Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Life has been pretty normal lately – thank goodness! For awhile things were so hectic, I thought I would never get another good night’s sleep again!
It is confirmed, I am ordering my dress from
I am trying to figure out the reception food. My vision is a dessert reception, with tons of cookies and cakes. Like this:
I want a cake buffet in there too. Like this:
Now I have to figure out how to make all this for 200 people.
I was planning on making 800 cookies, 4 sheet length heart shaped cakes (Awesome idea – 2 layer heart shaped cakes!), and 8 Viennese style cakes (each is 1 layer). If there are 200 people, that is 4 cookies a person, and the cakes will serve about 150. My aunt Ruthie is making my wedding cake, so that will serve about 120 – 150, so everyone will get a piece of cake and 4 cookies. I think that I would also like 150 cupcakes, and about 100 brownies. The great thing about baked goods is that they are so cheap. For the brownies, I just need 4 box mixes and cupcake liners to put the brownies in. For the cupcakes, that is the liners, 6 box mixes, and 3 cans of frosting. Rather inexpensive, but still a stunning display.
Matt says that people will help with food, but I would rather have enough food for everyone, without needing help. And if people want to help, then fruit and tea sandwiches are what I would like best. So we will see!!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
I read this - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/magazine/do-you-suffer-from-decision-fatigue.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all – article in the NY Times about the willpower muscle in your brain. After making constant decisions, the muscle wears out, and you either make hasty, impulsive decisions, or you are unable to make decisions.
Towards the last half of the article, the author refers to studies indicating that glucose gives your willpower muscle energy. When you eat sugar, it is thereafter easier to make rational decisions. This is why dieters have such a hard time dieting – they need glucose to maintain willpower, but glucose is what dieters typically avoid!
I’ve noticed this in my own life. Just yesterday, I was feeling really tired and unable to do my work properly. I had a candy bar, and finished out the rest of my workday with zeal. This inspires me to start eating fruit and nuts in the afternoon, when my willpower is fading. In order to avoid junk foods and be able to work properly, I should eat a couple pieces of fruit to help me keep going.
What an interesting topic! I would be pleased to see more studies on this topic, and perhaps policy changes based on the findings.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
100 Days to Go.
A lot has been going on. I picked a dress, and I will order it shortly from
Matt and I checked out Bodega Louie in downtown LA. OMGitisthebestthingihaveevereaten! The pastries are perfectly delicious. We got a chocolate raspberry truffle and a hazelnut brownie. The tart shells are brownie, and the raspberry flavor was just perfect – not too artificial. It is on Grand/7th if you want to check it out.
Any special news? Not that I know of. Life is pretty steady in these parts. Soon as I get any juicy pieces of news, I will post.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Say I was to make the above pattern, if I wanted a dress like Snow White or Cinderella. It would cost me about $200, with shipping, to get the dress from
Or, I could make the dress for about $100. (22 yards of fabric at $8/yard [less, if I make the top layer tulle], 50% off with coupon, plus $1 for pattern, and $10 for notions) I could even add some gorgeous lightweight appliqués for about $20 that matched my veil. If I got the fabric on Monday, I would also get 10% off my whole purchase.
BUT, this would take at least a month of hard work, and the bodice would take lots of patience to enlarge a couple sizes. Is it worth it?
I thought I didn’t want a romantic dress (the first and second pictures).
I thought I wanted glamorous, dramatic, unforgettable (the third picture).
Last Saturday, I tried on “Cinderella” at Alfred Angelo, and I really, really liked tulle. (Hated the beading, loved the tulle.) So now it is off to Alfred Angelo once more to try and figure out what dress is the dress, and then to either sew it or order it from
The dresses in order: Cinderella, Snow White, Tiana