Scentsational 7

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

There's nothing quite like a sharp dressed man... even better, your groom, on your wedding day, looking and smelling as great as ever! I did a post a while back on signature scent suggestions for brides and didn't want to leave the fellas out so here are a few classic scents that have stuck out to me over the years. I don't know about you, but I can only take so much of perfume/cologne/coffee bean whiffing at the department store, so gather these bottles up and see for yourself if any would be a good fit; depending on the time of day, season or style of your wedding, these scentsational 7 make a great groom's gift and are bound to leave a lingering impression!

Dolce Gabbana - The One 
Grapefruit, Coriander, Basil, Cardamom, Ginger, Orange Blossom, Cedar, Tobacco, Ambergris. 
Confident. Sexy. Refined.

Givenchy - Play Intense
Bergamot, Mandarin Orange, Amyris Wood, Pink Pepper, Coffee Wood Accord, Labdanum, Tonka Bean, Vetyver Patchouli.
Seductive. Warm. Daring. 

Gucci - Gucci
Bergamot, Cypress, Violet Incense, Jasmine, Tobacco Leaves, Patchouli, Amber. 
Confident. Masculine. Refined.

Jean Paul Gaultier - Le Male
Wormwood, Bergamot, Cardamom, Lavender, Orange Blossom, Cinnamon, Cumin, Wood, Musk, Amber, Vanilla, Tonka Bean.
The fragrance for the man who would be many men at once.

Lacoste - Essential
Tangerine, Bergamot, Tomato Leaves, Cassis, Black Pepper, Rose, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Wood Accord.
Fresh. Dynamic. Energetic.

Issey Miyake - L'Eau d'Issey
Verbena, Tangerine, Cypress, Yuzu Zest, Coriander, Clary Sage, Geranium Bourbon, Blue Water Lily, Nutmeg, Saffron, Cinnamon Bark from Ceylon, Amber Tobacco, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Musk.
A fresh herbacous scent with warm, woody undertones.

Thierry Mugler - A*MEN
Lavender, Bergamot, Helional, Aldehydes, Peppermint, Roasted Coffee, Patchouli, Caramel, Tonka Bean, Tar, Musk, Vanilla, Chocolate.
Virile. Masculine. Clean.

(Notes taken from

DIY Neon Jewelry

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I dig the idea of simple DIY projects that pack a powerful punch and I especially love bold, vintage jewelry! This post is the best of both worlds, bringing back some 50's/80's nostalgia! I've been admiring these Tom Binns neon bib necklaces but the hefty price tag is not something i'd feel comfortable shelling out on a seasonal trend. 

Ok, so you may not want your bridesmaids wearing anything fluorescent per se, but the beauty of these custom creations is that you can put together your ideal color combos! Pastel neons are so in right now and are the perfect non-bridal bride(smaid) accessory for a Spring and Summer wedding. (Imagine a neutral/taupe sheath dress accented by neon peach or mint jewels.. perfection! :) I've seen these upcycled rhinestones re-done with nail polish, acrylic or spray paint. Just brush a couple coats over the stones and voila, a new statement piece you'll be excited to wear, or give!

I've heard of 'make your own bouquet' parties, how about a 'design your own accessory' party? Who's game for some bridesmaid bonding time!?

Tom Binns Multi Layered Bib Necklace

Michelle Obama, Britney Spears, Jessica Biel & Amanda Seyfried love rockin' these Tom Binns beauties!

Photos and DIY via Diamonds & Rust

These necklaces are from Forever 21! via Diary of a Fashion Addict

All original creations by: RocksPaperMetal


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The ancient herb of love and devotion, lavender is an aromatic flower that is known for it's calming and healing properties and is the perfect choice to floralize a rustic, outdoor inspired spring wedding!

3 cups sugar
7 sprigs lavender (stems and buds), plus additional for garnish*
2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 12 lemons)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from about 5 limes)

In a large saucepan, bring one gallon of water and the sugar to a boil. Remove from heat; add 7 lavender sprigs and lemon and lime juices. Cool to room temperature, strain, and chill. Serve on ice, with additional lavender for garnish.

Servings: Makes about 16 servings
Recipe taken from Oprah

Claire Pettibone

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

It has always been my desire to create exquisite feminine clothing using the finest fabrics and precious details; to combine a vintage feeling with modern style. In 1994, with the partnership of my husband Guy Toley, we began. Over the years, it has been a joy to see our collections carried in the finest boutiques in the world. I have a very romantic vision of how fashion can enhance our beauty and indulge our dreams. I invite you to share that dream. - Claire Pettibone

I absolutely LOVE Claire's creations and I'm not sure why I haven't blogged about her sooner. I never thought i'd say this, but lace has become somewhat of an obsession of mine and no, not just any lace. The right kind of lace can change your life! Just look at these pictures, the placement and patterns Ms. Pettibone puts together is simply divine! If you are over the typical bridal satin and in any way drawn to these gowns, chances are you are along the lines of a bohemian glam bride and you owe yourself at the very least to try one on!

Here are a few gowns from her Spring 2012 collection that caught my attention. Enjoy!




Toile Francois


And from her 2008 collection, here's another spectacular dress "Chantilly". 

I'll end with this photo of a real bride Geneva, wearing "Chantal."
I loved their roaring 20's wedding! To see more beautiful images, please click here.

Photos via:
Green Wedding Shoes

The Cream

Friday, March 2, 2012

TGIF friends! I know I usually post once a week, but i'm feeling extra inspired and just had to share this with you!

Yesterday I had a mini gals night out {with Crisanta from Infiniti Foto & Cathy of Purple Jade Designs} at The CREAM~ a wedding event, formerly known as HITCH, carefully curated by Bash, Please. It's one heck of a showcase event featuring the raddest crop of people in weddings!

The CREAM = eye candy galore! I'd say just about all the local wedding bloggers and vendors you read about were there, displaying their crafty, gorgeous goods. The live DJ set was by Flashdance and let me tell you, these guys know exactly how to keep the party going! (If you are thinking of hiring a DJ any time soon, you NEED to book them :)

Here are some photos from the evening and there were tons more vendors I didn't capture, like all the beautiful lounge furniture from FOUND vintage rentals. If you are ever considering going to any sort of bridal expo, stay tuned for the next one, it's a wedding show experience like no other! $45 gets you complimentary valet parking, two drink tickets and entry to this fab wedding extravaganza~

Everything from bow ties (Launderette) to DIY (Green Wedding Shoes) 

A stop at the Twigs & Honey booth for some head piece loveliness!

 Urbanic had the prettiest letterpress & stationary.

 BHLDN ladies representing. Just look at the lace on the back of that dress... swoon!

 Bando for more headbands. There's Cathy trying the headband veil on :)

Vibrant Tablescapes

 I wish I knew of this when I got married- a vintage registry!

 Yummy pastries by SuperFine Bakery. I was diggin the coffee filter hanging decor!

 I ADORE the Casa de Perrin spread!!

 Love the work of both of these photogs :)

 I really liked this idea of a guest sign-in chair! Custom art work done all with sharpies.

No offense to the couple who won the dance-off/trip to Paris, but this woman was dancing her socks off. #5, you had my vote!

All images provided by: Infiniti Foto 
(Thanks soo much Cris, next time i'm grabbing the camera and taking a photo of/with you :)