Saturday, November 17, 2007

Pomander on a Budget

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So, while perusing Target today, I ran into this bath sponge.

Target bath sponge, $2.99 (found in cosmetics aisle)

My wedding obsessed brain said "Oh mah gaw - so cute for a flower girl!!" and it instantly went in the basket. Of course, my girls will carry baskets and actually throw petals (let's hope the 2 year old complies) and not bath sponge pomanders, but really, this is adorable! Because I obviously have way too much time on my hands, I grabbed some fancy gift ribbon, and tied it on for dramatic effect:

Ok, so if it is the day before your wedding and you wake up in a panic sweat only to realize that you had forgotten about your flower girls, this would be an option. A cheap one. They also come in light blue.

Cute? Or am I off my wedding rocker?

Friday, November 16, 2007

Kate Spade Sample Sale

Oh mama....

Budget? What budget?

kate spade's "wedding puff" - sale price: $269, orig: $445

That purse looks kind of like something Alex P. Kitten would play with, but nonetheless - there are fab finds to be had! Motor over to -- today's the last day!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

How to Cozy Up the Reception

The interior of our reception venue looks like this:

Really a nice neutral space with lots of natural light, which is what I love about it. But, as it gets late in the evening and darker outside, how do I make the space shine? How do I make it more cozy? Our centerpieces are pretty minimal, and we went with the ivory linens and chair covers -- and if you know me, you know I'm not so "minimal".

My venue coordinator suggested that we rent some trees strung with twinkle lights, like this:

So I contacted a few local plant rental companies, and found that it was kind of costly. $105/tree including lights and delivery, and we need 5-6 trees! That's a lot of green, hardy har har. So I guess I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it. We would place the trees around the perimeter of the room, and I like the idea of the twinkle lights ambient glow. Any other ideas?

Friday, November 9, 2007

99 Cent Michael's Find

Not quite sure what I'm going to do with them...but super cute, right?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Gimme a Mai Tai and call it a day...

One more check box...checked! This is where you'll find me in just 9 short months...

B and I are salivating over our honeymoon. Following the good advice of the Knot, I decided to book our flights extra early because we used my frequent flyer miles. Good thing I did, because there were NO flights into Kauai or Maui left (luckily Honolulu was still fairly open). This is more than 9 months out, people! Anyway, because of my super-fabulous job, I had plenty of miles to pay for both of our plane tickets (an $1800 value) and seven of our thirteen (!!) nights are also free (one bajilion dollars value). Howdja do it, you ask? Well, I use ONE credit card for every darn thing (including business expenses - i.e. dinner for 35 people - which obviously adds up). I use the Starwood American Express, which I highly recommend. One free week at the Westin Maui, hellsyes. You get 1 point/dollar spent on ANYTHING, plus I travel so darn much I am GOLD, so I get 3 points/dollar at every Starwood stay. Whoop! You can use the points for Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, Saint Regis, etc.

So, we'll be spending 5 days in Maui, 6 days in Kauai and 2 days in Honolulu. Neither B or I have ever visited Hawaii, so it is extra special. Any advice? Leave it below... Oh man, I'm going to be so tan.

Saturday, November 3, 2007


I would like to introduce the newest member of the Benefit Beauty Squad: ME!!

That's Benefit Cosmetics, people, and I am so honored! I would like to thank the Academy and Alex P. Kitten and the producer and... I think you probably know from my previous posts, but I really love Benefit products, and I saw the opportunity to apply to the squad - and whodathunkit? I made it!

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Pretty sweet, yes? Today I got a package in the mail with my Official Benefit Beauty Squad Certificate (which I will cherish and love always), a book about the history of Benefit Cosmetics, a nice note, magnets, pins -- best for last -- Benetint and Bad Gal Lash! Freebies! I love Freebies! Be sure to check out for all of their fabulous stuff (I'm very intrigued by Ms. Poularity...)

So, stay in touch to hear more about the latest and greatest from Benefit cause you know I gots the scoop!