Friday Favorites: Win a Pair of Earrings from Tejani Jewelry!

Hey Ya’ll,

Christmas has come early! Today, you can enter to WIN a stunning pair of earrings from Tejani Jewelry, thanks to my friend Urvi Tejani!

*** UPDATE: WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT! This week’s lucky winner is…. Liliana Rodrigues! Congratulations, Liliana! I hope you’ll share a photo of yourself wearing these sparkling beauties on your wedding day! Email me at to claim your prize.***

B116 - Classic Drop Wedding EarringsFor a chance to make these gorgeous Classic Drop Earrings yours, simply follow the steps below:




That’s it! Follow Steps 1-3 and you’ll be entered to win these gorgeous earrings, sure to light up your look this holiday season!

In the New Year, Urvi will be opening TEJANI’s flagship store in New York’s Upper East Side in February, in addition to launching a new seasonal line of non-bridal jewelry. The baubles are inspired by Urvi’s world travels, reflecting her appreciation for beauty in diversity and culture, created for “the woman who is a traveler – or would like to – who loves life, and her closet reminds her of all her experiences,” Urvi explains.

Beyond the bold shapes are brilliant hues of fuchsia, citrine, onyx, jade, ruby, sapphire and pearl. There’s something for everyone, especially at prices ranging from $50-$500.

TEJANI’s new non-bridal seasonal line will be exclusive to the NYC store, but if you’re a bride-to-be (or you just LOVE beautiful, sparkling jewelry!), I hope you’ll take a moment to look around the TEJANI website today, as I know you’ll find pieces that are absolutely perfect for you!

***Giveaway is limited to U.S. Residents ONLY. All three (3) steps must be completed in order to be considered. Winner will be selected at random and will be announced on THIS post on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.****

Today’s Friday Favorites Winner!

Hey Ya’ll,

I’m so jealous of today’s winner, as they’ll soon be receiving one of the most gorgeous Eco-friendly living centerpieces that I’ve ever seen!

So… without further ado, our winner is: Melissa Kay Allen!

Congrats, Melissa, aka The Ebell of Los Angeles! I know that your Wisteria Lane arrangement will make bringing the unique look and texture of succulents into your home a total breeze! Send an email to, and I’ll hook you up with all of the details on how to claim your living centerpiece! I hope you’ll check back in with me when you receive it and share a photo with all of us! (Who doesn’t love drooling over perfectly potted plants?!?)

If you haven’t already, everyone please ‘LIKE’ the them on Facebook at, and if you live in the area and are ever in need of stunning centerpieces, bouquets, or any type of floral arrangements, don’t hesitate to give Sherene Hulugalle a call–you won’t be disappointed and you’ll be helping the planet thrive!

Again, a big thank you to Wisteria Lane Floral Design Studio of Beverly Hills for being our ‘Friday Favorite’ this week! Check back next Friday for more giveaways from my favorite places and people all over Los Angeles!

Friday Favorites: The Butter End Cakery Giveaway!

Hey Ya’ll,

Good news! The weekend is finally here and today, I’m featuring a super sweet giveaway from The Butter End Cakery!

Artists and Epicures come together at The Butter End Cakery, where the finest cake just happens to be the canvas for incredibly unique works of art.

Millennium Falcon Cake

Born after owner Kimberly Bailey’s battle with cancer, The Butter End Cakery has become a place of joy, creativity and inspiration.

Using only local cage-free eggs, organic milk, hormone-free butter and rolled chocolate instead of fondant, makes The Butter End Cakery stand out in the cake shop crowd.

Ganesh Cake Photo Credit: Brian Leahy

The Butter End Cakery
is highly sought after by celebrities, five star hotels and anyone wanting to make their special occasion one to remember. And while they don’t have a bakery case with ready-made desserts, their lofty bright shop in Santa Monica, CA is open to the public with an expo kitchen where it’s fun to watch the team hard at work. You might even get lucky and score a free cake sample while you’re there! ; )

So… I bet you’re wondering how these gorgeous cakes really taste? Well, thanks to reality TV the art of cake making and decorating has become very popular! And while many of the new cake companies either make delicious tasting cake or beautifully decorated cake, The Butter End Cakery does both in a style that’s all their own. They also happen to keep a quote-wall in the kitchen of fun customer comments, including one bride who said, “That’s so good I think I just peed a little!” Which, if you ask me, is one of the best endorsements I’ve ever heard.

If you live in the Los Angeles area and would like to win an 8″ hand painted cake (feeds 10) from The Butter End Cakery, simply do the following:

1. FOLLOW them on FACEBOOK ( and/or TWITTER (

2. LEAVE A COMMENT on this blog post, telling us what you’d like your cake to look like and what special event or person you’d like to win the cake for!

That’s it! Follow @TheButterEnd on Twitter or Facebook, then leave a comment below and you could win a piece of edible art from this sweet California cake shop! Good luck!

***ELIGIBILITY/TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The cake order must be placed 2 weeks in advance and picked up at The Butter End Cakery shop located in Santa Monica, CA during business hours Monday – Friday. Contest ends at midnight on Thursday 8/9/12.***

Friday Favorites: Enter for a Chance to WIN a Gift Box of Designer Cookies from ‘Modern Bite’

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Today’s ‘Friday Fav’ is one that I think you’re really going to like… because not only am I telling you all about my new favorite baked goods company called Modern Bite—they’re also giving you a chance to WIN their signature Blue Gift Box—chock full of delicious designer cookies!

Read on, to find out more about Modern Bite and how to enter the giveaway.
Modern Bite puts an innovative design spin on mouth-wateringly delicious desserts. With a focus on delectable taste and impeccable artistic detail, the Los Angeles-based bakery brings the highest caliber ingredients and individualized customer service to its uniquely styled baked treats.

Modern Bite’s tastemakers are whetting summer appetites with a seasonal selection of baked goods that showcase the boutique treatery’s approach to flavor, texture and style. Custom-baked for summer picnics, barbecues and parties, each creation blends the carefully selected ingredients, detailed craft, and imaginative designs that make Modern Bite a top pick among dessert connoisseurs and casual treat lovers alike.

Some of their fan favorites include: Peanut Toffee Pretzel Cookies (pictured above), Triple Chocolate Brownies or the vibrant graphic patterns on their signature Designer Tile Cookies – buttery sugar cookies that make perfect gifts for the discerning sweet tooth with an eye for design.

Modern Bite also provides full service design to individuals or corporate clients who want to create a unique gift item or party favor that showcases their custom message or branding. The photo above, is just one example of their custom design service – a cookie box designed for my company, YourBASH! And let me tell you, not only were they beautifully decorated, they were buttery and delicious to eat!

With their impeccable visual appeal, Modern Bite desserts are a tabletop decorator’s dream. The result: unforgettable finales for every summer event.

So now that you know all about Modern Bite, enter to WIN the Blue Gift Box picture above by doing the following:

STEP 1: Leave a comment below this post to let us know why you’d like to WIN this gorgeous gift box full of designer cookies!
 (It doesn’t matter what you write—just be sure to leave a comment so that we can contact you if you’re selected as our winner!)

STEP 2: Click HERE to ‘LIKE’ Modern Bite on Facebook.

STEP 3: Click HERE (or on the +follow button at the top left of your screen) to follow my blog ; ) please and thank you!

Simply COMMENT, LIKE, and FOLLOW, and then you’ll be automatically entered to WIN these chic n’ delicious treats! ***Complete each step and enter to win now, because you only have until Thursday, July 12, at 5 p.m. PST to do so.***

The lucky winner will be announced Friday, July 13, at 9 a.m. PST at the top of my next ‘Friday Favorites’ post. Good Luck, everyone.

Friday Favorites: Unique Invitations By Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York!

Hey Ya’ll,

At the Engage12 event in Las Vegas, I was fortunate enough to meet a number of really talented and creative people that I am looking forward to working with in the near future. One of those special people is my new friend and Friday Fav, Ceci Johnson!

Ceci is a California native from San Diego who now lives in New York, where she owns and operates her company, Ceci New York. Ceci is known to create some of the most unique invitations you have ever seen.

Her work (see above and below) blends life experience and worldly insight with a love of color, graphic impact and elegance, creating the unique look that has become her trademark. Ceci specializes in designing invitations with all different mediums from hand painted water color to letterpress to laser cut printing, engraving, foil stamping. You name it, she can create it! Her invitations have been known to wow!

Ceci offers two distinct services including ready-to-order designs, for those that love instant gratification, as well as couture designs, for those who want to work directly with her and her team of talented artists and designers to create an exclusive design from scratch.

Both of these exclusive graphic design services provide all of Ceci’s clients with a never-been-seen-before invitation.

Ceci is also the author of an online magazine, CeciStyle, in which she shares her insider tips and inspirations on invitations, fashion, parties, weddings, décor, gifts and more.

In fact, she just published her 100th issue! Click HERE or on the image below to subscribe for free today!

Also, if you have your own small business and you’re looking to get your brand online, I suggest checking out the branding and website design services she offers in the Ceci ID section of her site.

Thanks for letting me feature you and your awesome company as my Friday Fav, Ceci. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday Favorites: Black & White

black and white
Hey Ya’ll,
I have always been a fan of black and white, especially when it comes to photography.  A black and white photograph is always crisp, clean and refined. I love the way this color combo can feel as timeless as ‘Old Hollywood’…
Or as modern as contemporary art…

Photograph of musicians ‘She and Him’ by Dave Hill via

So if you decide that you want this color palette for your wedding, you’re in luck because these colors can be used in many different ways… I like to think of black and white as the chameleon duo of the design world!

Black Tie Wedding Design via

Traditionally, black and white are considered the perfect color scheme for a formal evening wedding. You know the drill: the bride wears white, the groom wears a traditional black tux, and the guests are usually given warning that the affair will be a formal “black tie” event. However, these colors also have the ability to create a casual and whimsical environment for a wedding that would take place during the day.

Here are a few of my favorite black and white linens:

Audrey Oxford via

Black, White & Red color palette via

Maybe you’re looking to create a formal event with dining and dancing? A black and white design will be elegant, romantic and beautiful, but if that is not your style, turn up the volume with a pop of color. Red is the perfect accent color to complement a black and white design, but that color combination has been done, and redone and done again!

Black, White & Turquoise color palette via

So, I suggested adding a splash of hot pink, maybe even kelly green or a gorgeous turquoise to give your reception some pizazz and make a bold statement that may be unexpected. In the end, the great thing about black and white is that they are truly timeless, so no matter when you’re getting married or what the current fashion trends are,  you will always be able to find decor elements to make your wedding unique to your personality, on trend for the season, and items will be available in large quantities so that you can easily design and decorate for your wedding.

What’s your favorite accent color for a classic black and white design? Let me know in the comment section below.

Here are links to a few of my ‘Friday Favs’ featured in the collage at the top of the post:

Friday Favorites: Copper!

Hey Ya’ll,

I’m starting something new called “Friday Favorites”, which is just a fun way to share my current obsessions and design inspirations with you! As promised, and for my very first Friday Fav, today’s post is all about copper!


Copper linens via

As far as I’m concerned, copper is THE metallic accent for weddings this year. Gold and silver have been the standbys forever, but with new and unique copper items becoming more available, the ability to use copper throughout the year is much easier and more creative.

Copper bouquet

Copper has typically been used solely during the autumn, but now it can be used year round and looks good with succulents and greens during the summer or with hot pink and turquoise during the spring. I like copper as the new alternative when looking for that final accent color for the perfect design. Copper also looks great with burgundy and orange during the fall and you can easily mix it with gold and silver during the winter to create a metallic wonderland.

Also, click HERE to watch the segment I shot for The Knot TV last week, it’s full of fun tips including creative uses of copper for your 2012 wedding!