Tuesday, March 31, 2009

BM dress update

Since I will be travelling out to KC in a few weeks for an "I need a break from regular life sister bonding weekend," I thought I would see what bridal shops carry Dessy dresses out there.

Shop #1 - No e-mail (boo!), no answer to my call, no voicemail! Fail.

Shop #2 - Their response: "How many girls would be ordering from us?" They proceed to say that they have no idea if they have a dress in the right color, because they have too many dresses to keep track. What!?! Way to go KC's self-professed "finest bridal atelier!" Fail.

Shop #3 - Finally, someone sane! They have a dress in the color and welcomed us to come view it! And they said they would love to help us with anything else we need! Woohoo! When I go out there, we will definitely be making a stop and after that I fully expect to post a glowing review of how much I love them!

Monday, March 30, 2009

The bridesmaid dress has been approved

but weird me still wants to be able to see it in the actual color we want in person instead of just in this picture from the Dessy website. Unfortunately, a 1" by 1/2" swatch isn't enough to give me complete confidence in the color. Also unfortunately, is that the bridal shop near me that has a dress in this color isn't interested in me coming in just to look and then buy at another bridal shop. Which I understand a little bit, but mostly don't understand at all. Shouldn't there be some sort of cooperation between retailers? Not every shop can carry every color (especially since Dessy has a ton of colors) and I feel like it shouldn't be an issue to allow me to come see it and not buy. Surely there are times when this shop does not have a color a bride wants. Wouldn't they be happy that the bride was able to see the color at another shop and then come back and order from them? It seems to me that everyone could benefit from cooperation like this.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Dress 2.0 Fail

Well actually, it was more like dress 1.5 because the manufacturer believes that it was just a bad zipper and did not address the real issue. We are positive that the outside layer was cut too small because the inside layer zips just fine and fits perfectly. A real dress 2.0 will be demanded on Monday.

I did officially check one thing off of our list this week. Our reception site finally has our contract and deposit!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Apparently I have no last name

At least that's what it would seem people think. Any piece of mail Doug and I receive that is addressed to us always says "Mr. Doug LastName and Jamie." And it is not because the senders of said mail do not know my last name. They are all family and close friends who could at the very least find my last name on facebook if they have forgotten it. We received a wedding invitation this week addresses like that, and I can't help but being annoyed. Am I wrong to feel like this is how you would address the invitation to Doug and his (fictional) child? Even having it addressed to Doug and Jamie LastName, though we aren't married yet, would be preferable to me.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I heart Cards and Pockets

I have been ordering various invitation stuff from Cards and Pockets for a couple years and these ladies have never failed to amaze me.

They have always had exactly what I was looking for and have always been so nice to me too! When I unintentionally ordered the wrong shape pocketfold the other day, a quick e-mail later and my order was changed with no hassle at all. I got them in the mail Thursday and they are beautiful! They also included a handwritten thank you, which I think is a great touch. Needless to say, I will continue to order from them.

Since I already have my invitations planned out, right now I am envisioning a gorgeous ceremony program using their 5x7 zig-zag cards (pictured on the right, but obviously in the wrong color) I was hoping to think of a semi-unique idea and this may be just what I was looking for!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

More dress problems :)

If Express didn't make the only jeans and dress pants that fit me perfectly, I so would not be friends with them anymore.

My sister and I went shopping on Saturday for two dresses since I have graduation and a wedding the following day in early May. We found one at Macy's which I bought and another at Express which I had to order because they didn't have the color and size I wanted in stock at the store.

Yesterday I get an e-mail saying sorry, but we don't have that great dress you absolutely must have for graduation.

Thoughts about this one as a replacement for the May 9th wedding? It is by Alex Marie and I know Dillard's has one in stock because I tried it on Saturday. My sister and I already discussed that it needs a little sweater to accompany it.

Maybe I am just not meant to wear dresses of any kind? :)

Up next, my answers to some interesting questions!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Really hard questions

Liz kindly provided me with these questions to help me in writing a post since my head is currently full of useless strategic management and business law crap.

However, these questions are so hard that it took me 3 days to answer them. Please excuse any subpar answers.

1. When did you know you and your FI were headed for marriage?
I honestly think we knew from the very beginning. There was instantly this high comfort level between us. Looking back, I think I may have known from our very first date. Our first kiss was perfect. That awkward first kiss feeling was completely absent and it happened so naturally I couldn't believe it. When it got to be 2 am and I had to usher him out of my residence hall because of the overnight guest policy, I had no idea where the time had gone. I knew then I was in trouble. Later, I have realized that even though I had thought I had been in love before, I had no idea.

2. If you had to eat one food for a whole week, what would it be?
My grandma's mashed potatoes. I just ate a full meal and am still salivating at the thought of them. Supposedly my mom makes them exactly the same, but there is definitely a difference.

I was going to say Italian food so I could have more of a variety, but I'm guessing that is a bit of a shady way to answer.


3. If you were a color, what would you be? Why?
I honestly have no idea. So, I googled it and took a quiz. The quiz said I was blue because "You give your love and friendship unconditionally. You enjoy long, thoughtful conversations rich in philosophy and spirituality. You are very loyal and intuitive." I have no idea if this is the truth, but I had to find a way to answer the question.

4. Do you have a theme song?
So, I totally had to break out the ol' iTunes to think about this one. And I have decided that my life certainly has an ever-changing and varied soundtrack that includes everything from Styx to Edwin McCain, to Kenny Chesney, Chris Botti, the Foo Fighters and even more artists from all parts of the spectrum, but I'm not sure about a theme song. I have decided on Keith Urban's "God's Been Good To Me" because it's true and it's something I try to remind myself every day.

"
Oh the sun is shinin' on down in Tennessee
And right now where I'm right where I wanna be
I've never felt so loved, so peaceful and so free
Hey there ain't no doubt that God's been good to me"


5. What is your perfect job when you get done with school?
This is the only easy one for me. I would love (and believe I would excel at) a position in cost accounting with a major St. Louis manufacturer. For me, the power of accounting does not lie in the debits and credits, but in the large amount of knowledge about operations that can be gleaned from all of the information once it is collected and how it can be used to make improvements. Anything I can do to analyze operations and assist a company in becoming more efficient and profitable interests me. In real life, I will be taking any position that presents itself to me and is in any way related to accounting, finance, or economics.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The wonder that is analytics

Because all that awaits me today is a giant stack of random tax docs to sort and scan, here is a little bit about Analytics for LauraAnn.

Analytics can be put on a website to track visitors. With it, you have access to more information than you would ever need about your readers. For example, I can tell you that a little under 41% of my readers use Firefox. 17% are lucky enough to have a T1 connection. Someone from Addison, TX reads my blog. And Bedford, DE is visiting too. And thanks to Trisha for providing 10% of my readers the link to my blog!

I think if you go to the Analytics link that I have so graciously provided to you, you will find it fairly easy to set up. However, if you have questions let me know. I would love to help!


And because I would still love to hear from my unknown visitors, here is another dog picture. This time taken by me of my niece Gracie. If you are looking for a dog, definitely consider a retired greyhound! My sister and brother-in-law have two and I love them! They are seriously great dogs.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I have readers in 10 states (and another country!)

...and I can't think of a single person I know in any of them except Illinois and Missouri!

Google analytics is amazing. I have been using it forever on the websites I maintain, but just put it on the ol' blog two days ago.

I would absolutely love to know who you are, as I was pretty sure only three people read this. Please leave me a comment!

And because Jessica says pictures in posts are important: Here is a picture of a sad puppy begging you to leave me a comment!

Photo courtesy of The Magic Paw.

Oh, puppies, that is a whole other post or three. I want one. Now.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Dress #1 Fail

Text message to my planner at 2:47 pm today:
Zipper on dress broke had to cut me out new one being ordered karma owes me a damn good wedding

This is the best pic I have of the offending zipper.

I knew there was a reason I ordered early, plenty of time for a replacement dress with a working zipper

The good news: I ::love:: the dress. It looks even better in ivory than the white one I tried on. Now we only need to get one with a functional zipper.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Wedding Hair

I am impatiently growing my always shoulder length hair out so that I can have my hair just like this on wedding day. Except no veil. Whether or not I make it remains to be seen. Going to see my dress for the first time tomorrow!

Photos by Jessica Strickland

Friday, March 6, 2009

I'm in love


With a ceremony location. In case you haven't gotten the message from my recent posts, I have had a terrible time locating a ceremony church. My home church would be a 35-40 minute drive from our reception location, so I wanted to find something closer. In the past two months, I think I may have talked to 70-80% of the United Methodist Churches within 15 miles of our reception site. All, for one reason or another, have been crossed off the list. I was thisclose to giving up and making guests drive, when I discovered Bothwell Chapel on the campus of McKendree University. It is affordable, adorable, historical, and we can have the pastor from my home church marry us! Also, with all the curtains on the windows open (they aren't in the picture below) the light will be perfect for Clary!

I'm really trying not to get too excited because it can't be booked until a year before, but Stephanie and I are hoping to do whatever we can to beat anyone else to it.The one issue is that there is no center aisle, but we can deal with that for an almost perfect location, right?

Pictures taken by me on this beautiful, warm day. I knew it was going to be good when I switched over to my new Spring purse last night. Thanks American Eagle for providing a little sunshine in my recently gloomy life!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

My dress will be in tomorrow

and I still have yet to determine a ceremony location!

Everything is either ugly, booked, doesn't marry non-members, or wants $1,600! My home church is too far away from our reception location.

Going to look at another option tomorrow, but I'm beginning to feel hopeless.

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