T’s Favorite Things 2013 posted in: Fashion, Great Products, Holidays, Trends, Uncategorized

It’s hard to believe yet another year has gone by and the Christmas holidays are upon us. Many of you have been so kind to send personal thank you notes for my Favorite Things list and I have enjoyed calls and messages sharing with me how your friends have loved some of the gifts from the list that you have given. I’m back again with ideas and inspiration for your inner Santa Claus. After much research (shopping!) and review, here are my favorite gifts to give (and receive) this year!

Golden Handcuffs

Modeled after nineteenth-century French lace, this romantic cuff exudes elegance with an edge. This versatile piece can go from office to evening or off-duty to black tie effortlessly. Amp up the appeal and cuff each wrist. Beverly Hills-based Bonnie Star designs offers handmade pieces that are incredibly versatile. This covetable yet affordable this brand is a favorite amongst A-listers and discerning fashion-forward women.

bonnie star golden cuff

$495 | ahalife


Rack ‘Em Up

The perfect gift for a pool shark! This personalized billiards set is beautiful and seeing your name all over the table will surely get in your opponent’s head.

personalized pool ball set

$290 | Horchow

Small Scale
Introducing music early has been proven to boost a child’s development which is why we love the idea of this classic baby grand piano. Made for small hands and big sounds, this pint-sized toy is the perfect training ground for any budding musician.

Not only is it great-looking, just the right size for tiny fingers to find the right notes, get ready – you may just have the next Mozart on your hands.

giggle piano

$80-$150 | giggle


Sitting Pretty

The famous coffee house style dining chair is an icon and is still regarded as the most successful industrial product in the world (interesting discovery during my “research”).  This staid seat has a unique twist in its design – a stylish knot on one of the front legs. This is a case when being bent out of shape is a good thing.

bentwood chair with knot$2,180 | switchmodern


The stylish Folio for your iPhone 5/5s carrying friends has a few tricks up its sleeves to keep your cords….and nerves from getting all knotted up. Behind its wallet door (another cool feature) it a hidden cord wrapper that keeps earbuds organized. And right next to this ingenious feature is a storage compartment for small stuff like breath mints or anvil. This multi-functional beauty does it all without bulking up your pockets.

folio case 2

$39.99 | quirky

Time Out


This Maison Martin Margiela gives time a hard-hitting edge with this cuff bracelet. The watch-like silhouette will work best worn solo with everyday looks. avant-garde design makes you take time out to appreciate it’s showstopping beauty.

martin margiela cuff watch

$590 | saks


Jacques Torres new Bean to Bar line, Jacques has taken cocoa bean from the Dominican Republic roasted them, conched, and molded them into this deliciously creamy milk chocolate bar.

jacques torres bean to bar

$7 | mrchocolate

Tool Trolley
This adorable little garage on wheels has everything your lil’ handyman (or handywoman!) needs. A 2-in-1 wooden cart and work bench, this eco-friendly toy is packed with loads of fun magnetic play tools to build and create with—so their imaginations can run wild for hours.

tool trolley $90 | giggle


Dessert You Can Bathe In

Enjoy the feeling of relaxation, as you unwind while enjoying two of life’s loveliest pleasures. Indulge in the ultimate luxury of a warm, fragranced bath while these softly scented Crème Brule bath salts work to melt away the stresses of the day. Before you slip under the sheets, lather yourself in the delightful soufflé body crème. Just the thought sounds delicious!

laura mercier creme brule$48 |bloomingdales


Get the Drop on Glamour

These Swarovski crystal, brass and glass chandelier earrings would make the perfect embellishments for ears to don at evening affairs . Add these colorful gems to neutral toned frocks to turn the volume on your style up a notch put a little extra WOW in your evening wardrobe.


$255 | shopethica

The chefs in your life will enjoy these new culinary oils from WholeVine Products. Unlike your ordinary cooking oils, these raw oils are cold-pressed from fresh harvest of wine grape seeds according to variety shortly after the juice is removed, left to settle and then bottled, unrefined and unfiltered like fine wine, for a deeper natural essence. Nothing is ever added. You can choose your favorite grapeseed oil by variety of grape as you would a wine, as each has a distinguishable varietal character. PS: This company just added gluten-free varietal grape skin and seed flours that I’m anxious to try.

whole vine oils

$25 | wholevine




How adorable is this Lug’s “Undercover Bear” travel blanket set?! The ultra plush blanket stores neatly inside the included zipper pouch which also inflates into a pillow. Great for the jet-setting wee tots in your life. It has a great price point and for only a few dollars more you can have the set monogrammed.

undercover bear blanket set

$30 | horchow

Worth Your Salt

These unique sampler sets are a great way to explore exotic new tastes and spice up your next meal. Interesting flavors such as smoked chipotle, Bloody Mary, French lavender, vintage merlot infused, and almond cardamom are sure to add enticing aromas to anyone’s kitchen. Displayed in an American made wooden base, the sets include a bamboo salt spoon and reference card that offers suggestions on which salts go with which dishes, making it easy for a novice cook to create perfect flavor combinations.

spice lab salt tubes

$24.9+ | spicelab

! Mirror!

Add a touch of Jazz Age glamour to your home with this stylish mirrored tray. An elegant way to display fine spirits at your next cocktail party or would make a lovely addition to a vanity or in your boudoir.

west elm mirror tray

$89 | westelm

Put on the Map

This stunning map necklace from Three Jane NY is the “It” gift of the season! You pick the address, and they engrave it onto a 14K gold plate, marking your sentimental location with a tiny diamond accent. Be sure to order this one soon….so as to have sufficient time for personalization and delivery by the holiday.


$175 | threejaneny

Manicured Mitts

Sprinkle some fun onto your manicure and create your customized nail look with this great Ciaté collection. A mix of mini paint pots, glitter sprinkles, sequins, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts and few hidden surprises are prettily packaged in this gift set.

ciate manicure set

$58 | bloomingdales


Sock it to Me

Etiquette Clothiers Socks – the name totally caught my eye and caused me to take a closer look. This brand focus on the basics – and more importantly doing them right. Not your average socks, these slubby socks are expertly crafted using the finest materials. Available in vibrant colors and patterns like mango polkadot (pictured), your feet have never looked so good.

etiquette clothing socks


 $24 | zady


Kiehl-ed Over

Since 1851’s the Kiehl’s brand Creme de Corps products have been cult favorites. Rich in all-day hydration, the line is ideal for luxuriously pampering dry skin. They’ve put together a great holiday set that offers an entire collection of their famed Creme de Corps, Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish, Ultra Facial Cream, Lip Balm and more.


$65 | bloomingdales



Amazing Lace

One part sweet, one part seduction, and totally feminine. This boudoir-inspired bed jacket trimmed in eyelash lace is straight pinup sexy. The feather patterned eyelash lace robe has elegantly fluttered sleeves and a decadent silky sash to cinch the waist. A gift that’s sure to lure a smile (and that’s not all it’s likely to entice) to the faces of both the giver and the receiver.

Nevaeh Bed Jacket

$202 | nevaehintimates



This little device monitors your activity to provide you with real-time feedback on steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs, and some even track your sleep levels. It wirelessly uploads your data to Fitbit.com so you can gain deeper insight into your fitness and sleep levels with free online graphs and charts. The website also offers features of opportunity to connect with friends to share and compete on fitness goals, join the Fitbit community for advice and encouragement and even way to earn fitness badges to mark your accomplishments. A great gift option for friends and family who like to make every step in life count.


$59.95+ | fitbit

Laser Distance Measurer

Whether a pro or a diehard do-it-yourselfer, the Bosch digital distance measurer is a great tool usable for all types for projects. This device uses precision laser-measuring technology to provide precise measurement of length, area and volume. The continuous-length mode automatically adjusts measurements when walking off distances, and this measurer features an ergonomic grip for comfort. This is one of my favorite tools and sure to become a staple in your handyman’s arsenal.

bosch digital laser measurer

$89+ | homedepot



Power and protection for the iPhone. This is a gadget that I now do not know how I lived without! As an event planner, days are often long and regularly require a lot of phone communications that run well beyond my phone’s battery life making my mophie a real life saver. These sophisticated cases stand the test of effective protection (I speak from personal experience – mine has fallen onto wooden staircases, tile floors, you name it…) and provide up to 100% extra battery with the flip of a switch.


$89+ | mophie


Self-Watering Planter

These chic planters by Lechuza are simply fabulously by me. They are cleverly designed with a water-recycling system that automatically irrigates your plants for up to 12 weeks! Being one who travels regularly on an ever-changing schedule…..and not a green thumb to begin with– this is an ingenious find!

lechusa planter

$17+  | lechusa


Opus Wine Gift Set

Give the gift of serving a perfect bottle every time and anytime with this wine service set. Aerate, preserve, chill, filter, and drink excellence with this wine and spirits enhancers kit.

nm opus wine gift set

$60 | neimanmarcus

A Shoe in

Let your inner tomboy shine in these fun metallic oxfords. Accented with cap toes and perforated detailing, don these with cute ankle pants paired with a button down and blazer for that borrowed-from-the-boys look we love.


cole haan oxfords

$198| colehaan

A “Touch” of Beauty

TOCCA, named for the Italian word for “touch” is the maker of unique products for the sophisticated traveler. I love their luxurious lotions – feels like satin on your skin. They come in distinctive and exquisite scents like Cleopatra (my personal favorite) with fresh notes of grapefruit and cucumber, Stella and Brigitte.  These covetable indulgences leaving a touch of luxe on your skin and mystery lingering in the air.

tocca cleopatra

$15 | beauty


Pampered Pooch

What do you get the pooch who has everything? Well, maybe just a little bit more! Harry Barker has a ton of great gift items. Their holiday baskets (also a toy store) include as assortment of fun toys – squeaky, durable, and eco-friendly, chew toy. These gift sets are available in two sizes for your favorite little or large furbaby —a guaranteed pup pleaser! Extra: I also love adding in a tin of their peanut butter treats (a great option when you will be visiting with friends and fam with multiple fuzzy friends).

harry barker dog toy set

$68 setHarryBarker



Something as important as your personal information, passport and important documents deserve proper protection. Luggage tags, passport cover and travel envelope – all are essentials no one should be without. Whether a frequent flyer or making a first trip, these travel accessories are the ideal way to keep one organized and ensured information properly protected at all times. Leatherology offers stylish, quality items that will last many miles and having such luxurious travel essential means you’ll be less likely to misplace your passport while exploring a foreign country.

leatherology travel ccessories

$13+ | leatherology


Tagg Pet Tracker

Now you can see where Fido is 24/7 with the Tagg™ pet tracking system. This lightweight GPS tracker easily attaches to your furbaby’s collar and allows you to monitor your pet’s location and activity (now you can for sure know whether he is getting enough exercise) all from your computer or smartphone. With the help of Tagg Location Tracking you are now in control of finding your pet. Set parameters for Tagg and it will alert you via text and email if your pet gets outside of their “homezone” and pinpoint their whereabouts on the Tagg map so you can bring your lil’ wanderer safely home.


$100+ | pettracker (very reasonable monthly service fee of $7.95 is required over and above the cost of the unit).


Grape Expectations

Bugey Cerdon Methode Ancestrale, an obscure sparkling wine that is hard not to love. Loaded with ripe red berry aromas and flavors, it is a slightly sweet red with pleasant bubbles, and low-alcohol making it an appropriate for all kinds of occasions.  It goes great with Traditional Thanksgiving fare, and makes a refreshing aperitif for even the most sweltering weather – an ideal all year ‘round party wine.


bugey cerdon

 $16.95 | whwc

Lil’ Charmer

Paloma Picassa’s dot charms provide the perfect pop of captivating color. Wear a single charm or slip multiple gems on a chain for effortless elegance. This design is definitely one to add to the timeless Tiffany go to for occasions for years to come.

tiffany dot charm pp

$300+ | tiffany

Well Wishes Flutes

Whatever the occasion, these contemporary flutes stand ready to help you celebrate. Each glass is inscribed with a different sentiment: Health, Prosperity, Happiness, Love, Peace, and Friendship.

well wishes flutes

$85 | neimanmarcus

Prim and Popular

These little ballet flats give some of my best stilettos a run for their money in the compliment department.  Luxe patent leather accented with a tonal grosgrain bow looped through the polished logo on the vamp of these stylish slip-ons garners the attention of guys and girls alike. And the rich red hue makes these Salvatore Ferragamo flats an irresistible classic staple.

ferragamo flats

$450 | shopbop

Old Hollywood Glamour

This train case says globetrotting glamour. Taking its cue from Hollywood’s glitz, this stylish case is crafted in pale faux pale gold leather with a black satin interior, this ultra-luxe makeup bag features cleverly designed compartments to keep all your products safe and organized. A double zipper allows for easy access.

bobbi brown train case

$220 | neimanmarcus


The Perfect Bath

Secret expose: Luxuriating in a bubble bath is one of my favorite indulgences. There’s not much that can improve upon a relaxing soak in the tub, unless it’s the addition of this delightful bath caddy. Ready to hold a good book, a candle and a glass of wine (or if you’re like me….a little bubbly to compliment your bubbles), having a bathtime butler begs your lucky recipient to lounge back, relax and enjoy some me time. Aaaaaaaahhhhhh…….

bath caddy

$44 | give simple

Party Rocker Sounds System

This little machine can turn any room into a dance club. With the flip of a switch, it streams music wirelessly from any Bluetooth® device and can project fun, colorful light patterns onto walls and ceilings that can be set to pulsate with your music. Best of all? Its wireless capability means you can DJ from the dance floor –  keep your device by your side, adjusting settings and mixes to the energy of the crowd.

party rocker sounds system

 $199 | brookstone



A multipurpose sensor that keeps you updated on what’s going on at home—from anywhere. Monitor motion, sound, light, temperature, and humidity all from your mobile device. Use Spotter as a veritable extension of your senses, for anything from baby monitoring to washer/dryer notifications or perfecting your wine cellar; the possibilities are endless.


$49 | quirky


Sleeping Beautifully

This beauty sleep companion helps maintain your skin’s youthful appearance and fight wrinkles with your eyes closed. The Illuminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase’s mechanism of action involves the release of copper ions to the skin’s surface via Cupron®  copper technology for textiles. When the skin is in contact with the copper oxide fibers, copper ions are liberated into the moisture found in its upper layers. Copper ions released into this moisture support skin’s natural self-renewal mechanism and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In a nutshell, it’s like putting a night moisturizer on your skin.

Illuminage beauty pillow

$60 | bergdorfgoodman


Gatsby-Worthy Cocktail party

Inspired by the ancient art of handmade Florentine papers, these Juliska Firenze collection cocktail plates feature a marbleized pattern of swirling gold and platinum. The petite portion servers add a bit of mystique to entertaining and a festive backdrop for small bites. From fresh figs and prosciutto to rustic breads and cheeses, our swirling palette of real gold and platinum tones offers a festive backdrop for small bites.

juliska cocktail plates

$148 | juliska



Smart technology that lets you key an eye on what’s important to you. Besides being a cool looking geek gear, this gadget is a highly customizable dashboard that tracks what’s important to you. Personalize each of the four gauges to keep an array of info up-to-date and available at a glance….right from your mobile. Syncing in real time, Nimbus can monitor your commute traffic, weather, calendar, even you email volume and social media network activity. It even works with Fitbit and more.

nimbus personal dashboard

$129 | quirky


Keep it together

Anyone else feel the fastest way to tie a knot is to drop a charger in your bag, wait 30 seconds and remove? Well, Houston, we have a solution! You need a PowerCurl Mini in your life. It’s perfect for Apple’s 5W USB Power Adapter. Simply slide your adapter into the center and wrap your USB cord around it. Flip down the silicone cover to keep those cords firmly in place, and you’re good to go. And the price is a steal – you cannot afford to be without!

power curl cord wrap

$9.99 | quirky

The Conscientious Workaholic

Sivan Health and FitnessFitness Chair with Built-In Exercise Ball- how cool is this?!  Stretch, sit, or spin on this four-wheeled fitness chair that includes a built-in exercise ball. As a seat, the ergonomic design encourages you to sit upright, improving posture. But what’s really cool is that it doubles as a fitness tool. You can use the ball to stretch your muscles and perform a number of workouts that increase circulation, improve balance and strengthen the core. Also worthy of mention is that due to the fact that two of its four wheels lock increasing the chair’s mobility making it eligible for car insurance in some states.

sivan chair

$95 | Amazon


Hand in the Cookie Jar

This jar is like couture for your countertop. A beautiful storage piece adds a lovely look to kitchen decor and is perfect for everything from cookies to sugar cubes. The glass body offers a preview of the tasty goodness in store. The lid is hand-painted with the signature Mackenzie-Childs Parchment Checks™ and topped with an elegant-colored glass knob. You’ll find yourself inventing uses just to incorporate the subtle splash of checks into every room. I’m obsessed!

mc cookie jar

$52 | mackenz-childs

Whether you go away for a day or a month long holiday, you should always enjoy something that makes you feel special. Little luxuries like lingerie and shoe bags are ideal for protecting your best lingerie from being snagged by your stilettos. Soft, lightweight, foldable travel bags are perfect for properly keeping your unmentionables and favorite footwear during your travels.

personalized bags travel bags

$14.95+ | personalizationmall


Have you discovered any cool new products or have other great ideas? Please share below in a comment!


Happy shopping!

Signature Tanja & Co. Events


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What the Trend – Top Wedding Trends for 2013 posted in: Events, Trends, Weddings

It’s out with the old and in with the new! If  there’s bling on your ring finger and wedding day designs on you mind, read on for the skinny on what’s hot in weddings for 2013. Here are some of the top trends for the coming wedding season.

Return to Elegance. We’re seeing a return to elegance this year in wedding trends. Inspiration will be drawn from old world glamour – think The Great Gatsby and the roaring 20s – decadence and romance. Weddings and receptions will return to more sophisticated affairs. Plated dinners and more elaborate place settings will be all the rage. Expect to see rich fabrics, gold flatware, elaborate jewelry, ornate detail and more formal receptions.

Local Yocal. You needn’t look too far past your wedding destination for fresh bounty from area farmers. We’ll see a continued increase of thoughtful, locally sourced menus showcasing the best of what’s to offer in the region. Imagine giving guests an incredibly unique experience using a local apple cider for a fun approach to a toasting beverage, or having your planner to work the chef to prepare root vegetables in an elevated presentation.

Flower Power. This season is all about opulent looks – lush, oversized blooms. Vintage is still popular, the look has moved away from the feel of countryside fields and more toward a just picked from an elegant English garden. Oh, and garlands are back – in a big way.

2013 Floral Trends

Tantalizing Textures. Being one who is totally into texture, I’m over the moon that it has hit its stride as a trend. The combination of fabrics, or even the same fabric used different ways to create pleats, ribs, or a confection of ruffles. And then there’s the use of delicate appliqués and beaded embellishments – swoon. There’s just something about seeing a look that at first glance seems ordinary, but upon closer appreciation has so much definition, dimension and detail that the fabrics alone are viewed as works of art.

Let Them Eat Cake. Tall and slender is the look du jour, made modern by using a mix of single and double-height tiers. Two different design styles are sharing the spotlight year – the first cake that dominates right now is clean and modern with just one amazing pop of embellishment such as a bow, monogram or flower; the second looks takes is on the opposite track, using eye-popping color or all-over appliqués or lace design that mimic the bride’s wedding gown. Having different flavors for each tier is still in style, but the cherry on top regarding cake style? Look to see something unexpected nestled among the flowers like fresh fruit or mini sculptures such as butterflies or hummingbirds for a personal touch.

She’ll have Him in Her Pockets. Cue applause all across the globe – finally, the wait is over!  Functional fashion is in. Designers are adding well placed pockets to traditional and modern bridal wear.  And word is, that we can expect to see some high-profile celeb brides donning dresses with pockets season. A design element that the fellas will appreciate.

Prints Charming. From stripes and chevron to delicate florals and bold graphics, prints reign supreme. Expect to see them used in everything from napkins and table runners to bridesmaid’s dresses and groomsmen’s ties, pocket squares and even shirts.

Music Mashup. If you would like a more customized and unique music experience, this hot new trend is for you.  A mashup is a blend of live musicians that play along with the DJ. Totally cool, and all the rage – period.

Picture Perfect. The trend of the photobooth is still going strong and the name of the game here is – be playful. Use fun props and have a customized backdrop, such as one using different patterned fabrics.

Lounge Out. More and more bridal couples are going with the planner’s recommendation to add lounge areas to the wedding layout.  Not only will we see more and more of the lounge as an essential element this year but expect to see the incorporation of more inventive furniture.  Think tree trunk accent tables, hammocks, swings, grass sofas.

It’s Eclectic. Combining juxtapositional elements to create a truly unique feel – glam elegance paired with organic outdoorsy elements, or modern elements expertly blended with antiques. Think sleek leather lounge furniture set off by the soft glow of simple candlelight in show-stopping vintage chandeliers.

2013 Wedding Trends Designing with juxtaposition - contrast in elements

As far as style in trends with taste and serious  staying power – the time to be married has never been more in fashion!


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The Official Color of 2013 is an Enchanting Empress- Are you Green with Envy? posted in: Entertainment, Events, Fashion, Holiday Decorating, Trends, Uncategorized

The 2013 Color of the Year is Emerald (PANTONE 17-5641), a lush, lively, radiant green!  We love this luxurious and sophisticated color!

Emerald - 2013 Official Pantone Color of the Year

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, has this to say about Emerald: “Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum.  As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”  We couldn’t agree more emerald is an enchanting empress – holding high rank, commanding adoration and attention. Timeless and with aplomb, she radiates good energy and success. She is heralded as haute, adored by the masses, secretly making other colors green with envy of her royal beauty. Expect to see lots of this captivating color in event decor as well as in fashion, beauty, and home interior design in the coming year!

Emerald pairs beautifully with sunny yellow, bright orange, and other shades of green. The key to creating a palette that plays well together is – proper proportion.  Pink and green have a longtime relationship and navy and green are an all-time favorite as favored color combinations. When teamed with a soft muted tone such a grayed jade, the result is elegant, easy sophistication. Beiges, browns, grays and other neutrals work perfectly as an anchor with emerald in color palettes.

What’s great about Emerald is that it is a wonderful color choice for women’s formal and everyday wear, and especially accessories!  For men, Emerald also makes a strong statement in sportswear and ties!  It’s balanced and sophisticated and will make a great statement in spring, sumer, fall and winter!

Put this color on your radar. In coming weeks, we will post beautiful color stories for events using this haute hue.

To awaken and arouse your senses, we’ve put together a Pinterest board full of this beautiful Emerald hue to inspire you in 2013!  Take a look at our Emerald Envy.  Is this a color you will embrace in 2013?  Let us know in a comment below!

Have a colorful day!

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T’s Favorite Things 2012 posted in: Entertaining Essentials, Fashion, Food and Beverage, Great Products, Health & Beauty, Travel, Trends

The Christmas holidays are just around the corner! You may be wondering what unique gifts are out there that would be great for gift giving this year! At Tanja & Co, we are here to help! After researching (shopping!) and reviewing, we’ve selected our favorite gifts to give (and receive) this year!

So Chill

We absolutely adore these Skybar Wine Chill Drops! They allow you to cool your wine one glass at a time without waiting for the entire bottle to chill in the refrigerator! You simply remove the Chill Drop from your freezer, place one in your glass and pour!

$49.50 | Frontgate


As an event planner, I’m on the road – a lot! I LOVE this Smart Charger – if you have one, you’ll never be out of power again when you’re away from home or during an emergency! This would make a great gift for your friends and family who are always on the go – buy one for them, and one for you!

$29.50 | Frontgate

In the Bag

An everyday carryall that truly fits all of your essentials, the Michelle Tote, in metallic pebbled leather, is stylish and functional. Not only is it beautiful, but it has enough space for magazines, gym clothes or a spare pair of shoes, which make it ideal for work or weekend!

$395 | ToryBurch

Shake it Up!

Relaxed, soothed muscles and soft skin are only a soak away! European Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salt, coconut oil and sweet fragrance combine to leave you relaxed, detoxified and smelling sweet. It only takes a few shakes of these salts to turn bath time into a sweet escape. Choose Dreamsicle, Lime Cooler, or festive White Chocolate Peppermint flavor. Each 8oz. shake serves 2-3 luxurious and beautifying baths.

$13 | Feeling Smitten

Chow Down

For those on your gift-giving list who have furry children, these Harry Barker Toile Food Bowls are sure to make a great choice! They are stylish and durable and pair beautifully with the rest of the Toile Food Storage Collection.

$24 & up | Harry Barker

Just in Case

Design a custom case for your beau of bff using your own photos, colors and graphics. Dress electronics in your personal style, or mask it in your favorite mantra.

Start at $40 http://custom.case-mate.com


These ovenproof, stackable, porcelain dishes open all kinds of new possibilities in the kitchen.  As a girl on the go, I truly appreciate the time-saving design – store, cook and serve all in one dish! Less time, Less mess. But the true genius of these pieces is that you can cook several courses at once! Christian Bjørn’s brilliant design allows oven heat to flow freely in all dishes. These chic pieces are workhorses and a must have in one’s kitchen arsenal.

$99 and up | allmodern

Crossed Up

Every girl on the go needs a cross-body bag. Now I love my satchels and totes, but there are times when I need my hands and arms free or my chosen ensemble for the evening calls for a smaller clutch. The cross-body bag is versatile, great for keeping essentials at your fingertips when shopping or at the airport and can double as a clutch for an evening out on the town.

$348 | Saks

Let’s Play Ball

Here’s a toy you can feel extra jolly about buying for your wee tot. Inspire your budding artist or architect with the playable ART Ball,  a set of  interconnected wooden balls joined by specially designed connectors allowing it to be easily manipulated into an endless number of patterns and creative configurations.

From $29.95 | beyond123

Drop It Like It’s Haute

These statement earrings are sure to become a favorite in your BFF’s jewelry box. The embellished drop design features a brass flower and crystal tear drop  suspended from a twinkling, emerald-cut glass stone in a warm amber tone – oh so elegant. The perfect accent for an evening look or as an unexpected accessory to glam up your daytime dress.

$350| ToryBurch

Color Me Happy

A dazzling set that features 16 mini nail colors plus a full-size jewel top coat. This polish set will get you ready  for any occasion with a mix of Sephora by OPI’s bestsellers, trend shades, and basics. It’s an ideal gift or little personal treat for yourself.

$49.50 | Sephora

Heavy Metal (heavy on style that is)

Handspun from aluminum and glazed to obtain the depth and multi-color of dupoini silk. These piece would work great in any number of places in the home.

$100-200 | Beyond Blue Interiors

Brush Up

Apply your makeup with finesse using this pristine, limited edition brush set dipped in a rich, gold finish.These innovative brushes were designed by French designer, Phillipe De Mao, and feature elongated, tapered handles displayed in the included base. Bonus, these will look glamorous on your vanity.

If this gift is for a fashionable girl on the go, I also love the deco dazzle set which comes with a chic black and gold clutch.

$68 | Sephora


One of my longtime personal favorites, Givenchy’s Hot Couture. Like runway fashion, this fragrance is glamorous yet sophisticated. Through sensuality and warmth, Hot Couture creates an elegance that can only be equated with couture fashion. Sweet raspberry nectar, magnolia, and ambered vetiver combine to bewitch us with vibrant, confident, and passionate femininity.

$67 | Ulta

Unleash L’Artiste

Do you believe in magic? Well, if you didn’t  – you will now.  Little artists can create like Picasso – minus the mess!  The Magic Light Paint Palette lights up to match the color of whatever paint you use, but only shows up on the special magic paper. Dip the brush in the color palette, it lights up in the selected color, and “paint” away.

$19.99 | Crayola

All Tied Up

This smart, silk bowtie crisply piped in white, gives it serious graphic appeal. Can we say dapper?

$162 | ahalife

Haute Cocoa

Jacques Torres makes this haute cocoa with real chocolate – never cocoa powder. The result is a thick, rich, creamy hot chocolate bursting with flavor. This combo includes both the Classic and Wicked mixes  – perfect to suit both your naughty and nice moments.

$36 | JacquesTorres


Use this stylus just as you would a real pen within the Studio Basic app—take notes, make maps, draw diagrams—and make your iPad even more indispensible.

$159 | ahalife

Put a Ring on It

From catwalk to sidewalk, this three-stone cocktail ring really rocks! Shimmering stones and a Dorado striped crystal provide the perfect amount of bling to go with just about everything.

$88 | henribendel

Bring it to the Surface

For the techies in your life, you’ll definitely want to consider checking out surface, the latest from Microsoft.  Not only does it have some really great features (including a kickstand!) but it has an amazing design, too!

Connect for Pricing | Microsoft

Pip is Hip

Instead of giving someone the traditional popcorn in a tin, give them something a bit different, such as this Pipcorn Crate!  We love the design of it, and it comes backed with  four family size bags of limited edition holiday flavors!

$88 | Pip Snacks

Touchy Feely

Cult British nail brand Ciaté® brings decadent luxury to your fingertips with its latest in nail art innovation – The Velvet Manicure.  This chic mani is created in a two-step innovative kit. Featuring luxurious crushed velvet, this kit was inspired by excessive layering of exuberant textures, which was featured in fashion shows around the globe. The result? A truly unique, sophisticated, strokeable finish.

$19 | Nordstrom

Down to Business

Ensure that your friends and fam are set to make their best impression. Be armed with plenty of business cards on your next networking venture with this Leather Card Case. The opportunity for a great first impression was never classier!

$35 | Leatherology

Bag It Up!

Make sure your jet set friends travel in style with these  adorable travel essentials. It’s the things that we often do not buy for ourselves that we wonder how we ever traveled without.

$38 | hendribendel

Chic Tieks

Who doesn’t love a good, comfy pair of shoes that are also incredibly stylish? Tieks are designer flats you can fit in your purse and wear all day, every day!  Stylish.  Comfortable.  They are available in a full array of styles and colors. LOVE!

$100 | tikes


Lolita has the most adorable hand-painted stemware with a special recipe on the bottom of each glass!  We love the holiday glasses they have featured!

$24 | Lolita

This Little Piggy went to Business School

Personal finance education needs to start young and this fun piggy bank makes that easy!  The Money Savvy Pig piggy bank has four chambers, one for each of the four money management choices a child should be taught from the time they are small –  SAVE, SPEND, DONATE, and INVEST.

$16.99 | Money Savvy Generation

Let’s Make-Up

We love this perfect petit palette for a chic, on-trend look for your holiday engagements – the Guerlain Liu Eye & Lip Calligraphy Palette!!  This is definitely a gift you’ll want to buy two of – one for a friend, and one for you!

$79 | Nordstrom

In Your Face

Love. Love. Love these! Custom one-of-kind bangles. The contours on these chic bracelets are hand-carved  from a photograph you provide to reflect the unique contours of your face  or the face of your love or BFF. These bold bangles are available in a number of haute hues and beg to be worn by the armful!

$350 | Cameo By RUX


Snuggly-chic is what your friends and fam will  be when equipped with one of these sumptuous sweaters. Equipment’s line of  cozy cashmere sweater styles are available in an array of happy hues and classic neutrals.

$268+ | Equipment

Make a ‘State’ment

Care for a Florida-shaped flapjack or Texas-sized biscuit? This cast iron art is a functional example of design concept meeting utility. Cast iron skillets shaped like a different state from the Lower 48 (sorry, Hawaii and Alaska). Each skillet also comes with a custom made magnetic hanger that will allow you to display your pans on the wall. Dedicated foodies can create different geographical compositions using the artful pans.

$450+ | Felion Studios

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.  Also, be sure to check out our favorite things from 2011.  We’d love to know what gifts you plan to give (and would like to receive) this year!

Happy Holidays!

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Savvy Santa Swag – Stocking Stuffer Ideas posted in: Food and Beverage, Great Products, Trends

Top 11 Fave Stocking Stuffers for 2011

Still have stockings to fill? here’s a quick list of some of my fave stocking stuffer ideas for this year:

1. Luggage Tags
There are a bazillion styles available, but one of our faves (that’s also easy on the wallet) are these cure photo tags from Kodak Gallery. $5.50 | Kodak Gallery

2. AHAVA Dead Sea Salts
Love these 100% pure Dead Sea bath salts. Packaged in a cute giftable wand.  $10 | Nordstrom

3. WIkki Stix
Wikkidoodle! Play the Do-Wikki game…decorate cans and bags. Design cards…take along for travel time! Endless Wikki fun. $12 | Amazon

4. Puppy Tweets
Mattel never ceases to amaze me. If little Trixi is twitter-savvy, ten buy this  you must. Puppy Tweets is an electronic dog tag that sends messages to your home computer, then Tweets to you!  $8 | Amazon

5. CANDY!!!
Be it chocolate kisses, a mixed bag confections or a personal favorite treat, candy is always a sweeeet find in anyone’s stocking! As little as $.25 | Any easy pickup available everywhere!

6. Salty the snowman
For a dash of wintery whimsy to your dinner table- Salty the Snowman, the jolly, happy soul who was made of salt and helped your table come alive with flavor!   $9.99| Perpetual Kids

7. Cupcake Bath Bombs
These were on The Party Maven’s 2011 Favorite Things list, and would make a great stocking stuffer. $10 | For the skinny

8. Tea Infuser
A clever wand steeps loose-leaf tea right in the cup or pot with optimal circulation and minimal fuss. To use, just pull the infuser apart, fill tube half-way with full-leaf tea, put back together. $9.95 | Crate and Barrel

9. Flipbook Kit
Kids can create their own mini flipbooks for hours of fun. $14 | Chasing Fireflies

10. Petite Polishes
Another from our Favorite Things list (which by the way you should totally check out if you haven’t yet had the chance. …includes some fab finds that are too cool for school!) Mini bottles of polish in fresh and festive trend color are great. $12 | Macy’s

11. Puzzles and Games

Perfect for the busy bees and problem solvers. They provide entertainment and are easy to find most anywhere.  $2 and up | Wal-Mart and Amazon carry some great options.


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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


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


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



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


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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Hot Hairstyles for 2012 posted in: Events, Fashion, Trends, Weddings

You’ve found the perfect gown for your big day or upcoming holiday fetes, now it’s time to pair it with your perfect hairstyle. Here are the hottest hairstyle trends that will be gracing both red and white carpets in 2012:

Braids. A look that has become very popular. Braids can be worn in a variety of ways that can easily become elegant for you’re a special event or even for your wedding day. Wear one braid to the side that falls over your shoulder, add one small, single accent or accessory, or go for the dramatic with a multiple-braid style.

Parade of Braids


 All Tied Up. This everyday style can be trés chic when done right. For a modern look try a sleek wrapped chignon or a glammed up pony with a knot or loop accent. Opt for a long, loose style with floral hair accessories to keep the look fresh and held together, if your vibe is more on the Bohemian side.

Chic Chignons

Long Locks. If you have healthy beautiful hair, consider showing it off. All-down and half-up hairstyles are back in a big way. Think loose, glamorous waves. If you have high cheek bones, consider showing them off by wearing your tresses half up.

Lady Lovely Locks


Glam Updos. Think thick ballerina buns (worn high on the head), large, French twists, or go with finger waves or pin curls for a retro vibe. Accent your look with the appropriate flowers or sparkle to personalize the style. Again if you’re going for a period or vintage look, opt for a chic small hat for an unexpected twist.

"Up"town Style

Accessorize. Hair accessories are very big this wedding season and can be incorporated into your wedding hairstyle in the form of flowers, hats, tiaras, vintage combs, bejeweled clips, and my personal fave—the fascinator.

Posh Pretties


Tips & Tricks. Among the best out there, Joe Whittaker, owner of Platinum Salon in Beckley and one of my favorite stylists, offers these tips for selecting your perfect wedding day hairstyle:

· “When it comes to trends, choose a style that is still authentic you. Don’t be too trendy or you’ll look back at the pictures and say, ‘What was I thinking?’ Try to keep it natural to show off how gorgeous you and your hair can be!”

· “Stay true to yourself—don’t let anyone else choose for you unless you totally trust them. It’s your day! Try the veil or accessory in multiple places and look at pictures of yourself at past events to see what hairstyles have worked best.”

· “Don’t go too stiff or stuffy, but make sure your look stays fresh and fab by packing extra bobby pins, some light hairspray, and a curling iron. And make sure your ‘maids stay on the lookout for any imperfections!”

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