1.28.2015

McMullen Love Story: The Reception (Part 1)

Last week I talked about my dress dilemma. This week I will be talking about the most devastating part of my wedding. But before I get to that, let's talk about the reception. Our dinner was catered by an amazing place called Borgen's (located about 30 mins south of La Crosse.) They were so great to work with and the food was to die for... seriously, if you're ever in the area go to Westby for their food. Then after Beardy and I ate, our best man and maid of honor speeches started. I do believe in this picture the best man gave me a hard time about my clothing choice the first time we met. (I was wearing Uggs and a jean skirt, okay? I am not proud of it...)
We were a little nontraditional and had a face painter too... it was my dad's idea. Which went over fabulously. Here's my flower girl with her face done up.
Right after the toasts, Beardy and I cut our cake. Now, I am not a big fan of cake... at all... unless it's ice cream cake. So Beardy took it upon himself to make the only cake I will tolerate: yellow cake with chocolate frosting. It was really good. I love that my husband made our cake, especially because he stayed so calm while making the cakes...I would have not. Obvi.
After the cake and not smashing it into each other's faces we did our first dance.
We danced to "Whenever We're Alone" by Brantley Gilbert. I love how Beardy is looking at me in this picture. I'm so glad he removed the sunglasses...for the last half of the pictures they were on his head!
After our song we did our parents songs. First was a mother/daughter dance. I decided when BSB came out with "Perfect Fan" I was going to do a mother/daughter dance to it. (Holla Millenium era!) It was a beautiful moment and I am glad I did it. It meant a lot to my mom and me. And in hindsight, I am really glad I did it so at least I have pictures with one of my parents.
Then Beardy danced with his mom to "Simple Man" by Lynard Skynard. Isn't Beardy's mom so beautiful? Like really beautiful.
This is when my father and I were supposed to have our dad/daughter dance. It was to be to "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts. I knew after I had a hard time finding him that it wasn't going to go well. After I finally found him, I had to drag him out onto the dance floor. That should have been my second sign. The music finally started playing and we kind of danced. He was complaining about not feeling well and that his shoulder hurt (he fell off his big rig a few years back and really hasn't been the same since.) That's when he told me he didn't want to do this anymore and walked off the dance floor. I was devastated. The song wasn't even half over so I just stood there... alone in the dance floor. That 2 minutes felt like an eternity. I don't know why I didn't just leave the dance floor. After the wedding, my friends boyfriend said he wanted to jump out there and dance with me so I didn't feel so alone, but he thought my family wouldn't have liked that much. It was the worst feeling the whole day. It felt like I was 13 years old again and not good enough for my father.
Now, I am not sticking up for my father, but about three months after the wedding he had a bunch of tests done and we found out that he had diabetes. That explained the not feeling well and walking off the dance floor because of it. But even though it is a tradition to have a dance with your father, I wish he would have said he didn't want to. I would have rather skipped the dance altogether. I don't have a picture from that 10 seconds and I am glad I don't. It still makes me sad thinking about it.

Everything on your wedding day is completely out of your control. Whether it be your dress breaking or your dad leaving you alone on the dance floor. I could have planned and planned and planned but I could have not planned for that.

Did anything go wrong on your wedding day? What did you do?

Next week we will talk about the second half of the reception and my sister and her skillz catching the bouquet.

Play catchup:

Our Rehearsal Dinner
That Morning
Our First Look
The Ceremony
After the Ceremony
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1.23.2015

I'm so Wifey'd up.

Again, because I have way too much time on my hands for my own good, I have been experimenting with recipes.

//The Biggest Loser Crock Pot Turkey Chili
I am a huge fan of easy Crock Pot meals. This one was very easy to make, I just cooked everything up, threw it in the Crock Pot and it was ready when we got home.
Scale: 3 out of 5 Beards

//Julia Child's White Sandwich Bread
One night when I was not feeling like stopping, getting out of my warm car, or turning off Lance Bass's radio show, I decided that I was going to try and make homemade bread. After making loaves every week for the past three weeks, I finally think I have mastered the recipe: more yeast! Beardy said all of the breads tasted fine, but I don't think they did. The first two recipes were too dense, they didn't rise nearly enough. The last recipe did have time to rise and it was shiny and looked like it was supposed to, but it's just not as good as it could be. Keep trying, I guess.
Scale: 5 out of 5 Beards
           3 out of 5 Beautys

//The Pioneer Woman's Spinach Artichoke Pasta
This was a win-win for both of us. Usually Beardy complains about food not having meat in it, but he didn't with this meal. I've made it twice now and the second time I added a dollop of cream cheese. I think it turned out more creamy...by far.
Scale: 4 out of 5 Beards

//Low-Carb Tortilla Soup
I am a huge fan of PopSugar. So when I found this soup, I was thrilled because it was easy to make and was low carb because Beardy is trying to cut out most of his carbs... I used canned chicken (because it was what I had) and it turned out very good. Beardy even said it was good cold!
Scale: 5 out of 5 Beards

Secret: Sometimes I suck as a wife. Like Thursday night. I was planning on making a fancy schmancy dinner from the Damn Delicious Blog. Yeah... I ended up buying a cardboard pizza. Oops. 



1.21.2015

McMullen Love Story: After the Ceremony! (Wedding Party Pics)

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

So two weeks ago I talked about the under 5 minute ceremony. I promised this week I would talk about the infamous dress breaking, and my dad's hissy fit because we went "bar hopping."

Let's start with my wedding party.
From left to right.
Sean is the man that was the main reason we met, it was his wedding where Beardy and I met.
Jenn is a friend since birth, literally - our mom's were friends in high school and we were born like 3 months apart.
Greg was Beardy's best man and best friend. He was the one that helped Beardy pick out my engagement ring.
Brooke is my cousin, we have been really close since my grandma her great-grandma died. She's beautiful.
Beardy, my husband.
Then there's me.
Cassandra is my one and only sister, she was the maid of honor.
Taylor is Beardy's youngest brother, he is going to be my guest blogger, look for that!
Megan is Greg's wife and one of my closest friends...they also live in Seattle. (BOO.)
Matthew is Beardy's other brother.
Brooke is Beardy's only sister.
Richard is Beardy's gamer friend.

The girls wore the dress they wanted, all I wanted was it to be in the blush color family. Instead of flowers, the girls carried gold clutches. (I was too indecisive to figure out flowers...and flowers are effing expensive!) The boys wore tuxes from Vera Wang. (Fancy Schmancy!)

After the wedding we took group pictures and then decided that we wanted to go up to a bar, CheapShots where it holds a special place in Beardy and my heart. Even though Beardy still denies it till this day, he did mention that he worked as a bouncer in a bar when we first met and that he would buy me a drink when I came home for Christmas. (Great line, right?)
One of the reasons we chose our venue was because of the urban feel. I love big cities and I was in love with the feel that this gave me without it being a big city.
We went up to the martini bar and took a few pictures. This is what my dad referred to as "bar hopping." 
We literally took one shot. 
And then we left. 
I thought this was so cute, everyone stayed paired up while we walked back to the venue. 
Now it's time for the story about how my dress broke. Okay, I might be a little dramatic, but the hook and eye that held up my 20 lb dress (Okay, it was like 10 lbs) snapped when we were taking this picture. When Beardy picked me up, he must have caused the dress stress on the eye and hook and the hook came undone on the dress. It wasn't life or death, but the dress was heavy so that was what kept it up and not fall off. 
I was really upset. With the stress of the day, I just felt like I destroyed my expensive dress. But my photographer and bestie MacGyver-d me back in with a safety pin. I apparently snapped at my sister-in-law (Sorry Nic) and also my photographers and best friend. (I suck. I am sorry everyone!) 

When we got back to the venue, my father came up to me and told me that everyone was angry in the venue and everyone was starving. He told us that we shouldn't have went "bar hopping" and that we should have came straight back to the venue to have dinner. But the thing was that dinner wasn't to start until 6 pm and it was on the invitation. If people were hungry, they should have ate before our wedding was 4 in the afternoon, so they should have had lunch before they came. So instead of us eating with the rest of our guests, they started to eat while Beardy and I went to visit my grandfather in the nursing home. 

I'm glad I did too, because he died two weeks after the wedding. 
So for the things that went wrong with the wedding day, that was the two worst things...until the dance. Next week I'll be blogging about the worst part of the wedding, the daddy-daughter dance and my father walking off the dance floor. It was humiliating and even though I found out why he did it, I wish he would have skipped the dance all together. But more next week. 

Did you have problems with your wedding dress, or maybe drama with people the day of? How about your timeline? How did you handle it?
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1.19.2015

Packers Aren't Going to the Super Bowl.

Friday's post ate itself, so I didn't end up posting Friday... but I'm here today! 

It is a sad day, because the Packers lost to the Seahawks in OT 28-22. But I'm not terribly sad about it. You want to know why? 
BECAUSE AFTER 28 YEARS OF LIFE I UNDERSTAND FOOTBALL. 
I'll pause for a second to let that sink in. 
Ok, I understand like, 50-60% of it. Little victories, pretties. 

The Gossip. 
I know that Clay Matthews looks like Gaston from Beauty and the Beast.
I know that Aaron Rodgers is dating Olivia Munn. 
I know that the 12th man is the most annoying thing in football. (Looking at you Seattle.) 
I know that Eddie Lacy must have been a dancer in a former life. He's a beast. 

The Terms. 
I know that offsides means that someone was over the line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped to the QB. 
I know that a false start is when someone moves before the ball is snapped. 
I know that for a touchdown you get six points. Then you get a chance for another 1 or 2 points. 
I know a fumble = not good. 

The Super Bowl. 
I only watch for the commercials. 

So are you excited for the Super Bowl? Who are you rooting for? 
You know I will be drinking beer and judging the commercials...
 

1.14.2015

10 Facts About Me! (The Beardy) AKA BEARDY'S FIRST POST!

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No Wedding Wednesday today!
Because I got Beardy to do a post! You finally get to see a little glimpse into who Beardy is! If you enjoy his post, let him know in the comments! Maybe he will do more of these in the future!
Without further ado, here's Beardy.

one//
I'm an avid outdoorsman and video gamer. Many people think it's weird.

two//
I've swam across Devil's Lake in WI (1 1/4 miles) with Liz's Uncle.

three//
I love fixing things - I've been a mechanic and now work in IT fixing/resolving a large variety of "brokens."

four//
My favorite movie is: I have too many, really hung up on 21 and Over... I think it is a great movie.

five//
My favorite book is: All of Tolkiens books

six//
I love trout fishing with my buddy Ben, when we aren't catching fish we are just enjoying the scenery.

seven//
I've never been involved in an accident with another person/car.

eight//
I still don't know who let the dogs out.

nine//
One of my favorite memories as a kid was when we went to Colorado and camped/fished/hiked/drove everywhere. It was incredible.

ten//
One of my best qualities is being able to "read" others emotions, it has allowed me to become great friends with lots of people very rapidly.


Funny guy, eh? Especially on number eight. Next week we will continue with the wedding and talk about right after the ceremony. Including pictures of all of the bridal party! You will see what happened to my dress and why my dad threw a hissy fit because we were "bar hopping."

1.12.2015

Fashion Favorites and Fails: The Golden Globes

I am a huge fan of award shows but I have never ever talked about the fashion the day after. I just let all the other bloggers do it and agreed/disagreed with them (silently). Well, keeping with my MWF blog schedule, I decided that because of the Golden Globes tonight, I was going to do my own worst and best dress list. Without further ado...
FAVS|
Kate Beckinsale | Elie Saab
I am a huge fan of nude toned dresses and Beardy is a fan of Kate.
Anna Faris & Chris Pratt | Reem Acra
Another nude dress. I just love that color. And Chris Pratt is just cute as heck. I also dig the bow tie.
Emma Stone | Lanvin
Emma can do no wrong. I always like what she's wearing and it could probably be because of her attitude and the way she carries herself, but this is a great look on her. ALSO: do you think those sequins hurt? Because I bet they hurt.
Gina Rodriguez | Badgley Mischka
This girl won tonight for her work in a CW show that I haven't seen called Jane the Virgin and I honestly thought it wasn't going to make it past the first episode. Great dress for her. She didn't do something too drastic but it still wasn't boring and lifeless. I won't lie, I cried during her acceptance speech.
Greer Grammer | Lorena Sarbu
She was Miss Golden Globe this year and in my opinion was best dressed. But that's only because I am still in wedding mode and I love the gold accents, whimsical skirt, and structured bodice.
Finally, 
Chrissy Teigen | Zuhair Murad
Can everyone see a trend? I like the nude and nude like colors this year. This dress was a little different, but I think Chrissy could wear a Target bag and look hot. Her happiness when John won was beautiful and her keeping up with tweeting on Twitter while she was at the GG was great. I want to be her best friend. 
HONORABLE MENTION BECAUSE CLOONEY|
George and Amal Clooney | Amal is in Dior Haute Couture and her own gloves. Such a good looking, worldly, philanthropy couple right there. 
 
EDIT | HONORABLE MENTION BECAUSE ERICA
Matt Bomer | Ralph Lauren
After getting an "I'M MAD AT YOU" email from my bestie, Erica, I needed to edit and include one of her (our) favorite men of Hollywood, Matt Bomer. Matt was looking dapper in his blue suit from Ralph Lauren. Such a heartthrob. I was very excited when he won for The Normal Heart because it was such a near and dear project for everyone involved. Matt Bomer is like Chrissy, he could wear a target bag and be hot. Also when I was looking for who did his suit for the Globes, I asked Erica thinking she'd know and she goes "blue. " I love my friends.
FAIL|
Keira Knightley | Chanel
No. Just no. I love Keira, but this was so matronly, and I am not a fan of bugs. This was specially made for her, but she can do so much better! I never talk negatively about Chanel. But...no.
Things that I wonder at the Golden Globes:

  • Was it hot inside? It looked hot inside. Did the AC stop working? 
  • Do they actually eat at the GGs? Or is it all about the drinking?
  • How does one gracefully get around all of the chairs when going up on stage to accept the award?
  • Why did Giuliana Rancic insist on doing a shot with George and Amal? It was cringe-worthy. Amal looked so uncomfortable. 
  • Why does award shows always run late? They have that cut off music for a reason. 
  • There was no "In Memoriam"? 
Award show season is among us people! I am going to actually try and see the nom's for the Oscars...who was your fashion favs/fails?



1.09.2015

Keeping Up With Resolutions, Life, and Other Random Things...

I'm linking up today with:
Amanda with Meet @ the Barre (Friday Favorites)
Leslie with A Blonde Ambition (Confessional Friday)
Karli with September FARM (Oh Hey, Friday)

one// On Saturday last week, one of my Facebook friends posted that the Jawbone UP was on sale on BestBuy.com for $30.00. I jumped on the chance to pick it up. I had been toying with the idea of getting a fitness band, but I wasn't 100% sold on the prices. Well after using the rest of a gift card I forgot I had, it came to $23.00! It tracks sleep patterns, calorie intake, steps, and workouts. I highly recommend it! The coolest feature I think is the sleep pattern part.
two// I came into work and got a surprise today. Someone (no idea who) sent me a painting done by Zuri, the giraffe from the NEW Zoo in Green Bay, WI. It came with a card, it was to brighten my day. I've been down lately because of the lack of a full-time job. Whoever sent this to me, thank you!
three// I think I finally convinced Beardy to do a "10 things" post for me! That's a win in my book.
four// I'm taking these lovely ladies shopping tomorrow! Pray for me!
five// I am keeping my goal of blogging 3 times a week! What would you like to see on here? I'd love suggestions!
 

1.07.2015

McMullen Love Story: Our 4 Minute and 49 Second Ceremony!

My guest blogger is moving cross-country at the moment, so I told him that he could guest whenever he gets settled.
(It'll be good, promise!)
So where were we?
The ceremony! Can't believe we are already half done with the best day of my life.
After the first look, Beardy went back into the venue and got into place. Everyone else did too, except for my flower girls who wanted to take the elevator up with me. During my elevator ride the guests were listening to Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole. 
Everyone knows that I am a huge Backstreet Boys fan. So, because Beardy wasn't picky about the music, I got to have a Backstreet Boys song within the Prelude. Very 1990s of me, but it fit perfectly.
After my wedding party got to the stage it was time for me to make my grand entrance. I walked in to Marry Me by Train. There wasn't an "aisle" per se, but we made the best of it.
My dad and my brother walked me in. For months and months and months it was just going to be my brother, but a month before the wedding, my dad finally told me that he wanted to be included. He was never not included, I just thought he didn't want to do it. My dad and I have had a rocky relationship, right now we are good, but in the early 2000s, it wasn't that good. (A lot of people who read the blog can read more about it here.) At this point, I was laughing so hard because the door wasn't big for all three of us and my dress was so big that Joshua, my brother, had to jump over it to get in the door. (Can you tell that they are related?)
We don't have any pictures of Beardy getting a first look of me, but I can tell you it was good. The whole set up in the venue was screwy, so the pictures during the ceremony are a little non-traditional.
After a reading of These I Can Promise by Mark Twain:
I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise you riches, wealth or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.
But I can promise all my heart's devotion;
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow.
A love that's true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in your's through each tomorrow.
It was time to do our vows! (I told you it went fast!!!) My goal was to make Beardy cry, but I didn't succeed. He did tell me after the fact that the funny line he put in was so he didn't cry.
Then it was my turn. My vows were sappy, I cried through the whole entire thing, and according to my step-father-in-law, there wasn't a dry eye in the house...except for Beardy. Then before we knew it.... we were Mr. and Mrs. Beardy! Yes, we did the dip. We practiced it for weeks. 
It was time to party! The ceremony felt like a whirlwind, so I am thankful that my step-father-in-law remembered to video it. (We didn't have a videographer.)
Before you knew it, it was official and it was time to get done with the wedding party pictures. 
Next week we will be chatting about the wedding pictures, my dress breaking, my dad having a hissy fit because we went "bar hopping" and our amazing food. OH! andddd Beardy made our wedding cake. Can't forget about that!
Beardy is taking over next week! Get ready to see the man behind the beard!
My question to you is: Did you have a super quick ceremony? Did you plan for it to be that fast?
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1.05.2015

2014 Favorites | Makeup

2014 is over! It's that time of year again where people tell you what their favorite products are and what they would repurchase/or have repurchased in 2014. Most of my makeup favorites are the same. I am very boring when it comes to using new stuff. I buy the new products, but then always find myself using my tried and true products. But I will let you know if they are new products (which three are... so 50/50 isn't horrible right?)

REVLON COLORSTAY// This is my holy grail foundation. The coverage is full, the makeup stays in place (it doesn't lie about being 24 hour coverage!) And cough cough... this is a dupe for MUFE HD Foundation. I wore this the day of the wedding and I think it stayed in place all day. You be the judge! This was the last picture of the night.
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Besides my face being a little sweaty (stupid venue, not turning the air conditioning on until it was too late...) I still looked decent. My hair on the other hand... no.

NARS ORGASM BLUSH// I have used this blush for 6 years. I always giggled at the name, but this product is beyond amazing. It gives you just enough glow and color to make you look like...well, duh, that's why the name is... Orgasm. I have went through at least 3 or 4 last year alone.

CHANEL VOLUME MASCARA// This is a new product for me. I was fortunate to have one of my attorneys at the office go through her makeup and decide that she didn't need 2302930 things from ipsy... with that she gave me some of her other samps she didn't want... and this was one of them. This mascara makes your eyes look smoldering and sexy. It stays all day and doesn't flake off. It isn't waterproof, but I haven't noticed any problems with that yet.

TARTE AMAZONIAN LIP BUTTER IN PINK PEONY// This was a new product too! I bought this for my wedding and I fell in love. The color was a neutral shade, that was the exact color of my lips except just a little more pigmented. It was minty and didn't dry out my lips. The packaging is recycled and it's cruelty free!

URBAN DECAY NAKED (ORIGINAL)// LOVE. I own every single one of these palettes, but the first one is my favorite. My favorite eye to create is using:
Virgin -- Use this for your highlight, under your eyebrow and in the tear duct area.
Sin -- I have hit pan on this color. This goes all over your lid up to your brow bone.
Buck -- Put this in your crease and blend it out with a fluffy brush.
Toasted -- Then I put this in a 'V' shape on the outer corner of my lid.
If you want a tutorial of this look, I could possibly do that for you! Just let me know.

EOS LIP BALM IN SWEET MINT// I use this all time. It's the best lip balm I've used in a long time and even Beardy uses it! It smells great and I swear I'm not addicted to it.

In 2015 I want to step outside of my comfort zone and use my other NAKED palettes... hopefully I can achieve this goal! I just think neutral browns and goldens look better on me than neutral greys and pinks.
What is your favorite makeup items of 2014? Share them with me!