April 29, 2011

I Can't Help Myself

Hi, my name is Jessica and I'm addicted to anything related to the Royal Wedding.
I found a couple of pictures of the newlyweds at their evening reception I had to share.
 Another gorgeous McQueen gown.
 Looking good Wills. You too Charles!
Um, Camila, I know anybody standing next to Kate today will not look as good as her but that dress looks like a houserobe.
This isn't Royal Wedding related but it is wedding related and he is just so dreamy so I suggest you watch the video below.

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RWR: Royal Wedding Review

Here is my review of the Royal Wedding. If you follow me on twitter you probably saw all my #RoyalWedding tweets. I hope you aren't too sick of all the Royal Wedding coverage yet!

I am crazy! Crazy about the Royal Wedding that is! I was one of the crazies that woke up early to witness history. I had set my alarm for 1:00AM because I didn’t want to miss a moment. I woke up on my own around 12:30, I guess I was excited? I knew most of the major networks (ABC, NBC, E!) were starting their coverage at 1:00 so I didn’t know what to do for half an hour. I turned on CNN since I figured they would have something since they are a huge news channel and I was pleasantly surprised. When I thought about watching the RW I was trying to figure out what channel I would actually watch. I don’t have a DVR (Yes, I know I live in 1995) so I wouldn’t be able to record multiple channels. I figured I would just go back and forth between all of them. How was I suppose to pick between Barbara Walters/Diane Sawyer (ABC), Matt Lauer/Meredith Viera (NBC), Katie Couric (CBS), Clinton Kelly/Randy from Say Yes to the Dress (TLC), and Giuliana Rancic (E!)?

When I turned on CNN, I thought how could I forget one of my favorite silver foxes: Anderson Cooper? I immediately began watching since they were the only ones who were on at that time and knew I was going to be here for the long haul. CNN also had Piers Morgan who normally I can’t stand but today I found charming. Co-hosting was one of the best reality based competition tv show hosts in my eyes: Ms. Cat Deeley from So You Think You Can Dance. (Seriously she deserves an Emmy!) She looked gorgeous too. I couldn't find a picture of her in her dress but believe me it was pretty! I loved watching the three of them. They were really fun and I felt listening to Piers and Cat speak with their British accents added to the experience.

The arrivals began not too long after and I really couldn’t know any of the guests until these two showed up…
He looks so hot here! Posh doesn’t look so bad herself considering she is pregnant and wearing 7 inch Christian Louboutins made especially for her! Becks looked so happy to be there and he was chatting it up with everybody. I have a feeling they knew they were going to be one of the few people Americans knew so they wanted to put on a good face. Posh didn’t smile much but that’s just her being Posh.

Elton John and his other half, (David Gest?) arrived which made us all remember the last time he was in the Abbey- singing at Diana’s funeral. I enjoyed that he wore bright colors and kept his look Elton-y.
The only other person who I recognized before the bride’s and groom’s families arrived was … Chelsey Davy. I was quite disappointed with her look. I like the color of her outfit but it just didn’t look right on her. I also thought her hair looked pretty messy. Considering she is Harry’s rumored girlfriend again I thought she would have look a bit more polished.
Oh wait, I forgot another guest I knew. If you are not a swimmer and or a swimming fan then you probably don’t recognize him. Ian Thorpe is an Australian Olympic swimmer. His nickname is the Thorpedo, he won three individual gold Olympic medals (1 in 2000 in Sydney and 2 in 2004 in Athens) among others. Rumor has it he is making a run at the 2012 Olympics that just happen to be in London. Maybe William and Catherine will show up to root him on? Interesting but random/useless fact about him: on September 11th, he was on his way to the World Trade Center but forgot his camera so he went back to his hotel and ultimately missed the attacks. Ok well enough about the Thorpedo and back to the Royals.
Before I get to the good looking Royals, I have to comment on the hot mess that was Princess Beatrice.
That hat is beyond outrageous. Her eye makeup was not working for a DAY wedding. I felt as though that color washed her out a bit. Unfortunately it looks like her hair started to become undone. I did like Princess Eugenie’s whole ensemble though.

The first to leave were the boys! Honestly, how cute are they? They seem extremely close and genuinely happy. They were also looking VERY good in their respective uniforms.
Shortly after the boys, the Queen arrived at the Abbey. Doesn’t she look presh? What a sweet old grandma. 
Catherine was the last to leave with her father. Note to my parents: I want to arrive to my wedding in the same car. Please ask the queen if she is willing to let us borrow it for the occasion.
A little help from her little sister.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE her gown. Simply beautiful. She truly looked like a princess.
You can tell how much they love each other and how happy they were during the entire ceremony. There were so many cute glances exchanged between the two of them.
Coming out of the Abbey as man and wife, Prince and Princess, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Perfection.
On the balcony of Buckingham Palace waving to their loyal subjects.
The KISS! It was perfect! I absolutely love the expressions on the two little girls’ faces. They are complete opposite! Hahaha. They actually kissed twice which was major (I’m stealing that from Posh; she would say it all the time on her short lived show about moving to America, who remembers that? I digress). They are so in love as they should be.
After the balcony appearance there was a breakfast reception inside the palace hosted by the Queen and the swarm of people outside were told to leave since William and Catherine would not be coming out again but they did! I would have been mad if I left and missed them. They drove to Clarence House in a convertible with a sign that said “Just Wed.” How fun! They look so happy!
 Couple more thoughts...
Who else found it adorable that Harry rode in the carriage with the little kids? Also I think Pippa and Harry would make a great couple, am I the only one who thinks that?
What do you think they are thinking???
In the end it was a lovely day fit for a prince and princess!
I'm going to celebrate tonight by enjoying these: Royal Wedding Cupcakes! (Ok I may have eaten one while I was watching the actual arrivals but like waking up at 12:30AM to watch it was worth it. It was so yummy!)
I hope you enjoyed my Royal Wedding commentary. I hope you all have a great weekend!
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April 28, 2011

Thursday Thoughts

Thank you all for your input on what mousepad I should get. I think I'm going to get the second one from The Monogrammed Marketplace with a pink background and orange accents. I went to Michael's last night because I want to make a floral arrangement for my desk. I picked up these really cute pail type buckets and some flowers. I am still working on it because I need to get some wire cutters but I will post a picture when I'm done.

I heard on the radio this morning on my way to work that Maroon 5, Train, and Matt Nathanson are coming to a local ampitheater, the Concord Pavilion, on September 15th! I'm excited for several reasons. First, I love all of these artists; I wanted to see Maroon 5 and Train last year but I didn't, so I am not missing out this year. Second, when I say local ampitheater I mean local. It is about 10 miles from my house, it's where I had my high school graduation, and it's a nice venue. Usually the ampitheater of choice in the Bay Area for musicians is not this one. They go to Shoreline which is about 60 miles from my house. Shoreline was built by a famous concert promoter, Bill Graham, in the 1980s and I have heard both Brooks & Dunn and Rascal Flatts comment on how cool it is to be playing in the venue Bill Graham built. You can understand why musicians would prefer Shoreline over the Pavilion. The last reason I am excited is because on the next day is the Rascal Flatts concert. They're going to Shoreline but I love when I go to back to back concerts.

Have you heard of Barberry & Lace on etsy? It is one of my favorite etsy shops and I bought a couple of things from there the other day. Leigh has the cutest stuff! Here are some of my current favs!
 I have the anchor necklace and I wear it all the time! I just bought the rose earrings.
Barberry & Lace gave me the opportunity to share a 20% off referral coupon. So if you need to get a mother's day gift or graduation presents I highly recommend buying something from Barberry & Lace.

If you want to use this amazing discount, start shopping use this link and use the discount code that's displayed when making their purchase. So Leigh can tell who referred you, please put my e-mail address (jessicasruiz@aol.com) into the 'Note to seller' field when you make your purchase.

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April 26, 2011

I Need Your Opinion

So I have been at my job for 4 weeks now and I am still trying to decorate my desk. I have narrowed down the color palette to pink & orange.

I need your opinion on a mousepad. I like them both but can't decide and I would love your opinions!

I could do this one with either a pink or orange background and then the ribbon in the opposite color.

Let me know which one you would choose.
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April 25, 2011

Easter Goodies!

Saturday my sister and I took a cupcake decorating class at JoAnn's. It was actually a lot of fun because our instructor was a little all over the place and there was this older lady who was super funny. The cupcakes were Spring themed and I wanted to share some pictures.
 All my decorated cupcakes
 Basket full of "eggs"
 Pink & Green hat
 Butterfly in the grass
 Bird's Nest with "eggs"
 A Chick with its eggs
 Cupcake stand with all the decorated cupcakes

We also colored some eggs but I was not very good at it as you will see my cross coloring. Here are a few of my colored eggs:
Pink & Green!
 I unintentionally colored this the Miami Dolphins team colors
 True meaning of Easter
(please note it does say "risen" the n is just to the side)
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I Thought Awards Season Was Over...

But it's not because bloggers never stop giving awards! I have been awarded a few over the past weeks and I wanted to acknowledge those thoughtful bloggers!
I received this one from the adorable Sarah @ Guess How Much I Love You
I received the next one from the sweet Stevie @ Jewels for Hope
The precious Kelly-Marie @ Carolina Belle awarded me this one
The marvelous Lindsey @ Keep It Classy, Alabama awarded me the
The imaginative Michelle @ a little bit of this & that awarded me the

First, thank you lovelies for the awards. It makes me so happy to know that somebody besides myself likes my blog!

Second, if you haven't checked these blogs out yet then go immediately! They are all fabulous bloggers!

Instead of writing five/seven facts for each award (as you are suppose to do) I am just going to write five facts total. I am such a rebel!

1. I love American History. Ever since the 5th grade it has been my favorite subject. I guess when you have a great teacher like I did it influences you for life. Specifically I love the Revolutionary War/Founding Fathers Era (1760s- 1780s).
2. I love puns/play on words! I tend to make a lot of chessy jokes so naturally I would love puns. Usually I will say "pun intended" because I mean to say them.
3. If there is something on the menu with avocado/guauamole, I will most likely be ordering it when at a restaurant.
4. I would love to (and plan on someday) taking a cross country road trip. I love America and think this country is amazing. I would totally stop at all the crazy cheesy tourtist traps along the way (Here I come biggest ball of twine!). This country is so big and diverse, I am positive it would be a great experience.
5. Five years ago I thought I would be in a very different place in my life than I am at now. I thought I would have completed a different path upon graduating from grad school. The journey I have taken to get to where I am today was difficult at times and I would have changed a couple of things but for the most part I am thankful that I am where I am. I have grown from my experiences and have learned a lot about myself and the "real world".

Also, I am just going to pass each award along to one blogger. Again I am not playing by the rules of the awards and usually I am such a rules girl. ("Live by the rules, die by the rules"- The Skulls). I hope the blogging police don't come to get me. I know there are so many amazing blogs out there and some of the blogs I award may have already recevied the award but I just wanted my readers to check out these blogs if you haven't already. I'm sure you will love them as much as I do.
I'm awarding:
Christine @ bun&borough the One Lovely Blog Award
Heather @ Life with Heather the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award
Lauren @ A Modern Day Wife's Journey the Kreativ Blogger Award
Jesslyn Amber @ Jesslyn Amber: the Life of a College Girl the Versatile Blogger Award
Katy Mary @ heart & sole the Stylish Blogger Award.

Thank you for reading and Happy Monday!
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