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oct30Together, Bake it Pretty and Inspired Bride created a table full of candy for the eyes and tummy. I can vouch for Bake it Pretty’s selection and quality, as I’ve used their products for most of my parties (cupcake frosting tip, cake pop sticks, sprinkles, cupcake wrappers…oh the list goes on and on). Find all the delicious details (and recipes) for recreating this spectacular table of sweets.

Maddy, from Inspired Bride, use a simple color palette of ice blues and whites to avoid taking the focus away from the display. Check out Maddy’s tips and easy directions to inspire your next dessert buffet.

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oct30This week has flown by. I’ve been working with several website designers to see if we make a good match. Now I think I found my designer, I am trying to figure out what I want to do with the site. With my fingers crossed, the blog should get a makeover before the start of the new year. How exciting! Along with the virtual face lift,  give a commitment to provide fresh and inspiring posts on a regular basis.

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In addition to this mid-week craziness, Halloween is here! With several invitations to parties around Portland, my husband and I (Clark Kent and Superman, respectively) will be out and about. What are you dressing up as? Or if you are not dressing up, what was your favorite childhood costume or memory? My favorite costume was Cleopatra (age 8) with white and gold pointed-toe flats (adult shoes!). I would wear those shoes now. Sigh.

Until Monday, I hope you have a fantastic and safe Halloween. Cheers!

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oct28This week’s collection is going to focus on one dress, Amelia, by Vera Wang. Who knew an ice skating outfit worn designed by Vera and worn by Nancy Kerrigan (love!) in 1994 would make such an impact in bridal fashion. Vera’s explosive entrance on the bridal market gave brides an opportunity to express their personality. Vera shares her insight and inspiration for Amelia in her “Behind the Dress” series.

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Soft draping across a structured bodice is a challenging formula in design. At Vera Wang, we have sought to master this technique and made it a signature of my wedding dresses.

The ethereal beauty of a fairytale princess inspired this collection. I wanted to capture the concept of weightlessness through light, frothy skirts. By removing the crinolines (stiff petticoats under the skirt), the wedding dresses gain more movement. The result is a nymph-like sensuality that is both romantic and modern.

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Two important elements of my design philosophy: weightlessness and draping.

With Amelia, I chose to leave the seam allowance at the back of the draped bodice free, consciously adding more detail to the back. My eye is always searching for subtle ways to draw attention there…

I never add ornamentation just for the sake of it. Like jewelry, the crystal corsage at the hip of the Amelia wedding dress can stand on its own. As it is placed here, the crystals add an organic touch of magic to the dress. As a philosophy, ornamentation on a wedding dress should reflect the nature of the celebration as well as the shape of the dress. When added directly to the wedding dress (as shown here), ornamentation accentuates.

Next week, I will feature another dress by Vera, in addition to our regularly scheduled WDW post about a local designer. Yay local!

(All content is straight from Vera’s mouth)

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Don’t forget to sign up for the Giveaway :: Martha Stewart and Ford Warrior inspired stamp kits. There will be FIVE winners! ♥

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oct27To start my week of with a bang, I was part of a mini-feature on the talented Creative Party Place yesterday. Weee! Creative Party Place is one of the hundred blogs I follow. Peep your eyes on Real Party features decked out with pictures and themes inspiration. Thanks Shannon for featuring the shower! Check out the little blurb on Creative Party Place featuring Natalie’s zebra, hot pink and lime baby shower. If you missed the original Post 1 and Post 2 on Prost to the Host, check it out!

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Don’t forget to sign up for the Giveaway :: Martha Stewart and Ford Warrior inspired stamp kits. There are FIVE prizes! Double weeee!

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oct23This past Saturday, Martha Stewart and Ford joined forces and unveiled a new stamp set inspired by crafting experts at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to accompany the Ford Warriors in Pink wear and gear. The unique stamp set is useful, versatile and very powerful. You can use them for cards, gift tags, wrapping paper or even holiday ornaments.

Warrior-Stamps-Gift-Tags_edited-1Even if you are not a crafter, this kit is all-encompassing and is for the beginner to advance stamper. A tin filled with 13 wooden stamps and 6 ink pads will help you get started in Warrior inspired crafts. Each stamp represents a

If you don’t win, you can pick up your own kit online or find other inspirational gifts for the Warrior in your life. In addition, Ford has a special line of pink clothing and Warrior accessories. One hundred percent of the proceeds are donated to the Susan G Komen for the Cure. Woho!

Miss Martha featured several project ideas for the stamps, so if you missed Martha’s show last Friday, premiering the stamp collection, you can catch it online. She also has some great project ideas including her Customized Stationary idea. She uses the stamps to make a powerful and customizable stationary set. The ornaments and gift tags (seen above) used the stamps in the set.

PRIZE DETAILS

PRIZE: Five Warriors in Pink Stamp Kits (Value: $32)

TO ENTERLeave a comment on this post with your favorite crafting project.

More Entries:

1) Follow me on Google Reader, then post another comment saying you did.

2) Follow me on Twitter, then post a comment.

3) Post about the giveaway and link back to my site on your blog, twitter (@prosttothehost), preferred social media network site and comment saying you did.

4) Email me (alysia@prosttothehost.com) pictures from a celebration/wedding/party etc. Don’t forget to include some shots of the details. I will feature your event and you can get 2 extra entries! So post two comments, after you emailed me your party pictures.

If you do everything, that is a total of 6 entries! Cheers!

CONTEST ENDS: November 1, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST

OPEN TO: US addresses only

SMALL PRINT: Don’t worry, I won’t spam/sell/advertise your email or mailing address. All winners will be picked from Random.org. The giveaways will be mail directly to your home. Make sure your email address is correct, as I will use this to contact the winner.

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Thanks to Hill & Knowlton for your donation!

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!! Winners will be posted tonight! Best of luck!

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oct22October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I know, the month is almost over, but little bit of recognition counts. In my nine-to-five job, I work with men with prostate cancer and women who’ve been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. My job is to enroll my patients on clinical research cancer trials and follow them throughout the course of the study. It seems like on a weekly basis, tears are brought to my eyes by stories of strength, love, triumph and loss. The next few posts are dedicated to bringing breast cancer awareness to you and your loved ones.

During September 18-20th, the Susan G Komen for the Cure Race and Celebration was held in Portland, Oregon. My work (Oregon Health & Science University) had a table at the Convention Center and tissue poms made an appearance!! During the two day event at the Convention Center, my colleagues and I gave out about 7000 grocery bags and brochures.

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Their Pink Phone Campaign (@OHSUPinkPhone) made its way across the beautiful state of Oregon. You could listen to personal stories of how breast cancer has effected one’s life or share and record your own story for others to hear.

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The Race was on Sunday and my friends and I joined 45,000 other supporters and survivors. It was an exhilarating event. This year was my fourth year doing the race and I am already pumped for next year’s celebration.

Personally, the fight for the cure is everyday. Be aware and keep strong!
(Psst! Come back tomorrow for a lovely Breast Cancer related giveaway!)

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oct21Rose, rose, everywhere and not a petal to pick. All the dresses featured are from the designer’s Spring 2010 runway collection. The designers may or may not feature these dresses in their upcoming Spring collection, but it still fun to look at the stylish efforts. Of course in all the collections, there were shared designs, one obviously being the rose.

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Silver Surfer: Luxurious metallic fabric adds shimmer and shine to this dramatic dress. A ruffled hem sneaks up the front of the dress. Dashes of rose-like ruffles are strewn on the bodice. (Romona Keveza)

Rose Garden: This whipped concoction shows off layers and layers of petals that ripple downward. The petals create a scalloped neckline and hemline. (Rivini)

Fleur de Frock: Feathers and floral dance along the bodice this fit and flare silhouette. (Melissa Sweet)

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Bloooming Bride: Ruffles twist into the shape of flowers in this cascading ball gown of blooms. A sweetheart neckline shows off the tightly fitted ruched bodice. (Monique Lhuillier)

Pretty Posy: A sweetheart neckline and spaghetti straps are paired with svelte sheath silhouette that skims the body’s curves. Roses line the hemline and outlines the peek-a-boo slit. (Elizabeth Fillmore)

Petal Pusher: A trumpeting gown with ruching to the thigh. A line of roses fall in an asymmetrical pattern at the top of the skirt. (Maggie Sottero)

Did you take time to smell the roses today?

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