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No Chip Manicures before the Wedding....

29 August 2011

...that will last through the honeymoon!


"cracking paint macro" Zen Sutherland. Flickr (CC)

I was getting a manicure up in Chicago a few months ago and I heard about the Shellac manicure. Apparently, this high quality nail polish won't chip, scratch, or even come off for 2 weeks. Likely, more expensive than the standard polish but to have your nails done and never worry about your beautiful fingers through your trip to Jamaica, in my case, sounds like a dream. 

So where can you find such a manicure? Well, there is a website where you can search spas and salons that offer the Shellac nail polish treatment! Find a Shellac Salon

Urban Oasis, my go-to for massages is where I'm thinking that I'll go for my bridal beauty roundup! According to their website, the Shellac treatment ($12) is added to the price of any standard spa manicure treatment! 

The Name Game: Changing Your Name after the Wedding

26 August 2011


"Day 303: My Identity" by KatBPhotography Flickr (CC)

What's in a name? A history. A lifetime. An identity. For some brides, the name change comes with the entire marriage package. For others, it can be a struggle to surrender the person you are for the person you will become in marriage.

From the moment I knew Mr. Collier was the one for me I thought taking his name would be secondary nature. I would be Mrs. Collier. But then recently as the wedding draws nearer, panic hit. Who was this "Mrs. Collier?" Certainly not the person I am today. Come January when I walk through the corridor at work will people think of me as Mrs. Collier? Will they even know? How do you even address that issue with acquaintances?

What about my job? My career as a scientist is solely based on the publications I submit to peer-reviewed journals. Could I still be known in science by my maiden name and personally by my married name? And what about all the legal documents? The credit cards, lease, car titles, residency, passport, mailing address, etc. All that paperwork seems larger than any "To Do" list I may have ever created.

But then I realized the greatest reason to change my name. Mr. Collier and I are creating a new family. We are joining as one. Therefore, we should have one name together. I realize some suggestions out there on theknot.com or similar sites that suggest couples could create their own unique last name. I'm too much of a traditional girl for that.

To quote the beloved Shakespeare:

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot, nor arm, nor face, nor any other part belonging to a man.
 O, be some other name! 
What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. 
From Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 1600