Archive for July, 2009

Free Fridays

jul31It is that time again! I hate to admit it, but this week just flew by. Since I am planning a baby shower for Saturday (late morning) and a backyard back for Saturday evening, my evenings have been very busy. Here are a a few giveaways and templates to help make your Friday melt into the weekend.


Earrings: A lovely pair of ivory lacy filigree earrings with gold detailing. Perfect for a dinner party! Giveaway ends August 4th.


Wedding Templates: From Russel + Hazel, for whatever your planning heart desires. They have a comprehensive list for everything, from Budget sheets to floor plan arrangements to vendor contact lists. Get organized now!

Favor boxes and cupcake boxes: DIY templates for petal boxes, perfect for your next shower or wedding. Let your guests take home a bit of sweetness or wrap up the party favors in these easy take-home boxes.

Invites, Signs and Monograms, Oh My: The Hostess with the Mostess  has fabulous templates for a serious party with an agenda full of monkey business. Bananas not included.


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jul30To cut costs, you can cut the wedding invitations. Companies such as Evite allow you to invite your guests without having to address or mail a since paper invite. The invitation styles can range from super cheesy to semi-formal. Since this service is free, it can be bogged down by obnoxious advertisements and blinky links. It might be a good alternative to the email invitation, but is it formal enough for a wedding? Another company, Paperless Post offers the same service as Evite, but creates a more formal environment. Customizable designs that reflect the style of your wedding can help portray the formality of the event. No advertisements will scream across your screen, as there is a small fee for each “postage stamp” you use on an invitation. The first 25 stamps are free, each additional is about 0.08 cents. In comparison, the average wedding invitation costs 0.61 cents.

I signed up for the free service and “made” my invitation. It was extremely simple to set up and word my Summer Soiree. Once I completed the steps, my invitation was ready for delivery.

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My invitation pops up!

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After I email my invitation to all my guests, I can keep track of my guests’ replies with the tracking tool. I can even remind the guests of the RSVP deadline. Remember, bad RSVP etiquette is never flattering.

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Is this something you whoudl use for an event such as a wedding? Or do you prefer the romance of a paper invitation?

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jul29Portland is a bubbling hub of fashion design. This week’s collection features, Terri of Olivia Luca. A local designer that uses lush fabrics and offers eco-friendly options without charging an arm and a leg. Each of her delicious designs are tailored to fit your body and inimitable style. Sounds too good to be true? How about, the price? Even with all the details, most dresses are under $1000. I’ve died and gone to heaven. Head over to the Design Studio and feast your eyes on the dress of your dreams (for any occasion).

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1) Pouf, the Magic Dress: This silk faille strapless dress hits at the knee and puffs out with the use of extra crinoline. The ribbon sash adds sweetness to the dress in more ways than one.

2) It’s Easy To Be Green: A layer of fair trade silk organza floats atop organic cotton dress.  The empire waist and layered sashes accentuates the smallest part of the body.

3) Halter at the Alter: The mermaid silhouette slims through the hips and ends with a sweep train that will gently glide over the ground with every step. The deep v-neck elongates the neck and torso.

4) Strapped: Strapless silhouette is simple elegance at its best. A thick and handsome chocolate brown silk sash cinches the waist breaking up the a-line skirt. Boning is added for extra support and structure.

5) Trim and Tailored: Narrow spaghetti straps can be adjusted in a variety of ways with a simple alteration. The ever-flattering a-line skirt gently flares at the hips, hiding any curves to the body.

6) Off She Goes: Silk satin faced organza drapes beautifully on this extraordinary a-line skirt. The empire waist is paired with the off-shoulder surplice bodice creates a deep V in the front and back of the dress adding feminine touches without being to risque.

Did you know: All the fabrics used in the studio are 100% silk or a blend of silk and other natural fiber. She also offers a selection of certified organic cotton and cotton prints, sustainable SBP® hemp/silk, bamboo and other environmentally responsible fabrics. Wow, wow we wow. She also offers dresses for bridesmaids and flower girls. Design away, because fabric that is left over from your design is recycled, reused, or donated to local non-profit low-income artists.

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jul27Veil Shemeil. A super long and ornate veil or fluffy tulle that resembles whipped topping is not for every bride. If you don’t see yourself walking down the aisle in a cathedral length veil (up to 5 yards in length!). If you want to add a bit of glamor to your wedding day ensemble, wearing a birdcage veil or flowered accessory can do just that. A found a few local Portland Brides that have added a bit of vintage romance. Portland brides are so beautiful and stylish.

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Left: This custom birdcage and feathered hair accessory were both created by the talented hands at Seaplane in NW Portland. The feathers are made of ostrich feathers, which were pulled from the wedding dress. (Sikora Photography)

Middle: The fishnet is shaped into a bow and it adds a twist to the traditional birdcage shape. Made by Cassie herself, this beautiful birdcage features feathers and rhinestones for a touch of sparkle. (Photos by Kim)

Right: Simple and clean makes this bride glow with loveliness. Unfortunately, I am not sure where the bride found her birdcage, but I am on the hunt. I will update when I obtain the information. Fingers crossed! (Craig Mitchelldryer Photography)

Still not convinced the birdcage is for you. You can invest a few dollars to test out the waters by making a birdcage yourself. Here are some simple instructions from the Hip Hostess. Tread softly, or you might fall intop the deep end and want to wear it everyday. It is that fabulous.

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Giveaways :: Free Friday

jul24I am going to post a list of freebies every Friday. A compilation of the yummiest treats, giveaways and freebies should help inspire your next party. The internet is a wonderful place to find information and discover new products and services. It is also a great resource to receive free stuff. Who said there is no such thing as free lunch? There are loads offers for freebies and giveaways. Here is a quick snippet of some of this weeks loot.


Get Married Magazine: A new and upcoming magazine coming out this October. Sign up here to receive a copy of their first publication and free membership to their website.

Free Fonts: Add a bit of jazz to your next print job. Using a different font that the ones found on your computer will give your paper project a customized punch. Creature Comforts (one of the blogs I follow) You can also find more free fonts at dafont.com

Free stationary and invitation templates: A great way to trim the budget, but still have the customized chic look. Party invitations have come a long way since the Microsoft Works templates. These funky and fresh layouts may create a print happy hand.

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jul22It has been too long since my last WWW post, but let’s not dwell in the past. :) This week’s collection is all about daring silhouettes, non-traditional colors and unusual hemlines. Today’s designers are taking their clients on a run for their money. Take a look at these daring dresses that might hang on the rack until it’s perfect match come along.

1) Black, the New White: A black tissue organza dress is featured in Vera Wang’s new bridal collection. The dress is simply stunning with a dramatic satin bow at the natural waist. But is black too dramatic? (Vera Wang; $ unknown)

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2) Super Short: Short dresses have been on the market and have been becoming increasing popular. You can see a few other short dress options in another post I wrote a while back. However, this featured dress by Claire Pettibone is the ultimate wedding mini.  (Claire Pettibone; $2500)

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3) Form vs. Function: This pleated tulle puff hides all the sins from last night’s greasy food fest. Should there be a cap on volume when it comes to wedding dresses? (Peter Langer; $3000)

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4) Peppy Peplums: Several designers decided that peplums were going to be the best big thing. Hence, this abbreviated ruffle was found quite often on the runway.  This gown is made of silk shantung and (Melissa Sweet; ~$3000)

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5) Cut it Out: This shimmery number features, you guess it, a cut out. This may be too sexy for the aisle for some, but how about for the reception? Something pretty to shimmy in with your new husband. This gem-studded silk halter gown is a statement on all its own. (Jenny Packham; ~$2000)

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6) Color me Pretty: Color on the runway is seen left and right. Colorful sashes that incorporate the wedding colors or embroidery details accentutate the dress. This strapless dresses features dark red flowers that are slipped in between the pickups of this ballgown. (Casablanca Bridal; ~$600)

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Is this week’s collection reflect the ever-changing fashion and fleeting styles that would be a constant reminder of your bad decision? Or is this something you are considering?

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jul21My love for paper started when the moment I was born, as my dad just started working for the USPS. He taught me the importance of sending a letter by post and the simple joy it brings when you receive a letter addressed to you. For hours upon hours, I would sit in my room and compose letters and works of art using magazine cutouts and newspaper clippings. I would scrap up 22 cents and give my dad my letter and my change to take with him to work the next day. (No, we did/do not receive free stamps. I am not sure how many times I was asked that question as a child). Then from age 10 to 22, I moved on average every 2 years and more often when I was in college. I became a very avid letter writing and sent thousands of letters to my friends and friends from previous cities. Currently, I obsess over party invitations. Doesn’t matter the party, I always prefer to send paper invitations than send an Evite or email. I want my friends and family to receive an invitation to a party rather than a bill. Hopefully, it brings a smile to their face.

Here are a few invitations I’ve done in the past (starting with the most recent):

Baby Shower: Flamingo pink square Pocketfold with lime green cardstock and zebra accents 



Wedding Announcement: Shades of blue and green in a simple block patternwedding annoucement


Bachelorette Party: Vertical double-sided invitation in shades of blue and green



Wedding Invitation: Dark red 5×7 Pocketfold with gold, black and cream accents

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