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What happened to February and March?????

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I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, just short of a month to be specific.

Honey arrived as planned on March 5th.  I nervously waited for him to appear on the tv monitor in the arrivals lobby.  Once he showed up on that, it was mere seconds for him to walk through the door.  It seemed like I waited forever, and almost broke down in tears thinking he hadn’t made it through immigration but there he was…

Once he arrived we pretty much hit the ground running.  There is a LOT to do to prepare for the next step in getting him here permanently.

He arrived on Wednesday.  By the time Sunday was over, we had added him to the lease, opened a joint banking account, got a marriage license and bought a car.  That was an exhausting few days.

Monday it was back to work for me and time for Martin to try and settle into the Chaos.

During the next two weeks, we dropped some money at IKEA for new furniture, Honey assembled it all, and we made some more steps forward into getting him even more settled into the Chaos.

Now it was time to finalize the wedding plans and for Honey’s parents to arrive.  They’ve been here 3 days and are still dealing with a little jet lag, tons of rain (they thought they had left that behind!), and the American way of life.

I have the next few weeks off.  My side of the family arrives Thursday and Friday.  We get married on Saturday.


There, got it out of my system for now.  Everything is set, we just all need to show up now.  The wheels are in motion, we just have to go along for the ride.

Now for the boring stuff.

No makeup except for something on my lips.  I’ve come to the conclusion that my perspiration and tears are comprised of acid.  I’ve given up trying to find makeup that won’t run down my face – even though it says it is waterproof or “bulletproof”.  As far as I’m concerned, it does NOT exist!

I FINALLY found the size of sponge rollers I’ve been looking for so now my hair is done.  I tried hot rollers, curling iron, all sorts of hair products to keep it in place, etc etc etc.  Not one bit of that stuff worked.  I decided to go all old school and try the sponge curlers like my Mom used to curl my hair with when I was little.

BINGO!  Roll up all hair into sponge rollers except the front.  Sleep in them.  Take them out, run my fingers through my hair, pull it all up and back in a pony tail elastic.  TADA!  Hair is up and with the super curliness I got from the sponge curlers, I look like i have a high bun made out of curled ends.  NOT ONE BOBBY PIN NEEDED.  Just one lonesome hair elastic and lots of hairspray.

Dress and shoes still fit – barely.  Note to self: stop bloating for crying out loud.  Just. Stop.

Think that is all I’ve got for now.  Honey arrived safely, we’ve been busy, his family just arrived the other day, my family is coming in a few days.

Now if the weather could just make up its mind that would be good.  Thank you.

The Beginnings of a Really Good Panic…

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Latest update:
Honey received his Visa on Wednesday via the special courier he had to sign up for…sticky thing in his passport and an envelope marked DO NOT OPEN which contains all the paperwork he has to turn in when he lands on US soil…which is March 5th!!!!
Our wedding is set for one month after that…
Just call it perfect timing:
I went this past weekend to visit our #1 choice of wedding venue.  We were hoping that we would know whether Honey was approved or not by then – and we did!  Antonella and I met up in San Francisco for lunch then toured the venue.  I took photos, we got specifics and asked questions.  I sent the photos to Honey that night and we discussed  everything on Sunday – by Tuesday we had it booked.
That takes care of the ceremony/reception.
We have been busy:
Honey is now at his parents packing up and getting ready to come over.  Tying up lose ends and getting everything necessary that needs doing for such a big move.
Airline tickets and hotels are being worked out for the family traveling into town for the Big Day.
We’re trying to get our heads round everything else that needs to be done.  Choose invites, cake (and topper), flowers, etc etc.  Hoping we don’t miss anything in the process.
It is not easy planning a wedding when the bride and groom are thousands of miles apart.  Thanks to technology though we are getting it done.  And thank Heaven for all-inclusive venues too – that alleviates a lot of stress.  Not going to say anything just yet about what we are doing.  You’ll just have to wait.
Bridal Preparations
The push is on now to get hair and makeup good enough for such an important event.  
I’m still not comfortable with putting on and wearing makeup.  I must be honest though and confess I haven’t been doing as much practicing as I should.  That is about to change though as the clock is ticking!  Makeup is not supposed to make you look older – not unless that is the specific look you are going for…  Last time I checked, no one really puts on makeup to look older for their wedding.  It has been very discouraging to say the least.  I keep trying though and switching out this for that to see if it works better.
I have spent the last few weeks on youtube looking at hair styling videos and videos about hair accessories and veils.
I have decided on a ‘do for the wedding and have ditched any notions of having a birdcage veil and/or fascinator.  I don’t do well with hats/head coverings of any sort and I honestly look a bit ridiculous with something sticking out the side of my head – and the veil is just…awkward.
With the new ‘do though, I will have a nice hair accessory of some sort clipped on the back of my head.  I can handle that – yes indeedy.  What I need is confidence and comfort.  I get that with the hairdo I picked and the small but fabulous clip I will wear.
Now I just need to find that magical clip.  Or make it.  Lord knows I have enough supplies to open up my own bridal hair accessory shop.
Hmmmmm….there’s a thought!
OK, back to reality.  I went to Michael’s and stocked up on ribbon because I thought I would be making ribbon flowers to go in my hair.  Watched a shitload of youtube how-to videos about making said flowers.  Have now decided I don’t want anything so 3-D on my head.  With the ‘do I’ve chosen, the hair is the star – and one thing I do have is some good hair.  The search is on for the receipt as there are a few roles of ribbon that need to be returned.
Once the floral something was nixed, I decided to go with a nice flat clip similar in size to the one that was in the hair styling video.  I have searched high and low online and have not found anything that jumps out and says “BUY ME”.  They are either too big or too small or on a comb or waaaaaay too expensive.  Looks like I’m making my magical clip. And so began the Great youtube search for videos about clips.  Got sucked into beading videos from there and well…  Goodness knows what I’ll come up with but I’m going for understated but classy with a bit of sparkle.  It will not be a comb though.  Most everything on youtube shows accessories that have combs.  My hair is so thick it basically chews them up and spits them out.  It is OK with having clips in it though so now I have to devise something fabulous that can be put on a clip.  I think I have enough ideas, beads and wire to get this done.  If none of that works, a few crystals wired to bobby pins strategically placed in the ‘do will work quite nicely.
It’s always nice to have a backup plan.
In Conclusion:
From here on out I bore you with wedding stuff and blabber about how I’m trying to get myself together so I look like a bride instead of someone who hardly ever wears a dress, or does her hair up fancy or wears makeup.


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So I promised this past week that I would start practicing with the makeup this weekend.

Well, I did.  Let me tell you, if you want to make yourself feel like you have no coordination at all, start wearing makeup when you are 49.  I usually don’t have much coordination lately anyway, but this really pushed me over the edge.  I think this task is worse than me trying to use a blow dryer and a brush.
It didn’t help that I can’t see a thing without my reading glasses.  I was fine putting on the powder bits around my face but when it came time for my eyes.  Yikes.
I put a bit more stuff on one side of my face than the other, but I’ll get better with practice.  The eyeliner came out a bit too thick and I believe I got carried away with the under eye concealer/brightener stuff, but oh well.  The eye shadow didn’t look right either.
And that is EXACTLY why I’m doing all this now and why I specifically went to a counter and had someone do it for me and then show me how to do it.  I needed a LOT of help and I need all the time I can get in order to get this all down.
I could actually just have someone “do it for me” on the day of the ceremony, but that’s not what I want.  I don’t want to feel like I have theatrical makeup on… I’ve been to a LOT of weddings in my time and I didn’t like what I saw…I mean the brides were absolutely beautiful and flawless, but it all seemed a bit thick on them.  I don’t know, I just don’t want that for me.  What I do want is a natural look on the day, and still be able to use that on any other day before or after the wedding as well.  I’m not looking at this as a one time thing.  Once the hot flashes stop, I may be able to do a bit less, but this seems to be good for me at the moment.
While I had my hair pulled back during my practice session last night, I noticed that there needs to be some coloring going on here sooner rather than later.  I checked my calendar and have a reminder set on Wednesday night to do just that, but I might need to bump it up to Monday night.  I’ll call my stylist in the morning and see if she can fit me in after work…hahaha.
I promise that all my blog posts won’t be just about wedding prep stuff.  I have other things I want to write about too – I have some finished objects to post!  All this wedding prep stuff is letting me see a different way to be a woman though and to me that is very interesting.  Some of it I like, some of it I don’t, but will do it for the wedding, and it’s all just damn awkward because I’m not used to doing any of it.  Most of it I’ll keep in my arsenal of knowledge for when the time comes that I need to get all fancied up.

What is the “My Fair Lady” label all about anyway?

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It is quite simple.

I am getting married soon.
I am not going to get married in an Old Navy t-shirt and jeans with uneven skin and wild ‘n crazy hair.
Enter “My Fair Lady”.  You can follow along with me as I go from jeans and gym shoes to a fancy dress and heels.  All that is missing is a flower stand…
So…what have I been up to?
First we need to see what needs to be done for this major transformation: hair, makeup/skin, clothing, shoes, accessories.  What a coincidence that all this is what brides usually obsess about…  The only difference in this case is that I don’t usually give a rat’s patooty about any of it, so I am starting from scratch.
OK, now for what has been done.
Ummmmmmmmm…. I bought makeup and I look at it every day sitting on my dresser.  That is about how far I’ve gotten. I haven’t even broken the seals on any of the containers yet.  Sigh.  I will start practicing how to put it all on this weekend, I promise.  I have the makeup, I have the notes on how to apply it and what goes where first and so on…and most importantly I have my new friend at Bare Minerals on speed dial.  I just need to lock myself in the bathroom and go for it every weekend.  Putting makeup on before I leave for work just will NOT happen – I’m not going to get up any earlier than 6am – so nights and weekends are it.
All that is left for the makeup portion of the transformation is practice – and a good moisturizing lipstick.  I didn’t like the formula from Bare Minerals.  Anyone have any ideas?  When I have a hot flash, my lips go dry.  I mean DRY.  I’m not into shiny lip gloss or sparkly stuff, just a nice creamy, matte moisturizing lipstick.  I need something that won’t crack off my lips when all the moisture gets sucked out of them.
Now for skin.  My skin is in pretty darn good shape, thanks to some good genes handed down by Mom and protecting myself in the sun.  I’m not worried too much about wrinkles – lucky me, I hardly have any at all.  Again, THANKS MOM!  The only thing that bothers me is my uneven skin tone and large pores.  Combine that with the occasional red or purple splotches during a hot flash and well, there you go.  YIKES!  I have been using Boots No. 7 (I get mine at Target) intense face and eye serums and night cream ever since I went for my first visit to England to see Honey.  I had asked him to ask round to see what was the best skin care line for lines/wrinkles/aging and the answer was Boots brand.  I couldn’t afford any of it direct from there, but when they came out with a formulation for the States, by golly I jumped on it and have been using it off and on (mostly off to be honest) ever since Target first put it on the shelves.  I had tried other products in between, but they were too expensive once the trial sizes were gone to continue.  Boots No. 7 works just as well as the others and is very budget friendly – as long as you don’t buy EVERYTHING they have of course.
My beauty “regimen” for face – every morning and every night:
  1. Wet textured towel with very warm, but not hot water.  Hold on face a few seconds, wipe face and neck.  Rinse towel and repeat as many times as you need.  I usually “wash” twice, rinse the towel really well one last time and leave it on my face a bit.  The warmth feels sooooo good after a long day.  I have not used soap on my face for a very long time.  As a result, my skin is soft and I very rarely break out.  My face gets clean without the harsh soap or chemicals.  Imagine that.
  2. Apply eye serum, being careful to not pull the skin, it is especially delicate in the eye area.  I put a tiny bit of the serum on my ring fingers and gently dab it round my eyes until it is absorbed.
  3. Apply face serum using recommended amount in an upwards motion.  I heard once that putting on creams and lotions in an upward motion gives your skin a bit of a lift.  Does it work?  Don’t  know, but it feels good.  Also apply some to your neck and decollete, don’t forget to use the upward motion thing.  You get wrinkles there too (and everyone sees that every day just like your face), so why not?
  4. Apply small amount of the face cream all over face, neck and decollete.  Yes, I do actually use the “night cream” in the morning AND at night.  Nothing says you can’t.
Skin Care Bottom Line:
Very simple regimen and it only takes a few minutes.  My skin is smoothing out, I can see a bit of a difference in my pore size and my skin tone is beginning to change for the better too.  It is amazing what a little extra attention to yourself will do, isn’t it?
Back to makeup for a bit now.  I chose the Bare Minerals makeup because I like a ‘natural’ look and I didn’t want to cake layer upon layer of this that and the other thing onto my skin.  I do however want pretty, natural looking, even skin with a glow that is not PURPLE when I have a hot flash.  The mineral powders are light, my skin doesn’t feel clogged, and the coverage is amazing considering the VERY tiny amount of product you actually use.  Most importantly, the coverage is SO good, that I had a hot flash while I was there and the only reason you could actually notice is because my ears were BRIGHT red.  Going to have to do something about that for the wedding I think…
Makeup Bottom Line:
Don’t go buying willy nilly all over the place.  Doesn’t matter that you can return makeup you don’t like at CVS and so on.  Take the time to visit an actual makeup counter of a line you are interested in – or ALL of them if you want!  I found the experience relaxing, eye opening, and a good way to spend some time either with a friend or just yourself.  There was no pressure to buy at that moment either.  If you are older, make sure the young person (most of them are VERY young)  behind the counter understands your needs as someone who is most likely old enough to be their mother.  Skin needs and coverage change, sometimes daily for those of us experiencing “the change”.
Next up: Hair and Nails.