Monday, March 16, 2015

10 Days Until Marriage

Have I ever been this stressed in my life? Probably not. The past few months have been a whirlwind of kissing my money goodbye, ordering things for the wedding and praying they got here on time, and trying to coordinate vendors and family into one cohesive schedule. I broke out into hives (all over my ribs and lower back), scattered adult acne (thankfully gone), gained some weight (fantastic timing...) and have had at least three migraines (one of which was two days ago). Mon dieu.

O b s e s s e d. I literally waited a month for our custom tote bags to arrive, sweating profusely each day. But they're here, they don't have typos, and they're the last component of the gifts I'm making for our wedding guests --insert biggest sigh of relief of my entire life--. I ordered a few extras so I could have one myself and I plan on obnoxiously carrying it around until it's in tatters. Then I'll reorder it. I managed to find two other unique Santa Barbara favors for our guests; soap made out of wine grapes and olive oil. I'm super excited to give these away!

I still can't wrap my mind around the fact that I will be married in ten days. How old am I? What year is this? What happened to my steely resolve against marriage (children of divorce, y'all hear me?)? Wei, you are the bright sun in my day and the glittery stars in my dark sky. There's no questions as to why it never felt right or worked with anyone else. Let's do this.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Santa Barbara, eu te amo

Last week I had the pleasure of flitting down to Santa Barbara with my fiancé for a long weekend/wedding planning excursion. I have never been to SB (although I almost attended UCSB) and I was absolutely dying for a break away from the Bay Area. I was not disappointed! The drive down 101 was pleasant and the hours seemed to fly by. Road trips are probably easier when you're with someone you can constantly chat with! 

I was a little surprised when we were walking around SB and I heard nothing but Portuguese, I didn't realize there was such a large Brasilian population but it was great to hear the language regularly since I last took classes. (Next stop: SP or Rio!? Eu falo um pouco de português, mas não tem amigos brasileiros na minha cidade...)

I was wondering what these antique-looking bells on the highway were until finally I saw a sign for one that said 'Historic El Camino Real'. It's fun to imagine how people have traveled down the same road for hundreds of years, and how much it's changed.
Old Mission Santa Barbara was lovely, as I knew it would be! We took the self-guided tour around the grounds before we headed to our wedding cake tasting.

Can you say YUM? We were completely stuffed after tasting (aka devouring) our custom cake request combinations and Wayne Kjar's standard combinations.
Everything is so close to the beach in SB, we had to stop by the waterfront and take in the fantastic weather once our wedding-related tasks were done.

I'm so relieved I was finally able to see SB in person since we're having our intimate wedding there. I was a little shocked the weather was so warm for January, but I ain't complaining! Truthfully, my heart hurt a little when we left. I can't wait to go back!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

2015 - Things to do

It's not New Year's Eve yet but I've been thinking so much about 2015. There are already a few planned happy events (my wedding, honeymoon and new position at work) and I've decided I'm going to make a practical to-do list:

  • Relearn how to use a sewing machine
    I learned when I was in high school and I used to be pretty good! But over the years I had less time (and less heart) to do it, and it's gotten to the point where I've completely forgotten how to use a machine. My mom also has a brand new machine that remains untouched by either of us. No more; I want to make my own tote bags, head wraps and some clothes!
  • Open a savings account and Roth IRA
  • Buy a camera and take more photos
    I have an Olympus point-and-shoot (man is it terrible!), a Canon DSLR (great photos but it's quite heavy, especially when lugging lenses around) and of course my Samsung Galaxy phone. Funnily enough, my phone has been my go-to for memorable shots in my life. While convenient since I have it with me anyways, I do want a medium to take higher res photos and videos. I'm going back and forth between a GoPro (I'm realizing more how videos are awesome to relive experiences) or a Leica. I'm not visiting Europe for the first time without a great (hopefully lightweight?) instrument to take photos/videos!
  • Blog regularly
    My intention is not to impress anyone or even command attention with this blog, I'm definitely doing it to record my thoughts and my life to look back upon later.
To be continued!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The piecemeal wedding - thoughts

I'm getting married soon!

The process leading up to this decision was very natural and just felt right. I'm with someone who respects and loves me for who I am, we are both able to be our dorky selves 100% and we mutually came to the decision to spend the rest of our lives together in our shared home one night -- no ring proposal; no fuss.

Ages 0-21 I didn't even want to get married. Around 21-24 I had a short phase of wanting a HUGE memorable bash with hundreds of people, but that quickly faded when I realized it wasn't really me. Now that I support myself and have a better sense of self, I think I've finally found a vision for my special day that will be memorable, practical and expresses us as a couple. I'm extremely grateful to have found someone that has not only given me room to grow as an individual but also is growing with me.

I kind of enjoy being an unorthodox bride since it gives me freedom to do what I want and when I want (I'm a Sagittarius, after all). The groom-to-be and I even decided to wear our wedding bands as soon as we received them from David Yurman and seeing it on my hand gives me such joy!

Wedding colors: Gold & light blue
Location: Santa Barbara
Season: Spring
Honeymoon: Barcelona & Paris (Purposefully delayed until Fall, but booked!). Vámonos/allons-y!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Charleston Headband

Experimenting with things on my head for my wedding day. Hair up? Hair down? Put a bird on it? Who knows. I have a tendency to see beautiful hair pieces, add them to my digital shopping cart and just pull the trigger ordering it before I remember that every headband/accessory I've ever had slips off my hair almost immediately after I put it on. Or I get a major headache from the elastic. ¡Qué lástima!

A lovely piece I snagged from BHLDN. By Mademoiselle Slassi - sinamay, ostrich feathers; handmade in France. Oo la la.

Cosmetici -- Ombres Contraste Duo #20 (Chanel), Mythology Lustre (MAC), Black Tied Velvet (MAC), Blacktrack Fluidline (MAC), Hypnôse Drama mascara (Lancôme), Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Crystal Baby Creme lipstick (Estée Lauder). 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Making mulled wine

I was gifted this precious Mason jar glass with a satchel of spices and a cinnamon stick to make mulled wine! (I loooooove hot toddies, who cares that it's spring?) I'm almost hesitant to use it because it smells glorious in my kitchen.

I pulled these short and sweet instructions from Williams-Sonoma:

In a saucepan, gently simmer 1 quart red wine, 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar (to taste) and 2 Tbs. mulling spices for up to 20 minutes. Remove the spices and serve the wine hot in mugs garnished with a cinnamon stick, or chill and serve over ice as a cooler.

 In typical scatterbrain fashion I have decided to post about this while at work. While we have a stove in our kitchen I certainly do not have access to my wine OR this precious kit!