Welcome to our monthly coffee time here at Dressed for My Day. I try to host these chatty conversations on the final day of the month, but as April drew to a close I needed to get in a few time-sensitive posts. So we’re kicking off the first Monday of May with April’s Coffee with Kay. I’ll spill the beans about ten things going on in my life recently, and then I invite you to join the conversation in the comments section. I won’t reply to every comment (because it’s your turn to talk!) unless you ask me a direct question. But I absolutely read every remark you leave and enjoy them so very much. Get yourself something good to drink and let’s chat!
By the way, the photo above was not taken at my home. We took that photo at a nearby historic site. No one was there at the time, so I took full advantage of the porch and pretended to be hosting. Ha!
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#1 – Well, obviously the wedding…
If I’m not thinking about work or church these days, I’m working on, planning, mulling over or adding to-do items to my daughter’s upcoming wedding. She and Andrew will tie the knot on Sunday, May 15th, less than two weeks away.
I’m a little nervous about a few details coming together. For instance, when Abby checked with the seamstress Friday she still had not begun her alterations. What?!?! So yeah, that’s a little disconcerting since she was supposed to have the dress to us two weeks before the wedding. Now she says it will be ready this Friday. But Abigail and I both are choosing to trust that it will be done. We’ll worry about it Friday if it’s not, but until then we’re chill.
And more importantly I’m just praying that everyone stays well between now and then, so that everyone who plans to be there can indeed show up for the big event. We would love beautiful spring weather, but we’re more concerned about travel safety and health. We have a lovely celebration planned, and I know it is going to be so very special.
#2 – And that’s why I bought a new MOB dress.
Yes, about 10 days ago I purchased a new dress (as in different from the dress I purchased two months ago). I just hadn’t been completely comfortable with the one I originally purchased. Unfortunately, as you may remember, I’d already had it altered. Plus it had expired its return date anyhow. So I have to eat that cost. But I just had to follow my gut on this one.
The first dress was off the shoulder, and I just never could get comfortable with that. It’s an absolutely lovely dress; but it wasn’t my dress. I actually dreaded wearing it. But now I have a dress that, while still sleeveless, is exactly what I set out to find to begin with. It looks festive and Spring-like and feminine, but also very afternoon appropriate. I’m so excited to wear it. And I’m excited to show it to you soon, too!
#3 – Here’s what I’ve been working on for the wedding.
Abigail and Andrew have really done most of the legwork on this wedding. But I did say that I would make the ribbon wands for the couple’s departure. It’s quite common these days for wedding guests to use these simple but pretty ribbon wands to wave at the happy couple as they head off for their honeymoon instead of throwing birdseed or lighting sparklers or blowing bubbles, all which incur cleanup fees.
A reader asked to see the wands, so here’s a photo of a finished one.
You can’t really see them all there, but each wand actually has 5 ribbons and a bell. I ordered all the supplies from The Brides Made Shop on Etsy and it was a worthy purchase. The ribbons were all precut and everything was organized like a kit with easy-to-follow directions. It took a little practice to learn how to put them together, and I’m not sure mine look as pretty as the sample. But I’m quite pleased with them, and I’d highly recommend purchasing a DIY Wedding Wand Kit as opposed to trying to buy all the supplies yourself. Here’s what they will look like when waved…
#4 – The other big thing on my mind this month…
has been this website. Oy! I’ve absolutely loved working with the folks at SmashCreative. They’ve been very professional, timely and gracious. I love what they designed for the refresh and I’m so very happy with all the new features here at Dressed for My Day. But those few days when everything was down and the blog was running painfully slow…wow…that about did me in. I was a wreck.
I likened it all to sending out invitations to all your friends to come to an open house, making scrumptious food and cleaning everything up to a tee…then getting locked out of your home just minutes before everyone is supposed to arrive. And you’re wearing your bathrobe! Ha!
As it turned out they tell me the website was under some kind of massive cyber attack just as we were trying to go live with the new site. Hmm. Well, either way it’s over. We’re back in business and things are getting ironed out. I still have a few details to talk with my project manager about today, but for the most part I feel good about things.
I do hope you’re enjoying the new site and learning your way around. We do have new features here, so be sure take some time to start at the home page and scroll down and click on things. I know change is hard for some, but I believe in keeping up with the times, especially when it comes to things like technology. So the more you learn your way around here, the more I believe you’ll like it.
#5 – So God has been reminding me of this truth.
James reminded us in his sermon yesterday that it’s often in our hardest times that we turn back to God and begin to focus on truth with more concentration. That was definitely true for me during that difficult week as my new website went live. God reminded me…
That scripture has helped me to stay grounded this past month. I’ve tried to begin each day acknowledging that God would supply everything I needed for it…whatever it held. And indeed, His grace has been sufficient for me.
#6 – What I’ve been reading…
In an additional attempt to curb my stress level, I’ve been trying to read a little before falling asleep at night. I’m enjoying reading Francine River’s The Masterpiece. I don’t think I’m even halfway through it quite yet. I read pretty slowly…on purpose. And I only read maybe a chapter each night. But I’m enjoying it, so I thought I’d share.
#7 – Speaking of bedtime…
I don’t have a photo to share, but I did want to tell you about the new pajamas I’ve been anxiously changing into each evening. They’re a little pricey, but this organic cotton jersey sleep top and matching floral sleep pants wear like a dream. I also got the coordinating sleep shorts and robe. These are the softest, sweetest pajamas I’ve ever had. Love! And they are included in Talbots’ Friends & Family Event, which ends today. So they are 30% off.
#8 – What we’ve been eating…
Kind of circling back around to getting ready for the wedding…James and I have really been watching what we eating lately. He’s lost a good bit of weight and I’ve begun to feel much better, less achy. When I eat a lot of sugar or refined carbs I hurt all over. So I’ve felt really good as we’ve practiced healthier eating.
James picked this bag because you can fit two pizzas in it (no, we don’t buy two!), plus it has another compartment for a dessert or your plates and napkins. He also likes the handles on this one. I think this Pizza Caddy Delivery Bag makes a great high school graduation gift, Father’s Day gift or Christmas gift for a family or couple. Anyhow, we broke down and had a pizza Saturday night, and indeed, when James got home with our order we had warm pizza!
#9 – I’ll forgive James for wrecking my healthy eating streak because…
He has worked really hard to assemble us a great photography/videography studio in our basement. I thought I’d share a behind the scenes look with you.
He’s been using that dress form as a stand-in for me as he’s been getting the lighting just right. That’s not even a fraction of the equipment we have by the way. It takes a lot of lighting to make this old lady look pretty good. Ha! We’ll be working in the studio this afternoon taping this week’s video and getting some photos. But don’t worry. We’ll be recording in other places, too. We just needed this so we can make videos and take photographs on the fly.
#10 – Totally unrelated, but let me update you on my hair.
‘Cause that’s what girlfriends do, right? Anyhow you may know that I’ve stopped coloring my hair a little over a year ago. The intent is to go grey. But my hair is not really completely grey yet, as in I still have blond hair growing in. So it was just looking dull. And I wanted it shiny and pretty for the wedding.
So my hairdresser suggested we just add some highlights to the top. I think it made a big difference, and she says these highlights should be sufficient through the summer. See if you can tell the difference. Here’s my “how I really dressed for my day” photo from yesterday.
Ooh! Did you see what else I did? I had her cut my bangs back in. I just like bangs. They hide my scar, make my eyebrows look a little better and frame my eyes. So yeah, I’m all ready for the wedding. Bring it on! My dress is ready to be picked up from alterations today, by the way. Bless Abby’s heart. Y’all pray that her dress gets altered this week and she’s able to pick it up without incident by this weekend. That wedding day will be here before we know it!
Thank you so much for joining me for coffee today. I do hate that so far this conversation has been one-sided. But I’d love to hear from you, too. You don’t have to share ten things. But if you’d like to respond to something I shared or even tell me some thing or two that you’ve been doing this month, I’d truly love to read your comments. And unless you ask me a question I probably won’t reply today. I’ve talked enough! You are a blessing to me. I hope you enjoyed this little visit.
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Blessed for My Day
Are you going through a hard thing? Or maybe your day has just gotten off to a rocky start. It can be a struggle to keep our composure when we begin to feel like we’re experiencing one hard thing after another. But as James preached through the fourth and final chapter of Jonah yesterday, he reminded us that when we become self-focused we soon can become frustrated and then eventually angry. Hard things sometimes cause me to turn my focus inward. And that self-absorption causes me to feel entitled. When things then don’t go my way I grow frustrated and angry. It’s a terrible cycle that only spirals downward.
But this week I want to try to turn my focus outward instead. When we focus on God and others instead of self our joy can return. We stop feeling entitled and begin to feel grateful instead. This week let’s resist the downward cycle of self focus and turn our attention outward. We can begin by serving someone and making things better for them. Who could you serve in some way this very day?