Monday, December 26, 2011

Macarons... to Wear?

Happy Christmas a day late! I hope you had a great one and that all your wishes came true. Tad and I both had to work Christmas day but we did get to spend all of Christmas Eve together and it ended up being a beautiful, wonderful day. We woke up and went for a morning run with our dogs, gave each other our gifts, and went to lunch at one of our favorite places, Gyu-Kaku. We then spent the evening celebrating with family and friends. It was a perfect Christmas eve!

This was my Christmas Eve outfit- not very "holyday-ish" but I just couldn't resist wearing it! You see, I stayed up late into the night finishing this dress so that I could wear something special to celebrate the day in (please pardon the wrinkles...we had a very long lunch sitting down).
Outfit Details:
Dress- made by me!
Fabric- by Kokki
Purse/Tights- Anthropoligie
Shoes- Urban Outfitters
Necklace- Forever 21

Not only do I love eating macarons, I apparently love to wear them as well! This dress is called the Macaron Dress and it took me about 12 hours total to make but I just adore it. The color reminds me more of spring than winter but I just couldn't help putting it on! Beside, it pretty much felt like spring, with the weather being a beautiful, sunny 73 degrees! Who needs a White Christmas anyways?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Don't Quit My Day Job?

Whew! So I survived my first job as a wedding coordinator (and guest of the wedding couple) and while the event turned out fantastic, it wasn't easy! Believe event planners when they tell you that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit. Just a little.

I got to the event 3 hours before to give myself plenty of time to set up but that really wasn't necessary. Because it started to rain...and the ceremony was outside. So after waiting over an hour with off and on rain, we decided to set up the chairs for both the outdoor area and the backup indoor area. After 2 hours, it looked like the rain cleared up and the sun starting to peak out so we decided to do the ceremony outdoors. Just after the DJ set up, it started raining again and started to get all his equipment wet. So our final plan was to move it indoors. We had just set out all the rose petals down the aisle when we went outside and sure enough, it was sunny and beautiful. By now it was only 30 minutes before guests were to arrive. I made one last decision to move everything outside. I think the florist and the DJ were going to kill me but my job was to think about the bride and groom. If they saw how beautiful the weather was outside and we had decided to have it inside (in a drab kind of room), they would of probably been pissed. Luckily, my husband was also there to help me- he tied the tulle around the chairs and laid out the aisle runner! We managed to get set-up with 5 minutes to spare before guests started arriving. Whew! The weather held up and the ceremony ended up being beautiful, with a gorgeous orange sunset.

Other funny things that ended up happening but was fixed without the bride and groom knowing: the cake that got delivered was missing and the cupcakes were misplaced; the bridesmaid letting the photographer photograph the ring then forgetting to bring it to the aisle; the button falling off the dress and having to be held up by a giant safety pin. In the end, everything worked out fine and no one noticed any kind of mishap.
So while it was a little stressful, I still had an awesome time doing it. I loved seeing how happy the couple were with everything and how great of a time everyone had and I hope to do more event planning in the future! Oh, I also really have to thank my husband, who was there to help me set-up and clean-up. He really is awesome.

Friday, December 16, 2011

School Girl in Hope of Luck

Happy Friday! I'm very excited and slightly nervous for this weekend because tomorrow is the very first wedding that I am coordinating. I've spent the past few weeks finalizing every little detail with the bride and groom and all the vendors. I've also revised their detailed wedding day timeline countless of times and I can't believe the day if finally here! I'm excited to see all the details and vision come to life, but I'm also nervous because it's my job to make sure everything runs smoothly (oh please, oh please, help there be no crazy catastrophe!).  I had such a blast planning everything with the bride and groom and I hope I get to do more event planning in the future!

Outfit details:
Dress- Urban Outfitters
Cardigan- Banana Republic
Shoes- DKNY
Tights- Target
Headband- Anthropologie

On a side note, my husband said I look like a school girl in this outfit. I actually like that comment- I adore school-girly clothes! Okay, I'm off to run last-detail errands before the wedding rehearsal. Wish me luck tomorrow!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It's Begining to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

No matter how fast Christmas is approaching, it never truly feels like Christmas to me until we get a tree in the house! Last weekend Tad and I finally went to pick out our tree, put up the lights, and wrapped our gifts (isn't this the cutest wrapping paper?!). I don't know about you, but I'm just about finished with Christmas shopping. Yay! How are your holiday plans coming along? I think I'm going to spend the next few weeks baking a lot of holiday treats. Yum!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Shower for Baby Boy!

As I mentioned before, I hosted a baby shower for my very good friend Trish. She is expecting her first baby and it's a boy! Since it was an intimate shower of a few close girlfriends, I chose to have it at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena. The Langham is gorgeous and they are well known for their fabulous tea time. We gals had an awesome time!

I love planning parties and I especially love planning out all the little details. How about you? Do you get excited at the thought of planning a party, whether big or small?