Saturday, February 25, 2012

Spread the love - Love Knot Ring!

Image of LOVE KNOT
LOVE KNOT - $88.00 USD

I wear one of these Guenevere Rodriguez Love Knot rings at all times! And get complimented on it at all times!

I ran into Guenevere Rodriguez along Prince and Mulberry streets years ago and instantly fell in love with her style and philosophy.

In her own words:

I Prayed for a Ring to come thru Me and this is what I got, The Love Knot Ring. I make them with Intentions to Open Your Heart to draw Love to You, from Yourself and Others. 
It's the perfect bridesmaid gift. Purchase them in advance and be sure to wear it around for a few days before gifting it. By doing this you will transfer your love and energy to whomever you gift it upon! It's a beautiful ring and sentiment!
Get it here:  Guenevere Rodriguez website 
you can find her at the Prince Street Market

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ireland Destination Wedding Trip!

I am so excited to be a guest of Tourism Ireland and Dream Irish Weddings this next week as several top wedding industry planners and I travel through Shannon, Ireland to tour all the destination wedding possibilities.

In advance, I'd like to thank all our hosts and all those who helped to put this all together! As a planner, I am always so appreciative when someone has put time and effort into planning a fun trip like this. Check out this killer itinerary!!

Monday 13th February 2012

   7.30pm            Depart Newark on Continental Airlines C0024

Day 1: Tuesday 14th February 2012

   6.55am           Touch down at Shannon International Airport

Cead Mile Failte !

On collection of luggage assemble in the Meeting point in the Arrivals Hall where    Michelle , Dream Irish Wedding & the driver will meet you
    7.30am          Transfer to the Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club
    8.30am          Arrival at the Lodge, light refreshments
                            Show around of the property
    10.30am        Short hop to the world famous Cliffs of Moher
    11.30am         Photo Opp at the Cliffs
    12.15pm         Depart the Cliffs                        
    1.00pm          Sample Smoked Irish Salmon at the Burren Smokehouse
 Traditional Irish pub lunch in the Roadside Tavern
    2.30pm          Drive through the stunning Burren region
    4.00pm          Return to the Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club
    6.45pm          Pre Dinner Reception in the Members bar
    7.15pm           Dinner in the Tea Room  
 Overnight at the Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club

Day 2:Wednesday 15th February 2012

8.30-9.30am   Enjoy an Irish Breakfast overlooking the Ocean 
                           in the Long room
10.15am            Depart the Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club
11.30am            Visit the Wedding Castle at Knappogue
12.30pm           Short trip to the village of Bunratty
1.00pm            Explore the Bunratty folk park & medieval castle
2.00pm            Traditional Irish scones & tea in the Golden Vale
3.30pm            Travel to Dromoland Castle, Co.Clare
4.00pm            Show around & Check in
7.00pm            Pre dinner cocktails in the cocktail bar
7.30pm            Dinner in the Earl of Thomond Restaurant  
Overnight in Dromoland Castle

Day 3: Thursday 16th February 2012

Feeling energetic have an early morning swim!
8-9.00am         Breakfast served in the Earl of Thomond 
9.30am             Depart Dromoland Castle
10.30am           Visit King John’s Castle in Limerick city 
                           and spot of shopping in Brown
                           Thomas & Cornstore at Home
12.00pm           Have an Irish Coffee in Paddy Frawley’s bar
1.00pm             Arrival at Adare Manor hotel, Co. Limerick
                           Show around of the resort
2pm                   Lunch will be served in the Drawing room
                           Check in
3.30pm            Stroll around Ireland’s prettiest village of Adare experience the quaint shops, wonderful boutiques and thatched cottages
7.00pm            Pre Dinner drinks in the cocktail bar
7.30pm             Farewell dinner in the Oak Room
Continue the party in the Tack bar!
Overnight Adare Manor

Friday 17th February 2012

6.15am             Depart Adare Manor hotel with breakfast
7.00am             Arrival Shannon airport & check in (clear USA  Emigration in Shannon)
9.00am             Depart for New York on CO 0025
11.30am             Arrival New York

Slan Abhaile !

 Cliffs of Moher
Dromoland Castle
 Adare Manor

When I'm in Ireland I'll have to go by my twitter name since we're Irish when we tweet (@daughterodesign - no room for the "F")! I'm ready for you scones, clotted cream and Guinness!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Shape Magazine!

Look at these great photos in the February issue of Shape from a fun night celebrating the magazine's 30th birthday! Dr. Oz and Jane Fonda hosted!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

CeciStyle: Birthday Party Ideas

In celebration of Ms. Ceci's birthday, she asked top planners for their favorite FRESH birthday party ideas to be featured in CeciStyle.

I suggested that people organize an event doing a day of work for your favorite charity. Sad but true, but the "donation in lieu of a gift" request to your friends hardly materializes much. Whenever we check with the organization to see how much has been donated it's almost embarrassing to ask!

BORROW THIS IDEA for your next birthday party! Use your birthday powers for good and get your friends involved with your favorite cause!

If you're in New York, here's a site that can help you find some volunteer opportunities: 

Here's a sample of the kind of opportunities you can find: 

Paint and Sort at PS 208 M
Manhattan :: Central Harlem
Saturday, 2/11/2012
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

 Revitalize a local school so they can start the year right. Volunteers will sketch murals designed by students on the stairwell doors with a projector, in addition to sorting and organizing closet spaces. Artistic and creative types are welcome to sign up.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

"Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap

I love this song because her voice sounds like a church organ to me. Perfect for that Catholic boy and girl who are not having a church wedding but want to have some nod to their upbringing.

The lyrics aren't the best for a wedding but it's kind of hard to make out what she's saying anyway!


where are we?
what the heck is going on?
the dust has only just begun to form
crop circles in the carpet
sinking feeling

spin me round again
and rub my eyes,
this can't be happening
when busy streets a mess with people
would stop to hold their heads heavy

hide and seek
trains and sewing machines
all those years
they were here first

oily marks appear on walls
where pleasure moments hung before the takeover,
the sweeping insensitivity of this still life

hide and seek
trains and sewing machines (oh, you won't catch me around here)
blood and tears (hearts)
they were here first

Mmmm whatcha say,
Mmm that you only meant well?
well of course you did
Mmmm whatcha say,
Mmmm that it's all for the best?
of course it is
Mmmm whatcha say?
Mmmm that it's just what we need
you decided this
oooh whatcha say?
Mmmm what did'cha say?

random notes keep falling out your mouth
mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs
speak no feeling no I don't believe you
you don't care a bit,
you don't care a bit

(hide and seek)
random notes keep falling out your mouth
mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs

(hide and seek)
speak no feeling no i don't believe you
you don't care a bit,
you don't care a (you don't care a) bit

(hide and seek)
oh no, you don't care a bit
oh no, you don't care a bit

(hide and seek)
oh no, you don't care a bit
you don't care a bit
you don't care a bit