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Good Wine, Good Holiday

I can’t be the only one who thinks the holidays are always better with some good wine. If you agree, grab your honey and make dinner reservations at the Duck Club Restaurant inside the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa for December 5. Karl Wente of Wente Vineyards will be the special guest that night and he’s bringing the good stuff, including a selection from his super-exclusive, not-sold-to-the-general-public label, “The Nth Degree”. If that isn’t enough, the Wente wines will be paired with Chef Chuck Courtney’s seasonal five-course menu. Yum! You might want to consider the meal a trial run for your East Bay rehearsal dinner (hint, hint).


If a night of great food and drink appeals to you (and why wouldn’t it?), be sure make reservations early: 925/283-7108, and tell them that lush over at Here Comes The Guide sent you!

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Nov 18, 2007.
Filed under Food and DrinkLocationsRehearsal DinnerRestaurants

Bridal Gowns Get Colorful

articles_altWalk into a California bridal salon and you expect a sea of white (or ivory, or cream). More and more, though, we’re seeing splashes of bright color on the typical white gown—and even more dramatic dresses that are far from pale. Deep red, sapphire blue…our own production guru Sharon was married in a gorgeous ivory and gold frock with green beading.


Brides traditionally wear white because it’s the color of purity and joy. But other colors may bring a more personalized feeling to your wedding. What about wearing the same color you wore when you met or had your first date? By the time we get married, we know what colors look best on us and few of us say our favorite color is white. Why not wear a color that makes you feel beautiful?

But what I want to know is: when push comes to shove, would you buck tradition and wear a non-white wedding dress? If not, why not?

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Nov 07, 2007.
Filed under FashionOff BeatStuff We LoveTrend WatchWedding Dresses

A Fashion Fix for Bridesmaid’s Dresses

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a bridesmaid dress in your closet that you never once had the urge to “accidentally” decorate with nail polish before the big day?

As a rule, bridesmaids’ dresses are like uniforms, and who wants to wear a uniform to a wedding? No two women look equally great with a plunging neckline, spaghetti straps, or a big fat bow tied at the butt (actually, NO woman looks fab with the big fat bow…period). articles_alt

There’s a new solution, and it seems almost too good to be true. twobirds offers a bridesmaid’s dress in 11 yummy colors that can be worn up to ten (yes, TEN!) different ways. One dress fits women size 0-16, and it’s simple, flowy, and will look totally at home at a California wedding—or even a night on the town with the girls. Each maid can tailor the style to themselves, and they’ll still look great for pictures. You can also opt for color-matching wraps and neckties for the groomsmen.

Brides, take note. Think about it this way: torture your bridesmaids now, and they may just have to pay you back for it when they get hitched themselves…petticoats, anyone?

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Oct 26, 2007.
Filed under FashionStuff We LoveTrend WatchWedding Dresses