{Luv} Note

  Remember when you passed love notes like this (sans the cotton hanky)  through your classmates- in hopes that it would land in the hands of that one crush?   This would make a cute, nostalgic 'something old' .  Tucked away in an amazing clutch?
What do you think?



and just when you thought the the shrug had seen its better days, Holly teases us with the vintage-inspired, luxe pieces. 

{find it here}


Engagement Party

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This is the season of engagements!  Which means, tis the season for engagement parties! 

The chartreuse green, chocolate brown and ivory white colour palette makes for a crisp presentation.  The invitation is clean, fresh with a bit of sophisticated whimsy.

White place settings keep the overall look simple and classy.  The follow through of chocolate napkins with
chartreuse green ribbon napkin holders is just oh la la!

How about the minimal look of these fantastic centerpiece.  They're just magical.  


Preview It...

This is a great time to be alive!  And, a great time to be planning a wedding.  No other time period in history have brides been able to visualize their planning efforts - before the wedding event! 

Enter -  Rentals Unlimited's Virtual Tabletop .  This fun tool "lets you mix and match to create the perfect table design for your event".   Once here, you can rent everything from linens, chairs, china to glassware, flatware and dance floors.  And when your designing and customizing efforts are finished, print off the sheet and either mail  it in, phone it in or walk it in and they will take care of the rest.

One of you planning lovelies have to try this out and let the rest of us know how great this tool really is...


Vintage {Luv}

Having a Vintage-themed Wedding Celebration? 
There's three pieces that are a must....
... up to the elbow gloves
... audrey hepburn inspired clutch
... ultra-feminine 1940's style stockings - way up to there  {garter optional}



Five words....Where can I buy these?!

These BEAUTIES I have to have!  I will hunt them down...and make them mine!
Do I care that I will probably have to walk on my tiptoes? {...no!}

Do I care that I'd have to take extra special care not to hit the heel on some unsuspecting hard object? {..no!}

Do I care that I'd probably not be able to walk more than a couple of feet and that I would not be able to wear them for the entire night? {...no!}

Five words....I have to have these!

And the price?....I don't care!


What's on {Your} Hand...

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Now, I must admit.  I, like most women, just {luv} beautifully unique jewelry pieces.  The more interesting and one-of-a-kind, the more magnetic it is to me.  That's why, when I saundered by these uniquely 'fruitful' wearable finger food rings, I had to write about them.  From the crevices of the artistically creative mind of Cathy, comes these daintly, delicate wearable creations.  Made from dried fruit- yes, real dried fruit- these succulent pieces ordinarily reserved for pies will certainly raise eyebrows from nearby admirers. 

I remember, some time ago, making purchasing chains of these aromatic dried fruits from the boutique kitchen shoppes.  Eagerly, I would rush home, taking in the fragrances of the seasonal delight and carefully hang my newly purchased treasures.  The sight of the dried fruit was shear art and the  fragrances were head-swirling.

I haven't smelled this little jewels, but I'd be willing to bet that the experience would be nostalgic.  Who would need perfume?  Each ring has a equally as beautiful, matching necklace.  It's your choice to make them a part of your bridal attire, but rest assured, they will be well received by your bridesmaids.


Wedding Elements...

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This beautiful ribboned chandelier would look fabulous adorning the branches of a large maple tree?
The sight of the ribbons flowing rhythmically in a gentle breeze would be simply magic.  And I am a sucker for magic. 

They real beauty of this delicate chandelier is that you can make it a DIY project for your girls' night out.


...and a great photographer ain't bad either...

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I'll take them.  The gown, the head acoutrement and definitely the confident attitude.  The muted make-up and bare nape spells 'exquisite' {with a capital 'E'}.

Oh lala



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I can't get enough of this beautiful etheral pic.  I imagine these extraordinary garments as bridesmaids apparel.  Although the dresses are different in design, I am swooning over the beautiful cut, detailing & feminity.  The fact that the style is the same, will make an unforgettable photo opportunity.

And the red shoes...can you say 'laaa vaaa'


Carry On...

~~~Min·au·dière *~~
A small ornamental case for a woman's cosmetics, jewelry, or personal items that is often carried as a handbag.

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This dainty little gem is a definite in classy vintage arm candy.  Arrival at your wedding with this  D. Evans Case Co. of Massachusetts ~ minaudiere ~ a vintage little art deco {luv}-ly that will leave them swooning. 

The Parisian firm Van Cleef & Arpels is credited with the introduction of the minaudière ~~ a vanity case that would come to be synonymous with the Art Deco period.

First created in 1930, it featured a compartmentalized interior & served as a multi~functional handbag, vanity case & purse. They were commonly outfitted with mirrors, lipstick holders, powder compacts, and a place for a key, coins, or even cigarettes.

Swoon on people.  Swoon on...


The White House ...

... Wishes You 'All The Best'...

From  The  White  House!

Your wedding is going to be exceptional. Definitely one of a kind.  Show everyone that you are truly unique.  Flaunt your dignitary style by receiving a congratulatory card of well wishes from The White House!

Here's how::

REQUIRED INFORMATION.  Include the following in your request::
~  Name and home address of honoree(s)
~  Form of address (Mr., Ms., Mrs., Dr., Miss, etc)
~  Exact date of occasion (month, day, year) your (the requestor's) name and daytime phone number
~  Wedding (Include couple's married names and current or new address)

The White House will send a card of congratulations on your wedding by contacting the Greetings Office::

By fax: (202). 395.1232
By mail: The White House, Attn:
Greetings Office, Washington DC 20502-0039

.Please review these guidelines carefully before sending your request to the White House

US CITIZENS ONLY:: The White House will send greetings to United States citizens only, for special occasions.

ADVANCE NOTICE REQUIRE:: Your request must be received six (6) weeks in advance of the event date.  (Greetings are generally not sent after the event date, except for wedding congratulations.)

WHEN TO EXPECT YOUR GREETING:: In most cases, greetings will be mailed from the White House approximately ten (10) days prior to the event.

You deserve the best!  Why not announce how extraordinary your marriage is by receiving the ultimate 'congratulations'?


Gem {Dandy}...

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... Diamond are a girl's best friend.  Especially when served up as chocolate.  Are these gems opulent?  Your Bridesmaids would gasp at the site of these yummies.  And doesn't the designer packaging leaving you swooning?  ... oh la la. 

Delight your guests with these sweet gems.  Flaunt on.

These {luv}-lies are what every well-dressed chocolate is wearing.

*De {luv}-ly...


Wed {Luxe}

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That's how Chanel makes me feel it.

How does Chanel make you feel?