Embroidered Monogram Jewelry Roll : How to pack your jewelry for travel

My sister’s birthday is coming up next week and I’m the teensiest embarrassed to say that I haven’t gotten her anything yet. She’s the person that buys everything she wants so it’s hard to surprise her. But for something that’s unexpected and she doesn’t have already, I’m thinking about giving her a jewelry roll. “What’s a jewelry roll,” you say? I’m glad you asked. It’s a bag (and in this case in luxurious silk shantung), that houses your valuables whether you’re tossing a few key pieces in a weekend bag or carrying all your wedding jewelry for a destination trip.

Strapping and zipping in your pieces means that there’s little room for error – and tangles. Nothing burns me more than getting ready for a wedding and finding that all my necklaces are in a jumble from being tousled around in carry-on baggage.

With the zipper compartments, I toss in my large, antique clip earrings, rings and bracelets.

With the strap, I can loop my necklaces and make sure they stay snug.

I roll up the bag, tie it up and it’s ready to go – anywhere! Brilliant, right?

I love this handsome embroidery too. So sweet, personal and necessary!

Tenereze will launch May 10th and then you can get yours too! Have a lovely Monday.


Spring Luxuries : pretty things about the season

This has been by far, one of the most incredible springs I remember in a long time. With the unseasonably warm winter (I barely had to bust out my down parka!), I feel really spoiled this year. What’s been your favorite thing this spring? My husband discovered a series of trails about five minutes from our place. We’ve been exploring them with the dog and every time we go we love it even more.

Trilliums cover the floor of the forest everywhere we look.

I took these photos literally right outside my living room yesterday. I’m so tempted to clip a couple branches and pop them in bud vases for a luscious table arrangement. I have to do it, right??

Thank You OKNW Readers

Tenereze : Gifts for People You Love

If you’ve found your way here as a previous OK, Now What Bride reader, I want to thank you for your loyalty. It’s been a whirlwind of a month but it’s an incredibly exciting change.

Starting today, OKNW Bride is becoming Tenero, a blog about decorating and giving the sweetest gifts from the new on-line store, Tenereze, which launches on May 10th. For the next two weeks you’ll get a sneak peek of all the great products that will be available through Tenereze. From custom embroidered pillows to custom designed photo frames, many of which are made in the U.S.A., our inventory is stretching beyond bridal so that you’ll have a variety of high quality pieces to not only build your wedding day, but your life afterward. In addition to following us on Facebook and Twitter, I’ll also be doing fun and useful tutorials on our new Youtube channel, TenerezeTV.

To all the wedding bloggers, vendors and colleagues I’ve worked with, a very special thank you to you. I hope that we’ll continue to work together.

Please enjoy the intro blog and our first sneak peek into what Tenereze is all about. And see what all the excitement is about when the store launches on May 10th!

Welcome to Tenero

Welcome to Tenero!

Tenero means “tender” in Italian, our sentiments in sharing the most precious and high-quality gifts. As part of the Tenereze family, this is the place to find the the latest trends and tutorials in gifts and gift-giving. Whether you stumbled upon the blog while shopping for that something special or you’re a past customer from Bridal Elements, we’re so happy you found us.

On Thursday, May 10th, we’re launching our on-line store with a whole new way of looking at meaningful gift-giving. From live customer service to short ship times, we strive to offer the latest array of unique products for those you love. We’re a company based out of Chicago. We handle, create and package gifts, many of which are made in the U.S.A.

Starting today, we’ll be sharing items, tips and tutorials here as well as on Pinterest and Youtube with daily updates on Facebook and Twitter. Email us with your suggestions any time – we look forward to hearing from you!

To give you a peek of the types of sweet gifts we’ll be offering, take a look at our bud vases. In various colors, they make an incredible housewarming, birthday or everyday gift. Here are a few tips on using your bud vases everyday.

  • Set one out on the windowsill with a single gardenia or other fragrant flower to enjoy while you do the dishes.
  • Place one on the nightstand as an unexpected detail for the houseguest.
  • Group three or more bud vases together and string an arrangement that spans the whole length.
  • Surprise your coworkers with a flower and a vase for them to take home or enjoy at work.