Archive for December, 2011

Inside Scoop on Planning a Wedding at Viceroy Anguilla, British West Indies

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Viceroy Anguilla wedding ceremonies and celebrations are as one-of-a-kind as the couples that they honor. In a resort setting like no other and with service with no limits, destination weddings in Anguilla and honeymoon wishes are readily granted. For an effortless event and an elegant atmosphere, there is no Caribbean wedding destination like a Viceroy Anguilla. From spa bridal showers to sunset martini nights for bachelor parties – and of course the wedding ceremony and reception. They offer comprehensive wedding services and exceptional wedding planners and vendors who specialize creating uniquely perfect events. Melinda Easley  is the wedding coordinator for Viceroy Anguilla she has been planning weddings since 2004 and has planned over 300 weddings in her career. Melinda was asked to talk about her experience with couples as they plan their big day at the Viceroy Anguilla.

GO: What is your unique role when it comes to a couple’s wedding day and how does your property distinguish a couple’s experience as opposed to getting married somewhere else?
ME: Destination weddings are definitely an undertaking. Our property does include a wedding specialist that will assist with all of the details that take place on property to ease the planning process for our couples.

GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
ME: Couples can expect customized service to fit their every need. Our specialist assist with décor, food, beverage, obtaining a marriage license, finding talent, etc. One of the most important aspects for us is to make sure the personality of the bride and groom are always reflected throughout their event.

GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
ME: Stylish, sophisticated and memorable!

GO: What are the unique locations that a couple can host their ceremony and reception at in your venue? Tell me about them and send me pictures.
ME: The sunset deck offers 180-degree views of the water without having to be in the sand. It provides truly stunning views! Couples can also have their ceremony on the beach, with their feet in the sand.

GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property? 
ME: The entire property is available to the bride and groom to take their photos and they range from a Point House staircase that takes you directly to the water to the longest hallway in the Caribbean with our “two faces” at the end.

GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
ME: We only have an elopement package because all of our weddings are customizable. We want the couple’s wedding to be a unique  with an emphasis on putting their little touches into everything.

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding, tell me about your menus/culinary team?
ME: Our food and beverage team is outstanding, with years of experience in the best kitchens around the world! For Cobà, our signature restaurant that serves Italian cuisine, we have an Italian chef from the Puglia region in the south of Italy. It’s this eye to detail that ensures all of our 5 dining venues serve authentic cuisine with a sophisticated twist.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
ME: Couples can request information on our website or they can call our Miami office directly at 305.668.4689.

 

Viceroy Anguilla

Viceroy AnguillaViceroy Anguilla
Anguilla, British West Indies
T: 264.497.7000
viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/anguilla/weddings

oxo

Editor’s Daily Pick – Agent Provocateur Gloves

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Having a pair of fabulous gloves is an essential for the winter season. When I saw this spicy, leopard-print pair by Agent Provocateur I knew these are a must have for my winter wardrobe. I love the play on the red leather and leopard calf-hair for a real wow factor on your hands. Don’t you agree?

oxo

Editor’s Daily Pick – Burberry Prorsum Sandal

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Christmas has sadly come and gone and I hope you all had a glorious holiday weekend. Now it’s time to gear up for your big New Years celebration! Every girl needs a pair of “wow factor” heels to ring in the new year and what not better way than with these sexy, tribal-inspired sandals by Burberry Prorsum! Cheers and Happy Tuesday!

oxo

Editor’s Daily Pick – Medea Vodka

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

It’s Friday, the holidays are upon us so why not let your hair down and take a much deserved break from a very long work week. I know I sure am! I am a vodka martini kind of gal and I must recommend to you a fantastic Dutch vodka called Medea. What’s especially fantastic about this vodka is that it comes in a programmable L.E.D. bottle that can display up to six customizable messages at 255 characters each. Write messages like “Happy Holidays” or “Happy New Year!.” This will make a perfect gift for a holiday dinner you are attending as you can customize any message you would like. I wish you all a very happy holiday and Cheers! xoxo

oxo

Editor’s Daily Pick – Chanel Luxe set of 3 Hardcover Books

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Looking for a last minute gift idea for your fashion guru friend or loved one? If so, then definitely consider this set of 3, Chanel Luxe Hardcover Books by François Baudot and François Aveline. The books are presented in Chanel’s signature quilted leather complete with the interlocking CC’s. This trilogy dives into Chanel’s world of jewelry, perfume and the iconic Coco herself. For Chanel fan’s like myself, this is a must-have set to own. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

oxo

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

I love hosting parties during the holidays filled with passed hors d’oeuvres and festive cocktails. There is just something about eggnog, cranberries and cider that exude holiday cheer. So, for those of you who share my love of parties, here are some recipes to get your celebration started on the right note.

Holiday Cocktails

ABOVE: Exclusiv Citrus-Cranberry Punch

1 oz Exclusiv Citrus Vodka
1/2 oz Limoncello
1 oz cranberry juice

Fill with Ginger Ale
Serve in a champagne flute or punch bowl

Holiday Cocktails

ABOVE LEFT: Exclusiv Hot Holiday Cider

1 1/2 oz Exclusiv Vodka
4 oz hot apple cider or apple juice
1/2 oz Buttershots Liqueur or Monin Caramel Syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Garnish with whipped cream and caramel sauce
Serve in a glass coffee mug

ABOVE RIGHT: Exclusiv Spiced Pear

2 oz Exclusiv Vodka
1 oz Bailey’s
1/2 oz pear purée
1/4 oz Cinnamon Schnapps
dash of honey

Shake and pour in a martini glass with a sugar/cinnamon rim

Holiday Cocktails

ABOVE LEFT: Exclusiv Eggnog

1 1/2 oz Exclusiv Vodka
3/4 oz B & B (Benedictine and Brandy)
1/2 oz white creme de cacoa
3 oz eggnog (very cold)
cinnamon stick

Combine ingredients in a snifter with 2-5 cubes of ice
Shake or stir to combine ingredients
Pour into a large glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick

ABOVE RIGHT: Exclusiv Southern Shore Iced Tea

3 oz Exclusiv Vodka (classic or citrus)
1 oz Blue Curacao
1 oz 5-hour energy drink berry (half bottle)
splash sour
splash cranberry juice
lemon wedge

Serve in a pint glass

For other recipes and to find out where to buy Exclusiv Vodka, click here. Eat, drink and be merry!

oxo

Editor’s Daily Pick – Lanvin Brushed Leather Oxford Shoes

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Sometimes men who aren’t fashion savvy need a little push in the right direction. Sorry, but its true! So for those of you who may need that tiny push, consider these two-tone grey brushed leather Oxford shoes by Lanvin. These shoes are versatile enough to be worn with a dressed up tailored suit or casually with a cashmere sweater and jeans. So ladies, get those wallets out and encourage your gents to have a very Merry Lanvin Holiday! Cheers and Happy Shopping!

oxo

Editor’s Daily Pick – Le Silla Sandal

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Bling (or ring in) the New Year in these sparkly studded platform sandals by Le Silla. Dance the night away and know that your shoes may also have some admirers looking for a midnight kiss. Cheers and Happy Thursday!

oxo

Inside Scoop on Planning a Wedding at Turnberry Isle Miami, Aventura, FL

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Originally built in the early 1970’s as a country club for private members, the resort quickly transcended into a hub for sports enthusiasts, relaxation seekers and vacationers from around the world. By the 1980’s, the resort was the place to “see and be seen” attracting celebrities, heads of state and socialites as frequent guests. After an $80 million dollar renovation project the Turnberry Isle Miami is transformed into a world-class resort. I was honored to speak to Annette Winkler, the Director of Social Catering at Turnberry Isle Miami she answered the following questions on what it is like to plan your wedding at Turnberry Isle Miami.

Turnberry Isle MiamiGO: What is your unique role when it comes to a couple’s wedding day and how does your property distinguish a couple’s experience as opposed to getting married somewhere else?
AW: My role as Director of Social Catering allows me the opportunity to truly embrace our client’s most dreamed of day. My goal for the couple (along with their parents, bridal party, guests and vendors) is that their day is seamless and effortless.

Together with our dynamic team, we use every resource possible in order to ensure that our clients feel that they are the most important individuals, each moment throughout their wedding day and weekend. Our goal is to create countless and beautiful memories. Our mission is to serve, enliven and inspire each other and our clients.

On the wedding day, not only am I here for our clients, they also will receive hands-on service from our Event Concierge, VIP Services team, Banquet Director and Resort Chef. I have found that our events and the overall experience of our clients are more successful by introduced clients to our team well in advance of their wedding date. This step is important to us (our team) as it allows for the opportunity to develop relationships with each other, which instills trust and confidence. They realize that our team is here for them each step along the way and that they are in excellent hands. Together we make countless efforts to ensure that our client’s wedding day is flawless.

GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
AW: I always tell my clients that my number one goal for them is that their experience is seamless, stress free and most of all, enjoyable.

GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
AW: Mediterranean-Inspired, Tropical, And Exquisite!

GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property?
AW: Absolutely, there are so many wonderful areas around the Resort for wedding photos. Starting at our main entrance, there are water features with coy fish and turtles, the Spa and Fitness Center features a magnificent and dramatic spiral staircase, the Lobby Lounge, located just off of our main lobby is light and airy, yet elegant and sophisticated with colors of blue, silver and mahogany along with a fireplace and long open bar, a stunning 64’ waterfall is located on the 18th green of the Soffer golf course; BOURBON Steak restaurant features an interesting cork greeting piece at the main entrance and also a contemporary brick wall; our loggia walkways throughout the resort featuring bamboo and exotic landscape; our Mediterranean-Inspired Cascata Pool Deck features a large banyan tree with orchids along with two cascading fountains. Indeed our Resort features many picturesque and intimate photo opportunities.

GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
AW: Absolutely, while wedding packages are available, we embrace customize menus for our clients, as we recognize the importance to accommodate their taste specifications. Additionally, we feature a Kosher kitchen, which has been quite successful for us since it’s opening in 2008.

Our packages include a complimentary suite for the bride and groom on their wedding night, special accommodations for the couple’s parents, a private cabana at our Laguna Pool, a couple’s massage at our award-winning Spa and a complimentary chef’s garden tour. Our packages also include an Anniversary Program, which includes a return stay on their One Year Anniversary in one of our fabulous suites and a mini replica of the top tier of the couple’s wedding cake

We also feature “Love Interests Classes” so that the couple can learn and share each other’s interests from cigar & bourbon appreciation to grilling, expert foot massages and more. At Turnberry Isle, we customize everything so no two weddings are the same. For example, using family recipes to celebrate the couple’s culture and heritage.

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
AW: It is our pleasure to offer custom menus, featuring local, organic and sustainable ingredients. We design personalized wedding menus with clients together with our Resort and Banquet Chefs. We’ve even planted a fruit tree in our Chef’s Garden in honor of the wedding couple, then incorporated the fruit into their wedding menu as well as made note of the special fruit on their printed wedding menu. Our Wedding Cakes are created and custom designed for our clients by our Executive Pastry Chef.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
AW: Schedule a site visit and see first-hand how stunning the entire Resort is. There is something for everyone here at Turnberry Isle Miami.

GO: Does your property have any unique features (i.e. wedding website) that you would like us to share with our readers?
AW: Our newly renovated, Mediterranean-inspired resort offers many unique features. The Magnolia Courtyard overlooks our signature 18-hole island green and a 64-foot waterfall, while we also have an elegantly appointed 12,000 square-foot ballroom. We also feature a Chef’s Garden, two 18-hole Raymond Floyd-redesigned championship golf courses, a private beach front Beach Club right on the Atlantic, the Spa and Fitness center, a tennis facility with four clay Hydro Courts, three pools including a new lagoon-style pool featuring a waterslide, lazy river, private cabanas and poolside dining, a supervised children’s program and an array of recreational activities. The Resort itself is positioned in the center of luxurious landscaped gardens.

Turnberry Isle MiamiTurnberry Isle MiamiTurnbery Isle Miami
19999 West Country Club Drive
Aventura, FL 33180
T: 305.932.6200
turnberryislemiami.com

oxo

Spotlight on Chic Parisien, Florida

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Recognized around the world as on of the leading bridal boutiques, Chic Parisien was immediately seen as a trend-setter when the store first made its mark in the industry with its opening in 1969. Now, 40 years later and its still successful and a force in the bridal market nationally and internationally. Owner Catherine Fox Milian has been working in the family business for quite some time now. She was able to chat with me about Chic Parisien.

Chic ParisienGO: How long have you been in business?
CP: The store opened in 1969.

GO: What designers do you carry?
CP: Monique Lhuillier, Bliss by Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Lazaro, Kenneth Pool, Romona Keveza, Badgley Mischka, Amsale, Anne Barge, Rosa Clará, Two by Rosa Clará, Christos, Junko Yoshioka, Paloma Blanca, Jenny Packham, Peter Langner, Pronovias, Elie Saab, Kevan Hall, Manuel Mota.

GO: Do you offer alterations?
CP: Yes

GO: Do you sell accessories/veils/shoes. If so, what designers?
CP: Accessories & More: Maria Elena Accessories & Headpieces, Eberjey Lingerie, Marchesa Handbags, Lazaro Belts, Monique Lhuillier Belts, Grazia Shoes, Paris Accessories, Various Designer Veils & Mantillas

GO: Do you have options for mothers/bridesmaids/children?
CP: Yes, we carry special occasion dresses from the following designers: Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Helen Morley, Junko Yoshioka, Rose Taft

GO: Do you have a trunk show schedule?
CP: Below is our current upcoming Trunk Show schedule

2011:
Christos – December 8 – 10

2012:
Lazaro – January 5 – 7
Monique Lhuillier – January 13 – 14
Badgley Mischka – January 26 – 28
Anne Barge – February 23 – 25
Monique Lhuillier – March 9 – 10

GO: What is your salon’s mission?
CP: At Chic Parisien, our goal is to help brides create their dream wedding day look – from head to toe. By providing the utmost in service, attention to detail and offering the latest collections from top designers, the Chic Parisien team assists brides in every step of preparing for the most perfect day of their lives.

GO: What unique services do you offer brides? What makes your salon stand apart from others?
CP: We carry the latest collections from the leading designers. We are the exclusive retailer in Florida for various designers, including Monique Lhuillier. Our expert team is recognized for providing incredible service and going above and beyond to meet our clients’ needs.

GO: In your own words, describe the “bridal salon experience” that brides will receive when visiting your salon.
CP: From the moment a bride walks into our boutique, we strive to make her entire experience special and enjoyable. As the wedding gown selection is one of the key components of the wedding planning process, we realize the significant role our team plays. We aim to make it fun, memorable and undaunting!

GO: What are your hours?
Monday – Wednesday & Friday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

GO: Anything special you want our readers to know?
CP: In addition to trunk shows, we host other in-store events. We are planning our next wedding planning forum on January 5, 2012. “Everything Wedding” will feature experts who will provide brides and grooms with tips on all they need to know to plan their special day. Designer Lazaro is scheduled to make a guest appearance.

We look forward to welcoming clients in our boutique. Additionally, many items are available on our E-Store – www.shop.cpbride.com. Check the site, as we often feature special offers and promotions.

Thank you Catherine, for giving us a tour of your lovely bridal salon!

Chic ParisienChic ParisienChic Parisien
Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Coral Gables, FL 33134
T:305.448.5756
www.cpbride.com

oxo