Wednesday, February 24, 2010

date night: KOOZA (cirque de soleil) in san diego

Make it a date! Treat your love to a captivating, entertaining, and adrenaline-filled affair -- KOOZA (Cirque De Soleil) is coming to San Diego tomorrow, February 25th and will be here until March 21st, 2010 at the Grand Chapiteau at Del Mar Fairgrounds! Click here for ticket info.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

photography: best of 2009 rings by amelia lyon

I don't know what inspired me, but I started searching for creative wedding ring photos, and came across the beautiful work of Amelia Lyon, a more-than-fabulous wedding photographer and photojournalist from Orange County. I planned to find work by different artists, but stopped -- Amelia captured too many cool shots for me to even try! Check out more of her "best of" wedding ring photos here! It's totally worth your time. Your work shines, Amelia!

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Monday, February 22, 2010

DIY with a fabulous shoe clip

Want to add some "umph" to those brand new wedding heels? Or simply want to show off your one-of-a-kind J.Choo's, Valentino's, or C.Louboutin's? Try adorning your shoes with a vintage shoe clip, fashionable clip-on earrings, or a hand made embellishments. The shoe clip isn't anything new; it's just something sort of kept under the radar. Is it vintage?..then it's your "something old!"

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Absolutely Audrey, a popular online shoe-clip shop, features an array of vintage, bridal, casual and evening embellishments.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Getting married? Lucky you -- get a chance to have your dream wedding -- platinum style! Crate & Barrel's Ultimate Wedding contest: what an opportunity! Good economy, bad economy, it won't hurt to try...c'mon people, Southern California represent! Deadline is March 31, 2010 to enter.

Grand Prize

The Ultimate Wedding with a whopping $100,000 value. And to make it even sweeter, this day of perfection will be organized by A–list planner extraordinaire Jo Gartin.

2nd Prize

One $7500 Crate and Barrel Shop Card.

3rd Prize

One $2500 Crate and Barrel Shop Card.

Honorable Mention

15 winners will each receive a $1000 Crate and Barrel Shop Card.

Popular Vote Winner

The highest vote–getter will receive a $500 Crate and Barrel Shop Card.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

wedding forecast by JM :: urban bar & grill

"Urban Bar & Grill: A contemporary experience"
On the first Thursday of every month, my colleague and I attend the monthly KID (Keep It Downtown) event. KID is comprised of catering professionals from Downtown San Diego’s hotels, restaurants and event venues. Inducted by Ms. Julie Larsen, Senior Catering Sales Manager at Omni San Diego, KID’s main objective is simple…to keep business in Downtown. When a property receives a lead that they are unable to accommodate, they email the KID group to give other places the opportunity to propose their space. Instead of dismissing the inquiry altogether and losing it to another neighborhood, KID allows us to foster hospitality business to our Downtown community.

This month, our event was held at URBAN Bar & Grill, a restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine. Although only a short block away, my colleagues and I have never ventured in. We were taken back by its charm and I immediately thought of potential B&W clients. As you enter, the long rectangular shaped hall houses the main bar on the right and high boys or belly bars on the left. With lounge furniture and an area for a small band in the back, this would make for a great reception space while hors d'oeuvres are being tray passed. Separated by a wall, the main dining floor can accommodate 80 guests. With drapery, enlarged mirrors and stained glass, it reminded me of a modern Alice In Wonderland. Imagine the impression your guests will get from this full restaurant buyout!

Their catering menu has quite a selection and at very reasonable prices. And if this restaurant is not to your liking, perhaps their sister companies are. As one of four restaurants under the Dining On Fifth group, URBAN Bar & Grill is joined by OceanRoom, Chianti and La Fiesta.
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Monday, February 15, 2010

"valentine's day" the movie :: out now!

In celebration of Feb 14th, this all-star cast is sure to entertain you in this heart-filled comedy, Valentine's Day, the movie, out in theaters now! Sorry for being a little late..I did see it with my hubby on Valentine's! :)

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sans cake: a pastry display

Happy President's Day! ... on to my little post ... What another brilliant idea found on Martha's site: a pastry holder designed like a tiered cake! I love the way it's wrapped, like gift boxes stacked on top of one another..and the little "F" embellishment for that perfect personal touch. Who says you need to have cake anyway?

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Friday, February 12, 2010

happy valentine's day! XOXOXO

Wishing you lots of love on this Valentine's Day! ~B&W

Ooh! Ooh! Bon Vivant Press' 2010 Valentine's Day line of signature letterpress cards. Isn't this just adorable? Keep 'em coming BVP! We want more!

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DARING DIVAS: blushless' valentine

Daring Divas: I dare you. A heart embellished cocktail dress by Blushless.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

zagat + valentine's day

Haven't planned out your Valentine's Day? Check ZAGAT buzz for the insiders scoop on Valentine's 411. Lots of restaurants are doing it big for Feb 14...don't miss out!

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stunning calligraphy by e.danae

While stationery etiquette argues the adhesive labels are a no-no when it comes to labeling the outer envelope, I agree and disagree. B&W designs many labels, from graphically interesting adhesive labels, to wraparounds, to tagged labels. And I suppose it comes down to execution and intent, once again. But more recently, our invitation clients have been inclined to hand writing their guest addresses, a purely personal touch to the ensemble. Find a friend or relative who has superb penmanship and label away!

E.Danae, a profound calligraphy artist, who is also found on Etsy, brings the invitation to life by her luxurious technique. Hopefully, we will have the honor of having such beautiful work inscribed on one of our custom invitation jobs. There's nothing better than hand-created typography.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

wedding forecast by JM :: W Hollywood Hotel & Residences

"W Hollywood Hotel & Residences a Must See"
On January 28th, the red carpet was rolled out for the camera ready W Hollywood Hotel & Residences. All the glitz and glam were not spared with this contemporary property. The hotel has 305 guest rooms and 143 residences…W Residences being the first in California. The property has approximately 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space but photos are not available yet. With signature amenities and services Ws are known to provide along with venues by Innovative Dining Group (IDG), guests, residents and even locals are in for an experience.

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IDG has brought three venues to W Hollywood featuring extraordinary talent in the kitchen, unrivaled hospitality in the dining room and lounge, and cutting-edge design that inspires new trends. Upon check-in, enter The Living Room, a hip and vibrant lobby lounge. Or make your way to the outdoor theater and bar where you can sip on a cocktail by a fire pit while enjoying a featured film on the 35’ movie screen. As with any scenster, you always have the urge to hop around as you need to make your appearance. Station Hollywood will be your next stop as the W Hollywood’s exclusive outdoor oasis. With all the mingling and pre-dinner drinks, it’s time to indulge at Delphine, a brasserie with a menu consisting of French, Spanish and Italian Riviera influences.

With a place like this, the fun doesn’t end at dinner. Come March 10th, Drai's Hollywood will make its premier as your night club destination. Can you handle more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space? I don’t even have to ask. And with their Whatever/Whenever service meant to make all wishes come true, this can only lead to the unexpected.
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Saturday, February 6, 2010

bloomies + the white dress

Planning to surprise your guests by slipping into a cocktail dress or evening gown for the reception, but still want to honor the tradition of wearing white? Or thinking about wearing something more suited for your choreographed first dance? Check Bloomingdale's current White Dress Trends. Here you'll find some festive cocktail pieces full of feathers and petals and also, ankle length gowns that are still sexy and formal. These will definitely let your guests know you are ready to party and rock the night away, whilst standing out as the honorary bride.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

NEWS: blog transformation in the works!

NEWS: We want to keep you updated with the progress we are making here at B&W. One of the things we plan to work on this year is to completely give our blog a transformation. As of today, we will begin work on re-vamping the blog! We will also be updating our lovely website with more recent projects. This may take several weeks to a month or so, but no worries, we will still be here! *Our blog address may change, but a link to this blog will be made available for you. . . .(click for full post)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

bellz&whistlez + Andaz (San Diego)

NEWS: Exciting update...! Yesterday, we were notified that bellz&whistlez was added to the preferred vendor list for the swank Andaz hotel (San Diego). Managed by the Hyatt, Andaz (formerly The Ivy Hotel) is currently SDs premiere boutique accommodation located at 600 F Street (SD, CA 92101) right in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. With access to one of the best rooftops in Downtown San Diego, Andaz is a spectacular venue with exceptional customer service. And if you're a bride who likes to think outside of the box, check out this venue as a potential wedding site for your big day. YES, they do host weddings here!
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

wedding forecast by JM :: upcoming wedding events in Southern CA

"Upcoming Events (Feb + Mar 2010) in Southern CA"
Here are a couple of events that will be taking place in February and March in Southern California.

**Feb 21, 2010**
Bridal Showplace
Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel - Buena Park
7675 Crescent Ave., Buena Park, CA
T (562) 381-2865
$5 admission

Temecula Wedding Event
45000 Pechanga Pkwy Temecula, CA 92592
T (877) 522-7158
$10 admission

**Feb 28, 2010**
Festival of Brides (The Upscale Bridal Show)
Terranea Resort
6610 Palos Verdes Drive South Palos Verdes, CA 90275
T (310) 577-7788
$25 admission

**Mar 7, 2010**
The Wedding Party Bridal Show
San Diego's Hard Rock Hotel
207 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
$20 admission

**Mar 14, 2010**
Festival of Brides (The Upscale Bridal Show)
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90071
T (310) 577-7788
$25 admission

**Mar 21, 2010**
Bridal Showplace
Sheraton Cerritos Hotel
12725 Center Court Dr Cerritos, CA
T (562) 924-2048
$5 admission

The San Diego Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show
Bahia Resort Hotel
998 W. Mission Bay Drive San Diego, CA 92109
T (949) 278-0965
$10 admission

**Mar 28, 2010**
International Wedding Festival
San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
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