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It’s official: Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged! via [usatoday]

Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton leave the wedding of their friends Harry Mead and Rosie Bradford in the village of Northleach, England, in this October 23, 2010. 

By Chris Ison, AP

After all the rumors and speculation, Prince William and Miss Katherine “Kate” Middleton are now engaged.

Prince Charles announced today that William popped the question in October in Kenya, and the two will marry in “spring or summer” 2011 in London.

The announcement noted that William asked Kate’s father for her hand in marriage. The couple will live in North Wales after they wed. No details were given on the proposal or the ring.

William, 28, and Kate, 28, have been dating for eight years, and Kate had been dubbed ‘Waity Katy’ amid criticism that she was hanging on for a proposal. But now we can all get ready for what will be the biggest royal event since Prince Charles married Diana in 1981.

The Daily Mail reports that we can expect William and Kate to appear in public for photographs soon, when the princess-in-waiting will show off her engagement ring. The first interview with the pair is being broadcast tonight in England,

Already, chatter is going strong about Kate’s dress, Kate’s ceremony and how many babies Kate will have. “She’s going to be breeding up a storm,” said Daily Beast editor and royal expert Tina Brown on Good Morning America.

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Book Review: Celebrations by Preston Bailey via [luxist, allthebest ]

Preston Bailey
Celebrations: Lush Flowers, Opulent Tables, Dramatic Spaces, and Other
Inspirations for Entertaining (Hardcover)


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Bailey Celebrations: Lush Flowers, Opulent Tables, Dramatic Spaces, and
Other Inspirations for Entertaining
by Preston
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Just in time for the holidays, the
fabulous Preston Bailey has released a new book. I had the opportunity
to meet Preston this past April, and he is as charming and wonderful
in person as the events he creates. 

Bailey Celebrations
is a collection of his extraordinary floral
arrangements, set designs, lighting and art installations. Truly it is a
visually spectacular book filled with inspiration and breathtaking

Simply stunning!

Tell Us Everything, Event Designer Preston Bailey

by Carrie N.

Last week, high-end event
planner Preston Bailey
gathered hundreds in the sprawling 69th
Regiment Armory in Manhattan to celebrate the launch of his fourth book,
“Preston Bailey Celebrations.” The gorgeous book is
filled with images of the lavish events he’s designed the world over
(with rates starting at $250,000), from a stunning Tiffany-glass
inspired wedding in New York to a reception with giant floral animals in
Bali. So you can expect his own party would be a stunner – not to
mention celebrity-tinged.

Bailey created a magical environment
with no shortage of glitz (above). Two giant disco balls dramatically
projected light throughout the room and dreamlike trees glowed at the
entrance. A giant runway ran down the middle of the room, which was
projected with a rotating image of pages from his book, giving it the
illusion of a printing press. The runway served as a stage for
performers such as Martha “Everybody Dance Now” Wash and Gloria Gaynor,
then later was filled with attendees dancing. Bailey was true to his
theory that a diverse crowd makes for the best parties. He was feted by
quite a diverse crowd.

“Tell Us Everything, Event
Designer Preston Bailey”

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Jumeirah Burj Al Arab Inside Complete View – 7 Star Hotel Dubai: A Gold Plated Dream!!! via [Jumeirah Group]

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Burj Al Arab (website link)

Relaxing at the Beach:

An Incredible Sunset:

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Photographic Tour of a Burj alArab hotel room:
In-Room Jacuzzi
Room Service:
An Absolutely Gorgeous View:

8 restaurants and lounges, including:
Al Muntaha – which means the ultimate or the highest at 200 metres above the Arabian Gulf, offering modern European cuisine
Al Mahara – seafood restaurant accessible by a three minute virtual submarine voyage. Magnificent oval aquarium visible throughout the restaurant
Al Iwan – sea view restaurant. Finest Arabian hospitality with décor of dramatic gold, red and black
Majlis Al Bahar – a casual alfresco restaurant serving mediterranean specialities
Sahn Eddar – at the base of the world’s tallest atrium and offering light fine fare and Afternoon Tea
Juna Lounge – a stylish and intimate lounge with a fine selection of cigars
Skyview Bar – located adjacent to Al Muntaha, a wonderful location for pre- and post dinner drinks
Bab Al Yam – cafe restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere and stunning views

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