As promised, I am going to tell you the genesis story of ChezBlanc.
Over two years ago I was planning my own wedding and was swooning over the getting-ready robes trend. I fell in love with this white lace robe on Etsy that was over $300 and not even lined! (Thinking back, what would I have worn under it?) Anyways, I had an all-lace (lined) robe design in my head but it didn't exist! Side note- this is not uncommon for me to need a dress/duvet cover/curtains/couch pillows in a design or fabric that is not available for sale. (See Camille's bedroom). Luckily, my loving, willing and creative mother is a beautiful seamstress and always "gets" my vision.
So, Leslie set out on the task of creating the perfect robe for my wedding day. We chose a soft white satin for the lining and sheer white lace to lay over the satin. I knew I wanted the sleeves to be sheer since I had never seen that style before. She worked on the robe for weeks - she would finish it, then change it, then finish it, then change it....until it was perfect.
In the spring of 2013 when I was wedding planning, the hot color was mint. Unfortunately, it was still hard to find that color! Bridesmaid dresses were only available in sage and everything else was lime green. So I channeled my desire for a hint of mint in my wedding into my bridesmaid robes. I knew I wanted them in satin robes with 3/4 length sleeves and French lace trim. We found the perfect mint satin at Mary Jo's (fabric mecca outside of Charlotte) and got started!
Anyways, I loved the robes so much that I thought other brides may want them too! One Sunday I was in Raleigh visiting my mom and we set up the Etsy shop and created our listings. We named the shop ChezBlanc which means white house or house of white, which seemed the best bridal-y name without being overly bridal-y. My French teacher is probably in pain reading this because I'm sure I botched the French grammar.
As promised, the original pictures. I'm in hysterics posting this because we've come such a long way! I mean, I knew they weren't great at the time, but they were the best we could do. I couldn't even type that last sentence with a straight face.... just take a look.
The regal top knot, no makeup, single lamp lighting, and blurry photo. Top notch. Oh, and how about the pink tablecloth we used to cover that morning's coffee stain on the couch. Really creates a nice back drop.
At this point, I made my mom promise to crop my face out because, you know, the lighting wasn't attractive. Except, we felt like the robe didn't pop enough against the white wall....
....which is why we thought it more attractive for me to pose in front on the salmon colored wall. These photos are kind of painful to look at.
For the finale, this one is my all-time favorite. I actually choked on my water when I saw it, today. The headless-robe-woman. I mean. I can't even. I just want to thank our original customers who saw beyond the terrible model and photography and bought our robes! We are forever grateful for you.