Since Easter is coming up this Sunday, I thought it would be fun to shine the spotlight on my friend and candy queen, Dylan Lauren.
There’s something cute I’d like to share about Dylan. Although her taste for sweets is obvious – there are five Dylan’s Candy Bars so far, with two more set to open in Miami and L.A. – Dylan’s candy obsession has one rival: her love of rabbits. She has more than 3,000 rabbit items in her collection, from stuffed animals, plates, and stationery to hand towels and cookie jars! I first found this out when we worked together on the paper accessories for her wedding – we made sure to incorporate both bright candy colors and bunnies into everything from the dinner menu to the wedding program.
So, tell me, could there be anyone better than Dylan to get you excited for the upcoming holiday? I think not. She even inspired us to put together a candy-colored, bunny-themed mix of items in this week’s Get the Look. For more whimsy, read on to find Dylan’s Easter-themed creative tips, which feature all kinds of delicious candy. Plus, I invited Dylan’s new sister-in-law, Lauren Bush Lauren of FEED Projects, to share with us her Fabulous Finds. Enjoy this very special issue, and go on and live the sweet life!
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LASER-CUT WEDDING PROGRAMS
Who says your wedding program has to be a simple folding card? We here at Ceci New York love to take every opportunity to make a great graphic statement and believe your wedding programs are your perfect chance to do just that.
Take Dylan Lauren, for example. She knows a thing or two about the impact that great graphic design has on her successful (and colorful) brand, Dylan’s Candy Bar. Everything about her candy emporium proudly conveys her love of candy, color and creativity.
She took that same approach to the paper accessories for her wedding, and together we created a wonderful suite of paperie. I especially love the design we made for her wedding program: a whimsical scene of a bunny sitting in a bed of roses under a cherry blossom tree. (Dylan loves rabbits, plus they were getting married in the Year of the Rabbit – so many symbolic things lining up for them!) We also added the couple’s initials, which we showed framed by a heart and carved into the trunk of the tree. So cute! We made the sleeve out of pink paper and laser cut the graphics so you could see the cover of the wedding program peek through the cut-out paper. We tied the program spine with a lovely satin ribbon, which made it easy for guests to pull from the sleeve. Inside the wedding program was a little book that explained the symbolism of the Year of the Rabbit and gave every detail about the couple’s wedding ceremony and party. To incorporate Dylan’s love of color, we hand painted candy-colored flower garlands that adorned every page. The results are super sweet!
The next time you think a wedding program is just a simple boring piece of paper, think again and take this opportunity to really make yours stand out!
I knew I wanted our wedding to feel like a Disney fairy tale meets Marie Antoinette with Sèvres inspirations meets Alice in Wonderland and Willy Wonka for the latter events. So I found it helpful to keep folders of tear sheets and objects from each genre of inspiration. Most important was to keep this all organized so it was easy to reference for meetings with vendors.
What It’s Like to Be a Ceci Bride:
Ceci was amazing to work with. I loved getting inspired in her showroom. She made our program and escort candy bars extra special with her ability to laser cut and print any type of design. In fact, our wedding coordinators were so surprised that not one program was left behind. Every guest wanted one as a keepsake because it really was unique and stunning.
View Dylan Lauren & Paul’s wedding accessories and photos in Our Muse
DYLAN LAUREN, DYLAN’S CANDY BAR
Dylan Lauren, known to many as the “Candy Queen,” is the founder and CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar. Her stores in New York City, East Hampton, Roosevelt Field, Houston and Orlando are the most original candy emporiums on the planet featuring unique candy from around the world and decades past. As the daughter of legendary fashion icon Ralph Lauren and author Ricky Lauren, Dylan was immersed at an early age in design, art and fashion. After graduating from Duke University with a major in Art History, she traveled the globe in search of the world’s most exciting confectionery creations. By 2001, she realized her childhood dream by opening her first candy store inspired by Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Dylan Lauren and her “candy-centric” tips for living the sweet life are often featured in press across the country. She shares entertaining, decorating and gift-giving ideas for every holiday and special occasion with her chic and colorful signature style.
“Dylan is one of those girls who just knows what she loves and makes it happen. She appreciates beautiful details and isn’t afraid to go for her dreams. I truly admire her love of candy, and how she turned that passion into one of the most well-known candy hot spots in NYC. Products like her colorful lollipops can be spotted far beyond her Upper East Side candy bar – I’ve even seen them in airports! Her candies are treats for all ages.” - CECI JOHNSON
Top 5 Creative Tips for Easter by Dylan Lauren, Dylan’s Candy Bar
Spring candies: Spring candies, whether in foiled chocolate, dextrose, or gummy form, make for festive spring décor. Grass place mats covered with chicks and eggs, or vases filled with chocolate tulips, will enliven your home.
Peeps: While most people eat Peeps straight out of the package, fans serve them up in several other ways: microwaved, frozen, roasted, and even as a topping on a pizza.
Chocolate eggs: Chocolate eggs are one of my favorite Easter items. I love all of the colors that they come in. I recommend using them in a spring bouquet or a centerpiece. It’s a nice alternative to the Easter basket.
Necco wafers: The beautiful pastel colors of Necco wafers make an egg-squisite candy craft. Decorate a styrofoam egg by gluing overlapping rows of wafers to create a spring display you’ll be proud of.
Candy topiary: A candy topiary is a unique gift or centerpiece for any occasion. You can theme it by changing the shape or type of candy. For Easter, spring-colored chocolate Kisses make for a shimmering floral alternative.
Discover more on Dylan’s Candy Bar
Find more creative tips in Dylan’s Candy Bar – Unwrap Your Sweet Life. This first book from Dylan Lauren shows how to celebrate with candy every day and on holidays, featuring innovative decorating and gift-giving ideas, Dylan’s personal candy memories, over 20 inventive candy craft ideas and so much more.
Discover more on Dylan’s Candy Bar or purchase her book now
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This Week’s Guest Editor: Lauren Bush Lauren of FEED Projects
I am very excited to share with you this week’s Fabulous Finds guest editor, Lauren Bush Lauren, who just so happens to be Dylan Lauren’s new sister-in-law. A model, philanthropist, and granddaughter and niece of former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Lauren is the co-founder and “chief FEEDer” of FEED Projects, as well as the Chairman of the Board and co-founder of the FEED Foundation. In 2005, Lauren conceptualized and designed the initial FEED 1 Bag, whose purchase feeds one child in school for one year through the UN World Food Programme, offering consumers a chance to give back in a tangible and meaningful way.
Not only is Lauren a beautiful person on the outside, but she has the most beautiful heart on the inside and puts it to work through her work. I truly admire women who take their passions and turn them into a successful business. And when that business gives back to the world in a philanthropic way, I’m even more impressed! To date, her company has provided 68,689,270 meals to hungry children all over the world. Please join me in welcoming Lauren to CeciStyle – this girl does it all! Get a glimpse of what she is coveting this minute, below, and incorporate some of her chic sensibility into your own life!
P.S.: If you are inspired by Lauren and want to give what you can to the FEED cause, please take a moment to learn more how you can make a difference here.
FEED 2 Kenya Bag ($224)
This bag is made in Kenya by artisans and gives back to feed two children in school in Kenya for one year. I was able to visit the artisans and programs we are supporting in Kenya in 2009, and it was truly inspiring!
Wool & the Gang ($59)
Knit your own hat or sweater using these awesome kits. I love DIY projects.
Kashwére robe ($135)
The softest, cuddliest robe you could ever want.
Vintage Turquoise Earrings ($995)
TOMS Shoes ($40)
I love TOMS shoes because they are stylish, comfortable, and give a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair sold.
Bobble Bottles ($51.30 for 6)
I use a Bobble as my reusable water bottle in order to cut back on using plastic water bottles.
FEED Guatemala Scarf ($127)
It is hand-made by artisans in Guatemala and looks great with most anything.
Apple iPhone ($589)
I am not sure I would be able to function without my iPhone. It helps me work and be connected from wherever I am, and much more.
Amazon Kindle ($79)
My Kindle lets me read lots of great novels, often a few at the same time.
Quantum Cold & Flu Drops ($11.64)
These drops keep me healthy year-round!
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The FEED Foundation
Ceci New York is proud to support great causes – especially those like the FEED Foundation, which is why I couldn’t resist to share it with you. If you are able, please join Lauren Bush Lauren in her mission to “FEED” children across the globe and give to those in need. I find these statistics startling: 36.2 million Americans, including 12.4 million children, don’t have access to enough healthy food to thrive. 400 million children go to bed hungry every night. 150 million children do not attend school! As little as $10 can make a difference. Whether you prefer to purchase any of the FEED products or just donate directly, every little bit matters. You can find more details below.
About the FEED Foundation
The FEED Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit public charity and contributions to the FEED Foundation are tax-deductible. We support key interventions to improve the global food system to promote food security, healthy school meals for all children and ensuring access to healthy food for all people.
$10 can provide school meals to 100 children in Rwanda.
$20-$50 can FEED a child in school for one school year in different
countries around the world.
$100 can FEED 2 Kenyan children in school for one year.
$240 can provide two families of six with agricultural aid in East Africa.
$350 can support a classroom nutrition program in the USA.
Pretzel Rings with Rolos and Pecans
Try this recipe for a super-easy-to-make (it takes 5 minutes!) sweet treat that the whole family will enjoy. My darling mother-in-law, LuWanna, made these at our last visit and I thought they were too great not to share. You can try them with Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses instead of Rolos to mix it up. You can also add your candy of choice (like M&Ms) on top or put any nuts (like walnuts) instead of pecans – get creative!
48 Rolo candies, unwrapped (Rolos are small round caramels dipped in chocolate)
48 pretzel rings
48 whole pecans
- There’s no need to grease the cookie sheet (I use parchment or a Teflon sheet atop the sheet, though). Just lay the pretzel rings out on the sheet and place a Rolo candy on top of each ring. (A Hershey’s Kiss works, too. I use both Rolos and Kisses, milk and dark.)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 3 minutes (no more than that or you will have a melted mess!).
- Remove pan from oven and immediately place a whole pecan on each Rolo and gently push it down just a bit.
- Allow the candies to cool on the cookie sheet, letting the chocolate harden before removing them to a storage container.
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