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Oh Rosanna

Lucky, Bon Appetit, and O At Home are just some of the publications that have sung praise for Rosanna Inc. It’s easy to see why.

Red Dots Tea Set from Rosanna Inc.Rosanna Bowles offers lots of options for those looking for a unique registry or tableware for a special event. There are collections to suit any taste, from candlesticks inspired by 18th-century France to mid-century modern stoneware.

And, of course, there is a new Green Collection. You didn’t think I’d be posting about a company that wasn’t mindful of our planet’s well-being, did you?

The pieces from Rosanna Inc. are sure to lend some welcome warmth to your kitchen and dinner table. Personally, I am dying to host a tea party with the Rococo Noir Teapot, Creamer, and Sugar Set.

Julia Posted by Julia on Aug 01, 2008.
Filed under Green WeddingsStuff We LoveWedding Registries and Gifts

Clean & Green Registry Picks

Brides often forget to add a few essential items with smaller price tags to their registry lists, but including these items is a courtesy to the guests who have already contributed a lot to your wedding (hello Maids of Honor and in-laws!), or younger family members who don’t want to add their names to their parents’ gifts. I was reminded of this when I made my semi-routine visit to Williams-Sonoma a few weeks ago.

Chocolate Ladybugs & Bees from Williams-SonomaWhen it’s time for me to get married, Williams-Sonoma will be a registry must. I love cooking, prettifying my home, and, frankly, I love the little luxuries that I may not need but almost always make my day brighter, like lady bugs and bees made of dark chocolate.

Ruby Grapefruit & Ylang Ylang soap from Williams-SonomaDuring my visit I discovered their new Pure and Green Collection: A batch of soaps, lotions and cleaners made with essential oils and natural cleansing ingredients that don’t hurt the environment. I fell for the Ruby Grapefruit Ylang Ylang scent, and opted for the room spray and self-foaming hand soap. After two weeks, I must say these products are as effective as they are gentle, and the fragrances are truly natural, as promised.

When you’re wrapped up in the pre-wedding planning frenzy, it might be hard to remember to include these simple indulgences for your new home. But trust me: as you use the products after a stressful day, you may find more joy out of them than that crock pot you still haven’t touched.

Julia Posted by Julia on Jul 01, 2008.
Filed under Green WeddingsStuff We LoveWedding Registries and Gifts

The Shoes

If you’re like me, you have a shoe addiction. Come on, admitting it is half the battle. It’s mostly under control and it doesn’t really get in the way of my daily routine, so I’m proud to say I haven’t started a 12-step program yet. But when it comes to a big event—like a wedding or reception—I can’t resist getting new shoes and I admit to needing a little input from the experts to find the perfect pair.

Wedding Shoes at PiperlimeHelp has arrived! One of my favorite online shoe sources is Piperlime, mainly because it’s not totally overwhelming like some of those huge websites that make me feel more panicked at finding the right pair than impressed by the massive selection. Piperlime has a great collection of shoes and handbags (the gateway addiction, as far as I’m concerned) from the Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy, as well as other fresh, modern brands.

Event Coordinator Mindy WeissNow they’ve gained super powers with the aide of the highly respected and inspirational event coordinator Mindy Weiss. She offers useful tips for finding the right shoes for your event, and points you to great choices that would most likely suit women in all stages of their shoe obsession, from denial all the way to recovery.

Julia Posted by Julia on Jun 25, 2008.
Filed under Expert AdviceFashionStuff We Love