Sweetest song ever.
Sweetest song ever.
The Despedida Soltera is what they call a bridal shower in Mexico. It’s typically a luncheon held at a restaurant or venue. Money is the gift to be brought, no fancy bridal card necessary. A plain white envelope is perfectly acceptable. I believe it goes toward the costs of the actual wedding event. It’s not a bad idea, especially when there are approx over 100 women in attendance.
Let me just start off by saying the future bride looked stunning, not to mention so happy.
This bridal shower was given by both mothers of the soon to be Mr. & Mrs. When you walked into the venue: the greeting table was there with a beautiful centerpiece, the guest book, and an acrylic box for all of the envelopes.
The tables were all different shapes and sizes with the centerpieces being cakes topped with fresh roses. What a beautiful idea.
In the middle of the room there was a table full of nibble snacks to eat.
Lunch began with a salad and then stuffed steak with veggies…very tasty.
Dessert was of course the cakes on the tables.
Each of the mothers gave a speech with a gift to the soon to be bride. There was one gentleman in the room who brought a message of love written by the groom to the bride. Such a thoughtful and romantic detail. So many “awwws” and “ohhhs” from everyone while listening.
At the end of the evening, gifts of acrylic jewelry holders were given to all of us ladies as we were leaving.
A ladies luncheon bridal shower is an elegant way to begin your wedding festivities. I think I actually prefer it to the more typical American bridal shower.
I really enjoyed watching Mary Shelley on Netflix, so much so that I read her book Frankenstein. Needless to say, it has very little similarity to the Frankenstein movies so many of us have seen.
The biggest difference to me is the “monster” acquires knowledge rapidly and can articulate his emotions honestly. His need to be accepted and loved is as human as the rest of us. His need for vengeance equally so.
I found a couple of internet sites that I love reading now and wanted to share.
The first one is Postsecret.com. Post secret is a site where you can send your secret anonymously that you don’t/can’t/won’t share with anyone. You can sign up and every Sunday you will receive a post of secrets, or you can simply browse through the site. Some of the secrets are sweet, some funny, and some (too many)are absolutely heartbreaking. It reminds you everyone is carrying some sort of burden.
The second site I’ve been reading is Dailystoic.com, “Stoic wisdom for everyday life”. This site references Stoicism via Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, etc.
We cannot control the world, only our reactions/behaviors in it. Leading a life of virtue and happiness is completely up to the individual.
Derry Girls is so funny. I binged both seasons in two days. A definite recommend.
Mariage Frères tea company originated in France by two brothers in 1854. It’s responsible for bringing tea culture to France and they also wrote the book, “The French Art of Tea”. I wish I had known about it during my last visit to Paris. It would have been a definite “Must Go”. On the upside, it’s another reason on my list why I must go back. Look how perfect it looks.
For now, the closest I can come to sitting in their tea salon is to order their tea online. It arrived today and I’m so excited to try it. I bought their French Breakfast and Earl Grey French Blue. It was a bit pricey, but I don’t care and the canisters are forever. 🙂
They both smell wonderful, but the Earl Grey with it’s blue cornflower leaves especially so. Quality tea has whole leaves like the photo below. When the leaves are put in hot water, they gently unfold to release their flavor. Leaves should also have a lot of room while their steeping. Don’t cramp the leaves! (I’ve been reading.)
The smell, the look, the texture, the taste, I’m in sensory heaven.
I haven’t been in a reading mood lately. A couple of chapters every other night seems to be my current norm, which is why this book took me so long to read.
A Gentleman in Moscow is a great read though. A Russian aristocrat is sentenced to house arrest inside a hotel. Over decades he develops friendships, works in the hotel restaurant, falls in love, and becomes the parent figure to a young girl left in his care. The character was always dignified and lovely despite his circumstances. A reminder we can all use.
“Nothing succeeds like excess.” – Countess of Grantham
What takes me so long to find these things. This is a must see for Downton Abbey fans and most of you probably already have. Regardless, it’s actually an interesting program for anybody.
It details the formal rules and manners of the British aristocracy while referencing clips from Downton Abbey. Every step, word, gesture, clothing choice, seems to have had an importance and etiquette meaning during this era. It felt exhausting to me, but as the narrator said, it was routine for them. An example: The hostess of the dinner party dictates the conversation at the table and everyone must follow her lead. Also, if the hostess speaks to the person on her left, everyone at the table again must follow her lead and speak with the person on their left. When she switches to speak with the person on her right, so must everyone else. Can you imagine…
It makes me want to watch the series again to pay closer attention to the etiquette and character’s behavior. And it definitely makes me want to see the Downton Abbey touring exhibit. I’m patiently waiting for it to come to Texas or California.
Lifestyle blogger Jennifer Scott of The Daily Connoisseur has come up with a monthly Chic Assignment series. At the beginning of every month, she posts her chic assignment. The assignment consists of things to do during the month to raise your chicness.
It’s a simple, easy, and just fun way to bring some art/culture/pleasures into your world. I’ve now learned about some of Monet’s paintings, read a Shakespeare sonnet, and listened to Bolero while cooking in the kitchen. Why not…