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Back to the Fashion District

My mom’s friend’s daughter, Josandra, and I have been emailing recently about bridesmaid dresses. We agreed on a time this week for me to swing by her showroom in the fashion district so that I can check out the Spring 2012 line. Not sure where we’ll go from there but, at the very least, I’m hoping to get ideas.

This evening, I saw an update from her brand in my Facebook newsfeed. Spring 2012! I just had to take a sneak peak.

Here are some of my favorites:

Getting Things Done During Lunch

On Wednesday, I had a very productive lunch: I walked up to the library to return the Puerto Rico books and picked up two more that were on reserve: Stealth of Nations: The Global Rise of the Informal Economy and Wedding Planning Made Easy. I emailed Josandra about bridesmaid dresses and followed up with questions for some of the vendors. Gavin gathered more links for photographers. (He is still undecided but we have a great selection!) I also made an appointment to see an acupuncturist for my back this Friday after work.


For dinner, I was a total copycat and made one of the recipes on Amy’ site. (We had some avocados that were looking really sad and so I said, why not?) It was pretty good and I wish I took a photo before we ate most of it but I got home late and we were hungry.


Some good and bad wedding news to share: the good news is that I picked up our new (and much improved) Save the Date cards on my way home and wrote most of them out; the bad news is that halfway through, not only did my hand hurt but I had run out of addresses. We’re still missing a few. I guess these will have to go out in shifts.

Christmas Part IV: Alexandra & Stazjek’s House

Last weekend we made our annual pilgrimage to Alexandra and Stazjek’s house out in Queens.

It’s one of my favorite times of the year- just after the mayhem of the holidays has subsided, we can enjoy a quiet evening, great company and delicious food in their gorgeous house.

This year, Alexandra’s daughter, Josandra, also joined; along with her husband John and their beautiful son, Kylan.

Gavin came this year, as well. He skipped a year. (Stazjek made sure to point this out (in a friendly, teasing sort of way, of course.)

We took our annual photos in front of the tree (the one I admired growing up because of all the antique ornaments.) And then we sat down to a delicious meal of beef bourguignon. Gavin and I were sent home with leftovers. I was so happy about this.

Afterward, Mom and Alexandra got serious and put on their fashion designer hats in order to dissect the structure of my wedding gown. It wasn’t long before they started draping napkins on my shoulder. After a lot of back and forth in a language I don’t quite understand, they both looked as if it all suddenly made sense. They figured out those sleeves- those crazy Alexander McQueen sleeves.

Alexandra asked me to look up the most recent exhibit at FIT, Daphne Guinness, on my phone (while they referenced my WIP wedding dress on the iPad.)

The work was exquisite. It was fun to be in the midst of this conversation even though I only understood about a quarter of what they were talking about.

I’m really looking forward to seeing my dress. It has been quite a project, especially with all of the feedback and inspiration that has come along the way.