Thursday, November 1, 2007
I just bought my after party dress from J.Crew for $75 shipped! The dress was originally $295 down to $70 and with coupon code HB-11-BR I got a flat rate of $4.95 shipping. That coupon code is good for the entire month of November and is actually a birthday code that changes every month. My birthday isn’t in November but I always search the internet for a coupon code before I check out. You can find some good ones at www.retailmenot.com.
Next time we’ll talk about how I bought my bridesmaid dress for $68 shipped.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
This Thursday is the one year mark until the wedding and I couldn’t think of a better day to have our E-Session. We’re meeting our photographer Alisha Clark at our reception hall so that she can have a tour of the place. We’ll snap a few photos there and then drive 30 minutes to my college campus in downtown Troy, NY. If you’ve heard of Troy you might be groaning right now but I promise my college campus is beautiful - there are hidden courtyards and historic brownstones. Did you know that Troy has the most Tiffany glass per square mile of any city in the US? I bet you didn’t!
So here is my outfit! I thought I would have a much harder time finding it but lucky for me Banana was having their Fall Sale and I had a gift card. After shipping and gift card I paid 25 bucks for this dress!
Shoes are hard for me because I’m only an inch shorter than Art. I love heels but anything over a kitten heel - I’m towering over him. I bought these from Target for $20 but they give me blisters and make me too tall. Maybe I’ll wear them when we’re sitting down.
I bought shoes like these at DSW for $17 after coupon. The shoes I have are solid black, no pattern or weird fabric - I just couldn’t find a photo because they are probably last season. The good news is that they are kitten heel and make us the same height with his shoes on.
Tonight Arthur will be modeling some outfits for me. I think I’ll put him in Black pants and a maroon sweater. I just don’t want him to be hot. It’s supposed to be 71 but with some rain. Chance of rain in 30% and Alisha says it never rains on her so here’s hoping!
I have wanted to read this book for 6 years! The author, Chrys Ingraham, is possibly the most intelligent and passionate women I will ever know. She was one of my professor’s in college and I planned my schedule each semester around the possibility of taking one of her classes. To this day I am still upset that I didn’t get to take her Sociology of the Media class, I thought about auditing it the year after I graduated but the whole 3 hour commute from NYC wasn’t going to work.
Chrys and I share a special bond that I wish we didn’t. My roommate senior year, Nancy - who was a sophomore that year, had always admired Chrys and when she confided in me that she wanted to transfer after I graduated I immediately brought her to Chrys in hopes of changing her mind. Nancy stayed and became very involved in one of Chrys’s passions - the unfair living situations of Mexican workers, specifically near the US/Mexican boarder. Nancy went on a trip to Mexico with Chrys and was approved to go on another her senior year but she died in a car accident the summer before she was scheduled to go. Nancy’s family asked me to facilitate her funeral and asked Chrys to deliver her eulogy.
Nancy in the middle, me in the red - 2004.
While Chrys and I haven’t seen each other since Nancy’s funeral, we’ve kept in touch through e-mail. Chrys retired from my college last year but through some stoke of luck she is still teaching a class on Thursdays and I’m scheduled to be taking me engagement pictures at my school this Thursday! You better believe I’m going to read her book as fast as I can so that when I tell her about my wedding plans I’ll have something intelligent to say! I cannot wait to get a view of the other side of weddings, a side I think I need to read about before I get any farther in my plans. I’ll write about what I learn later.
Chrys Ingraham, Anita Roddick - founder of the Body Shop, and myself. My graduation - 2004.
Monday, October 15, 2007
So there we are in the office of the event planner at Glen Sanders and we’re trying to decide on a date. Because I’m weird, our options are August 2, October 4, or October 18. I least liked October 18 because 1+8=9, but that’s getting a little too psychotic even for me. As we sit there debating, the event planner says, “well if you pick the 18th you can be married on Sweetest Day!” What’s Sweetest Day you ask? Out event planner had no idea, but it sounded good - October 18th it is.
When I got home I did a little digging and ended up at Wikipedia, as usual. People often warn me that Wiki is usually biased and sometimes totally wrong, but I love it all the same. It says that Sweetest Day is:
“Sweetest Day is an observance celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes region and parts of the Northeast United States on the third Saturday in October. It is described by Retail Confectioners International, as ‘much more important for candymakers in some regions than in others (Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo being the biggest Sweetest Day cities)’ and an ‘occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember not only the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed.’ Sweetest Day has also been referred to as a ‘concocted promotion’ created by the candy industry solely to increase sales of candy.”
Did you catch that? The 3rd Saturday of October is Sweetest Day! Well Art and I started dating on the 3rd Saturday of October! It’s meant to be! Now that I know what they mean by Sweetest day I’m thinking candy - lots of candy!!
Well, ask and you shall receive! I was wandering through Willowbrook mall in Wayne, NJ and in the clearance bin at J. Crew I find at least 70 pairs of these babies on clearance for $4.99!! I know $5 is still a little steep but they are amazing and I love them. Plus, little know fact is that if you present a student ID J.Crew will take 10% off anything. The catch is that they only had 3 size 8’s and the rest were size 9’s. A very helpful sales person went into the back room to look for more but he found nothing else. So I loaded up one fiancé, a bridesmaid and myself with 22 pairs (20 black for guests and 2 white for me) and headed for the register. We got some weird stares from the 2 girls at the register but after I explained that I’m a crazy bride they understood.
The best part - Art went back to the mall the next weekend and dropped into J.Crew to find they were having a 25% off sale on their sale items! He talked to the sales person who said, “yes, I remember you!” and he told Art that if he brought the receipt in we could get a price adjustment up to 15 days after the sale!! So we are little bargain hunters and I’m a happy bride!!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Much to my mother’s amazement there was always one movie that could not only keep my attention but would cause me to stare blankly at the screen without as much as a fidget or a blink - My Fair Lady. Now mind you, this movie is a whopping 173 minutes! When they show it on public television without commercial they take a break and play the orchestra so people can get up to pee! I have a very vivid memory of the first time my mother allowed me to stay up watching television past both mine and her bed time and it was for this movie. When the orchestra came on I just sat there and watched the screen, which was covered in white flowers, while the music of “I could have danced all night” became permanently etched into my brain.
It should come as no surprise that I want nothing more than for my hair to look like this:
Ok, so maybe not as high as this but pretty close. How could anyone not want to look like that? I need to go home tonight and watch this again. Maybe I can get some planning inspiration because I'm not finding it any other place right now :(
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I like the one above because if you look closely it has a tech geek vibe to it with the @ sign.
I'm not in love with the J in Julia with this one. It's the only thing letter that swoops below the line.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Sorry about the poor scan, our scanner is from the middle ages at work.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
But then I see things like this…
And then I start thinking about how I want to tie Sweetest Day into my wedding with candy and chocolate and all kinds of sweet goodness! How do I do that with a black and white color palate? Licorice? Yuck! Wouldn’t chocolate and cream be better for Sweetest Day? But then again, isn’t chocolate (as a color) so over done already? Who wants to be unoriginal?
So if I can’t do chocolate and I’m in love with black and white then why don’t I just add a nice accent color? OK then , what color? Red? But black, white and red are over done too and on top of that, we went to a black, white and red wedding this past summer. We can’t repeat!
When I get to this point in the never ending circle of frustration and indecisiveness I think - screw it! I’ll just get white chocolate everything and that’s it - forgetting for a moment that I really don’t like white chocolate!! This is when I give up, decide I need to read more blogs, and I find this…
Oh lord, save me from myself!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
But I digress. Today not only did I find a love but I found a DIY - double score.
There is a little antique shop down the road from my mother’s house and he has boat loads of old clear glassware that he has a horrible time getting rid of. He happens to be buddies with my grandfather, which is why I know this, and he says that clear glass is just not that popular. Score one for me because the next time I go home for a visit - I’m totally checking out his store for some cheap stuff. Why didn’t I think of this before?
You can find more about this on Perfect Bound.
What’s even more perfect? The name! It’s called Act Your Shoe Size. Can anything else explain me more perfectly?
The sad news is that I thought my love affair with Act Your Shoe size was over! How tragic? I find my nail color soul mate and then it gets discontinued? As if! The bottle at the nail salon started to get stale - you know, when it gets all cakey and doesn’t dry quickly anymore. I was down in the dumps until I found it on Amazon! What would life be like without Amazon? I shudder just thinking about it!
PS - This is the color I wanted my bridesmaids to wear until I talked Art into a Black and White wedding! I think we’ll all get our toes done this color though.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Thank you for all of the pretty wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses that you make. Please consider making these
and these ...
in white for me. Pretty please?
P.S. The pretty shoes in orange are on sale because orange shoes are ugly - just a friendly little piece of info for ya.
Why do they have to be $9.50 EACH? I WANT THEM!!
A nice close up of the bride and her bouquet.
The flower girls. There was also a female ring attendant.
Walking down the aisle.
The reception hall was an awesome country club complete with a sprawling golf course.
The bride and groom walking to their private golf cart for pictures.
A perfect picture of the couple.
Some guests enjoying the cocktail hour out on the patio.
The ball room before guests.
Details on the cake.
Yummy sweet ending bar!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Last night my girls kidnapped me for a little trip to Victoria’s Secret. At first I was really excited to see their special bridal offerings, including some cute tops, undies, and lingerie. Upon further examination of my cute findings I see the 3 words – “Sexy Little Bride.” Little? Really? Let’s forget for a moment the PINK campaign that Vicky’s ran recently. The one with PJ bottoms with the word PINK across the butt? Think about that one for a minute… Now they are putting “Sexy Little Bride” and “Sexy Little Thing” on their products. Maybe it’s my women’s college education that tells me this is degrading but common! I get that their underwear line is called ‘sexy little things’ since underwear is, after all, a thing. But what makes