Lola by Marc Jacobs on the other hand, had me spritzing my wrist to enjoy the scent throughout the day. Yes, I am a fan of all of his perfumes and this one smells classic, yet unique in its own way. In any case, the bottle is so gorgeous it's worth the purchase alone! This perfume will be making its way onto my growing Christmas Wish List (yes I still make them for my parents).
Spill it...what's your signature scent? What should I be sniffing at the stores?
photos by the incredible talented Natalie Moser (love her!)
Such a hot couple!
I DIE! So gorgeous!
The bride and her maids (all WSU alums - Go Cougs)! Love the parasols and yellow and pink details!
I just love this picture! The back of her dress, the groomsmen and bridesmaids in the back and the colors are fabulous!
Shelby used limes with guests names and different cities for place settings.
Shelby was crowned by her gorgeous Mother In Law, another South African tradition. Princess Shelby has a nice ring to it!
The gorgeous and tasty cakes that Rene (M.I.L) made. So talented!
One of my favorite moments of the night was our dear friend Coffey (now Mrs. Rina) rocking out to Journey's "Don't Stop Believing". Quite a hit on the dance floor!
All the details were just perfection. The menu and little yellow billy ball greeted us at our seats.
Instead of a guest book, we signed a surf board with our best wishes for the newlyweds.
The flowers were huge and incredible and I got to take the centerpiece home with me! Bonus!
Us girls before the ceremony (the bride asked us to wear bright colors for fun pictures)! They were married at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe California.
Me, Mrs. R and L.Spry
The future Mrs. Clark walking down the aisle with her equally gorgeous mom.
First kiss as husband and wife! (It was a good kiss!)
Mrs. C taking it easy and relaxing at the cocktail hour.
Bride & Me
It was truly such an honor to get to attend this beautifully intimate wedding. I definitely felt the love not only between Shelby & Rich but also from all the friends and family present. These two are a match made in heaven and have combined their love for each other and passion for photography into a budding successful business - 927 Photography (named after their wedding date).
I wish the two of you lots of laughs, and love well in the years to come. You guys are beautiful!
Itunes free song of the week has done it again! La Roux's "Bulletproof" is the free download of the week (until tomorrow) and I am just loving it so much! A total kick ass girl song with motivational, girl power lyrics, and perfect beat to dance and jam out to. Plus did I mention you can download the song for free until tomorrow?
Mr. Kevin Gillespie is a genius not only in the kitchen but in real life as well. He was offered a full ride scholarship to MIT (I heard a few smart kids go there), and chose instead to hit culinary school. Good decision! His creations are good old southern food and have me salivating at my TV. He is my front runner to win, and he is just so darling and so lovable, how can you not root for him?
My next choice to win is the dry and sarcastic Jennifer Carroll. She is totally a "guys girl" and a no BS kind of gal which I can appreciate. Her creations are equally tasty looking and she does it all with such ease and composure. Lasts night episode was the first time I have seen her break a sweat and she still ended up in the top four! She is a good role model for women to take charge in the kitchen!
I am seriously crushing on Michael Voltaggio and his unique cooking techniques. So far he has created some incredible entrees and may I add watching him in the kitchen is quite sexy? I am loving his fork and knife tattoo and sibling rivalry with his brother on the show. He is seriously gifted and I enjoy watching the wheels in his brain turn with each challenge. I am hoping to have the pleasure to dine at The Dining Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena one of these days.
I also kind of in love with Tom Colicchio and find him oddly sexy (am I the only one). So do you watch Top Chef? Who are you rooting for? If not Top Chef, then what's your favorite cooking show on TV? What chef do you adore? All this talk of food has me a little bit hungry....
Best in Show:
Toni Collete stunned in her coral gown and thank goodness she picked that dress because she looked incredible onstage accepting her award for best actress in a comedy. I gasped when I saw January Jones looking the exact opposite of her character Betty Draper. The dress was intense, artsy and phenomenal (loved the risk she took). Lastly of course was the youthful and sexy Blake Lively. The dress made my eyes bulge a bit but she pulled it off with class and a bit of playfulness. Wowza!
These ladies looked incredible in varying shades of silver. Kate Walsh always looks incredible in my eyes, and at first I was like, "what's up with the casual hair" but then she explained it was chosen by a Suave Hair Care Vote and her cute clutch she carried was $30 at Aldo. Gotta love a budget savvy lady! Kara DioGuardi look classy and chic with just a peep of silver and that Mariska Hargitay never disappoints on the red carpet with a form fitting classy silver flecked gown. She is just such a class act!
Blending in with the crowd was not an option for these ladies as they stepped onto the red carpet in eye popping colors. Ginnifer Goodwin could have done more with her makeup and hair but her dress complimented her skin tone and slender body lovely. I thought Debra Messing looks like a Hollywood Goddess in this red sparkly gown but was disappointed to hear fashion critics say it was "boring" and "safe". It's red for goodness sake and she looks incredible in it! Back off! The frickin' adorable Lindsay Price looked splendid in purple and her hair couldn't have been any shinier! I loved her dress because it was very different from anything I have seen in awhile and of course fit her perfectly.
Bold & Beautiful:
Overall I wasn't blown away by any of the fashion and the makeup and hair styles were just ok. I wanted all the actresses to have a little more blush and a little more lip gloss. Let's hope we see more goodies come January when the "real" award season begins. What did you think? Who were your faves and least faves?
I am hoping to take a drive somewhere on street that looks like this.
I want to take a walk in the rain, with an umbrella and just take it all in.
Welcome back fall....
all images courtesy of Mi Belle Inc
The wedding was held at the beautiful Villa Amodei in Somis, California.
Husband & Wife!
Just a little moment together *sigh*
One of my absolute favorite pictures from the day. This picture just makes me smile :)
The yummy cake was accented with orchids, as was the entire wedding.
Table 8 is great! Lindsay, Mrs. R, Me and Mr. R (who shares his birthday with this joyous occasion - Happy Birthday Mr. R!)
Lots of dancing!
LA girls capturing the mandatory girl shot (5 Cougs and a Husky).
Me & Mrs. R (Miss you!)
The ladies with the bride & groom (someone forgot to tell me not to make a ridonk face).
The site at night, just gorgeous.
Congrats again Mr. & Mrs. S! I wish you both lots of love, happiness and am so excited to see that little bundle of joy when he/she enters this world. It will be raised in a home of pure love.
In my Pursuit of Happiness, I stumbled upon this killer song by Kid Cudi featuring MGMT and Ratatat. I listened to "Day & Night" all summer long, and MGMT had me at "Time to Pretend".... so you can imagine my happiness when these two artist collaborated to create this holy goodness.
An instant hit and song I can honestly listen to at least five times a day and still get excited when it comes on the radio. Blast it loud and find your own happiness.
I am McLovin' ya!
The Beaded Sequin Bib Necklace is the perfect accessory piece for this fall. Pair it with that plain white t-shirt or even a tank, and you have instant glamour goodness.
I had to reach out into other discount shopping sites for the Black Solid Color Shirred Detail Dress. It isn't a perfect comparison but, with the entire dress + necklace combo only running you under $45 and the single Banana Dress on sale for $79.99, I think the differences are small enough in the long run.
No, I'm not talking about the rocking C&C Music Factory song, I am talking instead about the new handles that were installed on our work toilets.
Now, I am all for being green and reducing water usage (California = drought central right now), but my problem is that holding the handle up once for "liquid waste" never flushes it down entirely, so then I ended flushing again and once even a third time! So...is it really helping save water or is it just frustrating the hell out of me and causing me to waste more????
Secondly...notice the note that the handle is coated to protect against germs. Really? Last time I checked unless that handle miraculously sanitizes itself between flushes, I don't see how protects any better then the normal handle.
(Yep... I am that random and took a picture of a placard in a bathroom stall at work and thought about these things...on a side note: coworkers have already given up on the "liquid waste" flush and use the "solid waste" flush for everything)
This Belle Epoque Print Ruffle Top is casually elegant and perfect for Sunday brunch or a day date out with that cute boy you have been crushing on (husbands count!). The ruffles are delightful!
Another incredible piece that I need to add to my wardrobe is this Beaux Arts Convertible Dress. The colors are fresh and totally ease me into fall. Added bonus, this dress doubles as a hot little number for a night on the town or a cute tunic while you bop over to your local farmers market.
I think part of the reason I love this line is the tropical feel...without being cheesy. This Mosaic Ruffle Deep V Dress will have you keeping the temperatures hot, even if you are freezing cold this fall.
Keeping true with my sudden similar taste in clothing/shoes with Paris Hilton, I would totally rock this Peacock Print Corset Dress to a fabulous luncheon or bridal shower.
Apparently Paris and Rachel Bilson also enjoy this peacock number, and might I add they both look pretty in it (although Paris, you really ought to remember the rule about removing one accessory when you walk out the door).
Last but most definitely not least, I would love to get my little hands on this Ornamental Print Double Empire Dress. The colors have me drooling and wanting to hop on the next flight to Miami.
Becoming Bilingual just got a lot easier and might I say, has never looked better ;)