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next year for Bastille Day?!

Check out these gorgeous outrageous outfits for Bastille Day celebrations in France!  I would have loved to be commissioned to make a few necklaces and matching ensembles for these dresses!

Perhaps my new friends Frances will ask for next year!



ski in, marriage out

Thinking of winter weddings and watching the latest snow storm hit Holland, I got to thinking more about winter destination weddings.. the cold kind.  I started talking to a friend of mine who is a big skier and definitely a ‘winter girl’.  She had this to say:

“I’d love a winter wedding!  Imagine skiing all week with all your friends, having coffee in the brilliant sun sitting outside in the rockies, restaurant hopping all week to all the gourmet restaurants in your mountain town, and holding the peace of the mountains along with the love of your life!”

Choosing where to go would be the hardest part.  Favorite destinations:

Park City – Perhaps it’s the magic of Sundance, but I love this mountain town.  It’s easy to get around, has great restaurants and easy skiing to great resorts.  Deer Valley is always a good bet no matter the snow conditions.  The funny thing was coming across this celebrity wedding at the Stein Erickson Lodge, yet all the pictures could place this wedding anywhere in any season.

Big Sky – talk about getting away from it all.. you might be the only people there, your wedding party the only party on the mountain.  Great snow here and lots of snuggling opportunities.

Banff – quaint little town with fun shopping in British Columbia.  I’ve only visited in the fall but revel in the aquamarine color of the glaciers and the beauty of the rugged landscape.  There’s so much to do here and I can’t wait to visit in the winter!

Telluride – Great vistas, great natural places to hold a quick ceremony, fabulous restaurants, great peace, and hands down the best skiing anywhere.

Most of these resorts have wedding planners to make everything easy and perfect.

hurry up

There’s one thing about weddings that amaze me, and that’s the time it takes to plan a wedding.   I think about all the events I’m a part of and have put on over the years, and while it’s nice to start thinking about the event a year in advance, the planning starts much closer to the date.  Why can’t weddings be the same?

The biggest thing is getting your friends and family there, thus securing a date by finding a location that can fit within your timing in the biggest hurdle.  Consider non typical venues such as casual restaurant who might be thrilled to rent you their space on an ‘off night’.  Consider an art gallery who might clear all but their walls for a small fee allowing a nearby restaurant to cater.  Tents are available for rent year round and can offer a unique created space most anywhere you could plunk one.

Now, getting those invitations out can be another whole ordeal..  You’ll want just the right design and color combo to suit your big day and the theme you’ve yet to create.   Surely you could find something at a place like this: Paper-source that is already designed and quick for the store to execute.

Jewelry is a whole other matter as it could take weeks to discover just what you’ve been dreaming of.   If you’re lucky, you will come across someone who can design and integrate your color choices quickly into stunning unique wedding day, wedding weekend, and honeymoon wear.

Yeah, I could do that! :~)

Destination weddings are my most favorite and I especially love those where travel to another country is involved.  Let your destination take care of all the details!  Sure, not everyone will be able to come, but what a great gift to have them present and sharing in this very special moment of your life.

Here is an article I found on such quick planning that might be helpful to you.

healthy winter weddings

After surviving a tough winter cold already this season, it made me think about winter special events and how getting ill could ruin a special day.  It’s one thing to be sick attending an event, it’s quite another to be the center of attention and worse, having several photographs taken of you sniffling, dripping, and chapping.

I like the advice Prevention gives in an older article to help prevent getting ill:

  • Flick switches with the side of your hand or wrist, which makes you less likely to pick up or pass along germs on your hands
  • Make all calls on your cell to avoid getting germs from other phones.
  • Carry your own pen everywhere. Borrowing others’ is a prime way to pass germs.
  • Clean up often. Use a soapy sponge to wipe surfaces you touch frequently.
  • Sneeze into your elbow if you’re caught without a tissue (and teach kids to do the same). It keeps germs off your hands
  • Toss all tissues promptly. Making others do it puts them at risk.

While obvious, you’d be surprised how many don’t regularly follow this advice or live with this level of cleanliness.  I also recommend using a couple of great homeopathic remedies to keep illness away should you feel it knocking on your door.

I also came across this article on what to do for certain ailments on the big day..

I’ve been doing lots of beading otherwise when not visiting family, driving to and from family, and enjoying the company of our latest exchange student.  I thought I’d share these interesting article finds over the next few weeks before I reveal more!

Have a great day!