Monday, January 31, 2011

White by Vera Wang Available at David's Bridal on February 11, 2011!

Every bride dreams of walking down the aisle in a beautiful gown...but how about a gorgeous gown made by one of the world's best designers. To many, Vera Wang gowns are the epitome of the ultimate wedding gown and many would probably give up a something for the opportunity to wear one of her creations on their wedding day. Well's your opportunity! Vera Wang...yes that Vera...has created a line of gowns and accessories exclusively for David's Bridal. The line White by Vera Wang will make its debut on February 11th at David's Bridal!

The debut line will feature 12 designs by Vera Wang and it has all of the couture styling and glamor that one expects from the master of bridal couture. The other beautiful thing about this collection is that it truly makes Vera Wang affordable to even the most budget basic brides! Gowns range from $600 for a one-shoulder crinkle chiffon gown with matching grosgrain sash and asymmetrical draped skirt to $1400 for a  ball gown with V-neck bodice and fully draped skirt made with hand-cut bias organza flanges and tulle swirls. Size ranges from 0-14. The accessories range from $58 for a horse hair sash to $248 for a two-tier chapel length veil with a raw-cut edge and lace applique detailing.

Ladies, if you have not done your dress shopping yet for your upcoming nuptials, make sure to check out the wonderful gowns that is now available to you from Ms. Wang herself! David's Bridal is going to super busy trying to fill these orders! To see the back story, plus detailed pictures of the gorgeous gowns, please visit the White by Vera Wang site at David's Bridal.

Here's what you have to look forward to!

Left to Right: VW351010 $1200 (Ivory), VW351004 $700 (Ivory, Soft White), VW351011 $1200 (Blush, Ivory, Soft White)
Left to Right: VW351002 $600 (Blush, Ivory, Soft White), VW351003 $700 (Ivory, Soft White), VW351021 $800 (Ivory)
Left to Right: VW351000 $600 (Ivory, Soft White), VW351007 $1000 (Blush/Ivory, Ivory/Ivory, Soft White/Soft White, VW Champagne/Ivory), VW351020 $1200 (Ivory)
Left to Right: VW351029 $1400 (Ivory, Soft White), VW351023 $1300 (Ivory)  Illusion sleeve piece as pictured in main picture can be worn under the bodice and is included with the gown, VW351026 $1300 (Ivory, Soft White)

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 and Cake Balls...Makes for a Good Day!

Well it's been a pretty exciting day at Percy Sales Events and it's not even noon yet! We got an email a few weeks ago that stated that we were voted as one of the Best Wedding Planners by The Knot for their 2011 Best of Weddings - a yearly thing they do that identifies the best of the best in every region! Today it was official as The Knot revealed publicly their 2011 The Knot Best of Weddings on their website and we were definitely on the list! Next up is the publication which should come out in the next month or so!

I am so honored and happy to have been selected amongst my peers and recognized as one of the best by such an influential publication! I am more than ecstatic! 2011 is going to be a great year for Percy Sales Events and we can't wait to assist our current and future couples in creating their dream weddings!

If you need assistance on any level with your weddings, birthday, or any other type of celebration, Percy Sales Events will be more than happy to work with you! If you mention The Knot upon contracting our services we will give you an additional 10% off our services! Percy Sales Events is available to produce, design, and coordinate weddings worldwide. Ask us about our destination wedding services making it easy and simple to have your wedding abroad or let us design and plan the wedding of your dreams locally! Either way, Percy Sales Events, will make sure that your wedding or other celebration will be one you remember with joy forever!

Look out for our new website soon! We are revamping and updating the look of the Percy Sales Events website.

After we received the news about The Knot, I had a little tasting session in the office to try these new cake balls from a company out of Dallas called Zen Baking Company. The little balls of heaven were pretty amazing but not at all what I was expecting. From the get go, I had in my mind that these little sweet balls were going to be mini circular, ball like, cakes that were iced and decorated...a cake ball. What we got was something more surprising and something that I love! You know you all love to lick the left over batter off the bowls when you are baking right? Well, these "cake" balls are more of the like the uncooked batter, just a little more dense (truffle like consistency)...not sure how they do it actually...but I think they should be renamed as Cake Batter Balls. But at any rate, these cake balls by Zen Baking Company would make nice favors or an addition to your dessert table at your event.

Our favorite cake ball flavors that we tried today were:
Ode to NOLA a pecan praline concoction
Mocha Toffee Crunch
Pastilla de Yummy (a sugar candy sorta bite - for Filipinos it tastes like the pastilla sugar candies)
Choco-choco-choco-late a chocoholics best friend!
Purplelicious is a made from purple yams or Ube and is a throwback to a traditional Filipino dessert, really delicious

The other item we tried and absolutely loved from Zen Baking Company was their Cookie Dough Whoa balls! I absolutely enjoyed these...the grainy raw cookie dough presented in an upscale way and covered in either white chocolate or dark chocolate...what else can you ask for! The Snickerdoodle was pretty awesome and was a hit amongst those tasting them. All in all these were probably our most favorite and people were fighting for the leftovers.

In addition to their core flavors, they also offer seasonal and specialty flavors! I am sure if there is something you are wanting they can probably come up with a cake ball to match it. A bit of warning - these cake balls are not for the faint of heart. These are pretty intense in taste and it definitely gives you a sugar rush. Think truffles only cakier.

They have many options for presentation packaging and they ship their products pretty meticulously. So ordering them for shipping is no problem at all. The samples arrived at my house as beautiful as they packaged them up. These will definitely be a hit and a conversation piece at your next event. For more information please contact Zen Baking Company if you are in the Dallas area you can find cake balls at your local Central Market.

Thank you to Zen Baking Company for sending us samples! We are fans!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Golden Globes 2011 - WOW Gowns Galore

I love watching the parade of gowns at the Golden Globes, because it gives a view of what we may expect at the Oscars. A lot of the gowns I saw Sunday evening could easily translate into wedding gowns as well as formal bridesmaid gowns. I was really surprised to see some trends continue, one shoulder gowns, while new ones begin, SLEEVES! I loved that many of the gorgeous ladies were wearing gowns with sleeves (full, long, cap). I predicted that the sleeves trend would happen back in 2009 in the wedding industry as well - so I was a couple years early, see my post here.

In addition to the sleeves, we saw lots of pinks in all kinds of hues. Emerald tones also seem to continue to be in fashion - though I think not everyone can carry this color. Other trends I saw last night halter gowns and not overdone hair. Lots of loose dos and ponytails...very charming I thought.
Below are my pics of my favorite gowns from the Golden Globes and some that I thought just didn't quite hit the mark.

My favorite overall look for the evening Claire Danes (main picture) in a backless halter dress by Calvin Klein in pink!

Hot: The Arms Have It

Eva Longoria in Zac Posen, Heather Morris in Lorena Sarbu, Scarlett Johansson in Elie Saab, and Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka

Hot: Blushing Ladies

Emma Stone in Calvin Klein, Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta, Natalie Portman in Viktor & Rolf, and Sandra Bullock in Jenny Packham

Hot: Emeralds are a Girls Best friend

Angelina Jolie in Versace Atelier, Catherine Zeta-Jones in Monique Lhuillier, Elizabeth Moss in Donna Karan, and Mila Kunis in Vera Wang

Hot: One Shoulder Bandit

Nicole Kidman in Prada, Julie Bowen in Tadashi Shoji, Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen, and Amy Adams in Marchesa

Hot: All that Glitters is Gold

Anne Hathaway in Armani Privé, Amber Riley in Oliver Tolentino, Olivia Wilde in Marchesa, and Carrie Underwood in Badgley Mischka

Hot: Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad , Christina Hendricks in Romona Keveza, Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang, and Heidi Klum in Marc Jacobs

Warm: It was Just Off a Bit

Julianne Moore in Lanvin (would have been fantastic without that sleeve cape thing), Jennifer Love Hewitt in Romona Keveza (the crumb catcher top was way too big and the overall look was overdone), Kyra Sedgwick in Emilio Pucci (I think this would have looked better in a different color, the saffron color on Kyra looked off), Michelle Williams in Valentino ( I love the shape but hate the daisies - I think without those flowers it would have been a hit).

Not: Dated and Off A Lot

Edie Falco in Valentino (dress does not fit her right and it looks like her boob could fall out at any moment), Jane Fonda in George Hobeika (Barbarella it's time to retire those sleeves), Hallie Berry in Nina Ricci (looks like you just walked off the Broadway play Chicago and put a sarong on), Tilda Swinton in Jil Sanders (Sharon Stone did that look in the 90s and unfortunately this does not even come close).

Total Wrecks

Helena Bonham Carter in Vivienne Westwood (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), Jennifer Jones in Versace (Appendages are not in fashion) , Christina Aguilera in Zuhair Murad (stealing from the costume department of Burlesque was not a good idea) , and Tina Fey in L'Wren Scott (crushed velvet is so 1980's and so unflattering to the body).

There you have my reviews for the gowns of the Golden Globe red carpet. Hope you enjoy it.

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