Monthly archives: April 2012

Bridal Accessories by The Wedding Dresser

This weekend I had the pleasure of catching up with my friend Susan Ruddie at the New York Bridal Market. Susan is an amazing seamstress (she did the alterations for my wedding dress!) and she creates gorgeous accessories for fashion-forward brides. Susan can be found at and many of her accessories are available on Etsy.

Susan helped me accessorize my own wedding look with a glam vintage rhinestone belt, and she lent me an amazing ostrich feather shrug for my ‘something borrowed.’ In a word, Susan rocks!  Check out her metallic laser-cut leather capelets and lacy shrugs. I’d love to photograph her accessories on a daring trend-setter bride!

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Tortola BVI – surf, sun, friends and rum!

It is definitely not all work and no play around here!  When we saw cheap airfare a few months back, Brian and I jumped at the chance to head back down to Tortola with the hope of scoring some waves and visiting with our friends on the ‘No Work Team.’  (One of our friends even has business cards that proclaim him as the president!)

Our timing could not have been better!  We had three days to tune up our arms on smaller waves before a beautiful swell hit, whose progress we could monitor from the comfort of the hammock at our little cottage in Carrot Bay. We surfed four different breaks, including the somewhat elusive Cane Garden Bay right hand point break (perfection!)  While Brian was ripping the set waves, I was sitting at the end of the point, picking off a few end sections for my first ever paddle-out at Cane.

We had eight great days of laughs and BVI rum drinks (the Painkiller was a particular happy hour favorite after a few intense 3-surf-sessions-per-day arm burners!)  While I definitely honor my own limitations as a surfer, I found it easier to push myself into more challenging situations with the comfort of a supportive group of friends cheering and paddling out with me. Big group hug to our friends: Jack, Nancy, Mike, Gail, Maria, JC, Sam, Lily, Noah, Brian O, Jed!

Below is the view from our hammock!

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