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We saw these save-the-date announcements and totally fell in love! Handkerchiefs can put a creative, elegant spin on your upcoming wedding and they’re so easy to make at home.

Items needed:

1) Handkerchiefs

2)  Scissors

3)  Iron templates

4)  An iron

The trickiest part is reversing the letters on the template so they don’t iron-on backwards.  Once you write your save-the-date announcement in a Word or any other text-edit document, go to print and specify that you want the image printed as “mirror”.  This is usually located under “preferences” in your print menu.

Once you have the text printed on the iron template, place the image where you like it on the hankie.  Make sure it’s straight and then iron it on.  It’s that easy!

For reasonably priced hankies, click here.

If you’re not the crafty type, then you can also buy save-the-date hankies at Lucky Luxe.  Click here for more details.

Are you looking for the perfect holiday or bridal shoes?  Of course we’d all love a pair of Louboutin heels, but that could set you back several hundreds of dollars!  Luckily Marvelous Girl found a few great knockoffs out there:

Coloriffic makes a pair of glitter slingback peeptoes in silver or gold for $50-$90.  The least-expensive pair we found was at EllaParkBridal.com

Forever 21 makes a pair of gold glitter peeptoe pumps for only $23!

Chinese Laundry makes a hot pair of sequin peeptoe pumps in black or navy.  The least-expensive pair we found was $79 at Heels.com.

It’s not everyday you get to feel like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.  So whatever the event, now you can click your heels three times for a fabulous evening…because you saved some straw along the way.

I don’t know about you, but I’m picky when it comes to wedding invitations.  As a bride, you want something that represents YOU and your personal style.   But sometimes it’s difficult to find a quality invitation at a reasonable price.

Luckily AllMyInvites.com recently launched its wedding collection, inspired by actual brides from Los Angeles to New York, searching for the latest in modern, custom invitations at an affordable price point.

“You don’t have to spend a thousand dollars on quality wedding invitations,” says Roxy Diba, marketing director for All My Invites.  “We understand that planning a wedding can be taxing both emotionally and financially, which is why our website is designed to help you create wedding invites that express your style without sacrificing quality.”

Invitations are priced from $1.24 to $1.99, depending upon the size of the order, and discounts are available for larger quantities.   Once an order is placed, a designer personally sets each custom design to be printed and sends the client a proof for final review. Shipments are generally made within 48 hours of client approval providing a superlative turnaround. 

One of my favorite invites offered by AllMyInvites.com is the Peacock Paisley (shown above) because you can purchase matching bridal shower, save-the-date, direction, reception and even table place cards!  See for yourself at AllMyInvites.com.  I know you’ll love them!

wedding planning tips 2010With the recession being part of our lives today, most brides and grooms are quieter in the way they project and plan their wedding. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t be “au courant”.  Minoo Hersini, Creative Director at Au Ciel Design Studio shares these great tips on how to be “in” for a 2010 wedding.:

  • Be selective of your guest list.  Include close family members and friends.
  • Find unique venues such as barns, art galleries, studios and homes instead of large ballrooms.
  • Chose communal tables (long table seating) verses individual 8×10 tables.
  • Use candles to substitute pin lighting.
  • Stick to some classics. Utilize a clean, floor length and high quality cotton tablecloth.To add flavor, use elongated mirror runners and different textures to create a mood.
  • Flowers are a key element for weddings. Work with creative floral designers to guide you through this process.
  • Chose menus that will reflect your way of eating.  Serve simpler and healthier dishes instead of heavy meals and have them sampled.
  • Incorporate natural elements for table decorations such as leaves, bark, branches, grass and moss intermixed with flowers.
  • Create a signature cocktail.  It is more fun and original than an open bar.

Lastly, simple elegant weddings require good taste and vision. Consult with professionals for ideas.

knock off suede wedgesFall is here and suede is back.  Marvelous Girl chatted with Nancy leWinter, editorial direct of OneStopPlus.com about this year’s hot fall trends:

MG:  What types of shoes are on trend for fall?

NL:  Boots of every type are very important this fall.  Wedges give height and stability, and both wedges and booties are very flattering both under pants and with dresses and skirts when worn with tights.  The peep toe is a retro take that makes the look soft and sexy.  Tall boots are now for everyone because they’re available in wide and extra-wide calf widths and can be worn over leggings or under a great pencil skirt.  This season is also all about detail on footwear, from ruffles and ruching to studs and snaps.  And heels don’t have to be high to be high fashion with fabulous flats.
 
MG:  Why is suede a good fabric to use for fall?

NL:  Suede is softer than leather and molds to the foot…great over tights.  It also comes in the season’s best colors, but it is important to make sure suede is weatherized to avoid spotting.
 
MG:  Do you specifically take high-end designers collections into consideration when picking your inventory for the season?

NL:  Our selection is so large that we are able to provide a variety of trends, including the trends followed by high-end designers.  Most important, we recognize our customers want style and comfort, and that is a trend we can all love.

Photo by bobt54

Photo by bobt54

Las Vegas is an adult playground, the perfect place for bachelorette’s to let loose with their girlfriends and enjoy the last days of single-dom. Whether it’s a wild pool party followed by an even wilder night on the town or a relaxing day at the spa and dinner at a swanky restaurant, Sin City has something to satisfy every Bachelorette.  

With so many different hotel options both on and off the strip, Oyster Hotel Reviews sent its reporters undercover to determine which hotels struck the perfect balance of relaxation and debauchery for brides-to-be. 
 
“Men and women have differing tastes when it comes to partying in Vegas. Women may be inclined to choose a hotel with relaxing day spa to spend time with her girl friends over choosing a hotel with access to great golf courses, for example,” says Will Begeny, Senior Editor for Oyster Hotel Reviews. “Palazzo, Bellagio and the Wynn topped our list for best bachelorette parties for their spa services, hot nightlife and softer styled décor.”

  1. Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino – Average Price: $299/night
    Styled a little softer and more feminine than the bachelor-swank of rival Wynn, the enormous rooms at the Palazzo could host a small party. But it’s what’s outside the rooms that makes this our top pick: The Tao and Lavo nightclubs are among the hippest party scenes on the Strip). The hotel’s world-famous Canyon Ranch Spa is arguably the best spa in town. The hotel houses some of the Strip’s best restaurants, including the Japanese-Peruvian-Brazilian cuisine of SushiSamba. And the shops at the Palazzo include top names like Tory Burch and Diane von Furstenberg, plus an 85,000-square-foot Barney’s New York.
  2. Bellagio – Average Price: $239/night
    Designed to look like an enormous Italian villa, Bellagio offers serenity (it even has its own botanical gardens) as well as a prime central location for hitting parties on or off the Strip (virtually all the notable clubs are just a short cab ride away). Pamper the whole party at the spa’s whirlpools, eucalyptus steam room, and sauna. The group can also enjoy spa manicures and pedicures together while sipping champagne in a private room. Pick from one of the hotel’s 20-plus restaurants for dinner. Later, burn off the booze and food with a Pilates, cardio, or body-sculpting class at the excellent fitness center.
  3. Wynn Las Vegas – Average Price: $289/night
    Luxury pick Wynn is home to Tryst, one of Vegas’ swankiest nightclubs. Getting beyond the bouncer can be tough, but a group of women should fare well (short skirts might help). The hotel’s more intimate nightclub, Blush, has outdoor seating. Beyond the clubs, the gorgeous spa, and the classy “European pool” (where you can sunbathe topless), the biggest perk at the Wynn is its enormous rooms – perfect for having your whole group over for cocktails before heading out on the town.
  4. Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino – Average Price: $218/night
    Balancing low-key partying with ample pampering, Caesars Palace is a great choice for bachelorettes. (Don’t let that bachelor party gone awry in The Hangover dissuade you.) Qua Baths & Spa, one of the best spas in Vegas, offers, among other delights, its own Roman baths, Laconium steam baths, and Vichy showers; a day pass costs $45. The two-story Pure nightclub has four distinct spaces, each with its own DJ, so you can scope out the right crowd for your mood. And the adults-only Venus Pool is a bit more laid-back than some of the other, more notorious pool parties in Vegas.
  5. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Average Price: $216/night
    Hard Rock is for ladies who are, well, ready to rock. By day, the Beach Club Pool is about the craziest scene on the Strip — especially on Sunday, when it hosts the Rehab pool party. At night, the clubs Body English and Wasted Space — both known to attract celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Kevin Federline — are Vegas favorites. After-hours, you can scarf down some American fare at the 24-hour restaurant.

For girls on a budget, this place sound great too:

The Palms Casino Resort – Average Price: $82/night
If what the bride-to-be needs is to feel sexy, head to the Palms’ coed hammam (Turkish bath) at the chic Drift Spa. When night falls, hit the hotel’s popular Rain nightclub or Moon, another club with live DJs, multiple bars, and a retractable roof. For an especially girly getaway, consider the 2,350-square-foot Barbie Suite, decorated with framed Barbie prints, a fireplace, super-pink Barbie patterns on the pillows and walls, and 65 Barbie dolls mounted on a mirror.

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