Archive for March, 2012

Editor’s Daily Pick – Christian Louboutin Meteorita 140 Metallic Leather Sandals

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Metallics and pastels are all the rage this Spring/Summer 2012 season. These Christian Louboutin leather heels certainly fit the bill for both! xoxo

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Inside Scoop on Planning A Wedding at Villa 120, Rhode Island

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The Villa 120 is a boutique Inn, which has been luxuriously decorated, in an eclectic yet relaxed European style. Corinna who is the owner of Villa 120 is from Great Britain and her British hospitality shines and makes you feel right at home. Corinna is no stranger to the Bed & Breakfast business she owned a bed & breakfast in Wimbledon, London for 5 years before coming to Newport, Rhode Island and finding Villa 120.

Back in January, our marketing staff and I had the great pleasure of staying at Villa 120 and we loved it! It was like being in Europe. Corinna made us feel so at home, that we had a hard time leaving. During our stay we got to chat a bit about weddings and this is what Corinna had to say about planning a wedding at Villa 120.

Villa 120GO: 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?
CB: The bridal mansion is UNIQUE – ONE OF A KIND – the Bridal party come to the 1856 Historic Registered property – they take over the whole house giving them privacy, intimacy and a home away from home but with bells and whistles. It’s a dedicated private residence with personal tailored services to fit your individual needs.

This grand intimate manor is perfect to host your rehearsal supper – intimate or grand, yet possessing a personal flair a wonderful Newport experience and a complimentary ally to your wedding day.

When bustling Newport is busy you can relax and get ready and have photos with the immediate wedding party before joining them. Capture intimate moments in the 1.5 acres of Italian box garden by the fountain.

Corinna is there from the moment you enter the Villa to help advise you, recommend specialists and be there on your wedding to ensure every moment goes according to YOUR wishes. Corinna has helped brides into their dresses, kept grooms calm, greeted and directed guests, vendors and family – “I don’t have a listed role of do’s and don’ts, I just do what needs to be done.”

GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
CB: Elegance, intimacy, romantic setting and European eclectic flare and with the personal touch of British service and flair.

GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
CB: European, Exquisite and Grandeur!

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.
CB: The deck can seat 40 perfect for a rehearsal supper or intimate wedding. The library for wedding service can seat 35 and the garden can seat and entertain 60, also great for a rehearsal supper.

GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property?
CB: Yes numerous – 1.5 acre garden, fountain, deck, interior, library, ballroom and our grand stairs. Photographers often call and just hire out the house for a photo shoot for the bride or an intimate photo shoot.

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
CB: We have Newport’s finest! Russell Morin, Glorious Affairs, Blackstone Catering and Chanterelle Catering, they each come to the house to talk to the bride & groom and tailor the menu to fit their needs. We have a fabulous kitchen; all caterers enjoy working at Villa 120.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
CB: Call with the date they have in mind, if we have availability, schedule a tour at their earliest convenience.

Thank you Corinna for your warm hospitality and BEAUTIFUL Mansion!

Villa 120Villa 120
120 Miantonomi Avenue
Middletown/Newport, RI 02842
T: 401.619.5993
villaonetwenty.com

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Editor’s Daily Pick – Miu Miu Frayed Tweed Shoulder Bag

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Time to retire your black leather Gucci bags for the season and time to break out your pastel, candy colored totes in honor of Spring! This Miu Miu handbag can be worn over the shoulder with its detachable chain strap or as a clutch for a more evening appropriate look. The houndstooth tweed print is ever so chic and timeless for you to wear for years and years to come. xoxo

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Through Mutual Friends: Ashley & Matthew Get Married

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Hopefully this is better late than never. As promised, here is Ashley and Matthew’s Las Vegas nuptials following last week’s Sin City engagement party post. Enjoy!

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Ashley Stearns and Matthew Levin
Married in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 24, 2010

Matt Levin and Ashley Stearns met through mutual friends. Ashley’s roommate at the time was dating Matthew’s roommate, and Ashley invited all of her friend’s boyfriend’s friends to her birthday party.

Unfortunately Matt wasn’t able to come and emailed me to apologize. “I think he thought I was hitting on him by inviting him,” says Ashley, “but to make up for him not showing up, we decided to meet for drinks and the rest is history!” They dated for three years before Matt proposed and then completely surprised Ashley when all their family, “including my parents from out of town,” remembers Ashley, “were at a restaurant to celebrate.”

While the couple lives in Los Angeles, they decided that they wanted to get married somewhere outside of California since Ashley is originally from Chicago and her family was split between the windy city and sin city.

“When we visited the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas,” says Ashley, “we immediately knew that it was where we wanted to get married.” They decided that Vegas was a short enough trip for all of their L.A., friends and family and it would be a nice vaca for the Chicagoan guests.

During the wedding planning process, Ashley’s vision was always aimed at having an understated romantic look. “I knew it was easy to get carried away with too much going on, so I stuck to simple, natural colors,” shares Ashley about their choice for ivory and green décor. Candles also played a very important role for the nighttime wedding and added to the romance they seeked. One splurge was the ambient lighting, which the couple feels “made a big impact in the overall look and feel.” In the end, they loved every part of their wedding, although they didn’t live up to the city’s reputation of keeping what happened in Vegas in Vegas, but instead shared it with their closest family and friends.

Location, Caterer and Cake: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV; Flowers: Julie Reed Events, Las Vegas, NV; Lighting: Spectrum Productions, Las Vegas, NV; Band: Harbor Lights West; Sound: 3G Productions, Las Vegas, NV; Photography: Susan Bordelon Photography, Agoura Hills, CA

We wish you countless years of happiness Ashley and Matthew and big thank you to Susan Bordelon of Susan Bordelon Photography for letting us share this with our viewers!

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VIP Networking Event: The Pierre New York

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

A couple of weeks ago Laureen Edelson and a few of her associates planned our second annual networking event in New York at the incredible Pierre hotel in downtown New York City. They did such an amazing job orchestrating everything with the help of our talented #platinumlist members.

Thank you so much to everyone that made this event such a spectacle and so stunning, especially Ed Neary of Joseph Edwards Films for sharing this video.

Thank you also to the rest of the fabulous team: Bill Spinner from The Pierre NYC, Bunmig and Peter Markowitz from Frost Lighting, Maya Kalman from Swank Productions, Hayim Treitel from Luxe Events Rentals, Adrienne Craig from Admire Designs, Erica Powell from Ambiance Luxe, Robert Kurlander from DDM Entertainment, Diana and Jennifer Gould and Robert Pezcka from Diana Gould Ltd. Floral & Event Decor, Golf Srithamrong from Tantawan Bloom, Lisa and Michael Plociniak from A Touch of Elegance, Rebecca Ashby from The Pink Orange, Ed Zorz Hafzoiv from Zorz Studios, Ryan Brenzier from Ryan Brenzier Photography, Pilley Bianchi from Bianchi Musica, Stacy Ercan from Stacy K Floral, Jessica Frances from Bridal Reflections, Pablo Oliveira from Nüage Linens, Heather Barranco from Heather Barranco Dreamcakes, and Damali NYC for doing hair and makeup for the Grace Ormonde team.

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Editor’s Daily Pick – Girard-Perregaux 1966 Jewellery Watch

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

807 diamonds and a red alligator-skin strap, yes please!! The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Jewellery timepiece is a true showstopper and a real statement for your wrist. xoxo

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Inside Scoop on Planning A Wedding at The St. Regis San Francisco, California

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

In a city of inimitable grace, style, and culture, The St. Regis San Francisco is a bespoke luxury hotel that embodies a new chapter of extraordinary hospitality in the most distinctive of urban settings: the vibrant SOMA district. Fusing a historic building with a 40-story tower and the Museum of the African Diaspora. The St. Regis San Francisco presents a refined, modern interpretation of The St. Regis legacy, informed by their elegant Muse Boardroom, glass-walled Gallery Ballroom, and premier service. After getting to know the staff at The St. Regis San Francisco we were able to chat about planning a wedding at The St. Regis.

St. Regis San FranciscoGO: 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?
BP: Though we highly recommend a bride and groom work with an event planner, if for whatever reason they decide not to go down that road, we take care of all their wedding needs that occur on property. And if they have a planner on property, all the same things apply—it’s as if they have double the help. We help develop their timeline and walk them through the entire process from the moment they sign their contract to the moment they leave the event, cake top and guest book in hand. We feel that a couple isn’t just buying are hotel as a venue; they are buying us. I always tell couples they have 3 decisions to make, venue, planner, photographer. You have to hit a home run and experience an emotional connection with each, especially in luxury environments.

GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
BP: The couple can expect 24/7 access to the person they are working with—frantic late night phone calls and all. Rest assured, we will caution you, reason with you about what’s doable and what isn’t but still keep it custom and keep it yours.

GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
BP: Contemporary, Flawless and Refined!

GO: What are the unique locations that a couple can host their ceremony and reception at in your venue?
BP: Bringing bespoke luxury and hospitality to the City by the Bay, The St. Regis San Francisco serves as a stylish location for romantic wedding celebrations, from festive rehearsal dinners to memorably elegant ceremonies and receptions. The St. Regis Hotel San Francisco offers couples an array of customized wedding options. Whether it is a grand reception in the Gallery Ballroom, welcoming up to 400 guests with its soaring wall of glass, or an outdoor roof top ceremony on the Yerba Buena Terrace, every celebration is characterized by The St. Regis’ personalized service and meticulous attention to detail.

GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property?
BP: We do stress that only couples that have weddings in the hotel can use our public space for photography. The most photographed space is perhaps our rose petal wall by Pascale Girardin, along with the Gallery Ballroom’s frosted glass windows—a bride’s glamorous dress juxtaposed against these architectural details makes for an amazing shot. The overlook terrace with bamboo gardens is also often photographed for couples seeking an outdoor feel.

GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
BP: Every wedding we do here is customized. Couples will work from our collections of seasonal menus to design a food and beverage event that is customized. We listen to each couple to design something that is specific to their wants and needs. We even work with the Executive Chef to blend cultural flavors into the menu.

GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
BP: A culinary team led by Exectuive Chef Romuald Feger will create a customized menu specific to each couple. Seasonal menu items like Sonoma Duck Confit and Organic Fingerling Potato Hash and Wild Halibut Filet Wrapped in Squash Blossom have been used in the past. Feger’s career spans 15 years of haute cuisine experience and training in some of the world’s leading restaurants and hotels. Whatever the choice, our custom menus are seasonal and organic, with an emphasis on food design.

GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
BP: First and foremost, they should ask themselves if they could picture getting married at The St. Regis and having their event at our hotel. Couples should visit several venues before settling on one to ensure the best fit. Couples must feel a connection to that property—they’ll live with this memory for the rest of their lives. At The St. Regis San Francisco, we want to create clients for life. We want couples to return for special events, birthdays, baby showers, etc. That is our philosophy.

GO: Does your property have any unique features (i.e. wedding website) that you would like us to share with our readers?
BP: The St. Regis San Francisco also provides exquisite dining ware, such as Vera Wang Wedgwood china, Christofle silver, Spiegelau crystal stemware and custom Italian linens from Rivolta Carmignani. We understand and respect that couples invest a lot of love and money in bringing their event to our hotel. In return, they will have a dedicated team of people who will strive to create the perfect day for them. We take on one wedding a day in order to ensure that our team is focused solely on one event. You’ll always feel like you’re being pampered here, and I think that is truly distinguishes us.

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1253rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
T: 415.284.4000
stregis.com/sanfrancisco

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Editor’s Daily Pick – Thierry Lasry Sunglasses

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Loving these round framed mesh-effect acetate sunglasses by Thierry Lasry! Introduce these stunners to your Spring wardrobes for a fresh look!

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Sin City Engagement Party

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

While Las Vegas may not be for everyone, I personally love the lights, the glitz, the glam … the slot machines. Ashley and Matthew celebrated their engagement in Sin City’s renown Ghostbar at the Palms Casino Resort before their wedding at the nearby Four Seasons Hotel. If there is one thing you can count on Las Vegas for, it is a good time and it looks like they had just that. Stay tuned to see their wedding later this week; it is pretty posh. Enjoy!

Las Vegas Engagement Parties

Las Vegas Engagement Parties

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Las Vegas Engagement Parties

Location: Ghost Bar at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, NV; Photography: Susan Bordelon Photography, Agoura Hills, CA

Thank you so much Ashley and Matthew for sharing your engagement party with us and thank you Susan Bordelon of Susan Bordelon Photography for sharing your gorgeous photography with us!

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Editor’s Daily Pick: Chloé Sally Patent-Leather Clutch

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The ultimate color block clutch by Chloé for the upcoming Spring months!

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