Wedding Day Bliss

 

If there are visions of big white dresses dancing in your head, you must be in the throes of wedding planning. Typically the five-hour expensaganza takes months to plan and is sadly over in just the blink of an eye. It’s bound to discombobulate any blushing bride.

Keep calm and carry on – PBG Lifestyle is more helpful than your diva tribe of bridesmaids. We’ve taken all the legwork out of wedding planning and compiled some of the best vendors around. We’ll show you who can get you camera ready with a polished-to-perfection complexion, a pearly white smile and the most breathtaking gown, while carrying just the right bouquet down the aisle – not to mention the perfect photographer, who will snap the two of you in a timeless pose that you’ll treasure forever. More…


Honeymoon Hotspots

 

It’s June and that means just one thing: It’s wedding season!

Once the vows have been exchanged, the bouquet has been tossed and your crazy new in-laws have finally gone home, it’s time for you and your sweetheart to enjoy some quality time on a romantic getaway, whether it’s on the opposite side of the world or just somewhere you two can enjoy a bit of much-needed privacy.

In no particular order, here are our choices for this year’s five best honeymoon locales; several of these astonishing properties can be found in our very own backyard. More…


PBG Travel Leaders: Cartagena, ‘The Heroic City’

 

Have you ever realized just how much your views of the world are influenced by the movies? If you had never been there, and I asked you to describe

Fargo, Tuscany or Cartagena, you’d most likely draw visions from famous flicks depicting these places.

Many will remember North Dakota’s snowy, desolate landscapes from the Coen brothers’ film Fargo, or the distinctive architecture and colorful countryside in Under the Tuscan Sun. And few can forget the early scenes in Romancing the Stone, when the heroine arrives in Cartagena, Colombia, to find a filthy, poorly maintained city, coming apart at the seams, with poor transportation and savory individuals lurking everywhere. Well folks, I’m here to say it just isn’t so – at least with respect to Cartagena. Hopefully, that which follows will give you a more accurate picture of Cartagena and the way it really is. More…


On Stage: Copeland Fans Rejoice After Band’s Long Hiatus

 

After a five-year hiatus, April 1, 2014 was the day the band Copeland announced its members were getting back together. But this was no April Fool’s joke. For Copeland’s dedicated fans, it was a day to celebrate.

Known for its emotive lyrics and ethereal melodies, Copeland – comprised of frontman Aaron Marsh, Bryan Laurenson, Stephen Laurenson and Jonathan Bucklew – had decided to call it quits in October 2009. They had been together for 10 years and played as many as 200 shows a year at their peak. More…

Dr. Civin - Palm Beach Gardens Cosmetic Dentist

Michelle's-blog-266-second-photoSome say Table 26 is as much fun as a three-ring circus, while others tell tales of how it’s just gone to the dogs. On April 18 both were true as Table 26 hosted Adopt-A-Pet Family Day to support Tri-County Animal Rescue.

“Tri-County is a true no-kill shelter that is saving the lives of thousands of dogs and cats in our community,” said Eddie Schmidt, co-owner of Table 26. “We wanted to raise awareness and support for their cause. During the event, we were hoping to find forever homes for some of the amazing pets up for adoption, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results.”

More than 100 people showed up to lend their support and enjoy the carnival-themed event.  More…


Resource Furniture is North America’s largest space-saving furniture retailer; their furniture is multifunctional and cutting-edge, continuing to redefine the industry by offering the most innovative, space-saving and sustainable products in the world – all of which transform any space with both beauty and functionality.

On May 18, as part of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, which was hosted at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City from May 16-19, Resource Furniture participated in an onstage discussion with American Society of Interior Designers. “Design for the Modern Micro-Space: A Home for the Socially Inspired” is part of the ASID Education Series and centered around demographic shifts in urban areas that have led to the development and growth of “micro-suites.” While this type of housing is still evolving, “micro-suites” typically cater to those who earn too little to live alone, especially in metro markets. More…


High fashion filled Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach on May 9 when Artists Showcase of the Palm Beaches hosted Hats, Ties & Tea. Attendees put on their “Sunday best” and headed to the chic tea party that included live music, wonderful food and beautiful art – all the while supporting a wonderful cause.

The smooth sounds of violinist Gareth Johnson crooned through the air. Guests were serenaded with his enchanting melodies while they enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres including scones, finger sandwiches, delectable desserts and of course, tea. Guests were able to sample teas from various parts of the world. More…


Many high schools across Palm Beach County have foundations set up to help support programs and teams, but one Palm Beach Gardens high school didn’t have one until last August.

We Are Dwyer, founded by Julie Littky-Rubin and Karen Holmes, was created to support William T. Dwyer High School and its students (two of whom are Rubin’s and Holmes’) to help them succeed. It is an independent foundation, but its sole purpose is to support Dwyer.

On May 9, the foundation held its inaugural gala at the Borland Center, where 220 people came out and showed their support. Palm Beach Gardens’ mayor and two Jupiter councilmen were also in attendance. Although final fundraising numbers weren’t in as of press time, Littky-Rubin said she was very pleased by the amount of sales from the silent auction and raffles. More…


During the warmer months, my brain goes into summer vacation mode. I’m less stressed about the responsibilities around me and am more focused on my tasks list. This includes finding a house, refinancing my car and rebalancing at my budget. We’ve all been shown our credit score, but let’s face it, that really means nothing when it comes to increasing or maintaining it. I pretty much just hope for the best.

Luckily our friends from Trulia have shared five great tips!

  1. Shopping around before choosing an institution for a mortgage or a car loan can help you find the best rate – and that translates into tens of thousands of dollars in savings (if not more!) over the lifetime of your loan. But there’s a catch: When you receive a quote on interest rates, lenders pull a hard inquiry. This shows up on your credit report. You need to plan so that you can gather quotes in a short period. Multiple inquiries within a 14-day span are counted together. Too many inquiries can ruin your credit. More…