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just my type

17 Jan

i find inspiration all over. and when it comes to paper goods, some of the best inspiration comes from old letterhead. that’s why i love the site letterheady, which culls notable stationery from the desks of famous people and places.

another site i can’t seem to get enough is art of the menu. aside from making me hungry, perusing the site gives me lots of great ideas for invitations, menus, and anything else i could design.

for more illustrative type i pop over to friend’s of type. those folks are pretty talented.

one of my other favorite spots to find type and design inspiration is none other than the liquor store. have you spent any time really looking at liquor labels? some of them are really, really special. if you pop into the right store it’s almost the equivalent of a little art gallery. plus, you can drink the inspiration and contemplate signature cocktails for the big day. double whammy.


“tunes”day: ‘you and i’

24 May

i love stevie wonder so much that it’s been hard to choose just one of his songs to post. so i’ll keep delaying that inevitable inner turmoil and select a cover of one of his songs, by another one of my favorite artists: michael bublé.

i spent my birthday with michael, you know. sadly, we weren’t alone. thousands of strangers were there too, and instead of an intimate venue, it was madison square garden. but it was a special night, and this is a special song. the kind that gets you down in your gut and pulls at those heart strings. the kind that would be a top notch choice for your first dance. the kind that justifies you getting dance lessons so you and your honey look as smooth as it sounds when it’s playing at your reception.

ch ch ch charleston, part 2

15 May

yesterday i posted some of my favorite wedding venues in charleston, south carolina. today, i’m back with my favorite culinary destinations around town that are great for weddings, rehearsal dinners, sunday brunches, or just a romantic dinner por deux!

where to eat, drink, be merry:
mccrady’s: this is fabulous spot to host your rehearsal dinner (just like these two did). The wine and food are amazing, and the building is listed as a national landmark.

husk restaurant: be a trend-setter by hitting up this new spot in town (and a sister to mccrady’s). everything on the menu is prepared using 100 percent local ingredients, and the guys can head over to the whiskey bar next door when the convo takes a girly turn.

fig: short for food is good, this place specializes in local, seasonal food. i was smitten with the tastiness of everything, including the cocktails — they have a “make your own” manhattan bar. plus, their menus and paper goods are local too—designed by stitch design co.

high cotton: the different rooms here hold between 15 and 80 people and welcome you into the warm space, located on a great corner of broad street. and the lowcountry cuisine keeps you there. it’s a great place to try pork belly if you haven’t already.

planters inn & peninsula grill… like coconut? order chef robert carter’s famous “ultimate coconut cake” or get married at the hotel and serve it as your wedding cake. you can order one every year for your anniversary, since they ship!

caviar & bananas… If you’re getting married in town and need a caterer, put these guys at the top of your list. if you’re in town and hungry, stop by. part catering kitchen, part café, part event space, and part store, your stomach will thank you.

fish restaurant… four words: goat cheese spring rolls. chef nico romo infused the menu with regional french cuisine, and overall yumminess. if you’re in the area (upper king street) and feeling peckish around lunch time, swing in for their special and order a moo shu wrap.

get the heritage passport so you can visit all of the old homes and sights.

visit drayton hall. yes, in the past they hosted wedding (like this one), but due to preservation it’s no longer available as a venue. but visit it nonetheless.

get pampered! guys, go to old south barber spa. girls, head to the cos bar.

looking to get spoiled? head to crogan’s jewelbox for jewelry, estate silver, and other sparkling treasures.

yeah, it’s kinda cheesy, but it makes more sense in charleston than new york city: take a guided tour of the city on a horse-drawn carriage, like with palmetto carriage company.

or travel by foot. i’d suggest walking as much of king street as possible. from the battery at the bottom, by all of the old homes, through the main shopping strip, and up to the growing design district of upper king.

if at first you don’t succeed, tripod tripod again

2 Mar

you may have mastered the self-portrait. the whole “flip the camera upside-down, stand on the right side of whomever you’re taking a photo with, and presto!” extended arm shot.

but really, is that how you want to remember your entire honeymoon? negative. you can hire a photographer to snap you and your honey throughout your wedding day, but what about what comes after the sparkler sendoff? get yourself a gorillapod and learn how to use your self-timer. heck, you can register for the flexible tripod and a great camera (i suggest a canon rebel or a lumix)!

i also think that it’d also make a great “travel accessories” gift at a shower. pair it with custom monogrammed leather luggage tags, an extra tote to pack for the souvenirs, and a really great guide book.

head to toe bridesmaid

20 Dec

this year i was a bridesmaid three times over. i’m well on my way to starring in my own version of ’27 dresses’. each bride chose a different route…

bride #1:
-one dress for all bridesmaids in a taupe/champagne nude chiffon by carol hannah
-we kept it all nude and dreamy with pink nails (sugar daddy by essie) and soft gold heels (my feet thank you, naturalizer prissy)
-i prepped my hair for the outdoor summer ceremony with plenty of angel from devachan

bride #2:
-as long as it was navy, short, and cotton cady we could pick any j.crew dress
-to tie in the clover green in the color palette, we slipped into dessy flats and kate spade earrings
-barely there nails in allure

bride #3:
-i again got to choose the cut of my dress from a selection of plum-colored tissue taffeta amsale options (i chose an a-line with thick halter straps)
-after one successful go wearing my comfy heels, i found a silver pair for this wintery wedding
-i added some personality by painting my nails a dark purple and wearing funky lucite and swarovski earrings by alexis bittar–both matched the irridescence of my dress perfectly