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Issue 16
by She She Me
January 20, 2006

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Pulling it all Together

Well dear girls, it seems I find myself in the midst of a major dilemma. Why do these things always seem to happen to me? For months I have been looking forward to attending the nuptials of a very dear friend, have spent many a delightful afternoon shopping for just the right frothy concoction for said wedding (attractive groomsmen and ushers, hello!). Have participated in the requisite bridal showers, once again spending many a delightful afternoon shopping for said shower gifts. Have ordered the most fabulous pair of pumps online (expected ship date tomorrow), scheduled my mani/pedi and set aside the weekend before Valentine's Day for the connubial festivities. And what do I find in my mailbox this morning? An invitation/summons to cousin Bette's wonder-of-wonders wedding--for the very same weekend! How can this be? No Save-the-Date, no advance warning, just a lavender envelope exploding into a shower of purple glitter and silver hearts, along with a photo of Bette and her intended (Rhett; how precious is that? Bette and Rhett?) dressed as Rhett Butler (let's put two and two together here) and Scarlett O'Hara (complete with the tassels from the parlor portières) on the terrace of an antebellum plantation--which apparently is also the location of this "theme wedding". Letitia Baldridge would have a heart attack.

What's a twirty girl to do? Let's review: Wedding A: An intimate, family-and-close-friends-only, chic and elegant wedding in the wine country of Napa Valley. Wedding B: A full-scale Gone With The Wind extravaganza (with wedding party and guests expected to dress in period costume no less), complete with generations of distant relatives and the definite possibility of a reenactment of the Burning of Atlanta. Hmmm.. The classic friendship vs family obligation Valentine's Day Sale - FREE 2nd Day FedEx Shipping!dilemma!

Anyhoo, fabulous opportunity to break in my new sumptuous leather organizer--just the thing for organizing daily tasks, keeping track of appointments, jotting down brilliant ideas and making Pro/Con Wedding Attendance lists. Good thing I made that Get Organized/Stay Organized New Year's Resolution which enabled me to justify purchase of said organizer.

Speaking of organization, I must admit that I have taken the concept of organizing time and space to a whole new level. I have completely embraced the universal law of "a place for everything and everything in its place." For instance, I used to walk in the front door, drop my keys on the bottom step of the staircase, drape my jacket over the banister, hang my handbag on the newel post, kick my shoes into the alcove beneath the staircase and go in search of a frosty cold Diet Pepsi. Needless to say, staircases were never meant to be organization tools. With a little help from my dear friend Martha, I have implemented some very stylish and practical storage/display/organization ideas. A mirrored hall tree in the alcove beside the front door--perfect for hanging jackets, storing umbrellas, stashing handbags. A gorgeous country writing desk used as an entryway table--the top lifts up to reveal cubbies for keys, coins, stamps, pens, all the little goodies that seem to disappear whenever you need them. A fun wicker basket to keep at the bottom of the staircase. Throughout the afternoon and evening I put all the little items that need to make their way back upstairs (iPod, juicy novel, sartorial acquisitions, lovely little bits and pieces) into the basket and make just one trip up at bedtime. Reverse the process in the morning.

Along the lines of organizing time, I realized that I was in dire need of a stylish new timepiece. And being a twirty girl in the new millennium just one timepiece will not do. Perfect for the chic professional is the classic Cartier tank. Or this one is a stylish, yet less pricey alternative. For dressy occasions, it's a truth universally acknowledged that diamonds are a girl's best friend. And finally, the perfect sporty timepiece for the ultimate girly girl.

Well dear girls, we have no more excuses. Time to pull it all together and get organized!

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