Sunday, February 28, 2010

As the weekend winds down.

Well this weekend just went by waaaaaay too fast! Mom and I didn't make it to David's Bridal like I hoped but we always have next weekend.  I'll be back down in that area for my  bridal shower next Saturday so I'll probably drag my mom out for a little shoe shopping! :-) I got home at about 5 pm this evening and had to go straight to working on homework/classwork for the ending week.  As excited as I am to be working on my MBA I'll be glad when its over! 




Tonight's fun link up is Getting To Know You Sunday from Mannland5.
 

The questions..

1. Would you rather bungee jump or sky dive?
I would rather sky dive...I have a fear of heights and standing on the edge of some bridge looking down to my possible death is not something I'd do very well...
2. When using a public restroom to you squat over the seat or sit?
I sorta sit/squat. I put about 10 layers of toilet paper on the seat too just in case...
3. Favorite flower?
I honestly don't have one...but I do like lilies and roses just in general. 
4. Pedicure or manicure?
Pedicure...I don't like how my finger nails look with nail polish on them. 
5. How many siblings do you have?
Just one, a brother.
6. Do you pee in the shower? (gasp!)
Hahaha honestly who doesn't or at least who hasn't?
7. Bikini, tankini, or one piece?
Bikini, although I'm thinking maybe I should invest in a tankini...lol
8. Where do you hate to shop at, but go there anyway?
Wal-Mart.  It's way to crowded and I can't stand the people that shop there, but sometimes I can't turn down the prices. 
 
Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Success!

Well shopping today was a huge success.  With the way things started I wasn't feeling very confident that we would attain our goals for the day.  What were our goals?

1. Find mom a mother-of-the-bride dress for the wedding.
2. Find a cute pair of hot pink heels for my bachlorette party dress.

Based on the results, I'd say we did more than meet our goals, we blew them out of the water!

We got up early this morning (at 8:20 on a Saturday, it was torture!) so we could have an early start.  My dad also wanted to hit up the breakfast buffet in Chesapeake to give us some good fuel for the day. 

After breakfast we headed out to Greenbriar mall in hopes of finding a dress for my mom. In Dillard's we came across our first potential.  After looking and trying on dresses in Macy's, JC Penny, and Fashion.com we realized we weren't going to find anything at the mall. We headed across the street to All the Rage but quickly discovered it was more of a prom shop, not a mom shop.  We tried to find Tiffanie's Formal wear next but that was out of business or at a new location. Dress Barn was another failure although my dad did convince my mom to purchase two new shirts.  After striking out at about 7 stores and spending over 5 hours shopping, we were feeling dejected.  We made plans to hit up David's Bridal on Sunday because we really thought we weren't going to find anything we wanted.  On a whim we decided to stop in our last store, Stein Mart (after dropping dad and my brother off at Best Buy). We walked in, headed straight to the woman's section and the first dress I saw was a pretty coral colored dress. I immediately looked for my mom's size and they had it! So I grabbed it off the rack along with a green dress and jacket set.  As soon as my mom put on the coral dress (actual color is salmon) I knew it was the winner.  The green dress was very pretty but they only had a size smaller than my mom's normal size and she thought it was a bit tight.  We finally had a winner!  
 
I love the overlapping layers in this dress. It is so flattering on my mom's figure. 

 
  
Close up of the layers and color. 

Achieving goal two was also a success.  While shopping in the mall we did pop into the shoe store Rack Room Shoes. After walking through the whole store I didn't see anything that particularly stood out to me. As I was getting ready to walk out the store I passed a pair of low heeled, pink strappy slide on heels.  They had my size, I tried them on, saw they were only $12 (on clearance from the original 30 dollar price tag) so I bought them!

My father found a pair of Puma tennis shoes that he liked but they didn't have his size, so he left empty handed.  When we went across the street my dad saw that there was another Rack Room Shoes in the strip mall.  He went in and found the shoes he wanted in his size and decided to buy them.  Rack Room was having a BOGO 1/2 off sale and my mom didn't see any shoes she wanted. I was eying a pair of brown boots but didn't want to spend another $30 on them, so my dad agreed to let me get them with his half off deal.  So I got the boots for about $15 (thanks dad!!). 
 
I've never had boots with such a tall heel so it is something I'll def need to get used to! Along with these boots I also stumbled across another pair of pink heels that I really liked. When the sales lady told me the $40 shoes were on sale for $15 I decided to buy them as well. 

 
I now have the difficult decision of deciding which shoes to wear for the bachlorette party! Maybe I'll bring both and mix them up as my feet begin to hurt. Just leave one pair in the limo as a back-up. :-)

All in all I'd say my Saturday shopping with my parents was not only a success but quite enjoyable as well. Tomorrow my mom and I are going to go look for my wedding shoes and veil.  Hopefully we'll be as successful tomorrow as we were today!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Fill in the Blanks Friday

I am so very happy its Friday.  This weekend I'm heading off to Smithfield to visit my parents.  My mom still hasn't picked out a dress for the wedding so I am going to go help her pick one out...  annnnnd possibly find myself some cute hot pink shoes to wear with my bachlorette party dress. :-) Originally Andrew was going to go down with me so we could apply for our marriage license but we discovered the office is closed on the weekends.  So now we have to apply for it during wedding week. Blah.

Anywho, today's blog is for Fill in the Blanks Friday, brought to you from the blog the little things we do...


1.  When I'm nervous I tend to stumble over my words or talk really fast, play with my watch or hairband on my wrist and flush red. My ears get really warm too.

2.  My favorite item in my closet is probably my collection of flip flops. I love warm weather and can't wait to wear them again.

3.       Reading a book        is my favorite thing to do when I need to relax.

4.  My favorite childhood memory is      when I tried to make my own swimming pool on the back patio. I thought I could somehow stop the water from flowing in the grass by putting things in front of it. I used sooo much water - my mom was pretty angry! :)

5.  Something you may not know about me is     I can touch my nose with my tongue.  I guess that means I have a long tongue?

6.  A true friend     will listen to you complain and vent about other people. Support you in all of your decisions whether they are good or bad. Help you pick out clothes and tell you when something is not attractive. Talk to you when you need them, stand up for you to others, and maybe even "slap a ho" when they get out of line. ;-)

7.  Something I hope people think of when they think of me is     happiness.  I hope that when my friends think of their happier times, they think of me because I want all my friends to be happy. 

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Two things I love...

Around my home...as seen on BacWoods Fern.

I love these little link-ups.  It gives me something to blog about that I probably would have never even thought about. And it means I get to take random pictures and have an excuse to do so. :-)

So, the two things I love around my home are:

 
My Shot Glass collection.  I started (slowly) collecting shot glasses back when I was in college.  I purchased my first shot glass when I was in the Bahamas.  Shot glasses are easily the best souviners from any place you go because almost everyone sells them!  Now when someone asks me what I want them to bring me back from a trip they are taking I simply say "shot glass!"  Everyone now knows to bring me back a shot glass. :-)

 
I don't know how many I have - but I have them from many states, countries, and Caribbean islands. 

 
These are from (from what I can read) New York, Nags head, Las Vegas, Nashville, Margaritaville, Florida, Tybee Island...oh so many!

The second thing I love around my house is:

 
My scrapbooking storage area.  I had to buy each of these cubes in pieces - one at a time with a 40% off coupon from Micheal's.  Every time I purchased a new piece I would hand the box to Andrew and he would quickly put it together for me.  You'll notice my PINK CRICUT EXPRESSION is right on top. I had to get that in there with my favorite things!

 
You would think this would make me more organized, but it doesn't. :-) I have a TON more scrapbooks I just didn't put them back on the shelves for this picture. 

 
Pretty awesome drawer space.

My beautiful pink Cricut. You can't see very well, but I have pictures scattered all over the top of this storage area. The large picture in the back is a scrapbook page I framed from when we took a family trip to Boston, MA.

Because this post is about "THINGS" I love and not persons or furry animals, I couldn't post pictures of Andrew and the pups...

Oh wait, yes I can. :-)  The 3 living beings I love the most!
 
Bailey - she REALLLLY didn't want to take a picture with her mommy.

 
Parker Barker!

 
My Love. <3

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Adrianna's on the Waterfront

We are having our reception at Adrianna's on the Waterfront in Manteo, NC. The nice thing about this restaurant is the fact that it is literally a 2 minute walk from the lighthouse where the ceremony will be held to the reception site. Adrianna's was the only thing that had me worried when we booked our wedding package.  We didn't see the reception site in person before we booked so we had to make our decisions based off of the pictures we saw online.  From what we could tell, it appeared to be a classy, elegant and very pretty set-up.  Naturally, we had to see it in person to calm our fears. :-)

We took a day trip down to Manteo to check things out, get a feel for the pier and lighthouse, and pop into Adrianna's.  We went to visit on a day that they were setting up for another wedding so we could see first hand how things were done.  Below are some of the pictures of our trip and another person's wedding reception. 

Andrew is standing in the exact spot we will be married in, only he's standing on my side. :-)
 
Check out how long that pier is! The "wedding aisle" is insanely long - at least the photographer will plenty of time to snap pictures of everyone!

 
Wedding set up. This girl's colors were pink and blue.  You wouldn't believe how much she spent on flowers I LOVE the dark brown wooden chairs - saves me from having to buy bows to tie onto the backs!

 
The set up at the bar. If you look closely in the mirror you'll see Andrew sitting there talking with the owner of the restaurant and drinking a beer.  Why was I not surprised he went straight for the bar???
It's a little dark, but this is the dance floor.  We won't have the tables in the back because we won't have that many people, so this whole area will be cleared and table free.  Lots of room for booty shaking!
 
The tables set up with the favors. I really liked the use of flower petals with the centerpieces.  We are going to purchase about 6 dozen roses and pop the petals off ourselves for the centerpiece designs.  Working on a budget!

The Glass Chapel.  This is our rain backup.  If it rains and we can't get married on the pier we come here. 
 
The inside of the glass chapel.  That's my mama in light blue and Andrew's mom in the darker blue. I was pleasantly surprised with this chapel, I won't be too upset if we have to get married here. 

We went to the Bridal Open House in November where we selected our dinner menus, centerpiece displays, cake design and flavors, and met the DJ. But that is for a future blog!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Top Two Tuesday - Thanks Kelly!

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It's Top Two Tuesdays over at Jimmy Choos and a Baby too!
This week's topic is Top 2 Favorite TV Shows. 

I found this blog through a friend's blog - she does these posts every Tuesday and I think they are very cute and fun, so I've decided to do my own as well!  

My Top Two Favorite TV shows are (drum roll please!):

BONES
 
Okay seriously, I am in LOVE with David Boreanaz.  I've loved him ever since he played Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  He is, without a doubt, the sexiest on TV actor ever.  But that isn't the only reason I love Bones. The show has substance and while it has a great story line, it is also cute and makes me laugh. I tune in every Thursday to watch this show and I own all the previous seasons on DVD. 

GLEE

 
My new favorite show from last fall's new lineup. This show is hilarious.  On top of that, it reminds me of my show choir days back in high-school.  It has great music, I love the performances at the end of every episode and I just KNEW they would win sectionals.  I was totally bummed when it took a 4 month hiatus, but it comes back in April and I can't wait! 

A few of my other favorites that didn't make the top two but are in the top 5 are:

Lost 
(although I've been rather disappointed with the final season so far)

 Heroes
(it took me a while to get into this show - I didn't tune in until Season 2, but after catching up I was quickly engrossed).

Grey's Anatomy
 (this show won't be on much longer, they are running out of story lines, but all in all, I find it to be a great show and I'm glad Izzy is no longer on the show).


A Hearts Desire...

As we've continued planning our wedding, the hearts theme has been the most prominent. As I mentioned in my last post, a lot of our wedding items are centered around the heart - one of the most romantic symbols. We purchased our cake serving set, cake topper, invitations, and centerpiece designs based on this theme. 

 Our serving set.  The cake server is in the shape of a heart and the tips of the knife and cake server are small intertwined hearts. We engraved the cake server and not the knife as is shown in this picture.
 
Our cake topper is an engraved heart.  Ours says:
Andrew and Pamela
April 17, 2010
Manteo, NC
I'll be sure to post pictures of the topper on top of our cake!

 
We ordered our invitations from a company called Invitations by Dawn.  Below are pictures of our actual invitations. 

 
What is so cool about these invitations is the fact they are printed on fabric - they are ribbons! Remember those awards ribbons you would get back in elementary school that said 1st Place or 2nd Place?  These are made of the same material. They came out amazing. 

 
Last by not least we have our floating heart candles.  We ordered these off of eBay and ordered them in pink and green. They will float in glass vases filled with green or pink sea glass.  The vases will be surrounded by pink rose petals and small votive candles on each side.  I will post the centerpiece pictures in future blogs. 

Over all, we have finished purchasing everything we need for the wedding.  The only things left are to book a limo, find my veil and shoes, and print out our custom made programs.  Those are going to be awesome.  My friend JC designed them for us using PhotoShop. They are double sided and will be attached to a fan stick.  Programs as fans! What could be better for an outside wedding?!

There are only 53 days until the wedding...a month and a half.  I can't believe it. I think it will really begin to sink in once we have the bridal shower on March 6th.  I promise to post photos from that as well!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Diamonds or hearts?

How about both!

When Andrew and I were shopping for our wedding items (like the ring bearer pillow, guest book, flower girl basket, etc), we needed to decide on a common theme.  Our wedding and engagement photos were tied loosely around a lighthouse but we couldn't find anything we liked as far as light house favors go.  So we decided to go with diamonds (which ties into a style in my wedding dress) and hearts.  

 
The flower girl basket matches the guest book and ring bearer pillow with the diamond accent to match my dress. 

 
Ring Bearer Pillow

 
Guest book and pen set. 

 
The unity candle

Unity candle holder.  As you can see the hearts are now making an appearance with the diamond accents. This whole set is called the Lillian Rose collection. 
Our toasting flutes have the heart theme and are from Waterford Crystal. I couldn't find a picture of the wedding favors that we purchased but they are small picture frames with double hearts at the top.  They will serve as our name card holders and everyone can take one home as a favor after the wedding. 
I will post pictures of the reception hall and what our center pieces will look like (we have floating heart candles!) as well as our wedding invitations in my next post!



Thursday, February 18, 2010

We're late, we're late!

For a very important date!

Well not if you remember to send Save the Dates to everyone you're inviting to your wedding!  :-)  Cheesy I know. Save the dates were something that I was very hell bent on ordering and sending out.  At first Andrew didn't think we needed them and didn't understand the extra wedding cost, but I quickly convinced him we needed them.  My co-worker sent me a link to Magnet Street Weddings where she ordered her Save the Date magnets.  I immediately fell in love with all of the options and the fact it gave you the ability to customize each magnet design to any color and font you wanted.  The main reason I wanted engagement pictures was for this item (and because I LOVE photos, I have them framed all over my house - its the whole having to document every part of my life desire that encouraged me to want them). After we got our engagement photos, which I blogged about here, I played around with the editor on Magnet Street and designed our Save the Date magnet.  I designed two that I loved, so I sent them off to Andrew and this was the one we choose:

 
The four photos we choose were our favorites, with the lighthouse picture as the number one fav.  We are getting married in front of a lighthouse in Manteo, so we wanted to tie the theme in all around. These were the first announcements our family and friends received from us. I think they came about fabulously! What do you think?

Dream wedding and fabulous photos...

Not as easy to come by as you may think!
After we got engaged we knew we had a lot of work to do to kick off the planning of our wedding.  The first step was to find a venue in the month that we wanted.  We wanted to be engaged for about a year before we got married so we were looking for sometime in May of 2010.  We got engaged in April so we thought it would be perfect.  We both knew we didn't want a church wedding and we wanted it outside, possibly on the beach. Originally Andrew wanted to get married on the pier at Tybee Island in Georgia but I knew that would limit the amount of my family members that would be able to attend.  I wanted something closer to Virginia and we both agreed that Nags Head would be a perfect compromise.  We could get married on the beach at sunset and all would be right with the world.  Of course, nothing works out as planned. All of the places we looked were booked for the whole summer, over a year in advance!  I was so angry and stressed, I had no idea what I was going to do.  Then I stumbled across a place called Beach Ball Events.  On a whim, I gave them a call to see if they had anything open for a Saturday wedding.  Nothing was available for May-August, but lo and behold, someone canceled their wedding on April 17th and if we wanted it, it was ours.  We put the $2k deposit down about 10 minutes later. We are now getting married on a pier outside of Marshes Light, which is the lighthouse in Manteo, NC. 

The reception will be held at a restaurant within walking distance called Adrianna's on the Waterfront.  Both are beautiful!  Now I just pray for good weather!
After the wedding drama of where to get married and have the reception was settled, our next step was to find a photographer.  A photographer came with our wedding package but it was only for about 2 hours and to add extra hours the price was out of this world (we wanted at least 6 hours of coverage). So we removed it from our package and went on the hunt for an affordable photographer for the wedding.  After many emails and suggestions from friends, I found a lady named Connie Feng.  She is an up and coming photographer looking to specialize in weddings. She offered us a free engagement session if we booked her for our wedding.  So we gave her a shot. If we liked the engagement pics, then she was hired.  Lucky for us, the pictures came out AMAZING!  Below are some of our favorites. 
 

 

 

  
There are a ton more.  You can view more of them by checking out Connie's blog.  Andrew and I made her header graphic! We rock. :-) You can find her blog about our session in her archives under September.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

An expression of scrapbooking...

Well really, it is a Cricut Expression and it's pink and it's all mine!!  About a year ago I purchased a normal Cricut machine for all of my scrapbooking projects.  What is a Cricut you ask? Well a Cricut machine is a personal die-cutting machine used with small cartridges that you purchase in different fonts and shapes.  I have about 10 cartridges right now and I use them to make shapes and titles for my scrapbook pages. The one I purchased way back when was a small 6x12 machine.  I had to cut all my 12x12 paper down to fit.  And of course, a few months later out came the Cricut Expression which was 12x12 and allows you to cut out vinyl lettering for your walls and etch onto glass.  I never purchased this larger machine even though I wanted one.  Every time the infomercial came on TV I would sit and watch it, longing for $400 to purchase my own.  THEN - they created Expressions in different colors!  They made blue,red and then pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness and it came with three cartridges.  The machine was only sold through Micheal's and of course, is no longer available.  But oh how I wanted one. Over the past week I began looking on Ebay for machines on sale.  The problem was people were taking out the limited edition Journey cartridge (the breast cancer cartridge) and then reselling the machine! I wanted all of the cartridges and the more I searched, the more I wanted it now!

Then on Sunday, I get a text from my future hubby that says "I hope you love me." I knew, JUST KNEW that he had found a machine for me and purchased it!  I was so excited when I got home and he told me my brand new, pink machine with all 3 cartridges would arrive for me on Thursday. 
 
Isn't it BEAUTIFUL?!  I can't WAIT to begin my new projects!  And of course, I love my fiance tons for taking the time to find a Cricut Machine! I'll be sure to post some of my projects in future blogs to show everyone how amazing this machine truly is!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Allow me to introduce myself...

My name is Pamela and I am what you could call a marketing guru.  My profession works well with my personality, as I'm a crafty and inventive person.  My main focus is New Media to produce lead gen, which is part of the reason I've decided to start blogging again. 

I've had about 4 blogs in the past - I recently came across a blog I wrote while in college.  I found it amusing how much things have changed, how much I have changed. I look back and think - where did that hot headed, so into herself girl go?  I was a person that didn't let things slide and never would apologize first. If you had a problem it was on you to step up to fix it.  Now I cherish and love my friendships much more and never have any problems apologizing or moving past a disagreement, no matter how angry I get. In fact, I was inspired to start writing my blog again due to a reconnection with an old college friend.  She was one of those girls that I was too hard headed to try and make my friendship work with throughout college when things got difficult. I regret that because I believe we could have been life long friends.  Now we have reconnected on Facebook (surprise surprise, me on Facebook!), and we've both grown past our differences to become acquaintances again.  For that I am happy.  It shows how much I've grown over the last 7 years. You should check out her blog, its very cute and has some great life tips!

This blog is basically going to be about my every day life. I am getting married in two months to my wonderful fiance.  Planning a wedding has been so much fun and I am so excited for April 17, 2010 to arrive. I'll share my wedding finds, the planning that we've done and of course, a ton of pictures.  I also scrapbook and do artsy projects around the house and I love to cook, so I'll share some of those things along the way. 

Welcome to my blog and my life.  I hope you enjoy the ride!