Friday, May 24, 2013

The Almost Newlyweds..

At our shower, we did a really fun game, that was similar to The Newlywed Game. I'm sure you all have played it, or seen it done at wedding showers, or maybe seen the show that has been on for like, 35 years. Being that we are the only two people to be desperately in love, and planning a wedding, ever, in the whole world, I feel like I need to explain the game to you. It's pretty self explanatory. 

Just a few notes: 
Rather than answer the questions how I would, aka correctly, I answered as I thought Anthony would.

Also, Krissy had filmed Anthony answering these, and while the videos were too quiet to enjoy at the game (she had written his answers down anyway) we watched them later, and they were really funny and cute. 

On to (most of) the questions: 

1. Where was Anthony born?

L's answer: Pittsburgh...oh wait, he said Shitsburgh
A's answer: Shitsburgh

2. What was your first date together?

Both said Jethro's 

3. How many kids do you want to have?

L: He said 2, but I want at least 3
A: I say 2, but Luci will say 3 or more

4. First kiss/First I Love Yous?

Both: Camp, August 2009 for first kiss; first I love yous- Anthony said it, NYE 2010

5. What is the theme of your wedding?

L: Great Gatsby-ish, but he didn't say that
A: Umm..Pink and gold?

6. What do you think is Luci's best physical feature?

Ok..I made a dingdong out of myself here...
L: Hmmm..not sure I can this..but my boobs
A: Her entire face 
(how much nicer is his answer, compared to my white trash response) 

7. One word to describe Luci:

L: He always tells me that I'm sweet
A: Fun and funny 
(another great answer)

8. One word to describe Anthony:

L: Loud
A: Smart

9. What is Anthony's biggest pet peeve about Luci? 

L: Always in a hurry; and break everything
A: Sits on the couch and watches too much tv (!!!!) 
(I'm still feigning shock and anger of this one)

10. Luci's favorite thing that Anthony cooks for her?

Both: Fried chicken

11. Anthony's favorite thing that Luci makes for him?

Both: Chocolate chip cookies

12. Who is better at cleaning?

L: He said himself, even though that's not true
A: Me! 
(I don't think men realize the nooks and crannies of a home, that need to be cleaned. Just sayin)

13. What is Luci's favorite outfit?

L:  Easy. Pajamas.
A: Her floral, silk pajamas
(I wouldn't say they are my fave, but they are comfortable, and gross and Anthony hates them. My favorites are the plaid flannel from my mom, or the leopard from Krissy. I just live for good PJ's!) 

So there is another glimpse into the shower, and into our goofy relationship. In other wedding news, we had our food tasting today, and everything was beyond good! Our coordinator is awesome, and it was just a great, and reassuring experience. 

My dress is in!! Haven't gone to try it on, but I'm hoping it looks like this: 

We are now in the double digits: 98 days to go! We have been having such a fun time planning this wedding, that it has gone by way too fast. Trust me, there are many things that we haven't agreed on, but I'd say for every "disagreement" there have been at least twice as many laughs.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Weekend Recap ~ WC Shower Weekend

"If this is just the beginning, my life is gonna be beautiful" - On my way home from West Chester, just outside of Philadelphia, I decided to add a Michael Buble station to my Pandora, and heard the song Ain't That A Kick In The Head by Dean Martin. My Dad and I always loved this song, and this lyric really stood out to me, as this was an exceptional weekend. This is how I am feeling these days. Not too shabby.

Saturday, the 18th, really kicked off our wedding festivities. My first bridal shower was thrown, and it was incredible. There was so much thought and love put into it. Once I get my pictures in order, I will do a post on the shower, alone. I decided to make it a long weekend- and it ended up being filled with lots of eating, sleeping, family time, shopping, and primping. I mean, really, does it get any better?

Wednesday afternoon, I was on my way! My Aunt Ro lives very close to where Anthony's parents live. A little tidbit: my Dad grew up really close to where my fiance did. Somehow, my mom and I got them both to Altoona. I digress.. I met my Aunt for dinner, and the place she picked was on my way into the area, which worked out great. She always chooses the most amazing places- from the food to the ambiance. We like fancy in the Nardone family. This time was no different. We went to a place called Vicker's Tavern, in Exton. My parents had their rehearsal dinner here, 30-some years ago. Really fitting for the weekend. One thing that I really love about a lot of places in Eastern PA, is the history. The buildings in the area appear to be intact, for the most part, and a lot of them have some kind of war background. I really don't know what that means. I just know that this place was old and beautiful. Our food was amazing, and the company and laughter even better. Aunt Ro's friend, Phyllis joined us, and I think we could have sat all night and caught up.

Then it was off to Pam & Frank's (my in-laws to be) and get some beauty sleep.

Thursday, I slept in. A lot. I was really hoping that by the time I hit 30, my need (or really just love) to sleep in would subside, and maturity would take over. Hasn't taken yet. Pam and I got up and went to a great brunch at a place called The Classic Diner, that has become a regular spot when we're there. Speaking of being mature, I ordered chicken fingers. I have to add that the food in the Philly area is incredible. There is nothing like it, and this is what we miss the most living in Altoona. We do however, have our choice of most chain restaurants. Awesome. After brunch, I went home to get scrubbed up, and de-moistured, so that I could go get spray tanned. Nothing too interesting there, except that the cute, young girl at the desk seemed disgusted by how fair my skin was. I didn't have the heart to tell her, that all of the tanning she is doing now, is going to make her beautiful, young face shrivel up and die.

The rest of Thursday was pretty awesome. I went to the salon where I worked when I lived in the area, La Difference. I got my hair done (Hi and Lo Mohawk to be exact) and visited with friends. I didn't want to leave. That place always felt like home to me, still does. There is always something special about a place where you flourished and grew in so many ways. My old boss, Christy, wouldn't be making it to the shower, so I headed to her house afterwards, and we caught up over pizza. It was perfect, and great to see her family as well.

Later that night, I headed over to my sister-in-law to be, Krissy's, place. I mean, I went to see my brother-in-law to be, Matthew too, but he wasn't as interested in our girl talk, and champs drinking. I kept her from working on secret shower things. Sorry, Krissy :-)  Ps..She had on the season finale of Scandal, which I've never watched (always meant to start) and it looked super good, and scandalous (sorry, I had to.)

On friday morning, the beautifying continued. Pam and I headed out for manis and pedis. I found my new favorite color for on my fingernails. It's Steady As She Rose, by OPI. I say new, but it's from the Pirates of the Caribbean collection. Gulp. Better start doing some Ebay and Amazon shopping. I can't say enough about how much I love this color. As for toes, I almost always get I Vant To Be A-Lone Star by OPI. No matter my intention for something else, I always end up with the same toes. Just m' thang. I was doing closed-toe for the shower, so didn't feel the need to match, not that I ever do match my nails to my toes..

After our nail appt, you guessed it... more good food. We went to a place called Catherine's. This place was beyond charming, and had a great historic feel to it. Not that I know the specifics. I do know, that I had the best burger I think that I've ever had, and 87 glasses of iced tea.

Friday afternoon was reserved for meeting my Mom and Dad, who were on their way into town from Cape May. We met at the King of Prussia mall, and spent most of our time at Nordstrom. It was a really successful shopping trip, and really fun to get that time with my Mom. And...drum roll please...I got my wedding shoes!! They are gorgeous, and they are also going to be a surprise. I even had a dream about them later that night.

We all went back to the house to regroup - which means drink, snack, and change, then met my Aunt, my brother, sister-in-law, and niece for dinner. They were staying at Aunt Ro's. One thing that I always worry about, are logistics...for anything. I mean, I would worry about how and when to get to work if I could. So naturally, I was nervous that we all wouldn't get to see each other enough, etc. I was so wrong. It all could not have worked out better. It was a great night to catch up, and it was really casual. We went to a local pizza place. My niece, will also be our flower girl. She turned 2 in January, and if it's possible, she get's sweeter, and even more beautiful everytime I see her.

Saturday was of course, shower day! It was a beautiful party, thrown by Pam's friends, and Krissy. The little touches were very heartfelt, and I was blubbering mess when I got there. One thing that was really special to me about it, was enjoying it with my Mom. Much, much more to come!

A little preview.. This picture isn't the best, but it captures the moment. And isn't a weird angle. Bryn and I were enjoying the cake, here. Yes, more eating.

By this time, the groom had gotten into town, and was off rocking away at a concert. While we were all being fancy and girly, he was in a mosh pit listening to Alice and Chains & Soundgarden. Not only did Anthony travel to Jersey, he also time-traveled to 1993. Our Dad's had gone to a Philly's game. Who didn't have fun on shower weekend?!

Saturday night was casual, and really fun, thank god because I could not wait to get my dress off. We all hung out at Pam and Frank's. Dana and I also got a lot of shower things done, for my Hollidaysburg shower. Then on Sunday, the Nardone's met for breakfast in Wayne, a great little town, and close to where my Dad and Aunt grew up. Then time to head back home.

Now, it is back to reality, along with lots of working out, thank you notes to write, and beautiful things to put away.

This week ahead should be just as crazy, and almost as fun. Anthony and decided to sneak away overnight just the two of us on Wednesday, and then we have our food tasting on Friday!

I cannot believe that our first wedding party/event has come and gone. It still feels like a blur. I need to figure out how to process, so that I remember my wedding when the time comes. Seriously. I cannot stress again how incredible the shower was, and am really anxious to get it all written down. The Almost Newlywed Game was pretty ridiculous. I'm still trying to decide how much of it will be appropriate to blog about.

That's just a smidgen of how meaningful this weekend was to me. I mean, how lucky are we?

Hopefully, party details will be up by the end of the week!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Gurl, where you been?

Ok, so I have been totally MIA. We know this. It's happening. We're dealing with it. 

There are a ton of big things coming up, and I've been working, packing, shopping.. You name it. I've also been getting our teeny little place ready, to make some room for our new things we'll be bringing home next weekend (shower weekend!) 

A fun thing about this blog, that I have been thinking all along, is that I think it would be really great for our kids, and their kids, etc to see one day. I'm under the impression that you can get your posts printed into a book. So, with that said, something that I would like to post in the near future is a glimpse into our place (with pictures- I really need to get better with the pictures.) 

Just a few other things going on lately.. 

*We had a great Mother's Day. Just hung out at my Mom and Dad's, watched movies, and had a nice dinner. My Mom and I would have gone for a nice, long walk but it was freezing here! 

*I'm finally feeling that mind-body connection, again. It's not anything that I can really explain, but it's basically a confidence in getting my workout on, and feeling good while doing it; and even looking forward to it. I always lose it in the winter time. I'm a natural hibernator. Truly. Give me a bed, a snack, and a tv, and I'm good for days. It's disgusting. I have been doing a lot of different classes, and am back at my favorite gym! Makes a difference for me. My surroundings are important to me when I workout. I feel a separate post coming on.. 

*Currently, I am reading Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar, by Kelly Oxford. Google her. She's kind a twitterlebrity, is the best way I know to describe her. Also, she's hilarious, and crass- which I love. 
(I apologize for not adding a link to the book. I am posting this from my phone. I'm sure that I could figure it out..but, well, I don't want to.)

*I'm also thinking I need to do a Bravo post, and go through some of the shows. For example, I was really hoping to recap Married to Medicine; or Marriage: The First Year since they are seemingly close to my life. Well, they are the opposite of my life (which is awesome! seriously!); and catch up with the Orange County chicks... 

This was just a quick hi, a what I'm thinking about doing, and a see ya'll soon! 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Met Gala 2013 Fashion Recap

Towards the end of winter, all Stepfords, fashionistas, and divas expect the arrival of one very important invitation. I'm of course talking about the Met Gala, held in NYC every spring. It's like the Oscars of fashion (with no awards...) I had to decline, again, this year because I have a lot getting-dressed-to-go-work-out-but-never-going to do. I was able to see everything online, and now of course, instagram; as I'm sure most of you were, too.

Every year, there is a theme to the gala. This year's was punk. Yes, punk meets couture. I'm a tad uneasy about it. Apparently, some of the guests were too, as it appears they thought punk could also mean: Medieval, just straight up couture, disco (I'm talkin' to you, Solange), and so on..

Let's check it out:

 First off, let's pull a fashion police on Anne Hatheway. I kind of love this. You know if Hatheway is invited to anything with a theme, she is committing! (And maybe a little dorky. There, I said it.) This dress is fabulous, and she rocked the punk theme. Even the hair is edgy and cool. Can she pull of edgy and cool? Ehhh. Can I? Just as much as Anne Hatheway can. In other words, I want to desperately, but just will never quite be cool enough.
 I have a weird thing about Beyone. I want to like her. In fact, I almost feel obligated to. She's a little too perfect for me, with her "perfect" life and just ok voice. I swear, I'm not in a bad mood while I write this. However, Queen Bey always looks to die for! She's hot! As for this Met Gala look, it's not really doing anything for me, either way. I'm not even sure there is a theme here, at all. Maybe couture mess? The hair is good. Her assets, amazing as always. And, that's about that.
 Solange Knowles. Beyonce's sister. Not punky at all. At all. Don't get me wrong, I think the 'fro is super cool, and she seems like a nice enough girl. But no. Just no. The dress is a little too safe, too. Great dress, but not appropriate for the event. It would be very nice for my wedding rehearsal, though. The Knowles sisters may have missed the mark on the punk theme, but one was gala appropriate, the "other one" wasn't. I have a feeling that Solange is referred to as the "other one" a lot. I'm getting a total Whatever Happened to Baby Jane vibe here.
Katy Perry claimed to have been channeling the "original punk" Joan of Arc. I'm going to try and be nice here, because she drives me nuts. So, I won't say too much about how lame it is to try and go deep when you're typically performing with lollypops over your chest. And the fit and length of this dress? Well, again, I'm just going to leave it at that. I'm, like, angry now.
 That's better. Madonna. She makes everything better. This is, obviously, one strange outfit, but it's cohesive, punky, and in true Madonna fashion, she owns it! And I love it. I do think a gown would have been more appropriate, though.
 Powdered wigs are back, you guys! Nicole Richie was one of the most talked about of the night. I like the dress, but it isn't punk to me. The hair is jacked, but it is punk (was George Washington a punk?), so I need to give her points there. In some weird way, I think as a whole, this kind of worked. The dress was simple enough to let the rest her look, shine. Speaking of weird, that white hair is really flattering to her skin tone. Go figure. It was fine for the evening, but let's hope this color (Powder? Spray from Spencer's? Too much dry shampoo?) washed out.
 Rooney Mara actually just stopped by on her way home from the grocery store. Truly, I think this is how she looks all of the time. I have to say, I love the dress and the shoes. I like me some Rooney, and I know being aloof and sad is her thing, but I would love to see her smile! Just once!
Oh, SJP. We need to break it down in sections. The dress is gorgeous. It isn't punky, but still- it's stunning. The hair and make-up, as always look great. The headpiece. Sigh. I appreciate the couture thing going on. Really, I do. Sarah Jessica never makes safe choices, and I love that about her. I just don't get this. I don't see how it goes with the event. This doesn't really look comfortable either. I feel like I am missing some kind of obvious joke, but all in all, it is totally Sarah Jessica Parker, and like Madonna, she is owning the look. Let's be honest, I'd rather see this, than anything too safe for this kind of night.

Some others worth mentioning are Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, and Jessica Alba. Respectively, we saw preggo Kim in flowers (my only issues was that Kim was looking too short. There wasn't enough skin showing. Too much fabric for her figure- which I think looks fine for someone who is expecting a baby, btw); Miley was punky, and for that, I loved it; Jessica was gorgeous, yet safe. I would have worn her look for any other kind of gala.

I didn't get the designer's names. If it's really important, and you're hoping to buy Madonna's blazer or Rooney's shoes- I'd check Us Weekly, or really anywhere else. Given that all attending were to punk it up a bit, I was surprised not to see anything Debbie Harry inspired. That would have been my go-to. However, I am no expert on anything punk. Shocking, right? I already can't wait to see what the theme is next year. My dream would be a Dynasty theme, but I don't really see that happening. Ever. 

Whether you prefer to be a punk, a Joan Collins wannabe, or whatever else feels normal to you..just be fabulous! 

Friday, May 3, 2013

High 5 ~ Wedding Edition

I really was feeling a link up for today, and seeing as how it's Friday, had to be a High 5! Linking up here..

I decided to do a wedding inspired High Five. I mean, why not. Oh, and you can probably expect a few wedding inspired High Five posts..

While these High Fives aren't necessarily from this week, they are a big part of our lives at the moment.

1. I am no closer to knowing how I will wear my hair for the big day! In fact, a girl was walking passed work today, and was rocking the best bangs/bun thing, and it totally inspired me. If we're going up..this is where I am now:

Yes, that is Kim Zolciak from the RHOA reunion. I don't care how ridiculous. It was her real hair, after all, so it's not that tacky, right? Don't answer that. 

I guess we'll give the cute random girl on Allegheny Street the High 5. Go guuurl!

A few weeks ago, I was leaning towards down; this week it's up. Next week, maybe it will be half up/half down! I'm breathing into a (bedazzled) paper bag now.

2. In just 2 weeks (and 1 day,) I will celebrate my FIRST bridal shower! Huge! I'm having two, since Anthony and I are from separate hometowns. This one will be in his hometown of West Chester, PA, and I am so excited! My mother-in-law to be, Pam- who has been amazing in helping us, has a fantastic group of friends that are throwing it, along with my sister-in-law to be, Krissy. That girl deserves her own about helpful, and just all around fabulous! Let me tell you, these women can do no wrong. I have seen what they can create. It will be an incredible and meaningful day.

Anthony will be rocking out at the MMRBQ, while I am there. It's a tradition for him, and he really shouldn't miss it. I went with him one year. Loved the music; being in a mosh pit with a bunch of dirties stepping all over me? yeah, never again. Just try to picture it. I was sporting new bangs and a sensible strapless top. Um, one of these things is not like the other.

3. Now, I need to preface what I am about to say. While it has been wonderful having everyone share how happy they are for us, I feel so silly having registered, and expecting people to buy us stuff. It embarrasses me. I would just rather have their love and support behind us. I know, holy cheese, Luce. My fiance on the other hand, checks our registries every 10 minutes to see if anyone has gotten anything. That all being said, we have already gotten a few things delivered to us, and what a cool feeling! Have I totally contradicted myself? What else is new.Can't wait to start entertaining like grown-ups!

4. I need to High 5 the fact that we're kind of in that relaxing lull that everyone told us about. All of the big stuff is set, and while there is still a ton to do (seriously..does it ever end?) I feel like we can just sit back, and figure it out in the next few weeks. This alone makes me a little nuts. Knowing that I have things that I could be doing, but am putting them off? Where is that paper bag again? Who am I? Might as well "try" to relax while I can. Cut to me staying up until 2am tonight to make some lame guestbook or something..

5. At the end of this month, we go for our food tasting, and "meeting" with our wedding coordinator provided by the Nittany Lion Inn. While I am so excited about the food, along with our parents, and Anthony, I'm sure who is more excited than anyone about the food, I cannot wait to pick this poor guy's brain about itinerary, logistics, and the like. Stepford be crazy.

6. Bonus HIGH FIVE! Whoa, where did that come from?! While I was writing that last one, I thought of one more thing to share. My fiance has said to me, from the beginning, that the most important things to him about the wedding are the food, and the music. I mentioned to him picking our introduction song, and surprising me that day. I didn't really care what it would be, and knew he would pick something fun. About a week after I mentioned it, he started laughing and said he had a great song in mind. Knowing him, it took me about 2 seconds to figure it out. So much for the surprise. Our first introduction as Mr. and Mrs. Froncillo will be to none other than Welcome to the Jungle by Guns 'n' Roses. I love it because it is so Anthony. Rock On!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Smells Like 30-Something Spirit

I need to make a little note here, first. Anyone remember the Toms wedges that the Easter Bunny brought me? They were a tad too big, and that's why I claimed to have been living in my Gabe's wedges- because my beloved Toms had to be exchanged. By the way, what happens to the African kids, when you return a pair of Toms?? Just a thought.. Anyway, I got the right size in my Toms, and they are fabulous! When I "dress up" they are a great, comfy go-to. They're not a bad casual shoe either. Moral of the story: they're comfortable and I have found dozens of dressy and casual ways to wear them! I'll save the Gabe's wedges for date night (hopefully this weekend!)

Good to have that off of my chest! More importantly though, we need to all give some recognition to a fabulous girl, Rebecca over at Mommy in Heels. I've known Becky for the longest time, and she has always been such a fashionista. It's nice to see someone local living out their dreams, and doing it in such an awesome way! She is an inspiration in many ways. Please read through her blog for great, and accessible fashion ideas, and to check out some amazing opportunities that she has been given recently- all for her love of fashion! 

This got me thinking that maybe I need to make my posts more specific, or just focus more on wedding planning. That's a little hard to do, since we have everything pretty much set. Go us! I was all set to write up a post on how emotional it is to shop for the right dress, and maybe on how I've become obsessed with Say Yes To The Dress..but then I got home, and there was a Kiehls package at my door! Thus a new idea was born.

In my quest to look like a Stepford Wife, but never ever act like one, I started going a little nuts ordering beauty products (make-up, face cream, you name it.) What's up, tax refund. About a month ago, I went on the search for a new perfume. I thought if nothing else, I wanted something new for the wedding. Usually, I wear Lolita Lempicka aka "the purple apple one" but just needed something new. Funny, that's usually my justification for going to Target- "I just need something new" or "I just need to walk around for 3 hours somewhere." This was a tricky one, because I'm afraid that I inherited my mother's terrible allergies and sensitivity to anything "strong" scented. What is a glamazon to do? I knew I could handle something musky. To me, there is nothing better than the smell of men's cologne. I went to Macy's and smelled everything, and left with the worst itchy nose of my life. I was annoyed, too. Discouraged, disheartened, and overly dramatic. Not even my Captain & Ginger Ale at Applebee's could erase the mess that was going on all over my wrists. By some way of magic, two days later, Bethenny Frankel tweeted that Lance Bass had recommended a scent for her. First of all, I love that I just said Bethenny Frankel and Lance Bass tweeted through magic. I digress. Long story short, Bethenny was also looking for the perfect musky scent, and Lance had the answer for her. Come to think of it, maybe she was looking for the perfect mens/womens scent- something else that would mean it would work for me. The BethennyLance scent would be Kiehl's Musk. I mean, duh. It's called Musk. I had heard of it, but never gave it a second thought..until that fateful day. Cut to a week and half later, and my Musk was at my door. I ordered the 1.7 oz version of the spray, and the Musk scented body lotion. So far, I'm loving it! It has a Chanel 5 quality. And, my nose feels fine. Bonus. What's nice about Kiehl's, is they are all about the samples. It's like ordering from Sephora, but not as overwhelming.

The samples that I choose are the Eye Alert, and Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream with SPF (I've been wearing wrinkle cream since I was 7. And by 7, I mean 22-ish.) I also was gifted with a 1 oz bottle of their Creme de Corps: The Original Nourishing Cream

Are we seeing a trend, that I online shop a lot? There are 2 reasons for this..1 is that there is literally jack around here, as far as places to shop. 2 is that crowds and people in my way bug me. Pretty simple explanation.

This is also a good time to share what came in my Birchbox
I'm going to keep it super simple here: A perfume (ironic); a facial wash- haven't tried it, but it's by LAFACE, and that is a great brand; A lipstick that is more like a lipstain- in the reddest color I have ever worn/seen in my life; And a skin serum by Nexxus. Say wha?? Nexxus makes skincare products?! Rather nice ones, I might add.

Bee-tee-dubs, most of the Kiehl's samples that I ordered, can be bought through Birchbox, in the bigger size, therefor gaining me shopping points! Same with a lot of other brands on the site. Something to think about, all my fellow product junkies.

Just to keep this wedding inspired, I have most likely found my day-of scent. Otherwise, my mother always wore Shalimar, and I had mentioned to her, just wearing that. She told me that she had gotten rid of it- she had crossed into being allergic to her signature scent. I can really make nothing, sound dramatic, no?