Dress Success???

Shocking! I actually found two dresses I liked on this morning’s bridal gown shopping trip. Since I seem to be the pickiest person in the world when it comes to wedding dresses, this was quite a victory.

With the help of my two friends, Laurel and Merri, I eliminated several gowns before stepping into two gorgeous dresses. They’re completely different, but both are very beautiful.

Obviously I cannot post pictures of the dresses that are contenders for “the one,” since I don’t want my groom-to-be to see them. Instead I hope you enjoy these pictures of dresses I will not be wearing on the big day. 🙂

I loved the back on this one:

Dress Attempt Number One

I am a lace lover and really liked the top of this dress. I couldn’t get past the bling-blingin’ broach though…

Bling, Bling

My friend Laurel really liked this one, but I had a hard time with the beading. I’m just not a beading kinda girl!

Dress Numero Tres


Why am I so weird about beading? I think dresses with beading look so pretty on the rack and in magazines, but when I put them on I feel like I look bedazzled.

Full View

Of these three dresses, which one would you pick?

I got a little excited to talk about wedding dresses, so let’s back up a bit to breakfast. 

Before the dress shopping business, I filled up on chocolate oats with cocoa powder and chocolate peanut butter cup  protein powder. YUM.

Chocolate Oats

When I came home I had a quesadilla that went unphotographed. Oops!

I really wasn’t feeling the gym today, but Ryan was amped up and swindled me into a work out. I thanked him after it was over, of course. I did total-body weights and light cardio for 25 minutes. It wasn’t an amazing workout,but it was better than nothin’!

Our plans to attend a chili cook off are on hold at the moment due to icky weather. It’s really raining hard and is supposed to continue raining until 6 p.m. tonight. Boo!

At least the Miss America watch party is in doors. Don’t forget to root for Miss Florida! Yay Rachael! 😀

The Lovely Bones + Sushi Night

After leaving work early yesterday for our mental health break prize, my coworker and I headed to the movies to see The Lovely Bones.

The Lovely Bones

I read the book by Alice Sebold several years ago and thought it was a page-turner, so I was excited to see the movie.

The story is about a 14-year-old girl who was murdered (this happens right away, so I’m not ruining anything). The movie is narrated by the murdered girl from the “in between,” a place between heaven and earth. My coworker and I both agreed the movie was good… but kind of strange in the parts where the girl was frolicing around in the “in between.” It’s not one I’d say you have to go see in the theater, but I was entertained the whole time, which is good.


When I arrived home, Ryan and I headed to the grocery store to pick up some essentials for the weekend. We were both feeling lazy and didn’t want to cook, so we opted for sushi.


We both selected California rolls made with brown rice.

California Roll

Ryan and I agreed that California rolls are only as good as the avocado in them. Fortunately, the avocado in our rolls was fresh and perfectly mushy.

After dinner, Ryan and I settled in to watch our latest NetFlix movie, The Italian Job. How gorgeous is Charlize Theron?


For dessert, I blended a cup of frozen strawberries in the food processor with a spoonful of cocoa powder.

Chocolate Strawberry Soft Serve

I love bananas soft serve and thought strawberries might tastes delicious as well. They definitely did and I think a combination of strawberries and bananas would be ah-maze-ing!

Today’s Plans

Today will be a fun Saturday!

Two of my girlfriends are coming over at 9:30 a.m. and we’re heading out to a boutique in Orlando to look at wedding dresses. This is my first wedding dress shopping attempt in Orlando (all others have been in St. Pete), so I hope something beautiful surfaces. Fingers crossed!

After wedding dress shopping, Ryan and I have plans to go to a chili cook off in Baldwin Park with some friends… I looooove chili so I can’t wait.

Tonight we’re heading to my friend’s apartment to watch Miss America because a girl from my sorority is competing as Miss Florida. Go Rachael!!!

I’ll stop in with a wedding dress update this afternoon. 😀 Happy weekend!