Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Four Days Until My Shower

My shower is this Sunday...remember how I was so worried about no one RSVPing?! Now we have so many guests my Mom just had to order a bigger cake!

I can't wait for my all white, vintage style shower. My Mom is throwing it with my Aunt and Cousin and they are adorable so I know it will be amazing!

I will definitely share pictures next week!

For now I am just going to swoon over this prettiness posted by Jena D Events.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Adventures in Cake Land

The "Cake Guy" was our first appointment in San Diego. We drove all day so we were pretty wrecked by the time we arrived. Just stepping out of the car in La Jolla made me completely forget the long journey by car and I was instantly transformed into a happy tourist. There were cute boys with surf boards and pretty surfer girls in I miss living in a tourist town.

The Cake Guy (self proclaimed) welcomed us with a pretty white pastry box filled with cakes and pastries from their retail shop. He knew we had come a long way so he wanted to stock our hotel room for us! So cute!

The actual tasting was a blur. Neither my FI or I really are cake lovers so this was the easiest appointment yet! We pretty much decided on what we didn't like first...which was pretty easy. We ended up picking "Bridal Chiffon" which is cake with a layer of lemon cream and a layer of raspberry. So pretty!

Our other two layers we decided on without even tasting them. The Cake Guy told us his wife's fav cake is their fudge filling and fresh bananas...we love both so we went with it.

The cake is three layers and all ivory with white decoration. We didn't pick one of their standard designs. The Cake Guy took a picture I had torn out of a magazine and transformed it into exactly what we wanted! An eclectic ivory and white vintage style cake. The Cake Guy kept my magazine page so I have nothing to share with you lovlies...only two months to go!

Thank you to Flour Power in San Diego for an awesome cake experience! The Cake Guy entertained us for almost an hour with hilarious celeb sightings, wedding stories and all his adventures. It isn't often you meet such amazing and thoughtful people like him.

Back to the Bachelorette...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Beach Bound

Tomorrow night we are going to bed early and then waking up Friday morning and driving to San Diego. The boxes are packed, labeled and ready to go. Next stop...our wedding planner's studio!

Friday afternoon we get to do our cake tasting meeting...can that even really be called a "meeting" with a straight face?! After the cake meeting we are off to pick up my FI's grandfather and take him out to dinner to our rehearsal dinner location...we have never been there so we'll see what happens.

Saturday morning is my hair and makeup trial...I am really excited. After the last one...I am ready to be pampered! Then Saturday evening is our engagement pictures! My FI is concerned about where we are going to change...hilarious...if only my only concern for the whole weekend was where I was going to change from a white shirt and shorts to a black shirt and jeans. I love boys.

These lovely beach pictures are from this fabulous blog.

Hottie Mom

My Mom was hilarious...when we first started looking at dresses for her for the wedding all she wanted was some matronly looking suit. The thing Mom is...totally hot! I wanted her to look great on my day.

We searched and hit up Nordies where we found her an amazing BCBG dress that is just perfect on her. It has the coverage she wanted and she still looks amazing and hot!

I saw this great sale on Ideeli today...Tadashi gowns for a fraction of the regular prices...most of the gowns are only around $100 and they are usually over $200 or more!

Have your mom take a look!

All moms should be hot on your day...if you need an invitation to Ideeli here it is! These dresses would be great for anyone...I just think they are super hot for all those amazing moms out there.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Another Reason to Keep the Boy Around

I just started packing up all the boxes that we are bringing down to our wedding planner.

I am pretty sure we are going to need to put one of us on the roof of the car! It is an eight hour drive so that would not be fun.

I can't believe how many things I have been planning, ordering and collecting for our wedding ceremony and reception! Two more days to get organized...these boxes are heavy.

7 Bamboo Lanterns
6 Wrought Iron Mexican Style Lanterns
2 Wrought Iron Candle Holders
144 Plain Clear Glass Votive Holders
72 Hobnail Clear Glass Votive Holders
2 Engagement Picture Dresses
3 Pairs of Shoes
2 Sets of Jewelery
1 Suitcase Full of Clothes For the Trip

This is just my part of the baggage...let's just try to get the FI to pack light!

This lovely picture is from Apartment Therapy.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bridal Shower Excitement Returns

I was totally freaking out because only like three people had RSVPd for my bridal shower as of Friday...then my Mom called me tonight and said we had six RSVPs just today!

I am going to stop stressing and just enjoy things from now on...I don't know why I stress?!

I have an amazing fiance and great friends!

For now I am going to keep swooning over this lovely bridal shower! How cute is this?!

This inspiration board created by Brenda's Wedding Blog.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Engagement Picture Outfit Number 2

I have one outfit all picked out and ready to go only I was still looking for outfit number two...until last night!

The garage sale was a success...we left with almost $400 so I spent my half on a new outfit for our pictures.

Anthropologie sucked me in with this cute little dress and necklace and then I got some fun Spanish looking earrings at Forever 21 and some cute new gladiator strappy sandals at Go Jane.

Another thing...where has Go Jane been all these years? I might have a new favorite shoe store! I love that you can get adorable trendy shoes for under $20...with free shipping if you spend over $50. I spent around $65 and got three pairs of shoes and a sundress!

Outfit complete and San Diego we are now ready for you!

This is the outfit I am going to wear in the Old Town part of our engagement picture photo shoot...I like the Spanish vibe and it should be cute with the background.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Garage Sale Weekend

Tomorrow my Mom and I are having a pre-wedding garage sale to raise money for our fabulous (depending on how much we make) beach house in San Diego for the wedding.

My goal is $400. Let's see if we can do it! A recessionista has to do whatever it takes to have a fabulous relaxing wedding week!

A question for you lovlies...

Does anyone RSVP for showers anymore? My Mom only got four so far and one was a no. The shower is in two weeks. I am starting to get sad.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Shower Countdown

My bridal shower is in two and a half weeks!

My Mom, Aunt and Cousin are throwing it at my house. The theme is "Garden Party" and all the flowers are white. I can't wait to see how it all turns out!

I love this inspiration from Tastefully Entertaining.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cute Dress Time

I am still totally on the hunt for perfect little dresses for all the upcoming wedding events. Again Ideeli has roped me in...

Tomorrow they start a sale on Hype dresses which are really cute and totally affordable.

Someone block my internet tomorrow this could be dangerous!
Ideeli is invitation only so if you need an you go!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Balloons Anyone


I admit...I have been totally obsessed with engagement pictures lately...ours are in a week and a half and I am starting to freak out a little.

One trend which always intrigues me is these huge balloons in many of the engagement pictures I see. I saw a great post on The Wedding Chicks which I thought I would repost for those of you who are just as interested in balloons as I am.

For a 36″ balloon visit, they have a ton of colors and even oversize heart balloons…so cute.

PhotosLeggy Lady via Julie de Waroquier

Hands holding Balloon via

Couple with balloons both from

Girl with oversize balloon via

Bridezilla in Training

Just a quick vent because I have to get back to work...lunch is almost over...

-If one more person in my life lectures me on the frivolousness of my wedding and "how could I do an event for myself and expect anyone to attend in this economy" I seriously might kick them in the face.

-If one more person gives me a riciculous excuse for why they can't attend wedding events or the wedding I am going to write a book of stupid excuses that no one in their right mind would believe.

-If one more person tells me to calm down and not get flustered I don't know what I am going to do...

I really am starting to understand the making of a bridezilla. I don't get how we support and love so many people in our lives through good and not so good and when it is our turn to celebrate and be excited it is like people find pleasure in bringing us down.

Now don't jump all over me here and tell me that I am overreacting, being crazy, taking things out of context...what the bottom line is that some people really don't want others to be happy! That is what I am realizing...and it is a sad realization that hurts...I really think bridezillas are created out of normal girls who just get fed up with being hurt, pushed around and made to think they are self-centered brats...

Now I am going back to work and tonight I will be mailing out invitations to people who are bitter, upset and all around hating us for having a wedding 400 miles away...the happiest day of our lives!

Monday, July 13, 2009

France...It's Official

It's official. My Mom and I finalized our plans for our December flyaway to France this morning! I am so excited I don't even know what to say. My Mom and I have never travelled abroad together so what an adventure it will be!

We will spend 7 beautiful days in the French countryside just two months after our wedding. My FI will probably join us too...depending on work.

How darling is my Mom?! Read her email from today...

Okay. Once the trip gets closer, we should each make a list of things we want to see and do....on my list is visiting Giverny, Claude Monet's home and garden. I've always wanted to go there. Between your wedding and this trip, how much excitment can one person handle--me, I mean...!

I got so inspired by France today I had to post this lovely Paris inspired bridal shower idea.

Inspiration board created by Margaret from the One Lovely Day blog by Project Wedding.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Milk Glass Vases Found

Remember how the antique dealer told me it was "impossible" to find the milk glass vases I need? I found 5 today! Now only 12 more to go and I have 85 days...

I also got a really cute milk glass bowl for our candy bar. So much for paying shipping on Ebay!

Tomorrow my goal is to figure out how to run our invitation envelopes through our printer so I can get them in the mail next week. Exciting!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Fab Giveaway Time

I sorta didn't want to post this...fine I really didn't want to because I really want to win these gorgeous earrings!

Only then I realized...if I don't win then I at least want one of you lovelies to win. So here you go...Friday fun! Go to this blog to win...

I am waiting for my FI to get home from work so we can have a little dinner date...until then I will be swooning over these earrings and dreaming of this dress I want from Chickdowntown to pair them with for a romantic little rendevouz on our honeymoon in three months.

Let the Milk Glass Search Begin

If anyone is looking for me this weekend...I will be antique shopping!

On my shopping list? Milk glass! I still need 18 milk glass bud vases and some bowls and trays for our candy bar.

A local antique dealer told my coworker it would be "impossible" for me to find know I love a challenge!

I am turning into such a bargain shopper and it is so fun. I love finding little deals and antique is so exciting to have little pieces (or many pieces) of history just sitting there looking pretty.

Thank you to Apartment Therapy for these cute pictures.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

More Stamps for the Passport

Do I seem totally preoccupied by all things French this week?!

So my Mom's boss gave her a week in his timeshare anywhere in the world...we are deciding on where would be fun and neither of us are good decision vote...France!

Our trip would be two months after the wedding and we would be in a small village in Normandy. I can just see it now...strolling by the River Seine...fresh baked croissants and tea on our the local markets...oh and did I mention I can eat whatever I want because the wedding will be behind us...haha.

I love these cute French inspired wedding ideas from One Wed's wedding blog and posted by blogger It's a Jaime Thing.

See you in France!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New Collections Hit Paris

Elie Saab unveiled his new collection in Paris today and proved that fantasy brides are here to stay.

His collection featured gowns covered in all kinds of bling...sequins, beads and more.

Even French actress Melanie Laurent said she was checking out some gowns for possible red carpet appearances.

According to writer Jenny Barchfield, "Saab's collection was heavier on the frou-frou — bubbling over with wispy ostrich feathers, fluttering silk flowers and baubles..."

I am just happy to hear that the new economy hasn't crushed creativity for future recession brides. Seriously...I know we need to be cautious, not overspend and be reasonable with our weddings only we can have some fun too! We have waited just as long as everyone else to get married so let's have fun...sure save money and cut corners where you can only we all deserve to have the day we have dreamed about.

If one more person tells wasteful I am being, how rude we are being for having a destination wedding or how much our wedding is making them angry...I might just have to really show them the definition of bridezilla.

Pretty Etsy

My new Etsy fav store...South Paw Studios.

Isn't this a fun necklace?!

They have the prettiest unique bridal jewelery that is totally affordable.

This necklace is so unique and would be so pretty with a really modern wedding dress.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

BCBG Sale Tomorrow

Two of my latest obsessions...cute BCBG dresses and Ideeli are having a huge sale tomorrow!

Starting at 12:00 P.M. they are lauching a BCBG special invitation only know I will be online just ready to pounce on the deals haha.

If anyone is looking for me at lunch know where to find me and if you need an it is.

My Mom bought the cutest BCBG dress for her MOB is so cute and hot and I am excited for her to be a sexy Mom at our wedding!


Thank you to Mo from Pink Argyle for tagging me today! I am so loved. Here are the rules for this tag: Tag and link back to the person who tagged you. List six little things that make you happy. Tag six bloggers and let them know they're “it".

1. Riveria Maya, Mexico-We visited the first time last year and will be going back in three months for our honeymoon. White sand beaches, unlimted gourmet food and drinks, friendly people and room service...I can't wait!

2. Queen Anne's Lace-I really wanted to say peonies only my florist is trying aversion therapy on me to get me to start hating peonies since I can't have them for my October wedding. Now I am loving all the pretty white lacy flowers that you can actually get in California in October.

3. Tiffany Heart Key Necklace-A present from my FI for my birthday. I finally have the key to his heart haha.

4. Anthropologie-I am obsessed. Two cute new dresses are hanging in my closet. One for our engagement pictures and one for one of my showers.

5. Hamburgers-I pretty much gave up all meat this year only I just can't stop eating hamburgers. My accupuncturist says women need meat so this is a good way to be almost a vegetarian...I am going to go with that.

6. Fro Yo-We have one of those new fro yo places where you serve yourself and put on whatever toppings you want. We go at least twice a week and we are total addicts. At least it is fat free!

I tag...

1. A Delicios(a) Life

2. Bridechka and the Wedding

3. Wingin' It-Tales of a Girl's Attempts at Life

4. August15Bride

5. A Dating Girl Dreams

6. Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bridezilla

Monday, July 6, 2009

Fresh Sign In Book Idea

I love our wedding planner...she is pretty much just amazing. Her fun new idea for a sign in book? My fiance calls it the "yearbook style" and I call it totally fun.

The idea is to find a book of photography or a coffee table book that you love and have people pick a page they like and sign on the page in the margin. What I think is so cool about this idea is then we get a sign in book that we love and that will actually be displayed in our house...instead of just getting put in a drawer with our other "keepsakes." I like the idea of having something usable.

We decided we are going to shop for a fun book about San Diego since that is where we are getting married. We are headed down in three weeks so we will shop for a "souvenier" that doubles as our sign in book.

See the books displayed in this chic living the idea that our book will always be out. Thank you to D Magazine for this living room picture. You know I love the milk glass...further proof that all my milk glass can be displayed in a funky cool way.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

New Grill

We got a brand new grill today!

What's on the grill for dinner...petite steaks marinated in olive oil, soy sauce and honey, corn with cayenne pepper and mushrooms on skewers.

We just opened a bottle of Miranda Cabernet Sauvignon glass...that is totally on the diet.

Engagement Pictures Obsession Begins

Our engagement pictures are in three San Diego which makes it hard since we don't live there.

So far our ideas...

Belmont Park, Mission Beach
Sea World
Hotel del Coronado
Old Town
The Serra Museum

My FI likes Belmont Park, Mission Beach and Old Town.

Southern California girls...I need you guys! Thoughts?!

We want something fun and relaxed...and not the typical beachy lovey pictures that most people do.

Pomegranate Green Tea and Red Wine Granita

This whole Weight Watchers thing is tough...especially in summer. All I want is a huge milkshake, bowl of ice cream with hot fudge sauce and frozen yogurt.

Instead...check out this fun recipe. A frozen treat without all the fat...I definitely am going to be trying this one this week for sure.

I have no idea how many points this would be...only it must be an improvement over the chocolate sundae right?!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy 4th of July

This amazing wedding was featured on the A Mountain Bride blog...which I have to say might be my new favorite for today. This blog features amazingly beautiful wedding ideas for outdoor brides. You seriously have to click on this blog link just to see the other pictures from this wedding!

The photographer is Julie Harris.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Fab Necklace

Did anyone else catch this amazing wedding featured on Style Me Pretty a while back?

I was so obsessed with this necklace and totally thought I was the only turns out I wasn't! Three days later they did a do it yourself feature on how to make the necklace and even gave readers the chance to connect with the bride who is making the necklaces now for girls who want them.

So I guess I am a total stalker...I am ordering one for my rehearsal outfit...a cute white dress from J Crew.

She is making the necklace custom so I am adding some blue beads in where her brown ones are to bring in the whole beach vibe of our wedding.

Grand total...only $75 with shipping!

The best part is I get an amazing custom necklace from this super cute amazing bride. Loves it!

Honeymoon Shades

I might be obsessed with Ideeli. Seriously. I have an issue. The deals are just irressistable. I totally do this...I get obsessed with a new store for a least everything is so cheap how can I resist?!

I had to get these ador Valentino sunglasses. Um they were only $62 and are regularly $310 which is crazy cheap!

Now I am so ready for the beach! Normally I am not really into extra bling...only I will make an exception with these perfect beach shades.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Spanish Dreams

Spain is one of those places I know I would love. I have never been there only I always find myself totally inspired by the Spanish food, architecture, fashion and wine.

I love the simple elegance of these dresses and the headpieces...although probably unrealistic are so dreamy and lacy wonderful.
The dresses are designed by Madrid based Belen Barbara of Beba's Closet.

Even more amazing...her dresses use reclaimed materials!

I am going to go get a glass of Rioja and pretend I am in Spain for the night.

Thank you to She Breathes Fashion and Culture for the inspiration.

Pretty Hot

I just had my lingere shower two weeks ago so I still have pretty bridal lingere on my mind. At least my friends are such amazing shoppers! I got the most amazing lingere and now I am all set for the less thing to think about haha. Still I am so obsessed with pretty bridal garments so you know I was into these tempting pieces.

How classy and gorgeous are these amazing garters!

Florrie Mitton is the designer and she is available on Etsy!

The super cute panties are from Ell & Cee and are based in London.

Thank you to the WeddingChicks for this great post today.

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