Archives for the month of: July, 2010

Lovely Latte

Although Blumebox has been around for a little while, I still think they deserve some major credit for creating an eco-chic wedding decor option.

These little boxes come in a fantastic range of popular wedding colors, including gold and silver. Simply inflate the leak-proof inner bag, fill it with water and presto: a cute recyclable vase to showcase floral centerpieces. Another great way to use them is to display lollipops, candy canes, or swizzle sticks for candy bars.

The fact that they’re 100% recyclable and prices end at a mere $5.99 per box is icing on the cake for the environmentally- (and budget-) conscious bride. Plus, the nifty place card holders, ribbons and boas sold on the site add a cute touch.

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Click here to shop Blumebox.

Hair extensions have recently been touted as a must-have for brides who don’t have locks rivaling that of Rapunzel. However, modern brides are kicking this expense to the curb and rocking their everyday shorter ‘do on the big day. To keep it polished, consider using a sculpting pomade or thin curlers. As for accessories, a thin headband, a birdcage veil, or a pretty brooch is just enough. After all, bridal beauty isn’t about a big transformation; it’s about being the best possible version of yourself.

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Photos taken from Brides.com

Tres Chic

Remember my post on Zazzle.com, especially the part about how it’s a great resource for creating DIY invitations for a low price?

Well, I have decided to open up my own Zazzle invitation shop! So far, my collection is limited, but I plan of expanding it in the coming months. Until then, please visit my shop and let me know what you think so far.

Click here to visit my Zazzle shop.

Once upon a time, the veil was a necessary part of a bride’s wedding day ensemble. Without this coveted piece of tulle or lace, she was simply a woman in a white (or ivory or silver) gown.

However, brides have begun to step away from this tradition in favor of jeweled headbands, fresh (or faux) flowers, feathers, or even hats. The reason? Aside from the tradition becoming quite antiquated, oftentimes veils can cost nearly as much as the dress, which is definitely an expense for the budget bride who could use the money for something else. Furthermore, the veil is often discarded at the reception anyway, left all by its lonesome in the trunk of a car. They are also seen as somewhat impractical in certain situations, especially breezy outdoor weddings and brides with short haircuts that have no plans on getting extensions.

For brides looking to ditch the veil, here are a few examples of other adornments that can enhance your big day ‘do.

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Photos taken from Brides.com

As you are more than aware by now, I am a huge fan of alternative engagement rings (i.e., ones that don’t necessarily feature the traditional diamond). I am also a fan of Etsy. So, imagine my joy when I discovered Kyle Ann Metals, an Etsy shop that creates gorgeous handcrafted jewelry with a lovely selection of rings to choose from!

Kyle Ann’s pieces tend towards the very simple, minimalist bezel set design, but with a twist. Moonstones, amethyst, pearls, and other unique gemstones are the focus of their collection. But, for you traditionalists, there is a lovely diamond ring that is included. Best of all-these rings can be had for a steal!

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Click here to shop Kyle Ann Metals on Etsy.

When it comes to wedding day fashion, it may be all about the dress…but, your man has to look good too. For help in that department, I recommend Choice Cufflinks.

Their moniker is a bit misleading. While they do specialize in cufflinks of all shapes, sizes and styles (from classic to contemporary to novelty), they also have a wide selection of ties, handkerchiefs, and other accessories that the man of the hour can use to deck himself out on the big day. This is also a great resource for the groomsmen too in terms of attire and gifts, as they also see money clips, watches, and other tokens of appreciation that they would appreciate.

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Click here to shop Choice Cufflinks.

Ah vodka. Without it, the world of martinis and cosmopolitans would cease to exist. However, this Russian favorite is also the basis of the following cocktails, any of which will be a great option for a signature cocktail.

The Cape Codder

The Española Sour

The Neopolitan

The Moscow Mule

The Cosmo Rickey

All recipes and photos taken from Chow.com

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