10 Apr

When you’re out shopping for jewelry you probably weigh in what outfits certain pieces will look good with, yes? Maybe you buy certain baubles for one event and don’t wear them again until another fancy fete pops up, right? Ok, so your engagement ring- it deserves a whole different type of attention. It doesn’t come off if you’re wearing jeans, a cocktail dress, or sweat pants. Natalie K, Danhov, and Uneek Jewelry have some really pretty bling that we think you’ll fancy.

Here’s what sets all of these fab jewelers apart from all the others, and why we think you’ll love their rings just as much as we do:

Natalie K‘s collection of engagement rings is extensive- classic, halo designs, and vintage inspired designs… she’s got them all. Her Forevermark diamond rings, which are part of the De Beers collection, carry the promise that it is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced. That’s why she’s boasted such a stellar reputation with her unique combination of elegant and classic rings in 14K, 18K and platinum precious metals. And they’re made with the Perfect Diamond, an ideal cut diamond displaying the hearts and arrows pattern distinguishing the diamond as a genuine cut diamond!

Engagement and wedding ring ideas | 100 Layer Cake

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Danhov‘s unique wedding rings have revolutionized luxury jewelry with its innovative design philosophy. What makes Danhov’s rings stand apart from everyone else? It’s all made either by hand or is hand assembled—further exemplifying the precision and individuality for which Danhov is known. We love how they focus on eco-friendly jewelry, use ethically sourced diamonds and recycled gold, and their pieces are made here in Los Angeles!

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Uneek Jewelry‘s designer engagement rings partner the design aesthetics of today with a centuries-old approach to the art and science of creating pure luxury from gold, platinum and diamonds. Their intricate workmanship, and breathtaking designs, made here in the USA, have earned them plenty of awards, which is easy to see in their signature style that blends the spirit of contemporary American culture, using natural fancy colored diamonds, with the delicacy and detail born of old world metal smithing and stone setting disciplines.

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What do you think ladies? We know. It can be so hard to choose, right? Hopefully by sharing some of our faves we can help to narrow down your search!

 
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10 Apr

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

What do you do when you adore the idea of getting hitched in Mexico, but a destination wedding just isn’t in the cards? You bring the fiesta to you, of course!  Take it from Alexa + Steve. Alexa is an art director you see, so she was able to design her dream Mexican fiesta right in her home state of Cali—complete with a taco bar, adorable mini hot sauce favors, tasty margaritas, and a mariachi band to get the party started. Kurt Boomer was there to capture it on camera for us all to see. And don’t miss the wedding speech of all wedding speeches by the groomsmen in the video at the end.

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Look at Alexa, looking muy buena in her short BHLDN wedding dress!

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

That invitation suite? The work of our very talented bride. Alexa says, I was inspired by the Mexican tiles at Casa Romantica, so I designed a pattern to print onto gold foil paper. Once the project began the gold foil started mesmerize me, and I wanted more, more, more!

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Alexa describes their wedding style as “Mexican beachy prep.” That just about sums it up, doesn’t it?

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Southern California wedding | Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=70981

Some advice from the bride… Work hard up until the week of your wedding, but then let yourself enjoy the week. Treat it as if you are on vacation with the rest of the out-of-towners. Also, take pictures together before the ceremony. I know you want that ‘first look’ moment, but you’ve spent so much money on the party. Don’t miss a second of it!

Lastly, you won’t want to miss this epic wedding video created just for the groom. Calling all groomsmen; you might want to step it up on the wedding speech front. This one will give you a run for your money!

Congrats Alexa + Steve!

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards

Photographer: Kurt Boomer / Day-of Coordination: Kristen Black from Stop and Stare Events / Venue: Casa Romantica / Hair: Annie Campana / Makeup: Michelle Nunes / Florist: Patti Markel (family friend) / Invitation Designer: Bride / Printing: CalLitho / Cake & Catering: Carbonara Catering / Rentals: Signature Party Rentals / Bride’s Dress: BHLDN / Shoes: Kelly & Katie / Headband: PearlsByTabs from Etsy / Bracelet: Gabriela Artigas from Steven Alan / Groom’s Suit & Shoes: Banana Republic / Tie: Bonobos / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew

 
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9 Apr

Mad Men cocktail party ideas | Cocktail by  Please & Thank You | Photo by Joielala

It’s time to bust out the vintage barware, ladies and gents. Mad Men is back this Sunday for a sure-to-be epic final season, and we’re pretty darn excited about it. (Hence the Mad Men-inspired fashion and decor ideas we shared this morning.) As our fellow fans know, no episode is complete without a shot of Don Draper pouring himself an Old Fashioned. And it goes without saying that no Mad Men viewing party would be complete without a signature cocktail to sip while watching. Luckily, Please & Thank You and The Hostess Haven are serving up some inspo in the form of a vintage shoot and a yummy Mai Tai recipe. Check it out and enjoy!

Mad Men cocktail party ideas | Cocktail by  Please & Thank You | Photo by Joielala

Mai Tai:
- rum
- Curaçao (orange liqueur )
- Orgeat ( almond syrup )
- fresh lime juice
- pineapple leaf or mint as garnish

Mad Men cocktail party ideas | Cocktail by  Please & Thank You | Photo by Joielala

Mad Men cocktail party ideas | Cocktail by  Please & Thank You | Photo by Joielala

Mad Men cocktail party ideas | Cocktail by  Please & Thank You | Photo by Joielala

Mad Men cocktail party ideas | Cocktail by  Please & Thank You | Photo by Joielala

Mad Men cocktail party ideas | Cocktail by  Please & Thank You | Photo by Joielala

Drink up!

Photographer: Joielala / Cocktails: Please & Thank You / Styling: The Hostess Haven / Location: Private Residence of Jora Vess / Food: The Vetted Table / Wardrobe: Butch Wax Vintage

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