Saturday, September 18, 2010

this one's for the BOYS ??!!!

So you've seen the girls stuff for our April wedding, 203 days to go! Now it's the boys turn. Our gentlemen will be sporting some vintage threads as well. The groom will be wearing a suit vest and slacks by Perry Ellis. While the groomsmen will be sporting dress slacks, dress shirts, ties, and suspenders. I'm hoping that two of the groomsmen will sport newsboy hats along with our ring bearer.

Yes, our groom just the one in the picture to the right will be comfortable with his sleeves rolled up. This is how my fiancé wears his dress shirts everyday to work, mis-well be comfortable on your wedding day, right??? to the left is our adorable ring bearer outfit. This will also be in light grey. How handsome are, our men going to be that day in their attire.!.

We finally found Troy's wedding band, gosh that boy is picky. Oh yay, i was too. He'll be wearing it for life so i guess it takes time. We fell in love with this delicate looking mens ring. Or as delicate looking as a man's ring can get...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Candy Shoppe

Over the next week, I'm gonna be posting some of my favorite things...tonight will be my favorite sweet treats! 
This post was inspired by Katy Perry's California Gurls music video...I'm actually not a sweet eater..but i think there really cute and!Cotton Candy is so pretty in a rainbow like it's the best thing to nibble on ever! 

Who could possibly say no! to these pretties! We have a great little place in town called Jilly's Cupcakes that makes cupcakes look like a work of art. One is definitely filling enough, they are large and in charge for sure! So Sweet!
Lolli Pop's......who does enjoy one every once in awhile!
My all time favorite candy in the world is Chocolate Covered Gummy Bears...although they are ridiculously hard to find!...ugh! but so delicious ......sooooo!

 Covered vs. Gummy
Who will win ??!! lol

my second favorite....SWEET TARTS.....the big chewy one's are the best...but in all seriousness they are all freakin great...!

And these wax awesomeness are great as well! although they do not put enough of these in a package...i mean come on SERIOUSLY !??!! 

Next post will be on my favorite spots in the STL to hang out!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Digging for Diamonds

We just got back from our vacation. We got to spend some time with my lil sister Jennifer in southern Missouri on the ranch and river. Then took our time relaxing in Arkansas. Then back to Missouri to spend time with family and friends before heading back to STL. We arrived Saturday evening in Mountain View where we spent the night and next day with my sister

We visited Alley Springs, where the water was beautiful and the mill was rustic and charming. We took a quick walk around the spring ooohing and awwing at the gorgeous waters coming right out below us in our own missouri. We have know seen almost all the springs in Missouri. By the way now after seeing Arkansas's springs. We by far have the cleanest and most beautiful springs.

After spending some time taking pictures at the spring, and getting to see my sis for awhile we headed onward to Eureka Springs, Ar. Where we starting the Arkansas trip with a ghost tour at the Crescent Hotel. This was my second time visiting the most haunted Hotel in America. We enjoyed our tour guide and the eeriness of the Crescent's presence and history. Check out the Dr. Norman Baker story online...creepy! 
We spent the next day visiting the many tapped and still natural springs of Eureka Springs. Then dinner and another ghost tour at the Basin Park Hotel. Really enjoyed this place. The people in Eureka Spring are wonderful and it has such an eerie ambiance with it's 50 something miles of stones walls and pathways..everything connects, the town is something out of Transylvania, even with it's victorian buildings.
From Eureka Springs we headed to Hot Springs. On the way we stopped and dug for Crystal fun and muddy! BTW...we found lots of amazing crystals...loved it! But it was super hot..

We saw many hills on our trip, even Arkansas's Grand Canyon. Lots of beautiful rivers and lots and lots of tiny towns. Next up on our trip was Hot Springs were we rode the ducks on the tri lakes and learned about absolute nothing other than where the psychic's building burnt down and where we should eat dinner that night, but still a ride in the water in a WWII duck is always a must in my book. I love the ducks ......quack, quack! We also visited Bath House Row where back in the day they used the water from the hot mineral springs to feed the bath houses with water to heal the ill and for spa services. It was neat to see the old spas.
On from Hot Springs we headed to Murfreesboro to dig for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park. We had fun searching, digging, and walking over the 37.5 acre 8th world's largest surface mine. Over 25,000 overall and 600 diamonds a year have been found at this eroded lamproite volcanic pipe. The largest being a little over 40 carats...sounds large enough to me. Most diamonds found at the Crater are under 1 carat but some are well over that. Btw...a diamond has to be 3 carats or over to cut it. A 3 carat turns into a 1 carat stone when cut...a unneeded FYI i'm sure :)

    Next on our list was the                   capital of Arkansas. Little Rock. yes we even got to see the rock. The most exciting event in this city other than yes, get excited Justin Beiber was there in concert....but was the Famous Peabody Ducks! So cute!   

Sadly, the next day was our last in Arkansas..tear! On our way out of the state we stopped at The Old Mill which is famous for being in the opening credits of Gone With Wind. Really cool lil place, great for pictures.

Heading out of the state we saw their largest spring. 
Mammoth Spring.

Finally, after seven days, we 

arrived back in our own state of apparently exciting Missouri. Starting our weekend with friends we heading over to Klepzig mill before meeting up with everyone at Rocky Falls near Eminence. By the way the guy on top on the falls is my future brother in law Steve conquering the great Falls...before we watched a kid repeatedly sliding into rock with his open legs and hunched over afterwards...not smart. Then the same kid almost clobbered Chris with a bolder. Yikes!!! After the Falls we headed over to Blue Springs for a short hike to see the deepest spring in Missouri. So gorgeous!

We were anxious to swim again so we went to Blue Springs down on my sisters road. We jumped into the freezing cold spring long enough for a picture then out again. The boys made friends with a young boy who showed them a cave system behind the spring. We enjoyed our refreshing dip and were off to our campsite for campfire pizza, jiffy-pop, and s'mores.

On our second day of our wonderful weekend we took a morning hike to the Silver Mine and Silver Mine Damn. On the trail we saw the largest caterpillar ever..can i say creepy crawly!

Later in the day we visited Caster and Johnson Shut-Ins. Both were awesomely fun. I'm ready to go back...maybe with knee pads though..geez! Hope you had fun hearing about our vacation to Arkansas and southern Missouri.

Friday, July 23, 2010

how much is that puppy in the window

As i had mentioned in my last post we want a puppy...not until spring but were already getting excited and started looking online. We already had a few breeds in mind. So here i am sharing with you the breeds that we think we would like to bring into new home..

I wonder how our kitties are gonna feel about this! The first little guy is a malimute, second is a border collie, third is a husky, and fourth is a german sheapherd. You can definitely see a trend that we like big strong hairy dogs...We want one with good energy! Plus look how darn adorable they makes me want one like crazy! Here's some pics of our kitties as well. So they don't feel left out!

The first one here is our old fart Maggie, she's 20 this year. The much younger kitty is Rio she's 7. Love them both...they are so gonna hate having a dog...opps!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Our Love Nest

We bought our first home in April. It's a rustic colonial style brick ranch with amazing architecture. Coved ceilings, arched doorways, multi-pane large windows, and an acre lot for possibly a puppy next spring. I'll be posting interior design inspirations!!! this first set of pictures is for our living room. Were keeping the existing wall color which is deep purplish pink. With that we thought what the heck kind of colors can we have in there. The old design had green accents...looked pretty but reminded me of being that I work with a color wheel on a daily basis with my job in design I figured rustic brown furniture, lots of turquoise, and bits of gold. I'm super excited, let me know what you think!, craiglist, and antique shops have been my best friends, finding odds and ends to furnish with. These items were found on etsy. You can find the link at the bottom of this post
this treaure wil be our coffee table, you can find them at antique stores or searching craigslist. Added bonus, it doubles as storage, YAY!!!
were placing old antique bottles on our beautiful brick fireplace's wooden mantle. Loved these owls..also found these on etsy.
ok, how freakin cute is this?!? kitty Rio is going to love this!...

Turquoise side table found @ Poppyseedliving on Etsy
Rustic key hold found @ resplendid on Etsy
Square blue glass bottle found @ JordanJames on Etsy
Glass bottles painting found @ leapinggazelle on Etsy
Sleepy owl in turquoise found @ pouch on Etsy
Vintage suitcase kitty bed found @ lovenostalgicwhimsy on Etsy

Monday, July 19, 2010

L is for the way you look at me

i have never been the girl to really care for pink, yet our wedding will be an array of muted pinks, creams, and gray. our wedding will be timeless. vintage. classic. yet original, much like ourselves.

golden lockets. pockets watches. pearls. and cameo's will be worn with style as our bridesmaids and groomsmen walk the aisle.

My dress has been created by a friend and designer. I gave her my mothers dress and she took it apart and turned it into a completely different dress for me. i was inspired by this country victorian dress featured below....

our chapel needs no decoration. it's beautiful all on its own. but our reception will be adorned with a few decorations like our birdcage. a family wedding tree. mason jars with blooms and tea lights....
my ring is very unique. i cherish it! it is an uncut diamond. unbleached. completely raw. surrounded by the brilliance of a pavé diamond is a true diamond in the rough