Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wedding Wednesday :-D
Pretty M-R-Tini Garnish

Orginally I was planning on making some little drink flags for our signature drink, the M-R-Tini.
But then I decided I was wayyyy too lazy and didn’t feel like DIY-ing them (or paying for someone else to do them), so I instead decided to go with white (edible) orchids for a garnish in the teal drinks. I’m so pumped. It reminds me of Hawaii!!! Also, I have been trying to find a way to incorporate some orchids into our reception without breaking the bank (it is one of my favorite flowers) and this turned out to be perfect.
Also, I found them for really cheap on this website – Blooms of Hawaii. BOOM!
I am so excited!
Just imagine this pretty white flower floating in your teal drink. :-D

Monday, March 26, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Valentine's Day Gift - Also, Robbie is the Bomb

Speaking of Valentine's Day gifts....look at this gift that Robbie got for me!



It is a puzzle that says "Soul Mates!" It came in a beautiful tin case and he used one of our engagement photos. It also says "Missy and Robbie" across the red portions of the puzzle.

Isn't is so cute!!!!??? It made me cry. He chooses the best and most thoughtful gifts!

See, he is the bomb!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wedding Wednesday :-D
Dress Fitting #2

I went for my second dress fitting in February and it was so awesome. The seamstress at Bridal & Boutique is so amazing. I have utmost confidence in her abilities and she is hilarious and very easy to work with. And most importantly, she seems like she really knows her stuff!!!
She had made the straps on my dress skinner and shorter. They were only basted though, not cut and officially sewn. The thickness of the straps was perfect. The lengths of the straps were a little too short, but it’s an easy fix so I am not worried about it at all.
The alteration that she did to the petticoat was also perfect. It’s the perfect size and exactly how I envisioned it. She also cut off a bow that was on the back and repositioned some flowers (that were attached to the bow) onto the same general area that they bow used to be. Again – perfect!
She pinned up the dress in the back for the bustle and it looks gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the final product. The way she did it makes the bustle artfully flow with the rest of the gathers and ruching that are on other places on the skirt. It looks absolutely GORGEOUS!
I am so excited. This time when I tried on my dress, I did get very teary-eyed because it looked almost exactly like what I had been envisioning! It’s funny how only a few minor tweaks can get you to that point!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Robbie's Valentine's Day Gift - Also, I am the Bomb

For Valentine's Day this year, I got Robbie a 3-month subscription to the Beer of the Month Club. It's like a Birchbox for boys! Woot!

Here are some pics:







The last week of each month he receives 12 bottles of hard-to-find, specialty microbrews from award-winning, regional breweries across the country. He gets four different types of premium, hand-crafted beer that is brewed in limited quantities. Yayyyyyy!!!!

His first box was really good, he ended up liking all of them. He even liked the stout, which is not usually one of his favorites (too thick).

Yes, I am the bomb. :-D

Monday, March 19, 2012

Isla :-)

A few weeks ago I went to visit Tiffany, Isla, Dan, Cali and Minka in San Diego.....here are some pics!





Isn't she soooo cute?! I love her little face!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Funny :-D
Buster's Long Lost Cousin


Robbie and I laughed for about a half hour watching silly Boston Terrier videos on YouTube the other day!!! LOL

Thursday, March 15, 2012

February Birchbox Product Review

Here is the link to my original post about my February Birchbox.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant - This was not what I expected at all, but I love it! It sort of smells like paper Mache. LOL. It is not gritty at all like other exfoliators (it uses chemicals)! It made my skin feel really smooth and look gorgeous. Since I have sensitive skin, I’d definitely purchase this product to use instead of a more irritating/gritty exfoliator.
Eye Rock Designer Liner – I didn’t love these. You have to START with these before putting anything else on your eyelids or they do not stay on. I found it a little hard to judge how to trim them to be the right length and look right. It would be nice is if there were little “trim guides.” And finally, you CAN’T put these on fast when you’re in a hurry.
Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint - I love this. It was really moisturizing, light, and not too greasy. I might buy it, especially in this color. It is gorgeous now that my skin is already slightly tan…a perfect match! It was a little too orange for my skin before I had a little tan, though.
colorescience pro Mineral Bronzer Face Color in Kissed By The Sun - I didn't love this. I am not a fan of the little puff, it's too hard to get the powder to go on evenly (I use a large brush for my bronzer). The color was a little to orange for me too! But maybe it just looked that way because it was so uneven.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wedding Wednesday :-D
Twinkle Toes

I am totally doing this to my wedding shoes!!!!!

Seriously....glitter bombing the bottom of my shoes? I can't wait.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

AIDAN!!!

Isn't this the sweetest thing you've ever seen?


Aidan got his 1-month pics and this is the one I got developed to hang up on my wall. :-D Yay.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Protect Our Girls (and Boys) - Sign the Petition!

Sooooo....as you can probably tell, I believe that the topic of truth in advertising is pretty important. After writing my post last Monday about retouching photos, I happend to come across this petition via the Adios Barbie website. I think this petition is completely awesome. I had to share it with you guys just in case you might want to sign it.

The idea behind the petition is as follows:

"We're asking for support to pass federal legislation requiring advertising and editorial that's meaningfully changed the human form through photoshopping or airbrushing to carry "Truth in Advertising" labels. The labels will simply state that the models shown have been altered. No judgments, no morality, just transparency and clarity. Transparency and clarity that may help address and stem these horrifying numbers:"
I think this is a great idea and another awesome step toward addressing the problem. It is not mandating whether or not retouching can actually be applied to photos. It's simply mandating that it must be clearly stated that the photo has been altered.

Think of it like the labels that the FDA requires for food manufacturers - they have to have a nutritional information label as well as a list of every ingredient contained in the food (except fruits and veggies - which are not altered!!!). Those labels are there for your health and so you know what you are putting into your body. These "truth in advertising" labels on photos will be there so you know exactly what you are looking at!!!

Here is the letter to Congress that you are signing when you sign the petition:

                                                                                                                   
Help us protect our girls. I just signed the following petition addressed to Congress.

Demand Truth-in-Advertising, Sponsor and Pass the Media and Public Health Act (formerly The Self-Esteem Act)

The simple fact is there's an epidemic crisis of confidence affecting girls and women, and both its causes and effects are going largely ignored and unspoken in and by the mainstream. (And we should point out that there is a subset of boys and men who are equally and terribly affected by these misrepresentations.)

We're asking for support to pass federal legislation requiring advertising and editorial that's meaningfully changed the human form through digital manipulation to carry "Truth in Advertising" labeling. The labels will simply state that the models shown have been altered. No judgments, no morality, just transparency and clarity. Transparency and clarity that may help address and stem these horrifying numbers:

- 42% of girls in grades 1-3 want to be thinner

- 51% of 9-10 year old girls feel better about themselves when they're dieting

- 53% of 13 year old girls are unhappy with their bodies; by the time they're 17, 78% of them will be

- By the time they're 17, these girls have seen 250,000 TV commercials telling them they should be a decorative object, sex object or a body size they can never achieve.

- 7 million girls and women under 25 suffer from eating disorders. 40% of newly identified cases of anorexia are in girls 15-19 years old. A rise in incidence of anorexia in young women 15-19 in each decade since 1930. Anorexia has the highest rate of mortality of any mental illness. (myNEDA.org)

- 80% of women feel worse about themselves after seeing a beauty ad. $20B is spent on beauty marketing in the US annually. That's a lot of money being spent making women feel worse about themselves.

- Nearly 25 million people - male and female - are suffering from anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder (myNEDA.org)

- 3-12% of teen boys use anabolic steroids in pursuit of a lean, muscular ideal

Let's stem the tidal wave of low self-esteem, one not limited to girls and women of course. Let's insist on transparency and question those who aren't willing to be transparent about why they're not.

If we save just one life, if one girl or one woman (or one boy) feels better about themselves, or if just one person is spared the horrors of dealing with an eating disorder because of truth-in-advertising labeling, how's that a bad thing?

For little girls (and boys) let's pass The Media and Public Health Act. Please. Thank you.

Off Our Chests and OffOurChests.com, National Eating Disorders Association (myNEDA.org) and:

AdiosBarbie.com
SheHeroes.com
Sincerely,Melissa Duckett

Friday, March 09, 2012

Friday Funny :-D
It's too bright in here, mom!

I crack up every time I see Zach covering his eyes somehow when he's trying to sleep and it's just too stinkin' bright! LOL


Thursday, March 08, 2012

Birthday Pics :-D

A bunch of friends came out with me to celebrate my birthday a couple weeks ago (and Lindsay even flew out from Vegas - hollaaa!!!) - of course I forgot my camera, but here are some pics that people took with their phones. :-D

With Lindsay and Robbie
BFFs!
Freezing at High - we didn't stay long!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Wedding Wednesday :-D
I DIY-ed the Lacy Tealights!

Remember a while back when I posted about the DIY Lace Tealights that I saw on the Martha Stewart Weddings Website? I made them and they turned out SO CUTE!

I ended up getting an awesome deal on some lace that I found on Etsy (for about half the price of what I would have paid at JoAnn or Michael's. BOOM!). I was so excited. I decided to count on about 100 tealights - that gives about 5 per table (including each part of the head table, which is 3 tables combined) based on my current estimate. That's a lot of tealights! LOL.

The tealights are going to be provided from our florist (Say It With Flowers) as part of our reception floral arrangement package. When my favorite future mother-in-law (FFMIL) went to book our date with them, they gave her one of the tealights that they would use for our wedding. I used that tealight to estimate the amount of lace I needed. The tealights are 2"x2"x2" cubes - so I ended up needing about 8.5"-ish of lace per tealight, and the lace needed to be 2" thick (or more). I ended up buying 30 yards of lace that was 2.5" wide. My original estimate was 22 yards, but I added some extra to have some wiggle room and also so I had some pretty lace for future craft projects. :-)

So, I purchased some fabric stiffener at JoAnn and used a sponge brush that I already had (got it from Michaels), cut the lace into 8.5" strips, cut apart a big box so I had a large and flat surface, and laid the lace strips on it. Then I brushed the lace with the fabric stiffener and let it dry. After that, I connected the two ends of each piece of lace with hot glue. Then I pinched the edges of the lace to make it shaped as a cube so it fit the tealights better. Here are some photos:







LOVE! Lindsay helped me get these done, so it went by in a snap! Martha should totally hire me to work with her.

As a side note - if you wanted to go for a *potentially* lower cost option you could probably use white paper (instead of real lace) and one of these Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge Punch thingies. It all depends on what you can finagle!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Bad News – The Camera Removes 10 Pounds

I was reading my Glamour magazine the other day and I came across this article: You Tell Us: How Should Glamour Handle Retouching? It was all about Glamour soliciting the opinions of their readers regarding retouching of images that they publish. Interesting, huh? FINALLY.
Considering retouching is basically the norm (people even do it to their Facebook photos?! I had no idea…), and such a hot topic, it was so refreshing to see it brought to the forefront in a magazine that I regularly read (FINALLY). Also, it has struck me (and many others) on several occasions how magazines like Glamour really do send mixed messages by writing articles about “loving your body” and “loving yourself” but then always publishing retouched photos that remove “flaws” and show an unrealistic and unachievable standard of perfection and “beauty.”
Here is the statement that was made in the article:
"Yes, we DO do it—and so do most fashion publications in the age of digital photography, since retouching includes everything from darkening a sky so a headline reads better to keeping models’ nipples from showing through a shirt (done in our March issue—twice!). But as your responses make clear, retouching has its limits—or should—and Glamour plans to take a stronger role in setting ours. You told us you don’t want little things like freckles and scars removed, and we agree; those are the kinds of details that make each woman on the planet unique and beautiful. And while our policy has always been not to alter a woman’s body shape, we’ll also be asking photographers we hire not to manipulate body size in the photos we commission, even if a celebrity or model requests a digital diet (alas, it happens). 'I believe Glamour should take an active role in encouraging unretouched photos,' says Jessica Gordon, 29, of Los Angeles. 'It has to start somewhere.'"

I am pretty much in line with the statement above. Retouching *within reason* I think is okay. What do you think?
People love looking at beautiful people. It’s nice to look at beautiful things. But where is the line between looking at a beautiful image and feeling happy because it is beautiful, or looking at a beautiful image *that is not real* and feeling anxious, sad, or upset that that is not something you (or most other people) can achieve?
As an example, think about two very different magazines that you may have seen in your life – here are two from mine: one day I will receive a Glamour magazine. The next, I’ll receive a University of Michigan Engineering School “magazine.” How different would you feel after looking at those two magazines? The first has retouched images galore. The second has normal pictures of normal people. Hmmm.
Another great example is the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. What a breath of fresh air this was when it came out! Look at this photo from their website:

I LOVE THIS. They are all about expanding the definition of “beauty” and trying to rectify the fact “only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful” – which is what they found in their study, The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited (!!!!!).
With all this being said, I really do love my Glamour magazines. I love the inspiration that they give me to try new things – whether it is different makeup, clothes combinations, decorating ideas for my home, and even recipes. You all know just from reading my blog that I love things like that and I love fashion – to me it is a creative outlet that I really enjoy. I wouldn’t read the magazine so often if there weren’t things that I liked about it (duh). But I would love it even more if there were real images of real women that have not been significantly altered. I can’t wait to see this happen (please let it happen before I have daughters)!

Friday, March 02, 2012

Friday Funny :-D
It's called POP!

Starting to call pop something different - "soda" was a very big paradigm shift for me once I left Michigan. LOL.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Bangs are Bangin'!

Here are some more pics of the Jessica Simpson bangs that I posted about a while ago....I promised more pics with the rest of my hair up - which I think looks better with them.



I LOVE THESE THINGS!!!! Seriously, don't they look so real!? I love that I can rock the new bangs trend without actually cutting my hair!