~halcyon days~

October 15th, 2008

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The six days in Los Angeles were gorgeous.
My mom, Karen, lent us her cottage in Laguna Beach and when we arrived we discovered it tricked out in every way you can imagine: French press bought especially for Alfonso, fancy soap, candles, wine, linen sheets, snacks for days. It was a little paradise.

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Karen’s garden, complete with humming birds.

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Note the watch: it is not yet 9am, and we are already at the bottom of that list.

Karen was staying near-by and we met in the mornings to pow-wow about the plans for the day. The notorious yellow legal notepad was produced, but did not bring with it the usual fear and apprehension, as I had been in planning mode for three months already. Plus it was nice to have teammates after the solo NY experience. Respect, is what I have to say, to the woman who lives by the list…

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One stop on the list was the flower mart in downtown Los Angeles. We were there when it opened and bought the place out of all purple wildflowers and thistles.

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Another stop was to buy gorgeous peacock green pearls for my ring, found via Felix, a pearl guru/yoga friend of my friend Michelle. We will ferry these back to our jewelery designer in New York next week. Like many wedding actions, totally stealth.

We also found a caterer for New York during this week, and none to soon. We had been planning on handling it ourselves, but in the 11th hour it became clear how nuts this idea was! Being our own florists in Los Angeles turned out to be plenty.

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We had yet another dress fitting, this time at my mom’s theater costume shop. That makes four seamstresses on two coasts! Bias is a b*#&tch! We never did get it “right” but it was still lovely. In the picture I am showing my sexy purple suede Chie Mihara heels, as I am seeing them in person for the first time, having bought them online from Suisse.

Later we had “Boy’s Night Out” and “Girl’s Night Out” involving miniature golf and lingerie, but not both at once. You can guess who had what.

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