Archive - December, 2007

Mani…pedi…safety

Pursue perfection safely or pay the price

The day before my own wedding marked the first time I ever enjoyed a full manicure and pedicure. Unfortunately, it also marked the first time a stranger with butterfingers slipped and shaved a great big swath of skin off of my foot with an unsterilized tool. I was lucky enough to be wearing wedding day shoes that wouldn’t rub on the newly shorn wound (thanks French Sole!), but I can imagine that there are other brides who don’t get off so easily. Also, I was fortunate enough not to end up with some weird infection!

What a boooooring topic, right? Well, thousands of brides-to-be make manis and pedis a part of their pre-nuptial beauty rituals, and thousands of folks end up at their local MDs every year because of nail salon related infections. Two people even died in 2006! Now I feel extra lucky, because I really didn’t even think about anything relating to safety when I was sitting down in the spa chair and letting someone take what looked like a ginger grater to my toesies.

Erlanger recommends mani/pedi fans take the following rules to heart:

1. Ask nail salons about their disinfection practices. Only patronize salons that sterilize their instruments.

2. For instruments that cannot be sterilized, such as nail files and pumice stones, make sure the nail technician uses disposable versions.

3. Patronize salons that use “pipe-less” whirlpools with external impellors that can be easily accessed for thorough cleaning, very similar to physical therapy whirlpool tubs. Hidden tubing cannot be properly drained.

4. Clean, plastic soaking tubs or pans are generally safe and good alternatives to poorly designed whirlpools.

For added safety, you can always bring your own nailcare tools and polish with you to the salon. Don’t walk around with bare feet–bring your own flip flops if the salon doesn’t provide the disposable sort. Make sure your manicurist washes her hands, uses sterilized tools, and thoroughly cleans out foot spas after they’re used. If you voice your concerns and the salon staff balk, they’re not worth your time or money.

Like I said, I was lucky. The spot where an inept pedicurist scraped off my skin didn’t get infected. Heck, it didn’t even bother me on my wedding day, though it did smart for an entire week afterward. Now you tell me: What’s your worst mani/pedi story?

Regrets, We All Have ‘Em

When you think of your wedding day to come, chances are you dream of a perfect event with everyone looking their best, all around you helping the day come together precisely the way you intended, and all the details slipping gently into place seamlessly.

But those of us who have been in the trenches of bridal planning and lived to tell the tale know better. It just doesn’t happen that way. Compromises are made. People develop issues and choose to deal with them in unhelpful ways. The budget doesn’t go as far as you expected.

Most of all, we make mistakes.

We choose professionals without adequate research. We fall for the line of ‘you must have the latest wedding gew gaw because it’s shiny rather than because it’s something that matters to us. We fail to hold out for something that really does matter to us because someone else will be upset if we don’t do it their way. We lose track of prices, forget important details, or fail to consider our own personalities in the miasma of expectation.

The good news is, those of you preparing for this incredible journey called marriage have the veteran brides to guide you and offer advice.

So, all you settled married ladies out there, what was the biggest mistake you made in planning your wedding? What would you do differently if you had it to do over? What’s the thing where you’re glad you stuck to your guns no matter what? What’s the best piece of real world advice you have to give a woman starting to plan her wedding?

Twistie’s Sunday Caption Madness: The Result

Have I mentioned lately that I love you all for your fiendish minds and warped senses of humor? Because I do.

Faced with this:
Christmas Tree Hair You gave me nine different options for funniest caption. In the end, though, there can only be one and that one is NY Bride for this timely plea for prudence and consideration of realistic budgeting:

My wedding left me so broke, I have to be the Christmas tree this year!!

Thanks to everyone for playing!

I want candy, doo da doo doo da doo doo do!

I don’t regret much where my wedding is concerned…you know, other than the fact that my dress was a smidge too big and I gave out fans as favors on the windiest possible day. Oh, and the fact that I didn’t round out my vegetarian buffet with a candy bar.

Sweets for the sweet on the sweetest possible day

Parties by Panache put together the mouth watering candy bar you see above. it looks like it’s full of the candy I remember from my childhood: candy dots, Smarties, taffies, and butterscotch suckers. Not my favorites, but they’ll do when I’m craving a little sugar.

Being that the lack of candy at my reception is a regret of mine, I plan to make it up to myself by having the most spectacular candy bar at my book release party. If you had a candy bar at your wedding or have enjoyed a candy bar at someone else’s wedding, hit me up (and by extension, everyone else reading this) with pointers. What’s the best candy to put in a candy bar? What’s the worst candy you could encounter?

Now THIS is what I call a dress

You can’t help but feel good in a gown like this!

Right now my tongue is lolling out like Homer Simpson because I just love this dress. It’s comprised of a basque waist corset with embroidered front panel and a full ball gown skirt with sweep train and pleated bustle. As the creator, Alisa Benay, says on her web site, “This is your gown, your day, your dreams come true. You pick the color for the fabric, the trim, the lacing ribbon, even the eyelets! I’ll wave my fairy godmother wand and make it all come to life.”

Now if only I could figure out a way to dredge up a couple thou for one of these… Hey, a girl can dream, right?

When you want to forgo flowers

A DIY project in the making

Along with the usual crystal bouquets, paper bouquets, and wood bouquets, there are bead bouquets. Great for the bride or groom who can’t come within ten feet of a live flower without sneezing up a storm, bead bouquets (and boutonnières) look best when paired with elegant, streamlined wedding wear. To put it simply: The beads in your bouquet shouldn’t have to compete with beads that adorn your bodice.

Dudes can wear beards AND beads

If you’re intrigued by the notion of carrying something other than fresh or faux florals during your nuptials, know that I regret to this day not exploring all of the unique alternatives out there.

Merry Christmas from Never teh Bride and Twistie!

Confectionary cheer to you and yours

We sincerely hope you have a warm and most blessed holiday–if there’s a ring (or whatever) in your stocking this year, let us know in the comments!

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