Lady Lullabuy’s 200th Blog Post!!

What a week. Not only did I celebrate my 31st 27th birthday, but I have officially published 200 blog posts since this madness all began. I have enjoyed our little inspiration journey over the last 11 months. Can you believe it has been that long? How about a trip down memory lane. According my trusty reader stats, here are Lady Lullabuy’s Top Ten Blog Posts.

#10-Asian Inspired

#9-Taking the Plunge

#8-Valentine’s Day Julie & Julia Style

#7-Messy French Bun

#6-La Vie En Rosesttes

#5-The Academy Award Goes To…

#4-Brighton Cheery

#3-I Cannot Do it All

#2-“Wonder” Wall

And the #1 Lady Lullabuy blog post….

Why Not Wine Corks?

 What do you say we take a vote? Do you have favorite?

Thanks again to all my lovely readers {a.k.a. my web-community}. You’ve already made this quite the memorable journey.

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Wedding Hair

Last February during my Valentine’s Day Julie & Julia Party, two of our dear friends got engaged…. right in my dining room! I’ve never been up that close to a proposal besides my own. Tomorrow is their wedding day, and Clark and I are performing the music for the ceremony. The wedding is outdoors, which means that while the bride and groom and the bridal party are tucked cozily beneath the shade, Clark and I will be baking in our little patch of sun-scorched concrete where the musicians are positioned to play. Such is life. But before I beat the heat by singing in my bathing suit, I thought I might try a few new updos. Here are a few of my favorites.

The Chestnut bun{image via Joanna Goddard}

The Noble Hair Knot

{image via Schwarzkopf}

The Side Chignon

{image via Martha Stewart Weddings}

This picuture makes me want to run out and test my luck as a redhead.

The Romantic Twist

{image via Refinery 29}

You all have such great taste. Which style would you choose? Speaking of choosing…. you all voted for your favorite font for Amelia’s 1st birthday party invitation. Pea njh Whimsy takes the cake! Thanks for your input everyone.

You can click on any of the above images to get the hair style tutorial for each updo. If my hair turns out ok tomorrow, I’ll take pictures and post on Monday. Wish me luck!

Valentine’s Day Julie & Julia Style-part 2

I have been looking forward to writing this post all day. Thanks to all of you who called and emailed me with encouraging words about last night’s Julie and Julia Valentine’s Day dinner. That’s the great thing about blogging. You can host a dinner gathering for 10 people and a few hundred of your closest friends who are there in spirit.

Believe it or not, these were the only images I could salvage. Most of them were so dark, it looked like I hosted a Valentine’s Day dinner in a smoky bar underground. It is sad that the best camera that we have in the house is on one of our Iphones. So, I am hereby putting a new camera on my wish list. Nothing fancy. I’m not picky. However, if a Cannon EOS 7D happened to end up on my doorstep, I would not refuse it. I’m just saying…

Even if the photos had turned out picture perfectly, they could never fully capture the magic around my dinner table last night. Don’t get me wrong, the Boeuf Bourguignon was life changing (those are Clark’s words, not mine), but the celebration of love and friendship represented remains unrivaled to date. The last time I can remember enjoying an electric chemistry like that among a group of people was at my wedding if that tells you anything. Did you ever read the book Chocolat? In one of the final scenes Vianne Rocher and the townspeople of Lansquenet-sous-Tanne throw a confectioner’s soiree like nobody’s business. After reading it years ago, I was so captured by the intensity with which they celebrated, that I swore I would one day host a party like the one I imagined took place in Chocolat. Last night, I was Vianne Rocher. Ok, no one went into a diabetic coma as a result of the festivities, but you get the idea. The French music, the candlelight, the canopy of red paper chain links, the pomegranate wine, the FOOD…. good heavens the food. I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but…

TOOT TOOT!

I don’t remember from whom I inherited the gold silverware. I’ve never used it, but I dug it up from the back of a cupboard yesterday and not only was it a conversation piece, but it went perfectly with the whole retro them of the evening. Everyone sported the pin-on hearts made out of red felt, and you can’t imagine the suggestive material they provided for a few comedians in the bunch.

Clark’s best impression of Paul Child. He even nailed the toast…

“You are the bread to my butter and the breath to my life”. I am smitten.

Ranaye brought over some decadent party favors for everyone. Little did she know that the love poetry inside was enough to make the whole table blush. But the raspberry dark chocolate was delicious.

My red velvet cake… sans red

(it was already half-baked before I realized that I forgotten the red food coloring).

We were halfway around the table with hilarious stories of how each couple met when there it was… the big moment of the entire event…

A marriage proposal… in my house…. at my Julie & Julia-inspired Valentine’s Day dinner! To say it was the high point was an understatement. I don’t think any of us have ever witnessed a proposal up close like that before (besides our own of course). What can I say? It was magical.

This afternoon I am sitting at my dining room table relishing in our divine evening. I’ve run the dishwasher twice already and still cannot seem to dig out from under the mountain of dishes, nor can I bring myself to do much of anything else today, but I don’t care. I can’t bring myself to take down the decor, so I make leave these few momentos out for a couple of days just to let it linger a little longer.

I made myself a rosette hair clip last minute to go with my retro do, and I still can’t seem to get the red lipstick completely off! We drank a red wine very appropriately called “Cheap Date“, and I will be saving the label.

Thanks again to everyone that contributed ideas to this evening. A friend showed me this adorable Julie & Julia inspired photo shoot that I just had to share. Enjoy!

Oh…

and she said “Yes”!

Congratulations Hunter and Ranaye!

COOK’S ILLUSTRATED GIVEAWAY!

The week of love commences today!

Every time we watch the movie Julie & Julia, Clark asks me if we can throw a Valentine’s Day dinner party like Paul and Julia Child. My dining creations are certainly no match for Julia’s. (I do make a mean marinara sauce, but what Italian woman doesn’t?) However, to honor my valentine’s request, I am hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner party for a few neighborhood friends Julie & Julia style.

And what would be a Julie & Julia themed dinner party without Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon? I am going to need all the help in the kitchen that I can get attempting this masterpiece. Go big or go home, right?

In honor of my Valentine’s Day dinner party and this great culinary feat that will be attempted by yours truly, I am happy to announce this week’s giveaway sponsored by the television show, America’s Test Kitchen!

One lucky reader will receive a FREE ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION to Cook’s Illustrated Magazine!

It is appropriately called the Food Geek’s Bible and for good reason. It is loaded with recipes, product reviews, taste tests, and even a “How to Cook Library”! I’m salivating over it as we speak!!!

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You can enter to win this giveaway until midnight on Friday, February 11, 2011. A winner will be chosen at random.

Good luck everyone!

And…

Bon Appetite!