the focus to be on your face. And don’t forget to move around in your gown during fittings to make sure everything stays in place.

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Broad or Inverted Triangle

You’re built like a swimmer, with wide-set shoulders.
Dress dos: Highlight your toned shoulders with a halter neckline, or go for drama in a gown with long sleeves worn off the shoulder. Select a dress with a bodice that highlights your waistline to offset your shoulders and create an hourglass shape.  Sheath, Empire, Ball Gown, A-Line silhouette’s are best for your figure!
Dress don’ts: Trying to conceal your shoulders is not recommended, as it sometimes produces the opposite effect. Stay away from cap sleeves, which can add width to the shoulder area.

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Though small on top, you round off toward the bottom.
Dos: A dropped-waist style or a strapless ball gown will cover your bottom half and put more emphasis on the top. An off-the-shoulder neckline will keep the attention on your upper body, and an A-line gown is always a flattering choice. Empire styled wedding dresses, A- Line styled bridal gowns and Ball Gown styled wedding gowns are all three very good candidates for wedding dresses that will enhance your physique. Wedding dress necklines that should look very good on your pear shaped body type are strapless necklines in a wedding dress and halter necklines with a circular collar.
Don’ts: A sheath can be unflattering, and a V-neck will draw the eyes downward.

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Full-Figured or Hour-Glass

You’re voluptuous, with a well-endowed bust and curvy hips.
Dos: Try a mermaid- or trumpet-style gown, which will have a slimming effect. A high-waisted A-line dress with a low neckline also complements curves.  Wraps, knit dresses and classic sheaths with fitted waists enhance your classically feminine form. The Styles that will flatter your figure include:  A-Line, Ball Gown, Dropped Waistline, and Mermaid. You will look your best when you wear the following necklines: One-Shoulder, Strapless, Scoop.
Don’ts: A slim sheath or slinky bias cut will cling and may accent any extra inches; also avoid spaghetti straps because they won’t provide the support you need.

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Boxy or Rectangle

Short or tall, you have a boyish waistline.
Dos: Empire-waist gowns are made with your figure in mind. And a ball gown with a basque waistline, which is a V-shaped dip in the front, will give your waist a nipped-in look for more shape. Create the illusion of curves by drawing attention upwards (strapless, v-neck, one shoulder) or towards the hem (Mermaid). A beaded detail or colored sash around the natural waistline will create definition.
Don’ts: Steer clear of sheaths and dropped-waist styles, which will make you appear boxier.

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Large frame where your bottom and hips are full as well as your torso and you have little waist definition then you qualify as having an apple shape.

Dos: Empire waists draw the eye up, taking attention away from the middle and allowing a looser fit. Neck details also bring the focus up, while full skirts and A-line shifts create an hourglass illusion. A gathered waist-line will automatically make your tummy look more toned.

Don’ts: Avoid Off-the-Shoulder and high necklines.

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You’re tiny.
Dos: The key word here is elongation. It’s best to keep it simple. A column-like sheath or an A-line dress works best: These will keep the eye moving and create the illusion of height. Natural waist is best, empire and dropped waists tend to ruin petite proportions. Sheath is sexy and elongating, but if you prefer traditional shapes A-Line or princess silhouette over a modest ballgown. General rule, avoid too many details beading, appliques and sequins should be minimal because they can easily overwhelm a small frame.
Don’ts: Almost all silhouettes will flatter your figure, though a big ball gown or a dress with lots of voluminous fabric may look overwhelming on your small frame.

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You’re five foot ten or taller.
Dos: Taller women look great in everything from sheaths to A-line styles and full ball gowns. A long veil is great for you because you can carry it off.
Don’ts: Skip gowns with high necklines because they’ll draw the eye upward and create more length. And avoid updos and headpieces that add too much extra height. 


Short or tall, you’re not a fleshy woman.
Dress dos: Bateau necklines and sleeveless gowns are flattering options for you. A ball gown is a very feminine shape that will balance out your overall silhouette and visually create curves. Try one with a dramatic cutout back.
Dress don’ts: If you’re concerned your collarbone is too bony, stay away from portrait, off-the-shoulder or halter necklines. And if you’re flat-chested, avoid a bodice with pre-designed cups.