Welcome to another Wedding Wednesday, lovely readers! As is to be expected, we’ve got winter weddings on the brain, and today we wanted to feature a particularly fun aspect of one- hair! Sometimes your hair is your best accessory, and there are some pretty fab things you can do with yours for a winter wedding. A colder season means there’s plenty of room to play with dramatic styles and (my absolute favorite) lovely, sparkling accessories. So come, kick back, maybe grab some coffee, and take a look at some of our favorite winter wedding hairstyles for winter.

Updos

Updo

If you’re going for a classy, elegant look then there’s nothing better than an updo. There are plenty of ways to sweep up your tresses, from a sweet bun to a pile of curls. Take it to the next level by adding a glittering hairpiece. Whether you choose an understated headband or go all out with a tiara (and who doesn’t love a good tiara?), a headpiece will tie everything together.

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Cascade of Curls

curled hair

A wave of curls cascading down your back or over your shoulder is super-romantic, making it quite perfect for a wedding. You’ll look plenty dramatic and glamorous with your flowing hair, so keep your accessory sweet and subtle.

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Retro

retro hair

When you think 70s , what comes to mind first? Volume, and plenty of it! Compliment your retro-glam style with something simple, like a lace or floral headband, and let your locks do all the talking.

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Short Strands

short hair

Short-haired ladies deserve some love too! If you’re rocking shorter strands, there’s no need to feel like you don’t have the length to do something fun. Work with what you got and keep your short hair sleek and simple. It’s the perfect canvas for a glam accessory or even bold flowers- the sky is the limit with your beautifully short hair!

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Post by Guest Blogger:  Julia Panchenko

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Valentine's DayHello My Lovelies! I’m so glad you were able to stop by. I can’t believe it’s Friday already. Boy, how time flies when you’re having fun! Looking at the calendar I saw that Valentine’s Day is just three weeks away so I’d better start dedicating some blog posts to it. Normally when most people write about the “Best” or “Hottest” spots, there are at least five. I could’ve come up with more, but when I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of romantic and sexy. If you’re anything like me, besides how deliciously tasting the food is, you want great ambiance for you and your love. So the Best Romantic Spots for Valentine’s Day that I’ve chosen for you are both found below. Hurry and make your reservation today!

The Roof Garden at The Peninsula Beverly Hills
9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard | (310) 551-2888 | Visit Website
Reservations from 5:00 pm – 10:00 p.m.

$89 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity.

Four-course tasting style menu. Serenade by strolling guitarist. Seating within a private headed cabana: $385 per couple, includes a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne. Four-course tasting style menu. Serenade by strolling guitarist.

Il Cielo
9018 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 | (310) 276-9990 | Visit Website
Reservations from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

$150 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity.

Four-course meal, beautiful set tables for two only.

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Beverly Harris WeddingsErica and Han are two of the nicest people I’ve worked with. They are easy going and definitely know what they want. For example, Erica emailed me and I’ll never forget this email, it read: “My fiance and I am planning to have our wedding in the Summer, 2015. Since we have no clue where and when to start, we have decided to hire a professional consultant. I did a lot a research, and I think our best choice is you.”

I thought to myself, we’ve never met so how can you be sure. But let me tell you, when I met Erica and Han, there was an instant connection. There was no doubt that they were the perfect couple for Beverly Harris Weddings. When meeting with my couples, I try to get them to relax by asking the question: “How did the two of you meet?” Here’s what they said…

“Our love story began in 9th grade. Han and I used to sit beside each other in the junior high school, and we soon became best friends. He was the best junior soccer player in our town, and I always enjoyed watching him playing because he was a very charming athlete. At the age of 15, we fell in love with each other.

A few months later, we both went to the same high school. Undoubtedly, we were in an “underground” relationship due to the strict school policy. We had breakfast and lunch together, discussing what interesting things happened in class; and during the 15-minute break of the evening class, we walked around the playground, looking at the stars. We would texted each other “good night” and “love you” under the blanket at bedtime.

We came to the US in 2008. Although we were not studying in the same city, we called each other every night and visited each other during holidays. This long-distance relationship had continued for four years until I finally transferred to USC.

In the summer of 2013 after we got back from Macao, Han proposed. He told me that he wanted to end the “seven year itch” and start a brand new 8th year. He surprised and moved me. I felt so lucky that I will marry a man who grew up to be such a responsible gentleman. We spent our most wonderful teenage years together, and it is the purest love that we treasure.”

Their wedding will take place at The Peninsula Beverly Hills.

Congratulations Erica and Han!

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Hello Ladies! It’s a new year and time to freshen up your beauty routine and one of the best ways to do this is with bold new eyelashes. This year I plan to embrace in some fancy eyelashes and I can’t wait. Some of you may be concerned that eyelashes can be high maintenance and can be difficult to take care of. Well you’ll never know until you ask. To make it easy for you, I’ve picked out some of the best spots for eyelashes in Beverly Hills.

Be Fabulous!

 

eyelshesLashfully 
421 N. Rodeo Drive, Suite A4
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 273-4622

Lashfully is a beauty lounge that specializes in lashes. Not only do they customize lashes, but they also provide professionally polished make-up.

 

 

 

 

eyelashesLash Linda Studio
450 N. Bedford Drive, #211
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 490-9464

Lash Linda Marie Studio specializes in high quality lash extensions, make-up, brow styling and ski care.

 

 

 

 

 

eyelashesiLash Lab
265 S. Robertson Boulevard, #4
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 993-1644

iLash Lab is the place to get beautiful, natural looking eyelash extensions. iLash Lab make sure you leave with the long beautiful lashes you want.

 

 

 

 

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Hello My Lovelies! We love looking for unique spots in Beverly Hills to share with our awesome readers. There are so many, but I won’t overwhelm you all at once. My blog has really expanded my knowledge of Beverly Hills and it’s introduced me to some hidden gems that so may people don’t know exist. So today I want to share one of my favorites with you.  Tagine Beverly Hills which is an absolute hidden gem that you should know about. So take a break from the crowded restaurants and check out Tagine.

 

tagine beverly hillsTagine, a Moroccan hidden gem in Beverly Hills with jazz music and candlelit tables, brings a charming twist to the cuisine’s exotic tastes.

Chef Ben Benameur and his co-owner, Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling, collaborated to create a place where the food is made with love and leaves guests feeling warm and satisfied. Both offered a modern take on Moroccan cuisine and mixing in a bit of traditional Moroccan ambiance.

The menu pays homage to centuries -old Moroccan cooking recipes including a hummus recipe from Chef Benameur’s mother, served with marinated olives, sautéed eggplants and Berbere bread. Tagine is a great spot for romance as the lighting is low, cushions are plush and with only nine tables filling the room, you’ll feel as if it’s just the two of you.

Tagine Beverly Hills
132 North Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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Happy New Year, lovelies! We hope your 2015 is off to a great start, as ours sure is. Last week we were delighted to have the chance to sit down and spend some time with designer Parisa Kaprealian, owner of Pretty Please Design, at Parq Bar (a great place for some tea and relaxation in style) in the Montage, Beverly Hills. Parisa specializes in and is widely known for her beautiful a la carte sofreh aghd design, and of course, all things pretty.

Parisa Kaprealian

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well, the biggest news I have to share is that I’m expecting! I have been married two and a half years to my handsome husband and we moved to Beverly Hills four years ago. We have an adorable fur baby named Tabasco and so look forward to growing our family.

2. When did you start working in the wedding industry and what drew you to it?

I fell into the wedding industry after my bridal shower. I love crafts, details, and DIY projects. It was then that I decided to open an Etsy store to sell some of my designs. I started with birdcages mostly, which proved to be incredibly popular, along with pens, flower girl baskets, and other sorts of special event accessories.  Furthermore, my girlfriend needed help with her sofreh aghd and I made a lot of the handmade hard to find traditional items for her to complete her sofreh design. It was then that I tapped into my niche of à la carte sofreh aghd design.

3.  How did you come up with the name Pretty Please Design?

I am lover of all things “pretty”- who isn’t? So when I was looking for a name to build my brand, I wanted to find something that was a little broad but fun that incorporated the word pretty. I love the play on words with “pretty please” – essentially when you kindly ask for something you want. I love that all things be “pretty, please!” whatever it entails. My everyday life consists of prettifying the ordinary one detail at a time.

4. How would you describe a sofreh aghd to someone who isn’t familiar with the Persian custom?

A sofreh aghd is a Persian ceremony spread that the bride and groom get married in front of. Like our “altar”. There are many traditional elements that make up the sofreh aghd (I have a list of about 20 standard ones that I recommend from) and all of those traditional elements represent an element of the life the bride and groom will share together. For example, eggs represent fertility, nabat (rock candy) stands for wanting a sweet life together, and esfand (wild rue) wards off bad luck, or the “evil eye”.

Sofreh Aghd Spread- Pretty Please Design

5. Tell us about your online store.

My specialty is à la carte sofreh aghd design. I created the first online storefront to be able to sale the traditional designs that need to be handmade. There was no place in the United States to find such a service before, and these pieces are highly in demand. Traditionally, the pieces that need to be handmade are made by the families of the bride or groom or often times by the bride herself. They can also be brought back from Iran. That being said, it was then I realized not all people have the time or talent to craft, but also might not have the luxury to purchase/ship things back from Iran. There are full service sofreh aghd designers who come and design a ceremony spread for a bride and groom, but they generally take back all of their items. I figured there are going to be couples that want to keep their items, or might prefer not to have used something that someone else has. This sort of service also creates a lot of “cookie cutter” designs where you begin to see the same sofreh aghd at each wedding and you lose originality.

My goal was to change this business model along with creating, or shall I say, “prettifying”, modern and custom designs. One of the staple elements on a Persian ceremony spread is the mirror and candelabras. Working with a lot of clients on the handmade elements of the sofreh design, I would often get asked where to find a nice mirror and pair of candelabras. Since there is no one-stop-shop for such decorative items, I thought it would be nice to give my clients’ an additional option when designing their sofreh by selling sofreh aghd decor. So I have a separate area of my business where I sell the decorative items that make up the sofreh aghd (i.e., mirrors, candelabras) and I carefully select their designs so that they can be used in the home by the bride and groom thereafter.

Sofreh Aghd Spread- Pretty Please Design

6. What inspires you when designing?

Really anything pretty that catches my eye. It could be a combination of colors, flowers (a big inspiration for me!), interior design – there is so much inspiration around us and it’s not just limited to weddings. I especially love to mix vintage and modern styles together to create something truly unique.

7. What distinguishes you from other Sofreh designers?

I take pride in designing my own pieces. I have many pieces that are of own my creativity that I consider modern and “couture”. Naturally I design other traditional pieces that my clients’ ask for, which are designs that originated from Iran, but I prefer to provide a combination of modern and traditional designs, giving my clients more unique and custom options. Things that are new and fresh and not seen everywhere.

8. Any new developments we can look forward to in 2015?

Well, a lot of home and baby! Due to the fact I am on maternity leave at the moment, a lot of my time and interest is in the home and on our baby. I most definitely don’t want to limit Pretty Please to the wedding industry. I’d like to be able to expand into the baby and home and entertaining markets, so we’ll see.

9. What do you enjoy blogging about and sharing with your readers?

Really just about anything! I love sharing a good deal, an easy DIY, or a fab find. We are all looking for it, ha ha. Gosh, speaking of blogging – I must getter better at it! Overall, I like being able to inspire others to design what they love. It’s great being able to see others now break into sofreh aghd design.

Post by Guest Blogger:  Julia Panchenko

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Happy Monday Everyone! We hope you had a fabulous weekend. We realize the holidays are behind us and everyone is more than likely staying put for the moment. But just in case you’re on your way to Los Angeles or just want to plan a staycation, today we’d like to share 5 reasons why you should stay at the one-of-kind Five Star boutique hotel L’Ermitage Beverly Hills.

L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

1. The hotel is a celebrity magnet. Celebrities and VIP guests frequent this boutique hotel, and it’s not a passing fad. L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is known for the major movie scripts — we’re talking Good Will Hunting and The Godfather — that were penned in the Lobby Lounge & Bar (you can see original scripts hanging here).

2. L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is small. So if you’re looking for a huge high-rise hotel with multiple dining venues, this isn’t the spot for you. It has one restaurant, one bar and only 117 rooms. But the Five-Star hotel’s size means privacy and great service (here’s where they make you feel like a celebrity or VIP).

3. They offer customized, personal service. The hotel keeps track of you during your stay, making notes of what you like and what you don’t, plus anything you may need. You can bet on your next trip the staff will serve you even better according to your preferences (no it’s not stalking, it’s to make sure they provide you with the best possible service).

4. The spa truly pampers. L’Ermitage Beverly Hills has a small spa tucked away within the gym. There are two private treatment rooms primed for pampering, or if you’d prefer you can have a facial or massage in your room or in a cabana next to the rooftop pool. While you’re at the spa, make sure to check out the gym — it features state-of-the-art equipment and a personal training system by celebrity trainer Joshua Love. Don’t miss the rooftop yoga classes on Sundays and Mondays.

5. You can ride in style. The hotel’s complimentary house car — a chauffeured Mercedes — is available to shuttle you around Beverly Hills. The service is complimentary from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and available depending upon availability. We say forget about the taxi — just make arrangements with the concierge and soak up the VIP treatment.

What are you waiting for, make your reservation today. Make sure to mention The Beverly Hills Insider.

L’Ermitage
9291 Burton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 278-3344
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Baby Bea's Bakeshop

New Year, New Home!

Baby Bea’s Bakeshop has moved to Beverly Hills!  Please join us in celebrating the grand opening of our very first retail location.  It will be a family friendly afternoon of dessert tasting, cookie decorating, and awesome giveaways!
January 24th, 2015 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Baby Bea’s Bakeshop 311 S. Robertson Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211
 The event will be filmed by our friends at CNN! so come hungry and wearing your brightest smile!
We’ll also be featuring..
Gourmet bites from Schaffers Genuine Foods
Photography by JenRenee Photography
And the chance to win up to $200 in gift cards from Heavenly Couture!

Member Of The Press?

If you’re a blogger, writer, or video host please email marketing@babybeasbakeshop.com to register for our Press Hour from 12pm – 1pm.  Get first shots of our dessert tables and decor, and one-on-one time with Miss Baby Bea!
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We’re closing in on the end of the year, and ready or not, here it comes! Since there are just a couple of weeks in 2014 left, we thought now would be the perfect time to reflect on some of our favorite things from the past year. Jimmy Choo has always been known for creating some of the finest sigh-inducing shoes around, but this past spring, the designer launched a collection dedicated to just weddings, and it is spectacular. From soft lace to bold jewels, there’s a shoe here for everyone.

Here are our Top 5 picks from the Spring 2014 Jimmy Choo bridal collection.

Fayme

Jimmy Choo

These lovely ivory platform sandals feature soft lace and thin straps, creating a truly feminine look. For those who couldn’t imagine walking down the aisle in anything but a pair of glamorous heels, these are definitely for you.

Evelyn

Jimmy Choo

Sometimes all it takes is a simple pair of white heels to make a statement. These peep toe pumps are perfectly chic, and are neither too high nor too low. Talk about classic elegance.

Dempsey

Jimmy Choo

Razzle dazzle ‘em on your big day! Metallic pumps featuring a sparkling crystal brooch on the toe are perfect to show off during the reception and on the dance floor.

Alina

Jimmy Choo

Sky-high heels aren’t for everyone. Sometimes all a bride wants is a comfortable pair of flats that look elegant enough to walk down the aisle in. These Alina flats are perfect in ivory satin, and feature a cluster of gorgeous Swarovski crystals on the front.

Louise

Jimmy Choo

Looking to get a little strap-happy on your big day? The Louise heel features cross-over straps and a simple yet pretty crystal buckle that rests on the side of the ankle. Purely elegant and refined.

Not the bride but still need a killer pair of heels for a wedding? If you’re the mother of the bride, a bridesmaid, or a guest, there are specially curated shoes just for you as well! Jimmy Choo has got everyone covered.

(Images Courtesy of Jimmy Choo)

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