Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ashland's 8th Annual Chocolate Festival!

I can't think of anything better than a festival dedicated to chocolate, especially in our hometown!

March 2nd to 4th marks the 8th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival, completely dedicated to over 50 Oregon chocolatiers showcasing their latest creations. This weekend long, delicious event takes place at the Ashland Springs Hotel as well as other locations throughout downtown Ashland.

Read and salivate...

"Expect the unexpected! From traditional hand rolled truffles, enrobed in the finest chocolates, to sauces, toffee, and hot chocolate. For those looking for some exciting flavors check out chocolate covered smoked bacon, spicy southern accents found in the 'Hot Mama' toffee by Melting Pot Candy, or mouth watering truffles infused with such bold flavors as espresso, lime, or lavender."

"There is something for everyone! Get your taste buds teased with delicious baked goods dipped in or stuffed with chocolate, raw chocolate, chocolate-cheese spreads, and even chocolate inspired products, including white chocolate body butter. And don't forget about wine. Southern Oregon wine makers showcase their pinot, merlot, and zinfandels, that pair so well with chocolate."

Something for everyone is right- check out the line up of activities and you'll be sure to find an event to attend...

Festival attractions will include...
Meet, sample & buy! - Over 50 Oregon chocolatiers and other specialty food vendors present their products and tease your palate with decadent and exciting flavors! (Saturday & Sunday 11am - 3pm at the hotel).

Chocolate - themed First Friday Art Walk organized by the Ashland Gallery Association (Friday, 5 - 8pm). Enjoy diverse forms of art, local wines and chocolates. Stop by Ashland Springs Hotel and view Kevin Shaw from Coastal Mist build his 10 tier chocolate cake, and visit with other artists and vendors showcased in the hotel lobby.

Chocolate Makers Dinner
(Friday, 6:30 - 9pm) Two executive chefs, Kate Cyr and David Georgeson partnered in creating this delightful four-course dinner featuring chocolate in each dish. Dinner is accompanied by presentation from a chocolatier. (Price $59 per person inclusive.)

Baking Chocolate Brioche Class at Deux Chats Bakery - Saturday, March 3, 1pm to 4pm (max. 10 students)

"Chocolate Confessions" - Saturday, 3:30 at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Price $5 per person. Limited sitting.

Far Flung Chocolates: 10 Flavor Adventures - Have you ever wanted to taste some of the best dark chocolate in the world? In this guided tasting we will taste 8 to 10 of the top ten rated chocolates.

Chocolate Martini Facial Party - Saturday at 4pm - Join us in the Palm Room of the Ashland Springs Hotel.

The Science of Chocolate: From the Farm to You - two workshops at the ScienceWorks Museum, Sunday, March 4th at 1:30 & 2:30 by Melissa Schweisguth

Harry and David would like to continue the chocolate festivities at our Country Village location! Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd & 4th, we'll be having a
Chocolate Tasting Party. Come sample chocolate wines and beers, chocolate cheeses, get a strawberry hand-dipped in our chocolate fountain, and try our most popular chocolate goodies. We'll see you there! 

Screening of the original "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" - at the ScienceWorks Museum (Saturday at 4pm)

Chocolate treatments at Waterstone Spa & Salon - enjoy blissful massage, mani & pedi, body scrub and other treatments designed to utilize beneficial antioxidants found in chocolate!

Other festival events: Chocolate Product Competition, Seminars & Talks

Chocolate discount at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre - Call Cabaret box office, mention 'chocolate' and receive $5 off "Let's Misbehave" - showings till March 18, 2012. 541-488-2902

Chocolate discount at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
- Chocolate & theater! Call OSF box office, mention 'chocolate' and receive a 40% discount for the shows on March 2-4, 2012

Chocolate Festival Overnight package at the Ashland Springs Hotel - starting at $189 - includes two tickets to the festival, overnight stay with breakfast, hotel parking, wireless Internet access, and discounts to hotel's restaurant LARKS, and hotel's Waterstone Spa. Ultimate weekend getaway!

Festival tickets can be purchased at the Ashland Springs Hotel. Call toll free 888-795-4545.

Hope to see you there!

Until next time,

Lauren of team Yala

Friday, February 24, 2012

Yala Destination: Yosemite, the Ahwahnee Hotel

If you haven't decided where you are vacationing for Spring Break - we've got just the place for you! Make it a trip the whole family can enjoy and book your stay at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, only hours away from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Reno.

Located in Central California's Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite National Park encompasses an incredible 1,170 square miles of breathtaking natural splendor. Imagine waking up at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite valley - specifically designed to highlight its natural surroundings featuring Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point.

If you are into hiking, be it hardcore all day or easy strolling, this is the place for you. With all levels of hiking opportunities, including paved walk ways, you'll be sure to find something perfect. Pair Yala's Journey Top and Organic Cotton Aspire Short Jacket with hiking boots, comfy pants and a backpack for carrying your lunch and water for the day.

Share a romantic dinner in the Ahwahnee historical dining room in Yala's Grace Gathered Dress and Nugget Necklace.

We hope you enjoy the trip!

Until next time,

Lauren of Team Yala

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

All About Her - The Cutest Shop in
Guntersville, Alabama

Take a look inside All About Her, Guntersville, Alabama's cutest shop in town! Specializing in fine and trendy apparel, gifts, and accessories, this shop does an excellent job of making sure you have a wide selection for any occasion. Plus they already have some of Yala's New Spring/Summer collection (coming soon!) on display and available now! Check out some new styles and colors in Yala favorites below...

Yala's Circle Top
New Color, Paradise,
Coming Soon!

 Yala's Short Robe and Cleo Gown 
New Color, Peach, Coming Soon!

Yala's Luna Gown in Paradise
New Style, Coming Soon! 

Make sure to stop in if you are ever in the neighborhood and keep in touch by liking All About Her on facebook for upcoming styles and new arrivals...

Until next time,

Lauren of Team Yala

Friday, February 17, 2012

Happy Mardi Gras - Yala Style!

If you didn’t grow up in New Orleans – the home of the biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the US, you may not know what to pack for such an occasion. Not to worry, Yala has you covered! We have styled some Yala inspired Mardi Gras themed outfits! Tell us, which one would you choose?

Mardi Gras Riverboat

Just a little background…

The term “Mardi Gras” in English refers to events of carnival celebrations, the literal translation of the French words are ‘Fat Tuesday.’ Fat Tuesday refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras Maxi

Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. Other cities famous for Mardi Gras celebrations include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Barranquilla, Colombia, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Tobago, Quebec City, Canada, Mazatlán, Sinaloa in Mexico, and of course New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.
Mardi Gras Jazz Fest

We hope we prepared you for all your Mardi Gras events! 

Until next time,
Lauren of Team Yala

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Follow us on Pinterest to Contribute Design
Ideas on: "Your Yala Apparel Ideas" Board

We love hearing your feedback! Especially tips that help us bring you clothing you will love, which is why we started a board on our Pinterest page titled Your Yala Apparel Ideas. The board is open for anyone to become a contributor, however Pinterest's rules are that you have to be invited, so simply send us an email and we'll send you an invite ; ) Visit us and pin the styles that you love - we’ll take your suggestions to our design meetings. You can even invite your friends to contribute as well.

It's your turn to tell us styles and colors that you want to see in Yala's eco-friendly fabrics! Below are some of the popular styles already pinned. Make sure to check out the other ideas, “like” your favorites, and add a few of your own : )


Until next time,

Lauren of Team Yala

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

EcoChic an Earth Friendly Boutique

Yala is proud to be partners with a wonderful shop in Milford, Delaware called EcoChic. Teri Carter's EcoChic Boutique is a unique green business that offers not only environmentally friendly products but trend setters for the fashion conscious. A shop with a mission, owner Teri Carter opened the shop because of a life changing decision...
Teri Carter, Owner of EcoChic

"It started with a little step... several years ago, I was amazed to find out just how much waste a family of seven could accumulate.  So, along with my husband and five young children, we began recycling and quickly reduced our trash to a third of what it used to be. No longer overfilling a large curbside trash bin with non-biodegradables, we quickly moved to two recycling containers while only filling our non-recyclables bin one third full each week. This was the beginning of my obsession with all things “green”.

Over time, I became frustrated with the lack of local eco-friendly options for my family.  Although I could find them online; I wanted to support my local economy.

This is where my large step came in...

I decided to bring “greener” options to our region and open a store that provided Earth Friendly Products to people who shared my passion. There was just one thing missing, a name.  "Eco" was the easy part, but I didn't want to leave out the element of fashion and style. That's where the "Chic" (pronounced sheek) came in; it means just that, 'stylish' or ‘fashionable’! Perfect, I knew I had found it!"

What started with a little step became a life changing decision to run "EcoChic an Earth Friendly Boutique" Teri's previous career as a registered nurse gave her insight into the effects that chemicals found in everyday products have on our health. EcoChic proudly carries eco-friendly cleaning products, skincare, makeup, baby care products, eco-friendly living, handcrafted jewelry and accessories and bamboo clothing."

Be sure to visit EcoChic if you are ever in the neighborhood and keep an eye out for some of EcoChic's Yala favorites such as the Piper Dress, Laurel Wrap and Harlow Top while you are there!
 Yala's Piper Dress                                              Yala's Laurel Wrap


Don't live in the area? They have a growing online store and an EcoChic Facebook page that you should be sure to check out.

Lastly, we leave all of you entrepreneurs and environmentally conscious people out there with some words of advice from EcoChic owner Teri...

"My words of encouragement to people who are looking to go green are these...start small, but definitely start. If everyone did just a little…together we could all make a big difference."

Until next time,

Lauren of Team Yala

Monday, February 6, 2012

Yala Valentine's Day Outfit Giveaway!

Winner: Melissa Chappelle
Fave Outfit: Yala's Piper Dress

February is full of love and we're celebrating the upcoming holiday by hosting a Yala Valentine's Day Giveaway! Whether your plans include staying in or going out, we're sure you'll find something you like! Enter to win the featured Yala item in your favorite outfit set below...

To Enter:
1. Visit Yala's Facebook page
2. Click 'like' on the outfit you like the best
3. Click 'share' on your fave outfit to spread the Yala love ;)

1st Place

Bamboo Dreams® Piper Dress - 99 Votes

  2nd Place 

Bamboo Dreams® Kiss Me Cami - 81 Votes


3rd Place 

4th Place

Bamboo Dreams® Uma Tunic - 55 Votes

5th Place

6th Place

Bamboo Dreams® Flirty Nightie - 26 Votes

 Winner chosen on Friday, February 10th

Winner: Melissa Chappelle

Happy Valentine's Day!

 - Lauren of Team Yala