Friday, April 29, 2011

And The Bride Wore White...

If you weren't up at 3am sipping your tea and eating a scone, fear not! The wedding watched around the world will be airing all day...probably everyday for a while! I tried to wake up that early, but just couldn't get myself together...I think I rolled out of bed around 5:30am, which was actually perfect timing! I was able to catch some pre-wedding footage and then watch the wedding live. (However, I was drinking coffee not tea...and unfortunately no scones and clotted cream)

I am, and have been for YEARS, obsessed with English history. Living in England for three years definitely has had a play in that. If there's a movie about Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scotts, etc...I've seen it! I'm also a Tudors addict and really into the history of the Tudors in general...just can't get enough! So needless to say, witnessing English history right before my eyes was amazing! I love William and Kate's commitment to family tradition while not losing themselves through the pomp and circumstance. When I think of a royal wedding or just a royal event in general, I think of being proper, not cracking a smile, being poised... Somehow the new royal couple managed to be proper and poised, yet crack several smiles and just appear to be really real and down to earth (as much as royalty could be I suppose...)
So of course I have to post some pictures from The Wedding!!

Here are the parents of the bride with the Prince Charles. Carole Middleton was wearing a sky blue wool coat dress and a matching crepe dress underneath by Catherine Walker. I read that Catherine Walker was actually one of Princess Diana's favorite designers.

Prince William and Prince Harry entering Westminster Abbey.

Catherine arriving with her father. PS. with a name like Catherine Elizabeth, I would say she was born to be royalty...wouldn't you??

How stunning is she?? Here's what I love...I love that out of all the tiaras she could have chosen, she chose such simple, yet so beautiful, one. Her tiara is 1930's Cartier, loaned to her by the Queen. Her earrings were a gift from her parents (tear drop diamonds), her bouquet was a fraction of the size of most Royal's, but fit her simple and elegant style! Her veil was gorgeous and had the perfect amount of fabric...we could actually see her face under it! Did I mention that she did her own makeup?? I mean, that (having done that myself...hehe) ANNNNND last, but not least, THE DRESS. Let's first talk about how it's an absolute miracle that the design/designer of the dress was not leaked to the press! I personally was in such anticipation to see the dress and find out who designed it. Kate's dress was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen (perfect choice)! I thought it was simply gorgeous. Traditional with a modern twist, which I love! Her sister, and lady in waiting (pictured above) also wore a dress by Sarah Burton and I have to say that I loved that dress too, although was caught off guard by how low cut it was in the front! ps. Kate's sister, Phillipa Middleton aka "Pippa" was a trending topic on twitter this morning! I read that Pippa is now one of the MOST popular baby names for a girl...just sayin'.

Fergie's girls...the Princesses of York. If you love a good hat, then this wedding would have been a field day for you! The invitation did request that women wear hats (which all proper British women do, to events such as this) although somehow the Prime Minister's wife didn't get the memo *gasp* The Princesses' hats were designed by Phillip Treacy, a favorite of Kate's. He also is the designer of the crazy, yet beautiful, hats worn by SJP on the Sex and the City red carpets. Phillip Treacy dressed over 65 guests from the Royal wedding!! And by looking at some of those hats, it is no surprise!

Some of the pictures from the truly was lovely.

The Queen and Prince Phillip leaving the usual the Queen wore a pastel color, but the yellow was in keeping with the trends!

The Royals being escorted to the Palace after the was gorgeous and the crowd was going crazy!

The newlyweds waiving to the public! I was really impressed by how calm and poised Kate was through the whole thing. She was proper, yet not shy and seemed really comfortable in her new role!

Here are just a few of some really great shots from the crowd! Many dressed up and some REALLY got into character! I love it! I'm glad I got to see it on tv, but really wish I could have been there in person!

THE KISS! We waited about an hour for the newlyweds to come out on to the balcony to kiss! A tradition started by the Prince and Princess of Wales. The crowd cheered for a kiss and they couple willingly obliged...TWICE!

Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! I am very excited to see what great things they bring to the monarchy, and I have no doubts that they will last! (I hope) :)

If you missed the actual wedding, you can download it online or just turn on the's replaying on several channels. If you like the fashion aspect of it, tune in to E! for the fashion commentary AND don't forget to tune into fashion police! This royal wedding is a historical moment not to be missed.

Thanks for reading my little recap! 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Life is But a Dream...

So as I've stated many times before...sometimes life takes over and you can barely keep your head above water. I could say the same thing to describe my life lately...but what I will say is that I have also had an overwhelming peace that has been so calming in the midst of craziness! It's been weird and unexplainable, but definitely good!

I had hoped to have pictures of the house construction, but I haven't been able to transfer them on to my laptop, so I'll have to do another post from Soon's. Anyway, the house is well under way and they have done SO much!! the outside brick has been replaced, the whole entire inside has been gutted and the rooms have been blocked out and ready for dry wall. Oh, and we have new windows! They look great! I've picked out siding, hardwood, carpet, paint, lighting, bathroom bedding. I still have a few things left on my list as well as the whole kitchen to pick out, but we're making progress! We have been on a serious time crunch, as we need to vacate our apartment June1st. We just found out that the inspectors are not able to get to the house in time, which puts everything back another month! So needless to say, I was stressing about where we are going to live, the possibility of moving AGAIN before the actual move and packing up so has just been A LOT. And that along with the other stresses of life, my mental health has been questionable! LOL BUT as usual the Lord worked everything out and, for now, we're able to extend our stay at our apartment. Righ now it just seems like we'll never move in it's just a dream...BUT if you follow me on facebook, then this is all old news! Sooo on to the new/more interesting...

Maddie's 2nd birthday party is Saturday and I'm super excited for that! I will have pictures of that and our recent trip to Butler's Orchard very soon! She's growing up so fast...I can't believe it!!!

I mean seriously...I just want to squeeze her constantly...and I do!

So I've gone a month since writing a post, so it wouldn't be right for me not to include some Stella & Dot News! So here you go!
Former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky was just recently spotted on the red carpet wearing Stella & Dot's new Casablanca Bib Necklace! I haven't worn mine yet, but this is definitely inspiring! Love her and love the necklace! Get yours here!

Right now through April 30th at midnight you can grab yourself the mocha disc necklace at 50% off! This is one of my favorite necklaces and will be yours too! Just enter MOCHA as the promo code at checkout. Not only can you get this necklace, but if you shop under the hostess name "Mystery Hostess" you will be entered to win free jewelry of your choice! The winner will be announced on Monday May1st. Orders must be placed before Saturday April 30th at 9pm. *See below for more details!

Anyway, that's about it for now...I have a cake and a bunch of cupcakes to make! I'm attempting to make a hello kitty cake for Maddie, so we'll see! I'll definitely post pictures...if it comes out good :) LOL

*To place an order to win free jewelry of your choice go here and click on "find your hostess." Type in "Mystery Hostess" as the name and start shopping! Don't forget to add MOCHA as a promotional code if you're buying the Mocha Disc Necklace. All orders must be placed before April 30th at 9pm in order to qualify for the giveaway. The winner will be announced here on my blog and my facebook page May 1st. Take advantage of this and get your Mother's Day shopping done!!