Wednesday, April 28, 2010

industrial jewelry artisan :: Steam Designs

You won't find any frilly art here. Steam Designs, who is the brain child to whimsical, goth, and industrial jewelry art, sells some magnificent pieces on Etsy. These are small in size, but big in creativity. Look at the details in each piece, down to the intricate watch movements that are signature to his SteamPunk line of fashionables.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

style the kids

By the looks of the bride and her ladies, it makes sense these kids would stroll along the aisle dressed to impress. The kids deserve to be styled like the rest of the bridal entourage. Stephanie Williams Photography snapped this fabulous photo of the ring bearer sporting a slim suit and and Jackie Kennedy inspired flower girl. I love the addition of the pearls and the subtlety of the hair clip. I just love designed weddings!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

love for coffee

I love this idea for a sweethearts table/set up: a coffee shop. It's evident Bindoy and Kathy, who married in the Philippines, had to tie their love for coffee into their wedding. There's nothing better than making your reception personal. Not only is the idea great, but the execution is well done. Imagine biting into your wedding cake -- so clever! Thanks Mimi+Karl for snapping these photos! For more photos, click here.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

puma and behar go green: new shoe packaging

Pretty savvy. Puma and designer, Yves Béhar, founder of FuseProject, collaborate to make "green" packaging. I bumped into this innovative concept on, which showcases an obvious lean design and definite space saving capabilities.

The environmental impact? Puma estimates that the bag will slash water, energy, and fuel consumption during manufacturing alone by 60%—in one year, that comes to a savings of 8,500 tons of paper, 20 million mega joules of electricity, 264,000 gallons of fuel, and 264 gallons of water. Ditching the plastic bags will save 275 tones of plastic, and the lighter shipping weight will save another 132,000 gallons of diesel. -- via {For the rest of the article, please click here.}

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

wedding forecast by JM :: bridal fashion week 2011

"Spring 2011 Bridal Fashion Week"
Bridal Fashion Week commenced just last week -- one of my absolute favorite semi-annual events. All the major bridal houses presented their upcoming collections and they were not to disappoint. The jaw dropping designs all shared inspiration from a garden or tea party. It truly is amazing to see how these couturiers re-invent themselves time and time again.

Reem Acra’s garden gowns, many with lingerie-style corsets and bustiers, were bursting with floral touches, from “3D” floral embroideries that looked almost as good as wearing a dress embellished with real flowers, to tulle that looked like stems of a bouquet, every detail spoke to Acra’s celebration of couture finishing.*

Vera Wang’s collection was the latest exhibition of her artistry. Armed with a thorough knowledge of couture techniques from the past, Wang propels the form forward as she develops new techniques. But most stunning were the architectural gowns employing what Wang’s program notes termed a “ladder technique”: a fabric fractal made up of cascading layers of gravity-defying silk gazar that were like a mad mathematical epiphany transformed into art.*

{My personal favorite line of the show}

Go ahead, swoon over my personal picks. They are so beautiful that it makes me sigh.

*Photos and resource: Fashion Wire Daily
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Monday, April 19, 2010

INTERIOR DEZIGN: z gallerie (3rd St Promenade)

I haven't posted an ID write up in a while! Anyhow, I have relatives in town, and several great things about being a host is driving all over Southern California to show off our coast line and weather, explaining our easy access to actor/actress sightings, and the introducing some of the best variety of cuisines! Yesterday, after a two hour sight-seeing bus tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Bel Air, we cruised over to Santa Monica pier and ended the day with a stroll down the hip and entertaining 3rd Street Promenade. I always make a visit to Z Gallerie, one of my favorite home furnishings and accent shops in SoCal. The stores are hard to come by where I live, so any chance I get, I make sure to poke my head in and see potential wedding details.

Z Gallerie | 1426 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

From contemporary to crystals, shells to an array of modern satin curtains, Z Gallerie is home to some of the most stylish interior design pieces, and yet manages to stay pretty affordable. I wouldn't mind picking some favors from here, or ceramics to embellish a sign in or escort card table, or even, the reception tables!

Pay attention to their color palettes. They utilize some great colors fit for any modern wedding.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

matthew went to the wedding

300+ Facebook fans and counting... and one of our FB fans, Jessica, posted the cutest illustration by her sweetie, Matthew. Jessica was a bridesmaid in this past Saturday's {love is in the air} wedding, and Matthew came as a guest. Just take a look at his drawing that he did in school. It's definitely a great feeling to know he had a memorable time because it's clear that's what was on his mind two days after the big celebration! I love how he drew Jessica in her dress and also a few treats he received, including a goodie bag, coloring book, and M&Ms. Too cute... even a little one left the wedding a happy camper.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

love is in the air! wedding reception details {April 10, 2010}

Francis and Eunice boarded their flight last Saturday and have arrived safely! Flight 4.10.10 was a major success thanks to everyone involved. The B&W team executed the coordination with ease, while keeping the couple on cloud 9. These are only snippets into all the hard work we, along with the bride and groom, dipped our hands into, but enjoy the teaser photos from the reception! We have yet to see images of the stunning couple and their entourage. From design+invitations+coordination, this wedding couldn't have been more thought out. Even my dad and I got together to construct and paint a custom backdrop for guests to have fun with.

And with the grace of our team, the couple managed to be guests at their own wedding, also contributing to the plenty of "oohs" and "ahhs" we got that night. It was no surprise that the couple would come dressed in the "flyest" dress and suit, matching their themed wedding. I really can't wait for Featherlove's photos! And as icing on the cake, the couple treated their guests to an ice cream sundae station, where guests were able to pick their flavors and toppings!

**NEWS: Epic Affair, their fantabulous videographer, already posted their same-day highlight. You can check it out by clicking here.

Couple: Francis and Eunice Arenas
Church: St Rita's Church
Venue: San Diego Air and Space Museum
Design+Invitations+Coordination: Bellz & Whistlez
Custom "come fly w/us!" Backdrop: Bellz & Whistlez
Green linen/ring pillow/guest book: Bellz & Whistlez
Florist: Sara Eaton from Black Lotus
Music/MC: Henry and Randy from the Sharpshooterz/Marie Obaña
Videography: Epic Affair
Photography: Noa Azoulay-Sclater from Featherlove Photography
Catering/Linen/Sundae Station: Personal Touch Dining
Cake: The Cake Lady (Shirley Resnick)
Vintage Transportation (1929 Durant): Lance Haynes with
Lighting: FloralWorks

Above: Ball mason jars filled with monocultivar by Black Lotus; foam glider table #s; custom program

Above: guest favor and place card; goodie bag filled with candies and custom label by B&W

Above: custom backdrop built by my dad; illustrated by me and painted by both of us

Above: the ring bearer, Sir Chase Alexander Arenas Aure; photo provided by Christian Ramos + Selle Arenas

Above: Space Museum pavilion; top of dome is a window to the sky; beautiful weather!

Above: vintage inspired cake by The Cake Lady, Shirley Resnick -- French White with Strawberry Swirl

Above: Janissa (set up) and myself

Above: The B&W team who worked the event: Christy, me, and Cyril..B+W

It's one of those weddings, where you just had to be there. Not only was the music on point (DJs: Henry and Randy from the Sharpshooters, SD), with 1940s songs filling the room as guests entered, but they had the most divalicious emcee, Miss Marie Obaña, who played Esperanza Soldado, along with her pilot, Dhell Topacio, turning the vintage-esque night into a real one! Her soulful strut while donning a gold shawl, virgin white wrist cut gloves, stunner shades, pencil cut dress, and vintage green luggage coordinated perfectly with the theme.

Above: Guests were in awe with vintage air planes in the pavilion

Above: Sweethearts table; green runners by B&W

Above: A whopping 36 reception tables. We were finished setting up an hour before the event!

Above: custom guest book by B&W

Above: custom ring pillow; we used burlap, satin and green ribbon

B&W set up assistants: Janissa (B&W Coordinator) and Jenevieve Mendoza
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