Friday, October 31, 2008
But I didn't realize there was a whole hipster girls in mustaches trend. (What would I do without Ariel to keep me informed?) I'll be pissed if all the other girls at the party tonight are wearing mustaches too.
I had sensed the growing popularity of mustaches among the offbeat brides. But check out the photos from Erin & Jared's fabulous wedding mustache shoot. Everybody is wearing them.
(Photo of EE Storey, who happens to sell a pretty rad mustache t-shirt here, courtesy of hipster girls in mustaches)
Thursday, October 30, 2008
But I am happy as a clam. H-town gave me a bunch of new music, and some new software I think. I don't know what the f*ck he did, to be honest. Sometimes my brain stops listening when he talks about computers. I just know it works!
Image via the always awesome Design For Mankind.
Monday, October 27, 2008
I just cleaned out my closet, ruthlessly excising anything unflattering and/or blah. (My hard drive got totaled. I figured why not go all the way?)
1. I've been looking a little frumpy around the house. Which makes me *feel* frumpy. Though H-town very sweetly told me I looked like a skater girl when he caught me blogging in his t-shirt and boxers at 5pm yesterday....
2. Getting dressed should be easy. I want to feel good in everything I put on.
3. The bungalow is f'ing small. H-town and I have three drawers each. But it's the same way I lived in New York, and I've gotten pretty good at letting go of stuff. Here's the way I'm currently looking at it: "If we were suddenly offered jobs in Barcelona, what would I want to bring with me?"
Now that I've cleared the debris I think I might need a few new signature pieces...
Check out the interview with Liela Moss of The Duke Spirit on Refinery29. Here's her list of 5 most loved items:
1. "A jumper dress by Bernard Willhelm."
2. "An all-in-one shorts thing by Suzy at Unhee."
3. "A circus ringmaster-style black blazer by Rag & Bone."
4. "A Canadian Mounty ex-military cape from an Army & Navy store in Toronto."
5. "A gold tunic by Renata Morales in Montreal."
(Liela Moss, photo by Andrea Spotorno; Liela with The Duke Spirit; courtesy of Refinery 29)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Maybe the universe sensed my ambivalence. Or maybe the organizer read about my ambivalence on this blog. (Brilliant idea giving him the link.)
Anyhoo, glad I didn't drop $100 on ebay for a leather pilot's helmet. Though I would love to have a leather pilot's helmet. Seriously.
(Photo by Air Adam)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
None of my gay friends are *legally* married, but they were among the first to start families together, buy houses, move halfway around the world to be with each other. In short, to demonstrate the kind of commitment that I've only recently become comfortable with.
Why the f*ck shouldn't they have the same right to make it legal?
Vote NO on Prop 8.
(Image by phlora)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
And he lets me work on his computer.*
Another one from Porter Hovey. Taken in Greenport, NY, a cool town I used to know.
*Please don't tell him I'm blogging.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Or has she been politely trying to tell me something for the past eight months with that faint rattling/whirring sound....?
On a happier note, I tested a version of this look on Saturday night and I was a huge hit (in my own mind anyway). H-town is having a little trouble with me suddenly going *out* in the t-shirts I used to sleep in. But he'll get there.
Monday, October 20, 2008
(Rad store via Earth Friendly Weddings)
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Fortunately, Cloth Moth has created a commemorative t-shirt. And until supplies run out, a 1.5 oz. single serving bag of circus animal cookies will be shipped with each order.
It is taking all my willpower not to order one for H-town. (Slash me.)
paper and stitch via pretty.pretty.paper
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
See more of this super cool, vintage-inspired, magician-marries-his-lovely-assistant wedding here.
Via Offbeat Bride.
(Image courtesy of Daria Bishop Photography)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
I have a question I am hoping you can help me with, or point me in the right direction. I am searching for a very particular bridesmaid’s dress that I can picture in my mind, but find no where! It is made of tulle (at least the overlay) and is a one- shoulder style, with a fitted waist/vintage-style silhouette. Oh- and it comes in a lovely muted French blue or a wonderful muted vintage-jade green J.
Where on earth can I find this!?!?!?! I really want a vintage feel for my bridesmaid’s dresses, but everything I see looks so modern! I’m trying to veer away from the same old plain strapless dresses I see all the time. My own dress is an amazing creation that began as a traditional 1948 war-brided ivory satin, and has turned into an amazing fairy-tale creation with sleeves of pink rosettes and ruffles lovingly borrowed from a 1920’s ballet costume!
Can you help, or know who can? I want my girls to look and feel lovely and old-timey (in the best way J).
I finally found this Tracy Reese Toga Dress.
Not quite a fitted waist, but pretty f'ing fabulous, right?
It's $565. (That's what I get for browsing Bergdorf Goodman.)
Your bride could use the help of a dressmaker or custom designer. The good news is, she already sees the components and fabrication of this gown clearly in her head; this will be a great help to the specialist translating her design into reality.
Price wise a custom designed gown usually runs parallel with those gowns you'll find in better bridal salons. So where to find a dressmaker or designer? This is where most brides become confused. They just don't know where to look.
Typically the best place for a bride to start looking for any designer is via recommendation. If the bride knows a friend or even friend of a friend who has had a gown made, that's the best lead to follow. Other good sources for finding designers: Wedding and event planners usually have a coterie of specialized wedding industry vendors they've had experience with in their area (FYI some planners work on an hourly basis and can be hired for a minimum). Also newspapers and periodicals have wedding editors. These people know all the best designers and bridal salons around the area and would happily recommend.
Lisa, I don't know if this is helpful. It sounds like you already have a kick-ass seamstress.... I guess the question is whether you really want to get into designing custom dresses for the bridesmaids.
Just to shake things up, I though I'd sneak in this Samoy Lenko dress.
It's a more vivid blue than you described, and there isn't any tulle. But this collection was inspired by "the intimacy of a 1920’s French boudoir." Might not be a bad fit with your 1920's ballet costume.
I can't wait for your wedding, b/t/w.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I wanted a shrug. I really did. I bought vintage knitting patterns on ebay and I nagged my bridesman to make me one until he finally told me he was too busy. (I can't hold it against him. He was testing recipes for our cake.) I put in an Etsy Alchemy request. BAD IDEA.
On our way up to the wedding, I made H-town drive all over Portland looking for the indie crafters. Where were the indie crafters?? I finally found a shrug at yes, Anthropologie, bought it, and did not wear it. Turns out I am not a shrug person.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I seem to keep traveling down memory lane now that I'm an old married lady. Am I totally dating/embarrassing myself? Yikes.
Via 2 or 3 things I know...
Friday, October 10, 2008
I have to tell you I totally geeked out when DJ/blogger/etsy maven Genevieve told me she was a fan of my weird little wedding blog. (Actually, what she said was, "I love this blog, it's one of my favorite parts about my wedding planning adventure.") Not to brag, but.... I have the coolest readers.
Above are a few of Genevieve and Matt's photos. Below are her off-the-cuff thoughts on their October 5 wedding.
Okay, I'm in wedded bliss!!!!! Here is the run-down on my super awesome, way fun, cool as hell, not that stressful, totally completely fully "US" wedding!
Okay, so wedding details:
We are a DJ duo, and we DJ a regular new-disco/house party called NIGHTCLUBBING (shamless plug!) at Holocene, where we got married. The music and the food were the two most important things to us with this whole thing, we hashed out the menu with our SUPER talented caterer friend Jeremy Larter, and our friend Derek Plaslaiko flew out from NY to DJ. We didn't go wrong with either thing, both were sooooooo good at what they did for us! We had the ceremony and reception at the same place, and I didn't want to do a huge aisle walk or anything, so we had family members from both sides hold a canopy over us while Matt's brother married us, and my dad did a really sweet reading. Matt's parents have been together since they were 14, and my parents have been married for almost 30 years, so we really felt like we wanted the whole wedding thing to feel really personal and family oriented. After the quick ceremony, everyone mingled *ahem*drank*ahem*, and then we ate the amazing buffet style dinner. People danced all night, (and there was indeed what I must admit would be best called a mosh pit at one point, totally unexpected, but people went nuts when the Pixies "Debaser" came on. You just go with it.) Afterward everyone headed to another bar to close the night.
It was really important to me to minimize waste for this party. All the decorations were totally DIM (do-it-myself), re-purposed/re-purposable, including tablecloths, a thrifted and totally gorgeous collection of vases and candleholders, paper flowers I made mixed with feathers and wheat stalks, and dahlias from the Farmers Market that I put together with my sisters and cousin the night before. I made my own dress (I am a seamstress and designer, so that was a natural idea). We were so lucky to have Holocene's gorgeous space to be in, so romantic and fairylike in there, and we didn't have to do much "decorating". We were able to do the whole thing on a tight budget (I think it's rolling in under 5 grand for 100 people to party like nuts), and make it look and feel like a million bucks. Best of all, I got to have tons of fun at my own wedding, talk to everyone, and feel like I was dancing on air.
I didn't hire a professional photographer, so I think no one may have thought to get shots of my table arrangements and stuff, which bummed me out for a sec, but then I realized that all the pictures of all my friends and family look so happy that what got captured was what really mattered.
a) Your centerpieces are gorgeous and
b) Damn right. Not only do you have pictures of everyone having an f'ing fabulous time, but I'll bet you anything the dance party is what they're still talking about.
(Photos by Jarkko Cain and Chloé Richard)
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Actually, our best man was a doll. But I did take the precaution of asking my MOH to speak after him. It pisses me off that the men always get the last word.
(Image from here)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
a) "Awesome." It is. Married life f'n rocks. But it is also
b) Not that different from shacked-up-together life. The big differences are: we have some great new kitchen equipment, and we are in the process of merging our debt.
c) Anticlimactic. Wedding-planning life was stressful, but it was exciting. The caterer not returning my calls. The can-I-find-a-slip-or-will-I-have-to-line-the-dress? crisis. The eleventh hour hunt for the polaroid camera. Now I'm faced with.... life. As in. Getting on with it.
It's a little daunting.
Not that I'd ever admit this when people say, "How's married life?"
*I owe something to Jake for this post.
**My apologies if you're not married yet. Or if you, er, asked me this question.
(Polaroid by Monica Clapcott)
Monday, October 6, 2008
Is this a grim series to post on a wedding blog? I dig it. I think it will remind me not to fixate. To appreciate the ephemeral things while they last.
My mom just sent me this Stefan Sagmeister video, with a bunch more of his conceptual art.
My favorite piece is: "Complaining is silly. Either act or forget."
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Check out 20 more styles on The Upgrader. But be warned: the prices veer toward horrifying. I think we'll be haunting Wasteland.
(Photo: Chris Astley)
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Thank you tkc 16.
I will also now shut the fuck up about the f'ing moccasins. Really.
(Image from here)
Friday, October 3, 2008
Also pictured here, in the tweed coat.
He's a thrifter. He's something of a DIY-er. He's a loyal H&M shopper but he doesn't shy away from Esprit. And he makes me laugh.
Check out all his looks here.
I'd like to cultivate this work ethic.
Olivia is also an avid thrifter and a fan of Minnetonka moccasins (!)
Read the full interview here. And check out Olivia Bee's flickr feed.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Now you get to wonder what it is....
(Photo by Stephanie Dangoor found here)
Have you been here yet? Not only can you comment on the outfits, you can vote on them. (Oops, was that too.... gleeful?)
Finland and Sweden (okay and Germany) appear to be kicking some serious style ass. We are seeing a lot of scarves, people. And furry hats. I'm dying to pull out my furry hat. What season is it in Helsinki, anyway....? What the f* am I doing in LA?