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Chic, Minnesota-Sourced Holiday Fashion Gifts for under $100

For those of you who are still looking for the perfect locally sourced holiday gifts without breaking the bank,  I have hand-picked these 5 Holiday Fashion Gifts  for you, your girlfriend or that special someone.

1. Nelle – Tuxedo Cherub $95

The first time I learned about Nelle handbags was when the owner of this company had her wedding day featured on Minnesota Bride. I was intrigued by her wedding style and found out that she was a handbag designer (no wonder!). Her collections had graced countless magazines across the country but this clutch is one that I thought would go perfectly with any little black dress. The pink hand-dyed ruffles are just enough added touch of softness that says “I’m a girly girl and am proud of that!”. This style comes in various colors. www.nellehandbags.com

Nelle Handbags – Tuxedo Cherub

2. 10,000 Lakes Scarf in Cream $62

For the man in your life – with style.  This one is a perfect blend of style and nod to our beloved state.  Also comes in purple. www.pierpointhicks.com

10,000 Lakes Scarf – Cream

3. Leather Passport Wallet $95

J.W. Hulme is a St. Paul-based company that has crafted classic leather bags, lugage and accessories for over a century. This classic red is perfect for that Holiday travel – wherever your heart takes you. www.jwhulmeco.com

Classic Leather Red

4. PEARLS Earrings $30

They named it Pearls but the earrings were actually made out of wood and acrylic. I just thought they were cute and at $30/pair they can make anyone’s day brighter! Different colors are available. www.silvercocoon.com

Pearls Earrings

5. Wrap Vest with Bow $99

What I like about this vest is the versatility of it. You can mix and match any way you like it, because it is such a classic. Check out the Ariel Simone shop by Adrienne Yancy at Etsy. She was one of the designers featured at Minnesota Fashion Week back in September 2012.

Wrap Vest with Bow

I hope these pretties inspire you =)

Happy Holidays!

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Winter Grey Wedding – Inspiration

It has been snowing non-stop here in the Winter Wonderland. I thought a new inspiration of a classic winter grey with just a touch of maroon would be appropriate – especially for a destination wedding in England or Scotland.

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Beautiful Wedding Backdrops

Go away linen swags and floral arches … hello Oak Tree (with a gorgeous chandelier, of course),  old armoire and reclaimed wood!

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Also … bricks, lilies and cranes (keep scrolling down)

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“Green” Holiday Decor

“Green” Holiday Decor

Oh, the holidays … it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Perhaps it is so wonderful that sometimes we lose sight of what the holidays supposed to be. Yes, we all have been there and done that. The thanksgiving dinner (which I am so glad I am going to someone’s house this year) , the shopping frenzy (did you notice that a lot of stores are offering deals WAY before Black Friday?), and all the decorations for the holidays. I love all that, but this year, I want to do something different. Something earth-friendly and easy to do. So, here are my ideas for a really cool, eco-friendly Holiday decor.

1. To Tree or Not to Tree

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My husband has had his plastic Christmas tree for … ever. I believe he bought it even before we were married (which will be 10 years in 2013). So,  in order to stay “green”, I reluctantly have to go with that same ol’ tree.  However, if I could persuade him enough to go with a real one this year, first I had to make sure that I purchased the tree from a environmentally responsible farm and made sure a disposal plan was in order. Check out the Minnesota Christmas Tree Association and read more the article about the debate of real vs. artificial trees. Also, there are a few guidelines for tree disposal and every county in Minnesota has different rules.  For Hennepin County, click here. For Anoka County, click here. For Washington County, click here. For Ramsey County, click here. Or I may get inspired and do my own thing this year, like the chopped up pine logs in the picture. I wonder what my husband’s reaction will be … but I am pretty sure the kids will love doing this as a project!

2. Eco-friendly Christmas Tree Ornament

I created this heart-shaped ornament for my daughter’s birthday at school. It was actually an idea for a “Will you marry me?” proposal but it can also be an eco-friendly choice for your tree. Click here for instructions on how to make one.  One of my favorite clients’ wedding came to mind. They made all elements of the wedding based on do-it-yourself projects. From the flower bouquets to the bunting banner to the cake topper! I hope they would re-use some of those for decorating their new house this Holiday.

3. Alternative Christmas Strings/Lights

The kids and I are in the process of stringing these paper strips into a garland. I found this for only $10 at Creative Kid Stuff. This is a perfect project my crafty daughter and a good fine-motor skill exercise for my 4 year-old. Yes, he ripped a few strips, but that is what exercises are for. I even have an idea on what to do with these for next year (I’ll share later). If you are going down this road like us this year, I found this cute article about making your own string of lights (from paper to cupcake liners to lace) at the convenient of your own home. However, if you are going on the traditional Christmas lights, make sure you use LEDs (I’m sure you heard it a thousand times, but here I say it LED, LED, LED). As you may already know, LEDs not only last longer but they are 90 percent more energy-efficient than the traditional Christmas lights. They are available everywhere. Check the home improvement stores near you.

4. Check your list twice, keep your planet first

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This year I pledge myself to keep the decor earth-friendly by doing due dilligence on how the items were acquired (Fair Trade) and re-using what I have in the basement. I will “upgrade” by scouring second-hand shops and practicing the 3 Rs (re-use, reduce, recycle) more closely to the heart.

I believe that together we can make this world a better place.

Peace,

Thanksgiving-Style Wedding

Have you thought of a wedding with the idea of thanksgiving celebration? Think of the bountiful feast and colors that always accompany the celebration. If you have a lot of out-of-town guests, may as well do a big Thanksgiving celebration with them!  Perhaps not on the day of Thanksgiving, but the following Friday or Saturday would be perfect. I would suggest proposing this plan to your guests one year in advance so they have plenty of time to plan their travel. The biggest perk for you is that most venues and vendors would be available for the weekend and just might be willing to extend a few deals for you.

Let’s Talk Fashion

Having a great looking entourage is very important. Color-coordinate them in honey and wheat. Do not be afraid to mix and match! Halter-neck gown (No. 2748) in Venetian gold, Vivian Diamond for Dessy Collection, dessy.com. Dress (No. 373) in copper/creme, Bari Jay, barijay.com. Top and skirt, Sarah Seven, sarahseven .com. “Diane” wedding gown, and necklace, Vera Wang, verawangonweddings.com. “Harper” heels, J.Crew, jcrew.com. Dress, Vincente Villarin, info@gregmillsltd.com to order.

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Go Wild (not that wild)

I meant go with wild flowers with amber bottles. Such prettiness that your heart will burst! Pretty things are always the trend for weddings, so go all the way. This is one of the most important day of life  so make the best out of it. Use lots of shades of muted-gold & ivory to keep it elegant yet warm and natural.

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Try Something New

Instead of sending a Thank You card after the wedding, create a “Grateful for You” card at each place setting. It made the wedding so much sentimental and the guests who are coming to your wedding will feel so much appreciation for their presence since they may have to sacrifice a celebration with their own families.

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With a grateful heart,

What kind of Bride are you? I want to know Men’s Fashion

By Aysha Perez de Berthiaume

With all this “what kind of bride are you” talk I started to think what about the men …. I mean, aren’t there usually two people involved in this holy union? Ok. Let’s face it. The theme/inspiration – whatever you want to call it – will be decided by the bride. So what does a groom claim as his? Let’s start with the outfit. In my humble opinion as the groom he should be able to wear what he wants, and he should be able to pick out what the groomsmen will wear. Let’s be fair ladies, do we ask for his opinion when picking out our dresses or our bridesmaids dresses? Some of us did. But the majority of us .. perhaps not.

Guys, you need to show your personality through your outfit choice. You don’t have to stick with the standard rented black suit or tux with the colored vest and tie. Consider this: purchasing a new suit!  This is also a great option for your groomsmen. Instead of wasting 200 bucks or so in a rental, invest that in a suit you will keep and wear for years. You don’t have to break the bank either. Here are some places that carry reasonably priced good-looking suits:

Men’s Warehouse

J-Crew

Overstock.com

JC Penney

When purchasing your suit, step outside the box and by that, I mean with color or fabric. Khaki, grey and navy are unexpected color choices for suits that can make a huge impact. Seersucker, linen, and velvet are fun and unique fabric choices. The underpinning can be just as unique as your suit. Think stripes or even plaid. Picking a shirt can be trickier then you think. There is a great article from GQ that breaks down the art of picking a dress shirt. Read more here

Now another option is to scrap the whole suit idea completely. How about just having your groomsmen wear a great pair of slacks, nice shirt and tie or bow tie in the color-coordinated but mis-matched fashion? {via}

Regardless which direction you choose: casual or formal, the key to looking sleek on your big day is fit. A tailor is your new best friend. A well-tailored suit and shirt can transform a man into a lean mean wedding machine.

This one sounds like a no brainer but you would be surprised on how often brides do the shopping for the groomsmen gifts. Bottom line men select your own groomsmen gifts.  Yes, flasks and monogrammed beer mugs are nice, but really they are not unique, personal or practical. A great practical gift is a wallet; insert a note in the wallet thanking them for being part of your big day. Gift your men ties to wear on your big day. The tie can then be worn again and again. Purchase each groomsman tickets to a sporting event, festival or host a camping trip. That way you have an excuse to all get together again after the wedding.

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Special message for the Groom: The best way to put your stamp on your wedding day is to voice your opinion. When asked “what do you think?” answer the question with your opinion; don’t just say “whatever you think is best”. Be present in the planning process and care about the little details.

Aysha

~ Aysha Perez de Berthiaume is a real  Bee The Buzz Event bride.  She now resides with her husband and her little boy in a suburb of Twin Cities ~

What kind of bride are you? A BOHO Bride

By Aysha Perez de Berthiaume

Recent news of a friends engagement got me thinking….what kind of bride would she be.  She is a creative, easy-going, carefree spirit. She is a BOHEMIAN bride.

A bohemian bride does not follow conventional standards. A bohemian wedding is stylish yet relaxed.  Here is how I would put together a bohemian wedding.

Location:

To me a bohemian wedding is outside from start to finish, and remember a bohemian bride is unconventional so I’m not going to suggest a ballroom.  Consider renting a summer camp! The sun, the nature, the cabins, are perfect backdrops for a bohemian event. The website www.rentmycamp.com will provide you with a list of rentable camps nationwide and you will be surprised on how reasonably priced the rentals are. If renting a camp is not an option for you consider asking family or friends that own a large piece of land and create a ceremony and reception space on the raw land.

When setting up your ceremony space chairs are out. Use benches, fabric covered hay bales or even couches for your guests to sit on. Create an arch with greens or use ribbons to create the focal point at the end of the aisle.

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Ceremony:

Instead of having unity candle (which usually will not work well for outdoor weddings), have both mothers gather soils from their homes and add the soil to a Unity Tree, which will be planted at your garden.

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And before you exchange the rings, do a ring warming ceremony. Read more here.

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Dinner/Decor:

For the dinner portion of your wedding, serve dinner family style. It is all about togetherness! Mixed matched vintage vases filled with wild flowers are the perfect pairing for the style.

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Style:

Boho brides are fearless with their fashion so of course don’t hold back on your big day. Wear chunky jewelry and a floral or diamond headband. Wear vintage or new but pick something comfortable and uniquely you.  For the bridal party keep it fun and not too formal. Consider having everyone involved have their own look, but still cohesive.

 

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Grooms and groomsmen: no suits, please. Keep it relaxed with slacks and a button down. Throw on some suspenders and a tie and you are all set.

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Details:

I  love these invites they are fun and quirky just like my bohemian bride.

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Using rocks as escort cards really fits with the woodsy bohemian theme.

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Instead of your standard wedding guest book, set up a space for a communal painting. In the end, you will have a funky piece of art that will always remind you of your big day.

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I hope all you boho brides out there found a little bit of inspiration for this article and congrats to my inspiration Collin and Tara Lee!

Aysha

~ Aysha Perez de Berthiaume is a real  Bee The Buzz Event bride.  She now resides with her husband and her little boy in a suburb of Twin Cities ~