Archive for April, 2008

I’ll go anywhere with you…

If you are still debating on where to go on your honeymoon, Tripadvisor has just come out with their “2008 Travelers Choice Destinations Awards” list!!

 

The top 10 Destinations in the World:

1. Milford Sound, New Zealand – (taken from the A to Z New Zealand Visitor Guide) “the most famous and accessible of the grand glacier carved fiords scattered along New Zealand’s south western coast.  Mountain peaks with sculptural, hanging valleys, send waterfalls cascading over sheer granite cliffs to the sea below.”
                           Photo Credit: A to Z New Zealand Visitor Guide

 

 

2. Queenstown, New Zealand – a perfect location for the adventure-seekers, with activities like bungee jumping, white-water rafting, mountain climbing readily available!!

                          Photo Credit: a faz

 

 

3. Philipsburg, St. Maarten – endless stretches of white sandy beaches, and the famous Butterfly Farm.

Photo Credit: St-Maarten.com

 

 

4. Cayo Largo, Cuba – tranquil white virgin beaches….but watch out for the nudists!!

Photo Credit: Cuba Travel Explorer

 

 

5. Rhodes, Greece – one of the most popular destinations in Greece, a spectacular Medieval town with a beautiful rocky coastline.

Photo Credit: Greeka.com

 

 

6. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands)

7. Cruz Bay, St. John (US Virgin Islands)

8. Bridgetown, Barbados

9. Banff in Alberta, Canada

10. Lake Tahoe, California

 

Tripadvisor’s full list features the top 100 destinations in the world, plus the top 25 destinations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Canada, so it’s definitely worth checking out!!

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Give me something to write on…

One of my favorite things to give as a gift is personalized stationary.  It’s just something that not many people will buy for themselves, but they will really appreciate it once they have it.   Chic personalized stationary can make a fabulous bridesmaid gift if you are still looking for ideas!!

You can go the very elegant, ecru card, Crane route:

 

 

A more colorful option can be found at Rock Scissor Paper:

 

 

I love this sweet owl design also found at Rock Scissor Paper:

 

 

Silhoutte Blue has fun, whimsical designs, or she will even custom design an image to fit your bridesmaids’ unique personalities.

Silhouette Blue’s Hula Hoop Girl:

 

 

Three Hip Chicks offers personalized stationary sets, that come with notecards, folding cards, gift enclosures and luggage tags, all packed together nicely in a retro lunchbox:

 

 

This adorable personalized gift set can be found at Lo-Lo Paper Treats, and includes notecards, notepads, pencils, return address labels and rubber stamps:

 

 

 

 

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Turns out he is quirky too…..

As a follow-up to my quirks post from last week, I just have to post about one of my husband’s funniest quirks.  The man has an obsession with what he has deemed, “One of the greatest movies of all time,” aka Teen Wolf.  For those of you that haven’t seen it, I have to agree, it is pretty amazing (or at least it was pretty darn good for the 80’s).

One of his nicknames for me is Boof, and he likes to call his best friend Styles.

He created a “Van Surfin” video in college:

 

The Halloween costume that won him first prize at work:

 

 

Need I say more?  What are the funny quirks about your significant others that make you love them?

 

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Box it up, I’ll take two!

I adore boxed invites…..of course I am biased, since we sent out boxed invites for our own 2007 wedding.   I think if it’s in your budget to do, they can really create a WOW factor for your guests, and get them excited about what’s to come!!

My own labor our love, our semi-DIY boxed invites (design by Prim and Pixie, thermography by Inkspot Thermography, assembly and embellishment by yours truly!) photographed by the ever-amazing Evoke Photography!  We filled the boxes, from PaperMart, with coral crinkle paper before placing the rhinestone-buckled pocketfolds in them and sealing them shut with a green belly band created from some Avery label sheets.

   

 

 

One of my craftiest brides, Ashley, has been blogged by AHS Photography for her gorgeous invites below, and for good reason!!  She filled the box with little orange candies before placing her beautifully gocco’d invites into them, and then finishing them off with some twine and an adorable tag.  Ashley and her husband Jeff decided these beauties were too precious to send via USPS, so they hand delivered each one personally!!

 

Some other eye-catching boxed invites from Prim and Pixie

Perfect for a beach wedding:

I love the detail of the delicate flower placed on top of these:

 

Definitely setting the tone for a glam wedding:

 

A simpler version, with no additional embellishment, letting the invite and the box speak for themselves:

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Quirks R’ Us

I’ve been tagged by:

Anne K. in L.A.

 …who was tagged by Jordana, who was tagged by Diabolina…who was tagged by, oh I don’t know, this tagging thing is out of hand! 

Here are the rules:

1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules in your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

 So without further ado….my quirks (or as I like to say, the things that make me loveable):

1) I can play the accordion and the flute.  Or rather, I used to be able to play the accordion and flute.   I was 5 years old when a door-to-door salesman came to our door offering accordion lessons for kids.  Now, whenever you are sitting at your job, having a bad work day, you can now thank your lucky stars that at the very least, you are not a door-to-door accordion lesson salesman.  I had the unfortunate fate of coming to the door with my mom, out of curiosity, and this salesman flung that 100 lb. accordion on me faster than you can say “dork!”  I guess I heaved that thing back and forth holding down some key, and he somehow managed to convince my mom that I was an accordion prodigy.  And thus, ensued 2 years of lugging my huge accordion to lessons, performances, and tournaments (and yes, there are accordion tournaments out there, for those of you that want to pick up a new hobby).  The flute thing happened in high school….I guess it’s a good thing, because if a flutist ever fails to show up for wedding ceremony, and someone in the audience happens to have a spare flute, I could probably play a few notes as the bride glides down the aisle.

2) I’m a ex-battered employee.  During my 5 year stint in the entertainment industry,  I faced moments much like those in Sharktank Redemption, where phones are being chucked at your fellow assistants’ heads for silly things like putting two creams in someone’s coffee instead of one.  Working at an agency, and then at a studio was a huge learning experience for me, and I’d never trade it for the world, but I’m glad I can now call myself a survivor.

3) I hate cucumbers.  My friends think I’m nuts because according to them, they don’t taste like anything….but I hate them just the same.  I don’t mind them if they are cut into tiny strips, like in sushi, but if I have to taste the slimy texture, I’m out!!  I don’t mind cucumber water though…..hmmm, I guess that’s what makes me quirky.

4) I am a hoarder of craft tools and machines, it’s a problem, and I have a really cluttered office/craft space to prove it.  Xryon, Wishblade, Click-it, a sewing machine, embossers, you name it, I have it.   In the other corner, I have 100 different types of colors and shapes of beads, kept for whenever I get the itch to make some jewelry.   And then twenty stackable cardstock trays to hold the hundreds of different shades and textures of cardstock I just HAD to have.

5) I’m bilingual in Spanish, and I didn’t speak a word of English until preschool.  My parents were both immigrants from South America  (Chile and Peru), and since Spanish was their first language, that’s what they spoke in the house when I was growing up.  Those of you that have met me know that I don’t have a trace of an accent, but it’s true, Spanish is my first language (technically).

6) I pride myself on being able to mimic any style of dancing….and keep my husband amused constantly because of it.  African tribal dance you say?  Check!  Crunking or Pop & Locking? Check!  Belly Dancing or Hula? Check and Check!!  I adore dancing and if I can watch a style for about 30 seconds, I can pretty much fake it.  This proves for many funny moments in the clubs, although my next dancing goal is mastering the Worm…I need more upper body strength to make that look good!

I don’t know 6 bloggers who haven’t already been tagged, so I will be coming out of my lurker status on some of my favorite blogs and tag:

1. Greengelato

2. AHS Photography

3. Lucky Designs

4. Ramonaruby

5. Fabulously Lizy

 

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Can’t a girl find a cupcake in this city?

The answer is yes….in droves.  The bigger question, however, is where can you find the BEST one?  That is way too subjective of a topic to even attempt to broach, but here are a few of your options:

Sprinkles Cupcakes – The Mothership (or at least the ones that started it all), located in Beverly Hills or Newport Beach.  With 22 flavors to choose from (12 on any given day), aside from your typical Vanilla or Chocolate, you can select from delectable flavors like Lemon Coconut, Peanut Butter Chip, or Red Velvet.  At $3.25 a pop ($36 a dozen), many say it’s worth it:

 

 

Yummy Cupcakes – located in Burbank and Santa Monica .  Their cupcakes come in three sizes: Mini ($1.25-$1.50 each and must be pre-ordered in dozens), Classic ($2.50-$3.25 each), or Jumbo ($4.75-$5.50 each, but must be ordered in advance).  They rotate 18 of their 133 flavors on a daily basis,  and with flavors like Happy Day, Fluffernutter, and Monkey love….can you really go wrong?

They also offer Cupcakes on a Stick….and let’s face it, what food doesn’t taste better when it’s on a stick?

 

 

Vanilla Bake Shop – located in Santa Monica.  They rotate their 20 flavors daily, with the classics like Black & White and Mom’s Birthday Cake offered every day.  Their cupcakes are $3.25 a pop, or they offer adorable little Cupcake Babies at 3 for $5.   I’ve had their Strawberries and Cream cupcake, pictured below, and I sometimes have dreams about it…..good dreams.

 

 

Crumbs Bake Shop – This Manhattan transplant is located in Beverly Hills.  These are some of the biggest cupcakes I’ve seen at any bakery, their prices range from $2.95 – $3.75 depending on the flavor.    They rotate through over 30 flavors….two of which are throwbacks to our childhood, Twinkie and Hostess Cupcake:

 

 

My Little Cupcakes – located in Studio City.  Their $3 cupcakes rotate through 20 different flavors with heavenly sounding names like Banana Nut, Smores and Lemon Meringue.  They also sell mini versions of all of their flavors, with the price ranging from $1 – $1.50 depending on the flavor.

    

 

 

Leda’s Bake Shop – located in Studio City.  They claim to be the original “mini-cupcake” inventors, and they really know how to make those suckers look cute.  They offer 15 flavors, $3 for the regular cupcakes and $1.50 for the mini versions.  You can even add custom letters (perfect for wedding cupcakes!!) for an additional $.50 a cupcake.

 

 

Auntie Em’s – based in Eagle Rock.  Some say that this is arguably the best Red Velvet in town, although they are also known for their Carrot Cake cupcakes.  They offer regular cupcakes at $3.50 and mini versions for $1.50.

 

 

SusieCakes – locations in Brentwood, Calabasas and Newport Beach.  They offer 10 classic flavors at $3 each and also offer mini versions, although the minimum order on the miniatures is 5 dozen.  Their spin on the cupcakes is that they are frosting-filled….and if their cupcakes are anything like their scrumptious cakes, they are worth every penny!!

 

 

Dots Cupcakes – located in Pasadena.  They rotate their 25 flavors only 3 times a week, so you have a better shot at being able to order some of your favorites, like their Apple Pie, or Chunky Banana.  They price their cupcakes at $2.75 for the regular size and $1.25 for the mini, and they will also add a decorative flower on top for an additional $1.

 

 

 Buttercake Bakery – located in West LA.  You will want to try this place for a more basic, but still tasty cupcake, and for one of the better bargains in town.  They don’t look as fancy as Sprinkles, or as huge as Crumbs, but at $2 a pop ($.75 for mini versions), who can argue?

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What are little girls made of?

Sugar and spice and everything nice!!  My favorite part of the processional, after the bride of course, is seeing the flowergirls coming down the aisle in their cute, adorable dresses.  

There are so many sweet options out there, it’s almost impossible to choose!

Pegeen’s Dotted Swiss Cotton Dress:

 

Kaya Couture’s Sydney Dress:

 

Sweet Beginnings’ Two-toned Satin Dress:

 

Katina Katoo’s Jane dress:

 

Even Target has some gorgeous budget-friendly options:

 

 

Or for an even more cheek-pinching look (one of my own brides, Ashley, is doing this for her own fantabulous wedding!!), there is nothing better than little girls in tutus.

From Weddingtutu.com:

 

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