Tuesday, July 29, 2008

If the dress fits....ACCESSORIZE IT!!

Good news! All the finger crossing seems to have worked, because the dress, that I ordered from Frocks for my brother's wedding, actually fit. Huzzah!

Next up - accessories!

Since the dress is black, my plan is to accesorize with a hint of summery colour. I wasn't sure which colour, until I came across these babies on the canadian zappos site:

Aren't they purrrrdy? I've never ordered shoes off the internet before, so I'm a bit concerned about the fit, but I guess I'll know soon enough. Estimated delivery date: Friday, August 1st. Come to mamma little turquoise shoes!!

I was hoping to find a satin clutch to match; alas, time is limited, as are turquoise clutches. So, next best thing? Buy a black clutch; add turquoise accoutrement (ribbon, broach, clip on earring: something of that nature).

I saw this snappy little number (in black) at payless for 24.95. The silver ring is just begging for fluttering ribbons, and I like that it's a larger purse masquerading as a clutch. Bigger IS better!
I came across this darling black satin hobo bag, while searching Payless.com for a picture of the previous clutch. I don't recall seeing it at my local store, but perhaps I'll check again, just to be sure. I LOVE that it is satin. I love that it has a handle. I love a large turquoise bow attached to one side of the handle.

As far as jewellery is concerned, I'd love to make something like this bracelet with a similar earring set:
beautiful bracelet by fresh collections found here

I'm ashamed to admit that I have no idea if I have beads like this; I haven't looked at my bead stash in a (really long) while! Regardless, I know of a few fantastic bead stores in Toronto, so I *could* pick up the beads to make it. Big ups toronto shopping!

And to complete the ensemble, a little something something to pin into my updo?

These bobby pins made from recycled materials by etsy seller, foundling, are stunning

Gorgeous vintage inspired cameo barrettes by etsy seller Green Thumb Designs

Love the chartreuse beading added to the polymer clay flower on this barrette, by etsy seller, strandedtreasures

Love the mixture of teals and blues in this feather and flower barrette by etsy seller begurple

Doesn't this headscarf by etsy seller mixbaby seem very Audrey Hepburn?

Unfortunately, it's getting a bit late to start ordering items from etsy, however I'm feeling rather inspired after browsing through all the amazing artist's work on etsy. Hopefully, I'll be able to create something of my own!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Daddy's Little Girl

I am looking forward to a myriad of experiences on our wedding day. The ceremony, the pictures, the food, the first dance, the party, the love, the laughter, the joy; I could go on.

I must admit though, there's one particular aspect of the day that I've been looking forward to for a very long time. This little girl can't wait to dance with her daddy! Ultimately, I'll be leaving the choice of song to my dad's discretion, but there are so many beautiful one's out there, I thought I'd share a few.

Loudon Wainright III - Daughter

Heartland - I Loved Her First

Tim McGraw - My Little Girl

Martina McBride - In My Daughter's Eyes

The Beatles - In My Life

Natalie Merchant - Kind and Generous

So many more!!

Green Shoe, Part Two.

I'm happy to report, the conditioning has worked! My friends are on the hunt for green shoes :)

In fact, one was visiting relatives in Raleigh, NC a short time ago, and actually took pictures for me when she came across a few prospects at nine west.

I ruled out the shoe on the left immediately as it's suede and a bit too "john deer" for my liking.

The shoe in the middle is ok, but the style doesn't really mesh with my dress, and it just doesn't grab me, ya know? I want something a bit more, how do zey say.... glamourous?

I was however, drawn to the shoe on the right. An expeditious search of the nine west website, told me her name is "luxious" and she's on sale right now for 49.99. Not too shabby.

The only problem is, the green colour on their website looks nothing like the green colour in the picture my friend took.

I really want the green to be closer to chartreuse in colour. So a bit more yellowy then the green in the shoe pic above. And although they're cute, they aren't "quite" right.

But it's nice to know there ARE options out there!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

iPlay wedding

If you're a bride planning a wedding, you've probably heard all about iPod weddings by now.

Let me throw a quick explanation out there, for those that have no idea what I'm blathering on about. In this day and age of music technology, many couples are choosing to forgo the hired DJ in favour of creating their own personal play lists using iTunes. The music is then played through speakers hooked up to an iPod, or in our case, a laptop.

Obviously, as with any sort of technology, there is the possibility of things going horribly wrong. Mrs Tulip of weddingbee fame can contest to this. However, we are a fairly tech savvy couple, and have numerous friends that are as well. I feel confident that we will be able to pull it off without a problem.

*touches wood*

Best of all, it's super budget friendly, and we have complete control over the songs that are played during the reception. No macarena dance for us thankyouverymuch!

pic found here

In the meantime, we need to get crackin on our "must play" list! If you have any suggestions, please throw them out there. I'll leave you with a few possibilities to start things off.

You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon

Cecilia - Simon and Garfunkle

You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate

The way you make me feel - MJ

Some of the youtubes aren't the actual video's, but you get the picture ;)

*dances around livingroom*

in one year...

...I'll be married! Wow, it seems hard to believe that in one year, our friends and family will come together to help us celebrate our marriage.


*happy dance*

Love you babe!

Monday, July 14, 2008

A New Frock!

Ok, so this post is not related to MY wedding, however, it is wedding related. I need a new dress for my brother's wedding. On the surface, this does not seem like a difficult task. I love to shop; I love to shop for clothes; I love to have a good reason to shop for clothes!

The wedding in question, is not for another month. Plenty of time to find a simple, tea length, semi formal dress right?

Wrong. Oh so woefully wrong.

The fashion gods are mocking me my friends. This season, everything is either too short (hello underwear), too clingy (hello belly button), too patterned (hello cringing photographer), or too casual (hello jersey with pockets).

Oh I know what you're thinking.....

"Tcha! It can't be THAT difficult. She obviously hasn't looked hard enough"

Why don't I run you through the list of he stores I've visited so far, hmm?
  • RW & Co
  • le Chateau
  • Suzy Sheir
  • Smart Set
  • Jacob
  • Plum
  • BCBG
  • Reitmans
  • Sears
  • The Bay
  • Narcissist
  • Barefoot Contessa
  • Spank
  • Fairweathers
  • Bryans
  • Tenth and Proper
  • Plenty
  • Zara
  • H&M
  • Frocks
From that entire list of stores, I found ONE dress that fits my prerequisites. This lovely little number is exactly what I'm looking for! She's called "Meg" and she's the creation of Lynn Lugo

Isn't she perfect? So Audrey Hepburn. So simple. So elegant. So what's the problem?

They had a size 8 and a size 14. I felt a bit like Goldilocks (minus the 3 bears). This one is tooooo big. This one is tooooo small. Where's the one that's just right?

Apparently, it's at the Lynn Lugo warehouse! Well actually, thanks to the amazing staff at frocks, its en route to their store. So why am I still in a tizzy? The dress is a size 10. And although the size 8 zipped up when I tried it on, it was ridiculously tight around the midriff. So much so, that I'm afraid the 10 may still be uncomfortably tight. However, the staff and owners of frocks think otherwise. In fact, they're so convinced it will fit, they didn't require that I pay for the dress up front (as is their normal policy since they are first and foremost a sample store, and must pay to bring the dress in to their store). Isn't that sweet of them?

I really hope they're right. Like really really really HOPE they're right. I am afraid to admit how much I hope they're right. I'm worried, I'm setting myself up for a huge disappointment.

*crosses fingers*

Did I mention it's in black shantung silk? Every girl needs a simple black party dress.

[mantra] please fit, please fit, please fit, please fit, please fit, please fit, please fit, please fit [/mantra]

Friday, July 4, 2008

Green shoes? Really?!?

The title of this blog post tends to be the response I hear most often when mentioning my predilection for wearing a nice bright pair of chartreuse coloured shoes on my wedding day.

Even my mom said "well, you've always liked doing things your own way"! But to be perfectly honest, the idea is not a new one, and it's not even all that unique anymore. Wearing colourful shoes on your wedding day is becoming quite the trend!

Check out these photos:

Oh fuschia, when DON'T you look good?

Orange would be beautiful at a fall wedding...

If red was one of my colours, I would definitely incorporate it into my shoes - so sexy!! pic found here

Love the turquoise peep toe with cute bow combo!

I covet these chartreuse Christian Louboutin beauties. pic by cheri pearl photography

But these next lovelies, well....they shall be filed under "my true heart's desire" Such gorgeous shoes. The PERFECT shade of green. Seriously, I think I might swoon. Too bad my bank account feels the same way after sneaking a peek at the price tag. Oh Christian Louboutin, why do you tease me so?

My budget cringes at the mere mention of Monsieur Louboutin. Thus my search for a more palatable alternative begins. And you know what? Finding the perfect pair of chartreuse peep toe shoes is not as easy as it sounds. Crazy I know! If you happen to come across a pair, please do let me know :)