Thursday, September 30, 2010

it rained!!

It was brief, but it was awesome.  I think I even heard a bit of thunder.  I saw a rainbow.  The sky was like cotton candy.  And as promised, I went out (sans umbrella) and let the raindrops hit my skin.  It didn't rain enough to make puddles, but I jumped around as if there were.  

The baby rainstorm made me so happy and running outside to play in the rain was like sheer gladness.  

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wedding Wednesday - rainy days

I'm not sure if it's the 100 degree weather in LA or if it's the rain on the east coast, but whatever the reason, I've got rain on the brain.  Particularly rain on a wedding day.  There is an old wives tale that says that rain on your wedding day is an omen of good fortune, which I love.  What I love even more?  A Bride and Groom who make the most of the rain and embrace it wholeheartedly for pictures.

Now, if you have planned to get married outside and rain is in the forecast, then can be bummed and you NEED to plan accordingly.  Think tents.  But, if you have planned to have both the ceremony and the reception inside and rain is in the forecast, then embrace it and plan for some adorable pictures.

Prep by purchasing some colorful wellies for you and your girls.  Invest in some umbrellas in your wedding colors, or better yet one of these clear umbrellas in the perfect shape for a private smooch.

People seem to forget how romantic a walk in the rain with your lover can be.  These lovely couples didn't.  And they've got incredible pictures to prove it.

Image by Meg Perotti 

Image by Anika London

Image by Christian Oth

These next two might be my favorite...just let the rain fall.  Crazy in love with these.  

 Image by Braedon Photography 

Who knows if it will ever rain here in LA but if it does, I will use this as a reminder to GO out into it and play!  

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

pie and scales

We have a friend couple that is pretty much like our family out here.  She and I became besties, and now our men hang out without us.  Man dates, golf dates, things like that.  We love it because it's sometimes rare for your significant others to get along as well as the girlfriends do, you know?  

The four of us have totally different schedules so time spent with them is always precious.  Whenever possible we try to have "family dinner" and it's always a blend of delicious wine, amazing food, laughter for days, incredible conversation...and usually there's a game of 'celebrity' thrown in for good measure.  

Last Friday night we had family dinner and it was awesome.  I somehow got it in my brain that I wanted to make a strawberry-rhubarb pie for dessert.  Yes, I know that rhubarb is very much not in season.  And I should have taken the hint after the three grocery stores that I went to didn't have it.  But nope, not this girl.  When I get an idea in my head I will not stop until I make it happen.  It's a stubbornness that isn't always the best of my quirks, but alas...I was bound and determined to make this darn pie!  

I finally found rhubarb at a high end grocery store that rhymes with Fristol Barms.  I was so excited that the pie mission was back on track.  The price, however, was not ideal.  It was nearly $7/pound and I needed a pound and a half.  So I VERY carefully measured out the right amount.  I got the scale in the produce department to read 1.49 (nice, if I do say so myself) and proceeded to the check out counter.  The very nice checkout lady placed my bag of highly sought after 'barb on her little scale and it read 1.87 on her screen.  HUH?!?  I thought to myself, "Self, how is this possible?  You just spent all this time getting it to just 1.49!"  So, I told her that the other scale read differently.  She looked at me and shrugged.  "Well, which scale is right?" I said.  "Mine," she says.  Now I'm in a predicament.  Not only do I not want to pay the extra amount (even though were talking about a matter of cents, it was principle!) but I need exactly 1.5 pounds for this pie!  I was confused and totally unsure of whose scale to trust.  I took a stalk out of the bag, bringing it back down to 1.5 on her scale, paid and left.  But I started to all grocery stores do this?  How many times do you weigh the bag in the produce AND check to make sure that's what you're getting and being charged for?  I never do, but now I might start.  I had to share, in case you want to as well.  

The pie was delish and due to the multiple bottles of wine that "our family" consumed, I didn't get to take a great picture of it.  You can tell that we were enjoying it though...

I made my own crust and everything!  It was a serious achievement for me.  And thanks to Smitten Kitchen and the addition of instant tapioca, it was not all runny like strawberry-rhubarb pies tend to be.  

Yay for pies.  Boo for grocery store scales that don't match.  

Monday, September 27, 2010

i love football

Monday Night Football.  Tonight.  YES!  

 I really love football.  Like a lot.  I'm a spirited fan who likes to cheer loud.  I really feel like I can send mental messages into the universe and the players will receive it.  Things like, "Come on guys, we need an interception."  Then sometimes, they hear me and make it happen.  It's because I'm such a good fan, so they listen to me once in a while.   (I realize that I sound like a crazy person right now)

The other thing is that I know a lot about football.  More than the average woman.  And sometimes I forget that a lot of girls don't like or understand the game.  So, if we ever watch a game together...don't be offended if I don't listen to your story during 3rd down plays...I really have to focus and send messages to the guys so we can go home with the W.  I care about your story (really, I do!), but during the commercials, I'll care about it much more.  On the flip side, there's nothing better than watching the game with fellow fans.  High fives and hugs after big plays.  Some of my favorite memories are watching football with friends.  Tonight will be one of those times.  

I love football.  Can't wait for tonight.  GO PACK GO!  

Thursday, September 23, 2010

glad for gardenias

One of the best things about working a wedding, other than helping two lovelies enjoy one of the most special days of their lives, is what I sometimes get to come home with.  More often than not I get to come home with fresh flowers of some sort.  Either a bridesmaid bouquet that gets left behind, a centerpiece that didn't get taken by a guest or an arrangement that the florist doesn't want to take back to the shop.  Either way, fresh wedding flowers have a way of brightening up any room and I love when I get to come home with them.  

Last weekend, these were plucked out of the alter arrangement that was doomed for the garbage.  I made my own little arrangement out of them.  I'm crazy for those green "bells of ireland," aren't they such a cool flower?  

Last weekend I was elated to be given some gardenias by the florist.  Now there are gardenias floating all about the apartment and they smell like our wedding day.  Which brings me such joy.  

I wore gardenias in my hair on our wedding day, so the sweet smell of them reminds me of that wonderful day. 

I can't wait for the day when I have a yard, and I can just go outside and cut fresh flowers to bring in the house.  Until then...I will hope for gardenias in the next few weddings.  

Just to be clear, I would never take anything that wasn't offered to me by either the Bride and Groom, the family or the florist.  I just save a few lovely blooms from their doomed fate of the trash.   

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wedding Wednesday - Just Chic and Me

I'm so excited to share my big news with you!  I have officially joined Just Chic Events as an associate coordinator.  I am over the moon with excitement.  In fact, this past Saturday I had my very first Just Chic Events wedding, where I was the lead coordinator.  It was a huge success and the Bride and Groom were very happy, which makes me happy.  I can't wait to share some pictures with you.  

One year ago, I was helping a friend plan her wedding and simply thinking that I really loved it.  At that point, making it a career was a pipe dream and I thought I would just be the "go-to friend" when loved ones got married.  I flipped my life upside down and decided to go after it.  And now, one year later to the day, I'm a wedding coordinator at one of the most wonderful event planning companies in Los Angeles.  (I'm not biased at all!)  

As if there was any doubt to how legit this is, last week we had a photoshoot to update and add my bio to the website.  AND, I was pleasantly surprised to be given these....

aren't these the coolest business cards you've ever seen? 

I'm so excited and really feel like I've found my perfect fit.  I'm thrilled to be a part of the JCE team and can't wait to take over the event planning world.  I'm incredibly grateful to Paola for putting her trust in me and bringing me onto her team.  

These gorgeous business cards where made by the fabulous Katie at poppyflower press.  I seriously feel so proud every time I hand one out.  

So, if you have a wedding to plan, a birthday to celebrate or any other little thing you want made know who to call!  

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

back in business

Hi friends, I've missed the blog so much.  Travels to New York and a big wedding (details to come on that) have kept me away, but now I'm back.  And so happy to be.  A few foodie things are on my brain...

I came home to these beauties on my patio.  They are mini, but they are mighty delicious and I grew them!  I'm so proud.  

I made THIS last night for dinner and I can't recommend it highly enough.  Don't think twice, just go get the goods and make it happen.  You'll love it!  I feel like it's the perfect dish for the beginning of fall.  

I've got some really exciting news for Wedding Wednesday see you then!  


Saturday, September 11, 2010

on the island

Sorry I've been MIA from the blog for a while, I'm in Long Island with my best friend helping her plan her upcoming wedding!  And meeting her family, trying the local snacks, going through old love notes in the drawers of her childhood bedroom...pretty much amazing stuff.

Tomorrow morning I'm taking the train into Manhattan to see my other best friend and I couldn't be more excited.  Brunch, coffee, shopping, champagne and the best conversation around.  What more could a girl ask for?

Feeling unbelievably blessed and happy right now.  Sorry I'm not blogging, but I'll be back at it as soon as I return.  Promise.  Cross my heart.

Hope you're all having amazing weekends!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Vegas was SO much fun.  However, I now realize that I am not a young buck anymore.  I have so much to do today to prepare for my next trip and I feel like I simply need this day to be a full day of recovery.

We didn't walk away big winners from the casino, but we did walk away winners as Badger fans.  Football is officially back and I couldn't be more excited!

Some highlights:

A bucket of cheese at the tailgate.  Amazing.  

This is a couple of happy football fans!

P.S. - I wore my new ring very proudly on Sunday night...and it was a hit!  So thanks for the advice!  

Thursday, September 2, 2010

ring n' red

Spent most of today getting ready to go to Vegas to watch my beloved Badgers.  Painted my nails red...I picked the OPI red called, "A Oui Bit of Red" because it's Badger red and it has a hint of a sparkle.  Love it.  

Then I bought this ring.  Here's the thing, I don't really have the right "vegas" outfits.  I don't own anything short or tight enough...but I saw this ring today and I thought that it was pretty awesome.  I kind of fell in love and thought I could pair this with red lipstick, a simple black dress and I'd be Vegas ready...Jessi style.  Imagine this ring with a chic!  Right?  

Then my husband came home and told me I look like I'm about to get into a fight.  Brass knuckle style.  It was like he burst my ghetto fabulous balloon.  I need your help.  Keep it, wear it and rock it in Vegas?  Or return it cause I'm not a brass knuckle kind of girl?  Help, please!  

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wedding Wednesday - style unveiled

Back in June I had the pleasure of being a part of this gorgeous couple's wedding day.  Geraldine and Danny were so important to me.  They were my first "big" wedding to coordinate on my own.  Danny is the brother of Paola, who is my wedding guru, dear friend, boss and co-worker.  Paola did all of the planning but she was a bridesmaid, so I stepped in to tend to the day-of coordination.  I was nervous because it was such a big deal to me, but it went really well.  The Bride and Groom were beyond happy, which means that I did my job!  

As if having a happy Bride isn't reward enough, this wedding was recently featured on the great wedding blog, style unveiled.  And I got a shout-out!  I am so excited about this, it's a little bit hard to put into words.  

The stunning couple.  Geraldine was hand's down one of the most beautiful brides that I have ever seen!  

This is the little section where my name gets mentioned!  

You can check out the entire feature HERE.