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ShopBevel Jewelry
Jul 10 2013

We Likey: ShopBevel

Still looking for a unique gift for your bridesmaids?  You will love ShopBevel.  What makes them so special?

Shopbevel works with independent designers to bring to market the best in jewelry design. Designers submit designs to the site, the community votes and Shopbevel manufactures and sells selected winners – paying royalties back to the designers. They believe every jewelry designer should have the opportunity to be discovered and we work to create a community to make that possible.

I received a piar of the Gold Elephant Studs— winner of the Wild Thing Design Challenge,  and what made it special for me was the little card I received about the designer and her inspiration for the design.

There is something there to appeal to everyone.  For those loving the Gatsby trend, you will love these amazing pieces:

 

Great Gatsby Jewelry Earrings

Emerald Rhinestone Glitter Earrings
Winner of the Indian Summer Design Challenge

Great Gatsby Necklace

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Part of the Great Gatsby Design Challenge

Great Gatsby Jewelry

Daisy Hand Ornament
Part of the Great Gatsby Design Challenge

Get on over to ShopBevel– vote on your favorites, purchase your must-have pieces or submit a design of your own!  Cocktails & Details lovers even get an extra 25% when you use the code BBSTUDS, but hurry– that code expires at the end of July!

Backless Wedding Gown
Jul 09 2013

Bringing Sexy Back: Your Key to the Backless Wedding Gown

The wedding is in May 2014.

You found the perfect dress… and it’s backless (swoon)

You also just finished off the cheesecake.

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Okay, girlfriend. No worries. We’re going to get your sexy back, well BACK!  We talked to Franci Cohen, a personal trainer, certified nutritionist and exercise physiologist in NYC. She says “A lot of women have trouble engaging their back muscles when exercising,” Franci suggests taking about 10 minutes and devoting it to strengthening your back.

Sadly, shaking the martini shaker doesn’t count.  Maybe the triceps?  These however, will help.

1.      Inverted Rows: This is a great exercise that can be done in every gym. All you need is a barbell that is rested on the weight stand. Get down on the floor under the bar and place your hands a little bit wider than shoulder width apart. Using an overhand grip and with your feet flat on the floor, raise yourself off the ground so that your chest touches the bar. The further out you extend your feet, the more advanced the exercise is. You should do 3 sets of 10-reps, and with each set move your legs out a little further.

2.      Russian twists: This exercise is mostly done to target the upper abdominal area, but the “twist” is what makes the exercise work all the way around to the upper back. Start by grabbing a 10 lb. dumbbell and sit down on the floor. Make sure your feet are flat on the ground and your back is straight. Then, holding the dumbbell in both hands twist to the left and tap the ground with the dumbbell right next to your hip, then twist to the right and tap down. Repeat this in 3 sets of 20 reps. If you are feeling strong, increase the weight of the dumbbell for each set about 5 lbs.

 

3.      Lat Pull Downs: This is a fun one that directly targets the upper back. Depending on your gym’s equipment, you will sit on the bench facing the machine and grab the horizontal bar using a wide grip. Start off with 25 lbs and bring the bar all the way down past your chin to your collarbone. Make sure to hold and squeeze your back muscles for about 2 seconds for each rep. Repeat 10-12 times and increase weight each rep.

These exercises are great for strengthening and toning, but if even after putting in hard work you don’t get the results you want.  Dr. Richard Chaffoo, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon in San Diego recommends FDA-cleared CoolSculpting®, a non-surgical alternative to liposuction.  CoolSculpting’s patented fat-freezing process helps women lose stubborn inches around their midsections quickly and easily.  During the hour-long treatment, a gel pad is applied to the treatment area followed by the CoolSculpting applicator. The applicator uses gentle suction to draw the skin and underlying tissue up into the cooling area.   Patients can typically return to normal activities immediately following a CoolSculpting treatment. Many people have CoolSculpting during their lunch hours and return to work the same day.

So there it is!  Keep up the good (hard) work, and I’m sure I’ll see you looking this fab too:

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Fashion Monday: Wedding Weekend Must-Haves

Wedding Weekend Fashion

Your wedding weekend is your opportunity to be picture perfect throughout many events during your wedding weekend, so clearly, your shopping sprees are justified. Here are some great options that will look great at rehearsals, welcome parties, brunches and other get togethers for your wedding.

1. Virgins Saints & Angels Reflections Earrings, $163 www.vsadesigns.com
2. Lavish by Tricia Milaneze Necklace, $247.50 www.triciamilaneze.com
3. La Mer Collections Rose Gold Metallic Triple Wrap Watch, $92 www.lamercollections.com
4. Inge Christopher Enoshima Minaudiere, $180 www.ingechristopher.com
5. CHROMATICgallerie Pump, $88 www.chromaticgallerie.com
6. Lavish by Tricia Milaneze Earrings, $90 www.triciamilaneze.com
7. Anthem Wares Benoit Missolin White Straw Hat, $265 www.anthemwares.com
8. Whiting & Davis Heidi Clutch, $170 www.whitinganddavisbags.com
9. 8 Other Reasons Sweet Candy $34.95
10. J Shoes Laurel, $175 www.shopjshoes.com

We Likey: Harpers Love

Marilyn said (sang) it best: “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”

Specializing in beautiful custom sets for you and those nearest and dearest to you, Harpers Love is sure to be a best friend of yours, too.  I am totally in love with the custom earring sets– where you can select the cut, color and style of your set and truly make it your own.  These make the perfect gift for the bride that she could wear for her wedding day and pass down as an heirloom.  There are also gorgeous pendants that can be personalized for a truly unique piece that you know she will love.

Harpers Love is offering Cocktails & Details lovers a 15% discount with the code TRYIT15.  This gives you a sweet discount for your order and a gorgeous one of a kind piece for that special someone.

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Fashion Monday: St. Pucchi

Keeping with the new trends and inspirations that have come to the bridal fashion houses for the upcoming seasons is the new line from St. Pucchi.  I adore St. Pucchi, because with all of their gowns, no matter the season, they are inspired, other-worldly, and yet appear to be classic and modern at the same time.  This next season is no different:

The latest collection inspired by designer Rani Totman’s  roots in Thailand,  regenerates true romance. A focus on texture and lace gives this collection an angelic and romantic feel. The collection consists of elegant form fitting gowns that have become extremely popular with the St. Pucchi bride along with tiered skirts, fit and flare as well as a few traditional ball gowns, some with exaggerated trains. Along with the staple strapless choices in the collection, Rani has designed a versatile selection of cap, strap and long sleeve gowns.

The collection also offers short, flirty gowns to complement the line– perfect for the rehearsal dinner or impromptu dress change for late night celebrating during the reception.

 

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Fashion Monday: Perfect Rehearsal Dinner Dress by Laundry

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As I was thumbing through the Summer lookbook for Laundry, I fell in love with the summer dresses! I thought they would be perfect for the St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island wedding rehearsal dinner parties here in our area.  Our weather is inviting all year round, so they are totally reflective of the occasion– chic with the right touch of formal, while still adding a bit of personality.

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For more great looks, visit the Laundry site to get inspired!

Saint Simons Casino Wedding: Gay and Richard

What happens when one of the areas most beloved event pros and restauranteurs get married?  One. Heck. of. A. Party.

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Gay of Cottage Flowers and I have been friends for the longest time.  We’ve drank mimosas while designing, we’ve created some of the most beautiful weddings together, and we are truly good friends. When she got engaged, the screaming went on for approximately five minutes– straight.  Needless to say, the details of the wedding reflected Gay’s bubbly, feminine and classic personality. Bringing in peonies and lush hydrangeas, paired with some antique lanterns and chandeliers made for beautiful tablescapes.  To fill the St. Simons Casino Atrium’s ceiling, we hung round lanterns overhead.  Both popular fixtures in Saint Simons Island, over 320 people showed up for their wedding!

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What made this wedding so much fun and meaningful were the personal touches.  Gay and Richard had their parents’ wedding rings remade— Richard had Gay’s late father’s wedding band remade into a beautiful ring for Gay, and he wore his father’s ring.  Additionally, wrapped around Gay’s bouquet was a large swatch of beaded lace from Richard’s sister’s wedding dress, which as a boy, Richard had helped stitch and bead. Gay had a matron of honor AND best man–her co-designer Ruby and Ruby’s husband, Richard.  The groom on the other hand, had eleven groomsmen– all of which dressed as the Blues Brothers.  You’ll be tickled to know that Richard came down the aisle to “Soul Man”, flanked by his guys.

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Another great pleasure was to work with so many of my favorite vendors, who really pulled together to give one of our own a beautiful wedding.  This is one of my favorite pictures from the night of Brian from Tasteful Temptations who did the catering and Gay catching up at the end of the evening:
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Wedding Venue: Saint Simons Casino
Wedding Coordination:  Cocktails & Details
Wedding Florals & Décor:  Cottage Flowers
Photography:  Jennifer Leigh Photography
Catering:  Tasteful Temptations
Wedding Cake:  Mary Ann Daniels
Band: Fish Fry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Likey: Bella Figura

We have always been huge fans of Bella Figura . It is something about their heavy papers, defined cuts and opulent fonts that just scream luxury!

The trendsetting company introduced 75 new dazzling invitation designs that are sure to be all the rage for the wedding season.  Their forecast:  Metallic pastels, die-cut shapes and custom calligraphy accents are essential for 2013 weddings.

So what’s new?
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—  Die-cuts arrive. Die-cuts are an exciting new embellishment for 2013 –these sophisticated shapes instantly up the elegance factor on any invitation by adding soft curves or bold lines. Bella Figura can also create a distinctive, custom die-cut shape for any occasion for a truly one-of-a-kind piece.

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—  New foil colors (including pastels!) Metallics were extremely popular in 2012, and with classic, glamorous weddings making a strong comeback, foil is a style that’s definitely here to stay. 7 new foil colors have been added to Bella Figura’s offerings, including sophisticated neutrals (like pearl, a soft white foil, and tawny, a beautiful taupe foil) as well as lovely pastels (mint! lilac! pink!). For couples looking to make
a statement, foil stamping looks breathtaking when paired with letterpress. And for those who aren’t ready to commit to a lot of shine, adding a foil edge to an invitation is a great way to embellish without going overboard.
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—  10 custom calligraphy styles, including Callaway (a rich, formal hand by Sarah Hanna), as well as 6 whimsical styles from Bella Figura’s newest calligrapher, Elizabeth Hardin, are new for 2013. Bella Figura offers over 30 hand calligraphy styles from 7 of the nation’s top calligraphers.

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—  Incorporate local touches with new maps and cityscapes. Turn a cityscape or vintage map of a wedding location (or any location!) into a custom envelope liner. Bella Figura’s designers can also create custom maps that coordinate with an invitation design.

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—  Create colorful envelope liners with your favorite hues. Introduce more colors to an invitation suite with Bella Figura’s new patterned envelope liners. Choose a combination of colors from Bella Figura’s 60+ inks, then choose from over 40 patterns to create a vibrant envelope liner. Patterned envelope liners from Bella Figura are 100% post-consumer waste recycled and FSC-certified. The line also carries a variety of FSC-certified metallic envelope liners and eco colored envelopes.

See more of these gorgeous designs and concepts at the Bella Figura site and be sure to follow them on Twitter at @BellaFigura 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 10 Best Wedding Thank You Notes For Every Type of Bride

With the gifts rolling in for this spring’s wedding season, it’s time for brides to tackle that most dreaded of wedding tasks – the thank you note.  But don’t despair!  Luvocracy, a new online shopping site that takes word-of-mouth recommendations online, is here to rescue this year’s June brides!

Luvocracy carries the best, most unique wedding products from every online shop imaginable – all on one convenient, beautiful, and well-curated site.

Below are our Top 10 Thank You Note recommendations, with at least one sure to appeal to every type of bride imaginable!

 

Morse Code Thank You Card

For The Modernist:  Morse Code

Classic Wedding Thank You Card

For The Traditionalist: White on White Roses

Vintage Library Note Card Thank You Card

For The Vintage Bride: Old School

Modern Thank You Card

For The Minimalist: Small Card. Big Thank You.

Vintage Hipster Wedding Thank You Card

For The Hipster: Stache & A Kiss

Travelers Wedding Thank You Card

For The Destination Bride:  Par Avion

Modern Nautical Thank You Card

For The Preppy Bride:  Anchors Away

Sweet Thank You Card Ideas

For The Busy Bride: Thank You Checklist

Natural Rustic Outdoors Thank You Card

For The Outdoorsy Bride:  Carving Your Thanks

Photo Thank you Card Wedding
For The Bride Who Can’t Wait To Show Off Her Wedding Photos

Fashion Monday: Sneak Peek into RIVINI 2014

Rita Vinieris has to be one of my favorite designers for her creativity and passion she pours into every gown.  They are so realistic, but also add a touch of fantasy that makes any woman feel like a million dollars.  As Bridal Week ramps up, Rita has created the Return to Paradise–  a theme of this season’s collection inspired by one of our favorite places– the Riviera Maya.  Rita said:

“I was inspired by my recent Holiday to the Riviera Maya and a walk I had taken with my family on the beach.

We found so many wonderful seashells of the most incredible shades of coral, sand and mother of pearl.
These beautiful souvenirs have graced the corner of my deck, reminding me everyday of the sunlight on my face and the warmth I felt being surrounded by the ones I love.
It is that feeling I wish to share with brides wearing my collection.”

Here are the sketches of Rita’s inspiration. I cannot wait to see them in person!

 

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