Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tuesday Shoesday: Life’s Better With a Bit of Bubbly

Happy Tuesday Shoesday friends!

I’m exhausted and look really rough (I won’t take a picture because I like you all and don’t want to scare you away) but I’m so incredibly happy. We are moved into our new adorable little house! I use the word “moved” lightly because our house is covered in boxes and we had to sleep in the basement on the pull-out because we couldn’t find our bed stand. (Yes, we have that much stuff). I may also have given up on unpacking at around 8pm and indulged in some bubbly wine. I may just be partial, but isn’t life better once you’ve had a bit of bubbly? You may think I’m getting off course here topic wise, but wait until I show you this picture, it combines two of my favorite things in this world, bubbly and shoes!

And wait until you see these shoes, they are jaw-droppers.

Gorgeous, right? Talk about a match made in heaven! Photo via Tobiah Tayo Photography.

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Dress of the Day: Iris/Bardot of Melissa Sweet

If there is one thing I really miss about being a bride to be, it’s trying on wedding dresses. I honestly felt amazing in almost every single gown I tried on. Not to brag, but my body looks good in wedding gowns! I fit the sample sizes perfectly and they just work with my curves. I know, first world problem. But, when you’re no longer a bride, not being able to try on dresses that make you look, and feel, like a million bucks kind of stinks. Not to mention, I would have LOVED to try on the gorgeous dress I’m about to show you by Melissa Sweet.

Can you see the cascading ruffles of the skirt and the sparkle of the beads on the bodice? No? Need a closer look?

I know, it’s incredible. I don’t know what I love more, the top or the skirt. The sparkled beading of the top and statement neckline give the gown such a glamorous appeal and the the cascading, organza ruffles soften it up, giving it a very romantic look and feel. Talk about the perfect matching of modern glamour with traditional romance! [Photos via Priscilla of Boston].

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The Volkman New Home Makeover: The Kitchen

We are moving on Monday!! And what I’m about to show you is what our living room looks like now. Before you see it, you must understand how much courage it took me to post this photo. If you want to submit me to Hoarders, I won’t be upset. It’s an utter amazement how myself, my husband and our 2 furry babies have managed to live amongst the clutter.

Gasp. I know. This is horrific. BUT, on the plus side, we ARE moving on Monday. And I refuse to live in clutter anymore so all of next week will be spent unpacking, decorating and being the cutest little housewife you ever did meet. Housewife with a full time job, 2 blogs, 2 dogs and pre-requisite dietetic classes. Now add interior decorator to this list because I am hitting the decoration of our new house HARD for a few reasons.

  1. It’s our first home as a married couple. Sure we are only renting it, but it’s our first actual home as the Volkmans. No more shared walls and elevators for us!
  2. We’re both in a place, financially, where we can actually spend money on decorations. As young 20 somethings, we’ve been living off furniture hand me downs and flea market finds. It’ll be nice to splurge on some fabulous matching couches and a new dining room set.
  3. I’m utterly obsessed with designs, details and vintage accessories. I fully blame my wedding, but I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂
So what am I thinking, design and decor wise? Why, let me show you in the form of inspiration boards! I’m going to make this a weekly series on Fridays (don’t worry, fab finds will be back!). This week? My favorite room of the house, of course…the kitchen!

Kitchen:

[Images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7]

Our new kitchen has all white cabinetry and appliances, which immediately has me thinking of shabby, vintage cottage chic with milk glass vases, white frames, tea cups and fabulous handmade signage. Plus, I’m also DYING over this amazing rug from C & B.

I want my new kitchen (which has AMAZING natural lighting) to be a room I never want to leave. My current kitchen in my apartment is nice enough, has a cute little island and updated appliances, but is SO SMALL with no windows. I want a kitchen that reflects who I am as a person and a cook. I spent my summers growing up on an island with a beach cottage and honestly, that’s where I’m happiest. So when I saw the opportunity to create a cottage like atmosphere in my kitchen, I immediately went for it. The best part? E doesn’t care, as long as I’m happy and continue to make him delicious meals!

Have an AMAZING Memorial Day weekend friends!!

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Thursday Purseday: A Sweet Message

I’m an emotional person, there’s no doubt about that. But circumstances in my life cause me to be extra emotional lately, circumstances which some of you know about. So when I saw this little photograph I’m about to share, I literally burst into tears.

[Photo via]

There are countless ways you can thank your bridesmaids for being a part of your big day, and giving them a heartfelt gift is traditionally the path that’s chosen. But this gift, above,  goes above and beyond just hanging them a bag. This bride wrote an incredibly heartfelt message to one of her girls and had it stitched into the lining. That, to me, is one of the sweetest gestures I’ve ever seen.

When you’re a bride, you can’t help but get a little narcissistic. This day, after all, is about YOU, your husband and your life. It’s your day. With how lightening fast the day goes by, you sometimes forget to thank the people who made it all happen, thank the people who stood beside you on the biggest day of your life, who held your dress while you peed or made sure you had a bite of chicken. The day passes and before you know it, you’re married and you never even got to say goodbye to the ones who believed in you and him from the very beginning. This small sentiment in this bridesmaid’s purse will show her, that no matter what happens, their friendship meant everything to the bride and in that moment in time, that significant, HUGE moment, their friendship was still one of the most important things to her. Even if they aren’t friends anymore or time has taken its toll on their relationship, she’ll always have that little message to look back on that proves that their friendship mattered, that it was real.

I’m probably reading way too much into this due to what’s going on today, but I can’t help it. Brides, please, take a few moments to tell the ones you love just how much you love them. Take a few minutes to hug your bridesmaids and convey to every single one of them how much their friendship means to you. Whether that’s a stitch in their handbag or during a tear-filled hug before you hop in your getaway vehicle, find time to make it happen. Friendships may not last forever, but in that moment, they are one of the most important things to hold onto and to recognize.

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2 Months…

I can’t believe it’s been 2 months since my wedding day. I know I said this a month ago at our one month, but I honestly still can’t believe how quickly time has flown. While I was planning, it felt like the day would never come, and now, I’m gripping onto memories with a strong latch afraid to let go, silently wishing I had a time machine to go back to that day. There are so many amazing things I want to feel again, a few things I’d do differently and a few people I wish I spent more time with. But that’s life, right? We always wish we did things a tad differently than we did. But even now, as I’ve had time to thoroughly deconstruct my wedding, I still look back with nothing but utter amazement. It was still perfect. Still ultimately one of the best days of my life.  All in all, I think that’s pretty great 🙂

[Photo via Richard Israel]

Although it’s gone by fast, these 2 months have also been absolutely amazing, which is solely because I have an amazing husband. So, happy 2 months E. You make my life better, just by being in it. I love you!

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Venue Spotlight: Mainstreet Station, Richmond, Va

If there is one thing I love, its non-traditional wedding venues. I love when brides get married in library’s, backyards, museums, stations and gardens. When you chose a place that isn’t a typical wedding location, you are forced to think outside of the box with how you decorate, where you place the tables, where you plan on saying I do, etc. But, to me, that’s what makes wedding planning fun. Looking at a blank canvas and taking your colors,  style and personality and really turning that canvas into a masterpiece. This is one reason I’m absolutely obsessed with today’s venue spotlight; The Main Street station in Richmond, Va.

[via Jodi Miller photography]

Although this old-fashioned train station has become a hot spot for brides to be in Va, there is something so absolutely fascinating about how each bride makes their wedding different from the next. This gorgeous train station, which opened for business in 1901, is still working, with trains arriving and departing every day. Although most brides primarily use this space for a reception, you can rent the station for a ceremony as well. The cost is quite reasonable, $1500 to rent for 4 hours on a Saturday. The station is situated right in downtown Richmond in the historic Shockoe Bottom district. Now, let’s take a tour of this regal venue.

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Tuesday Shoesday: Simple, White, Perfection

There is something so stunning about all-white weddings. White dress, white shoes, white centerpieces, white linens. If I could do anything over again with my own wedding day, I’d pick to have everything white. If for nothing else, it makes for incredible photography.  I mean, seriously, how perfect is this bride’s outfit and her pristine white Louboutins?

[Photo via Jonas Peterson]

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