Month: March 2013

Dolce Does..another check off the list!

This probably should’ve been one of the first vendors I booked given our “shorter” engagement and popular date in our city…but, we FINALLY decided on our DJ!  I am so, so excited.  The DJ we are selecting was on the higher price range of our options, but I just loved him during our meeting, he has a great reputation and came highly recommended, and — bonus! — he will provide the much-needed uplighting for our venue!

It’s amazing how great it feels to get one more item off the check list — especially when it’s an important one!  Now the number one item is to figure out our Officiant situation, because we can’t have a wedding without one.

A few weeks ago D and I interviewed a Pastor.  While our primary goal was to have someone we know get ordained and officiate, we ran into a few issues there, so I started the search for a professional. The Pastor was great and D really liked him, so I’m glad we have that option.

Yay to booking vendors!

Dolce Does…Pinterest Recipe

Well!  I’ve certainly neglected this little blog recently.  I have been busy interviewing potential vendors so we can finally book the remaining ones we need.  We still need an officiant and a DJ – two major ones! – so I’m hoping to lock that down within the next week, and I’ve interviewed some amazing florists.  It’s going to be hard to decide which one we’ll go with because I love each of their visions!

Where I last left off, I had just found my dress!  I finally made a decision on what type of shoes I’m going to wear so tomorrow we’ll finally order it!  Next up is to start the bridesmaid dress shopping.  I made an appointment to go with my Maid and Matron of Honor and I’m so excited!  I’m still torn between gray and black, but have been gravitating more to black in the past week or so.  But, I’m keeping an open mind and going to find the dress first, then decide the color.

Other than that, we have our engagement photos on April 6.  We finally decided on a location, so now I just need to figure out wardrobe!  So hard – I have no idea what to wear, or what look I’m going for.  So I’m definitely going to be googling examples and hitting the stores.

I’m also working on our wedding website, which is coming along.  I need that as complete as possible in time for our save the dates to go out, which I’m also currently shopping around for.  So, I’ll definitely have lots of topics to blog about in the next 2-3 weeks!

In the meantime, I thought I’d post a delicious recipe I found on Dr. Oz’s Pinterest.  I was quickly browsing through and found a “90 Second Greek Omelet” recipe and realized we had all of the ingredients, and I was about to make breakfast!

It’s a great, healthy meal when you’re on the go so I definitely plan to try the microwave version when I’m in a rush sometime.

Dr. Oz’s Recipe:

Ingredients
1 egg (or 2 egg whites)
2 tbsp chopped fresh spinach
2 tbsp chopped tomato
2 tbsp feta cheese
Pinch of oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Spray cooking spray in microwave safe bowl.  Scramble egg in bowl and add remaining ingredients.  Microwave on high for 60 seconds. Remove from microwave and enjoy!

Variation: Try mixing it up by making it Mexican with corn or Italian with some mozzarella cheese and fresh basil.

My Recipe:

I basically followed the original ingredients, but didn’t chop my spinach, and subbed mushrooms for tomatoes because I had them chopped on hand.

I cooked the spinach in olive oil while mixing the eggs with some salt, pepper and plenty of oregano.  In a separate pan I poured in the eggs, and let them set while the spinach finished cooking.  Once both were done I poured on the mushrooms, crumbled feta, and cooked spinach.  I “closed” the omelet and let it set once more, then served with more feta on top and Sriracha Chili Sauce.

It was delicious and definitely a quick, healthy, easy recipe I’ll try in the future!  My fiance asked why I never cook it for him, so maybe I’ll have to treat him to one this weekend!

*I need to work on better quality photos – excuse the poor lighting and iPhone 4 quality 🙂

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Dolce Does..Wedding Dress Shopping!

Most of our weekends lately have been devoted to wedding related events.  Venue hunting, vendor meetings, bridal shows (one every weekend it seems!), the list goes on and on.  This weekend’s to-do list didn’t obligate the Mr. luckily, as he caught a nasty cold.

Saturday morning I left him sick and miserable to join my mom, her best friends, my maid and matron of honor and a bridesmaid to begin the hunt for my dress!  I made an appointment at a shop closer to my mom’s house and it happened to be the same shop my Matron and Bridesmaid found their dresses when they got married.

I wasn’t exactly nervous, but more unsure of how I was feeling about the process.  I’m not at my happy weight, so I wasn’t sure if I would be uncomfortable in a bunch of sample size white dresses, but I tried to keep happy thoughts.  I also had no idea what style would work on my body type, and was nervous that having 5 people there would be too many voices.  I even contemplated going on my own during the week to get a feel for a style, but I was afraid I’d find “the” dress making the Saturday appt moot.  So, I stuck to this appointment.

I also had a game plan that if I didn’t find the dress I would make another appointment for another day, with just my mom or my Matron.  This was more for the show and experience of it, and to have a little fun and get some good input.

Well, it turns out, a second appointment is completely unnecessary because by some miracle, I found my dress!  It was the 6th dress I tried on, and was more to see if I liked the style.  But it’s totally the one.  As I was stepping into it, the salesperson asked about the next dress I was going to try on and I didn’t even need to see it.

It’s the typical story of this dress not being anything that I imagined at first. I kept gravitating toward one style that just wasn’t flattering on me, so it was time to switch it up.  And soon enough, I found the perfect one!

My entire entourage liked it the best and I didn’t want to take the dress off!  It couldn’t be more perfect and I can’t wait to wear it!  7 months to go until I get to!

I’m so glad it was such a quick and easy process, and now I can move forward with the attire for the rest of the bridal party!  Things are coming together!!!!

Can’t wait for 10/12/13 🙂

Bridesmaid Dresses!

I’m still holding off on the bridesmaid dress hunt until after I get my dress, but I love browsing the internet for inspiration.

Lately I’ve been really into the Alfred Sung Dupioni dresses but today I’m loving these Lela Rose by Dessy Group dresses.  Because I have 8 girls, I’m considering different necklines.  Here are my favorites:

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I am also totally loving these two necklines.

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The last dress with the capsleeves kind of reminds me of Serena Van der Woodsen.

I’m definitely gravitating towards a more sleek floor-length look. And I still would love to go with gray dresses, but in this line I prefer black!

All dress images from http://www.Dessy.com

Dolce Does..Boot Camp!

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Photo from Google

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day – duh.  Wearing white, all those photos, all that attention!  Even the thinnest brides I’ve known have done some sort of workout regimen while engaged.

This week I started a boot camp.  It’s the first time I’ve joined any sort of boot camp other than classes at the gym.  I found a Groupon January 1st and figured what did I have to lose – other than hopefully a few pounds.  I wanted to wait for the influx of Groupon-ites (is that a word?) to kind of weed out before signing up, so I sent an email last week inquiring how I start my 6 week session.

I went in on Tuesday for an assessment.  Basically I met with the trainer, we went over a liability form, my workout history, and he took all my stats.  Measurements, weight, body fat, etc.  It wasn’t very pretty, but that’s why I was there, right?  He said to log all my food in LoseIt, which I’ve already been doing, take some before and after shots, and show up the next day!

Yesterday we worked on chest and tris and today was a full hour of abs.  I want to die already!  I’m definitely dreading tomorrow, but as they say, pain is weakness leaving the body.

I’m definitely going to keep with it, because I’ve certainly needed someone to push me.  I just don’t have the same motivation I used to.  I’ve met a few other people in the class and all of them have been great and have wonderful things to say about the trainer and the bootcamp. The trainer also has quite a sense of humor which I appreciate.

After the 6 weeks I can continue by paying a monthly rate.  It’s not cheap, but hey, if I see results, I might have to consider it!

I’m going to be dreadfully sore the next few days, but I’ll be back Monday morning for some more torture!  Here’s to shedding some pounds and toning up for my big day!

Dolce Does..Dream Wedding

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I found this Some E-card the other day on Pinterest and about died.  How true is that in my case?

Speaking of Pinterest & Dream Weddings, I entered a contest sponsored by My Gatsby, a stationary website.  The prize is $200 towards your wedding stationary and all you had to do to enter was build a board on Pinterest showcasing your “Dream Wedding” vision.  Uhh, haven’t I already been doing that since I joined Pinterest two years ago?  Hello – count me in!

So, yesterday, with my newfound wedding vision, I gathered all of my favorite pins covering stationary, hair, jewelry, attire, flowers, centerpieces and lighting on this pin board.  I can only imagine how many amazing boards were entered into the contest but I really want to win!