Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Color of Elegance - Greenery, Pantone's Color of the Year 2017



They call it “A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony."  It is Green,  the color of growth, the color of spring, the color of renewal and rebirth. An emotionally positive color, it renews and restores depleted energy, so it comes as no surprise that Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced Greenery [15-0343] as the Color of the Year for 2017.  

"Greenery, a life-affirming color, is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. It symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.  Evocative of foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, Greenery reminds us to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate."

The word green comes from the Old English word green, which like the German word grün has the same root as the words grass and grow.

Green had a positive connotation throughout history. In ancient Egypt it was the symbol of regeneration and rebirth. The hieroglyph for green represented a growing papyrus sprout, showing the close connection between green, vegetation, vigor and growth. In wall paintings, the ruler of the underworld, Osiris, was typically portrayed with a green face, because green was the symbol of good health and rebirth. Green also symbolized the sea, which was called the "Very Green”.

Wether used in architecture, interior décor, fashion, food, travel, or any other design form, green is an outlet for all of these fresh beginnings. The color green is the sanctuary away from the stresses of modern living, restoring us back to a sense of well-being. This is why there is so much of this relaxing color on the earth, and this is why we need to keep it that way…

Stay tuned for my next blog with creative ideas on how to incorporate the Color of the Year into your wedding. 

Sources:  Pantone Thank you! 


ABOUT ADORA: The journey to selecting the jewelry for your Special Day can be a daunting task, so why not let us custom-design a wedding jewelry style that is uniquely yours. ADORA can bring your vision to life using the same elegant and refreshing style that goes into all of our designs. Handcrafted and completely personalized, we will work closely with you to tailor your jewelry ideas to your needs in order to create the perfect pieces for your Big Day, whether your theme is elegant, vintage, rustic or beach. From matching necklaces for your Bridesmaids or a stunning pair of earrings for yourself, to a unique piece for the Mother of the Bride/Groom and the perfectly delicate bracelet for the Flower Girl, we can do it all. For Customized Jewelry Packages for the Entire Bridal Party, please visit ADORA by Simona's New "Ever After" Collection.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wedding Traditions: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Your wedding day will be here faster than you can say “I do,” and while you have probably already chosen the perfect venue, a photographer to capture your most precious moments, and a wedding dress that is sure to make your groom’s heart skip a beat, you may have overlooked one important tradition.

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe,” are tokens of good luck for the bride to carry on her wedding day. Originating from a charming Victorian rhyme, these small personal treasures are typically unique to each bride and rarely obvious to anyone but those who know and love her most.

It is believed that if the bride carries all of the five things on her wedding day, her marriage will be long lasting and happy:  
- Something Old represents continuity with the bride's family and the past;
- Something New means optimism and hope for the future; 
- Something Borrowed symbolizes “borrowed happiness” and it is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride;
- Something Blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity. Blue has been
connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true";
- And finally, a Silver Sixpence in the bride's shoe represents a wish for good fortune and prosperity (although this remains largely a British custom). A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967 which proves the tradition comes from the English, and many sources say it began in the Victorian era.  It is said that for optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. These days, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted, and many companies sell keepsake sixpences for weddings.

Now that you know the meaning behind the poem, it’s time to start collecting items for your own wedding!

To find a sparkly Something New or Something Blue, click the link below to go to the new 2017 ADORA "Ever After" Bridal and Event Collection, custom-designed to create a wedding jewelry style that is uniquely yours.  

http://www.adorabysimona.com/category/ever-after-collection

Celebrate your love in exquisite style that reflects your personality! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ADORA by Simona Honored For Excellence With 2017 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award®

WeddingWire, the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and event industry, announced ADORA by Simona as a winner of the esteemed 2017 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® for Custom Bridal Jewelry in Monterey, CA.

The Couples' Choice Awards recognize the top 5% of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. The prestigious awards are given to the top local wedding professionals across more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with ADORA by Simona. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

"The Couples' Choice Awards' ninth year features one of the most impressive groups of dedicated and acclaimed wedding professionals yet," said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. "It is our honor to work with high-caliber merchants, such as ADORA by Simona, who not only make a couple's big day possible, but also contribute to the more than 2.5 million U.S. reviews represented on WeddingWire. We congratulate all of this year's winners on their achievements."

As a Couples' Choice Awards® winner, ADORA by Simona is highlighted on WeddingWire, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals in the U.S.

"ADORA by Simona is thrilled to be one of the top Custom Bridal Jewelry provider in Monterey, CA on WeddingWire. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We truly value all of our clients and appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn a 2017 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award", said Simona Counts, Owner/Designer for ADORA by Simona.

For more information about ADORA by Simona please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at ADORA by Simona - The "Ever After" Collection or our website http://www.adorabysimona.com

About ADORA by Simona

ADORA by Simona has managed to gain recognition over the past few years as a successful online bridal retail outlet for high-end designer jewelry at very affordable prices.  Simona's innovative designs have been showcased in fashion shows, retail boutiques, collections, art galleries, fundraisers and big events such as Pebble Beach's 2012 Concours d'Elegance where ADORA was invited to participate as a guest artist; the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards where ADORA original designs were prominently featured on display and gifted to celebrities at the gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions in honor of the Nominees and Presenters; the 2014 Queen of the Universe Pageant where ADORA was a proud sponsor of the event offering unique jewelry creations as prizes for the 57 beautiful contestants from all over the world; and the 2015 Martha Stewart - American Made Contest where ADORA was a nominee.  In 2016 two new exclusive bridal lines were launched, the "EVER AFTER" Bridal & Event Collection and the "ROSE GOLD" Bridal Collection.  ADORA by Simona offers their services across all of the United States with a main presence in the Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach CA, Los Angeles CA, Washington DC, and New York NY areas.

About WeddingWire, Inc.

WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers around the world are able to read over 3 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses globally. It provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 15 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 800 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Beach-Themed Bridal Shower on a Budget

Planning a relaxed bridal shower by the beach? There’s nothing more romantic than feeling the sand on your feet and the salty breeze in your hair as you celebrate your friend’s upcoming wedding. Here are some ideas that will help inspire a simple bridal shower with a beach theme that won't break the bank.

          1. Invitations
Make a splash with the invitation! Say hello to blue skies and gorgeous waves with bridal shower invitations that highlight your beach theme. A fun design of two sea-stars walking hand in hand sets an expectation for an elegant yet laid back affair.
Photo courtesy of Invitations by Dawn
          2. Location
Choose a shady spot in the sand, sheltered from the wind (nothing worse than sand in your food), and transform the space with a low table and colorful pillows so guests can sit comfortably. An easy way to create a low table is using wooden crates and a plank of wood. The crates can be used to carry all of your shower supplies, too!
Photo courtesy of Boho Buys
          3. Beach-themed party cake and sweets
A blue ombre cake can create a beautiful centerpiece, while custom beach-themed cookies are adorable snacks almost too cute to eat! The oyster cookies are really easy to make with store-bought sugar cookies, a little icing and white edible pearls!
Photos courtesy of:
Ombre cake: The Cake Blog | Oyster cookies: Kate Aspen | Seashell cookies: Auntie Bea's Bakery
          4. A Message In A Bottle Bridal Shower Game
Have each guest write well wishes or words of advice for the bride-and-groom-to-be and store them like a message in a bottle. This special display will serve as a sweet memento for the couple.
 Photo Courtesy of Kate Aspen
         5. Beach-Themed Bridal Shower Favors
Thank each guest with a small gift to take home. White chocolate candy, seashell soaps, scented candles and even flip-flops are practical favors that guests will actually use and enjoy! 

Photos courtesy of Pinterest

          6. And Last But Not Least, Of Course, Wear Beach Jewelry 😄
Adorn yourself and your friends with beach-themed jewelry to fit right in this idyllic setting.  ADORA's new "Ever After" Collection has a variety of beach-themed jewelry designs - necklaces, earrings, bracelets, barefoot sandals and anklets to choose from, which along with the memories, will be cherished by your friends for a long time to come.

"Tides" - Aqua Bridesmaids Necklaces



ABOUT ADORA: The journey to selecting the jewelry for your Special Day can be a daunting task, so why not let us custom-design a wedding jewelry style that is uniquely yours. ADORA can bring your vision to life using the same elegant and refreshing style that goes into all of our designs. Handcrafted and completely personalized, we will work closely with you to tailor your jewelry ideas to your needs in order to create the perfect pieces for your Big Day, whether your theme is elegant, vintage, rustic or beach. From matching necklaces for your Bridesmaids or a stunning pair of earrings for yourself, to a unique piece for the Mother of the Bride/Groom and the perfectly delicate bracelet for the Flower Girl, we can do it all. For Customized Jewelry Packages for the Entire Bridal Party, please visit ADORA by Simona's New "Ever After" Collection.