Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rethinking the tattooed bride...

I got another tattoo, this past weekend! It's a twist on the traditional 1940s tattoos, but more updated. Many people are shocked when they found I have tattoos, and I think it's because I have kept them well hidden :-). It wasn't that I was ashamed of them per say, but I was concerned about peoples perception of me when it comes to business (aka getting a j.o.b.). But with this tattoo, I toyed with the idea of getting it in a more visiable place -i.e. what they call the "tramp stamp" area.

Although, I chose to keep it in area for hubbys eyes only - it got me to thinking about when we got married, and how I was soo anti-tattoos showing. I never considered myself conservative, but I do recall having a moment, the day of the wedding when I saw one of my bridesmaids had a tattoo. I didn't snap, but I remember thinking like "awww.. man i should have told her to get that covered up". And thinking back, I think it was funny that it even crossed my mind because I was marrying a man who has a ton of them!

So after getting an extra girlie, tattoo that represents my marriage- I am rethinking the tattoo bride idea. Why are some tattoos brides seen as being "artsy" or "funky" vs other being seen as "ghetto" or "class-less"? However, you choose to answer- I think the question is really for the bride to answer. If I had this super cool tattoo in a more visible place, would I have been so adament about covering it up? Mmmm...maybe not. And tons of brides are going this route as well, choosing not to cover up their body art - it's a trend I don't see it ended anytime soon.

How do you feel about brides showing tattoos ?

Working on a Sunday afternoon...

Hey guys, just sharing a pic of my latest creation! What you think?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Color Changing Bouquet! How cool is this?!

I LOVE IT!! Its geekery meets wedding chic- It's so right now!

Cold Feet wedding bouquet responds to your nerves on the big day
By Laura June*

When geeks get married, there's always room for some nerdy insanity. This new take on the bouquet comes to us via just that route -- a couple of geeks getting hitched decided to DIY themselves an LED bouquet which responds to changes in Galvanic skin response (GSR). So, when the LEDs are blue, the person holding the flowers is essentially calm, whereas white LEDs indicate excitement. Now, the bouquet cannot actually tell us if the excitement stems from being overjoyed or horrified to find out that your intended owns a fully realized and accurate Quark costume, but at least it'll give you some clues to start with. Regardless, this awesome contraption is also capable of recording heartbeat rates for both bride and groom and makes use of a 1GB SD card to store the data, and other features like infrared proximity sensors to record how many times a day the bride and groom are near each other.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My first award!

Its official, my blood pressure has shot off the charts!

My company, Chocolate Brooms and Bouquets has been chosen to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2010. This award recognizes the top 5 percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service and professionalism!! Whoo- hooo!

What does that mean, you say? Well, the Bride’s Choice Awards™ are determined exclusively by recent newlyweds (brides and grooms) through extensive surveys and reviews, which means your past clients have spoken on my behalf and selected me to receive this honor!

Im excited & thankful to God that he keeps reminding me to press onwards!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Michelle Obama @ the PROM!

This year I am expanding my services to celebrate the last party every teen looks forward to - PROM NIGHT!

Yes that's right, prom season is just around the corner & I've been invited to create corsages & bouts for 3 well known Chicagoland highschools ( one of which is my alma amater - Whitney M Young Magnet Highschool) and I'm very excited!

In the meantime, I'm creating ads for other schools to use to promote my business. So while I'm reserching the current trends of 2010, I came across this fantaboulous lady - or First Lady- I should say, Michelle Obama at OUR alma mater - Whitney M Youngs 1984 prom! She was fly even then :-)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A New Year... A New Me!

2010 is going to be my best year yet! Yep, I'm claiming it folks!

I dont do new years resolutions per say, I rather call them GOALS!!

I thought I would share my numero UNO goal with you...drums please....

1) Improve marketing strategies by May 2010: This includes, a new website design, better visuals, attend more bridal shows and network more! Better marketing = more clients!

Vendor friends & readers what are your goals for 2010?