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Anyone For Yachting in Arizona?


I mean, really... Who doesn't like to go yachting in Arizona? Even if Phoenix is as landlocked as it can get, every true prep needs a yacht club to call home. I'd like to introduce you to Phoenix Yacht Club, the brain child of David French and Boots Dunlap (are those proper prepster names or what!?), 2 hometown Phoenicians (and alums of the same prep school alma mater Mr. Wonderful attended, natch!) Ladies, enjoy-


How much do you love that cactus-in-anchor logo??


PYC is part social club, part deliciously preppy clothing line coming straight out of the Valley of The Sun. In lieu of an actual yacht club (again, not many docks to choose from in Phoenix), the PYC congregates at various bars and resorts throughout the area from time to time. We've yet to attend a function, but I look forward to the time when a weekend vacation to Phoenix coincides with a PYC event.


The other side of PYC is all about the perfect yachting gear. They have a line of polos, hats, visors, and the like in vibrant colors (image courtesy of Phoenix Yacht Club Store):


I'm thinking these tumblers need to find a home in our NYC apartment:


Needless to say, I can't wait to get my little mitts on some official PYC threads soon!

Mr. Wonderful wants me to make sure and give a nod to the Tea Partay video on YouTube,in order to get you in the PYC mood. Now there's a rap I can get down with.


xoxo,
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Storytime Preview


So, did you hear the one about the girl who's first driving experience in Manhattan was renting a cargo van and driving across the city during rush hour to pick up a mattress located at the top floor of a sixth floor walkup?

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, ladies... You know you're hooked on the blogosphere when you feel more guilty about your lack of posts in the last 3 days than you do about the fact that you've yet to book many of your wedding vendors and the wedding is only 200 days away. (200!!!)

I've got plenty to catch you up on from the last 3 days (including some VERY exciting political news), hope to have a nice little recap for you by lunchtime.

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Wedding...Um...Fridays?


I adore the idea of Wedding Wednesdays (an idea respectfully yet blatantly stolen from one of the blogs I love to follow, A Belle And Her Beau), and find it especially fitting to implement as I’m up to my eyeballs in wedding planning. I was fully planning on my first wedding-related post Wednesday (so much to catch you up on!), but became so excited by my first “tag” that it completely slipped my mind. We have new updates on the wedding home front this morning, so a 2 day delay will just have to do.

Even though Mr. Wonderful and I happily reside in the Big Apple, we’ve decided to get married in Phoenix. Mr. W spent most of his life there, and I attended university there. I won’t get into The Story Of How We Met now (you’ll get that soon enough!), so I’ll just say that it made sense for us to get married back in Phoenix and plan the event long-distance.

Many of the details have been taken care of thus far- the dress has been chosen, the church and reception venues are booked, the bridal party has been asked. With T-minus 7 months left, it’s time to start getting down to the details. The first major detail-oriented decision Mr. W and I made was the Save The Dates. I’m an *avid* reader of Snippet & Ink, and fell in love with Laura Hooper’s custom maps the minute I saw them. Here are a few of her amazing creations (all pulled from Laura Hooper Calligraphy and A Lucky Orchid Wedding):


Maps actually play a large part in The Story Of Us, as we have lived in many places over our lives. I grew up in Colorado, studied in England during university, and have had some amazing travel experiences in Europe. Mr. Wonderful was born in California, raised in Phoenix, and lived in China until right before we met. Our relationship survived through his living in Istanbul, Doha, Washington DC, and NYC, before I finally took the plunge and moved cross-country to be in the Big Apple. Travel is clearly a very important priority to us, so a custom map couldn’t have been a better choice.

Also, I have a fun little treat to share – Mr. Wonderful and I receive a shout out on Laura Hooper’s blog this week! I’m going to lift the veil of anonymity a bit, but think it’s totally worth being able to share our 15 seconds of blog fame with you. Laura profiled part of the conversation Mr. W and I had while trying to design our map, which is both flattering and highly humorous. You can find it
here.

We received our proof this morning, and let me tell you ladies that I couldn’t be more pleased! Laura Hooper is truly a gem, I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

As soon as everything is finalized, you all know you'll some of the first to see!

Happy Friday!

Xoxo,

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My First Tag!


I've received my first official tag by Mojito Maven over at one of my FAVE new blogs - Make Mine A Mojito. Thanks, girl!






Here are 7 superbly random and/or weird facts about yours truly...


1. I have 4 names- 2 first, a middle, and a last. However, my parents have called me by my middle name since the day I was born. One of the main questions I was asked after getting engaged was “So what the heck is your name going to be now???” Mr. Wonderful laughs about the fact that I could technically be stuck with 5 initials after marriage. Talk about a crazy monogram... (Mr. Wonderful actually has 4 names as well– 1 first, 2 middle, and 1 last- and we plan on giving our theoretical future children 4 names.)

2. I was born with short Achilles tendons. It was a problem when I was young as I couldn't run very fast (read: I was the slowest kid in the ENTIRE school...*sob*), but as an adult it has a welcome effect- I’m naturally built to wear 4” heels without any kind of discomfort. This is especially welcome as I’m 5’3” on a good day.


(hello, lover...)

3. I was a biology whiz in middle and high school, and actually cloned sheep DNA with my bio teacher as a “fun” after school activity. (Nerd alert.)

4. When I was a very small child, many friends and family used to give me green olives for Christmas. Not Barbies, not My Little Pony… Olives. And I LO-V-E-D it. I would toddle around the house all day eating green olives hand over chubby little fist until each jar was gone, and would subsequently drink the brine. You can understand my pure shock and amazement to be introduced to the glorious world of Dirty Martinis. “Wait, you mean it’s booze… AND green olives…!? You have GOT to be kidding me.”

5. My absolute favorite animal is a ferret. At one point in my life I actually owned 5 of them. At once.

6. (Totally with Mojito Maven on this one)- I absolutely cannot work out in shorts. Or even wear shorts in general, for that matter. I fully refuse to wear shorts in public, except for the 1 pair of khaki shorts I own (and they are for the golf course only). If/when we ever move back to golf country, I fully plan on a “Lilly P. skirts and capris only” policy.

7. I grew up hating the taste of drinking water. I know, I know, people say water doesn’t have a “taste”, but it seriously does. I used to hate it SO vehemently that I’d come from a run and drink milk to quench my thirst. I would go WEEKS without having a glass of actual plain water to drink. I’m just now getting over the taste issue, since I know it’s SO important for you to drink it (and helps the skin get into wedding shape!)

I'm going to tag 7 other new blog friends I've made in the past week:

Monograms and Manicures

Muffy Martini

Dugout Daisy

I Pick Pretty

{Nina's Blog}

All While Wearing Mascara

My Journey Toward: The Glamorous Life of a Housewife

xoxo,

Lulu

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Pink 'n' Green Rehab?! No, No, No!


I have a confession for you ladies...

Mr. Wonderful and I are living together. Cohabitating. Livin' in sin. Not a real shocker nowadays, I realize, but it was actually a big decision for us to make the move. Sister Wonderful (my awesome future sister-in-law) and her husband dated for 6 years (!!!) before getting engaged and subsequently moving in together. Being the traditional couple of preps we are, we thought long and hard before making the big move (rather, before he decided to ditch his moderately creepy Craigslist living sitch to bunk up with my 2 roomies and me).

This technically isn't the first time we've lived together, as Mr. Wonderful lived with me briefly between job assignments he held in the Middle East and Washington DC. It wasn't really considered "the big move" to us, as we knew he would be moving cross country in a short amount of time. Therefore, we resided quite happily in my little den of deliciousness. He was more than happy to take the guest room closet, eat off my pink and green Kate Spade Rutherford Circle china, and sleep in the oh-so-girlie bedding set you see below:



(Pottery Barn, circa 2005)

Fast forward to NYC 2008- There's nothing more fun than living with my best friend, and I appreciate (love!) no longer having to schedule date time around his viciously busy schedule. I'm *thrilled* to be setting up a life together with him.

Howev- There is one teeensy, weensy issue with the whole budding domesticity thing we have going on. Mr. Wonderful. Does. Not. Heart. Pink.

You read it right ladies. Mr. W's not feelin' the pink. He's totally down with the fact that his "little Lulu" needs to wear pink almost every day, sleeps in pink jammies, and has more pink handbags than she'd care to mention. But when it comes to the wedding and to the future residence of Mr. and Mrs. Wonderful, there won't be much pink and green outside of dear old Lu's closet. What's a preppy girl to do?!

Any suggestions, ladies? Do I graduate to the preppy blue and green, go for something nautical? How did you newlywed preps keep your need for a sweet, girlie, den without the Mr. Wonderfuls in your life keeling over from a pink overdose?

xoxo

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I {heart} NieNie


Sometimes I can't help but marvel at the miracle of blogging, and what it can do for the world.


(click me!)

Case in point: the heartbreaking, yet truly inspirational story of the Nielson family which I'm sure you've all read by now (see here and here to catch up). The story of the Nielsons strikes a pretty strong chord with me, as I spent the last 4 years of my life prior to NYC living and working in the community they call home. I worked across the street from the airport Mr. Nielson took flying lessons, at the same company that employed the brave pilot lost in the crash (I didn't know him personally, but know others who did).

It's the women like Nie- creative, uplifting, dedicated, Mormon mothers- who first sparked my fascination with blogging. I'm not Mormon myself, but living and working in a Mormon community was an eye-opener for me in the most positive way. It was so comforting to know that there were women out there my age who had an amazing list of traits: family-oriented, crafty, classy, sassy, Christians that didn't drink or smoke but still knew how to have a good time. While I'm a proud Episcopalian and obviously don't fit all of those criteria (self-explanatory given this blog's title), I truly respect the pioneer bloggers in my life for being such great role models and sources of inspiration (special shout out to Heather and Camille!)

If you get the chance, please try to purchase something from the etsy auction on behalf of the Nielsons. And, if you're looking for a little inspiration, I highly suggest taking a stroll through the archives of NieNieDialogues... I think you'll walk away inspired as well.



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Lulu's Serenity Prayer


Dear Lord,

Please give me the strength not to log on to blogs all morning, when I should be getting my work done. Grant me the peace of mind to know that Muffy Martini's hockey game update will NOT disappear by the time I have a free moment for lunch, nor will Kappa Prep's adorable ode to the Grand Ole Blue and Blue be deleted before I have the time to reminisce about dear old KKG. Make Mine a Mojito will actually survive her day this morning without you gushing over how much I adore Giada as well, and how Mr. Wonderful and I imitate the fact she smiles with both rows of teeth visible when she talks about chocolate.

Amen.

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A Toast to Mama Martini!


Today is the birthday of my darling Mommy Martini!

Mama and Papa Martini

She's one of the best mothers in the entire world, and I'm not saying that as a biased only-child. It's actually a compliment I receive from people ALL the time, which makes me very proud. Here's a top 10 list of things I love about Mommy Martini:

10. She's super fashionable! She gets stopped and complemented all the time when we're out in public on all her great little ensembles.

9. She's just plain fun to be with. Excluding Mr. Wonderful and my Maid of Honor Roey, she's absolutely my best friend. Sometimes Mr. Wonderful and I have more fun going out with my parents than we do our friends! She's so hip and vibrant, and is a great drinkin' buddy ;)

8. She's never met a stranger. Everyone that meets her instantly warms to her, and everyone that knows her. It's so funny to see how excited people get to see her when I'm in town visiting... Everyone from her close girlfriends, to the lady who owns the dry cleaner, to all her "cute little salesgirls" (Mama Martini frequents MANY a department store in Dallas), run to her immediately for a big hug whenever they see her.

7. She's an amazing cook! I was always a picky eater growing up, so am now appreciating her culinary talents. She'll whip up a fabulous 5 course meal on a whim, and hosts the most amazing holiday dinners a family could ask for. I mean, who else would serve a 4 course meal including braised jalapeño-stuffed whole pears and turducken for a Thanksgiving of 3 people, and then cooks an entirely separate menu for her (darling) vegetarian daughter?!? She couldn't be happier to do it too, which is even more amazing.

6. I've almost never heard her complain. Ever. She always has nothing but the most optimistic outlook on life, from moving states after 35 years to be closer to my dad's new job ("I can have a pool!"), moving to Singapore for the summer ("think of the shopping and the food!") to being diagnosed with breast cancer ("It's just a lump, and if it gets really bad than I'll just get new ones!"). Her glass-half-full outlook is really infectious, and makes you appreciate life that much more.

5. She's seriously a little clairvoyant, which is awesome and creepy at the same time. Strange things will happen all the time with us, like she's reading my mind. Examples include calling her randomly for a recipe I'm suddenly craving, only to find out she's cooking that exact recipe (this happens a LOT, and she has a serious repertoire of recipes to choose from). She also knows exactly when I'm going to call her at any random moment- she'll just pick up her cell phone and have it in her hand about 5 seconds before it starts ringing.

4. She's an awesome wife. My parents have been married over 35 years, and started dating in middle school! They still act like newlyweds to this day, are so affectionate and into each other. She is always doing sweet things for my dad, like going to lunch with him every day during work or making him fun surprise dinners (you can tell by this point that a LOT of my family life revolves around food!)

3. She's a great role model. She's gone back to school 3 different times since she had me - once for a masters in Interior Design and Architecture, once to a local community college for fun art classes, and now she's taking calligraphy classes at a local university to start her own calligraphy business in Dallas (not to mention doing all my wedding invitations for free, natch!)

2. She’s a total Renaissance woman. In her lifetime, she’s been a sculpture major, a Master Gardener, a stay-at-home-mom, the best school volunteer anyone could ask for, a home designer, a drummer, a chef, a party planner, an interior decorator… I could seriously go on. People are always coming to her for advice on any random topic under the sun, because she’s either already done it, or has been dying to try it out. She’s like a hip Martha Stewart (without the prison record).

1. She’s always supported me, no matter what. She let me go away to college (probably not so easy for the stay-at-home mom of an only child), move to England, cut off all my hair, switch my major, change careers… Any silly stumbles or mistakes I’ve made, she’s been there to console me and support me. When I told her I wanted to move to NYC to start over, even though I had just finally “settled” my life with a new house and a promising lifelong career, her response was “Sounds good! Let’s make it a road trip!”. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Here's to you, Mama Martini!



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You want me to go where…? Tonight!?!


When I walked into work Tuesday morning, the first thing Awesome Boss said to me is “Morning! Have any plans tonight?” Sadly, he should have known the answer was no… My weeknights of as of late consist of babysitting for Awesome Boss and his wife’s best couple friends, or strategically eliminating half the clothes in my closet (‘Insanity!’ you cry, Dear Reader, but we’ll get to my motive there soon). “Good,” he said, “because I need you to attend this event for me tonight. I can’t make it.” With that, he lays a printout on my desk, and leaves for a client meeting.

I scan the invitation, and what do I see?:

Domino Magazine Invites You To Celebrate The Best In New York City Design

Holy. Freaking. Cow.

Naturally, the first thing I do is look down at myself and realize that I absolutely can’t wear what I’m wearing to an event like this. I’m starting to realize that chic New Yorkers are always clad in some form of those day-to-night outfits always profiled in magazines, since a fabulous impromptu cocktail party of last-minute work event (domino magazine!) is always around the corner.

I send a frantic text to my mother to begin a wardrobe brainstorming session. I’ve finally found a go-to LBD (little black dress) in the form of J. Crew’s Super 120s sleeveless sheath. It fulfills that whole “classic yet unstuffy” look I’m always aiming for. Clothing solidified.

The real issue I have is the complete lack of classic accessories in my wardrobe. Transitioning coasts and careers has left me with a surplus of stuffy clothes for the cubicle, but a serious lack in aforementioned fun, chic, day to night attire. Saving money for the wedding has left me with a real void in shopping funds (monthly clothing budget: $0.00), so we had a real shopping emergency on our hands.

Luckily for me, my saving grace came in the form of a little green bag.

(cue choir singing “Hallelujah”)



I managed to find the most b-e-a-utiful pair of d’orsay heels at Kate. In my size. On sale. All I needed was the cheapest clutch-like accessory I could find in the matching black patent leather. The sales girl pulled a brilliant move (love those gals at the flagship SoHo store!) and found a travel wallet that would convert beautifully to a minimalist clutch. Fashion crisis officially averted. (and lifelong dream to own a chic travel wallet fulfilled, natch!)

Here's how Lulu spend the rest of her evening:





The event was a hit, and I now have a day-to-night outfit I adore.

Have you narrowly averted a fashion disaster recently? Do tell!

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Bienvenue!


Welcome to The Dirty Martini Diaries! I enjoy reading other ladies' blogs so much these days that I found it high time to start one of my own.

I'm a twenty-something bride-to-be, transplanted to New York City a year ago from the Southwest. I recently ditched a promising career in corporate finance for a dream job at an interior design firm. It's the last place I would have *ever* seen myself, but I couldn't be happier! I spend my days juggling the demands of my new job, planning a wedding to Mr. Wonderful, and getting to know this great new city I feel privileged to call "home".

I'm a proud Kappa Kappa Gamma, am a complete anglophile (studied abroad in England during college), love all things pink and green, travel, all things Mr. Wonderful (naturally), and of course a good dirty martini! I'm looking so forward to sharing with you, hope you enjoy taking the ride with me!

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