The Official Color of 2012 posted in: Entertainment, Events, Fashion, Health & Beauty, Home, Trends, Weddings

The 2012 color of the year is Tangerine Tango (PANTONE 17 -1463), a spirited reddish orange. It’s a bit exotic, but in a very friendly, non-threatening way.

 

Offical Pantone Color of 2012

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, describes the color as “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” I couldn’t agree more. My take, Tangerine Tango is an enchanting lady – she is beautiful, but also smart, a lot of fun, energizing, makes the people in her presence feel good all the while seemingly without thought, the ever sophisticated siren.

This haute hue is actually quite versatile. You can use it to create a vibrant and fun look, or dress it up glam for a sophisticated evening. Mix this tantalizing Tangerine with a sunny yellow such as Pantone Solar Power, a romantic purple like Bellflower or hot pink such as Cabaret for a bold and beautiful look. Pair Tango with a soft, warm neutral such as a natural neutral like Starfish or anchor it with Navy to show off its more sophisticated side. This Tangerine is just as comfortable at a formal evening affair as a casual afternoon luncheon – and in either setting its beauty commends attention

Expect to see provocative attention-getting Tangerine Tango as a hot hue in color stories for events and weddings in the coming year. It is high visibility, so use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design. You will also see the shade in women’s and men’s fashions, cosmetics, and home décor.

Just as comfortable at a formal evening affair as a casual afternoon luncheon, you can call on this color for most any occasion. For a vibrant and bold look, let this Tangerine tango with a sunny yellow such Solar Power, a romantic purple like Bellflower or hot pink such as Cabaret .Pair Tango with a soft, warm, natural neutral such Starfish to show off its more sophisticated side. In any setting this color commends attention.

Friends what do you think – Is this a color you will embrace in the New Year?

Have a colorful day!

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The Party Maven’s Favorite Things 2011 posted in: Entertaining Essentials, Fashion, Food and Beverage, Great Products, Health & Beauty, Home, Trends

Finding just the right gift for those on your Christmas list can be tricky and if mastering the art of gift giving has got you in a bit of a pickle, fear not. After lots of research (read shopping) and review, I’ve selected my favorite gifts to give (and receive) this year.

Cupcake Bath Bombs

Cupcake-shaped bath bombs. Unwrap and drop this delightfully scented cupcake in the bath and enjoy the effervescence as essential oils and Dead Sea salt wash over your skin.  These totally indulgent dessert-inspired bath treats come in delicious flavors such as Mint Condition and Cranberry Fizz, and for the holiday’s a special mini cupcake trio is available– sinfully sweet!

$10.50 and up | feelingsmitten 

Hostess with the Mostess

Dome-i-nate the party circuit with this stylish glass platter. Great for cheese displays, but can be used for anything that needs to be kept under glass.  Give as a gift along with a set of cheese knives and selection of fine cheeses. Pier 1 also carries a great line of serveware for tasting parties that make great gifts.

$19 | Pier 1 Pier1 entertaning essentials 

Laura Gellar Cosmetics

This ingenious collection of multi-tasking color cosmetics feature the most innovative new products in the most inviting, wonderfully wearable colors that works to play up any skin tone to give every woman a fresh and fabulous look.

$23 and up | Laura Gellar

Voluspa Candles & Home Fragrance


This luxe line is one of my favorite indulgences and  has become a staple in the homes of Hollywood’s elite. These candles and home fragrances are strikingly packaged and have the most extraordinarily alluring scents, such as  Muscari, crisp champagne (my personal favorite), truffle white cocoa, ebony & peach to name a few. Indulgence for those who love life’s little luxuries.

$24 and up | Candledelerium

Bond-worthy Cuff Links


I discovered these secret agent comm. devices fronting as men’s fashion accessories. Not your average cufflinks hanging out on your sleeves, these babies are 007 cool and totally functional. Polished Silver Oval WIFI and USB Cufflinks feature 2GB of storage AND a WiFi Hotspot (which opens your WiFi to multiple devices) – perfect for business meetings, travel or sleuthing.

$250 | Cuff Links.com

Booze Cakes


A fun twist to your standard cookbook – Booze Cakes. This collection of recipes combines two of our most favorite things – booze and cake. How about White Russian Cupcakes or Sex On The Beach Cake?  It’s full color and has step-by-step instructions so easy even a man will spend time reading them.

 $12 | Amazon

Resonant Art

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it and think it would be an A-MAZING gift! “Resonant” Décor” are custom, elegant visual art displays of the sounds around you.

Your world is filled with sounds – favorite music, the sound of your little one’s first words, a friend’s laughter, to name a few. These familiar sounds have the capacity to “resonate” in our minds and hearts with the imagery, emotions, and specific memories. Every sound creates a unique acoustic wave. Fuse this waveform with the richness of color and a one-of-a-kind work of art brilliantly emerges – a visual representation of a familiar sound wave bursting forth in pulsating waves of color. An artist creates this work in collaboration with you to design a unique canvas that visually represents sounds in your world. Isn’t this simply the coolest?

Connect for Pricing | VaporSky 

Lyric Culture Ts and scarves

I’ve raved about this Rock-n-Roll chic line before, but I’ll do it again. Lyric Culture is a lifestyle brand driven by the greatest song lyrics of all time. You’ll find lyrics to some  the most legendary artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan and countless others penned on scarves, T-s, accessories and more.

$65 | Lyric Culture

Danni Jo Accessories

Check out Dannijo.com for the fashionistas in your life. They have a fab line of stand-out accessories that will polish off any outfit.  I’m loving the Gabrielle earrings, a monochromatic yet chaotic kaleidoscope of crystals that come together to create one chic chandelier of bling.

$320 | Dannijo 

Susan and Veronica Aprons
These aprons are simply too sassy to resist. This fashion forward collection of domestic dress assimilates a mixture of style, frisky and edge.  Flattering designs (available in strapless and half-waist styles!) and playful prints will turn this iconic kitchen staple into your new must-have accessory. If you’re more Coco Chanel than Cocque Vin, order dinner in and throw on your apron before your guests arrive, your secret is safe with me!

$36.95 and up | Aprons

The Rover Spy Tank

Whether you wish to eavesdrop “check-in” on friends and fam, or investigate Fido’s daily activities, it’s all possible with this audio/visual-enabled Rover. Its built-in camera and microphone streams live video and transmits sound in real time. So you can see and hear everything that happening in other rooms The cam can also takes still photos as proof of what you spy, AND it even has infrared night vision that lets you see items in the dark! It is App-Controlled by your iPod touch, iPhone device, or iPad, and generates its own Wi-Fi wireless connection for your smart device (no frequency interference!).

$150 | Brookstone

The RAT-PAK

I know, I thought the same thing at first glance too… “This is one of those cases assassins have in tow, and open up only to pull out the parts to a high-tech rifle, assemble it, aim and take out their target”. But take a closer look, because LAT56′s RAT-PAK is actually a high-tech Garment Bag! No lie. This super compact size carry-on is a system that rolls up your suit into a smaller size without inoculating it with wrinkles that seem resistant to any amount of pressing. Great for the men in your life. But ladies, carrying this killer number will make most any man think twice before crossing you 😉

$300 | Lat50degress

Bracelet / Purse Hook

This bracelet hooks onto tables to give you a safe place to hang your purse when you’re in a restaurant or bar. When it’s not in use you can clip it on the outside of your bag or wear as an accessory. And don’t let pretty fool you – this baby can hold up to 25 lbs!

$28 | ahalife

GlamourDogs

For your furbaby lovin’ friends  – accessories and toys for their little fuzzies. Does your BFF’s Fiona seem to have an affinity for the finer things? Check out great finds on GlamourDog. Might we recommend a crystal-adorned collar or how about a Chewy Vuitton handbag or pair of Stella MuttCartney or Christian LouBarkin Shoes for the posh pup? Check out the natty neckwear and trendy toys for fashion-forward furbabies.

From $12 |Glamourdog

Mocki Rolls

A  satisfyingly sweeeet sushi made of the finest baking ingredients! These adorable cookies taste wonderful and the clever packaging makes them party (or favor) perfect!

Call for pricing | TheSugar Girl

Essie Nail Polish

The newest color collection from Essie is inspired by the precious stones and metals that we love to accessorize ourselves with at holiday cocktail parties. “Like any great accessory, jewelry makes a statement. This winter 2011 mini collection includes 3 festive, luminous shades cocktail bling – a dazzling, soft gray-blue; size matters – a priceless ruby red; bobbing for baubles – luxurious, deep blue.

$12 | Essie Nail Winter Collection

Festive Glassware

This fantastic set of flutes will have you toasting the New Year in Fashion….regardless of your native tongue. They wish “Cheers” in six different languages. Don’t these just beg for you to throw a party?

$70 | Horchow

 

Mackenzie-Child. Clown Vase

I adore this home interiors line! It’s my absolute fave. I could rave over many fab items, but to give you a little intro, the Clown Vase would make a great gift for your best girlfriend. This stylish and fun piece will be sure to become one of your friends most treasured pieces. 

$85 | Mackenzie-Childs

Just InCase

Use protection. If you don’t, you’re rolling the dice. You know I speak the truth. Think about it, you’re out on the town, one thing leads to another and, next thing you know, you’re wishing you had some. Don’t let this happen to you and your companion – no, your iPhone (see, your phone is going to get all mucked up there in the gutter!). This slider case protects your iPhone 4, while the sleek mirror-finish preserves its chic image. 

$35 | goincase.com

A Date with Wine Stopper

With our busy schedules and commitments, who has time to keep track of how long a bottle of wine has been opened? Let this savvy stopper do it for you and save your tastebuds and possibly even your reputation. The A Date with Wine stopper has a strong design and three twistable rings so you can mark the date you first paired that cabernet with camembert.

$59 | GSelect

Skinky Crayon

Fun, vibrant and stackable, the Playon Crayon is easy to hold, strong and stain free. This set includes 12 individual crayons all neatly stacked in a box made from 100% recyclable packaging. Strong and easy for little hands to hold and fun for all ages!

$12.95 for set | Stylishkiddish.com 

Facebook Funatcis

Thanks to facebook, we very much live in a “like” world. You don’t tell people you enjoyed the 35 new pictures of their cat blowing up your news feed, you click the like button. Funny posts that help get you through the day and the touching song that encouraged your heart? Yep, that’s right, just, click “like”. That little blue thumb outline might have started on Facebook, but it’s now in 3-D here in the real world. This clever hanger in disguise would make a great stocking stuffer. What’s not to “like”?

$39 | Meninos.com

Sanctuary Tees

A fun line of eclectic print Tees. These distinctive designs are what the cool kids are wearing. TrulySanctuary keeps items unique, so no other kid on the playground will be as cool as yours. And now TrulySanctuary T’s come in big cool kid sizes for mommy & daddy too!

 $14.99 and up | Sanctuary T-s

Sneakers for the Spirited and athletically-inclined

Recognized in Outdoor mag’s “Gear of the Year” 2011 , these kicks will ensure that you are always looking on the bright side.

$100 | Zappos.com

 

ZIIIRO Watch

This timepiece is incognito as art. The Celeste combines the beauty of color form and function. This masterpiece displays time using two transparent colored discs that Overlap to create an stylish blue and grey design anchored by a matte stainless steel casing and strap.

$150 | ZIIIRO

Personalized enclosure cards

Personalized enclosure cards are a small touch with big impact. They’re perfect for adding a brief sentiment and custom touch to any gift you give.

From $24 | Stationery Studio

Champagne

I love champagne and it makes a great gift. There is something simply magical about the popping of a champagne cork.  No special occasion is complete without it. Uncork it for holiday celebrations, an engagement, a new job, or just because it’s Friday – I’ll find absolutely any excuse to break out the bubbly! Buy bottles in sizes ranging from minis to magnums, or select a fab gift set packaged in a chic hatbox. There are great options available whether you want to spend a little or a lot.

 A few of my faves this season: Veuve Cliquot Shopping bag, Armand Brut Gold Champagne,  Dom Perrignon & Tuffles, Cristal , Krug Hat Box and Krug Cuvee Brut X

If you have any other great gift ideas, please leave a comment and share with everyone as many of us still have shopping to do.

Happy Holidays!

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The Urge to Purge posted in: Giveaway, Home

It’s that time of the year again, time to clean out your closet, and get organized. Does the very sound of this task overwhelm you? No fret. I’m here to share some tips, tricks and a cool new find that will whip your closet into shape, and leave you feeling fabulous, dressed your best, and in control of your life (seriously, I’m so not kidding about just how much this can empower you) in no time!

A closet filled with blouses and dresses that make you look frumpy and pants that are two sizes too big or too small is to say the least discouraging and can make it difficult to find the great stuff you should be wearing to show off your best assets. If your closet is full of these items and things you never wear, you won’t really know what you have or what you need. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to feel like I’m wrestling an alligator just to free an article of clothing from an overcrowded rack or going on a scavenger hunt for a pair of matching shoes at the start of every day. Getting dressed should be an enjoyable experience, and for this to be the case you need to be able to see what you have, and consider all options. So, let’s get to it!

First, purge. For this task, you must be honest and objective with yourself, ruthless even with your decisions. Chances are you won’t even miss the items once they’re gone. And keep in mind, the best dressed are not necessarily those with the most clothes, but those who have the best edited collection of flattering pieces.
Follow this guide to help you say goodbye to old garments:
*Have I worn this in the last 6 months?
*Does this make me feel beautiful and fabulous? Today, right now? Not when I lose 5 pounds or have arms like Madonna’s (if not, it’s out….and must leave the runway)
*Accentuate the positive, does this piece show off my best features?
* Is this piece a timeless classic?
*Has the piece seen its better days? Remember, be honest. If the item is faded and threadbare, retire it!
*Don’t allow yourself to hold on to something simply because it was so expensive when you bought it, or you just know you’ll fit into a size 2 again…some day.


Next, categorize. Find a system that works for you. For me, everything in my closet is organized by category and then subcategorized by style and color (YES, I AM a touch OCD for those of you who may be wondering) …so, I arrange dresses with dresses, pants with pants, and within that are subcategories: silk long- sleeve blouses, silk short-sleeve blouses, etc. I also take it a step further to arrange my wardrobe somewhat by color: lights to darks, solids to prints. The same goes for shoes, heels with heels, flats with flats, all organized by style and color, but the important thing is to find a system that works for you, then get it together and keep it together.

OK, now let’s talk for a moment about hangers. Those of you who know me intimately know that just like Mommy Dearest I am a NO WIRE HANGERS advocate!! Seriously, I’m convinced these things are of the devil. Target or Wal-Mart can hook you up with nice plastic ones for pocket change. However, I am totally sold by my newest find. Society, I give you “Ultra Slim Hangers! They’re like slim-fast for your closet….only they really work. This little indulgence is a totally guilt-free secret to adding space to your wardrobe. I swear by simply exchanging hangers, I gained 25% of my closet space back…WITHOUT purging a single stitch of clothing! A-MAZING! And what’s more, these sleek hangers feature indents for straps and are finished in a soft velvety covering so even the slightest and silkiest of clothing won’t slip off and end up a wrinkled mess at the bottom of your closet. You can snag some of these little miracle workers from Bed Bath & BEYOND, your local TJ Maxx, or better yet, register for our Chic Giveaway!

Society, we’re giving away a set of Ultra Slim hangers this week to one lucky member of The Society/The Wedding Company fan base! Stay tuned tomorrow for our Chic giveaway on facebook.

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