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Polish Problems May 17, 2010

Filed under: beauty,Uncategorized — clln @ 4:30 am

I’m testing out nail polish brands and colours to pick the perfect one for the big day, but I’ve come across a problem. I found a great colour with a great price, but it’s like the polish never dries. It smudges even hours after I apply it. I like the colour so much that I’ve given it a couple of tries and I now wait 20-30 minutes between coats but I still can’t keep it nice. I’m quite disappointed. Maybe I just got a bad batch? I’ve never had this happen with any other nail polish. Maybe it’s the type? I got Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Plus in Pearl Wisdom, this cute, soft pink colour. I’ve never had a problem with any other Sally Hansen polish… Back to the drawing board, I guess.

Do you have any recommendations for nail polish? I’m keeping it cheap and pretty classic and neutral (I like quirky, but not something that will look super dated in wedding photos.) Does anyone have any tips for how I can make this polish work? Any tips for ensuring that it dries and stays put?


Marriage to Glasses: A Love-Hate Relationship May 14, 2010

I took this photo when I wanted to show off my new glasses 2 years ago, but I had to do the over-the-glasses shot to avoid glare.

Oh glasses. I need them to see and they can be a cute accessory, so I love them for that. Unfortunately, they get dirty, they get foggy in the winter, they can create awkward photo angles, they can reflect a flash if they don’t have anti-reflective coating, they can get in the way of comfortable hugging, and they can look super-dated in old photos. I mean, think back to photos from the ’80s. Take the following, for example. Cute dress, dated glasses:

Classic outfits, dated glasses

Heck, I’m not above dated glasses. Check out these winners I sported in elementary school:

The glasses I picked out in the third grade. Yes, they're multicoloured plastic.

I actually just ordered some contacts today. I have very dry eyes so I can’t wear them on a regular basis, but I’m making an exception for the wedding (I’ll shove a bottle of eye drops in my bra if I have to.) I want my wedding photos to look as timeless as possible, so I’m going sans glasses. Plus I want big, fake eyelashes, which may brush against the glasses. I need to go for the contacts, but I realize that not everyone can wear contacts since I’m nearly in that boat myself. So what to do?

Offbeat Bride has an article with 2 options for wearing glasses at your wedding. You can get some really flashy glasses for your day. Funny how I found this the same day as I ordered contacts…

Planning a ’50s wedding? How cute do these brides look in their glasses?

'50s-style glasses at a '50s-style wedding

OMG HOW CUTE IS THIS ONE?! Their blog can be found here.

OMG how cute are these two? Check out their ceremony at

Classic glasses make for classic photos. That’s my best answer. Have you made any decisions about wearing glasses on the big day? Or even to other formal events? Are you wearing spectacles to any upcoming spectacles? (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. The cheese just came out.)


Step 1: Hula. Step 2: Feel the burn. May 12, 2010

Filed under: beauty,crazy deals,etc,Uncategorized — clln @ 3:30 am
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Summer is approaching and everyone is trying to get into shape. Not just for the beach anymore, toned muscles are much sought-after to sit nicely under wedding dresses (or any dress, for that matter.) Everyone is in a sudden rush to get into shape. I have a few friends going to a gym, my MOH is doing the P90X workout, I’m walking with anyone who will walk with me, and my sister is HULA HOOPING!

I love this idea! I mooched her adult-sized hula hoop and gave it a spin in the backyard, it was buckets of fun. I hear there are classes where everyone hula hoops to get a good workout; I didn’t really feel the burn, but I was also sharing the hoop with my 2 sisters so maybe I didn’t do it for long enough. It was amazingly fun though. I found some instructions on how to make some here, and there are instructions on how to make it heavier for more of a workout. I don’t know if you’d end up with visibly toned muscles, but I’ll bet it burns a lot of calories if you need to shrink to fit a dress that’s a size too small. It’s supposed to work well to tone abdominal muscles. Plus, it’s both a cheap and quirky workout. The quirkier the workout, the longer it can keep my attention. It works really well if you have someone to talk to while doing the hula to keep you entertained, so I’m very tempted to start a hula hoop troupe.

Hula hoop illustration from Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn

Well, I need to tone my upper back and arms, so I’m back to the drawing board for my workouts. I’m big on the cheap part of Cheap ‘n’ Quirky, so I’m looking for budget-conscious way to get toned. Water bottles or cans of soup can make super-cheap light weights. While on a walk recently, I discovered a nearby park has exercise equipment for working your arms. I’m pretty excited about this, I can go walking by a lake and work everything out. Let’s see if I can get my MOH to ditch P90X for an evening and go walking in the park with me. There are plenty of suggestions online about how to use jungle gyms to work out if you’ve got a playground nearby.

In further workout quirkiness, I find my best motivation to tone muscles comes from Dancing with the Stars. Those professional dancers are sooo toned and muscular. I’m a heterosexual female but they can make me drool. I start exercising in front of the TV every time it’s on.

Are you getting any workout inspiration from strange places? Anyone trying out hula hooping? Share your cheap and quirky workout tips in the comments section.


I Won! April 22, 2010

Filed under: beauty,etc — clln @ 1:25 am
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I won! I finally won! Months of effort have paid off. Heh. I sound like I put some sort of effort into this.

The other brides around the office and I have been joining just about every wedding contest we can. One even joined a contest to win gold bars. Yeah, you read that right. Apparently it’s a bank’s wedding gift to the winner of the contest. Yeah.

I digress. The important thing is that I won a L’oreal lipstick from Wedding Bells’ Big Giveaway!

It's called Plum Brulée. Thanks, Wedding Bells.

Now if only I could win every contest I joined…

Thanks Wedding Bells!