My Favorite Things

As an event planner, I find inspiration in many things BUT lately I have this growing obsession for lighting, specifically chandeliers.  I visit a lot of  of venues, and I find myself immediately gravitating to the ceiling to see what type of lighting they have.

These are some of my recent finds:

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This next one may be my all time favorite.  It is so whimsical…can you imagine this in the ceiling and your centerpieces having these same crystals dripping from the vase.  OMG how amazing would that be.  I see a vision coming to life :).

L.A. Hotel Downtown
L.A. Hotel Downtown

I’m not sure where I captured this one from, but it is not a traditional chandelier but it has so much flair.  It almost reminds me of having a sea of glass birds flying over you…How cool would that be?

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If I could have a house full of chandeliers, I would be in heaven….I would keep the lights on all day, but that wouldn’t be very energy efficient and besides my hubby wouldn’t go for that, but a girl can dream can’t she? :).

What are some of your favorite things?  What gives you inspiration to decorate or throw an awesome party?  Leave us a comment so that we can share in your inspiration!

Take Care,

Erika

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What’s On Your Christmas List?

From Black Friday to Cyber Monday the Holiday season is in full gear.  I’m sure you have heard me scream time and time again, I love this time of the year, and share in the sentiments of singer Andy Williams “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

People are shopping and making their list and checking them twice.  What do you have on your Christmas list?  Have you been looking for that unique Christmas gift?  Check out our journals customized with name and tagline.  This book is sure to help anyone get a  jump start into writing their New Year’s Resolutions and Goals out.

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Our I Love Purses Journal
Our Leopard Pair Journal
Our Leopard Pair Journal
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Our Walking Into My Destiny Journal
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Our Sophisticated Lady Journal
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Our Letting My Light Shine Journal
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Our Success Journal
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Our My Cup Runneth Over Journal
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Our A Strong Sisterhood Journal
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Our I’m a Survivor Journal
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Our Bridal Journal

Ready to start securing that perfect gift?  Hop on over to our Etsy Shop for more details.  We are busy over here planning holiday parties and prepping for Christmas.  Stay tune for some of our upcoming holiday posts.

Take Care,

Erika

Bling is one of my Favorite Things

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I had an awesome time viewing the Glow Concepts showroom they have some amazing stuff.  What a way to end the week looking at some one of my favorite things decor infused with a classy touch of bling.   I can’t wait to work with this team.

Join us next week as we finish our series on Wedding Invitations 101. 

Have a great weekend.  I plan on enjoying this Cali weather, what about you????  What are your plans?

Take Care,
Erika

Wedding Invitations 101 – Invitation Styles

If you’re a bride, I’m sure you’ve been busy planning your wedding. And by now, you know there are many decisions to make from choosing a wedding style to determining what song you will walk down the aisle on.  One of the biggest decision (I’m sure you’ve said, they are all big decisions) you’ll have to make is picking out your invitations.

Your invitation will be the first “sneak peak” into your wedding for most of your guests. The style of your invitation helps set the tone for your entire wedding.  In the past, for formal weddings, a traditional invitation was engraved or printed in black ink on high-quality white or ivory paper. However, with the growth in technology there are so many more options to choose from.

First you will want to pick the type of invitation you want. There are so many options to choose from. Below are 3 of my favorite styles.

The Wedding Card is a single layer invitation that can range in size, I typically create this type in a 5X7 size. This card can be printed just on the front side, or I have had fun with creating a fun design to include on the back. If you want a little more depth to your invitation you can also add an invitation mat to the invite.

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Thanks to Krista Mason Photography for capturing my Cinco De Mayo themed invitation

The Folded Card invitation looks like a card and you open it to find the invitation. I create this invitation in either a 5X7 or 6X6 size. I like this style because it gives you the look of the pocket fold, but doesn’t require you to use all of the inserts. You can also add additional adornments such as a mat, belly bands and monograms if you want a little more spice to your live.
The Pocket Fold I believe is by far my most favorite invitation to create. I love the ability to create various layers to this invitation. There are so many sizes and variations to the pocket fold but I often use the 6X6 square pocket fold or the 5X7 rectangle option. Can’t you tell that these are two of my favorite dimensions?   With pocket folds the sky is the limit and the possibilities are limitless.

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I love peacocks which was the inspiration for me creating this invitation.

Next you’ll want to decide what type of printing you want for your invitations. The printing often signifies how formal your wedding will be. Also the printing you choose will impact your budget, help determine the paper options, and determine turnaround time.

Engraving is the printing method were the letters are raised on the front of the invite which creates an indention on the back of the invite. This is one of the oldest printing methods around. This technique is used for a very formal wedding and is one of the most expensive printing options. This process can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to complete.
Thermography is very similar to engraving in that the letters are raised on the front of the invitation and are often shiny, however the back is smooth. This is accomplished by printing the invitation and then adding a powder while the ink is still wet to give it a raised look. The beauty of this process is that it is typically 30-50% cheaper than engraving. Turnaround time for this option is about a week.
Letterpress is an even older printing option than engraving. It consists of letter being indented on the front and slightly raised in the back providing a textured look. This is another costlier printing option. This process can take up to two months.
Foil Stamping is a paper-like foil that leaves a metallic look. It leaves an impression very much like letterpress. The process actually does not use any ink and is called “dry printing.” This is by far the priciest printing option. This process can take over two months.
Digital Printing is what we use here at Erika’s Elegance. There are many font options available that can give you the look of calligraphy without the actual cost. More and more brides are opting for this type of printing because it gives you elegance at a fraction of the cost. Turnaround time for this type can start at a week.

Lastly you will need to decide how you want your invitations worded. It is very important to word the invitation correctly. Your stationer can help you with this process. Invitation Consultants is a great website to refer to for writing samples.

At Erika’s Elegance we love to design an invitation that will fit your personality and wedding style. We would love to work with you. Contact us today!

Stay tuned as we cover wedding invitation etiquette.

Take Care,

Erika

Erika’s Elegance Custom Journals

When I first moved out to California I was amazed at how many people kept a journal. It was fascinating and yet intriguing. I was impressed to see the many beautiful journals people had that often reflected their personality.

It wasn’t until my dear friend Shamilla reached out to me to create a journal for her that I totally got into the whole journal thing. Shamilla is an author who is an avid writer and is very passionate about journaling. I thank her for helping me to tap into my creativity to create a collection of journals that other’s may be able to enjoy.

Welcome to my collection…

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My Bridal journal, created for the Bride-to-Be.  It was designed for the bride to keep in her purse and have all of her planning information at her fingertips.  This journal has all of the vendor numbers in one place and provides 12, 9, 6, 4, 3, 2,  and 1 month  timeline checklists,

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This is my Breast Cancer journal.  A portion of the proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research.  My inspiration for this was my Auntie Louvenia my mother’s sister who is like a mother and my Aunt Betty who is my dad’s sister, who lost her battle.  I wanted to honor those who have fought so bravely and to help support the cause.  This journal has all of your important doctor and cancer support numbers, cancer resources, and motivational information.

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Sophisticated Lady was inspired by my mother.  My mother is flawlessly beautiful inside and out.  She is truly a woman of God and has always taught us Godly principle growing up.  She is truly a model of a person growing old gracefully.  Her smile illuminates the room and she has style out of this world.  I can’t keep up with her, she is Mrs. Fashionista!

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The Walking into my Destiny journal was inspired by my sissy as I affectionately call her, Shawnte’.  I am so very proud of the woman she has become.  I am the oldest and am very protective over her.  I have watched her grow into a wonderful young woman. She is an awesome wife, mother and mighty  woman of God.  I just love her.  My sister and I love shoes and often try each other’s shoes on.  So what better idea than to create a journal for two of my loves.  This journal is so fun and I would definitely rock all of these shoes.

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Let your Light Shine was inspired by my little sister Lezlie.  I actually did her version with a red dress because she’s a Delta.  Lezlie is such a beautiful young woman and I have watch her grow and she just emits light everywhere she goes.  She exudes elegance, class and lovingness.  Can you tell I love my sisters :).

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The Success journal was inspired by my God sister Kim.  It speaks of stature and position.  Kim is very driven and has become so successful.  I am so proud to see her evolve into the young woman she has become.  She is running the corporate world.  This is for the person who is striving to reach their best potential.

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My Cup Runneth Over was created for the coffee lover and is inspired by one of my favorite passages Psalms 23.

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I Love Bags was designed because of my love for handbags.  It is for the person who has journeyed through life and has a story to tell.  You can go through things in life and still come out beautiful.

This last collection was designed because of my BFF Shondalette who is a die hard Delta.  I wanted to create something cute and sophisticated that she could use at her meetings.  I then expanded it to include other sororities.

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I’ve also had a chance to create a couple of custom journals for clients which is always exciting.

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The Peacock Journal which doubled as a baby book and was created for a Peacock themed baby shower I planned and the Ladybug journal that I created for my Author friend Shamilla.

I realized that in creating the journals, we all have stories that help shape and pattern our lives. Even if you aren’t an author, your story should be passed down to your kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. You don’t know how what you’ve experience can help someone else.

My collection can be found on Etsy. This can make a wonderful custom gift for someone, remember Mother’s Day is coming up.  I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Are you journaling your journey?

Take Care,
Erika