Archive for May, 2010

Flower Power

May 31, 2010

I found this great blog called Homespun Forte – the girl, Aimee, who writes the blog is a really talented photographer in Northern Cali.

She posted the following back in October when she was planning her wedding. I love this idea!

yellow-sunflower-bouquet

“Yesterday, I had coffee with my friend Corey, who told me about a brilliant idea! Her sister, who is getting married in the spring, asked each bridesmaid to be in her wedding by sending a bouquet of flowers. She used four florists & gave each one the same description. After each bridesmaid recieved the bouquet, she sent the bride a photo. The bride-to-be was then able to choose a florist that would deliver what she envisioned. I thought this was such a great idea, I just had to share! Have any other bride ideas? “

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Wanted: Cool Weddings

May 24, 2010

Dear readers,

If you have been to any really amazing weddings with neat, elegant, out of the box or DIY touches, please send them to me (ideally, with a link to the photographer’s blog and an email for the bride or wedding planner)! I’d love to re-post and blog about them. You can email me at jennbradley at gmail dot com.

Thank you!

~Jennifer

Have A Seat

May 24, 2010

Have I mentioned that we picked our photographers? I’m thrilled with our decision to have Alea Moore Photography do our photos for the wedding… and our engagement shoot (which we did Thursday).

One trend I’m seeing more and more is the use of really cool furniture as props in both e-shoots and wedding day pictures. I hope you’ll enjoy these stunning photographs as much as I have. Let’s just say, they really inspired me / us – I can’t wait to get our shots back in a couple weeks!

Nashville Tennessee DIY Wedding

Louisiana Lincoln Park Parish Wedding

wedding shoes and typewriter

couple in bed in field of yellow flowers

couple at the piano in love vintage

vintage 1940's wedding

Life’s Playlist

May 24, 2010

I’ve found a new fun website – called “Grooveshark.” It’s pretty cool – you just go online and you can make playlist widgets (such an odd word), searching different favorite songs and compiling them, even customizing the look of the little box.

You’re supposed to be able to graphically put them places (like a blog!), but in my technically-challenged state, I haven’t been able to figure out how to. So, instead, I’ll just link to the one I threw together this evening – a bunch of songs I love that I’ve been meaning to write down somewhere. Now, I don’t have to – J&TGP (jenandthegiantpeach) is sort of my online notepad for things I don’t want to forget.

Grooveshark Widgets – Music Playlists for Your MySpace & Blog.

L’Ove

May 21, 2010

I don’t want my blog to be a total product endorsement site, but sometimes when you fall in love with something that works really well, you are just obligated to share. I’ve discovered two such products – that both just happen to be from the L’Oreal brand.
 
I’ve said before that I’m trying desperately to have my hair long for the wedding (I’m even thinking about picking up some pre-natal vitamins, since everyone seems to say that they make your hair grow faster. Although, my friend Sherri also swears that they made her sprout hips too. Wonder if it’s worth the risk? Hmm…). The key to having long hair, successfully, is not only speeding its growth, but also making it strong once it’s long. After reading several glowing endorsements of L’Oreal’s “EverStrong Overnight Repair Treatment” I decided to try it for myself. According to the L’oreal site, it promises to “penetrate the hair fiber while you sleep to improve strength after just one use” and to “absorb quickly without leaving residue on your pillow.” At less than $7 at Target, I figured it was a gamble worth taking.


 
You use two pumps and run through your hair just before going to bed. As I’ve mentioned before, I try to only wash my hair every other day (or sometimes every third day if I can get away with it), so I was concerned that it would leave my hair greasy and needing a wash in the morning. Not so. I’ve been impressed when I wake up, my hair seems soft and silky, but not weighed down by the overnight treatment. I’ve noticed a slight difference in how my hair feels overall in just a week – I think that’s definitely worth blogging about!
 
 
The other product I found is also by L’Oreal – the Lash Boosting Serum. I’m sure we’ve all seen the commercials (both print & TV) for Latisse – the serum that is supposed to have dramatic lash growth results. I actually asked my dermatologist about the product several months ago and she pointed out that my lashes are already close to the “after” pictures of results Latisse (http://www.latisse.com/) promises. Plus, the side effects are kind of crazy (possibly): permanent darkening of the iris and the eyelid. No thank you… even with the promise of maybe not needing mascara any more.
 
I decided to try L’Oreal’s Lash Boosting Serum just to see. Now, after a couple weeks of using it sporadically – once a day, typically, or sometimes skipping a day, I can see a slight difference. The product is only about $12 and must be applied to clean, dry lashes (thus the reason why I use it sporadically – sometime I’m lazy and don’t full remove my eye makeup before bed. Gross, I know!). You apply it pretty much like mascara – with the wand moving from base to tip of lashes. Then, you apply on top of the lash line. The instructions recommend that you apply it twice a day, though I’ve found that if I use it in the morning it can make my mascara not go on quite as smoothly.


 The area I’ve noticed the most improvement is in the amount of fall-out I get when I remove my makeup. You know how sometimes if you’re a little too aggressive about scrubbing off eye makeup that you’ll get some lashes falling out (SCARY!)? I’ve noticed a big difference – virtually no fall out now. I’d definitely recommend this – it’s inexpensive, with no side effects that I’ve seen.

 
**One other product endorsement, then I’m done. Promise…at least for this post. I’ve seen a TON of editorial mentions (InStyle, Daily Candy, Self, and others) for Tarte’s Natural Lip Stain with “LipSurgence.” Basically, it looks like a giant crayon and promises to stain your lips and increase moisture by 6000%. I picked one up (in “Moody,” the berry shade) at Sephora over the weekend, and I have to say, I’m sold on this product. It goes on smoothly and really does last a long time – but, since it’s a stain and really moisturizes, it doesn’t make your lips feel cakey like so many of the “long wear” lipsticks can. My only wish is that it also came with an SPF. But, it’s great that it’s gluten-free, has no formaldehyde and has no oil, talc, MEA / DEA / TEA. And, Tarte doesn’t do any animal testing, so you can feel good about supporting a company with such stringent standards. The shades have fun names like “Amused,” “Charmed” and “Enchanted.” Definite A+ for these!
 
Stay beautiful!

Sweet Dreams

May 21, 2010

I haven’t really allowed myself to spend too much time thinking about what my home will look like – Will & I both have homes for sale, both of which need to be sold before we can begin looking for our house together. That being said, I found this terrific website – www.LaylaGrayce.com that had me salavating over all of their gorgeous homewares.

Look at this stunning hand-finished, tufted head & foot board!

At $3500, it’s not quite a steal… but it doesn’t seem unreasonable either. A girl can (and should!) dream.

The site also has cute things for babies (many monogrammed items), jewelry, and plenty of other homewares. Definitely a great source for gifts and decor. Enjoy, friends, and happy Friday!

~Jennifer

5 Adventurous Escapes!

May 19, 2010

Feeling stressed and needing a little escape from town, with a shot of adrenaline on the side? Check out the link below for “Five Adventurous Escapes from Atlanta” featured in Competitor Southeast (magazine)… written by yours truly!

5 Escapes

 

Walk on the Wild Side

May 19, 2010

I love it when brides aren’t afraid to do something different – who needs all identical bridesmaid’s outfits, anyway?

These photos were featured in Cosmopolitan Brides London edition, shot by London wedding photographer Chloe Brown of “Caught the Light.” Don’t you love their sequin-y jackets, fun shoes and wild tights?

London bride Ella's bridal party.

I didn’t have time for a full-fledged post (with it being the middle of the work day and all), but wanted to post something so that my sweet readers didn’t think I’m a delinquent blogger. Happy hump day!

Poetic License

May 13, 2010

Will & I went to our friends Becky & Billy’s wedding over the weekend (very fun, at Emory Conference Center). The marriage blended Irish Catholic and Jewish families, so most of the readings and themes were love & marriage-focussed, rather than spiritually. During the ceremony, one of the readings was the following poem. I liked it, and thought I’d share.

“Why Marriage?” by Mari Nichols-Haining

Because to the depths of me, I long to love one person,
With all my heart, my soul, my mind, my body…

Because I need a forever friend to trust with the intimacies of me,
Who won’t hold them against me,
Who loves me when I’m unlikable,
Who sees the small child in me, and
Who looks for the divine potential of me…

Because I need to cuddle in the warmth of the night
With someone who thanks God for me,
With someone I feel blessed to hold…

Because marriage means opportunity
To grow in love in friendship…

Because marriage is a discipline
To be added to a list of achievements…

Because marriages do not fail, people fail
When they enter into marriage
Expecting another to make them whole…

Because, knowing this,
I promise myself to take full responsibility
For my spiritual, mental and physical wholeness
I create me,
I take half of the responsibility for my marriage
Together we create our marriage…

Because with this understanding
The possibilities are limitless.

All Twisty

May 13, 2010
I’m loving all of the stylish braids that are so “in” this year, as seen on the heads of celebrites from Jennifer Aniston to Blake Lively. I found this neat step-by-step breakdown of how to do two fishtail braids… Now, if I could just learn how to do one on myself! Enjoy – it’s almost FRIDAY!!

From Gwyneth Paltrow's blog "GOOP" (http://www.goop.com/?lan=en)