Archive for March, 2010

Where I’ve Been

Things have been C-R-A-Z-Y.

Mr. JST and I hit up a wedding:

…where we also got to celebrate with some great friends:

And then I went to Chicago for the National Bridal Market, which was seriously awesome.  I didn’t really know what to expect, except that I was hearing that this show wouldn’t be as big, as impressive, or quite simply, as good as it has been in years past.

I loved it.  I’ve loved everything weddings for years now, and this show was right up my alley.  It was at the Merchandise Mart, a massive building in downtown Chicago.  We went specifically to look at four or five of the gown designers we currently carry, as well as to see what new designers might be attending and to pick up some accessories.  We were wildly successful.

My favorite dress from the show (the one in the middle), from Paloma Blanca:

I go nuts for a good tulle skirt.  It gets me every single time.

My second favorite, also from Paloma:

I seriously dig those flowers on the lace bodice.  **Love**

I promise I wasn’t bored at the show, although this picture might suggest otherwise:

My boss is the lady with her back to the camera, emphatically explaining to the lovely man from Pattis why she wants to redesign all of his mom’s amazing dresses.  Also amazing – the fact that they let her.

With coffee and ready for day two…

…a day which came to an end, as far as work was concerned, fairly early.  We wrapped up all of the vendors we planned to visit by 1 pm, so we decided to do some sightseeing.  We took a lake and river boat tour, which was lovely, and we visited the ever popular Bean in Millenium Park.

And La Raine and I pretended that it was flattening us.

We had a fabulous time, and it was extremely cool to be an integral part of selecting which dresses the shop will be carrying in just a few short months.  My job is the coolest, for reals.  🙂


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I stumbled upon something today, without even meaning to do so.

Wednesday is one of my days off, and I started things off slowly – cleaning up the kitchen, scrubbing down our bathrooms, doing some laundry, hanging out with the dog.   I caught up on emails and some projects I’ve been meaning to do for a while now.  All in all, pretty productive.

Around 4 pm, I headed out to pick up some things for dinner and get my nails done in preparation for my trip to Chicago this weekend.  On a whim, I purchased the new issue of Martha Stewart Weddings to peruse while at the nail salon.  Mr. JST totally calls me out on it, but from time to time I still purchase wedding magazines in the name of “work.”  Ha.  It’s totally an excuse.

Anyway, while checking out at the store, the cashier asked if I was getting married.  I told her no, I’m already married…but I do sell dresses!  So buying wedding magazines is totally justified, right?  She stopped for a minute to check out the cover, smiled a little, and carried on.  Martha just touches everyone, doesn’t she?

And then, the nail place.  I sat down for my mani/pedi – one young girl working on my fingers, one on my toes.  Y’all, they were both WAY more interested in my magazine than in my extremities.  They “oohed” and “aahed” over the gowns just like I did.  The girl who did my manicure even hung out after she was finished so she could see what was at the end of the magazine.  We talked about dresses and cakes and flowers and favors…it was a hoot.

So there you have it.  At least among women, Martha Stewart Weddings is, hands down, the ultimate conversation starter.

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My Sweet Pup

I realized today that I haven’t written anything about the second love of my life.

Yes, Mr. JST is numero uno.

But our pup is a close number two.  I mean, really.  Look at this face.  (But ignore the dirty floor.)

I mean it.  Ignore the floor.  That’s way embarrassing.

But come on.  This dog?  He’s the cutest.

Sadie, the Westminster winner, has got nothin’ on him.

He totally knows that he runs the show in this family.

Just look at him.  Camera hog.

Who am I kidding?  I adore this dog.

He’s such a smoochie head.

Yes, I just wrote a blog post all about my dog.  And I don’t care, because he’s the best.

(I do get a little mad when he pees on the dining room rug, though.  I mean, come on.  Nobody’s perfect.)

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