Archive for April, 2011

Royal Romance

Princely Tours of Scotland

Love is in the air: Will and Kate will tie the knot any minute, so now is the time to embark on a grand tour worthy of the prince and princess-to-be.

For your U.K. honeymoon, pop over to Scotland to visit the young lovers’ favorite Scottish spots, from the coastal town of St. Andrews where they first met to the fair city of Edinburgh. Get out your tartans and spend a Windsor-inspired week winding through the scenic countryside to Isle of Skye, Castle of Mey, Loch Lomond and even Balmoral where the royal family goes for a little R&R. Cozy pubs and quaint bistros await, then retire to a private nook at the elegant George House in Edinburgh or the luxurious Culloden House in Inverness.

It’s fit for a queen.


Chantilly in Buenos Aires

A South American Honeymoon Escape

Bienvenido! Kick off your tour de amor with a stop in Latin America’s most vibrant city. Tango, wine, steak and style…could it get any sexier? It’ll be even better in BA if you do it our way.


The new Hotel Pulitzer, a crisp, clubby, cozy boutique hotel steps away from all the sights in the city’s Microcentro district.


Haute Argentinian cuisine at the contemporary-chic Sucre in Belgrano, followed by drinks at hidden cocktail lounge Ocho7Ocho in Palermo.


at San Telmo’s busy Sunday flea market (complete with spontaneous tango in the streets), or designer duty among the smart boutiques in Palermo Soho.


Modern Latin American art at MALBA, and romantic strolls through the Recoleta and Retiro districts.

Nailing It

Essie’s 2011 Bridal Collection

You’ve been getting weekly manicures in preparation to show off the new ring that will dangle from your finger. But after months of the same sheer neutral, it’s time for a change.

If you’ve been stalking the nail salon waiting for new spring colors to appear, look no farther. Essie’s 2011 bridal collection recently debuted in time for wedding season, featuring four bride-friendly colors. Test out the pale blue Borrowed and Blue at your bridal shower, then take it up a notch with the fiery red First Dance at your bachelorette party. For the wedding day, your fingers can’t go wrong with a classic pink like Better Together or Made to Honor.

It’s mani-pedi pretty.

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Chantilly Weddings: Kara & Jim

Kara Scheidel & James Liedka: 11/13/10 in Montego Bay, Jamaica

A lover of the beach, Kara always dreamed of a tropical wedding. “I really loved Jamaica and knew Jim would feel the same way,” she says. After Jim proposed in the backyard of their Florida vacation home, the Brooklyn couple chose the Half Moon resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica as their ideal destination. “I envisioned a chic beach wedding with boho touches,” Kara says.

To jumpstart the wedding festivities at Half Moon, the couple hosted a casual beachside welcome barbecue where their friends and family indulged in an elaborate buffet of Jamaican cuisine. A steel band provided the dancing music and guests enjoyed a lively show that included local dancers, flame throwers and a contortionist.

The morning of the wedding, the groom and several friends teed off at the resort’s golf course while the bridal party relaxed at the Fern Tree spa. That afternoon, 45 guests gathered at the beachside Orleander Terrace at Half Moon to watch Kara and Jim exchange vows. A violinist played a selection of Beatles music for the wedding processional, then the bridesmaids and groomsmen entered to “Let It Be” while the bride walked down the aisle to “And I Love Her.”

Following the ceremony, guests sipped Jamaican Sunsets, the wedding’s signature drink made from Myers dark rum and fruit juices, while a steel band played in the background. After sunset, the reception kicked off with Kara and Jim’s upbeat first dance to Peter Franti’s “Hey Now” followed by a sit-down dinner of petite filet with strawberry grouper and spicy jerk chicken with grilled shrimp. The lively celebration overlooking the ocean continued into the wee hours with an afterparty at one of the six-bedroom villas reserved for the guests. “I think I danced to every song that night,” Kara says. Looking back, Kara’s most memorable moment was seeing Jim for the first time on their wedding day. “He had tears in his eyes. It was the happiest I’ve ever seen him.” Jim adds, “It really sinked in that we were husband and wife.”


Bride’s Dress and Hair Piece: Pronovias
Bridesmaid Dresses: Printed chiffon dresses from  J. Crew
Bridesmaid Gifts: Rachel Leigh bow necklaces and rings
Groom’s Attire: J. Crew
Photographer: Saab Weddings
Venue & Honeymoon: Half Moon, A RockResort
Wedding Rings: Michael C. Fina

Cookie Monster

Gift-Wrapped Goodies by Made by Jade

In a world obsessed with cutesy cupcakes, never underestimate the appeal of a good, old-fashioned cookie. With delectable flavors like coconut oatmeal white chip or chocolate peanut butter, Made by Jade will bake, gift wrap and deliver a deliciously memorable favor for your bridal shower or wedding.

With all cookie favors baked to order, Made by Jade will gift the sweet treats in ribbon-tied cellophane bags or a kraft tin-tie coffee bag (custom packaging and messages are also available). Choose from an assortment of raspberry almond shortbread, peanut butter chocolate cups, peanut butter blossom kisses, chocolate truffle, chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal cranberry white chip, oatmeal chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin. The company will ship to anywhere in the U.S.

Wanna cookie?