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BLING BLING

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My friend and I got to do something really exciting this week! We got to meet the queen of bling herself, Sondra! She is the genius behind all the gypsy gowns on a hit TLC reality show. My BFF and I watch all the time and dish about it. She is actually a local person and her studio is about 15 minutes from my apartment. So we are commissioning her to make a really fun (and of course BLINGY!) belt for my wedding dress. I can’t wait to see it!  

My friend and I were so happy to meet her. Her studio is amazing, not one surface left un-sparkled. Heck, even the address plate on her building is straight blingin’. She is also really nice. She spent some time in her busy day to talk with us and take a picture in front of her pink creation. I hope to see this dress on a gypsy bride soon!

I can’t wait to go back and see what my belt looks like, I’m hoping I can use it for something after my wedding too as I’m sure I’ll want to wear it again. Anyway, my veil should be arriving soon, and I finished ordering wedding invites, info cards, and RSVP cards for the big day. I don’t plan to start sending anything out until the summer. But I like to be prepared. I’m trying to balance time between moving and wedding things. But I think I need to shift gears and concentrate on moving (whenever that will be!). 

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EXCEPTIONS…

I always said when I get married, I wouldn’t do a veil. I just find them to be an expensive piece of tulle I could hack together myself with a $3.99 trip to a craft store. But I guess it depends on the dress too. A lot of the wedding dresses I tried on and liked, didn’t look good with a veil. But the dress I ended up with, does. So here I am, spending a lot of money on a veil, like I said I would never do. 

I guess I can justify the purchase because my dress was a real bargain. Also, it’s being handmade from a small business. So at least I can say I’m supporting a small business. Also, my veil is freaking awesome. The seller sent me pictures this morning, it will be shipped out soon. I can’t wait! It will really fit the wedding theme well. Also, I have an exciting appointment next week, that I’ll talk about later with a famous bling queen. She is going to make a belt for my dress that will outta this world. I just wish these were things I could wear again, just feels like a waste. But I guess that is what weddings are, a money pit. Albeit, a fun one at least. 

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GOBLIN KINGS BALL!

I had a satisfactory weekend. On Saturday, I stayed over my friends place so we could go to the Goblin Ball. It was a pretty cool event, we went with a bunch of friends. It was held in an armory museum that looks like a castle inside. Very appropriate. I got this really  cool galaxy dress for the occasion. It sheds glitter everywhere though, and I don’t know when I’d wear it again. But it was worth it. I ordered a headpiece online, and I was nervous I wouldn’t get it on time. The snow last week didn’t help. But it got delivered at noon on Saturday. I plan to use the headpiece again, so it was a worthwhile investment.

Everyone did a fab job with their costumes. One of our friends won a costume contest. I’m sad we missed it, but it happened while we were in line to pick up our pictures. I think next time I’ll skip the pictures, we wasted valuable dance time! 

It was a really fun event. I’d go again next year, if it’s an annual thing. I just hope they move it to the spring next time. Getting dressed up in gown with a long train is not ideal in the winter. I’m already thinking of ideas for next time, haha.

It snowed again yesterday into today. I ended up having to shovel this afternoon. I managed to shave 30 minutes off my Olympic speed shoveling record. But man, did I work up more of a sweat! At least I’m feeling better, I was sick earlier today. No fun!

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IF YOU PLAY DEFENDER, I COULD BE YOUR HYPERSPACE

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I had a goal in mind for the weekend, it was to lock down a wedding dress. Not that I had been to a ton of bridal shops trying things on, but I had been deliberating options, and pinning dresses for months. So when I went to my second bridal appointment, I was hoping it would be one of the last appointments. As fun as dress shopping is, it can get stressful. Only because it’s a lot of pressure to find the right gown. The trouble is, I like a lot of dresses. So it was hard for me to say what I did/didn’t like about some of dresses over others. This made it a tad difficult to zero in what exactly I was looking for.

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I had basic parameters. I liked a-line or ball gown, sparkle, and tulle. That lead to so many options! I was also trying to find something different, yet traditional at the same time. So I was scratching my head as to how I would be able to find anything like that?! I also made the mistake of going to look at dresses that were out of budget. I went to a trunk show for a designer I liked. They didn’t list prices on the gowns, so I guess I didn’t think about it too much.

I honestly was just going so I could poke around and see if they had this specific dress I was trying to track down from Fall 2012. Which they didn’t. Instead I tried on some dresses that were the overall silhouette I liked. I fell in love with this amazing glittery dress, and the finding out the price was like getting shot in the face. ROOKIE MOVE. How many times have I watched wedding dress reality shows?! It’s like the cardinal rule of dress shopping, don’t bother with things out of budget. But I did. So I was feeling discouraged with trying other places, because I wasn’t sure I’d find something I liked as much as the expensive glittery one. 

I ended up at Vows over the weekend. It’s outlet bridal shop, that was on the defunct TLC show “I Found the Gown.” My consultant was great! She asked me what I did/didn’t like about certain gowns. Which was tricky, because I felt like I liked a lot of the dresses I tried, and it was difficult to pin point what exactly I didn’t like about them. But she did a great job, and pulled a dress none of us saw.

We missed it because we focused on looking at full skirt styles, prior to my appointment. So we forgot to check out the a-line section. Once I put it on, I knew it was dress for me. We all agreed, including my mom. My mom and I have drastically different tastes. The best part? It was very much under budget. I named my dress Hyperspace, as the design on it, reminds me of when a ship goes into hyperspace in Star Wars. So I thought that was appropriate. Now the title of this post, makes sense, huh?

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IT’LL BE A MONTAGE!

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So I spontaneously made a wedding dress appointment prior to my other appointment. It all started the other day when my friend Erin found this really awesome tinted dress on Google images. After some searching around, we found out the designer and model of the dress. It turns out, it’s an oldie from Fall 2012, so good luck trying to find it. I called a few local bridal shops, and one said they might be able to order it, since it’s still on the designers website. This is good news! So they reached out to the company, and are going to let me know.

In the meantime, I called Nordstrom (they carry that designer as well) and they told me they are having a Lazaro trunk show.  They didn’t have the dress I want on hand anymore, but they said it’s possible it could turn up during the trunk show, but not extremely likely. No matter, I decided to take their very last open appointment during the trunk show, just to sniff it out. I think this appointment will be like the montage scene in The Sweetest Thing, not taking it terribly seriously (sorry Nordstrom employees!), but to scope out options. I’ve already printed out some Lazaro and Hayley Paige dresses I want to try.

Their dresses are over my budget, but it doesn’t hurt to check them out anyway. Who knows, maybe they will have a sale, or I can snag a sample size at a discount or something. Either way, I’m not putting pressure on the appointment. It’s my first one after all, and I’m quite indecisive. So  I’ll end up checking out at least a few shops before settling on something. Also, I still have lots of time to get a dress, I didn’t want to rush and panic-buy a dress. 

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I LOVE THE 80’S (3D)

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I look like a poodle or Boy George. I can’t really decide…

Continuing with my weekend recap, my friends and I went to an 80’s prom on Friday night. I took the day off work so I could get some things done. I headed to Erin’s that afternoon to finish getting ready. We went to the salon she uses, and they did our hair. It came out so amazing! The stylists joked they wanted us to leave from the back door so nobody knows who did our hair. HAHA! They got a kick out of the fact I brought my own crimping iron. Erin’s hair came out amazing, I couldn’t look at her without laughing (that’s a good thing). 

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My dress makes me feel like I should have a fruit basket on my head and be a dancer at the Tropicana Club

We got there before the rest of my friends so we went around and took some photo ops. To my great surprise and delight, there was a giant R2D2 there. We were one of the first people to see it, so I got my picture taken with it. A guy made it mostly out of duct tape and cardboard. But it was very elaborate, it lights up and moves!  There was a girl in an R2D2 dress (I  have the same one so I geeked out on her). She even did her makeup and nails in an R2 design. Turns out, she jams herself inside R2 to make it move around. The guy that built it, also made himself a C3PO costume out of duct tape. It was seriously awesome and I’m still pissed they didn’t win any prizes. THEY WERE ROBBED!

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Once Jamie, Emily, and other friends arrived, we danced like it was on sale for $19.99. There was a special guest of a Michael Jackson impersonator from Vegas. The MJ impersonator was amazing, and totally redeemed the fact C + C Music Factory was disappointing. Erin and I want to see his show when we go to Vegas in the fall. Thankfully the DJ was good and accommodated most of our music requests. For some reason, he fought my friend on her selection of Invincible by Pat Benatar. He said he it wasn’t “danceable”. That was a load of crap, lots of people danced to it. 

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The prom was seriously awesome! I can’t wait to go next year. We went back before midnight, so we didn’t go to a club we were invited to by a group of people we made friends with. Erin and I had to spend the night washing massive amounts of hairspray from our skulls before our hair permanently stays crimped and curled! 

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I’M GOING TO PROM!

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My friends and I are going to an 80’s prom in a couple weeks and I’m so excited! Apparently, this is the 14th annual one. I can’t believe this is the first one I’m attending, so I’m putting it on my calendar for coming years. As much as I like 80’s music and fashion, the prom dresses are particularly tacky. I mean, I loved the movie Pretty in PInk, but if I was Iona, I’d be pretty pinking pissed at Sam for turning my prom dress into this!

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This dress is awful

My friends and I had a heck of a time finding dresses. We scoured the internet trying to find the perfect vintage  without spending a fortune. We would text each other pictures of options each day. I was determined to find one that was 80’s but not so tacky. I found mine within a week or two, but it was super expensive! I contacted the seller of the dress to see if I could get a better price. I honestly didn’t expect her to take my offer, as it was much lower than the asking. But alas, she did and I scored this gorgeous Eugene Alexander dress! I can’t wait to wear it. Erin and I have already picked out our accessories, thanks to our trip to Charming Charlie’s. I also can’t wait to see who gets crowned king and queen.

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