A Ring Story

So I have shown my ring a bit in my proposal post, but the other night I decided to do a little ring shoot and realized I hadn’t shared the story of my ring. My ring was a family heirloom which I love. One of my mother’s favorite aunts left her the ring, and she had it in a safe deposit box for years. My mother decided that she wanted to get some use out of it though so she took it out of the safe deposit box and would wear it occasionally. When my parent’s house was broken into and robbed a few years ago, this ring was one of the few pieces of jewelry to survive the robbery (along with my mother’s pearls, her wedding rings and her mother’s wedding ring were sadly stolen however, and never recovered) so it is kind of impressive that it even existed as an option. My mother had offered it to Scott, and when he saw it he knew that it was the right option for me and that none of the other rings he was looking at would compare, both in terms of the ring itself and the sentimental value. After Mr. Fenway so sweetly proposed with the ring, I took it to a jewelry shop near my parents that specializes in antique/estate jewelry (though they also make some of their own pieces), and had it sized down a half size and Rhodium dipped and cleaned. It looked even more amazing after that and it was great to have the jewlers check all the prongs to ensure that the setting was strong.

So without further ado, here are some of pics of my ring in all its sparkly glory.

 

On the Ted Williams signed baseball that Mr. Fenway has

 

 


Side stones

 

 

On Founder’s Curmudgeon’s Better Half bottle, we joked that this was referring to me as Mr. Fenway can be a bit curmudgeonly sometimes


With some of my favorite beer caps in our collection, including Pretty Things, a local microbrewery


Shinniness

Do you have a family heirloom ring or a ring with a history behind it?
Did you have a “glamor shot” session with your ring?

Make me over Sephora- Fresh Face

I am seriously considering using Sephora for my wedding day make up. Since I was running out of supplies that were going to cost me more than $50 to replace, I treated myself to a makeover at Sephora. For those of you who don’t know, Sephora stores (but not the JCPenny Sephoras apparently) offer a “Special Occasion Makeover” that just requires the purchase of $50 worth of products.

I thought it would be a good idea to go in for an “every day look” that I can now and for any upcoming events (wedding related or otherwise) that I have coming up. First the skin care prep person came over (can I just say I felt a little like Katniss when the skincare expert was brought in to bring me to “beauty base zero”). She used these products:

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And I loved each and every one of these products. But I did manage to contain myself from purchasing everything since I do have skin care products at home that are similar that I should use up first. It was hard to resist though, I am a sucker for a good sales pitch.

Then my make up artist came over with an arsenal of stuff. Here’s what he used on me:


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Packaging that uses my favorite Feel Scipt font? I’m sold already.

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Good, but I prefer the Urban Decay primer, possibly for the much cooler packaging.


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in “Vanilla Glow” for my super pale skin

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In “Stormy Grey”


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In “Buttercream” and “Guava”, neither of which is pictured above

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In “Stawburn”

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in “plush”

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in “posey pink”

And now for the dramatic after pics:

Close up on the eyes

Holy eyelashes! Where did those come from?


not the best picture, but focus on the pretty make up.

What do you think? Did he do a good job?

Sephora also offers this fun Beauty and the Bride sample kit that includes a voucher for a “free” special occasion makeover.

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I really learned a lot from my makeover, like what colors worked with my eye color and why and how to put on blush and, gasp, bronzer without looking like a freak. I thought it was a great experience and I am so glad to have some more tools for my every day look now.

Have you ever gone to the Sephora “Special Occasion makeover” for no special occasion at all?

Spotify my wedding

As I mentioned, we are having an “iPod” wedding. One of the best ways I have found to start prepping for this, even so many months out, is to put together playlists on Spotify. Spotify is a free music library that can incorporate songs that are already on your computer along with millions of tracks from major recording artists. Spotify has proved enormously helpful to me in starting to think about what songs we want played for the different parts of our wedding. I have playlists for potential entrance music, potential first dance, potential dinner/cocktail music, potential cake cutting music and potential wedding dance music. I put anything that I might remotely be interested into these lists, and then periodically Mr. Fenway and I will go through the lists and cull based on any changes we have on our personal preferences or any music requests we may have received from our guests.

   
 


Screen Shot of part of my Spotify potential wedding cocktail/dinner playlist

I also love that it has the social media connection, so my mother (and anyone else who wants) can listen to our playlist and hopefully get psyched up for all the awesome music we are sure to have.

Once we have all of “our” songs finalized, we will make sure we have them all downloaded and put into the appropriate iTunes playlists. This definitely helps to save us some money and time buy not having to purchase every “maybe” song, and only having to acquire the songs we actually plan on using.

Do you/did you use any free music libraries to figure out what songs you wanted to play at your wedding?

Fit Fenways

Mr. Fenway and I have officially started Phase One of our wedding live healthier and try to loose weight plan (because it is so not a diet). We will step things up to Phase Two if more drastic measures are needed. Phase One basically involves living like we normally do with an increase in exercise for me (since Mr. Fenway already walks over 4 miles a day and I only walk about 2 miles in my commute to work), with cutting out some things like alcoholic drinks on weekends only, limited snacks, meals that are not as healthy being featured less often, and better portion control. Phase Two would involve changing more of our recipes/meals and stepping up our exercise more drastically. While both of us feel like we would be fine if we stayed the same for the wedding, we would like to be healthier and ideally each of us would like to loose a few pounds, we’ll see how that goal goes.

First step for me was joining myfitnesspal.com, a free calorie counting website. I always feel more accountable if I keep track of everything I eat. We’ll see how well it works as things progress, but so far I am happy with the ease of use and the accountability factor.

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Now I just need to step up that exercise plan. And get some batteries for our scale so I can actually tell if I am losing any weight or not. And maybe a tape measure… Hmm there are a lot of things we seem to be missing- must remedy that!

I will be sure to check in on the first Monday of every month and let you know how things are going.

Have you joined any sites to keep you accountable and help you with any weight loss plans? Did you and your significant other plan Phases for your healthier lifestyle plans or did you just jump in to a drastically different weight loss plan?

Font Friday: Fonts I am Loving

I have started working up some drafts for our Invitations and have loved playing around with the fonts. Here are some I am currently considering for use on our invitations and other paper good for the reception.

Fancy Fonts:

(all are available on MyFonts.com)

Non-fancy fonts:



(both standard fonts)

Stay tuned to see how it all comes together.

Do you love playing with different fonts? What are your favorites?

Inspire me with centerpiece ideas

I showed my bouquet inspiration and now, as promised, my centerpiece inspiration. A few facts first. Flowers, while pretty, are not that important to me in terms of our wedding budget. We have budgeted about 4% of our total budget for centerpieces and bouquets and hopefully that will be more than enough to get us some pretties for our table. I had considered doing something more inexpensive (but still pretty) like candles, but since our venue is a historic building candles are prohibited so that idea was out pretty fast. Here are some of the centerpiece ideas I am currently considering:

Pumpkins as centerpiece vases


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My favorite pumpkin centerpiece idea

Squash as vases works too



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I also love these pumpkins, maybe with LED lights inside:


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And I really love the idea of including a subtle book page flower into each of the arrangements


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Are you incorporating any vegetables/fruit into your centerpieces? How about book pages?

Inspire Me with Flowers

I have always loved mixed bouquets, and would request them for major events like graduations and recitals (back when I did dance) when I used to get them from my parents. I still love them. Those bridal bouquets of all one flower, while very elegant, are not for me.

Here are some of my current inspirations for bouquets:


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I love the fiddleheads in this bouquet- not really what we are going for with the rest of the bouquet however.

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I love the rustic, fally look of this one

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So pretty


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I love the burlap wrapped stems with what looks like bailing twine- I could totally swipe some of that from my father

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I like the idea of lavender for the bridesmaids, maybe mixed in with some other flowers

Though we “booked” a florist already, I haven’t met with her yet. It’s been fun gathering up some inspiration pictures though and I am excited to see what she can come up with based on my ideas (and our budget). I’ll share my floral centerpiece ideas next.

Was your bouquet inspiration all over the place (like mine) or did you have a clear idea of what you wanted right from the start?