Sunday, December 31, 2006

Dress status

There's good news and bad news...

The bad news is I tried on cloudberries and it wasn't a winner. It was a filmsy jersey material and didn't look great on me. It was ok....but not for $200 bucks.

The good news is I'm eyeing this dress from Ann Taylor Loft. I'm currently watching one on ebay. You can't tell from the picture but is navy blue with white polka dots. I like it's retro feel.

My wedding dress is in (it's actually a bridesmaid dress)but I haven't had time to call and make an appointment for a fitting. Here is a picture of it...but imagine it in ivory...with a big brown sash...and some sparkle.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Shopping for dresses

It's raining, raining, raining in I'm catching up on reading all my blogs and shopping for things I can't afford to buy.

Loving these three dresses at Anthropologie.... do you think any of them would make a good rehearsal dinner dress? I was hoping to find a dress that matched the wedding color scheme of blue and brown...but maybe that's a little over the top. Tell me your favorite.

florida room sheath

cloudberries dress

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Welcom Ryan James!


My good friends Charlotte and Randy were expecting in February.... but their son has a mind of his own!! Ryan joined us on December 18 in Tennessee where Charlotte was visiting family. He is only 3 lbs. but is breathing on his own and doing well.

Unfortunately Randy and Charlotte have been renovating their house for the last 6 months and it is far from finished. When Randy returns I think there is going to be a big push by all their family and friends to get the house ready for Ryan. Charlotte told me I'm the official designer =) and I have full authority to select paint colors. So it looks like I know what I'm doing after Christmas. =)

Congratulations Randy and Charlotte!!! I can't wait to meet Ryan and I can't wait to get his room (and his house) ready for his arrival!!

Thursday, October 26, 2006


"Suffering is not holding you. You are holding suffering. When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you will come to realize how unnecessary it was for you to drag those burdens around with you. You will see that no one else other than you was responsible. The truth is that existence wants your life to become a festival."
~ Osho

[via superhero]

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Karole's wedding

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Attended Karole and Bruce's wedding last night. Karole is one of my Siddha Yoga friends. See that lei around Bruce's might see a couple of those again sometime next year....

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Karole had a friend do henna on her hands and feet...SO BEAUTIFUL! They did a really good job. Bruce's name is hidden in there somewhere. This is something else you might see sometime next year....

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Gary cuts up a rug with Melelani and Andrew creates ambiance with bubbles.

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Our beautiful friend Nidhi rocks Gary and Cate's baby Leah to sleep.

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Me and sweet, sweet Denise the matriarch of my little siddha yoga group. She had a second heart attack this week!!! Pushing herself to0 hard at work! Thank God is she ok but we are all trying to convince her that it is time to retire and take it easy.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Little Angel


As an "honorary Wellbrock" I was invited to attend little Madelyn's baptism today. So very honored to be there and be included with Denice and Stephen's families. Madelyn is so, so sweet and adorable.

I made her a little guardian angel for the occasion.


School is back in session so I will try and keep up with blogging when I can.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

End of Summer

Busy trying to enjoy my last bits of "summer vacation" before I have to go back to school and be a grown up again. Also using this time to get as much wedding stuff done as possible.

Sent out Save the Date cards. 176 very special people were invited....
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Ordered paper to make wedding invitations.... (finally decided to stick with blue and brown color scheme) I started printing yesterday!
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Andrew is busy making pickles again.... and playing with his new toy...
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And we found a pair of these beauties antiquing this weekend...I sprayed them yellow.

Friday, July 28, 2006


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[maggie and giraffie, summer 06]

Been thinking alot about this video that I came across on Ali's blog the other day.

Thoughts about gratitude, perspective, attitude, joy, living life to the fullest and living life in the moment, what can I give myself and what can I give to others....

Very amazing 4 minutes.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Order of Events

Wednesday 7 pm - a right turning SuperCell makes its way toward St. Louis. I'm in my car on my way to meditation.....and I know something is not right when the car stars to shake in the wind.

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Wednesday 9:30 pm - Traffic signals out, multiple trees in the street, trees on houses, trees everywhere.... No power at the house. Tomato cages at an angle. A balmy 80 degrees for sleeping....

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Thursday 6:30 am - still no power, call friend Aileen, she has power!!! drop off Kula.... get ready for work; leave the cat lots of water.

Thursday 5:30 pm - a warm 120 outside, about 81 on the first floor, probably in the 90s upstairs. Cat is hiding in basement. Back to Aileen's for AC!!

Friday 11:00 am - head to airport....another storm! Parking garage no power.... Flight delayed, delayed, delayed. Finally on plane and circling over Newark....circling, circling....nothing landing in greater NYC area because of another f-ing storm!!! We are headed to Cleveland.

Friday 7:00 pm - back on plane with supposed "new crew" to fly us.

Friday 8:00 pm - wait a second....same flight crew... sorry we are "timed out" can't legally take off and fly you to Newark.

Friday 9:00 pm - one agent at service counter....lots and lots of angry, tired passengers.

Friday 10:00 pm - Holiday Inn Express....very smokey room

Saturday 9:00 am - check back in at airport

Saturday 2:00 pm - finally taking off!!!!

Saturday 4:00 pm - Finally landed in Newark!!!!

Sunday 4:00 pm - 24 hours after arriving... heading back home.

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The time I was actually in Newark was very nice. CJ and Deb were wonderful hosts and Adam and Kelly have a very beautiful baby with really big eyes!! This is what I made for her.

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I started it on Wednesday when I still had power and finished it at Aileen's when I didn't have power. My first stuffed toy ever. Inspired by this, this and this.

I'm glad to be home....

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Storm of the Century

Been dealing with this since 7 pm last night. It was pretty scary but I'm fine and the house is fine. Andrew's garden didn't really look fine. The tomato cages were at a 90 degree angle.

I love how this stuff always seems to happen when Andrew is out of town and I'm here alone.

Sleeping in the house without AC last night was not fine.... I didn't sleep.

Luckily my dear friend Aileen still has power so Kula is there keeping cool. Della is on her own in the basement.

The neighborhood looks like a war zone. Trees down everywhere!!

More storms to come tonight...... stay tuned....

Monday, July 17, 2006


[clockwise from left: CJ, Adam, Andrew, DK, Kelly, Jimmy]

This weekend we are headed to New Jersey....

We will be getting together with Andrew's best man, Adam, his wife Kelly, and new baby Gisele, and with groomsman, CJ and his wife Deb. [Please note: DK is a groomsman too (see picture above) but he is too busy being a master chef to join us...=( ]

The funny part about this weekend is that Andrew, Adam, CJ and I all went to junior high and high school together. In fact I went to pre-school with Adam...and I believe I attended his 5th birthday party...although I have no photographic evidence.

It has probably been 11 years since I've seen Adam and 13 years since I've seen CJ.

If you had asked me 3 years ago if I ever thought the four of us would be getting together to celebrate marriage and babies I would have said you were on crack.... but life is funny that way and here I am.

I will admit that I am moderately anxious and nervous about the reunion but I am also pretty excited. I can't wait to see Gisele (most gorgeous baby ever!), play with lots of dogs, see if Adam and CJ have changed or stayed the same... and have lots of girl talk with Kelly and Deb. Most importantly I hope the weather is nice so we can take full advantage of CJ's patio and pool.

Cupcakes and other assorted details

We will be having cupcakes..... something like this:

So I am trying to decide what to do about the display of said cupcakes.... Here are three options.
I like the ones from Target the best but I wish they had 3 different sizes instead of just two....

Target has 2 sizes...

Crate and Barrel...


I also sent some bridesmaid dress ideas out to my girls this week. They are all from Anthropologie. I like the first one but yellow wasn't really in my color scheme....but I think it can work. This one is also on clearance so it has a great price! Too bad one bridesmaid is in Denver and one is in Europe at the moment.....




Ordered our save the date cards from yesterday.

Andrew is working on the website.

He plans on adding a bunch of info on Wednesday. He is calling hotels, airlines, car rental places trying to get deals. Unfortunately I think June is an expensive month. Lots of weddings, conferences, travelers, etc.

Waiting for a sample for the invitations to make sure I can print them at home.

Still debating on favors.....

That's it for now!

Monday, July 10, 2006


[ via Stephen Seward Photography,]

Andrew and I have talked a lot over the last couple months about how and if we wanted our friends to "work" for our wedding (i.e. go above and beyond simply helping us with ordinary preparations). Our friend Cate (proud momma of Leah) is a photographer, our friend Steph makes cakes, and our friend Jeff has a jazz band. While it is tempting to ask all of our friends for their services to save money, Andrew and I decided we didn't want to make our friends "work" on our wedding day. We want them to be there to celebrate and relax just like the rest of our family and friends.

So today we hired a photographer. His name is Stephen Seward. I found him through the Wedding Photojournalists Association. He won a third place award for one of his photos. Check out his portfolio and/or his blog.

Congrats Cate and Gary

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[Daddy Gary and Leah]

Introducing....Leah Gita Skolnik (I hope I got it right!) This summer has been so busy I just got to meet her this weekend and she is already 4 weeks old! She is a cutie pa-tootie! Congratulations Cate and Gary!

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[Aunt Melelani and Leah]

Our dear, dear friend Denise is recovering from having a heart attack last week. That was a scary phone call!!! She seems to be doing well and, as always, was in good spirits. I am SO, SO thankful that she is ok!! Andrew and I have asked Denise to help officiate our wedding. Please send her your good thoughts and blessings for a full recovery and many more years of good health. We love you Denise!
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Here is Andrew testing Melelani's new bike.
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Friday, July 07, 2006


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It appears that Andrew and I have decided on a location for the wedding/reception and a date.

SqWires Restaurant & Market, Historic Lafayette Square, St. Louis Missouri

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Here is a shot of where the ceremony will be outside the front of Sqwires.
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Well I think I have had more visitors this summer than I have the entire 8 years I've lived in Missouri. It's amazing what having a house and a guest room will do! It's been wonderful to see so many people but also very busy!!

After my family left my friend Arnaud from Belgium (see above) was in town and hung out with us a couple evenings. He also brought us a FABULOUS bottle of REAL french champagne for our engagement. We love you Arnaud!

Then it was the Marconi brothers on their way from NYC to LA. Unfortunately I was so excited to hear authentic NY accents that I forgot to take any pictures...=(

Then this week my long lost cousin Corey stopped in. I had not seen Corey in 10 the day!! It was awesome to see her!! She has my dream job as a theatre technician doing electrical work and carpentry. I can't wait to visit her in NYC.

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Color Theory

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Well if anyone has taken the time to look at all of my links over on the right ---->
you would know that I am a bit obsessive about reading design blogs. It's my own little world that I live in and love. I go through withdrawal without I'm sorry to say, Andrew's family witnessed when I was in North Carolina this year.

One of my favorites is Decor8. The other day I sent Ms. Holly an email to ask her some questions about one of her posts on color theory. Low and behold she asked me if she could create a thread out of my question!

Here is my design blog debut!!

The information Holly provided was awesome and so totally helpful. I should ask questions more often. There is so much to learn!!! and so much confidence to be gained. I am thankful that people like Holly take the time and energy to share what they know. Thank you Holly!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Embrace Imperfection

Doing lots of reflecting these days...

There's nothing like a wedding to make you contemplate expectations, validation and perfectionism.

My new shirt... [via Ali Edwards Design]


And I highly recommend watching this movie, The Winter of the Dance. It's only 10 minutes but it has an important message. [via Keri Smith]

Monday, June 26, 2006

Joke is on me

Well.... today was not a good wedding planning day after all. =(

The time and place we want for the ceremony is not available. Now I don't mean to sound like a bridezilla......but I am super bummed about this. I had the whole "day" planned in my head....and now I have to change my plans. Not cool.

I went to try the dress myself...(how sad). It actually fit....but I don't think it was "the one". Although at this rate I'm not sure "the one" exists.

Could I sound more pathetic? It's right about now that eloping sounds so romantic and enticing.

I think all I have the energy for today is some more pouting.

Vegas, here we come.


So you all know I was joking on that last post....right? I'm not a Hello Kitty or Precious Moments kind of girl.

I think one of these dresses is more my style, except the fact that they cost between $2,000 and $10,000.

I am actually going to try on another dress this evening at Neiman Marcus. I found it on their website and they don't actually carry it in the store but they happened to have one that was returned. It's a size 8...which might be too big but I'm hoping to just get an idea of whether I like it or hate it.

I think Andrew and I have decided on the locations for the ceremony and reception. We are acutally about to go over to our choice for the ceremony to see if we can talk to someone. Once we have a date for the ceremony we will contact the reception location. Hopefully everyone has the same date available.

I'm getting closer to deciding on the invitations. I think I've decided to order the paper from Paper Source but I'm still deciding on the exact design.

I ordered three more milkglass vases from ebay this weekend. That gives me a total of 7. I think I will need 3-4 more.

Well keep your fingers crossed. I'm going to go try and pick a date.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Hello Precious Moments!

Here is my perfect dress..... [via]

And the perfect location.... (this is actually in Missouri! Ack!) Hey Mom, do Amy and Marybeth know about this place? [via]

Monday, June 19, 2006

Look who came to visit me!

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My mom, brother, sister-in-law and two nieces! All the way from upstate NY.
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We had a full weekend of the Botanical Garden, City Museum and Circus Flora and the Arch. Good times were had by all. Thank you family for driving all that way!

Monday, June 12, 2006

French Country

Here is the project I have been working on for the last month. It is for a couple building a new house and they wanted help with colors and fabric and creating a french country style. I didn't finish as many of the details as I wanted to but I think it turned out ok. Hopefully they will keep in touch and I will get to go shopping with them to pick out some of the furniture.

Here is the whole board
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Formal dining room
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Formal living room
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Breakfast area
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Family room
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The perfectionist in me is having a hard time dealing with not feeling like I did a perfect job. But I am trying the best I can to remind myself that this is a learning experience. I have learned a lot so far but I have a ways to go.

Mostly I am just totally distracted by wedding thoughts 24/7. Here is the newest blog that I am addicted to:

Andrew and I are going to visit our fourth venue tonight and another on Wednesday. Hopefully we can narrow it down to one by the end of the week.