Friday, 26 August 2011

OOTD: Summer Night In The Park

Shirt: American Eagle  Cardigan: Dynamite Skirt & Tank Top:  Charlotte Russe  Necklace: JmundoDesigns Bracelet:  Headband worn as wrap bracelet from Walmart  Shoes: Aldo  Lipstick:  Estee Lauder "Sunstone"  Legwarmers & Earrings: Gift

Monday, 8 August 2011

Monday Review: Wedding and Interview

So we're back from the interview and the wedding, had a day of rest, and now I'm making myself get stuff done.  On a frustrating note, Derek didn't get his visa approval right away.  Everything went well - they told us that everything looked good (apparently we convinced them that we were married and that we made enough money) but the only issue was "establishing domicile."  That means that we have to prove that we are in fact moving to the states.  That seems so stupid to me, because why would we have gone through all that trouble to NOT move?  (Guess I should have worn something red, white, and blue :P) Haha.  Anyway it's quite easy, we just have to send in a few more papers via mail - we don't have to go back to Quebec, thank God.  It should be fast, as well, so we should still be moving soon (mid September, perhaps?).  So all in all, a very good outcome, but quite frustrating after spending five hours sitting in a building knowing you have to be in Traverse City in less than twenty four hours. 
Dress: Express Shoes: Aldo Necklace: Designs By Annika Headband: Feather Your Nest

We did, in fact, make it to Traverse City in time, and my friend Sharayah's wedding was so lovely.  It was incredibly emotional watching her tie the knot, and seeing her so happy.  Her classic fashion sense was evident in the sand-colored tuxedos she chose for the men, the hints of color to her ensemble (blush colored sash and veil) and amazing hairdo.  I will have to share more and better pictures when I stumble across them.  As to the matter of what I wore, the above was not my carefully planned outfit.  My carefully planned outfit is actually in Quebec, where I left it, hanging up in our hotel room.  -_-  The dress I ended up wearing is this gorgeous, colorful number, and I received it from my in-laws for Christmas.  It actually ended up being a better choice than my original plan, so hey, not all a loss.  I tend to purchase black dresses, but I don't like wearing black to a wedding.  Other dresses of mine have a white base with a print over it, but I also don't like wearing white to a wedding, so this dress will actually probably be a staple for attending weddings.  It's celebratory, formal, but still very wearable.  I can't say the same for my stilettos, but I fail-danced the night away in them regardless.  Also worth mentioning, Sharayah managed to seat us probably with the best people...ever.  It was the most successful seating chart in the history of seating charts.  Most likely.  
We gave the bride and groom somewhat of a creative present, but I won't tell you what it is in case they haven't opened it yet.  Maybe in a couple of days I will.  Well, little hands of panic are closing around my throat as I contemplate the workload before me, so I better get crackin'.  Just try not to think about what it's going to take in order to be packed up and ready to move across the continent in a month, Elizabeth...

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Would you let the husband of this woman into your country?

Shirt:  Dress worn as top from Charlotte Russe Skirt and Belt: I think from JC Penny Heels: Payless Bracelet: Necklace worn as wrap bracelet from Ben Moss Jewelers

Tomorrow, Derek and I leave to head to Montreal, Quebec, to attend a visa interview.  My husband is trying to become a permanent resident of the states so that we can live in California!  This should hopefully be the first and only interview, and we don't really know what to expect.  They should give hubby the green light for moving right away, but the process could (fingers crossed, let's hope not) take longer still.  Anyway, I don't even know if I'm being interviewed, but I'm sort-of sick with dread.  My horror of any sort of test and my penchant for forgetting normal things that everybody knows like their own address make this not the sort of situation I would succeed in.  Furthermore, the determining of where I am going to live is a lot to rest on how an interview goes.  Of course, we will eventually live in the states, but California has been calling me home for too long now as it is.  To compensate for my utter lack of prowess in interview situations, I have put together the perfect outfit.  I wanted to look like a contributing member of society, wealthy, and respectable.  I may have overdone it, but it's basically either jeans or this.  Haha.
After that, we're driving down to Michigan to attend the wedding of my dear friend, Sharayah.  I am VERY excited for that, but I can't even really focus on that until after the interview.  I would show you my outfit for the wedding, but I don't want to spoil the surprise.  ;)  Meanwhile, Linus will be staying with the in-laws (he loves his "grandparents," and they are total champs about it) so he received a bath and trim two days ago.  We used watered-down baking soda and lemon juice to wash his fur, since that's what we've been using on our own hair for the last two weeks, with great results.  It got Linus really clean, and as with my hair, it made his fur REALLY FLUFFY.  Linus is not usually very fluffy for a male rough Collie, but not using a heavy pet shampoo on him really gave his coat a lot of body.  He looks great, and I'm really excited, because I always wished he was a bit more fluffy.  In this picture, he isn't as fluffy as he was after drying off from his bath two days ago, but he's still more voluminous than usual.

I won't be doing any posts for a few days since I'll be out of town, so while I'm gone, be sure to read the awesome guest post that my friend Abby did yesterday.

Anyway, wish us luck!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Guest post by Abigail: Don't fight about the little things

(I, Elizabeth, went to high school with this fantastic girl named Abby, and she kindly offered to do a guest post for me!  It's really terrific, so read up!)
I have known Elizabeth for some time now and asked her if I could give this guest blogger thing a go and she said YES! So, where to start???? Well, let's see.... My name is Abigail (Abby, Abs, Gator.... pretty much anything but gail) and I have been married to my wonderful hubby, Chris, for over 3 years now.  We have a beautiful and very active 2-1/2 year old, Adrianna, who thinks she's 16.  My hubby is in the military and thus we are forced to uproot every 4 years or so and move.  It's stressful enough that we have to just pick up and move, but it's about twenty times worse when you find out you're going to New Jersey. Personally, I'm not a fan.  We moved here about 2 years ago and have been making it through the best we can.  New Jersey is much different than anything we're used to (which definitely pushed all of us out of our comfort bubble) and added a large amount of daily stress to our lives. My hubby and I are quite similar in the way we are very vocal about something if it is bothering us and since moving to New Jersey, we've had several "tiffs". The particular "tiff" I want to talk about occurred about a year ago.

It was one of those days that just seems like the NOTHING goes right.  I decided that right before bed I was going to make cookies to add a little bit of happiness to the end of a terrible day.  As I was in the process of mixing ingredients and about to add the butter, my hubby walked into the kitchen and opened the fridge asking where the butter went. I informed him that I was making cookies and needed what we had left for them.  That's when it happened. We started to argue....yes, about BUTTER.  He said he wanted to make toast and needed butter for it.  I knew that for him to have his toast with butter the way he wanted it, it was going to take too much butter and I wouldn't have enough... We continued arguing for about 5 minutes until I suddenly realized - We were fighting about a stick of butter.... I started to laugh and he, still frustrated and angry, asked what was so funny.  I had to take a minute to stop laughing and catch my breath before I could make him understand that we were fighting about butter.  I realized that we fight about a lot of small, insignificant things that seem like they are so very important at the time.  We've learned to take a breath and think about what it is that seems so significant. It usually ends up being something as trivial as butter; although butter is delicious, it's definitely not worth getting all up in arms about.  Oh, I almost forgot - my hubby ended up wanting cookies also and they were delicious!

- Abigail

Monday, 1 August 2011

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