Bridal Fashion: Michelle Obama edition


Our new First Lady, Michelle Obama, was stunning last night in a beautiful white chiffon gown designed by up-and-coming designer Jason Wu. Wu's gowns, which can go for $3,000 to $6,000, are gorgeous and timeless. Mrs. Obama's choice was not too simple and not too over the top. In today's economy, her choice of a more subdued tone was appropriate and a huge surprise.
If you are a bride looking for a more budget-friendly option, whether it is full-length, sexy or short and sassy, see below for my personal favorites:



I'm So Excited!

Southern Weddings Magazine launched across the U.S. last Monday and they are holding their official launch party in Atlanta, GA this Sunday. Guess who gets to go? I do! I am so excited to get to meet the ladies from the wonderfully vivid and inspirational blog for the magazine and now the hardcopy version.

Whether you live in the South or not, this magazine is a great resource for the bride and planner with amazingly rich and colorful images from Real Weddings and the articles. I happily scooped my copy up last week and have been searching for it in every store I visit so I can move it to the front shelf for maximum exposure!

If you have yet to pick up a copy, they have store locations on the site and you can order a copy to be shipped directly to you.

And, if you are in the Atlanta area, be sure to RSVP here for the party at Dogwood Restaurant.
Now...i just have to figure out to make "Southern Cocktail Attire" work in 14 degree weather! It is chilly down south!



Let me introduce myself, my name is Ms. Smiley and I'm a Future Wedding Planner!

Or, that's how I'm supposed to introduce myself. As a MK consultant I'm encouraged to own the next title I will be in the organization, i.e. "I'm a Future Director." Well, I am a Future Wedding Planner and I intend to detail my journey here in this space.

Now, whether you are a bride that has stumbled across this blog in your search for a wedding planner, are a curious person who loves the surprise of selecting the next blog link at the top of the page (check it out later...it's fun!) or are one of my 6 followers (Yay!)...WELCOME!
First things first, my name is Ms. Smiley and I am an introvert posing as an extrovert. Now, you're thinking, "what's an introvert doing writing a blog," right? Well, if you follow personality types, mine is INTJ, which basically means I like to think a lot, am not a showboat and like long walks on the beach alone. I'm also a great thinker, love to analyze problems to seek a solution and enjoy making things work. 

I've started this blog to help me get the bajillion ideas and thoughts and questions I have in my head out there in the hopes that something will stick. I also hope to use this blog to help me gain knowledge from you.

You are probably also wondering, why is her name Ms. Smiley if she doesn't like to be social? Shouldn't her name be Ms. Frowney or even better, Ms. Prefers to be Alone? Well I didn't choose Smiley, it's my actual last name and I do like smiling over frowning (the whole lack of wrinkles and improved disposition appeals to me). I also like socializing and am increasing my network daily!

Today, I wrote about how excited I am to begin my Best Year Ever as I follow the Your Best Life Week with Oprah and her posse of experts. Feel free to read about it here. With all this excitement in me, I am excited to begin sharing and hope you can appreciate what I have to say (if not...keep it moving), have suggestions for me (I love to hear your opinion, even if I do the opposite thing) and words of encouragement (I'm a woman...I like compliments!).

So, again, thanks for stumbling across my space. Please sit back and enjoy, choose to follow me to keep updated regularly, leave a glowing comment or two and enjoy the music.


Inspiration Board #1: It's All Elementary Baby Shower

Recently, I planned/hosted a baby shower for a close friend. Inspired by the wonderful site Snippet & Ink, which I view daily in my event planning research phase (explanations to come), I created an inspiration board and sent it  to my "co-hosts" a month prior to the event to help them have an idea of where I was heading with the plans.

As I begin my path towards becoming a full-time events planner and free myself from the cube farm, I will be posting inspiration boards, discussing my progress and anything else related to events and weddings. This blog will evolve as I do.

Thanks for checking me out!



Baby Shower Inspiration Board by SAFShops

Image Sources (l-r):

Row 1: Gerber Daisy Paddington Bear Polka-Dot Mural  Smurfette  Fancy Leaf  Martha Stewart PomPoms

Row 2: Orange Flowers  Bonjour Babar  Baby  ABC Blocks  

Row 3: Diaper Cake Madeline Cupcake Stand Baby Food Cupcake Pops