OK, the last remodeling post was here…all the way back in the beginning of February.
I stopped talking about it because #1, there were so many approval channels to go through and I don’t know who reads this blog, so just to be on the safe side I decided to keep quiet; and #2, the process to get our plans approved from the city just dragged on forever, so we just gave up thinking about it.
I last talked about the city making us restore the east wall of the house back to its original property line because the previous owner had illegally bumped out the side of the house. We thought it was definitely going to be covered by title insurance, but we discovered after much haggling and eventually hiring a lawyer, that title insurance companies don’t have to follow any of the consumer protection laws that other insurance companies do. We could have sued the little old lady who sold us the house, but that didn’t appeal to either one of us. Lesson learned: when purchasing a home, don’t bother to pay more for the ‘good’ title insurance, it won’t make a bit of difference.
Since the roof couldn’t be saved, and the east wall had to be moved, and we were already replacing the entire back wall and bumping out the front of the house…and having to fill in a sunken living room with concrete and move all the plumbing…our contractor basically said it will be cheaper to tear the fucker down, rip out the slab, and start from scratch.
And then…a couple weeks ago…THE DAY we finally got approved and our building permits were ready to get picked up…our contractor fell off a ladder and cracked his skull open. He’s going to be OK, thankfully, but he’s in a lot of pain and it can take months to recover from a fractured skull and basically you’re not supposed to move.
Anyway, today was the start of what we hope will be a home worth waiting for.
I may be the only woman who didn’t read Fifty Shades of Grey, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been riveted by the great casting debate created when Charlie Hunnam pulled out (ahem) of the title role of Christian Grey.
Not a bad looking fellow, but perhaps twitter fans had a different vision of who should portray the 28 year old billionaire with special proclivities.
I would agree he’s not on the same level as say, Matthew Bomer…
Or even Ian Somerhalder…
who is also super adorable but runs the risk of becoming the male Katie Holmes with that smirk.
There were rumors of Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott…
And it’s reported that True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard read for the role…
…on the same day as did the new Christian Grey, Jamie Dornan:
Probably a wise move for this model/actor… if the book is any indication, he’s about to become a household name.
You might recognize him as the Sheriff/Huntsman from Once Upon A Time…
…or as the Calvin Klein model:
He’s also starring in a U.K. show called The Falls, playing a serial killer opposite Gillian Anderson.
Jamie married Amelia Warner, an English songwriter in April and they are expecting their first child.
Just because Mondays are really hard, here are a few more images of Jamie…
Did you read the book(s)…will you see the movie…and who were you hoping to see in the role of Christian Grey?
A great LBD isn’t limited to a cocktail dress or sheath. Try a dress with a bit of bohemian flair for a whole new wardrobe alternative. Planning a weekend getaway? This buttery soft black dress is a travel savior. Shove it in your bag and you’re covered from apple picking to dinner with the in-laws!
I’ll admit I don’t miss the cold, the wind, the runny nose, the numb feet, and the worst…feeling the elation of a game about to end and cocktails about to begin…only to have my hopes stalled and dashed as the 4th quarter game clock would drag on a merciless 45 minutes just to finish up 2.35 of game time.
I do, however, miss seeing all the kids and their parents, the camaraderie, the electrifying energy of a community coming together to cheer on their schools…so if that’s on your agenda this weekend, it’s time to get your game on and look like the chic sports freak that you are.
I feel so fortunate to work with amazing women everyday. Whenever I’m able to spend time with one of our Representatives, I leave with the impression, “I’m lucky to be able to work with her”. It’s true…it’s a bit of a love-fest over here at KOKOON.
For our first-ever Representative Highlight, I’d like to introduce you to Monica Lueder from Wisconsin. Without further ado…Here’s Monica!
“Hi, my name is Monica Lueder and I live in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. I’m married and have a lovely daughter named Jessie. I’ve been in the fashion industry for most of my working career. I’ve always loved working with women and truly enjoy helping them become even more beautiful through the world of fashion.
I’ve been with KOKOON for 6 years and what I love most is their constant commitment to us as sales reps and to the needs of today’s women. I’m always amazed to see the beautiful pieces which are designed for us at the start of each new season. I’m thrilled to be a part of KOKOON as they continue to grow.
My Fall Kick Off this year was planned as a Fashion Show. I was lucky to have beautiful weather and so it was done outside in my backyard. I had five models who were all customers of mine and gave them a little taste of what it’s like to walk a runway. I had music playing and basically told them to have fun and “work it”. And, they did! I also design jewelry so they were sporting some of my new designs as well. I also wanted them to feel a little special so I hired a photographer to take pictures of them. They turned out fabulous! My “thank you” to them was a Gift Certificate from KOKOON along with a little candle. My true delight was seeing them order everything they wore and the fabulous feedback I received from everyone.”
Thank you so much for sharing, Monica! And here are some photos from Monica’s Fall Fashion Show:
KOKOON Representatives combine their love of fashion along with their creativity, social skills, entrepreneurial instincts, passion for helping other women and dedication to customer service, and weave them together to build their own flexible fashion business. If you’d like to find out more about working with us, please visit us here!
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Since I’ve been remiss in my Man-day Monday postings I thought I’d make up for it with a two-fer.
And since I’m obsessed with TV, I can also tell you about another one of my favorite shows.
Hell on Wheels chronicles the adventures and dramas involved in building the transcontinental railroad. The leading man, Cullen Bohannan (played by Anson Mount) and his unlikely sidekick, Elem Ferguson (played by rapper Common) battle to keep the railway building on schedule, fight off Indian attacks, keep some semblance of order in the shantytown called Hell on Wheels, and navigate the evil shenanigans of Thomas Durant (Colm Meaney).
Fun facts: Anson Adams Mount IV, has a half brother named Anson Adams Mount III. His father was the Playboy sports editor. His mother was a professional golfer. He was born in Tennessee. He made a guest appearance on Sex and the City; his character gave Charlotte the crabs in The Hamptons.
He got his first big break as Britney Spear’s love interest in Crossroads when he was 29. He didn’t want to take the role, but Robert DeNiro told him to take it and practiced the script with him, reading Britney’s lines.
Fun facts: Born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. His father was an ABA basketplayer, his mother was an educator. He grew up in Chicago. Common won his first Grammy in 2003. In 2008 he earned an estimated 12 million dollars. Common has appeared in at least 10 movies, including American Gangster and Wanted.
I received my first pair of fall boots in the mail this week and that just made me so excited for all the fall wardrobe possibilities!
What will you wear this weekend?
In between steaming samples and general assisting duties, Tess took a bunch of behind the scenes Vine videos during our fall photo shoot for KOKOON.
I love this…so darling…take a look!
Another favorite memory from the London trip was the permanent fashion exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
It’s a very simple, very well curated collection of fashion through the ages.
A few standouts:
Sandals from 1938 that I would kill for today.
‘Two Faces’ gown by Elsa Schiaparelli (in collaboration with artist Jean Cocteau).
I think this was my favorite. Such a wonderful insight into the inspiration behind Marc Jacob’s Spring 2013 Collection for Louis Vuitton.
The crisp fall air suddenly arrived yesterday evening. Only a few more days to get away with bare arms I’m thinking…I’m wearing this tank dress today with a double wrap belt and cropped wrap cardi. I’m gonna hold off on the booties a little while longer.
Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
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