What’s your oxygen mask?

I know, you’re probably thinking I’m sitting next to Charlie Sheen in the deep end. Ok, low blow, shouldn’t make fun…but really??? I feel so sorry for his family (absolutely honestly), but that guy’s quotes are just unbelievable. “I’m tired of pretending I’m not a b*tchin’ rockstar from Mars”. It must have been hard living a lie all these years that you weren’t a rockstar from Mars…?

He has goddesses. I can’t feel that bad for the guy….? And please, no hate mail (all four of you ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I do feel badly about the situation but hopefully he’ll clean up his act for the sake of his family. Ahhkay?

I digress and finally return to my point. While spinning this morning to delicious new Gaga tunes (i mean, who doesn’t want to put your paws up while spinning??) the fabulous Shaina (who teaches at most Equinox downtown locations, check her out!) said something that cracked me up and then made me really think.

She began by saying this was our time, and the rest of the day would be dedicated to work. I nodded and continued to sweathalftodeath spin.ย  Then, she started talking about how when you’re on an airplane, they tell you that in case of an emergency you should put your oxygen mask on before putting on the mask for someone else. I know. Right??? At this point, I thought Shaina was joining dear Charlie and looked over at Ashley for some reassurance. Luckily, Shaina had a very lucid and thought provoking point to make.

Spin class this morning was my oxygenย  mask. I needed to do it for myself before the rest of my day was dedicated to work/family/friends/everything else. The truth is, working out is my oxygen mask every day. The time I dedicate to working out can’t be taken away by anything else (as long as I leave my blackberry in my locker….)

So, gorgeous-es, a quickie, but something to get you thinking. What is your oxygen mask? Althought mine is predominantly exercise? Sometimes mine is a nice bottle glass of vino & maybe some Sinatra.ย  Just sayin….


XOXO

S

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Wedding Dresses that weren’t…

…and other wedding musings. Wedding planning is kind of like balancing on the thinnest tightrope you’ve ever seen in your life. A skillful balance of fiance, families (2 or more in many cases), friends and a myriad of other factors. Just when you think you have everything perfectly balanced, something gets thrown in the mix and you’re teetering on the edge. True story. Right now, i feel quite balanced. My checklist of “dones” includes:

Sooo there’s still that honeymoon to book…hopefully i’ll have some exciting news in the next two weeks on this one…in the meantime, don’t forget to keep those suggesitons comin…

But now some fun stuff. So I live in NYC. The mecca of wedding dresses. I was lucky enough to have the fashion world at my finger tips when I went wedding dress shopping. So without further adieu, I present:

SAY NO TO THAT DRESS (note: I love all of these dresses in their own way, they are all gorgeous and fabulous. i just didn’t choose them, they weren’t “MY” dress. so please don’t misinterpret my intentions)

Kleinfelds-

I walked in with a tude. The place was too big for me. I was worried I would end up accidentally featured in the background of the show. The only reason I went was a friend had a consultant she highly reccomended who was very ‘un-Kleinfelds’ and they have one of the largest selections in the city. I had a BAD ATTITUDE about Kfelds. Unfortunately, despite going into the back room and looking through the dresses myself (which they let everyone do, don’t let the show fool you ๐Ÿ˜‰ )ย  nothing here even came close to being what I was looking for. THAT SAID, my consultant, JJ was fantastic. I highly recommend her. And the selection is fabulous. You can’t beat their volume. Plus Joan was actuallyย  very lovely when we came in she thought I wasn’t getting the consultant i was promised and came to talk to me personally and apologize. Turned out JJ was there, Joan was just busy and harried ๐Ÿ™‚

(will add images, check back!)

Vera Wang-

Walking into her store, I thought I would find my dress here. No, I knew. I was positive based on the tons of images I had stalked seen on wedding blogs and in magazines that Vera’s dresses were my “style”. They were gorgeous….

Some were bigger

Some were plain(ish)

Some were almost the dress...

(I almost bought this dress, i went to see it three times)

Here is the dress feature on MY PHOTOGRAPHER’S BLOG! on one of his gorgeous brides.

http://anthonyvazquez.com/blog/

My photographer is one of the things I am MOST excited about in terms of my wedding! (obviously aside from MARRYING my ridiculously amazing fiance ๐Ÿ™‚ I am talking about vendors/fabulous aspects of the wedding that are unrelated to love, of course)

That dress was gorgeous, so beautiful on her, just not right for me. In the end I went with something slightly more classic. You’ll have to wait for September to find out ๐Ÿ˜‰ I suppose?

Despite how amazing and fantastic weddings and their planning can be, they can also be quiet a delicate dance which is not always rainbows and roses. Can I get an amen?? So tell me, love-ahss, do you have any wedding planning advice/stories/gripes etc? From your own personal experience or that of others? Help a sistahh out ๐Ÿ˜‰

XOXO

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