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Girl’s Night Out

If you’re going through party withdrawal after the holidays, grab your girlfriends and head to the Central California wine region’s Cellar360 Paso Robles for their Girl’s Night Out event Friday, January 23.

Meridian VineyardsThey’ve got the works: eye make-up application techniques, organic cooking demonstrations, massage therapy, reflexology, oxygen bar samples. You’ll even get a private shopping experience in their retail store with wine club discounts—and of course, plenty of wine tasting and bubbly!

While you’re sipping and shopping, do yourself a favor and take a moment to imagine your wedding at this breathtaking winery.

Girl’s Night Out cost: $20 per person in advance or $25 per person at the door. RSVP today: 805/226-7133.

Looking for Central California wedding inspiration? Check out Jolene Rae Harrington’s new Central Coast Wedding article for wedding location ideas.

Allison Posted by Allison on Jan 16, 2009.
Filed under Food and DrinkLocations


2009 Jewelry Trend Report

Forget dainty and delicate—today’s jewelry is getting larger, with fresh combos and bold new presentations. Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store for the year ahead:

Jewelry with movement and texture,
like the fluid earrings of One World Designs’ Waterfall collection, are very in. For a splurge, the award-winning black and white diamond earrings in Yael’s Mosaic collection have both flow and mega-sparkle. Lots of jingly bangles are making a sexy statement, too, and a stack of them makes a lovely bridesmaid gift. Our jewelry partner, Tejani, has custom-sized bangles decked in Austrian crystals that can be special ordered for bridal parties.

Chocolate PearlsAnother popular arm adornment is the cuff, seen in filigreed silver, bronze, champagne gold, or lavishly bejeweled. Long a staple with South Asian brides, the cuff fashion is now going mainstream and is being seen on both catwalks and bridal aisles.

Raw Diamond and Gold CuffInteresting trends in jewelry metals have made their way from Europe to the States. Soft and pretty rose gold is catching on here, and brings a blushing glow to bridal jewelry. And from Italy, the next evolution is a new gold alloy in a warm brown shade called “chocolate gold.” Cutting-edge and breathtaking, this cocoa jewelry makes a striking backdrop to colors, and adds a burnished dimension to wedding whites and creams. There are even cultured chocolate pearls to match!—simply yummy!

Some like it raw—raw diamonds, that is. Stones right out of nature have their own organic beauty, and we’re seeing unique cuts and unusual settings that are appealing to unconventional brides as well as men. Shibumi Gallery in Berkeley showcases some amazing pieces incorporating raw gemstones. Shibumi also features the work of award-winning jeweler Todd Reed, whose gold cuff with raw diamond cubes seen here illustrates the quintessential 2009 accessory.

Go forth and dazzle, girlfriends!

Jolene Posted by Jolene on Jan 09, 2009.
Filed under AccessoriesFashionWedding Jewelry and Rings


Parasols Instead of Bouquets

As Maid of Honor at my best friend’s wedding, I carried a Japanese parasol instead of the usual bridesmaid bouquet. I really loved this idea, because the bride was able to save money on her flowers and parasols look great in pictures. On top of that, it was a hot September day in Sacramento and these refreshing accessories provided a nice shield from the sun.

Tosca ProductionsI still have the parasol on display in my bedroom, and every time I see it it reminds me of my best friend. Of course parasols wouldn’t work for every kind of wedding, but if you’re having your ceremony outdoors it’s a fun alternative to consider. And there are lots of options out there to reflect your wedding theme.

You can find your own pretty parasols at Pamela’s Parasols, Luna Bazaar, or Ideal Favors. And, I got some inspiring ideas from my colleague Jolene’s new article, “Wedding Parasols & Fashion Umbrellas”.

Denise Martinez at her best friend's wedding

Denise Posted by Denise on Jan 09, 2009.
Filed under Expert AdviceFashionFlowersStuff We LoveTrend WatchWedding Ideas