Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday's Five

1)  Fresh roses on my bedside table with some new sparkly bling.


2)  Packing for my Bachelorette party (!!!) with 8 of my closest and most fabulous and kind friends.


3)  Wrapping pretty presents for pretty people.


4)  Receiving our first wedding gifts from our registry and receiving copies of one of the engagement announcements.  Another announcement here.  So generous and thoughtful!  Christian was with me when I was unwrapping and he thought I had this reaction.


5)  Feminine ruffles on a new cocktail dress.


I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!



Thursday, August 30, 2012

Countdown

How I felt when I heard my girlfriends wanted to travel to celebrate my bachelorette party this weekend:


How I've felt knowing that the countdown to this weekend is ON:


How I know my friends and I will behave once we are reunited:


How my older sister, matron of honor and new mommy probably feels:


When Christian tried to tell me to wear a turtleneck and burlap sack when we went out:


When he says, "I hope y'all have fun this weekend:"





Hope everyone has some fun Labor Day plans!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

007 vs Casablanca


Confession:  I wasn't the "normal bride" who went to one store and found a dress.  I went to four bridal stores seven times before I found "the dress."  I didn't even decide for sure until last week -- a mere three months before our wedding.  At different times I thought three other dresses besides the final choice were "the dress."  I'm aware that I'm crazy.  I've been fortunate to have many opportunities to wear evening gowns and I'm not easily impressed and unfortunately I'm a serious dress snob.  My poor sister and mother have gotten numerous texts and emails -- "this is the dress, no wait...THIS is the dress...ok, seriously, final choice -- this is THE DRESS."

So it was SO MUCH FUN for a change to be in the other person's shoes when going tux shopping with Christian!  He will be spending the month of September doing an away rotation out of state, so we needed to go ahead and see what exactly he wanted and liked.

It came down to the classic 007 black tux or the ivory Casablanca dinner jacket, so charming.

I'm not going to lie -- it was so fun to see him dressed as my black tie Ken doll (his nickname from many...we all think Christian is a human Ken doll), and dressed like this, he's going to make my walk down the aisle much easier!


My mother (who is showing her age by sharing this commercial) said he reminded her of the Mystery date board game dream date - how hilarious is this old school commercial?



Christian liked both looks, but ultimately said he just felt like a waiter.  Bless him.



What do y'all think?  Classic 007 or charming Casablanca?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats


Officially obsessed with this recipe from Skinnytaste.  Low-carb, very few ingredients, delicious and only 153 calories per stuffed zucchini - this dish is just as yummy as leftovers as it is warm out of the oven.  I made this for several dinner guests and had clean plates all around -- I'll definitely be making it again!  

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pajama Fake Out

Top - Forever21, worn here and here
Pants - Forever21, no longer available but similar here and here
Sunnies - Karen Walker
Heels - Wild Rose
Clutch - Nina (old), similar here and here 
Jewelry - Esty coral necklace, BaubleBar monogram necklace, Swatch watch, assorted David Yurman, Cartier, Target bangle

I've seen these silky palazzo pants on blogs and in magazines and I've been dying for a pair.  To have pants that feel like pajamas and for it be socially acceptable to wear them out in public?  In the basket.  My mother is notorious for thinking that all of the clothing in her closet should be as comfortable as pajamas...I often tell her that her style motto is "pajama fake out."  I will always be willing to suffer for fashion, but in these pants I sho don't have to.

What do you think?  Am I crazy?  Do I look like I walked outside and forgot that I had on my pajams?

PS - Always a Blogsmaid mentioned our Jackson Engagement Party here - so sweet I was so appreciative that Cassie came!! 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Shades of Ivory

Trousers - 600 West, similar here and here
Lace Overlay Top - Forever21 (old), similar here and here 
Cami - NY&Co, similar here
Heels - Christian Siriano for Payless (old), similar here
Bag - Chanel
Sunnies - Ray Ban
Accessories - BaubleBar necklace, Swatch watch, Assorted David Yurman, bangle purchases at market in Italy, Hermes, Cartier

This summer I was on the hunt for a pair of polished white trousers and I couldn't find what I was looking for in my price point anywhere.

Lo and behold I was in Hudson's and found these brand new beauties that were originally over $200 for only $25.  They had what looked like a coffee or coke stain on the leg and after a quick trip to the cleaners they were like new again.

I'm wearing all my whites (and getting lots of "here comes the bride" comments at work) in anticipation of retiring my summer whites come Labor Day -- I think a head-to-toe white look can be so clean and chic...unless you're attending a wedding...other than your own.  Fashion faux pas!

PS - I am still in love with my monogram letter pillows designed by Comfy Heaven.  Honored she shared the photos on her blog and we are working together for a little something something that can be used in the wedding ceremony.  She's fabulous to work with!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

How To: Voluminous Ponytail


It's taken me a while to figure out how to master a ponytail with volume and I have finally found something that seems to work!!  With just a few easy steps, here's how you can get a perky pony too.

What you'll need:
-hair band
-a small plastic stretchy band (you can find these at Wal Mart or Sally's)
-a few bobby pins
-a hair clip
-teaser 


I usually use this ponytail strategy on the days where I haven't washed my hair and need an easy up-do.   Brush your hair out and get out any tangles.


Separate the top portion of your hair and secure with a clip.  Gather the bottom portion of your hair and secure with a ponytail holder.


Take the clip out and tease the crown of your hair.  Fluff it on up, y'all.  Gather all of the hair that's down and pull it back with the ponytail you've already secured.


Gather all of the hair together around the ponytail.  Take the small plastic hair band and secure all of the hair together.  Don't wrap more than twice or the little sucker will probably pop and I'm warning you now -- it hurts.


Feel free to tease some of the ponytail to fluff it up.


Grab a piece of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the hair band, securing with a bobby pin.


 Ta da!  Easy breezy --  a ponytail with a little more attitude, or as I like to say, kattitude.