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May in France really is one of the best months to be here, especially if you work. Every week there is a bank holiday where no matter which day it falls on, it's an excuse to faire le pont which means to take a long weekend. This year the holidays have fallen on every Wednesday of the month and most folks aren't just bridging long weekends they're "viaducting" them. No really that's the expression. It's a good thing I'm getting the extra down time because I think my body is preparing me for the exorbitant amount of energy that I'm about to expend in the forthcoming days. I have just been exhausted, sleeping at least an extra four to five hours per night. For example, last night we came home at 7 pm and went straight to bed. We woke up for a little over an hour to catch La jeunesse a-t-elle une histoire? on the Arte channel; a special I didn't want to miss. It was a fascinating look the history of youth and its involvement and evolution of pop culture. (I'm sure it will be repeated, I highly recommend it.) 

With only a few days left, here are some things that are on my mind:

I'm hoping that the 30 euros manicure (that's like 40 bucks!) will be worth it and that I'll at least get a hand massage...I'm not banking on it though. In New York, 40 bucks at any nail salon (read: Mon - Wed), I can get a mani/pedi and ten minute back rub. With this entire bring NYC to Paris movement happening here these days, I'd really like to see the cheap nail care culture brought over. Consider this my manifestation. If putting it in a blog post isn't putting it out into the universe, I don't know what is.

I'm terrified of the Clarisonic that my mom bought me for wedding prep. I want to take it for a spin (after all, it is pink!) but for the first time in my life, I did a little research before trying a new product. Numerous beauty message boards have complaints from acne-prone girls who had a serious breakout upon introducing this "system" to their sensitive skin, calling it the "purging period" before they saw results. I don't need my skin to purge week before my wedding. I don't need anything to purge at this moment. My skin has one job next week and it's to gleam like the sun reflecting off of J.Lo's cheekbones in one of her many videos and/or red carpet appearances. I'll test out this bad boy next week and let you know how it works.

My dress fitting last week went well, the dress was a wee bit big but nothing grave. So about this dress that I haven't really been talking about: What I wanted was simple yet just a little unique (if that's even possible), it was impossible to find, so I had it made. Sounds super fancy and expensive right? Having it made was about a thousand euros cheaper than purchasing a dress already designed. Who would have thought? I did cheat the system a bit and instead of having the couturier sketch my ideas and make a new pattern, I gave her a dress to use as a model and purchased the fabric and lining at one of the many fabric stores by Sacre Coeur. Done and done. When I was 14, I bought a vintage dress for 3 dollars at the Good Will that is my ideal cut, so I figured work with what works...and it does!

This weekend will consist of blowing up balloons, creating our place card settings (it's a mini project), scrubbing down my father-in-law's apartment on Ménilmontant (that his previous tenant left in squalor complete with Hello Kitty plush dolls everywhere), preparing it for my girlfriends from the States to stay in, preparing my own apartment for house guests Dr. Becky and one of France's finest bloggers and trying to live in this special moment because it's going to fly by once next week comes. Despite everything that has happened with my family, I do wish they cared a little more. Even an e-mail would suffice. A misconception is that I am upset because my grandmother wasn't paying for the wedding (and more unfairly that I am spoiled brat living in Paris, life can't be that hard). This is not true. Had she been honest with me about not wanting to participate, instead of going about it how she did, I would have had the best of both worlds: a wedding done my way and my family's support. Am I really the only one that sees it this way? So frustrating...

We're in countdown mode and are knee-deep in preparation. I will have more to report when...the Americans arrive..New Yorkers specifically. Stay tuned!!

30 comments:

  1. Interesting post (as usual) Ella. Don't wear yourself out cleaning! All very best wishes and hoping you have the most wonderful day even though not all your family will be there. (Gwan's Mum) xx

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    1. Thanks Gwan's Mom! I'm such a Virgo, I need everything sparkling clean but will try to not go crazy. You're right.

      Thanks for the comment. The day will be just perfect...even if the weather says rain! : O !

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  2. Qui, moi? You're too kind! As my mum said, don't stress too much with the cleaning, it's so. Sweet of you even having us there the night before you're wedding, I'm blown away! That's sad that your family haven't had a change of heart, but I know the big day will be perfect anyway. Can't wait! Xxx

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    1. Argggh, autocorrect by the way... *your wedding!

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    2. Oui toi!! I'm so happy you're coming over! You and Becky will get along quite nicely. I can feel it. : )

      I can't change my fam but I have made a new one and that includes friends, new ones and long-times ones. So I'd say I'm pretty lucky! : )

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  3. Good Luck with all the prep work...the days before are a big part of the whole thing so enjoy each day.

    can't wait to see the dress .

    take care..get plenty of sleep:)

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    1. Thanks Deb! I'll post photo as soon as I can. I'm really happy how the dress came out. The seamstress really followed my direction and didn't include her own flavor (which I've heard a lot of brides deal with when getting a custom dress - quelle horreur!)

      Thank you for the well wishes. : )

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  4. God, a little over a week and you'll be married!:)

    Are you guys planning a little honeymoon somewhere?

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    1. I KNOW!! So weird how everything has worked out....I can't help but look back at everything.

      We're playing with honeymoon destinations. We have a few ideas but we can't go anywhere until the school year ends in early July, so we have time.

      AHHHHHHHHH!!! It's so soon!!!!!

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  6. This is SO EXCITING (regardless of family drama)!
    I can not wait to hear more as it happens. On our end, preparation is in full swing too(we just picked out our invites)

    Enjoy the lead up to the big day!

    Sincerely,
    Another 2013 bride

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    1. Hi Usha! When is your date? Are you stressed? Are you doing a NY wedding? Are you going to blog about it? I know, so many questions! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! xo!

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    2. December 7th Lisa! Yes currently stress levels are high since we are getting geared up for the trousseau-shopping trip to KL in a few weeks!

      I will probably blog about it when more exciting things happen. Did you see my save the date card here: http://www.indulgingmywanderlust.com/2013/04/9-on-9th.html ?

      In the meantime I can't wait to cyber celebrate your big day!!

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  7. The coming weeks are going to be quite stressful, be calm, cool and collective. Can wait for the Americas to arrive, now that will be an entertaining post. Au revior xoxo

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    1. Thank you Mlle! The Americans start trickling in on Tuesday. Their emails are already cracking me up, so I can't wait to see them in action on the streets of Paris. I look forward to reliving culture shock through them!

      Thanks for your comment!

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  8. I use the Clairsonic. I have used it for about 2 months now. I bot a second one to keep at my office. I love it. It is true that the first few days I used it I broke out but only for a day or so and then my skin looked and felt great and absorbed any moisturizer like a sponge. I will add that I do not have young dewey skin, I am more the middle aged type. Best of luck enjoy your day it flies by and have fun!!

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    1. Thanks for the info Angie! I'll keep it on the shelf until after the wedding because my breakouts last way longer than a day! I can't wait! I've heard only good things about it!

      Thanks for the well wishes!

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  9. Whaaaa!!! I am so very excited for you, pretty one. Am sending great energy your way for all to go smoothly and for you to enjoy it all...
    Gros, gros Bisous!
    Heather

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    1. Thank you Heather!!! Woo hoo! I'm so excited but am enjoying this week before to take in all the buzz because this time is just as exciting about the actual event. : ) xoxox!

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  10. Congratulations!! I have enjoyed reading your blog tremendously!! Enjoy your day!!

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa for your well wishes and for taking the time to comment. It means a lot. Ps- Great name! ; )

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  11. How you get a bit of downtime to breath this week! And hey, too big is far better than too small on the dress, now you can eat, drink and be merry more ;o)

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    1. You're so right, too big is better than too small. After the way I was eating at my in-laws, I wasn't sure it was going to fit. I guess the excitement is burning extra calories!

      Thank you so much for your comment, Katy! xo!

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  12. Only a week left to go!
    I don't have a Clarisonic thingy yet (but I want one) but my cousin does and she had the breakout thing happen at first too. Her skin looks amazing now though so my advice to you... wait until after the wedding!
    P.S. can you send me your address please xo

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    1. Time sure does fly! One week to go. So weird...

      Thanks for the confirmation that it's common to have a breakout when first using the Clarisonic. I'll put it away until next week. My mom got mine on Amazon and only paid 95.00 instead of the asking price of 115.00, and she also said that the price changed per color. She said yellow was a few bucks cheaper...FYI. ; )

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  13. Ooh! It's getting so close now! Will we be getting any photos of the big day?? I definitely want to see this dress!

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    1. Hi Shannon! Yes! There will be photos! I promise! : )

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  14. I had to google the Clarisonic. definitely wait till after the wedding. From the glimpses I have seen of you on your pictures , you are a beautiful woman anyway and happiness is the best cosmetic. As you are getting plenty of rest that will help you glow. So as the others say don't work too hard.

    I also had a wedding dress made by a dressmaker. i picked all the best bits of the dresses I had tried and amalgamated them. To this day I am so pleased with what I wore at my last wedding, the best wedding dress from all my Three weddings!!!...and as you say it was so much cheaper because there were not all these people making profits and from an ethical point of view I knew that some poor seamstress in the 3rd world had not been exploited nor a greedy landlord taking my money.

    Your blog has been a lovely lighthearted, happy distraction during a very anxious time for me. So I thank you for that. I a really looking forward to next week.

    Love denise

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    1. Thank you so much Denise for this comment. :*)

      I'm thinking of you both right now and am glad you were able to get out of town for a bit. Sending you all the best. xo.

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  15. I LOVE the sound of your dress and Cannot wait to see photos after; Just LOVE it that you got the material at St Pierre or one of those fabric shops at the bottom of Montmartre, you clever thing!

    Bet all your NYers are here already and you're having a ball of it, miss shiney J-Lo face!
    xx

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