Many of you know of the saga of the wedding shoes.  You know of my obsession with Christian Louboutins and my determination to get a pair for May 15th (the big day).  You know how I was scouring eBay for months looking for a pair, constantly refreshing Neiman Marcus’s sale page to keep an eye on the ones on clearance, trolling the web for leaks on the next sample sale in NYC.  And most of you know how when I finally found a pair, they were fakes, there were tons of fradulent claims, I had to get a new credit card, fight with Mastercard and eBay and PayPal to get my money back … and how it left me broken-hearted and frustrated.

Out of that disappoinment came my concession that it just wasn’t going to happen.  I resigned myself to that fact and by now have moved on.  I know that someday in my life I will own a pair … just not now.

I decided to take the money I would be putting towards the Louboutins and put it towards a fantastic pair that I would find elsewhere.  I would walk into DSW and for once, not look at prices, but the shoes themselves.

Last weekend I went hunting with my MOH (and fabulous sister) Cordie in NY.  We hunted around Century21 on Long Island and found a stunning $250 pair of silver designer heels, just not in my size.  We scoured Luv My Shoes in Carle Place, we window shopped in Union Square.  But we came up empty.

Today I took the chance again at DSW in Stoughton, MA.  I gave myself plenty of time and went in with an open mind.  And determination to walk out of there with a pair of shoes.  I saw a few pairs I liked, went over to TJ Maxx to keep searching, realized I had made up my mind, and went back to DSW.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce that after months of searching,
I HAVE FOUND MY WEDDING SHOES.

Even better – I have found not one, but TWO pairs.

Yup, two pairs.  They are completely different – couldn’t be any more different, in fact – but both express ME.  And they’re both pairs I’ll wear again.  One pair is a little subtler, a little more vintage, match my dress and are nice enough to be wedding shoes without LOOKING LIKE wedding shoes.  The other pair, my “something blue,” are fun.  Different than regular bridal shoes, quirky, they stand out, and they scream “I’m here to have fun.”  Both speak to my personality and are examples of who I want to be as I take my first steps into marriage and into the next stage of my life with my honey.

Pictures are below (sorry for the low-res, they’re straight from my cell phone).  Thanks to the ladies of the bridal party for weighing in at the eleventh hour, too.

Some girls get two wedding dreses.  I get two pairs of wedding shoes.  And I couldn’t be happier about it.

My "something blues" on the left and vintage-style ones on the right

Caparros "Elope"

Mix No. 6 "M-Onyx"

Yesterday I added to my ongoing collection of CDs-to-replace-my-old-favorite-well-worn-cassettes.  I picked up a copy of TLC’s “Ooooh … on the TLC Tip” at Newbury Comics in downtown Boston.  This was an album that helped shape and form my early, early teens, and it kicked off my appreciation for female musicians with attitude & early 90s hip-hop.  Did you know that the album came out 18 (!) years ago?!  Man, does music change. 

 There’s been SO much coverage of 2009 reflections and looking back at the 00’s (or the naughts, or the decade of Y2K…).  And there’s been a lot of coverage of music and the music industry over the past few 10 years, which I love.  So I wanted to share some of the recent cool stories I’ve seen – enjoy!

If the 2000’s could sing:
“I don’t know where I’m goin’
Now that I am gone
I hope the wind that’s blowin’
Helps me carry on
Turn on your radio, baby
Listen to my song….
Turn on your record player
Listen to my song
Turn on your night light baby
Baby I’m gone…”

-Harry Nilsson, “Turn On Your Radio”

I can’t believe the 2000’s are almost over.  Remember the “panic” of Y2K?  Seems like ages ago … and eerily, it was!

New Year’s Eve 1999 was 10 years ago.  I was trying to think back to where I was then:

I was in the middle of my freshman year of college.  Didn’t know where I was headed after graduation, but I think at the time was gearing up for a career in radio (I was a Communications major).  We had a big group party at my friend Felix’s house on Long Island.

It was a blast.  We played a board game version of Family Feud and lots of rounds of Twister.  We met Sterling, thanks to Jen Ro.  Kate and Pakalika at one point donned a witch wig found in Felix’s house and sang to a song from Rocky Horror Picture Show.  At one point I climbed out the first floor guest room window and dashed out into the snow to dance around with my friends and demand piggybacks (I was in a funny stage).

I remember waking up on January 1, 2000 still in my black poufy Jessica McClintock prom skirt I was wearing the night before (after prom, I insisted on getting my money’s worth and wearing it to every New Year’s party for a couple of years).  I still had some tinsel and glitter in my hair, and someone had written “Hi Mem” on my arm (thanks Kate, I think it was you…).

And I remember thinking, now what?

I was in such a different place than I am now.  Ten years ago I wasn’t in a relationship, still called Long Island my hometown, and felt like I had thousands of years ahead of me until I became an adult.

Now fast forward ten years.  I won’t even begin to go into the many changes since New Year’s 1999, but I can tell you that had you told me ten years ago (heck, even five years ago!) that I’d be where I am now, I would’ve laughed at you. 

But I’m here.

And I love it.

2010 starts off with me loving my PR job in Boston and only five months shy of my wedding to the most amazing guy.  2010 kicks off the beginning of our life together, a whole new chapter in my life that will lead to even more wonderful chapters – our first house together, kids, etc …

When I look back at the 2000’s, I see a lot of happy times.  But I see a lot of sad times, too.  I see a lot of lonely times, and frustrating times.  I went through a lot of guy hell through the 2000’s.  And it’s finally time to close that chapter on my life for good.  I’ve found happiness, and I’m not looking back.

Billboard recently released the top one hit wonders of the past decade.  It made me start to think about what song I would use to sum up the 2000’s for me.  But I can’t.  There’s too many songs that might fit.

However, I feel like this song is a good indicator of where I am now.  See ya later, 2000’s – I’m ready for the next step. 🙂

I *love* this cover.

I love everything about her outfit – the top, the jeans, the shoes (naturally, since they’re Christian Louboutins).  I love her hair, I love how her eyes sparkle, I love how comfortable and casual and happy she looks.

Back to the shoes … I have developed a strange obsession with Christian Louboutins (or CLs, as they’re known in some fashion circles).  I decided a few months ago I was going to have a pair for my wedding in May.  I was intrigued by the magic, the mysticism, the height, how the styles were oh-so-cute and fun and funky.

After hunting around ebay, I realized I needed to find out my size.  So I went to Neiman Marcus to try a few pairs

LOVES!!!

 on.  I was with my Mom, we had just spent hours searching for her MOTB dress, and my friend Cristina was waiting to meet up with me.  Needless to say, I didn’t feel like I had much time.  And eyeing the price tags made me nervous – pretty deflated my dream, to be precise.  First, the sandals seemed a little small … and then I tried a pair of black Very Prive platform heels on. 

I totally got it.  I cannot explain the power, the magic, the beauty … even though the heels were 4 inches, they were super comfy and sturdy.  I felt strong and powerful and beautiful.  It was Superwoman condensed into one teeny tiny heel.

And I knew.  I had to have a pair.

And now I’m on the hunt.  It’s been tricky & time consuming & I’ve had tons of close calls … I’ve relegated myself to ebay.  Buying them full price is too much (and ridiculous, to be honest).  The fakes are still pricey, and even the sale price on sites like Net-a-Porter are still out of my range.  So to ebay I go.

“They will be mine.  Oh yes, they will be mine.”

What’s your current fashion obsession?

P.S. Bonus points for anyone who can name the two artists who belong to the two song titles in this post’s title. 🙂

P.S. S. My size in CLs is a 38 …

Random notes for the evening:

  • I got a fantastic email from Rachel Platten last night thanking me for a review of a show I saw her perform at in April with Lucy Woodward and Toby Lightman.  Awesome.  It reminded me how much I miss going to shows (at one point I was seeing 1 – 2 concerts a week!).  And how cool musicians who appreciate fans are.  Time to tap the new music again, soon.  And thank you Rachel and Toby for seeking me out. =)
  • Also, Rachel is playing tomorrow night around 9/9:30 at Cafe 939 on Boylston in Boston.  You should go.  Seriously.
  • Glee, I love ya.  But I feel like next week’s season finale (Wednesday at 9 p.m. on FOX) is going to leave us all hanging and leave me very, very mad because of it.  Also, please stop focusing on one storyline and then pretending it never happened for 6 weeks until you decide to focus on it again.  It’s breaking up the character consistency.
  • I wish we could leave Tiger Woods alone.  But we won’t.  We have a vicious cycle when it comes to the nature of celebrity.  It’s like that couple that crashed the White House party or Bubble Boy or even the Gosselins.  We don’t want to give them their 15 minutes but we can’t help it and so we talk about the time about how we hate talking about them and about how they’re all media ho’s … but then by talking about them, we’ve now granted them their wish.  D’oh.
  • Also sending love out to The Soup on E!, Bones on FOX, and Tabatha’s Salon Takeover. 
  • Have you seen the wedding blog yet?  http://markandmem.wordpress.com.  Just checking. 🙂
  • Is it just me, or is everyone having trouble with maintaining personal space lately?  On the train, multiple times at the gym, walking to South Station…
  • Grammy nominees announced tonight!
  • Also tonight: the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center.  I’ve already decorated the house for the holidays (and even received 2 Christmas cards!).  I’m really ready for the season this year.
  • While I love you, too, social networks, sometimes nothing fixes a bad mood better than a nice conversation with an old friend.

Holidays are almost here.  What’s on your wish list this year?

From the movie "Holiday Inn" - *love* that film!

Mark and I are currently featured on two Web sites!  Very exciting. =)  Check them out …

Photography By Media Concepts – Engagement Session Highlights
(PS – this is our wedding photographer)
http://photographybymediaconcepts.com/engagements/index.html

Bring to Light Candles
(a company that my Mom is involved with – very cool custom candles!)
http://www.bringtolightcandles.com/index.php

Off to Vegas for most of the week for work! 🙂

 

Mark and I have been busy, busy with work and friends but we’ve managed to get a lot accomplished for the wedding, too!  (Psst – have you seen our blog?  http://markandmem.wordpress.com – check it out!)

Here are just a few updates since my last one – as of today, we’ve got 6 and a half months to go:

  • We booked the JP this weekend!  Deb Hoch (www.aneverlastingmemory.com) is super cool and romantic and so easy to get along with.  She performed the ceremony at our friends Jo and Darrell’s wedding last May and they had nothing but great things to say about her.  So we met with her this weekend and booked the date.  She’ll be sending us potential vows and we can copy and paste them to fit our own preferences – I love the customizing option!   Also, she insisted on having music on when we met with her because she apparently always has music on.  I die! 🙂
  • The bridesmaids dresses are all set – the girls are going to look gorgeous!
  • Rumor has it that the shower(s), bachelorette party and bachelor party plans are already underway.
  • We booked the honeymoon!  We are going to the Sandals Resort at Grande Ocho Rios in Jamaica.  All inclusive.  We are super pumped!
  • The Save the Dates have been ordered and are en route to be delivered to us – so we’ll hopefully be sending them out soon.  They’re soooo cute – and we’ll most likely be ordering matching invites from the same company soon, too.  I’m finalizing the last addresses we need so we can send them out once they arrive.
Could these be my something blue?

Could these be my "something blue"?

So we’ve made a lot more progress – although I keep getting waylaid because I’m on the hunt for an affordable pair of Christian Louboutins for the big day.  Ebay has become my new homepage and I gotta tell you, it’s not easy.

I’m headed to Vegas next week for a few days to attend the AAPEX/SEMA conference on behalf of one of our clients – so it’ll be tough to start making any big plans until I get back and get all caught up.  I’m still struggling with a lot of the song choices (first dance, bridal party entrance to the reception, etc.).  But I’m probably just putting too much pressure on it and we’ll figure it out soon enough. 🙂

Keep you posted as things develop!

PS – Happy Halloween!  What’s your costume this year?  Check out one of my old posts for some fun Halloween facts.