Archive for May, 2008

Confession: I am a registry stalker.

A few weeks ago we finally took the plunge and registered.  Though I have harbored fantasies of going into Crate & Barrel and Macy’s armed with their scanning guns, practicality ruled the day and we decided to at least start our registries online–I’m convincing myself that a.) it’s the greener option, and b.) perhaps holding said gun would bring back too many memories of shooting tags and checking stock when I toiled away at OfficeMax many moons ago.

Of course, one of the best benefits of having an online registry is that you’re able to critically assess your needs versus what you have immediately at your disposal, and if you have wireless Internet like we do, you can do so in the specific room in question.  For example:  we knew we wanted some new pans, but instead of just picking them out randomly, we compared what we have to what was out there for us, and signed up for grill pans and sauciers instead of basic 3 qt saucepans (because we already have them thanks to my momma gifting me with a really nice collection of pans when I moved to CT).

And I swear, I was only checking the registry this morning because the reluctant groom was annoyed by a wedding-related spam that entered into his mailbox, and I wanted to ensure that our email wasn’t being sent out to random 3rd-party groups when…

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Confession: it’s far too easy for me to get into a makeup rut.

The reluctant groom and I go out with some regularity, but usually it’s to the bar around the corner and that seldom necessitates busting out the “going out” makeup routine that every girl has–for me, it’s eyeliner, then smudged with a taupe cream base (love NARS’s The Multiple), then dark brown eyeshadow, and often finished with a light dusting of white shadow on top for some shimmer and mascara.  It’s a routine I picked up years ago after attending a free session at my local Clinique counter–I was on my way to college, and even my mom saw the value in me knowing how to properly apply more sophisticated makeup.  I’ve always really liked it–it’s a softer version of a smoky eye, and doesn’t go too over the top.

(Image from Sephora)

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Confession: when it comes to cocktails, this reluctant bride is a purist.

One of the more interesting trends out there in wedding planning is serving a “signature cocktail” at the reception.  Usually this seems to be a fruity concoction that reflects something about the event–the color scheme, the theme, or even where they may be going on a honeymoon.  While I applaud the notion of adding this extra flourish, I must admit that I cannot stand most modern mixed drinks.  Anything mixed with vodka and dumped into a martini glass is automatically dubbed a “martini,” and utilize so much syrup and sugar that you’re guaranteed to wake up with a bad headache the next morning (all that high-fructose corn syrup is very dehydrating). 

Having befriended a bartender (well, now he’s the beverage manager at The Prime Rib in downtown Philadelphia) in college who was obsessedwith old cocktails (he would make his own absinthe and it tasted…interesting), I developed a taste for Manhattans much faster than I did for Appletinis, but all too often today’s bartenders are much more familiar with the latter than the former.

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