Sunday, December 28, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
2. Manage to misplace half a prime rib (we think the dog ate it... but so far no evidence has turned up)
3. Made a home video remake of the in laws home movies.. (awesome day)
4. Got the beast to start for the first time in 3 months..
5. Drove around with the beast (no insurance/ no drivers license.. Rebel right here!!)
6. Stalled the Beast in the driveway.. back to square one..
7. Had Dim Sum with mom and baby bro
8. Felt bad for Britney
9. Found a box of old Diaries stored at the in laws
10. Went through the box of Diaries.. (at least I thought the entries were funny)
11. Played vintage video games on the wii (not so vintage)
12. Sorted stuff in the office..
13. wished for a snow storm to hit the city..
14. Listening to the freezing rain hitting the window.. (it begins)
Pretty productive weekend if you ask me... now If only I could sleep another full day...
Hopefully we get a snow day tomorrow...
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Let me take you back to an hour ago.
I was watching Ellen this morning (I love Ellen btw, anyways that's another story). And as it ended, I saw a preview for the up coming Rachel Ray show, and I was a little curious. They named the show, The brides of Harris County. I figured.. why not..
The show started off with several clips of "brides to be" detailing what their childhood fantasies of their dream weddings would look like. Non of these stories included a hurricane ripping through the county a mere week before some of them were to wed the men of their dreams.
Shortly after Hurricane Ike destroyed parts of Texas, 33 Brides received some devastating news. Their wedding venues were forced into bankruptcy. Which meant losing all the money they had put towards the wedding of their dreams ahead of time. Some lost up to $20 000.
(I don't know about you, but I would be in shreds if this happened to us)
The show chronicles Rachel Ray and her team and how they were able to throw the biggest mass wedding in the county's history. Many vendors saved the day by providing everything from wedding gowns, tuxes, catered food, professional photography, jewellery, flowers, decor... to top it off with an absolutely amazing set up on the baseball diamond at the Minute Maid Park in Houston Texas.
I usually hate watching shows like this... I always get really teary eyed and sometimes sobby... But what a story... You should watch it.. : )
Monday, November 17, 2008
We'll call this post... Martha Monday.
I have been avoiding this for weeks now, but I will finally break down and write my first (and much overdue) Martha Fridays post.. on a Monday.
Let me introduce you to Rebecca Thuss.
Rebecca is famously known for her whimsical photo-styling spreads in Martha Stewart Weddings. She has worked with the magazine for over 10 years in many of it's creative aspects. As the Styling Director, she has helped shape the magazine into what it is today. Rebecca has won several prestigious awards for her work such as ASME (American Society of Magazine Editors) and six of the Society of Publication Designers merit awards.
Rebecca brings the full artistic package to the table. Her work speaks for itself.
Currently she and her Husband, Patrick Farrell, are partners in an artistic design firm (specializing in photography and graphic design) named ThussFarrell.
Now that you've met Rebecca Thuss, let me introduce you to this sweet little idea.
Loose tea tin favors..
I am a huge tea drinker and have been for many, many, many, many,many years. When I first saw this photo, It didn't surprise me that I would love this idea. You can do so much with this! After picking the teas to fill these cute tins with, you can go crazy and create personalized labels to match with your event theme! The sky is the limit with this. Bridal showers... baby showers.. rehersal dinner... even your reception!! Your guests will love these little tins and they'll also be able to re-use them at any time. (Think green)
*CLICK* Wouldn't this be great for hot chocolate or Cider (apple or mulberry) favors?? Wrap little cinnamon sticks or a packet of mashmellows to the tin...
Favors for the fall... now we're thinking!!
Friday, November 14, 2008
I haven't yet embraced the idea of the holidays coming at us so fast, but I have somewhat adjusted to it. It only really hits when I take a stroll through the Christmas Alley at the mall. We'll see how I feel after my stroll today...
Thursday, November 13, 2008
In comes, A Dream Come Shoe. Based out of Toronto Canada, A Dream Come Shoe takes dressing your feet to a whole new level. Each pair of shoes is uniquely embellished with Swarovski crystals to suit the wearers personality. Wither the design be loud and exciting or a special creation for a toned down affair, the owner works directly with you and makes sure you are 100% satisfied with the final product. Perfect for the stylish bride and her bridal party (and groomsmen if wanted), this personal touch will leave people talking about your shoes for many events to come.
Their Motto: "Make your wish, Our command"
You can never have enough shoes! Especially these beauties...
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I was browsing Etsy this afternoon, and I decided to look up local shops. One by one I checked them out and this particular image stuck out. By Invite Only Design is a stationary custom design business specializing in creative wedding invitations and more.
What a great idea!! I was trying to figure out a way to include our little guy in the wedding (when the time comes.. not yet) This is probably at the top of the doggy idea list. Table numbers with photos of our four legged furry friend.
Truly love this.
The boy and I took the day off together (actually he took off. I already had the day off) anyways, we decided today would be a good day to stock up on things at the grocery store. It's been about a month since we've done a HUGE load of groceries so the pantry was a little bare.
Being a Tuesday afternoon-ish, we knew it was going to be quiet at the store.
Just the way I like it to be.
We start going up and down the usual rows.. Cereals, drinks, produce, frozen foods. And then it hits. When we first walked into the store, I thought I heard a slight hum of John Lennon's 'So this is Christmas' coming from the ceiling. I ignored it. "There's no way they're already playing Christmas music" I thought to myself, so I didn't really say anything about it and went back to picking out Beef broths for the stew I was planning for dinner.
Right when we were headed to the bread section for my pumpernickel loaf... the worst possible thing happened. (It's really not that bad, but still..)
Silver Bells came on the radio...
I was in awe. Now I don't know about you... but I think it's wayyyyyyyyyy too early to start thinking about the holidays.
My point is 4 folds.
1. No one should start decorating the house for the holidays before December 1st.
Decorating in November makes no sense to me. Halloween just ended.. give it at least a month. Our neighbours still have their Halloween spider bags on their front lawns... what does that tell you!
2. Early Christmas sales.
Don't you know they make these sales to get you to buy things earlier? They'll suck you back in 2 days before Christmas too!! And the day after that!! Don't believe me? Try this. Buy your spouse a gift now. (today, this second) I'm willing to bet you $15.00 and a piece of lint (it's all I have in my wallet right now) that you'll discard the gift and buy something else on Christmas eve. I've been there. Every year I do the same thing.
(I skipped 3, I wasn't inspired)
4. Santa photo op at the mall.
I actually secretly love these. I just tell people I hate them.
In high school, I used to skip school with my friends to sit on the creepy old mans knee for a photo. But here's where my beef with the mall Santa comes in... why is he only there at weird times?? Why be there at 1pm but not at 4 pm?? I just don't get it.
I guess I'm in denial. I'll probably be singing a different tune next week though..
It's just not the same without snow on the ground...
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
but I'm glad I took 5 minutes of out it to check what the folks at amorology weddings had to offer.. I put together this little collage of my faves.. couldn't help myself!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Photography by Marie Labbancz via Brides Magazine
I am going to hit the ground running with this one. I am official sold on this idea. The dress, the shoes, the vintage appeal, beautiful cake.. oh My god.
We talk about ceremonies and venues and different things. We like things that have meaning, family oriented things. That is just us. We don't plan on marrying in a church, or having the big bash In a sought after venue everyone dreams of getting married in. (If you haven't read the past posts and are just getting into this blog you will be quick to discover we are looking for a no fuss casual affair)
Amanda and Daniel were married at the beautiful Bartan's Garden in Philadelphia, PA. She wore a beautiful white tea length, strapless, 2 piece gown. He wore a Paul Smith black suit to complete the casual look. The bridesmaids wore black dresses of their choice and the groomsmen wore black suits to complement the grooms attire. (I love this look. Classic, timeless.. casual yet chic)
The details of this wedding are absolutely wonderful. From the hand made invitations to the custom upholstered furniture everything was thought out extensively and executed with charm.
The guests were treated to a delicious spread of baby lamb chops and mushroom risoto catered by Philidelphia's Jeffery Miller Catering. The cake, decorated with details of small and large buttons, was a creation by Old City bakery. (whoever thought this up is a genius.. such a beautiful cake)
As a personal touch for the end of the evening, the couple gave out smoores and hot chocolate to departing guests (This is my kinda of affair)
P.S. who doesn't love smoores and hot chocolate??!!
It's no surprise to anyone that I have a facination with the south. I love everything about the south. The food, the decor, the hospitality... it probably won't surprise anyone when I say I love southern weddings. This past week, the once wed blog has been featuring weddings in the southern state... Here's a sneak peak.. check it out if you have a second... very worth it..
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
So I got a little bored at home tonight. When I get bored, I research random things on google. Google is a magical tool you know? So I typed this little phrase above in the google search field to see what would pop up. I was unsuccesful The first time because maids from hell apparently translated to cleaning ladies from hell.
*Are you done reading yet??*
"Out of my six girls, three have been the epitome of perfect bridesmaids. The girls want to know, on a daily basis, what it is I need them to do. They know I am planning a huge wedding on top of finishing two schools, working, and renovating a new apartment to make it move-in ready in two weeks. The other three ‘maids fall in and out of my graces daily"
I'm sorry. Did she honnestly expect ALL of her 6 girls would bow down to her? I get she asked them to be maids.. but there are better reasons to be mad at them. ( btw did you read the reasons why she picked them in the first place???) You're talking about 6 women who also have other things on the go.. Guaranteed not everyone is going to be on the same page.
And it goes on... dress shopping...
"Maid: Can we get strapless? I want strapless?
Me: No, I’d really prefer if you girls have a different neckline than mine. I’m wearing strapless. Maid: But I want strapless.
Me: (losing patience) I want you girls in a different neckline! So you look different than me!"
Ok, I get the bridesmaid she's talking about in this post is a little hard to work with, but honestly.. Would anyone really remember you wore a strapless dress and your maids wore the same neckline? Is it a faux pas to wear the same neckline as the bride? Someone help me on this..
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
How will you thank your maids?? I've been thinking about this for about a week now. When the time comes that i'm actually engaged, thinking about it ahead may have it's advantages.
The boy and I are planning on only having 1 attendant each. Here's the reasoning. It's not that we don't want a large wedding party, trust me!! It's actually a lose lose situation for us; 3 simple points:
1. We have wayyyyyyyyy too many good friends. To include some and not include others would be a terrible mistake and perhaps a never ending battle with friendships ending in the shitter. You laugh now, but you'd be surprised at how many of our friends would become bitter about the situation.
2. We don't want to hastle with difficult people. we already have our mothers to deal with... more than enough.. trust me! I would rather throw myself off the roof than to deal with 4 PMS-ing bridesmaids and 2 pissed off mothers..
3. Keeping it low key means, keeping it cheap.. which also means.. no hassle.
While we assesed the pros and cons, this was the better fit for us. Besides! what do we need a wedding party of 10 for?? At first, I did protest. But in all thruthfulness, it makes sooooo much sence! (I might have to do a posting about difficult wedding guests and stories about the maids from hell!!!)
Ok back to the main topic. Thank you gifts for the maids. It is customary to give gifts to your bridal party to thank them for putting up with your (pardon the language) S**t for the lenght of the planning. I have already picked out my maid of honnor. It's been the same for over 8 years. We have been the best of friends since grade 9 science class and plan on being best friends for years to come. I know her inside and out and we speak the same language all the time. *hold the laughs* she completes me.
I will not be following the customary engraved gift. My better half has received 2 engraved gifts as thank you gifts in the past and they are either being used as door stopers or collecting dust in the basement. Personalize it withought doing it the generic way.
Here's what I want to do. (shhhhht... can you keep a secret?)
Leather tote bag, pashmina, Lush beauty products, clutch, Spa gift certs, note book, locket and a thank you note. Ah yes... and apple juice ; )
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Last June, my better half surprised me with an impromptu birthday weekend trip to New Orleans, Louisiana.Not only was this trip my first ever trip to the Southern states, it was also my first ever plane ride! (What a city! If you've never been to the Big Easy, I highly recommend you book a getaway trip)
The first night we got to NOLA (Short for New Orleans, LA), we took a haunted walking tour through the French Quarter. Our tour guide Holly, a local, was very entertaining and knew a lot about the city your average joe wouldn't know. She told us stories about Muriel's restaurant with the lone table set aside for the ghosts (in order to stop them from stealing the restaurant guests bread), Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre actress.. She also recommended a few restaurants she thought we might enjoy.. (and we really did!!) While walking down one of the side streets, I noticed a very cute sign above a brick wall (cute things seem to stick out... I don't know why). The sign read Cafe Amélie. We took a quick peek inside, and we immediately decided to eat there the following night.
And we did. What a place.. cobblestones.. candle lighting, beautiful brick walls.. just beautiful. We ordered a bottle of wine (expected) and browsed the menu.. the smells coming from the kitchen were too good to not be tempted.
I'm gonna zip pass a few details to get to the crucial point of the story.
After we had finished dinner, we still had about half a bottle of wine to go. Coming from a household who tends to polish bottles before dinners end, we weren't going to let this one go to waste. To make things easier, my better half decided that if each of us took a sip after every toast we made, we would finish the bottle in no time. So one at a time, back and forth, we toasted to the city... toasted the cobblestones, toasted to Holly (for guiding us there in the first place), toasted the stars... toasted Brad Pitt (long story.. lol) and it went on and on... it was kind of slow going for a little bit. I almost didn't finish my last glass.. and then something happened.
To break the pattern, my better half says "I've save the best one for last..". I started to get antsy.. I think I got a little too excited for what I thought was going to happen.. I started smiling lots.. getting sweaty (don't get me wrong.. it was hot.. but I thought he was going to propose!!) He gets to his last sip, looks me in the eyes (by that time, I'm blushing so hard my head hurts)and says... "To Rufus". I don't think it registered, because all that was running through my head was.. "I'm going to be Mrs Bleep*.. OMG I'm going to be Mrs Bleep*." And then it hit me. He didn't propose.. He toasted to the damn dog!!! (* to keep anonymity!!)
I was a little surprised and confused.. how was that saving the best for last??So the night went on without incident. I really didn't bring it up because after all, he did plan this fabulous little getaway on his own and I couldn't have sulked the rest of the trip because of this little "oops" moment. We took a carriage ride through the French Quarter, went to Coyote Ugly for shots and hung out with the craw fish mascot at Bubba Gump & co. We even walked on the set of Carmen Electra's new Flick "Mardi Gras". Overall, a great drunken night.
The morning after. We get a frantic call from my mother in law. ( I call her that because I've been in the family for 4 years now) She was freaking out asking if he'd popped the question.. (see I wasn't the only one with that on the brain!!) So he hangs up the phone, turns to me and asks me where she had got this crazy idea in her head from.. so I told him I too thought it was going to happen.. I think he felt bad about the situation lol
And then I added "When the time comes that you are ready to propose, it better beat a candle lit dinner, in a cobblestone courtyard in New Orleans.. and it also better not happen over the jumbotron at a Senators hockey game".
I think he got the picture lol
Ohhh boys... How I love them ; )
Saturday, October 11, 2008
here is today's favorite.
I want this... Wanna buy it for me?
Friday, October 10, 2008
I've always dreamed about getting married in the fall. There is something about darker palettes that tickle my fancy. It's always good to see them after a long summer. It's very southing..
Venturing on The Pink Book Blog this morning, I saw this incredible idea board.. This is what I've always imagined.
A lot people say it's not very original to have pumpkins as a main theme at your wedding during the fall… but thinking about it makes me want it more…
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I can't stop myself from salivating....
wouldn't this be fun for a cute welcome to the party appy/dessert? How about served with coffee?
Either way, see for yourself... mmm yummy goodness..
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Let me catch you up to speed.
Reason 1.. not really a reason but here goes.
I have been sick for a couple months now, and I can't seem to shake this flu.
And now for the juicy parts..
The boy and I were watching TV last month when it went on the fritz. You turned it on, and all you could see was 1 line running halfway across the screen. Not cool considering we just pooled our pennies together to replace our previous car (see earlier posts). We were not looking forward to spending a ton of money on a brand new tv.
The better half decided to buy a second hand tube TV from some guy in the east end. BIG MISTAKE. Not only did the TV reek of cigs and was tainted yellow, ( non smokers here!!), but it was broke to start out with!! He asked the guy to show him if the TV worked, and hauled it in the car and off he went! The only feature he wanted in the TV, ended up being broken. He could not get his HD tv. (We discovered this after fitting the nook, and getting a couple guys to help moved the original TV out of it. btw, the original tv weighed about 300 pounds. Not an easy feat!!)
Soooooooooo my better half got this crazy idea to crack the back of the TV open to fix the HD input. I strongly advised him not to do it because if it broke, we would have wasted money. So what does he do? *all together now* He cracks it open!! What is most likely to happen when you open the back of a TV? *ready for this kids?* it breaks.
Like an idiot, I laughed. what else do you do after a half hour argument about NOT cracking the tube open??
So I had the upper hand and he cracked. We are now the proud owners of a BRAND NEW (emphasize the new) Toshiba 37" LCD television. I have vowed never to buy second hand electronics.. ever again.
This is where I can proudly use this phrase... I told you so!!! : P
Saturday, September 27, 2008
So basically, this is a "docusoap" that gives you an inside look at how things work at one of the worlds most renowned Bridal salons, Kleinfeld Bridal. This shop boasts itself as having the largest (most expensive) wedding dress selection in the world.
Being a self proclaimed wedding obsessed kinda gal, I really started getting into it. You see brides with different body shapes and sizes walk in and the consultants know exactly what to pick out for them based on their preference of price and style.
But here's my beef. (I'll keep it short I promise)
Why the world would you spend $27 000 (yes, twenty seven thousand) on a dress???!???!?!?!
Please someone take my hand and explain it to me.
I just don't get it..
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
These beautiful paper garlands made by royalbuffet on Etsy would be absolutely stunning for an outdoor wedding. Wouldn't you love to have hundreds of these steaming and flying about in the wind?
Another great thing about them is you can use them pretty much anywhere during the reception!
Try this.. Instead of hanging a vintage cloth as a backdrop for group photos, try making a back round wall by hanging these vertically. So pretty...
Weddings aside, I LOVE breakfasting.. Hell I just love to eat. If it weren't for my uberly tight budget, and lack of motivation to get up VERY early in the mornings, I would eat out EVERY morning..
Anyways to my point.. I have found my breakfast blogger soul mate. They take photos of different plates, running eggs, eggs beny drenched with Florentine sauce… make my mouth water every time… never fails… http://www.breakfastblogger.com/category/breakfasts/ottawahull/
Check it out! If you live in the area, I'm sure you'll find a cozy new favorite… I know I did!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
It's been a busy week!!!
So I was laying in bed last night.. Couldn't sleep for the life of me. I tossed and turned thinking of different projects the better half and I wanted to do for the familys holiday gifts.. And then I took a left turn (off track as always) and went into this obsession over masson jars (don't ask, it happens sometimes..) My mind kept racing about big ones… small ones… tall and wide… would you put wax candles or waxless candles… water or no water.. floral centerpieces.. Colors? I couldn't stop thinking about it!!
That's when it hit me.
Friday, September 19, 2008
I really wanted cupcakes for my wedding cake.. but what if you have a cake shapped as a cupcake?? You can buy specialty cupcake pans at http://www.taylorgifts.com/ for under $30.00.
Great idea for favors. Just personalize and wrap em' the way you want and send your guests packing with one when the reception winds down. Guaranteed they'll rememebr this delish treat!!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
If you're trying to save a couple bucks on your wedding, why not think about cutting the budjet in the dress department?
Ever think about going the vintage route?
Posh girl vintage offers one of a kind vintage garments. They are inexpensive and an absolute treat to look at.. the only thing would be to get the perfect fit!! Oh and catch em' fast.. these things fly off the racks at every release!!