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What gal doesn’t crave clean, natural glamour? Although Bay Area make-up artist Taylor Pham created Thí Cosmetics specifically with Asian women in mind, her beauty products draw fans from all ethnicities. Find out more...

Bling Goes Bold

Maria Elena UzcateguiSure, you say. I’d love to inject a little color into my wedding jewelry. And yet, like so many brides, you end up nixing the idea and defaulting to the predictable refuge of a classic all-white look. Here’s our “dime store psychologist” explanation: The left side of your brain pleads “safety,” while the right side screams “sexy.” Here's how to let your inner sexy out.

Playing Dress Up

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Nine years ago, I shopped for my wedding dress all wrong. With my engagement ring sparkling on my left hand for all of 2 hours, I found myself walking past a rather unpromising bridal shop. It had a shabby storefront, wigs askew atop faceless mannequins that looked as if they’d been frozen in position since the Eisenhower administration. Take a guided tour through some really excellent Southern California bridal salons.


Artful Wedding

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Out-of-the-ordinary scenarios can become your reality if you wed at one of the Bay Area’s acclaimed art galleries or museums. No longer the sole province of school field trips, galleries and museums have found a fresh calling as novel places to throw a party. Here are locations for an artful Bay Area wedding.

It’s All About the Dress

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“My friend's excitement over her wedding dress inspired me to create an unusual shower gift: I did a classic fashion illustration of my friend modeling her wedding gown.” Matted and framed, the unique present struck a sentimental chord among the shower guests, most of whom were already married. See these pieces of art.

How To Entertain Out-of-Town Guests in Southern California

GlidersFriends and relatives who've come from afar often stay for a few days, and they won't want to sit around twiddling their thumbs before and after the wedding. Since you're not going to have the time to play Tour Guide, have a list of activities prepared in advance. You can include familiar options like Disneyland and Universal Studios, but Southern California offers so much more.

Haute Appetizers!

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What about the humble cocktail hour? Gone are the days when a hostess could throw together a few trays of cheddar cubes, crackers and melon slices to tide guests over. Today's bride puts a great deal more consideration into what she presents to her guests, and the Bay Area bride is among the most discerning. Make your cocktail hour memorable.

How to Pick a Site That’s Outta Sight: Northern California

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Invaluable tips on how to select a wedding location in Northern California. Your first big decision is to select a location that makes geographical sense to you, your family and the majority of your guests. Get more tips for choosing your Northern California wedding location from the HCTG experts.

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