Sunday, November 30, 2008

In the last 48 hours...

1. Watched the windshield crack go from 10 cm to 30 cm.. (will show photos before the repair.. )

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...

Debating the outdoor weddings?

Read this...

Friday, November 28, 2008

Hello Dolly...

The Milan By Dolly Couture

My latest obsession. Dolly Couture.
Several months ago, I was browsing short wedding dresses on eBay (self proclaimed eBay junkie.. It's a problem..) and I came upon a few amazing dresses created by Dolly Thicke. I saved it in my favorites folder, and tucked it away for a rainy day. But, like my things tucked in the Favorites folder, I forgot to re-visit them.. until today.
I [Heart] Dolly.
Dolly Couture Offers a wide range of 1950's inspired tea length wedding gowns. You can have your gowns custom made to your liking whither it be more poof to your petticoat, intricate lace details to the gown or a fun flirty color to suit your personality. You ask for it, and she'll deliver. Her eBay store feedback speaks for itself.
Dolly's policy: NO unhappy Brides
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you will know I have a thing for the 1950's clothing era.. Like I've always said, I was born a few decades too late... This dress gave me little butterflies. Whenever I think of wedding dresses, I try to picture my better half's first reaction... this one hit it out of the ballpark.

Martha Fridays.. Silver Bells and Bouquets...

Photos from Martha

What a wonderful bouquet. Perfect for the winter wonderland wedding. Arranged beautifully in a small bouquet, the mix of Casablanca lilies and silver mesh leaves brings a touch of class to your overall look.
I really wasn't a fan of the white bouquet/white dress match up.. but this would work for me!
This combination would also go with any color scheme you decide for the maids..
Elegant and simple.

Monday, November 24, 2008

I need...

Shoes by Manolo Blahnik

These shoes... I did the math today. My wedding dress is going to be a wedding gift from my mother. She'd probably be really upset if she didn't get a chance to design it for me.. (back in her "hey day" she was a Bridal Couture Designer)

So the math was.. if the dress is a gift... can I splurge and get these beauties?
Pretty easy math.. right?

Here come the Holidays!!

Nathalie Moser photography:

Are you ready yet?
P.s. How amazing is this holiday card?? Nathalie's done it again!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Martha Fridays... Tip of the day!

Photos from Martha

So I'm browsing the Martha Stewart site and this photo caught my attention.. Pretty Easy DIY if you ask me!! Match and co-ordinate your event colors and have fun with these. You can stuff them with treats to hand out at the end of the night.. or Kids loot cones!! Make the cones from coloring paper and fill them with wax crayons. That would be fun too for the little ones.. just a thought..

A minute maid in time...

I don't usually watch Rachel Ray.. her raspy voice and crazy over the top personality drive me nuts. But I will chew my words.. riiiiiiight now. I have a lot of respect for this lady at the moment.

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

Martha Friday... sort of..

Photography via Rebecca Thuss

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

Mad about this..

Photos by Be Cheery via Flickr

41 days left..

I case you haven't already noticed, Christmas is around the corner.

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

Dreams like these...

From the hair and makeup right down to the color of their toes, every bride wants to look their absolute best on their wedding day.

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

vintage memories...

Photography by poppysmiles on flickr

Don't you just want to hang out with these lovely people? This shot radiates awesomeness...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Goodbye and Goodnight..

Photography by Serena Grace via Flickr

I'm all bloggered out for today...
Happy Tuesday peeps!


Photography by Serena Grace via Flickr

I don't have words for this shot... just amazing.

Include your pets..

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.

And it begins...

What a day.

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

Weddings à la plage

Images from Couture wedding studios

I wonder how many takes it took to get this shot just right...
We're going to a wedding in Cuba next May.. I hope we get to see this in action... so cool!!

My pick of the day...

Images from amorology weddings
It's been a busy day..
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


Wedding dresses posted on Country side weddings via Candy Anthony Designs

This. Is. The. One.