Most people wouldn’t guess by looking at me now, but back in my high school days, I was a wannabe punk rocker. My daily wardrobe consisted of dyed-black hair, fishnets, plaid miniskirts, and combat boots. (Yes, even during the cold and rainy months.) I also dreamed of marrying Joe Strummer (may he rest in peace). If you sound anything like my alter-ego, then Rock Star Bride might be your cup of tea.
This online boutique features rock star-worthy loungewear and hoodies to tell the world that not only are you engaged, but you’ve still got your edge. If you’re indecisive like me, there are always gift cards adorned with tattoo-inspired graphics. That’s right, they have rock and roll in every detail. From hats to boy-shorts, you’re covered.
After a few days of long meetings, the ladies of Here Comes The Guide refueled and toasted a job well done with a delectable dinner at Cantinetta Luca, a sister venue of L’Auberge Carmel. The bistro is designed around the concept that Italian dining is a celebration of sharing, simplicity and family—and as co-workers who consider each other family, we warmed to this notion immediately.
When we arrived, the main dining room and bar—oriented around an open kitchen and a wood-burning stove—were bubbling with energy. We were greeted by Giuseppe, the charming General Manager, and whisked away to the Wine Room. This semi-private dining space has a vaulted brick ceiling and windows that look into the wine cellar; the other walls sport oversized and whimsical Italian-themed paintings. Large enough to hold a reception for 50 yet still cozy and intimate, the Wine Room can be set up for an elegant wedding reception, a family-style affair, or a lively rehearsal dinner.
And then there’s the food! We started off with the meant-to-be-shared appetizer platter that was so generously arranged for us. Everything was fresh (they make all their pasta and the salami is aged in-house) and perfectly seasoned. I loved that the chef offered an original culinary twist on these dishes while keeping with Italian tradition. The service was swift and accommodating, and the relaxed ambiance provided the perfect antidote to our grueling work schedule.
If you’re going to be in the Carmel area, take the time to stop and enjoy this lovely gem. You’ll be thankful you did.
Wouldn’t it be nice if, just once, when someone complimented your new dress you didn’t have to say “Oh, this? It’s from Target.” Instead, wouldn’t it be awesome if you could say, “This? It’s from Italy.”? It just sounds so much more chic and worldly to name-drop a European country instead of the corner retail clothing chain.
When it comes time for your wedding gift registry, you might want to think out of the big box stores. Emilia Ceramics has one-of-a-kind ceramic works of art for your home, and a convenient online wedding gift registry. The handmade pieces from Italy, Spain, France and Mexico have unique but always cheery designs, like the Oil & Vinegar Set by artist Ceramiche Bartoloni. My favorite feature is the “View in Room” links, which allows you to see how an item will dress up an otherwise humdrum space.
The very best part? When someone compliments you on your impeccable taste in home decor, you can shrug and say, “Oh this? It’s from Italy.”—and actually mean it!