Archive for November 2011

Wedding Wednesday: The List

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Oh that dreaded to do list. It's daunting, and each month there's more that gets added.
I have been here and there trying to finish my November list so I can start working on my December to do's, so I thought I'd give you a brief update on the latest progress.

Gift Registry: Complete with a giant check mark!
Pre-Marriage Course: Final class next week.
Bridesmaids Dresses: Each one has been chosen, ordered in the right colour, and on their way for delivery. (Thank heavens, I was starting to have heart palpitations) 
 
This is Kate in her dress, and the colour that it will be in.
Invitations: Paper is bought, wording is decided, let the assembly begin!
Guest book: Completed the guest book. Now to find gold signing pens that don't smudge. (Any tips?)
Indian Catering: Appointment on Sunday to decide on the Indian menu.
Reception Outfit: Still in progress...returning a 3rd time to get my Lehnga (indian outfit) altered.
 Guest list: Guest are already notifying me that they are coming! Even without an invite lol.

December to do's: Make an appointment for suit rentals, buy Sam's wedding band, pick-up my wedding band, finalize linen rentals, book wedding weekend hotel room, get insurance for honeymoon, make and address invites, find sound technician for ceremony, pick ceremony music, hire ceremony musicians...

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Christmas lips

Monday, November 28, 2011

With Christmas parties coming up and other occasions to dress for, I thought I'd test out one of my favourite lipstick's to prepare for the holiday season. I have a feeling these hot lips are going to be worn quite often this coming month. Prepare for the month of red lips, short skirts, and glitter! I'm ready for the Christmas festivities, bring it on Santa!
Lipstick: Avon - Red kiss

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Wedding Wednesday: The Ceremony

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Since the wedding is almost 5+ months away, the pressure is on to start planning all the details of the day. So here are the plans for the ceremony thus far.
For as long as I can remember, I have had this picture saved. It's never been one of those things I "had-to-have", but it turns out I'm going to have this little slice of heaven for myself after all!
The Knot
This is the tent where our ceremony will take place at Hockley Valley Resort...
 And here's how we're decorating to make it super romantic...

Check out my post from this week on The Budget Savvy Bride about finding "The One" (the dress). Apparently my photo went viral on Pinterest too! Pretty weird to see myself on there.

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Insta-love Fridays

Friday, November 18, 2011

I decided to start a new little Friday feature of the past week via Instagram. It's becoming my favourite hobby. Yes, Instagram is a hobby for those of you who don't know. It's almost as addicting as Facebook, imagine that.

A lovely sunny drive into work - New cozy Joe Fresh vest - Pulling the winter sweaters out of hibernation - Inside out braid on a bad hair day

Glad it's Friday! Have a great weekend everyone.

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FW Inspiration: Blair Eadie

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Of course you've heard of Blair...Bee...Atlantic-Pacific, whatever you want to call her, she needs no introduction. I am loving these winter looks from her latest trip to Tahoe. Are you as obsessed as I am with that yellow jacket?

 
Images via Atlantic-Pacific

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Wedding Wednesday: Mehndi (Henna) Party

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

So one of the latest things I've been working on is planning the Mehndi party with the hubby's mom (soon to be mo-in-law). For those of you who may be wandering what Mehndi is, here's a little lesson on this beautiful cultural tradition.
Menhdi is the application of henna as a temporary form of skin decoration in India. Intricate patterns of mehndi are typically applied to brides before wedding ceremonies. It is usually drawn on the palms and feet, where the color will be darkest because the skin contains higher levels of keratin, which binds temporarily to the henna.

The Process: Henna paste is usually applied on the skin using a plastic cone or a paint brush. The painted area is then wrapped with tissue or plastic to lock in body heat, creating a more intense colour on the skin. The wrap is worn three to six hours, or sometimes overnight and then removed. When first removed, the henna design is pale to dark orange in colour and gradually darkens through oxidation, over the course of 24 to 72 hours. The final colour is reddish brown and can last anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks depending on the quality and type of henna paste applied.
The Mehndi party we had for Sam's cousin a few years ago.
Text via Wikipedia

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Dreamy kitchens, tufted couches, and throw pillows

Friday, November 11, 2011

I recently found these two sites and am totally in love with the aesthetic and design of both these designers. Since the hubs and I are seriously thinking about our first place together, I can't stop gathering inspiration and dreaming about our first home. It made me think back to this post I read a while back about throw pillows, something I would never have thought to be an issue. Apparently men just don't understand.

"A day into our new life at home after the honeymoon we decided to go shopping and use some of the gift cards we received. After getting essentials like cutting boards and laundry baskets I steered toward the throw pillow section:
Me: Howie I’m just going to pick up some more throw pillows for the couch.
Howie: The couch already has cushions.
Me: Built in couch cushions are not throw pillows. I’m just going to get a few.
Howie: $100 on pillows? I could buy 6 pairs of pants for that!
Me: I really hope you’re joking. Pants that cheap should not be worn.
Howie: There are so many other things we should spend $100 on.
Me: Howie we need these pillows. Trust me.
(Howie rolling eyes, shaking head)
Me: Oh what-EVER I’ll just get this ONE pillow then. But you can’t use it.
Howie: I didn’t say you couldn’t get them.
The next day I arrived home with three new pillows. Howie tried to tell me the blue one didn’t match anything. I told him it matches our second bedroom. He didn’t understand why a living room pillow had to match a colour in a secondary bedroom. Men."
To hear more of these hilarious stories, check out her blog at Life as Modern Wife.

 

 
 
Do you notice all the throw pillows? I think I'm in trouble.

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Wedding Wednesday: Decisions Decisions

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Even when you think you've made a final decision, things always change.
When I had started thinking about our wedding, the idea was to have a Winter Wedding, but as you know, now we're having a Spring Wedding! The colour theme that we originally chose was a very dark purple with ivory and gold accents. With it now being the beginning of Spring, I felt like it deserved a brighter and more vibrant colour, yet still keeping ivory and gold as accent colours. So, we decided to go with these colours and still accessorize with the dark purple to create a beautiful contrast. I am excited! Other things in the works; Invitations! I can only imagine how fun it will be to DIY 100+ invitations (can you hear the sarcasm?), and it's less than 6 months away!
Sugar & Soul Photography
Bridesmaids bouquet
My bouquet
*Bouquet photos were from a friend's wedding. Official photographer unknown.

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Outfit: FW Remix 1

Monday, November 7, 2011

So for Outfit 1 of the FW Remix I layered on the tops, which is the key to Winter dressing. I wore the striped tank top that you've seen many times, silk top and my trusty Chambray shirt. Hope you all enjoyed the extra hour of sleep yesterday and the beautiful sunny weather.
 
 Chambray shirt: Garage/ Silk top: Thrifted/ Tank: Aritzia
Belt: Banana Republic
Pants: H&M
Shoes: Style Sense

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FW Top 10 Remix

Friday, November 4, 2011

If you read my post earlier this week with my Top 10 Fall outfits, you will know that I promised to remix some pieces and show you how to transition them into Winter. I was originally going to pick 20 pieces, but decided on 10 (one piece from each outfit) that I will show you next week. Make sure you check back Monday to see what Winter fun I have in store. Have a great weekend ladies!
 
To see where I got these items you can check the original posts.

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Sock Bun

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Here it is, the sock bun. It's genius really. 
I was staying at my sister's place the last few days looking after my nephew, so this is my version on 'mom hair'. It's easy and super cute! Dig into that pile of lost socks and make yourself a sock roll people, it's the ultimate in recycling.
Here's a quick tutorial from Say YES! to hoboken
 
 
 
 
 

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