Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas


Might be my last American Christmas for a while. Next year I'll be wearing crowns and doing those popper things.
I will always eat chinese food Christmas eve. It has been our tradition for years and years and years. Not very American though is it? Well, the steaks we are having tonight are.

Valley Vintage










There are so many things in my Mom's shop that I want. I took plenty of pictures so I'll be posting lots more.
She uses paypal so let me know if you want any of these as much as I do and they will be yours.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Remember me? (catch up)

Lots and lots to blog about but I've not really been in the blogging mood lately. To sum it all up: I went to Washington for a week and surprised my half brother and sisters (5). I drooled over my Mom's shop for days, ate lots of Jelly Bellies, visited with my Grandma, watched old home videos, froze my butt off, took the girls to get hair makeovers, froze some more, saw my brother, found THE DRESS...bought THE DRESS on the last day at the last hour (Anne Barge) and flew back to Florida. Brother is back here and is staying for a week. Ugh I just want to say - I hate flying. I am so uncomfortable. I'm cold, hungry and paying way too much to check a bag, seriously. I get to do it all over again in a few weeks. England in 22 days.

I'll post a few pictures of the house and trip but I think I'm going to have to post the gazillion pictures of her shop next time. Soooo much to see. I'm starting her up on etsy, foreal.










Mhm. Yes, you did just see all of those things. And that's just the house.

Christmas soon...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I'm not breaking up with you, not yet! I'm just in SEATTLE!xx

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Katie vs. Cold

I went shopping the last couple of days to get winter clothes for England. My pre-wardrobe sort of consists of a few light jackets, wife beaters, grey t-shirts, black t-shirts and flip flops. Seriously though.  Since I'll be flying back there in the winter time and there's pretty much no chance of it getting warmer at all, no matter how many times I wish for it. I had to get some things. I'm pretty picky because I have to get something I can (and will) wear/wash one million times.

So far I have a short-ish super warm jacket, a sweatery peacoat, two scarves, one little saggy hat, FOUR pairs of flats, one pair of boots, a must have red plaid shirt, one maroon sweater (I know...), two cardiganish tops and a new blazer just because of the discount I had.

I'm not blogging about this to brag about my new things (I kind of am because I haven't shopped in forever). I'm blogging about it because the best part is that I got all of that for $265.

AHH!

So anyway - great deals. But another good thing is that my passport came back on thursday with my shiney new UK fiance visa sticker thingie inside of it.  Good things are happening! Also, Ryan has been working super hard on our wedsite which means we can get those annoying invites out. Yes, they're annoying. AND my brother will be here in week!

Hope good things are happening for you and you're all staying warm.x

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

APPROVED

Yessssss! 5 minutes ago I just opened an email saying...

Your application has been approved and the visa has been issued.


My Fiance Visa is in the mail and everything! It's supposed to get here tomorrow. I screamed a few times. WOW. I'm so surprised at how fast everything happend!

(For anyone going through the same situation)
We did the online visa application in about an hour (took our time and answered slowly and carefully). Then we paid for it online and they let me schedule an appointment to get my biometrics taken (at first we didn't really know what the appointment was for. We were prepared for an interview). I went in the next couple of days then shipped all of our supporting documents a few days later. They recieved the package the next day (friday) and sent an email the following tuesday (yesterday) saying it's being processed and could take up to 50 days! Then I get an email today saying we're approved and it's on its way!

So happy! Earlier today I was on the phone with my Dad saying I was worried because we already bought my ticket to go out there and if I didn't have my passport there's no way I could go. Well everything has worked out perfectly.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Great balls of paper




Must learn how to make these pom pom things.

via PomLove on Etsy

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Brr, coats?



I know that I'll probably still freeze my butt of but these coats are totally my thing and are a pretty decent price. I have had some good luck with jackets at forever21. They are cheap but they're cute. I just wish they made the arms longer...infact I wish every clothing store made the arms longer. I do need to find a more sporty coat I can wear with tennies.

 It was actually a little chilly last night in Florida. I went out with my friend Melissa and were shivering. Ryan has no sympathy because of how cold it must be out there. Please be warmer in January, England...I'm begging you! See you soon, coats.

K, fine. It's Christmas time.


Our tree is up but we need to find an angel for the top and then I'll post a picture of the finished tree.
It's bluetiful.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Bookmarks

I really need to straighten up my bookmarks. It's like cleaning out my closet. I don't want to throw anything out because I might want it later.
Here are my folders:
WED
BLOGS
FOOD
DR.
DIY
TRAVEL
RYAN<3
FOOD
SHOPPING
ART
YOGA
MOVIES
then all the random stuff underneath. The list isn't too bad, right? WED has like 6 subfolders. Alright enough with the geek talk. What I'm saying is here are some links I've bookmarked that I forgot about..
cute little games
looks super yummy
easy peasy
vintage wedding
recycle!
craving this salad, again.

USA vs. England


World Cup June 12th 2010 - the day after our wedding!!!
I don't know anything about soccer or football, whatever. But I do know that the Sports Gods were on our side and didn't make it the day OF. The day after is perfect and will be so much fun. Googling mini flags...

Food must haves


There are my lovely enchiladas before they went into the oven. I never have an after picture because I have to inhale them right away (no, not ALL of them but I'm sure I could).

So, after dinner I started thinking about all the things I love to eat that I can't find in England. How embarassing would it be to be searched at the airport and watch them pull out bottles of salad dressing? I also couldn't find decent tortilla chips, alfredo sauce, queso dip...now that I'm typing all of these out I'm thinking maybe I have to actually atempt to make them myself and not rely on a box, a jar and a bottle to have it all there for me. FINE! But friends and family - don't think you're off the hook with those care packages!! Those boxes of macaroni and cheese, triscuts, ramen and ranch bottles really brought me back to the good ol USA.  Everyone needs a box of Hamburger Helper sometimes. My dad actually sent me a ziplock bag filled with Taco Bell sauce packets. "Baby! We're having tacos tonight!"

P.S. Don't get me wrong...I really like the (fresh) foods in England. I cannot wait to bite into the tomatoes.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Winter flats


Warmer flats for England?  (j.crew & target)

I know they aren't the most fabulous flats in the world but they'd keep me warmer than what I've got goin on now. I'm totally going to freeze.

Homemade masks

After the last post I decided to post a few more masks. I like these because you don't have to go out and search for weird oils you've never heard of, just go to the grocery store or your kitchen.

Moisturizing/anti-aging Avocado & Honey Mask
Small slice avocado
2 teaspoons honey
Keep the mask on for 10-15 minutes then rinse.

Tightening/brightening Egg Mask 
 2 beaten egg whites - dab on skin (avoid eyes), wait until it's hard/dry then rinse.
Use egg yolks as a natural  moisturizer and wait until it's dry then rinse.

Blemish treating/exfoliating/moisturizing Strawberry & Yogurt mask
2 or 3 small strawberries mashed up
1 tablespoon bio-yogurt
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon oatmeal
Brush the mask onto your skin and leave it on for about 10 minutes or until it's hard. Then massage your face using the seeds and oatmeal as the exfoliators.

Winter Mask for dry skin
1 ripe banana mashed
1 egg white
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons oatmeal
Leave on for 10-20 minutes wash with luke warm water.

Try these totally unflattering masks while your man is out. I know I didn't go into too much detail and explain what does what but just google. There are tons of homemade masks out there. I really need to find a mask for combo skin because my skin won't make up its mind.

Don't forget to do a Hannibal Lecter impression while you've got the mask on!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I want to glow too!


I start my beauty regime tomorrow. All the magazines say to start it six months before the wedding. I'm not really sure what my regimine..regime (whatever) is going to be but I know that chips aren't involved and that's a big deal. On my e-calendar I just put that I need to practice yoga every day, eat more veggies, fruits, exfoliate more and buy those cheap face mask things more often. I like making my own masks though. I did it a lot in England and Ryan even let me put them on him once n a while! shh.

green tea scrub/mask
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons cooled green tea
6 teaspoons sugar
 1 teaspoon honey

Then for a toner I mixed green tea and apple cider vinegar and popped it into the fridge in a glass bottle.

P.S. The appointment was just to scan my fingers and take another gross picture of me. I hate passport photos. They always ask me to check and see if it's ok. I don't want to see. As long as my eyes are open, it's fine or we'll be here all day. So now I've got to send all of my documents to Chicago, hope everything gets there and...wait.

spa bento photo via kitsa_sakurako on flickr