Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wedding events, trunk shows and cocktails: Sept-Oct 2010

I wanted to tell you about the new partnership between Carolee jewelry and celebrity stylist Amanda Ross.  Amanda is the Style Consultant for the Fall 2010 collections for Carolee and Carolee LUX.  Amanda has worked with the company to direct and style the Fall marketing campaign based on the top Fall trends, which include 50’s, Nordic, Jet, and Menswear.
So if you are available stop by Bloomingdale’s 59th St on September 30th.  She’ll be speaking at the Beauty Spot on the 1st floor and working with the Personal Shopping Department to give personal jewelry styling tips to customers based on Fall trends.  Ask her for some suggestions for your bridal wear. 
Who: Carolee and Amanda Ross
Where: Bloomingdales-59th street
When: September 30 from 5:30-7:30pm

CHICAGO Brides/Couples: The Wedding Salon is having a "Million Dollar Wedding Event on Monday Oct 4 from 4-9pm Fashion shows, beauty suites fashions and of course, cocktails and a fab goodie bag.
Who: The Wedding Salon
Where: The Sofitel Water Tower – Chicago
When: October 4 from 4:00-9:00pm  Go to: www.weddingsalon.com Promo Code for tickets BE9C

Amsale, Kenneth Pool and Christos Trunk Show for Bridesmaids
Who: Amsale
Where: The Wedding Library
When: Sept 30-Oct9
Contact for appt: 212-327-0100

Who: Kenneth Pool
Where: Saks Fifth Avenue
When: September 30-October 3
Contact for appt: 212-940-2269

Who: Christos
Where: Amsale Flagship Store
When: October 7-October 9
Contact for appt: 212-583-1700

Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier

Who: Vera Wang Trunk Show
When: September 30 – 2
Who: Oscar de la Renta Trunk Show
When: October 7 – 9
Who: Angel Sanchez Trunk Show
When: October 21 - 23
Where: Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier
Contact for appt: 212 319 6778

Bridal Reflections

Who: Badgley Mischka
When October 1-3
Where: Carle Place/Westbury Salon
Contact for appt:  516.742.7788

Who: Marina K Couture
When: October 8-10
Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Salon
Contact for appt: 212.764.3040

Who: Ines Di Santo
Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Salon
When: Oct 15-17
Contact for appt: 212.764.3040

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Aisle New York: A new way to shop for bridal attire

I’m sure you’ve already heard about it by now, but if you’re new to the wedding planning process, allow me to introduce you to The Aisle New York, an e-commerce site for luxury bridal services. This membership only website showcases the most exclusive brands in bridal and wedding in limited engagement, timed-sale boutiques, all at exclusive, insider prices. 
The Aisle New York has hand picked a selection of bridal fashion and accessories from the world’s top designers including: Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Jenny Packham, Reem Acra, Lela Rose and more of our bridal favorites.  Their merchandise ranges from one-of-a kind runway pieces, coveted designer archives, new custom-made orders, and exclusive designer capsule initiatives.  They are simply stunning!  I (along with others) feel "It is About Time!"  Of course on the panel are Co-Presidents David Yassky (former Fashion Editor and Stylist at Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) and W Magazine, Shara Levy Esq., Deborah Moses of Moses Media and Mark Ingram of Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier to partner as Co-Founders are the industry professionals behind this new venture.  Talk about a line-up. 
With the desire for brides to be fashionable (see I told you “Brides Love Fashion”) and economical, this is an idea whose time has come. And to spread the love even further, The Aisle New York donates a portion of proceeds from every gown sold to the charity of the designers’ choice. What I really love about this is when you finish your purchases; you will see the exact amount that will go to the designers’ charity on your statement.  How many other companies put the actual donation amount in writing so you actually see it?  None I know of, so kudos to them!! 

Get a beautiful dress, and accessories from the comfort of your home, no matter where you are.  To Pre-Register for membership visit http://www.TheAisleNewYork.com 
If you want to stay up to date on the latest, follow them on twitter @twitter/theaisleny

TLC seeking Couples in NY/NJ/CT & Miami

TLC is currently casting Season Three of Four Weddings featuring NY, NJ, CT & MIAMI brides getting married in OCTOBER 2010 – MARCH 2011! TLC gives four brides the opportunity to compare notes with otherbrides, attend each other’s weddings and… Win an exciting 5 star Honeymoon!   They are looking to feature ALL types of weddings: Traditional, over the top, unusual venues or event spaces, married on a cliff, at the zoo…you get the idea.
If you’d like to be considered for the show, please immediately email your name,
wedding date, location, contact info and a picture of you & your fiancé to: TLCBrides@gmail.com. However, This is NOT a “Bridezillas” type of show. Sadly, destination Weddings are noteligible** **NY, NJ, CT weddings must be within an hour of NYC** **Miami weddings must be within an hour of Miami**

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wedding of Coco Rocha and James Conran - Aug 2010

I love a good wedding. While I will say, the fact that this bride is tall, beautiful, thin don't take away from her inner beauty.  Coco Rocha is one of the sweetest models to participate during NYC Fashion Week.  I guess what makes her super beautiful is the fact that she does charity work without standing on a table to say "See what I've done".

She married James Conran in France in August and this movie (18 min long) is so well done, I just had to post it.  Now...I'm not suggesting you run out and have someone video tape your wedding, nor am I saying run to France (unless you want to).  The dress by Zac Posen is - WOW!!  I wanted to share this because it's real.  The emotion is real; the flowers are real.   The unexpected rain is real....but how they handle it is a model to follow (no pun intended).

In particular look at the lighting, the candles the flowers and the intimacy of their wedding.  I absolutely loved it.  Oh...the vows, hankie worthy.  Tell me what you think, I'm interested.

Coco + James // Short film from Americana Cinema on Vimeo.

Oscar de la Renta Bridal preview

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Emmet McCarthy offers fashion week sweet ending

This is a sweet way to end Fashion Week.  Sugar Flower Cake Shop will be providing the sweet treats.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The 2011 Farah Angsana collection

Hi Everyone!!  I feel so badly that I've been craaaazed with Fashion Week.  Have you been following my tweets:  @bridalease.  It's been a great experience but with writing for a magazine in London (yes, I've officially gone international) tweeting the shows, writing...I'm pooped.

I don't want you to miss Farah because she is one of my fav bridal designers.  Honestly one of the sweetest, kindest ladies on the planet....AND...well, in a few weeks, I'll be able to share some GREAT NEWS about her and her 2011 Bridal collection.

In the mean time, if you would like to see her RTW collection (which hints as to what's coming for bridal), then please click this link. The new company "Yours In Bridal" will continue to be the 'editorial' page...and this one...Bridalease will begin to cover what's happening in your local area.  So tell me what's going on with you.

So if you're not already...follow me on twitter.  The coverage of the shows has been getting pretty great reviews :-)  @bridalease #NYFW

Thanks - Off to Vera Wang...

Monday, September 13, 2010

NY Fashion Week: Christian Siriano is BACK and just as fierce

I think when you’ve won “Project Runway” and lauded as one of the best designers of your time, the pressure might be just a bit high. Not for Christian Siriano whose 2011 collection is inspired by Africa, Indian and Chinese influences mixed with a dash of elegant opulence for good measure.

From wide-legged trousers, safari shorts and jacket (which looked fresh and not dated!), to structured cocktail dresses and the lightest floating evening gowns (even though they look like they weigh a ton – they don’t) that had the entire room cheering. There was brilliance in using Asian fabric prints based on digital photographs of Chinese and Buddhist temples and combining multi-layered Indian beading accents. Once simply couldn’t take your eyes away from the patterns because they were truly captivating.

Of course, we can’t forget the shoes. Sky-high on models who were already tall, just made his cloths more statuesque. The four styles were from:
Shanghai (with it’s strong Chinese influences)
Mumbai (which is powerful with a feminine Goddess vibe)
Nairobi (which reflects the neckpieces worn by women of the Padaung tribe of Southeast Asia) and
Zanzi (a bootie) from Africa and included a unique heel designed to look like an African hand-carved piece emulating a tool.

This is the Christian Siriano from Project Runway. Last season, he was FIERCE, but safe. This season, it’s all him, all the time and the crowd loved it! I keep asking Christian (ok, so this is only the second time), when he’s going to come out with a bridal line. I never get a straight answer but I think his finale pieces could easily become bridal pieces. Hey Christian, at least create some shoes in white ok?

Fabric trends: Leather, Cotton Bateau, Metallic Tweed, Brocade, Silk Chiffon, Silk Crepe, Silk Charmeuse, Satin, Silk Organza, Taffeta, Silk Croc Embossed, Snake Embossed and Tulle

Color trends: Metallic, Cognac White, White, Champagne, Ivory, Chocolate/Tan, Turquoise Giraffe, Amber Giraffe, Gold Stone, Black, Red, Dark Temple Print/Light Temple Print, Bone and Paprika

Style trends: Leather belted safari jacket, kimono shirt dress, long and flowing back on dress/shirt, wing sleeve blouse, scalloped bust, bubble gown, one-shoulder with beaded trim, Trench coat with pencil skirt (LOVED IT!!) and beaded empire waist. 
For a full slide-show please click here.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Guys very own Fashion's Night Out

Guys. Fashion Night Out has some great opportunities for you to get your shopping on as well.

Let’s start with things that are really important…liquid libations:
While I can appreciate beer, you can have it anytime. Why not try something that you may want to have served with your groomsmen or perhaps your new Father In Law:

Ralph Lauren downtown will have lots of shopping opportunities along with Champagne, and Jessica Alba will be helping guests pick out fabulous clothes.
Ralph Lauren – 379 West Broadway

Ben Sherman is known for (96 Spring St.; 212-680-0160) where Glenmorangie Scotch and Newcastle Kegs will quench your thirst
Ben Sherman - 96 Spring St

Don't let the otent pink Belvedere IX drink fool you and show your sensitive side. Molton Brown has some of the bath products that you will love. Try the Black Pepper bathwash.
Molton Brown -128 Spring St.

Andaz 5th Avenue and Downtown at Inven.tory owners Whitney Singer, Mike Townsend and Kat Berkery will serve whiskey from 400-year-old distillery Bushmills.
Andaz - 5th Avenue 485 Fifth Ave
Inven.tory - 232 Lafayette St

Billy Reid's store will host a night of Southern Hospitality with refreshments and spirits, and an exclusive band playing live in the store.
Billy Reid - 54 Bond Street

I’m really lovin’ the suits and great casual wear at Against Nature Atelier who are actually celebrating their one-year anniversary tonight. Guys, you really have to check them out and with Hendrick’s Gin as a sponsor, you’ll at the very least have a great cocktail.
Against Nature Atelier - 159 Chrystie St

Bloomingdale’s SoHo during Fashion’s Night Out. You’ll peruse chalk-striped suits, brogue shoes, club-collared dress shirts and everything else you’ll need for that daring moonlight liquor run you’ve been planning.
Bloomingdales Men’s Department - 504 Broadway

Guys, no matter where you and check out your favorite stores in NYC and Brooklyn. It’s a great night to have fun and give back to the economy.
Happy Fashion’s Night to all.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

FNO: Last minute ideas for specific types of brides.

While there are tons of lists for Fashion’s Night Out, I think this is really targeted for the fashion forward bride.
I love American Express.  They are the only card that I trust and especially during Fashion Week.  However did you know, if you give…you will also get? What do I mean?  Who doesn’t love getting $100 back after spending $500 at their favorite shop? That’s exactly what you can do at hot spots
Tory Burch, Theory, DVF, Domenico Vacca, Helmut Lang, or
Intermix anytime now, through Fashion’s Night Out.  Enroll your American Express card at www.americanexpress.com/NYFashionWeekFNO starting today!  Any American Express card qualifies, but additional terms and conditions apply, so click here to learn more! A list of participating store locations can be found at americanexpress.com/entertainment.
This is so great especially since you know you’ll spend at least that much during FNO.
For the bride that loves the style and taste of Tim Gunn:
In honor of Tim Gunn's newly released book "Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work," Lifetime.com is giving away 18 signed copies, one for each of the essential "Make it work!" moments we must all follow!
Tim's book is filled with 18 tried-and-true principles, plus the scoop on fashion's greatest divas, behind-the-scenes glimpses of "Project Runway's" biggest drama queens and never-before-revealed insights into Tim's private life.
To enter, simply leave a comment here - http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/blogs/project-runway-blog/tim-gunns-golden-rules-signed-book-giveaway - with your favorite Tim Gunn moment and you will be eligible to win!

For my Jewish brides:
L’Shanah Tovah. I know that if you are thinking about Fashion Week smack in the middle of the Holidays, how can you take part.  Well, it may not be perfect, but it’s an option.
Chabad of West 60’s, is offering High Holiday services to anyone in the Lincoln Center area.  Rumor has it; rabbi taking up the feel of fashion and the move to Lincoln center (re-birth/renew) and incorporating it in his sermon.  Like I said, it may not be a perfect solution, but there is one.  Who knows, maybe you’ll see DVF, Zac Posen and others attending services.
Chabad of the West 60’s – 145 West 67th Street
Do you want to get a taste of Fashion Week today? In celebration of September Fashion Week and Fashion’s Night Out, a Pop-Up environment in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal in New York City is being created.  The Hall will be transformed into “Fashion Central”, an interactive environment where you can experience the excitement of fashion week without an invitation!  Brands like Conair, Match.com, Amrita Singh and Silhouette Eyewear will be promoting their latest products and features and offering exciting promotional opportunities. Receive complimentary makeovers and beauty touch ups, mingle with VIP guests making special appearances including; America’s Next Top Model’s Nole` Marin.  Get your fashion party started Wednesday Sept 8th.  I stopped by yesterday and it was fun!!
Grand Central Terminal – Entrance on 42nd at Pershing Square.  Wed 9/8-Fri 8:30am-7:00pm; 9/10 8:30am-10:00pm
Pregnant Bride to be:
Can't get enough of supermodel Heidi Klum on Project Runway? Come meet her at Destination Maternity on FNO and get a peek at her new maternity line!
Destination Maternity - 28 East 57th Street
For the green/eco-friendly bride:
AuH2O is all about eco-friendly designs, creating one-of-a-kind pieces out of recycled clothing and materials. Join them for a fashion show with models, music, champagne, and treats.
AuH2o - 84 East 7th Street
For the Philanthropic bride:
Go from New York Chic to Hollywood Glam! Olivia Palermo will be on hand to style guests in gorgeous gowns from Marchesa and jewelry by House of Lavande. To complete your look, get your tresses tamed by Frederic Fekkai. Proceeds from each $75 appointment will be donated to the New York City AIDS Fund in The New York Community Trust. 
Henri Bendel - 712 5th Avenue
For the economical but fashion-forward bride:
Payless ShoeSource on Lexington has a treat for you! All four Payless guest designers: Christian Siriano, Lela Rose, Patricia Field, and Isabel Toledo, will be there to host an FNO bash. The designers will be available for a meet-and-greet and photo opp from 8-10 p.m.!
Payless Shoes - 716 Lexington Avenue
For the bride that MUST see Naomi Campbell (maybe she’ll give you a quick lesson on waking in those Christian Siriano five-inch heels. Oh, and give to a great cause!!):
Naomi Campbell's silver anniversary and she will be celebrating Fashion's Night Out by signing limited edition Naomi t-shirts at Dolce & Gabbana from 6:30-9:45 pm. Proceeds will support Fashion for Relief, a charity founded by Ms. Campbell to raise funds in the fashion world in times and places in need.
Dolce & Gabbana - 825 Madison Avenue
For the bride that wants ballet slippers (read: truly comfy shoes) for her bridesmaids:
On FNO ONLY, step over to Chanel 15 E. 57th street tore, and be the first to color customize your own Ballerinas with NYC Ballet's Kathryn Morgan and Robert Fairchild!
Chanel - 15 E. 57th street
For the bride that is in love with Maybelline:
Maybelline New York,13th Street and 9th Avenue. Be among the first 50 to arrive and receive a limited edition Maybelline makeup bag by fashion designer Michael Angel. Get made- over by a top Maybelline artist and “strut your stuff”down a catwalk for a chance to win a year’s supply of Maybelline makeup. Spokesmodels Emily DiDonato, Jessica White & Lisalla Montenegro will be on hand to judge this “Sensational Strut.” Spokesmodel Charlotte Kemp Muhl & Sean Lennon will perform a DJ set from 8PM-10PM.
Maybelline - 13th Street and 9th Avenue
If you are midtown:
Get the scoop and tips on Fall Beauty & Fashion Trends & preview what will be hot for Spring 2011 from top fashion & beauty editors & representatives.  Receive personalized makeup consultations and touch ups with Maybelline New York Makeup Artists, who will be showcasing top fashion & runway beauty trends! Receive complimentary Maybelline New York products and CVS/pharmacy coupons, plus exclusive giveaways & a complimentary Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Hot Spots Map. For More Info: www.besensationalandwin.com
Maybelline New York & CVS/pharmacy Beauty & Fashion Retreat! 1701 Broadway, New York City (next to the Ed Sullivan Theater)
How about the bride that love Brooklyn:
Williamsburg seems to be your best bet for fun fashions and great bargains.
Just hop off the “L” train to Metropolitan Avenue and head to 9th street for fun and bohemian styles.  Or, take the “G” train to Greenpoint ,which always hops and has some cutting edge designers and styles.
Post FNO:
Coinciding with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Maybelline and CVS will offer a beauty and fashion retreat with weeklong public access to makeup artists and beauty industry experts. From Saturday, September 11 through Thursday, September 16, you can visit the Maybelline pop-up shop at 1701 Broadway, next to the Ed Sullivan Theater from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Choose from a slew of activities, including personalized makeup consultations and meet and greets with beauty pros and stylists like Charlotte Willer, Elle and Blair Fowler and Phillip Bloch. Editors from Elle Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Teen Vogue and New York Magazine will be on hand to give presentations on the latest trends.
 I think this (along with all the hundreds of lists in the local paper) will give you some additional places to consider for tomorrow night.  OH, if there is a Fashion Forward Groom…I’ll have details for you tomorrow. There will be some great places for your consideration, with great fashions and smooth liquid libations.
Don’t forget to plan well, be safe and have fun!!

Giveaway: Tim Gunn gives away his 'Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work'

I must confess I love fashion week.  It actually started last night for me, at the "American Express Fashion Night Out: The Show" last night.  OMG So many amazing fashions and what was really cool is the combination of mixing and matching of fashion designers.  I'm truly looking forward to being able to bring you the latest trends that you can use for your wedding day and beyond.  
By the way...have you already entered my American Express and Tory Burch giveaway?  If not, there are a few days left, so make sure you do enter.
However today – in honor of Tim Gunn's newly released book "Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work," Lifetime.com is giving away 18 signed copies, one for each of the essential "Make it work!" moments we must all follow!

Tim's book is filled with 18 tried-and-true principles, plus the scoop on fashion's greatest divas, behind-the-scenes glimpses of "Project Runway's" biggest drama queens and never-before-revealed insights into Tim's private life.

To enter, simply need to leave a comment here - http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/blogs/project-runway-blog/tim-gunns-golden-rules-signed-book-giveaway - with your favorite Tim Gunn moment to be eligible to win!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bridal happenin' during fashion week that is all about bridal.

Just so you don't think that I'm totally forgetting all the great things that are happening in the wonderful world of bridal...This is an event you should put on your schedule for Tuesday September 14th from 6-8pm.  You will absolutely have a great time and have the opportunity to meet Darcy, David and Ron (whose cakes are beautiful to look at...yummy to eat!!)

Monday, September 6, 2010

FNO: Ways to be careful and still enjoy your Fashion's Night Out

Are you preparing for fashion’s night in NYC or anywhere in the world?  Here are some simple rules to help you maneuver and have fun.

While you want to be “haute”, as you move from shop to shop, be comfortable. If you must be ‘diva(o)’, do it from your ankles up & sensible-stylish shoes on  your feet. There is nothing less attractive than a person with achy feet.  Come on, you know exactly what I mean.

You will NOT be able to travel to every event there is.  Get over it; it’s not possible instead use the FNO map and map out your plan for your favorite shops (or events). I know I must be the only person on the planet who doesn’t have an iPhone, but it doesn’t stop me from finding you a GREAT FNO app.  Keep all your events in order and get the latest updates, super-sales and promos at your fingertips with this Lustra app.

Make your plan with friends to truly share in the energy and excitement that will engulf you during the five-hours of Friday night fun.  Last year, Madison Ave was on fire with shops music and traffic.  It was pretty hard to move from place to place (think crowded train station), but your fearless leader (uh, that’s me) managed.  This leads me to…

Be careful.  Traffic, free cocktails, lots of people – LOTS of people and the festive atmosphere can lead to ‘things happening’.  Watch your purse/wallet, and your physical person.  Be careful on the streets.  Just because there is a party on both sides of the street, doesn’t mean that the streets are closed.  Traffic will still flow.  Follow traffic lights and the rights of the road.

Finally do shop and have fun.  A lot of stores will have FNO t-shirts (40% goes to charity), others will have specialty items and super sales.  This isn’t just a night to see the celebs that will show up (which is totally cool), it’s also a night to give back to your city.  It’s a time to make a difference and yes if you’re really lucky, find a bargain or two.

Remember, no matter how much fun this is, it is just one night.  I’m sure you want to be around for a few million more.

See you there.

FNO: Bridal designers hosting events and hope you shop for the cause

Fashion Night out is just a few days away with tons of places to go, things to do and see. If you are wondering what bridal designers are up to, look no farther. To make things easier for you, you can truly “Plan Your Evening” print it out and take it with you.

Meet Michael Aram, NewlyWish, Belle Flur, Gabriella NY Bridal, Loulie Walker, NY Wedding Dance, and cocktails and desserts provided by Bottlerocket Wine & Spirits and Tawny Ong
Michael Aram Flagship Store – 136 West 18th St.

Bergdorf Goodman
will have lots of going on, including a Karoke Party hosted by Cynthia RowleyMarchesea will also be on hand I’m sure showing this season latest looks and perhaps you’ll get a sneak peek at their new make-up line “Marchesa for Le Métier de Beauté”. I’ve been lucky so see some samples and there are lots of ‘frosts and shimmer' in the lipstick line. Their Palette collection is the perfect compact offering a complete signature look for your eye, cheek, lip and face to complete your own transformation.
and many others. 
Bergdorf Goodman – 754 Fifth Ave

Vera Wang
will be making appearances at both of her shops and have some special guests with her. See her at the flagship store on Madison Ave from 6-7pm. She’ll even sign copies of her bride stylebook if you make a purchase. At 7:30 head downtown (158 Mercer Street), where she will be there with Olympic skating gold medalist Evan Lysacek . Vera and Evan will give dancing lessons to customers a la "Dancing With the Stars"! Bring your honey and pick up some great wedding day dance moves.

Vera Wang Flagship Store – 991 Madison Ave; Vera Wang Downtown - 158 Mercer Street

Douglas Hannant
will be hosting a concert by recording artist "Corrine Bailey Ray", 8PM in the Plaza Hotel courtyard. Join him between 6PM and 8PM prior to the concert performance in his Boutique for his famous Hannant margaritas. I’ve tried them and they are yummy.

Plaza Hotel – 1 W. 58th Street
Reem Acra will be having, what I think will be the ultimate in bridal beauty FNO nights. Come over and enjoy the Reem-tini cocktail and delectable sweet treats. Join Reem Acra, Preston Bailey, Sylvia Weinstock, and The Knot. This is my “MUST” for all brides in the NYC Area.
Reem Acra –14 East 60th Street

Kiki de Montparnasse
is one of my favorites in luxury intimate apparel. Enjoy live music, champagne and aphrodisiac tasting, private romance salons, our Erotic Portrait Booth and preview our latest collections on our renowned Kiki Models.

Kiki de Montparnasse – 79 Greene Street

Oscar De La Renta
and his Evening of Merengue at our Madison Avenue boutique hosted by Mikhail Baryshnikov. (Honestly both make my heart dance). While this is an invitation-only event (because of the size of the store), stop by and perhaps you can see Oscar himself doing the merengue.

Oscar De La Renta – 772 Madison Avenue

Carolina Herrera
is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of her first freestanding boutique on Madison Avenue. A photo booth will be there to capture you and your friends. The photographs are available immediately and are yours to keep. Magician Mark Mitton will join Mrs. Herrera and there will be Music by Paul Sevigny. Classic American cocktails will be served.

Carolina Herrera – 954 Madison Avenue New York 10065

From 6-11 PM there is a massive block party downtown and you should stop by the Cynthia Rowley West Village. She will have a new look—a giant mirrored façade reflecting the crowds below on Bleecker Street. Catch a glimpse of yourself and your friends, pose for photo ops with Cynthia herself. Make sure you take a look at her bridesmaid’s collection while you’re there.
Cynthia Rowley – 376 Bleecker Street

This list will get you started and considering FNO2010 event. With so many shops participating, there is something for everyone. Before you head out, don't forget to enter my Fashion Week exclusive giveaway thanks to American Express and Tory Burch. Be apart of this backstage pass, meet and greet and a goodie bag you won't believe.

Friday, September 3, 2010

GIVEAWAY: Amex, Tory Burch and a bride for the opportunity of a lifetime

I love fall. It is truly my favorite time of the year. Of course with this minor heatwave we've been having, fall seems so far away. Well, the one thing I know for sure (sounds like Oprah right??) is that Fashion Week, is just days away. You can truly feel the energy shift here in NYC and in a week from today exactly, it will be Fashion's Night Out. Perhaps they will have one in your town and if it's anything like NYC, it will be crazy.

A few things to share:
1 - I will be sharing with you some of the latest trends from some of your favorite bridal and ready-to-wear designers. For me, one of the best parts of Fashion Week is a sneak-peek at what bridal designers are looking at for trends which we will see during bridal market.

2 - I've finally finished my new site for the company "Yours In Bridal". Please check it out and let me know what you think.  Honestly, it's still a work in progress, but I can tell you - the new features, new content and some exciting giveaways are in the works...which brings me to....

3 - Do you know American Express??  I've been really lucky to partner with American Express and Tory Burch to offer one lucky bride and three of her girls the ultimate back-stage-pass experience. Click on Yours In Bridal for more details.  You know you love fashion and who doesn't want the VIP Treatment.

I will select a random name from the list of people who have completed the five steps above, and will announce the name via the Yours In Bridal blog and Facebook Page on Saturday, September 11th at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck!

So thanks for being here with me and get ready for a new and exciting BridalEase.
Don't forget to enter the Amex contest - it's going to be great!!

UPDATE: 12:22pm - Michel C. Fina has generously donated a champagne set to the lucky winner. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wine Wednesday: X-rated fusion liqueur

You’ve been looking forward to a much-needed girls’ night for weeks, and after a fresh manicure, new heels and a lipstick to match, the day has finally arrived! No matter what the occasion –it’s best to just ditch the boys (sorry guys!!) and spend a night with your favorite ladies. And the beauty of a girls’ night is that no activity is out of the question. Movie night and homemade snacks in your living room? Pulling out all the stops with dinner, drinks and dancing? Or perhaps a stress-free spa day and brunch on a lazy Sunday? Whatever form it takes, regularly scheduled bonding time with your girls is an absolute must.

When planning that fabulous get-together, start with X-Rated Fusion Liqueur cocktails. This hot pink liqueur is a sensuous blend of ultra premium French vodka, infused with blood oranges, passion fruit and mango. Sweet with just the right amount of sass, this playfully named potion will put you and your ladies in the right spirit for almost any memorable girlfriend get-together.
While I wouldn’t recommend you have too many of these before a DYI project of a night of stuffing your wedding invitations, it’s a perfect way to say THANK YOU LADIES. Gotta love these names…

Night Stand originally created by bartender Sarah Gammill of Donna’s Bar and Grill in New Orleans, LA
4 oz X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
2 packs of Raw Sugar
3 Lime Wedges
2 sprigs of Fresh Mint

Muddle raw sugar, mint and lime into the base of a shaker. Add ice and X-Rated Fusion Liqueur. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon twist ribbon.

Vintage Tinioriginally created at Vintage Spirits & Grill in Madison, WI
2 oz X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1 oz Flor de Cana 7 year
2 oz Pineapple Juice
Splash of Grenadine
Shaken and strained into a martini glass, garnished with a cherry and orange

X-Rated Flirtini from Zest in Overland Park, KS
1 oz X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1.5 oz SKYY Vodka
.75 oz Triple Sec
Splash of Cranberry
Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Xplosion originally created by bartender Matt Kivlin at Taylor’s in Milwaukee, WI

2 oz X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1 oz SKYY Vodka
1 oz Peach Mango Juice
Slice of Mango and Slice of Passion Fruit
Splash of Simple Syrup
Splash of Grapefruit Juice

Then change the instructions to: Muddle slices of mango and passion fruit with simple syrup. Combine with other ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

As always I want you to enjoy these yummy cocktails, but do drink responsibly.

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