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welcome back!

Yay for turkey, stuffing and a relaxing weekend with the fam. I had one of those rare weekends where I felt like I managed to both relax and get some work done. I spent some time outside, I lounged on the couch with my sisters... all in all, an excellent holiday. Give me 3 days, and I'm sure I'll be ready for another one! In the mean time.. Nicole Miller's new bridal line has me totally jealous. I can't believe these weren't around when I was engaged! Love the flowy-goddessy vibe, I love even more that there are very reasonably priced options in the collection. I might have actually been able to afford one of these! Jealous!

eye candy to last 'til Monday

I very rarely post about wedding photographers. I think this is primarily because most of them are very city specific. You wouldn't use a great photographer based in Hartford, Connecticut if you were getting married in San Francisco. That being said, Joanna Goddard emailed me yesterday about a post she had up on Smitten of the gorgeous photography of Max Wanger. I just fell in love with these photos. I'm sure it has something to do with the fact that both the bride and groom are very attractive, and very happy... But I have seen the rest of his site, it's all really good! I absolutely love his style. I think that he's based in California, so that means a good portion of you might actually be able to use him (according to the survey, lots of you are reading from Cali). Anyway, I couldn't resist.
I'm signing off until Monday, let the cooking begin! I adore cooking, and couldn't be happier about a holiday based around the idea of cooking and eating. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy your friends and family.

so much cute.

These have nothing to do with weddings, but jeez, if they aren't the gosh darn'd cutest little things I've ever seen. Skunk Boy Creatures makes the most unique and adorable little stuffed personalities. If you have any little ones that might need a Christmas present, look no further. Skunk Boy also makes adorable Christmas tree ornaments (above), 'tis the season!


I'm in the process of doing a little tune-up on Something Old, Something New - a little tweak here, a little re-design there, something new for the new year. I'm in need of some input from you, the people who read this blog and make it all worth while. So I put together a little survey that will give me my much needed info. If you have a spare 30 seconds (I swear, that's all it takes) I would be so grateful if you could fill it out. The answers you give will help me make this site an even more fun place to visit! Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance for helping! Click here to fill in the survey.

a golden reminder

How cute would this be as a wedding band? What a pretty little reminder of your having tied the knot! From Kabiri, in 10K yellow gold.

blinded by the bling

Kwiat. It's fun to look ;)

i'm it.

Turns out, I've been blog tagged by Ashley L. of Decor Amor, so I had to think of 7 random things about myself. This is harder than you might think. I know a lot of stuff about myself, but I don't know which ones are random and which ones aren't. I googled "random" and this was the second or third image that popped up. It didn't really help me narrow it down. Anyway, here's my stab at it!~

1} I have two sisters, one of them is my identical twin. Whenever we meet each other's friends for the first time, they're always fascinated that we have the exact same laugh.

2} I'm addicted to House among other symptom-based medical shows. I'm pretty sure I qualify for a white coat by now. At least a stethoscope? ... maybe one more season.

3} I've been working on the same honeycomb quilt for the last 5 years. It's hexagon after hexagon of yellow fabrics stitched together by hand. I'm guessing it'll be a 50th birthday present for my husband, he's thirty-three now, so that gives me... just about enough time.

4} I cry at sporting events. Basketball, gymnastics, track and field... whenever anyone wins at anything. The Olympics are downright embarrassing for me. The other day I went to the web page for the New York City Marathon... lets just say I got "misty". For a website!

5} We have an Italian Greyhound named Shorty. When we had our regular low-Def television, he didn't care about dogs on TV. Now that we have the fancy high definition TV, he has to jump and bark at the screen whenever there's a dog. Even a cartoon dog. Even a panda. Any mammal besides humans. Watching Planet Earth is a real test of patience. Sort of takes the fun out of high-def.

6} I am completely musically incapable. Humming is a challenge. My husband laughs at me when I whistle.

7} Home Decor magazines and french fries are my greatest weaknesses. I find both irresistible.

fine feathered find

J. Crew is at it again with a beautiful feathered number. That sounds like it might be some awful garish nightmare, but it's actually really subtle and pretty. I know that these special J. Crew Wedding gowns last very limited amounts of time, so if you are thinking about it, now would be the time!

we dream of bobbies

Hope everyone had a great weekend! We celebrated my sister's birthday, and spent a rainy Saturday in our new window seat (installed last weekend, coziest place ever!!) with the dog, reading and computing. Jade from We Dream in Colour emailed me about her new line of bobbies, and since I love the copper green against dark hair, and the size is perfect, I thought I'd share them with you. I get questions all the time about affordable hair accessories, here they are!

and so it begins.

I just saw two Christmas commercials in a row. Does that mean I can start doing Christmas posts? I think so. Let's start with keeping toasty warm in style for the holidays. Both from Mod Cloth, both very reasonably priced. I might not be able to resist the red one. I will try, but I don't know if I'll be able to.

kenzie kate's etsy adventure

I've been harboring a secret! We have been very industrious lately over at Kenzie Kate making holiday cards and gift tags for a new Etsy store! Pause for dramatic effect...
It's been a little hobby as of late, something we've been trying out as a way to play with paper. We use patterns and illustrations from our existing wedding invitations but we're trying different color combinations, different sizes and formats, and of course, we're offering them in smaller quantities. Not that I don't still love wedding invitations. I DO, I do! (In fact, I'm working on several new ones, set to come out in January, more on that later.) I just wanted to spread out a little and stretch my creative legs. Then, after the holidays, we'll experiment with more new stuff. Never a dull day! I'm so looking forward to this project! Anyway, you heard it here first folks! I'd love to know what you think.
We will be adding more and more stuff over the next week or so, so check back often!

finger candy

These rings from Manak remind me of Queen Elizabeth. Such panache all on one finger... I love the tiara style one on the top. All from Ylang Ylang. The middle one would make a fantastic wedding band.

Happy Monday

I don't know about you, but I need some colorful accessories in beautiful patterns to cheer me up on Monday mornings. Girl offers a bunch of really cute patterns in clutch form, all customizable for bridesmaids gifts at very reasonable prices. Check them out!

box full of fun

I found out about these kits from Oh Happy Day, and I think they would make a great little project kit for a ring pillow or boutonnieres. As a very crafty lady, there's something about a box full of antique notions and whatnot that just makes me smile. From Lobster and Swan.

no wilt wonders

I'm anticipating staying up pretty late tonight, waiting for the final, final results. I want to go to bed knowing who our next president will be. We have all heard so much about this election, I just want to know how it ends! That being said, I have plenty of time for surfing tonight while I watch the results! I came across these amazing corsages from Emily K. Botanic Studio right after they announced Iowa. Love the idea of giving your special ladies (grandmas, aunties, your mom, etc.) a corsage they can wear after your wedding, either pinned to a purse or dressing up a shawl or a coat. Check out Emily K's Etsy shop for a beautiful selection.


Happy Election Day everyone! Get out and vote!

everyone loves butter

I think one of the best things in the world has to be comfortable clothes that make you feel really attractive. Sure, anyone can pull together something cute, but feeling like you're in your pajamas at the same time? That's impressive. I've posted about Butter by Nadia before, and her amazing wrap dresses. I have one and it was one of the best purchases I've ever made, I absolutely love it. Her new line for spring and summer has a fun selection of stripes and solids in red, navy, black and white - short and long. All can be wrapped in about 22 different ways. Looking for happy bridesmaids? Send them here.

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