Ebay store “AGAPE”

Hello lovely readers. I was in Vegas this past weekend for the Pacquiao/Hatton fight. One of the funnest weekends I’ve had back home in a long time - more on that later ;-) For now I wanted to share with you this ebay store I randomly came across called “AGAPE.” It’s a Hong Kong store so there is a price to pay for shipping which isn’t much especially considering how surprisingly low the prices are for such cute, trend-setting clothing.

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$26.95

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They definitely carry a cutesy, girly selection where you just might get lucky and score a rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, or even a bridesmaid dress, but you were already thinking that right?

Erin Cole Accessories

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In my opinion, Erin Cole’s accessories rank up there alongside Haute Brides’ designs and quality. This has been my dream bracelet *sigh.* The center stone has a hint of blue perfect for that ’something blue.’ Isn’t it regal and elegant? Check out her site look book for more gorgeous bracelets, earrings, necklaces and hair accessories!

Real Glam Wedding

Throw in a satiny slinky dress, a bow-tie, a classic black, white, red color combo,  and a vintage car, then add in touches of fur, rhinestones, and feathers and you got yourself one glamorous wedding. This San Francisco wedding was shot by photographer Jose Villa.

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Sale Finds!

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Roxy Radcliff Mary Jane Shoe. Originally $34. On sale for $9.97

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Roxy Radcliff Shoes. Originally$34. On sale for $8.50

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Lucky Brand Ruffled Print Sleeve Top. Originally $79. On sale for $39.50

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Lucky Brand Embroidered Cardigan. Originally $99, On sale for $49.50

Seeing Black and White

This classic color combo continued to be hot across Spring runways. Black and white will continue its sophisticated freshness into Summer and can be found in floral, graphic, geometric, striped, and polka dot prints. Consider breaking the uniformity with a pop of a bright colored accessory like that yellow clutch.

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Spotlight on Photographer Jason Q. Tran

I thought I’d document our Union Station engagement photo session which now seems was taken long ago. It was actually taken around March last year to be exact. JD and I have had a LONG engagement and we’re so ready now to bring our butts to the altar.

I remember when I set out to look for a photographer I must have skimmed dozens and dozens of photography blogs. I remember liking one particular photographer for his/her style then a different one for his/her style and so on. Photography was a priority on my list that I didn’t want to skimp on because like they say - once the wedding’s over all you have left of it are your photographs.

Jason was actually a referral from Sarah K. Chen during my hunt and I was for sure glad I came across his site. What struck me the most about his work was that he had that textured artsy type of post-editing  that I liked so much. I was definitely looking for artsy fartsy. I also appreciated the diverse range in his style. His images don’t have just one type of look  that’s always the same for every image he takes and every wedding he shoots. Different images of his encapsulated all the various styles that I liked from other photographers. His work was all those different styles wrapped in 1 photographer so I knew if I requested a certain look, Jason could adapt like a chameleon. I also liked that he had a background in fashion photography and graphic arts - if I remember correctly. I notice artistic images are evident of a photographer’s background in other creative arts. Jason was a perfect find for what I sought and he sure delivered at our engagement shoot.

You’re probably thinking “Damn this girl is meticulous about picking a photographer.” I don’t even know much about photography at all, but I do know when I see something I like. Plans for the engagement shoot played out the same way. I had a clear vision of the look I was aiming for and Jason welcomed my ideas and jumped on board. I love how he’s open to ideas and willing to join in a collaborative effort. It was quite a fun adventure.

The day of our engagement session right before we started, I had a freak toe stubbing accident that left 1/3 of my big toenail hanging off. I tried not to make a big deal out of it and draw too much attention to it cause it was kind of embarrassing. JD and Jason looked at my bloody toe in horror and disbelief as I casually swung my bloody toe in my cute red heels explaining that really it didn’t hurt that bad. Jason was kind enough to hurry to the nearest restroom to bring back a damp paper towel and get me cleaned up. Guess a bloody toe doesn’t make for pretty pictures :-)

I remember laughing when I read another bride’s review on Projectwedding.com that her family nicknamed Jason the “ninja photographer” cause he’d pop up out of nowhere, snap the shot, and be gone. JD and I thought the exact same thing at our shoot because we tried to be as inconspicuous as possible since I heard rumors that we weren’t allowed to photograph at Union Station. Jason would quickly snap a shot and literally we’d wonder where he went right after. haha! On the flipside of that he really takes the time to place a couple  and set up a shot. If you’re a couple conscientious about what to do or how to pose, you’re in good hands. At times we felt awkward and at a loss as to what to do with our bodies and Jason knew how to give great direction as well as capture candids. He worked his butt off so much in fact that we were starving at the end of our shoot and stuffed our faces silly with sushi afterwards at the nearest Little Tokyo restaurant. He took that much time and put that much effort with us.

I had contacted other photographers before Jason and surprisingly when I asked to view online proofing galleries from real weddings  I was a bit disappointed that a considerable amount of their photos weren’t as impressive as their photos on their blog. This was not the case with Jason. He’s the real deal and puts that much care not just into his blog photos. He’s blown up quite a bit since we first booked with him and we’re glad we found him and can’t wait to work with him again on our upcoming wedding. Jason is a sincere, kind, hard-working, talented professional that deserves all the recognition he’s been receiving. Guess this is my review :-) Here are some of our photos from our shoot.  Click to see more of Jason’s work here. Geez this was a long post!

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The above was my fave of the day

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Jason spotted this cool English dude named Rocket to be in our photo. He was really sweet.

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The Bookworms’ Wedding

I just love seeing weddings that incoporate books into their decor. Vintage books especially, can conjure a cozy, sophisticated ambience with a touch of nostalgia. Novels also cast a warmth of romance alluding to a storybook love story. Check out these 3 weddings all uniquely their own but similar in the way that all 3 are elevated with so much character with the use of a collection of books.

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Photos taken by Jerry Yoon Photography

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Non-pro pics from Angel Swanson’s blog

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WEDDING 2

Photos by kegdesign.com

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WEDDING 3

Photos taken by Jason Schmidt

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Hope you enjoyed these weddings as much as I did :-) Aren’t these weddings gorgeous?



Sale Finds!

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Steve Madden satin heels. Originally $89.95. On sale for $69.95

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J.Crew silk gala clutch. Originally $88.00. On sale for $59.99

Unfortunately the ivory and black clutches are the only 2 colors not on sale.

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Have you seen this?!

This surprise number had me grinning my butt off :-) This rockstar bride gives Beyonce a run for her money!

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CLICK HERE to see the video (scroll down and click the play button above “Single Ladies”)

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Images from Our Labor of Love

Loved this!! Doesn’t this make you want to bust out with your own surprise number for your wedding?

Styleinspired has been blogged!

So I’ve been meaning to share 2 of my new favorite wedding blogs/sites:  LA Style Unveiled and 100 Layer Cake .

Style Unveiled is one stylish wedding planning resource sure to connect you with the best vendors and ideas that you don’t want to miss. This new site has been a helpful resource for my own planning where I can catch the latest in fashion and real wedding inspiration. I’m also  happy to announce that we’ve been blogged on LA Style Unveiled.  I was flattered when Heather from Style Unveiled informed me that one of my labors of love was showcased on their blog. Check it out here! Heather and Kimberly, thank you for contacting us and showing us love :-) Congratulations on the launch of your kick ass site!

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100 Layer Cake is another blog that throws down layers upon layers of delicious inspiration boards and wedding eye candy. I’m absolutely smitten with their color palettes and style and I’m sure you will be too!

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Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store at 100 Layer Cake that keeps me coming back for more.

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Hope you enjoy these 2 fabulous planning resources and had a Happy Easter!