Custom Wine Bottle for St. Mark’s

We were asked by our dear friend Polly Firestone Walker to design the label for a special cuvee as part of a fundraising event for St. Mark’s-In-The-Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos. St. Mark’s is our neighbor, and we love to support them whenever we have the opportunity, so we jumped at the chance to design the bottle art. Our designer Stephanie Kheder designed the label, featuring her hand illustrated St. Mark’s lion etched into the glass. What a fun project, and all for a good cause.

For this year’s event, as well as offering some unbelievable bottles of wine for auction (1945 Chateau Calon-Segur, a 1949 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, and a 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc are just three of them that pop to mind) Brooks Firestone decided to create a one-of-a-kind 18l bottle of Santa Ynez Valley Syrah, blended from some local producers (Doug Margerum, Jorian Hill, Curtis Winery and Clos Pepe among others). When the idea was raised to have an etched label, Polly immediately thought of Patti and Stephanie and all the amazing artists of Waxing Poetic.

As well as serving its parishioners, St. Mark’s also provides a space for various groups like the Jewish Community, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara, AA, the Valley Community Theater, Pacific Pride Foundation, Toastmasters, and the Los Olivos Rotary to name a few. St. Mark’s is also home to a thriving Pre-School.

Bridal Shoot with Jose Villa

We had the pleasure of working with immensely talented photographer Jose Villa as well as Jill La Fleur of La Fleur Weddings recently, for a special bridal shoot.

The location was at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa and the wedding gown was designed by Claire La Faye. Waxing Poetic was the perfect accompaniment. It was such a wonderful experience and we can’t wait to do it again sometime soon. Enjoy the photos and check out our pieces from the shoot!

Rosary Lariat with freshwater pearls, silver plate, and crystal drop

Spinner Cross Ring with sterling silver and brass

Free Form Pearl Wrap Necklace with sterling silver, gold plate, and rose gold plate

Love Pendant with sterling silver and brass

Poetic Cross Bracelet with a sterling silver charm

Rosary Necklace with bronze freshwater pearls and crystal

Camp Stud Heart Earrings with brass and sterling silver

Waxing Poetic Candles at Cabana Home

Steve and Caroline Thompson, both husband and wife and owners of Cabana Home in Santa Barbara, hosted a “Breakfast N Bed” event in-store on Wednesday, June 23rd. Waxing Poetic had the pleasure of unveiling our brand new soy candle line, Luminary, at the event.

In celebration of ‘all things bed,’ the event also showcased Cabana Home’s private label of custom upholstered headboards and beds, a trunk show for Matouk Linens, and a display of world-renowned Hastens Mattresses from Sweden.

At the event Caroline met with Monica Spear, the Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara. Here they are holding the new Ave Maria candles that support the Girls Inc. cause.

We enjoyed lovely hors d’oeuvres prepared by local caterer Jessica Knight, and in keeping with the theme, the Thompson duo and their staff dressed in seersucker robes by Matouk. We truly enjoyed participating in the event and think it was the most wonderful way to share our new candles with our local Santa Barbara community.

For each purchase of a Luminary line candle, Waxing Poetic will donate 5% of proceeds to a charitable cause. Check out all of our candles here to learn about the charities we support.

Shine a Light for the Dream Foundation

“Oscar de la Renta and Hollye Jacobs” were the first words on the invitation that caught my eye. The invitation to this very fabulous event appeared in my inbox, offering a day of shopping to benefit the Dream Foundation at the beautiful Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara. With 15% of all sales benefiting the Dream Foundation, what better excuse to shop the extraordinary fashions created by one of the world’s most amazing men, designer Oscar de la Renta.

Graceful hostess Hollye Jacobs orchestrated a most wonderful event.  A Montecito tastemaker (alongside her roles as wife, mom and blogger), Hollye is an inspiring advocate for all who are facing life-threatening illnesses.

I am sure you may be wondering what Waxing Poetic has to do with the Dream Foundation, or what we have in common with this fashion designer. Well, much like Oscar has done, Waxing Poetic will also be joining in on a philanthropic voyage to promote awareness and fund-raising efforts for the Dream Foundation.  As part of our new special philanthropic project for 2011, we have created a delicious collection of Luminary Candles, with the purpose of shining a light on five outstanding charities. Waxing Poetic has partnered with the Dream Foundation, Girls Incorporated, Human Rights Watch, Storytellers Children’s Center, and the Los Olivos Business Organization.

As our friends and fans know, Waxing Poetic has always had a passion for encouraging each individual to create his or her own story through the mixing and matching of our jewelry pieces. Well now our fans can participate in the story telling of one (or all!) of the five unique and special charities, like the Dream Foundation.

The Dream Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for adults and their families who are battling life-threatening illnesses. This amazing organization fulfills dreams and wishes for those individuals battling life-threatening illnesses and their families. We have chosen our Ambrosial candle to tell the Dream Foundation’s story of compassion, love, and peace, while also being a reminder to us all of how precious the gift of life can be.

While attending the Oscar de la Renta event, I was able to meet with Carol Brown, the Chief Operating Officer of the Dream Foundation. Waxing Poetic will be working closely with Carol and her incredible organization to spread the word about the Ambrosial candle.

~Caroline Thompson

Featured Retailer: Zinnia from Mount Pleasant, SC

Each of our retailers possesses distinctive individual charm, spreading the personal touch of Waxing Poetic in their local communities every day. As a token of our gratitude to our retailers and because we think you’ll love them as much as we do, we’re delighted to introduce Zinnia.

Zinnia is a boutique located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.  Their gorgeous store features artisan jewelry, fanciful gifts and beautiful home décor accessories.

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