No, this post is not about a super fab 80’s rock song by Toto. (Even though I  kind of wish it was.)

It’s about china! And tabletop decor! And tumblers!

Hooray!

But really cool china, and tabletop decor, and tumblers.

Generally, I’m a stick to the registry kind of gal. I mean, they go shoot at the shelves fora  reason ladies, it’s usually best to order up what they ask for. HOWEVER, sometimes I do like to stray, but only if the person I’m buying for is someone I love and know inside and out. My mother always says don’t buy art for people you don’t know. I think the same is true of china. I mean, odds are your best friend from high school that oyu haven’t talked to in ten years will probably be able to find a place for a bright yellow bowl, but don’t bet on it.

So if you DO happen to know the bride your buying for better than the average girl on the street and she likes things like Alice and Wonderland and bright colored, whimsical tabletop decor. Shop on… with Rosanna, featured on One Kings Lane today!

These are a few of my favorite things…

Let's Play House Gift Box $49

A child-like tea set perfect for grown-ups.

Artist Loft Two-Tiered Tray $19

Mmmm… cake.

Set of 4 "La Mer" Tumblers $49

Seaside tumbling…

Red Dot Tea Pot $19

Mad Hatteresque and happy about it…

Set of 4 Italiana Pasta bowls $22

That’s amore…

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I swear there is nothing more in life that I need or want than a weekend in the Carolina’s. Sigh. Seriously. I’ve been back in dreary, rainy New York City for less than 24 hours, and all I can do is lust over my latest copy of Kiawah Legends Magazine, with another Firefly cocktail. There’s just something about those beautiful beaches, the salty air, cocktails with friends and live music floating over the canopies of spanish moss.

Can you think of anything better?

I really do think that this is the way to bachelorette your way into married life girls.  This weekend was the story of seven girlfriends who have known each other for a very long time… since first grade. (You can do your own math).

We stayed in Folly Beach in a beautiful townhouse with super fun red walls and a screened in porch overlooking miles of marsh and quick stretches of creek that only the loggerheads could fit through.  Folly is about 25 minutes from downtown Charleston, and a great little town for a weekend away.

Apparently it’s quite the place for a bachelor and bachelorette getaway. I feel like I say this a lot when I go on these, but man… I should have known the weekend was going to be ridiculous when I got on the plane at La Guardia. Let me paint you a little picture…

We board… barely, because my cousin and I were way to consumed in our own conversation to be paying attention to something so unimportant as a boarding time. Plus, we were mildly distracted by a gaggle of drunken 30-something men staggering toward our gate. “That can’t be our plane,” I said.

Wrong.

That was most certainly our plane.

That gaggle of drunken men turned out to be a bachelor party of 16 heading straight to the shores of Charleston, and they had been drinking since 9am. Before we even took off they had clogged the bathroom. Before, we even took off. The stewardess gave the plane the option of going back to the airport to fix said lavatory, or she wouldn’t serve us any water and we could be on our merry way.

“NO WATER!”  we all yelled in unison.

No.

Please.

Bring us booze instead.

By the time we landed in Charleston, two cocktails, three games of “Guess that Celebrity”, and one hour later, the plane was dry. Those boys drank that plane clean.

Hey, good for them… and us. The stewardess felt so bad that we were sitting in the middle of Animal House on the Party Plane that she threw us some freebies too. Thank. You.

The rest of the weekend was filled with early morning runs, a day at the beach that I spent standing in the ocean with a Firefly cocktail in hand, (because that’s my perfect happiness in life) delicious dinner at High Cotton in Charleston, and INCREDIBLE. Incredible drinks at the rooftop bar at the Market Pavilion Hotel, quite possibly my most favorite spot in Chucktown. I highly recommend the Dirty Bird. Highly, highly. Nothing quite tops a dirty martini with Roquefort stuffed olives at sunset, overlooking all of Charleston with old friends. Nothing.

It’s worth doing, and it’s worth doing right. If you go to Folly Beach, hit up Lazo’s for early morning Coffee, Snapper Jack’s for live music late night, and Rita’s Seaside Grille for barbecue shrimp quesadilla’s or Taco Boy for some of the best fish tacos in the south. The best thing about Folly, is you can walk EVERYWHERE. There’s a great bar scene, and great little restaurants. Do it up girls. Be different. Buck the trends, and go on vacation instead. Just watch that day drinkin’… it’ll catch up with you 😉

In less than 24 hours I am gone New York. I don’t want your dirty streets and sub-par weather. Give me sunshine, and Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka Cocktails, and some of my favorite girlfriends at the beach. That’s right people. This girl is skipping town and heading to her happy place, Charleston, SC, for a bachelorette weekend.

I really can’t wait.

Remember that post I did awhile back about what I would do in Charleston, SC if I were to go for a bachelorette party… yeah that’s going to come in handy this weekend. With a few minor revisions… I predict a weekend filled with fun, food and stories I won’t be able to tell you here….

But aren’t they just the best kind 🙂

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Hooray for Spring! Sigh. I’m so happy to share this beautiful SPRING engagement session from Erin J. Photography. Nothing says spring like D.C. cherry blossoms in bloom, and Hillary and her fiance Lee took full advantage of this beautiful backdrop for their super sweet engagement session in D.C. before they set off with 50 of their closest friends and family to Riviera Maya, Mexico for their destination wedding.

So I used to be pretty wholly against this idea. I’m a traditionalist and for a very long time my notion that the groom should see the bride for the first time as she makes her way down the aisle was pretty set in stone. The groom in no way shape or form should see his bride before that sacred moment. But times they are a changin’… and so are my views on this. Mostly, I blame all of the amazing photographers who have documented this in the last year or so. There’s something magical in that very first look. A moment between only two people without all of the eyes of a roomful of guests. A moment that’s yours and yours alone. That moment where the bride just reaches out and touches her groom’s shoulder and he turns around…

It’s magic.
See for yourself…

Photo courtesy of Style Me Pretty

Laura and Mark’s first look…

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

Alison and Paul…

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

Photo courtesy of Randi Voss

Jessi & Benjamin…

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

What do you think?

Hooray! So most of you know my gingered bestie is heading to the altar, but was dragging her feet on preparations… not because they were cold, but really just because that’s how she rolls. But guess what? They nailed down a date! And a venue! And now she’s got a head full of decor ideas that she shoots over to me via Gchat daily.  I love it. I’m so excited! So I just wanted to share. Sigh. Visions of spring neutrals and May flowers abound for this girl’s Friday night nuptials along the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. So excited!

Now I just need to find some kind of organization for the countless number of links she’s sent me pointing out the table decorations from this real wedding, and the bridesmaid dresses from a different one. Her head is all kinds of brilliance with this game, so I can’t wait to get a load of the end result, but I digress. We have time. She’s reading this and starting to panic… aren’t you? SO MUCH TIME. Settle.

But so exciting nonetheless.

Our Real Wedding with beautiful bride Jessie and her hubbie Phil,  from Erin J. Photography was featured in this past Sunday’s The Washington Post! Check out their feature here!

Here’s a super fun (and colorful) wedding from the amazingly talented Erin J. Rexroth.  Jessie & Phil married on March 6, 2010 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church (the church Jessie grew up in) followed by a super fab reception was at Whitehall Manor in Virginia.

From the bride…
Phil and I met at college at the University of Dayton in Ohio. A few weeks into my freshmen year (his sophomore year) a mutual friend invited me over to a get together at Phil’s dorm room. I laid eyes on him and immediately told my friends he was off limits. After finding out he had a girlfriend, I reluctantly gave up on him and it wasn’t until 4 years later about 2 months before I graduated college that we crossed paths again. His band was playing at one of the college bars and I messaged him that night saying what a great job his band had done and we decided to meet up the next night. From that day on we were never apart and I graduated college and we both relocated to the DC area. It’s funny because when we started dating I knew he was the one because he was really the first boy I was interested in at college and met him a few weeks into my freshman year, and he was the last boy I was interested in college as we started dating right before I graduated college. Funny how life works out sometimes 🙂

Anyways, we started dating on March 5, 2005, and we got married the day after our 5 year anniversary. So forever we’ll have a 2 day anniversary!

Jessie, on her dress… Finding my dress was a whole ordeal. I had this vision of what I wanted and I just couldn’t find it. Trust me, I went to 22 stores, I counted! Finallly I ended up buying the first dress I tried on at the first store and just had a seamstress make changes to it so that it would look like what I had envisioned. You really have to trust your seamstress though, and mine was incredible, but I was still nervous that I would be ruining my dress! I ended up having my streamstress change the neckline to be a sweetheart neckline and she added buttons all the way down to the train and she did an amazing job. I LOVED my dress and I loved the fact that technically, I’m the only one in the world with that dress.




From the bride… I love blue, as you can tell by my wedding colors, were blue and blue.  (Ya know, like the colors in Julia Robert’s wedding in Steel Magnolias, “My colors are Blush and Bashful. “Her colors are Pink and Pink”) Yep.  My wedding colors were blue and blue. Anyway, I started noticing a trend where brides wear different color shoes (usually red) instead of the traditional white shoe. I’m tall (5’10) and have a really hard time finding shoes without a monster heel so I knew finding white shoes I liked would be hard. I got this idea that what if I wore blue shoes as my something blue. I figured finding blue shoes I liked would be easier than finding white shoes I liked. I was wrong and it ended up being harder than I thought haha but I found this amazing website (ninashoes.com) and you could pick out your heel height and shoe color from a list of 5 shoe styles. I found my shoes and then my seamstress told me about shoe clips (basically clip ons for your shoes to bling them out a bit, www.absolutleyaudrey.com ) and I found a pair that matched my jewelry and I was all set. I would have to say that my shoes were my favorite part of what I had on!


From Jessie… It’s funny because everyone says that your wedding day flies by and they’re right! It’s hard to pick 1 favorite part because the whole day was a blur so I would have to say my favorite part of the day was the way I felt all day long. I was so giddy and genuinely happy. I was so nervous right before the ceremony and as soon as I started walking down the aisle, all the nerves just disappeared and I just felt so happy. Like giggle like a school girl happy. I’ve never felt that feeling like that before and I have to tell you it was amazing.


The bride, on her cake… I also LOVED our cake. Carolyn from Taylor Made Cakes did such an amazing job. Whitehall Manor was built in the early 1800s and we loved the look of it and all the architectural details. We decided to put that theme in our wedding so we designed the cake to have some of the same details that the molding had throughout the house. Carolyn put our vision together beautifully and deliciously! We were so happy with her work.




Jessie on her photographer… And of course, I happen to think we had the best photographer ever! Erin from Erin J Photography captured moments that I didn’t even know were there! Looking back at all our pictures I can see the happiness and excitement I felt on that day and I’m so happy with the job Erin did.



We have a beautiful new wedding this week from the super talented Erin J. Photography!

Here’s a few to start… get excited. More to come!

Love me some hair froof. Gotta love Daily Candy for setting up Swirl, yet another wonderful Sample Sale shopping site… Sigh. Love it. Today’s deal… Ban.do. Created by L.A. stylists, and modeled here by your very own Blondie Blair. Betcha can’t buy just one…

XOXO

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