Friday, November 30, 2012

friday's letters {11.30.12}

Today I'm linking up with Adventures of Newlyweds for one of my favorites... Friday's Letters!

{dear November} get moving! I'm ready for no class and lots of Christmas fun with family and friends! {dear wedding} I cannot believe you will be here in SEVEN months! Also, can you please pick your own colors? k thanks. {dear Wofford football} good luck tomorrow! I hope y'all beat New Hampshire... so proud of you boys for getting into the playoffs! {dear Michael Buble} thanks for the best christmas music, ever. Also, will you marry me? on that note... {dear wedding arms} PLEASE COME SOON. I don't like this whole "working out" thing. {dear j.crew} you break my heart or my wallet... I have to choose. and this whole college girl budget is making you break my heart. Thank goodness for Christmas lists! {dear ZTA} I love you, but I am so relieved to be done as vice president! Thanks for the memories, sisters, and leadership opportunities!.

Enough letters for now- I've got a jam packed weekend of football, ZTA semi-formal, and lots of work in the mad rush before exams... eeek! Happy weekend, my friends!


Monday, November 26, 2012

saying YES to the dress!

Most girls dream of their wedding dress from the time they're small, hoarding photos and making drawings... not me, necessarily.

okay, I can't lie, I have dreamed of this dress.  let's be real... it's PERFECT. 

Not that I don't love weddings... let's make this clear. I love a good wedding... so much that Andrew knew exactly where to book our reception before he even proposed!

Anyway, as I have been slowly but surely checking things off my wedding "To Do" before "I Do"list, I knew I needed to have a solid idea on what I wanted to wear on my wedding day... cue Pinterest (and thank GOODNESS for these new secret boards!). I had pinned quite a few winners and when I made a reservation at the wonderful Poinsett Bride bridal boutique downtown, I thought I finally had an idea of what I wanted... and dang was I wrong.

Let me preface my story by telling you a little about my background with this lovely dress shop. Paula owns Poinsett Bride and is one of the most hard-working women I know. She is an amazing success story of working hard and achieving wonderful things through passion and determination. When I was little, she used to own an alterations store that my mom and I would take lots of our clothes to. And in elementary school when my dad and I would go on our token "Daddy-Daughter Donut Dates" to Dunkin' Donuts each Saturday morning, Paula would often be there. So, we go way back and I knew I wanted to start my search with Paula's gorgeous shop.

With my mom and best friends Parkes and Natalie in tow, we headed there Saturday after a brief appointment to look at bridesmaids dresses and a wonderful lunch downtown. I had no intention really of buying a dress that day, I just wanted to see some options, try on some dresses.

Paula greeted me with a big hug, exclaiming, "I can't believe my donut baby is getting married!!!" Donut baby... just what a girl wants to be called as she squeezes into a wedding dress, haha! Anyway, she gave us the royal treatment and allowed all four of us into the back room to try dresses... it was magical. As I said, I never really dreamed of my wedding dress shopping experience, but this room was definitely dream-worthy.

instaphoto credit to natalie

Gorgeous, right? It was a little overwhelming, but we snagged gowns I thought I might like, and mom even snagged one, saying, "Let's try this one on just for fun!", and I was game. I went into the dressing room with Paula and wriggled my way into lots of lace, toulle, and silk. I really liked every single dress I tried on, and Parkes, Natalie, and mom were so supportive and complimentary. I had tried on about 7 or so dresses and "liked" a lot of them, but hadn't stopped to really admire any of them in the mirror yet.

However, I tried on the one that mom suggested just for fun, and I got a funny feeling... and funny in a good way. I walked out of the dressing room to gasps from all. I had liked all of the dresses I tried on, and I was afraid to love this one, because then that meant commitment. But I just couldn't stop admiring it and picturing it in my church, at the Wyche Pavillion, and being a part of our important day.

Finally, after lots of tears, smiles, squeals, high fives, and signatures, I made it mine! I said "yes to the dress", that "I'm down with the gown", or whatever they call it these days! I of course am not going to disclose any details, but funny enough, it is exactly the opposite of what I thought I wanted- yet it's perfect in every way. Classic, a little preppy, but still fun, funky, and functional. Then, of course, because I'm me, I made sure we had some cute pictures to Instagram afterward!

my mom has been the BEST!

so blessed to have these two by my side in this crazy fun process!

Of course, we had to have a last hurrah and get my favorite... a Gigi's Cupcake. On that note, fitness and nutrition regimen is back in action starting next week, haha!

This is just one of the many steps on the journey to finally become Mrs. McCall-- it's crazy to think that one day it will actually come! At times it's kind of overwhelming with work and school and planning, but the whole purpose is to have fun with it, and thanks to my loved ones who have helped me along the way, it has been a great experience so far! I'm really looking forward to documenting more wedding progress in the near future!

Hope y'all have a great week!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Why I am bad at watching big-school football.

So this past Saturday, my beloved little Wofford Terriers took on the USC Gamecocks... SoCon vs. SEC... what a match up, right? ...actually, yes. Pretty sure the entire population of Wofford made a mass exodus to Columbia for the game that we've been waiting for since basically FRESHMAN year.

I had never been to a Carolina game before- I've really only been to Clemson football games, and one UVA game... so that's my "big school" football experience.

My throat is sore from screaming and cheering because the T-Dawgs really gave the Cocks a scare... it was 7-7 going into the 4th quarter! I think our boys finally got exhausted though, because in the last 10 minutes of the game we unfortunately we lost it at the end and fell 24-7. However, I am extremely proud of our boys for holding their own and giving USC a little scare... dear ol' Spurrier even gave us a little credit:

“Wofford is a good team,” South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said. “We knew that coming in and we knew it was going to be a close dogfight all the way through.”

Finally... credit where credit is due! Anyways, it was a great game and a fun experience for my first time in Williams-Brice Stadium. However, I came to the realization that Wofford is definitely the place for me... I just can't hang at the big schools. And here's why. (Please, USC fans and other big school lovers do not take offense! These are just my self-deprecating musings!)

1. I am directionally challenged. Not only did I basically get lost in the tailgating area, as we were driving back to Spartanburg I noticed a bazillion tailgates in random parking lots up and down the streets... um WHAT? If I went to a big school I would need a GPS tracker. It's actually pretty sad.

2. I'm relatively football illiterate. I LOVE cheering on my Tigers and Terriers. With Clemson, I usually watch from the comfort of my living room where I can listen to commentary and enjoy the convenience of those little lines on the screen that tell me where the downs are. And at Wofford, our stadium is small and we're pretty close to the action, so it's not as hard to see what's going on. At this game I kept getting distracted people watching. Then I would be that girl that was all, "What happened?!" and would look for cues to cheer from the people wearing gold around us, haha. High up seats + short attention span is NOT a good combination for me.

3. I'm borderline claustrophobic. I definitely get that from my mom... she has a hard time in elevators. I'm slightly better, though crowds make me sweaty and mean and annoyed. Williams-Brice stadium holds over 80,000. Gibbs Stadium holds 13,000... 'nuff said. comparison.

So, ladies and gentlemen, it seems as if I am not cut out for big-time football. I'll settle for the football experience equivalent to high school where I know all the players because I have classes with them, the athletes are not really celebrities, and I can simply leave the game and wander back to my apartment when I please... it makes me feel right at home!

However, I'm so excited for my boys, who are Southern Conference champions and have received a bye week and will be playing the University of New Hampshire December 1st in the FCS playoffs! Go Terriers!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

a few changes & some inspiration

hello my sweet blog friends!

It's been a while, and I'm kind of in a funk right now. Things are going great- I'm as happy as can be, but life is a little busy right now.

Unfortunately, I haven't had much time lately to be proactive on my favorite stress reliever on this side of the internet. However, after a random procrastination session, I decided to play around with Illustrator and work on a little re-design. I'm still working on it, but I wanted to streamline things a bit more and make my blog more simple and clean-cut... what do you think? 

Thankfully, it's Wednesday and halfway through the week! I hope to get back to regularly posting next week, since Thanksgiving break will give me some much needed time to myself. But for now, I'll leave you with this from our favorite time waster, Pinterest:

My life is crazy, busy, conflicted, and beautiful, all at one time... I bet yours is too. Finish the week strong loving every detail of it :)

xoxo, ryann