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/

Fab Find! Zippo Lighters for Personalized Groomsmen’s Gifts

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Looking for groomsmen’s gifts they’ll really be able to use? My Fab Find is the Zippo® lighter, a classic essential that the company has evolved into an impressive array of designs, from sleek and professional polished chrome to more personality-driven designs like the ones I’ve chosen here. Now, the groomsmen’s gifts don’t have to match; you can pick the design that’s most him.

Your groomsmen will appreciate that you’ve chosen a design that suits his interests, perhaps even his humor, and they’re really going to appreciate that you got them a lighter that works, not some cheap lighter that never goes aflame when you need it to.

The Zippo® lighter makes my Fab Find list because it saved the day for us during Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath, when we had no power for a week, our grill lighter ran out of gas, and you couldn’t find any lighters or even matches in the stores, let alone D batteries for flashlights. People were actually selling lighters on the street for $100 a pop during that traumatic time. But we had my husband’s Zippo in a cabinet, and it worked. We had candlelight for the whole house. The neighbors saw the glow in our windows and asked if they could use our Zippo. So if your groomsmen ever find themselves in a natural disaster or even just your garden variety blackout, they’re going to love you even more for giving them a gift that saves the day, comforts their families, and rescues them.

Check out the many styles of Zippo® lighters here: http://www.zippo.com/lighters.aspx?c=1230

And here are some of the cool, new styles that stood out to me:

Zippo Jeep

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Zippo takes to the road in style, with this promotional vehicle that turns heads wherever it goes. This high polish chrome windproof lighter features the Zippo Jeep, a 2011 Jeep Wrangler modified by West Coast Customs to embody the attributes of the Zippo brand, which is overlaid against the engraved image of the Zippo office building. Comes packaged in an environmentally friendly gift box. For optimal performance, use with Zippo premium lighter fluid. http://www.zippo.com/product.aspx?id=1025964

KISS lighter

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This Street Chrome™ KISS lighter is a collectible piece that will impress any KISS fan. This lighter displays the members of KISS on this windproof lighter in their representative band colors and costumes. Comes packaged in an environmentally friendly gift box. http://www.zippo.com/product.aspx?id=1025866

For your veteran or active duty groomsmen, check out the lighters customized to branches of the military: http://www.zippo.com/lighters.aspx?id=1226&c=1230&p=2

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And a sweet one for Dad: http://www.zippo.com/product.aspx?id=1025611

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You can also get Zippos to customize with your choice of saying, perhaps an inside joke, or just your groomsman’s name or monogram.

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Give a one-of-a-kind gift with Zippo’s Classic High Polish Chrome lighter. The clean, sleek look of this lighter makes it the ideal piece for a customized gift. Zippo’s Classic High Polish Chrome lighter is suitable for gift giving in its environmentally friendly gift box and comes with a lifetime guarantee. http://www.zippo.com/product.aspx?id=1023830 These also come in brushed chrome, satin chrome, red matte, black matte, white matte, and an ornate Venetian.

I especially like the look of this Striped, customizable Zippo lighter: http://www.zippo.com/product.aspx?id=1023917

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Don’t let anyone tell you that lighters are too old-world, groomsman gifts of the 1950s. Today’s modern designs bring this groomsman gift right into trend, and it’s something your guys are going to keep forever, thinking of you every time they use it…and every time it saves the day for them.

Best of all, they look way more expensive than they are. Check them out.

Fab Find! Zippo Stainless Steel Metal Wallet for Groomsmen’s Gifts!

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Groomsmen’s gifts just took a big step beyond being simply sleek and shiny [think money clips, flasks and engraved silver plaques on beer mugs] and really got useful, with the The Zippo Stainless Steel Metal Wallet that fits the bill for this year’s super-hot trend of metallic and protects credit card account numbers and other identity theft targets.

Here’s how: The Zippo stainless steel wallet features a high quality stainless steel outer shell that protects against RF theft. What’s RF theft, you ask? It’s when a signal is sent from the Radio Frequency ID chip, reading and stealing your credit card and debit card details. News reports say the bad guys out there can just direct some beam at your wallet and steal your numbers! But they won’t get ‘em with this Zippo Stainless Steel Metal Wallet. Identity theft blocked!

I love this for its usefulness, and also because it ties into the history of groomsmen themselves. Back in ancient days, sword-wielding groomsmen flanked the groom, ready to defend him against invading bad guys, and ready to help the groom prevent those marauders from stealing his bride. Groomsmen were a layer of protection between the bride and groom and those who sought to do them harm. So there’s the tie-in. Which is one of the great things about the Zippo Metal Wallet. You’re looking out for the guys now.

Here are some details about the sleek, chic Zippo Stainless Steel Metal Wallet:

Again, that stainless steel outer shell blocks those RF theft attempts, and the wallet also features a flexible polymer body, six credit card holder slots, an ID window, and a money pocket. The wallet is 4 ½” long, 3″ wide, and 1 cm thick. The flexible polymer body makes this wallet lightweight, comfortable to carry, easy to open, and easy to use, there’s a good amount of storage space for cash and credit cards, it’s tough and durable, and groomsmen of any age get to upgrade to this fab wallet from their outdated former wallets. Some of those guys might still have Velcro-fasten wallets, so let’s get them styled up!

The wallet sells for $49.99 on Zippo.com or can be purchased and engraved through their partners at Thingsremembered.com for $50.00.

Fab Find! The Tilley Shantung Fedora — a Must for Your Honeymoon!

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I LOVE this Fedora! It’s eco-friendly, water-resistant, packs well and looks super-cute on me AND super-hot on my husband. We’ll be sharing it during our trip to Caneel Bay on St. John in a few weeks.

I’m often asked for suggestions on what couples should pack for their honeymoons, and this hat makes my Top Musts list! It’s SPF-protecting and with its subtle chin strap will stay on your head while you’re catamaraning or walking on a breezy beach. Hats are the in accessory right now, and this fedora is right on trend. I was blown away by how it looks completely different on me and on my husband, so this is definitely a fabulous hat to have on vacation. Here’s some more about it, from the Tilley website:

The S7 Tilley Shantung Fedora is designed with a medium brim and trimmed in a natty black and grey ribbon hatband. Created using paper made of pulp derived from rice stalks, our handwoven Japanese Shantung straw proves to be a smooth, durable and pliable material that provides maximum sun protection.

Features

    • Insured  against loss
    • Excellent sun protection, rated UPF 50+
    • Repels rain
    • Ties on in the wind
    • Secret pocket
    • Three removable and washable sweatband pieces
    • Packable

Brim size: Front and Back: 2 ¼” Sides: 2 ½”
Weighs 3.5 oz.

Fabric

    • Made from 100% shantung with a water resistant finish.
    • Shantung is a paper product from Japan made of pulp derived from rice stalks. The paper is created and then cut on a slitting machine and coiled into long lengths. The lengths are hand woven into a smooth, durable and pliable       material.
    • The fabrics of all Tilley Hats have been certified to block 98 percent of harmful UVA/UVB radiation and deliver an ultraviolet factor (UPF) of 50+, the maximum rating given.
    • You       still need SPF 30 sunscreen and sunglasses with UV filters!

World’s Best?

HERE’S WHY TILLEY HATS ARE ACKNOWLEDGED ‘THE BEST IN THE WORLD.’

 

APPEARANCE AND COMFORT: To protect you from the sun and rain, Tilleys fit lower than other hats. This also tends to give one a rather dashing appearance! For your comfort, they’re held on by gravity, not painful pressure on your forehead. On a hot muggy day, you’ll especially appreciate this!

 

INSURED AGAINST LOSS: With your Hat, you’ll be provided with “The Straight-Shooter’s Statement of Loss of a Tilley Hat” insurance policy. The insurance is for two years, all perils, 50% deductible, and is not issued by Lloyds. We understand the anguish of losing this reliable companion, or of having your dog terminally gnaw it. Should that happen, we’ll replace your late, lamented Tilley at half the current catalogue price.

 

EXCELLENT SUN PROTECTION: The fabric of all Tilley Hats have been certified to block 98 percent of harmful UVA/UVB radiation and deliver an ultraviolet factor (UPF) of 50+, the maximum rating given.

 

REPELS RAIN: Yes, this Hat has been treated with a water resistant finish, but it is no sou’wester! The finish will probably give you enough protection to have time to find shelter, but shantung is not meant for a steady rain. We do, however, realize that Mother Nature can be unpredictable, so here are some tips on how to re-shape your Shantung Fedora if it does get caught in that downpour! Shantung is pliable, so while it is still wet, re-shape the brim with your hands and stuff the crown with tissue or a towel. Once dry, if you still have some creases use steam, or a damp cloth to smooth over. Try not to crush, or stuff your wet shantung Hat into a bag, etc. It will dry looking crushed! If that happens, simply wet the Hat again with a damp cloth, and follow the directions above.

 

TIES ON: The Tilley comes with a tuckaway, adjustable, fore ‘n’ aft Wind Cord. When it’s calm, the Wind Cord stays hidden in the crown. When there’s a breeze, place the part with the sliding knots behind your head. When it’s windy or you’re sailing, use the chin part too. Visit our Facebook page to watch the Tilley Hat Wind Cord tutorial.

 

HYDROFIL®. ANTI-SWEAT BAND: Soft and comfortable, it picks up sweat from your forehead and wicks it away to your temple area where it evaporates. The removable sweatband pieces can be hand washed in warm water and soap and air-dried. We provide 3 sweatbands for your convenience.

 

SECRET POCKET: Inside the crown is a good-sized pocket sealed with Velcro®. In it, carry your I.D., hotel key, $10 bill (in your case, a $20), plus 50¢ for an emergency phone call.

 

BRAG TAGS: There are 8 of these in the Secret Pocket. You’ll have fun with them; they can even get you into trouble, if you wish.

 

In my www.gorgeouslygreen.com column, I’ve suggeted this hat not just as a honeymoon Must, but also as a terrific hat for the groom and groomsmen to wear at a beach or garden wedding! At $99, it’s upscale enough to make for a great gift for the guys!

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