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Archive for the ‘Dresses: Maids’ Category

Welcome Elizabeth Yin, CEO of Shiny Orb, a time saving, savvy, social shopping network for you and the ladies in your life…

For my wedding, I knew I wanted my best friends to be my bridesmaids.  Unfortunately, everyone was scattered across the globe, but I was determined not to let distance get in the way of shopping for bridesmaid dresses together.  A plan was quickly established over email: we’d each surf the web for potential dresses for the group.  Then, we’d discuss all the dresses and pick the best one to order.

Simple enough, right?  However, we soon found ourselves buried in our email inboxes.  Everyone in my bridal party spent hours writing countless emails about cute dresses they found and wasted even more time piecing the mish-mash of communications together.  As a busy professional, I was very quickly getting overwhelmed and simply could not afford to spend so much time deciding on dresses!  So, in the midst of all the confusion, I scrapped the plan. I quickly went to a bridesmaid dress retailer website and bought everyone the first nice dress I found.  (It was an Alfred Angelo bridesmaid dress, because the website was sorted alphabetically by designer).  Luckily, it was a cute dress, and my bridesmaids looked fabulous.

After my wedding, I kept thinking there had to be a better way for bridal parties to browse and shop together for wedding apparel.  Furthermore, I knew I was not the only bride out there with a scattered bridal party.  So, last year, one of my bridesmaids and I left our jobs to build a website called Shiny Orb, a comparison shopping website for bridesmaid dresses and other wedding apparel.  With over ten thousand dresses from more than three hundred designers, Shiny Orb has a huge selection that covers all styles, including many non-traditional and trendy wear-again bridesmaid dresses.

I’m excited to announce that today we’re opening up Shiny Orb Dressing Rooms, a social shopping platform to make it easy and enjoyable for brides and bridesmaids to browse and shop together.  With a Shiny Orb Dressing Room, a bridal party can add any of the thousands of dresses on the site to the room, and everyone in the party can comment and chat about these dresses at their convenience. We’ve already heard some great things about this feature from our group of beta testers, so we really think it’s going to be something brides will love!


Elizabeth Yin is a co-founder of Shiny Orb, a comparison social shopping site for bridesmaid dresses and wedding apparel.  She previously worked at Google as a product marketing manager and has been building websites since high school.  Elizabeth hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, where her friend and bestselling 3-book Anti-Bride co-author Carolyn started this all.


Edgey street glam in Ella

Edgy street glam in Ella

For Immediate Release: April 23, 2010

Punk Rock Bride continues its mission of offering brides an alternative to the traditional wedding dress, offering five new designs in its newly released 2010 Collection. A few common themes tie this collection together, including the use of layering, corseting, and unexpected details.

Punk Rock Brides Alex dress

Punk Rock Brides Alex dress

The mixing of fabrics and textures has been a part of PRB’s approach since the beginning, and this year is no exception. The new collection utilizes eight different fabrics – many of them unlikely choices for bridal, including silk brocade, silk wool, silk cotton, and a hand-knitted piece. Only one of the dresses is made of a single fabric; the rest combine two or more. When limited by color, these different textures are what keep things interesting.

Pretty Jenny dress is pure and sweet

Pretty Jenny dress is pure and sweet

The corseting elements, while subtle, give the new collection two welcome characteristics: structure and shape. While one of the dresses, Ella, employs a completely separate corset that rests on top of a draping A-line dress, two of the other dresses – Jenny and Alex – use a simple corseted backing to achieve a sculptural effect by targeting specific isolated areas of each dress.

Princess Grace is a punk rock goddess

Princess Grace is a punk rock goddess

Of all three PRB collections, the most time and attention to detail were given to the dresses of 2010. There was a conscious effort from Day One to focus on ways to add interest, value, and fashion-forward elements to each design. Some of these details include the addition of pleats, tucks, and insets, as well as unexpected components such as pockets, belts, and keyholes.

Overall, the 2010 Collection is an ambitious extension of the past two collections. The dresses maintain simple silhouettes, comfort, and a light airy quality, without sacrificing drama or style.


Punk Rock Bride was founded in 2006 by RISD grad, Stephanie Ward.  Since then the company has received coverage in Brides Magazine, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, and Real Simple, as well as numerous bridal blogs.  In 2009, it was voted the #2 “Best Of” bridal shop by Washington Post Express readers.   Headquartered in Washington, DC, the company’s creations are designed and manufactured in the U.S.

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