Archive: May, 2011

31 May

Judd Waddell Spring Collection 2011

Fashion No Comments by Nicole

Judd Waddell has produced some beautiful collections in the past and Spring 2011 is no different. You’ll see a lot of sheath’s and A-line’s in this collection which are simple and feminine. After working for bridal gown marvels such as Carolina Herrera, Jim Hjelm, Galina, and Couture Bridal, Judd Waddell developed his own line and is now known for his simple, clean lines. If you want a no fuss dress that you can dress up with lots accessories this is the way to go!

Here is my favorite. It’s simple, girly and perfect for spring. This actually reminds me of my Alfred Angelo bridesmaid dress from my sister’s wedding. I love the spaghetti straps and floral detail on the waist line.

Photo Credit: Judd Waddell

30 May

Drink of The Week: Bourbon Cocktail

Drinks No Comments by Nicole

Mmmm. Bourbon makes me think of the Kentucky Derby. It’s a great time if you’ve ever been. Think about incorporating bourbon into your signature cocktail. If you don’t know what bourbon tastes like, try a night out on the town to get a little aquainted. Go on. I dare you :)


The Bourbon Cocktail

  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce Bénédictine D.O.M.
  • 1/4 ounce Cointreau
  • Ice
  • Angostura bitters
  • Lemon twist, for garnish
  1. Place a cocktail glass in the freezer to chill.
  2. Combine the bourbon, lemon juice, Bénédictine, and Cointreau in a cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass, top with a dash of bitters, and garnish with the lemon twist.


27 May

Etsy Find Friday: Cufflinks

It’s time for Etsy Find Friday!! This week we are giving some attention to the men! Here are some awesome cufflinks for your handsome hunks!

I love these vintage map cufflinks made by DLK Designs! They are so unique and you can choose your cities to represent a special place you and your loved one share! It could be the place you two met or maybe where you got engaged. Each cufflink is different so you can choose a different place for each arm!

These can be great gifts for your groomsmen! Have one cuff be the location of the wedding and make the other a place special to him and the groom. And good news! DLK Designs offers a discount when you buy 4 or more pairs!

Each square cufflink measures .75 of an inch and is made using sterling silver. The map area of the cufflink is preserved under a magnifying, doming jewelry grade resin. You can also have them engraved for an additional fee!

Photo Credit: Dlk Designs

These cufflinks by Gnome292 would make a great addition to a rustic wedding! They can put just about anything on these cufflinks. Think about using your monogram, initials, wedding date or anything else special to the two of you. This is a great way to incorporate something personal.

The cufflinks will vary from piece to piece but usually measure around 1 inch and are backed with your choice of silver or gold. This is such a creative way to tie in your wedding theme so check out their Etsy site here!

Photo Credit: Gnome292

These cufflinks make the perfect addition to any vintage or romantic wedding! Qacreate makes these using typewriter keys from antique typewriters. The keys are made from authentic typewriter keys from 1930/ 1940′s era typewriters! The keys are polished first and then attached to silver-plated posts. How amazing to have something like that as part of your big day!

Qacreate is the real deal! They take a lot of time matching keys and making sure everything looks just perfect, right down to the presentation of receiving the cufflinks in a beautiful jewelry box!

Photo Credit: Qacreate

Now, these are something I’m sure my boyfriend would love!!! They are cufflinks made using guitar picks! You can get them from Asgard Design and they come in several different colors such as red, blue, white, purple, grey, brown, and turquoise. These are perfect for the music lover at heart!

Photo Credit: Asgard Designs
25 May

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Photo Credit: Flexx Productions

Frozen yogurt and ice cream are all the rave right now (wow, I sound like my Grandma). I mean, come on, how can you not love these new frozen yogurt shops like Pinkberry and Orange Leaf that are popping up everywhere? It’s time for you to jump in on the fun and have your very own frozen yogurt or ice cream bar at your reception! Guests will be wowed when they see  they can enjoy their own ice cream creation along side their slice of wedding cake.

Photo Credit: YuSheng

Consider using exotic flavors like green tea, coconut, passion fruit or salted caramel. Choosing fun flavors expresses your individuality as a couple and shows your adventurous side. Since the guests aren’t paying for their ice cream or yogurt, they won’t be scared of stepping outside of their comfort zone to try something new and exciting!

Photo Credit: Hoy Photography

Either way, make sure you have lots of toppings so your guests can make it exactly how they like it!

Consider having bowls of:

  • rainbow sprinkles
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • chopped candy bars
  • chopped nuts
  • cookie crumbs
  • cherries
  • marshmallows
  • fresh chopped fruit
  • candied bacon
  • fresh berries
  • carmel sauce
  • graham cracker crumbs
  • fudge sauce
  • whipped cream
  • butterscotch
  • mint sauce
  • gummy bears

I could keep going but I’m sure you can come up with your own great ideas!

Photo Credit: The Bubbly Bride

Photo Credit: Hostess with the Mostess

Presentation is everything! Think about a neat way to serve the ice cream. A martini glass or a footed dessert dish would be perfect! If that doesn’t strike your fancy, you can purchase these adorable ice cream cups at Shop Sweet Lulu for $13 (set of 12) AND they come with small wooden spoons that take you back to the 5th grade. They are fun and make a great addition to any color palette! If you haven’t checked out Shop Sweet Lulu before definitely give it a looky-lou. They have some amazing products for jazzing up your reception! Their motto? Make your party pretty!

Photo Credit: Shop Sweet Lulu

Whether you decide on froyo or ice cream, make sure it flows with the theme and feeling of your event. If you are having a semi-casual wedding go with a fun nostalgic look. If you are having a more formal affair consider trying something like this:

Photo Credit: 100 Layer Cake

Photo Credit: 100 Layer Cake

Things to Consider:

  • It is a wise idea to have someone there to help run the ice cream bar. It is my suggestion that you talk to you caterer or venue manager and have a member of the wait staff there to help guests. It gets tricky when you ask a friend because you have to remember that you are spoiling their fun by asking them to help. If the bar is being set up by an outside source (for example, if you have hired a specialty ice cream store, think Ted Drewes for all my STL readers) they should provide someone to help serve guests as part of your contract.
  • Ice cream and frozen yogurt can get messy!!! Make sure you have plenty of napkins and a ton of towels there to make sure everything stays tidy!
  • If you are serving frozen yogurt have the attendant make several cups ahead of notifying guests. When froyo machines get too much use, too fast, they have trouble keeping everything cold and your froyo could end up runny..
  • There are other options besides ice cream and froyo. Think concretes, milkshakes or floats!
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