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Monday, November 26, 2012

Beautiful fashion finds

I was cleaning out my email box today, and while I only purchased one item today (and it was not even a Christmas gift!), I did find several items that I will happily add to my lust list. They are beautiful fashion finds, things that I would enjoy owning but do not necessarily need to fill out my wardrobe. Enjoy the totally random selections below! Let me know if you have a favorite.

Lela Rose Embroidered Stretch-Sateen Dress, $1,395.00 at Bergdorf Goodman. I love navy, I love cap sleeves, I love Lela Rose.

Diane von Furstenberg Julian geometric-print silk-jersey wrap dress, $365 on Net-A-Porter. A DVF wrap dress is something you cannot screw up on, the price is so low and the pattern reminds me of Tetris. Which is a great reason to buy a dress, right? Seriously though I could wear this at work all the time.

Donna Karan Stretch-knit dress, $895 on Net-A-Porter. I am a Leo, and my personality really does match my sign. In recent years, as I have matured and grown more confidant, I have enjoyed wearing my 'signs colors' - bright firey shades. This red works well for that and I could wear this dress during the holidays, too! Notice that it has almost a drop-waist, which is perfect for long-waisted ladies like me.

Lanvin Snake-stamped toe suede ballet flats, $595 on Net-A-Porter. I just keep needing more work shoes in different colors to keep things interesting and so that I do not wear the same shoes all the time. I would love these for some of my favorite grey pieces in my wardrobe.

Jimmy Choo Anouk patent-leather pumps, $575 on Net-A-Porter. Going back to the whole Leo-colors and need-more-work-shoes arguement. Adore these as they are perfect to dress up or down. I would even wear these to football, baseball, and basketball games.

Gucci Vintage Web monogram canvas duffel bag, $1,095 on Net-A-Porter. While I think the bag explains itself, I just love this shape in a handbag. I keep looking at styles like this one over and over again. I am not sure why but that is how I have been for the past couple of years. I clearly own bags in other colors and styles, but for an investment bag I guess I feel like this style will suit me in the long run.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: Thank You Notes

One of the most traditional aspects of life after a wedding is writing all of your thank you cards. I have been consumed by this assignment since we returned from our honeymoon and I have enjoyed working on them. There is just something about getting an item in the mail, right? Since I write letters regularly anyway, these notes have often been long and 'newsy,' as many are going to people I correspond with on a regular basis.

Wedding Paper Divas was who I used for our Save the Dates as well as our wedding invitations (when their customer service really stepped things up and saved the day!), so we decided to use them for our thank you cards, too. We then had to go about picking a style of thank you card which is difficult as they have over 1000 choices! We knew we wanted to go with something seasonal, but also not with a picture - people have seen us enough to know what we look like, right? We are traditionalists when it comes to thank you notes, save the dates, etc. I am sure with Christmas cards post-wedding we will be open to a photo! Anyway, here are the three we picked out to decide from:

One style we liked was Artistic Foliage in Marigold, which has such a neat dappled effect on the 'ground' of the card.

Style two was Autumn Afternoon in Sienna Brown, which is perfect for late fall as we mail these cards (and it was peak fall when we got married, so a neat cyclical thing going on there).

The last style is Artistic Maple in Autumn Orange, which makes us think of Lexington - maples are the dominant tree in our area, were in our wedding party's flowers, and have such wonderful color!

Here are two posts, one on our Save the Date cards and another on my experience on wedding invitation addressing.

Another tidbit I gleaned from Wedding Paper Divas was a refresher course on thank you card etiquette. Here are some highlights to that page's contents:
Response time: Bridal shower thank you notes should be sent within two weeks of the event. (Oops! Let's pretend that I did that already. Which is a lie. I am still working on mine... how embarrassing...) Brides and grooms should wait no more than 6-8 weeks after the ceremony to send their wedding thank you cards. (Genius idea, seeing as I still have 4-6 weeks left on the wedding gift thank you notes... maybe I should prioritize the bridal shower ones... :) )

The contents of the card: The basic formula to remember is to greet the guest, express gratitude, be specific about the gift, and thank them for attending (or for thinking of you if they could not attend). Tell the giver how you will use the gift. For monetary gifts, on the other hand, thank them for their generosity without mentioning a specific amount. Check and re-check to make sure the person you are thanking for a gift is actually the person who sent it. For example, M and I have a list with each person's gift on and their name and address. That way we do not get confused!
Sometimes it helps to get feedback from the people who do these cards for a living right? I know WPD gave me some additional ideas about the notes that I had not thought of previously.

I cannot wait to finish writing and then share these beautiful thank you cards with our friends and family! I want to mail them all out together. We chose the Autumn Afternoon card since it was ecru in color (like our invites and save the dates), seasonal, and also a nice mix of formal-meets-casual. I do not know what kind of stamp to get... and yes, I am one of those people who likes to have a coordinating stamp! I will probably get a custom one via USPS and Zazzle. I will say that I have been using burgundy and orange pens for the text in the cards. Maybe I should find something with those colors represented in it?

Personal tip, ladies, do not forget to order some extra thank you cards just to have on hand for the future (and maybe change the wording, but still) as well as for errors while writing/addressing!

So... I would love to hear from you! Which one of these three is your favorite? Did you order custom thank you cards after your wedding? Do you ever order items from Wedding Paper Divas?

Disclosure: I was given a free product after being contacted by Wedding Paper Divas/Shutterfly/Tiny Prints. I am under no contractual obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bachelorette Trip to Las Vegas, Part IV

Here is my last post about Vegas - sorry guys, but when you spend three nights and four days there I felt like it deserved multiple posts. I will be honest, I just hate really long blog posts, so even if I created two posts, I knew it would be too long! So there you go. :)

This shopping destination ("shopping center is just not glamorous enough!) is called The Crystals at CityCenter and it is relatively new. It is probably one of the finest shopping centers I have ever been to. Just a beautiful place. I did not want to be that creepy girl taking pics of all of the stores and their security, but feel free to check it out!

Some of the stores are: D&G, Tiffany & Co., Lanvin, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior, Hermes, Zegna, Marni, Bvlgari, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Miu Miu, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Pucci, YSL, Stella McCartney, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Harry Winston, Donna Karan, Balenciaga, Kiki de Montparnasse... all in one space. Not a "village" not on a street, all in one enclosed space. Highly convenient if you are a high roller looking to spend a bit of money before leaving town!

Here is the gorgeous chandelier that has made the interior of The Cosmopolitan casino famous. Made of over 7 million facetted crystals, almost covering three floors, 75 feet in diameter. I enjoyed a drink 'within' the chandelier with a friend who was also in town during the bachelorette party - there are at least three bars within this chandelier!

This gorgeous dragon and cherry blossom tree are made entirely of chocolate, at the Jean-Phillippe Patisserie at Aria Las Vegas. Originally constructed for the Chinese New Year, they have had it in this refrigerated case since then - it also moves!

Here is a video someone took of this dragon - really awesome, right?:

After going to a club and gambling during the last night in town, I enjoyed a nice leisurely walk back to Bellagio. There is an escalator right next to The Cosmopolitan property, which takes you up and then across the Bellagio property into the lobby area. These last two photos of the strip from the escalator - gorgeous right?

I hope to do a few wedding posts when I am all caught up! ...hopefully soonish?!