Monday, October 27, 2008

nice to meet you

As organized and on-top-of-things I may seem to be, the one task I've been dreading the most is having Hunny Bunny's and my parents meet for the very first time.

And now I've been informed that they will be coming for a visit next weekend. (They live about a 5-hour drive away.) I know, we've been together for nearly 5 years and they still haven't met each other!

I guess it just never came up. Speaking of coming up though, I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

Honestly, I've probably only seen his parents maybe 10 times total. HB on the other has gone on vacation with me and my family. Lucky him.

Now I'm scrambling to think of a place where everyone will be comfortable for dinner.
It needs to be a little bit loud, not too intimate - so that there will be less uncomfortable silences. (Notice I said less!)

HB's not much help when it comes to conversation either. He rarely helps the conversation along because he's not into participating and he's not really good about including other people in the conversation, especially when it requires translations. I guess I'll just start yammering away about the planning so far and hope that that's enough.

I also don't really know what they like to eat because when we visit them, HB's mom usually cooks Vietnamese food. I do know that they like the Olive Garden, but I don't want to take them somewhere where they can eat at home... Fortunately, HB's parents and my parents aren't prentetious eaters (like me!) so I'm sure they'll be happy and gracious with where ever we choose.

Anyway, what do you think? Any suggestions? I don't want to take them anywhere they might not get i.e. some place that serves small food that's stacked up pretty. Maybe Asian food, but that seems too casual. I don't want to choose a place where we have to wait an hour for a table because they don't take reservations. How tacky would I look if that were to happen?

I'm probably just adding undue pressure on myself because I want it to be perfect and I want them to like each other. Oh whatever. I just want everyone to like me!

And what am I going to wear?! Now that's a task that I don't mind concentrating on.

On the brightside, maybe we'll be able to hammer out the details of some of the traditional things both cultures may want to include during the festivities. At the very least, I can get HB's mom's guest list.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008


So I had a momentary lapse the other day and randomly ordered the J. Crew Matilda dress for my bridesmaids. Having never seen it in person, I just crossed my fingers and clicked away.. (It looks nicer on the model than it does on the mannequin.)

A daring move since the dresses were a final sale - it's always dangerous buying sight unseen but I had faith.

Luckily, the dress turned out to be very cute, if not a tad conservative. The color is a mustard-y color and when I showed them to HB, he was thrilled because apparently it was the exact color he was envisioning when I declared yellow and grey as our colors.

Did I mention that the dresses were only $40 each?

Now I need to find a florist so I can figure out how I want my flowers! I'm thinking white flowers wrapped in a delicious grey ribbon.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

suit up

HB and I decided a while ago that our wedding (he totally gets annoyed when I said my wedding, so I'm making a conscious effort to say our!) would not be a black-tie affair. Not our style. Well, maybe a little of mine, but I can understand where he's coming from!

Since HB has been traveling back and forth to Chicago for work, he's been doing a little recon for a new suit at the neighborhood Neiman Marcus.

Beaming that he's taking this quite seriously and not waiting until the last minute to pull on some lame monkey suit - especially since it didn't require any prodding from me. Loves it.

So far he likes the fit of this one by Theory. HB is super slim and most suits aren't meant for his lean shape (or lack of shape, whatever you want...)

I tend to think that Miu Miu and Prada suits fit him best - think Jude Law in Alfie.

Mmmm... Jude Law in Alfie....


Monday, October 13, 2008

presidential debate

My darling gramma is hilarious. She's already purchased the Chinese dress that she'll be wearing to our wedding in November - next November. Yes, during our recent trip to San Francisco, she made sure to stop in Chinatown and chose a very tasteful and elegant cheong-sam.

Love her! (Even though she's been giving me crap about why we're not just getting married this November!) I wish everyone was that easy..

If you know my dad, you'll know he abhors wearing anything dressy and don't even get him started about ties. He'd rather not go than wear a tie!

But because I'm daddy's little girl, of course he'll go against all his usual rules and wear a suit. For me. But no tuxedo. Hell no. So that got my mom thinking about what my dad should wear..

Mommy has decided that we need to find something that fits like a glove. Better than a glove. Second skin. She wants him to dress like Barack Obama because she thinks he always looks so stylish without being stuffy.

I have to agree. He is rather dashing.

And we must, at all costs, keep dad from looking like Bill Clinton. Mommy loved Bill Clinton as a president but always hated his ill-fitting suits.

"He looks like a little kid wearing his dad's suit. It just doesn't fit right."

Poor Bill.