Thursday, January 28, 2010

wedding forecast by JM :: the princess project

"Tax Season and The Princess Project"
Tax season has kicked off, and as our W-2s and 1099s start coming in, we prepare to file by gathering important documentation. Tax deductibles can be very beneficial to your pocket and to the community. At B&W we feature our fabulous weddings and blog about glamorous events, but we are philanthropists and will always give back when we can. With this, I'd like to highlight a way that every one can benefit from this tax season -- The Princess Project.

I am pretty confident that many of you have a lonely dress hanging in your closet just waiting to be worn again. We like to think that we could put some use to our special occasion or bridesmaid dresses but most of the time that is not the case.

You have made your appearance, ate, drank, and danced the night away but your fairy tale does not have to end at the stroke of midnight. You could become a fairy godmother to a young, underprivileged teen to make her feel like the princess that she truly is. The Princess Project promotes self-confidence and individual beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who cannot otherwise afford them.

After exploring their website, I was most inspired from their #1 core value:
We celebrate bodies of all sizes and avoid using body imagery in our marketing and outreach. Body-oriented graphics and artwork – like torso silhouettes, dress outlines or generic, stock prom photos – inadvertently convey an idealized body size, style and look. By instead using images of the girls we serve and royalty-related imagery like tiaras and crowns, we celebrate the beauty and diversity of girls everywhere, in every size. -- PrincessProject

From the trips to the mall with your girlfriends, from rummaging through hundreds of racks, or if you were like me, sketched a design, we all remember our prom dress. Prom is like a high school rite of passage. Think of the memories you’ll help create by donating your dress. It’s a beautiful thing! And it's a tax deduction!

After years of servicing the Bay Area, The Princess Project San Diego became the fourth location in 2009. Check out the San Diego 2nd Annual Runway Event next month. Local celebrities will be judging FIDM students as they compete to see who has the best reinvention of a prom dress. You can enjoy ½ off bar specials and appetizers under $15. Don’t forget your prom dress donation (check out the Donation Guidelines on the website)! And as they would say at The Princess Project, “Thanks for your time, talent and taffeta!”
San Diego 2nd Annual Runway Event
Thursday, February 11, 2010
901 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
$20 pre-register or $25 at the door
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

COLOR FANATIC: #007 Red Violet + Jelly Bean

This post is strictly for color matching. The scenario: You want pink. He wants blue. You want funk. He wants class. The solution: Pairing up both, but using slightly muted tones of each color. Pay attention to the saturation within the color palette -- it can make a huge impact on the design of your reception. Remember, colors like fuchsia or violates don't always have to be bright.

Photo sources: (T-B; L-R) Stephanie Williams Photography, The Knot, unknown, Lazaro, unknown, The Knot, Portabello Pixie, Amy Atlas, Cards and Pockets . . .(click for full post)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

shoe pick from the O blog : al othman

Fashionistas, check out these sure-to-turn-heads heels. These shoes are my pick from the O Blog via Al Othman. They're from a previous season, but I still find them intriguing!

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red carpet at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards

If you didn't catch the 2010 Golden Globe Awards show on Jan. 17, 2010, then here's a peek at some of the fly gowns that trotted down the infamous red carpet. It was a rainy day in Beverly Hills, but it didn't stop these divas from getting all dolled up!

For the brides who want to have custom dresses made, whether it be for yourself or for your bridesmaids, get inspired from designer gowns at events like these -- they're like walking art shows.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

wedding forecast by JM :: ANdAZ San Diego

"Ivy to ANdAZ"
From the Maryland, to Ivy, and now Andaz (ahn-dahz). On February 1st, Ivy Hotel will become Andaz San Diego. Andaz, Hyatt’s new luxury boutique brand debuted in 2007 and currently has three hotels under its umbrella. With locations in London, West Hollywood, and Wall Street, this brand continues to grow as hotels in San Diego, 5th Avenue and Austin are on their way.

Hyatt Corporation will manage the property under an agreement with Kelly Capital, Ivy’s owner. No need to be alarmed as Ivy Hotel will remain Ivy in the essence. Slight renovations and minor changes will be made to the property but only to enhance the elite service and experience that are signature to Ivy.
Global in scale while local in perspective, ANdAZ delivers an innovative hospitality experience blending personal preferences with attentive and uncomplicated service. The unique collection of hotels reflects the personality of each locale, and is dedicated to creating natural and vibrant living space where travelers can indulge in their own personal sense of comfort and style.
The property’s swanky adult playground has created quite a name for itself and has secured its place on the list of hot spots in San Diego. Ivy will always be associated with the nightlife scene which is why the name will stick around even with the rolling out of Andaz San Diego. The venues will now be referred to as: Ivy Rooftop, Ivy Ultra Lounge & Wine Bar and Ivy Nightclub (formerly Envy).

The transition promises to be smooth and since I am in the middle of it all, you will definitely be kept in the loop ;-).
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

love is in the air :: eunice + francis by featherlove

TEASER!! Oh, man...have you ever seen photos like these? In my years doing this, I don't think I can say I have. Two beautiful people together with one phenomenal photographer, Noa from FeatherLove Photography equals the most darling e-session shoot. Francis (Fro) and Eunice took their e-session to the next level, with this vintage 1940s military-inspired direction, complete with the cool tie Fro sports in these shots, Eunice's matching 'fit,' military backdrop, and Noa's rad lighting/style + technique. With Fro's service in the military and Eunice's profession as a nurse, this e-session makes complete sense -- totally original and matches their style. *Couples, get inspired from this e-session and personalize your photos by doing something different and reflective of you! Creativity has no boundaries, and B&W is the perfect solution to showing you what that means.

B&W has been working alongside Eunice and Fro to plan their big day (April). This is one of our year-long D+I+C events, and we are so excited! These photos are a snippet into what's in the works. A lot of thought has gone into this production...I can't wait for you to see what we're doing!

To see more fabulous photos of this e-session by FeatherLove, click here.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

our promo ends tomorrow (Jan 16, 2010)

Reminder: Our promo ends tomorrow, January 16, 2010! Save $ by securing our 2009 prices...

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

jewelry cases for the modern bride

You're at the nail salon, and the first thing you do is take off your rings and stuff them into a pocket in your jeans. Or you go to the spa with your girlfriends, and in the locker room, you find yourself tucking your engagement ring in the deepest compartment within your purse. Ladies, it's time to start taking good care of your jewelry. Whether it be your rings, necklace, or earrings, there is a proper way to store your valuables, especially when you're traveling, or temporarily in need of removing your jewelry - a jewelry case. A variety of cases, pockets, pouches or pochettes are available, from Louis Vuitton's $700 Folding Jewelry Case, to recycling a Tiffany's sheepskin jewelry pocket, these pouches will save your jewelry from scratches, dents, and most importantly from being lost.

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Though I posted LV's designer jewelry case, really, you don't have to spend an arm and a leg on one. You can use a mini coin purse, like the Coach one in the collage, but put a non-abrasive cloth inside for protection. Most jewelry cases are lined with plush fabric or leather to keep from scratching. I actually bought my case, which is a jewelry pocket, from Banana Republic on sale for $5, and it sure does make me feel 100% better about keeping my rings secured in a case when I'm at the spa or nail salon. I never know when I'm going to need to take my rings or earrings off, so I keep my case with me wherever I go (in my purse). Note: I'd stay away from drawstring pouches since they can easily untie; use something that has a zipper or button, or spring hinge as an enclosure.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

BRIDES q+a: the groom's cake

Contemplating on ordering a groom's cake? I found this interesting snippet in the Q+A section ("Etiquette Police") in the Feb '10 issue of BRIDES magazine (p. 156).
Q: What's the deal with the groom's cake? Do we need one?
A: Traditionally, the groom's cake was a fruitcake that was cut into small pieces and boxed for guests to take home. Single women put it under their pillows that night in hopes of dreaming about their future husbands. Today, this cake is optional and as varied as the guys themselves: We've seen simple creations in the groom's favorite flavor, as well as wackier cakes inspired by his interests (footballs, guitars, NASCAR). And it's eaten at the reception, not squashed under a pillow.
Just when I thought the groom's cake was something of last five years, I learn that it has actually been around for some time! But fruitcake? Under the pillow? To dream about their future husbands?

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Look at the cakes some grooms are luckily to get these days! Pink Cake Box is one of my favorite places to see amazing pastry art.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

movie ticket guest book

Are you a person who saves movie ticket stubs?...lucky for you, I saw this photo and thought of a great idea on what to do with them! Neatly display them in a blank album (*along with space for guests to write) and custom make your guest book! What an innovative idea for the movie buff couple -- adds a very personalized touch and makes for an even more valuable keepsake. You can tab the sides of the pages for easy alphabetization.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

wedding forecast by JM :: upcoming events {Winter 2010}

"What's on the horizon for Winter 2010 Bridal Shows"
Several bridal events will be taking place in the Southern California area! Don't miss out on these exclusive happenings! These aren't your average bridal shows...


The Festival of Brides is my pick when it comes to couture-style bridal events. Its making its Winter 2010 presence in several of SoCal's most desired locations. To start the festivities, they are holding the first FoB affair this Sunday, January 10th at The Grand Del Mar -- a spectacular venue tucked in San Diego's Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.

Tickets for this sought out event begin at $25/pp (pre-sale) and $35/pp at the door. Please click here for more info or call (310) 577-7788. Come see a couture bridal fashion runway show previewing Lhuillier, Di Santo, Vera Wang and more.

January 10, 2010
The Grand Del Mar
5300 Grand Del Mar Court
San Diego, CA 92130

January 17, 2010
@ The Montage
30801 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

January 31, 2010
@ The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa
1401 South Oak Knoll
Pasadena, CA 91103

February 28, 2010
@ Terranea Resort
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90274
T (213) 225-2691


This is a very intimate event and limited to only 50 brides. Don't miss out, RSVP today. You will receive planning materials, insider tips from the best wedding professionals in Southern California, and a fabulous goodie bag.

January 12, 2010
@ Bella Collina
200 Avenida la Pata
San Clemente, CA 92673


February 20, 2010
@ Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa
32-250 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Admission: $5 (cash only please)

Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of luxurious weddings and learn some tricks of the trade from participating vendors at the experts’ panel discussions. If you are just beginning your wedding plans, Backstage Bridal: a Luxury Wedding Experience is certain to get you on the right track and if you already have your plans underway, find valuable resources for planning and all the finishing touches.
  • Expand your knowledge with 12 sessions representing various areas of wedding planning and design
  • Learn from top wedding professionals who are hand-selected experts in the following areas: Wedding Planning, Ceremony Structure and Legalities, Bridal Attire, Financial Planning, Music and Entertainment, Dance, Floral Design, Invitations and Stationery, Photography and Film.
  • Custom design your own program by choosing the exact classes you need
  • Have fun and learn at the same time

February 28, 2010
5896 Smiley Drive
Culver City, CA 90232
Admission: $55 for EARLY BIRD VIP; $70 for standard VIP admission
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

ruffle up with wai ching's style

I'm so fortunate to have Janissa, my go-to gal when it comes to trends and forecasting. When I opened up her post about Chrissy Wai Ching, I also found myself intensely gawking at Chrissy's gowns. I love texture and variations in material, and I love color. Janissa's post inspired me to explore how one could incorporate the dress' design/texture into the rest of the reception vision. From linens, to confections, to ring pillows and flowers, styling is all about complementing well and visual balance.

Don't be afraid to go beyond your color scheme or elements from your invitation when designing your cake. Try incorporating textures from your wedding gown, jewelry, printed table linen, or even your actual flowers! You don't have to match your layers exactly (well, maybe the cake artist can do that), but find textures that complement your dress' design. Key word is complement. Oh, and one more important thing: ask a professional (B&W!) about where and how to incorporate these details; we know what's too little and what's too much -- straight from the eyes of designers.

Check this photo out -- a total "Wai-Ching" stylized cake! I love the ruffles and the various tones of neutral.

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Sweeten up your cake display with ruffled cake bases.

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A great and very cost effective flower: the carnation -- built with tons of texture and a variety of colors. The gathered layers of the petals create the ruffled look.

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I adore these pillows. Two different prints and textures make it visually appealing. And the ruffles are subtle.

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Try not to skip out on linen. They make a HUGE statement. Tone down the florals and choose some fabulous linen. It makes all the difference. I love this ruffled underlay. Or you can see if your linen company can manually "ruche" or gather the material with pins.

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Eddie Ross displays a pretty neat and simple carnation centerpiece. This is a great way to tie in the ruffled texture, and it's not too overwhelming.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

wedding forecast by JM :: wai ching

"Wai Ching Flatters"
When it comes to forecasting trends, discovering unparalleled talent plays an important part of research. I was immediately struck by the bride’s jaw dropping dress in this photo and had to research the masternmind behind the work of art. With a couple of clicks, I was directed to Chrissy Wai Ching.

Chrissy Wai Ching debuted her wild, yet wearable line, Wai-Ching, in 2003 with figure flattery at the top of her priority list. Creating fiercely unique clothing is a delicate process. To Wai Ching, the art lies not only in designing, but also in selecting luxurious silks, hand dyeing the blank canvas, and meticulously piecing together each masterpiece. The name Wai Ching (Cantonese for wisdom and virtue) reflects the philosophy of the line and of the artist herself.

Her dresses exemplify an exploration of layering, piecing, and contrasting. They are truly gowns for the unconventional bride, though she has a way of tying in traditional lines. What I love about these dresses is that they are so unique, and the designs easily bring out so much personality in a bride -- whether it be her fashion style, outgoing & creative personality, or her confidence. They're colorful pieces of art that are sure to make any bride radiate.

Pure customization is pure trend setting and although Seattle-based Chrissy Wai Ching may seem like a far and impossible plane ride away, she will work with clients remotely to design a one-of-a-kind wedding gown. The studio communicates closely with you to get your measurements and they guarantee a perfect fit. Prices start around a very reasonable $500! Talk about a collection that really embodies the “free spirit.”

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