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Are you stumped on Holiday gift ideas for the women in your life? Or are you still searching for the perfect gifts for the bridesmaids in your 2010 or 2011 wedding?

Well, I have a little tip for you.  Several months ago I came across a Tweet from a fellow Twitter member “RitzyMisfit .” It was such an interesting Twitter name that I was intrigued to find out more.

It turns out that “Ritzy Misfit” is a custom jewelry company with a shop on Etsy owned by Brooke Mortensen.  Mortensen also happens to be the name of one of my favorite bakeries in the entire world (more on that later), so I knew these products would be good 🙂

I am a firm believer in trying products and services before recommending them to others, so naturally I had to order a few items from Ritzy Misfit for myself!  I ordered the “Yellow Rose Pendant” and Initialed “Mini with Crystal” Pendant (photos below).

There are many things I love about these pendants, but here are a few:

1) You can personalize them! You can choose the initial and the color of the pendant or the crystal on the pendant.  You can also choose designs like a single rose, a lock, and even a dinosaur.

2) Every pendant is handmade, unique, and full of character. Brooke describes them this way:
 “No one is perfect, but we are all beautiful.  These pendants give the feeling of being beautiful, unique and rough around the edges all at the same time.  My work reflects the wonderful, flawed idiosyncrasies in us all. And it makes us breathtaking.”

3) The pendants already come with a chain.

4)  The pendants have been worn by celebrities including the Bachelorette’s Ali Fedotowsky and Jillian Harris, as well as former Playmate  Kendra Wilkinson.

5) I can afford these pendants and so can you.  

Mini Initial with Crystal Pendant:


The Yellow Rose Pendant:

Ritzy_Misfit_Yellow_Rose_Pendant as worn by Ali Fedotowsky
Yellow rose pendant as worn by Ali Fedotowsky: Ali_Ritzy_Misfit_Yellow_Rose_Pendant.jpg


August 20, 2010 in Tips
Attention So Cal Brides: If you haven’t found “the gown” yet make sure to check out this weekend’s event at The Dresser.
When: This Sunday, August 22nd from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Where: The Dresser Bridal
112 W. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 870-7101
What:  Wedding Gown Blow Out Sale
This is a CASH ONLY event.
{No children under age 12 are allowed in the store during the sale.}
What is a Sample Sale?
A sample sale is when a Bridal Boutique sells gowns that are basically new but may have served as dresses to be tried on at that Boutique. Often the gowns are from a past season, but not necessarily. The gowns are usually in pretty good or new condition.  Gowns must be purchased off the rack, not special ordered.
If you want a designer gown but don’t want to pay the designer price tag, a sample sale is your best bet!
Although I don’t know which designers are being offered at this weekend’s sale, here is a list of some of the designers that have been offered at previous Dresser sales:
Maggie Sottero and Winnie Couture are just a couple of my personal favorites. Our brides seem to love Winnie Couture.

Marisa in her Winnie Couture gown from the Dresser
Ashleigh in her Winnie Couture
What should I expect?
If the sale is run as it has been in years past, a line will form outside the store several hours before the event starts, so if you want first pick you should get there early.  Admission to the store is first come first serve, and only a select number of ladies are allowed in the store at a time. You get a certain time frame (like 15 minutes) to find your dress. If you don’t find it the first time, you can get back in line and have a second go at it.
Sizes:  6, 8, 10, 12, and 14 (some plus sizes available)
Prices:  $100-500 {generally a 50% or higher discount}
Alterations: When deciding whether to purchase the dress or not, take a few minutes to think about what alterations may be needed, if any, and how much those alterations may cost. Factor the cost of the alterations into the cost of the gown before you make your purchase. Like any other wedding gown, these gowns are not a
ble to be returned.
The Benefits:
1)      Get a designer gown at a price you can afford.
2)      You won’t have the same dress as every other girl this season.
3)      You get to experience a “mini” Running of the Brides experience without going to Boston.
Happy Shopping!
Maybe we will see you there and get a new gown for our Style Sessions.

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As some of you may know, I am a cupcake FANATIC.  I may even qualify as a cupcake expert.
(Well, in the eating that is- certainly not in the baking)


Several weeks ago, Kerry and I had the pleasure of visiting Vibiana.  Both of us had such busy
mornings that we didn’t get a chance to eat lunch.  Although we probably had enough time to grab a sandwich once
we arrived to Los Angeles, we decided to look for cupcakes (much more fun than
a boring sandwich).


I searched on my iPhone for cupcakes, and a place called Big
Man Bakes came up.  That’s a funny
name for a cupcake place I thought, but that actually made me even more curious
to check it out! 


Once we walked up to the shop, I saw a man sitting outside on
the patio reading a newspaper.  He
resembled a professional football player, yet he had the sweetest smile.  For some reason I felt compelled to
introduce myself.  As it turns out,
this man is Chip Brown- owner of Big Man Bakes.  And honestly, after meeting Chip and seeing his shop- the
name could not be more perfect. Although Chip is a big guy, I like to think
that the name refers more to his big heart.  I only had the pleasure of speaking to him for a few
minutes, but I liked him already. 
I could tell he is a truly genuine guy who is passionate about what he
does.  He gets up at 3:00 a.m. each
morning to bake the cupcakes.  Now
that’s dedication! For those reasons (and the facts that his cupcakes look and
taste amazing), I am happy to introduce Big Man Bakes to our brides.


Read on to find out more about Big Man Bakes and the
cupcakes they offer:


Big Man Bakes offers five
different signature cupcakes. The “big flavors” are carrot cake, red velvet
cake, double chocolate cake, the “old school” cake, and coconut cake.  All of which make my mouth water just
thinking about them! The red velvet cake recently took first “Best
Traditional” category of the 2010 LA Cupcake Challenge.   I normally don’t like red velvet
(weird I know)- but this red velvet is fantastic.  Zesty Lemon is also available and addictingly de-lic-ious!

The cupcakes come in “XL” and
mini sizes. Love that!

If I had to choose a favorite,
that would be tough.  So do
yourself a favor, and bring a friend with you.  That way you can try one of each and share. Or just take a pack
of minis home with you.

Next time you get a little
sweet tooth, I recommend taking a trip to Big Man Bakes. First bite and you’ll
be hooked! They’re cakes are the way we love them…moist!

Oh, and if you do select Big
Man Bakes for your wedding or special event, please make sure to save us a
cupcake.  I mean it’s only fair- we
did introduce you!

“Like”  Big Man Bakes  here:

Big Man Bakes is located at:
413 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Big Man Bakes Phone: (213)




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