Archive: May, 2011

31 May

Judd Waddell Spring Collection 2011

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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

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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 :)

Credit: Chow.com

The Bourbon Cocktail

INGREDIENTS
  • 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
INSTRUCTIONS
  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
24 May

Amsale Blue Label Spring 2011

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What make the Blue Label Collection different you ask? The Blue Label offer gowns that have a more complex construction which takes more time and work to create and use significantly  more fabric.If fine fabrics, lace and trims, and intricate beadwork sound good to you, check out these dresses, they are absolutely stunning! Make sure you do your homework because these gowns are only carried at a select number of fine bridal retailers. The gowns are created individually and will run somewhere in the range of $3,000 and $12,000. Look out for the AMSALE ABERRA logo and you’ve found the Blue Label Collection!

I could not choose my favorite dress for this collection. So here are my favorite two :)

This beautiful creation is called DAHLIA and is made of silk taffeta and has a sweetheart neckline (my favorite!). The shirred bodice and natural waistline make way for the awesome skirt  that features hand-pleated floral embroidery. The dress can be made in Ivory or White, in addition to the Caffé which is the sample color.

This is ELLA. I love how romantic and innocent this dress is. The gown is strapless with a pleated A-line skirt made of silk faced satin and French lace bodice. It also includes a grosgrain ribbon detail at a natural waistline. The dress only comes in Ivory.

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