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To Heel or Not to Heel… Spring is in the Air!

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You know it’s springtime when the sun is out, the flowers are in full bloom, and you can run around barefoot without getting snow between your toes! But, do you know what else comes with the spring season? Outdoor weddings! Whether you’re on the east coast, west coast, or somewhere in between, outdoor weddings are all the rage during the spring and summer months. The warmer weather really lends itself to turning a traditional wedding into a fun, funky, one of a kind event whether you live by the beach or in the country.

One super cute and cost effective way to create a fresh style on your special day is by wearing embellished flip-flops like those from Francesca’s Fancy Flops. You can get them with flowers, rhinestones, glitter or any other kind of embellishment your heart desires.

Have you ever tried walking down the “aisle” on a beach in heels? It can be a difficult and uncomfortable feat, especially when your shoes fill up with sand. So, why not add a little bit of sparkle to some comfy thongs for you and your bridesmaids and leave the sand on the beach instead of in your shoes! Trust me, your girls will thank you.

But wait a minute, what about the guests at your wedding? Surely, they don’t want sand in their shoes either. Something you might want to do is have a “shoe check” where guests trade in their formal shoes for a pair of embellished flip-flops! Yes, even your male guests can take part with some stylish (yet not so sparkly) flip-flops of their own. Not only will your guests be able to enjoy your special day in comfort, but, they’ll go home with a new pair of kicks of their own. What a way to create some wonderful memories on your wedding day!

Another great thing about these adorable flip-flops is that you can wear them whenever you want. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m a sucker for a good pair of heels, but flip flops can be worn throughout the year and these babies will spruce up any outfit whether it’s your wedding dress or your favorite pair of capris. The opportunities to make a fun little fashion statement are endless!

If you’d like more information on where to find these cute little flip flops, or more ideas on how to create the perfect springtime wedding, send me an e-mail at Valerie@thevibeagency.com.

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**The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

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A FLAT OUT Awesome Idea!

You all know how tired your feet are after an event or a long week at a conference or convention! You’ve taken a moment to sit down before you walk the floor one last time, start strike or limp to your car.  Your feet are burning and they painfully ache.  We’ve all been there, right?  Well now, there’s an answer.  Flat Out of Heels! Let’s take a look at these little gems!

Flat Out of Heels or ‘Flat Outs‘ are rollable flats for women with aching feet after wearing high heels for hours. The idea came to CEO, Dawn Dickson after doing events for many years and observing ladies sitting down, leaning, and even walking barefoot due to the excruciating pain that most high heels cause. Some women keep flats in their car for relief but what good does that do when they can barely stand let alone walk to the car?? Most flats on the market will not fit in a small clutch, however, Flat Outs roll up so tightly they can fit in the palm of your hand…and they are cute! They come in 3 sizes and 4 colors… They also come with a bag to carry your heels once you take them off.

Please check out their website at www.FlatOutofHeels.com  There you can learn more about the product and you can purchase your very own pair (or pairs) of Flat Outs

And, coming soon, if you forget your Flat Outs at home, you’ll be able to purchase them from vending machines at major venues throughout the country. The stylish and compact relief flats are designed for women with aching feet who want to “step up in comfort and step out in style.”

Our feet are already thanking, Dawn for her innovative idea.  This could really be a game changer for those of us who have to be in those painful high heels all the time.   

On top of the relief that we can feel coming on, there’s another way you can feel good about purchasing a pair of Flat Outs!  Being passionate about giving back to worthwhile organizations Flat Outs currently offer non-profit organizations an option to integrate Flat Outs into their fundraising campaigns and receive proceeds from sales. You can contact Dawn Dickson at Dawn@FlatOutofHeels.com or by phone at 786-853-6981 for more information on how your organization can take advantage of this opportunity.

 The girls at the VIBE Agency think this may be the most brilliant idea since sliced bread, and we’re going to be ordering ours very soon.  In fact, we may order a pair in EVERY color.  Our feet are already dancing with joy at the thought.  We’d love to hear what YOUR feet are saying about the idea, too.  Reach out to us at valerie@thevibeagency.com  Until next week, be safe and have a FLAT OUT great weekend! 

*This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. We write for our own purposes. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.

**The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mother’s Day Tips and Ideas Recap

Mother’s Day always seams to catch people off guard or we’re all just procrastinators. Walking into a Walgreen and CVS yesterday was a disaster…all of the cards were pretty much cleaned right off the displays and Publix the lines were around the corner should we say.

We put together some tips that you can do for your mother next year. Here are some cool products that we thought you might like to indulge  your mother in  and of course the best spa  recommendations in town. Pull out the pen and paper because you’re going to want to remember these for next year!

Call us crazy, but although we live in paradise, there are times we want to escape the Miami scene. It’s always fast paced and hot, so for this last Mother’s Day theme, we’re leaving Miami… leaving South Florida all together… and heading to a slower, calmer place, one where mom can relax – Cape Cod.  Why not transform your home into a “Cape Cod Cottage” for an afternoon?

To achieve this classic New England country chic look, think stripes. Dress the table with yellow and white stripes, green, blue and white, pastels, etc.  Use napkins in the same colors that contrast – or mix and match.  Use big thick mugs, cobalt blue, lemon yellow, orange and white plates.  For a centerpiece, this one we want to try to keep it light and nautical. Place fresh cut wildflowers, try daisies or small sunflowers, in rustic metal pails.  Or you can even spread out sand on table, add plenty of pretty seashells, and lay some candles in the sand.

As for food… with so many potential seafood options, where do we start?? Let’s start by whipping up some classic “boil” shrimp appetizers, some small blue crabs to pick at and corn on the cob! Now I know what you’re thinking, where’s the clam chowder? Fear not, we found a simple recipe to make the famous New England Clam Chowder, which can seem intimidating to make—but isn’t!

New England Clam Chowder

slices bacon, diced

1 1/2 cups chopped onion

1 1/2 cups water

4 cups peeled and cubed potatoes

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

ground black pepper to taste

3 cups half-and-half

3 tablespoons butter

2 (10 ounce) cans minced clams

Directions

1.  Place diced bacon in large stock pot over medium-high heat. Cook until almost crisp; add onions, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in water and potatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and cook uncovered for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender.

2. Pour in half-and-half, and add butter. Drain clams, reserving clam liquid; stir clams and 1/2 of the clam liquid into the soup. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until heated through. Do not allow to boil.

Mom has got a sweet tooth…

Schakolad Chocolate Factory

internationally acclaimed brand for fresh, handmade European style chocolates. Their  signature chocolates are prepared with the finest ingredients and presented in the time honored traditions of quality, artistry and innovation. Their flavors are endless I’m sure one will appease your palette.

Here are a few that you will find

  • dark coconut pattie
  • dark almond cluster
  • key lime truffle
  • milk butterscotch truffle
  • cheesecake ganache
  • Italian amaretto ganache
  • dark caramel

Misha’s Cupcakes

They make cupcakes, cakes, scones,muffins and brownies, with more delicious creations to come!

Misha’s Cupcakes truck delivers to more than 30 locations, and we are always on the look-out for fabulous places where our customers will be able to enjoy our cupcakes. they cater to your needs with the coolest designs and originality.

Shari’s Berries

Shari’s berries offer chocolate covered goodness…from strawberries, truffles, cakes, to apples. These vibrant morsels are picture perfect and melt in your mouth.

Strawberries

Succulent ripe strawberries are hand-dipped with gourmet confections, and decorated with pastel swizzles and sugar crystals especially for Mom. Our delectable berries are an Unforgettable Mother’s Day Gift.

Truffles

  • 4 Dark Chocolate Cabernet Truffles
  • 4 White Confection Champagne Truffles
  • 4 Dark Chocolate Chardonnay Truffles
  • 4 Dark Chocolate Port Wine Truffles
  • Truffles arrive nestled in individual fluted-paper cups and tucked into a box
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The only thing better than wine and chocolate is the combination of both. Popped into the mouth, the flavors of decadent chocolate and wine meld into one sensual bite. Truffles are infused with non-alcoholic wine flavorings. Truffles contain no alcohol.

Cakes

Cheesecake Medley (8″ diameter, serves 12)

One bite of this deliciously creamy cheesecake could make even the most grounded person feel like they’re walking on air. This heavenly combination features: a classic New York chocolate chip cheesecake, a luscious chocolate Rocky Road cheesecake, a raspberry swirl cheesecake with a rich chocolate crumb crust and the most decadent gooey caramel swirl cheesecake topped with chopped pecans. Gravity is clearly overrated!

A Personalized Touch

This time around make it a little more personal and take your mom’s , grandmother’s or aunt’s  favorite item and turn it into a timeless treasure for them. The Personalization Mall takes about everything and lets you create your perfect moment for it.

Day of Relaxation

These Beach Spas are still having great Mother’s Day deals so if you didn’t have the time yesterday, make sure you make some time for it before the end of the month!

The Betsy Hotel

One of South Beaches exquisite hotels, the Betsy Holds an Mother’s Day Brunch…and Extends a generous offer of 15% off Guest Rooms and 50% off Grand and Master Suites, with a special amenity subject to availability; offer valid until May 30, 2010.

Dramatically poised alongside its Art Deco neighbors on Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive, The Betsy is a distinguished historic landmark hotel. The Betsy’s 63 rooms and suites are private, beachside havens where sensory details, imaginative amenities and inspirational design coalesce to produce an unparalleled experience.

Elegant, but relaxed tropical interiors and an intimate courtyard pool, maintain an aura that is passionately low-key. The Deck at The Betsy, an expansive rooftop with sweeping views of the Atlantic, offers a Wellness Garden with a full range of spa treatments, therapies and yoga. Specialty cocktails and light fare are offered on The Deck and at the exquisite lobby bar, or one may prefer fine dining at Laurent Tourondel’s new take on the modern American steakhouse – BLT Steak at The Betsy. Designed with a hint of vintage glamour, B Bar offers an exclusive and discreet version of Miami nightlife, accessible by invitation only.

Make your Reservation today: 305.531.6100

Ritz Carlton

Escape to a South Beach, FL, spa that offers an elite menu of La Maison de Beauté Carita treatments alongside an extensive menu of European wellness and beauty rituals. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach topped the 2008 Allure magazine’s A-List recognized by readers as the Best Day Spa in Miami. Featuring 14-treatment rooms, luxurious relaxation lounges, a full-service salon and two couples suites, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach hotel and spa is home to the exclusive Astro Balance Massage; a unique massage treatment based on your birth date and astrological sign.

Reservation 786 .276.4000

Mommy and Me
A perfect way to say I love you … The Mommy & Me Mother’s Day package is designed for mothers and daughters to bond over a relaxing visit to the award-winning Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach, enjoying the following services:

* A Citrus Manicure and Pedicure for mother and daughter
* A mimosa for mom and a mocktail (a fruity beverage) for daughter

$168 including gratuity, complimentary parking included. Offer available throughout the month of May. Please take note it cannot be combined with any other special promotions.


Viceroy, Brickell

Viceroy Miami presents sophisticated international travelers and discriminating South Florida denizens with a glamour-infused Miami resort hotel created for business and leisure pursuits in the city’s burgeoning downtown.

Designed by tastemaker Kelly Wearstler, this luxury Miami hotel on Brickell Avenue deftly juxtaposes elite residential necessities with scene-making dining, roof-raising lounging and the intuitive service and unexpected delights recognized as Viceroy signatures.

Set within the ten-acre Icon Brickell enclave, the Viceroy is the quintessential Miami luxury hotel, located at the center of this urban resort replete with skyscraping residential towers, two parks, a 28,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, and a two-acre outdoor living room bedecked by a 300-foot long pool, oversized outdoor fireplace, and more lifestyle flights of fancy.

Reservation: 305. 503 .4400

The Biltmore, Coral Gables

A sanctuary for the senses in the center of Miami, a place that offers peace, inspiration and profound relaxation.  Perched on the 7th floor of the iconic Biltmore Resort, with spectacular views of the golf course, the Biltmore Spa relaxes and tunes the mind and body while stimulating the senses. The timeless feeling of the Historic Landmark hotel, rich stones and warm wood, were used throughout the Spa to create a serene and restful ambiance. Here in the contemporary elegance befitting the Biltmore’s distinguished past and new splendor, each therapist is driven by a deeply personal vision of well-being.  The Biltmore Spa offers a wide array of nourishing and balancing personalized treatments from around the world and seeks to capture a connection with each guest.

Marvelous May

Take a Spa Escape at 9am or 2pm with our Signature Chardonnay 70-minute massage and pay for the price of the Signature Chardonnay 50-minute massage. Add any facial and receive 20% off your facial treatment.

*This promotion is not valid with gift card purchases or any other discounts or offers. Promotion must be mentioned upon booking and has limited availability so we encourage you to book well in advance. Promotion is available on only 70-minute Chardonnay massage reserved for 9am or 2pm. Facial treatment must be received the same day by same guest to qualify for 20% discount. Promotion is not available on Saturdays or Holidays and expires on May 31st.

Harmonize: The Art of couple’s massage

This 70-minute session enables couples to learn diverse massage techniques in the luxurious Zen Spa suite. Your massage therapist will start the session by introducing you to the benefits of aromatherapy oils and massage as a unique tool to de-stress and reconnect with each other. Each participant will be given the opportunity to choose which area they would like their partner to focus on – full body, back, hands or feet. Your therapist will then show you various techniques, before you and your partner spend time practicing on each other under the watchful eye of a professional guiding you to perfection. This is the perfect way for you and your partner to learn the art of massage, share a magical moment together and take home some valuable relaxation tools.

Cost:70 minutes Session $190 per couple

*18% gratuity not included

Consultation & Acupuncture Treatment

A comprehensive initial consultation, evaluation and extended acupuncture session utilizing sterile, disposable acupuncture needles, and topical herbal applications or other adjunctive acupuncture techniques. Herbal, dietary and/or lifestyle recommendations may also be included.

Cost: 90 minutes $150 (regular price $200)

*This promotion is available Monday through Friday and not valid with gift card purchases or any other discounts or offers. Promotion must be mentioned upon booking and is based on availability.

Happy Hands and Feet

Mango Manicure and Pedicure

Cost: $80 for 70 minutes. Reservation required.

*This promotion is available everyday  and not valid with gift card purchases or any other discounts or offers. 18% gratuity not included. Promotion must be mentioned upon booking and is based on availability.

Reservation 305.913.3187

Hope these ideas help you to get into the VIBE next year and for those few events that are still going on till the end of the month.


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Tropical Mother’s Day

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As we continue our Mother’s Day series, the next theme to consider  is “Tropical”. Here in Miami, it is so simple and easy (just step outside!) to create this type of event, but it’s great to bring the tropics up North and to other areas that may not have this naturally. Here, you’ll find some theme ideas, a nice tropical “brunch-style” recipe, some décor ideas and more.

Mother’s Day – Island Style!

If you want to put a spin on your Mother’s Day celebration, why not brighten it up with a gorgeous tropical brunch celebration?  After all, we do live in Miami… it is only right that we take the gorgeous tropical weather we were given, fill it with some more tropical vibes, and leave your mother relaxed and rejoiced!

Start off with some brightly colored linens—try bright yellows, some mermaid blues, and lime greens. Add some creative centerpieces— play around with different ideas. Fill up small trays with sand, stick in a few candles and

shells to create a nice beachy accessory.  You can also try filling up glass vases with lemons and limes (incorporating those two beautiful colors) or with a thick white candle surrounded by more sand! Play with it, be creative, no rules here!

To take your centerpiece to a whole new level, try an Edible Arrangements delicious fruit bouquet! Fruit is the ultimate theme of a tropical celebration… so live it up! Make sure to fill white or bamboo plates with an array of different tropical fruits, veggies, and yogurts!  Try a tasty non-alcoholic punch, anything with pomegranate, acai, blueberries—refreshing, healthy, and delish!

For a light, main course, throw together a Tropical Chicken Salad:

  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • Spring Mix lettuce
  • Grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
  • ½ cup slivered almonds, chopped
  • Large cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup peach yogurt
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (low-fat if desired)
  • Splash of lemon & lime

Directions

Combine peach yogurt, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, lemon, and lime in a small bowl. Whisk together until well blended, then set aside. In a large bowl combine lettuce with tomatoes, pineapple, almonds, and cucumber. Add yogurt-mayonnaise mixture to the large bowl, mix well. Top with shredded chicken, can be served warm or cold. Makes 4-6 servings.

Serve with lightly toasted multi-grain bread, brioche, or popovers, freshly squeezed orange juice, sparkling water or create your own menu!

Thai Fruit Salad

  • YIELD: 1 large bowl of fruit salad
  • 1+1/2 cups fresh papaya, cubed (for papaya instructions, see link below)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, fresh or canned (for fresh pineapple instructions, see link below)
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup mango, cubed
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced or cut into quarters
  • 1 cup other fruit, local OR exotic such as blueberries, melon, dragon fruit, lychees, longans, or rambutans
  • Garnish: starfruit slices
  • FRUIT SALAD DRESSING:
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar OR palm sugar

Directions
Stir fruit salad dressing ingredients together in a cup until sugar dissolves. Set aside.  Place all the fresh fruit in a mixing bowl.  Pour the dressing over and toss well to mix. Pour or scoop the fruit salad into a serving bowl, or into a prepared pineapple boat (as pictured). Garnish just before serving with a star fruit slice. For easy instructions, see: How to Make a Pineapple Boat.

Star Fruit Tip:To keep starfruit from going brown after slicing, simply drizzle over some fresh lime or lemon juice.

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You can also grill your favorite fish, or chicken, with grilled pineapple— serve with white rice and enjoy! Plate your dishes with beautiful ginger, birds of paradise, or  heliconia flowers. Again, be creative! No rules apply to this theme— add your own spices and flair that your mother will be sure to love!

Look forward to catching up with the VIBE later to day for great gift and treats for mom!

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Ways to Green Your Gift Wrapping

Have you ever looked at your trashcan after everyone has opened all of their gifts during the holiday season?  Just one look and you have to admit it is an awful amount of garbage.  This year consider the following ideas as you wrap each gift.

Everyone knows that green is the new black, but not everyone knows how to put a green touch to their holidays.  We did some research and found so many creative ideas. 

1) First, lets explore the Wrap Sack.  They have unique reusable gift bags that come in six different sizes.  The best part about these drawstring gift bags, is that they come with a tracking number which allows you to track the history of your wrap sack!

2) Aside from the gift bag, Wrap Sack offers reusable greeting cards.  You simply replace the sheet inside when you are ready to reuse it.

3) An eco-friendly way to gift wrap is to make your own by using left over fabric or old sheets.  Chewing the Cud offers reusable fabric gift wraps; each one with a gesture of giving: Give Love, Give Luck, Give Wisdom.

4)  Wrap a gift with a gift.  For example, you may purchase a scarf or decorative towel and then use it to wrap a bottle of wine.  Or a coffee cup or canister to hold another gift such as jewelry.

5)  Shuffle through old magazines, maps, calendars and newspapers  throughout the house and select pictures that connect with the personality of the person whom you have bought a gift for.  If that person is a traveler, use an old map to wrap their gift!

6)  The comic section of the newspaper is an old idea but works wonders. 

7)  Place your gift inside of a tote or insulated grocery bag.  Both of these items will be reused over and over!

8)  For bows, switch to reusable hair ribbons or flowers.  Take a walk outside or at your local park.  You will find true beauties from our very own land such as pinecones, acorn, changing color leaves and so on.

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Trendsetter Alert: The Ice bag®

As an event planner I am always looking for new ideas, updated technology and trendy ways to liven up a party or event.  There are always new ideas for branding and adding that special touch to make a memorable event. 

I introduce to you the Ice bag®.  It is the new generation of the ice bucket and originated in France.  The product is now available in the U.S. so make sure you take a look at this unique accessory. 

It is a modern and innovative bag that brings life to the traditional ice bucket image. It is easy to use and it has a double function! It is used to carry and keep your bottles fresh; it is also an original trendy gift.

There are several types of bags; each with a unique purpose.  There is the Basic collection which offers the bag in your choice of color.  The Message collection allows you to insert personal messages or business cards as a form of promotion.  City Collection was created to sell the image of a city; ideal as a souvenir or gift after a trip.

With Tempo collection, the line is dedicated for all holidays of the year including birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Christmas etc.  There is also a V.I.P collection specially designed for special events. 

The Pro range is for professionals with 7 references dedicated to restaurants, hotels, country clubs, caterers, wineries.  It is only used as a communication/service tool or for promotions.

The Ice bag® may be used in other sectors as Business gifts, new product launches and also to offer to offer products which can be used again and again.

Let us help you plan your next event with these wonderful gift incentives!

But wait! There are more!

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