I keep talking about how much I love Christmas and it’s true, so I can’t help but share fun Christmas related things and today’s post is no exception.  Now a little known tidbit about me is that at one point I wanted to be a visual display designer.  What is that you say?  Well, these folks get the fun job of designing store window fronts and other areas within stores.  If you are an 80’s movie buff, think Mannequin with Kim Cattrall and Andrew McCarthy (great movie by the way).  Their job is to make merchandise visually appealing so people come into the stores and buy it.  Hence the term window shopping.

I always thought having that job would be fun and a challenge and so, I enjoy looking at interesting displays (for those who still have no idea what I’m talking about, go and visit a local Anthropologie store, they do a good job).  While everyday displays are interesting, I really enjoy the Christmas displays because well, I like Christmas.  So, today I’m sharing with you some fun displays from around the world.

First up, is a Bergdorf Goodman’s storefront, which to be honest is always a favorite of mine.  This year the holiday display is inspired by the different arts and the photo below is all about music in a silver glory.  Trombone anyone?

Next up, we go to Paris for the “Noël Monstre” display by Galeries Lafayette.  This display is about a “Monster Christmas” which is both cute and totally fun.  The windows are filled with fluffy, fuzzy monsters hanging both outside and inside ornaments.  How fun would it be to decorate a Christmas tree or a party with these fun loving ornaments?

And now we’re headed to London for a more traditional display by Fortnum & Mason.  The snowy scenes are inspired by the London of winters past when the River Thames would freeze and people would throw festivals on the ice.  While I’m happy and warm in Hawaii, it does make me want a snowy Christmas, just a little bit.

Aren’t these displays great?  So much fun!  Maybe one day a store will hire me to do their windows…

Dec 20, 2014 by Jamie Chang

It’s getting closer and closer to Christmas, can you feel it?!  On the 3rd week of Christmas, my true love sent to me…a question about the ceremony (hey that one even rhymed!):  My fiance and I are planning a destination wedding and want to keep our ceremony very simple.  As such, we aren’t having a large wedding party nor are we going to have our parents walk down the aisle.  Since I’ll only have a couple of bridesmaids walking down the aisle in front of me, I was going to use just one song.  My sister says that is weird, but I feel like it’s silly to have two songs that won’t get played for very long.  What do you think?

Great question!  So, the reason your sister probably thought it was weird is because traditionally, you would have your own processional song because it will make your entrance and walk special.  It is a song just for you and your father (or mother or whomever is walking you down the aisle) and many times it can also be a particularly meaningful song to you.  If that is the case, then you may not want to share the song with your bridesmaids or it just might not be as appropriate for them and having two songs makes more sense.  Additionally, having your own song also signifies to your guests that you are arriving.  It is a good transition from your bridal party’s processional to your own because the first song will fade out and there will be a pause before your song starts and you walk down the aisle.

Now with that being said, you know I’m all for doing things your way.  So, if you like the idea of just having one song, that is totally ok.  Or if you want to share a certain special song with your girls, that is ok too.  Or if you want to hear more of one song you particularly like, that is also ok.  You don’t have to have your own song if you don’t want to (don’t let your sister sway you), but I’ve mentioned the reasons why people choose to have one and now it’s up to you to make the decision that works for you.

There is only one more Q&A before Christmas, who wants a special gift from us?  You do!  So, send us your question and we’ll give you the best gift ever.

Dec 17, 2014 by Jamie Chang

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Christmas and one of the things that I particularly love is Christmas music.  I’m one of those people who gets super excited after Thanksgiving because then the radio stations start playing Christmas music non-stop.  I know, it’s a little ridiculous, but it makes me so happy.

One song that always seems to hit home for me is “My Grown Up Christmas List”.  It’s not the most cheery song, but it’s real.  I see what is going on in the world – disease, war, terrorism, injustice and just plain mistreatment of other humans.  It’s painful in all honesty.  And while there are so many things to love about the world, there are so many things that are mean, hurtful and sad.  Presents are great, but my Christmas wish is for there to be a little less hate and a little more love in the world.

Dec 15, 2014 by Jamie Chang

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Jamie Chang is the owner and lead event consultant at Mango Muse Events. Mango Muse Events is a boutique event planning and design firm specializing in customized destination weddings and social occasions. Mango Muse Events is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and orchestrates events in Northern California, Hawaii and beyond.

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