Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wedding Venue booked... Wedding Journey Update

Quick update for you all, I have received tons of messages, tweets and emails that you wanted to come along with me on my wedding journey, so I will be posting some snippets and sharing some fun details.

My first to-do, and quite honestly the one that was stressing me out the most is checked off and completed. The venue.  

I had head very different wedding scenarios in my head that I loved equally.  A beach wedding with a flower crown in the bridesmaids hair, and old rustic barn but flamed out and an old Mansion. 

I crossed off the beach idea because I hate hot weather and sweating (Hello, frizzy hair!), so I didn't want to chance it. Additionally, I LOVE fall, true fall. the crisp air, the colors of the leaves, the smell, everything. I was born in November, so maybe I am biased. However, that left me with the two above.

I didn't get very far in my search because the second venue I found I absolutely fell in love with.  I got that gut feeling that I just knew it was the place.  As soon as I walked in. I just knew. Then my Fiancee said, "This is where we are getting married" and I knew.  And mind you, it was pouring rain and I still fell in love. 

It is an old mansion on the north shore of Long Island overlooking the Long Island sound and lighthouse.  It is a very private area and surrounded my woods.  It is perfect. 

The arched always and rooms were the cocktail hour will take place. 

The entrance:

Some outside details:

The theme I am going to go for I think is that feeling of all white magical wedding. However, I really am not there yet.  I am just so thrilled that this is locked in and now I can kind of sit back relax and enjoy! 

Andddd.... The date is set, November 1st 2014. 

Would love to hear what all of your weddings were like! Any recommendations? 


Thursday, May 23, 2013


I know, I have not been very good (okay, thats an understatement) about updating my blog with personal events, I guess that was never the point of my blog. But I feel like I wanted to share this big moment with all of my readers, especially as you have been following along since the beginning in 2009.
I am engaged!
If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter, you already know this of course, but I wanted to do a more in-depth post. I wanted to share a bit of the proposal and some photos, and of course, the first thing everyone wants to see is the ring!



I wasn't feeling well last Friday, a combination of being exhausted, allergies (these are new this year... great!) and a cold. We were supposed to have a "date night" at my favorite restaurant ever, Mr Chows. Being ill, my boyfriend at the time (now Fiance... weird to say that), decided he would bring my favorite food to me and we ordered in.

The dinner was normal and just as usual (although, I should have known something was up as Adam, was dripping sweat throughout our dinner). Desert is always something I love, well I just need something sweet at the end of a meal. Always. So as usual, right on cue, I reached for the fortune cookie. Adam mentioned whatever numbers were in the cookie, we should play the lotto with.

I grabbed the cookie and opened it, first thing I saw was a bunch of ???, then the rest slowly came into my vision, the first words out of my mouth were "What the F"? I couldn't believe it, I was BLOWN away and I turned around and he was on his knee.

I was speechless, I couldn't speak for 20 minutes. I kept saying I don't believe this.

Personally, for me, this was the IDEAL way he could have proposed, Adam knows, I hate when people are staring at me, and I am such a homebody, that this proposal really took into account my personality traits and wants. I was just beyond surpised and thrilled.


Out that Saturday night celebrating with a friend (This is not my Fiance)You can see how sparkly the ring is...
A few pictures of my Fiance and I

Now, what you are all waiting for... the ring!
More pictures on Instagram @DaraKaye

A quick note about the ring, I never thought I was a "pear" girl, I actually never even liked pears at ALL. I always thought I wanted a cushion or emerald ring. Adam and I looked a bit together a while ago, like 6 or months ago. We tried cushions, but after all of the looking I realized I had no idea what I wanted, I couldnt even fully commit to a cushion. There are things I didnt like about it (very trendy and everyone has it now) and every cut of a stone I looked at there was something about. Anyway, I am so thrilled with this ring, and every time I look at it I love it more and more. Just goes to show, sometimes its good to let yourself be surprised and have your boufriend not listen to you. I am very happen that he didnt listen to me this one time (I doubt I will ever say that line again).

This ring has a very special meaning and that give it so much more weight and meaning to me.

And that's it and now the craziness commences with booking a venue.
We are thinking Sept/Oct/ November 2014 on either Long Island, Westchester, Hudson Valley or Connecticut.

I was thinking of doing some wedding planning posts.. Would you guys be interested in this?
Let me know below!


Monday, May 13, 2013

New Daily Hair Holy Grail Du Jour: Davines

Coming to you live from the land of soft hair, I know, that is very unlike me, my hair is usually dry as the day is long. Now you have probably heard me complain for years about my dry skin and hair. I know, I know, sorry! However, I finally found a product that is perfect for me, actually its perfect for every girl on earth, because every girl on earth needs a little bit of TLC on their ends. Mine just happen to need A LOT of tender, loving care.

Meet my new favorite hair care product from Davines. If you are like me, you probably have never heard of Davines, however, as soon as I saw the packaging I recognized it immediately. They carry Davines at Barneys and on their retail site , I knew I had seen it before. Personally, I had never tried any of thier styling products, I am a wash and go kinda girl, I like oils but thats about it.

Anyway, I was sold on this product as soon as I was told is it like a daily moisturizer but for your hair. You can apply it throughout the day on the ends of your hair, like you would a hand cream on dry hands. Hello, that has my name written all over it.

I throw this tube in my bag and have been applying it around 3 times a day, my hair is incredibly soft, and lets talk about the scent. AMAZING. It smells like a mix between Body Shop's White Musk and my little ponies, I know you know what I am talking about!

Have you tried Davines? Will you give it a shot?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cherry Bombe Magazine Du Jour 5.7.13

Ladies, I have exciting news, well in my world, magazines are very exciting news in gerenal, but a magazine that is about Fashion AND food? Well, you mind as well tell I have been sent 5 Hermes birkin bags free of charge, thats how exciting Fashion and Food are to me (Okay, that might have been a teeny exageration).

Anyway, Cherry Bombe Magazine is just that, from thier mouth to my ears " a new magazine that celebrates women and food—those who grow it, make it, serve it, study it, enjoy it and everything in between. It is about sustenance and style and the things that nourish the mind, the eye and, of course, the stomach.

Cherry Bombe features a variety of cultures, cuisines and voices—chefs and servers, food stylists and scientists, culinary icons and up-and-coming entrepreneurs—as documented by some of the most interesting food and fashion writers and photographers around. Almost all of the subjects and contributors are women. "

Full Disclosure here, Kerry Diamond, the genius behind Cherry Bombe is THE woman who urged me and quite frankly, convinced me to start this whole Beauty Channel deal on YouTube. You can kind of call her the Beauty Whisperer. Her career includes opening resturants, being a Harpers Bazaar editor, launching WWD Beauty Biz, Lancome, Coach and more... I mean... this woman is a power house.

Check out the below beautiful imagery from the first issue. Mine should be arriving within the next few weeks.



Will you be picking it up?