Emergency Kits for the Bride

By: Tracey Manailescu of Tracey M Events

Bride’s Fashion Emergency Kit? These are so-o-o cute! A must have, for sure.
Professional wedding planners have our gigantic kits with everything you will ever need inside, but this is great for all you Brides, out there!
I found it at Shoppers Drug Mart.

This is what Hollywood Fashion Secrets has to say:
“The peerless product developers at Hollywood Fashion Secrets have created a fabulous collection of 16 products to make up their Bride’s Fashion Emergency Kit to address every fashion issue known to wedding events!

Includes: 6 Hollywood Fashion Tape® Strips, sewing kit, blister pad, bobby pins, tissues, nail file, lint removing sheets, oil blotting tissues, hair band, stain removing wipe, static guard, drinking straw, deodorant wipe, wedding bands, white chalk, garter”

They have one for your bridesmaids, too!
Hollywood Bridemaids Kit

Go on, go get yours, and while you are there, get one for all of your girls!


Wedding Shoes That Dreams are Made of…

By: Tracey Manailescu

My name is Tracey Manailescu…and I have a shoe fetish.  Always have, and I probably always will!  Shoes make me happy!  Shoes make me giddy!  The shoes I am wearing, give me confidence when I am nervous.

What do you think of these beauties for your wedding day, engagement party , bridal shower or bachelorette party? (They can apply to any.)  Give your wedding day a boost by infusing YOU into your wardrobe from head to toe.  Bring out your wild side!  Come on, I dare you. Imagine any of these in your photos!

Warning:  Some of these babies will set you back a bit (understatement), but come on!  They are so worth it!


Steve Madden

Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

Jessica Valentine



Diane von Furstenberg

Giuseppe Zanotti

Christian Louboutin


Le Silla

D Squared 2

High Tea at the Windsor Arms

by Tracey Manailescu


On Wednesday, we went to theWindsor Arms for their High Tea. If you have never been, then it is an experience you should have at least once. I have been fortunate enough to have gone a few times at various venues for Mother’s Day with our mother & grandmothers, and for Bridal Showers etc.


Brides, it is a great time to catch up with the bridal party and the mothers. As well, to wrap up a day of shopping with their girls for last minute wedding related items at Holt Renfrew, Coach, Channel, Dior etc. (which are all steps away.) *It would be appropriate to give the thank-you gifts to the bridal party at this ocassion, if it is the week or two before the wedding.

The Windsor Arms Hotel has been serving tea since 1927 and still has the original working fireplace. The Tea Room holds 42 seated guests.


Here is what the High Tea menu included: (We chose the Complete Tea, which included a glass of Sherry or Sparkling Wine. I was the only one who opted for Sherry, and it was wonderful…)


Tea2 A Choice of Loose-Leaf Teas (There were 4 pages of tea to choose from! Danielle had the Tibetan Tiger, I had Citralicious, Kim had a Fu Man Chu, and Lataysha had Eve’s Temptation.)

Fresh Scones with Preserves and Devon Cream

A Presentation of Fresh Sandwiches:

Smoked Salmon and Wasabi Sour Cream with Salmon Caviar

& Cucumber with Sundried Tomato Paste and Dill Cream Cheese

Tea7 Tea8 Tea6

While I was researching the history of High Tea, I found some interesting tidbits. Apparently tea drinking started in France in 1636, twenty some odd years before England made it famous. It was believed to cure all illnesses, and reportedly some drank up to 40 cups of it daily!

The “Afternoon Tea”, as we know it, was made famous by Anna Maria Stanhope who was known as the Duchess of Bedford. The regular meals of the day were served early and late, so the Duchess would feel faint mid-afternoon. She began having a light snack of tea and bread to curb her hunger, while waiting for the dinner meal. She then began inviting friends to join her for a more social aspect. The menu increased with some more sweets added, and other socialites picked it up for their own circles to enjoy with their girlfriends.

A wonderful tradition that Queen Victoria started in 1860 (how I would have loved to meet that wonderful woman) and now carried out by Queen Elizabeth II, is to open the private gardens at Buckingham Palace three times yearly for afternoon tea. A modest 8000 guests are invited. You can view the Buckingham Palace Garden Party Statistics as it is amazing to see what goes into the event.

Yes, of course there is High Tea etiquette too. If you want to know more, you can click on the link to read more about it. It is actually very informative, and may surprise some of you. It goes into detail about where “pinkies up” came from, how to place your napkin and how to eat a scone, it explains what a moustache cup is, etc.

Example: Did you know that “taking tea” was actually frowned upon by the upper class, and considered a vulgar expression? Actually, I am incorrect for calling what we had, High Tea. It should be called Afternoon Tea. You can read more about that in there as well.

I hope you enjoyed reading this, as I certainly did, researching it.

*All photos were taken by me, Tracey Manailescu