Best Buy has a wedding registry with your name on it.

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With so many things to do before your big day, how about making life a little easier when it comes to your wedding registry? Did you know that Best Buy now has a wedding registry?!? I KNOW!!

I’m a real fan of Best Buy. It’s been a long time since a store has the latest products that fit my lifestyle and me. I have a feeling it’s the same for you. So when you and your partner start to build your registry, think about what you really need and your lifestyle. Best Buy really has the best selection of things you may need for you home and if you need help setting up your new device, the geek squad is always available. Now that’s service!ProductGroup

So why Best Buy? Look, do you really need another set of sheets or dishes? I didn’t think so. Giving your guests your registry from Best Buy will assure you that you get what you want and need to continue to build your home. You will also get the items you are truly excited to receive. That great new camera (to use on your honeymoon), perhaps that fitness tracker (to help keep you fitness goals on track) and my personal favorite Bluetooth speakers so you can play your favorite tunes on beach days or outdoors.

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One of the key benefits to this registry vs others is “group gifting”. This means your guests will spend what they want, and you’ll get what you want. There is free shipping, which is an added bonus so no gift, no matter how big or small will get to you AND there is NO minimum PURCHASE required. That’s a win-win for everyone.

So when you’re looking for the best in products, best in sales staff, the best for you, look no further than…Best Buy!

 

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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Special Kimpton Hotel Package for Fla Residents…Just drive over

Oh my Florida Couples, have I a real deal for you. Leave the parking to Kimpton’s distinct hotels and save at their Florida properties with their latest savings packages.  Now through Sept. 30, Florida residents can enjoy a summer solstice “staycation” Park and Play Package with savings of up to 20 percent and complimentary valet parking for guests staying at  EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami; Surfcomber Miami, South Beach; and  Vero Beach Hotel & Spa. For residents looking to save at the pump, The Angler’s Miami, South Beach is offering a $20 gas card plus up to 25 percent off in savings with their customized Drive + Play Package. 

IF you’re looking for a quick getaway that will get them the VIP treatment without the matching price tag can consider any of the four Kimpton hotels a home away from home with world-class services that range from kicking off the morning with coffee or tea service, to toasts during the nightly hosted wine hour to venturing around town with Kimpton’s branded bikes–all free services for guests.  Guests looking to get refreshed should check with the front desk about the hotels’ equally refreshing non-alcoholic, complimentary beverages which are available throughout the summer.

With four distinct experiences, guests have a choice between basking in the summer sun at EPIC’s sky-high pool deck looming above the Magic City; Surfcomber’s iconic pool deck and South Beach scene; Vero’s family-style pool and beach retreat and The Angler’s European sense of charm nestled within South Beach’s top entertainment centers. There’s no better way to making summer, a time of rest, relaxation, vacation and absolute fun.

EPIC Hotel, rates starting at $299 – Living up to its name, EPIC is a classic contemporary luxury waterfront hotel at the heart of downtown Miami.  Offering 20 percent off and complimentary parking under the Park and Play Package, the hotel’s guests will indulge in exclusive amenities that include spectacular skyline views from roof-top pool deck; top-rated restaurants, including Area 31; a full menu of head-to-toe spa therapies and 24-hour access to the  state of the art fitness center.  Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as a World’s Best Places to Stay and Gold List 2012, EPIC is at the EPICenter for excellence in luxury accommodation and the glorious rush of downtown Miami.

Surfcomber Miami, South Beach, rates starting at $239 –Surfcomber is conveniently located in the heart of the Art Deco District in South Beach on historic Collins Avenue offering a one-of-a-kind “daylife” experience through its direct beach access. This fully renovated hotel is providing guests who book the Park and Play Package from Sunday through Wednesday night stays with 20 percent off and Thursday through Saturday night stays with 10 percent off. As the gateway to South Beach’s world-class shopping and equally revered nightlife, Surfcomber allows guests to experience South Beach like a true local at any hour of the day or night.

Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, rates starting at $159 – For Floridians looking for a relaxing and intimate retreat in Central Florida, Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is a luxury oceanfront hotel located on Treasure Coast offering high-end amenities with unobstructed, breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Booking the Park and Play Package guarantees 20 percent off and complimentary parking at the property.  Other amenities include 24-hour fitness center; golf privileges at private clubs; a full-service onsite spa, a private beach and two onsite dining options with spectacular views.

The Angler’s Miami, South Beach, rates starting at $259 – This South Beach centric hotel features 48 guestrooms and suites, restaurant 660, executive boardroom, pool and seven spacious spa suites. Florida residents looking to save on their stay and gas can book the Drive + Play Package for savings of up to 25 percent plus a $20 gas card, an Angler’s branded beach ball and a beach mesh bag for beach essentials. The Angler’s is located just steps away from some of the greatest beaches in South Beach, the Art Deco historic architecture, and other entertainment centers.

To book any of the packages offered, call 1-800-546-7866 or visit the hotel’s individual website and request the FSR rate. Blackout dates apply. Guests must present valid Florida State ID upon arrival.  To stay up-to-date on the latest news and travel deals, become a fan of the EPIC, Surfcomber, Vero, and Angler’s Facebook pages, or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @KimptonInFL.

 

 

July 4th Fashion Under $60 – Simply Vera Vera Wang & Princess Vera Wang

July 4th is quickly approaching us and that means it’s time for a fun, new outfit to wear to all of your holiday celebrations. Whether your plans consist of a casual day of grilling on the beach or enjoying a rooftop party with friends, Princess Vera Wang and Simply Vera Vera Wang have the perfect pieces to spruce up your July 4th outfit, – all under $60. Below are some of our top picks from both collections, including on trend summer accessories from SVVW and flirty dresses and tops from PVW.

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ARE YOU SINFUL OR SWEET? Kimpton’s Surfcomer Miami wants to know

OK, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Honestly, it just seems like we were just at the Christmas Holiday. Time waits for no one and that’s the truth!!  With all the craziness of the beginning of the year, Kimpton’s Surfcomber Miami, South Beach is offering couples a passion-filled escape full of fun, fraternizing and flirtation. Whatever the mood, Surfcomber’s got it covered with its ‘Sinful or Sweet’ stay packages designed for duos with desires for a sexy getaway.  Ladies…I think this would be a great surprise weekend away for your guy!  After all…you know he’s going to get you something.surfcomber-beach-servicessuite3  suite breakout-meetingcabana


A romantic tryst waits, with playful offerings that are sure to spice up anyone’s love life. For couples seeking a walk on the wild side, the sultry Sinful Stay offer will knock your socks off. This sinful package includes:

  • Sex-on-the-Beach welcome cocktails for two
  • Intimacy kit
  • Tantalizing toys, including a blindfold and tickle feather
  • Complimentary late check-out

Meanwhile, sweethearts can also make sparks fly with the more subdued though equally passionate Romantically Sweet package, which includes the following sweet amenities:

  • Bottle of champagne
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Candles
  • Complimentary late check-out

Located in the heart of the Art Deco District on historic Collins Avenue, Kimpton’s Surfcomber, Miami South Beach continues to bring a sense of playfulness and whimsy to South Beach offering guests the perfect trilogy of sun, sand and surf. With direct beach access, this fully renovated hotel offers visitors a one-of-a-kind “daylife” experience with its iconic, sun-drenched pool deck providing guests with the most hours of sun than any other hotel in the area as well as 30 private cabanas, a pool bar, and varied beach and poolside activities.
And once the sun sets, Surfcomber offers one of the most fun and popular hot spots to enjoy cocktails or dinner before the South Beach scene starts to crank up, at its newly renovated and buzzing lobby lounge, The Social Club.

With rates starting at $429, Surfcomber’s ‘Sinful or Sweet’ packages are available for booking and travel now through December 31, 2014. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply. For more information on Surfcomber and/or reservations, please call (800) 994-6103 or visit www.surfcomber.com. Use the booking code SINF for the Sinful Stay package and SWEET for the Romantically Sweet package.

Broke-Ass Bride’s helps you plan your wedding on a budget

Ok so there are tons of wedding books out there.  Some are good…some are great…some not quite as good but all offering advice. What’s missing is one that addresses couples truly working on a budget.  That’s where Dana LaRue of Broke-Ass Bride Blog comes to the rescue with here first book – a wedding guide for a bad-ass budget.

bbbeec492It launches today and you can pre-order yours through Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com or IndieBound 

If you are planning your wedding or know someone getting married, this would be a great gift for them.

 

Hotel El Convento Puerto Rico old-world charm and elegance

In the heart of Old San Juan is a Spanish Colonial architectural delight, Hotel El Convento.  With six elegant salons, which can hold everything from intimate dinners to elaborate receptions, your guests will experience flawless service and celebrate with you an event that brings something ‘old’ and something ‘new’ for your wedding day.

Inaugurated in 1651, the Carmelite Convent was created to withstand Indians, European enemies, hurricanes and tropical heat. Doors and grilles were made of mahogany and iron wood which seems to increase it’s strength as it ages. For 252 years this building housed nuns and then it was abandoned.  In 1959 Frederic Woolworth (yes heir to the Woolworths fortune) purchased the convent from the Archdiocese for $250,000 and transformed it into its present deluxe hotel.  There are now 100 rooms including 10 suites.

A lot of the original artwork, wrought-iron fixtures and decorative tiles remain today.  The first two floors are now designed and feature restaurants and cafes, meeting and banquet rooms.  This is the only small luxury and four diamond hotel in the heart of old San Juan.

So why get married here?  One of the most monumental buildings is the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, located across the street from Hotel El Convento, whose Spanish architecture invites you without having to be a believer. The stained glass windows, statues and especially its high ceilings, domes covering it possible not only transported to the era of conquests but to other parts of Europe.  Many celebrities have chosen the Cathedral for their wedding and then walk across the street back to the hotel for their reception. elcon2 elconv4 elconv11 elconv7 conv5 hotelel

Hotel El Convento 100 Cristo Street, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901 Telephone: 787-723-9020  Toll Free: 800-468-2779 Telfax: 787-721-2877

EVENT: Jamaica hosting wedding and honeymoon expo in NYC

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Jamaica Destination Wedding Showcase

Discover the Top Destination Venues and Honeymoon Resorts in Jamaica

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Manhattan Penthouse | 80 Fifth Avenue | New York City

Cocktails with Seagram’s Escapes and Cake Tastings

Hair and Makeup Sessions including a Lash Bar with Celebrity-Makeup Artists

Honeymoon Giveaways (including Grand Palladium Resort & Spa)

Beach Wedding Fashion, and a Fabulous Gift Bag

For complimentary tickets for you and a guest

please RSVP with code JNYBC at www.JamaicaWeddingShowcase.com