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honeymoon clothes – already?

The constant influx of Victoria’s Secret catalogues in my mailbox lately have definitely done their job — got me thinking about summer IN February (I know it’s March, but this has been on-going in the last few weeks). 

Anyway, at a time when I should be bundling up in coats and gloves, I’m now thinking about swimsuits and flip-flops.  Thanks VS.

And after catalogue upon catalogue, I start to rationalize exactly why it is these things keep coming to me, like everyday.  It’s because I need to start thinking about my honeymoon and the new sun dresses and cover-ups I’ll need on the vacation that will begin our new life together. 

A new life needs new clothes. 

You did your job VS . . .  guess you know me better than I know me.

Just like the Reese’s Pieces – damn you.

None-the-less, some of my faves that I’ve been daydreaming about . . .


sweetheart halter dress

ruffle cover-up

beach tanks

going out tops

short shorts

maxi skirt

Hope I didn’t get you hooked ;).

Can’t wait for the sun, sea and sand!


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Tidbit Tuesday


After the ceremony and photos, the bridal party’s bouquets often get plunked down and forgotten. Grouped on a side table in vases personalized with charming name tags, they’re showcased for all to enjoy.


Local Gift Resources


Take a snapshot of your look after the makeup trial. The camera picks up what the mirror might not. Looking at your reflection, you may think, “This is beautiful.” But, once the picture is taken, you may think the foundation is too white or something is off. A photo will help you correct that.

Local Hair and Makeup Resources


When you are posing for pictures, cross your legs at your ankles for a more flattering look. Also, to avoid a double-chin effect, turn your neck slightly and lower your chin to create a bit of a camouflaging shadow.



To make sure your engagement ring is at its sparkliest for your big day, clean it with a mixture of six parts water and one part ammonia. Use a soft-bristle brush to make it really shine.



Don’ts the Week Before the Wedding

1. Try a new food (hello allergic reaction)
2. Wax anything you have never waxed before (bumpy red irritated skin… and itching)
3. Cook in the middle of the night (hello second degree burns – on my face!)
4. Overeat (it is a tight white dress after all)
5. Starve (it can be a loose white dress if you are not careful – and you can faint)
6. Do anything too sporty (although the cast is white too – it just doesn’t look so good with the dress)
7. Try new makeup (see number 1 and number 3)
8. Get a hair cut from a new beautician (I think this one is a no brainer)
9. Stay awake and worry (no makeup can hide truly dark circles)
10. Forget that it is just a party (down Brideziila! – down girl!)

The Green Bride Guide


The last thing you want to pack on your honeymoon is a bunch of guide books! Take advantage of free travel podcasts available online, and your MP3 player can become your own personal tour guide.


A list of FREE travel podcasts

Lazaro 3607


Don’t go overboard on your wedding day jewelry. If you are wearing a statement necklace, don’t wear large earrings as well. Making one piece the focal point of your look creates a subtle, sophisticated effect.


Bridal Jewelry


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registry relationship: it’s complicated


{or maybe I just make everything complicated}
Have you heard of a honeymoon registry?  Click here for a detailed Q&A


Prelude: The first time I heard about this concept was about four years ago, and my immediate impression –“this is pretty awesome”. 
Fast Forward: The FI and I have lived together for almost two years now, and we have accumulated many of the traditional registry items that couples put on their “wish list.”  Sure, I could use matching china and fluffier towels; sturdy silverware and gorgeous vases; candlesticks and an espresso machine . . . who couldn’t?  
However, two things:

1.     We’re still moving around a lot. We rent – no permanent home, no permanent lay out.

2.      I’m only 24, and I just personally haven’t found my nesting style yet. 

See, I do things in a certain order that make sense to me {and quite possibly only me}.  For years I have been focused on getting through college.  Once I graduated {2008}, my mental energy was redirected to wedding planning and getting a job (a $10 an hour internship doesn’t give you much freedom of style either.).  Right now, I really feel that the ill-matching dishes we’ve accumulated in our two years of sharing a home are okay for now.

{Nesting = matching home décor, a banana hammock, cooking dinner every night, home entertainment pieces, hosting game night}

Trust me, these are all items I very much want in the future, but right now I just can’t think that far ahead. I really don’t want to register for items I kind-of like or will end up Good Will-ing in a year.  I don’t know what I need; I don’t know what the good stuff is.  
What I can think about though, is our honeymoon.  We have never taken a trip like this together, and honestly, a tropical romantic vacation is something we both really want.  However, between my internship and him finishing graduate school, it may be a little harder for us to take that dream trip.

Cue the investigation . . .

I read quite a few reviews on honeymoon registries; a lot of people were on board with the newer model, and others weren’t so much, exclaiming they found it cheesy and tacky. 

I hate those words.  I don’t want my wedding to be considered “cheesy” or “tacky.”

You want to know my bottom line though: we did a honeymoon registry. 

I have to be me, I have to be us. I can’t do the tradition just because, well, it’s a tradition.  I love finding new styles and new trends.  This one may never quite make it, or maybe it’ll become the norm a hundred years down the road.  I don’t know. But I’m going to try it.

{Check out my honeymoon registry recommendations at the bottom of the post.}

Through the research, I did find a suggestion I could get on board with.  Offer a traditional registry to complement the honeymoon registry. 

Why I think this is a good idea?

No, it’s not a decision made out of greed either.  Anne from “I Will” to “I Do” suggests the traditional registry would be good for “those guests who would prefer to send you something for your home.”  I like this idea because the bride and groom are then able to satisfy the traditionalists, yet add a fresh approach that suits them.  After all, neither registry need to be jam-packed. 

the groom’s fantasy 🙂

Have any of you done or seen a honeymoon registry? I would love to hear your comments and feedback!



Honeymoon Registry Recommendations

Allows  you to register by adding activities to your honeymoon. Guests get to pick which activities (or portions of) they would like to gift you.  Honeyfund is free – unlike other sites – and merely ask for donations throughout your membership with them.  Note: if you choose to receive money via your PayPal account, PayPal will charge just 3% of the total accumulated.  Honeyfund will walk you through the process should you decide to receive your gifts this way.

Other registries that seem to have gotten good feedback:

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Note: these last three do charge, whether it’s an upfront fee or a portion of your gifts, beware on charging guidelines.

Hope these help, just do a little research to see what other couples are registering for and which one might be best for you!



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Victory #5: Honeymoon



WE HAVE BOOKED OUR HONEYMOON and it’s so exciting! To actually have the confirmation in my hands makes it SO real.  I am already daydreaming about the sand between my toes, relaxing in the sun, watching the sunset — ahh the fruits of our labor {and by labor, I mean planning the wedding ;)}.  Yes, on July 26, 2010 my darling and I will be boarding a flight from Seattle to Maui for 10 whole days!

Neither one of us has been to Maui but have heard great reviews from first-hand, experienced travelers we trust.  To me, Maui says romance + leisure, a place to put your feet up and just chill for a bit – an alternative of excitement, or adventure, right down the road if you so choose.

So perfectly fitting . . . so perfectly us. 

On another note, I stumbled upon this absolutely adorable honeymoon video. I hope ours is as carefree and sunshiney as theirs was. It helps me visualize what our days will be like. I LOVE the 8 mm effect – so nostalgic, just my style . . . might just need to do something similar for ours :).

I just had an “ahhhh” moment thinking about it – may need to revisit this post when I feel the stress weighing down on my shoulders.

In honeymoon mode now. 

Found these helpful articles for those of you planning your trip too!

Honeymoon Destination Tips: Hawaii

Packing: What NOT to Forget!

Honeymoon Breakdown by Budget

Honeymoons to Fit Any Personality

Hotel Check-In





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