Archive for August, 2010

I woke up this morning as usual and took the dog out as usual. Once my eyes fully opened I noticed something utterly fantastic in my driveway…leaves. Yes, leaves that had fallen from our tree. That can only mean one thing, that fall is approaching. I was instantly transported to one of our new Anne Barge styles. The skirt is made of tiny taffeta leaves that sparkle when you move. How perfect a dress for a day like today. I wanted to put it on a do a fall dance hoping against hope the temperature would turn fall too. Don’t you want to put it on and join me!

At last nights Emmy awards the stars did not disappoint. As usual there were successes and as usual there were major train-wrecks. Either way we were  glued to our seats to see what our favorites were going to wear. I am partial to Glee as it is one of the best shows on T.V., and I thought the girls of Glee showed up to play. All of them looked stunning, and Heather Morns and Lea Michele stood out as bombshells. Although last nights color palette seemed to favor navy and nude…I have suggestions on how to wear the star’s styles in white. Who was your favorite?

Lea Michele wore Oscar De La Renta in Navy.

Heather Morns wore Ina Soltani in Gold and black.

Julie Benz wore Pamella Roland in white.

Kim Kardashian wore Marchesa in white.

I thought all these women looked absolutely beautiful, but there were more hits too. I pulled these of Go to to see more!

Today’s featured dress  comes from the Anne Barge La Fleur collection, and is a classic lace ballgown. Made of light flowy silk satin organza with lace border on hem and lace bodice this dress epitomizes grace. The bodice is fitted through hips with strategically placed lace to enhance the bride’s figure. This enhances the bride’s figure. Behind the bride is a chapel length train to finish off the ultimate bridal feeling. This dress will work for any time of year, but is best in spring and summer with its cool fabric and flowy nature. This dress will work with any location, but be careful in sand! For more information, locations and pricing email us at (Matching veil is not included, but is available for purchase.)

This week for some strange reason I have encountered more negative people than usual. I don’t know if the moon is in a weird place causing people to start stuff for the sake of starting stuff or if I missed a national holiday in which you tell people how to live their lives. So, today I have had enough…enough with you glass is half empty people. My glass is half full so I am brushing you off…you will not rain on my parade! I know the world is not a perfect place right now, but enough is enough. I am asking my fellow glass is half fuller people to put twice the amount of good out into the world to help fill the half empty glasses. We need to be lifting each other up, going to extra mile and spreading the love. I personally am going to try to do more random acts of kindness, and I will forgive the neighbor for yelling about my dog. I wanted to remind people out there about a really great cause to make us feel better about the world. To remind everyone (myself included) that good is out there and the opportunity to help those in need is still out there. This is a cause Anne Barge supports, and is a really great cause for helping women (and some men). Tell people about it, and check out their website for tour dates.  Now that my pep talk is over…go forth and spread happiness!

Trunk Show Success…

Kelly met Anne at a trunk show we held at Hannelore’s of Olde Town ( in Alexandria, VA. She found her perfect dress and looked amazing on her wedding day. After her nuptuals we were lucky enough to hear from her and get pictures to share with you.

“Good evening!

I have attached several photos of me in my Anne Barge gown – the first
four are from my bridal portraits taken by Don Mears Photography. The
last one is from my wedding day, taken by Kristen Gardner Photography.

My wedding to Gregory took place on the evening of July 24,
2010, at The Jefferson Hotel in downtown Richmond, Virginia. I
purchased the dress at a trunk show at Hannelore’s in Old Town
Alexandria in September 2009, where I also had the great honor of
meeting Anne Barge!

I have always loved the designs and style of Anne Barge gowns and was
thrilled to have the chance to consult with Anne (a fellow Kappa Kappa
Gamma) about my vision, alterations, and which flowers and veil would
best compliment the gown I chose. Her designs are extraordinary and
the quality is unbeatable. I could not have dreamed of a better dress
shopping experience or a more perfect gown for my wedding day.

Thank you so much!

Friday’s Featured Dress…

Today’s dress comes from another classic Anne Barge collection. Not very often, but every once in a while dresses come in where one of us at Anne Barge says “That is the dress I would wear if I was getting married.” This is mine. I loved this dress from the second the two of us met. A perfect option for someone who doesn’t want to wear strapless, this flattering v-neck trumpet gown is a jaw-dropping moment waiting to happen. The entire dress is silk satin with a pop of flowers at the center back skirt made of silk satin and lace. Form fitting, the bodice hugs your curves then flares into a dramatic full skirt. Trailing behind you is a chapel train and inspiring back. This gown is great for any time of year and can work in most locations. I recommend for most body types although be careful as some people cannot wear trumpets with a defined line at knees such as this gown. Try it on and see what you think today! For more information, pricing and locations please contact us at

On it goes…

Yesterday I teased you with more dresses for brides who’s waist is not necessarily something they want highlighted.  You still have tons of great options out there, and there are thousands of dresses that will highlight exactly what you want to highlight and hide exactly what you want to hide.

If you want a curvy and femanine shape, look for dresses made of heavier fabrics with built in support. Also, try on dropped-waist gowns to elongate your body and allow that curve to be highlighted.

Beading towards the neckline of the gown is useful in highlighting the face. It creates a frame and draws the viewers eye to your face. Add simple lines and you have hit a homerun!

To create a seamless line look for a dress with no waistline at all. This will make you look long and lean. Any detail adding verticle lines is a plus. You can even go a little more fitted for some shape and sex appeal.

I hope this helps with other options for highlighting parts other than your waist. Bust, curves, and face can all be highlighted too! There is a dress for every woman…I promise!

Do you have a body shape that has you stumped as to what to look for. Email us at Info@annebarge, and we can give you tons of options that will look great on you!

Historic Homes…

I went to the most beautiful wedding this weekend at the Halcyon House in Georgetown. The bride did an amazing job of matching her wedding details to the location. Wearing a beautiful english net gown with understated black bridesmaid dresses and gorgeous creme and green bouquets she made the location flow effortlessly into her scheme. Historic homes are some of the most beautiful wedding venues around, and they easily give you a sense of their character. While the Halcyon House was once a Navy Admirals home, it now lends itself to a sophisticated and understated elegant setting. With crisp clean lines and bright green against brick this home is perfect for simple beauty without many flourishes. Other historic homes, for example Southern mansions, lend themselves to a more elaborate scheme. When looking at a historic home as your wedding venue go with the feeling and mood set by the home for a harmonious wedding day look.

Halcyon House –

Swan House –

Dresses by Anne Barg

Friday’s Featured Dress…

Today’s dress is another beautiful style from our newest Anne Barge Couture Collection. Made of smooth silk taffeta, this style is the perfect blend of whimsy and architecture. The strapless bodice is draped and pleated into a figure flattering shape with built in sash. The natural waistline then meets a soft A-line skirt detailed with taffeta leaf cutouts and a sprinkling of beading.  This gown is good in any location and any season. It is one of the most flattering gown shapes, and will fit most body types.  For more information, pricing or locations please contact us at This gown can be seen at Anne Barge trunk shows, and will be in stores soon!

A warm cup of tea…

We all have those things which calm us 100% of the time. Mine is a warm cup of tea. Whenever, I am stressed, tired, worried, sad, or downright blue a sweet, creamy cup of tea cheers me right up. Why, even at Anne Barge we make pots of delicate black tea to sip during muslin fittings and meetings.

On my wedding day, my stomach was in knots. My sister and sister-in-law brought me a warm cup of tea from Starbucks as we sat in the salon getting our hair done. The calming steam eased my nerves and the warm cup took the chill off my icy hands. In that moment the world got calm and I was able to enjoy the time with my bridesmaids.

On your wedding day, moments of peace are a must. Take any chance you get to calm yourself and seek inner peace. These moments are special and will help clear your mind to remember all the important details. Moments of peace can be listening to your ipod, meditation, a yoga session, a run, or even a cup of tea.