Create your custom fragrance with Pastiche

10 Apr

Every girl loves perfume, doesn’t she? And what could be better than having a custom perfume created just for her special day – her birthday party, her bridal shower, her wedding? Or, how about a present for someone special in her family or a dear friend? If you are one of those girls who would LOVE to have a custom fragrance made for such an important occasion, then Pastiche Custom Perfume is the place to go :)

My friend Dana Knees started her career in the fragrance world and she met Master Perfumer Vito Lenoci who inspired her to leave the corporate world and start her own company. Together with her husband Bill, Dana founded Pastiche here in San Diego; today the team includes fragrance designers across the United States and they’re working on a national distribution.

Their products are made with the highest quality ingredients, and they only offer Eau de Parfum which contains 18% perfume oil versus the most common Eau de Toilettes which contains only 5 – 7% perfume oil. 

Dana was recently featured on Fox 5 where news anchors Shally Zomorodi and Brad Wills created their own fragrance. Watch the segment below:

Ready for some fun and inspiration? Contact Dana at Pastiche today and be part of the fragrance revolution today!

Spring is almost here with BHLDN

1 Mar

BHLDN’s new Spring Collection features fabulous gowns embellished with lace, embroidery, crystals and beading, and I love them all!

BHLDN_Leila2014.03Leila Gown
Paired with Kafta Open-Toe Platform Sandal by Jimmy Choo

BHLDN_Candence2014.03Candence Gown
Paired with Margherita Metallic Ankle Strap Sandal by Charlotte Olympia

BHLDN_Leyna2014.03Leyna Gown
Paired with Strass and Geometric Stones Sandal by Rene’ Caovilla

BHLDN_Tallulah2014.03Tallulah Gown
Paired with Strass Platform Slingback Evening Sandal by Valentino

Which one is your favorite?

They’re Engaged! Trish and Christina

24 Feb


Getting married in San Diego is always a beautiful thing, and having the ocean as a background is even better :)


Trish and Christina will get married at the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa at the end of March and they hired Laura Christin as their photographer extraordinaire! Laura captured their love in this beautiful engagement session at Windansea in La Jolla.


I can’t wait to be part of Trish and Christina’s  wedding day, stay tuned for the images!

See more pictures from their engagement session HERE.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb


My best wishes for a romantic and fun Valentine’s Day to all my wonderful couples!

To celebrate your love, I have an irresistible recipe to share: Raspberry Rose Tarts. I found it on The Sweetest Occasion, one of my favorite blogs for inspiration about parties, color combinations, and beautiful things!

Imagine the two of you, baking in the kitchen while sipping some great wine… Try the recipe tonight or this weekend and tell me about the final results! More love for each other? More laughs  with each other? More sweetness around each other? Leave a comment below :)

Photo credit: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures

The mystical garden of Zuhair Murad

7 Feb

I’m more and more obsessed with the incredible Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad. His Spring-Summer 2014 Collection features a multitude of floral appliques (more than 25,000) and a variety of skirts, jumpsuits and evening dresses in beautiful pastel colors. The collection also includes a dreamy wedding gown!

Tabletop: Romantic Garden Rendez-Vous

19 Jan

Who doesn’t like a romantic setting? It never goes out of style!


I had a lot of fun with a fantastic team of professionals in designing this photo shoot. Just by describing the names of the flowers that were used you will love everything about it: Rabelais roses, O’Hara garden roses, Carousel roses, and vintage mini spray roses.


With The Crosby Club as the ideal background, white and baby pink linens were layered to create a dreamy effect. White Chiavari chairs (by Classic Party Rentals) were dressed with sheer covers finished with pink ruffles. Both linens and chair covers were provided by Laura Paglia with Sweet Ribbon Events. Laura also created the impressive centerpiece in the center and added glamorous mercury glass vases filled with the beautiful variety of roses in the white and pink palette.


And that was not all: take a look at the colorful backdrop by Sweet Ribbon! The organza flowers are removable and can be used for any type of decoration. We hung the backdrop on a metal structure by Enticing Tables.


The vintage place settings were provided by Cheri’s Vintage Table as well as the glasses and the silverware.


Cheri has an extensive collection of authentic pieces from Europe spanning an entire century, each with different patterns and colors.


Jennifer with J. Grace added the WOW factor with gorgeous napkin ties and place cards embellished with glitter and crystals.

Inviting, isn’t it? Perfect for a garden get-together with friends or a bridal shower!

The tabletop was featured on the current issue of Ceremony Magazine San Diego – Thank you!



Photo credit: Mark Berning, Ceremony Magazine

Be a better professional in 2014 with Inspire Smart Success

2 Jan


HAPPY 2014!

I love to start the new year with a great project and for 2014 I have a wonderful one: ISSE SAN DIEGO :)

This event is exclusively for wedding professionals who want to be the best in the industry and be inspired to grow their brand.
Inspire Smart Success is a three-tiered approach to helping wedding industry businesses grow and succeed utilizing the ISS Magazine, ISS Experience and ISS Mentoring.

StacieFrancombe_HeadshotThe founder of Inspire Smart Success is Stacie Francombe. You may remember her when she started her own wedding businesses including Get Married. Working as a producer and host for the Get Married TV show and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly publication Get Married Magazine (I was an advertiser at the time and I loved it!), Stacie grew the brand into a multi-million dollar company, and sold it in 2008. As Get Married’s founder, Stacie was a sought after public speaker and industry insider, addressing wedding professionals and brides around the country, and appearing on CNN, Fox, WABC and more.

Stacie is committed to changing how the wedding industry learns and networks in different ways: as a group with fun, educational seminars and networking events like the one coming up in San Diego, one-on-one through her mentoring program, and individually, providing wedding industry professionals with a magazine they can learn from at their leisure.

Stacie will be in San Diego this month – January 29 and 30 – for a not-to-miss seminar. After following Stacie and admiring her incredible talents and knowledge for years I am now able to work closely with her as the official event planner for the Experience here in San Diego. Being a huge fan of Stacie’s this is a dream come true!

This high end event entails one full day and an evening of inspiration, networking, and learning.
January 29: Welcome Party at Vin De Syrah – 7-10pm ~ Mingle and get to know each other
January 30: Seminar at Fluxx – 10am-5pm ~ Stacie will lead the open session with a group question and answer format, so come with an open mind and all your business questions to share with the group including branding, social media, how to get published, creating your own reality TV show

You can learn more about ISS Experience San Diego and register HERE.
Attendance is limited so register TODAY!

See you all at the Inspire Smart Success Experience!


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