Thursday, September 30, 2010

Betsey Johnson Teams up with The Plaza Hotel to Design the New Eloise Suite

Photo courtesy of The Plaza Hotel

Designer Betsey Johnson has teamed up with The Plaza Hotel in New York City to design the new Eloise Suite, based on the beloved fictional character Eloise. This chic new suite features pink-striped walls, chandeliers, neon lighting and so much more. Eloise's suite is located on the 18th floor and consists of not one, but two rooms. Everything about this suite is detailed to perfection to fit the six-year-old character, Eloise. The Palm Court restaurant in the Plaza Hotel is also featuring a special addition to their menu, "Eloise Tea". The new menu items will be comprised of childhood favorites such as, miniature grilled cheese, organic PB&J sandwiches, scones, cupcakes, cookies and more! Rates for the new Eloise Suite start at $995/night and include a monogrammed bathrobe, a $100 gift card to the Eloise shop (located downstairs), an Eloise camera (to document all the fun, of course!), a framed photo of you inside the suite and an Eloise book. Guests also have the option to book the adjourning suite, the "Edwardian Suite," which includes both champagne and truffles and starts at $2045/night and featured a two-bedroom option. The Eloise Ambassador will assist all guests in booking reservations and can be contacted via e-mail at:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hand-painted totes by Francesca Joy Palm Beach

When artist/designer Elise Francesca Fargnoli first began painting, she always had fashion in mind: Would this design look good on a dress, a bikini, shorts, or a skirt? Or even a pillow? Table linens? There was something about every design, color, and every pattern that was developed- it was meant for fashion, but more significantly, meant to be shared and worn. Much like the canvas Elise paints on, the canvas tote bag seemed meant to be painted on. The idea came from a friend who was bored with her plain tote bags, which she, like many others for years, has used for everything from groceries to beach accessories. Fans of Elise's paintings wanted more than just art work in their homes and on their walls - they wanted to wear it.

Elise liked the idea of painting on the bag - as a tote bag is meant to be taken everywhere, and used well for years on end. Though the design is delicate and hand-painted with special textile paint, the bag isn't meant to be treated like that - it is meant to follow the excitement and the changing patterns of your own life. So, Francesca Joy was born - with offices in the heart of Palm Beach, Florida, and the rural, green hills of Pomfret, Connecticut. Elise founded the company in January of 2010 with Carolyn Roy, (Carolyn Roy Interiors) an interior designer from Palm Beach. Roy's work has been noted in Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, and House and Garden. She, too, loved everything - color, design, and couture. They felt joining forces would bring a new twist to the design, fashion, and art world. Besides being a lifestyle collection, FJ is also has a home decor line. This company is owned by Elise Francesca Fargnoli, Rhonda Fargnoli, Alexandra R. Picerne, and Carolyn Roy. FJ is proud to say all items are made in the USA.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Flavor Palm Beach to host “A Good Cause Looks Great on You” Event Thursday, September, 30th from 6-8 p.m. Tory Burch on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach

Flavor Palm Beach to host “A Good Cause Looks Great on You” Event on Thursday, September, 30th from 6-8 p.m. at Tory Burch on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach to benefit the Red Cross.

Bubbly drinks, sweet treats from the amazing Passion for Pastry, savory appetizers, fantastic goody bag for the first 30 purchasers and a tempting raffle including Flavor Palm Beach dinner for 2 at Morton's and Ruth's Chris as well as beauty treatments from Dr Angela Culverhouse. 10% off purchases and 10% of purchases Tory will donate to the Red Cross.

Free drink when you dine after at Top of the Point. Let me know if you want to join Gina, Meg and I for the Flavor menu dinner - we are making a girls night out of it!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Jessica Ricci Jewelry Featured “Deal Spotter” on iVillage

Jessica Ricci Jewelry Featured “Deal Spotter” on iVillage: Jewelry designer Jessica Ricci takes inspiration from her travels to create gorgeous rings, earrings, necklaces and cuffs. And we have to say, we love each and every piece!

This gold vermeil French Lace Cuff Bracelet ($300, now comes out to $180 with the discount, at Jessica Ricci Jewelry) was inspired by 200-year-old linens found in a Parisian market and this cute Coffee Bean Necklace (originally $200, now $120 using the discount code, at Jessica Ricci Jewelry) was crafted as a reminder of a recent trip to Tanzania where coffee is their largest export. So unexpectedly elegant, right? And like most of her pieces, it also comes in super affordable sterling silver for just $36 after the discount.

Our favorite piece though has to be this pair of Aquamarine Dangling Earrings (pictured, originally $350, now comes out to $210 using the coupon code, at Jessica Ricci Jewelry) which gives us the perfect excuse to throw our hair into a bun and go.

Ready to fill up your jewelry box? Simply enter ivillage40 at checkout to save 40 percent on everything at

Offer is valid from 6:00 AM (EST) September 27, 2010 through 5:59 AM (EST) October 4, 2010, or while supplies last. Discounts and prices do not include shipping or taxes.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bakerella's New Book "Cake Pops" Released

Bakerella, Queen of cake pops, has just released her new book called "Cake Pops" of course and she's already #7 on The New York Times best seller! She's doing a book tour at Williams Sonoma around the country. Click here to see if she is coming to a store near you!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

International Sweet Table Design Contest

Photo credit to Amy Atlas

Calling all non-professional party planners! It’s your turn to show off your skills. Enter the International Sweet Table Design Contest by Sweet Mommy Girl! Judged by some of my favorites in the industry, Amy Atlas, Courtney from Pizzazzerie, and Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess. Contest ends December 31, 2010.

Official Rules:

Send an email to the jury corresponding to your country with « sweet table contestant » as subject. Please send only horizontal photos not bigger than 700 width with the url link where all the photos are available. For more information and official rules click here.

B. Inspired,


Monday, September 20, 2010

Fashion Week 2010 Recap

What an invigorating week in New York City…the weather was heavenly, fashionable people were buzzing about the city and many great dinners, of course. With behind the scenes tours at The Knot and Women’s Health magazines and fabulous shows by Catherine Malandrino, Luca Luca and Tibi…this girl was in heaven. Not to mention I started the week off with meeting one of my faves, Rachel Zoe at the Piperlime event and ended with meeting Tory Burch at her Tory Burch Foundation’s event! For anyone that hasn’t been to Fashion’s Night Out it is worth a trip to the city. It is like fashion Madri Gras! Also got to meet up with my favorite girls from Hunter Dixon Clothing Line. I’ve blogged about them before but if you haven’t seen their line check it out at So happy to also meet up with many of my friends who are still in the city and try some new restaurants that I haven’t been to…Felice, Kenmare, Pulino’s, etc. Can’t wait to be back in October!
B. Inspired,

Friday, September 17, 2010

Featured in “Where’d They Get That?” - The Knot Fall 2010

Featured in “Where’d they get that? In The Knot Fall 2010 issue.

“Starfish Décor. Dreaming of a seaside ceremony? Starfish (from 63¢, are the natural choice for beachy escort cards.”

B. Inspired,


Thursday, September 16, 2010

A décor and dining treat - Mister Milano - new to Palm Beach Gardens

We stumbled upon Mister Milano when invited to see Urban Gypsy play. With a chic black and white color palette and chandeliers, mirrors and plush banquettes, the décor is a nice surprise. There is also live entertainment nightly in the center of the restaurant. The menu is extensive and focuses on traditional and new Italian recipes, such as Risotto with green apple and sparkling Carlizze, Spaghetti Carbonara, Green Gnocchetti with gorgonzola and walnuts, Branzino al sale marino and a Filet Mignon with a Barolo wine sauce.

Mister Milano is open for dinner nightly, but will eventually serve breakfast and lunch daily.

For a limited time, visit South Florida Dines for a dining discount certificate.

B. Inspired,


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Family Portraits with mStyle Photography

It's almost that time of year again. Get your family portraits with mStyle Photography and use them for Christmas or holiday cards.

Holiday Portrait Special
Mention you saw this card and receive 25 complimentary holiday cards with your order. Offer expires 11/15/2010

mStyle is a boutique photography studio, specializing in families, children & babies.
Call today to book your session!

B. Inspired,

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Enter the Cupcake Skewer Contest at Pizzazzerie with Guest judge Bakerella

Official Rules
Break out the aprons and enter the Cupcake Skewer Contest at Pizzazzerie!
Don’t forget to read their "how-to post" for tips on making these treats!
They want to see creativity! Submit 1 to 5 pictures of your skewers to by Wednesday, September 22 at 5:00 EST to enter.
Winner will be announced on Friday, September 24th.

Official Prize Pack will include: autographed copy of Cake Pops by
, $25 Gift Code to Sweet! Baking Supplies, $25 Gift Code to The
, Cupcake Skewer Notecard set, Cupcake Clipboard, BabyCakes Mini
Cupcake Maker
, Cupcake Party Pack, and Mini Cupcake Boxes.

Good Luck Happy Baking!
B. Inspired,

Monday, September 13, 2010

Mobile Dessert Trucks

I came across The Little Spoon Dessert Truck in LA a few months ago and thought what a great concept! I'm in New York and they have the Dessert Truck Works. We need one in Palm Beach! Doesn't get any better than a variety of sweet treats on wheels. Such a fun element for any event too!
B. Inspired,

"A Little Birdie Told Me It's a ?" Baby Reveal Featured as Party of the Day on Catch My Party

"A Little Birdie Told Me It's a ?" Baby Reveal Featured as Party of the Day on Catch My Party!

Friday, September 10, 2010

DIY – How to Make a Hanging Flower Pomander

I saw these flowers at the Art and Antique Fair at the Palm Beach Convention Center. I kept it in my photo files to recreate at a later date. I love the bright colors and the use of a single flower type. These can be made with any flower, not just roses, and you can also hang them. Below are directions to create your own flower pomanders for a special occasion.

Things You'll Need:

  • Flowers (daisies, carnations, roses, etc.)
  • Oasis floral foam spheres
  • Chicken wire
  • 20-Gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Large Bowl
  • Ribbon (grosgrain, satin or ribbon of your choice- just ensure it's strong enough to support the ball)
1) Purchase floral foam balls in the size of your choice (available at any floral supply store or online), flowers (sturdy flowers so they don't get crushed) and wire.

2) To prepare the ball for hanging, wrap the chicken wire around the diameter of the ball, then criss-cross it to divide the ball into quarters. Twist the ends of the wire into a small loop (you'll slip the ribbon through this loop later to hang the ball). If you would prefer to use the balls as centerpieces or as a non-hanging display, skip this step.

3) Soak the foam in water.

4) Trim the stems of the flowers at an angle, leaving an inch or so beneath the head.

5) Insert flowers. If the stems of your chosen flowers are strong enough, you can insert them into the ball as is. If you have trouble with this, use the 20-gauge wire to assist in the insertion. Cut it into 4-inch pieces, fold them in half and insert both ends through the blossoms. Then, insert the wired flowers into the balls. Start by inserting flowers in a straight line, creating a ring around the ball. Then cover each half of the ball with flowers, overlapping the petals slightly and making sure to fill in all gaps.

6) Slip ribbon through the loop you created at the top of the ball. You an tie a pretty bow, or if you prefer a cleaner look, tie the ends of the ribbon into a strong knot and use the wire to tuck the ribbon into the top of the ball and out of sight.

7) Alternatives: You can choose to use silk flowers instead. If you do go this route, you can use styrofoam balls and skip the soaking. You can also use hot glue to help secure the fake flowers.

Tips from ehow.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Great book and worth the read - What I Know Now About Success: Letters from Extraordinary Women to Their Younger Selves by Ellyn Spragins

If you are looking for an inspirational book or just a good read this is a great one! Successful women such as Bobbi Brown, Barbara Corcoran Paula Deen, Suze Orman, Diane Von Fustenberg and many more, write letters to their younger selves. Now wiser, you read the advice they would give themselves and the challenges and obstacles they faced to become icons of their era. You can read more about the book and author Ellyn Spragins at

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fashion’s Night Out Palm Beach Gardens and Neiman Marcus Palm Beach on September 10th

Although I will be in NYC, I wanted to share the local happenings for Fashion's Night Out! Join The Gardens Mall forFashion's Night Out — From the Skyline to the Shoreline on September 10 from 6-9 p.m. Get a taste of New York's sizzling style right here in Palm Beach County. Enjoy a night of exclusive shopping, complimentary cocktails, giveaways and much more. Sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach Gardens, Pinnacle Vodka and Palm Beach Illustrated. With more than 30 stores taking part, The Gardens Mall is hosting the biggest fashion soiree to hit Palm Beach Gardens. Visit store after store to see the latest and greatest, and make sure to stop by the Fashion’s Night Out Lounge to register for some fabulous prizes. For more information please visit The Gardens Mall website here.

The Palm Beach store will satisfy not just the fashionista’s sense of style but her taste buds as well, with cocktails served up by Echo’s mixologist Charles Steadman. Enjoy light bites from Michelle Bernstein's at The Omphoy, Pistache French Bistro, Christafaro's Catering and The Sugar Monkey, plus wines from Bulletproof Wine & Spirits. Music by DJ Nick Spin, style reports with sneak previews of the upcoming trends for Fall 2010 and a Fashion Show at 6:30 p.m.

For a complete listing of events for Palm Beach click here.

Be sure to RSVP at both locations to ensure a spot for the festivities.

Enjoy light bites from Michelle Bernstein's at The Omphoy, Pistache French Bistro, Christafaro's Catering and The Sugar Monkey, plus wines from Bulletproof Wine & Spirits

Strike a pose in a live fashion shoot

DJ Nick Flash spins timeless beats, along with the season’s most fashionable tracks on Level Two

It! Weddings & Events invites you to meet the It! Girls: Angela Culveyhouse, Aime Dunstan, Hilary Jordan and Diana Perry, and see how they bring NM trends to the table

6:30 P.M.
Runway Show featuring the hottest trends of the season

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Peacock Sip ‘n See “Party of the Day” on Catch My Party

Peacock Sip ‘n See “Party of the Day” on Catch My Party!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sweet Skewers by Sweets Indeed

I stumbled upon these adorable candy kabobs called "Sweet Skewers" by Sweets Indeed. They are topped with lollipops that come in more than 75 shapes, colors and flavors. Halloween is right around the corner and the Mini Bat and Pumpkin Sweet Skewers add a twist to trick or treat. They are available for purchase at Sweets Indeed's Etsy store.

Friday, September 3, 2010

"A Little Birdie Told Me" Inspired Baby Reveal Theme

Inspired by the familiar saying, "A little birdie told me," we added "It's a ?" to the invite for the recent baby reveal theme. A green and pink gender neutral custom invite was created. Once we found out it was a girl, we designed the pink and natural bird tablescape with letters to spell G-I-R-L from Anthropologie, bird decor and cages from Michael's. Moss and rattan chargers, rented from Panache Party Rental added to the natural texture of the table. The invite was turned into a placecard design and attached to the bird nests with pink Jordan Almonds as eggs and bird feeders. The Nest Egg Scented Soap was the party favor for the ladies. Opi "It's a girl" nail polish was given to the girls who guessed it is a girl. Cupcakes with toasted coconut to look like a nest with pink birdies were made by Southern Belle's Cakery. Photos by mStyle Photography.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sneak Peak from our "Under the Sea 1st Birthday" - Octopus placemats from The Back Porch

These Octopus placemats were a fab find at The Back Porch to incorporate into an upcoming 1st Birthday "Under the Sea" party theme. These paper placemats come in a variety of patterns with monogram options. A great way to dress up a table for a birthday, dinner party or girl's night! For more information visit or call 561.799.1878.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Our favorite EmersonMade has done it again!

EmersonMade recently launched its clothing line and we’re obsessed with the 1960’s Tweed Jacket…just can’t wait for it to get cool enough to wear it! And “The Stripe” with their signature Big Dandy or Classic E.M. Big Poppy flower is such a classic. We first fell in love with their flower clutches and they keep surprising us with amazing new pieces! Click here to check out the full Emersonmade women’s collection.