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We Likey: Madonna & Co.

Madonna and Co fashion clothing boutique

 

Looking for something unique for your upcoming holiday social events?  Madonna & Co. has unique items that will make you the star of the room.  Featuring luxury items that range from edgy to ultra feminine, their items appeal to everyone who wants to add unique styles to their wardrobes.

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Featuring fur scarves, capelets and an intriguing mix of lace, leather and prints, Madonna & Co. utilizes fashion forward pieces through texture, color and a stunning appreciation for the feminine form.  I simply adore this lace dress– it would be perfect for a wedding rehearsal dinner, while the leather skirt is perfect for a Girls Night Out.

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The Madonna & Co. Vintage  NYC boutique is located the heart of SOHO at 284 Lafayette Street. Want to shop online?  Use code BLOG2 for some of your favorite pieces at a 15% off discount.  Keep up with them on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

 

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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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Likey: CBTL Espresso Machine

 

There are a few things I need in life to start my day off right:

Smiles and hugs from kids.

A thankful prayer to the Lord for seeing another day.

A kiss from the love of my life.

And coffee.

Please note, all of these are non-negotiables!

 

After running the kids to school, I could typically cajole myself in to believing how much I deserved that caramel macchiato or a vanilla latte to start my day with busy details, interviews, meetings, sketches and more.  I’d get that 2:30 feeling that they rave about on the 5 Hour Energy commercials and say, “Go on to Starbucks”.  I’m the mayor of my Starbucks on Foursquare. It’s that serious.

I was then introduced to the CBTL machine, The Coffee Bean + Tea Life machine and my life has been glorious ever since.  Less cost intensive than other one-cup machines with a compact and sleek design, the gorgeous Americano rests sweetly on my counter waiting for me to pop in an one of the delicious flavor espresso or tea cups into its holder and LIFE BEGINS!

This is the perfect item to add to your registry or even give as a gift to your honey.  Simple to use, compact, and a myriad of flavors to suit your tastes of the day.  They find  highest quality coffee and tea from around the world, use a freshness seal on their single serve capsules to lock in exquisite taste and aroma. What I also love are the powder and sauce sachets which give me that coffeehouse decadence in the comfort of my own home.  My kids even love it because it makes hot chocolate! This is a definite must have in your home.

We Likey: VOGA wine

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We were sent a sample VOGA Italia’s pinot grigio recently and were completely enamored!

 

First, the sleek bottle within itself is a work of art;  the new sparkling pinot grigio is quite possibly its only rival in style (I adored the fact both come with a cork, despite the non-traditional packaging).  I typically enjoy sweeter wines and cocktails, so I was eager to try something fresh and new.  VOGA has made me a fan of pinot grigio!  It’s a dry wine, but had woody undertones, with citrus and apple flavors which I found most pleasant.  I always save my introductory sample to test over a course of days to ensure that I can get the most out of the spirit.  The first night, I enjoyed it chilled with grilled tilapia and it was a perfect complement. The next night, I had a chilled glass with some fruit and cheese while I vegged out during the Top Chef marathon.  It was just as good.

 

I am very excited to say I am a fan! The wine is not cost intensive; ranging from $10-$14 a bottle it is affordable to try or give as a gift. My sister and I frequently discuss new wines we’ve tried in the span of time since our previous visit.  This has earned itself a bow and shipping charges for her to enjoy, too. 

 

Many glass clinks to Voga—for great wine and great packaging!

We Likey: Cooking Together , Having Fun with Two or More Cooks in the Kitchen

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I recently received a copy of Cooking Together Having Fun with Two or More Cooks in the Kitchen and thought it was great!  I always felt that cooking is such a sweet, intimate act that you can perform for someone.  Whether it is your significant other, your parents, your children or family and friends, cooking can be fun, romantic, or elaborate, but always satisfying. 

Cooking Together is broken up into three sections:  For Two People (your significant other, best friend or colleague), Two Adults and Two Children (perfect for parents and grandparents) and When Guests Come (for multiple cooks!).  Each recipe comes with easy to read instructions, colorful images and tips, stories and riddles accompanying each.  Flavorful recipes such as Minute Steaks with Herb Crust and Baked Potatoes, Pork Cutlets with Mushroom Sauce, and Turkey Steaks with Prosecco Foam Sauce.  The recipes are very simple and not too overwhelming for first time cooks.