Monthly Archives: September 2011


The days have been a little crazy, but I promise to be back later this afternoon with my Guide to Stellar Groomsmen Gifts.  In the meantime, if you’re having a stressful week, take a gander at this adorable gift.  Clearly it’s tongue in cheek, but I just love it.  And to see the whole gallery of “Vices” ceramics, click here.  Party planners understand this.  As do brides and hosts, certainly.  Which one would you purchase?

Photo Credit: Jonathan Adler

Thank you again, Mr. Adler.  See you soon!

And the Winner is……

Deanna G! Thank you very much for your input on our upcoming YouTube Channel. Deanna requested entertaining/wedding etiquette tips, which we’ll do with great taste and humor – promise. For those of you who want to get in on the giveaway goodness, please do so, as we will be having WEEKLY giveaways from here on in. Some small, some bigger, some dreamy, some practical. Come on over, subscribe – and please read in the blog (right on the site) and not via a Google reader – it helps us see our traffic better. xoxo until #WW and belated #TS. Congrats, Deanna!

Fresh and Beautiful Gifts for Bridesmaids.

Here at F4 (or DP, really), we carefully and lovingly curate and shop for bridesmaids gifts on behalf of our brides, have them wrapped gorgeously and have hand-calligraphed notes prepared for each recipient.  But YOU (as the bride) know your girls, and know how much they are doing for you during your engagement, so it’s incumbent upon you to select meaningful gifts.  As a bridesmaid myself, I’ve received many wonderful and touching gifts – I love love having creative friends.

In general, I frown upon a “one-size fits all” gift – much as I do the dresses for your besties, so my advice is to purchase something meaningful for each – or at least vary the color, the style, etc.  And throw in a copy of the DVD of “Bridesmaids”.  Why the heck not?  It’s such a treat.

In rounding up this list, I realized we would do this each season, but these are some of the things catching our eyes right now.

For the Techie:  The Tory Burch Metallic “Robinson” eTablet Carrying Case.  Now, this comes in black and red as well, but I love the pop of this color – Moss Gold.  Not too disco ball – just the thing.

Photo Credit: Tory Burch

For the Girl Who Switches Cell Phone Covers as Often as Her Lingerie:  J’adore these cute, monogrammed cases for iPhones (3, 4) by Clairebella.  See all designs here.  Very affordable and oh, so chic.  We cannot decide and may get them all.

Photo Credit: Layla Grace

For the Gilded Swan:  I am superbly in love with all things gold (works for all coloring), but especially rose gold.  Why not try these elegant rose gold hoops from this wonderful Etsy seller, CrazyDaisyDesigns?  She has other gorgeous jewelry as well.  Rose gold is THE thing.  And much better than forcing your maids to wear matching pearl earring and necklace sets.  Think “what would she wear on a daily basis?”.

Photo Credit: Etsy/CrazyDaisyDesigns

For Miss Park Avenue – you simply cannot go wrong with the iconic, affordable, Tiffany & Company change purse in signature robin’s egg (Tiffany) blue patent leather.  This is from the new leather range at T&Co., designed with the help of the fine folks at Lambertson Truex (love).  She can repurpose it for business cards, spare jewelry, credit cards, or her secret Champagne allowance.  It’s also a “something blue”.

Tiffany & Co. leather coinpurse with Kiss Lock.

For the Workaholic or Lounge Lizard:  Who doesn’t need a fabulous new robe?  And no, not ones with a rhinestone “Bridesmaid” emblazoned across the back.  That goes for brides, too, with tracksuits, lingerie, etc.  No “Future Mrs. Tacky”.  Instead, gift your girl or girls with these gorgeous cotton voile robes, lounge dresses and pants/tanks from Plum Pretty Sugar.  I couldn’t choose just one, so click around the site.  Sort of the robe version of my now ten year long obsession with Bedhead Pajamas.  I still have those Ming Green ones with yellow piping.

Photo Credit: 1313 Photography

For the Bohemian Princess:  Serena & Lily is my go-to for my kids’ linens, the Moroccan pouf in my office and some fabric for the chairs in my dining room.  Also great for Moses Basket gifts for expectant pals.  Now, while this bag MAY be a diaper bag at heart, it’s totally cool to use as a real bag and it’s just beautiful. Presenting the Peacock Gypsy Tote.  Just take out the changing pad OR, perhaps don’t.  She’ll be a Mama one day.   I am showing the image with the baby so that you can see the scale/size of the bag.  Would totally fit a laptop or a tablet, too.

Photo Credit: Serena & Lily

For the WASP-chic Palm Beachy Gal:  I could not decide will all of the delight on the Jonathan Adler site.  I’ve professed my love of him before (and DO go to his SoHo flagship store if you get a chance) and he does NOT disappoint here.  I mean, needlepoint?  Ping Pong?  It’s like chocolate and peanut butter, I tell ya.  Buy 2.  Palm Beach girl will adore.  Oh, psst – he’s got tennis racquet covers, too.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Adler

There are a few more ideas percolating.  Tell us, what was your favorite bridesmaid gift to give or receive?  Worst?  Tell us here on the site.  Tomorrow?  Guide to Groomsmens’ gifts and of course, #TuesdayShoesday.  We have a winner of the gift card giveaway, so we’ll announce that as well.

Toodles – L

Lovely Linkage

Lovely Links

One of my favorite Tumblrs to look at.  Eye candy.

Mrs. Lilien makes everything stylish.  Especially sleep.

Thank you, Kitchn, for the perfect grilled cheese tips.

Don’t make these party fouls.  Ever.

Just another day in the life of Ms. Goop, who I adore.

Fun, fun.  BHLDN’s adorable video creampuff.

A gorgeous Santa Ana winery wedding on Style Me Pretty via Kelly Oshiro Events.  Drool.


#WW delayed a tiny bit.

My mom is being moved to an assisted living facility, as she is failing.  I want to post the wondrous 3 posts I promised and I hope you will be back tomorrow (or very late tonight, if you subscribe).  Cheers, Liz

Happy Wedding Wednesday – and a programming note.

Before we begin #WW with 3 blog post and a great big virtual hug to some of our favorite vendors, please don’t forget to comment on the YouTube story, as we’ll close the giveaway Friday for the $25 gift card.  Next week, we have another really wonderful giveaway, so share this blog with your friends – tweet it, FB it, comment aaaanndddd….we’ll see you all back here this afternoon for Wedding Wonders.   Our first post will be the best, newest, most thoughtful and gorgeous bridesmaids gifts that you probably have not thought of!

Now, off to my weekly tennis game.  I say that lightly, as I rather suck. We leave you with this photo of the most insanely beautiful peonies, courtesy of 1313 Photography.

Photo Credit: 1313 Photography

Happy Tuesday Shoesday. FTW!

Drooling over these beautiful Jimmy Choos I saw today on Southern Weddings.   You DO read SW, right?  If not, you are missing out on all of the fluffy clouds of awesome.   These shoes are perfect for a bride who sparkles and shines!  And better than a silly tiara.  You do know I loathe tiaras, right?  Unless you are a 6-year-old girl.  Make that a 4-year-old girl.


Photo Credit: Lauren Larsen

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