Weddings: video tape or no?

Video taping weddings was a huge trend back in the 80s. I can remember the poor-quality, dusty, velvet looking church images of my parent’s own wedding tape.  It was a great way to capture every moment of that special day, but the quality didn’t seem to really do it justice.

Which is why my best friend Katie, getting married next June, was initially skepitcal of getting her ceremony on video. Until she saw this. She sent it around to her bridesmaids telling us she’s watched it at least 50 times and is now certain she wants to capture her day on video. I couldn’t agree more.

Check it out yourself. It’s gorgeous and the music and song lyrics are perfect.

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Quick break from my hiatus to share my office’s new Tumblr page! Check it out   🙂

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On a Blogging Hiatus

I’ve been insanely busy lately and have sadly neglected my blog. For the time being I’ll be on a blogging break. Back soon I hope!

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Fried Kool Aid? Only at the fair!

It’s that time of year again. The time when the air is filled with the sweet smell of fried goods and spilled beer. When your vision is graced with the unfortunate presence of mullets and too-tight clothes. Yes, that’s right.. it’s time for The Great New York State Fair!

As a native Upstate New Yorker, the fair brings back fond memories for me. Sure, you hustle your way through crowds and find yourself near the point of vomiting due to all the deliciously fried foods, but the fair is a true experience!

Growing up my sister and I waited in excitement for the fair. To us it meant Dippin’ Dots (OMG!) and taking pictures in an oversized chair with equally oversized props designed to make us look like tiny beings (who cares about the fact that at ages 4 and 6 we were, already, tiny). It meant riding the Himalaya and learning that neither our mom nor our dad had a stomach tolerance for even the kiddy rides.

Fast forward to my college years and the fair suddenly took on a new meaning. WINE SLUSHIES! These overpriced drinks from heaven were the focal point of our trips to the fairgrounds. Seriously, have you ever had one before? Because they’re absolutely amazing. They’re basically like your traditional convenient store slushie/slurpee but with wine.

So yes, while the fair is a great display of New York’s finest (stretch….), it is also a great way to spend an afternoon (or if you’re my boyfriend, several afternoons), with your friends and family. But be sure to pace yourself on the food front.. you don’t want a food coma too soon!

Have you ever been to a state fair? Or county fair? What’s your favorite part?

Check out some of my fair highlights from last year…

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On Repeat

Matt Nathanson, faster.

Thunderstorms? Don’t they know it’s my birthday?

For the past few years I’ve been fortunate enough to spend my birthday on Martha’s Vineyard with my best friends from home. We’re heading out tomorrow night to begin a long weekend of 24 birthday candles, lobster, sunshine, Mocha Mott’s coffee and, because Rachel is both mature and demanding, several applications of sunscreen.

The forecast looks a bit grim (what’s the opposite of a rain dance?) but I am sitll beside myself with excitement. Last year we packed nearly 10 of us in what was in no way bigger than a 10×10 room. This year, we’ve booked some hotel rooms and Matt will (hopefully) not be obligated to force himself onto Rachel’s twin-sized air mattress with her.

Have you been to Martha’s Vineyard? What are your favorite things to do while you’re there?

Rain Rain go away..

Festivities of previous years..

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My Body Gallery for the win

95% of non-eating disordered women overestimate the size of their hips by 16% and their waists by 25%, yet the same women were able to correctly estimate the width of a box, according to a study cited on My Body Gallery.

Amber shared this site (My Body Gallery) with me and I absolutely LOVE it. Basically, you plug in your height, weight and clothing sizes and the site shows you pictures of other women with the same measurements. It’s a great way to see just how “normal” you actually are. Despite the fact that it’s old news at this point, it’s no less true that girls and women are influenced by magazines and celebrities.

After moving to New York City I noticed a level of skinny-conscious thinking that I hadn’t seen since the binge eating girls in college who balanced their calories according to their drinking schedule. Sites like this one, as well as the Dove and Nike campaigns, are a healthy reality check for our women who are unsure, upset or just plain misunderstood about the way they look.