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Ocean State inspiration!

June 5, 2008

I am back in Austin for a week where the temps are spiking at 100 degrees, reconfirming my understanding that if you want a seaside June groom, better to have the wedding in New England! And speaking of New England beachiness, Kathryn over at Snippet and Ink is doing a week of beach-inspired idea boards. They’re all fabulous, but the New England beach wedding one is just the scheme I’m going for: blues and hydrangeas and the natural hues of the sand, clam shells and driftwood.

Here’s a peak:


Me likey: online shopping

May 16, 2008

Ann Taylor dresses I’m digging as engagement party/ garden party/ rehearsal dinner frocks:

Cynthia Rowley “Dirty Dishes”

Bags from Mabel’s shop:

Par for the course:

May 7, 2008

Of course, before anything else is planned my sister-MOH has come up with a bachelorette party theme: bar golf or ‘pub golf.’ She recently received an invitation to beer golf, a similar complex drinking game, and then I posted about croquet, and we realized that it would be a great fusion of the heavy drinking involved in bachelorette parties and the fundamental element of my sartorial inclinations: argyle. Then, as it turns out, I discovered that Boston has a famous (infamous?) event called the Boston Bar Golf Invitational where people go from bar to bar in the Fanueil Hall area and keep scorecards on their T-shirts. I looked at a few websites, and there is a range of ‘rules’ for pub golf, but generally you consider the number of bars that you’re going to the ‘holes’ (so you could play a 9-hole game), and, like in golf, you choose your clubs, which are in this case beverages, and different bars are assigned different things for ‘par,’ so, for example, at The Hot Club (to use a RI example) the par would be two beers and a mixed drink, and you must finish them in the time allotted.

The best part? Proper golf attire is required!

More Ocean State Inspiration

April 25, 2008

My grandmother’s dress was included in Kathryn at Snippet & Ink’s inspiration board today! I love the theme: garden charm. Originally, when A. and I were planning to marry at the farm, the theme was garden charm. But then I realized the complicated nature of having an outdoor, tented wedding in the middle of the quiet corner of Connecticut, and looked deep within myself and realized I’d rather have a blue ticking stripe themed beach party. And as much as I love apple green, I cannot have my “girls” wearing celadon column dresses. Love the photos below, though. And, like everyone else, I’m totally sold by the new tren of involving bicycles in the wedding! So photogenic, those things.

Fairfield Porter study

April 24, 2008

Here is my copy of a painting by Fairfield Porter called “Still Life with White Boats,” 1968.  A little Ocean State inspiration…

Ecstatic about espadrilles!

April 21, 2008

When I think about espadrilles I go back to being 15, obsessed with Dawson’s Creek, hanging out at Barnes and Noble drinking caramel macchiatos while “studying” but actually just reading the J. Crew and coveting their espadrilles.

So I was filled with nostalgia when I saw these (notably thrifty–all are under $30/pair) on Newport News:

Aren’t the eyelet ones in pink or green adorable? I threw the last pair up for my sis, because it’s not like I can wear heels that high.

Sundress round-up

April 21, 2008

Love these sundresses from Harolds:

And over at Garnet Hill, the difficult choice of Liberty fabric or seersucker:

(both with optional halter strap) and a Beautiful Boden wrap dress:

Tag that doesn’t end in a sprained ankle!

April 21, 2008

Engagemental has engaged me in a game of blog tag. Here are the rules she posted:

1) you link back to the person who tagged you.
2) post these rules on your blog.
3) share six unimportant things about yourself.
4) tag six random people at the end of your entry.
5) let the tagged people know by leaving a comment on their blogs

So let’s get started!

1. When I’m not paging through bridal mags and updating my blog, I like to spend my free time painting. Usually I paint with gouache (an opaque water-soluble paint that dries in a snap), but this spring I started an oil class, which I love. I love painting, but I only really started using gouache 4 years ago! This has been a lesson to me in terms of never thinking that it’s too late to learn something. So, especially if you are a person who draws a lot and you think painting is too hard to learn, it’s not! Like everything, it takes practice. This year’s holiday card (in gouache):

2. I am scared of going too fast which makes me scared of: roller coasters, skiing, go-carts and fancy cars. Yesterday A. and I went sailing for an hour in Jamaica Pond in Boston, and I kept getting mad when he would heel the boat for too long. I think this fear originates from the time I sustained a concussion after a teenage boy hit my own go-cart with his and sent me flying into a pole. Here’s the heavenly Jamaica Pond:

Does this mean that our getaway vehicle won’t be a sailboat? I can’t totally rule that out, certainly not after seeing these photos on tying the knot.

3. Maybe I went to too many Texan weddings during my childhood, but my ideal wedding day spread is a fajita buffet. Ah, the guac, the beef, the salsa… But I guess ‘fajita’ doesn’t really go with Victoriana-prep. Raw bar is prob more appropriate.

4. Thanks to my mother, I have become addicted to the Providence and Boston craigslist. Yesterday I bought a French easel (for landscape painting–never mind the fact that in 6 weeks I become a physician!) from the Boston craigslist. I check the furniture listings daily–sometimes multiple times a day!–for tufted chairs, down-filled ottomans, and a heavy dose of schadenfreude. Today I got a particular pleasure out of the listing that said the following: ” Many fine items, pick up only” Poetic isn’t it?

5. I picked out this dress for my engagement party. Isn’t it gorge? It’s from a strange store in Hartford, CT called B. Moss. Has anyone ever heard of it? The dress is 100% cotton, looks even better on–very cinched at the waist.

6. My fiance and I share the same first names as my father’s parents. Doesn’t this remind you of an Isabel Allende or Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel? Where the names keep repeating and take on additional surnames.

Buendia family tree from One Hundred Years of Solitude:

(Note the number of Aurelianos…)

Okay, I’m tagging:

Don’t Be That Bride

Rookie Bride

With this Ring

Della Stella

DC Nearly Weds

Violet’s Vows

Bridal fashion show season!

April 16, 2008

This Oscar de la Renta gown is a little over the top (and a straw hat as well?), but it has a nice light blue sash/cummerbund.  My mom and I were thinking that my grandmother’s dress would look nice with a light blue sash or grosgrain ribbon.  It was worn originally with a peplum (kind of a mini apron that is extremely Katherine Hepburn), but I am not looking to add volume to my hips!  Example of a peplum:

Wedding inspiration from the pages of Vogue Living

April 11, 2008

I think I subscribe to Vogue just so that I can received the quarterly Vogue Living which is awesome.  This spring’s issue is kind of about layering and shabby chic themes.  There is a great article on the decoupager John Derian who bought an old house in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and just kind of let it’s antiquity ooze.  I love his aesthetic, especially how he carries over his trademark decoupage eye into decor.  There was also a section of the magazine devoted to the look I’m interested in achieving at my wedding.  Here it is: a Victorian theme to go with my Victorian ring.

This picture also illustrates the color scheme I’ve been considering (light blue, coral and white) without evoking Howard Johnson’s.  As much as I love the parasol/umbrella presence, I’m not sure that I have the gall to carry a parasol, but there are huge umbrellas on the deck of the club where we are planning to have the reception.  And although my dress is definitely from the 40’s, I think the gold buttons and pintucked silk organza are very Belle Epoch.