Location Location Location – The Carlyle Is All That Jazz


The Carlyle Hotel in New York City has to be one of the most historically fashionable hotels to date. Besides having a history of housing some of history’s most influential people, it has also been known to be one of New York’s jazziest nightspots. Some of our favorite iconic performers have walked these grounds and performed in the night club, including Eartha Kitt, Rita Moreno, Bobby Short, and most recently, iconic bassist, Ron Carter  (accompanied by world famous guitarist, Russell Malone).

My first experience with The Carlyle was some 10 years ago, visiting the late Eartha Kitt before her performance. Her brilliantly decorated and perfectly maintained in-house apartment was astounding. From the doorman who greets you at curbside to the elevator operators, ALL of the staff lavish you with the white glove treatment. Literally. Frequent there enough and you will notice that they will know your name. Which, to me, speaks volumes.

The rooms and suites are some of the lushest environments you will want to call your home, whether it is for the night, the week, or you tie the knot. Your guests will be enchanted by the impeccable service they will receive. The comfort of their beds and the exquisite dining, be it an in-house restaurant or room service, will not leave them disappointed.


Recently, I had the opportunity to host an event at The Carlyle, and we have to say that everything was first class and polished to perfection! We are sticklers for great customer care. We value the treatment of our readers, thus the reason why we are very hands-on with every business and service we recommend in writing. If it is not inspected and experienced by one of our writers, it won’t be written about. No exceptions.


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So, with great pleasure, we present The Carlyle Hotel as a location to consider for your wedding reception and honeymoon stay.  You will not be disappointed.





The intimacy that the event space provides makes it worth every dime. When you’ve waited your entire life for this moment of love, the magic you want to create with your new mate should begin in the same fashion you want it to be for the rest of your relationship: With style and elegance. What better way to send that message to each other and share it with your loved ones than at The Carlyle?

Make no mistake, this is not a cheap date. It will cost you, like anything of value which is meant to be cherished. So, when planning your wedding or honeymoon, you will need to evaluate what is more important to you in the grand scheme of things.

But I think you can appreciate that some experiences in life are just worth having and checking-off from your to-do list.


Reasons Why

The three most important things for a person looking to plan any event are (1) location, (2) location, and (3) LOCATION! Why is that so important when planning your wedding? It will not only become a factor in your wedding plans, it will also set the tone for the kind of wedding your guests can expect, even before they arrive.

Location will determine how your guests will arrive. They will need to plan ahead based on where they live.

Location will determine the parking situation for your guests. They will need to plan for whether parking is available on-site or off-site, and the cost involved.

Location will set the tone for your guests and the kind of wedding you are having. That includes the dress code, theme, and the ambiance that the space provides.

These are some things you should take into consideration when planning your nuptials. So, for your jazz lovers and history lovers, The Carlyle just might be the piece of history you have always wanted to have for your wedding day!



Red Carpet Hair: Get Inspired by This Years Met Ball Looks

If you are a bride-to-be who’s looking to step outside of the box with your wedding looks, look no further! Who ever said it wasn’t ok to push the limits was wrong! That would be exactly what the stars at this years Met Gala Ball did. When it comes to hair we saw everything from Beyonce’s sleek low bun and birdcage veil to Sarah Jessica Parkers twisted bouffant. They all brought their “A” Game and I loved them all but I could only pick a few. Good luck choosing your most favorite look of the night, it will be tough!

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

BEYONCE’: slick back low bun with birdcage veil


JOAN SMALLS: side swept braid

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

BLAKE LIVELY: vintage glamour waves

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

NICOLE RICHIE: wavy updo with purple hues


SARAH JESSICA PARKER: twisted bouffant


RIHANNA: messy updo


SELENA GOMEZ: classic updo


TAYLOR SWIFT: “old hollywood” tousled curls




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Sonia Castleberry: Beauty Editor | Hairstylist

http://www.soniacastleberry.com http://www.bridesbysoniacastleberry.com

The List -One Registry for His and Her

The Bridal registry maybe one of the most anticipated tasks for any bride. Picking your favorite items while someone else flips the bill is every girls dream. Unfortunately picking up expensive china is probably the last thing your man has planned for his Saturday afternoon. I have compiled items that will truly make this a his and hers event.


A good portion of your marriage will be spent in bed. What says I love you more than comfy sheets and blankets? Brides and grooms usually forget all about the cozy necessities. Jersey fabrics are light weight and perfect for spring, while flannel sheets are great for your winter time cuddle night.


Ladies make cooking for the man in your life easier on yourself and treat yourself to some amazing cookware. Slow cookers and toasters are great but good knives are a necessity. High quality cookware may not seem like the most ideal thing to be shopping for but it can definitely improve your dishes if your still a chef in training.



For my guys! It’s definitely acceptable to request electronics on your list. Speakers, cameras, DVD players, hey why not a ipad?! Don’t indulge to much though, no one likes a greedy couple.






Everything is done online now a days, and you have been dreaming of that honeymoon in the Cayman Islands right? A honeymoon registry only seems logical. This may have been frowned upon back in the day but the cost of spa treatments and snorkeling can add up so why not put in the list?


Macys.com is a one stop shop for all of your bridal registry needs!











Blonde Bobshell: Eve’s Most Memorable Looks

evesoniabannerWho’s that girl? Eve’s that girl! She never fails us with her bold hairstyles. Whether she’s wearing long tresses with spicy highlights topped off with a blunt fringe or turning heads with her flamboyant blonde bob, Eve’s hairstyles are as versatile as her rhymes. Eve and her blonde bob looks are definitely a winner in my book! She wears this classic style so effortlessly always giving us sassy and chic. Let’s explore how to achieve her looks!



To create a super straight finish, use a hot flat-iron to touch up any sections that require a smoother texture. Finish with a light weight oil for the ultimate shine. Apply a dime size to the palms of your hands, emulsify and lightly brush across the surface of your hair. Always remember a little product goes a long way!

FHI Heat Platform Flat Iron

Sachajuan Intensive Hair Oil

Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Treatment Oil



The tousled effect can be achieved by using a curling iron, 1’’ or higher, wrap 1-inch sections of hair from mid-shafts to ends only (leave the roots straight). Curl random sections of hair in different directions to create a more haphazard, rough texture. Gently touse your hair with your hands to break up the curls. Complete the look by misting a light finishing hair spray.

T3 Bodywaver

L’Oréal Elnett Hair Spray

Aveda Air Control Hairspray

Fekkai Sheer Hold Hair Spray



Body and volume can be achieved with product and heat. Separate your hair into 2″ sections and spray roots with a volumizer. Blow dry with a medium to large round brush starting near the back of the head using half-inch pieces and working around to the front on either side. To create extra volume, hold brush in the hair near the scalp until the hair cools (about five seconds), then move the brush down and through to the ends of the hair for a smooth finish.

Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000

Ibiza B4 Round Brush

Aveda Volumizing Tonic

Ojon Volume Advance Thickening Spray


Sonia Castleberry: Beauty Editor | Hairstylist

http://www.soniacastleberry.com | http://www.bridesbysoniacastleberry.com

Building Your Spirits That Will Leave Your Guests Speechless

Besides The actual ceremony, the next best thing about a wedding is the party, the bar experience and the food.   So when deciding on your menu that will have your guests talking long after the wedding is over requires a great amount of research when it comes to your bar setup.
As a cocktail waitress at one of the top cocktail bars in Harlem I know a thing or two when it comes to the experience of exploring a cocktail bar. Prior to my employment at 67 Orange in New York City,  which in reality gives you more of a speakeasy atmosphere bar setup in Harlem that opened some five years to date,  I knew very little about cocktails.
This inconspicuous venue, sits in one of Harlem’s historical blocks.  If you move to quickly you will miss it.  With it’s long dark velvet curtains in the window, small golden numbers 67 nailed to the wood beside the front door makes it difficult to notice.
When you join us for dinner and cocktails, expect an experience.  At your arrival you are greeted and seated at a table of your choice, the ambiance is felt on both levels of this intimate space.
The Experts
Our bartender put great effort into creating each concoction poured into your glass.  So let me get into explain who they are and what we do. The entertaining part of performing this labor of love is the quest of discovering the mixers that our patron enjoy drinking.  Be assured  we have something for EVERYONE.
We pride ourselves on pleasing each of our guests, for example, on a cool New York Spring evening, a patron visiting our establishment, I will recommend something light, refreshing, and savory for their enjoyment, like the Moscow Mule.
As an expert in the industry it is my duty to be observant and make your experience with us a memorable one.
If I were to wait on a “gin & tonic” or “rum & coke” kinda guy/gal my approach is calculated,  I have perfected the ways to steer that person in the direction of a cocktail that will make them forget about such simple request forever.
As a professional bartender I have made it my point to find a more creative way to be innovative about my approach when I attempt to awaken the taste buds of everyone that comes and sits in our establishment.
All of our ingredients are fresh. Our selection of spirits and liqueurs are top shelf. The bartenders are seasoned and take pride in their craft.
The effort we put into serving each guest is a well crafted seduction we take pride in every time someone sits before us.  We provide you with a detailed description, and paint a picture that leaves you at the edge of your seat, that usually does the trick…
‘Emancipation Again’ which is an Crop organic cucumber vodka, muddled with cucumbers, ginger, cilantro, and lime, there’s a bit of agave, vinegar, citronage, and lime in there as well. Shaken with ice & served up in a chilled coupe glass. It’s super refreshing, light, a hint of sweetness and smells wonderful while you’re sipping on it.
Another favorite (for the whiskey lovers) is the ‘Le Grand Old Fashioned’ nothing like the traditional Old Fashion. This cocktail uses a Redemption high rye bourbon, baked apple bitters, benedictine, then stirred with ice and lastly poured over a very large ice cube. Afterwards there is a flamed orange peel rubbed over the glass to give it a smokey essence.
Visit Other Establishments and Explore
As a professional I find it very valuable to my craft to know what other professionals are serving in their establishments. So I make it my point to visit quite a few cocktail bars in the city & throughout my travels.  I find that each establishment is unique in their own ways. I recently visited Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco, CA.  They had over 80 cocktails on their menu. I must admit, I was a little overwhelmed, however I didn’t let that stop my adventure. Jayson Wilde who was tending the bar the evening of my visit, was given my preferences and I allowed him to create. He made the perfect cocktail for me.
The experience truly leaves you wanting to explore all kinds of different cocktails. I’ve been in the industry for about four years and I’m always amazed at how each cocktail is created, the many different ideas, flavors, scents, emotions put into each one.
Name Your Poison 
Names too, oh yes that’s very important! I had the honor of naming a cocktail at my establishment, inspired by gin.
The Color Purple’, yes like the film. Ingredients consist of  Plymouth London Gin, muddled blackberries, lavender bitters, Creme De Violette, St Germain, lemon juice & simple syrup. The flavor is divine and I’m sure you can guess why I chose to name it such.
I can go on and on all day about cocktail bars and such. So as you spend time planning your nuptials, take a breather in between selecting the wedding dress, selecting your venue, planning your seating charts, grab a cocktail, get creative, get in the mood for a nice adult beverage.
If you are feeling up to it, check out yelp and search cocktail bars in your area, go explore the menu, and remember drink responsibly. Cheers!
Alisha May is an expert cocktail mixer with a passion for people and the experience.  You can catch her at 67 Orange In Harlem New York.

Exploring California

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Exploring California

by Victor Amos

When you think about honeymoon destinations, you often think about tropical beaches, scenic cliffside resorts, and historic architecture. What if I told you that you can find all of those things right here in America? Well, hold your breath no longer, because you can! California is the perfect place to experience luxury and history, all without a passport.

I started my journey through California in San Francisco. Oh man, what a romantic city! The picturesque hills, world-class shopping & dining, and myriad of art institutions make San Francisco a perfect destination for honeymooners seeking an urban experience. With boutique hotels abound, you are destined to find comfy accommodations that fit your personality. While chain hotels can be appealing, I highly recommend the experience of a boutique hotel. The architectural details and personal service make them my choice when visiting the city. The Mosser Hotel (www.TheMosser.com) is a great choice. Located in downtown San Francisco, you are in walking distance to the phenomenal shopping around Union Square and one block away from street cars that take you all around the city.

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Whether you rent a car or choose to tackle the city by foot, you will have no problem getting around San Francisco. For $6.00/per ride, you can crest the hills of the city on an open-sided cable car, one of San Francisco’s cultural icons. These are a fun way to summit the city while also getting fantastic photo ops! The city also offers a multi-day pass that will offer you unlimited rides at an enormously reduced rate.

One of the perks of renting a vehicle, however, is escaping the city for wine country! One hour north of the city lies a treasure trove of wineries ripe for exploring. My journey took me to the city of Napa. A short ride past the Golden Gate Bridge and I was immersed in a totally different landscape. I went from a concrete jungle to a botanical pasture. For as far as the eye could see, I was engulfed in rows upon rows of grape trees. My first stop in wine country was the Nicholson Ranch Winery (www.NicholsonRanch.com). Upon arriving at the estate, you are greeted with an introduction to the wines that are produced, and presented with a tasting menu. For $10, you can taste 4 wines, and for $15, you can taste 6. Their assortment of whites and reds were genuinely exceptional. I don’t know if it is the nostalgia of being at the winery that produces the wine, which makes the wine taste better than any you’ve ever tasted, but I was impressed and compelled to leave with a bottle.

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Once you’ve completed your stay in San Francisco, a hop down to Los Angeles could be an enjoyable second-leg to your trip. Ah… the city of angels. Home to the Hollywood Hills, Rodeo Drive, and Santa Monica Beach. A trip to California would not be complete without visiting this urban oasis. And lucky for you, a trip down to Los Angeles from San Francisco is painless and affordable. There are regular “shuttle” flights that take you from San Francisco to Los Angeles in about an hour and a half, and for about $80.

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Now, unlike San Francisco, it is virtually impossible to get around Los Angeles without a vehicle. There are a ton of rental car options when you arrive at the airport… pick one. You do not want to be at the mercy of public transportation. If you don’t want to spend most of your vacation plastered in your seat on the interstate, then I’d recommend picking a hotel that is near the attractions that you want to experience. For my stay, I wanted to spend the bulk of my time exploring the hills, so I chose to stay in West Hollywood. I would say this was a prime location, as I was less than 10 miles away from everything that I wanted to do. During my stay, I visited the Hollywood Reservoir, Runyon Canyon, Hollywood Boulevard, Rodeo Drive, Downtown LA, and the Santa Monica Pier. I can’t say that I have ever experienced better weather or friendlier people in California. Los Angels has a calming affect on the soul and I think I am going to attribute it to the gratuitous palm tress and sunlight.

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For the final leg of my trip, I took a 2-hour car ride down to San Diego. As huge as San Diego is, it has still managed to retain its small-town, maritime feel. I spent the bulk of my time hugging the coast along Mission Beach and La Jolla. One of my favorite attractions was the La Jolla Cove. Seeing that huge, hollow rock jetting out from the coast was awe-inspiring. While at the cove, you can enter into a quaint gift shop, and for $4, go down a creaky staircase which leads to the bottom of the cove. It’s an experience that should not be missed!

For those of you looking to freshen-up your tan, Mission Beach is your remedy. It is a fantastic place to experience the nostalgia of a beach-side theme park or a pick-up game of beach volleyball. If you want to add a little romance into the picture, you should consider staying at one of the beach resorts. You can spend your free time roaming the art galleries, eating at the boutique restaurants, and drinking at the many bars.

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Overall, California is a great place for a domestic getaway. There is something for everyone. Whether you want to go shopping, hiking, surfing, learning, or do nothing at all… you will be satisfied.

City View Loft

It goes without saying planning a wedding can be stressful. Between the dress, your groom and seating arrangements  you can find yourself overwhelmed quickly. Every aspect of a wedding  has the potential of being a nightmare, but thanks to the wedding gods finding a venue doesn’t have to be.

City View Loft is Chicago’s Premier all inclusive Venue .  Located just 5 minute from downtown Chicago it has claimed the name as the “one-stop-wedding-shop.” Owner Jousha Yates decided to combine his two businesses Pure Kitchen Catering  and Revolt Events, birthing City View Loft. The Venue offers the couple the opportunity to customize the space.   Yates vision is to make wedding planning simple and enjoyable.  City View Loft works with specific vendors to ensure your day is one of a kind.

The Loft is 4500 sq feet and features exposed brick with floor to ceilings windows that frame the skyline.  At night the space is extremely romantic, the tall windows allow the night sky and stars to be a part of the room. During the day, the room is kissed by natural sunlight.

Revolt Events provide all your wedding needs from transportation to floral.  The event team can transform a vintage to modern day themes effortlessly.  You will simply fall in love with their creative design. Pure kitchen catering offers simple, elegant and modern dishes that your guests will crave.  The dishes all come from the hands of Chief Nick Lacasse who competed on Bravos around the world in 80 Plates.

City View Loft is ahead of its time.  The open floor plan will have the couple to be day dreaming, better yet they will see their vision come to life.  City View Loft is located at 342 N. Leavitt in Ukrainian village.  Visit their website http://www.cityviewloftchicago.com for details.

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The Best Bachelorette party ever!

A Bachelorette party is a exciting daunting task.  This is the last time you and the girls will enjoy a wild night on the town before your big day. It is a well know tradition that every bride to be participates in.  When planning a bachelorette event you must plan a even that all your girls will talk about for years to come.  If you reside in a small town head to the the closest big city. Ad variety and spice to your event by patronizing a venue that is out of your ordinary.  Take a look at five fun cities where you can enjoy your bachelorette extravaganza.

1.) NYC

It goes without saying NYC has a lot to offer.  Don’t let the high prices of the Big City deter you.  If you plan on staying the night websites like http://www.airbnb.com provide amazing apartment rentals for great prices.  The site offers apartments in every borough and are rented directly from the owner. For a larger space at cheaper price you can’t go wrong.  NYCs’ abundance of restaurants will never leave you hungry and if you want to party vist http://www.myopenbar.com for locations that offer drink specials and open bars at NYC chicest hotspots.


Need spice in your life? Miami is that place to be. Head over to South beach and enjoy their restaurant row.  Staying in a hotel a little farther away from Ocean drive will ensure better hotel rates.  Between Lincoln Road and the board walk there is plenty to do. Don’t forget to stop by the famous Wet Willies for fun drink names like “Call Me A Cab”.  This will definitely be a unforgettable.

3. Chicago

Don’t sleep on Chi town. Chicago offers some of the best comedy clubs and deep dish pizza you will crave. Millennium Park is great place to kill time before heading out to enjoy a nigh on the town. At Home Inn Chicago offers great deals on overnight stays for groups.

4. San Francisco

The geography of San Fran is a reason to visit on its own.  The walks of North Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge are enough to put any bride to be in a great mood.

5. Bahamas

The Bahamas are always a splendid idea . Freeport offers incredible beaches and better prices.  A day on the beach is always ideal. At night enjoy live music at the Lucaya Marketplace.  They say Wednesday nights are one on the best for a mouth watering fish fry and refreshing cocktails

South African Wedding Trend

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Obviously summer in South Africa is HOT. So shorter dresses for the bride and bridesmaids only make sense. We can even adopt the trend here in the states for the brutal hot summers.

Make it known to your guest they can also dress slightly more casual to the wedding. Just because you are cutting down on fabric does not mean you have to cut down on elegance. Fabrics like silk, organza and chiffon are lightweight but still add class. Or better yet, this is an excuse to have two dresses! One for the ceremony, and something lighter for the reception.

On your wedding day you want to be comfortable and radiant! This will ensure you are comfortable and happy. A happy bride makes for an even greater wedding!

For some of WBM  bridal shop favorites you may want to visit:

Designer Loft In New York City, www.designerloftnyc.com,   Sukeina by Omar Salaam- sukeinalookbook.com. Kleinfeld- www.kleinfeldbridal.com

Photos by Juan Algarin, Hair by Michelle Swiney, Makeup Victor Amos, Styling by Louis Johnson IV, Jewelry by Elena Kriegner- www.elenakriegner.com

Say Yes to Art Basel

Wedding’s are all about personality.  Don’t be afraid to add flare, this will help you stand out and be unique. If you love the outdoors consider having a beach wedding. If your inspired by other cultures add some of your favorite cultural foods to your menu.  Your guests will appreciate your diversity.

For my art lovers be inspired! Attending  Art  Basel in Miami Beach is a amazing opportunity to view the newest galleries and exhibits the art world has to  offer.  Art Basel provides galleries a platform for those whom appreciate art, while giving you access to international art.  You will be exposed to sculptures, paintings and other instillation to help inspire your perfect day.  Art Basel attracts those who enjoy modern and contemporary art.  This is a big event that attracts over 70,000 people a year.

Art Basel gives you 4 days of access to the most exclusive art from around the world. You will be delighted to explore these wonderful treasures. This year Art Basel will be taking place on December 4-7 2014. You can attend a exhibit such as the one captured below by photographer extraordinaire-Robert Zuckerman. From the streets of Miami to the indoor instillations your opportunities are endless. This may also be the opportunity to purchase pieces for your new life and home together, or simply allow what you see to inspire you.


Photo Credit:Robert Zuckerman- http://www.robertzuckerman.com
Dress:Romona Keveza, suit: Hugo Boss, couple: Katherine and Jordan Niefeld