Every bride wants an unforgettable wedding. She will go to great lengths to choose the right dress, the most beautiful flowers, the perfect bridesmaid’s dresses and the right venue. She may go all out and arrange a destination wedding in beautiful Hawaii. But at the end of it all, unless she takes steps to make her ceremony non-traditional and unforgettable, she simply has a traditional wedding in a beautiful location.
We will share with you some tips that will help you turn your elegant and chic wedding into an experience no one will ever forget. We will help you go from great to mind-blowing.
Health and focus
Well before you begin preparing for the wedding, you need to take some simple steps to help you be at your best. Make sure you get plenty of rest, fresh water, and nutritious foods. Build your immune system with supplements from Corpina. Consider some all natural supplements to assist you with focus and mental sharpness.
The wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses
You need a professional to assist you in finding the right dress. Not only should it be the dress of your dreams, but it should be designed to be worn comfortably if you opt for a destination wedding (like Hawaii). These same considerations must go into the selection of the bridesmaid dresses. Industry leader Azazie, offers a sample dress that can be shipped to you for your consideration. This is a great program in such a busy industry,
The WOW factors
Have you ever noticed how the bride walking down an aisle looks flawless on television? That is because they have special lighting. Perhaps the room is a bit dimmed and there are twinkling lights draped from the ceiling, and maybe the bride is bathed in a warm and flattering light. If you want an unforgettable wedding, invest in good lighting.
It is the unforgettable moments that make a wedding a wondrous experience.
- Have a blanket of rose petals cascade down on the bride and groom as they share their first kiss.
- Have guests hold up lit sparklers to the couple to run past or under at the end of the day.
- Provide group transportation
- Limo bus
- Group bicycles
- Hire a professional DJ/Entertainer
- Provide a Hawaiian Luau buffet instead of traditional wedding foods
- Decorate the tables with local fruit
- Use the flowers of the wedding to create a flower wall.
Weddings should have an open bar, but in keeping with our other plans, hire a local professional with a good handle on local cocktails for the region. You can even have them set up a little workstation to let the guest create their own drinks with chunks of fruit, ice, sugars, salt and decorations. Let the professional control the alcohol, but the guests will have a great time otherwise.
Let your guests join in on the after wedding fun with a great group tour. Discover Hawaii Tours are a great way to turn your wedding into a mini-vacation for everyone. There are many unique tours available. Helicopter tours, live volcano tours, swimming with the dolphins, or star gazing in the most beautiful place in the world, where the stars look like diamonds in a velvet sky. There are tours that focus on the history of the islands and the history of the nation. There are private beaches and miles of crystal clear oceans.
These ideas are not in addition to your normal wedding plans. They are in the place of your normal wedding plans, It is not a matter of adding to the budget, but more a matter of how to rearrange the budget. Once you have selected the activities you want to include in your wedding, start prioritizing. You can have a perfect and unforgettable wedding if you allow yourself to think outside the box. Don’t be shy. Reach for the sky. This is your wedding and it is designed to last forever.
Life is beautiful! Enjoy it!
This past weekend was so much fun! I attended one of my favorite music festivals, The Candler Park Music and Food Festival. The Candler Park Music and Food Festival is a two-day festival located in the Candler Park neighborhood of Atlanta, GA.
(Plenty of ATMs!)
The one thing I love about this festival is the live music, great food and art vendors.
When I arrived at the festival, the crowd was large and lively. Candler Park is big enough for festival goers to lay blankets and chairs for picnics and there were tables also.
One of my favorite aspects of this year’s event was the free water station sponsored by Fontis. Festival goers could fill up their own containers with as much water as they wanted throughout the day.
Another fab addition to the festival was the Bai sponsored charging station. This station included chairs, fans and chargers for cell phones. Love it!
More importantly, there were plenty of food and drink options for the thousands of people attending the festival. There were libations provided by Terrapin Beer and Atlanta’s own Old Fourth Ward Distillery. In addition, some of Atlanta’s best food trucks provided good eats for the crowd. One of my favorite festival food vendors were in attendance and I had the pleasure of having a jalapeño veggie corn dog. It is simply divine. Yum!
But I must admit my favorite part of the festival was the live music. I was fortunate enough to catch The Marcus King Band do a full set. This band’s sound is a mix of Funk, R&B and Soul. The band’s energy and music was a clear favorite with the festival crowd. They are a must see!
If you missed the festival this year, be sure to check it out next year. It takes place the first weekend in June!
Never settle for less than you deserve. We teach people how to treat us. Demand respect!
One of my absolute fav fashion boutique, Squash Blossom Boutique, is kicking of the Decatur Arts Festival in a big way.
The festival kicks of tonight and Squash Blossom will be open from 5pm-10pm. Customers can enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and also meet and browse the art of Colin Nisbet.
In addition, all dresses and shoes are 25% off all Memorial Day Weekend! Fab! I love Squash Blossom’s collection of dresses. They are so unique!
Squash Blossom Boutique is located in Downtown Decatur on the Square at:
113 East Court Square Decatur, GA 30030
Their Memorial Day weekend hours are as follows:
Friday: 11am – 10pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Monday: Closed for Memorial Day
Good energy and a strong spiritual foundation reaps goodness and peace coming back to you.
If you live in Atlanta and looking for a cool festival to attend, then the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is the perfect outdoor event!
The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is in its 15th year and takes place on August 26-27. The festival serves as an annual fundraiser for The Grant Park Conservancy (GPC). The GPC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, renovation, beautification and maintenance of historic Grant Park, one of Atlanta’s oldest parks.
The festival is open and free to the public and will include live music, artist market, Kids Zone, 5K run and a dedicated VIP area. Also there will be some good eats and libations offered at the festival as well. There will be some amazing food trucks, Monday Night Brewing craft beer, Bold Rock Cider, and Frida Khalo Tequila and Status Vodka cocktails and more. Fab!
The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is one of my absolute favorite festivals in Atlanta. The live music is killer! Plus the park is huge so it does not get overly crowded. There is plenty of room to dance, drink and be merry!
Additional details about the 2017 festival including the full performer lineup will be announced in the coming months. For the most up to date information, visit www.summershadefestival.org. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @GPSummerShade and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SummerShadeFestival.
I hope to see you there!
Always be true to yourself.
This weekend, I had the immense pleasure to dine at Parish The Brasserie Inman Park in Atlanta, GA.
This eclectic restaurant is located in the heart of Inman Park in the restored historical terminal building built in 1920. The restaurant has a earthy open and airy feel with exposed brick, natural light and a rustic decor. Gorgeous!
The dinner menu at The Brasserie Parish is simply divine. The menu features creative craft cocktails, delicious wines, unique and fresh appetizers and one of a kind dinner entrees.
We started our dinner experience with The Brasserie Parish’s four signature cocktails. They are:
The Highland Mule made with St. George Green Chile Vodka, Ginger Agave Syrup and Lime;
The Everything Gold made with Rye Whiskey, Fernet, Honey and Lemon;
The Lady Grey made with London Dry Gin, Earl Grey Tea Syrup, O4W Lawn Dart, Grapefruit, Thyme Whiskey, Fernet, Honey and Lemon and
The Bad and Boozy made with Mezcal, Campari, Blood Orange, Agave and Orange Bitters.
Our favorites were The Highland Mule, which was a divine twist on a traditional Moscow Mule with a hint of spice and The Bad and Boozy which is similar to an Old Fashion but without the bourbon. The cocktails were strong while also tantalizing to the taste buds. Fab!
We chose to try several appetizers so we can get a good sampling of the appetizer offerings. As a note, The Brasserie at Parish uses fresh and farm local ingredients for all of their dishes. As a result, every is super fresh, rich and true to flavor. It is orgasmic.
We tried the Crispy Cauliflower which includes fried cauliflower with cucumber yogurt, parsley and feta cheese;
Prime Sirlon Beef Tartare (which my husband adored) with charred onion mayo, bacon, lavish cracker; and
Burrata Cheese which includes pesto, olive salad, tomato toast and serrano ham.
CHARRED ONION MAYO, BACON, LAVASH CRACKERand the Burrata Cheesewas super fresh and a burst of organic true flavor
The Burrata Cheese was definitely one of the best cheeses I have ever tasted. It was unbelievably good on the tomato toast. The Crispy Cauliflower was soooo good. The combination of yogurt, parsley and feta made this dish a star!
For our entrees we choose two of restaurant’s best dishes: The Fried Chicken served with Mac and Cheese and The Lobster and Grits (Mother’s Day weekend only) served with shellfish brandy gravy, crushed tomatoes and local grits.
The Fried Chicken is fried to perfection with none of the grease you get with other fried chicken. It was tender, juicy and crispy. However, I must admit our favorite dish was The Lobster and Grits. The lobster was cooked to perfection and the grits were creamy and flavorful. The gravy added just the right amount of flavor to an already perfect dish.
We topped our meal off with the restaurant’s signature Vanilla Creme Brûlée served with Hummingbird Cookies and the Mint Chocolate Chip which was a mountain of chocolate mousse, mint chocolate chip ice cream topped off with a raspberry macaroon. Swoon!
Divas The Brasserie Parish is a MUST TRY. The food is insanely fresh, delicious and creative. Love, love, love. The Brasserie Parish is open the following days and times:
for lunch from 11:30am-2:30pm Wed-Fri;
for dinner from 5:30-10pm Wed-Thur; 5:30-11pm, Fri & Sat
for Brunch from 10am-4pm Sat & Sun.
You can also make reservations by visiting http://www.parishatl.com/p/reservations.html
I have spent the last 4 years paring down my wardrobe to clothes that I use on a frequent basis, save for a handful of “special “pieces that I have kept with the intention of diversifying my wardrobe. You can imagine how that has played out. At some point I found myself giving away a host of accessories along with special sun dresses and special occasion dresses.
I have a couple of pieces that spark, but they just don’t fit me … they never fit me. Most notably, a pair of Tory Burch Wedge Booties. They are a size ten, black leather with a comfortable wedge and small signature hardware at the ankle. Why am I giving them away, you ask? Because they are a size 10. You see, I am a size 9 and could not find my size. I thought I could make it work, but you know what they say,” You can’t force a fit.” So, I am not going to force it any longer.
I want to give away these beauties to a LuxeTips reader rather than dropping them off at the Goodwill. I just thought you should have first dibs.
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Until next week (and yes next week promises to be equally exciting),
Life is too short to be miserable. Choose happiness.
If you live in Atlanta and are looking for last minute Mother’s Day gifts that will make Mom feel special, then I have a few luxetips for you!
I am always buying gifts at the last minute and these gifts are quick and easy and Mom will be pleased!
Mother’s Day Brunch at the Mandarin Oriental
This Mother’s Day Sunday from 10am-2pm, The Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, is hosting a luxe Mother’s Day brunch with a pop-up flower shop! How unique! Every mom in attendance will receive a custom Spring bouquet. The price is $95 for adults and $45 for children 5-12. Kids under 5 are free. For reservations, call 404.995.7545.
I am a frequent customer of 1-800-Flowers and I love the service! My flowers are always delivered on time and they are just perfect! They are currently having an awesome sale for Mother’s Day. For only $29.95, you can purchase a beautiful bouquet of flowers with free shipping! Simply use code: MDFLASH2017. If you order by tomorrow, your Mom will receive her bouquet by Mother’s Day: May 14th!
Iwi Fresh Garden Day Spa
If can pamper Mom this Mother’s Day without breaking the bank! Iwi Fresh Garden Day Spa, my absolute favorite luxe organic day spa, is offering two Farm to Skin spa services for only $45! Wowza! Choose between a veggie facial, veggie mani, veggie pedi and herbal compression massage. This deal is a must! Love it!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Be honest with yourself about who you are and live that truth.
My absolute favorite luxe fashion event in Atlanta is happening August 28, 2017 at the super luxe Phipps Plaza in Atlanta’s posh Buckhead District.
Jeffrey Fashion Cares is the brainchild of Jeffrey Kalinsky, owner of Jeffrey’s Atlanta and New York.http://www.jeffreys.com Jeffrey Fashion Cares is celebrating its 25th year in existence and the event includes a reception followed by a live auction and runway show featuring Kalinsky’s style selections from high-end designers such as Gucci, Celine, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Valentino, Dries van Noten, Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.
All proceeds from Jeffrey Fashion Cares are donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Atlanta and The Atlanta Aids Funds. I love luxe events for a cause!
If you want to donate or purchase tickets to attend this luxe event, please visit www.jeffreyfashioncares.com.
Success is failure turned inside out. Never give up!
I looove the Kentucky Derby! I have been watching this annual elite horse racing event since I was a little tot. My family and I would gather around the television every year to see which horse would win the crown. When I became older, I went to one of the three triple crown races, Belmont Stakes in New York! I betted on horses and actually won some money! And it was everything I imagined it would be. Luxe hats, dresses, mint juleps and beautiful people.
Since I can’t travel to Kentucky to actually attend the race, I have found an alternative right here in Atlanta. One of my favorite restaurants, Parish, is hosting a Kentucky Derby Day Party featuring bourbon infused cocktails, Derby inspired bites, live music, a photo booth and prizes! Of course Derby attire is expected, so I will get to wear my big hat with a luxe dress and shoes. I.Can’t.Wait. This is so my type of event! Swoon!
Check out the deets!
Head to The Brasserie and Neighborhood Café at PARISH on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Atlanta’s most authentic Derby Day party. Revelers are invited to don their best bow ties, seersucker, spring dresses and fanciest hats, because PARISH is transforming the restaurant and patio into Churchill Downs for an unforgettable viewing party. Guests can place their bets as they enjoy live music and sip on mint juleps and nosh on Derby-inspired bites. Before watching the horses run for roses, party goers can strike a pose in the interactive photo booth and enter for the chance to win prizes for the best hat, best dressed and more.
Executive Chef Stuart Tracy is pulling out all the stops for what promises to be an unforgettable party. Derby-inspired bites feature his spin on traditional favorites and include: Miniature Hot Brown Sandwiches; Kentucky Country Ham Biscuits with Sorghum and Creole Mustard; Pickled Shrimp; PARISH Fried Chicken; Asparagus and Fontina Gougèrese; Tomato Pie; Kentucky Derby Pie and more. Imbibers will be treated a complimentary classic Mint Julep and can also explore a specialty menu featuring Parish Oaks Lily, Fourth Ward Julep, Single Barrel Saturday; and ATL Derby Tea cocktails.
Tickets are $30 per person and include a classic Four Roses mint julep, fare and the world’s largest G.H. Mumm champagne toast. Tax and gratuity is not included. For tickets and more information, call PARISH at 404.681.4434.”
Divas this event is a must, must, must! There are tickets still available. Be sure to get your tickets now by calling 404. (404) 681-4434 or visit parishatl.com. Stay connected via Twitter at @parishatl, Instagram at @parishinmanpark and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/parishatl.
The Brasserie and Neighborhood Café at PARISH is conveniently located in Inman Park on the Atlanta BeltLine at 240 North Highland Avenue.
Have you been getting fashion advice from Big Brother? Big Brother is always watching. Google tells me how long it takes to get home, suggests which apps to open and where. Based on the pages I open on one device, I get suggestions on where to shop on another device. It is both scary and annoying and admittedly… somewhat helpful. Big Brother’s latest suggestion for my habit- Chic Wish, an indie website devoted to selling boho-chic blouses and midi skirts.
ChicWish has the most affordable, on-trend digs. It is “my new Modcloth” (if you don’t know the reference, just read the first 100 posts I wrote for LuxeTips on the affordable site that gets updates to its inventory on a nearly daily basis and even makes purchases based on fan votes.) ChicWish is no less trendy than Modcloth, offering similarly popular pieces at prices that make a girl smile.
There are two highly popular looks that ChicWish has been promoting on both its Instagram and Pinterest feeds. The first, a one-shoulder pinstripe number with ruffles running down the shoulder. It comes in blue stripe, pink stripe, and solid pink. The second is a black gingham print off-shoulder, long-sleeved top with bell sleeves. (Remember the Intermix blouse I shared a couple of weeks ago? Well, here’s your chic on-trend and much more affordable remix.) Both are statement tops that scream my name. You can find the Gingham Off-shoulder Top with Bell Sleeves and Swanky One-shoulder Ruffle Striped Top at Chic Wish for $ 42.42 and $54.32 respectively.
Until next week,