I love the lighting in contrast to the wood crates and beautiful shoes.
chocolate and candles paired with fall leaves and all softened with layers of chiffon peaking out in unexpected places.
Talk about some elegance for a wedding with some vintage charm added in for good measure.
I love the lighting in contrast to the wood crates and beautiful shoes.
For a more Autumn feeling, think about a tablescape of
chocolate and candles paired with fall leaves and all softened with layers of chiffon peaking out in unexpected places.
Understanding your travel plan choices while traveling can be confusing. From European Plans to Exclusive Plans, your vacation can be catered to you every need depending on options available at your location. Some plans listed below explain a few popular plans to many hotels and resorts offer.
European Plan: Lodging cost only (no food or drink included).
Continental Plan: Your accommodations with breakfast which may consist of any or all: juices, coffee, tea, and bread. It may, but doesn’t necessarily include: cereals, fruits, egg dishes, waffles and pancakes to name a few. Again, it depends on your location and services. The Continental Plan is usually self-service but may offer waiter services to refill drinks.
Full-board and American Plan: In addition to your accommodations , you may receive three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) with drinks not included.
Half-board and Modified American Plan: Accommodations, breakfast, one main meal and again with drinks not included.
All-Inclusive: Almost always includes: Accommodations, meals, snacks, soft drinks, tea, coffee, beer and non-branded spirits (keep in mind this may only apply to specific restaurants/bars at your resort). When looking at all-inclusive remember that there also may be certain time limitations to your “free” drinks and food. This may also include all fees to on-site entertainments such as the pool, club house, tennis, gym and etc..
Exclusive (All-Inclusive Plus), Super-Inclusive, Ultra-Inclusive: Keep in mind that depending on your location these options may differ: Accommodations, food, gourmet dining, unlimited ala carte dining, soft drinks, coffee, tea, wine, premium drinks, snacks, tips, resort entertainment, water sports, land sports, airport transfers, taxes, gratuities, turn down service, welcome basket, express check-in and check-out, and upgraded room amenities.
Bottom line ~ make sure you read all the fine print in all your travel agreements to ensure your travels are exactly as you expected. Each resort differs in their offerings and you need to be sure of what you are purchasing prior to your vacation or better yet, contact http://www.twigtravel.com/questionnaire--order.html to help plan your perfect getaway.
This wedding inspiration is an absolute delight! One couldn't go wrong with the richness of black and white complimenting so perfectly with green. I love the almost vintage feeling paired with elegance and the unexpected outdoor gathering with white lights. Simplicity will surely make this a memorable wedding for all!
One less cord and so easy to carry ~ I love this MiniDock from
With three different adapter types this MiniDock is great for charging your iPod or iPhone with a US version, a UK version, and a EU version. Small enough to carry anywhere, this is sure to be on everyones list ~ especially with a price under $20.00!
What a beautiful daily reminder for those we love!
The Alden ring is a brushed sterling silver band featuring a distinct ridge with granulated texturing on one side, and a bold, high polish 18k gold rivet. An engraving from Walt Witman stating "The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung".
Who wouldn't love to look at this rememberance everyday?
What a fresh approach for a simple, slightly shabby chic and yet a very classy wedding.
I am loving the colors of turquoise and red and the idea of comfort for all. Having a wedding theme that speaks strickly about the bride and groom seems to speak loudly to their guest and in the end you end up with a wedding enjoyed by all.
Having a bit of whimsy mixed in brings a fun and light aspect to any wedding, but when pairing it with the whole theme, this wedding ended up with a perfect picture and your guest will also agree "because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing".
A for Away
B for Beach
C for California here we come
After a busy summer and the teasing of Autumn in the air, take a break while the kids are back to school; rejuvenate yourself and hold onto Summer a little bit longer.
Talk about taking a break ~ break for the Shorebreak Hotel at 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, California, 92648, United States. Shorebreak Hotel is your hip and contemporary hotel with 157 rooms and 39 suites that feature ocean views.
Located just north of Newport and Laguna Beach in the original Surf City USA, where the Pacific Coast Highway meets the Huntington Beach Pier. Here you will be on the famous strand of Huntington Beach where upscale luxury meets beach casual.
Begin your visit with secure underground valet parking, limousine and car rental services, complimentary wine hour, concierge services, room service, and if you chose to bring your dog, they are pet friendly with no fee.
Settle into your room complete with a 37“ or 42“ flat-screen TV, an electronic safe and plug your iPod into their iPod docking station. Turn on some tunes and enjoy a drink from your honor bar with refrigerator on your balcony with a view. Enjoy your complimentary newspaper, send out your laundry and dry cleaning (iron and ironing board provided in your room), relax in the amazing bath with luxury bath products and robes in preparation to head out to the hotels restaurant and bar, Zimzala before falling into a heavenly sleep on your Serta mattress with 300-thread count Frette linens.
Zimzala restaurant is located on the second level adjacent to the Shorebreak Hotel and “is a casual vibe with some serious food located on the Strand. Zimzala features a bar, "living room" lounge, semi-exhibition kitchen, dining room, private dining room and outdoor patio spaces. The cool and comfortable space was created by noted design firm De Lisle, Philpotts & Staub Interiors.
The lounge is the perfect place to relax with friends and enjoy handcrafted cocktails and lighter fare over tales of the day's beach and surfing adventures. The main dining room enjoys a glimpse of the semi-exhibition kitchen which produces California comfort food. Communal sharing is strongly encouraged by our enthusiastic servers!”
After dinner be sure to take a stroll out to the private courtyard with multiple fire pits and enjoy a beautiful evening on the ocean or visit or get “stranded” at the Strand; an outdoor plaza with upscale shopping and more dining pleasures.
After you’re revived and maybe it’s time to do your daily workout in their onsite fitness center, or get your workout at Surf City USA’s greatest beachside attraction - an 8.5 mile stretch of paved boardwalk know as the Ocean Strand. The boardwalk runs parallel to the Pacific Coast Highway and the beach and stretches from Sunset Beach to Newport Beach totaling 12.5 miles. Should you decide to head inland, you can continue on the Santa Ana Trail.
After all this work, take some down time at Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach that sits pier-side and ocean front. The Plaza is a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre that host beachside concerts, events and is a hub for art and culture. The design is reminiscent of roman architecture with an artistic and colorful mural depicting historical events of Huntington Beach. Stone steps cut into the hillside between the Pacific Coast Highway and the sand, and here you will find yourself with a comfortable place to sit and relax or shop amongst the goods at the weekly farmer’s market and art-a-faire.
Hungry? Take a walk along the Huntington Beach Pier. Here you will be at the iconic heart of the city. At 1,800 ft, Huntington Beach Pier is one of the longest municipal piers in California, and it stands as the city’s front porch to the wide open Pacific. You can fish, shop, experience the sights and sounds and eat at Ruby’s where this red roofed 1940’s style diner will make you feel like you’re sitting in the middle of the ocean. Serving breakfast, lunch and diner with their motto of: “Only the best for our guest!”
With so many choices of restaurants at Huntington Beach, from Dukes that is located next to the pier serving Hawaiian, seafood and steak fare, 25 Degrees with an American fare, Cucina Alessa for some fine Italian, the Sugar Shack (known for its great breakfast), to BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery known for some great deep dish pizza, you surely won’t go hungry or thirsty in this paradise.
End you perfect getaway by relaxing with a romantic evening at Huntington Harbour at 16370 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 with a sunset gondola through Sunset Gondola 562- 592-3295.
With prices from $30 for two @ 30 minutes to $140 for two for two hours, how could one resist? Enhance your ride with add-on packages of chocolates, roses and more. Bring your own beverage, snacks and ice, cups, opener and blankets are provided for you along with your gondolier singing you a song.
Before you go, keep up with all the latest with your local Huntington Beach Local Blog.
So, there you have it, and unfortunately class if over, but I bet this trip will get you an A+!!!
Those of us that own a furry four legged friend have now led the way in statistics and travel. As of this year, 93% of dog owners plan on taking their pet on vacation with them.
Before you let Fido jump in and take to the road with you, be sure to look over some safety precautions to ensure their trip is just as enjoyable as yours.
Prior to your trip make sure of the following:
Have your pet identification tag complete with the animals name, your name and cell phone number. If possible, also place your home number or another contact number.
Have a first aid kit for you pet and keep it with you incase of injury.
Visit your veterinarian and make sure you are current on all shots and tags. Get a copy of proof to carry with you of all vaccines in the case that you need to board your pet. Make sure your pet is in good health and consider a recent health certificate to carry with you as you may need if traveling to Canada or Mexico.
Packing for you pet - remember to bring enough food and water along with any needed medicines. I love this set from http://www.fetchdog.com/pet-supplies/dogcartravel/traveldogbowls/ruff-rations/00374 and use our travel bowls even when we just visit the park.
Pack: Bowls, leashes, collars, a familiar blanket, towel, toys/chew toys, treats, plastic bags/clean-up supplies, a dog brush, crate, and any other comforts your pet may need such as dog booties if venturing to a hot or cold region or a swim vest if going on a water trip.
Before you hit the road, know your route and some pet friendly stops. While traveling, keep you dog safely contained in either a safety harness or in the enclosed back area.
Purchase your supplies at numerous stores and sites such as Pet Street Mall http://www.petstreetmall.com/Travel-&-Outdoors/458.html, In The Company of Dogs http://www.inthecompanyofdogs.com/ShopCategory3.aspx?id=17,473&dispRow=473, or http://www.fetchdog.com/pet-supplies/dogcartravel/alldogcar-travelsupplies, all of which have an excellent selection of travel gear for your dog amongst many other selections.
Be sure to stop every 2-3 hours and allow them some exercise and relief along with water and their food if at their scheduled time . . . A little treat for their great behavior is always welcomed! Never leave your pet in a hot vehicle!!! Not only can this be dangerous and deadly, but the extreme heat can also cause heat stroke and/or brain damage.
Dog Friendly http://dogfriendly.com/dognews/?p=1272 has posted their Top 10 Dog-Friendly Cities to visit in the United States. With some controversy, the top ten were chosen with some cities excluded due to breed restrictive laws.
When choosing your accommodations make sure you are clear of their restrictions for size/weight, breed and amenities available for your dog. You will also want to verify any additional costs associated with having your pet travel with you. Many hotels are now offering dog-sitting and dog walking with/without additional fees.
Another great resource from Dog Friendly is their 2010 Top 10 Dog-Friendly resorts http://dogfriendly.com/dognews/?p=835
Wherever you chose to stay, make sure you follow some etiquette with your pet. Not everyone loves animals and may not look upon your pet as adorably as you do. When in public areas, make sure you keep your dog close to you as to ensure not just their safety, but others such as tripping over leash and etc., you may also want to consider a specialty style collar/leash to prevent your dog from any biting.
When at the beach, keep your dog leased if there is a leash law. Always clean up after your dog, do not let your dog visit with other beach-goers or dogs, unless welcomed. If using an official off-leash area, your dog needs to be well-behaved and must listen to your verbal commands. In an off-leash area, always pay attention to your dog.
Most of all, remember to have fun while traveling with your pet. They want to enjoy as much as you do ~ just make sure you plan ahead, be prepared and even pets like to be pampered while on vacation too.
And if by chance you have to leave your pet at home, the coziest hotel trend isn’t catering to just slippers, a robe and a comfy bed, but catering to the animal lovers traveling without their pet and upping the ante for their pet lovers.
In Chicago, IL, Chicago’s Hotel Burnham http://www.burnhamhotel.com/ (also a Chicago pet friendly hotel) and is one of 23 Kimpton Hotel properties that not only hands over your room key, but also lets its travelers choose whether to share their room with some of its “goldfish team members” as part of their Guppy Love program. Their staff cleans the bowl and feeds the fish for you while still cozying up your room; making this agreement nothing conforming or committing. New York City’s SoHo Grand Hotel http://www.sohogrand.com/ also runs a similar program for their guest
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma, CA http://www.fairmont.com/SMI/Zeus added Zeus, a chocolate Labrador as the Canine Ambassador of the Fairmont. Zeus oversees interactive guest appreciation at the California classic resort destination. He also keeps an eye on a multitude of lobby activities, co-leads guest hikes and assists in grounds supervision of the classic 226-room property.
Catie Copley, a black Labrador at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston http://www.fairmont.com/cop/CatieCopley.htm, is so popular with guests and they can sign up via e-mail to catie.Copley@fairmont.com in advance of their stay to take her on walks around town. Make sure you book early for Catie seems to get booked up!
In Beaver Creek, CO, a yellow Labrador is at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/BachelorGulch/Default.htm is available for hiking and snowshoeing excursions, or just playing ball with as part of the hotel's Loan-A-Lab program. He has even been incorporated into wedding ceremonies and proposals. The hotel gets its dogs from Colorado shelters, and although guests don't have to pay to book some quality canine time, they are asked to make a donation to a local animal shelter.
Out of concern for guests with pet allergies, hotels don't allow staff dogs to enter their bars or restaurants. This rule applies for the luxury hotel in New York, The Algonquin http://www.algonquinhotel.com/ has a resident cat, Matilda. In addition to welcoming guests, Matilda's official mission, according to her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Matilda-The-Algonquin-Cat/51291379554?sk=wall, is "to nap in every corner of the hotel's historic lobby." I think I like her job!
At all the options available to you, your vacation with your pet or with a stand-in pet while on vacation, will leave you feeling comforted in having a four legged furry friend.
There is just something about shoes that I adore. Actually, I LOVE shoes!
Shoes of any style, color, height, comfort . . . Well, fashion does have it’s downfalls sometime.
Shoes, unlike clothing, always fit, and what a selection there is, especially for that “WoW” factor for your wedding.
At one point, most brides wore only white or ivory wedding shoes, now, that is at an approximate 32% with colored shoes coming in at 29%.
It really is a personal statement for the bride to make with more selections than the basic heel. Some brides opt to wear flip flops, sneakers, boots, or even go barefoot.
Mr. Christian Louboutin http://us.christianlouboutin.com/ makes a girls heart beat a little faster on her wedding day with these amazing shoes (above) ~ how couldn't one feel like a princess in these?!
For some inspiration, how about a little sunshine peaking out of your dress with a beautiful and comfortable pair of yellow flats?
For a show stopping vintage feel, these Diane Hassall Buttercup wedding shoes (upper right corner) http://www.allysonjames.net/item_3313/Diane-Hassall-Buttercup-Wedding-Shoes.htm are absolutely demure.
From purple royalty, your not so basic black, a green goddess in every way to the feminine show stopper from Badgley Mischka Randee in a beautiful T-strap sandal from http://www.endless.com/Womens-Shoes/s/ref=topnav_sd_dsgr-women_gw/190-5315788-9079163?ie=UTF8&node=242169011&showDesigner=1&pf_rd_r=086PKRMNYV8Q9TCC0RF4&pf_rd_m=AF16NM0
The bottom row shows you really can wear a beautiful floral print, and how about a one of a kind hand painted shoes from Nora Karen http://www.etsy.com/shop/norakaren that truly show your style?
Who said roses have to be in a vase? Adorn yourself with these sexy Amarante peek foot ivory satin with an asymmetrical cascading satin red roses at the foot with a glimpse of black lace. The Amarante is by Rachel Simpson http://rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk/ that are inspired by the 1920's
I couldn't resist the Francesca from the Love Letters Collection at http://www.emmyshoes.co.uk/scripts/col-sandal.asp?colcode=francesca&subcatid=6. A true romantic bridal shoe that can be custom made with suede or leather with shell and crystal detail. Emmy Shoes will even custom make your shoe to your specifications. (Note, if you do request a custom version, you must contact Emmy directly).
For the young at heart or the fun at heart, talk about comfort in these Converse All Star shoes that can be designed by you at http://www.converse.com/ with an array of colors to match your every need.
Whatever your choice, make sure you are comfortable. Your wedding day is a day where you will be on your feet and no matter what the fashion, you don’t want those tootsies to hurt!
"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart"
~ Winnie The Pooh ~
It is a wonderful day to be able to post my blog with loving "Congratulations" to a beautiful family with a new precious baby!!!
What a fun design for a baby shower with so much inspirational love shared by the guest in waiting the arrival of baby.
Welcome your guest with a simple to make wreath complete with a cute pennant swag to set the tone for a fun and meaningful shower.
The colors of green and brown with hints of blue are a beautiful backdrop ~ especially for the green candy bar and bottles of milk with cookies and straws.
Instead of playing games, have a "crafting" area set up for guest to design onesies for the new little bundle and maybe make a few before the shower as a cute wall display. The artwork is from Kidsline from their Willow Organic collection with many bedding and accessories to chose from. What a peaceful and beautiful design for the nursery!
For the perfect keepsake, I love the "Wishes For Baby" from lilsugar. What a precious idea for Mom, Dad and baby to look back upon with wonderful memories of love!!! Congratulation to all, and lil' one, here are my wishes for you . . .
I hope you learn to be gentle and kind
I hope your aren't afraid to be honest
I hope you love those less fortunate than you
I hope you get the giggles just because
I hope you laugh until your belly hurts
I hope you never forget how very much you are loved
I hope you ignore all lifes ignorances
I hope you become exactly what brings you joy
I hope you respect the world around you
I hope you grow to be safe and happy