Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sorry for the rambling. I know this isn't happy blogger content. It's just been on my mind since I left the funeral.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Here's to the future and to change.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
On to some exciting news...the wedding plans are coming along quite nicely. I bought my dress last weekend. I have to say I absolutely adore the dress. I only went to two places, but I tried on at least 40 dresses in a variety of styles. I finally settled on the sweetest dress from David's Bridal. It's super cute and super preppy. I wanted a dress I could be comfortable in during the ceremony and the reception. It's a very simple style and has no train. I didn't want to have to worry about it during the reception....I plan on dancing a lot. Best of all, if I don't want to store it, it's simple enough to cut it off for a cocktail dress. Am I the only one who thinks like this? I just don't see putting my dress in a box and never wearing it again. I don't want to sell it, but don't want to store it either. What do you girls think? What did you do? I may change my mind, but I think I'll probably go with this option. I would love to show you guys a picture, but I'm not sure who is reading and I don't want to ruin my big entrance. Ha Ha. You'll have to stay tuned until I have the pictures from our big day.
We also picked out the save-the-dates finally. So cute. They are white with partial black polka dots and a hint of green in the form of boundary lines. All-in-all, I have to say I feel good with the progression of the planning. Stay tuned for wedding linen and floral details.
I hope you all had a great weekend. Hope you have a fab start to your week. I'll be back soon.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
This would be a great use of a cereal box (who doesn't like cereal). The FI is a packaging sustainability engineer so I forwarded this on to him. Hey, if I'm creating all the ideas, he could at least help with the execution. These boxes would be great for welcome gifts. A welcome note could be affixed to the top of the box (if there is a stamp as there is here). The box could be stuffed with shredded paper and depending on the size of the box filled with local fare (wine, BBQ sauce, boiled peanuts, local beer, cheese straws). Just thought I would pass this idea along if any of you out there are looking for a different sustainable welcome vessel other than a reusable shopping bag.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I didn't get home from Michigan last night until 12:30 a.m. and then had a 8:00 a.m. meeting this morning. Seriously, who does this? If "you" are out there (and you know who you are) for the love of all that is sacred and holy, please DO NOT under any circumstance, schedule a meeting for 8:00 a.m. on a Monday morning.
I'm feeling a little better now that I've had a Latte (should have gotten that extra shot!). Did I mention I spilled a little on my shirt this morning.
Hope your week is off to a great start!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This picture is from our Jamaican vacation. We were obviously out to dinner. One of the best we had while on our vacation.
This was the view from our balcony. We never made it to the private island other than to have dinner. It seemed like a hassle to go to the island during the day.
These guys were allowed to roam around the grounds and in the buildings. There was a male with a full tail of feathers. I wanted a picture but never got one.
This was one of the magnificent views that we had on our horse back ride tour. It was fun, but this was the first time I had been on a horse. I have to say I'm not sure that this is my sport. I didn't really enjoy it.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
I've started thinking a lot about our wedding recently. I really want a elegant wedding, but want people to feel comfortable and enjoy themselves. My fiance is from Michigan and I would like for all of his friends and family to enjoy all that Greensboro, and the south for that matter, have to offer. I think I've said before that we would like to have our rehearsal dinner at our local baseball stadium. Our back up plan if there isn't a home game that night is to have the rehearsal dinner at a local brewery downtown. There is a third story private room that would be perfect for something laid back. This of course would be complete with beer tasting flights (is this fun or what).
Our ceremony will be held at a local park. I love this park and the fact that we will have to do the bare minimum to make this a stunning ceremony site is definitely a bonus.
Our reception is being held a the newest "boutique" hotel in the city. It is such a cool location. Our wedding colors are white and black with green as our accent color. For our cocktails, I plan to offer NC wines, locally brewed beer and Tom Collins with lime slices as our signature cocktails. For the menu, I would love to have the following:
Fried green tomatoes
Pimento cheese tartlets
Country ham tea biscuits
Main Menu (Stations)
NC BBQ pork tenderloin (east and west coast offerings of course)
Shrimp & Grits
Vegetables (I would love to have fancy collard greens or fried okra as an option)
Banana pudding cups
What do you guys think? Remember, all of this would be prepared with the utmost attention and it wouldn't be tres redneck. I think the fiance is OK with a southern twist, I just want to make sure I'm offering enough options for people. I would love to hear from you ladies. I trust your opinions.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I'll get off my soap box now. I just wanted all to be aware of this, as it seems to be a dirty little secret.
Monday, August 4, 2008
*Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
*Share 5 songs you are embarrassed to admit to others that you like and tell why.
*Tag 7 random people at the end of post.
1. Ice Ice Baby, by Vanilla Ice (as if y'all didn't know the artist). I know every word of this song...no kidding. I can't get enough of it. Every time it comes on I have to listen the the entire thing. I swear it's like a train wreck that you can't look away from.
2. Islands in the Stream, by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. I think I'm going to have to play this at my wedding. It's an inside thing between me and the FI. Every time we get into a fight and we're in the car, all I have to do is play this song and he smiles. I've got his number!
3. Feels So Right, by Alabama. Again, I love this song so much I think I'm going to have to play it our wedding. When the FI moved away last year and we had only been dating for five weeks, I made him a going away CD. And...you guessed it, this song was on the CD. Can you imagine the cheese head he must have thought I was. Oh, and this song also reminds me of childhood. My dad was a big fan.
4. Footloose, by Kenny Loggins. I used to have this tape when I was a kid and spilled coke on it one day. Unfortunately, Footloose does not sound good as a rap song. So a few months back I downloaded the entire CD. God did this bring back memories of childhood. Can you imagine living in a city where you couldn't dance (he he!).
5. Girls Just Want to Have Fun, by Cyndi Lauper (sp ?). This was the ultimate girl movie (well, other than Dirty Dancing, you know what I'm say'n) when I was growing up. I must have watched this 50 times at slumber parties.
I think everyone else has done this. If not, feel free to play along!
Anyway, on to fun stuff. I'm in love with these cute pillows. I don't think that I'm going to have a ring bearer, but I think these pillows might be cute as a gift for a little girls room or a dainty guest bedroom. There is something so sweet about these pillows. I saw them over at Style Me Pretty. I think I might have a craft project in my future if I can ever find the time.
Hope everyone had a great start to their week. I'm off to the gym. Oh, red & white preppy, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, July 25, 2008
The FI is coming in tonight, although his flight is delayed...making his arrival 3 hours later. Oh well, I suppose we'll just have a late dinner. Then on from dinner and out to have drinks with my friends. I think tonight I may have to make an exception to my, I don't like to stay out after midnight stance. Although, technically after midnight, it is no longer my birthday. What the heck, we'll make this my birthday weekend. Why only celebrate for a day, when you can have three. It's definitely great that my birthday is on a Friday. I'm not going to lie.
We are also going to Lake Norman on Saturday for the remainder of the weekend. My sister is coming up from Florida so that we can celebrate my parents 40th anniversary. That's a biggie in any one's book. I guess this weekend is truly about celebrations as it's also my sister's (the one from Florida) anniversary.
I'll provide an update on the happenings this weekend on Monday. By then I might have time to download the Jamaica pictures I promised to share last week. I might even have some from this weekend to share.
Until then. Have a great weekend all!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
- Waking up to a sunny day
- Backyard BBQ's
- Seasonal beers
- Cute shoes and dresses
- Being able to wear flip flops without your toes freezing
- Having a tan that doesn't come from a bottle
- Saturday afternoons with a magazine and iced coffee on my back deck
- Fresh flowers
- Patio dining
- My birthday - which is this Friday - celebrated with lots of friends, lots of vodka and soda, great dinner at my favorite restaurant and my fantastic fiance
Friday, July 18, 2008
I'll be back soon with pictures and maybe an update on my crazy life.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I work in PR and advertising, so I made a little trip to Des Moines to make a media pitch. I think it went well. I must admit that I love all things PR, but I'm not big on giving presentations to large groups. I used to be great at it, but now for some reason it really freaks me out. I need to get this under control as an adult career usually requires presentations in front of groups.
Back to the title of the post. My bad habit is picking out the best portions of cereal, party mix, trail mix, etc. I actually avoid buying certain cereals so I won't do this. I bought Raisin Bran yesterday and have already started picking out the sugar raisins. This is such a bad habit.
Monday, June 16, 2008
The rules go something like this: Post rules at the beginning of the post. Answer all the questions. Tag 6 people, go to their blog and leave a comment to inform them that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you have posted your answers.
What were you doing 10 years ago?
I had just finished my fourth year of college. I was on the five year plan since I changed majors from textile design to textile marketing. Summer was always the best time and I was living that summer up because it was my last one without a full-time job.
What are 5 things on your to do list for today?
- Write thank yous for our engagement party gifts.
- Send thank you gifts to our friends that threw our engagement party.
- Body pump class at the gym.
- Order this dress from J. Crew (in Navy).
- Read my book and get to bed at a decent time.
String cheese, Kashi granola bars, kettle corn popcorn, fruit, yogurt, anything chocolate...I'm a snacker.
What places have you lived?
I grew up in Hickory, NC. I lived briefly in Greenville, NC. I've lived in Greensboro, NC for 12 years (since I came here for college).
What 5 things would you do if you were a billionaire?
- Pay off student loans.
- Take care of my parents for life.
- Set up a scholarship fund.
- By myself a spectacular home on the NC coast. I love it here.
Tagged: Little Southern Sister, Tres Poshe Preppy, Polos & Pearls and Mrs. Preppy. I think everyone else has been tagged.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
The weekend update goes like this. FI was supposed to fly in Friday night for our engagement party on Saturday night. He got delayed repeatedly due to storms in the Chicago area and finally arrived at 11am Saturday morning. We missed our Friday night together, but at least he made it for our engagement party. How embarrassing would it have been to be sans FI at OUR party. The party was great! My friends really out did themselves. The dress was cute, but I felt like I looked like a table cloth. Also, if the angle was right, I looked as big as a table. I would post pictures, but I don't think they turned out exceptionally well (see the statement about looking like a table). I don't have a problem sharing pictures of us, I just can't find that many cute ones (where we both look good). Hopefully we'll get some good ones when we go to Jamaica. The good thing that came from the shots of me looking like a beached whale is that I need to start working out more often. After many years of being super skinny and watching what I eat very carefully, I've discovered I really like food....good food. I'm not willing to starve myself, so I guess I have no other choice by to work harder.
Anyway, back to the weekend. The Friday night we lost due to storms was made up for on Sunday night, again due to storms. We finally got to play the 80's edition Trivial Pursuit he got me for my birthday last year. Yes, I love trivia, but have never been able to beat the FI. Let's face it, if there were a trivia game dedicated to clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories and brand knowledge, I would beat the pants off of him. Oh well.
Hope you're having a good week.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
I found these pretty pieces on Cupcakes Take The Cake. These are so elegant and refined. I love the fondant hearts and ribbon treatment. I think they may be a bit too sophisticated for the laid back preppy wedding we are striving for.
I found these on the Martha Stewart Weddings site. These are a bit too bright for me, but I love how the fondant hearts have the couple's initials on them. I think there is a way to tie all these together to achieve the perfect preppy cupcake tower. Wish me luck!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Who knew mason jars could be so cute? Wouldn't these be cute with jelly beans in our wedding colors (green and white) tied with a black and white polka dot bow (black is the third wedding color). I'm not fond of licorice, so that is not something you would find in any of my candy choices. I would label this with a card that had our initials and the note that "love is sweet".
Friday, May 16, 2008
If I say pretty please, will you do it? I really need these to add to my collection.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I love this idea too. I think this would be cute to place on the gift table and on the favor table.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Speaking of planning a wedding, have you ever tried to plan a wedding when you're in NC and your FI is in Chicago, IL? Trust me when I say there is a lot of email correspondence.
So yes, I planning my wedding. I have to admit I thought I would hate planning, but I love it. Picking the flowers, creating the the save-the dates, the parties. Need I say more?
Well, I guess this was a successful first entry. It's kind of like writing in your high school journal. I wasn't very good at keeping that up, so hopefully I'll stick with this.