Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Plan Doesnt Matter...Just The Ladies That I'm With...

So this past weekend, I had the lovely chance of being invited to a "Girls Night Out" Slumber Party! My new, fun, and sweet friend Miss Brandi was the gracious hostess and my goodness did she do a fantastic job! She sent out the cutest invitations, that she of course purchased off of the best website ever, ETSY.com, purchased a hotel room for us at the Oceanfront, decorated the room, and made us gift bags with candy, nail polish, and fun scratch cards inside! Lord knows, I've needed a night with some loving and supportive girls and that is what I got!

The fiance was out of town for the weekend, so I figured there was no other time than that night, to hang with the ladies! After attending my step-sisters, twins 1st birthday party, I met the gals at the hotel. We all chatted about the upcoming events in our lives, my wedding, Miss Brandi's wedding, Miss Jen purchasing her first home, and etc., we also moaned and groaned about the crappiness in our lives, like Miss Whitney getting stranded on a boat, stung by a bee (in the middle of the ocean), and receiving some serious sunage (from being stranded on the boat for some time) all earlier that day! Poor thing, she was red as a lobster, but the minute we opened the door for her, you could see the relief on her face! We were there to make that girl feel fab despite her very eventful afternoon!

We began to get ready for the night. Showers to wash off the nastiness of the 105 degree heat, curling of hair for those who aren't blessed with curls, straightening of hair for those of us that hate our curls, makeup to makes us hotter than we already are, and I can't forget tweezing of the eyebrows to prevent the uni-brow (just kidding) growing on my face! I learned Miss Jen ENJOYS tweezing eyebrows for her friends, but I think my pessimistic twin just likes seeing her friends in pain ;) Check her out below working on my brows!


After we were all primped, primed, and looking our most fabulous, we ventured downstairs to have dinner and drinks at Catch 31, a local hot spot. The wait time... 1 hour and 30 minutes! We were all more than willing to wait so, we grabbed drinks at the bar and Miss Jen and I snagged a cocktail table, and there we waited. Waited. Waited. Waited some more. And some more. We even got some nosey guys to snap our pictures to pass the time. And then we waited some more! Finally, Miss Brandi went to the host stand to inquire about how much longer the wait would be, only to be given the cold shoulder and an attitude from the hostess. So we continued to wait. Mrs. Briana ordered appetizers to try and hold us over. At this time we had waited an hour and fifteen minutes... We were all beyond STARVING! Mrs. Briana even confronted the ugly hostess only to have been told that our wait was now TWO HOURS! Needless to say this made 7 hungry ladies, really P.O.ed! After much debating we decided to head back to our room to think of some other options. Room Service was terribly expensive and lacked nothing of interest to us. Next option... journey to the hotel restaurant next door. However, after standing by the opened bar for 5 minutes they then decide to inform us that they were closed. Finally, we found a hole in the wall Mexican place across the street! We all ventured in hungry as hell and a little apprehensive, but we were greeted by a very sweet waitress who offered us $2 Kamikaze shots and some killer chicken tacos on special! HELLO FOOD!


Meanwhile, as we were all sitting and waiting for food, I noticed Miss Brandi had been outside on the phone with her fiance for some time. I walked out to find her crying and knew exactly why! She had put so much time, planning, and love into preparing this wonderful evening, and it was not going the way she had planned! The "plans" didn't matter much to me, I was having fun just being with her and the rest of my sweet girlfriends! However, I know it meant the world to her! I gave her the biggest hug I could and reassured her that everything was fine, and we were not judging her for her "failed attempts" at a fun evening (they were not a fail what-so-ever). We are her friends and no matter how the night would have ended up, we would have had made sure to have fun no matter what!

After going back in to the restaurant, finally eating, taking another round of shots, and cheering up we all decided to head back to the hotel! Once there we all changed into our P.J.s and hopped into bed (no pillow fights for these girls), and watched Remember Me, starring our man, Mr. Rob P. Needless to say those who stayed up for it, very much enjoyed the steamy scenes, however they were a bit disappointed in the ending. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it! I think its great regardless of the twist in the end!

Mrs. Briana finally fell asleep after suffering from a horrible migraine, in which I think she passed on to me because I woke up the next morning, half spooning Miss Whitney, and with a KILLER headache! But it was by far the most fun I've had with some girlfriends in a while! The girl talk alone was enough to make me feel better and more connected to these fabulous ladies (who needed a fancy dinner to do that... not me!). So this post is for Miss Brandi... I had a great time girlfriend and don't you worry your pretty face about your plans! Plans are plans, sometimes they work out sometimes they don't, but in this life you just have to roll with the punches, and who better to roll with them than all of ladies that love you for you! XOXO girlfriend, I love ya to pieces!!!



Miss Brandi, Miss Amy, Me, Mrs. Briana, Miss Whitney, Miss Jen, & Miss Elizabeth
So to you Young Housewives, always remember, it's not always about the plan, it's just about the lovely people you are with!
Love Always,
Lauran













Monday, July 19, 2010

That kind of day... A Personal Day!

So you ladies know what I'm speaking of right?! That kind of day when the moment you wake, you just are not feeling it!? You're in a funk and no matter what you do, ya just can't seem to get out of it!? By Golly, Yes, you ladies know EXACTLY what I am talking about!!

Today has been one of those days for me. I've been feeling lazy, but highly irritable! The house (in my opinion) is a wreck, however the thought of cleaning is enough to make me want to pull my hair out, piece by piece! I've been hungry all day, but for what, I have no clue! Nothing in the kitchen seems at all appetizing! Then there is the "job hunt"! I desperately need a career. Being a super-server is not cutting it for me anymore, however the thought of actually looking for a job terrifies me, therefore I have yet to really look, in detail, for a career! The same goes for wedding dress shopping! Something about that process terrifies me as well! Maybe because I will learn that I am, indeed, overweight and need to lose some serious pounds! Or, maybe it is because I am scared I will settle on "the dress" only to see something later that I can not live with out! Or, possibly it is the whole price tag that is attached to my beautiful ivory flowing gown that scares me! I don't want anyone to go broke paying for such a thing but I sure as heck don't want to go broke either! Ohhh the predicaments Ohhhh the days!

And then there is the biggest issue for me, that leads to why I need a personal day! I want to sit and pout and sulk about how I can't seem to get a grip on the whole losing weight deal! The fiance and I ordered P90X a month ago! I have seen what this program has done for people in my life, therefore I know it works, and when I say works, I mean you lose weight and get seriously buff in exactly 90 days! However, what I don't know, is how in the freaking world do you motivate yourself to stick with it and to get up every day excited to work your body to the core for an hour to an hour and a half?! This is not just a struggle I have had since ordering the P90X program. I have somehow always seemed to give up on weight loss programs since I was in middle school! I would get excited first and stick with it for a few weeks, and then the excitement would die, and I would gorge myself till I felt better! Well hello, it is still occurring 13 years later! You don't even WANT to know what I ate this weekend! Just thinking of it disgusts myself! Maybe I should start blogging about what I eat! If I am publicly sharing my disgusting eating habits with the whole world, maybe I can then start making healthier decisions as to what I put into my body! I am definitely embarrassing myself by doing such a thing, but maybe it will work! One can only try right?!

So here goes... Today I ate:

1 Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwich on 2 pieces of Light Honey Wheat bread
1/4 of a normal sized bag of Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips
1 Cadbury Bunny Egg (left over from Easter... how flippin' disgusting right?)

At least it was good sulking food right?! Maybe I can decide on something better to eat for dinner, however, this whole lounging around and getting nothing accomplished but pouting about being super uber lazy is getting the best of me!

Oh a lighter note, I received a mock up of our wedding invitations today in the mail! Our wedding invitations are going to follow this design found at www.btelements.com. My fabulous and very creative cousin has graciously been helping us design our invitations! We figured it all out a week and half ago and I could not be happier with the design! Instead of doing separate invitations with separate RSVP cards, I decided I would rather have it all contained in a pocket folder! My cousin knows all the secret websites and showed me what www.cardsandpockets.com has to offer! I ordered a sample mock up in the colors I figured would match our wedding colors! I was scared to death that they would not match up and that I'd have to find another website to look to for help! Luckily the colors matched perfectly and I could not be happier! Our rough draft mock up looked great even without all the little details that need to be added! Looking and holding it made it feel so much more real that in less than 11 months I will marry my very best friend!!!

Here's to my personal day, looking a little brighter, all due to a fuchsia metallic pocket folder and a meadow metallic matte! :)

Hope you real young housewives are having a fabulous day... even if it was a personal one!!!!

Always,

Lauran

Friday, July 16, 2010

No Longer MIA!!!

Well... HELLO THERE Blogging world!!! I have been MIA since before Christmas and I sincerely apologize for my absence in the journaling world!

So much has happened since I last wrote! I celebrated my 25th birthday, what a HUGE milestone to have reached! In February I got engaged to my amazing fiance and for the last several months we have been busy planning our June 2011 wedding! I also FINALLY graduated from college in May!! I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication with a Minor in Sport Management from Old Dominion University and made the Dean's List for the Spring 2010 semester! How amazing and excelerating my life has been!!!

The fiance and I have also been continuously working on our home! We just recently recarpeted the upstairs and laid wood laminate throughout all of downstairs! I will post some before and after pictures so yall can see the change it has made!! AMAZING to say the least! The house just feels much cleaner as well!

I suppose, now that I have more time for writing, I will continue to post about life in general, now just adding some wedding plans into the mix :) Not enough to tell all our huge celebration details because, of course, I want everyone to be surprised on our big day!

It feels great to be back in the blogging world and I can't wait to share more posts with all of you lovely real young housewives <3