FNO 2012 & Daily Threads

Tonight, while the VMAs showed us some of the worst in fashion, the world celebrated Fashion’s Night Out – 2012! I had plans to attend functions on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach where the hotel I work for was participating in an event at Saks and also checking out FNO at The Palm Beach Gardens Mall. [Not so] unfortunately, I had several family members visiting from NY and I attended a large family dinner to celebrate my godmother’s birthday instead. Here’s what I wore:

Navy and White polka dot dress – Forever21

Red belt – ?

Red leather Ralph Lauren sandals. – I’ve had these for so long now.

Michael Kors Hamilton Tote

Dinner was delicious and the time spent with my family can’t be matched. (I’d missed them so much!) One year… I don’t know when or how… but one year, if my dreams come true, I’ll spend Fashion’s Night Out with this lady, one of my idols, American Vogue’s Editor in Chief, Anna Wintour.

For information about Fashion’s Night Out, check out their site: Fashion’s Night Out.

Next year, I hope you’ll participate the world wide fashion event in your area!

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

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Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

I enjoyed my day off from work at my family’s home poolside. We were enjoying the sunshine and our barbeque as we celebrated the unofficial start of Summer 2011 while remembering the service men and women who have served to make that possible.

My little sister and I, poolside.
Yum-yum! I ♥ Summer!

Daily Threads
Navy & White Polka dot strapless sundress – Clearance, Target
White Retro 50’s Cat eye sunglasses  – Clearance, Wal-Mart
Red, White & Blue Peace Sign Bikini
Boar’s Head Kosher Beef Hot Dog, Heinz Ketchup, Golden’s Spicy Brown Mustard…. yeah.

It was so disappointing. Saturday at work, while I was checking a mother and her 3 young children out of the clinic, I wished them a happy Memorial Day. One of her boys, about 6 years old, asks his mother “What’s Memorial Day?” to which this woman replied “Ummmm… gee. Actually, I don’t know.”

… …. …. …. Really?

I simply said to the boy “Memorial Day is when we remember and honor the men and women who have served and even given their lives for our freedom. So if you see someone who was in the Army, [for lack of and in depth explanation of all military branches], make sure you say thank you.”

The mother, obviously a bit embarrassed, and rightfully so, said “I guess it’s pretty bad that Mom didn’t know that”. and when I answered the boy’s question I wasn’t trying to embarrass to make her feel bad, but the kid definitely should know what memorial day is… and so should his mother.

But…… Summer 2011 is here!!!

This summer is going to be fantastic, and I’m so excited about this season’s trends!! I know I’ve been slacking on here this past month, but I’ve been doing my research and I have so many topics, trends, and how-tos to post very very soon!

Wedding Day!!!

Today was AMAZING! Shannon walked down the aisle at 11:30am and since noon we’ve been partying our butts off!

It was so amazing watching my little sister, looking absolutely breath-taking, walk down to the shore where her husband-to-be waited, both with tears in their eyes. We walked down the aisle to Train’s song “Marry Me” and exited to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend”. It was very emotional.

As part of the ceremony, each person in attendance said a prayer or projectedpositive energy into a river stone and then we all threw they in the water for the Bride and Groom. It’s an ancient Gaelic tradition, usually incorporated in wrist-binding ceremonies. (Hey, we ARE Irish.)

About half of our family from Long Island were able to make it down for the celebration and we are one family that knows just how to drink and party! We were dancin’ fools out there all day! I think I’ve burned more calories today than I have all year.

Shannon shared her first dance with her new husband to Reba McIntyre’s “I’ll Be There” and her Daddy Daughter dance was to Tim McGraw’s “My Little Girl”. (I’m not a fan of country music usually, but these songs both just made me bawl my eyes out!) I had to make a special request for The Four Season’s song “Who Loves You” so all three of us could dance with our Dad. He always says “Who loves you?” and he is, in deed, always there to make things right. (Now I’m crying…) He’s such an amazing man who has always done right by my Mom and his three girls. I can’t even begin to explain everything our Dad has done and continues to do for all of us. He is so loved.

One of my closest friends, Sean, bartended for the day and did a fabulous job. In fact, my family loves him now! I’m glad his wife and baby girl were willing to spare their Daddy for the afternoon AND Sean recently found out that he and his wife are expecting their second child! Wooo Hooo!!!! Congratulations Sean, Jessica and Little Lily! So happy for your growing family.

I could go on and on about just how wonderful today and this entire weekend has been, but a picture says a thousand words, so take a look for yourself at just how amazing it was. (PS: I made all the starfish hairclips you’ll see)

Congratulations Shannon and Artie. I love you both! Enjoy Mexico! Ole!

Bridesmaid and Groomsman
Maid of Honor & Best Man.
You can see she’s trying not to cry yet.
I pretty much cried the entire time.
So beautiful!
♥ Mr. & Mrs. ♥
Just as the ceremony was ending…
♥ My Family ♥
“Who loves you pretty baby? Who’s always there to make it right”
Their cake was DELICIOUS! Butterrum (Blue) and Lemon (Yellow). Mmmmm…
I can’t remember the last time I had that great of a day!
I HAD to snap this one!
There’s always time for a family pic while shakin’ your ass on the floor!
Such a happy bride!
I don’t know what the heck we were dancing to here… but we look on point for sure!
Bartenders! My Best Friends!
I had to change after we took our pics down playing in the water.
So adorable!
(may they live) happily ever after.

Wedding Rehearsal

Today, the three of us headed over to the alterations shop to pick-up and learn how to do Shannon’s bussle. This dress should have been ready weeks ago… I’m not getting into it. Anyway, I woke up… feeling the affects of the night before… and rushed over to the shop with Shannon and Sarah. After the tutorial, I rushed out of there because I still needed to pack for the weekend away and get ready for the rehearsal, which I was told was 3:00pm… it was 1:45pm… and it takes 30mins to drive from my house to the place… I was freaking out.

I’m rushing there and trying to get in contact with just about everyone in my immediate family; sisters don’t answer… I’m panicing… Dad finally answers and he’son his way, so at least I know I’m the only late one. Casey and I arrive and there’s nobody there… check-in was at 3:00pm… the rehearsal was whenever… I was like “WHAAAAT!?” I just rushed like a crazy person to get as much packed and get ready and be as on time as possible while everyone else takes their time and nobody told me each time I freaked out about needed to hurry up… whatever… the cottages were adorable! I’ve mentioned if before but it bares repeating. This weekend wedding retreat was being held at The River Palm Cottages of Jensen Beach.

Between the family members that our side had staying and Shannon’s husband-to-be’s family had staying, we took up half of the compound. I feel bad for anyone who was unaffiliated with the wedding who booked their lovely vacation this weekend, because we owned that sh*t.

Eventually we got around to doing the rehearsal and Casey snapped these pics of me and my sisters. ♥

It wasn’t too long into the gathering of our two families that the short-tempered, protective, domineering bitch with a low bullsh*t tolerance of this family: Me, stepped into the arena with the ego-inflated, attention-seeking, nervy-ass bitch of his family… it got tense several times… yeah. Casey got the most incredible series of photos where my face goes from mildly annoyed to full-blown pissed and even captured the moment right before I lost my sh*t for a second. It’s perfect. …and this woman was insane. She insisted on having a cake for her grown-as daughter’s birthday tonight, the night of Shannon’s wedding festivities and the girl’s birthday isn’t even today!!!! Shannon ok’ed this but it is so ef’ing tacky… I mean… really? Come-the-f*ck-on… The smell of desperation is a pungent oder and those desperate for attention smell the worst!

Once the rehearsal was over, everyone spent the rest of the evening settleing in and straight up partying! It is so awesome seeing some of my New York family down here. I love them all so much!

I snapped this pic of Casey looking relaxed and sexy as he partied with my clan. Thank God for this man. Without him running all over the place, we wouldn’t be able to do this. He is so good to my family! It should also be noted that Sarah’s guy is proving himself to be quite helpful too!

Tonight we made our bouquets and the guys boutonnieres and they are so beautiful. I totally get my crafty DYI genes from my Mother. She is incredible.

I just wrote myself a little outline for my toast tomorrow… I know I’m going to cry. I can’t believe that in a few hours, my little sister will be a married woman. [When I was about 11, I had a dream, that I told my Mom about and my Mom remembers, about my future wedding. In it, I dreamed that Shannon’s children were participants in my wedding… Maybe it will prove itself to be true.]

Oh God! Must Sleep!

I.Q. [S]! T.2 – Day #1

Yesterday, I picked up a box of nicotine patches to help me quit smoking. I’m kind of sad to quit. I really do enjoy it so much! Today is the first day I am using a nicotine patch. I stuck it on my left upper arm and immediately regretted it, I don’t like how it looks there. 😦

I look like death. So tired.

I put it on as I was finishing up getting ready for work and by the time I was in my car my left arm felt really weird. Like it was just about to go “fuzzy”, or numb. It didn’t go numb… but it felt weird. I would try and shake it off, but my elbow was intermittently feeling uncomfortable all day. I just didn’t like the way it felt. Like my left arm was on crack. Overall, I feel fatigued and weak. My muscles feel tight though. I guess I mostly feel sluggish.

However, I’m not craving cigarettes. Every time I come to a point where I would smoke one, I feel like I’m forgetting something, then I remember I quit smoking and then I want one. But I don’t want one bad enough. The nicotine patch is keeping me strong. …whatever. I’ve also been chugging water if I have a particularly vicious craving. Usually as sudden as the craving pops up, it’ll go away.

I had to leave work early today because my sisters and I were taking our dresses for the wedding to David’s Bridal to be altered. This turned out to be a bunch of B.S. Long story short, Sarah and I figure, we will worry about ours later, they’re fine now. So we took Shannon’s gown to a local taylor, Karmucha Alterations, and the girls there were so incredibly nice and so creative and fun! Here’s what Shannon’s bustle will look something like.

I also started tanning again today. I had given up on tanning a long time ago, since it takes me too long to build and keep a tan… Without strictly monitoring a gradual build-up, I simply: burn.peel. repeat. I want to be a little radiant for Shannon’s upcoming wedding though, so I figured I need to start the build-up now and maintain. Plus, this summer I don’t want to reflect the sun back off of me at the beach…

I figure, this can be a learning experience for other Gingers who may want to build a tan.

It isn’t advised by ANYONE that “Gingers” and others with very sensitive, very fragile, melanin-lacking skin expose themselves to any UV light, at anytime, for any reason. At least not without a very good sunblock. But sometimes, as most of us tend to do from time to time, you get a tad curious of what it’s like to do something different. For Gingers, anything other than Vampire white is different. (Granted, most of the “tan” is really clusters of freckles.) Anyway, here’s what I did:

Operation Tan Ginger 
– Phase One
– Day 1 – 
Low Watt Bulb, European Bed.
Lotions Cream 
Supre Peachy Keen Tanning Lotion
12 Minutes
Tanner, W/ Redness. 
My arms and legs definitely appeared tanner. 
My back and belly were pretty red because I didn’t have enough lotion and I got a little skimpy in the middle.
No discomfort.