Tuesday, November 30, 2010

wedding forecast by JM :: Makeup&Go!

A few days ago, I posted a blog on blowouts and to continue with new beauty trends, I present Makeup&GO!. The concept is unlike cosmetic counters where you are obligated to purchase a certain amount of products in order to get your makeup done. Makeup&GO!’s services are customized to your style starting at…are you ready for this…$35! All the products they use are not for sale so really, there isn't a hidden commitment. Whatever the reason may be--special occasion or just because you are in the mood for a new look--spoil yourself with a little “Makeup&GO!”.

In addition, they offer memberships, GO! parties at their chic studio for up to 60 guests, and bridal services. Brentwood, CA is the place to be with all the new and trendy beauty joints! Visit their website and read how this company got its start. The brilliant idea is backed by a cute story which will definitely get you in beautification mode.

13038 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049
(corner of San Vicente & 26th, adjacent to the Brentwood Country Mart)

Photos: courtesy of makeupandgo.net . . .(click for full post)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, Bellz & Whistlez friends!

It's Thanksgiving time, and we wanted to thank you for visiting us here on the blog and for showing your support! You, our clients, friends, and family are the reasons why we are able to do what we do, and we are grateful for the opportunity. Thank you! GOBBLE GOBBLE! . . .(click for full post)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

wedding forecast by JM :: Dry Bar

"Dry Bar"
An influx of blow dry salons has hit the city of L.A. No cuts, no color, just blowouts! Trendsetter Alli Webb, introduced the sassy concept and thus opened the first of its kindDry Bar. The hip little salon in Brentwood, California opened its doors in February, opened two others in Studio City and WeHo (West Hollywood) and has the following locations in the works: Pacific Palisades, Newport Beach, Dallas, TX and Scottsdale, AZ. Perhaps I should franchise in San Diego ;-).

For only $35, you can choose the blowout of your choice. Wash included! Dry Bar offers the following:
  • Straight Up (simple and straight)
  • Manhattan (simple and straight)
  • Southern Comfort (big hair and volume)
  • Cosmopolitan (loose curls)
  • Mai Tai (sleek and smooth)

The waiting area promises a “spirited” atmosphere where refreshments are created just for you. Come in for a brunch blowout and enjoy complimentary mimosas and croissants or come after work for happy hour and sip on a complimentary cocktail. Additional sides include the Floater, a 10-minute scalp massage, Bartabs which are monthly membership programs and gift packs that will make your girlfriend, BFF, sister, boss, love you even more. And of course, my favorite part...Dry Bar does private parties! Your ladies will be flipping their hair with confidence (literally), at your next birthday bash, bachelorette party, or bridal shower. What a creative idea for your next girly girl soirée.

Photos: courtesy of DryBar.com . . .(click for full post)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

found the cake topper artist! lacerubbish via etsy

Remember this darlin' cake topper?

I didn't know who made it until today...thanks to Janissa, who stumbled upon the artist. It's by lacerubbish via Etsy.com and she has even more darlin' cake toppers on her site! Check 'em out! If you're looking to do something personalized, contact lacerubbish for your custom order.

Photo source: lacerubbish via etsy.com . . .(click for full post)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

every man should own one good suit

Without suits, men would have nothing. In the hierarchy of style, a good suit remains a man’s only trump card. Even in this sad age of casual-wear, the suit still carries an air of success, taste, and sophistication. It is designed to make you look better, to break boundaries between social classes, to make a small man tall with pinstripes or a fat man rich with soft wools. The suit looks good in restaurants, trains, dinner parties or Paris; in short, everywhere you want to be. It is, in its best forms, a complete outfit that will never fail you.* -- editor Men's Fashion: Part I, Suits via The Morning News

Photo: the suit aficionado himself, Mr. Cary Grant

I read the news almost daily, perusing local articles, entertainment headlines, and even fashion musings, and after stumbling upon a really good article, Men's Fashion: Part I, Suits via The Morning News, I had to share what the editor was trying to communicate. Ladies, it's time for us to come together to help our brothers, friends, husbands, boyfriends, even dads, look 110% in the one outfit that can speak 1,000 words -- his suit. There is nothing better than seeing a man meticulously groomed and put together at a wedding. After all, the modern wedding is the place for guests to come dressed to impress, not with the intent of over doing the bride or groom, but to blend in with such a classy, stylish, and fashionable celebration.


This article, though simply stated as an opinion, characterizes general rules, like:
  • The suit, no matter the style, needs to fit your body, closely. This means all pieces should be cut and tailored appropriate to your form. Surprisingly, this doesn’t require a lot of money ($500 can, in fact, get you a good suit) but it does take an eye, and the strength to ignore any saccharine compliments from salesmen.
  • Trends have six-to-eighteen-month shelf lives. If you plan to retire your suit in this window, feel free to splurge. Otherwise, shop considerately.
  • Suits are made of wool or cotton, and their variations. Additional fabrics need not apply.
  • You are an interesting, confident, multi-hued man. Let others learn that from how you behave, not from the label on your jacket.
  • A suit jacket goes with suit pants, not with jeans or chinos. If you want a casual jacket, buy a sport-coat or a blazer. Stand-up comedians are regularly shot over this rule.
  • If you’re not comfortable—if you don’t feel the suit’s appropriate for you—the salesman’s looking out for his commission, not your style.
  • A modestly, well-dressed man has never failed to impress. Yes, never.*
The editor discusses The Fab Four*: suits that would be fitting throughout the year.

It's a great little read, enough to get you to begin noticing how a man wears his suit.
*Source: Men's Fashion: Part I, Suits via The Morning News . . .(click for full post)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

gowns by claire pettibone :: cherry blossom 2010

As one of my favorite wedding gown designers, Claire Pettibone knows how to accentuate a lady's femininity. These dresses, picked from Claire Pettibone's Cherry Blossom 2010 line, flirt with floral textures, mixing of fabrics, transparent chiffons, and organic lines. Pettibone's dresses are so delicate, each gown is handled with an abundance of TLC. And though they come without the heavy tulle, full ball gown skirt, and tons of pick up, the details that embrace these dresses, from the hand sewn silk flowers, to the sheer layers of chiffon, take months and months to assemble, making these gowns art pieces. Check out some of my favorites from her Cherry Blossom line; and see just how much labor is involved. Besides comparing materials when shopping for your gown, pay a attention to the small hand sewn details, folds, types of stitching, and you'll appreciate the value in these expensive necessities. Pettibone's already working on her 2011 line; can't wait!


Sky Between

Madame Butterfly with Obi

(without obi)


Cherry Blossom



Photos: ClairePettibone.com . . .(click for full post)

Monday, November 8, 2010

creative typography :: digital media by mil3n

mil3n is dope! This designer, from Budapest, Hungary, puts it down when it comes to creative typography. I was sifting through DeviantArt and all the ones I liked happened to be this 24-yr old's work! What a talent!

Above: a business card design. This would look amazing embossed or letterpress printed!

Photo source: deviantart.com (mil3n's gallery) . . .(click for full post)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

election day 2010 :: VOTE!

November 2, 2010

Make a difference. Exercise your right to VOTE!
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Monday, November 1, 2010

B+E's wedding is featured in OPM! + photos by Chaz Cruz

NEWS: A B&W event draws media attention. Becky+Errol's "zen in the 6•1•9" wedding was featured in the One Philippines magazine (San Francisco Bay Area Vol 1. No. 6) this Fall 2010. One Philippines is described as "an entertainment and lifestyle newsmagazine for the millions of Overseas Filipino Workers and Pinoy migrants who want to read about positive and heartwarming developments back home."* It took me by surprise since I got wind of it just a month or so after the wedding; amazing how quickly good news spreads! Bianca Makita, writer for One Philippines, eloquently describes this wedding as a fairy tale come true. From the proposal, which came after "an exquisite dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay," to the "stylish bridal party...fitted in custom Francis Libiran couture," to the "official date 6-19, which mirrored San Diego's 619 area code," Makita paints the perfect picture of a day my team will always remember. For me, this event was a coordinator's dream come true -- both the ceremony and reception ran so smoothly; no snags, no delays, no complaints. All I recall is everyone doing what they were supposed to -- make it perfect for B+E. It proves that a good team = good synergy.

I wanted to share the great news, and also lead you in to the professional photos taken by the talented Chaz Cruz and his photography team. Chaz is always a pleasure to work with; he's easy-going, creative, and takes some of the most gorgeous photos! Check out his work; I couldn't help but include lots of favorites! To see photos from B+E's engagement session by Chaz Cruz, click here.

B&W was hired to execute 6-month design + 1-month coordination. With Janissa as one of the bridesmaids, she pitched in ideas along the way, right before the 2-month mark, when Janissa took on the coordination process by the horns. I helped finesse the design ideas throughout the last 6 months, combining their vision of a zen theme mixed with an homage to San Diego, hence the date 6-19. The idea stumped me at first, but with a lot of brainstorming, we collaborated with the couple and came up with some fitting elements. Janissa proposed a zen tea station vs. the traditional candy buffet, and décor revolved around stone vases and branches, which reflected the Asian-inspiration. B&W sewed the alternating cobalt blue and mint green table runners, assembled the delicate centerpieces, provided custom tags for the take-out box favors, designed the gobo artwork, created all the programs, assembled the lantern table numbers, and made the 300+ escort cards which spread across 24 ft of table.

The day started out early. I made my way to the church to adhere custom decals to the parish glass doors, while a team began working on the centerpieces in the ballroom. Upon arrival at the hotel, vendors made their way inside, working quietly and efficiently. Within two hours, we were finished. The grand entrance, inspired by America's Best Dance Crew, The Jabbawockeez, had guests waving their napkins, yelling, and rooting on the entertaining bridal party who stormed the room with custom masks. This was far from the traditional grand entrance and helped complete the San Diego theme. During the reception, the bride graced the room in her custom Francis Libiran couture gown and lovely Christian Louboutin heels while guests filtered in and out of the room, enjoying another crazy photo booth by Chaz Cruz. The day's soundtrack, provided by Vill Miranda and his team, filled the room, as OmniStories moved throughout, capturing memories on video. The view of the San Diego bay disappeared only to showcase a really cool production by Liquid Video Lab, sharing the how-we-met story of B+E. It is probably one of the best videos I've seen! And the day concluded with another treat: a same-day-edit by Chaz Cruz AND OmniStories. With timing on point, a cheerful wedding party, energetic guests, and enough to keep everyone entertained, this event is one that I will always remember. Was it the "zen" that filled the room, keeping guests confident and cool? I guess it's safe to say a little bit of zen goes a loooong way.

Thanks to B+E's team:
Bellz & Whistlez | Hyatt Regency Mission Bay | St. Michael's Church | Chaz Cruz Photography | OmniStories | StreamLine Events (entertainment, lighting, and gobo) | Sumi's Oven

*Source: http://www.onephil.com
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