We’re getting over the Monday blues, or mopey Monday as we so fondly call it. Hump day is just around the bend but we need a little something to help us celebrate getting through Monday. Thanks to the good folks at Smirnoff we have found our silver lining. Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut Vodka. We’ve decided that Flamingoes and coconut are the new *IT* thing (please make the cold and never ending winter end). We also think that Smirnoff’s Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut is a perfect for a Spring (no really where are you SPRING?!) cocktail hour or for a fun kick off to a bachelorette party. This vodka is smooth and as a bonus only 78 calories per 1.5 oz serving. We’re simple gals so we made a simply delicious martini with 1.5 oz of Smirnoff’s Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut Vodka and 2 oz of coconut water (a lady must stay hydrated) in a chilled martini glass. Smirnoff was super awesome and sent us a ton of recipes. To quote police chief Brody from Jaws….We’re going to need a bigger glass. Ok he needed a boat but tomato, toMAHto. If you Pin, haha who doesn’t, check out Smirnoff’s Girls Night In for all their great recipes. Make sure to let us know in the comments your favorite recipe!
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Ok. So we were floored when we saw Lee-Ann’s hair. There is nothing we love more than pretty pony hair (we think she looks a bit like Pinkie Pie). They had a beautiful outdoor wedding with just a smidge of rain. Which I’m sure all of you know is good luck. Even cooler than Lee-Ann’s hair was the hawk that flew in their rings. That’s right a fuKA-KAWing HAWK flew in their rings during the ceremony. We’ll just let that sink in while you look at these amazing photos from Aeris Photography.
Photographer: Aeris Photography
Floral Designer: Akiko Floral Artistry Inc.
Dress Store: Bridal Debut
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Derks Formals
Event Venue: Devonian Botanic Gardens
Ashley and David had an AMAZING pink inspired wedding in St. Pete, FL. It started off early at the Renaissance Vinoy with the guys and gals getting ready. Ashley had a beautiful dress that was made from, well we’re guessing miles of organza it’s fluffy, full and faaaaaancy! Her girls were sporting black dresses with pink heels, which we of course absolutely love. The ceremony was held at Christ the King Catholic Church, then they celebrated back at the Vinoy. Where, yes, they ran into Charlie Crist and his amazingly always perfectly coiffed hair, he’s like Roger Sterling minus the cigarettes and booze.
Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography//Equipment Rentals: Signature Event Rentals//Makeup Artist: Brandi Lynn Tort MakeupHair//Floral Designer: Carmen’s Flowers//Linens and Coverings: Connie Duglin Linens//Event Planner: Days Remembered by ND//Dress Store: Emelina’s Bridal & Boutique//Transportation: His & Hers Limousines //Lighting: inspire//Cinema and Video: movie magic productions//Officiant:Officient//Event Planner:Renaissance Vinoy Resort//Equipment Rentals: Signature Events By Design LLC//Cake Designer:Stephanie Petitta//
The lovely folks at Malibu sent us a sample of their new Malibu Sundae. It’s wonderful mix of chocolate ice-cream and coconut rum. We tried it two different ways. First on the rocks. It was smooth and not overwhelming on the chocolate. The second one…..well we had to run out for ice-cream. Way back in the day we used to frequent the TGI Friday’s for their Oreo milkshake liquor drink (and 26 pieces of flair). Sadly the last TGI within driving distance closed a couple of years ago. But never fear with Malibu’s Sundae liqueur we’d made a suitable stand in.
4 oz Malibu Sundae Rum
2 oz Creme de Cocoa
2 cups vanilla bean icecream
2 cups coconut milk
12 oreos (some to eat some to drink)
Chocolate syrup for garnish
Pull out your blender folks! Ok so we used coconut milk (thanks someone drinking the regular milk and not telling us to buy more) so go ahead and use regular milk if that’s all you have. We also guessed on the number of Oreos as many were consumed before they actually made it into the blender. Throw pretty much all the ingredients in the blender except for the chocolate syrup. Blend well. Now use your chocolate syrup and drizzle on the inside of your glass, so pretty! You can always tweak this recipe. You don’t necessarily need Creme De Cocoa but we had it on hand and used it to even out the coconut milk.
We also found that the Malibu Sundae was also really good just poured in coconut milk. And over ice-cream. Or to dunk the leftover Oreos in. Actually we need more, so dear Malibu if you’re reading this please send us more stat!
Hearts on Fire have sent us an awesome info graphic on the 3 Steps to a Perfect Proposal. So guys listen up they’ve got some helpful info for you. And ladies don’t forget to share it with your significant other after 64% of brides to be were involved
Courtesy of: heartsonfire.com
Ok so we’re in week 2 of the New Year. How are the New Year Resolutions going? So far we’re still on track. Clean eating and exercising are our goals for the year.
Just before the holidays we were asked to try out a new product from Apothederm. They sent us a sample of their Stretch Mark Cream, which naturally we couldn’t wait to try. First off we tested the smell. It’s very light and clean. Which is great because we have a huge addiction to Chanel No5 and hate when lotions compete or change the scent of our perfume. Apothederm neither competed nor overwhelmed us when applied. Another huge plus the cream isn’t greasy or too thick. It absorbed into the skin fairly quickly so our clothing didn’t stick to us.
We did notice a change in our skin. Our silvery stretch marks seemed to narrow and lighten which is absolutely delightful! Now we used Apothederm’s Stretch Mark Cream twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. It took about 3 weeks before we noticed a difference but there is definitely a difference. It also made our skin pretty darn soft. So if you’re battling stretch marks from either pregnancy or weight loss/gain we highly recommend using Apothederm’s Stretch Mark Cream.
So if you have a couple of problem stretchy areas click the box below to sign up and receive a free sample. Then come back and let us know how it works for you. We hope you have the same…no BETTER results than we did.
The annual Empire State Building Valentine’s Day Contest is fast approaching! Make sure to stop by their Facebook page and submit a creative proposal by December 5th. Share your personal love story for a chance to have your dream wedding at the iconic building. Red Envelope and ProFlowers have been asked to be lead designers of the 3 winning weddings.
They have asked Hot Pink Brides to help spread the word. So we chose 5 of our favorite items from Red Envelopes wedding gifts page. Here are our Hot Pink Brides Empire State Building Wedding Picks:
1. Lollia Frangrances. First off the bottles are absolutely beautiful. Secondly the fragrances are not overwhelming, they have perfectly balanced the mix of fruit and floral combinations. There’s three different fragrances to choose from In Love, Wish and Relax. Call us crazy but we’re going for Relax. Getting married on top of the Empire State building?! Yep some relax will be needed.
2. Your man needs something too. These cufflinks are perfect. Put in a picture of a loved one or a snapshot of the first time you met. Not only that you can also have them engraved with a single initial.
3. Cheers! After the nuptials what could be better than a toast from a personalized wine bucket?
4. Personalized couples key dates wall art. Be the envy of all of your friends with a personalized one of a kind work of art. Imagine your wedding date and EMPIRE STATE WEDDING on a beautiful 24×32 canvas.
5. Lastly you’re going to need a Deluxe Wall Gallery Frame to show off all the AMAZING photos from your Empire State Building wedding. Hang this puppy up next to the personalized key date canvas and your friends eyes will probably roll out of their heads. You’re welcome
Now that we’ve shared our favorites. What would you pick to have at your Empire State Building wedding?
Australia offers some of the most incredible vineyards and wineries in the world to visit and sample their creations. Australia actually has over 60 wine regions, offering some incredible vineyards to visit and explore. There are many wine trails to travel, events to go to and romantic restaurants to sample as you explore the incredible vineyards Australia’s wine regions have to offer. Check out these amazing vineyards located all throughout Australia to see why the nation has produced some of the finest wines in the world.
Botobolar Vineyard, located in Mudgee in New South Wales, was the very first vineyard to be fully certified organic in Australia. Established in 1971, Botobolar is a 22-hectare vineyard featuring grapes grown without any herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Botobolar is a dryland vineyard well known for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Marsanne and Shiraz.
Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyards
Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard, located in Milawa, Victoria, is a family owned wine company that offers a range of wines made from many grape varieties. Brown Brothers was founded by John Francis Brown in 1889 and continues to be operated by his descendants on the same property. They own a variety of vineyards, some of which are over 50 years old, in both Victoria and Tasmania.
Leeuwin Estate, which was established in 1969, is a winery in the Margaret River wine region that owns over 48 hectares of vineyards and produces about 60,000 cases of wine during each vintage. Leeuwin Estate’s best known wine is the “Art Series Chardonnay.” A large amount of the grapes used to produce this wine are from the “Block 20” vineyard, which was considered by Australian Sommelier Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Australian vineyards. In addition to their wine, Leeuwin Estate also offers an award winning restaurant on their property, as well.
Schiller Vineyards, in the Barossa Valley wine region of South Australia, is a sixth generation family owned and operated vineyard that was established in 1864. They have 65 hectares of vineyards that they sell to Barossa wine producers for table wines. Some of their plantings include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Riesling, Semillon and Shiraz.
Vasse Felix, the very first winery and vineyard established in the Margaret River wine region in Western Australia, is a recognized pioneer of the region. It was first established by Dr. Tom Cullity, a cardiologist, in Cowaramup in 1967, and features an award winning restaurant on the property as well. Vasse Felix is recognized for their impressive offerings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
Sampling Wines from Australian Vineyards
Even if you’re not able to make the trip to visit some of these incredible Australian vineyards, you still are plenty able to try the amazing wines produced by the grapes of Australian vineyards. There are hundreds of bottles of wines from Australia’s numerous vineyards available online. Check out Jims Cellars wine online to find a huge variety of some of the most popular and award-winning wines from Australian vineyards.
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We love us some baseball here at Hot Pink Brides. We love fancy socks even more. The peeps at Argoz (Are-GOES) contacted us about their fabulous line of argyle socks. I know, I know you’re looking at the screen like I have five heads. Well these aren’t your Grandpa’s socks (although let’s face it he knows what’s up). These are sexy, fun, and out of the box socks. They’re perfect for the groom and his men. It’s a HUGE wedding detail which is trending all over Pinterest. Argoz is an online premium sock company based out of San Francisco. Their masterminds in the sock factory are currently working on socks for that XL man in your life too. They feel that they shouldn’t miss out on well fitting socks, no ankles will be spared. They’ll very soon have size 13+ out for the well endowed very soon. I know we’re excited for our size 14 man. Another huge bonus of Argoz they sell a line they call the Stevens. They’re made to match by not matching. Wait what? That’s right. There’s always that ONE jerkface sock that ends up missing never to been seen or heard from again. Mom used to say that all that fuzz in the lint trap was the missing sock. We’ll never know. Well Argoz has solved that problem. They made their socks alike but a bit different so if you’re sock goes on the honeymoon before you, you’ll have that backup fraternal twin to cover for it’s disappearance. Genius. So do us a favor and stop by their store and browse around. Make sure to let us know if you procure some fancy foot coverings for your groom on his special day. Stop by their blog too. They have some great insight on staying awesome. We have a few pairs of heels (made by Satan we’re guessing) that would probably chew up our feet a little less when once we start wearing our Argoz with them.
Jenna and Scott had a beautiful red & wine inspired wedding. The seating chart had an amazing detail with the wine cork place holders. Their thank you gifts were individual bottles of wine with the couples in a loving embrace on the label. We loved all the little details from the elegant yet simply decorated cake to the center piece with a single rose in the vase and a bouquet topper. We also think the bridal party totally nailed the Bridesmaid pose too.
Photographer: Engaging Images
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay
Dress Store: Bea Shawn Bridal
Shoes: Celebration Shoes
Makeup Artist: Creatively Beautiful
DJ: DJ Emporium
Cake Designer: I Do! Wedding Cakes
Event Venue: Le Parc
Floral Designer: Thoughtful Gifts and Flowers
Favors and Gifts:Vinters Celler
Invitation Designer: Vistaprint
Submitted via Two Bright Lights
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