Well, the Royal Weddings is over and now the wedding fever is turning into just a fever… I feel like I was hit by a truck! Any-who, if you haven’t seen the wedding by now you must be nutty but I’m going to recap everything for you anyway, considering I need something to cling on to! I thought the entire thing was absolutely gorgeous but when I came into work this morning people were saying they were disappointed!!! If you’re one of those people, don’t read this blog because I am about to GUSH over every detail.
My eyes have been glued to the TV all morning. Stay tuned for a later blog post with all the details, but for now here are a few images for those of you who missed it!
Since tomorrow is the last day I will be able to talk about the royal wedding without going majorly overboard, I’m going to take a little time to talk about the girl who has captured the hearts of so many people around the world. Kate Middleton, who will VERY soon be known as Princess Catherine, seems like the complete package for William. As a commoner, she will have a lot to get used to as she walks out of Westminster Abbey tomorrow. Kate will be driven to the ceremony because she is still a commoner, but after her and William are announced as husband and wife, she will be able to ride in the royal carriage through the millions of people who will surely be lining the streets of their procession. William and Kate broke up back in 2007 because she was sick of the constant paparazzi attention (or so it’s reported) and I can’t say I blame her. But now she seems much more willing and able to handle the challenge and honestly who cares about the paparazzi when you have her good looks? Kate has definitely earned the right to be royal. Oh, and apparently Bruce Oldfield said he isn’t the designer for Kate’s dress, I REALLY hope he’s just trying to throw us off the trail, she needs to wear lace!
I often stumble upon wedding blogs that have me hooked for hours, but rarely do I love every single detail of a wedding or a inspiration shoot… until today. One of my favorite blogs, Ruffled, posted an “English Garden Wedding” inspiration shoot that I want to be transported into. Every single detail of it is sheer perfection from the flowers to the tableclothes and even the spoons! I couldn’t control my excitement and I had to post some of the images taken by She Wanders on my blog. Every wedding lover on the planet needs to see this! The design and concept is by Jennifer Nesovic whose website I will now be permanently attached to. Love, love, love!
Although completely unrelated to what I typically write about here, this will be the most important topic I ever touch on. While reading an article about the W100 (an amazing 100 kilometer, 3 day mountain bike event in Texas) I realized that the men and women who participated were wounded soldiers. The terrain at this park is NOT easy terrain either, this was no beginner trail. These men and women have been through more then most of us could possibly imagine and they are out there raising awareness and kicking butt everyday! Most of the men and women have lost limbs and are getting on mountain bikes and riding for 3 days. It’s honestly one of the most amazing and heart wrenching things I have ever seen.
I’m not sure if anyone could ever understand my excitement for the upcoming royal wedding. I’ve posted about it before but I have been meticulously planning out my “treadmill and royal wedding at 5am day” on Friday. I think part of the excitement is that I’m obsessed with London, it’s my favorite place in the world and always will be. Another part of my excitement is that I will be going to a wedding in England about a month after the royal wedding. Trying to figure out what to wear to an English wedding as an American is obviously tough because I’m going to have to force every fiber of my being to not wear a hat. But my obsessive personality isn’t allowing me to stop looking at websites of any and every millinery who sell hats worth more then I’m worth. Here comes the good part, today I discovered the holy grail; Harrods has an entire section of their website dedicated to hats! I could die. Nigel Rayment is my favorite person in the entire world as of today.
Happy Earth Day everyone! I was inspired to write an “eco-friendly” blog because on the Path train this morning the TV told me that by taking the Path instead of driving or taking a bus I’m helping to eliminate 36 million TONS of green house gases being put into the atmosphere. Since I take it everyday, I’m saving 1,597 pounds of it just myself which I must say is pretty awesome. Yes, I am a nerd. There are a ton of other ways that I can be less wasteful though, and I was writing them down on the way to work. In the grand scheme of things, parties tend to be very wasteful events. As fun as they are to plan, it’s important to keep the Earth in mind while you’re doing it. Here are five simple steps to help keep your party green.
2. Keep your party favors environmentally friendly. Give your guests a favor they can re-use like mini flower pots with your favorite flower or seeds in biodegradable packaging. You could also make a donation to an Earth friendly foundation and print up notes on recycled paper to give to each guest as they leave.
3. Use dishes as opposed to paper products. I know this sounds terrible but if you have a dishwasher there is no reason to not do this! Paper products, even if they are made from recycled materials create unnecessary waste. Make sure that your guests pick a plate and stick to it for the rest of the evening, or have your guests over for a sit down dinner.
4. Use organic flowers. Buying organic flowers helps reduce the damage done to the environment by harmful pesticides and trust me, they are just as beautiful and there are just as many options as flowers grown with pesticides.
5. Can the balloons, go garland. Instead of using balloons that can harm the environment when disposed, use garland made from recycled materials. Etsy sells tons of unique strings of garland made to last, so you can reuse it for many occasions to come or even better… make your own from elements you already have laying around the house.
I am, as mentioned plenty of times before, a huge McQueen fan. When he passed I felt the loss like he was someone I knew well. Never has a designer been able to speak to so many varieties of people in so many walks of life. His spirit is still alive and well in Sarah’s work with the collection, but there will always be a touch of Lee Alexander missing on the catwalk. Beginning May 4th, the Met will be celebrating Alexander McQueen’s life with an exhibition called “Savage Beauty”. The exhibition will encompass work from 1992 until February 2010, the last runway show to feature his designs. This is an important exhibition not only to commemorate the life of one of the greatest designers in the world, but to showcase his talent in a way that makes him more accessible to those outside of the fashion industry. Hopefully you will be able to get up close and personal with his designs and see that not only did he have an unprecedented vision but a impeccable attention to detail and sewing skills you could die for. Here’s a head start in reflecting on the genius that left us way too early in life. Fall 2009 was one of my all time favorite collections.
My personality is screaming at me to add some “edge” to my wardrobe but it never seems to work out that way. Today, I stumbled upon this website and now I’ll never go back. Even if you aren’t buying from it (it can get quite pricey), the styling is fantastic and should bring a lot of inspiration to someone looking to add a little bit extra something to their closet.
Five years ago in January 2007 I was sitting in my dorm room on my first night at William Paterson all alone. There was a knock on my door at approximately 1am and my next door neighbor, Jay, was standing there asking me for a pair of scissors. I never did find out what he was doing with those scissors but that doesn’t matter now. From that night on myself, my roommate Liz, and Jay were inseparable. I would wake up everyday and immediately go into Jay’s room, that he never kept locked, and wake him up for class then every night I would stay up way too late making quesadillas or playing stupid card games or much more frequently, going to Wild Bull. Jay played rugby for Willy P and I met some of the best guys I know from that team and from the drink ups after matches. I’ve gone to the beach with him for a weekend every summer since I met him, and every year we came back with more and more stories to add to the library. Not a day goes that I’m not reminded of something we did together, or something funny he said… and not a day goes by when I don’t absolutely HAVE to tell him something. Jay and I have talked every day for the past five years. Yesterday, I got a phone call that changed my life forever. Jay’s girlfriend who happens to work with me, called me at about 12pm to tell me that Jay hadn’t been in contact with her all morning. I hadn’t gotten a text or a facebook comment yet either, which is very strange. At about 2pm Justine called me to tell me that Jay had passed away. A wave of denial immediately spread over me. There was no way that this could be happening. It wasn’t until I gave his mom a hug about an hour and a half later that it hit me, I would never see him again. I looked back on my text messages last night, all the way back until July, and realized that there will always be a hole in my heart were Jay belongs. He will always be a part of my life and will always be my best friend. Nothing and no one will ever replace the friendship we had. Last night when I finally fell asleep I dreamed that Jay was sleeping on the couch, when I woke up I was unable to separate reality from my dream and ran out to see if he was there. He wasn’t there snoring like he normally would be, but I actually believe he was there, he was with all of us last night hoping to give us a little piece of mind. Life will never, ever be the same but I wouldn’t trade the five years I had with him for anything in the world. Jay, I will never forget you as long as I live. You will always be the greatest friend I’ve ever had and you will be missed more then you could ever know.