FABULOUS COLORS OF FALL

The colors of autumn abound!  Throughout this transformational season, shades of gold, rust, amber, orange, green and red surround us.  Foliage has been altered, seemingly overnight, as the magic of nature takes its course.  Leaves become works of art, offering rich and amazing views all around us.

Wherever you are experiencing the richness of fall, whether it is in the countryside areas of Vermont, with its organic glory just before the snows of winter come,

Vermont: from Shelley Komarov's  Travel Album

From Shelley Komarov’s Travel Album

or a more man-made “miracle” such as the spectacular Pavlovsk Park in Russia, take a moment to witness the wonders of this season’s luscious splendor.

Pavlovsk: from Shelley Komarov’s Travel Album

As you appreciate the changes Fall brings to outdoor scenery, notice that wardrobes are changing too.  Gone now are the pale pinks and corals of summer and in their place are bordeaux, raisin, burgundy and plum.

What’s your favorite Fall color?  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, why not add a Komarov piece in a fabulous rich shade of it to your collection?  Like trees that prepare for fresh growth, add something new to your closet this season.

You deserve it!

Vintner Grill-Las Vegas, Nevada

If you’re ever in the Las Vegas area, whether it be for business or fun, I highly recommend Vintner Grill. I recently was in Vegas for a personal appearance at Dillard’s and stumbled upon this hidden gem, I was extremely impressed!food-12

Vintner Grill isn’t located right on the strip, this place is located a little far from where all the action is, but it is a nice area to be in if you want to stray away from the strip. This restaurant is very inventive, from the bread and butter they bring to your table, to their amazing starters. My favorite dish was the shrimp risotto, I was in heaven! They also offer an extensive wine list to pair with your meals, and many fabulous house made cocktails as well.

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They are a four star restaurant on Yelp, with great reviews, and after just one visit I know I will go back! I encourage everyone to try it the next time you’re in Las Vegas!

Shelley Komarov’s Dillard’s Appearance-Las Vegas, Nevada

This October has been an exciting month. Our creator, legendary costume and apparel designer Shelley Komarov had the honor of guest appearing at the grand opening of Las Vegas’ newest shopping destination, Dillard’s Downtown Summerlin. On October 10th, 2014, Shelley hosted a Social Occasion Fashion show at the grand opening weekend. Shelley generously donated a $500 Komarov Dress Wardrobe! One lucky winner won this amazing prize. It was a fun event and the turnout was great. komarov

Dillard’s did an amazing job hosting this Grand Opening event! There was so much to do and see, not only were there tons of fashion, food, and events going on, but there was also gave away tons of prizes and had many guest appearances from Fashion Icons, including Shelley Komarov herself.

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Five Simple Ways to Refresh your Wardrobe today!

Look fabulous with the help of “the shawl.”  Blogger Evelina Galli shows you five ways, step by step, to easily revamp your wardrobe with different shawls. You can find a number of them at http://www.komarov.com

Destination Weddings

When I think “destination wedding,” my mind conjures up a romantic “toes in the sand” exchange of vows.  I think of a tropical island or beautiful all-inclusive resort like Beaches in Cancun, Mexico.  There are so many places in the world to host a beautiful getaway wedding.  So, if gathering your “nearest and dearest” and heading off to a far away place for the big day is your dream, you will want to plan it as far in advance as possible.f467cf0d12d40c5d96765b39b290e1d8

These type of weddings are ideal for a smaller guest list, which makes it easier to share an intimate get away over a few days with those you are closest to.  Surprisingly, depending on where you live, destination weddings can actually be more reasonable than having one back home. Hosting your event during a particular spot’s “off-season” is a terrific way to go.  Rates are usually discounted so you won’t break the bank for your guests.

Even if money isn’t an issue for you, it may be for some of them.  Keep in mind, that the best time of year for a particular venue will also be when it hosts more tourists. Because of this, prices may go up quickly, not only for the site of your event, but for airline flights to get there.  Booking early can be a great way to lock in reasonable rates so that those you really want to be there will be able to come.

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Wherever your dream destination may be, make it a fun and creative experience by doing your research and checking out Pinterest for some amazing ideas.

Olive and Thyme: Los Angeles

Recently, I went to a popular L.A. restaurant called Olive and Thyme at their new location near Burbank.  I never got the chance to check out their old site, so I was anxious to go to this new one in Toluca Lake, California.  Right in the heart of many Los Angeles production studios, it is amazing.

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With a unique and fun energy, I was a big fan of their all-white theme and inviting ambiance.  You walk in and are immediately grabbed by positive vibes from a friendly staff and patrons enjoying delicious food.  The latte I had was absolutely delicious, so kudos to the Barista!slide2

Lunch was terrific and since they also offer breakfast and serve dinner after five, I am looking forward to going back very soon.  If you live in the Los Angeles area, or are just visiting, I encourage you to give this restaurant a try.  With street parking available nearby it is convenient and you will be very happy you did.

The Mother of the Bride

If you have ever planned a wedding, whether large or small, you know just how much hard work goes into orchestrating such an event.  Many brides who tied the knot this summer may have looked to their Mom’s for help.

Although the star of the show is always the beautiful bride, her mother often plays an important role. Providing emotional support or financial, she is very likely behind the scenes.

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Mother’s sometimes go unappreciated. We often take them for granted, especially around the time of “the big day.” Because so much is involved in planning a wedding it may be helpful to have your mother’s advice and opinions. You might not agree with all of them, but deep down most of us believe that mom really does know best.

Komarov has some great dresses that will be perfect for the wonderful mother of the bride (and groom)! http://www.komarovinc.com shows these and many more.

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Perhaps you are unsure about how involved you want your mother to be in the special day. If this is the case, why not skim through the list below with her. Provided by http://www.theknot.com, it can be a helpful tool to decide not only what you need, but how to honor mom as an integral part of the event. After all, your wedding is a big day for your parents too. The list is also a friendly reminder of some critical details that you will not want to overlook.

  • Help bride and groom scout out ceremony and wedding reception sites, and ask friends/family for vendor recommendations.
  • Serve as the main contact for wedding pros (especially if the wedding is taking place in your town and the bride lives elsewhere).
  • Help bride choose her wedding dress, trousseau, and wedding-night peignoir.
  • Compile and submit names and addresses of your family and friends to be included on the master guest list.
  • Talk to the groom’s family about whom they want to include on the guest list and manage the difficult task of limiting the number of guests, if necessary.
  • Help research family or ethnic traditions and heirlooms to incorporate into the ceremony or reception.
  • Determine what the bride wants you to wear on the big day and find a gorgeous mother of the bride dress. Then, consult with the groom’s mom on what you two will be wearing. You’ll both feel more comfortable if your elegance is in sync. Start looking for the perfect dress.
  • Attend (and possibly help organize) the bridal shower and the rehearsal dinner.
  • Escort the bride down the aisle if the bride’s father isn’t planning on it. (In a Jewish wedding both parents accompany the bride.)
  • In a Christian wedding, be seated in the first pew directly before the ceremony and leave the chapel first afterward.
  • Stand in the receiving line to greet guests; traditionally, as reception hostess, the mother of the bride heads up the line.
  • Sit at the parents’ table (if there is one).
  • Dance with the father of the bride (or other escort) and the groom during the formal first-dance sequence.
  • Remind the bride often how special she is and that she’ll be the most beautiful bride in history.
  • Let the bride cry on your shoulder anytime, day or night (you know, be a mom).

Here’s to all you brides out there and to your Moms and future Mother-in-laws too! May the day be perfect for all of you!

Summer 2014: The Summer of Weddings

This summer seemed to be filled with weddings.  Love really is in the air.  One of the major trends for these ceremonies was holding them at the beach, a venue which can be exquisite, especially because of its simplistic beauty.

Because weather is unpredictable, you may have to keep your fingers crossed before your event, but with a great wedding planner and Mother Nature on your side, a wedding on the beach can be anything but ordinary.  What a truly amazing place to unionize two people.  Where else can you get the beauty of the ocean as your backdrop?

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One of my favorite color schemes at beach weddings this year was turquoise, pink and white.  These three colors complement each other and the hues of sand and sea perfectly.  They lend a more elegant look to the natural setting.

In line with this color choice, the Komarov champagne pink dress is perfect.  Perhaps a bridesmaid dress?

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Seashells by the seashore are wonderful, on hand accessories and a must have at any wedding on the beach.  Small shells are a perfect addition to any centerpiece, offering a beautiful, subtle touch to your decorations.

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One way to get really creative at the beach is through outdoor lighting.  Opt to use as many candles as possible for a romantic look.  Hopefully the wind will be on your side for your special day.

Congratulations to all you newlyweds out there!  We wish you much happiness.  And for those planning your dream wedding, best of luck!

 

Pumpkin season

Nowadays it seems that we don’t give one season a chance to be over before we are into the next one. I was thinking about this the other day when I noticed that pumpkin options had started to sprout up around town in various grocery stores and coffee houses. But alas, it’s true. Summer is just about winding down and pumpkin season will begin.

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It won’t be long before we are wearing Sangria, Cypress, Cognac, Misted Yellow and Aurora Red, the fall colors according to www.pantone.com.

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Any moment now Starbucks customers will trade in their frappuccino for pumpkin spice latte. In no time, bakery shelves will be filled with pumpkin muffins and cookies, restaurant specials will include pumpkin ravioli and specialty shops will carry pumpkin soup. So why not consider making some homemade pumpkin pie?

 

 

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It’s actually an interesting idea considering pumpkin’s health benefits. Pumpkins are loaded with beta carotenes (their bright orange skin is a tell tale sign), carotenoids that either work as antioxidants or convert to Vitamin A. They play a key role in our well being. Vitamin A helps with healthy development, keeps your immune system working well and helps your vision. Antioxidants help fight against free radicals. Pumpkins also contain minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. They are high in fiber and low in calories. All of these factors make indulging in pumpkin treats seem like a not too guilty pleasure.

 

Here’s the original Libby’s® Pumpkin Pie recipe that has been around for decades. It is easy to make and delicious. Besides that, your house will smell fall wonderful as it is baking.

 

Libby’s® Original Pumpkin Pie Recipe:

Preheat oven to 425 – Pie makes 8 servings

 

1 can Libbys® pure pumpkin (15 oz)

1 12 oz. can Nestle® Carnation evaporated milk

2 large eggs

½ tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp ground cloves

¾ cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp salt

1 unbaked deep dish pie shell (4 cup size)

 

MIX Sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt in a small bowl.

BEAT eggs in a large bowl.

STIR pumpkin and sugar spice mixture into large bowl with Eggs.

STIR Evaporated Milk in gradually.

POUR into pie shell.

BAKE for 15 minutes at 425.◦

Reduce temperature to 350◦ – Bake at this temp. for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool before serving.

If desired, add some low fat Cool Whip. It’s delicious!