International Home + Housewares Show 2010: Hoover


The International Home + Housewares show recently landed in Chicago. We were invited by Hoover to visit the show, where we had the opportunity to Hoover’s new products – with our readers, brides and grooms and those looking for great registry items in mind.

We narrowed down our favorite vacuums for you:

Have hard floors? Cleaning hard floors is easy with the FloorMate. We saw this vacuuming, washing and drying cleaning machine  in action and it was impressive. Spill something on your floor, it cleans (with solution and the great SpinScrub and grout brushes) it and dries it. Then all you do is empty the liquid.

For all pet lovers and pet owners, there is this great vacuum that comes with attachments for easy cleaning. So sweet and precious Fido and FiFi don’t have to worry anymore. :)

Some of you may be tight for space (and who couldn’t use more space in their closets?). For that we recommend this, which is cordless at that.

It was a great couple of days. We met the Hoover Reps and PR team as well as some other bloggers and internet media writers and enjoyed a great dinner at Chicago’s Hub 51, accommodations at Affinia Chicago and a nice little welcome gift–black Bearpaw slippers to wear indoors on our newly cleaned floors.

Wish Upon a Wedding


It’s National Raise Awareness Week! And, what a great cause Wish Upon a Wedding is. For more information and to see how you can be considered or help, click here.

Red, Black + White Colored Wedding Inspiration

Nothing says love like the color red, right?  Red doesn’t just have to feel romantic, it could also be fun + vibrant like in these images below…color-inspiration-red-black-white-love

[image credit: red, black and white place cards, bouquet and couple in front of heart - Tanja Lippert via Snippet & Ink. Travel-inspired invitation - Caroline Tran]

Lenox Lifestyle Collection – New!

Are you looking for nice modern-inspired dinnerware? Lenox, the tabletop and giftware brand known for quality and craftsmanship, has launched their new Lifestyle Collection, 4 playful yet chic patterns banded in precious Platinum –  Platinum Leaf (1st set of photos below), Platinum Ice, Silver Mist (2nd set of photos below) and Silver Song. Thank you, Lenox for sending me 2 of these lovely settings…

(for a better look, click to enlarge each photo)

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[photos taken by me, of the actual settings I received]

I like the minimalist look of these patterns – with the white and platinum colors,  perfect for matching most tablescapes! The Lifestyle Collection is a great dinnerware option for those of you who want quality (and who doesn’t?), but also unique styles that cater to different personalities. These are definitely wedding-registry worthy.

These patterns are offered in two placesetting options: a traditional five-piece or the new four-piece, which includes a dinner plate, a salad plate, all purpose bowl and a mug. These are manufactured here in the USA and they are dishwasher safe! Additionally, Lenox has a lifetime breakage replacement program. For more information, visit the breakage replacement portion of the Lenox website.

The Lifestyle Collection is now in stores. For more information on where you can find Lenox products, visit the store locator on the Lenox website.

Winner Announced – Dolcetto Designs Giveaway

Dolcetto Designs giveaway winner

Congratulations to Anna, the winner of the Dolcetto Designs Giveaway. What Anna had to say:

“Omgosh is it normal to get this excited about a giveaway! … I absolutely adore the Mike and Cassie save the date card. I’d love to send something like that!!! <3″

Anna, please e-mail trendsettingwedding (at) gmail (dot) com (from the e-mail address you commented under) to claim your prize by March 1. :)

Thank you to all who entered the giveaway!


Real Simple Weddings 2010


I was so happy to receive a copy of the beautiful Real Simple Weddings 2010: “Your guide to planning a beautiful ( and stress-free) celebration” in the mail.

I am just going to go ahead and say: I LOVE Real Simple Weddings 2010! This third edition of Real Simple Weddings is brought to you by the editors of Real Simple and is pretty, practical + purposeful all in one.

To me, it is a 136 page book – magazine hybrid but with only the best of each: it has a lot of wedding planning content in an easy-to-read layout, but has a lot of content complemented by beautiful photos + inspiration (without all of those advertisements in between, which can put a damper on content).

What are some of the many things you can expect in Real Simple Weddings 2010?

- a planning calendar (+ pullout wedding planning guide)

- beautiful real weddings

- uber-creative invitations

- color inspiration

- flower information (because most flowers aren’t available year-round)

In other words, helpful information + beautiful ideas (+ everything in between) – a must for brides-to-be.  Now go out + get one. :)

What is your favorite part of the Real Simple Weddings 2010?


I just wanted to let you know I extended the Dolcetto Designs giveaway – until next Thursday, Feb. 11th! I know this is a busy time for some – so I took that into consideration. Good luck!

A Giveaway from Dolcetto Designs!

Today there’s a giveaway for trendsetting wedding readers, brought to you by the great Dolcetto Designs!


Dolcetto Designs creates beautiful and modern photo wedding thank you cards, save the dates, holiday cards, birth announcements, birthday invitations, etc. With Dolcetto Designs, you are able to purchase the digital file and print, e-mail or post your own cards or announcements!

Dolcetto Designs will be giving away any 1 custom design to 1 lucky trendsetting wedding reader! Just visit the Dolcetto Designs website, select a design and comment in this post what your favorite design(s) is and what you would use it for! A winner will be selected randomly.



The winner could redeem the digital print anytime in 2010. The giveaway ends Feb. 11th at 11:59pm PST. Now go pick a design + comment. Good luck!

What I Like This Week: Cafe Brauer Chicago Wedding

Yes, it is true. The last post was also a What I Like This Week. I just don’t like the lack of blogging but this week has been busy busy. I am planning my birthday celebration on top of working mucho + many other things this week. Speaking of, where has the week gone?

What do I particularly like this week?

These images of a recent Chicago wedding photographed by Jared Wilson. The wedding took place at a great Chicago venue, Cafe Brauer. For more images of this Chicago wedding, visit Jared’s blogsite.

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And this next image was shot by Kevin Von Qualen, the second photographer of that wedding.

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What I Like This Week…

This fun shot photographed by Tara McMullen:

Tara McMullen Photography

This beautiful bouquet from this vow renewal, photographed by Adrienne Gunde:

Adrienne Gunde Beautiful White and Black Bouquet

And Carissa’s [of JL DESIGNS] own beautiful chic + modern wedding!  Since it is her own wedding, I don’t feel comfortable posting any of her lovely wedding images here [out of respect for Carissa + the fact that you can visit the JL DESIGNS blog + see them all in their glory! :) ]…but head over to the blog + take a look! That is, if you haven’t already…

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