Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lovely Linkage – Holiday fun to tide you over.

Liz's own J. Crew pave link bracelet.

So, apparently book clubs and wine clubs are passé – it’s time to put on your heels and lipstick and play bridge!  My neighbors and I are starting in January.  Here is Ina Garten’s recipe for insane truffled roast beef sandwiches – perfect for bridge.  Again, I stalk that house in East Hampton (23 Buell Lane, people!)  Oh, and if you, too, want to “fix” Ina’s show, read this blogger’s take.

Refinery 29 (an F4 favorite) taking the arm candy story and blowing it up.

What’s more luxurious than a Snuggie?  Why, a Nuddle of course.  That Kelly Rutherford of “Gossip Girl” made me buy a few on Open Sky.  All kidding aside, The Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization near and dear to me,  has a shop.  Buy your Nuddle here and one will go to a sexual assault or domestic violence survivor.

Even a trip to Whole Foods is glamorous for my fashion/art girl crush, Jenne Lombardo.

What do YOU think of the Kardashian’s Khristmas Kard?  Here’s Michael K’s hilarious take.

Swoon – check out this fabulous wedding at San Ysidro Ranch.  One of our favorite venues to plan weddings – you should check it out.  The cake! The bride’s chunky jewelry!  All of it.  Courtesy of Style Me Pretty.

Happy Hanukkah from all of us and Mrs. Lilien.

Wonderful Wednesday – some notes about the goodness!

Happy Holidays!  A few things, my lovelies!

After an overwhelming request to include my own photography on the blog, that will begin in the new year.   I am by no means a professional photographer, but I just got my first mack-daddy digital SLR (I am old school – I have Diana LOMO cameras, non-professional digital cameras and my iPhone, iPad and Blackberry), but now that I am focusing on words like “bokeh” and “aperture”, you can expect much more artful content.

Many of you emailed our office about how to make those gorgeous Tory Burch gold cupcakes (perhaps with your own logo or monogram or wedding/party motif), so we’ll be posting that today.

Are you vegan?  Experimenting?  I made a vegan soup last night that was so rich and satisfying, you would not ever know it was vegan – it’s a roasted tomato and butternut squash soup and it’s easy-peasy.  I’ll be posting the recipe and a photo of the soup – next time, I’ll do that lovely step by step photo thang that food bloggers do.  Let’s just say an immersion blender is the best $50 you’ll ever spend (and brides, register for one!).

Holiday Color Wheel continues with ORANGE today.

Are you fed up with gift guides?  I have a great last minute gift guide for today.  You’ll love it.  Truth be told, I need to attend my little girl’s holiday sing and get a much needed mani/pedi (what color, what color???), so you’ll be seeing the blog posts later.  In the meantime, please enjoy your coffee or as I am, some lavender Earl Grey tea – or get started a little early on the eggnog.  Cheers!

Lovely Linkage

We just LOVE the girls over at Fashionably Bombed – especially today.

Liz has a girl crush on Gina Pell of Joyus/Splendora, and you should too.  Check out these gifts.

Happy birthday, Don Johnson.  We used to drink Rum Runners and watch this. You’re welcome.

This guy just upped the bar.  Wow.

Naughty Kiki deMontparnasse opening with the ravishing Julia.

Holiday cookbook roundup from my girls at Devil and Egg.

 

One sweet giveaway – YOUR wedding, planned by Dolce Parties.

The time has come!  We are giving away one of our highly coveted “E-Consultation” ($500) value to a lucky bride.  You can read about it here and here.  It’s insanely popular and we gals at dolce parties are really happy we added it to our services about a year ago.  After 10 years of full-service only, we branched out into this market as it was totally necessary, extraordinarily rewarding and fun to do.  Most of all, it gave brides all over the country the chance to experience full-service without the hefty price tag.

To qualify:  you must be a subscriber to this blog, must be engaged, must use the service by December 31, 2012 and can be located anywhere in the United States OR be planning a destination wedding, since we service all areas.  We work everywhere and have relationships with vendors the world over, so you needn’t be local (because we really aren’t!).

If you know someone who fits this description, send them this link, have them subscribe and tell them how to enter.

How to enter?  In the comments, tell us why you need a celebrity wedding planner.  We’ll choose one winner at random and then, you get to choose your 3-month e-consultation time period.  It’s that simple.  Value:  $500.  Again, go to the website to read every delicious detail of what the offer entails and decide if it’s something you need/want/MUST have.  A couture wedding planner – gratis – in the palm of your hand.

We are extending the giveaway.  Just comment by 8 PM Sunday, December 18, EST and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.  We cannot wait to welcome another fantastic couple into the Dolce family.

Wednesday Winesday – Mulled Wine is not for movies.

We usually think of mulled wine as some tired, dusty libation like sherry or Port (um, neither of which is, by the way).  So, we gave a mulled wine recipe a try (am drinking it now, instead of TheraFlu – much tastier!) in order to get all of you home entertainers in the mood for the holidays with something warm to welcome or, bid fair adieu to your guests.

Editors’ note:  You can do this in a slow cooker for two hours.  Or, just do this thing.

2 bottles dry red wine – I used 2 giant bottles of Cavit red.  Dry, dry, dry.

4 ounces port, brandy or Armagnac

10 whole cloves

cinnamon sticks

1 large orange, zested and quartered

1 nutmeg – for zesting/garnish

Combine ingredients in a large pot – like a stainless steel stockpot or a Dutch oven and bring to a simmer. Do not allow mixture to boil. Heat for 20 minutes and serve in a large, heat resistant punch bowl.  Ladle into mugs (Irish coffee or beer mugs work very well) and garnish with a slice of orange, cinnamon stick, zested nutmeg – whatever you choose.  But not whipped cream.  This is wine, people.

MERRY MERRY!

Mulled wine with cinnamon stick stirrer. As if you need to stir.

Holiday Color Wheel. Purple.

Amethyst and diamond earrings - so pretty.

Christian Louboutin Ariella silver studded ankle boots

Modern Grape Muscari bouquet with Grosgrain Cuff

Purple Czech glass goblet by Juliska - an F4 favorite.

Lela Rose purple silk crinkle bridesmaids' dress.

Nars eye shadow in "Daphne" - a winter must.

She of the violet eyes.

Purple potato pancakes! Serve with creme fraiche for the holidays.

Our Logo.

Le Creuset Dutch oven in Cassis

Wedding Cake by Everything Lulu

Ah, look at the purple ones. Image: Tory Burch blog.

Purple Orchids from the studio of Karen Bussen

Mila Kunis in lilac Elie Saab at the Oscars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buying guide for PURPLE:  (some items special order or discontinued)  Amethyst earrings, NARS eye shadow in Daphne, Juliska “Colette” footed goblet, book about flower arranging by Karen Bussen, wedding cakes by Lulu, one of our favorities (Beyonce and Jay Z agree), Dutch oven by Le Creuset in all sizes, Lela Rose bridesmaid dress, Louboutin “Ariella” booties (still available in black at Net-A-Porter) .   Where possible, we feature our vendors and people we’ve worked with, so if you have any questions, shoot us an email or comment in the comments section.

Tomorrow is Pantone’s “Color of 2012” – Tangerine Tango.  Well, oranges.  Our favorite!

Tuesday Shoesday. A classic.

Yes, we know that our brides are loving colored shoes, flip-flops, Chuck Taylors and being barefoot, but every once in a while, we go back to our 300 plus weddings and think of fabulous, timeless wedding shoes.  And this satin and feather Manolo Blahnik D’Orsay open-toed pump does it for us every time.  We remember more than one very modern, but traditional bride who has donned them. And you CAN make them your own.  How about painting the bottoms sky blue as your something blue?  Or using Swarovski crystals to DIY your initials and wedding date on the sole?  Yeah, we thought so.  Always a classic.

Satin and feather D'Orsay

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