Friday, January 29, 2010

Lucky find....

I was thrilled when I stopped in at one of my favorite boutiques and found all the Cochni flats I had been wanting at 75% off!!!! I was able to snag three pairs for the price of one: pink suede with pearls, bronze with silver buckle and purple with silver buckle! It is nearly impossible to find a picture of these shoes online but here is some eye candy to hold you over until I take pictures of my feet!

I am headed to Paris on Tuesday to visit my sister! So excited to see her!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Navy Flats!

A year and a half ago I was coming home from a work meeting in Denver in my beloved navy ballet flats. Having lived in the North my entire life I try to maximize opportunities for sandals. That being said, it was summer time so I had a pair of J. Crew flips in my carry on that I put on after going through security. What a mistake that was! I had left my favorite navy ballet flats in the x-ray machine! Never to be seen again. Ever since, I have been looking for the perfect pair of navy ballet flats. TB is not currently offering navy as an option in their Reva Shop, but, I did find these adorable Sperry ones on RueLaLa.

Just to be safe I ordered two sizes. They arrived while I was away and wore them for the first time today...comfy and cute! I wore them with my Stephanie shift and my navy J. Crew cashmere cardigan!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Leaving on a Jetplane...

I'm off to Colorado for a few working days! I promise a full update on our dinner party when I return! Have a great beginning to your week!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Navy Tablecloths...Do They Exist?

I am thrilled to have spent the majority of my afternoon in search of a navy blue tablecloth! Who knew it could be so difficult? I tried EVERYWHERE in this town and came to the conclusion that I will just have to order the monogrammed one from Pottery Barn. While it is darling, it will not be monogrammed and delivered by tomorrow night's dinner party! We'll have to settle for a tan one sans monogram.

Also, I have realized numerous times in the past month that I have ordered things without really explaining what I want! I often times expect sales people to read my mind. I walked in to the florist today knowing exactly what I wanted. I told her I would like a short arrangement with all white flowers. I also told her if she wanted to throw a color or two in there that would be fine too. WHAT? No. She has no idea how short I want the vase/arrangement. No idea what flowers I want (yet I am secretly hoping she knows I was thinking peonies and hydrangea) and I could very well get colored roses thrown in...ick. I really need to work on being more specific. Tomorrow at 12pm I will no doubt be shocked by what she puts together...and if I don't like it, it will be entirely my fault. I guess this should be added to my growing list of new years resolutions...

Good news of the day, is that my dining room rug arrived and is 100 times more lovely than I ever dreamed it would be! Thank god, because sending it back would have been a nightmare. I am certain my neighbors had a good laugh as I pushed it out into the snow bank in order to more easily drag it into my house. It's huge!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Dinner Table

I am constantly in search of new ways to reinvent the dinner table. While searching for inspiration I found an amazing book, 'Tablescapes: Setting the Table With Style'. There are beautiful pictures and plenty of inspiration in it's pages and I love that it features my Mottahedeh Blue Lace chargers on the cover! Have any Dallas bloggers heard the author, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman on 103.7? I stopped by her blog and loved loved loved the cheat sheet for cocktail accessories she posted here.

I am planning to have my in-laws for dinner on Saturday to celebrate my MIL's birthday! We snagged an amazing Icelandic Wool blanket for her on our honeymoon! Yes, we went to Iceland...but that's for an entirely different day.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Catch Up: Our Engagement

Bret and I were engaged on June 6, 2008, the day prior to the much anticipated Lobster Boil I was planning in celebration of Bret's graduation (finally) from law school. The month prior to the event I started new job (which I love), moved out of my apartment, experienced day after day of my classic migraine, lived out of a suitcase and planned a move to an undisclosed location that would be determined by wherever Bret found a job. My family was visiting while this was all going on and to say the least I was a little stressed and ornry with Bret and my family.

On Friday we finally headed to Bret's parents house on the bay, the location of the Lobster Boil, to get set up. Apparently my trusty Maine lobsterman can ship lobsters to the Midwest, but transportation alone for the 150 lobsters was exceeding $1,000. So, at the last minute my dad picked them up and we drove them to the lobster boil! Bret's car was full of lobsters, which he was very adamant about riding with him, and I had my sister and our dog in my car. During the ride, Bret called my cell phone and asked me to pull over on the next exit ramp because he feared the lobsters shifted in route. I pulled over (annoyed) at the exit and waited for him to get out of his car to check on the lobsters. He was taking SO long that Haley and I started planning our dream weddings to pass the time.

Then my phone rang and it was Bret asking me to come back (walk down the exit ramp of a major highway) to see a lobster he didn't think was going to make it another minute out of it's tank. I immediately hung up, jumped out of the car and screamed in his direction, "If we stop for ever 'god darn' lobster we will never get there, now get back in the car and let's go." He was being very persistent that I see the lobster and so I walked over, glanced down at the lobster in question and explained very sternly that we ordered plenty of extra lobsters and he needs to give up on the thing. This went on for a few minutes. Bret mentioned it's broken claw, how it wasn't moving too quickly, everything he could think of as Haley waited in the car and semi trucks zoomed past me. I glanced at the lobster a few times while he was diagnosing the lobster's ailments. Fed up, I gave it one glance and noticed a shiny ring on the claw. When I looked at Bret he was down on one knee (in gravel) and asking me to marry him. I totally froze, amazed that he would still ask, after I had been not so sympathetic to his sick lobster (not to mention I hadn't been the sweetest the past few days under the circumstances). I finally realized I needed to say something, and ofcourse I said yes.

Now for the kicker, my very naive sixteen year old sister, was still in the car with her camera. Bret decided it might be nice to have her come take a picture, so he went up to her window and asked to come with her camera to the back of his car...and she immediately grabbed her camera and exclaimed, "Oh my gosh Bret are the lobsters having sex?" Apparently she thought that was what was holding us up back there, catching two lobsters in the act and she wanted nothing more than to get a picture. We finally moved from the exit ramp, at which point Bret realized we had two more hours to drive in seperate cars as Haley didn't have her license yet. Poor planning on his part, but overall very creative and a day we will never forget!

New Year, New Blog

Happy New Year from our family to yours!

I can't believe it has been nearly two years since I first began this blog in attempt to document the fun I had while planning a lobster boil in celebration of Bret's graduation from law school! It seems like forever ago....

So much has happened since the lobster boil it seems like a distant memory. For starters, Bret proposed to me on the way to the lobster boil (more details to follow)!!! We were engaged for over a year and were married in August of 2009!

While I was busy planning a wedding, moving to a new city, purchasing a home and both of us beginning new jobs your blogs have kept me sane and entertained! As we begin 2010 I want to:

*get you caught up on what's been going on with Life, Lobsters and the Law
*update the blog to reflect our current life as a newlyweds and home-owners (a blog name change may be in my future)
*blog about decorating, fashion, recipes, family and fun!
*take the time to comment on your fabulous posts

It was amazing to log back on LL and L and look at the comments that were left for me; they were a source of inspiration and I can't wait to get back into it!