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Totally Totes

The absolute-must-have bridesmaid gift this fall is totes.  Now, we all know, the tote does not have to be just for the bridal party – even though they do make great bridesmaids gifts. You should have one, your mom should have one, even your awesome gay BFF should have one! Taylor Street has all kinds of totes to choose from that can make exceptional birthday, anniversary and baby shower gifts. To start you off here are a few I think you will tote-ally love.

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Annie Stripe Tote – Metallic Gold

Starting with the Annie Stripe Tote. This is a beautiful and stylish bag that comes in Metallic Gold or Metallic Black. Fitting everything from gym shoes to a weekend getaway outfit. With a couple of books and a bottle of wine tucked into the interior pocket it’s the perfect I’m so getting out of town this weekend. bag. It can be personalized with a single initial to make it totally you. Built with burnished grommets and leather handles  the gold stripes on natural canvas make this a stylish yet practical bag to have.

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Dalmatian Dot Tote – Black on White

You can say a lot about the politics of Cruella Deville, but she rocked fashion. This black and white bag has all the markings of a 101 Dalmatian inspired tote. This on point canvas and lightweight bag with rope handles makes a great gift for the lover of all things black and white. It’s distinctive, comfortable and stylish. You’ll love being spotted with this Dalmatian tote at your side.

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Geo Prism Tote – Black on White

Another Black and White favorite – the Geo Prism Tote – Black on White. Personalized with a modern monogram this tote, with it’s rope handle, is tote-ally styling! This distinctive, lightweight canvas tote features a snap magnet closure and soft dual rope handles that provide comfort for the hands and the shoulders. Why get one just for the bridesmaids – you deserve something this beautiful too!

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Personalized Brown Striped Faux Leather Oversized Weekender Tote

Everyone wants to get away for that weekend “up north” or “down south” trip, right? So, why not give a gift that suggests Grab me and go! This weekender tote features a removable cross-body strap, a zippered inner pocket with two open pockets, and faux leather accents. Perfect for causal and sophisticated travel plans. A versatile accessory that you, and your gift-y, will absolutely love.

We have many totes to choose from – Personalized, Black or Grey, Striped Canvas Oversized Weekender Tote, Tropical Beach Tote BagsGold Foil Team Bride Canvas Tote, Personalized Brown Faux Leather Weekender Tote and so many more. Here’s a quick search link to get you started. Whatever direction you choose to tote it will be totally totes. Yes, Yes I did just tote-ally do that.

Real Weddings

Ashton and Jordan

September 23rd, 2017

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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography

 

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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography

Who Proposed To Whom?
Jordan proposed to me, Ashton 😊

How Did You Get Engaged?
Jordan planned the proposal out weeks in advance. There was a hike that I had wanted to try out for quite some time. It was May 14th, 2016. Jordan planned for a couple close friends to join us on our hike up the Malibu mountains. Once we reached the top with the stunning view of the pacific ocean at our backs, Jordan got down on one knee, and made a me a promise. A promise that he will always love and take care of me, to always put me first, and to always make life an adventure. With these promises, he asked if I would spend the rest of my life with him. I cried, threw the ring on my finger, and jumped into his arms with a resounding yes!

Wedding Date?
September 23, 2017

Venue? 
Portola Inn, Atascadero

Coordinator?
Peggy O’Malley at the Portola Inn, Atascadero

Catering?
Flora & Fauna Fine Foods

Cake?
Sass Catering

Cake Topper?
Wedding Decor – A Shop On Etsy

Photographer?
Heather Nguyen Photography 😊

Dj? 
Kramer Events

Florist?
Sprigs Floral

Hair/Makeup? 
Friends And Bridesmaid

 Anything Else You’d Like To Add?
Our day was absolutely perfect! Everything went according to plan and every single vendor was a delight to work with. It was a stress free day full of love and laughter. 😊

A girl dreams of her wedding day and I can truly say it was the wedding I had always dreamt of. ♥ Thank you Heather for capturing such a beautiful day for us!

Real Weddings

Megan and Ryan

August 5th, 2017

Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | August 5th, 2017
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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Megan & Ryan | Heather Nguyen Photography

Who proposed to whom?
Ryan proposed to Megan

How did you get engaged?
Ryan proposed at Chamisal Winery in Edna Valley

Wedding date?
August 5, 2017

Venue?
The Grace Maralyn Estate & Gardens

Coordinator?
Molly @ The Grace Maralyn Estate & Gardens

Catering?
The Ribline

Cake?
Cupcakes by Ribline

Cake Topper?
A replica of our dog

Photographer?
Heather Nguyen Photography
Second Shooter- Leana Myra

DJ?
Adept Events

Florist?
Costco

Hair/Makeup?
Kat Slay @ Luna Loft in Paso Robles

Gifts · The Street · Wedding Planning Essentials

Raise Your Glass-ware

Choosing glassware for your wedding table, reception or bar can feel like a daunting task. There are many types and styles out there to choose from and wedding glassware is an item that you, and your guests, will hold onto long after. Remember, as with all things wedding, have some fun and don’t over think it.  Here are some ideas to get you started.

Champagne Flutes.

When it comes to toasting with your significant someone, select something unique just for the two of you. Stemless or stemmed, champagne flutes are the crown jewel of toasting. You will bring these beautiful glasses out every year on your anniversary and reminisce about that amazing day you first raised your glass as a married couple.

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Modern Stemless Champagne Flutes Silver Ombre Cheers Etched

Gold rimmed.

Gold rimmed is a nice choice because of its elegance and simplicity. From flutes to wine glasses, gold rims make a statement – and a little goes a long way. Gold works with everything and if you decide to get it personalized, go for something simple and specific to the two of you. A quote or nicknames works well.

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“LOVE WINS” Stemless Wine Glass with Gold Rim – 21oz

Vintage.

Vintage glassware is great when you want a pop of bohemian or an eclectic vibe. The awesome thing with vintage is that it feels romantic without trying too hard, and if you can get toasting flutes in some awesome vintage color – all the better!

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Vintage Inspired Pressed Glass Goblet – Blush Pink

Stemless.

Stemless glassware is all the rage, it feels modern, and there are so many choices available for personalization. You can have logos with names and dates or some quotes that express your love.

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Small Personalized Stemless Wine Glass – 9oz

Pint.

Pint glassware is perfect for younger guests as well as the married couple. The below age soda-sipping guests can feel like they are part of the grown up beer-guzzling crowd with pint glasses. There are some really fun designs that can be added to personalize your pints. And the awesome thing is that you can get gold rimmed pint glasses as well.

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Rustic Farmhouse™ Gold Rimmed Cheers Pint Glasses (set of 2)

Shot Glasses.

Toward the end of the night the bridal party should have a chance to shoot back a couple of shots to the newly married couple.

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Belmont™ Hammered Brass Shot Glasses by Viski

Personalized shot glasses are a perfect takeaway for your besties who stood by you at [and probably helped you get to] the alter.

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Personalized Shot Glass, Candle Holder Favor – Wedding Theme

Beer Stein.

Be unconventional! Beer Steins are a perfect throw-tradition-out-the-door glassware, without actually throwing tradition out the door at all. This ingenious Moscow Mule Stein with Stacked Monogram Etching makes a great gift for dad, and mom too! We say, go for it — it’s your wedding! And… they also make awesome groomsmen or bridesmaid gifts!

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Moscow Mule Stein Stacked Monogram Etching

Mason Jar Mugs.

Personalized Glass Mason Drinking Jars are the perfect “go-to” glass for rustic barn weddings. They have a super casual feel — they are mason jars after all. Fun for daytime garden weddings filled with strawberry lemonade or winter weddings filled with hot chocolate! With lids, they can be filled with sangria and kept in a large bucket during the summer evening reception.

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Personalized Glass Mason Drinking Jars (Set of 4)

No matter the glassware you choose for your wedding, it will be perfect. Cheers!

DIY · The Street · Wedding Planning Essentials · Weddings & Receptions

Wedding Favor Table Ideas

Barn Wedding

Welcome guests with a charming outdoor display and stack personalized jam favors beneath an amazing floral arrangement.

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Beach Wedding

Send your guests home with a personal thank you message in a bottle.

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Rustic Wedding

Find an vintage dresser and fill it with jars of candy or kettle corn.

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Garden Wedding

Stack personalized handmade craft beer soaps wrapped
with a thank you message from the couple.

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Winter Wedding

Cover the table with a light dusting of “snow” and set out nests of Jordan Almonds.     Festive and fun.

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Vintage Wedding

Stacked suitcases topped with warm throws
for the guests to grab as the evening gets cooler.

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Bend the rules!

There is nothing wrong with sticking to traditions, just as there is also nothing wrong with bending the rules — just a little bit!

When planning a wedding it’s easy to get so wrapped up in your expectations that some details slip your mind. Just remember keep it simple and easy. An elegant visual of easy to grab favors is a sure bet and your guests will love the effort. This is your day. Have fun!

Your guests will leave feeling like it really was the best day ever!

 

Real Weddings

Shannon & Brent

Who proposed to whom? Brent proposed to me.

How did you get engaged? We had been happily living in sin together for two years and we were packing for a January weekend away at our favorite little hotel in Philadelphia. He was acting so oddly, I could see him perspiring a little bit on his face, pacing around our bedroom and I thought, Hmmmmmmmm, something is up. I was in our closet grabbing clothes to pack and I turned around to put them in my bag, and he was standing right behind me. He said, I can’t wait until we get to Philadelphia, I wanted everything to be perfect, but I can’t wait. I’m sorry. He pulled out a little vintage ring holder from his pocket, opened it up… and said, I love you, will you marry me? And of course, I said yes. Standing in our little closet, in our little bedroom, in our little house, it was perfect.

Wedding date? June 10, 2017

Venue? Sombrero Beach, Marathon Key, Florida

Coordinator? Moi

Catering? We had dinner reservations for two after our ceremony at the Butterfly Cafe on Marathon Key.

Cake? No thank you. Key Lime Pie!

Cake Topper? LOTS OF WHIPPED CREAM!

Photographer? Oh we chose a cute, quirky couple that took all of the pictures

DJ? No DJ, we were serenaded by ocean waves, the island wind, seagulls… and some little boy chasing after an eel swimming around in the reef just off to our right.

Florist? Me again! I decided that I would make my own bouquet out of crepe paper flowers.

Hair/Makeup? Me: Thanks to mother nature I had some fresh sunshine on my face, a few loose curls and mascara and done. He: Thanks to poor judgement with head protection and the sun, he was sporting a mean tan line.

Anything else you’d like to say?
A little history of us. We met when we were in 2nd grade. We graduated high school together in a small town in rural Pennsylvania. He driving his 1989 Trans Am and sporting a moustache, that could be mistaken for a dirty lip and I with my acid washed jeans and hair lacquered half way up to Jesus. Yes, my friends, it was 1990. We never dated in high school, he hung out with much cooler people (upperclassmen) than I. He had no time for me, and even hung out with my older brother! Ahhh unrequited love. He reconnected with me in 2010 through the magic of Facebook. I was in the Navy in Virginia Beach and he was living in Pennsylvania, we were both newly divorced. He sent a message to me and I thought Go pound sand buddy, you lost your chance a long time ago. But he wore me down and I decided it wouldn’t hurt to be friendly. Besides, it was more than a little flattering that he was interested in me. But I was busy finding myself again after my divorce and wasn’t interested in any sort of relationship. So, we were just friends for a few years and dated other people. I finally retired from the Navy in 2012 and moved to New York to be near family and to figure out the next chapter of my life, about 3 hours away from Brent in Pennsylvania. We were still friends, communicating through text messages… eventually that turned into phone conversations that started lasting longer and longer each time we talked. We eventually decided that he would come visit me in New York, so he drove up to visit me early in January 2013. He stepped out of his car, thankfully not the 1989 Trans Am, and it was the first time we had seen each other since we had graduated in 1990. We spent the day together driving around the area where I was living, visited with my parents, and we went out to eat – our first date.  When he left the next day, we knew that was it. I knew I had finally met the person who set my soul on fire and made me feel deep comfort all at once, this was the love I had hoped for all my life. And he felt the same way. Yippeeeeeeee! I moved to Pennsylvania the following month to go back to school for Graphic Design and to live happily, in sin, ever after. 🙂

Wedding Planning Essentials · Weddings & Receptions

Modernist

Causally arranged, repetition and simplicity are hallmarks of modern style showcasing minimalistic whites, dotted with shimmering votives, and enhanced with simple florals combine to create a table setting with a decidedly modernist vibe.

Accented with silver, white on white is a classic recipe for modern chic. Clean lines, unfussy elements create a setting that is both trendy and polished.

 

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City Style Tag, City Style Sticker, and XOXO Tin

To add an additional layer of personality, take traditional glassware and make it modern with a fresh new silhouette and custom message. A custom wine glass is perfect for giving to your guests as favors and adding a little something extra to your table decor!

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City Style Wine Label
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Personalized Stemless Wine Glass

Greet your guests with these impressive, and unique, twisted fork handle stationery holders placed at their seat. A perfect fit for a city style modernist theme.

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Twisted Fork Vintage Inspired Stationery Holders

Add an additional personalized layer to each place setting with these city style menu cards. Uptown flair with a subtle modern twist. The simple wrap of ribbon and a lavender detail finish off the look.

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City Style Menu Card, XOXO Tin with City Style Favor Tag
and White Satin Ribbon

Sometimes all a wedding reception needs is a little flicker of candlelight to set the mood and these glass votives with a reflective silver interior add the perfect glimmer.

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Classic Glass Votive Holder in Silver

Do what you love, keep it simple and remember this is your day. Each detail reflects you. A perfect balance of fresh and functional. Simple, neutral and anything but boring.

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City Style Menu Card, City Style Favor Tag
The Street

Inspiration is not a four letter word

This word inspiration just keeps beating at my brain. There are days when those eleven letters feel like they add up to nothing but a four letter word. I’ve been spending the week looking for it everywhere. Yesterday, I was hoping a drive through the rolling blooming hills of California Highway 58 would propel me to that moment of inspirational clarity. It did not. It was a beautiful drive though, but I am biased towards the California landscape. There’s nothing like it and this year the “Cal-scape” is green and full of color. I wanted something to just pop out at me, make me stop and feel inspired. Something to bring on moment of WOW.

The thing is, inspiration comes when it comes. It can’t be pushed to just shout out “Hey dude, I’m over here!”. Actually, since I am fantasizing about it, I’d like to have seen Julie Andrews running through the mustard yellow hills in her light blue dress singing out “The hills are alive with the sound of music…”. Now that would be inspirational! Nice color combination too. Hmmmm…

Though at this moment I’d even take Ewan Mcgregor’s version from Moulin Rouge. That would have set all my Gay inspirational bells ringing. Inspiration check box: Checked.

Anyway, here it is Friday and I’m still working out my inspirational dilemma for the week. I’m searching and searching for that idea, that color, that texture that says create me, shape me, mold me into something grand. My mind explodes “Oh wow that is the coolest thing ever…”.

So far, I’ve got nothing. It didn’t come this week so I’m telling you about the idea of wanting it to come instead. I suppose the hunt in itself is based on inspiration so…

What am I hoping will happen here? Here’s the thing. I don’t want to write another 10 best list, or the top 5 something, or the cutest moments of this or that event. I’m kinda over those lists. It’s all regurgitation of something or someone and frankly we’ve all heard it before. So let’s be real here. Inspiration is going to have to come when it comes and I’ll make it as original as I can. It just won’t be in some repurposed top 100 something or another. It may just be me writing to tell you “Today, I’ve got nothing.”.

Inspiration is not a four letter word. It’s more like an eleven letter nuisance that I drive myself crazy with, and similar to other self imposed afflictions that cause a moment of insecurity now and then. Inspiration is my eleven letters of hell this week. It will pass. There is always another Monday that points toward Friday.

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Holidays! It will be fun and you’ll love it!

We spent the last weekend getting ourselves ready for Christmas. Putting up the tree, decorating and putting lights outside the house. We moved to the new house a little over a month ago so we are a less about the outside this year. Watch out 2017! We can already see our neighbors like a little competition. This year, for us, simple was best – a string of fun multi-colored lights. Big bulbs! Old school.

I love the holidays. I love Christmas, the decorating, the baking – all of it. I LOVE IT! It takes me back to two distinct memories. My visual merchandising days at Saks in my twenties many, many moons ago because HELLO it’s all about decorating!  The other is holidays with my parents. When I was a little kid my mother decorated for every holiday or season. That’s probably where I got the decorating bug. And, I loved decorating the tree with them. The whole ritual of getting the tree, lighting the tree and decorating the tree. Being together.

Can you hear the holiday music in the background “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” Lights are twinkling, people are happy, everything is festive.

This year it’s all about red. I drive my husband and our son crazy because  I do a theme every year. Every year our son, whose now 11, says “Do I have to help? You’ll just redecorate the tree after!” and every year I fain shock and say “Yes!  It will be fun and you’ll love it!” Ah, the joyful memories he will have of dad repositioning all the bulbs. My husband just rolls his eyes.

Times are tough; still I treat you to a lovely evening, and I get smart-alek BACKTALK“.
Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford | ‘Mommie Dearest’

 

It really is all about the memories. I remember as a kid going with my dad to cut our tree down in upstate New York. He’d pull me on the sled and then pull me and the tree back on the sled. I wonder how much fun that really was for him? I am sure I complained just as much as my son does. What do I remember; the tree, the sled, my dad and love. We always had huge trees decorated with colored lights, lots of tinsel and gold or silver garland that looked like feather boas. Well, to a young gay boy they looked like feather boas!

We stress ourselves out at holidays over this and that and in the end it’s about the moments in-between. The ones that stick. The ones that light up at the smell of baking cookies and fireplace crackles.

Who knows how my son will remember these moments of his dads and the holidays. I’ll bet he won’t forget the love that surrounded them.

How do you decorate for the holidays?