Monday, May 16, 2016

Our Wedding: The Proposal

For today's post I wanted to tell you all a little more about the actual proposal. Of course, I already shared with you all that Andrew and I got engaged mid-April (April 16th but who is keeping track), but I did not tell you the full story of how it happened. So here we go, read on if you're interested!
During the week of April 16th, Andrew started to ask what we should do for our sixth anniversary on April 24th. He threw out some ideas, including heading back to where we became an official couple, and also going to our favorite gardens spot in Pennsylvania, Longwood Gardens. We decided to celebrate our anniversary back where it all began so on April 16th we chose to go to Longwood to just have a nice picnic and spend the day. We used to go to the gardens all the time while I was in law school and it's one of my favorite. So here's where it began. We park and walk into the Longwood Gardens and I notice two things: (1) Andrew was wearing a jacket that was WAY too heavy for the temperature and (2) he kept patting his left side pocket....which was odd. Immediately my *engagement senses* started to tingle. I was expecting that he would ask on our sixth anniversary but I began to think maybe he tricked me and it was going to be at Longwood.  The map below shows all of the gardens. The purple are the flowers and fountains and GORGEOUS conservatory (which includes some bonsai trees!!) and the green is a "meadow" which is basically just a field you can walk through. I put the red heart over the spot we chose for our picnic.
We actually never had lunch there before and I'm not even sure it was open before but we found it that day and it was perfect. It had a bit of fence around it and only one entry and exit so there it was the perfect spot--no one was in there. We went in and sat on a couple of the flower beds until a single woman decided to get up and then we stole her spot for lunch. Here is a pre-engagement photo of Andrew. He doesn't actually look nervous in it!!
We had our lunch (which he ate in all of two bites) and then he kept saying "Want to just sit here for a bit?" Of course I said yes and then finally he grabbed my hands said he wanted to ask me something and then dropped to a knee and pulled out a ring box. My.heart.stopped. I knew what was happening but I still cried, said yes, and then that was the end. Funny story: he just kept putting the ring box near me until I asked him if he was going to put it on me. Apparently he thought the lady takes the ring out of the box and puts it on herself. LOL. He finally took the ring out of the box and slid it onto my finger. And there we go, engaged!

After all of that excitement we just walked the gardens and I took some photos. Here are a bunch:
An added thing for the day of our engagement was....we walked to where the meadow began and we witnessed another couple get engaged. Andrew isn't the only one who thinks Longwood Gardens makes the perfect engagement spot!
Pardon the creeper shot! I just had to. I wish I knew who they were because I would totally give them this photo.

We then went out to dinner, stopped home to tell my parents (and show them the ring of course), called my sister to get her out to the restaurant they were all at, and then came home and toasted our engaged status. 
Let the wedding planning begin!


Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day 2016

In my Things for 2016 post I mentioned that I failed to do manicures for every Holiday in 2015 and that for this year I wanted to complete manicures for the major holidays. Today isn't exactly a major holiday but it's one that deserves a nail post anyway....Earth Day! Earth Day seems to be celebrated in a ton (100+) of countries but if you don't know about it it's just a day where you show support for environmental protection and can gain more awareness about how your lifestyle impacts the bigger global picture. I have to admit I am not the greenest person around and I really should try harder to minimize my waste and environmental impact. Today is a great day to do some research and figure out what I can do to help the Earth. I did my nails to look like this:
Because we all live on the same Earth and face the same problems if it's not taken care of, here are a couple things to think about this Earth Day. For me, I was most interested in learning about water and water conservation. We all know water is difficult to get in some countries and we waste water by ignoring leaky faucets, leaving the water on while brushing our teeth/washing our faces, taking unnecessarily long showers, and inefficiently cleaning our clothes...but I didn't realize just how much water is wasted in creating the food I eat everyday! National Geographic can show you what your water footprint is, if you're interested. I can say I'll definitely be more conscious of my water usage during 2016.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Everyone I have some news!!

I am literally bursting to share this on my blog today. I've been dying until I had a moment to post and share the news with all of my blog friends, readers, casual visitors, and random stumble upon-ers of this blog. So it goes like this....Andrew asked me to marry him today!! 
Yes, we are engaged to be married!!

So now there are two weddings being planned here on The Files....including one of MY OWN! I will post a much more detailed story about the proposal (oh my goodness!) and everything else you might want to know about as soon as possible. If there's something in particular leave it in the comments and I'll be sure to add it in my post! Ghila, I'm looking at you girlie! Can't wait to tell you the story!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Highlight of My Summer Steals the Show

Hello again everyone! For today's post I have a beautiful base polish that steals the show. Seriously, if you own Hightlight of My Summer by China Glaze then you know how amazing it is! I love this polish and it should be on everyone's go-to summer polishes because it's just stunning.
I added a bit of black tip and a silver accent nail to give it some more pizzazz but I still think my eyes are drawn to the base polish instead of the accent nail! Ever have that happen? You paint your nails a base color and then do a design but the base color is what gets noticed more?? These would be good nails for Andrew and my anniversary on April 24th!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cinderella Gradiant

Did I post these on the blog yet?? I seriously can't remember and they're in the file where I usually keep the ones for the post I am working on so I'm not entirely sure. To be honest, that file has gotten out a control because I keep painting my nails but I don't get around to posting them so now it's kind of full of photos I will be posting this week!
I used Sinful Colors Cinderella for the base of this gradient. I know everyone can appreciate my lack of gradient skills but this one kind of turned out ok!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Dress Shopping with S!

This past weekend marked another milestone in wedding planning for A and S--S went wedding dress shopping!!! For the occasion I painted these demur nude and white designs. I used the "Love" design on my Winstonia Wedded Bliss stamping plate.
I don't want to share any of the dresses that she liked or what she looks like from the front because, well, that's what the wedding day photos are for, but here are some sneak peaks of my best buddy trying to find her wedding gown! She's continuing to look, so unfortunately she didn't say Yes to the Dress this weekend but now she definitely knows the style of dress she wants!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Black and Yellow Take Two

After my last post was decidedly not as work appropriate as I had intended I wanted to figure out a way to use black and yellow in a very work appropriate and professional looking design. Have I succeeded? Honestly, I feel like you can get away with any color tip if you have a nude base. After all, it's literally the smallest bit of color. So I went with black as the tip and then added some yellow polka dots to jazz it up.
I'm wondering if I would have liked it better with a yellow tip and black dots. Maybe that'll be next up on my work nails!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Toetally Tuesday: Black and Yellow

We have a Toetally Tuesday post for today. It's been a while since the last one and I was inspired by the colors black, yellow, and white. It's getting to be spring time (although you can't tell based on the weather we're having here right now) and so I wanted something colorful and cheery. What is more cheery than yellow, am I right? I also needed to quiet the yellow down for work so of course...black.
I ended up really liking this design. It was cheerful and fun, yet totally work appropriate. It just makes me happy to look at! I hope you all have a great day -- with plenty of things that make you happy to look at!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Becoming a Two Time MOH

When S came home from Maine it was not even two days after she arrived that we were sitting on my couch sipping some wine and waiting on some delivery sushi to arrive. It was so nice to catch up with her, hear all about her wedding ideas, get the full engagement story, and learn how her time in Maine has been. However, it was even nicer when she handed me a little brown box with my name on the tag. I thought it was a trinket she brought home from Maine for me so boy was I surprised when it ended up being her asking me to be Maid of Honor in her upcoming wedding!
I couldn't wait to open the little box and see what was inside. It turned out to be a wine cork wrapped with a note. How cute was this presentation?? So adorable! And obviously perfect for their wedding because they got engaged in a vineyard!
The message inside was so sweet and perfectly reflected our friendship. Then the last line was the most important, and I had to take a photo to share here on the blog!
 Of course, I said YES! It's going to be so much fun!

Can you believe it's already been 2+ years since Steph asked me to be her MOH??

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Happy 26th Birthday to S!

Today is my best college buddy's birthday! Yes, the same college buddy that's getting married next year. Because her fiancee is still in Maine until May (she's graduating college), S and I made plans for the birthday evening. We decided to cook some dinner, watch Bridesmaids, play some video games, and browse some wedding magazines. I painted these birthday nails for the occasion:
For dinner we decided on salmon, broccoli, and rice...which ended up being DELICIOUS! I think she had a good birthday--even with her fiancee celebrating from afar. 
Happy birthday to you, S!!