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Foodie Friday/Vendor Spotlight – Creative Edge Parties

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Every now and again, we like to spotlight our favorite vendors.  CEP, founded by my friend Carla Ruben, is, quite simply, in my top 5 of fabulous caterers in this country.  Rocco DiSpirito used to work there.  Rachael Ray’s been in their kitchen.  They cater events for Martha Stewart.  See where I’m going?  They catered pretty much every star-studded event in New York, the Hamptons and beyond.  They play nicely in the sandbox.  I love to hire them.  If you are looking for a caterer, look no further than Creative Edge Parties and tell them I sent you.  And look up my friends George and Libby, as well as Carla.   I cannot WAIT to use them again.

Some gorgeous video of my friends (including George and Carla) at their holiday Frosting Fling:

And some more video of the CEP folks on hors d’oeuvres with Mo Rocca on The Cooking Channel:

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!

Wedding Wednesday. Feast your eyes on the wedding of Harper’s Bazaar’s own Joanna Hillman.

Every once in a while, an extraordinary wedding crosses the blogosphere (that we did not do).  Joanna, Market Editor of Harper’s Bazaar, married Aram Green earlier this month in New York City.  And oh, what a gorgeous, intimate wedding to gaze at.  So much to absorb and love.

Click through the slideshow here and marvel over the vintage Rochas gown right from the big fashion closet at Bazaar, the Fred Leighton jewels,the handwritten invitations by Allyson Bainbridge Riccardi (her email address is right there, ladies!)  the always wonderful Greenwich Hotel, the gorgeous Italian menu courtesy of Locanda Verde, the statement bracelets (which you know we love), the coral peonies from Flowers 298, Ltd., the photos by our friend Michael Rochas of our other friend Christian Oth’s studio, the hair byFrederic Fekkai, the after party at the Smyth Hotel, the after party dress by Dolce and Gabbana but, most of all, the obvious happiness and love shared between Joanna and Aram.

What part of this wedding did you enjoy the most?

And the bride wore black = Gothic Betrothic via Vera.

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Here at F4, we don’t think that rules apply, except for etiquette rules.  If a bride wants to wear pink or green or blue or puce, well – go for it.  As long as it is appropriate and stylish.

Without further fanfare, we present (it’s been making the rounds), Vera Wang‘s new couture collection of black and nude wedding gowns.  (Sidebar:  that “10 Ways to Piss Off Your Wedding Planner article above is hilarious and 85% true!)  To be sure, it takes a confident bride to carry off a colour like black.   Even Gwen Stefani‘s ombre Galliano pink was daring.  To wit, Sarah Jessica Parker famously wed Matthew Broderick in a black gown, to the applause of fashion mavens everywhere.  Only very recently did Sarah say she regretted that fashion choice and wishes she had reconsidered.

Point is:  know who you are.  Know your strengths.  Think about such a choice and say to yourself, “What will my photos look like in 30 years?  Will I wonder what I was thinking?”  It’s a fabulous line, but not for everyone.  I would also posit that if you do one of these gowns, keep the makeup smoky but simply and go for a nude nail – not black.







Photo Credit: Vera Wang


















What would you like to see on our YouTube Channel? (giveaway!)

So, we’re filming bits for our YouTube channel and want to know what our readers would like to see!

– Wedding advice?  Fashion?  DIY Wedding and party projects?  Cooking demos?  How to do place settings?  How to do an inspiro board?  Etiquette? Decorating at home?  Shopping trips for the best of everything?  Travel tips?  Honeymoon tips?  How to pack a suitcase?  Beauty, hair, jewelry how-to?

Tell us here and we’ll choose a random winner for a $25 Target, Amazon or Ulta gift card (your pick).  Which, apparently, you can no longer use for Missoni.  Oh, yeah, we scored.  We’ll tell you about it later.  GO!

PS – off to get my summer hair chopped shorter and re-lit.  I’ll post pics later!


Stationery Saturday – Kim Kardashian’s Wedding Invitations.

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Without further adieu – and I’ve worked many times with Lehr & Black (fabulous), here are Kim Kardashian and Kris (the groom, not the Mom – does anyone else find that odd that Kim K. is marrying a man with the same name as Mama Kris…but I digress) Humphries’ WEDDING INVITES.

Photo credit: Pop Sugar, Lehr & Black

I think it’s not as modern as it could be.  I think it’s trying too hard. I think it could have been a bit more chic and sleek.  I’m still studying it for any errors.  I’ll bet I’ll find one.  Each one has a card containing a number to call for the secret location.  Please – TMZ will have helicopters all over the area.  No privacy is wrong, regardless of how you feel about Kim.  I want to see the menu, the gowns and hear about the music and favors.


Each was hand-delivered to the invitees in a black velvet box covered with hundreds of black hematite crystals.  I would estimate that each invitation suite and box was about $100 per, plus delivery costs.  We do hand-deliver invites.  We’ve done metal, suede, wood, you name it.  But this is beyond luxury.  Note the K logo created by Lehr & Black.  Can we also just ban any more “K” names in the family?  So, we know it’s formal, we know it’s August 20 and we know it’s in Montecito, close to Oprah’s retreat of a mansion.  I am sure Oprah is not invited.

What do you think of Kim K’s invitations?  Over the top or perfect for the reality bombshell and powerhouse brand?

Thursday in Threads! Psst – the BHLDN Secret Sale. Come on brides!

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Surely you know of the fantastic newish website for brides and bridal parties by Anthropologie, BHLDN, right?  If you don’t, run on over for a well-edited, smart, unique mix of perfect dresses, gifts, accessories.  The palate is gorgeous, the site is a joy.

Anyhoo, there’s a one day secret sale – we’re talking $450 dresses for $150 and great jewelry, lingerie and hats at a fraction of the cost.  It’s invitation only – here is yours.  It ends Friday morning at 10 a.m., EST.  Go now!

We cannot show you any images here, but the goods are STUPID chic and wonderful.  The shoes, the ruffled shifts, the everything!  Do it to it!

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