April 12, 2008 9:08 pm

Observations And A Wedding Update

Today was the first nice day we’ve seen in Portland in a LONG time. It was over 70 degrees (21° Celsius) and Daniel and I spent the day walking around and shopping. We went to the farmer’s market at Portland State University and got some wonderful cookies from a small stand called Two Tarts Bakery. (If you get cookies from them, I’d recommend the chewy chocolate ones. Unbelievably good.) It was super busy, so we decided to do some shopping downtown.

After people-watching all day, I am continually amazed at how many ladies 1) think leggings are actual pants; 2) think 2″ inseam shorts are flattering to their ample figure; and 3) do not wear the proper size bras.

We ventured into Forever 21 in search of cheap shirts (shhh) and I saw this outrageously dressed girl. The white, cuffed shorts she wore were cute, but easily a size too small for her and as such, they forced her into having muffin-tops. She was spilling out over her shorts, and she was so tiny! I wasn’t aware that was even possible! Her pink t-shirt was more or less normal, if not a bit short, but the black vest she wore over the top was also at least two sizes too small. It cinched and squeezed and shifted awkwardly and… AUGH. I also questioned the odd high-heels she wore, but at least those seemed to fit. I had to wonder if she looked in a mirror before she left the house, because surely upon seeing your ill-fitting shorts, top, and vest, you might decide to rearrange the outfit a bit? I was confused.


In other news, the wedding planning is going splendidly. We finally found a photographer! My mom is making my dress, and it’s probably about 80% done – things like the buttons and trim still need to be added but the general structure is there. Yay! I have earrings, a necklace, my undergarments, a garter, and my shoes, and we have both of our rings. We’re still waiting for our passports to come in the mail, but we applied a couple of weeks ago and the wait time is about four weeks so they should be here soon.

The honeymoon is going to be in Victoria, BC, hence the passports. You don’t need them if you’re driving into Canada, but they are apparently required if you’re going to be flying in. We’ve got our flights booked for the whole trip but we still need to book a hotel room in Victoria. I just can’t decide whether we should attempt to be money-conscious and pick the most inexpensive one we can find that still looks decent, or if we should throw caution to the wind and pick the more expensive one just because it’s our honeymoon and it’s worth it. We will be paying for the honeymoon upfront ourselves, if that makes any difference, but we will probably be helped out by parents (and possibly gifts from guests) later on. Thoughts? Recommendations?

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  • Rose says:

    I insist that you visit me. I’ll give you my phone number, even. So you can call me when you’re here.

    I have no hotel advice, because I’ve never stayed at nice hotel in Victoria. Obviously The Empress is the most famous one, but I guess it probably costs a lot, too…

    I’m terrified of the muffin top effect. It’s my main motivation for doing crunches and stuff :P

  • Kerri Anne says:

    I would say it’s totally worth it to splurge for a honeymoon stay, but it depends, too, I would think, on how often you will be actually IN the room. We splurged a bit for the first two nights, and then toned it down a notch for the rest of the trip because were were out and about on the coast so much of the day.

    That being said, be sure to mention you are newlyweds on your honeymoon! whenever possible. Seriously. We were amazed at how upgrades and perks and super friendly conversations materialized out of nowhere when someone noted we were “just married.”

  • Melissa says:

    Lol, muffin tops. XD Yeah it’s definitely weird what some people will wear in public. One thing I’ll also never understand is the people who don’t own a hair brush! I’ve heard some admit to it on those makeover reality shows on TV…just shocks me. O.o

    I think the advice from Kerri Anne sounds really smart: splurge at least for the beginning and then always mention you’re newlyweds. I’ll have to keep that in mind for my future as well.. ;)

  • Kat says:

    I say book whatever hotel you want for your honeymoon! But I guess Kerri Anne really does have the best advice.

    “1) think leggings are actual pants”

    HA! Nylon Magazine has an article on that in their May issue, only it ways the “pros and cons” of wearing leggings vs pants XD.

    Good luck planning your honeymoon!

  • Gretchen says:

    Splurge at least one night! Then stay in Motel 6 or something :) Can’t wait to see you!!

  • Christine says:

    omg you’re coming to victoria! i live in victoria! it’s beautiful here. if you have any questions, feel free to email :star:

    about the hotel, i’d spring for a nice one, near downtown. a honey moon thing is a once in a life time thing, and depending on weather, you might be glad for it. i’m so excited for you!!