A few days before my guy proposed, a dear, dear friend and mentor passed away unexpectedly. As she was not yet fifty years old, the thought of losing her had never even crossed my mind. Just two days before her passing we’d shared late-night laughter among a small circle of friends over greasy diner food. Now suddenly she was gone.
Her widower’s first words when I called to tell him the news of my engagement were, “Rosemary would be ready to go shop for her dress this instant.” The thought made me smile.
When I asked David—or perhaps he asked me?—to handle the decorations for my big day, he came up with the theme of 1950’s Hollywood Glamour. Mind you, I had only given him the bridesmaids’ leopard print clutches to work with. And he knew they would wear black. I had no idea what I wanted, but the man is a decorating genius.
A few weeks before the wedding David told me he had a few extra touches to offer. He handed me a box. Inside lay a beautiful mink stole—one of Rosemary’s prized possessions. “It’s December. You’ll need something to stay warm.” Along with the mink, he included the very clutch she had carried in their own wedding.
With Rosemary’s passing so fresh in all our minds, having these treasures in my possession made me tremble. What if I damaged one of them? But I knew how important this was to David, as well as to me. And who wouldn’t want to look so classy on her wedding day?
In my eyes, my wedding was perfect—much more beautiful than I had ever imagined it could be. The mink stole was the crowning touch on all the satin, flowers, lights, candles, and music. I could hardly bear to take it off when we were indoors.
The last time I wore that stole was my wedding day, almost four years ago. When David told me to keep it, I couldn’t even think of what to say. Now I owned a mink stole. And yet I’ve never again worn it.
Then yesterday my friend Deb showed several of us two minks she had inherited. “I’ll wear this one to the grocery store,” she said as she spun around in a black calf-length coat.
My eyes almost popped out of my head. “The grocery store?”
Why not enjoy what you have? was her response.
Why not? I wondered.
I’d already had a similar discussion earlier in the week with Tricia about some of the fine laces she makes. I’m almost afraid to touch the one she gave me as a gift. But she gave it to me to enjoy.
The same is true of this pillow from Grace. Little Butt brings it to me when he’s building a pillow fort (he’s been well-instructed that it is Mommy’s special pillow), and I’m sure those fingers are grimy. But I enjoy seeing this beautiful work of art in my living room.
Why not do the same with my mink? When Deb saw a picture from my wedding, she assured me I could wear it with dress jeans.
Off to Pinterest I went. Try it. Search “mink stole” or, better yet, “mink stole with jeans.” Look at all the ways one can wear them. Yes, many of them are pictured with gowns, but check out the ones with jeans and even leggings and heels, or fun and flirty party dresses. I can do that!
It’ll take a little bit of courage, but this fall and winter I’m going to do my best to enjoy one of the last gifts Rosemary ever gave me. It’ll add glamour to my life and warm memories in my heart.
Wedding photography by http://www.rebekahjmurray.com/
I began using Exposed back in June and fully plan to write a review on this product, but for now—Exposed beats Proactiv hands down. As an adult acne sufferer, this has been life changing. No dry skin, the clearest face I’ve had in years, and an easy program to follow.
Please note, I am not a medical professional. Check with your doctor before trying any home remedies. That said, when it comes to morning sickness (such a dumb name—it should be all day sickness), taking Colloidal Silver has made this first trimester bearable. I take one teaspoon three times a day, on as empty a stomach as I can manage, and it keeps the nausea at a minimum. In fact, some days I almost forget I’m pregnant. That sounds heartless, but it’s difficult to function when continually feeling sick.
No judgment please, but I have a difficult time spending money on clothes. The most I’ve ever paid for jeans is probably $30. Yes, I know—it’s pathetic. But after reading tons of reviews, I decided to splurge and get a couple pairs at GAP Maternity. The price is totally worth it when you weigh in how much prettier I feel in them. And—wonder of wonders—they stay up!
Call me crazy, but I never want to have the same phone case as anyone else. And now I don’t! Even if someone chooses the same design as me, mine has my name on it. And it’s withstood the abuse of my klutziness and my toddler’s grimy fingers, so I’m quite pleased. ***Note: You can use this code to receive $10 off your first purchase. If you use my discount code, you will receive $10 off your next order and so will I! You need to click on the link above and create your account through the link in order to receive the $10 discount. The discount code will be sent to your email within a few hours of signing up.***
Back in August I hosted a Jamberry nail party on Facebook. Since I hadn’t used Jamberry since 2012 (and then only once while getting ready to be in wedding while dealing with a 7-week old baby), I was curious to see how their design/formula had changed and to discover if they were really all that.
Applying the wraps does take a little bit of practice. My party netted me roughly six month worth of wraps, so I figure this will give me until Christmas to become a pro without investing much money.
Since I am not yet a pro, let me use pictures to tell you about my experience. And since there are many articles and videos addressing the application of the wraps, I’ll let you get those details from women more skilled than myself.
First of all, one thing I love about Jamberry is that I can stop mid-manicure to do whatever needs to be done. In my case during the first application, this meant changing a diaper after completing four nails.
I kept my wraps on for 12 days, and during that time I only wore gloves when washing a big pile of dishes. When it was just one or two items, or when I was scrubbing my kitchen counters, I did those chores bare handed. The only wear I noticed was at the tips of the nails–quite understandable in my opinion. I could have left the wraps on a few more days, but I was ready for a change.
To remove the wraps, I used warm coconut oil. After soaking one hand for a few minutes, I worked from the base of the nail toward the tip, rolling the wrap off. If a wrap stuck, I returned the finger to the oil for a few more moments. Not only was this a quick and easy removal method (especially in contrast to removing gel polish), but my nails looked amazing once they were fully naked.
One thing I don’t recommend doing is applying your wraps in a hurry. For some crazy reason, I thought 45 minutes before heading out the door for church gave me plenty of time for a manicure–and that was before doing my hair. In my haste, I didn’t do the best job, but they still held up for a week and a half.
I also have found that Jamberry wraps are excellent for both hiding and holding in place a damaged nail. If you look closely in the photo to the left, you can see the diagonal ridge through my pointer finger. Wrap free, the nail looked like the photo below…until I took matters into my own hands and cut the top layer off. Obviously I took and captioned this photo before that fateful event.
If you’ve used Jamberry, I’d love to hear your experience. And if you have’t but would like to give the wraps a try, my friend Sarah is an excellent and most helpful rep. You can view her website here.
Yup, that’s right. Baby number two is cooking. There really is something to the whole throwing-in-the-towel-only-to-see-God-take-over concept.
While I fully intended to provide an informative review of Jamberry Nail Wraps this week, semi-continual nausea and migraines are kicking my butt and laying me on the couch. So I am literally laying on the couch, typing this on my phone while my man entertains the Little Butt outside. The silence is unimaginably sweet.
I have found some slight improvement in the last few days with tips from this blog post addressing morning sickness. Then yesterday my baby sis mentioned using peppermint essential oil to treat headaches. Excedrin it is not, but sometimes ya gotta go with safe and creative.
If you know a friend who is suffering from morning sickness, please direct her to the above post. I think her remedies are helping.