Monthly Archives: December 2010

Friday Favorites | Kiss and Tell

We’re getting ready to kiss goodbye to 2010 and we’re excited to see all of the exciting chapters that unfold in 2011 for The Wedding Yentas, the beautiful brides who come to enjoy the articles, and all of the talented and professional vendors who visit our little site that could. So, it’s only fitting that our final Friday Favorites of the year is a New Year’s Eve themed gush about making sure your kisser is in tip-top shape for puckering up at midnight!

Not only is your New Year’s kiss important in order to start the year off on the right foot, er, lip, but it’s good practice for your smooch under the chuppah on your wedding day. It’s never too early to rehearse! So make sure you treat your lips with care so that you and your lucky kissing partner will enjoy a fabulous and romantic moment.

Today, we are excited to gush over a product that you should all run out and try. We always recommend practicing with some makeup before your wedding weekend, and coming straight from one of L.A.’s most popular makeup artists, this is one lip product you should include in your makeup collection. Susie Chhuor of Susie Chuuor Professional Hair and Makeup Team offers tips to care for your lips and also her favorite must-have.

Susie, herself, says that MAC Lustreglass is a great product because it’s inexpensive, not too sticky on the lips (no one wants to kiss sticky lips!), and has a great sheer color with light sparkles that work for everyone’s skin tone. It’s not too hard to maintain (like red lipstick or lipstick in general) and, even better, it’s a great moisturizer for your lips. Susie recommends MAC’s color called Love Nectar because the color looks great on all faces and is the perfect bridal hue.

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In the time leading up to your wedding, Susie recommends taking care of your puckers just like you’d take care of other parts of your body so that you glow on the big day.

Tips for getting rid of dead skin on lips: Apply Vaseline for about 10 minutes and then use a toothbrush to rub off the excess skin. This will give you smoother lips and easy application for glosses and lipsticks.

And this pretty little gloss can be yours! We’re giving away one tube of MAC Lustreglass in Love Nectar that you can win simply by entering and leaving a comment below.

Tell us about your favorite New Year’s Eve memory or location. Were you at a hotsy-totsy hotel roof top? Or snuggling with your beau in a cabin in the mountains? Maybe you were actually in Times Square to see the ball drop? Did you have a night out with the girls in your cutest (and most painful) pair of heels? It’s time to party like it’s 2011 with the Yentas. You can enter through Sunday at 11:59 p.m. and the winner, selected by random.org, will be announced Monday. You don’t need to be Jewish or a bride in order to win. Good luck and happy New Year!

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  • Ilene says:

    Although my favor New Year’s Eve happened before I met my now fiance, it still remains one of the best memories I have to bring in another year. I spent my last new year’s in college on the Whitsunday Islands in Australia. I loved that instead of being bundled up and surrounded by snow, that I was in a bathing suit on the beach BBQing with new friends that I had only met a week prior.

  • Sharon says:

    Favorite nye memory–welcoming the new year with my husband and daughter in the english countryside.

  • Shana says:

    My favorite NYE was with my fiance and all of our friends. It was a magical night and we got married later that year!

  • Katie L. says:

    I got engaged on New Year’s Eve last year! I think that qualifies as my favorite ever. By the way, i love MAC products and would really love to win this lip gloss. Thanks for all of your advice and tips. You girls are awesome and really know how to help. I look forward to your articles every day.

  • Jenny C. says:

    Favorite New Years was in London. Best people, food, drinks, and ambiance. It was a good party and a good way to start off the year.

  • Gretchen says:

    This year, I’m in Mammoth with my beau and his family. I cooked dinner for everyone and now we’re relaxing and staying warm inside. Nothing like a low-key evening to close out the year. :)

  • Ekaete Ekwere says:

    Favorite New Year’s Eve by far was spent at home doing karaoke with the family, sipping on Apple Cider and laughing as my mom butchered ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’. Good times…

  • Rachel says:

    This year was wonderful! We spent it in Newport with new and old friends. I wore my really really high heels from 5pm to 2:30am so yesterday and today my calf muscles have been S-O-R-E. Oh well! All for the price of beauty! OH and of course the BEST part about this new years was my niece being born!

    Happy new year.

Real Weddings | Ispwich, MA

What do you get when you have a Jewish bride, an Indian groom, lots of supportive and happy family, and a beautiful backdrop? Well, you get a wonderful interfaith and intertradition wedding!

Lauren and Pranay fused their Jewish and Indian backgrounds in their wedding ceremony at The Crane Estate in Massachusetts. They stood under a handmade chuppah/mandap that various siblings and family members held. Both sets of parents gave readings which included both Jewish and Indian segments. They signed the ketubah, a Jewish custom, but incorporated an Indian custom of taking seven steps. We love that Lauren and Pranay stayed true to their own heritages, and married them together as they also married their lives into one!

Mazel tov, Lauren and Pranay!

Venue – The Crane Estate
Photographer – Shang Chen Photo
Catering – Swartz Catering
Florist – Hamilton Gardens
Entertainment – Brandy Band
Bridal Gown – La Reine Bride
Ketubah – Miriam Karp

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Your Wedding Kiss!

It’s almost New Year’s Eve and we’re in a kissing mood! Have you thought about your kiss under the chuppah? Will it be long and, um, interactive? Or short and sweet? Is your man going to dip you for a dramatic smooch that puts Rhett and Scarlet to shame? Will you go in for it once and then once more for good measure? You can’t choreograph your first married kiss, but you can think about your kissing style and the variety of guests who will be there to applaud it.

And with that, we present to you some awesome kisses for kiss-piration!

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Friday Favorites | The Traditional XMas Dinner

Once again, the week has cycled through and we’ve found ourselves at Friday. More specifically, it’s Christmas Eve. More specifically, it’s Chinese Food and a Movie Eve.

It’s no secret that the traditional Christmas activity for people of the Jewish persuasion is to see a movie (What will it be this year? Tron to satisfy your future grooms? How Do You Know with the family while you secretly gush over Paul Rudd?) followed by a gourmet Christmas dinner of Chinese food at your local, regular place. Nothing says December 25th like popcorn in the afternoon, followed by won ton soup and kung pao chicken in the evenings. It’s the Christmas meal of champions.

But what if you’re snowed in and can’t get to your favorite joint for beef with broccoli? Or maybe the Chinese restaurant you like actually closed for Christmas this year! We want to share a recipe with you that empowers you to make your own Chinese food. Next year, you’ll have your whole synagogue knocking down your door with this fabulous orange chicken dish as you learn to cook Chinese food like the nice Jewish girl that you are.

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Ingredients:
2 pounds boneless chicken pieces, skinned
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
White pepper
Oil (for frying)
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon minced ginger root
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 dash crushed hot red chilies
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon rice wine
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Orange Chicken Sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon water
5 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons white vinegar

Directions:

Cut chicken pieces into 2-inch squares and place in large bowl. Stir in egg, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon oil and mix well. Stir cornstarch and flour together.

Add chicken pieces, stirring to coat. Heat oil for deep-frying in wok or deep-fryer to 375 degrees. Add chicken pieces, small batch at time, and fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden and crisp. (Do not overcook or chicken will be tough.)

Remove chicken from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside. Clean wok and heat 15 seconds over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant. Add and stir-fry crushed chilies and green onions. Add rice wine and stir 3 seconds. Add Orange Sauce and bring to boil. Add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed.

Stir water into remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch until smooth. Add to chicken and heat until sauce is thickened. Stir in 1 tablespoon oil and sesame oil.

Serve at once. You may want to add grated zest of 1 orange to the sauce for flavor.

We suggest serving with some brown rice, green onions, and steamed broccoli for a complete and delicious meal! L’chaim!

And to give you some inspiration while you cook, we want to show you this video that’s totally tappin’ into our message! Enjoy the laughs!

Real Weddings | Lausanne, Switzerland

Persistence is the key to romance. In this case, it helped Nadja and Alex seal the deal for a walk to the chuppah. Nadja had arranged a Jewish event and sent out an email to the entire community. Alex knew of Nadja and saw the invitation as an opportunity to get to know her. He replied and said he would attend, but also asked Nadja if she was up for a coffee date before the event. Her response “Great, see you at the event!” But that wasn’t enough. What did that response mean exactly? Was she not into him? Was she avoiding the question? So, Alex kept trying and she finally accepted the invite. After that first date they clicked, and, well, here they are starring in Real Weddings!

Nadja and Alex make a beautiful couple with big smiles and sparkling eyes. And it’s clear that everyone sees their love just as strongly through the joy that bounces out of the photos. A warm and festive wedding day spilled from their big hearts!

Mazel tov, Nadja and Alex!

Venue – Hotel Beau Rivage
Photographer – Magnus Bogucki
Videographer – Roni Ulmann
Floral Design – Meylan Fleurs
Catering – Hotel Beau Rivage
Band – Creation Band London
Ketubah artist – Dan Rubinstein
Makeup – Snezana Avramovic

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