18. If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be? A bird, for sure! How cool would it be to fly?!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
18. If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be? A bird, for sure! How cool would it be to fly?!
However, there is one *gaping* hole in our wedding plans thus far... The honeymoon! We have less than 80 days left, and no honeymoon booked! We have gone back and forth on the final destination countless times, before we finally solidified on a destination... Or so we thought.
I've spent the morning doing recon on our "finalized" wedding destination, until I came past these little nuggets of information (thanks to the reviews at TripAdvisor):
" The beach is in bad shape. The beach erosion has effected most of the hotels in Riviera Maya. The government plans to repair the beaches in March."
"The hotel's beach was small (maybe 150 yards long total) and had little sand, probably due to the strong currents. The small beach meant that the beach chairs were placed inches away from each other so the beach lacked privacy. I felt like I was in Miami or Boca. (See photos attached)"
This was a photo taken of the beach last month. I must say, I'm pretty disappointed. Nothing says romantic beach side honeymoon like elbow-to-elbow beach chair formation and a huge barrier of sand bags, right? Ummmm, notsomuch. My only requirements for said honeymoon were warm weather (no ski vaycays for me, thanks) and a great beach, since I'm not much of a hotel pool person. Looks like we may have a strike out here.
My question for you is this- If married or engaged, were did/will you go for your honeymoon? And for all my fabulous single friends, where would you want to go? I'd love to hear your suggestions!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The first "blog date" I had was with Mojito Maven from Make Mine A Mojito. We planned to meet up at a local Starbucks after she finished work for the day, which worked perfectly into our schedules. Sadly, I started coming down with something earlier that morning, and was SO nervous that I might have to cancel. After $60 in over-the-counter drugs from CVS, I felt ready to go for the big meet up.
My mom was sweet enough to drive me there, since I'm totally clueless about driving in D Town. You've gotta love trying to explain the nature of our little blog world to people... she kept saying things like "are you sure you know she's not some creepy old man?", etc. Pretty priceless.
I had soooo much fun! As soon as I saw her, it felt like I was meeting an old friend. She is just the *coolest*, so down to earth and easy to talk to. She bought me a delicious tea, which was so sweet of her (and what flavor was that again, MM? I loved it!) I felt like our meeting came at just the right time for me- she was full of great advice regarding all these looming questions I've had regarding the wedding, being a newlywed, and financial matters. I just kept thinking "Gosh! Why can't I move to Dallas?! This girl is so much fun..." Next thing we knew, 2 hours had flown by (with Mama Martini sitting in the parking lot, paying bills... Whoops!). I had such a nice time, I'd even forgotten I was coming down with something.
Thanks again for a great coffee date, Mojito Maven... Your candid advice on everything was appreciated so much. Thanks for laying everything out on the table for me, and being such an open book. Looking forward to seeing you during my next visit!
First of all, I had a hot date on Friday... with my dress! After tying on dresses last spring, it took 6 months for my gown to be created and shipped to the Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon. I must say, I was UBER nervous to go try it on! Since the sample I tried on was larger than my normal size, I wasn't sure how it was going to look "Lulu-sized."
I've had to make the tough decision not to post a photo of it on the blog, because a) I want to leave a few surprises for my real-life friend readers out there who will be attending the wedding (hi, everyone!), and b) Mr. Wonderful and I have decided not to see each other before the wedding. I know he stops by the blog from time to time, so posting a picture here is just a disaster waiting to happen!
I've saved the best for last by revealing the wedding shoes. Oh, ladies. These SHOES! You know that I've had serious Louboutin lust over the past year, but with nary a penny to save in order to quench the yearning. I have a strict 4"+ heel rule, so many darling pink shoes have been cast aside in my hunt. That is, until the goddesses at Stanley Korshak presented me with a bridal coupon. In a fit of insanity, Mama Martini ran over to their shoe salon, and purchased the MOST. PERFECT. SHOES. EVER.
I'd like to introduce you to the only pair of shoes I'll be wearing for the rest of my life:
I've always fantasized about getting a killer investment wedding day shoe, which I will subsequently wear on each wedding anniversary date night thereafter. These shoes are beyond my wildest fantasies and expectations! Not only are they the *perfect* heel height and shade of pink, but they are a dead match to my *favorite* purse of all time. I avoided shopping my ENTIRE semester abroad (no small feat when living only 45 minutes outside of London), just to save up my money for that 1 special thing... and here she is, the Louis Vuitton Reade PM in Framboise Vernis I purchased in Venice:
It's a match made in Lulu Heaven, girls. I feel like the luckiest little lady in the world!
After knocking these details out of the park, it's really starting to dawn on me... I'm getting married in less than 3 months!
Stay tuned to more wedding details as they unfold!
Friday, January 23, 2009
I cannot wait to share stories, photo, and video (!!!) with you soon.
Miss you all madly!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Drum roll please.....
I'm in Dallas!
You see, my maid of honor Roey's birthday is January 20th. She had a big trip to Texas planned, to attend her parents' college reunion and to browse for wedding dresses. Roey and her mother were going to be staying at my parents' house for a few nights, before her father came into town and the reunion started.
Secretly, her younger sister Chels had planned to come as well, as a nice birthday surprise for Roey. Mama Martini called me on Thursday night, and wondered if I wanted to fly in for the week to surprise them all! I didn't want to ruin the surprise by blogging about it, since Roey visits the blog from time to time.
Roey was touched to tears when she saw her sister and me at the airport, and knew we'd get to spend her birthday together!
We've been having a blast, catching up on the latest and just enjoying each others' company (and some serious shopping too!). I have some other great plans I'm very excited to blog about, but need to go get ready for another exciting day!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I'll be the first to admit that I'm even less than a fair-weather fan, since today's game (well, the last 5 minutes of today's game) is all I've watched of the entire football season.
What makes me feel so warm and fuzzy about this win is that the biggest Cardinal fan I ever met, one of Mr. Wonderful's dearest friends and former roommate DJ, passed away unexpectedly last year. We've thought about DJ often throughout the planning our wedding, as his absence as a groomsman is sorely felt.
Mr. Wonderful loves to share stories about DJ with me, as I was just getting to know him when he passed. One of my favorite tales was about how much of a die-hard Cardinals fan DJ was, no matter how poorly they did (which was quite often). DJ would call people to wake them up on game day and just sing "Chirp, chirpy chirp! Chirp, chirpy chirp!" to the tune of the Ukrainian Bell Carol.
I'd like to think he's chirpy-chirping up there in heaven right now. This win's for you, DJ!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I wanted to let you know that I'll be MIA for the next few days, as I'm working on a secret mission. If you know what I'm up to, *please* no comments! I may be lurking around and commenting for the next few days, but no posts from me for the time being. I promise, I have good reason! Just in case you're curious, it doesn't have to do with any of the following : a) a new job, b) a big elopement (though that does sound kind of nice right now, a warm Caribbean island!? *Swoon*), or c) big "family" news of any kind. Just know that I have good reason, and that I'll be back again soon! Very, very, sneaky... hehe
Hope "y'all" are having a wonderful weekend!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Here's the info on the products that will be available (first come, first serve, of course):
and here's the back story (its from a regional news channel, but the offer is nationwide):
ENJOY, and let me know what you end up getting!
There is another miracle going on right as we speak- a baby is being born today! I subscribe to the Twitter feed of Kelly's Korner, and found out this morning that she's in the hospital! I hope Miss Kelly doesn't mind me blogging about her, but I just can't tell you how excited I am!
Kelly's blog was one of the first I followed when I was introduced to this wonderful blogosphere. She and her husband had a very difficult time conceiving, and had such a compelling story. I was so enthralled that I spent an entire afternoon reading her archives, and found her faith in the face of adversity and disappointment so inspiring! Her faith has inspired me to develop a deeper relationship with God. I just think she is such a great role model and strong Christian woman! (I also love that she's naming her daughter my *favorite* baby name EVER!)
Congratulations to you, Kelly! The blogging world can't wait to meet Harper!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Please send your prayers!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
After filling up her pathetic little granny grocery cart full of the week's goods, she stumbles upon the find of the century- Progresso Light Soups for $2.79 a can. Our heroine has never before seen that soup below $4.69 before (and seriously, who charges $5 for a can of soup?!?), so she carefully chooses her flavors, loads up her cart, and heads to check out.
Checkout Girl, yelling over 3 checkout rows: "Mariaaaaa!!! How much is this soup!?"
Lulu, thinking to herself: "Um, each and every one of these cans have price tags on them. I checked."
Checkout Girl and 'Maria' proceed to have a loud 4 minute conversation back and forth in Spanish about said soup, while the line piles up behind Lulu and a single item has yet to cross the scanner threshold.
Finally, 'Maria' trudges over to Lulu and says: "You can only get one flyer deal of 'buy 2 get 1 free' with this soup, miss"
Lulu: "Oh! Um, that's fine. I didn't realize it was on sale, I'm sorry. Can you just ring them up at the normal price on the tag? I'd like to get them all, I don't need any 'buy 2 get 1 free' deals. I'd just like to buy all the soup."
Maria agrees, tells Checkout Girl what to do (again, in Spanish), and Checkout girl proceeds to (finally) ring up the goods. After she calls 'Maria' a foul word under her breath. In English.
Things are now back to normal in the checkout line.
Until Checkout Girl takes 7 of the soup cans and puts them under her register.
Lulu: "Um, miss? I'd like to buy ALL of that soup today. That's why I put it in my cart. I'd like all of it. I don't need the buy 2 get 1 free deal, I'd just like the soup please."
Checkout Girl: "Okay, no problem." She keeps ringing. The soup stays under the counter.
Lulu: "Miss? That soup you put under your register? I'd like to BUY that soup please."
Checkout Girl: "Ok." (Rings up last item, yet leaves soup under the counter.)
"Will that be cash or charge?"
Needless to say, Lulu did NOT go home with the soup today.
Monday, January 12, 2009
As you may remember, we're throwing a traditional Anglican wedding, with the ceremony beginning at 12 noon. Since a proper tuxedo is wildly inappropriate for that time of day, we opted to go for the most formal dress option gentlemen have during the daytime- the morning suit.
Now I know the morning suit can look a little "costume-like" to some people, with the whole ascot, top hat, and cane situation going on. But never fear ladies, we're only doing this in the most tasteful (and palatable) manner! No ascot, no top hat, and certainly no gloves (it could be in the mid-80's by that point, for goodness' sake!) We'll be replacing the ascot with a tie for Mr. W and his entourage, which will most likely coordinate with the bridesmaids' dresses.
In fact, the gents will look most similar to one of our favorite grooms of all time:
That's right, ladies! You can imagine my excitement when I realized that JFK donned the same morning suit and tie combo that our wedding party will be wearing. I figure that if the Kennedy clan did it, we can't go wrong!
We also settled on the groomsmen's gifts (which I won't disclose, need to keep a little element of surprise here), which we're quite happy with.
Have any of you been to a wedding with morning suits before? I'd love to hear all about it!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Ladies- I cannot impress upon you enough just how much you NEED to go out and get the latest issue of Domino (Feb 09). I can't remember the last time I felt so giddy flipping through a mag. The article about labeling alone is sure to make any organization-savvy prepster do a little jump for joy.
I'm warning you now- you may never be the same...
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday morning's weather brought us a *terrible* rainstorm, but we still managed to have an amazing time. After huddling in line to be admitted (go figure we BOTH forgot umbrellas, and were forced to wear our scarves over our heads like little Ukrainian grannies), we finally made it in. After grabbing the tickets, going through a metal detector (no weapons for Martha! haha), we were ushered to a waiting area. We signed release forms and watched clips of Martha on HUGE big screen TVs.
They had their warm-up guy tell us all the different segments Martha would be taping today (Steamed fish! Garden tours! Scones!), and then he taught us all the different cue signals he'd be giving us throughout the taping - clapping, standing ovation, "oooooh!" , and "mmmmm!". So funny! He also told us that our taping would be live, which we didn't realize! It was funny to see everyone frantically pull out their cell phones and start calling people to tell them to tape the episode. After going through the whole speech, it was finally time to go to the actual studio.
I don't think words can describe how much I fell in love with Martha's set. It was like a preppy girl's dream come true! It was bright, cheery, neat, perfectly staged! Gorgeous dove grey cabinets, shelving with gorgeous dishware (and plenty of Martha's signature robin's egg blue cooking appliances and serve ware). I won't lie to you- after an hour in that studio, I wanted to redo my entire wedding registry color scheme. (I hope that, by admitting that, I'm not the only one out there that color-schemed her entire registry? hmmm...)
Even that greenhouse in the photo above? All live plants! (Like we're so surprised there. I mean, it's Martha.) I guess they even have a full-time horticulturalist on staff to tend to them! Unreal. Nina and I ooohed and ahhhed the set, as well as the fabulous outfits some of the MS staffers were wearing. I've never seen leggings and wellies look so chic!
Check out all the lights and flatscreens hanging from the ceiling!
After pumping up the crowd with some seriously loud dance music, The Mistress of Domesticity herself came out. She looked impeccable, and put on a great show. We were even lucky enough to win some serious giveaways! A $60 gift certificate to GameStop, 2 trivia books, and a Martha Stewart crafting knife. Such loot!
Adorable Miss Nina after the show... Always impeccably dressed!
After the show finished taping, we were allowed to pull out our cameras again and snap away at Miss Martha. She did Q & A time with the audience for about 5 minutes, which I thought was cool. I even taped a little video on my camera for posterity! ha Sadly, my camera takes terrible photos when it's zoomed, so here's the best shot I have of MS herself:
All in all, it was a fabulous experience! I highly recommend that you apply for tickets (a month or so in advance) if you ever plan on coming to NYC. Maybe you can visit Martha too!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I had *such* an great time with her! We met in her hotel lobby, and had a chilly stroll over to Lasagna Restaurant in Midtown. We chatted up a storm, and stuffed ourselves on 4 cheese lasagna. Delish! I feel like I've known her forever. She had so many great things to say, and gives such great advice. She even helped me iron out some much-needed wedding decoration details- there is nothing this girl cannot do!
It has been such a blessing to meet such great friends through blogging! I can't wait for our visit to the Martha Stewart Show tomorrow!
Monday, January 5, 2009
We're going to see Martha!!!!! We'll be attending a taping of the Martha Stewart Show on Wednesday morning. I applied for tickets a few months back, and completely forgot about it. I was approved for a taping visit a few weeks back, but found out that it would be the same week as Nina's visit. How could I not try to get Nina tickets as well?! She's like my mini-Martha guru. The kind people over at Martha Stewart freed up a ticket for Nina, so now we have a hot date to go visit the Mistress of Crafting herself. Joy!
Back to the grindstone for me now. Laundry to do, bills to pay, a job interview to prep for... And a wedding to plan!
Hope your Monday is lovely!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I'M GETTING MARRIED!!!!
Ok, this is obvi old news around here, but it is *so* exciting to finally say "I'm getting married this year"! When all is said and done, we will have had a 16 month engagement. As you can imagine, 2009 seemed pretty far off at the time. Now here we are, rushing to make bachelorette party plans (*beyond* excited for that) and tie up loose ends from a wedding perspective (shamefully, too many to count at this point).
While the focus in the new year will be on the wedding and the job hunt, I've decided to go ahead and create a few New Years resolutions. Here they are, for all of you to see (and keep me in line with!):
1) Start a Gratitude Journal
I first heard of a gratitude journal from our wedding guru Liene at Blue Orchid. The basic premise is to write down 5 things each day that you are thankful for, no matter how small they may be (you can read more about it here and here). These past few months have obviously been a bit rocky for me, but have really taught me to be thankful for the little things in life- a roof over my head, a bunch of great friends (and bloggers!) in my life, and a man I can call the love of my life. I think it is *so* hard to focus on all the negatives right now with what's happening in our economy and the world abroad; taking just a few minutes each day to write what you're grateful for should be a must for everybody.
2)Read One Book Per Month
Again, this idea comes from Liene, who I think is the most savvy person I know. She also runs a blog called The Smart Planner, which caters to professional wedding consultants. I obviously don't fall into that category, but I think the information she imparts on that site should be read by everyone. She recently did some blogging and Twittering on reading business books, and it really made me think about how much I love to read (and how little I do it). I've decided to conquer one book a month, no matter the genre. Any reading done at all is probably good reading, right?
3) Manage My Papers
Ladies, I am drowning in paperwork. I'm going to fully admit here that I can be the type to let the mail pile up, however neatly it may be piled, until it takes over my desk (and our TV stand, and our couch... You get the idea). I've decided to implement a 1-touch rule on any papers that come into the house. I'm only allowed to touch it once before it goes in its designated spot- filing cabinet, bills paid and put in the mailbox, or recycle. No more paper disorganization.
4) Stay In Touch
I've been behind on correspondence these days, be it e-mails, letters, or just quick Facebook messages. I hate being "That Girl" that's always delayed on the response, so I'm stopping it post haste. There shall be no room for bad manners in this household any longer.
5) Become an eBay Guru
I'd love to *finally* get that eBay store off the ground, in order to unload unneeded items for a little extra cash.
6) BE HAPPY!
Not much more explanation needed. I'm in love, I'm getting married, I'm healthy, I have awesome family and friends, and I live in a great city. Time to live it up!
I can't wait to see what 2009 brings for you!