Thursday, July 31, 2008
Anway-now it's time for guilt free wedding planning, a vacation and catching up on my neglected google reader!
Thanks for everyone's support!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
But I'm scheduling this to post at 9am on Tuesday. Right now I am sitting before the bar exam, reading the first essay question. I probably have a huge knot in my stomach. I am probably holding my breath, probably clenching my jaw. I hope these thoughts transcend, and bring me the peace and focus I need to pass the hardest bar examination in the country:
You know you are capable of passing this test. You have spent 20 years dreaming of the day when you become an attorney. Don't allow stress, anxiety and outside influences (like the guy next to you who probably smells and is chomping on gum and shaking his leg) to come between you and the biggest dream you've ever had. Allow your mind to open, see the question and the facts. Let it speak to you. You can answer any question they ask you. You can do this. Breath. Think. The bar exam is not about excellence, it's about competence. And you are more than competent. Do this, do it so you never have to do it again!
Any positive thoughts, prayers, messages are welcome! The bar exam is three days long, 6 hours each day. I'll be staying downtown at a very nice hotel so that I don't have to fight traffic or put anyone on the road at risk since I am rather preoccupied.
It's been a long, difficult journey. It's time for all of the work to pay off.
Monday, July 14, 2008
On that note...the bar studying is getting intense. I'll see you all on August 1st when it's ALL over and the real planning can begin! I can't wait.
Thanks again SW!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I want simple florals in multiple vases/containers and candles+candles+candles
Table from my sorority sister's wedding. By Amanda Bevington modern photography
The following photos all depict the no-fuss florals I envision for our tables. While I'm less clear on the colors or the types of flowers, the volume and visual affect are clear in my head.
I've been thinking of using a burlap on the table. I love the color and the texture it gives. Photo via The Bride's Cafe. Photo by BB Photography
Love the use of single flowers. Photo: Ritzy Bee
Gorgeous simplicity making a more modern statement. Photo via: The Bride's Cafe. Photographer: Mary Basnight
Beautiful blend of candles and single step florals. Photo By Anna Kuperberg
Monday, July 7, 2008
Randomly, my DF bakes the best cakes I have ever tasted in my entire life. Better than any baker, better than grandma (I almost feel bad typing that, but it's true). His secret? The George Foreman Roaster. It's large, we use it for nothing else, but it bakes one mean cake. I'm not sure when DF first tried to make a cake in it, but it was long before me because I was introduced to the deliciousness of the Foreman roaster cakes immediately upon move-in. Because it's so bulky we keep it in one of the hard to reach storage cabinets, but it made an apperance today for #25. If you happen to have access to a George Foreman Roaster, I urge you to bake a cake in it immeditately (it comes with a cake tray) you will not be dissapointed. And you can thank me later.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Now that I've been through all of the DVDs, the 4-mile is my favorite. I usually only do 2 miles at a time since it's hard to find a full hour, but the pace is great and it goes by super fast. These DVDs are not for you crazy fitness pros, but for someone like me who is not so much into running, these DVDs have been just right.
Colin Cowie. Photo by Laura Novak
I heart this apron. I can't remember where I found it.
I'm very picky about candy bars. Sometimes they just miss the mark. This one definitely does not! Check out the M&Ms. Fab. From Blue Eyed Bride
I can't wait to have some great shots like this with my girls. I miss them so much! I also really love the single flower. Is that one big peony? Anyone know? I love it! Photo from kelly moore photography
Another fabulous find from Brides UK. It's not something I would wear, but I just love it nonetheless. Very 50s, very chic with the gloves.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
In honor of this random plug, I thought I should post about my updated dress ideas.
The above board represents my 2-piece, sleeved favorites. They are lacy, the boleros can be removed and I'm loving them! The inconsistency lies with the bottom. I don't have a favorite style when it comes to the bottom. I'm more concerned with framing my chest/face nicely. The bottom will be determined once I try on. The only prerequisite is that I can seriously dance in it. DF and I can get down...
Manuel Mota Gown via BridesUK
Oh my, the above image seriously blew my mind. I found it while browsing the UK Brides (which made me miss it over there so bad! I love the Brits!). Wouldn't it look awesome with a long, sleek pony-tail? I fell for the lines, the sleeves and the neckline. Apparently they believe in sleeves across the pond! It was like a breath of fresh air. Nothing against the strapless gowned-brides, but goodness, a girl needs options! Below is the only strapless gown that I have found appealing. I never thought I'd go for a sweetheart neckline, but it really looks good on a busty bride (busty bride right here).Sweetheart strapless via Knottie Bio Lovely24
Bio found via Pearl's Events
Dress: Fantastic Finds (Justin Alexander 8282 in Natural)
The below image was also found while browsing gowns from the UK. This one looks like something that could currently be hanging in my closet. The wrap look, low cut...very me. I wish it had some lace, but boy does it look comfy.
These gowns give me hope that I will be able to find something that is both flattering and comfortable. So glad to see that sleeves are making a comeback.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Navy Maggy London from Nordstrom
Then, I saw photos of full length gowns in a beautiful shade of purple. I'm not sure what we are calling it. It has some gray to it, kind of a dusty lilac? Whatever it's called I love it. This Jenny Yoo was the closest I could find, although it's still a little too light and a little too lavender. Jenny Yoo Evelyn in Charmed Violet
While approximately zero out of five of my bms would look good in the DvF below, the color is gorgeous.
Diane von Furstenberg puff sleeve from Nordstrom
Then I saw this gorgeous bridal party. The dresses are much more of a plum, with a pink undertone but I absolutely love the way they look against the all black tuxes. I can completely picture our entire bridal party in this photo. Every single one of them would look great in these dresses/tuxes---and (wait for it) DF agreed!! I love the idea of all the gms in all black with black tie and DF with a white tie. I never thought I would like this but I definitely do.
Bridal Party from Perez Photoblog
So I browsed around to see what purples I could find in the mainstream bm market. Lo and behold good ol' David's Bridal just introduced their newest color: Lapis, aka purple. It is more of a jewel tone, but still very pretty and affordable. I feel like the purple idea has opened up so many possibilities.
Photo from: David's Bridal
I kind of had to chuckle, if DB was already up on the purple, it must really be popular right now. While I hate to follow trends, I can't help but love this new idea.