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Friday
Feb152008

A New You, A New Do

Are you considering a new hair style but not sure if the style you are interested in will look on you or not? We've found just the solution. Try on different celebrity hairstyles at InStyle.com. Just upload a digital photo of yourself with your hair pulled back and voila! Start trying on different hairstyles right now. They even have a special section for wedding updos. Plus the hairstyle options change regularly so check back often.

Thursday
Feb142008

Are You Inspi(RED) this Valentine's Day?


This Valentine's Day, choose your gift wisely. Hallmark, has partnered with (PRODUCT) RED™ to help people living with AIDS in Africa. The contributions to Global Fund comes right out of Hallmark's profits. Now when you send a card or give a gift, you help people living with AIDS in Africa. 8% of Hallmark (PRODUCT) RED™ net wholesale sales will go to the Global Fund. Other companies have joined in the effort to raise funds for this cause including GAP, Converse, Emporio Armani, Apple, American Express and Motorola.

The (PRODUCT) RED™ items available at Hallmark include cards, gifts, gift wrap and more and are available online or in the store.

Wednesday
Feb132008

All That Sparkles

There is nothing more elegant than sparkle for an evening wedding. Romance is illuminated by light, crystal, diamonds and gems which is why these elements are an excellent theme design for your evening wedding. Paired with any color, rhinestones, diamonds and crystals set the mood for your romantic wedding design. We've gathered some examples of how you can use rhinestone and crystal accents as the backdrop for your decor.

First pay close attention to the detailing of your table centerpieces. By using reflection in the form of mirrors or glass, pair crystal or cut glass candleholders with silver or gold accents to reflect light at each table. Featured above, is an example from Plum Party. A pack of two retails for $36.

Rhinestones can also be featured in your cake and table setting. The cake featured to the right, comes from Creme de la Creme in Seattle, WA. Crystal accents adorn the base of the cake. The rhinestone motif is also carried out in the frosting of the cake itself - and its all fully edible. Rhinestone ribbons in packs of 50 are also available for various decorative accents at Target. Target also carries rhinestone cake toppers in any letter or number.

The rhinestone and jeweled motif also transfers beautifully to bridal style and accessories. Featured below are examples of small accent pieces that adorn bridal gowns. (Left: BCBG gown available at Nordstrom; Top Right: Alfred Angelo) Also note the rhinestone cuff detailing the bridal bouquet.


Beautiful accessories for the bride are also available in many retail outlets that are adorned with tasteful touches of rhinestones. Choose accessories like lipstick cases, chandelier earrings, cuff bracelets, shoes, and clutches to accent your jeweled theme.

Even the wedding favors or bridal party gifts can reflection the overall theme. For instance, the beautiful and classic key chain from Swarovski makes an excellent gift.

As with any theme for your wedding, the important thing to remember is that even the smallest details should be addressed. A successful design is executed when everything from the invitations to the decor to the accessories carries out the same theme. Not only does it bring continuity to your design, but it actually makes it easier to shop and create the decor because you'll have a clear focus on what you are purchasing.

Tuesday
Feb122008

It's All In The Details

In this clip from Get Married on Lifetime, Celebrity wedding designer David Tutera gives some tips on details that you can use for your wedding.

Monday
Feb112008

From Red Carpet to Wedding Day

Inspiration comes in many forms. This year at the 2008 Grammy Awards, the stars went all out in their fashion choices. From fun and flirty, to sophisticated and regal, the celebrities wore awe-inspiring gowns suitable for the red carpet and your wedding day. Below are a few of our favorite gowns from this year's red carpet and to show you how you can create the same look at your wedding, we've found similar styles by bridesmaid gown designers.

1. THE HIGH NECK

R&B singer Alicia Keys wore this off the shoulder royal blue gown by Armani. The high neck pairs well with her high up-do and shows off her back. Our comparison gown by Badgley Miscka is available in many color options and also features a high neckline in the front and a low back.

Featured gown available at Badgley Miscka Bridesmaids

2. SILVER AND SHORT

Shiny and bright certainly were popular themes with Miley Cyrus in a short silver dress by Celine — and a lot of silver eye shadow. Our comparison gown is by Badgley Miscka and features the same short and flirty shape as the Celine dress.

Featured gown available at Badgley Miscka Bridesmaids

3. BLUE AND FLARED

Rihanna wore a Zac Posen short and flared gown in a bright blue color. You can get a similar, yet toned down look with this similar gown from Dessy.

Featured gown by Dessy Collection

4. SUN-KISSED

Banquetevent.com has already predicted that the color yellow will be making a large showing in 2008 in wedding design. Fergie chose this elegant yet simple ensemble from Calvin Klein. Our comparison gown by Watters & Watters features the same cheery color in a short and flirty design.

Featured gown by Watters & Watters

5. FLORAL

Are florals making a comeback? Carrie Underwood thinks so. Florals can be done with many bright colors or a two-toned theme as pictures in our comparison gown by Priscilla of Boston.

Featured gown available at Priscilla of Boston

6. OFF THE SHOULDER

Faith Hill chose an off-the-shoulder black gown by Valentino. With its sleek shape, this gown can work well with broad shoulders and long necks. Our comparison gown is by Greg Cassini and available at Dillards.

By Greg Cassini available at Dillards

Monday
Feb112008

All About Reem Acra

In this clip from Get Married on Lifetime, Reem Acra, who has designed red carpet gowns for Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie to name a few, describes her wedding gown collection and gives tips for choosing your dress. Watch Get Married, airing on Lifetime EVERY weekday morning at 7:30 am ET/PT.

Thursday
Feb072008

Northwest Wines

The Northwest, specifically Washington State and Oregon, is home to some of the best wines in the world. With such excellence in your very own backyard why not use some of the area's finest to wow your guests' tastebuds at your wedding reception. Here is a guide to some of our favorites...

The Prestigious Award Goes To...Chateau Ste MIchelle, WA
The Chateau Ste Michelle Winery is one of the oldest and most award winning wineries in Washington State. With its large cellar of reds and whites alike, Chateau Ste Michelle's wines represent the varietal character of the Columbia Valley.

The Best Wine For Your Buck Award Goes To...Hogue Cellars, WA
Hogue Cellars™ is located in Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley, the premiere grape growing region of the state. The climate and soils of the Columbia Valley produce grapes with intense fruit flavors and high natural acidity. The wines have a liveliness and ripe, zesty fruit flavors that make them ideal complements to a wide range of food. What makes their bottles unique are the screw tops rather than corks.

The Most Surprising It Came From Washington and Not Italy Award Goes To...Tsillan Cellars, WA
Tsillan Cellars (pronounced "Chelan") brings a taste of Tuscany to the Northwest. Their meticulous attention to detail has allowed Tsillan Cellars to establish itself as the premiere, award-winning winery in the valley; with varietals such as the Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah winning gold medals, and the Estate Pinot Grigio, and Estate Gewurztraminer winning double gold and platinum medals in both regional and national wine competitions.

Best Female Winemaker Award Goes To...Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, OR
Oregon’s northern latitude brings long hours of summer sunshine and cool nights to the Penner-Ash vineyard which helps fully ripen the grapes and retain natural acidity. Their unique growing season allows for the development of complex fruit flavors, aromatics and nuances associated with world-class wines.

More Spice and Less Sugar Award Goes To...Panther Creek Cellars
For the couple who likes to spice it up, we recommend Panther Creek Cellars. Known for their Pinot Noirs, Panther Creek's wines almost have a pepper taste in the background which is sure to spice up any dining experience. This wine is not for the faint, with its bold tannins and fragrant aroma, but pairs surprising well with ethnic foods also rich in flavor.