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The Royal Wedding has come and gone, but the Windsor-inspired style is here to stay! The former Kate Middleton, newly appointed Duchess of Cambridge, was applauded the world over for her sophisticated and stylish Alexander McQueen wedding gown and her gorgeous long veil — and brides took notice.

Lucky for us, you don’t have to be marrying a prince to look like a princess! With a little help from Laura Jayne Couture Accessories, we’re here to transform your big day into the fairytale wedding you’ve been dreaming about.

Enter: The sparkling tiaras and long veils from Laura Jayne are fit for a princess. Go over to the Laura Jayne website and take a look around. Which Laura Jayne accessory is worthy of a royal wedding? Post a comment here with you answer to enter!

Win: One very lucky winner will get a $150 gift certificate to Laura Jayne Couture Accessories! You can use it towards anything, from that dreamy hair piece to those stunning teardrop earrings you’ve been swooning over!

You have until Monday, May 23rd at midnight to enter. I can’t wait to see your royal picks!

Written with love by Whitney
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  1. avatar madelynne miller reply

    I absolutely love the understated elegance of her hairpins collection! I would have to choose the Baroque hairpins because my Carolina Herrera gown is ivory with light beige accents, so a hint of gold would go perfectly!

  2. avatar Melissa in MA reply

    I love the Illissa hair pins. Perfect for a lot or a little glamour. Beautiful work!

  3. avatar Hannah reply

    I’m currently in the process of looking for veils to match my wedding dress! What a great site! The Etta veil is to die for.

  4. avatar Ashley Morgan reply

    The Priscilla Veil is absolutely to die for! The detial on the bottom of the veil gives it a very classic and elegant which screams which is perfect for my romantic style wedding!

  5. avatar Erin reply

    I love a good hairpin or hair flower! I keep catching myself starting at the Lani hair flower–it’s feathery, flowery, and all around fabulous! It turns a romantic look a little bit funkier while still being formal and elegant all at once!

  6. avatar toviah reply

    everything is beautiful! i love the veils!

  7. avatar Jennifer Mitchel reply

    I love the Anise veil. It’s exactly the look I am going for!

  8. avatar lindsey reply

    I love those teardrop earrings and would love to where them for my july wedding :)

  9. avatar Jeannine reply

    There’s a hair band named Cadance that I am in love with! It’s more substantial than most of the ribbon bands I’ve seen and I love it!

  10. avatar Miranda McDaniel reply

    I love the Coco veil. I think it is a great combination of the face veil’s style and the classic veil’s romance!

  11. avatar Audrey reply

    I absolutely love the Cadence hairband. It is just so elegant and has that vintage royal charm!

  12. avatar Laura D reply

    I think the Myra hair comb is amazing! It’s sparkly but delicate as well. Beautiful!

  13. avatar Laura D reply

    I absolutely love the Myra hair comb. It’s sparkly but delicate as well. Beautiful!

  14. avatar Jerami G reply

    My pick is the Priscilla veil! Such pretty detailing is definitely fit for royalty.

  15. avatar Kristen reply

    I love the Cadence hair band!!! My ring is an estate ring from the 30’s and the hair matches the vintage feel we are going for.

  16. avatar Kate reply

    If I were having a royal wedding, I would definitely wear the Aven veil. You’d have to! Long, flowing, cathedral-length — it’s perfect.

  17. avatar Regan reply

    I think the Quinn veil is fit for royalty!

  18. avatar Mary reply

    I’m absolutely loving the Cadence hair band! (http://www.laurajayne.com/HairBands&Tiaras.html). It’s just perfect! It’s classic and has just the right amount of sparkle without being too overpowering. It’s demure and soft and has a tiara like quality without actually standing upright like a tiara does. It’s a nod to the princess look for a more modern bride.

    It looks like it could also double as a sash as well and I love that it’s so versatile.

  19. avatar Caroline reply

    I think one of the hair broaches like the Harmony would be perfectly elegant and classic for a royal wedding!

  20. avatar Stephanie reply

    The Quinn is definitely royal! The long flowing veil is classic!

  21. avatar Rochelle M reply

    the plume hair comb almost matches Kates Tiara settings. Laura Jayne is so talented! Everything on her site exudes class & sparkle!.

  22. avatar Kam reply

    The Aven veil is perfect for a princess! The hair combs are also quite lovely!

  23. avatar Davonne Head reply

    I love the Sloane veil. It’s perfect for our retro country wedding! I also love the Rapture pin. So many cute choices!

  24. avatar Caroline K reply

    I think the Marni comb would be perfectly royal! And, hey, it even kinda matches the details on my dress!

  25. avatar Leah reply

    my favorite thing is actually those teardrop earrings, I have been looking for something JUST like that to go with my vintage lace gown!

  26. avatar Davonne Head reply

    I love the Rapture comb. so lovely and would look so chic in my short hair.

  27. avatar Sara Moore reply

    When I think of royalty, I immediately think of a tiara. The Laurel is a classic, yet understated tiara worthy for any princess.

  28. avatar Savannah reply

    I think the Priscilla veil is perfect for royalty! It’s so elegant and timeless.

  29. avatar Erin reply

    LOVE the teardrop earrings! Have been searching and searching for the perfect amount of bling, not too over the top but stately and sophisticated-these are the ones!!

  30. avatar Nicole reply

    The cadence hair band screams royalty to me because of the elegant, vintage floral pattern. A Royal,Victorian look that would serve well to make any bride look more like a princess than she already does.

  31. avatar Rachael reply

    The Sloane “birdcage” style veil is lovely. I really like the vintage feel of the lace!

  32. avatar Natalie reply

    I love the Allana Hair Pins! so delicate and beautiful!

  33. avatar Katie reply

    I think the Cadence headband would make any girl feel like royalty!

  34. avatar Carissa Diane reply

    I absolutly love the Lani feather and flower head piece. It is so beautiful!

  35. avatar Allison P. reply

    I think the Etta veil is stunning and would be beautiful at a royal wedding (or mine!).

  36. avatar juli reply

    I love the cadence hair band!

  37. avatar Cherie reply

    I love the Marseille!! Beautiful!

  38. avatar Ashley Stout reply

    I definitely think the Cadence is worth any royal wedding. It is absolutely spectacular.!!!!

  39. avatar Ashley reply

    I love the Anise face veil!!!

  40. avatar Caroline R reply

    I love the Paradis flower and feather hair piece!

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In honor of Derby Week here on SW, I’ve gathered some of our favorite Derby-esque fashion for some stylish Southern goodness! So tip up your brim and let’s get started, y’all!

Large or small, wide brimmed, feathered, flowered or just plain outrageous, women from around the world top off their Derby duds with one the finest Southern traditions – Derby hats! Personally, I think the head wear in the grandstands might just be the best part of the Kentucky Derby.

Wondering how you can pull off this millinery trend? Try pairing your Derby-inspired topper with a simple shift dress of a coordinating color and be sure to keep your makeup clean and natural. Don’t forget, true Derby attire is not complete without a pair of sky-high ankle breakers! But take a tips from experienced Derby divas and also pack a pair of fashionable, yet comfortable, flats or flip flops to wear home.

Image credit from left to right and top to bottom: Jose Villa via Once Wed, Belathée Photography via Once Wed, Erin Hearts Court, unknown, Jessica Monnich, Kellan Studios via SW, Jen Huang, Polly Alexandre via SMP, Jose Villa, next two images Max Wanger, Courtney Reece, unknown and { Caught the Light }.

Whether you’re out for a day at the races, getting to the church on time, or anywhere mint juleps are served, you’re sure to win the blue ribbon with our Shopping Guides!

First up: fascinators!

A. Rachel Trevor Morgan “R1142” (price upon request), B. BHLDN “Beauregard” Headband ($550), C. Rachel Trevor Morgan “R1113”(price upon request), D. Nigel Rayment, E. Beth Morgan “Twist” (price upon request”, F. Emilliner “Starburst” ($190), G. Beth Morgan “Starlight” (price upon request), H. Gina Foster, I. Twigs & Honey Style # 042 ($285), J. Rachel Trevor Morgan K. Gina Foster, L. William Chambers Veiled Bow (price upon request).

And now for the best part: HATS!

A. Anthropologie “Saturn” Sunhat ($58), B. Suzanne Millinery “Coffee Creme” (price upon request), C. Suzanne Millinery “Emily” (price upon request), D. Marley Lilly Monogram Derby Hat ($29.99), E. Suzanne Millinery Pink Flower (price upon request), F. BHLDN “White Meidland Sunner” ($80), G. Satya Tweena “Denise” ($310), H. Preston & Olivia “Home Style 7” ($195), I. Preston & Olivia Home Style 31 ($230), J. BHLDN “Velvet Cocktail Hat” ($495), K. Gina Foster, L. Lock & Co. Mrs. Parry Lewis (price upon request).

What do you think? Which hat would you choose to top off your Derby look? Would you swap your veil for a hat? Enjoy the race, y’all!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe reply

    This is like a bit of sunshine. As a southern girl living in Ohio (for now), LOVE all these fun wardrobe additions.

  2. avatar Erin reply

    I. Love. This! Maybe I’m just still obsessed over all the Royal Wedding hats, but this is awesome! I’m loving the fascinator trend, and even the tiny hats (I’m rocking a mini sombrero today myself!). So glam, so fun–love it!

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  4. avatar Coretta’s Elegant Events reply

    Love this post! I’m a hat fiend. I had a Sunday Hat Birthday Brunch for a birthday that I blogged about, and I wore my Easter bonnet recently which drew lots of comments. I’m 32 but I’ve been wearing hats for years (following tradition from my mom and grandmothers). The key is to keep your “crown” youthful and wear it with confidence. I’m not sure about all that having the “face” to pull off a hat I always hear about. Just about everyone can unless you have a huge head. LOL!

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Like most of you, we’ve been up since the wee hours of the morning swooning over the royal wedding coverage. Along with the fabulous fascinators and glamorous hats, we couldn’t help but notice how wonderfully Southern the former Miss Kate Middleton’s dress was! The gown, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen (how appropriate, I might add!), features a full train, hand-sewn lace applique over the bodice, and, most notably, sleeves.

Looking to replicate Kate’s classic Grace Kelly look? We’ve got you covered (with lace):

Left to right and top to bottom: “Kennedy” by Modern Trousseau, Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012, next two gowns Legends By Romona Keveza Spring 2012, “Ivanka” by Monique Lhuillier, Watters Spring 2012, “Escalante” by Watters and Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012.

What do you think? Will you be donning sleeves for your own wedding? Have your been inspired by Kate’s classic look? Let me know! Feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Erin reply

    While I’ve already chosen a one-shoulder gown for my wedding next year and I wore a very Jackie-O type sheath dress to my justice of the peace wedding last month–I’m SO excited for sleeved dresses to come into the limelight. I’ve always thought they were gorgeous and classic, not to mention one of the only appropriate options for many religious ceremonies out there. As I watched TLC’s coverage of the wedding this morning (definitely wanted all the fun Randy and Clinton commentary!), I couldn’t help but smile when Randy said 90% of gowns in America today are strapless but it will all change now because of Kate. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m a little over strapless. When I went to buy my gown I told the girl “no, I don’t want strapless” and she said “well you just eliminated 3/4 of the store!”–vary it up ladies! This sleeved look is timeless, classic, gorgeous, and extremely elegant!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    I’ve always wanted to wear sleeves at my wedding. I’m actually a little sad that Kate beat me to it, not that sleeves is her original idea or anything. However, I feel like I will probably get a lot of comments about how my wedding dress will look similar to Kate’s. The moment I saw her dress, though, it was like everything I had ever dreamed for my dress to be was on the television screen. Hopefully this will means there will be a larger sleeved-dress selection when my time finally comes!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Emily! I know exactly what you mean! But hey, if people are comparing you to Kate, you can just smile and thank them — because in my opinion, that means you have pretty darn good style. I’m sure your dress will be gorgeous!

    • avatar Lauren reply

      Emily: I completely sympathize with you! I’ve always felt that lace sleeves are so beautifully classic and the moment the new Duchess stepped out of the car I had a brief moment of jealousy. Even my fiance (who was up at 4am to watch the wedding with me) stated that she was wearing a dress after my own heart. If our shared (fantastic) taste gets us compared to Kate on our wedding days then I say, “Congratulations to us!”

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