Super Excited…

March 27, 2010

… to go to my first wedding!  Ahhh!  I painted my nails in anticipation.  Dark purple in celebration of my colors… also because I am in a vampy kindof mood.  I can’t get on board with the dark lipstick craze so this is my substitute.

You may notice I suck at painting my nails.  Yeap that’s why I don’t do it very often, and when I do it’s usually nude shades where you can’t tell if I paint all over my finger.  My strategy is to wait until the paint on my skin falls off, leaving a perfectly manicured nail.  Granted, that process takes at least 2 days of constant bathing.  I had to speed it up today by scrubbing my cuticles in the shower.

I’m going to wear a black dress.  Partly because I’m boring like that, partly due to half my wardrobe being in a different state.  Instead, I will dress it up with a sky blue belt and my new super-awesome gigantor heels I wore to the Blues Reception.  And my favorite electric pink lippie I just blogged about.

The weather is beautiful today, 75 and sunny!  Oh I can’t wait.

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For Cindy

March 26, 2010

Two friends I’ve known for 7 years are getting married (to each other) this Saturday at the Dallas Arboretum!  I am really excited to see them on their special day, and to go to my first wedding.  No longer the lame duck wedding virgin am I!  This is a big step in wedding planning.  I haven’t been updating recently because not only 1) I got a job and I sleep like an old lady now, but 2) I haven’t been able to make a decision on venue… mostly because I am cutting my original budget.  I will post about that later.  It doesn’t help that H2B is far away and unable to go see places with me.  And there’s 3) I’ve been generally uninspired.  Perhaps because real life is catching up.

As my MoH has put it to me many times, lack of a venue/date is holding up her creativity and planning ;).  Yeah yeah, me too.

Anyway, so the beautiful bride commissioned me to make a painting of her parents as a gift to them for helping out with the wedding.  I was happy to oblige, and here it is in watercolor.  This is at their grandparents house in Taiwan with the Dallas skyline below.

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You may have noticed my absence from the blog lately.  It’s due to good (depending on how you look at it) news.  I got a job!  Yay for employment and embarking on a career that 20ish years of education has led me to.  Nay for being too tired to blog as much.

I want to show you my favorite vibrant pink lippie as of late.  It’s a tad too electric for the office, but can be sheered out beautifully for a bride.  Especially if you choose to go with a simple eye, this lip can be a statement of romance.  Actually, I am tempted to sport this to the office after I establish myself.  What is fashion and style without being a daredevil?

Here it is.

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The Blues Reception

March 17, 2010

I am home from a wonderful week with H2B and back to reality.  But not so fast, first I want to share some highlights from the week.  There were some lolights as well — mostly to do with waking up at 4.30am then listening to H2B snore at 9.30pm.  After a few days I got used to it and his schedule (as well as going back to central time) has made the time change super easy.

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Visa Black Card

March 15, 2010

I have no idea why I got an invitation to receive the exclusive  Visa Black Card.  Isn’t it limited to the likes of P. Diddy and dot com millionaires?  It must be a sign of the times, banks opening up their VIP membership to mere mortals (or in this case, unemployed lawyers) in the hopes of $495 more per year.  That’s how much it costs to be part of this club.  An annual membership fee exceeding most interest payments buys you a 24-hour concierge, an exclusive rewards program, and “Luxury Gifts from some of the world’s top brands.”  Inconspicuous enough?  Well, nothing beats the feeling of a little black card made with real carbon that only 1% of all US residents hold.  Perhaps we’re short of organic materials in this world.  Perhaps 99% of US residents have brains.

In any case, dear Visa Black Card Customer Experience Director, thank you for the pre-screened offer of credit and promise of elitism.  But I must graciously decline.  I much prefer not to add $495 onto the wedding tally of this year.  Unless of course, the 24-hour concierge is a wedding planner and the exclusive rewards program nets me a lovely reception for 150.  Luxury Gifts from my registry might seal the deal.  Only then, I’d be interested.  For 1 year.

Edit:  I have been informed that the mystical exclusive black card is actually the American Express Centurion Card (which is black and made of aluminum) where you have to charge $250,000/annulam.  The Visa one is a knock off and not nearly as cool.  To get the Centurion, you have to be a holder of the Platinum card, then pay a one time fee of $5,000 and have impeccable credit and assets to match.  Prior to 2006, this black card was by invitation only.  Now you can apply for one if you have a proven track record of spending $250,000 a year on your Platinum.

Perks include automatic upgrades on hotels and airplanes, free one night stays at certain resorts, and partial ownership of a private jet.  Read more here.

H2B and I took a trip down memory lane and revisited the place where we first met.  It’s been less than a year since we left this place, but it felt so weird to be back.  I remember walking to class and seeing couples getting married on the lawn and thinking who the heck would want to have their most special day in the nowhere that is Lexington, Virginia?  Now that those 3 years are behind me, I find myself waxing sentimental and wishing I could go back (for a very short time).  Afterall, it’s the only place where H2B and I share our memories equally.

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Not a Morning Person

March 8, 2010

I am here in Virginia, awake at 9am visiting H2B.  While 9am doesn’t sound so early to most people, let me tell you I’ve actually been awake since 4.19am Eastern time.  That’s about when H2B gets up to do his morning routine before PT (physical training).  He tells me to put on my eye mask and go back to sleep.  Easier said than done when he turns on the TV and brushes his teeth like an elephant.  If elephants brushed their teeth, it would sound like H2B this morning.

He returns at 7am-ish and showers like an elephant too (see below).  At that point I’ve been a zombie with an upside down eyemask on for about 3 hours.  We go eat breakfast at the hotel restaurant and I am surprised to be the only person in PJ’s.  Somehow all the other visiting girlfriends/fiancees/wives are looking alive.  They must not be marrying elephants.

H2B responds by laughing at me and pointing out the fact I didn’t do 150 pushups before the sun came up or run 2 miles in sub-30 F.  I’m pretty sure I am the one on “vacation” this week, not him.  Somebody has to earn the bacon around here.  I am just suffering collaterally (needlessly).