November 11, 2010

Hi Elva. I'm Mish.

I am a necklace person in case you haven't already noticed. They are by far my favorite piece of jewelery. I'm a big fan of the "I'm ready for work even though I'm wearing a Target brand wife beater tank because I dressed it up with a huge chunky necklace" look. I think it works. I've been wearing necklaces ever since I bought an orange necklace at Nordstrom Rack in 2006. It might sound strange that I remember the first necklace that I ever purchased for myself that was not a silver Tiffany necklace or a gift. I guess it stuck with me, because once I went statement necklace, I never went back. This will certainly call for a project of some sort down the line where I'll need to focus on involving organizing my necklaces that are currently in a canvas square container of mayhem sitting in my closet. I'll certainly have to do something about that soon.

Moving back to the point. I'm getting married in a little over a year. This calls for an extra special necklace, yes? I certainly thought so. I found an excellent necklace designer from the Magazine that specializes in fashion, entertaining, and design (and I believe is only available online). It's called Rue and is totally adorable. Thanks to a friend of mi
ne who showed it to me!

Website is called Elva Fields. She is a creative genius. I emailed their company and got a warm and friendly response back from Emily (who has t
wo art degrees and I believe her grandmother who inspired her whole line is named Elva). She apologized for the late response and mentioned she just had a baby. Adorable. I love her already. I love personal people. This is exactly what I was looking for, to create something for my big day. Questions Emily asked me in response to my note are below. I love how personal it is going to be. I think this is going to be a great fit. I've also included some images of her beautiful necklaces. I plan to get a custom made wedding piece. I won't describe it any further since Doug might read this and the surprise factor of Mish as a Bride would forever be ruined. Happy necklace hunting!

Any thoughts on overall themes for your wedding? (colors, ideas, location, etc.)

What does/will your dress look like?

Do you have specific style ideas in mind? (color, type/shape of stone, strands, length, vintage elements/accents, metal colors--white or yellow, clasp type etc.)

Do any styles on the website jump out at you for reference?

Do you have a particular budget in mind?

Any timeline for completion of your design?

Any additional thoughts or requests?

November 10, 2010

Wilmette Life.

When I was growing up in Wilmette, I lived behind the Pioneer Press (a newspaper company producing a multitude of local papers, including the infamous Wilmette Life). It was a huge lighter brick building/warehouse looking space and I remember trying to look through the windows of it as papers were being printed, from my perched spot on top of the monkey bars that my parents had built for my brother and I in our backyard. There was a strip of grass that was behind the garage, which came pretty close to the back fence, bordering right up against the window to the conveyor belts holding the papers on it. Like most of the land in Wilmette, this is now newer condos and single family homes that have an extra 1/2 bath, a garage that's bigger than the house, and no yard (that sells for a minimum of $500,000).

Well, Pioneer Press and I met yet again. I submitted my engagement announcement yesterday. After finding some basic grammatical errors (of course) and getting those corrected (so don't tell me if you see anything wrong in the above b/c it's going to print) it should be set to show up right before Thanksgiving. What a great gift for the in-laws, right (a framed copy? Maybe I'm dreaming but I would love that gift from a daughter-in-law. I think it is very meaningful!). I'll let you all know how that process goes! In case you care, the link is here to "Share Your News" with Wilmette! Woo! By the way, nothing exciting really ever happens in Wilmette. I pretend that it's a big deal to have this add in the paper (not true). Cheers!

November 9, 2010


No, not RAW as in the wierdo wrestling stuff on TV. RAW as in the really expensive yet delicious salad that I purchased yesterday during my lunch break from the seminar that I was taking ("Learning to Make Better Critical Decisions" for my professional development) across the street. (The worst Critical Decision I think I made yesterday was attending an 8 hour workshop in the same stuffy conference room--thank god I brought my own snacks). I went across the street to the French Market which is located basically within the Ogilvy Train Station (I have fond memories of commuting from Wilmette and taking the train to the loop throughout my college summers and the start of my professional career. Since then, the stores in and around this station have blossomed. Don't worry, the store "Shooz" is still there which I've purchased numerous pairs of impulse buy shoes & Claire's will always be a staple on the lower level as well).

Raw. What amazing food for lunch. Sorry about the strange Blackberry photo, but even in it's fuzzy-ness, you can tell how fresh and colorful the salad is! Seriously it made a difference in my day (and also the weight of my wallet, yes, but it was worth it) yesterday. The Raw food booth at this market area incorporates 100% organic raw vegan food into all their products without altering or diminishing the nutritional content. Yesterday I had the most fresh and healthy vegetable salad complete with micro greens, beats, a zesty lemon dressing and incredibly fresh beats and avocados. Everything was perfectly fresh and cold. Their dishes feature all organic ingredients and includes fresh salads, pizzas, pastas, muffins and granola, with a focus on nut-free items.
Two ladies, Carole and Polly (what cute names, right?) created this line of food for enjoyment. Their site is absolutely adorable. I suggest you have a look. Click here

I highly recommend. Get there for lunch soon! It's on the street level near the Washington CVS.