Things We Love: Kate Spade

We’re back!!  I know, we’ve been MIA and neglecting our blog.  We come back to you today with a new blog series: Things We Love.  Today we are featuring the new selection of bridal accouterments from Kate Spade.  We love Kate for her stylish whimsy and 50’s/60’s flair.  Let us know what you think!  Click the link above (Kate’s name) or check out a couple of our favorites below.

cameo dressgimlet dressdavie

wedding belles passport holdergloria clutch

All images courtesy of KateSpade.com

xoxo,

Danielle

Oscar Inspiration

Oscar Night. An evening of beautiful gowns, celebrities, high anxiety, excitement and, of course, partying. This lavish night doesn’t need to be just an evening of stars, but an opportunity to bring life to your next party.

First, let’s take a look at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governor’s Ball. This party, boasting a central palm tree with Swarovski crystals covering the trunk, towering tropical blooms, and a delicious menu by Wolfgang Puck, was inspired by music and vintage nightclubs.

 83rd Academy Awards, Governors Ball Press Preview

Courtesy of BizBash.com



Courtesy of BizBash.com

This is a fantastic party idea, because it can be taken in so many different directions. Your club atmosphere can be as grandiose or as simple as you want it to be.  Start with brightly colored linens to introduce your color palate to your guests instantly. With the dominant table colors established, you can pair them with contrasting napkins and china.

Next, consult with your event planner to find out which lighting vendor can create a  design that will complement your overall aesthetic. In general, large splashes of color on the walls can create a warm ambiance even in a neutral space with blank white walls.

Then, kick your party into high gear with a live band. Choose either a large brass band to create that old-time feel or, on a smaller scale, consider a jazz trio to play a few sets alternating with a DJ. Like any live show, the performers provide an extra boost of energy by connecting personally with audience members and getting them excited for the dancing to come. The bands are well versed in many different genres of music and are able change gears and cater to the mood of the guests and/or host.

Finally, round out the look and feel of the evening with a variety of centerpieces. Contrasting looks can add extra flair to the room. Tall center pieces with large plumes of feathers and bright floral bouquets establish a dramatic upward movement to the room. Also have your designer create a look that is closer to the table. By pairing a small floral centerpiece with surrounding votives, you can add a touch of light that will produce a more cozy, intimate atmosphere.

By using these basic steps you can replicate a night of classic entertaining.

Enjoy!

Meredith

Dress of the Week: BHLDN

The buzz was well worth it! BHLDN has created a lovely, yet uncommon, line of gowns for the alternative bride. Many still carry with them the romantic feel of a traditional wedding gown while offering a whimsical twist for those brides looking for something unexpected. Here are three of our favorite dresses showing different styles, and for some, a new color palate.

Courtesy of BHLDN

Our first gown, the Ethereal Monarch Gown, has a throng of appliquéd butterflies gently drifting down the organza dress. With straps, as opposed to the popular strapless style of today, it opens up into a simple A-line hem. At the base, a tulle hemline peeks out to say hello.  The BHLDN website describes it as, “Elegant folds at the bodice gently accentuate the bust and narrow the waist, for a fit that’s flattering on all body types.” This dress tends toward the higher end of the pricing scale at $3,200.

 

Courtesy of BHLDN

The Floral Artwork dress pictured above is another of our favorites. This playful and flirty tea length gown, with it’s bubble skirt organza overlay, gives brides an alternative to the usual floor length gown. The silk dress also has hand-jeweled flower appliqués underneath, and is finished with an unlooped half-bow at the back. This $1,800 piece of attire is sure to make one sassy statement!

 

Courtesy of BHLDN

Finally, the stunning silk layering of the Burnished Organza Gown is instantaneously eye-catching.  The sweetheart neckline is lavishly adorned with bronze sequins. This simple yet elegant garment is stunning and one of the more affordable dresses in the line, retailing at only $1,400.

The first glimpse of what BHLDN has to offer has been truly delightful, and their design team has created unique and whimsical looks for brides who don’t want to stick to the norm. We look forward to seeing what else these trailblazers have to offer!

Peace,

Meredith

Gobble Gobble Time!

Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, you begin to consider many things: “What do I do first? How should I decorate? What should be on my menu? Dare I attempt the Turducken?” With that in mind we at CUE thought it might be nice to offer a few suggestions to help you get in the Thanksgiving spirit.

First, let’s start with a craft project.  A cute way to spice up your Thanksgiving table is to create a Turkey Bread Basket.

Turkey Breadbasket Centerpiece

Courtesy of Familyfun.go.com

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Large wooden spoon
  • Tacky glue and a glue stick
  • Pair of googly eyes
  • Pencil and scissors
  • Construction paper in a variety of colors
  • Flat wooden craft spoon
  • Red marker
  • Colorful printed wrapping paper or pages from old magazines
  • Waxed paper
  • Thin wooden skewers (sold in the kitchen/cooking section of most grocery and department stores)
  • Basket to serve as the turkey’s body (it should be large enough to fit a loaf of bread or dinner rolls)
  • Florists’ foam or Styrofoam block (sold at many large craft or department stores) large enough to wedge into the basket
  • Cloth dinner napkin
Instructions
  1. To create the turkey’s head, turn the large wooden spoon so that the back of the bowl becomes the face. Use tacky glue to stick on the googly eyes. Then cut out a yellow construction paper beak and glue it in place.
  2. For the turkey’s wattle, use the marker to color the flat wooden craft spoon red. Glue the wattle onto the face at an angle so that the top slightly overlaps the beak. You can use a pinch-style clothespin to hold the pieces in place until the glue dries.
  3. From the construction paper, help your kids cut out lots of colored feathers that measure about 10 inches long and 1 3/4 inches across at the widest point. Cut out the same number of feathers from the wrapping paper or magazine pages, then trim them so that they are slightly smaller than the solid-colored ones.
  4. Cover a flat work surface with waxed paper (this makes for easier cleanup after applying glue), and you’re ready to assemble the feathers. For each one, place a construction paper cutout on the waxed paper and set a wooden skewer atop it so that the blunt end is just below the top of the paper and the pointed end extends about 3 inches below it.
  5. Next, use a glue stick to coat the underside of a printed feather. Then press it, glued side down, onto the construction paper feather, sandwiching the skewer between the 2 layers.
  6. Wedge the foam block into the basket (trim it first if necessary). Push the spoon handle into one end of the block deep enough to secure it. Stick the feathers into the opposite end. Cover the block with the cloth napkin, and the turkey basket is ready to fill with bread.

If you are  in the mood for a more elegant meal, then consider using a few leaves from your yard to create a subtle fall theme. Display autumn leaves beneath a sheer tablecloth and the dining room will look as brilliant as the trees in your front yard. First, place leaves between paper towels or waxed paper inside a phone book for a week to dry and smooth them. Next, if needed, use double-sided tape to attach foliage — in any grouping — to a standard white tablecloth. Then place a sheer cloth, such as organza, on top.

Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

You might also want to use a leaf or a sweet-gum-tree spur as a place card. Just tie a name tag with a bit of ribbon to the stem of your chosen item.

Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Finally, no Thanksgiving is complete without a bit o’ Pumpkin Pie. It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Follow the recipe below.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of 100% Pure Pumpkin or Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can NESTLE® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F.; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. (Do not freeze as this will cause the crust to separate from the filling.)

Libby's(R) Famous Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Courtesy of AllRecipes.com

But remember, no matter what decor you choose or how many delicious treats you taste, Thanksgiving is ultimately about being grateful for the ones we care about and the meaning they bring to our lives. So, this Thanksgiving make sure to put a little extra TLC (Tender Loving Care) into each project or dish and it will certainly shine through to your loved ones!

{Advice We Love}: If the shoe fits: comfort and style

Here’s the second wonderful article by Lorraine DarConte on examiner.com.

Shoes not only do they need to work with your gown, they also should be comfortable enough to get you through the day without sores or blisters. If guests see you grimace as you walk down the aisle, they may wonder if you’re having second thoughts! Here, some tips on choosing stylish yet comfortable footwear for your big day.

Danielle Bobish, Founder/Creative Director of Curtain Up Events (www.curtainupevents.com) in NYC, agrees comfort should be a bride’s first consideration because a wedding day is a long day.  “Once you’re in your dress there are pictures followed by a ceremony followed by a reception, etc.  Standing (and dancing) in heels for that long can be painful,” notes Bobish.  “With that said, keep comfort in mind when looking to buy your wedding shoes.  [Your shoes] can still be beautiful, but being able to walk and dance is key. The second factor is, of course, beauty.  With some gowns, you will never even see the bride’s feet, but with others they are visible the entire time.  If that’s the case,” continues Bobish, “you want to have stylish shoes that compliment that gorgeous dress!”

“Shoes may be beautiful on the outside,” adds Erika Phipps, Bridal Stylist La Belle Reve Bridal (http://www.labellereve.com/index.php), “but you may find that they can feel like a torture device for your feet if you are not careful. Try the shoes on and walk around in them for a few minutes before you make your purchase decision, be sure that you get the right size, and width for your foot. And above all, make sure you break in your wedding shoes before the big day. Otherwise,” continues Erika, “you may be in a world of hurt. If you decide to wear heels, the break-in rule is about four days. This means you should wear them for at least four to six hours for four days before the wedding. When it comes to the groom’s shoes color and comfort are the two main things to pay attention to. When the groom is looking for shoes, he should first match the color, then the size, and then break-in his shoes, as well. The break-in rule for leather or men’s shoes is generally three days.”

Alissa Kraisosky, owner and designer for SummerJasmines (www.summerjasmines.com) suggests brides steal a trick used by models. “Choose bridal shoes that are one to two sizes larger than your usual shoe size. Walk around the shoe salon to test that they don’t slip. Especially if you have a sky-high heel, this will provide more comfort and your feet will thank you later. In addition, a pair of foldable sandals or ballet flats are a great accessory if and when your shoes start to pinch. Stay stylish and yet keep (comfortably) dancing the night away!”

Shoe News
Shoe designer Chie Mihara (http://www.chiemihara.com) has added a romantic new addition to her feminine and eclectic collection by launching her first bridal collection. Silhouettes include high heels, classic shapes and booties with both subtle and elaborate details, and materials range from classic soft leather to grainy leathers, satin pleated laces, rouching and soft floral details. The twenty bridal styles are designed with a soft color palate of rose, pale yellow and cream. Sweet and rounded shapes seen throughout the collection are nostalgic of the renewed energy of spring fashion trends. “Entering the bridal market was a natural evolution,” states Chie, “and fits within the collection. For me, it was important that women have unique and comfortable options for one of the most important days of their lives.”

For the groom, consider stylish shoes by Magnanni, which feature classic lines, ultra-quality materials and old world craftsmanship. Founded by Sebastian Blanco, the family company is run by his son Pascual and four grandsons in Almansa, Spain. A close attention to detail, combined with limited distribution, has garnered Magnanni a global reputation for excellence.

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Please see the original article at examiner.com. LOVE IT! Thanks again Lorraine!

{Advice We Love}: If the shoe fits: make a splash with color

Check out the latest article that CUE’s very own Danielle Bobish is featured in! Lorraine DarConte is writing a series of articles featured on examiner.com that discuss the latest trends for brides and that perfect shoe. See what Danielle has to say…

If the shoe fits: make a splash with color


Although finding the perfect wedding dress is a challenge, so is tracking down the perfect pair of shoes to compliment your gown. Should you wear heels or flats—something classic or trendy? “You want to have stylish shoes that compliment that gorgeous dress,” states Danielle Bobish, Founder/Creative Director of New York City-based Curtain Up Events (www.curtainupevents.com). “Going with matching shoes seems like the obvious choice, however, I really enjoy seeing shoes with a shot of color or a nice metallic hue. Maybe,” suggests Bobish, “make your shoes that ‘something blue’!”

According to Erika Phipps, bridal stylist, La Belle Reve Bridal (http://www.labellereve.com/index.php), one of the biggest trends for 2010 is colorful shoes. “If you are wearing a white dress,” says Erika, “then why not add a splash of color to your feet, since you won’t be running the risk of mismatching. Purple or black are the two most popular colors for the wedding season, she notes. However, it’s your day, so choose whatever color you want.” Erika suggests either picking a shoe in your favorite color or perhaps one that matches your bridesmaids’ dresses. “Don’t be afraid to make your feet pop,” she says.

Ariana Gestson, who is a fashion enthusiast and fashion blogger for District Bride Guide, says picking shoes for your big day should be the least stressful and most enjoyable part of organizing your wedding ensemble. “For about 90% of brides, shoes will be hidden under layers and layers of silk and tulle,” she states. “This is why it has become so trendy to wear a statement color shoe under bridal gowns. Not only do brightly colored shoes make women feel sexy, it is also fun to know that under your traditional white dress you are making a fashion statement. While the shoes may be hidden throughout the ceremony,” reiterates Gestson, “they should certainly come out to play for pictures. A bright dash of color against a white dress can look phenomenal in photos.”

Embellishments and accents such as flowers, bows, feathers and bling are another great trend for shoes right now. “These embellishments also add more character to the overall bridal look. Add a bow for a touch of girlish sweetness; feathers for timeless elegance; or gems to show how much of a princess you are,” concludes La Belle’s Erika.

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Thanks again Lorraine! Check out the original article on examiner.com.