This week I…

+ Guest posted over on Alex’s blog, and shared more details about Vivaleur! This website should be coming any day you guys, so stay tuned.
+ Obsessed over the above jacket, which I saw on Hanneli, for no less than half an hour. Scalloped edges meet Chanel meet glamma chic. Joe had a bunch of shirts made at a local atelier, and now I’m brainstorming how I can get this jacket made there too.
+ Scheduled an engagement photo shoot. We went back and forth on doing this, but as I built out the wedding website (which has undoubtedly been the most fun part thus far), I realized some photos of us that aren’t 3 years old (or 9, in some cases) might be nice. We shoot in just a few short weeks! I bought this little dress for the occasion.
+ Got really excited, because my mom is flying out from Texas next week to come see my potential wedding dress with me. It’s NOT the Jenny Packham. It’s another one. Me and that dress, we’re almost in a serious relationship…and I just need my mom’s stamp of approval. Beyond the dress viewing, I’m looking forward to taking a day or two off of work and hanging out with her in the city. I haven’t seen her since late last summer. Yeah, I know.
+ Started booking out hotels for our big French vacation, and found that we might have waited a little too long. This is SO unlike me, but I guess I’ve had other things on my plate! To all you amazing readers who commented and emailed before regarding your experiences there… what is the one city you think we should base ourselves out of in Provence, and what is the one city we should base ourselves out of on the Cote d’Azur? We’re finding we might have to forgo our original plans, and I’m looking for 2nd and 3rd home base options! Send hotel recs!
+ Spiffed up the house a little and got ready for the weekend. We’re having friends over tomorrow night for a pizza and game night thing. Praying I am not hungover on Sunday.

LINK OF THE WEEK: Two to share! It might be a little late with Easter this Sunday, but if you had nothing else to do and still wanted some decor that doesn’t look like pastels barfed all over your house, check out these succulent eggs from Could I Have That. Very cool! I also found this link from Pugly Pixel that I had bookmarked a while back and forgot to share. It shows how to make ombre effects on a photograph using Photoshop! You should definitely subscribe to Pugly Pixel. SUCH good graphics tips!

Happy weekend, everyone!

{Image Credit: Hanneli Mustaparta}


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  1. 4.6.12

    Stay in Cap d’Antibes on the Côte d’Azur! So pretty… Have a good Easter weekend!

  2. 4.6.12
    Georgina said:

    How exciting! Finalizing Parisian plans, approval on your dress and who doesn’t love a yummy pizza night with friends!?

    Have a lovely weekend – looking forward to the launch of your site!

  3. 4.6.12

    Three things…
    1. I am so so excited about the wedding dress! I hope it’s the one.
    2. You’ll love engagement photos. at first I thought it was a terrible waste of money, but like you, didn’t really have any recent photos of Matty and I. We were relaxed and had fun – they turned out better than the wedding photos for that reason.
    3. The ombre link is great! I use this effect in white sometimes when a photo is lighter on one side and I want it to be more even, but I never thought to do a fun color! I totally will now.

  4. 4.6.12
    Anna said:

    Love your links for the week. I love any tips for learning more about photoshop.

  5. 4.6.12

    I can’t wait to see both of the wedding websites….work and wedding!

    Darling jacket!

    I have been into board game nights also, I get crazy competitive though, and then no one wants to play with me. :-(

    • 4.6.12
      vmacandcheese said:

      HAHAHA same here. I find the way to cure that is to drink more. Then I mellow out considerably.

  6. 4.6.12
    Leah said:

    I agree with Cap d’Antibes- while I was there during the festival, this was the home base to Brad and Angelina and the host site of the Amfar gala (Versace designed the event and it was beautiful).

    However, if you are looking for a base that is easy to travel in and out of, Nice is probably the easiest option since that is where the main airport is located. But, as I told you already my heart lives with Cannes, which has a ton of great hotel options (Hotel Martinez, Hotel Splendid or any of the quaint smaller ones are great). Regardless of where you stay, the entire south of France is amazing and you will not be disappointed!

  7. 4.6.12
    katrina said:

    so sweet! thanks much for the ombre effects mention, victoria! :D happy friday!

  8. 4.6.12

    I HIGHLY recommend Nice for the coast. It’s gorgeous GORGEOUS! and is pretty centrally located for exploring other towns by bus or train. Plus it has the most amazing morning market (every day!) that I encountered during my month-long trip to France.

    For Provence, we stayed in Arles and LOVED it! We stayed in a great hotel – email me if you need the name – and ate amazing meals every night. It was also where I had the best chocolate croissant of the whole trip!

    YAY for france!

  9. 4.6.12
    Alexa said:

    Oh my gosh Victoria I am most excited about your dress! That is fantastic. I’m sure your mom will melt when she sees it on you!

  10. 4.6.12
    alyson said:

    cannot concentrate… that chanel jacket is insane!
    and, yay for your mom’s visit for the dress. THE dress.. :)

  11. 4.6.12
    Kate said:

    That jacket is BONKERS!! It’s so great that your mom is coming out to see the potential dress. Moms are pretty good at stuff like that :) Have a lovely weekend!

    <3 Kate

  12. 4.6.12
    Andrea said:

    I love Pugly Pixel and am so excited you featured her blog! That is the coolest effect.

  13. 4.6.12

    I love Pugly Pixel and am so excited you featured her blog! That is the coolest effect.

  14. 4.6.12
    Theresa said:

    Thank you for the link to Pugly Pixel’s tutorial! It was just the trick I was needing today. I always find the best tips on both Pugley Pixel’s blog and yours. Thank you!

  15. 4.7.12
    Phoebe said:

    I die for Provence. Seriously…I love it. And it’s so much more intimate and romantic compared to the Riviera. It’s easy to start feeling like a local!

    My family and I stayed in Cavaillon, which was perfect. It was a little off the beaten path, but it was an easy day trip to Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Orange, Avignon. It’s also not too far from Marseille. And the city is famous for its melons, which are seriously the best melons I’ve ever had in my life. It’s like cantaloupe on crack. We stayed at a B&B that is no longer in business (the couple retired), but truly, that trip was probably my favorite trip so far of my life.

    Have so much fun!