Saturday, 31 January 2009

More hairpieces

Back on the pretty hairpieces again (no, I'm still not over it). Helen (a.k.a very-important-person-to-do-with-wedding-dress-who-will-be-talked-about-at-a-later-date) sent me a veil, bless her, that I have been wearing around the house for the last few days. It's been worn carefully, and with respect, but still while I have been doing chores and whatnot. From what I said earlier you all know I'm not completely sold on the veil thang - but this one could be cannily altered to incorporate flowers. So now I'm back on the flowers. Again.
Am I being irritating and vague? sorry. Also - don't worry Helen, I'll stop wearing the veil while watching telly and vacuuming. I promise.
So my new favourite Etsy hairpiece seller is SmittenXOXO there is a HUGE range of hairpiece styles and colours available (which means that poor Nic and Katie might also be subjected to wearing hairpieces. Sorry guys). I am a bit in love with Smitten's work, and highly recommend you check out her Etsy page.

Dos Gardenia

Peony with Ostrich

Gilda (for the bridesmaids? in the right colours? maybe... could be a bit much).

And for the boys - boutonnieres that will last forever!

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Two bits of good news!! (but sketchy on the details)

I have a job again!! I can't divulge too much here, but it's an awesome position and could be great experience for me in the long run - and, an added bonus, it's only a 20 minute walk from home, and 2 mins walk from the dance studio! (no, I've not been approached by Michael Jackson's people to join his upcoming tour as a dancer. Not yet, anyway). I start next Thursday and am required to wear a suit. So I have to go suit shopping! yipee!

Secondly - something that's been in the pipeline for a while now - sitting next to me in an unassuming drycleaner's box is MY WEDDING DRESS!!!!!!!! again, light on details for dramatic-build-up's sake, but for now I can confirm that it is utterly perfect and I am most pleased. Yes, I know that it is still 91 and a half weeks till the wedding (I just worked it out on my cell phone, I honestly do not have a weekly countdown. I don't I tell you!), and I know that I am a little bit crazy for having my dress sorted already, but believe me, the opportunity was not to be missed. And also, now the wedding dress shopping is over with. ahhhhh.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Cute Things

I found on Etsy today and want, but cannot afford:

Small Vanilla Tears vase found here:

it's reminiscent of the wall tile I liked a couple of months ago...

These pins:

If I had them, I would decide what mood I was in each day and wear one of them accordingly. On pins, have you seen these little offerings at HMV? I wonder what the real goths think... I wonder if it kind of defeats the purpose buying one's goth pins in a neat little package from hmv, in the aisle next to Britney's latest (not that I have anything against Britney - I shake my booty to Toxic whenever possible).

This set of rice bowls:

Dave's brother gave us a similar set for a Christmas present a few years ago, although ours have an interesting texture on the outside and only the inside is glazed. I really like them, and we don't use them nearly enough. Currently they're in storage at one of 4 possible locations in New Zealand. I forget what's where.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

This one wins the award...

for the Best Wedding Ever. {that is, of people I do not know}.

For starters, let me introduce you to my new fav wedding blog evah - The Unbride
I'm enjoying my last day of freedom, and have spent a happy hour trawling through the archives of this magical blog. Justine is an amazing photographer, and a great writer too - seriously, you should check this one out!

I don't know Justine and Gary, I know very little about them apart from what she blogs - but did I cry while watching their wedding slideshow? yep. Thrice. The photos, the music-that-goes-with-the-photos, the decor etc etc. And then I watched the video and cried once more. Are they not the most exquisite couple ever? EVER? how much fun did that day look? So park your bum for 20 minutes and enjoy... and then have a read through the archives and goggle at how many music-biz people these guys seem to know. Goggle? I dunno.

And is that Lisa Loeb singing at their ceremony? oh yes.

Now I'm off to buy Dave some chucks...

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

*FAME* (I want to live forever)

In the name of a happier, healthier me in 2009, I'm gonna take it to the stage baby! well, the studio at least.

Channeling my inner Jennifer Beal, I'm going to my first dance class tonight (it seemed easier than learning to weld so that I could give it up and become a dancer, as dramatic as that would be).
I'm a bit nervous, as I've not been to a dance class in about 12 years, but it's an adults beginner street jazz class, so how hard can it be? right? right?

and then, of course, I will be discovered and become a star. Oh yes.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

The computers of the world are conspiring against me

This time I'm writing on my flatmate's computer; ours has pretty much died, as has my parent's PC back home. Goodness knows I'll probably jinx this one too and won't end up writing again for another month.
It's been a busy month though! I had a wonderful last couple of weeks in New Zealand - it was, of course, really really sad to say goodbye to everyone all over again, but SO wonderful to get back to (the freezing) UK and Dave. The day after I arrived back, we left again to go to Germany, Holland, and Belgium for Christmas. It was really nice to get away with Dave for a bit, and to see his twin brother, Liam, and cousin Alisa and her fiance Clint again. It was bloody cold on the continent, but in a lovely blue sky and sunshine kind of way. We rode bikes and saw windmills and it was all very nice. We finished up with a couple of days in Brussels, which was dirtier than I expected but still really beautiful and Christmasy and cool.
Had a great New Years eve in town at a bar called Beluga with some friends - it was great to see all of them again after so long. It was especially exciting when I got a text from Mel at midnight to say that we're both getting married next year!!!
While on the way back from New Zealand I had an awesome few days in Singapore with Jo and Kengo. The highlight was the brilliant Amazing Race challenge that Kengo and Jo's boss, Anthony, organised for us (including eating Durian fruit and fish head curry). We also went to the night safari and watched a LOT of episodes of Sex and the City.
On the wedding front though, JO also took me down Orchard Road to Renee Leung where I tried on a very beautiful dress - there isn't a photo of it on the site but it had the most amazing train - so amazing that it would almost be too much. I loved the bodice though and am thinking of incorporating it into the final dress - the straps scooped down under the bust and then covering the breastices was another type of material with beads sewn all over. I'm not describing it very well so will try and find an example... turns out that Jo's friend, Jo actually got her wedding gown from Renee Leung and I'm not surprised: all of the dresses were modern, but with the most beautiful detailing.
A tad out of the price range for me though.
Here is one dress from the site that I really like, though I would prefer it skimmed the ground (and I probably wouldn't wear the hat either):