The first thing I think of when I hear the word marsala is wine. And when I think of wine, I think of something that can be generously sipped, and then I’m in a pretty good place. Ha!

Besides being a kind of wine, marsala also happens to be Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015, and you know what that means – expect to start seeing this earthy tone in a number of weddings. I have to say, I really like this year’s pick. Radiant Orchid from 2014 was gorgeous and one of my personal favorites, but sometimes Pantone picks a color that can be rather – difficult to wear (2009, I’m looking at you). But marsala is a nice reddish-brown that is earthy, warm, and appropriate for any season. It pairs well with most neutral shades (such as white and ivory), but it also looks nice with many metallics. Here’s a look at some fun ways to add a splash of marsala to a wedding.

 Accessories

There are a ton of fun ways a bride can rock a little marsala. Nail polish, jewelry, or a sash around the waist or flowers in this deep red will stand out beautifully against a lighter dress. marsala nail polish(Deborah Lippman, Single Ladies shade)

 The Groom

Grooms can sport some nice marsala accessories as well. Think bowties, pocket squares, or all three! You can also loop in all of the groomsmen.

marsala groom (Elizabeth Anne Designs)

 Flowers

You may not be able to find a flower in the perfect reddish-brown, but quite a few varieties bloom in a deep red that comes pretty close to marsala. If you’re really looking to showcase the color of a year at a wedding, flowers are the way to go.

marsala flowers (magnoliarouge.com- Lani Elias)

 Place Settings

As noted earlier, marsala pairs really well with other neutral shades and metallics. This rich hue will add a sophisticated flare of color to dishes and tables in general.

marsala place setting  (Wedding Chicks)

Now – who else wants a good glass of wine right about now? ;)

 

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Happy Monday My Lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today I’m going to share my experience with the luxurious Empress Silkwear pillowcases. Let me tell you, it’s a feeling like no other. To be honest with you, I wasn’t a real silk-sheets kind of girl. They seemed like they’d be slippery and chilly. I heard that using silk pillowcases reduces the fines lines and wrinkles. I’m not sure how true that is, but it was enough for me to try it! And oh, that fancy face cream you wear, don’t worry because it doesn’t get soaked up in silk pillowcases like when you sleep on cotton pillowcases. I don’t want to think about sleeping on cotton pillowcases ever again.

Are you ready to pamper yourself? After all, you deserve it! Get yours today by going here.

 

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Photo courtesy of: Empress Silkwear

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Stuart WeitzmanWe’re having crystal fever with these Marilyn Monroe once owned Swarovski crystal earrings that are now part of these $1 million Stuart Weitzman heels.

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When you think of Marilyn Monroe, you probably think, gorgeous, sexy and classy. Honored to have been a part of experiencing Marilyn’s suite at The Beverly Hills Hotel and How Marilyn Stay In Shape Menu, we now get to experience one of the most expensive shoes ever created from Marilyn’s Swarovski crystal earrings.

These elegant, nude evening shoes are adorned with a satin rose, which surrounds a cluster of shimmering Swarovski crystals. But these aren’t just any Swarovski crystals — they’re a pair of earrings once owned and treasured by Marilyn Monroe. Actress Regina King wore the shoes to the 2005 Oscars, when she was nominated for her role in the movie “Ray.” After the red carpet event, Weitzman replaced Marilyn’s earrings with replicas and auctioned off the shoes in the Celebrity Rags 4 Charity Riches auction, where the shoes sold for $1 million.

Aren’t they stunning?

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Clive Christian For those of you who know and love perfumes, Clive Christian created the “perfume of his heart”, called No 1 Passant Guardant. This from the outset is the most expensive perfume in the world. If you want to own it you have to pony up $230,000. However; there is a catch, almost most of that value come from the bottle that the perfume come with. The diamond encrusted crystal bottle covered in 24 karat gold lattice work is truly a one-of-a-kind that deserves the “world’s most expensive perfume” tag. Created by British perfumer Clive Christian and named “No 1 Passant Guardant”. The extravagant perfume that only the super-rich can afford has a Clive Christian’s signature crown shaped top, created in honor of Queen Victoria. The top itself comes decorated with diamonds flawless white diamonds. A lion motif encrusted with two yellow diamonds and a rare pink diamond as its tongue adorns the front of the bottle. All its gold lattice work is handcrafted. In all the bottle features 2,000 flawless, individually set diamonds. Clive Christian said “I was inspired to create an iconic bottle as precious as a crown jewel to mark this special event.” Now here’s the not-so-apt part, the 30 ml of perfume inside this opulent vessel is nothing to celebrate about unfortunately. It is standard Clive Christian perfume No 1, which retails for $725. But for a special edition such as this, a special perfume of its own is the right way to go. Indulge! Indulge! Indulge!

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Spring has sprung! Well, not technically, but we’re so close that you can practically smell the flowers. Yes, for many of you there’s a giant blanket of snow on the ground, and that pesky groundhog predicted a few extra weeks of winter. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not place my fate in Punxsutawney Phil and just blissfully believe that the time for shorter sleeves and no boots is near.

And of course, spring brings with it something else to look forward to. With a new season comes new trends in all things wedding-related. One of our favorite things to look at is the change in fashion trends, and we’re really liking what we’re seeing for bridesmaid dresses.

We wanted to showcase some of our favorite colors and styles of the season to help usher in the (hopefully) warmer weather.

Blush

Jim Jhelm Blush Dress

This soft, ethereal color is absolutely perfect for spring. It’s a delicate alternative to any other kind of pink, and it tends to flatter just about everyone.

(JLM Couture)

Light Grey

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Grey isn’t the color you usually associate with a bright, sunny wedding, but the right shade of grey is anything but boring. It’ll add an air of sophistication to a bridal party’s look, and light grey serves as a good canvas for other accessories. It’ll really make them and their bouquets pop!

(Monique Lhuillier)

Different Styles for Everyone

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Each member of a bridal party is their own unique, awesome individual, so why not have them each wear their own unique, individual dress? Having every bridesmaid wear their own dress is becoming increasingly popular, and I love it. To keep people from clashing, just be sure to have them all pick shades that complement each other, or have a similar style.

(JLM Couture)

A Little Sparkle

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Gone are the days of forcing bridesmaids into plain, boring dresses so they don’t “outshine” the bride. Everyone can look fabulous, too without taking any attention away from the bride (because a bride will be fabulous no matter what). A little touch of sequins, lace, or sparkly accessories will have everyone looking fantastic and feeling good.

 (Watters)

In the end, there’s nothing like a good dress to make a happy bridal party!

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Stuart WeitzmanStuart Weitzman is “the man” behind some of the most expensive shoes ever made.

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Iconic shoe designer Stuart Weitzman is known for his sumptuous style and sophisticated designs using rare and unique materials. Having designed shoes for celebrities and Oscar red carpet runways, Weitzman is also known for creating some of the world’s most expensive shoes — well eight of the top 10 anyway. The other two pairs on our list should come as no surprise. One is the world’s most well-known pair of shoes and the other pays homage to the famous heels that helped click a Hollywood icon home. (Can you guess?) Packed full of sparkling diamonds and rare gemstones, these shoes will dazzle your eyes and drain your wallet.

So instead of overwhelming you all at once with so much glitter and glam, each week we’ll feature a pair of one of the most expensive shoes ever. This is going to be fun!

To set the tone, read aloud in your best Robin Leach imitation.

 

 

 

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The Diamond Dream stilettos worn by Anika Noni Rose at the 2007 Oscars feature 30 carats worth of diamonds.

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If diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, these shoes must have walked right out of one of Marilyn Monroe’s dreams. Created for the 2007 Oscars and the feet of “Dreamgirls” actress, Anika Noni Rose, Stuart Weitzman’s Diamond Dream stilettos are delicate but scream glamour! The shoes, valued the least expensive of the famous designers Oscar creations at $500,000, are studded with a whopping 1,420 diamonds. The sandal-style stilettos feature two bands of diamond-encrusted circles at the top of each foot, inspired by the timeless circles collection from Kwiat (rhymes with “Fiat”) diamonds where the 30 carats were purchased. The shoes also have a simple silver band across the toes, adding to the delicateness of these sparkly creations. You won’t be able to take your eyes off of them. We certainly can’t!

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Is it Spring yet? I know that’s what many of you are currently thinking, and we can’t blame you one bit. With the better part of the country resembling a frozen tundra, today’s post is all about looking forward to spring, and we dedicate this Wedding Wednesday to all of you stuck inside due to freezing temps.

Vera Wang is one of our all-time favorite designers, especially when it comes to her work with wedding gowns. Only someone like Vera can debut a whole collection of pure black or fiery-red gowns and make even the most traditional bride want one. Actually going to a Vera Wang salon to view her dresses is a sensory delight, from the various colors peeking out amidst pure white to the soft feel of lace or silk.

For her Spring 2015 line, Vera Wang created a myriad of dreamy dresses featuring soft silhouettes, lace detailing and flouncy skirts waiting to be twirled. There are also nice hints of modern detail, such as fun strap designs and cut-outs. These dresses are, in essence, perfect for spring.

Of course we’re going to share some of our favorites with you, and we hope it brightens up your day a bit!

Otillie

Ottilie by Vera Wang

 Olympia

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Octavia

Octavia by Vera Wang

Odessa

Odessa by Vera Wang

Odette

Odette by Vera Wang

There’s a Vera Wang store just down Rodeo that we suddenly feel the urge to go walk by. It’s never a bad time to do some window shopping!
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Hello My Lovelies! We’re headed to the weekend so I thought I’d share my “Must Have” pick for February (my birthday month), GARÇONNE NYC Prét-à-Couture Eyewear. Here’s how this particular “Must Have” came about.

While meeting with my clients to discuss wedding details, we waited for Jillian Ezra at Ezra Productions to join us. As I’m sitting there talking with my clients, all of a sudden this gorgeous young lady walked up to join us. Yes she was gorgeous; however, it was the sunglasses that caught my attention. I couldn’t stop starring. They were SUPER CUTE! I hoped she didn’t think I was trying to come on to her. ;) But I couldn’t stop starring, I had to have those sunglasses. I kept my cool until after the meeting. I didn’t want to seem unprofessional and all in front of my clients. I couldn’t wait any longer, a few days later  I emailed Jillian and asked where she got the sunglasses.  I thought she’d say one of those big fancy stores such as: Nordstrom, Saks or Neiman Marcus. Nope! She pointed me to Founder of GARÇONNE NYC Elena Kibalchich who designed the sunglasses in New York and handmade them in Italy. Just saying that, I feel special.

Look at these beauties below, how could I resist. I purchased a pair and have been sporting them every since. They make me feel elegant and sexy.

A pair of sunglasses should be high on your essentials this summer. But who says you just have to have one? How can you resist these?

Garconne NYC

LENSES BY CARL ZEISS
ACETATE BY MAZZUCCHELLI 1849
DESIGNED IN NEW YORK CITY
HAND MADE IN ITALY

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Happy Tuesday! Now that we’re all refreshed from the three day weekend, it’s time to gear up for the next big event of the month- The Oscars. Let the party planning and champagne popping begin. Our invitations to this year’s awards have obviously got lost in the mail (ahem), but that won’t stop us from dreaming about what magnificent gown we would glide down the red carpet in as we sit on our couches, watching the action on television.

If there was any dress we had to pick for the job, it would definitely be a creation from Jani & Khosla. A fabulous designing duo from India that just launched their debut collection. What we love about their gowns is the amount of detail that goes into each one, from the gorgeous beading to the perfectly placed mirror appliques. With all the camera flashes, we’d sparkle for sure on the red carpet! Here are some of our favorite Jani & Khosla gowns.

 Circa 1923

Art Deco Gown

The 1920’s is still roaring, and this beautiful gold and black art-deco gown would steal the show (and everyone’s breaths).

 Glittering Gold

Gold Gown

It is the Oscars after all, so there’s really no other place more appropriate to wear a stunning gold dress. This short number can pull double-duty, as it’s appropriate on the red carpet as it is at the after parties.

 Bring on the Drama

Mirrored Ball Gown

What’s a red carpet without a dramatic ball gown? Black is classy, looks good on everyone, and the mirror detailing just makes this dress even more visually stunning. The sheer material at the neck is also a nice touch.

 Pure White

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Naturally we had to pick a couple of beautifully white gowns to throw in the mix. We couldn’t help but think that these would be perfect for a bride looking for something unique and a little edgy to wear on her big day.

First we were slighted at the Grammys, and now the Oscars. Ah well, at least we can pine after some of these dresses and pretend we’d totally steal the show in one. There’s always next year to start plotting for… look out, Jennifer Lawrence.

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Happy Monday and President’s Day! I hope you’re enjoying your three day weekend.  I had a great weekend. I actually got the opportunity to attend Louis Vuitton Fashion Exhibition. The exhibition opened February 6 for two weeks and titled “Series2: A Presentation of the Timeless Inspirations Behind a New Collection”.  It featured a series of rooms that shed light on the influences and inspirations behind the spring runway show. The timing of Series2 comes right after the reopening of the Louis Vuitton flagship store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

The entrance to the exhibit, called “Abstract Title”, was shown through an oversized LV logo, with the next room “Talking Faces” giving people a chance to experience the unique animation of  Ghesquiere’s last show. “Magic Trunk” highlights the label’s most iconic products in hologram projections, while the “Savoir-faire” room focuses on the Malletage inspired by the inside of an LV trunk.

Other highlights includes the “Backstage” room which recreates a fashion show’s backstage space and high tension atmosphere, the “Infinite” room boasts a 360 degree projection of all 48 looks of the SS15 collection. The final space, the “Accessories Gallery” set to showcase Marte Mei van Haaster’s scanned, 3D printed figures alongside beautiful heritage pieces.

I was a little disappointed there were no products for sale, but admission is free so what more can you ask for. Overall I had a blast! I left with some awesome little gifts such as: stickers and an oversized LV poster that I plan to hang on my bedroom wall. The photos below should give you an idea of what to expect.

Don’t worry you still have until February 22 to attend the space at 1135 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy!

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