It’s a Wrap … Cupcake Wrappers with Eye Popping Appeal

We were asked to review a really cool product.  Perfect for the bridal shower, tea or weven wedding.  A new and excellent quality addition for cupcakes.  Roundabouts® Cupcake Sleeves . They’re wraps for cupcakes that transform standard cupcakes into virtually anything.  From celebrating an anniversary to toasting a new engagement, they have a great sleeve to dress up your little cakes. They’re perfect for any occasion that deserves to be topped with love.

Bake your cupcake (or you can buy them) and using toppings  found at a grocery or local party supply store, these  self-adhesive cupcake wrappers instantly transform cupcakes into a champagne bucket or even a rhinestone work of art.  They also have sleeves for birthday parties, cinco de mayo and other holidays. The wraps are resistant to grease and oily substances, are earth friendly, and wipe clean if things get a bit messy in the kitchen!

With over 70+ Designs/Themes to choose from. You can also get them  personalized.  It’s a great product and they really are darn cute. 

If you prefer the standard cupcake liners, wrappers or baking cups … there are a ton of new styles to choose from.  We have a gallery below of the many styles.  From butterflies, to hearts, ivy and roses … the sky is the limit!  Remember, presentation is everything.

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A Little Help From My Friend … Corsetts & Body Shapers

A little too much turkey yesterday?  Worried about a little too much party tomorrow?  These reshapers are of the finest quality and medical grade compression garments.  They hold you in … and honestly, wearing one, you will feel full faster when you are eating.  I tried it yesterday … and, yes … it worked : )
Hold yourself in and up with our Corsett – This reshaper will reduce your waist up to 2 sizes and straighten your torso and back for a great posture instantly. This helps you lose those few inches at the waist that just won’t go away with exercise or diets. Three rows of hooks allow you to adjust the corset to your comfort level to enable a continuous refinement of your figure. On each side, it incorporates a flexible rod that goes from below bust to the pelvis.

Corselette D’luxe  — This reshaper is wonderfully designed for to help relieve back aches brought on by poor posture and weight of the bust. The cross-section designs in the back of the garment helps push the shoulders back and correct posture. Shoulder straps are adjustable with 3 rows of hooks in the front to adjust to your comfort.

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Pan Am Bags and Luggage … Romantic Luggage for a Romantic Holiday

You only need say “I’m flying Pan Am” to conjure up  romantic images of the days when flying was romantic, adventurous and mysterious. 
Going on a honeymoon and need new luggage?  Think Pan Am.  We predict it will be the next consumer “fashion hit.”
According to Variety the legendary airline “Pan Am” will be taking flight via your home T.V., with a television pilot commitment at ABC who has picked up the rights to a drama, based on the airline. Sony Pictures TV production president Zack Van Amburg said the idea came from a meeting with Nancy Ganis (and her husband) who spoke of tales of historically relevant intrigue, sex and what it meant to be a flight attendant in the early days of flight travel.
Jame Bond 007 From Russia With LoveThe series:  “Pan Am” will take place in the mid-60s — the same era that Emmy-winning drama “Mad Men” takes place. Van Amburg admitted that the critical acclaim behind “Mad Men” likely made it easier to pitch a period piece like Pan Am. The show will focus on flight attendants and pilots who once made Pan Am the most glamorous way to fly. “These were the world’s ambassadors,” Van Amburg said. “They were really interesting women at a time when a lot of things were happening, particularly for women in this country… and in terms for what Pan Am did for exporting American culture and importing the world, think about all the visuals of the Beatles landing at JFK on Pan Am, Marilyn Monroe flying Pan Am with Joe DiMaggio on their Honeymoon, and even James Bond flew Pan Am in “From Russia With Love.”
Pan Am“” will focus on the flight attendants and their underlying secrets. One of the characters, for example, is recruited by the State Dept. into espionage — something that actually happened in real life. Another character may hail from France. Van Amburg said there’s also a bit of wish fulfillment and an aspirational quality to “Pan Am,” given how today’s air travel is seen as pretty miserable by most travelers. “Pan Am” will be based in New York, where the airline had a major hub  while also regularly using Miami and foreign cities as settings. 
 Amburg also added that the era was notable for the quantum changes to working conditions for women, and that this will be reflected in the show, and added, “the most viable drama I’ve heard of or seen in a long time”.
For those who love movies, note that the famous “Flying Down to Rio” is most famous for the first pairing of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. However, it is also famous for the “aerial ballet” in which an entire musical number with scantily clad chorus girls is staged on the wings of airplanes flying high over Rio De Janeiro.

Briefly, the film is an extended commercial for Pan-Am (Pan American Airways, now defunct). The critical link is Merian C. Cooper, the producer of Flying Down to Rio and a founding member of the Board of Directors of Pan_AM, who served for decades.

You can also check out the gorgeous Leonardo DiCaprio in  Catch Me if You Can  and even  more recently, the Pan Am name and logo were used by designer Marc Jacobs for a line of handbags and accessories.

The history of Pan Am is phenomenal.  Full intrigue, scandal, happiness and sadness.  I’m predicting the show is going to be a hit.  With this said, if you are looking for a piece of Pan Am history to wear on your arm or in your pocket … check out the bags, watches, passport covers and more at Get Go Retro!  “Carry on!”

Sources:  Contact Michael Schneider at mike.schneider@variety.com; http://unrealityshout.com/blogs/abc-order-new-pan-am-based-drama-series; http://www.digitalspy.com/ustv/news/a277872/abc-orders-pan-am-drama-pilot.html

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Rockabilly Brides! Hair Help is Here with “Vintage Hairstyling” by Lauren Rennell

Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step by Step Techniques by Lauren Rennells is now available in it’s 2nd edition. And this time it is bigger and better! 200 pages with 15 brand new hairstyles.

Order it now at the special price of $33.95. That is $3 off the cover price! Pay by credit card securely through PayPal by clicking the button below.

Vintage Hairstyling is now in its second edition and gives details on a range of styles from the Twenties to the Sixties.

There are certain classic styles that withstand the test of time. The look of a beautiful hairstyle from 60 or 70 years ago is just as eye catching today as it was then, maybe even more so today. They remind us of a time of elegance and femininity. This book shows how to create so many of those hairstyles. This 2nd Edition takes hairstyles from the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s and breaks them down into simple, easy-to-follow instructions. It uses over 750 brand new photographs and illustrations and detailed directions in a 200-page full-color book.
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The book begins with the basic elements and works its way back to advanced techniques. Chapter one describes the tools and products used throughout. Chapter two offers detailed instructions on creating different curls, including the pin curl, the basis for many vintage hairstyles. Chapter three breaks down the proper way to comb the curls for the effect including creating finger waves, Marcel waves, victory rolls, pompadours, and waves from pin curls. The fourth chapter of the book provides step-by-step start-to-finish detailed instructions for 33 different hairstyles created with different hair lengths and textures. The final 2 chapters provide ideas for hair accessories, makeup and nails to finish the look.

Available at Get Go Retro!

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A New Twist for the Bridal Tea … It’s in the Bag!

Pretty steamy …. but cool. What about a true Bridal Tea? Turn your bath tub into a therapeutic spa if you are the bride and want a treat. Your bath can be relaxing, romantic, tighten skin, or help pep you up. Or get them as gifts for the various people involved in your wedding.  These teas by Fortune Cookie Soap are sealed in a 4?×5? tea bag so you won’t have to pick up all the herbs after you use it.
These make a great favor for the shower, for the bridesmaids, (the bride) and even to put in little baskets for out of town guests as a welcome gift.
They have everything from the “Pamper Me” tea (Soak Your Day Away with a Large “Calming” Chamomile and Green Tea); to the Romance Me tea set (to name a few).
Pair it with some soap (fortune cookie style) of course… my favorite being the Chocolate Dippled Strawberry blend .. and you have a fab and unique item to share.
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Snap Crackle Pop …. Rice Krispie Favors for your Wedding!

In your bridal colors…. Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Favor    $4.90 each

Brighten up your wedding reception, bridal shower or birthday celebration with our stunning Rice Krispie “Flower Pop” Wedding Favors. Available in 4 different colors of delicious chocolate coating, each sweet rice krispie treat is fresh baked then dipped in yummy chocolate coating and hand decorated to your specifications. These looks absolutely stunning when arranged (think an edible bouquet or centerpiece) on a table or even when they’re distributed individually to your drooling guests. Either way, these desserts come wrapped in a clear cellophane bag and each is finished with a ribbon in the color of your choice.

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Who Pays For What During the Wedding Celebrations?

There’s no two ways about it: weddings are expensive. Paying for every detail is enough to drain any family’s financial coffers and – even worse – leave them wrestling with debt. Especially for new couples paying their own way during the wedding, the expenses quickly add up.

The following is a traditional guide to dividing expenses equally and fairly among the four major participants in planning the four main parts of the wedding celebration: rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and honeymoon. These are guidelines more than rules, and are intended to show tradition more than carved-in-stone etiquette.

The Bride’s Family

There’s a popular misconception among the unmarried of the world that the bride’s family foots the entire bill. That’s not entirely true, though unfortunately it may feel that way for the father of the bride!

Traditionally, the bride’s family finances the reception dinner with all its facets: the food, drink, venue, service staff (including tips), flower arrangements, wedding favors, and any other miscellany. The bride’s family also pays for many of the necessities leading up to the ceremony: these usually include the bridal gown, the wedding invitations and save-the-date reminders, as well as the engagement and wedding photographs.

Finally, the wedding ceremony costs, the photographer and videographer fees, the cost of the ring bearer and flower girl accessories, the transportation costs and bridesmaids bouquets are all picked up by the bride’s family. Honestly. if you’re the parent of a young girl, start saving right now.

The Bride

Compared to her family, the bride gets off relatively easy. Brides traditionally pay for the groom’s wedding band, gifts for her bridesmaids, the bridesmaids’ luncheon, her blood test fees, and the wedding day lingerie. In the strictest traditional sense, the bride should also pay for her out-of-town bridesmaids accommodations.

The Groom

Okay, guys. Time to pony up. Following the engagement ring (that two-month’s salary guideline is passé, by the way) you’ve still got a few things left to buy. You’ll pay for the honeymoon, the marriage license, and gifts for your groomsmen. The gentleman groom, however, also pays for the bridal bouquet and corsages for your mother and your new mother-in-law.

You’ll also pick up the boutonnieres, ties, and accessories for the groomsmen, and finally the bride’s wedding ring. Gifts for the ushers and for your parents go the extra distance to showing your class. You should also pay the honorarium for the judge, justice of the peace, or clergyman who officiates the ceremony, too.

The Groom’s Family

Besides their own attire, the groom’s family is responsible for the rehearsal dinner and all its details.

The Maid of Honor

Bachelorette parties and wedding showers are the responsibility of the maid of honor. This includes all the details, top to bottom.

The Best Man

The best man is master of ceremonies and godfather of the bachelor party, from the planning to the execution to pouring all the guests into cabs at the end of the night. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

The Groomsmen and Bridesmaids

Most of the attire – for example, the tuxedo rental and costs of the gown – are the responsibility of the individual wedding party member. They also give a gift to the newlyweds. Groomsmen arriving from out-of-town are also expected to pay for their accommodations.

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Nothing Like Good Sheets … Great Bridal Gift

If you love the feel of nice clean cotton sheets you will love the Sin in Linen line.  We offer a nice selection of their line which includes: Sheets, Duvets, Shower Curtains, Comforters and more. 

Check it out yourself:   To the left, the Pink Sheet Leopard Set.  A twist to classic leopard print, this pink version is super sassy and purrrfect on silky sateen 100% cotton for Sheets, Duvet Covers and Pillowcases.

 My favorite:   “Wish You Were Here,” which although they are not rockabilly, (but Alternative) … always reminds me of Pink Floyd.  Second to that Peter Cetera’s song “Wishing you Were Here,” but enough of that : )   This pin-up inspired print is titled “Wish You Were Here” to reflect on times when handwritten postcards were mailed to loved ones. No need for stamps, these postcard pinups deliver just the right message every time. Their provocative poses are proof that you should take a picture-it will last longer.  The sheets are pretty comfy:  300 Thread Count, 100% Cotton Sateen .
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Love Rocks! Favors for the Rockabilly Wedding!

Absolutely perfect for the rockabilly wedding (or shower)!

These chocolate filled favor boxes will show your guests just how you rock! Each gift box is nestled with two gold foil wrapped milk chocolate hearts. The personalized label atop each box has our rockin’ heart image above your names and date. The customized favor just might match your tattoo! Choose red or black ribbon. All favors come pre-assembled for your convenience.
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Bouquet Display Clamps … Great Bouquet Holder!

Excellent tool for those outdoor weddings with a breeze : )  Of course, you can use these inside too … But what a great idea!
Create a stunning setting at your reception head table with easy-to-use bouquet displays. Your bouquet will be beautifully displayed, as well as protected from spills. A hook on the bottom allows you to elegantly drape and gather your table skirts for truly breathtaking results. Each set includes one white clamp and two attachments to accommodate most bouquets.
Looks great around the cake!
Bouquet Display Clamps  Create a stunning setting at your reception head table with easy-to-use bouquet displays. Your bouquet will be beautifully displayed, as well as protected from spills. A hook on the bottom allows you to elegantly drape and gather your table skirts for truly breathtaking results. Each set includes one white clamp and two attachments to accommodate most bouquets.
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