Learn How You Book Your Travel for a Fraction of the Cost Upfront


(Photo credit: airfordable.com)

Okay, here’s a concept that we love -affordable payment plans for flights.  Also known as Airfordable.

Airfordable is an online payment plan that can be used for your airline tickets. It allows you to secure your tickets with a deposit upfront and pay the remaining balance in bi-weekly recurring payments before your departure date.

While they only accept multi-leg and round trips at this time, it allows for up to  7 travelers on one booking/payment plan (if you need more than 7, you can contact them), you can have a maximum of 5 bookings at a time and you can still use your frequent flyer number.

Airfordable charges a one-time fee on the price of the ticket that varies between 10% and 20% and automatically deducts each payment on your scheduled dates so there’s no need for any action on your end.

It’s an option for those low on cash or credit, as well as those wanting to lock in a fare. The company has future plans to expand into layaway payments for vacation packages and hotels. They also are working on a custom travel search platform so users don’t have to upload their own travel screenshots.  Learn more at http://www.airfordable.com.


Barbados is for Lovers!

A few days ago, I received an email from my Sagi-Sister in Spirit and fellow event planner and stylist, Arlene (@bklynblkorchid), which contained the following information and a simple note: Put this on your blog!  She has such a way with words…lol.  So let it be known that it is officially on the blog and if you and your beau have been looking for a romantic getaway, you may find this is just what the Doctor ordered…

Brides, are you interested in a destination wedding in Barbados?  If so, Jet Set Bride is offering a Destination Wedding Experience Tour package (valued at over $3600) for only $599/pp.  It comes complete with:

  • An insider’s view of Barbados
  • Round trip flights from New York City
  • 3 nights all-inclusive 4-star accommodations in Barbados
  • Private transportation and tours to all participating hotels and off-site venues
  • A chance to interact with local service providers such as photographers, florists, beauty professionals, DJ’s and bands
  • Fun excursions, food tastings and the chance to experience the warm Bajan culture
  • And the opportunity to book your destination wedding services at exclusive Jet Set Bride rates

Each tour is limited to only 20 couples and is only valid for travel between June 14th – June 17th.  The deadline to register is May 15th so call Gai at 718.789.1242 or email gai@jetsetbride.com for more information or to register today!

P.S: Check out Arlene’s Blog, FashionStyle, and tell her I sent you.

Do You Hear “Wedding Belles”?

Kate Spade has recently debuted their entry into the multi-billion dollar wedding industry with the debut of their newest line, Wedding Belles. It’s a small line – only 8 in total – of little white (and off-white) dresses that they’ve designed with every shower and soiree in mind.  Wedding Belles has left no detail forgotten and also includes a stylish treasure chest of jeweled accessories including, hair barrettes, clutches, and shoes. Have a look at the complete Wedding Belle Collection by Kate Spade.


Dylan Dress, $425

Elenore Dress, $475

Briella Dress, $425

Kaye Dress, $425

They also carry a small line of colorful and feminine Bridesmaid dresses…

Jillian Dress, $355

Elaine Dress, $425

Anette Dress, $445

I’m definitely loving these dresses for the summer and if you’re a destination bride, there’s more than one LWD that would not only fold into a suitcase but also look perfect for barefoot vows on the beach.

Destination Decadence…Hawaii

I’m going to let you in on a little secret…I LOVE VERA WANG!  So much so that the very next time I am in Hawaii and feel like an unjustifiable splurge, I’m checking into the Vera Wang Suite at Halekulani.  Better yet…

Dear Future Husband,

I will love you even more if you surprise me with this as the destination for our honeymoon and/or anniversary.

Your loving future wife,


Here’s why… this one bedroom suite features 2,135 sq. ft. of interior space, plus a 642 sq. ft. Oceanside lanai [a low-slung Hawaiian beach house with an open-sidedlanai to catch the tropical breezes], all of which is personally designed by Ms. Wang and adorned throughout with various décor hand-selected from her new home, gift, bath and accessories collections, as well as rare furnishings from Hawaii, the Pacific and Asia. Spectacular views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head are the focus of every room throughout the suite and from their luxurious master bedroom and expansive lanai overlooking the beach, guests may witness the moon rising over Diamond Head in the syrupy night sky.  Now…that’s sexy!

No detail is overlooked or untouched by Ms. Wang – she collaborated with Halekulani’s in-house master florist to create original arrangements of her favorite tropical flowers throughout the suite. The dining room, set with classic Vera Wang china and glassware produced exclusively by Wedgwood, accommodates an intimate dinner for two or a gala dinner for six. State-of-the-art SONY electronics, including a 50-inch plasma flatscreen television with DVD/CD entertainment center, are found throughout the living and bedroom areas.  And as if that isn’t enough, here’s just a taste of what else you can expect:

  • Vera Wang Suite guests will be chauffeured to and from the airport in a private limousine
  • Welcome amenity of French Champagne and amuses bouche
  • Selection of Vera Wang Fragrances, Body Lotion and Powder
  • Private Butler Service
  • Signature cocktail menu, designed by Dale DeGroff and Vera Wang
  • “Vera’s favorites” inspired movie library
  • VIP passes and services to the Honolulu Symphony, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Bishop Museum, The Contemporary Museum and Iolani Palace
  • In-bed, ‘Diamond Head Breakfast’ experience

This type of luxuriation can be yours for the low-low price of  $5000/night.  Hey, you only live once so shouldn’t it be about quality…not quantity?

AND, in my humble opinion, it doesn’t get much more quality than Vera!!

For a complete list of amenities, check out the fact sheet.

All images courtesy of http://www.halekulani.com/.