Saturday, May 30, 2015

New at ModCloth

This past week ModCloth introduced a few new dresses that would be beautiful wedding dresses that range in style and price ($55-$370). Here are the four that I chose to feature and the appropriate links to go with them.

Smitten With You Dress in Ivory
The "Smitten With You" dress is a very simple design that can easily be paired with flats or sandals for a casual look or you can add a statement necklace and heels with a shawl or cover for a little more dressy look. With the beautiful crochet overlay you can wear it for your nuptials, and then wear it out for other occasions.

Price: $55
Wisp Reminds Me Dress
"Wisp Reminds Me" is a great choice for a festival or camp wedding. The lightweight garment makes it ideal for summer, and you can pair it with a pair of strappy sandals and a floral crown, or go bare foot and fancy-free. If you're an outdoor, simplistic person, this dress could be for you.

Price: $60
Far Out Flair Dress
If the 70's are your fashion dream, this dress is for you. "Far Out Flair" is a fabulous lace dress with flowing bell sleeves and a shorter hemline. Similar to the "Wisp" dress, you could wear this for a festival or camp wedding, or go down to the chapel and get yourself hitched by Elvis.

Price: $60
Ballroom Royalty Dress
If you are looking for a more traditional a-line or ballgown dress, "Ballroom Royalty" is for you. This dress has a layered tulle skirt and a pintucks on a natural waist bodice with a sweetheart neckline, and also comes with removable spaghetti straps. This dress is sure to look elegant on your wedding day.

Price: $370

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Katie's Top Ten Geeky Love Songs

There has been many a day when I’ve scrolled through my iTunes library and thought “oh, that’d be a fun song to play at my wedding!” or “If my future spouse doesn’t consent to this being played at our wedding, it’s over.” 

Music is a key part to our lives and a key part to our identities. Finding the right music to play at your wedding is CRUCIAL because it highlights who you are, who your spouse is, and how to the two of you interact together. But what if you want more than just pop songs? What if you could have songs that reflect your innermost feelings, including the geeky and awkward ones? Look no further! This list will start you on your journey through the wonderful world of geek music!

  1. Love You Like A Burrito by The Doubleclicks:
Audrey and Angela Webber have written what may possibly be considered the sweetest love ballad about vaguely Spanish foodstuffs. Coined by Audrey as a love song she wrote for her boyfriend “while she was hungry”, the Doubleclicks remind us that love should be just as enjoyable as our favorite space age food pods from Chipotle. These lovely ladies are super inspiring to me and are just absolute sweethearts in person. Check out their website HERE and some of their other music at Best Buy.

  1. I’m Your Moon by Jonathan Coulton:
 Computer programmer-turned musician Jonathan Coulton has written quite a few love songs (and heartbreak songs) with a geeky twist. This one touches my heart specifically because I’m an astronomy geek and a very insecure lady. After getting laid off (from an astronomy related job, no less) this song reminded me that I’m still a good person even though I don’t have “pretty rings.” I had always pictured this song being played at my wedding and now I am sure of it. Thanks JoCo! Check out his website HERE and you can get his CD's at Best Buy. I'm Your Moon is available on Thing A Week Four and JoCo Looks Back.

  1. Honeydukes by Kirstyn Hippe (performed by Mary Kate Wiles and Joey Richter):
The Wrock song was written for the short film “I Ship It”, which in the context of the film, gives it an “Anna/Hans – Love Is An Open Door” kind of vibe. Out of context, however, the song is so sweet, you’ll need to visit the dentist because of all the cavities it gave you. Both Wiles and Richter’s performances are fantastic and you’ll be humming the song to yourself as you take of sip of your butterbeer. The full film, directed by Yulin Kuang, can be found HERE.

  1. Under Your Spell from “Once More With Feeling”, Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
This may be from an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but it isn’t just for Whedonites. Pulled from the musical episode “Once More With Feeling”, Joss Whedon and co. created an exquisite ballad for Tara (Amber Benson) to sing to her lover and everyone’s favorite witch, Willow (Alyson Hannigan). It’s beautifully sung, wonderfully orchestrated, and elevates the characters in a way that makes the endgame much more painful. You can still watch all episodes of Buffy, including this one, on Netflix, and here is some info on the stage adaptation of the episode. 

  1. Geeks in Love by Lemon Demon:
Neil Cicierega (best known for his work with his sister Emmy on the Potter Puppet Pals) releases music under the name “Lemon Demon.” This song, shown to me by a good friend of mine, is a very cute song about how great it is to be “geeks in love” and how the haters are just jealous. It holds the same absurdist aesthetic that his other work holds, but this one just oozes sweetness.  Check out his website HERE

  1. Nerdy Girls Need Love Too by Amy Lee Radigan:
When I found myself in times of trouble, Amy Lee Radigan came to me, singing words of wisdom “If I was a time lord, both my hearts would be for you!” Though this song is written from the perspective of someone *looking* for their nerdy lover as opposed to one who is about to commit to be with theirs for the end of time, this song still perfectly captures the insecurity and sincerity felt by all nerdy ladies looking for their equivalents. You can find her HERE on Facebook.

  1. Fret by Marian Call:
Marian Call’s voice is a gift to geekdom and we should all be very grateful. When she’s not writing songs about Firefly, she’s singing gorgeous little tunes like this one about life and love. Much like “Nerdy Girls Need Love Too”, this is from the perspective of someone who doesn’t know if the one they love loves them back. Even so, this song perfectly captures that joy and fear in taking the next step. Look HERE for more Marian Call or check out her CD's at Best Buy.

  1. Freeze Ray from Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog:
In this song, Billy/Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris) professes his love for Penny (Felicia Day), but is too shy to tell her. Oh, and he’s a supervillain in training. In this twist on superhero tropes, Joss Whedon humanizes our supervillain and gives him the same problems we deal with on a daily basis: trying to figure out how to talk to that cute person we like. In the end, we all wish we had a freeze ray. Check out the movie HERE or at Target and Best Buy.

  1. Earth Angel by The Penguins (performed by Marvin Berry and the Starlighters):
One of the most memorable moments in American cinema was when George McFly kisses Lorraine Baines at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance, thus ensuring that Marty and his siblings will continue to exist in 1985. Back to the Future is one of my favorite movies and this cover of Earth Angel is iconic. My favorite part is when the music swells towards the end when the kiss occurs in the film. It truly is a magical piece of music. HERE is where you can look to find more info on the movies. The soundtrack is available at Best Buy.

  1. Never Knew Love by They Might Be Giants:
Off of Join Us, TMBG continues with their alternative and unique songwriting style that brought them national renown back in the 80’s and 90’s. I am not as familiar with the TMBG discography as I should be, but this song is a joy to listen to and fun to dance to (as countless nights alone in my dorm can attest to). Check out more from them HERE and you can purchase their music from Target and Best Buy.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, and like all lists is entirely subjective, but I hope it provided, if not some possible wedding song picks, then at least some new artists to check out.
What geek songs do you enjoy? Post them in the comments!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday Shoes - Tasty Toes

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This is what happens when you ask the mom of a friend what you should do your shoe post on. Might I add that I think these shoes are fabulous and I NEED those Watermelon Booties?
I hope you enjoy, and don't forget to tell me what you want to see more of! We have some pretty exciting additions coming up, and I would love to do more of what you want.

Fruit Salad Sandals
Grapes Mary jane Shoe

Banana Heels
Watermelon Booties

Food Lover Painted Shoes
Katy Perry aqua fast food kimono print

Cherry Season Wedges
With a Flair-y on Top Flat

Flying Burger People Eater Flat
Flying Burger People Eater Heel

A Pizza the Action Flatform

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

2-in-1 Dresses

Tara Keely Style TK2210

Something that has been gaining popularity for the past couple years is brides having two (or sometimes more) dresses for their weddings. Usually this translates into having a larger or more formal gown for the ceremony and more fun/short/casual dress for the reception. BHLDN has embraced the trend by essentially allowing customers to design gowns by offering separate skirts, corsets, camisoles, and toppers  so that brides can mix and match pieces to create looks that are uniquely them.

Quite a few convertible dresses are higher in price than a single look wedding dress

Tara Keely - About $2,000
Angelina Faccenda - $1,898

Alfred Angelo - $1,000
David's Bridal - $1,450

Bari Jay - $168
Bari Jay - $154

The last two dresses are a very reasonable price, but that is because they do not have a train and they are bridesmaid dresses that come in ivory and "vanilla".

One of the easiest ways to get the 2-in-1 dress of your dreams is to go out and purchase a dress that you would love to wear for your reception (something short, slim, simple, etc.) and check out the many, many, shops on Etsy that sell the type of skirt you are looking for (taffeta, satin, tulle, etc.), Watters has some skirts, and also BHLDN.

You can expand your search depending on your budget to also include other stores that may include a skirt that matches your taste and financial restrictions (Like this skirt from Amazon).

Here are some skirts (all under $200) that you could use to change the look of your dress:

Tulle Skirt - $200
Tulle Ball Gown Skirt - $199

Sheer Layers Maxi Skirt - $188
lycra skirt with stitches - $175

Calvin Klein Women's Pintuck Maxi Skirt - $129
Floor length tulle skirt - $120+

tulle maxi skirt - $113
white tulle skirt - $70+

Plus Size French Skirt - $68
Wedding satin maxi skirt - $60

Ariat Women's Canella Skirt - $30
NuoReel Women's Maxi Skirt Set - $26

NY Collection Women's Maxi Lace Skirt - $25
Double Layer Chiffon Maxi Skirt - $17

Do you plan on wearing 2 dresses for your wedding? Would you ever consider purchasing a 2-in-1 dress or adding a skirt to make it more formal? Let me know in the comments!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday Shoes - Captain America; Stars and Stripes

Next Monday (5/25) is Memorial Day in the US. Now to many people use this as a holiday weekend or an extra day off without thinking about what it really means. Memorial day is about remembering those who were lost to us during the wars (deceased, POW, or MIA) and honoring those who came back to us. My favorite (fictional) veteran is Captain America. He fought with a strong and courageous heart and wanted to stop his enemies to stop all of the unnecessary death and destruction.

Please consider educating yourself and others on our nations veterans this year. Visit a veteran's home or hospital, a memorial site, or attend a service at your local veteran's cemetery. Make a donation to a VFW or American Legion and wear a Buddy Poppy. Remember them.

Captain America Wedge Heels
Captain America High Heels

Gold Platform Captain America
Captain America sparkly glitter heels

Captain America high heels
Captain America Rhinestone Heels

Captain America COMIC BOOK HEELS
Captain America Comic Heels

2 Pair Marvel Comic Book Shoes

Marvel Comic Book-Women's Flats
Captain America glitter sparkly

Captain America Toms
Captain America themed toms

Captain America Comic Book Flat

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