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September 6, 2013

As the weather cools down across the country, one state is cranking up the heat. Swing by Santa Fe this weekend to torch your taste buds at the inaugural Green Chile Harvest Festival. Celebrate New Mexico’s most bountiful crop with cooking demonstrations, the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown contest, and spicy hot entertainment. Set your mouth ablaze in your own kitchen by skipping a trip to the desert and whipping up some green chile cheeseburgers at home.

After a summer of sandals in the city and frolicking barefoot outdoors, our feet need a little T.L.C. before slipping into our favorite fall boots. Pamper dry, cracked heels with Butter London’s Stiletto Stick—a swipe or two of this stick will soothe and smooth your tired toes. Put your best foot forward as you plan an autumn-inspired wedding. Sweep your flowing locks into an elegant updo, and welcome guests with personalized iPhone covers that double as escort cards. A transparent sticker printed with guests’ names and table numbers can easily be removed after the wedding, making it a pretty and practical favor.

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1. Butter London Stiletto Stick via Ulta | 2. Green Chile Harvest Festival via; image via Bon Appetit  | 3. Classic Updos via Birchbox  | 4. Green Chile Cheeseburger via Saveur  | 5. iPhone Covers via Ruffled

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August 30, 2013

Considered by many to be the last glimpse of summer, Labor Day Weekend is an excellent time to say goodbye to the sunniest season and say hello to autumn! Celebrate the long weekend in The Mile High City with a delicious Taste of Colorado. This four-day-long foodie’s dream includes 50 Denver-area restaurants, 280 marketplace artisans and vendors, seven stages and educational programs promoting the cultural and western heritage of the region. Once you’ve had your fill of tasty treats, quench your thirst at Williams & Graham—recently named one of the best bars in America by Esquire Magazine, this Denver establishment employs extraordinary bartending talent and offers a lengthy cocktail menu studded with delicious gems. The long Labor Day Weekend also gives us an opportunity to get creative. Make mini jars of honey (perfect for cups of tea on fall days) as favors for your wedding guests, and get creative with your groom’s boutonnieres. Gone are the days of boring old flowers—follow this handy guide for ideas on how to brighten up your boutonnieres. Last, but not least, pamper your tresses after a summer of stress. Spray your locks with It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner. This amazing product boasts 10 different benefits, eliminates frizz, restores shine, protects hair from heat, and prevents split ends—it truly is a miracle worker!  I am a person fan.


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1. It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner via Birchbox | 2. Boutonnieres via Green Wedding Shoes  | 3. Honey Jar Favors via 100 Layer Cake  | 4. Taste of Colorado via   | 5. Cocktails via Williams & Graham; image via Bon Appetit |

Bridal Style for a Museum Wedding Created for




August 26, 2013


Far from dusty and boring, museums often boast out-of-this-world architectural details, as well as a treasure trove of fascinating artifacts. Marble walls and giant dinosaur skeletons cast in mysterious shadows lend to a glamorous feel for your museum wedding. Start with Winifred Bean’s Daisy gown—flowing chiffon over a fitted bodice gives this versatile dress a sweet and sexy feel. Contrast the historical settings with your beautiful future as you slip on rose gold-tinted jewelry. A metallic-hued leather watch wraps around your wrist multiple times, while a gold jeweled ear cuff gives a slight edge to your chic look. Guerlain’s Art Deco-inspired perfume bottle perfectly captures the vintage romance at your museum wedding, and a sleek wooden clutch holds all your must-haves. As a finishing touch, bring a little glamour to your heels—these sandal infuse your elegant look with just the right amount of glitz.

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Wedding Features: Daisy Gown: Winifred Bean | La Mer Odyssey Case Layer Wrap Watch via ShopBop | Guerlain Vol de Nuit Perfumed Shimmer Powder via AHALife | Oval Wooden Clutch via Malini Murjani | Ear Cuff via Jacquie Aiche | Stuart Weitzman Traffic Sandal via  Shoebox New York |



August 23, 2013

Bright and sunny August weekends give us the perfect opportunity to flex our creative muscles. Create to-dye-for custom-colored fabrics that look gorgeous as window treatments or a pretty tablecloth to accent your indigo-swirled wedding cake. Rather not get your hands dirty this weekend? Let the professionals do all the work and shop for eye-popping art online at It’s the perfect place to find whimsical, bold conversation starters for your bare walls. No one wants to bring it up, but fall is upon us, which means cooler temps, leaves changing colors, and the dreaded dry skin of winter. Keep your lips silky smooth this season with e.l.f.’s ultra affordable lip exfoliator, then indulge in a pretty plum-colored lip tint by Fresh. Introduce your pretty pout to super-fresh, super-local Dungeness crab at Seattle’s Bar Sajor restaurant—recently named one of the top 50 restaurants in the US by Bon Appetit Magazine for a menu-full of delicious reasons. Once you’ve had your fill of the Northwest’s most tempting seafood, head out to the Bluegrass on the Green Festival. This celebration of bluegrass music plays on today until Sunday, so you have all weekend to stomp your boots to strumming bangos.



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1. Sugar Lip Treatment in Plum via Fresh;  Lip Exfoliator via e.l.f. Studio | 2. Indigo Dyed Fabric DIY via Green Wedding Shoes  | 3. Bluegrass on the Green Musical Festival; image via  CBS Minnesota | 4. Deer Wearing Gym Socks via Eyes on the Walls  | 5. Bar Sajor in Seattle via Bon Appetit

Industrial Chic Bridal Style for


August 20, 2013

Exposed brick and steel beams may seem unromantic, but flashy gold accents and gorgeous floral arrangements turn an old urban loft into a to-die-for industrial chic wedding venue.  Winifred Bean’s Iris gown, with its peplum bustier top and column skirt, creates an elegant look fit for the red carpet. Contrast coarse walls with glints of glamorous metal—a blinging gold bracelet dangles from your wrist while a metallic clutch contributes a futuristic look to your ensemble.  Neutral makeup gets a pop of sparkle with gold eyeshadow swiped across your lids.  Compliment your venue’s rough interior by wearing the ideal scent—heady jasmine and rich sandalwood mix with the sweet citrus smell of blood orange. As a final touch to your mod bridal style, add peacock blue suede pumps to the equation—geometric details and a dainty ankle strap lend a delicate touch to your avant-garde look.



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Iris Gown via Winifred Bean | Alexis Bittar Chain Hinge Bracelet via ShopBop | Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine via Birchbox | Rafe New York Maryanne Minaudiere via Nordstrom | Bobbi Brown Metallic Cream Shadow in Goldstone via Sephora | Peacock Calf Suede Sandal Pump via Sarah Flint


August 20, 2013

Hosting your wedding in an old warehouse sounds unglamorous, but an industrial-inspired wedding is both elegant and modern.  Think high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and tall windows to frame your mod event.  Give the brick and cement interior of your warehouse venue a splash of gold glam with metallic stationary and glass vases hand-dipped in sparkling gold paint.  Put beautiful succulents front and center in your floral arrangements: these alluring plants are perfect in bouquets and make curious little favors for green-thumbed guests.  Contrast brick walls and exposed steel beams with a flash of neon that spells out your love, and lean towards mod with an Art Deco-styled cake and over-the-top cocktails and appetizers.  What was once an old warehouse, is now a glamorous space perfect for tying the knot.  Get inspired to plan your own industrial glam wedding!

Table Setting

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Wedding Features:  Gold-Dipped Vases: Brooklyn Bride | Neon Sign: Let There Be Neon | Wooden Escort Cards: Tinsel & Twine | Ceremony Venue: Casa Sugar | Art Deco Cakes: Lael Cakes | Table Settings: Polka Dot Bride | Bouquet: Pinterest | Cocktail and Appetizer: Every Last Details | Succulent Favors: Engaged & Inspired


August 17, 2013

Summer is beginning to chill into autumn, but don’t unfold your sweaters quite yet!  Live up the last couple weeks of August in Miami, where the heat is always on.  Celebrate South American cinema at the Brazilian Film Festival then follow this handy Happy Hour map: X marks the spot for tasty drinks and amazing deals in Miami.  Prep for your weekend out in South Florida by experimenting with sassy summer color combos—try blue shadow and Caribbean green liner on your eyes.  

Hot summers always make us realize how annoying sweaty bangs can be.  Grow them out in style with the help of this tutorial that walks you through pinning back your awkward-length fringe.  And finally, savor summer by noshing on the fruit that embodies this sunny season—juicy watermelon pairs beautifully with grilled halloumi to create a sunshine-inspired treat perfect for late summer garden parties.



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1. Satin Finish Eyeshadow in Blue Toile via Birchbox; Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Caribbean Green via Mally Beauty  | 2. Guide to Growing Out Your Bangs via Refinery29  | 3. Brazilian Film Festival; image via We Heart It | 4. Halloumi and Watermelon Bite with Basil-Mint Oil via The Curvy Carrot | 5.  Guide to Miami’s Best Happy Hours via Eater; image via Yardbird Southern Table and Bar


Vineyard Style for


August 13, 2013

Warm afternoons shift into cool evenings as the sun sets over a Napa Valley vineyard.  Be inspired by the rich greens of grape vines and deep burgundies of Merlot as you plan a vineyard wedding.  Evoke the shades of irresistible wine: Bring deep purples and burgundies into watercolor-printed stationary and playful blooms in your bouquet.  Use cork-framed escort cards to guide guests to long wooden tables accented with bowls of purple artichokes.  Create your own table numbers by wrapping wine bottles with burlap and adding numbers with a little sparkle.  Then send your guests home with custom-made wine or provide baskets of soft scarves to warm your guests against Northern California’s evening chill.

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Photo Credit: Table Centerpieces and Table Numbers: Inspired By This

Vineyard Bridal Style for


August 12, 2013

Growing grapes and mashing them into wine seems so simple, but there is a beauty and complexity to this ancient drink.  Rows of green vines and stacks of wine-stained barrels create a romantic setting for a late summer wedding.  Start with Winifred Bean’s Audrey gown: Luxurious silk crepe drapes elegantly over the shoulders and cinches at the waist evoking early 20th century screen siren sophistication.  Gather inspiration from the color of Merlot—a rich red on your cheeks is reflected in a deep burgundy on your nails.  Channel a Sonoma sunset with ruby-gemmed earrings framed in brushed gold.  Sip on sparkling wine as you wander the vineyard in deep red heels, and prepare for chilly Wine Country nights with a steel gray shawl to warm your shoulders.


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Photo Credits: Dress: Winifred Bean Audrey | Earrings: Chan Luu via ShopBop Nail Polish: Essie Nail Color in Bordeaux via Macy’s | Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Sandals via Shoe Scribe | Scarf: Stella McCartney Python-Print via Net-a-Porter Blush: Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee via  Sephora

Friday Round Up for


August 9, 2013

For many students, August marks a return to the classroom. Reading, writing, and if you’re lucky, some good ol’ fashioned arts and crafts. No need to hop on the school bus to get a healthy dose of DIY fun: Deck out your next big event with handmade Gold Leaf Table Numbers. Caught the do-it-yourself bug? Get creative and design your own stationary using this handy guide to pick your favorite gorgeous font. Discover the perfect way to fake a lovely summer glow (with this tutorial) then dash out the door to check out two excellent celebrations of local culture: This weekend Minneapolis is hosting both the Twin Cities’ Polish Festival and the Irish Fair of Minnesota. Snag a pierogi and dance a jig before chilling out with a sweet treat. recently published a list of Minneapolis’s 9 Best Ice Cream Desserts—make it your delicious goal this weekend to taste test each and every one!


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Photo credits: 1. How to Apply Highlighter via Bella Sugar; Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Highlighter via Sephora   | 2. Twin Cities’ Polish FestivalIrish Fair of Minnesota; image via The Paper Wall  | 3. Gold Leaf Table Numbers via Once Wed | 4. 50 Beautiful Fonts via Snippet and ink; image via Grey Likes Weddings | 5.  9 Best Ice Cream Desserts via Eater; image via Southern Weddings Magazine