Admire: Holiday Hollywood Weddings!

While summer is usually the most popular season for weddings, this past December and New Years’ is proving to be just as busy for Hollywood! Here are some highlights of a few beautiful weddings that closed out 2013 and ushered in 2014!

Kaley Cuoco & Ryan Sweeting

Hollywood’s most talked about NYE wedding was easily the union of Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting. Hosted at Hummingsbird Nest Ranch in Santa Sosana, California (a venue we are dying to work at!), Cuoco walked down the aisle in a custom Vera Wang pink gown fit for a princess! The theme of the evening was “Fire & Ice,” featuring crystal chandeliers, white roses and hydrangeas, and white tree branches covered in christmas lights. The prize-piece of the event? A fabulous, upside down chandelier cake. Kudos to Kaley for planning such a stunning event in only 3 months time!

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Photo Courtesy Kaley Cuoco via Instagram

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Photo Courtesy Kaley Cuoco via Instagram

Justin Bartha & Lia Smith

The Hangover actor and his longtime love tied the knot in Oahu, Hawaii on January 4, 2014.  The couple were married close to the water at sunset and were joined by Hollywood friends Reese Witherspoon, Jesse Eisenberg and Ken Jeong. The reception followed at Kualoa Ranch. Wedding photos have been sparse, but we love this shot of the couple shortly after the wedding as they show off the awesome studded flats sported by the bride!

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Photo Courtesty of USMagazine.com

Vanessa Carlton & John McCauley 

Of course being surrounded by family and close (celebrity) friends is a must for any Hollywood wedding, but how about having your wedding officiated by a celeb friend? Singer Vanessa Carlton and musician John McCauley did just that, having the incomparable Stevie Nicks officiate! The couple kept things low key, with the bride wearing a simple, long sleeved gown, holding a small bouquet, and donning a purple flower headpiece.

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Photo Courtesy of Vanessa Carlton via People.com

We’ll keep you updated on the great celeb weddings throughout 2014!

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Holiday Cheer… In a Glass!

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Holiday season is in full swing! Today we have 2 fantastic recipes to get you in the mood for the holidays and are perfect for your own parties as they are easy to make in bulk!

Christmas Sangria

image2 apples, diced
1 cup of fresh cranberries, slightly crushed
3 sprigs of rosemary
1 bottle Pinot Grigio
2 cups sparkling apple cider

Combine all ingredients into your favorite pitcher and chill for 1-2 hours. Serve in small glasses, garnished with a small sprig of rosemary.

Peppermint Pops
Makes 4, 1.5 ounce shooters

3 oz peppermint schnapps
3 oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur

Combine two liqueurs into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then divide between 4 shot glasses. Garnish with peppermint sticks.

Enjoy these holiday treats at your next fiesta or fun dinner at home. Please enjoy responsibly and have fun at all of your holiday events!

Is it really almost February?

How did this happen?  My husband just wrote our rent check for February today (I love an early planner!) and it hit me that the month has come and gone and I’m already falling behind one of my (many) new year’s resolutions: blog more!  Blog more helpful, useful info…not sure some of my other blogs about my crazy life or car or husband weren’t helpful, but whatever 😉

And then, I realized Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Oh boy.  Personally, I LOVE Valentine’s day.  I have loved it ever since I was in 1st grade and handpicked which of my Snoopy Valentines that were clearly more flirty than others, would go to the cute boys in class, and which would go to the ones I didn’t like (but was forced to send one to).  imagesI loved Valentine’s day for high school choir when we would be bought to do singing telegrams in classrooms and you could see people be so embarrassed but stoked at the same time.  I loved Valentine’s day for the martinis I would have with my single girlfriends when weweren’t dating anyone and wanted to celebrate that fact and how lucky we were to have each other.  I love Valentine’s day because my mom gives me socks every year with hearts on them that I can, and do, wear year round (… I also get Christmas, Halloween and Easter socks too, btw).  I loved Valentine’s day before I was married, and that is why I will continue to love it.

Consumer holiday or not, who cares? No need to be bitter, no need to “buy” into anything. No need for roses.  You just need LOVE.  LOVE for anything, anyone. So this Valentine’s day I encourage you to do something to celebrate that.  In a relationship or not, do something from your heart for someone.  It’s just an awesome day to surprise someone and let them know you care about them.  Isn’t their surprised face worth the extra effort? Here are some great never-disappointing options that you can give to ANYONE, not just the lover in your life:

1. Bake. Cookies, cake, cupcakes, who cares!  All around hit for everyone and guaranteed to be eaten because no one resists sweets this day.

2. Make a mix cd.  Seriously.  Bring it back to 1997 when you just learned to burn your own discs and write all over them.  Taylor Swift is a definite must for this one.images-1

3. Vodka with one of those cute glasses that have writing on them and a recipe.  Do I have to say why this is a hit? This is a great DIY option too if you’re feeling creative!

4. Make a movie night pack, with popcorn (fresh off the stove, highly recommended by my gf for an old-fashioned feel), candy, wine and either your fav rom-coms or your fav action-packed hits.  Definitely something you’ve seen before so you can talk over it 🙂

5. Make a cheesy, construction paper card in pink, red and purple with cut-out hearts, glitter and the works.  Then actually mail it out snail mail style to someone.  Grandma? Dad? Brother?

Love, no matter the relationship, is about the little things.  Make it a good one!

xoxo,
Christina