Something Bridal Trunk Show This Weekend & Welcome to Hey Gorgeous! Formal Wear


New Formal Wear Owners happily networking! Reanna of Something Bridal and Valerie of Hey Gorgeous! Formal Wear.

Hap­pi­ly net­work­ing: own­er Rean­na of Some­thing Bridal Bou­tique’s launch par­ty in San Luis Obis­po. Pic­tured with fel­low new shop own­er, Valerie of Hey Gor­geous! For­mal Wear in Grover Beach. Pho­tog­ra­phy: Blake Andrews, SLO­tog­ra­phy

San Luis Obis­po is full of great local ven­dors that are com­ing togeth­er and that’s just one rea­son why this com­mu­ni­ty is so spe­cial. Newest evi­dence of that are two new for­mal wear shops that have opened in the last month and joined our wed­ding ‘col­lab­o­ra­tive’. This week I real­ly want­ed to high­light their efforts and offer­ings. No longer do local cou­ples nec­es­sar­i­ly need to ven­ture down to San­ta Bar­bara, LA, or San Fran­cis­co for their wed­ding garb. Some­thing Bridal locat­ed in San Luis Obis­po and Hey Gor­geous! For­mal Wear in Grover Beach are the new kids on our block, join­ing won­der­ful ven­dors that already ‘keep it local’ like the tal­ent­ed Jen­nifer Allen of Some­thing Blue and A Heart’s Desire Bridal here on our cen­tral coast. I’m hap­py to share these great new ven­dors and hope to see some real wed­dings with their con­tri­bu­tions here at The Casitas Estate.

Walk into Hey Gor­geous! For­mal Wear and you’ll like­ly be wel­comed with shop own­er Valerie Shu­mak­er giv­ing you a ‘Hey Gor­geous!’ shout out to start your shop­ping on a fab­u­lous note—as it should be when you are walk­ing in for a tuxe­do, prom dress, or flower girl brain­storm ses­sion with Valerie. What I love about this lady’s viva­cious and con­ta­gious enthu­si­asm is it all fits with why you are in her shop – not only will you have a great time at your wed­ding or spring for­mal but you’ll have a blast find­ing that per­fect cock­tail dress. Valerie is all about hav­ing you acces­sorized so you get a true feel of what your look could be as you try on a few of her offerings.

Are you looking at this for a knockout prom dress? Pop into see Valerie at Hey Gorgeous! Formal Wear!

Are you look­ing at this for a knock­out prom dress? Pop into see Valerie at Hey Gor­geous! For­mal Wear and see even more choic­es!  Pho­to: Mem­o­ry Mak­ing Pho­tog­ra­phy at The Casitas Estate

Valerie was just fea­tured in last month’s New Times SLO. “I enjoy mak­ing everyone’s expe­ri­ence some­thing that makes them want to come back,” she said. “I love to see them feel beau­ti­ful and find a look that makes them even more confident.”

Whether it is prom, your quinceanera or a fun trip to Vegas, Valerie will put you at ease.

Whether it is prom, your quincean­era, or a fun trip to Vegas, Valerie will put you at ease and find the right dress or tuxe­do for your event. Pho­to: Saman­tha Periera, Mem­o­ry Mak­ing Pho­tog­ra­phy here at The Casitas Estate

Valerie is offer­ing an incen­tive for grooms­men and the groom with a ‘rent 6 tux­es, and get #7 free’ and cur­rent­ly spe­cial­izes in prom, cock­tail, flow­er­girl, and brides­maids dress­es. Pop into Hey Gor­geous! For­mal Wear in Grover Beach with your besties, you’ll be in great hands with Valerie’s tal­ents, sup­port, and savvy fash­ion sense.

Some­thing Bridal Bou­tique’s trunk show fea­tur­ing eco-friend­ly design­er Pure Mag­no­lia starts this Fri­day, 3/4

Tony and I stopped in at new own­er, Rean­na Janow­icz’s grand open­ing of Some­thing Bridal Bou­tique and we were blown away with trends of col­or and sep­a­rates as well as gowns that are sus­tain­able, pret­ty cool offer­ings. Rean­na cur­rent­ly car­ries these North Amer­i­can design­ers: AriaCica­da BridalClaire Pet­ti­bone, and Pure Mag­no­lia. I think that also counts as keep­ing it local, when it comes to who is mak­ing your design­er gowns!

just one of Canadian designer, Patty Nayel's gowns that is vegan and made of organic cotton featured at Something Bridal Boutique, San Luis Obispo.

Love the pock­ets! Just one of design­er, Pat­ty Nayel’s gowns from Pure Mag­no­lia. This gown is veg­an and made of organ­ic cot­ton, and fea­tured at tomor­row and Sat­ur­day’s Trunk Show at Some­thing Bridal Bou­tique, San Luis Obis­po. Pick it up tomor­row and save your­self 10%!

Rean­na is her­self a native here, born and raised in SLO, her hub­by in AG, and this life change event to go into busi­ness for her­self is due in large part to now hav­ing an 18 month old son as our newest (and cutest) local. With a pas­sion for sewing and love of fash­ion design, mar­ry­ing her pas­sion with a busi­ness degree sounds like a per­fect com­bi­na­tion for suc­cess to us.
With Rean­na’s recent return from the NY Bridal Show, here are some trends she shared that you may see in your future: Col­or is huge, adding it to your dress. There’s also a move away from blush to nudes. One tip Rean­na shared is that nude gowns may not have that stun­ning look on the hang­er but when you put it on, you’ll love it.
A lot of dress­es are also being hand-painteed with water col­ors. Sep­a­rates are also huge, like bustiers with top­pers that can paired with a sequined mini dress with a tulle ball gown skirt over. Of course, there is the trend to wear sev­er­al dress­es on your wed­ding day, (pos­si­bly start­ed by those damn Kar­dashi­ans!), but most brides can’t afford to do that. But, sep­a­rates allow you to change it up–they are fun, offer a wow fac­tor,  and your guests reac­tion will be “she changed looks!” They real­ly are more doable finan­cial­ly for your big day.
On a budget?
Some­thing Bridal is also car­ry­ing con­sign­ment gowns. Rean­na will keep the dress for 90 days, the bride bring­ing it in gets 40% of any sale, and all the gowns cur­rent­ly are less than $1,000, with many around $700. It’s anoth­er great way to be envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly!  As lots of brides have a bud­get of under $1,000 it offers a great option–they come in dry cleaned, with min­i­mal wear.

Tomor­row’s Trunk Show (March 4th) runs from 11–6PM, and con­tin­ues this Sat­ur­day (March 5th) from 10–5PM. Some­thing Bridal is offer­ing 10% off on design­er Pat­ty Nayel (Pure Mag­no­lia).

Cake Cathe­dral mini-cakes will be served with white wine. Jen­ny Perel­lo, own­er of Cake Cathe­dral, (a design­er in her own rights), and fea­tured on shows like David Tutera’s Unveiled and My Fair Wed­ding will be cre­at­ing these cakes, inspired by some of Pure Mag­no­lia’s print­ed dress­es. Vis­it Rean­na tomor­row and wel­come her new busi­ness at Some­thing Bridal’s first trunk show! The store is locat­ed at 1349 Mon­terey St. in down­town SLO.