Wednesday, December 30, 2009

They have arrived!

 The shoes that I had mentioned before came in the mail last night and I am pleased to say that they fit like a glove! Betsey Johnson is one of my favorite designers, but normally out of my price range. Luckily, I found the last pair on in my size for $35.99, market down from $180.
So, besides the shoes being amazing, I love the packaging. So did Boo.

Notice the leopard print wrapping.

 That is a dangerous heel, but I will find a way to wear them! And, yes, the soles are pink!

The cats took an interest to the new additions, too. They look a lot more shiny in the pictures than they do in reality, but I love them!

Another new thing to mark off our list is that we finally registered somewhere! I was hesitating doing so, since it is a little discouraging to not have a lot of space to put gifts in. If we were moving to a bigger place or buying a house it would be different, but we will probably be living in a small place or moving to God knows where in the next few years.We decided on Target, but we are still interested in registering one other place, to give guests more variety. Off the record, we would just really like help with the honeymoon!

Well, off to bed! See you all in the new year!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Belated Christmas!

I hope the holidays has treated everyone well, so far! We just got back from Iowa today, which was nice and relaxing. Even though I didn't get a chance to travel back to Texas yet, Jonathan's family has been so good to me and I feel more and more of a bond with them. It was also nice to share a few of the wedding details with them, as I don't speak to them too often.
One thing that his brother liked was my decision about men's suits. I have never been a big fan of putting the wedding colors on men. I think black and white is the most masculine and formal way to go. My pet peeve is putting super feminine colors on men when it is not on their own accord. I have also always loved the skinny tie look on a man, but it might look silly on a bigger guy.

I am still debating on whether I even want to have boutonnieres made for them. I had looked into making a dried herb boutonniere, which is pretty easy to make, considering my semester of floral design in high school.

These lead me to my other thoughts of the moment, flowers.
The theme of the wedding (yes, I have a theme) is bringing nature indoors. Partly, this theme was chosen because of the way that Frank Lloyd Wright designed houses in this area, and since we are getting married at a prairie-style house, it only seems appropriate. Also, I just wanted the event to feel more natural to the surroundings and try to fit with the season.
One of the flowers that I see in a lot of neighbor's gardens is hydrangeas.  What is nice about these flowers is that they naturally come in a range of colors, they are fuller bodied, and they don't cost too much. I really like the idea of bridesmaid bouquets to be either white or pinkish colored hydrangeas, and for mine to have a few other types of flowers, along with them.

One last thing, I think I finally found my shoes! I don't want to jinx it though, because I haven't tried them on to see if they fit yet. I was wasting time on facebook the other day and those sneaky adds lead my to, where I found the last pair on sale, size 9.5. I normally wear between a 9 or 10, depending on the brand. I don't have a pair of shoes in this brand yet, so fingers crossed that they fit!
I will keep the update in those when they come in the mail.

Until next time, kids!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I'm a mean girl, and I like it

Lots of useless thoughts that I thought I would share today.

1. The title not only references reality, it also references the amazingness of what Perez Hilton revealed to me...Lindsay Lohan is strapped for cash and is selling her "gently" used clothes on the Lohan family website- no joke.
Turns out we wear the same shoe size. I wonder though if the garments are as genuine as they seem. I would be dissatisfied if I couldn't find some traces of cocaine and fake tanner stains. Jonathan joked that if I buy something it would be a stipulation that she not clean it first. Sounds gross, but I'm tempted.
For those of you who don't know, my freakish minor obsession with Lindsay Lohan goes back a good ways, so needless to say, I am very tempted to buy at least one thing.

2. I think I have decided on bridesmaid dresses and have taken a deep breath out. I basically chose a color and fabric that I liked (barely peach, silk taffeta) and asked the girls to chose a style. Here are the three choices:

Notice the subtle differences, yet collective in the same way. I also really love the color!

Fitting for the occasion. I think that most of the aesthetics of this wedding are more satisfying to me than they ever would be for Jonathan.

3. Now for the mean girl part. So, I was doing a little FB stalking and came across this atrocious wedding. Granted, they were not professional pictures, but you get to see enough of what is wrong. No amount of touch-ups could hide the ugly!

First of all, I will say that the majority of the pictures I left out for discretion's sake, considering that taste is taste and some people just don't have any. I feel bad for them. However, there are some glaring notes to take away from this wedding.

Biiiiiiggggg  #1:
No douche bags aloud.

Notice the use of the "shocker" in this photo. In a wedding photo. If I knew anyone did that in my wedding photos, I would take a knife to that pinky finger.

#2: Awful staged photos.

Another thing to notice about these pictures is the abundance of sunglasses in a seemingly shady backyard. Really? You feel like being Mr. Cool at someone else's wedding? Then again, this is a great time to mention the emasculating  color choice of this whole event.

Another one of those painfully awkward photos.

#3: Killing it with Color

I'm sure all of those bm's loved that dress. I mean, look at the detailing on the bottom! And the flower girls? I hate to criticize children, so I will blame the bride and their parents instead. The pink makes me want to vomit pepto bismal.

#5 Hobby Cakes gone wrong.

She made flower girl cakes....cute?

Ah, the grooms cake. Nothing says I'm so proud to be getting married like homage to an 80's cover band that stirs up images of girls in leopard unitards writhing on the hood of a mustang convertible.

Thus, my rant is done. I'm sorry if this was your unfortunate wedding.
 kind of.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

December is a blurrr.....

It breaks my heart that I haven't had any time to blog. Not just time for blogging, but doing anything that I like to do. I appreciate my job, but it has been such a trial for November-December. However, I figured I could at least do a little blogging, just the little things I have been thinking of or that make me smile.
I have changed this to my desktop picture:

Oh my gosh.., there are no words. I want one!
Those knobby little knees, buck teeth! I would name him Elmer.

Another thing that made me smile:

Can you tell I work in a cheese shop? Sheep and goats galore!

Although work is mainly on my mind, it doesn't mean I haven't found time to think about the wedding a little.
One thought is that our wine buyer, Candy, plays bagpipes. I thought I always wanted a quartet for the ceremony, but since we are having a free for all of cultural customs, why not add a Scottish twist to it?
We are in talks, but I think that I can buyer her off with a great bottle of Scotch!

 I don't know if anyone else is listening to Gaga, but if you are, you will understand my addiction. I have to watch the video at least 3 times if I watch it at all. She is fascinating.

That's all for now, wish me luck for the rest of the month!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Oh My God, Shoes.

Work has been kicking my butt lately! However, in the little down time I have had, I started looking into accessories for the big day. I have been going back and forth on some of the items, but I successfully ordered my hair piece and earrings from  Etsy (big surprise, huh?) I won't show the hair piece, but I can't help but to share the earrings!

I got them in the mail today and they are even more beautiful and sparkily up close!

So, in my quest to find the ulitmate pair of shoes, I have hit a bit of a wall. Wedding shoes are expensive! I have known it to be true since I started the planning of our wedding that the wedding industry will gouge you for you last penny, all for the sake of that "perfect day." Ugh...lessons have already been learned that there is no such thing as perfect, and there is certainly nothing perfect about white shoes with a $200 price tag!
Now, I'm not saying I haven't had my temptations. One of my more high fashion bridesmaids pointed me to a website that sold Christian Loubitins for discounted prices.

When I say discounted, I mean they cost $300, instead of their $800 original price tag. Don't get me wrong, they are beautiful shoes, but a little too much to ask my mother to purchase. After I got out of la la land, I started looking at shoes more within my range.
I found a pair in a local store, which are actually on sale at Nordstroms right now:

I tried them on and they are as comfortable as a sling back 3inch hell can be, but I don't know...
Another route I was thinking of going was a shoe in a non-traditional color. I want to find a pair that I will wear again. Most "bridal" shoes are satin and too white to match normal day-to-day clothes. I spotted a few girls on a website that I frequent, Once Wed.

I had been thinking of flats, but due to the style of my dress, I'm not sure if they are very appropriate. I guess it is ultimately my decision, though. Even though they bear the name of that which shall not be named (Vera...), I am very intrigued by this shoe. Of course, it is over priced, but I would love to find one that is similar.

Well, gotta work on a Saturday. Boooo.
Love you all for reading!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hills and Valleys

It has definitely been a week of ups and downs. As to not put much more negative energy toward the situation, I will just say that Thursday was a low point, while today has turned out to be a surprisingly great day!
We started by waking up and helping some friends move into their new house! It is very exciting because they are so deserving of their own space. It is a house in need of some TLC, but a great start for them. We got home from that and had a package waiting at our door, Save The Dates! Yaaaayyyy! They are so great and i will post one after they are sent, but our new found friends from Etsy really came through on their product.
I wanted to immediately do some stamping/mailing, but we crashed for a 3 hour nap soon after we opened the package. After we awoke, we decided to head out to a coffee shop for some internets and lattes. We opened to door to find yet another package! Our wedding cake topper! It came so quickly and it is the ideal size and has great details.
Again, I can't praise the site Etsy enough for having such great access to handmade/vintage items, without the vendor dealing with overhead and the buyer having to pay ridiculous prices.  I have been using the site for the wedding, but there are so many other things to find on the site. Here are a few of the items that I think are pretty cool.

A ring made out of watch parts.

You can find any kind of wall decal you could ever imagine.

I lurve little french bulldogs! This tote is only $10. Also, the glass bowl is a handmade piece that is so intricate and beautiful.

We actually have a set of bowls that match these cups. A local company used to carry them from the artist that makes them, but has stopped recently. Luckily, I can still buy them on Etsy!

You can even go so far as buying a car on this site. It's kind of like the artistic version of Ebay.

There is one vendor in particular called TimelessVixenVintage that has all of these amazing party dresses . They remind me of my gradma's old dresses that I used to play dress up in. Unfortunately, I outgrew them at the age of 10.

This one is super poofy, but still pretty cute. I think it would be nice to have one of these dresses as a rehearsal dinner dress, considering we got such a great deal on the wedding dress. Just saying...hint, hint!

Jonathan has suggested we register on Etsy, but I'm going to look into that and see if it's a possibility.

Anyone know of other sites similar that they would like to share?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Impulse Lunch-break buy of the day!

I have been looking into cake toppers on and off, but unfortunately, most of the bicycle themed ones that I have found have been upwards of $100! Yikes! I would never feel good about paying that much for something so useless!

Fortunately, I did come across this, and bought it right away. Etsy came through for me again! I might end up painting it a different color, but that is TBD.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The lighter side of things

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to share constructive ideas about my wedding planning. While I have found many sites dedicated to the same intention, there are some that take weddings and add a dash of comedy with a whole lot of crazy. These are the sites that make me feel a little less insane when I find myself in dyer distress about color options for table settings. Maris, my MOH, introduced me to a particularly special one today, called .

Here are a few highlights from this site:

You have the slutty...

Yes, that is painted on attire. I get that they were trying to get the "mermaid" affect for the girl in the middle, but it just reminds me of those slutty disco cage girls that you see in those over-priced guido bars (SEE BELOW).

Nothing says "I love you" like walking down the aisle on all fours with only a crystal encrusted leash on.

Of course, when I think of the sacrament and purity of marriage, it makes me want to hold on to a phallic symbol and show the world my goodies, too!

Then there are the "hobby" weddings...

I can honestly say that I know a few girls back in Texas that wish they had thought of this for bridal portraits.

Starting your new life in your fantasy "fairy and elves" wedding attire is the ultimate in LARPing. (Please don't ask me how I know that acronym, google it if you don't).

Then, there is just pure class:

I can honestly say this is creativity at it's finest. I would always walk by those mall vendors and think nothing of what they could do for my special day.

There are no words.

As my trolling cannot be tamed so easily, this site led me to two more sites that I wasted way too much time on, which I encourage you readers to do the same. At the very least, it will be a good laugh to start/end the day.