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Special Days Deserve Special Treatment!

Happy day, reader dear!

Happy anniversary to us, happy anniversary to us, happy anniversary–Liz and Curtis, happy anniversary to us! I’m looking forward to Saturday and dressing up for our big day. A day doesn’t need sparklers and bubbly to be special. (Although, they don’t hurt…) You can make any day special. Just by treating it that way!

Yup! It’s that time of year. It’s our Hallowversary. Mr. CP and I wed on Halloween. It happened to be the first Saturday with an available opening at the military chapel where we tied the knot. He was stationed overseas; we were planning to marry when he returned to the US in a year and a half. One evening he called me to tell me they were PCSing (moving him) back earlier and ask “Do you want to get married sooner?”

“That’s great! When are your orders for?” (Gramatically incorrect… I’ll plead time zones that made phone calls awkward AND expensive!) “They’re packing me out in two weeks,” he replied. “How soon can we get married?” How soon indeed? Well, that’s how we ended up with Halloween. And about four weeks to pull together a wedding.

A lace dress for daytime? Sure! If it makes you happy, why not?

I have to say, if you are going to do a wedding, four weeks might be the perfect time frame for planning. I know that will make many gasp, but four weeks to wedding eliminates decision making. (You know how I am about decision fatigue!) You ask if they (chapel, hotel, catering kitchen, restaurant, florist, etc.) have anything available. If they say “Yes,” you take it. No weighing options. No good, better, best. Just “We’ll take it, thank you.” Write the check for the deposit and move on. (I had a reminder of this two years ago when the venue for our son and daughter-in-law’s rehearsal dinner became unavailable due to a fire… About 6 weeks out. We already had decor sorted and purchased, caterer contracted, menu selected and ALL planned. Can you say regroup?)

Special shoes to dress up jeans… This qualities as fancy for uber-casual Asheville!

So on October 31, 1992, we headed to the chapel in a limo with our ring bearer and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Ring bearer Evan was still miffed about the bear suit. (Ring bear. Evan was three. The best part of the day was going to be the bear suit.) Thank goodness that after the indignity of a tuxedo at least the TMNT were there on the limo TV to salvage the ride! (TV in a limo was fancy 28 years ago.)

In June when everyone else was living in yoga pants, I was dressing up for the blog’s birthday!

But I digress. Back to the topic. I grew up in a we-dress-up-to-celebrate household. I thought everyone did! I discovered later in life that not everyone does… But I still do. I dress up for my birthday, and those of the people I love. Thanksgiving, Christmas (not the present part, but the dinner part) New Year’s Eve, Easter, my Blogiversary, our Anniversary. They are special days and deserve special outfits! (Not that you have to buy a new outfit for any of them, but if you’re looking for an excuse…)

So how about you? Do you “dress” for special days? Even if you aren’t doing anything special on that day? Dressing up can make every day just a little more special. Remember…

And. You. Are.

Stylishly and specially yours, XO!

#makeeverydayspecial

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