All About Town: Real Simple Pop Up Shop in Bryant Park

One of my goals for 2012 is to do a better job sharing with you my many adventures out on the town.  But because there’s no time like the present… A few Saturdays ago, I took an early morning trip to Bryant Park to check out the Real Simple Pop Up Shop.  It was more like a holiday vendor fair and we took full advantage of the opportunity to get a jump start on some gift shopping.  In the midst of chocolate tastings, Loreal makeovers and bustling crowds, I stumbled across several really cute wedding gift ideas which I expertly photographed and posted below…

Satin Wedding Dress Necklace Holders

Porcelain Wedding Slipper Ring Holder

Wine and Coaster Duo

‘And They Lived Happily Ever After’ Personalized Decorative Pillow

Heart Shaped Tea-Steeper


Found: A SoleMate

I think just about every woman has experienced that horrible moment when she realizes the heel of her new stiletto just sank in between the cracks of a city sidewalk.  It’s a paralyzing feeling; leaving you unable to look down because you know, more often than not, an unsightly and oftentimes irreparable scuffmark will be left behind. In an instant, your shoes have gone from fashion statement to fashion faux pas.

And as a wedding planner, there have been moments when I’ve found myself silently encouraging every muscle in my core to carry me  across the many grassy knolls that set the backdrop for outdoor weddings.  It’s an experience that becomes that much more difficult when your “greener pastures”have recently been watered by Mother Nature.  Ah, the joys of womanhood!

So, imagine my delight when I heard about SoleMates High Heeler®, a clever high hell protector that attaches to most stiletto and kitten heels to reduce heel pressure and prevent the heel from sinking into grass or falling into cracks. Ladies, I do believe all of our shoe prayers have been answered!!

They are currently available in four colors – Clear, Black, Silver and Gold – and will cost you about $9.95 a pair.  If you order directly from the SoleMates website, you’ll be treated to 10% off any order of 10 or more or free shipping on two or more pairs.  Retailers, such as DSW, David’s Bridal, and Kleinfield Manhattan, also carry SoleMates High Heeler® but you can also use their online zipcode finder to locate SoleMates in a store near you.

Getting Married Outside?  Then SoleMates are a must have accessory for any bride and her bride’s maids. Better yet, order in bulk and place them in a decorative container near your sign-in table for all of your female gal pals to pick up on their way in.

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