DROID RAZR MAXX by Mororola is red carpet ready for the Oscars

Oscar "Red-Carpet" ready

Adding another layer of glitz and glamour to Hollywood’s biggest night, Motorola has created a special edition “Red Carpet” DROID RAZR MAXX. Going to select nominees and presenters at this year’s event, DROID RAZR MAXX has twice the battery life of other smartphones – that means up to 21 hours of talk time and that isn’t even the best reason for wanting this phone.

This super-sleek phone has a vibrant 4.3-inch display, so it will look every bit as good as the stars do walking the red carpet. And with the 8-megapixel camera and HD video recording, Hollywood’s elite can turn the camera back on the paparazzi as well as capture all the red carpet action from their perspective, chat with the press, check in at home, surf the Web from their seats or Tweet to their adoring fans – all at lightning-fast speeds.

Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominees will receive the phone within a glamorous, gold sequined pouch, just big enough to keep the evening’s essentials (extra lip-gloss, tissues etc). Nominees for Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor and Best Director are given a high-end shaving kit, so they can keep their faces as smooth, beautiful and chiseled-looking as ever. Of course you don’t want to have a phone glued to their ear so they also have been outfitted with a Motorola ELITE SLIVER Bluetooth® headset small enough to conceal – and stylist-approved.

So, this Sunday, nominees with a DROID RAZR MAXX will have what they need to get through the big day – from the minute they wake up until the after-party champagne runs dry. You can have one too. Five lucky fans have the chance to win their own device online by retweeting “@Motorola to win Red Carpet RAZR Rules: http://moto.ly/rls3 #RedCarpetRAZR”

What are you waiting for??

Academy Awards and Moet & Chandon a perfect combination

WHEW…I can’t believe fashion week is over.  It’s been a long 10 days of glamour on the runway and celebrities in the first row.  There was so much goodness on the runway it was insane! I’m sure several celebrities, stylists and editors, were watching closely to get an idea of what to wear for the upcoming Academy awards.  While I don’t know who will wear whom, I do know they will be drinking lots of champagne.

Moet & Chandon is returning as the exclusive champagne of the Academy Awards, and this year partnered with home entertaining expert Katie Lee.  She has whipped up a few easy to make food recipes for your own Academy party and the Silver Screen Punch, which will be served at the Governor’s Ball immediately following the Academy Awards.

So while you’re at home watching the latest fashions on your favorite stars, why not try a few of these recipes and like Katie says enjoy the three c’s -casual, comfortable with a touch of couture.  If you truly want to receive your own ‘gold award’, pick up this limited edition bottle of Moet to enjoy.

The limited edition bottle retails for $39 and will be available through March 31st, anywhere that fine wines are sold.

The Silver Screen Punch (official punch of the Academy Awards)

1 (6 ounce) can pink lemonade concentrate, partially thawed
8 ounces pineapple juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 cup Belvedere vodka
1 bottle Moet & Chandon
1 pineapple, cut into rings and frozen

In a blender, combine pink lemonade concentrate, pineapple juice, strawberries, and ginger.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into a punch bowl.  Add vodka and stir to combine.  Just before serving, pour in Moet & Chandon.  Add frozen pineapple rings.

Mini Truffle Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

8 slices Brioche or French bread (about ¼ inch thick)

¼ cup truffle butter, softened to room temperature

4 slices Gruyere cheese (about ¼ inch thick

Spread both sides of each slice of bread with truffle butter.  Place one slice of cheese on top of four slices of the bread and top with the remaining four slices of bread.  In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, grill the sandwiches until cheese has melted, about two minutes per side.  Remove from skillet and let stand for about one minute.  Cut crusts from each sandwich and cut into quarters.

Stuffed Mushrooms

1 lb. white button mushrooms, stems removed

½ lb. bulk Italian sweet sausage (or links with casings removed)

1⁄3 c. grated Parmesan cheese

¼ c. bread crumbs

2 T minced parsley.

Combine last four ingredients, and spoon into mushroom cavities. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes just before serving.

Gouda and Goat Cheese Spread

One 11-ounce log of fresh goat cheese, softened

4 ounces Gouda cheese, coarsely shredded (1 packed cup)

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup drained jarred pimientos, coarsely chopped

2 scallions, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish from a jar

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon Tabasco

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Crudites and crackers, for serving

In a medium bowl, using a wooden spoon, blend the goat cheese with the Gouda, mayonnaise, pimientos, scallions, pickle relish, onion powder and Tabasco and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pimento cheese to a bowl and serve with radishes and celery ribs.

Oven-Fried Chicken Satay

1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips

1/3 cup Dijon mustard

4 cups cornflakes

1 teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Sweet and Sour sauce, for serving

Special equipment: skewers

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Thread chicken pieces onto skewers, working the skewer in and out of the meat. Using a pastry brush, brush each piece of chicken with Dijon mustard.

In a food processor, combine the cornflakes, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Pulse to a coarse meal and transfer to a shallow dish. Dredge each chicken skewer in the cornflake mixture until evenly coated. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake until cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with sweet and sour sauce.

Deviled Eggs with Caviar

1 dozen large eggs

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 ounces American caviar

Place eggs in a stockpot and cover with water.  Add vinegar and bring to a boil over high heat.  Turn off the heat and cover.  Let sit for 15 to 18 minutes.  Drain water.  When cool enough to touch, remove shells.

Slice each egg in half, lengthwise.  Remove yolks and place in a food processor.  Add mayo, mustard, lemon juice, and salt to the yolks.  Blend until smooth.  Scoop the yolk mixture into a plastic baggy.  Use scissors to snip off the end of the baggy.  Use the baggy like a pastry bag to pipe the yolk mixture into the egg whites. Spoon a small amount of caviar on each egg.

*Variation: Instead of caviar, garnish each egg with a small piece of smoked salmon and sprinkle with chives.

Chili Orange Kettle Corn

¾ cup popcorn kernels

¼ cup canola oil

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon orange zest

In a large pot or stockpot with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat, combine the popcorn, oil, sugar, chili powder, and salt. Shake constantly. When the popcorn begins to pop, lower the heat to medium-low. Continue to shake until the popping begins to slow. Transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with the melted butter and orange zest and toss to coat.

It’s that time of the year again "AWARDS"!!

So you know I do my best…and absolutely try to give you the information available. This is truly a labor of love as I’m not paid for ANY reviews. While I do receive tons of product samples…if I don’t think they will help you – my couples…they don’t get a write-up. It’s just that simple. If there is a ‘paid sponsor’ I tell you – that’s honest and because you trust me, I try to keep that to a minimum. I know that you can go to other blogs for ‘inspiration boards’ so I do what I do best. I write about the things you ask me to write about – vendors.

With that in mind, I’m asking you to nominate me for the weddingchannel.com “Best Wedding Vendor Blog” award. It would mean a great deal to me as I continue to do all I can to bring you the best in the business.

Thanks in advance for your continued support.

Yours in bridal,

Bridalease honored with the Norah Award

My dear and newly engaged couples,

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know what’s happenin’ with the ‘God-mother.’ I have been taking some time during the last few weeks to re-assess how and what I really, really wanted to do for you – the people that sustain me each and every day. Will it be a new website, will there be a different style, what?

Well, during this process of thought, prayer and really searching for what would make ME happy during an engagement process I started to wonder if I was really doing you a pure service. I wondered if my peers thought that I was providing the right type of info, since there are just soo many blogs out there. Well, yesterday I received an answer in a really unique way.

I was just honored my by peers in the wedding industry with the “Norah Award“. So what is the Norah? It is an award given out to wedding experts who ‘exemplify the virtue of honor in the wedding industry’. To have them say that I am a writer/blogger who should be in the company of people like:

Brides Against Breast Cancer
My Fair Wedding – David Tutera – Television Host and Wedding Icon

Destination I Do magazine, Jennifer Stein, Editor-in-Chief
Get Married.com, Stacie Francombe, President

simply blows me away. Of course it all means that the ‘pressure is on’ lol. I am more than ever determined to create the kind of site that you know will give you the real deal on the who, what, where and how much when you are planning your wedding.

There are changes coming…and they are ALL GOOD.
Thank you to my peers that read this blog, thank you to my hubby who gives me the gentle encouragement to follow my passion and a big THANK YOU to YOU, my readers world wide. Keep letting me know what you want, who you want to read about, what your engagement and planning concerns are. I’m here to wave my wand and make those wishes come true.

Thank you so much.

2009 EventProf Blog Winner – YIPPIE!!!

WOW!!! This is AWESOME!! So here is my 30 second ‘Emmy’ speech.

I am truly honored to have been considered and thank you for your votes. Winning this is truly a labor of love. Like so many of my colleagues, I want people to have a good time when they are at an event I’m hosting. I want to hear “that was the best party/wedding/baby shower/girls-night-out/grooms party EVER”. I also want to provide you with the latest going on in this wonderful world of bridal (and you know I love my grooms), in the hopes it makes life a little easier. That’s why I will have the interviews with your favorite designers, planners and venues. I bring you the latest information on having a ‘green wedding. I actually do a few taste-tastings (ok, so that’s not so bad!!) and the products I recommend, I’ve at least tried before I recommend them to you.

By your votes, which I’m told were ” the highest number of votes from your peers“, it shows that you too appreciate what I’m doing and that makes me smile. I am honored by your trust!

So I’m being told that my time is up…the little light is flashing and the music swells….

I’m going to continue to do my best in providing you with the best information out there, and feel free to continue to let me know what’s going on with you. Thank you all and starting next week, there will be new designer interviews, more goodies to give away (some special things for the grooms!!), new destination-locations and much, much more.

Much Love,
Your Bridal Fairy Godmother!!