Inspiration to Celebration to Publication: Dapper Dandy Dinner Party on Utterly Engaged!

What do you get when you mix a grad voted ‘highest maintenance’, vintage day dandys, modern day hipness and a whole lot of cool? One hell of a graduation party!!! Our Dapper Dandy Dinner Party was just featured on the latest issue of Utterly Engaged! Our feature starts on page 39 so make sure to hop on over to this must read online magazine that we’ve become so obsessed with.

We brought the dapper dandy into modern age by updating his look of top hats and canes by mixing in modern lucite, mirrors and turntables. We pulled inspiration from the lucky grad such as his love of chess, hip hop, records, and overall great style to come up with the eclectic event decor. All of this plus a surprise guest performance by international R&B start Iyaz made this one party his friends and family are sure not to forget soon!

Graduation Party Ft. Iyaz from David McAbee on Vimeo.

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Invitation to Celebration: Luxe Holiday Card Collection

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, and Halloween just creeped by… You know what that means, the holidays are right around the corner already, yikes! Mistletoe, eggnog and fruitcake, oh my! Why not turn that drab to fab with some gorgeous and luxurious customized Holiday Cards! After getting so tired of seeing the same cliche designs, I decided I wanted to bring the same level of design and glamour that I pour into my weddings and events into my holidays.

Each of these designs can be offered in a variety of ways: Horizontal, Vertical, Letterpress or Digital, and can be customized to your personal wishes and messages. Download a pricing chart here.

Whether we like it or not, the holidays are coming at us fast! Why not get a gorgeous and glamorous jump start on your winter wares.

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Accessorization to Collaboration: Rachel Leigh & Swarovski

Today we have a fabulous guest post by jewelery designer extraordinaire Rachel Leigh of New York. Rachel has teamed up with the crystal house Swarovski for yet another year of gorgeous glittering goods.

Rachel explains their design process below:

“For the third year in a row, we’ve been honored with a request from Swarovski Crystal to design jewelry to be showcased in their booth at the Accessories Circuit – essentially the fashion-week equivalent for contemporary shoe, handbag, and jewelry collections. So what exactly does it mean to undertake such a project? First, a trip to Swarovski’s New York office where our product development team got to see a trend forecast followed by a sneak peek of their newest Crystallized elements (the raw materials we’d be using in conjunction with our designs, for a bit of bedazzlement).  Though we can’t show you pictures of this presentation, we can show another equally impressive shot of Swarovski’s bathroom signs – even those are sparkly!”

“After getting schooled on what’s new in the world of crystal, we placed our order for the components we’d need to implement our design concepts. While we waited for them to arrive (about 4-6 weeks as each order is custom-made and shipped from Austria), we began developing the base silhouettes that would later be decorated in an assortment of colors, shapes, and sizes of bright crystal.  Here’s a picture of a cuff (temporarily held with double-sided tape to show where the metal pieces should be connected):

And finally, after much anticipation, our shipment arrives! If ever there was candy for the eyes, this is it!”

“Now that we had our crystals, we got to work applying them to our base designs – a bib-style necklace, some chandelier earrings, and a very chic (albeit potentially hazardous) bangle all finished with a coat of shiny gold plating:

After making sure the pieces were exactly what we’d hoped for, we shipped them off to Swarovski so that they could be photographed and merchandised into their display for the show. A few more weeks passed, and we quickly became distracted with getting our own line ready for market week – always a chaotic time regardless of how much preparation we’ve put into it. So amidst the craziness of market, imagine our pleasant surprise to see the pieces front and center in Swarovski’s booth – the perfect motivator to get us ready for next year’s show!”

Thank you Rachel for showing us this fabulous design process! What beautiful pieces!

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Celebration to Publication: Riviera Magazine

As a local Cardiff by the Sea native, I feel so lucky to have grown up with San Diego’s gorgeous beaches, relaxed attitude and wonderful warm people. Although this is home in my heart, my life, education and travels have taken me as far away as Kaua’i, Hollywood and Florence, Italy for years at a time. As much as I love exploring and learning about new cultures and communities, I always knew I’d end up back in San Diego. With so many great destination weddings and special events taking me from Santa Barbara to New Orleans, New York and Europe, my goal for this year was to reach out more to my fellow San Diegans in my own ‘backyard’ to connect and design more in the community I adore.

With that said, I am extremely excited and honored to be featured this month in San Diego’s Riviera Magazine.  Hopefully showing that with all of the fabulous fashions and fetes I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by, even this glamour girl really just wants to grab some Roberto’s and sink her toes in the sand…

Read the whole article online at Riviera Magazine pg 56.

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