Fab Find! Shashi Socks for Bridesmaids’ Wedding Morning Wearing

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The Shashi Socks folks were kind enough to send me a collection of Shashi Socks, and the easy slip-on, traction-grip and sparkly socks struck me as a great little gift for bridesmaids, to wear on the wedding morning during those getting-ready hours. Especially if you’ll all get ready in a hotel and have seen enough of those investigative reports with their blacklight revelations. Even in the best brands of hotel, these are still not your carpets nor your bathroom tile floor, so sock-wearing may be your bridesmaids’ preference. With matching, cozy Shashi Socks, they get a keeper gift as well.

Slip resistant grippers on the bottom add stabilitiy and traction. Shashi socks are availabe in S (5.5-7.5) ,M (8-10),L (10.5-12.5) and retail from $15-$18.

www.shashionline.com

Wedding Flowers and Decor: The Symbolism of Herbs

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It’s not just flowers that have symbolism, as in The Language of Flowers. Since herbs are such a pretty addition to wedding bouquets, wedding centerpieces and wedding decor, it’s fascinating to know that some herbs have symbolic messages adding even deeper meaning to all of your bridal floral pieces.

Here are the symbolic meanings of some of the most popular herbs used in wedding décor and floral pieces today:

Aloe: healing, protection, grief, bitterness, affection

Angelica: inspiration, magic

Bay: glory, honour, reward

Calendula: sacred affection, joy, remembrance, grief

Chamomile: energy in adversity, patience, long life, wisdom

Chives: usefulness, why do you weep?

Dandelion: faithfulness, happiness

Dianthus: dignity, woman’s love, symbol of Mother’s Day

Dill: preservation, good spirits

Dogwood: love undiminished by adversity, durability

Elder: compassion, bad luck, zealousness

Fennel: strength, worthy of praise, flattery

Garlic: protection, strength, healing

Grass: submission, utility, usefulness

Iris: message, wisdom, faith, valour

Ivy: patience, fidelity, undying love, eternal life

Lavender: housewifely virtue, acknowledgement

Lily of the Valley: contentment, return of happiness, let’s make up

Marjoram: joy happiness

Mint: eternal refreshment, wisdom, virtue

Mugwort: be not weary, tranquillity, happiness

Mustard: faith, indifference

Nasturtium: patriotism, victory in battle

Pansy: happy thoughts, meditation

Parsley: useful knowledge, feast, joy, victory

Rose: love, victory

Rosemary: remembrance, love, loyalty, fidelity

Saffron: beware of success

Sage: wisdom, long life, esteem immortality, esteem

Sassafras: foundation, considered choices

Sunflower: haughtiness, lofty, pride, pure thoughts

Thyme: activity, bravery, courage, strength

Violet: humility, devotion, faithfulness, forgiveness

Yew: immortality, sorrow

Yucca: opportunity, fidelity

Zinnia: thoughts of missing friends

Reference:  Rigsby, Gem. 1998. Herb Seed for Thought, Spur Ridge Press, Frankston, TX.

Fab Find! Kahlua Pumpkin Spice for Fall Weddings, Engagement Parties and Bridal Showers

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It’s time for Pumpkin-Flavored everything — from martinis to beers to muffins, donuts, lattes, and more. And for your fall wedding, engagement party, bridal shower, or other wedding event, the magic of a pumpkin flavor in Kahlua is spectacular. Plus, these would be AMAZING gifts to put in your wedding guests’ welcome baskets (a great twist on wine!) and fab gifts for your wedding vendors. Here are the details from the Kahlua folks, along with some fabulous recipes to try!

Just in time for fall, Kahlua® Pumpkin Spice is the newest seasonally-inspired liqueur to join the Kahlua portfolio. Adding a twist of pumpkin and delicious autumnal spices to the much loved 100 percent Arabica coffee and sugarcane rum blend, Kahlua Pumpkin Spice is a must-have for any quintessential fall moment. Whether it’s shared among family at a festive gathering, given as the perfect hostess gift at any holiday party, or added as a seasonal kick to a coffee break at home, Kahlua Pumpkin Spice is sure to spice things up this autumn.

“Seasonal pumpkin editions have become a celebrated turning point to ushering in the fall. From flavored coffee drinks and baked goods, to scented candles and even hand lotions, autumn sparks the start of an unavoidable ‘pumpkin craze!,'” said Michelle Sanders, brand director for Kahlua at Pernod Ricard USA. “With this popularity of seasonal offerings and entertaining during the fall season, we’re excited for Kahlua Pumpkin Spice to become the cocktail of choice for celebrating the season.”

In addition to classic Kahlua, Kahlua Pumpkin Spice joins the other seasonally-available favorite, Kahlua® Peppermint Mocha, which are both available for a limited time from September through December 31.   Available at major retail locations, Kahlua Pumpkin Spice is 20% Alc./Vol. (40 proof) and retails for a suggested price of $16.99 per 750 ml bottle.

To add a warming, seasonal surprise to your next celebration, try our signature recipes:

KAHLUA PUMPKIN MARTINI

1 ½ parts KAHLUA PUMPKIN SPICE

1 ½ parts ABSOLUT® VODKA

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with orange zest.

KAHLUA PUMPKIN SPICE WHISKY COCKTAIL

1 part KAHLUA PUMPKIN SPICE

1 ½ parts JAMESON® Irish Whiskey

Serve in an old-fashioned glass with a large ice cube.

About Pernod Ricard USA®

Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA, which employs more than 18,000 people worldwide and is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI).

The company’s leading spirits and wines include such prestigious brands as Absolut® Vodka, Chivas Regal® Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Malibu®, Kahlua® Liqueur, Beefeater® Gin, Plymouth™ Gin, Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin®, Martell® Cognac, Hiram Walker® Liqueurs, Pernod®, Ricard® and Avion™ Tequila (through a joint venture with Tequila Avion); such superior wines as Jacob’s Creek® and Brancott Estate®; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier-Jouet® Champagne, G.H. Mumm™ Champagne and Mumm Napa® sparkling wines.

Pernod Ricard USA is based in New York, New York, and has roughly 850 employees across the country. Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking. For more information on this, please visit: www.acceptresponsibility.org.

SOURCE Pernod Ricard USA

Fab Find! Pia Gladys Perey Bridesmaids’ Dresses

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The limited ready-to-wear line has design aesthetics that are highly influenced by the classic Grecian drapes mixed with romantic glamour that captures the spirit of the modern woman, embracing the true female form regardless of age and shape.  Her vision is romantic and classic with a youthful, modern twist.  The draping of the gowns shapes to perfection.  Inspired by luxury and romance, her creations are beautifully fashioned with a distinct elegance.

PGP manufactures every size run possible and can make custom dresses based on consumer’s desire. Each dress ordered is made within a week giving PGP a natural advantage of personalizing each order.

About the Label

Manila based Designer Pia Gladys Perey, The woman behind the PGP label was born and raised in the country town of Tagaytay in the Philippines. As a child, Pia was exposed to fashion, sewing and pattern making through her grandmother. The PGP label debuted at the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week in 2007 followed by a participation in the New Generation Shows in 2008 and Ladies’ Ready To Wear Show in 2009. In 2010, PGP launched in the USA at the Miami International Fashion Week and an off-site show at the New York Fashion Week.  This year, PGP showcased its FW13/14 collection in the brand’s first solo show at the Los Angeles Fashion Week wherein the designer received a standing ovation and rave media reviews.

PGP has been worn by Hollywood A-lists like Angelina Jolie, Gabrielle Union, and The Office’s Kate Flannery. It is also favored by stars like Kim Kardashian, Carrie Underwood, Eva Longoria, and Camilla Belle. The line is currently being sold in Sydney, Queensland, Perth, Adelaide, Dubai, Singapore, New York, Florida, Texas, and California.

Check it out at http://www.piagladysperey.net/

Fab Find! Speak Wedding Flashcards by Wedding Expert and Trend-setter Annie Lee

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In order to create your dream wedding with your wedding professionals, you have to speak their language. They’ve had 30+ years in the bridal industry, and you’re ultra-new to this world that’s far more detailed than you ever imagined. When you learn the lingo, you can share your vision with your wedding pros and understand their comments and questions sent to you.

Grooms? They definitely need Speak Wedding cards to help them communicate with your wedding pros, and with you as you plan the big day.

Helping you speak your wedding pros’ language, is Speak Wedding, the new beginner-level flashcards developed by award-winning, trend-setting wedding expert Annie Lee of Daughter of Design® with artwork from celebrity wedding invitation designer Ceci New York.

Here’s a bit about the cards:

Wedding vernacular seems foreign to those new to nuptials, but with these beginner-level flashcards, anyone can speak Wedding with confidence. Each of these stylish 50 cards developed by wedding expert, Annie Lee of Daughter of Design ® with artwork by Ceci New York, teaches common terminology, abbreviations, and other wedding vocabulary to help familiarize novices with wedding culture and have them sounding like natives in no time. Not only do the cards teach necessary wedding lingo, they also act as a great tool to start conversations on topics like what the Mother of the Groom will wear to the wedding and if the Bride and Groom will want to see each other before the ceremony. Read the wedding term on the front of these two-sided flashcards then flip the card onto its backside for a full explanation, correct usage, pronunciation, and other helpful tips. It’s the perfect gift for a newly engaged couple and a fun new bridal shower trivia game!

Here’s where you can get your Speak Wedding boxed sets: http://www.speakwedding.com/about/

A New Wedding Trend for Grooms Spotted at the NBA Draft! The Nerlens Noel Inside-the-Jacket Sign

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Last night, I was watching the NBA Draft, and never thought I’d spot a new wedding trend for grooms, but there was Nerlens Noel holding open his jacket to show off his college colors and number! And he was the second player to do the inside-the-jacket sign! So there you have it, grooms, a pro-athlete-inspired new wedding trend: the inside of your tux or suit jacket can be customized to show off your choice of message!

Ariel Winter’s Golden Globes Look: Perfect for Your Junior Bridesmaid? What’s Your Vote?

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The ladies of Modern Family can do no wrong fashion-wise lately, and Sarah Hyland has always been an age-appropriate inspiration for Junior Bridesmaid fashion, so I was very excited to see what ‘little sis’ Ariel Winter would wear to the 2013 Golden Globes. Her purple dress last year opened the door to her Junior Bridesmaid Fashion Icon status, and now I’d love to know what you think about her neon embroidered Valentino dress for the 70th annual Golden Globes. Fashionista blog www.styleite.com called it very age-appropriate, but does that mean it’s a trend-setter for Junior Bridesmaid dress picks? Do you love the embroidery? Is it too ‘young,’ even for Ariel? What do you think of the sparkly silver headband and shoes with the neon accent dress? Is a blingy headband perfect for the Junior Bridesmaid? Share your thoughts here, and win a copy of my new book Bridesmaid on a Budget! www.sharonnaylor.net/books.htm

My take on it? Love the dress, and especially love the sparkly shoes. Now that’s a fun trend for Junior Bridesmaids!