Damn You Adler!

Posted On July 8, 2009

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Remember way back when I told you guys about how hard it was for Mr Frenchie and I to nail down our everyday plates.

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Now, Jonathan Adler has threatened to add another plate into the debate! I would LOVE to “try white on white for an uptown vibe with graphic zing” pleeeease.

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Sadly the price is a little steep and I don’t know how I would register for Jonathan Adler. If price wasn’t an issue, what would your dream plates be?

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Nesting: Part 1, Finding a Place

Posted On July 8, 2009

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As you know Mr Frenchie and I are waiting until after we’re married to live together. Since our wedding is less than 2 short monthes away (Holy Cwrap!) I’m really happy we nailed down where that would be last weekend.

I would like to tell you we sat down and looked at all the apartment complexs on a map between his work (A) and my work (B). Contemplated drive times and proximaties to grocery stores etc. But we didn’t.

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See Dana Point on that map? See Newport Beach (B)? That is my commute. I’m used to it, I’ve driven it everyday (work) day for the past 7 years and it’s not bad at all. Especially if I have enough time to drive up the coast. The funny thing is from Dana Point to where Mr Frenchie works (A) it takes about the same amoun go time to get to his office. It doesn’t make any sense, I know. Anyway, so we just looked for an apartment close to where we already live. Stick with what you know, right?
About 5 monthes ago Mr Frenchie and I were to our Sunday Starbucks place (What you don’t have a Starbucks for different days of the week?) and decided to go look at apartments. There is a great complex right next to the shopping center with the Starbucks, we headed there first. Turns out of first stop was our last stop, we LOVED the place.

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The floor plan we liked has tons of light, a great patio and an island in the kitchen. There are also streams that run around the complex, we fell in love. The only problem was, at the time, we still had to wait MONTHES until we could live in it. We put our name on a list and this past weekend we secured our unit. Mr Frenchie will move in at the end of July and I’ll move over my stuff that I don’t need on a daily basis. (My parents are very excited to get my dinning table and hutch out of their garage). This way we don’t have to do a ton of moving when we get back from our honeymoon.

I’m curious, if you’re not living with each other until after the wedding, when did you start moving your stuff in together?

Maybe My Toesies Neeed These…

Posted On July 6, 2009

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“You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on me feet.” – Cher, Clueless

Like many brides before me (and I’m sure many brides after me), I cannot make up my mind when it comes to my shoes. Two weeks ago I showed you all these lovelies and I was determined to make them mine.

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That was until I saw the shoes of this lovely bride, my friend, Alisa.

She got a great pair of pumps from Hey Lady.

Twins (and friend’s of Alisa), Emily and Jessica Leung, created a line of bridal shoes after their own search for wedding shoes. They wanted something that was non-dyeable and actually danceable! I couldn’t agree more. Now, if I could only agree with myself on which ones I should get.
I can’t decide between Tiffany’s

or Princess Buttercup in the turquoise…

Tiffany’s are more expensive, but I am more likely to wear them again. Where Princess Buttcup is a little less expensive, but I don’t know what I would wear them with again. What would you do?

52 Extra Long

Posted On July 6, 2009

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I heard this nasty rumor when we first started planning our wedding, that you could rent suits at Men’s Warehouse. I had this vision of Mr Frenchie in a charcoal gray suit and his dudes in a lighter gray. It all looked so pretty in my head. Guess what? You CANNOT rent suits from Men’s Warehouse, it is NOT that easy. After looking around, it looked like if we were going to have all the groomsmen in matching suits, they were going to have to be purchased.
Why is it so unheard of for groomsmen to purchase their bridal party outfit? Bridesmaids don’t rent their dresses, why should the groomsmen get off so easy?
As if finding gray suits for groomsmen wasn’t hard enough, one of our groomsmen is a 52 extra long. Luckily for me however, my 52 XL made it his job to find a gray suit that everyone could wear. After searching high and low, and ordering a suit only to find out 2 weeks later it only comes in navy blue, we put the great gray suit search to bed this weekend. Thanks to my 52 XLs persistance and Men’s Warehouse’s Buy 1 Get 1 Free deal, 3 groomsmen and FFIL Frenchie, all purchased gray suits this past weekend. PHEW!

On Thursday night we were in a bit of a panic when we couldn’t find a forth person to go in on the suit deal. Groomsman 52XL and Mr Frenchie were calling anyone who might need a suit. Luckily FFIL Frenchie hadn’t purchased a suit in several years and was wondering what he was going to wear to the wedding. I’m so happy it all came together and that is one less thing I need to worry about.

Are/did your groomsmen purchase their outfit?

Five for Friday

Posted On July 3, 2009

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Previous Fridays

181 – You send me pictures of foods you want to eat.
182 – You took me to Coco’s when I was craving blueberry pancakes.
183 – You give my leg and arm squeeze when you are just to happy to see me you could burst
184 – You know when I’m hungry and don’t get mad at me because I get crabby
185 – You know that if there is crabcakes I want to go there 🙂

My Dream Wedding

Posted On July 2, 2009

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The 4th of July is may favorite holiday! Yep, more than Christmas and more than my birthday, I LOVE the 4th of July. Why? I really can’t describe it, but I love BBQs and I LOVE LOVE LOVE fireworks. The 4th of July just makes me happy.
When Mr Frenchie proposed, I immediately told him I wanted to get married on the 4th of July. What luck, the year we’re getting married my favorite day happens to fall on a Saturday, the most common wedding day of the week. I had already fallen in love with an inspiration board on Style Me Pretty.
As you know my wedding is not this weekend *le sigh*. Unfortunately, the 4th falls in the middle of my summer quarter at school. That meant, there was no way we could go on our honeymoon directly following the wedding, like we wanted. I aslo had no idea what would be instore for me with school projects and didn’t want my grade to suffer. *Booo, hissss*

Was there a dream date you wanted to get married, but life got in the way? Make me jealous, are you getting married on the 4th?

Heat Stroke

Posted On June 29, 2009

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This past weekend Mr Frenchie and I flew up to Northern California to visit his family and attend the wedding of my dear friends Alisa and Joe.

Girl Friends and their bling 🙂

We had a blast and the wedding was beautiful! The details came together perfectly and really represented the couple’s “preppy” style.

The wedding was held at a Country Club where Joe, used to be a golf instructor. Check out that Cake and the Ring Bearer!

The only hitch in an otherwise perfect weekend was the heat.

For an area that is normally in the high 70s this time of year, the 100 degree heat was a shocker. As sweat was dripping down my legs durning cocktail hour I started to worry – What if it was this hot for our wedding? Although black, my dress for Alisa and Joe’s wedding was really light weight. My beautiful Paigely? Notsomuch. I mean, it’s not crazy heavy or anything, but it is still a full length lace wedding dress.
According to weather.com the average high in August is 89. I can live with 89, but I cannot live with the record high of 109! The website also says that July is the hottest month in Rancho Bernado, so I’m hoping this bodes well for our late August wedding.
As much as I would like to admit weather.com calmed my nerves, I am still worried it may be unbearably hot at our outdoor wedding. I’m thinking I should buy a back up reception dress just in case. If I don’t end up needing it, I can just return it or sell it. One of the bridesmaid’s at Alisa’s wedding said she bought a back-up reception dress on sale at Neiman Marcus. Luckily she thought ahead, because at her wedding two weeks earlier, a heat wave hit in the normally cool town of Half Moon Bay, CA.
I would love to find the exact dress I wore this weekend in white, but unfortunately I bought that dress on sale at White House/Black Market and they never carried it in white. So, I checked out all the great suggestions everyone gave Miss Mary Jane and found a dress I really like.

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Are you worried about the weather for you wedding? Have you bought a back-up dress?

Five for Friday

Posted On June 26, 2009

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Previous Fridays

176 – You found awesome chairs for our new apartment that are made in the USA and you’re letting me pick my favorite.
sachachair177 – You tell me I’m cute all the time
178 – You call me Sweetpea
179 – You give me kisses on my nose
180 – You remind me to get oil changes

But, My Toesies Neeeed Them

Posted On June 25, 2009

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When I went for my dress alterations appointment with Mathab I noticed something while I was standing there admiring my dress. My feet HURT! I brought two pairs of shoes with me. One was a light yellow pair of Calvin Klein pumps I’ve worn several times before and the other was my new pair of dancing shoes.


I’ve danced in these shoes for a couple weeks now. I think I finally “broke them in” this week, but they still hurt just standing there in Mahtab’s studio. I’m going to be doing a lot of “just standing there” during our ceremony and I really don’t want to be worrying about my toesies while I’m saying my vows. So, while I was standing there I daydreamed about a pretty pair of Cole Haan Nike Air shoes I’d seen months ago.

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They’re pretty huh? But, the price, notsomuch. I could justify them saying that my toesies would be really comfy all day and I could dye them after the wedding and wear them again and again. Although Cole Haan doesn’t offer dyeing, they say the fabric is fully dyeable and they even include two fabric swatch to test on.

The question still remains though, do I really neeeeed $428.00 shoes? My head says no, but my toesies say YES! What would you do?

Paigely and Miss Frenchie

Posted On June 24, 2009

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Yesterday, was quite a busy day… After work I met my trainer at the gym, went home rinsed off, grabbed Paigely and Mama Frenchie, went to visit Mahtab, came home, made dinner, ate dinner, and then went to dance lessons with Papa Frenchie. At the end of the day I was exhausted, but it wasn’t in vain, because now I FINALLY have pictures of me in my dress to share. YAY!

** Again, Mr Frenchie, Love of my Life, if for some reason you’ve decided to check out Weddingbee today, this post is not intended for your eyes…NO LOOKIE**

First off, let me just say that Mahtab is the sweetest lady I’ve ever met and she definitely knows what she is doing. She taught Mama Frenchie how to properly lace up my dress so that is made a lovely “V” in the back. Unlike the girl at the salon who, when I picked up the dress, laced me up so tight I looked like a sausage coming out of it’s casing. She then took in the sides of the top a little so the sweatheart neckline laid nicely and covered my girls. Once she was done with the hem, we were finished with the front.Next, she worked on my bustle. Since everything was happening behind me I no idea what she was doing, but I trusted her. From the sound of it she started doing one bustle, but didn’t like the way it looked so she changed it to another. The bustle she switched to had all that the pick-up folds on the outside of the dress. I asked her if she could do a bustle where the pick-ups where under the folds, aka french bustle. Although, she didn’t think it looked as nice, she re-did the bustle and I was much happier.

I loved trying my dress on again, but was relieved to leave her at someone else’s house. Paigely was taking up WAY too much room in my little closet.

What bustle did you decide? Was it what the tailer recommended?

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