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Royal Wedding ~ Two People Fell In Love and We all Showed Up

Royal Wedding ~ Two People Fell In Love and We all Showed Up

Two people fell in love and we all showed up for a royal wedding. His Royal Highness Duke Henry Charles Albert David (Harry) married Her Royal Highness Duchess Rachel Meghan Markle (Meghan) of Sussex. This fairy tale day began 18 months ago with a blind date set up by Meghan’s friend.

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Duchess Meghan Markle

Wedding Style

The wedding took place at Windsor Castle at St George’s Chapel. The flowers and plants designed by Philippa Craddock include beech, birch, hornbeam, as well as white garden roses (late Princess Diana’s favorite), Myrtle (represents love and marriage) a tradition for all royal wedding bouquets, peonies and foxgloves. Some flowers came from Princess Diana’s garden as well. Prince William sat next to an empty seat in honor of their mother’s memory.  The chapel is a high-medieval Gothic style. This is a beautiful place to share vows with friends and family.

The dress code for the bride includes dress must have sleeve, lace, and be white. The 600 guest to the wedding dress for the day is for men military uniform, morning coats, or lounge suits and women’s dress for the day is choosing a day dress with hat.

Many guests including George and Amal Clooney, Oprah, Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham, arrive in the best finery. The best-dressed guest is David Beckham. He wore a Dior Homme charcoal grey super 130’s wool twill morning coat and pants, a light grey super 150’s wool twill double-breasted waistcoat, a white 200/2 Egyptian cotton poplin shirt, a grey silk satin tie, a grey silk satin pocket square and derbies in black calfskin leather. He seems to upstage the groom, Duke Harry.

Duke Harry wore his frock-coat uniform of the Blues and Royals. Duchess Meghan wore Claire Waight Keller Givenchy boat neck neckline silk crepe and 3/4 sleeves. 2019 spring collection, Queen Mary’s diamond Bandeau tiara, and Cartier jewels.  She looked stunning in the beautiful gown. Her veil was absolutely the show stopper of the day. It was cathedral length, made from silk tulle, and featured a trim of hand-embroidered flowers from the commonwealths, Wintersweet from the Kensington Palace, and California poppy, with crops of wheat representing love and charity. Her veil is well crafted by hand and hundreds of hours of work.

Her makeup was beautiful and light. This added a sense of innocence and you could still see her freckles. Duchess Meghan gave six of her dear friends and sister-in-law Princess Catherine gold disc bespoke bracelets called the Kensington Bracelet designed by Zofia Day.

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Royal Wedding Dutch Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle First Kiss

Wedding Ceremony 

Duchess Meghan entered the chapel nave alone. This was a strong representation that she is an independent woman and a change from tradition for royal weddings. Prince Charles walked to the last pew then he steps aside while Duchess Meghan walks to Duke Harry. This again shows her strong independence and strength. Duke Harry thanks his father, looks at his bride, and says, “You look amazing, and you look so beautiful. “They exchange rings, something not traditionally done. The rings made from gifted Welch gold from Queen Elizabeth. The ceremony was one of love and commitment.  The most Revd. and Rt Honored Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury,  officiated. Duke Harry could hardly look away from his bride.

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Royal Wedding
Royal Family

Wedding Reception

The couple took a carriage ride around the town of Windsor after sharing their first public kiss outside the chapel. They then enjoyed a ride in an electric silver-blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero to the reception at Frogmore House. Duke Harry changed into a tuxedo and Duchess Meghan wearing bespoke Stella McCartney high neck lily-white gown in silk crepe with an aquamarine ring that once belonged to Princess Diana. They looked exceptional for the evening reception hosted by Prince Charles.

The menu for the evening reception included:

  • Scottish Langoustines wrapped in Smoked Salmon with Citrus Créme Fraiche
  • Grilled English Asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian Ham
  • Garden Pea Panna Cotta with Quail Eggs and Lemon Verbena
  • Heritage Tomato and Basil Tartare with balsamic Pearls
  • Poached Free Range Chicken bound in a Lightly Spiced Yoghurt with Roasted Apricot
  • Croquette of Confit Windsor Lamb, Roasted Vegetables, and Shallot Jam
  • Warm Asparagus Spears with Mozzarella and Sun-Blush Tomatoes
  • Fricassee of Free Range Chicken with Morel Mushrooms and Young Leeks
  • Pea and Mint Risotto with Pea Shoots, Truffle Oil, and Parmesan Crisps
  • Ten Hour Slow Roasted Windsor Pork Belly with Apple Compote and Crackling
  • Sweet Canapés including
    • Champagne and Pistachio Macaroons
    • Orange Créme Brülée Tartlets
    • Miniature Rhubarb Crumble Tartlets
  • Beverages for the evening reception include:
    • Pol Roger Brut Réserve Non-Vintage Champagne
    • Selection of Wines
    • Soft Drinks
    • Apple and Elderflower mocktail (using the same syrup as the wedding cake)
    • Sandringham Cox’s apple juice
    •  When Harry Met Meghan ginger and rum cocktail
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Wedding Cake

The reception included a beautiful wedding cake. Clarie Ptak designed the wedding cake. The wedding cake features:

  • Elderflowers syrup using elderflowers from the Queen’s residence
  • A light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple
  • Filling Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower buttercream
  • Decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 140 fresh flowers that are in season

Elton John played a set of four songs after Harry asked, “Anyone here know how to play the piano?” Taking away from tradition Duchess Meghan gave a speech. The tradition is for the father of the bride to make a speech, but Duchess of Sussex (Duchess Meghan). This wedding brought modern traditions fusing with royal traditions to a new forefront.  The event concluded with fireworks.

Congrats to the newlyweds on their wedding day. There is no official notice of their honeymoon.

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The Big Finale Fashion Runway ~ Mario De La Torre

The Big Finale Fashion Runway ~ Mario De La Torre

Mario De La Torre, a fashion designer from south central, brings a fashion runway collection that has west coast apparel, and with a south of the border flair. This runway continues with a purpose to empower women with his designs. His runway presents one that is full of diversity and creativity. De La Torre brings his whole heart to the runway.

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Fashion Runway Engagement

He got down on one knee on the runway at the end of his show and audience proposed to the love of his life, Evette Smith. She said, “yes,” while holding their daughter Vivienne. The audience sipped Notorious Pink Rosé and shed a few tears as the couple hugged on the runway. This was one of the biggest finales in Style Fashion Week history. Last year he announced the gender of his baby on the runway at Style Fashion Week Los Angeles.

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Mario De La Torre Style FW18 Palm Springs engagement

His runway with Style Fashion Week is a part of what he knows is, “sweat and struggle for art. Imparting a brutally honest vision of hood influences, west coast appeal and Chicano culture, Mario approaches his designs with an open mind and the intent to empower women.”  Fashion has been his first passion, but he was fearful of judgment that initially leads him on the path to financing. He did turn to his purpose of fashion and meet his fiancé in fashion school. “The SECRET to life is to find your PURPOSE and LIVE it, CREATE it and INSPIRE others to do the same.” Mario de la Torre

This climactic moment was a perfect ending to his fall-winter collection, purpose. The collection continues to empower and with a wide open mind. The runway covers men, women with great diversity. The clothing is soft neutrals and pinks with blue colors to the elegant collection.  The purpose is present in the collection the purpose of creativity, living, and going after your dreams.  Walking with a purpose in life brings you to your climatic destiny.

Fashion Runway Model

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Mario De La Torre Style FW18 Palm Springs Celai West
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Mario De La Torre Style FW18 Palm Springs 

Celai West is a young talented beautiful model for this runway collection. She always brings a strong maturity that is classy, beautiful, and learning to set goals, remain focused, and stay on track with school. Happy birthday to West, she recently turned 10. She has a strong will and purpose. This is her first fashion runway in high heels. She completed the runway with exceptional talent keeping the focus on the clothing.

Fashion Runway Styling

The clothing is full of movement with solid colors allows for you to meet your own purposeful fashion style with exceptional accessories and shoes. Each piece has a great sense of sexuality and beauty completing the personal style. The makeup for the runway is a soft natural look. Hair for the runway is soft gentle curls.

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Mario De La Torre Style FW18 Palm Springs
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The runway fills with a purpose in fashion, family, and creativity. The finale is a complete circle of the inspiration for the evening of purpose. What a beautiful moment shared with everyone.

See the full runway here.

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The Key To Modern Travel ~ The Moxy

The Key To Modern Travel ~ The Moxy

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful evening at The Moxy in Tempe Arizona. A great anniversary “staycation”. The first night we were at the hotel we enjoyed an evening of exceptional Italian food, drinks, company, and beautiful fashion. This night was ours to savor and enjoy. This boutique hotel brings a place for the modern travel that is relaxing, peaceful, and fun.

Grand Opening

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Moxy Hotel Grand Opening

The Moxy owned by Marriott managed by 24/7  opened the first Moxy in Milan Italy. The Tempe place opened with a traditional Italian dinner and fashion show.  They now have 7 opened throughout the United States and Europe. The hotel concept is about an independent that wants to make the rules.

Moxy Hotel

When we arrived check-in takes place at the bar. The lobby looks a lot different from the first night. There is no runway, but a look and feel of entering your home. The check-in takes place at the bar. The staff is young and casually dressed. The room comes with a complimentary cocktail called “The Moxy.” This is a light refreshing lime-aide with a little kick.

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Moxy Hotel
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Moxy Hotel
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Moxy Hotel
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The lobby fills with travelers listening to records, playing pool, enjoying books, computer, 1980 video games, board games, and more. There is a nice pool that is heated for cooler winters. It is like being at home. A long table to sit and enjoy your meal with new friends. Commissioned artwork fills the lobby. This selection took place through an online process.

We enter a room with casual styling. The decor is from Ikea and a LoveSack for relaxing. It is a decent sized room with an old-fashioned phone with a number of bedtime stories. The bathroom is close quarters, but a great shower with dual nozzles. You need extra towel or ironing they have an “ironing room” on each floor. Here you can get clean towels, linens, and iron a shirt. There was a very small patio and small is the keyword. You can stand on the patio, but that is all it is super small. There was a great place to hang my hat and scarf. The hotel room is exceptionally clean.

The decor was fun and spirited. All doors have “disturb” painted on them. The Do Not Disturb sign has a nice looking half-dressed man laying on a bed. The wall decor is thematic with great sayings on some pictures. The floors are wood with throw rugs. Loved this idea. Living in Phoenix there is very little need for the warmth of carpeting. The one downside in the room was the pillows.

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Moxy Hotel
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Moxy Hotel
Moxy Hotel Grand Opening 4chion lifestyle Photo Raymond L Forchion
Moxy Hotel

 

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There is a long mirror perfect for getting ready for the evening. I did make the evening fun by dressing as a 1950 wife. Styling for the evening included: a dress purchased through Amazon. This was a first for me purchasing clothing online. The dress was a knit black dress with a doll collar, hung just below the knee, and fit the theme for the evening very well, short black gloves with a pearl ring over the top, hair L’Oréal Techni Art Dual Styler, Jazzy eyeshadow, YBF lipstick, and Revlon powder. Completing the styling was my wedding veil and a set of pearls from my husband.

The ride down the elevator to the lobby included the ride a moment for a selfie. The elevator is equipped with selfie props and a couple of backdrops. Attach your photos with #AtTheMoxy and they show up on Instagram. This made for a wonderful memory and some fun photos.

 

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Moxy Hotel
Moxy Hotel Grand Opening 4chion lifestyle Photo Raymond L Forchion
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Anniversary Dinner

The hotel restaurant is a self-service collection. You help yourself to a wide choice of beverages, snacks, and quick meals. The kick is you “do it yourself.” There are many great local restaurants in the are to enjoy. We enjoyed sushi at  Kobe. This was the place our first date. We enjoyed a nice glass of wine. We sat in the bar area just like our first date.

 

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Kobe

Moxy Bar

The evening closed out at the bar enjoying “The Moxy”Bacardi Cherry Rum infused cocktail with our traditional anniversary cake from Variations Bakery. It is a white cake (best sponge cake, banana filling, and whipped cream icing). The staff very helpful and they enjoyed our cake with us. The bar has a floating ceiling that comes from a reclaimed Kentucky horse barn/fence. It was great enjoying the bar after hearing the story from the architect who designed the hotel at the opening night party.

 

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Moxy Amenities

As we checked out of the hotel we left our names on the large chalkboard wall in the back of the lobby. Each section of the lobby is themed for the entertainment surrounding the area. There is a large working area with MAC computers. Towards the front of the lobby a large choice of records and a record player. The best of the lobby for me was the bikes you can take out for biking. This is a great place for bike riding with Tempe Town Lake and the college campus nearby. My husband was thrilled about the pool table in the lobby.

 

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The hotel that brings a new wave of travel experiences. It was a great accommodating hotel with a ton of independence to experience our adventures. This hotel has been called a hostel type with an upgrade. This hotel is not a hostel with an upgrade, but a nice affordable boutique providing the independent traveler with a beautiful stay.

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Harlow’s Cafe

We stopped on the way home to Harlow’s Cafe for breakfast. This local restaurant is near the hotel. They offer a very straightforward traditional breakfast. The service was spot on, food that is tradition American Cafe menu. Conversations carried through the air with the smells of eggs, syrup, and coffee.

 

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Harlow’s Cafe
Harlow's Cafe 4chion lifestyle Photo Raymond L Forchion
Harlow’s Cafe
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The weekend was such a great time away.

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All About the Details ~ Badgley and Mischka

All About the Details ~ Badgley and Mischka

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The day with Badgley and Mischka at the Phoenix Art Museum was filled with passion, fashion, and women from around the world. The entire day was all about the details. This year marks their silver anniversary in fashion, this month they celebrate their 3rd wedding anniversary. “The era that women have to suffer for beauty are bye gone,” they stated. This is the day for super glamorous with comfort and modern sensibility. Badgley and Mischka remained true to their brand and glamour through the decades remembering that women want to look beautiful and young.

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They started together at Parsons School of Design in their senior year. Each began designing with different fashion houses, James Mischka menswear for WilliWear WilliSmith, and Mark Badgley with Donna Karan. The long hours and commitment to each designer they thought it would be great to create their own business.

The business taught them that there is more than 24 hours in a day, pick what you believe in and dominate the arena, and trusting each other.  They decided that they love evening attire even for daytime. This decision has been a benefited their business at times, but not following fashion trends at times has not been the best for their fashion label.

Inspiring designers for the label are: Bill Blass, Oscar De La Renta, and Geoffrey Beene. Oscar De La Renta often rode the same elevator. The three would debate who was the best fashion designer back and forth until the doors opened.

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The designers watched old Hollywood films creating their label. They loved the looks of Bette Davies, Rita Hayworth, and Joan Crawford. They continue the old Hollywood film inspiration, even in recent runways.

Runway designing was compared to a wedding 6 months of really hard work and in five minutes it is over. It is exhilarating to see the full design and styling. Mark Badgley said, “it is like seeing your daughter on her wedding day.” They love this part of the fashion world, but it is just a small part of business.

The recent discussion of competing with fast fashion for fashion houses was discussed. They understand the need for designers like Tom Ford, Burberry , and Rebecca Minkoff to have the see now buy now concept for their brands. It is a great way for them to show something different this season. Their brand and designs does not compete with fast fashion, so that concept is not necessary for their label.

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Uma Thurman Cocktail Dress

Their designs are know for their beading and embellishments; it is all in the details. The inspiration for their beading comes from jewelry. Many dresses may have up to 30,000 beads, beaded by old men in India, beading is a dying art. They consider themselves magpies when it comes to their beading collections. Creating the brands signature heirloom beads means: running the beads through the dishwashers hundreds of times or a bath in Drano to achieve this look.

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Ensuring that the team completes the design comes from mood sketches. These sketches are the key to communicating the details of the gown. They have a signature look to their sketches. Badgley stated that, “Mischka’s sketches are not as finely sketched.”

They can speak about each gown with passion. Badgley and Mischka discussed the time they hand dyed a gown for the red carpet and it shrunk. They tied soup cans to the bottom of the dress and flew it across the country. This worked the gown was the right length for the event.

Their gowns have graced celebrities at some of the greatest red carpets. They know each of their clients well and what is working best for their personal image. They are aware of those celebrities that will require the gown custom made or others like Jennifer Lopez that knows she can rock any dress whether designed for her, previously worn, or straight off the runway. They love a woman that can look alluring and feminine in the evening no matter what her look is for the day.

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The wedding collection developed from brides wanting their evening wear created to fit their special day. Many would ask to make that evening gown in the tones and beading for their wedding. Badgley and Mischka began designing specifically to meet bridal designs.

The Arizona Costume Institute received a donation from Kate Winslet’s. The 2005 Oscars red carpet dress is a Badgley Mischka design. The gowns on display at the event demonstrated that it is all in the details at Badgley Mischka.

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