Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Some Humpday Shoe Porn

The following are some of my top wedding shoe picks at this time.

This one I found on It retails for about 89.95 with free shipping. The name of it is Luichiny Gettin Hitched. Isn't that cute? I love the bow, but worry the straps would actually start to rub my feet after a while.

Overstock has these sandals for $67.29 with 2.95 shipping. They look so delicate and light! I can definitely see myself wearing them, although the color might actually be a little too pinkish.
I really like these Jessica Simpson peep toe sling backs I found at Nordstrom. They're the perfect shade of purple and seem to be a good height as well.
So far I'm having a hard time coming up with any others that I totally love. If you see any, let me know!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Snifftastic Soy

I wrote about how much I love Mrs. Meyer's eco friendly, super good smelling cleaning products. Along that same line of trying to detox our home and make our airways a little fresher, I also made a vow to stop using regular wax candles. You know that nasty ring of soot that gets on the jar of the candle? Well imagine that in your lungs, or your pet's, or even your child!
Soy candles are a healthier way to get your place smelling really good without all of the soot and added chemicals floating around in the air. You can pretty much get them anywhere, including Walmart, Target, and sometimes places like TJ Maxx and Ross. Method has a few really adorable candles in a range of scents. My love Mrs. Meyer also has a couple. But probably my favorite scent right now is made by Febreeze.

Their Cranberry Pear candle is actually a "soy blend". So it's not really the "ideal" candle, but I AM in a transition mode after all. This particular candle burns pretty clean, has a sweet jar that is worth saving to keep cotton balls, change, or anything else in after you're done, and actually burned for longer than the 40 hours stated on the package. At ten dollars it is a steal! Especially if you google for any coupons before you buy.

Can I Get Your Autograph?

One of the things I really want to DIY is my guestbook. I just haven't fully decided what format it will take.

One option I love is a jar of "Well wishes" cards as seen at Martha Stewart's wedding site. I like the idea of having guests jot down their notes for us and throwing them into a jar similar to this one
(I can't remember where this picture is from so please let me know if it's yours so I can give you credit!)

or even a cool white ceramic planter that we could paint our initals on.

Another thing I've thought about a lot is a nice big framed poster mat that folks could sign and even draw pictures if they wanted to. Like this one from Target.While the 59.99 dollar price point is definitely a little much for this, I think it's cute and has some definite DIY possibilities!

One of my all time favorite blogs showcased their awesome backyard wedding celebration. They had a kick ass photo booth at the reception for their friends and family to use and had tons of adorable photo strips to show off. A photo booth is a little out of my budget, but I was thinking about getting a classic polaroid camera and asking folks to write a note on their photo for us to keep.

I love love LOVE this idea. It's also from Martha Stewart Weddings. Reminiscent of card catalogs and the sweet smell of literature, this one conjures up memories of my first love....the library.

I really love all these ideas. It sucks I can't use all of them! I haven't quite figured out which one will work best for us yet so stay tuned to see what we pick!

I Heart Mrs. Meyers!

I do! I really do!

I started using her Lemon Verbena All Purpose Cleaner a few months ago. I generally dilute it a little and use it to clean my countertops, floors, garbage can, bathroom sink, walls, etc.
I got mine at Target and spent about eight dollars on a 32 ounce bottle. I spent another two dollars on a squirt bottle to put a diluted solution of it in for convenient clean ups. In the past maybe five months or so, I haven't even used half of the 32 ounce bottle. When you consider I would have probably used a thing or two or Lysol all purpose cleaner by now, I would say not only is it an eco win, it's also a cost win!

I love the lemon verbena scent so much, I bought the hand soap

And the dish soap. Which gets dishes surprisingly CLEANER than the other chemical ridden type ever did.

I also recently scored these Mrs. Meyer's dryer sheets in Baby Blossom from TJ Maxx for three dollars! They make my clothes so soft and fluffy that I don't know how I wore clothes without them. And the scent is so spectacular I find myself doing more laundry.

If you haven't tried these products (or any other eco friendly ones) you MUST! I've noticed a significant change in the air in my home as well as just our general well being. Headaches are at an all time low. And I feel great taking a deep breath and knowing there are less shady chemicals to breathe in.

You can buy Mrs. Meyer's products at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, and other fine retailers near you!

My Dress

I think a lot of people think they need to spend a ton of money to get a beautiful wedding dress. Our expectations are that we should feel some kind of elation, maybe cry, when we find "the" dress. I disagree. I believe you can wear a beautiful gown, spend a smallish amount on it, and be happy about the purchase. I don't believe in "Say Yes to the Dress" type freak outs when you try on "THE" one.

I had been dress shopping for a while. Originally we were supposed to be married LAST September. But things happened (namely a car accident that depleted my savings) and we meant to get married this year. Unfortunately, (or fortunately??) our wedding venue was booked for this year. Again we had to push back our date! We were pretty much set on the venue so it wasn't like it was a difficult decision to push it back a few more months. Af first I thought it might be cute to wait until September again and do it on 9/10/11, but that was a little too long for us. After all, our engagement has already doubled the length it was supposed to be.

Anyway, the first time I went dress shopping, I went to good ole David's Bridal. They were advertising their famous 99 dollar dress sale. Honestly? A load of false advertising. When you get there, they may have one or two dresses for that price point (if any) in your size for you to try. The rest of the dresses (that I tried at least) ran about 50 dollars off. Which wasn't too bad, but for all of the hype I would have expected something a little better.

This one really was pretty. But it only had the tiniest sweep train and I kind of felt like it was not well proportioned for a petite chick like myself.
I loved LOVED loved the back of this one. I love a dramatic back. I can't help it.

This one was a real contender. The chiffon material was light and romantic. This picture really does not do this dress justice. Only issue was I wouldn't be able to try on a 2 petite unless I bought it and ordered it

I wasn't really able to make a committment to any of these dresses, so I went home to think it over a little bit. None of them really even popped back into my mind over the weekend so I knew I hadn't found anything yet.

Fast forward a couple weeks later and I'm making an appointment at Blush Bridal Consignment Boutique in Port Warwick. My mom and I get there and immediately we love it. It’s a totally serene atmosphere. Nothing like the hectic bridal extravaganza that is David’s. Holly sells new and gently used accessories, bridesmaid dresses, and of course, wedding gowns.

The experience there was just…awesome. My mom and I picked out a few dresses for me to try on…Designer dresses. Like Mori Lee, Maggie Soterro, etc. There is nothing cheap and polyestery about the dresses I tried on at Blush. Not at all.

The first one I tried on was a discontinued Maggie Sotterro.

It looks something like this.

Immediately I loved the texture of the smooth satin and the delicate beading. I’m not a fan of beads and foo foo type girly stuff but I did like the subtlety of the clear beads and crystals that shimmered delicately in the light.

The most interesting thing about this particular dress was the fact that it was already the perfect length (Bride who consigned it must have been a fellow midget) and had a bustle! So I wouldn’t have to pay for any alterations.

At. All.

Can you imagine? I was pretty much sold when I figured that out. I am now the proud owner of a thousand dollar Maggie Sottero dress. And I only spent 500! Total!