Archive for March, 2010

May I Have This Dance… Forever?

March 31, 2010

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The Bold & The Beautiful

March 31, 2010

I’m having the hardest time making any real, concrete decisions about colors for my Nov. 13 wedding. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been to so many weddings with great ideas or because I love color and fashion so much and all of the wedding blogs are like an all-you-can-eat buffet of amazing color combinations… but mostly, I think it’s just that I’m acutely aware that once I pick something, it’s kind of final, since I’m only going to get married once (if money were no object and I could marry Will over & over again, perhaps I’d do it more than once…).

In my constant trolling of wedding blogs, one of my favorites is Style Me Pretty. They have a ton of gorgeous pictures from real weddings, and you can search by color. I found this gorgeous wedding from the Florida Keys – on the beach, but still pretty formal.

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Aren’t the flowers gorgeous? I love the super-bold colors – they were done by a North Carolina-based florist called The Bloom Room.

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I especially love the peonies and anemonies – hot pink with big black centers. So dramatic and pretty…

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Love them… Perhaps all of this gorgeousness will inspire me to actually decide on some colors.

M.I.A.

March 29, 2010

I’ve been a blogging slacker lately… but between booking a photographer (Alea Moore Photography), buying a wedding dress (amazing!), traveling to NYC for fun and having a fabulous engagement party (thank you Eryn, Steph, Britt & Elle – LOVE you all!), I’ve been pretty busy.

I promise to be back more often soon. I miss you. 🙂

Friends with Benefits (Enter to Win!)

March 19, 2010

Calling fellow product junkies! I found this neat sweepstakes from Benefit Cosmetics – they are the visionaries behind BeneTint (rosy lip & cheek stain, pictured below), One Hot Minute (described on their site as “sexy in seconds face powder”) and You Clean Up Nice facewash.  

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And, I love how all of their packaging is vintage-y. Most of the items look plucked from the 1950’s, complete with cute pin-up girl icons. Adorable!

Click here for your chance to win a $200 prize package in their “Spring Ahead” contest. Contest ends March 26, 2010.

Hey, it’s a classy way to have friends with benefits!

Gimme A…

March 19, 2010

While I love the idea of “do it yourself” projects, the thought of actually doing them for my own wedding is a little scary. Regardless of whether or not I use these pom poms, are they not adorable?

I haven’t tried to make one  yet, but they look pretty easy, and the best part? You can make them any color tissue paper comes in! Gotta love Martha Stewart.

How to Make the Pom-Poms
You’ll need tissue paper and 24-gauge white cloth-covered floral wire.

Hanging Pom-Poms

1. Stack eight 20-by-30-inch sheets of tissue. Make 1 1/2-inchwide accordion folds, creasing with each fold.

2. Fold an 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, and slip over center of folded tissue; twist. With scissors, trim ends of tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.

3. Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time.

4. Tie a length of monofilament to floral wire for hanging.

Worth A Thousand Words

March 17, 2010

As I’ve been trolling tons of wedding blogs (for once, I have an excuse to look incessantly at gorgeous weddings online), I’ve been seeing lots of photos in which the bride & groom employ cute signs – like the one below, “Happily ever after…”

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Above photo by Shannon Nicole Smith.

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Or, a getaway with banners like “Mr. & Mrs.,” “Best Wishes” and “True Love” like the one by Kristin Vining (a photographer from Charlotte, NC).

What about this adorable London wedding, shot by Polly Alexandre – they had the double-decker bus personalized “Wedding, Special” and the next stop? “Reception.” ADORABLE!

It must be a sign!

Best You

March 16, 2010

This whole “being the bride” thing has a tendency to make me a little neurotic about looking the best I’ve ever looked for my wedding day. Fortunately, I’ve got a little over eight months and, as it happens, I’m a total beauty / health / product / magazine  junkie, so I’ve compiled a few of my favorite tips. Enjoy!

1. Take probiotics – they help restore healthy bacteria to your digestive tract, helping to promote regularity and cut down on bloating. I like the Pearls brand, but it’s also great to eat yogurt and cottage cheese that have added acidophilious. Another great help: digestive enzymes.

2. Brush Up – I first heard about “dry brushing” as a cleansing technique. Basically, you get a natural bristle brush (like the kind you’d use to scrub your back) and briskly brush your body – bottoms of feet, legs, arms, etc… – toward your heart. You can focus on areas where you’d like to see some cellulite (not that you have any!) reduction – brushing in a circular motion on thighs and such. Brushing increases circulation, and your skin should be pink when you finish. It’s best to do this right before you shower and hop into a steamy one. Skin is the largest organ in our bodies and responsible for toxin elimination – brushing helps move things along.

3. Take Biotin – a friend told me this trick (thanks, JW!), and you can pick up a bottle from any drugstore. Biotin is a B vitamin that is purported to make your hair and nails grow stronger & faster. Bonus: it also helps you burn through carbohydrates faster. Score!

4. Satiny Smooth. Sleep on a satin pillowcase: I know it sounds a little antiquated, but I can actually tell a difference. As much as I love crisp cotton sheets on the bed, I always make a point to try to sleep on a satin pillowcase. It pulls at your hair & skin less (causing less creases / wrinkles in the skin and less pulling / split ends on your hair).

5. Oil Slick: Ever since I got the best ring EVER (perhaps I’m a little biased? Need to post engagement photos soon!), it’s made me much more conscious about my nails. To keep them looking passable, even without a fresh manicure, I keep my cuticles moisturized with cuticle oil. I keep some at my desk and apply it absent-mindedly while checking voicemail each morning.

6. Hydrate: we all hear how important it is to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day, that it’s good for digestion and general health. But I read something recently that was new information to me: if you’re dehydrated, it can leave your muscles looking less defined than they would if you were drinking enough H2O (no matter how much you’re working out). It makes sense – your muscles hold on to water when you’re not giving them enough, making them look puffy since the cells are holding onto those fluids. So, drink up!

7. Be Dirty – minimize how much your washing and heat styling your hair. Invest in some good dry shampoo (such as Lulu Organics, which comes in pleasant scents like Tuberose and Jasmine), which will extend your blow-out ‘do. You’ll see fewer split ends and spend less time styling – so many ways I’d rather spend my time (I’m a girly girl, but I kind of hate actually getting ready)!

I know there are tons more – feel free to add your favorites in the comments section. Here’s to a beautiful 2010!

Louboutin Fetish & Chance to Win

March 11, 2010

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a bit of an obsession with shoes – the higher the heel, the better. I also have a habit of describing things that are fetching or fashionable as “fun.” Fun shoes, fun trips, fun fashion, fun dinners out… fun = fantastic. I’m not sure what the next step is (fun to the n-th degree?), but Christian Louboutin’s divine shoewear creations would definitely fall into that category.

The popular fashion site Net-A-Porter notes that Louboutin’s design ethos is “to create shoes that are like jewels.” The French designer, who launched his first collection to the public in 1991, certainly succeeds, with each design having something that makes it special and intrinsically alluring. From hard-edged cage heels to ethereal silk bows adorning leather peep-toe pumps, each shoe is artfully crafted. The designer’s signature glossy red sole on each soaring heel is like a lipstick kiss – a delightful and unexpected added touch.

As seems to be a theme in my life, Louboutins aren’t particularly budget friendly – consigned to the same elite category as Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks. But, aren’t they gorgeous?

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Right now, the fashion blog site Splendora is having an online sweepstakes, giving away FIVE of Louboutin’s divine creations – all selected for the lucky winner by Splendora’s editor Gina Pell. Sign up here before May 1.

The sign up page says, “Better love  heels, because there are typically no flats.” Yes, please… sign me up!

Bathed in Light

March 11, 2010

Another inspiration room – this one featured in the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine 2009 Christmas House (available for tour and decorated by prominent local designers to benefit a children’s charity each year). I love this bathroom, with it’s gorgeous stand-alone tub – which reminds me of the bright red claw-footed tub I had in my house growing up – and the neutral colors, black & white photos and gianormous chandelier. I think I even spy a fainting couch on the right side of the photo – love that!

If this were my master bath, I’d be in trouble. I have a feeling I’d never want to leave…