Tom Ford Says There is Power in Aroma

Hey Fellas! Want to know how to get a woman’s attention without speaking or even exchanging looks? It’s all about the aroma! A nice smelling cologne has the power to bring the strongest to attention. A nice cologne is a must-have for any man, especially for that man  that still wants to keep Ms. Right’s attention. Tom Ford has an abundance of fragrances that will suit any man’s taste and natural pheromones. Whether you’re an outdoors type of guy or always suited for the office, there is a fragrance with your name on it.

Cheap cologne will do completely the opposite or will have that same woman running the complete opposite direction of you. Any woman worth keeping will appreciate a man’s fine fragrance. Neimanmarcus.com features all the flavors to meet your desires.

For my Modern Man…

Tom Ford is a fragrance that screams luxury and is for our refined gentleman who prides himself in seduction and sophistication. The wood fragrance combines sensuality and modern influences, creating exactly what a scent catering to a man should be.

For my Rebel…

Limited edition Tom Ford Extreme is for the man who marches to the beat of his own drum. This Beauty Award 2010 nominee reflects any man with impeccable style.  The fragrance is blended with Persian lemons, Black Italian figs and Patchouli. This fragrance is an icon for masculinity.

For my Simple Guy…

If cologne is not for you don’t sweat it! Neroli Portofino is a fresh body spray designed specifically for you. It features crisp citrus oils, fresh waters and hints of floral. Leaving you feeling fresh, clean and desirable. This scent is lighter but vibrant and will leave you feeling confident.

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Tie the knot

So you have found that perfect suit and you have listened to your bride-to-be complain about every intricate detail of her gown. So grooms, it’s your time to customize your look.

A man with a suit and a nice tie has the potential to mesmerize any woman. Fellas, a high-quality tie will always do the trick. Even Oscar Wilde said, “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.” A quality necktie will be made of silk, so don’t get caught out there in a cheap look-alike. Don’t be afraid to try out different styles of ties or knots. Today, men are wearing suits with a fitted cut. I can guarantee a skinny tie with an Eldredge knot will give you that custom look you can’t wait to rock again. Be careful of multicolored and patterned ties; unfortunately those types of patterns may contradict the knot, causing you to look disheveled. Below you will find a few different knot ideas that will look great for your big day or any day. Don’t let her steal the show entirely; show off your individual style and try an exotic new knot.

The Eldredge knot will grab everyone’s attention. It will remind you of a braid, but it will without a doubt spice up your look.

The Trinity knot looks amazing on almost any necktie. It has a three-way symmetry and is a great conversation piece.

The Cape knot is perfect for those multicolor ties. If your necktie has colors or a pattern, this is the one for you.

Havaianas Pop Up Has Landed

Summer has arrived in the Big Apple. This means it is time to bring out those big floppy hats, beach shorts and flip-flops! Before you purchase a pair of ultra comfy thong sandals, think Havaianas. For my summer beach bride these are especially for you.

We did not forget you gentlemen, because they also have the ultra comfy sandals for your beach nuptials! We were able to preview the Brazilian flip-flop collection at the pop-up shop in New York City at 74 Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District. The pop-up shop has been there since May and will be in business until September 3rd, featuring a grand assortment of flip-flops and rain boots for women, men and children.

Havaianas are perfect for my beach brides; the store is featuring a “Make Your Own Havaianas” station. The station is a great idea that allows guests to create their own flip-flop! The sandals are perfect for gift bags; you can switch up the straps or customize a pair with cute pins. Many celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Natalie Portman and Ke$ha have had their Havaianas customized to fit their individual styles.

For my beach bride planning a destination wedding, custom flip-flops are great gifts for bridesmaids and guests. Get your pair now before the shop disappears or go to us.havaiana.com for more information.

 

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Y Li Factory

Do you possess an undeniable sweet tooth but have a sophisticated palate? Then the Y Li Factory is for you. Senneca is not your average baker. As an artist and owner of the company, she specializes in gourmet cupcakes. Y Li offers more than your ordinary vanilla and chocolate cupcakes; because the CEO is an artist, she uses her imagination to challenge your palate.

Each cupcake is sweet and savory because they are organic. Y Li Factory prides itself in using only the freshest ingredients. Y Li uses unconventional ingredients like tea, wine and other liquors. This special bakery is known for constructing its own butter and flour blends. Y Li is known for having flavors you cannot find anywhere else, and a new cupcake is added to the collection every week. The classic Red Velvet is definitely a fan favorite followed by the Oreo Inception cupcake, which is a reconstructed Oreo. It consists of an Oreo cake filled with cream and topped with an Oreo. The presentation of these “babies” is remarkable and YES they taste as good as they look.  To get all the deets (details) visit Y Li Factory at ylifactory.com.

Mint Julep Cupcakes - fresh mint infused boozy, bourbon cake topped with fresh mint and bourbon buttercream

Mint Julep Cupcake – Fresh mint infused with bourbon cake and buttercup topping.

 

 

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Oreo Inception Cupcake – Oreo cake with cream-filled center topped with an Oreo.

 

Chicken and Waffles Cupcake - buttermilk cake, topped with maple pecan buttercream, a maple butter waffle, and buttermilk fried chicken drizzled with maple butter sauce

Chicken and Waffle Cupcake – Your favorite southern breakfast over a yellow cupcake.

 

Toasted Sesame Crunch Cipcakes - toasted sesame vanilla cake, topped with local Spring honey cream cheese buttercream and a triangle of sesame crunch candy

Toasted Sesame Crunch Cupcake – Toasted sesame vanilla cake topped with local Spring honey cream cheese.

 

The “La Bodega” Cupcake - buttermilk cake with orange zest, coconut, and nutmeg, and topped with an EXTREMELY boozy coconut cream buttercream, and a pineapple flower

The “La Bodega” Cupcake – Buttermilk cake with orange zest, coconut and nutmeg topped with PRYM rum coconut butter cream and an edible pineapple flower.

Best African Restaurants and Caterers: Thanks African Restaurant Week

 

In most cultures feeding the one you love is the ultimate sign of affection. Your wedding day is one of those occasions where the meal is one of the most important things and comes out in abundance. In the African culture, food is something that is taken very seriously, and you will have plenty of. So if a feast is what you want, then journey with us as we take you back to the motherland where food is the gateway to happiness.

New York African Restaurant Week kicked off April 29, 2014 at Suite 36 in Midtown Manhattan.  The venue was filled with patrons from near and far to sample amazing delicacies from some of the best African restaurants and caterers of New York. Barbara Food Creations, Pierre Thiam Catering, Mombassa Dishes, Farafina, Madiba and Panla Catering were all in attendance with mouth-watering dishes. Let’s just say I went in on a diet and came out craving more of the White Hennesy infused donuts by Sweet Dreams. If you missed out this year I got you covered. Below I have a list of the cuisine I was obsessed with. These caterers will be perfect for any bride looking to add a few African entrees to spice up her menu. Visit nyarw.com to attend their next event!

BARBARA NAADJIE of Barbara Food Creations dishes were Ghanaian inspired, each dish was flavorful and savory. I could not get enough of her stewed fish that was blended with tomatoes and boiled eggs. We were also treated to the infamous Jolof Rice which consists of onions, carrots and peas. The dish that stole my heart was the grilled shrimp that was seasoned to perfection with garlic, thyme, curry, black pepper and tomato paste. They were a little difficult to peel but after the first bite you will agree it was worth the struggle. Barbara can be reached via email and is ready to serve your reception no matter how big or small. nbewere@gmail.com.

Dining with Grace was simply an experience. She offers a full catering service including hors d’oeuvre, entrees and dessert! She has everything to satisfy that international palate of yours, such as savory steak with fresh vegetable toppings. Catering by Grace also offers full roasted chickens. You can reach out to Grace for additional information at www.diningwithgrace.com.

Sweet Dreams! Needless to say I have been dreaming of these sweet bite size donuts since I left Suite 36! The chef Todd Jones is a genius! I’m convinced he put a little bit of heaven in these tasty treats. These miniature donuts are perfect for any event, especially a wedding. He makes them fresh for you on the spot and adds a tad of powered sugar to each one. Think funnel cake meets mini cupcake. The taste is absolutely orgasmic! He even infuses them with different premium liquors, for this event he used Pure White Hennesy. These little treats are definitely worth the calories. Go to http://www.sweetdreamsminidonuts.com for additional info.

Now that our mouth has led the way, our belly is full. The continent of Africa has once again filled us with the wealth of our culture, the gift of our ancestors and has brought us plenty of happiness. We invite you to have your own experience on your wedding day. Bon Appetite.

 

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Think Chelsea Taylor Jewelry for Spring

Looking for some great gift ideas that may suit your bridal party? Well look no further. With a little bling and color, you can provide your bridal party with a gift that will not only suit your immediate need to accessorize their bridal look as they walk down the aisle for your wedding, but they have something memorable from your wedding that they will cherish.

Chelsea Taylor jewelry has teamed up with Swarovski crystals to come up with a fabulous and bold jewelry line. This line is a celebrity favorite and has been featured on the Today show, Good Day New York and Good Morning America. It is time to bring out those bright colors you have been hiding in the closet, ladies. Luckily, this line features pieces that have blossomed just in time for the season. Chelsea Taylor offers lush greens, beautiful pinks and far from mellow yellows to add a pop that will complete your look. Chelsea Taylor is your go-to for statement rings and bold earrings. Think retro 70s and 80s pieces for 2014. Another amazing feature is every piece is ready to be customized and available in 20 shades.

Go to chelseataylor.com for your must-have spring and summer accessories. I took a look at the site and picked out my favorite pieces for you. ENJOY!

 

 

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Calling all Grooms- Notes For When You Put a Ring On It

Walking down the down the aisle may be one of the most nerve wrecking parts of the entire wedding experience. For my grooms, the butter flies start way before the I do’s! Did you forget about the engagement  ring process?  What about the wedding band? YES it is a process. No groom wants to let his bride to be down or worse be rejected because he choose the most awful ring on the plant.

Lucky, I have complied things to consider in choosing a ring she will rant and rave over for years to come. In choosing a ring you must consider a diamond and a setting. While picking the perfect diamond consider size and quality. You must choose a shape and cut.  The cut refers to how the diamond reflects light, while the shape refers to the appearance. There are an array of shapes to consider from heart, circle, or square.

Jewelers may push you to make a decision quick. Consider the fact they are all salesmen but take your time, this is a emotional piece that will last beyond a lifetime. Deciding on a setting your bride will love will ensure you get the best for your money.  A nicer ring is far from cheap, but consider this an investment that should scream quality and value.The grid above will help you make the best decision on that special diamond.  Below you will find some amazing wedding bands!  Sapphire is becoming more popular and it is a great choice if you are on a budget.  Thanks to our good friends at Tiffany and Co. located at 727 5th  avenue. They let me try on some amazing bands and a few beautiful rocks.

Visit: http:www.tiffany.com

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Classic Round Diamond. $243,000

 

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Platinum Sapphire Band. $3,475.00 US Dollars

 

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Novo Half Circle Diamond Band. $26,000.00 US Dollars