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Oh So Beautiful Paper Contest!

So I know that I was contest crazy a while back, and so I really haven’t gotten into one in a while.  Buuuuuuuuut this one is too good to pass up, and it gives me a reason to create another inspiration board.  I really have a blast looking at inspiration boards.  There is really nothing better.  They are FUN!  So be sure you check out this contest that is being held at Oh So Beautiful Paper which has you take a gander at the Delphine Press stationery line  and use one of their invitations in an inspiration board.  You could win 150 letterpressed Save The Date cards.  How fun!

I whipped one up and sent it in right away so that I couldn’t obsess about it for more than 20 minutes.  Here’s mine…


So what are you waiting for?  Head over to the contest, check out the details, and get cracking!  Contest ends on July 3rd!

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Deep blue’d, dressed, and denied.


OMG!  This palate featured on Southern Weddings stole my heart away.  The symphony of colors is perfect!  Yes, fuckettes, I said symphony of colors.  The warm olive and deep majolica blue are now my specific colors.  I had pretty much narrowed in on blue and green with a splash of yellow and pink in there somewhere, but there are probably 100 shades of the “apple green” that I wanted and even more shades of navy blue.  This.  Is. It.  

Update on a few things (as I have been MIA the last few weeks):  

I got a nice little rejection letter from the job that I had applied for.  A little moment of heartbreak, and I’m over it.  I’m a firm believer in that things happen for a reason, and this job was not for me.  

As far as the dress give away triathalon, I ended up picking the Kathlin Argiro “Zoe” dress:  

Zoey_raspberryfaille_500px_alternate2It was the pockets that captured my heart.  I ordered it in white silk dupioni (the same fabric that my wedding dress has), and this hot little number will serve as my after-party dress.  Ialsoordereditinasize10…WHAAAAAAAAA???  Yes, ladies, I’ve done the cliched unevitable.  I’m currently a size 14, and I’ve ordered the dress in a 10.  This maneuver gives me an incentive to keep my ass working out.  I may even use this dress for our engagement photos this fall.  Yum.  That is…If I can keep losing the weight.  I will keep you updated on Secret Mission LosetheAss.

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Eeeeeeek! I need your help! I can’t decide!


Okay, there’s something that you all need to know about me.  I am slow.  SLO-OW.  I just broke the word “slow” into two syllables to demonstrate my slo-owness. 

I take forever to make decisions, and I often change my mind much to the detriment of anyone who is present when I am trying to make a decision.  (Having a 26 month engagement has worked out perfectly for us because I can take my sweet time making every decision along the way.)

My girlfriends have long given up on going clothing shopping with me because I am the person who picks up a garment and carries it around for a couple of hours hemming and hawing over whether I really like it and can afford it.  In the end, after having made endure the endless ebb and flow of my opinion, I often put the garment back and walk out empty-handed.  This is a regular event. 

So now, I have a decision that I feel I need to make expeditiously:  the Kathlin Argiro rehearsal dinner dress.  I cannot make up my mind. 

Here is what I know:  My wedding gown and after party dress will both have a sweetheart neckline.  Because of this, I feel I need a different look for the rehearsal dinner dress.  I am also undecided if the Kathlin Argiro dress (KAd) will be used for my rehearsal dinner dress or my after party dress. 

Here are some dresses from KA that I like:

The Zoe dress:  Okay this dress had me at hello because it has POCKETS.  I have some kind of sick obsession with pockets.  This has a short hemline, but not too short…and it’s got a sexy v-neckline that will do justice to my cleavage.  I could order this in a white silk dupioni and use this as my after party dress.  Can you picture it with some cha-cha little heels? 


And here is the Blythe dress.  I love it!  So very Jackie-O!  I don’t have any dresses that look like this, and it is decidedly different than my wedding dress/after party dress look.  I love this blue lace and the little flower.  The lace also comes in purple (ick) and white and pink.  I could also get this done in a silk dupioni (although that’s what my wedding dress is in, so maybe not) or a seersucker.  I’m a sucker for seersucker. 


In white lace:


And in a seersucker:


I also love the Ballerina dress.  This is such a sweet little number.  Again, I’d probably order this in the seersucker, silk dupioni, or lace. 


Help me to decide!  Weddingbee has already contacted me to ask which dress/size/material etc. I’d like to order.

I think I need to make a decision by the end of the day probably….oh dear.

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I’m a weener.


So after all the ongoing drama with the Weddingbee/Kathlin Argiro bridesmaid dress contest, they posted the results yesterday.  We did indeed come in second place.  Apart from the whole accusation of cheating thing, the contest was really fun and brought my bridesmaids closer together…even though it was all bonding over emails and what not. 

Lizz C. won first place, so she gets the loot:  5 bridesmaid dresses of her choice from Kathlin Argiro’s designs.  That’s so fucking awesome.  I really hope that beyond having a beautiful board, that her BMs truely deserve free dresses.  If they are rich bitches, then I am going to steam for a while.  And then I’ll get over it. 

Before I’ve mentioned that I’m having my bridesmaids pick out their own green dress, and I do really like that idea, so we are back to that after having NOT gotten first place in the contest. 

Unbeknownst to me, second place board gets a free rehearsal dinner dress for the bride.  Well…that’s ME!  I guess I didn’t realize this as I was too focused on first place.  I felt kind of sheepish emailing my bridesmaids saying, “Well thanks for working so hard to get votes for our board.  You get nothing, and I get a dress.”  I felt really sheeeeeeeepish.  I did not realize that second place got something.  As a cynical person, had I been my bridesmaid, I would have not believed me.  Of course, my bridesmaids are lovely people, so they’re happy for me.  I think.

So now the question is…what dress to pick…and in what size.  This is the way I think about this…

I have been toying with the idea that I would like a mini-version of my wedding dress to put on at the end of the reception for the last dance and then the transition to the after party. 

Below is a picture of what my dress will look like.  This is the jcrew Lucinda dress that I cannot afford at $2500.  Isn’t she lovely?  Isn’t she won-der-ful.  (Thanks, Stevie Wonder…)  As I’ve discussed in prior posts, I am having this dress made by the wonderously talented Etsy vendor, Beyond the Reflection, aka:  Brandie Thomas.  The dress will be made in silk dupioni and will only cost me $375!   


As for the “mini” version of my dress, I have the following inspiration picture by Jim Hjelm.  The sweetheart neckline and pockets would be a perfect mimic of my wedding gown with a short and sassy hemline. 


Of course, I have also fallen for etsy vendor, Sarah Seven’s little white number.  So sweet!


And just to add insult to injury, let’s throw in an Oscar:


Honestly, I love this dress so much, that I’m thinking about asking Brandie to make this one as well. 

Anyhoo, the question then turns, what do I order from Kathlin Argiro?  Do I order an after party dress?  Do I order a rehearsal dinner dress?  Do I order it in my current size, or the size that I’ve set my goal for for my wedding day?  Oooooh…that last one is evil!  But I just may do it!

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I’m a criminal.

bad-brideSooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo….hmmm……….where to begin?

First of all, thanks goes to all of you who read my begging post this week and plugged in a vote for my inspiration board on the contest.  Thank you! 

My bridesmaids and I were so gung ho and really had a great time pumping ourselves up for this contest.  Really, it’s just a silly contest, but it would have been fun to win.  So we plotted and planned and tried to brainstorm allllllllllllll of the people that we know that we could ask to vote. 

I asked my whole family to vote.  They asked their friends and co-workers.  I tried to get my whole staff at school to vote.  I contemplated sending home a link with my students to vote at home even, but quelched that idea as fairly unprofessional. 

I went through my email contacts and send everyone that I know an email asking them to vote.  I even asked our photographer and our wedding planner to vote. 

I went on Facebook which (admittedly) I rarely use anymore.  I was big into it when I was in college, but I just have let my account lie dormant for years.  But I was so excited to log on and realize that I had a couple of hundred friends who all agreed to vote.  So why do I deserve to be in a jailcell? Continue reading


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One more time for the cheap seats in the back!



No, this is not me surrounded by my bridesmaids.  It’s the rocking 80’s hair band, Europe.  I am featuring them today because………..IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWWWWWWWN!!!!

Okay ladies and gents.  It’s go time.  If I have entertained you at all, then please do me a favor.  We are now in the FINAL ROUND for the Kathlin Argiro Bridesmaid contest.  If you would go to vote and pick my board (number three!), I would be eternally grateful.  So would my bridesmaids.  They are all rather lovely people and definitely deserve a free beautiful dress.  Please vote.  Every single vote counts.  Please…I’m groveling…it’s pathetic…make it stop by voting!  🙂  Thanks!

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I’m back, I’m fuming, and I’m exhausted.


This picture represents what I feel like right now.  I am completely worn out.  I have been really good since the birth of this blog at posting each day.  If you’ve noticed that, then you’ve also probably noticed that I’ve been missing in action for Saturday and Sunday.  I have had so much on my plate, and I only just feel like I’m slightly caught up to speed.  If you read out my post from Thursday, you saw that I had quite a bit to take care of.

I won’t bore you with details about my classes or my interview or what not, but in summary, everything went very well.  I am supposed to know on Friday this week whether or not I have been hired for the job that I was applying for.  In a nutshell, it’s a job in a REAAAAAAAAALLY good school district, and I’d be set for life if I was placed there.  Keep your fingers crossed.

And now for the current bain of my existance….this never ending bridesmaid dress give away that weddingbee is hosting.  It’s taken over my life.  We were in dead last, and then we climbed up the ranks to be fighting with number one.  2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2…1….this is how it went all week.  Anyhoo, on Saturday, Weddingbee posted that that would be the last day for votes.  At the end of Saturday, WE WERE IN FIRST!!!  YAYYYYYYYY!!!!  On Sunday, I stalked the computer to see when the final round of voting would start.  Stalk……..stalk………..stalk……..seriously until my fiance asked me to put away my laptop because I was being so OCD.  He’s never done that before, so I politely complied. 

This morning when I went to Weddingbee to check to see if the final round has been posted, it hadn’t.  Not only had it not been posted, but votes apparently were flying in over Sunday night, and now we were in second place for our round which would mean that we would NOT be going on to the final round.

This BURNS me.  I sent an email to Mr. Bee who is this saint who patiently listens to me if I need something, so hopefully he can make this right.  We technically were the winners of the round by the deadline of midnight on Saturday so ppfpfpfpfppfpfpf…(that’s the sound of me sticking my toungue out and blowing. 

So after my week of thinking my ring was done broke, having the interview for the job of my dreams, having my weekend taken away by being in grad classes all day Sat and Sun, and this dress contest, I am TUCKERED OUT.  I want someone to put me in a chair, strap me in, give me a binkie and a bottle and let me be.  Wake me up when we get there…

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Everyone needs a good duck…


Duck!  I SAID DUCK!  Okay, so I need your help readers.  You know how I am constantly entering contests?  And you know how I’ve been fairly lucky so far?  Well now I need that luck to pull through again.  I entered the contest on recently to win bridesmaid dresses from Kathlin Argiro, a fantastic designer!  To enter, you needed to make an inspiration board featuring one of her dresses and send it in. 

What is an inspiration board, you say?  Oh my…they are all the good things of a wedding vision wrapped up in some sort of lay out.  My favorite place to find yummy inspiration boards is Style Me Pretty.  They frequently feature inspiration boards that put together color combination and design details that will make your skirt fly up.  Check them out on my blog roll.  Here are a few of my favorites:


I love the lovely candleglow and greens in the one above.  Siiigggghhh…


I love love love this one because I love love love Sofia Capola’s Marie Antoinette.  There’s something about the coquettishness and decadence of this film that makes my nerves stand on end.  I drive my fiance crazy because I will pop this movie into the dvd player whenever I am left alone in the living room for more than four minutes.  My rule is that once it’s in, it has to play in its entirety…


Oh Gawd….”Vintage Art Deco” is the name of this inspiration board, and it just made me orgasm.  I love art deco! 

Anyhoo, I had never created an inspiration board of my own, so I thought this would be a fun opportunity to try.  The inspiraiton board at the top of this post is what I sent in.  Not bad for a first attempt, but knowing what other inspiration boards look like, I had no expectations that mine would even come close to winning.

Buuuuuuuuuuuut….Yesterday Weddingbee posted the top 8 inspiration boards for members to peruse.  AND GUESS WHO IS LUCKY BOARD NUMBER SEVEN.  THAT’S RIGHT!!!!  MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!  MWA HA HA HA HA!

Whoa.  That was uncalled for.  My appologies…The fact that my inspiration board made it to the final eight makes me laugh embarassedly…If you look at the other finalist inspiration boards  and then look at mine, you will see a marked difference.  Mine kinda looks like the kindergarten finger paint picture that was hung up in a museum gallery amongst masterpieces.  Seriously, I’m not really sure why I’m a finalist.  My helpful and loving fiance said, “Maybe they only had eight entries.”  Thanks for the reality check, love.  For that remark, I promptly made him log on and vote for my board. 

His question, along with others, was, “Why is there a duck?”  Why CAN’T there be a duck?  The duck is cute!  The duck was the perfect shade of yellow!  The duck stays!  I also think the duck might win me sucker points when people are like aww….they let that special girl be one of the finalists…DON’T WE ALL LIKE TO ROOT FOR THE UNDERDOG?  Well this is the underduck…or the underbride…or whatever…

It should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyways…my bridesmaids are FANTASTIC women.  Three of them are teachers and one is an accountant.  NONE of them are rich, and ALL of them are deserving of a free bridesmaid dress.  So even if you are sitting there thinking, “This bitch has won enough…”, just remember, it’s not for me!  I’m selfless!  Not really, but I get nadda out of this!  Only bragging rights…(I do love me some good bragging rights…)

But please!  If you have a spare 10 seconds today, go to the contest page and vote for my board, number seven….the goofy duck board.  And if you have 10 more spare seconds, get someone else to vote.  Get your neighbor!  Get your post man!  Get your granny!  Thank ya!

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