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Perfect Posture for your Wedding

I’ve been consciously watching my posture, I want to stand up straight for the wedding. But I keep finding myself slouching at my desk, while using the laptop at home, even in my grad school classes.

What’s a girl to do?

I thought about getting one of those back braces that supposedly align your posture, but there were a few reasons I couldn’t do it…
1. hugs
2. cute clothes
3. once you take it off, your posture is back where you started.

Then, in my google searching yesterday, I came across something different (something I swear I dreamed up in my teens, then never made).

The iPosture is a device that you stick to your skin, wear as a necklace or attach to your bra. When you start to slouch, it gives you a little vibration, a reminder to sit up straight.

The site suggests that users not wear it for more than 4 hours at a time, and they’ll start to subconsciously sit up straighter, to avoid the “buzz” (hello, Pavlov’s dogs!).

What do you think? Will it work, or should I stick to the brace and/or balance ball at work idea?

A Videographer Who Doesn’t Suck

I’ve seen plenty of those wedding videos that make you yawn, with good wishes from drunken family members and the occasional secret spilled.

Because of these, I’ve sworn that I will neither need nor hire a videographer for our wedding.

I saw a video that MAY have changed my mind. This could be the most amazing wedding video company ever. And… this video actually tops some music videos I’ve seen.

Want more? Check out their site, filled with all kinds of awe-inspiring videos.

Am I dillusional, or is this amazing?

Love This Dress

You’ve got to expect something heavenly from a lingirie designer turned wedding dress designer. Claire Pettibone consistently satisfies my sweet tooth and sets me into dream-mode with her gorgeous, flowy dresses.

Check out this Seraphina design from her spring 2007 collection. I know it’s not the “newest” style of hers, but I just adore the lace, the way it highlights the back (um, this is totally a “must workout” dress) and the flow of the skirt.

How could anyone wear this down the aisle and NOT look like a vision of angelic beauty.

Claire Pettibone Seraphina

Want to see more Claire Pettibone beauties? Click here.

Great Wedding Makeup

MAC fergie

Originally uploaded by KikiLaRae

I love MAC. So much that, I even go to their little events in which they launch new collections.

I’ve used MAC and their talented artists for most of the weddings in which I’ve participated.

I’m even considering using them for my own wedding (though I have a few months to pin down an artist).

Check out this gorgeous look that they’ve posted on their site. It’s called “Fergie.” I love it (though I think it needs some bronzer and blush to finish it off).

I love the neutral yet sexy eye color, the dark shade in the crease, the lighter shade near the lash line and the false lashes that go out to “there.” There’s the dramatic liner and of course the shadow under the eyes, giving the impact of all-around liner without the small-eye syndrome that comes from applying liner all the way around.

These colors could work on most any bride, and the dramatic yet subtle application takes the look from everyday to “wow.”

Image from MAC

Love This Dress

reem-acra-runway-2008.jpg This Reem Acra dress is a thing of beauty. Clean lines, classic silhouette (love the scooped neckline, thin straps and flowy skirt).

The color is stark white, but on the brightside, aside from uber-pale redheads, this dress would warm up nearly ever complexion.

If I didn’t have my heart (and pocketbook) set on a specific dress, I would HAVE to try this baby on.

Capture The Moment 4

The GTB and I made our first Saturday stop at 1Fine Day‘s studio in NE Minneapolis. We met with Brett who was so fun — she works as a sort of coordinator for the studio (which is under the umbrella of Serendipity Photography.

We chatted with her for a while. It’s funny, I completely followed everything she said. We got into the car and the GTB was like, “She was just throwing numbers at us! I couldn’t keep up!” He’s a brilliant man, but get two girls talking and throwing numbers around in a somewhat non-logical way and “look out!”

Anyway, we checked out some images and got a feel for what our day would look like, time-wise. It was weird, this is the only studio that offered this information.


OMG Shoes 2

wedding-shoe-alisha-hill.jpg Now these Alisha Hill “bridal” shoes fit into the strip club variety. Clear plastic? I got espadrilles once with a clear plastic section over my toes.

You’re supposed to feel sexy at your wedding, and visible sweat condensation from you toes isn’t sexy. And the heel? Come on.

Honey, I Changed My Mind


No, not about getting engaged or getting married.

I decided that I won’t be happy unless I can have THIS diamond in THIS ring.

Its a 10.37 carat ideal cut stone. Isn’t it beauteous?

This puppy can be found on Blue Nile for a mere $737,000.

I really would need a crane to lift my arm.

But seriously — I wouldn’t want a stone THAT big anyway. I wouldn’t want my knuckles to drag from the weight (I already have so-so posture) and I wouldn’t want to be seen by robbers as the equivalent of a fresh t-bone left around a dog.

I am pretty certain I’ll be thrilled with the ring my GTB chooses — mostly because I love him and I know he’s putting a lot of thought and effort into it!

How To Trash The Dress

trash-the-dress.jpgTrash the Dress has become such a popular option, there’s a group of photographers whom you can choose from for your wedding, based on the fact that they really do Trash the Dress photos after the wedding.

Check out this article from the NY Times on the phenomenon.

Or go to Trash The Dress to check out photos, find a photographer or otherwise find out how to trash your dress.

If you’re thinking about doing it and your photographer is unsure, head to any of these locations:

state fair
water fountain
scuplture garden
or your own backyard!

After you stake out your place — get your hair and makeup done (don’t worry about it looking just like you did on your wedding day).

Then, get posing. If you have some ideas in mind, bring photos of other TTD photos or even fashion mag pics.

Have fun!

(Image borrowed from Eau Claire Photographic — its a great site — check it out!)

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