Calling all fabulous brides!

The Festival of Brides — The Upscale Bridal Show, makes its 10th annual appearance at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena this Sunday with a variety of vendors and a special bridal gown runway show scheduled.

From event planning services to displays from floral designers and a peak at live entertainment to caterers’ food tastings, the festival hopes to offer everything a future bride will need, and want of course, for her dream day.

To make this show truly upscale, the Haute Couture Bridal Fashion Runway show will feature the 2010 bridal and evening gown collection by Ines Di Santo, courtesy of Jobyna’s Bridal Salon, and a special guest appearance by the designer herself.

A grand door prize of a trip to Divi Carina Resort, St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, will also be up for grabs.

More information and tickets are available at festivalofbrides.com or call 310-577-7788.

I will be attending the festival, and appropriately and coincidentally I am a future bride (yay!), so if you were not able to make it, check the blog next week for a rundown of the show.

Shop the Block: Old Focals, 45 W. Green St.


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Remember when your eyewear routine consisted of a trip to LensCrafters? (The horror!)
And then you discovered Old Focals, one of those Old Pasadena gems that’s so shiny and treasured even the L.A. crowd considers it worth the trip.
Owner Russell Campbell is a master of vintage frames, and he has a knack for matching his clients to a perfect pair of frames. (Kinda like an aura reading, but with glasses.)
Remember the last time you got an unsolicited compliment on your glasses? Well, you better get on that.
45 W. Green St., 626-793-7073, oldfocals.com


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(Photo by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Shop the block: Il Teatro, 54 S. De Lacey Ave.

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Skip the chaos of retail on Colorado Boulevard (you know, the hordes descending on H&M and Forever 21).

A little off the beaten path, but not too far, and directly across from the De Lacey parking garage is Il Teatro, which is not a shop for opera glasses, but rather an exquisite women’s clothing and accessories boutique.

Stock up on wardrobe staples or add some sparkle a la bohme to your special occasion.

You’ll do it all without busting through the budget you’d normally keep at those other warehouse-esque stores.

54 S. De Lacey Ave. 626-796-2313


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(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Shop the block: Onesipkim, 110 W. Green St.


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Onesipkim owner Kim Madolora’s wares speak boldly for themselves in a shop with clean design, gentle pops of color and spacial harmony.
You’ll find worthy picks from Rachel Pally, Ella Moss, Andrea Brueckner, Trovata and more.
110 W. Green St., Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m., 626-396-4926, onesipkim.com

(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)


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Pop-up retro shop featuring Elisa B. and Wasabi jewelry disappears Jan. 10

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Fashion maven Elisa Bruley — that’s Elisa B., of course — teamed up with jewelry designer Jill Pearson to transform a 1,400-square-foot space into a retro winter pop-up shop.

The temporary store features new looks from Wasabi (Pearson’s line), repurposed vintage jewelry, collectibles and accessory lines. Some items are one-of-a-kind.

Pearson combines vintage costume jewelry with semi-precious stones, sterling silver and gold-filled chains.

More than two dozen pieces from her collection, culled from items at estate sales, thrift stores and the Rose Bowl Flea Market, are up for sale at the annex. (No word on how many are left.)

Pearson calls the space mid-century modern meets thrift-store chic.

24 Smith Alley, off One Colorado courtyard. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. Through Jan. 10. (626) 793-7584


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(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Royal treatment: The Rose Court gets ready for a photo shoot

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By Stacey Wang

To teach the queen and princesses of the Rose Parade how to give their
faces the royal treatment, Lancome spent a day with the teens to show
them the how-tos of wearing makeup.

Each received a makeover, a cosmetics bag of essentials and instructions on how to duplicate their looks.

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Equipped
with new angle brushes, eyeliner and other effects, the court members
try to recreate their looks at the Tournament House before a photo
shoot — some more successfully on their own than others.

“The most important tip to take to heart is that less is more in some
cases,” says Princess June Ko as she puts on her makeup for the first time.

Ko
learns the meaning of her words firsthand as she examines her work.
With a cry for help, she stares at a girl with a black eye: She had
applied too much eye shadow.

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Michelle Van Wyk, a ballet dancer since she was 3 years old, is one of the more experienced girls when it comes to cosmetics.

“I wasn’t one of those girls who wore it every day, but it was fun for dress-up,” she says. Among her makeup tips, facial preparation is crucial.

“It’s really important to prep your face. Moisturizer is important,” the 17-year-old says.

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Ashley Thaxton, 17, is also one whom the rest look to for guidance.
Even though she rarely wears makeup, she’s had 10 years of practice in
front of the mirror.

Her cosmetic tip: “Toilet seat covers make very good blotters,” Thaxton says.

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Sitting on the floor near a window, Katherine Hernndez drops her hands
in frustration while another princess comes to her rescue.

“My face looks dirty,” Hernndez exclaims. “This looks ridiculous.”

The
18-year-old’s mother had previously tried to teach her how to apply
makeup, but for the girl who grew up with two older brothers, the
process was still baffling.

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(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Between takes at the Rose Court photo shoot

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The Rose Court: They’re just like us — except royal.

Princess June says, “I’m sort of a joker. … And it’s great that everyone else on the court is like that, so we have great interaction with each other. Michelle, especially — we like to make creepy faces at each other.”

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On her family, Princess Kinsey says, “They kind of make fun of me … especially my grandmother. She says, ‘Even though you’re a princess, you’re still under my roof, and I’m the queen bee.’”

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Queen Natalie is actually the youngest court member. “All the girls are like my big sisters and my moms,” she says. “They help me with everything.”

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Princess Lauren shares the court’s strategy for dealing with stage fright: “We recently learned with our speech training that you can breathe through a straw to calm you down. Before the President’s Dinner, when all the court was presented for the first time, all the girls were doing a breathing exercise with the straws.”

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Princess Ashley says, “I love to read. When I was little, when I’d get into trouble, I’d have to go to my room, and I wouldn’t be allowed to read — that was my punishment. I had to sit and do nothing.”

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Princess Katherine says, “Princesses like to eat as much as anybody else. … We can be tired after a long day of training, but the second anybody mentions food, everyone lightens up.”
 

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Of the creepy faces, as demonstrated below, Princess Michelle says, “June started it.”

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(Photos by Watchara Phomicinda / Staff)

Femme Royale: Extras from the Rose Court photo shoot

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From our photo session with the Royal Court, here’s some shots that didn’t make it into the magazine.

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Princess Kinsey Stuart
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Princess Katherine Hernandez
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Princess June Ko
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Princess Michelle Van Wyk
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Queen Natalie Innocenzi
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Princess Lauren Rogers
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(Photos by Watchara Phomicinda / Staff)

J’adore noir: Rose Queen and Court in black and white

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Check out our noir-style editorial spread with the 2010 Rose Queen and Royal Court at Pasadena Central Library. Use the arrows in the embedded object, below, to navigate through the photos.

We’ll have more from this photo shoot, including some fun outtakes, tomorrow.