On comfort clothes

One of the very first things I do as soon as I get home from school is to put on something comfortable. It's not that my "work" clothes are so terribly painful, but I just love being able to physically distance myself away from school. AND I have an awful habit of spilling on myself, which usually ruins some beloved item. Two years ago I bought J.Crew's Lisa dress, which was super comfortable, but it went to my ankles and was a bit low in the front (but I didn't care because I lived in the middle of nowhere and no one saw me). I loved the feeling of the modal cotton and would wear it around quite a bit. Then I moved on to the foldover skirt from Old Navy that I bought for $1.99. I only bought it because it was so cheap, but I wear this all the time around the boy, and he insists that I could totally wear it around in public.

Last night, I had a meeting and then went to Panera for dinner. I stopped by Ann Taylor Loft to check out their 50 percent off additional clearance. I bought this skirt in a dark purple. The boy said it was flattering enough to keep (yay!). But the best part is it feels so nice. I wore it for an hour or so last night while visiting him, and then this morning I was thinking about how absolutely soft it is. I think it's going to be my new comfort skirt. I think this one may even be cute enough to wear out.

As a side note, Target also has some lovely "comfort dresses" on sale for 18 dollars this week. The material feels really nice, but it's not quite as thick as I would like. It seems more like a nightie to me. The Loft skirt is awesome because it's soft and comfortable but substantial enough that you don't have panty lines. So that's my take on the comfortable clothes on sale now! Can you tell that I'm lounging around this Friday night?

On being a bridezilla

So yesterday I was completely overwhelmed by all of my limitations. Sometimes I really want to be the best. I want to be the best teacher, have the best engagement pictures, have the best wedding, etc.

And I'm just not. Yesterday, that was really upsetting to me. The boy and I found out that we couldn't go on our honeymoon after all, I'm not the best teacher and can only do so much, some of my engagement pictures really show the way I look (instead of the way I like to pretend I look), and my wedding will not be perfect. It will be full of dynamics and be expensive.

Today, after some sleep, I realize that being the best or trying to be the best is a great idea, until it makes you loathe yourself.

I realized that I can give a student ten cents so he has enough money for lunch.
I realized that I can give a student another chance to turn in work.
I can tell a student that she is one of the sweetest people I've ever met.
I can tell a student that they are a great writer.

I won't be the best, but I can do something.

As for the wedding and engagement, I can find a few pictures that are beautiful and can be framed, and one that I really love.

And I realized that in September the boy and I will be married.

And that will be awesome.

Engagement Pictures

So I had a long post of me ranting about school and the necessity of a diet and my inability to do so, but the two people who read this blog have already heard it. So here are the engagement pictures from our amazing photographer. You can find her website here: http://celestial-sights.com/












So my wedding is about five months away, and I have yet to go on a wedding diet. I need to get a move on that.

We've got the big things organized: date, church, pastor, reception, colors, save the dates, invites, our photographer, honeymoon locale.

It seems there are lots of little pieces that will get wrapped up eventually. But really, the wedding will go down.

We still don't know if we'll have dancing or not, or what we'd dance to.

I'm still waiting anxiously, like a crazy person for our engagement pictures to post. I don't even know why I care about them. But I just want to see them.

In other news, this dress from Tarjay is fabulous. It's seriously the cutest sundress I've seen anywhere.

You should check it out (dear sister, I've already bought you one): http://www.target.com/Merona-Collection-Valerie-Sleeveless-Dress/dp/B0033QRT66/ref=br_1_15?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&qid=1272329321&searchView=grid5&sr=1-15&node=1104830&searchRank=-price&searchPage=2&searchSize=30&id=Merona%20Collection%20Valerie%20Sleeveless%20Dress&searchBinNameList=purchasing_channel%2Cstyle_name%2Csleeve_type%2Ccollar_style-bin%2Clifestyle-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin

Quiet Weekend

It's been a quiet weekend; exactly the type of weekend I was looking forward to. Not that I ever do anything that exciting, but it's nice to just have some down time. I spent lots of time looking at wedding blogs. On Friday evening, I went to use my gift card to Victoria Secret, and I bought travel sized lotion that is called "Girl's Night Out." I think they will be cute to give during the baccalaureate party. My sister and I had a great idea to make the party a wine tasting event because it's relatively cheap since we live in an area that has many vineyards and it's something everyone will enjoy. I bought goodie bags from Target's dollar spot and I'm thinking we're going to stuff them for each girl with: a tiny bottle of wine, lotion, mints, and a cheap wine cork from the dollar store. I might find some other stuff, but that's what I've come up with now. As you can see, I'm probably over involved in deciding what I want to do. Fortunately, my sister understands this and is letting me do my thing.

I've also realized that I really don't have a clear vision of what I want our wedding to look like. My mom has this knack of taking what she has and making it look good. I don't have this same ability, so I end up with hodge podges of visions. I made another inspiration board; it's just a beefed up version of the first one. I'm really happy that I figured out to add navy blue. So here's my *new* inspiration board. (Click to see the whole board)



Images from as follows:
First Row: Brooks Brother's Tie, Wedding Paper Diva invite, Boatman Gellar Thank You Note, J.Crew shoes, The Inspired Bride dessert display, Casablanca wedding gown

Kate Spade Friends and Family

With the 30 percent off, I went ahead and bought these. I was a little anxious about the color, but I really love that they are dangly flowers, so I just took the plunge. The boy didn't seem as shocked as I thought he would; perhaps because he's jaded by all my silly purchases. I hope they are as beautiful in real life as I think they will be!

Weekend Recap

Even though my only two readers (my sister and and the boy) were with me this weekend, I still feel like recapping this weekend. Friday the boy and I went to a baseball game together. It was nice to just be outside and enjoy the spring weather. Saturday, my sister came up and I bought a scarf from Ann Taylor Loft. I had been hoping for the scarf to go on sale for a few weeks so I was excited to get it.

On Sunday, the boy and I had our engagement pictures taken. We were a bit of a wrinkly mess, and certainly aren't the most attractive couple the world has ever seen, but we really enjoyed working with our photographer. We'll see some of the pictures sometime this week, but even if they don't turn out that well, she worked with what she had! She's very cheerful and professional, and I think it will be great to have her shoot our wedding.

I've made it through two days, so I'll leave you with a print from an etsy shop
(vol. 25)posted on Young House Love. Maybe it will inspire me to do some work, and delight you.

On Beauty

Sometimes I just get in one of those moods to see or read something really beautiful. On my way home, I was thinking about how long it's been since I've read a book. Somehow in the midst of teaching books, paper shuffling, talking on the phone, and the all important watching tv with the boy, I just don't read. When I get home, I'm exhausted. Anyways, I was in the mood for just a bit of poetry or something this evening. Enter this beautiful poster I found on Peechy Keen's blog.

Poetry for the wall. I bought it, and can't wait to hang it up when the boy and I move in together. It's small, but perfect.

The Maine Event

Today I went to get my ring checked and cleaned, which marks my six month anniversary of being engaged! It's hard to believe that time has moved by so quickly.

I'm so excited to think that in five months I will be getting married! This brings me to my exciting news: The boy and I are going to Maine for our honeymoon.

I'm very excited, because it will be relatively economical. We will stay at his grandmother's cabin, which is by the beach. I've been to Maine twice before, and each time we have a really great time. I'm just excited that we will be able to get away for a few days together. :)

Contemplating quitting...

Diet Coke (err, diet anything).

I love diet soda. I love that it doesn't have any calories, so it doesn't seem bad for me. I love the caffeine. I love the taste. But, it seems that I can no longer ignore the fact that diet soda is bad for me. It rots your bones and teeth, potentially causes cancer, and doesn't really help you not eat. So why am I drinking it? (Besides the fact that I'm addicted)? It seems I can find something else to drink. I've given up meat for six years, surely I have enough willpower to quit or at least lessen my intake of diet soda? We will see!

This might be a thing of my past.

April Showers

One of my friends is getting married, and I'm going to be a bridesmaid. While I'm not in charge by any means, I spent a little bit of my spring break thinking about her shower. She loves purple, so I'm hoping that we will be able to use the color a bit. I was really inspired by this inspiration board. I also figured out how to make these little cards from idiy, but of course I changed the colors to purple. I'm excited because I'm going to print them out on the Martha Stewart Eyelet Invitations that my mom bought on sale. I think that the matching reply cards could make really sweet name cards.



I also figured out how to make an invitation that looks very similar to this one from Wedding Paper Divas. For someone who is design and computer illiterate, I'm sure having a fun time.

Sisters

There are some people who just have good taste. They don't really try; it's just something that they are born with. My sister is one of those people. Instead of trying to fight it, I just embrace the fact that there is someone in my life to keep me from running around looking too ridiculous. My sister and I went home for Easter, and she listened to more than enough wedding junk and helped me finish printing off more wedding stationary. She's amazing like that. She also bought me frozen yogurt and drove me home, since my car is going to be in the shop a lot longer than anyone thought. No two ways about it, no one is ever there for you like a sister. There's certainly no one else who you can watch bad chick flicks without any judgement. :)