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Cancun Attire

I totally forgot I didn’t post my outfits while in Cancun.  We were only there for a short time, so I only have a couple to share with you.   While I love the short-with-heels trend, sometimes I feel like I’m too old to wear them.  (May just be the uber conservative in me, I need to step outside my comfort zone)  I decided to try them out while on vacay.  Afterall, no one really knows me or my age there 🙂

Tell me, how do you feel about shorts with heels?

Top: F21, Shorts: H&M (last year); Shoes: Seychelles; Clutch: Jason Wu; Necklace: DIY

Top and Shorts: Zara; Shoes: LC for Kohls ; Clutch: F21



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Wedding Redux – Decorations and DIYs

I’m convinced that even if I’d had no decorations, both the church and the venue would have still been beautiful.  But since I really wanted to make our wedding memorable, I made sure to add carefully placed details throughout the day.

The Centerpieces

When I first started planning the wedding I thought deciding on and finding invitations was going to be the most difficult task – until it came time to plan the centerpieces.  I literally did not know the first thing about flowers. Actually, I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said that I have somewhat of a black thumb.  And once again, I had the same problem as the invitations — while I know what I like, simplicity and elegance, I didn’t have the slightest idea how to translate that into flowers.  Thankfully, Doreen of Amazonas Exotic Floral Designs, helped me turn that into a reality.  Before I could really articulate what I wanted, I had stumbled across and decided on the “submerged orchid” idea which while perfectly nice, didn’t really capture the look we were going for – and Doreen definitely picked up on my reluctance.  At her insistence, we ditched the idea and she helped me to come up with something a bit more neutral and symmetrical.  We simply did groups of 3 4×4 square vases at each table with 9 white roses each, flanked by 2×2 square votives.  It was absolutely perfect and since the centerpieces were short, our guests were able to talk across the table to each other without something in the way.  I could have gone with something more grand but I loved that they were just simple and unassuming.

The Table Numbers

I loved the idea of personalizing the table numbers.  I know couples who have named their tables after places they’ve visited together, their favorite sports teams, but for the life of me I couldn’t think of anything cutesy like that to use as a table number theme.  I briefly entertained the idea of doing TV shows, but since I have about 13 favorite TV shows and Mike has 2,  I thought that would have been terribly one sided.  So instead I went the self-indulgent route and used the photos from our engagement shoot as table numbers.  I used Photoshop to do it but actually, Picasa has a nifty, easy to use function that does the same thing.  I then had two of each photo printed on glossy paper and mounted them on either side of some thick poster board.  Our guests loved them and I was glad we got to use our engagement photos!

The Luminaries

Originally I had considered doing luminaries as the table numbers but since there was an outside area I wanted to decorate that as well and the luminaries were perfect.  I was originally going to order them from etsy but making them turned out to be SUPER simple and inexpensive.  In fact, this DIY wins the award for least stressful wedding project. I simply printed our logo and wedding date on vellum paper (right from my inkjet), and taped them around some dollar store cylinder vases.  I put a votive in the vase and voila! It actually cost me around $1.50 per luminary!

The Gobo

You’re probably asking — what is a gobo?  Well, I didn’t know what one was either, until I saw one, and then I had to have one.  Basically is a light projected through a filter onto a surface.  Thankfully this was part of Ambient DJs services so we were able to use it — they even let me design my own! So this,

became this.

The Ribbon Wands

Our church has a strict ‘no throwing anything’ policy for weddings — no rice, no flower petals, no bird seed – nothing.  So I was stumped as to what the send off would be.  Thankfully, I stumbled on this blog post over at Ruffled Blog which not only had the wonderful idea of making ribbon wands but also had a tutorial on how to make them.  With my mom and dad’s help, I made approximately 100 ribbon wands and though it was painstaking and I hot glued my fingers to each other quite a few times, it was worth it.

If only for this one photo.

I had so much fun doing these projects and because I spent so much time on them, they’ll always be a part of the memory of our wedding.  So my advice to brides-to-be out there is, make at least one detail of your wedding.  Don’t overwhelm yourself with a dozen DIY projects but definitely get hands on.  It’s fulfilling.

Tomorrow (the last day of wedding week, sad face) I’ll finally tell you all about the attire – my dress, shoes, jewelry, bouquets and the bridesmaids dresses as well.  I’ll also chat about our hair and makeup crew, who were out of this world incredible.

Til then.

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Chinese Wedding Tea Cermony

Our very close friends, we’ll call them S&C (to protect their privacy), are getting married at the end of April.   As part of their wedding rituals, Frank and I were invited to attend their Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony.  It was our first time, and what an amazing experience it was.  For those of you who don’t know (I didn’t), a Tea Ceremony is an official ritual to introduce the newlyweds to each other’s family.   Newlyweds kneel in front of their parents (and other family members) to present tea. Those who receive the tea usually give the bride gifts such as jewelry or money wrapped in red envelope.  S&C were showered with gifts which they graciously accepted and wore.  I did some research but was not able to find why they had to put on each piece of gifted jewelry.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that it’s out of respect for gift giver and because gold signifies good luck.   (Hope this is right) 

Here are some pictures of the ceremony, including before and after shots for S&C.   S looks like he’s ready to battle it out with Mr. T.   Check out all the bling on C, not to mention the matching Cartier watches!!!!  I DIE!  After the ceremony, the guests were treated to an amazing spread of Chinese food, dim sum, lobster, chicken, duck, rice, noodles.  You name it, they had it and it all was DE-LICIOUS!.   As you know , I LOVE food, so this was one of my favorite parts of the day.  All in all, I was so happy and honored to be part of S&C’s special day.  I wish them lots of luck, best wishes and lots of babies! 

Cat and I are Peruvian and we don’t have any real “traditional” wedding rituals (that I know of).  Do you have any unique wedding traditions?

Serving tea to the groom’s parents

Let the gift giving begin!

One of my favorite gifts! 

Bling bling (check out the Cartiers, yes please)

With the bride and groom (how cute is S’ niece in the background!)

Top: Gap; Pants: H&M, Shoes: DIY


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Trend of the Month – Neon

I’m so excited to participate in Marion’s first Trend of the Month Challenge!  This month’s challenge is Neon…yay!  Since I work in a corporate envronment but still want to wear the latest trends, I always try to figure out a way to wear them to the office and still remain professional.  Some trends never make it, such as cutouts, colored denim or sheer, however I think I can pull neon off.  As I mentioned in Monday’s post,  I worked on these shoes over the weekend  (I forgot I had a bit of Martha Stewart in me) Since they are already pretty loud, I decided to pair them with a black dress to tone the look down.   I would probably skip the necklace during the day, but add it later on for after work cocktails.

What do you think?  Would you wear neon to the office?

Dress: Magaschoni, Shoes: DIY, Necklace: DYI


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