Thursday, October 29, 2009
Lilly Pulitzer Resort. I am so obsessed! My favorite (if I had to pick just one) is the Worth Shift in Not So Crabby. Love all the green and the super cute pattern. I can't wait to purchase and wear this one. Now, if only it wasn't almost November in Virginia...
(pic from corrico.com)
Fun Etiquette Books. My current read? How to Live Like a Lady by Sarah Tomczak. I picked this up during a late night Barnes and Noble run with the fiance (He said he needed some medical book, but I think it was just an excuse to go there. He loves BN!) So far I've only read the introduction, but this little book looks like a lot of etiquette fun! More about this to come...
(pic from bn.com)
Anthropologie Lake Cake Stand. I love baking and decorating cakes (especially around the holidays) and they just look even more fun and festive on top of a great cake stand.
Anthropologie Octagon Cup and Saucer. I so love a beautiful cup and saucer! It just makes having a cup of tea so much more glamorous. This comes in several colors, but my faves are the green and blue. They have such a fun vintage feel...and you know I love some vintage inspiration!
(both pics from anthropologie.com)
Being Fashionably Late. Ok, so I must admit this is only on my mind because it seems to be the current story of my life. It seems like no matter what I do I'm a few minutes late wherever I go! I won't leave the house until I'm satisfied with my outfit and I can be very indecisive! Fiance hates being late so I know this drives him crazy. I'm trying to work on it, but so far haven't been very successful. Suggestions? Anyone else have this problem?
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Our wedding planner has been so amazing and there’s really not that much left to do. Right now I’m working on finishing our guestbook. I’m making a coffee table book with our engagement pictures and plenty of room for people to sign. I obviously haven’t been able to get very creative since it needs to be a kind of blank for signing, but this project has got me thinking about scrapbooking. Digital scrapbooking could be a lot of fun!
I’m also having a difficult time deciding on some of the songs. I can’t seem to get an inspiration for the cake cutting and tossing of the bouquet and garter. I’m so excited for our first dance. We are going to dance to my grandparent’s song, String of Pearls. I love it!
Here are a couple pictures from where we’re getting married:
I'm in love with the chandeliers in the ballroom! This picture doesn't really do them justice.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Warm, comfy cashmere from J. Crew
Love J. Crew half-zips on the fiance
Super cute Tahari pumps
As I was putting away laundry (and all my new purchases) on Sunday, I realized I just need more room for all my clothes. Clearly my wardrobe, dresser, two closets, and the multitude of other places I've found to store my clothes are just not enough. Then I've got to think about shoes...Anyone else with this problem?
Tomorrow I'm going back to the Lilly store to get my dress tailored and buy my cardigan. So excited to see Resort in person! I already love it.
Friday, October 23, 2009
I've found that Junior League is a great way to get involved in the community after sorority life. I'm a provisional member or the league here and I absolutely love it! Has anyone else had this experience?
Here are some pictures of KD fun in college.
"Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful, and highest."
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I'm going back on Tuesday to have the tailor take it in a little and remove the belt loops. I love the belted look, but since it's fall I want the option to wear a cardigan over it without looking bulky. The Paley Cardigan in deep cyan looks so great with the dress, but they didn't have my size! No worries though...it's being sent to the store so I can buy it on Tuesday when I meet the tailor.
Can't wait for Resort!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Another exciting find today! Earlier, while I was trying to find info on Lilly's 2010 resort collection, I came upon an article about a new Lilly Pulitzer collection at mac. Mac in Lillyland comes out in January 2010! I am so excited. I googled it to get more info and it seems like everyone knew about this but me. Apparently, I have been living under a rock!
I can't wait to purchase this one!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Ignore the Southwestern themed plates/silverware! I can’t wait to get different ones, but fiancé wants to wait and see if we get any from our registry before I go buy anything. I won’t even put placemats on the table because nothing I like would look good with those.
Saturday morning I woke up bright and early to attend a ropes course with my Junior League provisional class. I didn’t really know what to expect, and even though it was super cold and windy it was so much fun! I spent literally the rest of my Saturday hand addressing wedding invitations. I feel very strongly about the importance of hand addressing invitations, but after all that writing on Saturday I was beginning to wonder why. We aren’t even having a large wedding (about 130 guests), so I can’t imagine how long this would take if we were inviting more people!
I took a break from weekly cleaning on Sunday to read the November issue of REAL SIMPLE, one of my all time favorite magazines, and here are a few of my finds:
Matte Nail Polish. I’ve been so bored with all my polish colors lately so it’s definitely time for something new. I am obsessed with dark plum purple and I think it would be fun in a matte.
Classic riding boots. I have brown Arturo Chang riding boots that I love, but recently I’ve been looking everywhere, with no luck, for black riding boots. There are several pages with promising potentials! I especially love the pair of Miz Mooz boots that laces up the back. I am all about anything with Victorian inspiration and these definitely have it. I've never tried this brand though, so I'm not sure.
I was shocked by the list called “Things you thought could go in the dishwasher, but really shouldn’t.” Items included: cast iron, formal dishes, good knives, and crystal glasses. Who in their right mind ever thought it was okay to put any of these things in the dishwasher?!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Before one of my sorority events in college:
Fiance's white coat ceremony at the beginning of medical school:
Our engagment dinner:
At two of our friends' wedding this summer:
Yay! Engagement Pictures!
I finally found a much better suggestion! After putting the slipcover in place and tucking it in I placed rolled up magazines (secured with rubber bands) between the cushions and the back of the couch. The magazines hold the slipcover in place and I hardly have to make adjustments anymore. It’s such an easy fix and creates a use for all those old magazines I felt guilty about throwing out (but didn’t know where to recycle). It definitely works!
I’m going to look for more good organizing and decorating tips this weekend. My fiancé is a second year medical student in the middle of a week and a half of midterms so I will definitely have lots of free time!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
A Good Tailor. A good tailor is always on my favorites list. I spent my lunch hour today at my tailor and I just have to say that she is fabulous. She and her husband work together and they both do a wonderful job. Today I picked up a pair of jeans and dropped off about five more things! I had the jeans done with a California hem and you would never know they weren’t originally that length.
I’m petite and have a really difficult time finding clothes that fit me properly. Although J. Crew, LOFT, and Banana have pretty good petite stuff, I don’t like being limited to the petite section. I end up having to get just about everything I buy altered and I definitely think it’s the way to go.
Vintage-Inspired Jewelry. I love making jewelry and my recent obsession for fall has been finding vintage pieces for inspiration and creating around them. Etsy.com has some really great vintage jewelry finds and also some really great handmade jewelry. I found the necklace I’ll be wearing for my wedding on etsy. Here’s one of my favorite necklaces I’ve made this fall. I found the pin at a little vintage store in town and designed the bead pattern around it.
I also found this pretty purple ring!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
One of my most fabulous purchases so far has been my Frye Matilda Boots. Four inches of heel and they are still incredibly comfortable. Even better, endless.com has free overnight shipping. I bought them one evening at home and the next day our wonderful UPS man delivered them to me at work!
I’ve also gone crazy over the cords at J. Crew. My favs are the toothpick ankle. I love a good skinny pant and the length on these is great for someone petite. They are definitely a slim/skinny fit, but also don’t belong to the ever growing group of spandex tights masquerading as pants. (The ones that look painted on and show the entire shape of your leg from thigh, knee, to ankle – no thanks!)
I’m having trouble finding fun sweaters that have honest to goodness long sleeves. Besides the basics, it seems like everything I see has three-quarter length or even short sleeves. Any suggestions? I have a serious collection of cardigans and tons of cable knit crew necks, but I want something a little more interesting.
One last bit of fall fun for today - The Poe Cat is the star of my Halloween cards this year. Although, I think he was more excited about playing with paper scraps than being on the card. He loves making a mess!
Here he is playing with some packaging paper from an engagement gift.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Going Away Dress (It had to be kinda casual since my fiance and I going directly from our reception to the airport to catch our flight to Spain!)
Now what to wear to my bridal shower and bridesmaids luncheon? I bought a wonderful pink Trina Turk dress several months ago (it was just too pretty to pass up, even though I had nowhere to wear it), but I just don't know if it's passable for winter. I definitely wouldn’t wear it in Virginia, but it might be alright for Florida. Any suggestions?
I still need at least one more dress and fabulous shoes for all of them. A few of my friends and I are taking a Tysons trip (an outstanding mall in DC) later this month and I'm hoping to have good luck there!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
With over 9 months of wedding planning behind me (and less than 3 to go!) I have definitely been to my share of wedding blogs. Still, it wasn’t until a friend of mine told me about her blog that I realized I too could create one of those blogs I’ve been loving for so many months. So here it is…my daily adventures building a life in a new state, all the while trying to plan a wedding in another!