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Friday, March 30, 2012

Drinking from the Kool-Aid...

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

It's the time of the season...

It's the time of the season... for loving!
(originally by The Zombies, but I've been feeling this Dave cover for a while... it just sounds like summer!)



And I am loving all kinds of fun colors this Spring. Pops of bright with classic patterns like navy and white polka dots. You cannot screw this up! Yesterday I wore the hat on my lunch so I did not burn my face... although I did have on my Bobbi Brown foundation which has SPF 15. Better safe than sorry, right? I normally do not get lots of compliments when wearing something during the day (evenings in a bar are quite different), but people seemed to love this new J.Crew dress on me! I really do have a love/hate relationship with that damn store.

OOTD: March 28, 2012

J Crew a line dress
$148 - jcrew.com

SELINA leather high heels
£120 - lkbennett.com

Kenneth Jay Lane gold bangle
$112 - charmandchain.com

LORD & TAYLOR gold knot earrings
$275 - lordandtaylor.com

Scotch Soda straw hat
€36 - scotch-soda.com

Ray-Ban ray ban sunglasses
$150 - ray-ban.com

Bobbi brown cosmetic
£17 - harrods.com

Gucci perfume
$95 - nordstrom.com



Do you have a favorite summer track, the kind of song where you shamelessly repeat it because it just fits the mood??

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

One of the low points

Let's stop talking about clothing and wedding stuff for a hot second. I want to share a life experience not a lot of people will have in their life, but they need to respect and understand friends and family that go through this kind of situation.

One of the lowest points in my life was during my struggle to love an addict. He was your struggling-to-overcome-everything addict, the one who thought he could give up cocaine and then replace it with alcohol in moderation. I was incredibly naive at 18-19. The several months we dated the first time, I had no idea that he even was an addict. I had never been around him when he was doing drugs, he shielded it from me. I always thought he was eccentric but this was the age of ADD/ADHD so was I really going to be the girl who judged a guy for being hyper? He was restless? He talked really fast? He always seemed to have sinus issues?He was unafraid of actually showing emotion around me? Why would I have thought these were problems?
Where was my fault in loving you with my whole heart?
-Mumford & Sons

I had recently gotten out of a relationship and had been in a bad place socially. As a college freshman, you know your social life is your world so these problems piled up on top of me into a massive burden. This relationship with the addict came about a month after that bad night I wish I could forget. He was probably the first new/fresh face I had seen on campus so that piqued my interest.

My friends at the time knew of him, and I knew he was in a greek but not one I regularly associated with. I knew he had fun in college - underage drinking is normal - not a big deal to me. I did not know about the other problems. He was deep, reflective, loved to read. He was dark eyes and dark hair and very passionate. He wrote like I did and was unafraid to share his thoughts with me about politics, society, family and friends. I just somehow missed the things that may or may not have made me walk away from him - the cocaine and resulting change in his personality, the regularity in his choosing to make me jealous by going out with other people and going on and on about it like they changed his world. I always felt hurt over that - "they don't know you - at all - like I do. They haven't seen the ugly."

He was never violent or angry towards me. He was often in a bitter feud with his father and his mother was a beautiful human being, inside and out. He often got into immature disputes with his frat brothers or threw tantrums over stupid things - not his best side but he often did well at hiding it from me. It really wasn't until after he told me of his addiction, attending NA, leaving college the year after I did to transfer to another school closer to home that I had any clue.

He and I met during the See-Saw-A-Thon. Originally, if I remember correctly, his fraternity and another were hoping to do a tractor pull but the school (in their right mind) put a stop to that kind of thing. Let's not possibly have a tragedy on the campus from drunk frat boys. So they got two see-saws and the guys did that... for hours... for like 48 hours. Of course at 3AM curious collegians went down there to see if they were still see-sawing and they were. We had some warm cups of beer (which we all called "soda") and music to entertain us and it was actually a pretty good mellow time except for when the rude/sneering/wasted frat brothers came around to accost the girls who were hanging out with friends. Definitely had some unforgettably rude things said to me or about me, ugh.

But then there was that guy. Who I definitely was in love with for a couple years after that night until I guess he wanted to just close that door for good. Maybe I was in love with the idea of helping him get clean, or in love with his family. Still not sure. But I do know that I wanted to be with him and experience life with him. So I did. I was with him when he got a few different chips from NA, I was with him when his Dad took us to see Steely Dan, I was with him when his Mom asked me my feelings on marriage. He was in the picture when I was dating a few other people, and he was too, and we tried to do the whole 'just friends' thing. Which of course failed to make either of us really comfortable. He met one of my exes and I did the same, and it was stupid because both of us got really jealous and angry at one another. We did a lot of talking with our eyes. He loved my eyes. He had incredible hair. Gorgeous Mediterranean skin. He was one of few men I dated that complimented me without it being laid on so thick it sounded fake.

Cocaine/Other stimulants:
Signs of use and dependence can include:
-Euphoria
-Decreased appetite
-Rapid speech
-Irritability
-Restlessness
-Depression as the drug wears off
-Nasal congestion and damage to the mucous membrane of the nose in users who snort drugs
-Insomnia
-Weight loss
-Increased heart rate, blood pressure and temperature
-Paranoia

You look back and see things now you did not think of before. Small, minute things that should have been the smallest of warning flags about this person. Don't let your friends or family make you feel stupid by asking if there were signs. Often the big warning flags aren't there. Addicts can hide the obvious stuff from people - especially people they would do anything to not lose. If you ever have family say you're stupid for not knowing better, ignore them. You just did not know. I did not know. And even if it was a low point for him before he became clean, there are no regrets on my end. I often try to leave a relationship on a good note... with no regrets.

Monday, March 26, 2012

OOTD

Well today I am dressed down a good bit due to having to help this AM for a couple hours on a project involving sending older files to archives. Not a bad job, just a little messy. Here is my OOTD, and yes, I am still learning with Polyvore. It is fun, but tedious! (blog readers from way back when may remember I signed up for it in late '08 but they did not have backgrounds, frames, fonts then)

What do you guys think of how I designed it today? Notice how I am slowly... very slowly... integrating Spring pieces into my wardrobe!

What do you think of my makeup shades? More on them later!

OOTD: March 26, 2012

H M v neck cardigan
£9.99 - hm.com

J Crew crinkle blouse
$88 - jcrew.com

Banana Republic long pants
$98 - bananarepublic.gap.com

Jimmy Choo floral pumps
$450 - jimmychoo.com

Anya Hindmarch genuine leather handbag
£895 - seasonsclothing.co.uk

Tiffany Co heart jewelry
$250 - tiffany.com

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics eyeliner
£17 - harrods.com

Bobbi brown cosmetic
£17 - harrods.com

Gucci perfume
$95 - nordstrom.com



XO

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring shopping

Well, it is currently 84 degrees here in Richmond today, and could be even hotter (it may well have been hotter earlier today!) before I leave work.

However, I have many things on my to-do list that I must accomplish! I have the need for several spring items. I need to look for these things this weekend...

Here is an itemized wish list:

-ballet flats (need to try the Tom's ones)

-wedge heels

-neutral work purse

-summer weight suit jacket (2 button)

-summer weight suiting-material dress (black, pinstripe, grey)

-Lululemon tops

-fitness DVD

To start - here are my work shoe ideas... anyone have these?

Spring 2012: work shoes

Christian louboutin shoes
$645 - net-a-porter.com

Christian louboutin heels
$625 - bergdorfgoodman.com

Tory Burch wedge shoes
$295 - saksfifthavenue.com

Block heels
£160 - lkbennett.com

Mid heel shoes
£155 - lkbennett.com

Leather flat shoes
£95 - lkbennett.com

Toms flat
$79 - nordstrom.com

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Classical music loves: Inception

Does anyone else here just adore classical music? Especially highly-charged, intense scores from film?

Take Inception for example. The music carries the film!

"Time" by Hans Zimmer is one of my favorites - not sure why but it gets me choked up a little bit!

Here it is on the OST:


Here it is live:


Notice how it is the same? Because classical music that good just does not need to be deviated from!

What is even better is that the OST of Inception is linked to the Édith Piaf "Non, je ne Regrette Rien" that is a major player in the storyline.

Do you have a favorite movie soundtrack that you cannot get enough of?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Musical talent

You may have heard me mention before how I was trained for several years (10+) to be a professional classical singer (like Charlotte Church). Well, then I realized I did not want to go to a Conservatory in the U.S. and my family was not about to ship me abroad with no expert foreign language skills so... I moved on.

But the passion still exists, and so I love finding musicians around my age that have true talent. Not the makeup/doneup/poked and prodded talent of the MTV world. Better then that, several times over.

This young woman, Melody Gardot, was born in NJ in 1985. So, we're the same age. And she makes me think of a young Diana Krall mixed with Norah Jones. I picture a rainy day in France at a quiet cafe.
The Beginning

Every artist has a story. Melody's is at the heart of her music. When she was 19, Melody was hit by a car. During her recovery she used music as a form of therapy, even recording and releasing tracks while still in the hospital. Once out, she started playing around Philadelphia. Before long Universal Records signed her. Her first full-length album, Worrisome Heart, displayed her gift for transforming the traditions of jazz and blues with her intimate and personal sound. It also set a soulful artist with a small but strong following onto the world stage.

Check her out, you will not be disappointed:


(C) 2009 Universal Classics & Jazz

An ad of this young woman from Renault en France:
(C) Universal Classics & Jazz/(C) Renault

Monday, March 19, 2012

Parasol apparel

She’s unconditionally natural, with a composure that comes from a certain well-lived life.
-quote from Parasol Sun

I came across a new brand of clothing, Parasol, while working on my much-delayed pile of magazines. This brand was highlighted in the January 2012 Town & Country magazine - so check out that story if you still have that issue!

Parasol is a brand I sincerely appreciate. Parasol creates sun-protective apparel for women and girls. They carry shirts, tunics, sarongs, skirts, and are regularly expanding their product line. They offer UPF 50+ protection! Think about how good that is for sensitive skin areas, especially breast tissue (breast cancer also runs in my family) and your chest overall. Learn more about the brand, here.Hibiscus Orange Swim Dress, $275.00

I have been a Roxy wearer of rash guards for many, many years... but I almost feel like they work largely on brand recognition now, it is no longer just a cute coverup while in the surf. In contrast, Parasol offers no big logos, but still offers a feminine look and cut in a good coverup.Deauville Stripe Blue Crew Neck Swim Shirt, $165.00

Skin cancer runs in my family. Living in Florida did a number on most of my family - many have terrible scars from having procedures and skin removed. When I was only 12, I had to have a spot cut/burned off of my back. It is highly likely that I will have to deal with these larger cancer areas as well at some point. However, I have been more sensitive of my sun exposure in the past five-plus years.
Bimini Pink Zip Front Swim Shirt, $175.00

Having healthy color is wonderful, but not when you are putting yourself at risk. It can be incredibly frustrating to see people throw their lives away with baby oil and going without sunscreen. You can see the true age of a person in their hands, and it is because they did not take care of their skin before it was too late. You can be sure I will be wearing this brand in the future!Bahia Yellow Crew Neck Swim Shirt, $165.00

Check Parasol out online - it is Made in the USA and the brand offers free returns and exchanges on every order!


All images shown here are © 2011 Parasol

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Duke University, J. A. Jones Construction, and some family history


My great-great Grandfather with three of his sons, including my great-grandfather Raymond Jones, Sr., and Edwin L. Jones, Sr. which the below story involves. This photo may have been taken at the launching of a Liberty ship, when we ran the Brunswick and Panama City shipyards during WWII.

For the 1912 Commencement, a father writes to his son of the value of education.

Thousands of students and their families have experienced the vivid emotions of the awarding of a college or university degree and passage into what is referred by today's students as the "real world." Scores of commencement speakers have attempted to place a value on the student experience while challenging the graduates to use their hard-won knowledge to conquer the problems of the day.

While public ceremonies properly reflect collective joy, perhaps the true meaning behind graduation is more of an individual or family affair. A universal feeling is one of pride. Documentation of this sentiment is difficult to come by especially as letter writing increasingly has become a lost art. Some years ago, the University Archives received a poignantly prideful letter written at graduation from Trinity College in 1912. At that time, graduation from college was a rare event. The vast majority of graduates, especially in the south, were the first members of their family to earn diplomas, either from a high school or a college. The recipient of the letter was Edwin L. Jones, Sr. from Charlotte, North Carolina, a member of Trinity's senior class who had won the Orator's Medal of the Hesperian Literary Society. He had mailed a copy of the notice of the award from the student newspaper, the Chronicle, to his parents along with the schedule of the commencement weekend. His father replied, expressing a universal sentiment not uncommon today. The writer's evident limited education adds significantly to the personal importance of the occasion.

"My Dear Son," the letter began. "I cant tell you how glad I was to know that you had won the metal[.] now you can see that God has give you a delivery of voice. it does my heart good to see that you are taking advantage of a opertunity that I diden have[.] I wanted Education when I was a boy. but I diden have the chance to get some. I am glad that you have made good at college[.] I have worked hard every sence I have ben a little boy. but I dont mind working hard as I have to get you through College[.] As I rid the a count in your little paper of you winning the metal, it repaid me for all that I have spent on your schooling[.] I & mama do want to get up for your gratuation but I dont see how both of us will get to go as the children is so small to leave by themselves. Good by, Your Papa."

Edwin L. Jones, Sr. made the most of his family's priceless gift. The listing of activities under his senior portrait in The Chanticleer, the college yearbook, notes academic honors; varied literary society, YMCA, and debate club activities; positions of responsibility on the Chronicle's business staff; letters in track and basketball; and membership in the highest campus honorary organization, "9019." Perhaps equally as important, Jones met, courted, and later married classmate Annabel Lambeth, a magna cum laude graduate with Honors in French, from Thomasville, North Carolina. Their marriage marks the beginning of generations of Duke graduates from the Jones family. Edwin L. Jones, Jr.'s later service on the Board of Trustees and generosity in support of his alma mater likewise inspired service and support throughout the university by numerous family members.

With the growth of higher education in the twentieth century, the earning of a college degree is sometimes taken for granted. Duke University, however, likely still has graduates who are the first members of their families to receive a degree. A university education remains an accomplishment of the highest order worthy of pride by parents and students alike.

© 1992 William E. King, University Archivist, 1972-2002
This article originally appeared in Duke Dialogue May 15, 1992.


My great-great grandfather JAJ I, was from post-Civil War poor roots. He was born on August 20, 1869. Before the war the family had much more to live on, but the war impoverished this branch of the family and they made ends meet as tenant farmers in Randolph, NC. His father, Robert B. Jones, was named Charles by his father Hezekiah Jones who was a ship carpenter from England (they lived in coastal Swansboro, Onslow County, NC). His mother Elizabeth Horney (his father's second wife) died when he was 3 or 4 and his father married three times and had 12 children in his lifetime.

JAJ I was offered a job by a contractor as a wagon driver in Charlotte, NC. He was a brick-maker starting at age 18 and was paid 0.25 cents a day. He was given housing on site. He then started to make mortar. Soon he was a laborer and then a mason's apprentice. Within four years he had learned so fast (including reading blue-prints) that he was earning $2.00 a day by 1889. He realized he could make more income from bidding on small jobs that he and a small team could work on together. At age 21, he was a brickmason foreman and then superintendent, earning $3.00-3.50 a day. It was at this time that he married his first wife, Minnie (Mary) Jane Hooper. Her parents were first generation Americans for that family branch, from England. Her father ran the old tin mine in Lincolnton, NC, and then ran the gold mines in Charlotte, NC.

One of JAJ I's first big jobs was an addition to the Southern Railway Station at 511 West Trade Street in Charlotte, NC. They had the foundation walls up when there was a flash flood which flattened the walls. While the two caucasian bricklayers were indifferent to completing the job, the remaining workers - African-Americans - helped in doing overtime work, completing the job and rebuying supplies out of their own pocket. He paid them above-average wages and gave them more jobs and specialized tasks than other contractors/foremen of the time in the South.

I'll post more later, if you all find it interesting!

Friday, March 16, 2012

L'Odyssee de Cartier

One of my favorite advertisements right now is the special mini-movie by Cartier. Airing 3.5 minutes long, The Cartier Odyssey was done by the Marcel Agency, directed by Bruno Aveilland to celebrate Cartier's 165th anniversary.
This video is such a feast for the eyes! Cartier takes us from Imperial St. Petersburg, Russia to China and the Great Wall to India and then ending in Paris at Cartier's headquarters on 13 Rue de la Paix, the Grand Palais and Place Vendome.

This advertisement includes three panthers and model Shalom Harlow, seen in the end of the video in a Yiqing Yin red gown and an incredible bracelet. The bracelet is 51.58 carats of green beryl, platinum and onyx spots and nose, emerald eyes and a diamond-studded coat. Is it not beautiful?

I love how this advertisement is not just cinematic and lush, but it also tells of the history of Cartier. The symbolism in this advertisment is unforgettable.

Have you seen this advertisment before? What did you think of it?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

It's open! Country Club Prep

Country Club Prep has opened for business.

I know we all were wondering what brands they would carry so here is a list:

-Bird Dog Bay

-Castaway Clothing

-Collared Greens

-Harding-Lane

-Jack Donnelly Khakis

-Johnnie-O

-Just Madras

-Kiel James Patrick

-Knot Belt Co.

-Liquid Flow

-Marine Layer

-Perlis

-Salmon Cove

-Smathers & Branson

-Southern Marsh

-Southern Proper

-Strong Boalt

-Unruly Heir


I am honestly kind-of disappointed. Only a couple of these are iconic 'preppy' brands. The rest are just new kids on the block, they might make good product but they aren't exactly what I had planned on buying when I signed up.

What do you think?

[logo courtesy of Country Club Prep]

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Poll results

Well, the poll results were interesting! No one wants me to write about fashion on here (really?), and I got a majority of votes towards people who want me to write about "Life in general." "Wedding plans" was a close second place. Thanks for those of you who voted! I hope to start recalibrating my entries soon. I don't want to write things people do not wish to read!

If you do like my posts on fashion, please check out my two Examiner.com columns - the Richmond and Charlottesville editions. I had a friend remind me of Bit.ly so now I have, yay, permanent shortcut links to these pages... which is perfect for my business card. Sometimes friends help you remember things you knew... only you forgot. Esp when you are sick.

Yes, I have either some horrific new allergy out of nowhere. Or I have a cold. Not sure which.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Taylor: one year later

Courtesy of the Anderson family

A year ago you may remember that I was desperately trying to use all social media outlets to find a classmate and friend of mine, Taylor Anderson. She came out of the earthquake unscathed but we lost her in the tsunami in Ishinomaki. She was the first American victim confirmed in the tsunami. To this day, she is only one of two Americans whose bodies were recovered. I remember I was on Siesta Key over Spring Break when her body was found, and my friend Jessee sent me a text. And it hurt. So badly. We had SO much hope that she was in the attic of a building - safe but hungry - like so many miracle stories from that day. But that was not meant to be for her, and it was so so bittersweet.

The below video was on CBS News Sunday Morning yesterday, March 11, 2012:

Yesterday, our shared alma mater, Randolph-Macon College, hosted an event which was both in honor of Taylor but to also show the community how Japan is continuing to move forward - a quite difficult task.

Right before Christmas, The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) gave Randolph-Macon College a wonderful gift - 100,000 for 2011-2012, with gifts pledged for the next five years. These gifts go towards a scholarship, scholar-in-residence, foundation lecture, as well as establishing a memorial collection of Japanese literature and film. The giving program is called "Honoring the Life, Work and Good Spirit of Taylor Anderson—Enhancing Japanese Studies at Randolph-Macon College."

Taylor loved Japan, improving her speaking skills, and everything within the Japanese culture. She was fully involved in the community and loved her students. She was so, so happy there.
Courtesy of the Anderson family

Ambassador of Japan Ichiro Fujisaki bows his head as he thanks Americans for their help after the tsunami last night at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia:
Credit: Eva Russo/TIMES-DISPATCH

Please visit St. Catherine's page on Taylor Lane Anderson. Ways the money has already been used can be read below (taken from St. Catherine's site):
"Taylor’s fund will support the Asahigaoku Gakuen orphanage in Kessenuma and initial support has been started by Smile Kids with a delivery of toys, Wii gaming systems and educational materials. Fourteen of the children had a very successful English Adventure summer camp experience in August. Taylor’s fund will sponsor the Christmas Wish program this year, which will provide gifts the children specifically want and a Christmas party on December 24.

In early September, the Anderson family traveled to Japan to establish the Taylor Anderson Reading Corners, or Taylor Bunko as they are called, in the seven schools in Ishinomaki where she taught English as part of the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program. Each Taylor Bunko has 60 of Taylor’s favorite children’s books and more than 200 additional books selected by the schools.

Taylor Scholarships will provide financial assistance to Ishinomaki high school graduates to attend Sendai YMCA College starting with the school year beginning April 2013. The scholarships will be provided to those students who have suffered from the disasters and will be provided by Taylor’s Fund and the YMCA.

JET Micro Grants will provide financial support to enhance English language and foreign culture programs initiated by Miyagi/Sendai JET (MAJET) program participants. This program empowers JETs to go beyond the classroom to be active participants and leaders in their schools and communities.

Taylor's fund helps support the Fruit Tree Project. Paul Yoo and Minami Ishikawa organized the Fruit Tree Project to take fresh fruit to shelters which has been not only nutritionally helpful, but has lifted the spirits of all those they have helped. The fruit they provide is a good supplement to the rice and miso soup provided at the shelters.

It is very important to Taylor's family, friends and donors that 100 percent of the funds raised will be used for the benefit of the schools, students and families in Taylor's area. Taylor’s family feels blessed that Taylor's high school, St. Catherine's in Richmond, VA is donating their time and services to administer the fund. Ishinomaki BOE, Smile Kids Japan, and the Fruit Tree Project contribute 100% of what they receive to the projects we identify with them.

“We think Taylor would be very proud of this,” Andy Anderson, Taylor’s father said. “Her spirit encourages us and gives us the strength to do our best in her honor and keep her spirit alive in all of us.”

Activities on behalf of Taylor and Taylor’s Fund to date include: appearances at St. Catherine’s School (two), Randolph-Macon College, Japanese Ambassador’s Thank You Barbecue, National Jet Alumni Conference, Japan Sports Visitors Program at Ripken Baseball Academy, and the Taylor Anderson Reading Corner Dedication in Ishinomaki, Japan. The family also accepted the Luminary Award for Taylor at the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of NY annual dinner, made an appearance at the Atlanta Consulate Reception in Atlanta and the Anime USA Festival in Washington, D.C. Taylor’s Fund was a beneficiary of The American Chamber of Commerce Japan Charity Ball held in December."
Consider a donation in her honor, for her fund, to assist the children of Japan.

Local teacher remembered one year after Japan tsunami, on CBS6.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Bass-O-Matic '76

One of my earliest memories was watching old SNL with my Dad - here is one of our favorites!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Julia Child

Many of us talked a few years ago about Julie & Julia - the book and subsequent movie - as teaching us more about Julia Child's life... which I personally loved.

However, here is a fact of the day for you:

Before becoming a famous chef, Julia Child helped concoct a recipe for shark repellent. As an employee of the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, Child and a team of agents developed a coating for underwater explosives that kept sharks from bumping into them and accidentally setting them off.


Isn't that so neat? I love factoids like that.One of my personal favorites is when she roasts chickens on the show. For some reason it always leaves me in stitches![Quote source: PageADay from Workman Publishing; Images originally from WGBH-TV (PBS Boston where Julia had her The French Chef show)]

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Downton Abbey, Fresh Prince of Bel Air style

Anyone else a 90s kid who loved The Fresh Prince of Bel Air with Will Smith?

How about this take on it?




[Video credit, College Humor]

Wedding meetings

I got the cutest letter from my Grandmama yesterday:

I really want you to have the reception you dream of! It will be elegant .... lots to think about but they are pretty thoughts!


On Monday we were supposed to meet with the florist and the caterer. Well, my parents house got about 4" of snow and I was not about to risk Mom and I (in her new Chrysler 200 convertible (SOFT TOP) no less) nor the florist who lives out in Bath County. So we had to postpone that meeting until maybe Easter he said.Well, by the time our caterer meeting occurred we were in the clear... roads-wise. So Grandmama was picked up by Mom, and I drove in separately as I had a doctor's appointment after.The meeting was WONDERFUL. I am so glad I am getting married at Evans Hall at Washington & Lee. It will be so elegant and their china (ivory china with gold rims) and linens (gold stripe) are perfect for the space. I am happy that they will work with our look and we won't have to go out of house. We are keeping their chairs and not doing covers. Evans has banquet chairs that actually match the space so it isn't like they are ugly, out-of-shape chairs. I know that many of you like chivari chairs but I could not reason with Virginia chair rental prices - at $8 a chair. For a rental. Give me a break. With our number of guests that is offensively expensive. Plus, I would rather our guests be comfortable than the space be pretty. Chairs are chairs. That money would be better served with the flowers and food! Of course, the pictures I am showing you have chivaris... go figure!

[photo credit: Allegra's Studio]