Friday, October 30, 2009

X-Rated cocktails for you and the girls....

Girls night out, or in and you're looking for some drinks that are pretty but will make it a night to remember. Recently I met with the folks who work with X-Rated Fusion Liqueur. You know them...the really pretty pink bottle. Well, they have a lot of lovely cocktails that are great for bachelorette and wedding parties. After all, every woman needs one last night out to celebrate the single life. So get your girls together and party like big girls.

{{{Said with love, please drink responsibly and don't drink and drive}}}


Tongue Tied
2 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
2 oz.
SKYY Infusions Cherry
Dash of Grenadine
Shake X-Rated Fusion Liqueur and SKYY Infusions Cherry over ice. Strain into a martini glass. Slowly add a dash of Grenadine so that it sinks to the bottom. Garnish with a cherry with a knotted stem.

Hopeless RomantiX
1.5 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
2 oz. Prosecco or Champagne
0.25 oz. Lemon Juice
0.25 oz. Orange
0.25 oz. Pineapple
Muddle pineapple, orange and lemon. Add prosecco and X-Rated Fusion Liqueur. Strain and serve in a highball glass and garnish with a pineapple slice.


X-Rated Passion
2 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
2 oz. SKYY Infusions Passion Fruit
Splash of Club Soda
Serve on the rocks and garnish with a lime.


My Funny 24-hour Valentine
1 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1.5 oz. SKYY Vodka
1 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
0.5 oz. Grenadine
Serve in a highball glass and garnish with an orange twist.

Madame X

1 oz SKYY Infusions Raspberry

1 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur

½ oz. Canton [Ginger Liqueur]

¾ oz. Orange Juice

3 sprigs Mint

Pour over ice

Combine ingredients in shaker with ice. Pour and serve in rocks glass with mint garnish.


1.5 oz SKYY Infusions Passion Fruit

1 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur

1 oz. Passion Fruit Puree

Splash of sour.

Combine ingredients in shaker. Strain and serve in a martini glass.

Pink Wink

1.5 oz. SKYY Infusions Citrus

1 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur

¾ oz. Pineapple

1 strawberry

Combine ingredients in shaker. Pour over ice, garnish with strawberry.

The gift that gives you the freedom to choose - Vivabox

phot with permissin from Vivabox

Bridesmaids and groomsmen are some of the most significant parts of a wedding, on this we can all agree. However because they are so different, it can be difficult to find one gift suitable for the entire party. Vivabox is the perfect choice for groups of people with different interests and inclinations sharing one thing in common – you, the bride and groom’s eternal gratitude.

Vivabox combines the freedom of choice with the personal touch of a real gift. The bridal party enjoys an initial gift when the box is opened and then can redeem an enclosed gift card for a larger experience of their choosing. Vivabox isn’t just a gift; it creates an unforgettable experience one as unique as they are to you.

Need a gift suitable for all of bridesmaids? Perhaps they all like perfume, but you’re unsure which scent is the best fit. Give the Fragrance Experience vivabox to each bridesmaid, which includes a sample of 10 designer fragrances. After they try and enjoy the various scents, they can use the enclosed Sephora to purchase a full bottle of designer perfume at Sephora. The gift card even includes tax – everything is taken care of- and with a price of $55 each, you won’t break the wedding budget.

For the groomsmen, vivabox has a selection of great themes such as wine, BBQ, gourmet food, coffee and more. The BBQ Experience vivabox includes three full size bottles of grilling spices from Urban Accents to immediately tickle the taste buds. Also included is a gift card to be redeemed from the BBQ Gift Menu. The menu includes premium meat selections from Omaha Steaks like Filet Mignon, Rib Eye, and Boneless Strip – a unique way to give the gift of “grilling”- to be enjoyed now, and later. The BBQ Experience vivabox retails for $90 each- still a steal for the important men in your party.

Vivabox is also the perfect gifting solution for other gift giving needs during the wedding process, with a theme to suit everyone. If you are attending a wedding, you should consider giving one of these as a gift to the happy couple. I’m sure they would love it as well. Currently vivabox has eight sets including Wine, Gourmet Food, Coffee, Tea, BBQ, Fragrance, and two Spa sets. New themes to be unveiled this fall include two Tech experiences (with Apple as their product partner), a Museum experience box (The Met is among their partners), a NYC Tapas experience (with some of the best known tapas hot spots throughout the city as partners), a Magazine box, two Photography boxes, and a Cinema experience.

This is a company that tells me they have no limits on orders, so order for your entire bridal party or just you and your future partner. With a quick turn-around and shipping you can get last minute gifts if you have to. If you are looking for the gift that keeps on giving, and will truly be appreciated, then look no further. For more information please visit

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A floral bouquet that's nothin' to sneeze at.

photos with permission from BeeGee Bags

Let's face it, there are never enough shoes or bags in your closet. For you or your bridesmaids, this is one of the nicest dual gifts I’ve come across. They can use this instead of flowers (this will save on your floral budget) and something they will use time and time again. The vintage clasps, lots of fabrics to pick from as well as custom orders – what more could a bag-a-holic ask for?

I met the owner of BeeGee Bags, Ms. Brooke Galardi and actually saw her purses before I saw her. I literally stopped in my tracks, mouth dropped open and she simply smiled. I guess that happens a lot, but that didn’t phase her. You can tell a lot about a designer by their modesty.

So Brooke, why would a bride choose you vs. another company?

We offer something totally unique to the bridal accessories market with our graphic clutches. They add color, pattern, and a little spunk to an all too mono-stylistic bridal clutch market. In addition, we work with our brides to select the right fabric, whether we have it in stock or whether we have to go out to our haunts to find it. Also, we offer discounts on orders of 5 or more bags which makes purchasing for the whole bridal party less oppressive.

What is your turn around time, and what are the minimums they can order?

Our turn around time for a bridal order is usually 2-4 weeks (although we've been known to scoot out a set of bags in 24 hours for the hyper procrastinating bride). They can order as many or as few as they desire.

What else would you like to share with brides/couples that they may not know?

We are a husband and wife design shop. We love working on custom orders because it gives us an opportunity to stay up to date with bridal trends and fashion. And we love adding a little bit of flashy style to the wedding day. As an aside, all of our clutches are designed and finished in house. The are sewn by a group of stay at home mothers working from their gives everyone an opportunity to have some work/art in their lives while staying accessible to their young kids.

Are you looking for something super special to give to your bridesmaids that you know they will love…look no further. BeeGee Bags have it all…in the bag. Contact Brooke at

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Save The Date: Temperley Trunk Show - Nov 7-8

They've done it again!! If you don't know this wonderful designer Alice Temperley you simply MUST go and not only look at her dreamy creations, but you have to see her RTW (ready to wear). I know...another blog.

Temperley has invited an exclusive selection of New York’s top luxury bridal vendors including Christian Oth Photography Studios, MAC Cosmetics, Ceci Luxury Invitation Design, Visions Floral Design, Cake Alchemy and The Oratory Laboratory (boutique speech consultants) to showcase their products and services to future brides at the event. Taking place in the intimate setting of Temperley London's 2nd floor Soho loft, the event offers future brides the opportunity to meet and consult with a selection of New York’s most sought after names in the bridal industry.

Also as a special treat, all future brides attending the event can register in a raffle to win the ‘Luxury Bridal Bliss Kit’ filled with over $2000 worth of bridal treats.

  • $400 Temperley London Gift Card valid towards wedding gown purchase
  • $250 Ceci Gift Card valid towards wedding invitation design
  • $750 Christian Oth engagement photoshoot
  • $250 Visions Floral Design Bridal Bouquet
  • Full set of MAC Make-up brushes


Location: Temperley London Boutique, 453 Broome Street, 2nd Floor (between Mercer & Greene Streets)

Date: Saturday, November 7th & Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Time: 12PM – 5PM

RSVP: / 212.219.2929

Monday, October 26, 2009

A perfect pair: Louboutin and Champagne

Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin and happy customer/photo by Lisa M. Barr

Nothing gives a woman, especially a bride more pleasure than beautiful shoes and a perfectly chilled glass of champagne, in crystal (of course). This past week I was so lucky to be apart of two days of perfect pairings. First, meeting Christian Louboutin and then, a pairing from the best from Piper-Heidsieck and Seasonal Resturant & Weinbar.

First the shoes. What can you say when it comes to Christian Louboutin? His shoes are synonymous with passion (hence the red sole), sensuality, and height. They are on the feet of well-heeled celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Victoria Beckham, Blake Lively, Jenny Packham and yes, even Barbie. It would also seem every assistant, to the assistant during both fashion and bridal market had a pair. His shoes are such a status symbol, that many will stand in line for hours, just to buy a pair and have a few moments with the man himself.

This past week, Christian Lououtin made himself available to sign hundreds of shoes for his faithful followers at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. I met two brides who were on a mission to find the perfect shoe for their upcoming wedding and they did. I love the bride who is willing to buck tradition and wear the shoe of her dreams especially if they are high and with lots of sparkle! After all, it is your day and you can wear what you want to.

Christian Louboutin Piper-Heidsieck
With thanks from Piper-Heidsieck

If your future husband ever suggested that he would drink champagne out of your shoe, let him. Champagne-maker Piper-Heidsieck, has partnered with Louboutin to create a glass slipper that connotes both Cinderella fantasy and Parisian decadence. The shoe flute is packaged as part of the $500 Le Rituel gift set, which also includes a bottle of champagne. Ok, so this might be a bit extravagant but a lovely keepsake that you both will enjoy time and time again. It’s a great way to have a touch of Christian Louboutin even if you can’t truly ‘wear this shoe’. It will only be sold in select Neiman Marcus stores and online at

Seasonal Resturant & Weinbar, photo by Lisa M. Barr
Dessert by Seasonal Resturant/Photo by Lisa M. Barr

Concluding a perfect week was the opportunity to taste seven different types of Piper-Heidsieck: Piper-Heidsieck Brut, Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve, Piper-Heidsieck Rare Vintage 1999, Charles Heidsieck Blanc Des Millenaires 1995, Piper-Heidsieck Rose Sauvage, Charles Heidsieck Rose 1999 and Piper-Heidsieck Sublime. This was a unique opportunity to ask questions of Regis Camus, the head winemaker of Charles Heidsieck and taste wonderful culinary delights paired with the wine from the Michelin starred chefs of Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar. I hope to have an interview with Mr. Camus in the very near future and if you ever have the opportunity to eat at Seasonal – do it.

Christian Louboutin will make any day, especially your wedding day just a little extra special. From the very start, the wines of Charles Heidsieck managed to seduce the royal courts of Europe and great patrons of the times. If it was good enough for the Royal Houses, isn’t it good enough for yours?? Just kick-up your heels and raise a glass to your extra special day. Cheers!

For more info: If you want information about any of these vendors visit them in person, or their website: Christian Louboutin
Seasonal Resturant & Weinbar

Friday, October 23, 2009

Not your bubbies wedding...

Ketubah by Daniel Sroka Designs

I don’t want to portray myself as an expert on all things Jewish, but I do love the beauty, tradition and history when I attend a Jewish wedding. I can appreciate the breaking of the glass, the terrified look while participating in the ‘Hora’ and other traditions that are, well, just for someone of this faith. I wanted to honor this tradition with sharing some wonderful information that I’ve been proud to gather.

What happens when JDate actually works? That was the predicament Sara Marcus found herself in when she first became engaged. While print and online wedding resources abound, she found that none specifically addressed the needs of planning a Jewish wedding. So being enterprising, she created one. is for those faced with questions like “Where do I get a ketubah?” “What Jewish traditions should I incorporate in to my wedding?” “And what exactly is the Mezinka Dance?” is a one-stop resource for Jewish wedding planning needs; from finding vendors, to researching traditions, to connecting with others who are sharing the same experience. You’ll find a group of Jewish brides from Unaffiliated to Orthodox who blog about their wedding planning from engagement to wedding day, vendors, DIY projects and a lot more. What I particularily loved was the beauty of traditions and customs. Everything from AufRuf to Yichud is demystified with straightforward definitions.

“ is the resource I wish I had when I was planning my own wedding,” says Founder Sara Marcus. “It truly fills a void. I believe it will become the premiere destination for couples planning a Jewish wedding.”

There is a wonderful vendor who does the best Ketubahs I’ve ever seen.
Couples from all different religions and cultures have embrace the Jewish wedding tradition and its beauty. I think it’s a wonderful daily reminder of the vows you have made to each other on your wedding.

Daniel Sroka is an artist and designer who creates fine art wedding ketubahs from his collection of abstract photography of nature. While I am not expert in the Jewish Wedding tradition, I do know a work of art when I see one. With one of Daniel’s creations you will have a unique and meaningful daily reminder of your love and promises made. In my opinion they are simply beautiful. As a lover of photography and flowers, I think has some that are truly breathtaking.

I happen to love They are a Judaica and Jewish Gifts Shop that brings modern design to Jewish lives. They also have lists of Wedding contracts, a Jewish registry, guides and tons of great information.

Some of the beautiful articles they have for sale are:

* Ring Bearer Bowl from Paloma's Nest -- specially made for ModernTribe with the Hebrew word "Ahava" which means love.

* DIY Jewish Wedding invitation templates -- modern designs that are customizable and can be printed out at home so brides & grooms can use their own paper, embellishments and have beautiful wedding stationary at a low cost.

artdecoDiamondsI know this is just the very tip of the many sites and blogs that you may have information on. I do happen to have to give a shout out to ‘Not Your Bubbes Kitchen’: who taught me how to make a proper chicken soup, and my dear Sue and Stuart of who have helped me pick out some beautiful bridal bling.

To all my friends of this beautiful faith I say Mazel Tov.
L'Chaim to you all.

For more info: Modern Ketubah : fine art ketubot inspired by nature -
Daniel Sroka Designs LLC : v/f 866-285-0164
Art Deco Diamonds Toll Free: 1-877-321-3326 (DECO)

If you know of an ethnic group, site, organization or vendor that you think I should profile, let me know.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It's Wednesday, so it must be about green products

nuNAAT products photo with their compliments

During bridal market this week, I met several designers that are creating the most amazing eco-couture gowns - I can't wait to share them with you. These designers have taken up the call to provide you with the best in natural, or environmentally-friendly fabrics available, while creating couture you have to see, to belive. Of course this is just the latest in going 'green'. Yes, there are designers and brides that are concerned about the environment and being 'green' is not a fad. Today, here are three companies will help you get your hair, nails and skin bridal-ready, all the while being good to the environment.

HAIR - nuNAAT offers a line of hair and skin products specifically designed to combine the latest technology with a variety of natural ingredients, mainly found in the Amazon Rainforest. The natural ingredients used to make nuNAAT’s products are obtained through ecological processes and sustainable development, which helps to generate income for the local comminutes and contributes to the forest’s preservation. nuNAAT is committed to the development of breakthrough product formulations with new and exiting natural ingredients that are proven to deliver hair and skin types. nuNAAT products are available for purchase through the company’s Web site at

NAILS - G2 Organics is an innovative line of natural and organic products with healing powers based on the teaching of Reiki. Good for you good for the environment. The brand's mission is to provide consumers with safer alternatives as well as to encourage the wondrous benefits to being spiritually present in all that we do. The nail polish remover is organic, and has all the effectiveness of traditional removers minus the offensive odors and harmful carcinogens. Having mothers that battled cancer, Cherie and Marie are giving a portion of all sales towards cancer research. "One drop at a time" that's what we are trying to do. For more information, please visit

BODY - Votre Vu is a luxurious skin care brand that brings the best naturally-based skincare solutions to the U.S. market and beyond. Harold Zimmerman, the CEO of the company introduced the best of both beauty worlds to the American market by merging French traditions and American ingenuity. Their extensive line offers high standard skincare products including facial care, body creams, and hair care. Votre Vu products not only tend to outer beauty, but ensure that every area of a person’s skin care health regimen is tailored to their concerns and needs. For more information, please visit

There are so many more vendors to share with you and I will in the next few weeks. Do you have a favorite vendor that I should know about? Tell me. I'm always interested in what you're using. Next eco-Wednesday... couture bridal.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Introducing MinnaK...

Minna K
Sandra Nyanchoka from America's Next Top Model

For the last four days, I've been in the midst of bridal market. It's just like fashion week, only a lot more tulle, lace, silk and bridal-bling. This is also the time when buyers, magazine editors will be viewing the spring 2010 designs and preparing the photos that you will see in their upcoming magazine issues. I can't wait to be able to share with you the experience of meeting some of the top people in the business and their insights.

Before I get to my first designer MinnaK, I must share the inside SCOOP that I received from Get Married Magazine. If you don't have a copy, it's on stands now. Becca Leish, director of marketing told me that Get Married is "marrying WE TV" beginning Jan 2010. That's right, you'll be able to now find your favorite bridal show on the 'WE' chanel, Saturdays beginning at 9:30AM. I was so thrilled to be able to post that news on twitter last night and now all of you know. I'll have more with Becca as well as Stacie Francombe, the president of Get Married in a few days. With out further haste...

There are so many wonderful designers out there and then there are ‘the names’. You know like: Oscar, Vera, Amsale, Monique... Their very names symbolize grace, elegance, and quality. I was very lucky to meet a new designer (during Fashion week, but I wanted to introduce her to you now while in bridal market) who I’m sure will soon join the ‘first-name club. It is an honor to introduce you to MinnaK.

What are the 'hot' types of gowns are girls asking for (either type of material (cotton, silk) style, shape etc.)?

Girls usually ask for custom - they want to design their own gowns, or mix one part of one style with another. The majority of brides go for strapless with a-line skirt or ball-gown type silhouettes. I don't generally design this type of gown since there are so many out there. Plus I am more into clean, modern, sexy, clingy type of gowns. Not all my gowns are like this, but this is what I am more known for.

What motivated you to do a 'bridal line' and what is your inspiration?

When I was apprenticing in Paris and doing a study abroad program at The Paris Fashion Institute, I had the opportunity to attend couture shows. I absolutely fell in love with the art of fashion. I carried this with me when I moved to New York, and after studying at Parsons School of Design, I worked under a bridal house - Amsale. She became my mentor. To see the beauty and craft of each gown being made was inspirational. This is how I began doing bridal. Once in awhile I would veer off and do other dresses (as you saw in the show), but from now on, I'm focusing heavily on bridal and evening wear. That's where my passion lies.

My main inspiration is Vionnet. She is my favorite designer, and she is known for Grecian style bias cut gowns. I refer to her when I design my gowns.

Do you use 'natural fabrics/are you eco - if yes why and what other ways do you think a bride be more 'environmentally friendly?

I am not eco but I do use natural fabrics. 99.9% of the wedding gowns in my last collection were silk and lined in silk. I love the organic aspect of natural fabrics, and the way that they feel. Things that come from nature is beautiful to me.

How long does it take to create a dress and what are your price ranges?

I usually ask for at least three months, longer for custom. I am still a small design house, but more established design houses need 6 months or more to create the gown for one bride. It's labor intensive but worth it in the end. My bridal collection starts at $2100.00

Anything else you want the readers to know about your designs?
If a bride is interested in any of the bridal rtw, they can contact Kleinfeld Bridal, or contact me directly. My information is located at

I enjoyed the freshness and modesty of both MinnaK and her designs. If you are looking for young sophistication, that is flirty, and YOU are wearing the dress, not the other way around, please check her out.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Guest Blogger shares her confesions of Fashion Week : Ms. Gemma Seager UK

Recently I was asked by a fashion student what it's like to attend Fashion Week. Well, what can I say? Its simply amazing, tiring, and the best dessert all rolled into one. I had a blast, met lots of friends (thx Twitter!) and especially found my FIRST guest blogger delightful. So when she wrote about her experience in London, I absolutely had to share it with you. If you love fashion in general - especially retro-chic fashion, you should read her work. While I know it's not 'bridal', I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. As I get ready to attend bridal market in NY next week, a lot of this insight holds true for all you new bridals bloggers out there so take note.

Confessions of a Fashion Week First Timer
by Ms. Gemma Seager - AKA Retro Chick

In case you didn’t already know, this was my first season with a Press Pass at London Fashion Week. Lack of organization, lack of confidence and a lack of belief that I would get approved for a pass in the first place meant that in the end I decided to attend just the Saturday with the intention of checking out the exhibition, soaking up the atmosphere, and generally getting a feel for what London Fashion Week means without completely killing myself.

This meant I had to turn down a couple of invitations, for other days, but some last minute emails and a bit of begging and borrowing from Reena at Fashion Daydreams meant I bagged an invite to the Louise Gray and Cooperative Designs presentation and the Bryce D’anice Aime catwalk show at Fashion Scout.

I was hellish nervous beforehand. To be honest I’m probably that kind of person anyway, but London Fashion Week (or any Fashion Week) has a gloss of glamour and in crowd, air kissy, bitchy girl judgment about it which had me in a heightened state of awareness about everything I put on that morning. Not wanting to stand out too much (I’m such a wallflower) I stuck to black tights and jacket with a short black and beige silk dress.


Arriving at Somerset House alone to pick up my Press Pass and get to the Louise Gray presentation I felt 2 things:

  • Fear – I had NO CLUE where I was going, there were signs and maps, but they meant nothing to me
  • Excitement – The atmosphere really was amazing.

Suffice to say I managed to find “Registration and Fast Trak” at the back of the Courtyard behind the Catwalk Space and swapped my print out email for an exciting press pass to wear round my neck


Essentially Fashion Week is a huge trade show. Two years ago I somehow ended up at the National House Builders Exhibition in Birmingham (don’t ask) and I spent the day walking round stands while PR reps attempted to give me leaflets, mouse mats, mugs and keyrings. Fashion Week is basically the same, but with less mouse mats and mugs (shame)

Focus is often on the Catwalk shows, with their glamour, mystique and front row celebrity, but there is A LOT more to see, even if you’re a blogger or buyer with a focus on more affordable fashion this is definitely a place to find out about labels and designers you might otherwise miss.

So, as a Fashion Week First Timer these are the tips that I will take forward with me next season:

  • Wear flat shoes

  • There are 2 types of people at London Fashion Week. The ones that want to take photos and the ones that want their photo taken. If you are one of the former then no one gives a crap what you look like except you, so you might as well be comfortable. If you must wear heels then at least take flats with you so that when you are stood at the front of a queue for a show that is running 45 minutes late and the clipboard Nazis are running up and down ushering more important people straight to the front of the line you won’t be tempted to cry/sit on the floor/kill them with your stylishly spiky heels.

  • Take a big bag

  • If you are a blogger there is a lot of potentially useful information you can collect and you’ll need a bag to put it in. Look Books, Press Packs, copies of Drapers, free chocolate (thanks Oxfam) they’re all big and heavy and need somewhere to live. They did give you a LFW Tote Bag when you registered, except I somehow missed out as I went to Fast Trak and to start with everything was in my handbag (my Lulu Guinness City Tote, why not try and win your own ;o) ). I did grab a tote later on, which brings me to my next tip.

  • Ask for help

  • There are people dressed in black, generally hovering around the info signs. They are wearing big badges that say “HELP” (or something like that). Oddly enough they are there to help and when you ask them a question what they do NOT do is fix you with a withering stare like you don’t belong. They tell you what you need to know, and then they smile. Weird.

  • Take plenty of Business Cards

  • Seriously, I took about 10 (I mean, who gives a crap about me?) and I’d run out by lunch time. The PRs on the exhibition stands are there to make contacts just as much as you are, and they want your details, make sure you have them to give.

  • Look at the Exhibition

  • Like I said, the Catwalks have the glamour, but not only is the exhibition stuffed with useful new discoveries, but each stand tends to be manned by PR people, and they don’t only represent one client. Making contacts here, even if that specific stand isn’t of massive relevance to you, could really benefit you in the future.

  • Be yourself

  • Some people are arses who will demonstrate not the slightest bit of interest in discussing their product or design with you. Some of them are lovely, friendly, open people who want to chat with you about life, let you admire their shoes, try on their hats and form useful business relationships. Don’t try and impress the first kind, they’re not worth it, they’ve already read your badge and decided you’re not important enough to talk to. Their loss.

  • Don’t buy lunch at Somerset House

  • This salad cost £5.25 (Yes, I’m a Blogger, I’m allowed to photograph my lunch). There are cheaper and yummier places round the corner.


No matter where you are, this story is so true...and yes there is better food outside of the venue and less expensive - even in NYC. Thanks so much to Gemma and check out Retro Chick

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A shoe even Cinderella would like

The tradition of drinking Champagne out of a woman’s shoe began in 19th century France. Legendary for their allure, prima ballerinas were famously toasted by gentleman patrons who would pour Champagne in their dance slippers and then drink out of them. Personally I think it's pretty gross. Imagine...all that dancing and then drinking out of sweaty toe-shoes. YUCK!!!

Recently during Fashions Night Out in NY there was a simulation of this tradition as copied by dancing girls of the Folies Bergere during the days of the Belle Epoque Paris. Of course it looked AMAZING in the windows of Chritian Louboutin.

Well, they have done it again. This extravagant ritual has been reawakened by the House of Piper-Heidsieck and master shoe maker Christian Louboutin in a box set. The set consists of a bottle of champagne and a red-soled Louboutin glass stiletto. The set will be available in the US on October 19th.

I don't know how feasible it will be to actually wear these, but I am willing to bet that sipping champagne from these will taste better than old slippers, unless you're Cinderella.

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Columbus Day: Divine Chocolate to boot!

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Columbus had his discovery, and I have mine.

I have been so remiss in my writing to you because I’ve not shared this company. When I tell you their chocolate is simply – well, Divine, I’m not kidding. Being a lover of the product, I want you to know what great event they have coming up this month. More than that, I want you to know who they are, the great work they do and why you should care.

Divine Chocolate, the farmer-owned fair trade chocolate brand, kicks off Fair Trade Month by asking chocolate lovers everywhere to enter its Share the Love Recipe Story contest. In this unique twist on the traditional recipe contest, entrants will be judged based on the personal story they submit describing their favorite chocolate recipe that they love to share with others. As part of the fun, Divine has enlisted renowned comfort food bakers and cookbook authors Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito of Baked to serve as celebrity judges for the contest.

Chocolate lovers are encouraged to compete in one of four distinct categories: Best Chocolate Cookie Recipe Story; Best Chocolate Cake Recipe Story; Best Chocolate Drink Recipe Story; and Best Chocolate Pastry Recipe Story. One winning story will be selected from each category.

“Everyone has a favorite chocolate recipe that evokes home, comfort and love,” says Erin Gorman, CEO of Divine Chocolate US. “This contest is designed to get people sharing those recipes and those feelings. In turn we hope to connect people who love chocolate with cocoa famers who work hard to make all those great feelings possible.”

As part of the submission process, entrants will also be asked to identify and describe the person(s) they’d most like to share their favorite chocolate recipe with.

"We look forward to seeing what members of the public come up with,” says Matt Lewis of Baked. “This is such an interesting way for chocolate fans to share their stories with others.”

Winners in each category will receive $250 in cash, a year’s supply of Divine Chocolate -- and a special goodie bag featuring gifts from Baked, The Body Shop, Putumayo World Music and Ten Thousand Villages. Category winners will also have Divine Chocolate versions of their recipes brought to life by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito.

I realize that your wedding is “about you”, but this is a wonderful way to spread the good feelings you have. Purchase any of the many Divine flavors of chocolate and give them as gifts. You’ll not only make your guests happy, you will be providing fair wages to chocolate growers in Ghana with your purchase.

For more info: Please go to their site for more information as well as chocolate order forms:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

An Oriental twist on your wedding attire

Shanghai Tang
All photo credits: Shanghai Tang

Back in the 1990’s, I was working in technology public relations for the Government of Singapore. Let me tell you it’s a beautiful country, with heat and humidity that reminds me of Florida and daily rain showers to prove it. I lived off Orchard road, which would be equivalent to living around the corner from Madison Avenue. High-end shops along this main street, one more beautiful than the other but one always stood out - Shanghai Tang. Their clothes were beautiful, exquisite quality, and the staff with a keen eye in helping me picks out colors that complimented me. How happy was I when they finally decided to come to NY in 1997. Currently, the Madison Avenue flagship store has been open since May 2008.

Shanghai Tang is truly the first luxury brand emerging from China. Its design mission is to revitalize Chinese innovation and to interweave it with the dynamism of the 21st Century. From a colorful and nostalgic art deco concept store in Hong Kong, Shanghai Tang has evolved into a modern lifestyle vision of Chinese chic. They have incorporated Chinese symbols of luck, prosperity, health and happiness through vivid color prints of goldfishes, lotus flowers and ingots into their clothing line. With a custom tailoring department you can create a bridal gown that is truly one of a kind.

Mr. Sam Roseman, Shanghai Tang’s Imperial Tailoring Manager, has graciously shared some information about the brand and how couples can bring a bit of the Orient to their wedding day.

Shanghai TangWhat are the 'hot' types of gowns women are asking for (either type of material (cotton, silk) style, shape etc.) and are they similar to gowns worn for traditional Chinese weddings?

The Shanghai Tang bridal Qi Pao is a unique mix of antique Shanghainese craftsmanship and traditional Chinese wedding gowns combined with modern European fabrics and innovative new silhouettes. The Shanghai Tang bride truly represents the most luxurious image of Modern China. The respectful blending of old and new results in a contemporary yet classic gown that is steeped in tradition but draws on modern design elements and new textures as well. The silhouette combines the high 3 inch mandarin collar, reminiscent of the Hong Kong jazz singers of the 1960's, tiny pinched waists, bare backs, soft flowing fishtails, French scalloped edges and light reflecting crystals. Traditional Chinese elements are used to enhance the details with handmade flower buttons, hand-sewn satin piping, silk knot fastenings and carved semi precious stones. White French beaded lace, fine printed silk chiffon, bold floral cut velvets, and hand embroidered silks are all available for the Shanghai Tang bride.

What times of the year do you see a spike in bridal gown orders?

Bridal orders are taken all year. However, we focus on our biannual overseas trunk shows that occur in the London, New York and Singapore boutiques. The Imperial Tailoring manager showcases the new collection and new fabrics to Imperial Tailoring clients during a one-on-one couture style consultation. The consultation involves taking measurements and creating new designs on-the-spot based on the client’s needs.

shanghai tangHow long does it take to create a dress?

An Imperial Tailored Qi Pao or gown can take up to 3 months to create, depending on the number of fittings required to ensure the perfect fit. Generally one month is required to complete a garment.

Is there anything else you want readers to know about Shainghai Tang?

At Shanghai Tang we are dedicated to fostering and preserving the dying art of Shanghainese tailoring. We employ 8 traditional tailors whose fathers were an integral part of the Chinese emancipation from Communist uniforms to create what we know today as the Qi Pao or Cheong Sam. Fleeing China and moving to Hong Kong these tailors revolutionized the Chinese wardrobe and reinvented the traditional Chinese clothing by recreating the Qi Pao as a short, form-fitting garment that worshiped the female form. This traditional craft and detailed technique were passed down from fathers to their sons who now employ the same techniques in the creation of Shanghai Tang’s handmade Qi Pao.

If you are in NY, they will be having a trunk show October 15-18 2009, from 10:00am-7:00pm. I would recommend that you contact Ms. Megan Fung, to set up your appointment. Please visit for dates, upcoming events and store locations.

For more information or to set up an appointment during the trunk show, please contact: Megan Fung -
Shanghai Tang Flagship Store - 600 Madison Avenue NYC – 1.212.888.0111

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fall Signiture Drinks

Fall Drinks! Thanks from Food Network Magazine



For the infused vodka:

* 1/2 cup candy corn

* 1 1/2 cups vodka

For the cordials:

* 2 ounces orange liqueur

* Juice of 1/2 lemon

* 1 large egg white

* Candy corn, for garnish


Infuse the vodka: Combine the candy corn and vodka in an airtight container; set aside for at least 3 hours, then strain.

Make the cordials: Add 4 ounces of the candy corn vodka, the orange liqueur, lemon juice and egg white to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Strain into 2 chilled martini glasses and garnish with candy corn.

Monday, October 5, 2009

It's GONE: Condé Nast to Close Gourmet, Cookie and Modern Bride

What a sad way to start the week, but it seems the economy is truly hitting every industry including ours. Condé Nast plans to announce this morning that it will close Gourmet magazine, Cookie, Modern Bride and Elegant Bride. Cookie is a relatively new introduction, started in 2005, while the bridal magazines were seen as offshoots of the bigger Brides magazine, which Condé Nast also owns.

The cuts come at the conclusion of analysis of Condé Nast’s costs, and told several magazines to cut about 25 percent from their budgets. These are the first closings announced.

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