Love Is In The Air
Hey Dreamers! Love was seriously in the air this weekend! One of my good friends from fashion school got married in upstate New York and and my tio Jose (we call him Chelo) got married to his soulmate (Mary) in Colorado. As with most wedding weekends, there were lots of gatherings before the actual nuptials. And not to toot my own horn, but my family looked pretty darn fabulous so I figured I'd recap my favorite pictures and stories from this weekend and share them with you! Day 1: I woke up at the crack of dawn - literally. I was at the airport at 4:30am on Thursday to catch a 6am flight to Denver. Not cool, but I was so excited to see my family (check the pics - you can totally see the excitement in my face)! My dad (I call him Brucie, I'll likely refer to him as such going forward) picked me up at the airport and whisked me away to an amazing girly sanctuary known as Ella Bliss Beauty Bar. Within minutes of arriving I was handed a lovely bubbly cocktail (a mixture of pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine and champagne). Just so we're on the same page...if there's one thing that will make my day, everyday, it's good ole glass of champagne. So we'll consider today a win already even though my manicure was less than stellar and I was sitting on the plane in front of the world's most irritating child for 3.5 hours. Day 1 Part 2: After manis and pedis we drove over to Mary's mom's house for the pre-wedding dinner. First, let's talk about the house itself - it's a restored 1950s gem with so much of it's original charm (in the form of original wood cabinets and accordion doors) mixed with the most incredible modern elegance (a light up sign of a famous SNL quote and perfectly curated furniture and art that makes you feel like you're in one of those houses featured in Architectural Digest). [KGVID width="480"]http://www.dreamnationtv.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Video-2.mov[/KGVID] Food: The passed hors d'oeuvres were roasted red peppers stuffed with minced meat accompanied by hunks of creamy manchego cheese on the softest sliced baguette topped with a spicy crunchy something or other. In one word - DELICIOUS. In the spirit of Mary marrying our very Puerto Rican Jose, Sharon thought it best to serve paella for dinner (not a traditional Puerto Rican dish, but I see where she was going) with a sweet and savory watermelon salad; an oddly perfect pairing! We had sangria on tap (literally) and the most entertaining butler named Otho. He offered himself up as the official "ring BEARer" (for those of you a bit behind on your gay slang - that's the term for a large hairy gay man). The joke was not lost on us! For dessert, a lemon ice-cream with a homemade mint chocolate garnish; another oddly perfect pairing that enticed even my very lactose intolerant self to try a scoop. The combination was nothing short of magical. The lemon zest and mint chocolate literally danced on my tongue. Fashion: I've never been in one place with so many people wearing fantastic glasses. Again, not to toot my own horn, but I usually win in this category - every time. Well that day I was in the company of an older artsy crowd that gave me a run for my money (check the frames on Mary's mom, Sharon - the gorgeous perfectly choiffed curly white-haired hostess). I wore a black and white scribble printed wide leg, one shoulder jersey jumpsuit by Freshine (Haven't heard of them? Yea, me either. I can't even remember where I bought this bad boy.) with my red Jono glasses and signature red lipstick (a combination of Stila fiery and Chanel rouge allure). Check out my selfie in Sharon's seductively back-lit bedroom for full look. Day 2: Today we went shopping in Southlands (an outdoor mall, that intentionally or not serves as an amusement/ water park for children and grownups alike. I'm joking, but not really. There were lots of water spouts shooting out of the ground and adorable animal statues that doubled as kiddie slides. Food: Today, I had to fight for breakfast. I mean...not literally, but by the time we made our way down to the hotel lobby it was 10:28 and much to our surprise ordering breakfast from the menu was off the table in another 2 minutes. Like my friends at McDonald's, this hotel needed a reminder that 10:30 is not a normal time to stop serving my favorite meal of the day. Side note: I've come to find that I eat way more for breakfast while on vacation than I normally do. Thankfully, they agreed to serve us and all was well in the world. Fashion: I wore my favorite super-long (comes to my calves) white crinkle rayon gauze button down shirt from Anthropologie with my black and white gauzy puddle soft pants with a dolphin hem. I don't even have full length shot of my outfit from that day, so I guess it wasn't that fabulous, but it was really comfortably chic and perfect for a day of shopping and running around town. For visual effect, I've provided a picture of me in the shirt on a different occasion. Unfortunately, later that night I decided that riding a bike in that wildly long shirt would be a great idea. Turns out that the bike chain and tires loved the shirt just as much as me and ate that bad boy up - literally. In case you're wondering, my new titi Mary tried to save it by throwing it into the wash immediately, but not only does bike grease not come out, but holes don't magically repair themselves in the wash either. Shocker I know. Day 3: It's wedding day! I'll skip right to the fashion because my family was WINNING today. My mom wore a custom made wide leg chiffon jumpsuit that I sketched out for her with an incredibly beautiful and unique full- length lace capelette overlay that was hand crafted by our favorite tailor in Philadelphia. Honestly, my sketch didn't even pale in comparison to what the tailor created - she's genius. I'd tell you her name, but then we'd likely never see her again because she'd be even busier than she already is - so i'll just keep that card up my sleeve for now. All you need to know is that my mom looked like a rockstar! In the spirit of saving money, I wore a mint green BCBG silky hi lo hem dress with a draped ruffle detail at the neck line that I've had in my closet for awhile now. I've worn it twice before which isn't usually my thing when it comes to wearing an outfit to an event where I know i'll be photographed, but 1. I didn't have any pictures from the first time that I wore it AND 2. I wore it in a different state - so I figured it'd be ok. In my opinion, I truly out did myself with accessorizing so the dress looked completely new anyway. I added a striking, yet perfectly blended mint and gold statement bib necklace (also from BCBG) and a full finger ring (see the video of my less than stellar mani) with my favorite sparkly stilettos and rhinestone cuff from my pageant days. The cuff looked like it was part of the dress and made the look totally unique. Always the queen of lipstick, I thew on a combination of two shades of pink that I picked up at Target earlier that day and completed the look with a pair of my dad's gold aviators that I grabbed from the car before heading to the outdoor ceremony. The sunnies were initially just a smart choice, since I hardly ever wear contacts and my eyes were super sensitive to light, but they ended up giving my outfit an added pop factor. Check out the pics and let me know what you guys think. Side note: wedding rule #1 - always bring flats and please make sure those flats match your outfit. There's nothing worst than a beautiful outfit with flip flops or bare feet. Just saying. My personal winner for best dressed was my 9 year old godson,Joshy. Oh - Em -Gee if he didn't look like the most dapper young man in the whole world. Yes I'm biased - but look at the pictures for yourself and tell me what you think! He had on navy blue slacks, with a light blue button down shirt, red suspenders and red bow tie (peep the details in the tie in our video) with the most perfectly side swept hair I've ever seen on his handsome little head. To make things better, he danced like a champ and took over the photo booth like it was his personal photo-op so I have PLENTY of pictures. All in all the weekend was a celebration of an incredible love story and the union of a new family. I'm so exciting to welcome my new titi Mary to our very crazy and loving family. And I want to personally thank her for selecting quite possibly the best looking DJ in the state of Colorado who just so happened to be on the Bachelorette! Yup! That happened! His name is Tasos and he was super sweet - he even posed for a picture with my cousin Emily! I hope you guys enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed my weekend. Keep checking in for more stories and pictures from my journeys around town!