La Chéri Marie


Category: Design

2014 Update

Chéri suffered from a tragic fall while on a shoot in LA in February. She is very blessed that she is not paralyzed however it has been a long, difficult road for recovery that seems harder every day….many of you have asked where she’s been and its been difficult to respond to the overwhelming amount of love and support received both in her personal and professional working life. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

And even while recovering and struggling every day, she says she is reminded just how precious and beautiful life is.




Bridal Trends 2014

Hello lovely readers!
I’m so excited for the new year and a large part of that is because the trends for 2014 are so beautiful! I have big plans for my professional life this year and fashion everywhere is reflecting that beauty!

I’d love to share some upcoming trends that I’ve already been working with which are sure to make 2014 the best fashion year yet! I thought it would be fun to do a bridal post for all you lovelies because it’s so inspiring! 
1. Lace
Whether you opt for vintage or a modern lace, this trend is spot on to add flair, style, and drama to any dress. It may give you that added style that you need and want to look and feel your best on this most special day…


Plus, lace is always feminine and can conceal any part of you that you’d rather keep a little covered in photos that will be around forever 😉

2. Illusion Necklines and Backs
This is a popular trend this year! It allows you to showcase your best assets and give the illusion of concealing or adding to your figure. Always make sure you have a gown that showcases you and your shape in the best way possible! This is a fun trend!




3. Dramatic Shapes
Something we’ve been seeing on the runways for this season is definitely a flair for the dramatic! A very fashion forward bride may want to take this trend and make it her own;) A different shape or beautiful layers can give a very fresh, modern, stylish edge to a beautiful wedding dress. Love this!

What’s really nice about this trend is the layering aspect. You can have an added shawl or covering piece to detach for the ceremony and reception-Or it can be a dress that can be two pieces so it’s as if you have two dresses for the day. This is a fun trend that gives you a lot of options and can be tailored to your location and setting.

Traditional is always in style but 2014 is very fashion forward and brides are willing to take more risks to express their individuality and taste. I encourage brides to stay stylish but to stay true to themselves. Personally, my keywords are feminine, classy, and traditional. However, I know that not everyone is this way. It’s always best to stay on the classy side though, no matter what end of the spectrum you are on trends. 
4. Color
More than ever before, we are seeing a color trend for this season. Ask any bridal shop and they’ll tell you that sales are up for a splash of color! Of course, nothing will ever top traditional white, but sometimes going with cream or some blush color as an accent really highlights your skin tone. This is really trending!



So as you can see, these trends are making 2014 a very fashion forward delight! I love giving style advice! 



I will keep you all updated because this is all very exciting!

A special thank you to TLC network for seeking my consultation for their upcoming bridal shows this season. 
Stay beautiful and classy 😉

Styling with Updos

Hello my dear readers!

You all know how much I love all things bridal and with my background in bridal styling, I love to bring some beautiful styles into everyday chic!

With the cold weather these days, the snow and harsh conditions can make us feel like everyday is a bad hair day…but you can incorporate some beautiful bridal updos into your look this season to change that!



A beautiful, simple updo can really frame your face and make you look put together while walking along snowy streets!

My love for romantic bridal updos  shouldn’t just stay at the wedding! 😉



You can add some sweet little flowers or a little sparkly something to add sparkle this holiday season like this beautiful bridal style above.

Even a simple updo with your earmuffs looks chic in the cold!



And I love this tutorial from UK Hairstyles because it shows how simple a romantic updo can be!





So put some flowers in your hair and it will put a little spring in your step during this cold season…whether you’re walking down the aisle or not 😉 You don’t have to be a bride to enjoy this beautiful trend! 







Design Inspiration–Plants!

Greetings everyone!

Today I wanted to share with you a very simple yet lovely and productive design tip! Decorate with plants! Having some greenery around not only boosts your mood, but it makes everything fresh and beautiful!


You can easily go to your local store and find a variety of potted plants…


decorplants1decorplants2In addition to being a lovely decorating idea, houseplants are actually healthy too.  Through the process of photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release fresh oxygen. They can also clean the air of harmful pollutants and gases. Even NASA did a study on this! You can find an excellent paper of the horticulture study here:

decorplants4Everyone knows my love for flowers, so in addition to a nice potted plant, go ahead and add some flowers too 😉

decorplants6There are so many beautiful varieties to choose from, but even in the dead of wintertime, you can still have a few houseplants inside!

Start small, go and get one or a few potted plants and put them in your home. You will soon find that having a natural decor like this is a beautiful idea indeed!

Happy Decorating!


Boutique Update!

Hello my lovely readers and website visitors! Just a quick note to say that I am working very hard on bringing my online store to life! I am planning on launching soon but in the meantime, please follow me on twitter @CheriBallinger to keep up-to-date on my latest adventures! I want to launch my company properly, so I will have to do it when the time is right (and I have the time!) but thank you for all of your support and interest! You are all my inspiration! 

CheriMarieLogoStay tuned and when the time is right, I will announce my launch 🙂


Nail Talk

Hello my lovely readers!

Well, things have been quite busy for me with all my travels and work, but I managed to make some delightful friends, some of whom are the team over at Bio Seaweed Gel Nails. The girls were so gracious and they did my nails in #242 Pink Sky ! I absolutely love them! It is actually the only gel nail experience that I can ever write about because not only do they look and feel so beautiful, but the benefits are awesome:
LED and UV light cured

No sanding, primers or bonders

ZERO dehydrated, stained or weakened nails

Safe industry record soak off removal in 5 minutes

Formaldehyde, toluene, DPB, BHA and solvent FREE


Ideal for nail art 😉

Here are the talented ladies behind the brand 🙂

bioseaweedgel2And I love my nails! They did some cute flower nail art on my “statement finger” as its called. This is latest trend and oh so fun! They used their specialized UNITY All-in-One Gel Polish.


Since nail art is the latest thing, this polish looks beautiful and is perfect for it!



Check them out at:

Stay classy


Design Inspiration

Greetings everyone! Today I want to share an interior design tip that has been making waves lately! The wall sconce 🙂



This lighting fixture is making a big comeback lately…its a space saver if you don’t want a standing lamp as a piece of furniture. It’s also very convenient to get the retractable wall sconces so you can have some late night bedside reading 😉