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Christmas Vacation!


I hope all of you are having a delightful holiday season! I tell you, it has been a total and complete *whirlwind* around our little shoebox the last week. I still ended up catching that cold, despite pumping my body full of every cold remedy imaginable. 2 different kinds of Zicam, Mucinex, Airborne, vitamins, NyQuil at night! I felt like a walking pharmacy, but still didn't do much good.

I feel very thankful that I spent the previous few days picking up the house before the cold came down...Turns out, I misunderstood when my parents were coming into town- until my mom called Saturday morning to tell me they were just getting on the plane. Great! Nothing wakes you up out of a NyQuil coma like realizing you have 24 less hours than expected to prep for week-long house guests. I don't think I've ever jumped out of bed so quickly in my life!

Luckily, all was settled by the time they got in. Cold or no cold, we had one of the most fun weekends I can remember! The weather was quite wonderful, we ate more food than I could have possibly imagined, and saw some amazing sights. We heard the St. Thomas' Boys Choir on Christmas Eve, saw Clay Aiken prancing around in tights at Spamalot, toured the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier museum for Papa Martini's birthday, ate coal-fired pizza in Little Italy, and took the parents to an authentic Peking dinner in Chinatown. There was also a Mad Men marathon to introduce my parents to the show, and plenty of cheerful holiday cocktails consumed. Mama Martini even made her traditional Thanksgiving dinner spread on Christmas Day, complete with turkey *and* Tofurkey, to complete the week. Pure bliss.

My parents left this morning, and we've been recovering all day on the couch. Our roommate Ben has friends in from Japan for New Years Eve, and my Maid of Honor and her fiance comes into town to stay with us tomorrow. That will make it a total of 7 people sharing a tiny little 2 bedroom apartment, and only one bathroom! 'Tis the Season, right?!? I can't wait to recap how the second part of our marathon holiday season goes...

Happy almost New Year!

xoxo,
Lulu
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Minor Freakout...


You know how sometimes a cold can just seem to hit you out of the blue? I've been merrily rocking out to the Classical Holiday Songs channel on those nifty cable TV music channels, humming Deck The Halls loudly (and quite poorly, mind you, as poor Lulu is tone deaf) as I clean our room and do some last-minute filing.

*BAM*

Headachy, watery eyed, sore-throated misery has just hit me like a ton of bricks. I know this feeling ALL too well, as it's what came upon me the night before our house guest arrived for Thanksgiving (and subsequently kept me bedridden for 8 days.)

Am now downing mass quantities of Airborne, and scouring the house for some kind of Zicam product. Am seriously contemplating the creation of an Airborne-tini (alcohol kills the germs, right?) but have to babysit this evening. Am thinking it would be poor form to show up inebriated to mind an 18 month old for the evening. But maybe that's just me.

Do any of you have remedies you rely on to kick a cold as it's coming on?

xoxo,
Lulu
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Let It Snow!


Happy Friday! I can't tell you how excited I am that it's the weekend (despite basically every day being a weekend day for me now...), maybe I just love having Mr. Wonderful home for 2 solid days to entertain me. Unemployment can be lonely, you know?! haha

As I type, it is SNOWING like crazy here in Manhattan. I love it!!! It's coming down in soft, fluffy flakes, and almost looks like powdered sugar being sprinkled from the sky... All this powdered sugar talk is making me want to go out and buy cupcake baking supplies.

(I'm going to go on a little rant now to get some things off my chest, apologies in advance. I promise I'll have more fun posts today since this snow has me feeling quite festive)

I had a not-so-productive meeting this morning at the Department of Labor; it was so bizarre to sit in a room full of people that are all going through the same situation I am right now. I kept wondering what they used to do for work, and if their job search was any more productive than mine is currently. We had a ton of forms to fill out, stating previous work experience, desired salary, etc. I may or may not have peeked around me to see what other people's answers were to the questions...The girl sitting next to me was my age, and had a desired *minimum* salary of $120,000. The gal across from me wrote her minimum as $150,000(also my age). I about had to pick my jaw off the floor. Only in Manhattan.

After we went through their little info session, I was one of the randomly selected people who had to meet with a "career counselor" to discuss my resume, etc. Productive, right? Ummm.... notsomuch. The lady spent the entire hour raving about how politicians are so corrupt, how she hates how everything is outsourced overseas because she can't understand the call center employees... I don't think I've ever been witness to a more politically incorrect and inappropriate conversation! I felt like a deer in headlights; all I could do was just stare at her and not when she asked me questions (which she didn't really even do). I'm not much of a letter writer, but I'm thinking her supervisor needs to be informed (not like the supervisor's not already, as the crazy lady mentioned to me that someone complained about her to her super earlier that very day.) I just prayed for an end to the madness, and was finally dismissed. Sweet relief.

Okay, rant over. I just needed to get that off my chest.

On a brighter note, Mama and Papa Martini will be in town in just 4 days! I haven't seen them since August, so I'm more than excited for the 23rd to get here. We don't have many big plans, aside from watching movies and cooking yummy food. Our big highlight of the week (besides Christmas!) will be going to an evening showing of Spamalot. My family and I are big Monty Python fans, so it should be a real hoot.

The rest of this weekend will be spent babysitting (tonight), and then lots of cleaning and preparing for our guests to arrive. I'll also be making a big pot of chili to have ready for them, so will finally get that recipe out to you ladies today! Hooray for winter comfort food!

I hope you're having a warm and wonderful Friday afternoon!
xoxo,
Lulu
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Confession Time...


I'm surprisingly embarrassed to admit this one, but here goes...

I am an eBay virgin.

There. I said it.

I have neither bought nor sold anything on eBay, and will admit that I'm a bit nervous to do so. I haven't the slightest idea WHY I've felt this way, but for some reason the eBay machine has just intimidated me.

No longer, ladies, no longer. I've decided to jump in with both feet, and am going to start selling things on eBay this weekend. Well, make that I'm going to go through all the sappy little tutorials on HOW to sell things on eBay this weekend. And take copious notes, hoping I'll learn it all the first time around and can therefore make the big bucks.

I'm calling out an SOS to all you savvy eBay mavens- any tips for the eBay novice? I'll be starting out slow, mostly clothing from my closet, etc. (There will be J. Crew in the mix, just an FYI!) Other than that, I'm wondering if you have any tried-and-true sales tips? Any and all eBay advice is welcome, as I'm starting with little knowledge on how to post items for sale.

Happy almost Friday, my lovelies!

xoxo,
Lulu
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Obsession Du Jour


I have fallen deeply in love... with a commercial. Not just any commercial, mind you, but the new Miss Dior Cherie commercial directed by Sophia Coppola. It's so bright, cheery, and tres Parisian... And I am now OBSESSED with the song "Moi, je Joue" by Brigitte Bardot.

I can't help but do a little happy dance every time I play this video... Enjoy!




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Lulu
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Weekend Holiday Tag!


I was tagged by Mrs. Jetplane for a Candy Cane tag, so fun! The instructions are to Copy, Paste, Answer, Add a Question, Tag the 3 bloggers with the most recent updates on your blog feed/roll, let them know they've been tagged in a comment, and learn about your fellow bloggers.

So...here are the questions and my answers:

1. What is your favorite Christmas Movie? National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I even have the Cousin Eddie down pat:

2. Favorite Christmas Song? I'd have to say it's an old, obscure country Christmas song called "Colorado Christmas" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The chorus says "the closest thing to heaven on this planet anywhere in a quiet Christmas morning in the Colorado snow". Whenever I think of childhood Christmas memories, singing that song with my parents is the first thing I think of.

3. Favorite Holiday Memory? The first "family" Christmas I spent with my parents and Mr. Wonderful (and the first time he met my father, yikes! haha). He was living in the Middle East at the time, but flew halfway across the world to spend Christmas with us. We picked him up at the Denver airport, and then drove to the mountains to spend a snowy Christmas at my family ski cabin. The entire weekend was a cherished memory, but what sticks out most is hitting the ski lodge I practically grew up in, and introducing him to the bartender that's been a staple there my entire life. He decided some new family schenanigans bonding was in order, and this was the result:


(That would be a parabolic ski, retrofitted with 4 shotglass holders. You say trouble, I say teamwork.)


4. What is your favorite cookie/treat to make? I don't have much of a sweet tooth, nor do I have any baking skills, so I'll just say whatever Mama Martini makes for us.

5. Have you ever made an igloo? We tried many times as kids, but never got it right.

6. Do you love Starbucks? Sorry I certainly do! We used to make daily holiday runs to the 'bucks during winter break in high school, and consumed far too many Caramel Apple Ciders for our own good.

7. What makes the perfect Snowman? I agree with Mrs. Jetplane, creative accessories are a must! And, in the event you don't have any accessories, a little ingenuity goes a loooong way.


(Frosty the Microbrew Snowman)

I don't know where 8 went? It doesn't seem to be on anyone else's Candy Cane Tag! haha

9. Best gift you have ever received? I was fortunate enough to receive the ultimate little girl Christmas present when I was around 8 - my very own horse. His name was Grits, and he was beautiful. He was also very mean, and liked everybody else but me to ride him.

10. What is the snowman's name on Rudolph? No clue? Sad, I'm failing Christmas trivia!

11.Silver or Gold? Silver

12. What is your favorite Christmas decoration? A set of 3 Christmas tree decorations I purchased at Costco. They're about 2 feet tall, and are wild, bright, abstract pieces. They look very Cat In The Hat.

13. What's your Christmas decorating style? Since we don't have any room to store Christmas decorations in this apartment, we don't do ANY Christmas decorating... *tear*... I look forward to having our own house one day, so we can go crazy with the decor.

14. Do you hang stockings? We do, but they're at my parents' house. Mama Martini brings them every year for us, and then takes them back when she leaves (again, no storage room). I've had the same stocking since birth, it has this crazy pastel unicorn on it (!?!) but I love it.

15. How many days do you celebrate Christmas? From the day after Thanksgiving! We leave our tree up until the day after Epiphany, January 7th.

16. What was your favorite ornament on the tree as a child? I remember a little wooden toy soldier-type thing, that did jumping jack moves when you pulled his string.

17. Where will you be spending this Christmas? My parents and their little dog Lulah will be staying with us here in NYC. I cannot tell you how excited I am!!


(Lulah, caught rummaging through the presents last Christmas)


18. When you do open presents? We used to open presents from relatives on Christmas Eve, and then all our presents for each other on Christmas.

I'm passing this on to the 3 in my Reader with the latest additions...
1. Sweet Bea Blogs
2. Nina Knows Best (I know she was tagged with me, but I haven't seen the post yet! *Nudge*
3. Misadventures of a Newlywed
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I'm A Bad Girlfriend...


This morning, still in a half-coma under the covers and listening to the background sounds of Mr. Wonderful getting ready for work, I suddenly had a revelation. One that popped my eyes wide open in shock, remeniscent of the moment the mom in Home Alone realizes they've left Kevin at home.

We'd both forgotten our anniversary.

The 3 year milestone of the start to our relationship had come and gone without so much as the bat of an eyelash.

In the grand scheme of things, forgetting an anniversary isn't on par with say, leaving your 8 year old to fend for himself for an entire week while you're stuck in Paris. And I am aware of the fact that we successfully celebrated many of our other pseudo-anniversaries this year- the surprise dinner at The Central Park Boathouse on our 'negative 1 anniversary' (aka the 1 year mark before our wedding day). There were also the surprise Crumbs cupcakes Mr. W came home with, in honor of the date we first officially met each other:


We also have our one year 'engage-aversary' coming up on New Years Eve (aren't you loving all my anniversary titles?), which we plan on celebrating with a nice dinner out on the town.

As you can see, there has been no lack of celebration this year between the Mr. and I. But, to be perfectly honest, I was looking forward to paying special attention to our official 3 year anniversary. You see, Dear Reader, while celebrating my birthday this year, my sweet, proper, chic grandmother said something that really struck me - "You had better savor this birthday, young lady! It's the last year you'll ever celebrate your birthday as an (insert maiden name here)!" Of course, this was right before I opened her sweet, proper, chic birthday card and found a check that I was directed to use for 'buying yourself some nice lingerie'... I digress.

My last birthday as a (insert maiden name here)?!? EVER?!? Commence waterworks.

It finally hit me that I would be getting MARRIED soon. While many things would clearly be no different after the wedding then they were before - I know my gal pals would still call me the same nickname, even though it's a derivative of the last name I no would no longer have - symbolically, life would be a lot different.

I know that as soon as we get married, all of those other symbolic anniversaries will probably be swept under the rug, or just acknowledged with something very small - "Look Lulu, I cleaned the toilet for you today so you didn't have to, since it's officially 6 years after we met for the first time in that class!" - I kind of feel like this was the last time we could officially celebrate our 'dating' anniversary, and I blew it.

Le sigh...

xoxo,
Blair
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Wedding Wednesday!


We can check off another LARGE milestone on this week's wedding Wednesday - the invitations!

A few weeks back, I sat back with a calculator and asked this wedding to show me the money. Well, ladies? It couldn't. Why, you ask? Because it had all been spent! GASP! How was it possible that we had already allocated all of our budget, and weren't even CLOSE to finished yet?! No big deal, only a few minor details left to cover... like the invitations, ALL reception decorations, a DJ, tuxes... OUT OF CONTROL.

Needless to say, I had more than a minor freak out over the situation. Add in the fact that I have no additional income to contribute (every cent I receive from unemployment goes to fixed expenses like rent and utilities), and actually had to take ALL the money I'd saved up for the honeymoon and make it my safety net in the event unemployment wouldn't cover the basic necessities needed to get by. Obvi a pretty grim situation to face 5 months before the wedding.

I feel SO blessed and fortunate to say that my parents decided to help me out with the cost of invitations. We weighed many options, but in the end decided to outsource the invitations in exchange for deciding to do ALL the reception decor, favors, and potentially all flowers ourselves. Fair enough, I thought, as I certainly have additional time in my schedule to research and pull off the ultimate DIY reception.

There was one person I knew I could trust to pull off the perfect wedding suite for us. Our goddess of all things paper, Laura Hooper, gladly took on the job of designing a unique and personal wedding invitation that would still fit into our ever-shrinking wedding budget. We couldn't have been more pleased with our Save The Dates, so we had every confidence that the invitations would turn out fantastically.

And boy, ladies, did they ever.

We didn't have an extremely specific idea of what we wanted, other than the ultimate desire of fitting letterpress somewhere into the overall suite. I am absolutely, positively addicted to the art of letterpress. We decided to go very minimalist, starting with just the script choice we both loved, one of Laura's styles called Rosen. Mr. Wonderful commented that it looked kind of like script from the U.S. Constitution, which was a VERY high complement from my old-fashioned man. The other requests we asked for were some kind of flourish to jazz it up, and the incorporation of a symbol that has serious meaning in our household - the fleur-de-lis.

As a die-hard, gung-ho Kappa Kappa Gamma, the fleur-de-lis holds a very special place in my heart. I think that my Kappa sisters will especially appreciate the addition of the fleur-de-lis, as there are many inside jokes that have bound us over that particular symbol. Our house is covered with tasteful fleur-de-lis, from bookends to drinking glasses, so Mr. W is a big fan as well.

I've decided to resist ALL temptation right now, and will not be showing you a picture of the invitation in this particular post. But- I have good reason for it, I promise! Laura was so pleased with the final design she pulled together, that she'll now be offering our invitation suite as part of her permanent design collection! Is that not *beyond* exciting!?! And, to top it off, she's calling it the "Blair"! An entire suite of wedding stationery, named after me. I can't even begin to tell you how flattered and excited I am! Total dream come true for this paper addict. Mr. W loved the idea as well, and has now been calling me "The Blair" for the past week in honor of Laura's announcement. "How's The Blair today? Did The Blair have a good afternoon?" ha.

I'll reveal the final design as soon as Laura adds it to her website, both to give proper credit where credit is due, and to keep the wedding guests who read this blog (hi, ladies!) in a bit of suspense. No point in revealing ALL the goodies before the event has even taken place!

xoxo,
Lulu
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When It Rains...


Rainy day here in the NYC, girlies... Rain is honestly my favorite kind of weather. However, you know how sometimes you just have "one of those days" when it's gloomy outside? And especially one of those days where, as perfectly pulled together as you may be in normal life, you're suddenly the most unprepared person in the entire world? Yah, that was my morning this morning.

Tough time getting out of bed to get ready for an 11am meeting on the other side of town, all I wanted to do was catch up on your blogs! I finally started to leave at the last possible minute, and then realized while packing my bag that I didn't have a current resume with me. The smallest detail, having my most recent work timeline changed from " 6/08 - Present" to "6/08 - 11/08" is apparently a big deal in resume world. I RAN back to the room, restarted the slowest computer on earth (aka my laptop) and tried to print the revised copies.

I was out of black ink.

Naturally, we didn't have any replacement cartridges. And of course, I had no time to run 20 blocks to the closest Kinkos to print out new copies. So, I decided to just do my best and try to print with the darkest non-black ink I could think of. Result? A professionally formatted resume printed in olive green. Bleh.

Ugly, unprofessional green resume in hand, I took the stairs to the lobby 2 by 2 to catch the train on time. Oh! Looky there! It's all of a sudden pouring outside! Did I bring the umbrella? Of course not. Back up 3 flights of stairs, grab the umbrella, and back outside. I'd clearly passed the window where I could take the 2 subway trains needed, and still have a buffer in case the trains were delayed. Time to begrudgingly hail a cab, as I don't have any room in the monthly budget for such a "luxury".

It took me more than 5 minutes to find an available cab, which wasn't a big surprise considering the way things had already started to go. Once in the cab, I think the driver took me for a tourist and decided to take a little detour around the city. Note to all you girls visiting NYC anytime soon- I've found that a fair amount of cab drivers will work you for an extra bit of fare by taking you through slow, busy, traffic (ie Times Square during rush hour). I was so busy catching up on e-mail that I forgot to explicitly tell the driver which route I wanted to take- and suddenly found myself close to Times Square in morning rush hour. After telling him that I needed to be on the other side of the island VERY quickly, he detoured... To the far left side of Manhattan. And I needed to be all the way across town in about 10 minutes. STRESS!

I made it to my appointment with 10 minutes to spare, which was 5 minutes later that I'd like to have been. (A little Lulu 101 - I'm at least 15 minutes early to ANY place I need to be, always. I'm terrified of ever being late to an appointment).

Happily, the rest of my day has turned out a bit better. They're currently filming the TV pilot "Cupid" the next block over from me, and I can see the film crew hard at work from my window. Maybe they'll see me hard at work on the laptop, and want to hire me as part of the film crew? Ha.

I have some VERY exciting Wedding Wednesday news for you, more to come soon!

xoxo,
Lulu
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Oh NO You Didn't...


I'd like to take a blogging opportunity this morning to do some serious tattling. On Mr. Wonderful. You gals have become a serious bargaining chip in the household of the Wonderful-to-be's... Admittedly, the phrase "I'm telling my blogger girls on you!" may or may not come out of my mouth on a semi-regular basis. I don't usually go through with it, as the thought of Mr. W calling me a 'dobber' all day (the Aussie word for 'tattletale') isn't very appealing. But we had a serious case of insert-foot-in-mouth last night, ladies, which I'd like to call to your attention:

Scene: Last night on the Wonderful's couch, after a late dinner in front of the television.

Mr. Wonderful: "I need to start eating better. All I ever eat is junk."


Lulu: "I beg your pardon?"

Mr. W: "I said all I ever eat is junk, unhealthy food. I need to start eating healthier."


Insert the sound of Mr. W's foot landing swiftly in his mouth.

Lulu: "Ahem... I cook every meal we eat in this house. And every meal comes from Cooking Light or Vegetarian Times, and is made with healthy ingredients and love. Are you trying to tell me that my food is junk?"

Now there are many things I can take with a grain of salt, but comments about my cooking? No siree. Needless to say, I'm getting a little bloggy vengeance on Mr. W. Thank you for letting me tattle to you girls ;)

xoxo,

Lulu

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Yay for Yellow!


Happy Friday, ladies! Thank you all so very much for the good luck wishes on this morning's interview... I just don't know what I'd do without you lovely girls in my life! I never quite know how those things go until I receive the ultimate feedback, but I'm staying very optimistic. It's really the opportunity of a lifetime- I just hope that it's my time to receive such an opportunity! I'll keep you posted.

On to the yellow!!! As you now know, we've decided to go with citrus-themed colors for our outdoor garden wedding. The girls in my bridal party really are a huge ray of sunshine in my life, so it's very fitting that they'll be in shades of yellow and marigold. Lo and behold, while winding down the evening last night, I came across this article- it made my night!

Yellow: 2009's Bright Spot

Talk about a jackpot! It turns out that yellow is predicted to be THE color for 2009! The folks at Pantone are predicting that yellow will be hot, hot, hot this upcoming spring. I would have loved our wedding colors anyway, but I must say I'm digging them that much more now that I know we'll be in fashion! What a fun way to start the weekend...

xoxo,
Lulu
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Nighty Night!


BlackBerry post time again, curled uo under our *brand new* bedding, which came today! It's uber cute, tres Restoration Hardware but without the price tag. Fitting transition from our mismatched sheets to when we actually have a real newlywed bedroom, in a real newlywed lovenest (hold your breath on that one...). I'm going to refrain from sending photos until I finish the bed up, have a few more tricks up my sleeve first.

Pretty please say a little prayer for me tonight! I have a big interview tomorrow, here's to hoping it goes well. I must say, I've had a swell day with you ladies, and look forward to a blog-filled day tomorrow, big things going on (interview recap! My first internet nod as a member of the press! Chili recipes! And more!).

I'll leave you with this little nightcap- I was walking through the drool-worthy shoes I posted about earlier with Mr. W tonight, and pointed to the blue Loubis. "See that red shoe sole honey? What does that mean?" I asked. "Louuuuboutins" he begrudgingly said (with a smile). Good man.

Happy almost weekend!
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Lulu
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Google Analytics, Solved!


Thanks to my darling Mojito Maven for giving me a polite smack on the forehead and bringing me back to blogging earth. Goodness knows our dear Google apps set (gmail, blogger, analytics) would never make anything difficult for us! I learned that I did it the correct way (thanks, MM!) but that you need to wait at least 24 hours for Google Analytics to collect all your data, etc.

I highly recommend you blogging ladies all download it! It looks like it's it's brimming with cool data to be collected and served up on a free platter for you. Maybe it's just the data geek in me, but wouldn't you want to know how many visitors pop by your little blog haven and why? I think so.

xoxo,
Lulu
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Google Analytics, Anyone?


Lulu here, having some serious technical difficulties on the Google Analytics front. I've decided to jump on the bandwagon and see what all the fuss is about (particularly to figure out all the weird search terms that lead people to this little neck of the woods!), but am not sure I'm understanding the right way to go about things.

Did you gals copy and paste the code provided into the Blog Post body part of the layout? Or somewhere else? Please don't tell me I have to add it into the html of every blog post?! Egads.

Any help on getting the big GA up and running would be greatly appreciated!

xoxo,
Lulu
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Update from LuluLand...


I've had a very productive week thus far, meeting with various headhunters and prepping for a big interview tomorrow morning (fingers crossed!) I must say, for being unemployed, I've had a very productive 2 months! I don't watch midday TV, I don't sleep in (too) late, and I try to stay in a perpetual state of job application/wedding planning motion.

But today? Just. Not. Feeling. It. The 3-part master list that has been ruling my life for the last month - Wedding/Job Search/Mr. Wonderful's Grad School Apps- is tucked in my bag, and I'm lounged on the couch. In my pjs. At noon. I feel guilty, ladies... I really do. But I just can't get my little backside off of the couch (aside from refilling my coffee, that is). I really just feel like catching up on the blog, and polishing off my Google Reader queue (730 unread posts yesterday, kids! Why do we do this to ourselves!?) Much like my dear friend Nina's What's In My Inbox Tuesdays, I guess today will be What's In My Head Thursdays. Que the Update from LuluLand.

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I'm watching a makeover show on HGTV right now, and they were pulling off a really amazing bathroom reno... Until they put in a combination toilet paper/iPod station. It's like an iHome with a TP roll attachment. Really? I mean come on. Really.

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Since we decided to do do pink shoes for the bridesmaids, I've been on the hunt. My original inspiration was this cover of Brides Magazine, which I'm sure many of you are familiar and equally obsessed with:


I mean come ON. Total, unequivocal hotness. Though I'm slowly teaching Mr. W the virtues of all things Louboutin, the probability I'll be rocking those lovelies on my wedding day is obvi slim-to-none. I'm currently scouting acceptable replacements (kate spade has a cute pair I've been eyeing this morning), but nothing has made my heart go pitter-pat quite the way those Loubis did.

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Speaking of Loubi, are these not the perfect "something blue"? If these came in shades of pink, I think I'd consider selling a kidney on the black market in order to bankroll them.


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Oooh! I almost forgot to tell you- do you remember that bedding I blogged about after Halloween here? Mama Martini decided to buy it for us as an early Christmas gift. Hooray! It was a whopping $90, including shipping, so she doesn't feel so guilty about breaking our No Christmas Present rule this year. I will be more than happy to retire Mr. W's bachelor bedding, and give our room a more pulled-together look.

Well lovelies, I think it's about time for me to get off my behind and get moving on my day. I'm plotting to make a MAJOR batch of chili tonight, so I need to get out my little granny grocery cart and wheel over to the store. I'll post the recipe soon- it's vegetarian, SUPER easy, and very WW friendly. Mr Wonderful thinks it's one of the best chilis he's had as well, so it's still man friendly minus the meat.

Hope you have a happy Thursday!

xoxo,

Lulu

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I Die...


When I first moved to NYC, Mr. Wonderful surprised me with some *b-e-a-utiful* stationery from Dabney Lee Stationers, a delightful little company run by the wife of Mr. W's then-boss. I cannot EVEN tell you how much I still fawn over my little pink and green lovelies. I almost have a difficult time writing on them and sending them away, because I savor them so much!

Well, well, well, let me let you ladies in on a little secret that's being blown wide open today. Dabney is starting a home brand! And this isn't just any home brand, girls... It's something that will make your pretty little jaws drop wide open with excitement, I'd be willing to venture.

The New York Times Home section is profiling some of Dabney's wares as the 'It' buy for hard-to-shop holiday cases. How exciting is that!?

I'd like to officially introduce you to Dabney Lee at Home... Commence swooning.

What is your favorite piece of the collection???

xoxo,
Lulu
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Wedding Wednesday!


The bridesmaids dresses have been CHOSEN! And ordered! And boy, oh boy, did my 'maids get a smokin' deal! Don't you just love J. Crew?!? Thanks to the mouth-watering sales J. Crew has been offering over the last few weeks, some of them got their bridesmaids dresses for as little as $60 before shipping! Considering the original dress I had my eye on for them was $275, I'm sure happy that it took me so long to make a final decision on the dresses!
I'd like to introduce you to the bridal party's wedding wardrobe (minus my dress, of course, as I know Mr. Wonderful creeps by here from time to time)... As an overarching theme, we've decided to go with citrus colors for our event, since it'll be an afternoon garden reception. Mouth-watering shades of yellows, oranges, greens... Very fun and vibrant, just how I like it!


Without further ado...

My Maid of Honor, Roey, will stand out slightly from the rest of the girls in her Claudia dress in sour lemon:




My other bridesmaids- Lonnie (who reads my blog frequently, hi Lon!), Willy, Sister Wonderful, Megs, and my god sister Rach will each choose one of the following styles in marigold:




Lonnie received a dress today, and by her description I think the color most closely resembles the first of the 3 dresses? It was la bit nerve wracking to pick a color without actually seeing it, but I think that we've done well overall! The 'maids seem to be happy, and you really can't beat that price!

Lonnie and I are having a serious strategy session about accessories via BlackBerry Messenger (do you not LOVE that program!? Hello, free text messaging!), and are now plotting and scheming about shoe options. I'm going to have every gal pick her own pair of shoes, in order to make sure it's something she likes and will definitely wear again. We've decided against gold shoes, and I don't think everyone would like my suggestion to Lonnie of platform lucite heels a la Shauna Sand (or The Empress of Lucite, as she's known on D-Listed). Can't you just see these lovlies clickity-clacking down the aisle of my church?

I kid. We did, however come up with a pretty brilliant idea - pink shoes. I know you all are well aware of Mr. Wonderful's No Pink policy when it comes to the wedding colors, but Lonnie and I summarily decided that bridesmaid shoes don't count. I decided to rock some seriously pink stilettos under my wedding gown long ago, so I think that all of us having fun pink shoes would be a great little girlie thing! It's my "something pink", if you will! Please let me know if you see any cute pink shoes out there, we're totally open for cute suggestions!

xoxo,

Lulu



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Playing Catch Up!


I'm sincerely embarrassed to admit that I have more than a few tags and awards I haven't acknowledged yet... So sorry ladies! I'm sincerely appreciative and honored that you have send fun things my way! Today will be a blog catch-up day, so be prepared for some fun randomness from the life of Lulu!

First up, I've been tagged by Holly over at In My Over Active Head to share 6 random things about myself. Here are the rules and my entries!

Rules:


1. Link to the person that tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs
5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
6. Let your tagger know when your entry is UP

Six Random Things About Lulu:

1. I am a *serious* coffee drinker. I drink at least one 10-cup pot a day, every day. No joke.

2. I'm a "strategic eater"- I plan out how I'm going to eat each meal so that the last bite I have before I'm stuffed is the food I like most on the plate. I seriously thought everyone did this, until I had a convo about it with Mr. W and he told me I was officially certifiable.

3. I used to win photography contests in high school, specifically black and white compositions. Some of my photos were hung in the big public library downtown.

4. As I mentioned before, I absolutely abhore doing the dishes. To remedy this issue, I buy expensive almond-scented organic dish soap (my FAVORITE smell on earth)... I know that I have to do the dishes in order to smell the yummy almond scent, so that's enough to get me scrubbin'. Most days.

5. I am distantly related to Martina McBride, and was fortunate enough to meet her when I was younger.

6. I make Excel spreadsheets for fun (nerd alert), and use them literally every day. My most important is my monthly budget spreadsheet, which I tweak daily. It's become a total lifeline for me now that I'm trying to pull my weight entirely on unemployment. NO easy feat in this city, let me tell you!

I've tagged the following people:
Kate from elefantitas alegres
Amy from Chapters
Lauren from Adventures of a Southern Newlywed
Seaside Prep
Mrs. Stilettos from Newlywed Stilettos
Milltini from Milltini Straight Up, With a Twist

Hope you are all having a productive Wednesday!

xoxo,
Lulu
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Psssssst... Remember Me?


I hope you ladies had a *wonderful* Thanksgiving, jam-packed with food, family, and fun. I'm looking very forward to snuggling up on the couch with a warm cup of peppermint tea and reading through your holiday escapades on Google Reader.

I wish I could say I had a mind-blowing Thanksgiving, but that would be a huge lie. I spent Monday through Wednesday scrubbing our little shoebox apartment from top to bottom (don't EVEN get me started on how icky that was)... only to wake up Wednesday morning with a huge cold. Ladies, I kid you not- this little Lulu was out of commission! I was probably the most terrible hostess one could imagine-I was in bed almost the whole time! Tragic.

Luckily, our company was completely understanding, and basically forced me to stay in bed all day long, in true father-figure fashion. I'm so thankful that Mr. Wonderful had Thursday through today off to pull all the weight around the house, and show our guest such a wonderful time.

Barring the illness issue, Thanksgiving was quiet and stress-free. We had reservations for Thanksgiving Dinner out at the historic Algonquin Hotel. We were seated at the most delightful little table in the back of the dining room. I *swear* people kept looking back at us and wondering if we were someone "of note", as we had such a fabulous table during such a busy and important meal. Definitely made up for feeling under the weather. It was nice to spend quality time with Fr. D, since he's such a big part of Mr. W's life and will be the one to marry us both. We spent a good deal of time talking about the wedding ceremony, which was such fun.

I must say, maybe the most amazing part about having our first Thanksgiving dinner out? NO DISHES! Not a single dirty dish to clean. I cannot even begin to tell you how much your dear Lulu abhors doing dishes, so this was like an early Christmas and birthday present all in one.

We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling along the holiday windows on Fifth Avenue (swoon), before retiring for the evening due to my health. Our house guest, Fr. D., promptly banished me to our room to go to bed for the evening. At 7 pm. On Thanksgiving. Goodness knows I didn't want to go to bed at 7 pm, but how on earth do you argue with a priest?! Off to my room I went... until he went to bed. And then I may or may not have snuck into the kitchen for a bottle of wine and potato chips and stayed up until 2 am watching movies with Mr. W under the covers.

We did also manage a relatively short trip to Ellis Island, which was just fascinating! We definitely plan on going back there when the weather warms up a bit more (the ferry ride out to the island was FRIGID!), 2 hours still wasn't enough to cover all there was to see.

We also had a fantastic dinner at The Park, which is my new *favorite* spot in Manhattan. Check out how cool the inside garden is! It's completely covered in glass during the winter, a full tree-lined garden indoors?!? Seriously. So cool. We'll be back again for the food, and to check it on the weekend as it turns into a club! So chic.

Time for me to kick back with my nightly shot of NyQuil (when will this sickness END!?), have a good evening chickies!

xoxo,
Lulu
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