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Parties: La Wedding Nouba

Every year I spend about 7-10 days with my girlfriends in Trinidad for Carnival. I love everything that is Trinidad Carnival. The music, the vibes, the costumes, the euphoric feeling of having not a care in the world. For only but a moment there is nothing to put a frown on your face because you are too busy having the time of your life with the best people in the world…FRIENDS.

This year I played Mas (masquerade) with YUMA (Young Upwardly Mobile Adults). The theme this year was Cirque and I had the pleasure of wearing the La Nouba costume. After every carnival I like to take my costumes and merge it with my other love…Weddings.

Aaaaaaaaaand…VOILA’! Here is my interpretation of La Nouba…wedding style.

This costume merged my love of bright colors and black and white stripes so it really was a no brainer on which costume I would choose for the 2014 season. This has easily been one of my top 3 costumes, and there are many so this deserves honorable mention. I can’t wait to see what bands bring for 2015. The excitement has set in already!

So what do you think, could you have a La Nouba Wedding? I TOTALLY would!

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Planning: The Bigger The Better?

My latest obsession which I am sad to see end is the show “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” on TLC. Which takes you into the secret lives of Irish Travellers and UK Gypsies and allows us to witness a first hand view of their weddings. And oh what a wedding.
When it first premiered I watched just to see how ridiculously big the dresses are and all the excess surrounding these nuptials. But as I watched week after week, and even repeats, I couldn’t help feel extremely sad for these group of people who are constantly judged and discriminated against. As a group of women raised mostly uneducated they have two goals in life; to be housewives and to be a princess on their wedding day with a massive wedding gown. And to keep this dream alive they plan with concern that they may experience cancellation after cancellation. I can’t help but to feel sorry for them. I mean how would you like it if you were planning a wedding worrying that your venue will cancel on you because of who you are. Maybe it’s the planner in me that wants everyone to have a happy wedding day no matter WHAT happiness means to the individual.
Discrimination aside, I am mesmerized at how these young (and I do mean young…even 15/16yr) ladies are so enamoured by being a princess for a day. HUGE Gowns they can barely walk in, horse drawn carriages, castle cakes, mini brides, bridesmaids dresses the size of a small NYC apt and bling for days. The bigger the more extravagant the better. It makes you wonder, if Travellers and Gypsies are supposed to be so “financially challenged” how the heck do they afford these weddings?
Take a look at some of the extravagance I referred to:
(actually a rare non traveller that married a traveller)
Guess what I am going to be this Halloween:)

Down De Isle – Carnival

Earlier this month I along with 9 other friends was on an extended MUCH needed vacation to Trinidad and Tobago. the reason for the visit…CARNIVAL! It was amazing. so forgive me if it takes me a while to come back down to earth and get out of the Carnival haze I am still in. If you were there you would know why I STILL have the sounds of soca, feathers & dancing in my head.

In case you nee a little visual…this is me dressed for the parade of bands.
(Did I mention how much fun I had)

Pretty Little Things: Bridal Envy: The Conclusion

I truly hope you enjoyed your preview into the Fall 2011 collections as I did. There were many shapes and style and colors to choose from which will certainly make for a very hard decision for you shopping brides. So to pass on a bit of advice to help make the decision easier:

  • Choose a dress that is right for YOU
  • Do not be afraid to try on dresses that you never thought would look good on you: You just never know
  • Bring your personality out in your dress
  • Ensure your bridal gown fits the style, formality and location of the wedding: They should be beautifully cohesive, not fashionably awkward
  • Carry your shoes with the same height as the shoes you will wear on your wedding day
  • Wear proper undergarments: “Control” is your friend
  • Hook up the “do”
  • Make-up is a must
  • Leave the entourage at home: Take key people that are supportive but honest ( in a delicate way). Too many people mean to many people to please.
  • Do NOT over shop
  • Bring samples of dresses that appeal to you: Check the collections at Martha Stewart Weddings
  • Have fun: You’ve waited a long time for this moment
Happy Shopping!

Pretty Little Things: Inspired By Skittles…

I have a friend, a friend for about 19 + years and counting. Though we haven’t seen each other in a long long LONG time I still regard her as someone very special in my life. We met through our mothers who were close. And through their closeness we become close.
She was a popular girl entering Junior High School with many friends and I started with none. She was kind enough to stick close to me as a new girl starting out and introduce me to her friends so we can all become friends and I wouldn’t feel alone. Unfortunately we didn’t graduate J.H.S together because she left New York and moved to Georgia with her family. Even though we now had some miles in between us, I was glad that throughout the years we have still remained a part of each others lives so much so that I was honored to witness the union of her marriage to her husband as a bridesmaid in her wedding about 10+ years ago.
Well, that’s our history. Here we are 2010. I wake up one morning early because I couldn’t sleep and went on Facebook to see what everyone was up to (don’t judge me, you know you do it too). I saw that she posted something on Facebook that made me sit up in my bed. She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I could barely get through reading the post without my hands shaking and tears streaming down my face…who am I kidding I was bawling. Partly because I wasn’t there with her & the other part because I was fearing the whatifs ( I won’t even go there). I’m tearing up just writing this so I will stop now because I just can’t…
She talks about her journey in her blog HERE. But in case you don’t get a chance to read it just know that she is OK…she is a survivor…she is blessed…she is alive…she is kicking butt (literally)…and she is Awesome.. and she is STILL my friend.
So I dedicate this inspiration board to her…my friend Melissa. For just being the her!
Smooches Skittles…Cookie puffy hearts you!
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Planning: Marriage in New York Minute

What’s a wedding without a marriage license…INVALID. So for all you newly engaged and almost married boys and girls ( in NYC), here are a few items you should consider when going for your marriage license:

  • Other than military personnel, your marriage license is ONLY valid for 60 days. So plan ahead, just not too far ahead
  • It’ll cost you $35 (credit card or money order) to obtain a marriage license. Affordable right
  • Your license is ONLY valid in NY State.
  • You MUST complete an application (available online)
  • You MUST appear in person together to obtain your marriage license (no stand ins)
  • You and your spouse must provide the city clerk’s office with sufficient identification in order to obtain a marriage license. Some of which include: a valid US Driver’s License, Passport, Alien Registration Card, Military ID…to name a few
  • Upon receipt of your marriage license, it becomes valid after a FULL 24 hours (unless you receive a judicial waiver)
  • If you have were previously married, bring proof of your divorce or be ready to provide the full name and date of death of your deceased spouse
Hopefully you will find this is a helpful quick tips in getting you started on getting your marriage license. For additional details please check the Office of The City Clerk Online HERE or in person at the following locations:
Brooklyn
Brooklyn Municipal Building
210 Joralemon Street, Room 205
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Manhattan
141 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013
Hours: 8:30 am to 3:45 pm, Monday through Friday

Queens
Borough Hall Building
120-55 Queens Boulevard, Ground Floor, Room X001
Kew Gardens, NY 11424
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Bronx
Supreme Court Building
851 Grand Concourse, Room B131
Bronx, NY 10451
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Staten Island
Borough Hall Building
10 Richmond Terrace, Room 311
Staten Island, NY 10301
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday

HAPPY MARRYING

Planning: It’s been a long time…

I know…I know. It has been a very slow summer for the A Little Bit A’ This Blog, my apologies but I have had a lot on my plate this summer (and that’s a good thing), and needed to scale back a bit. But I have promised even though I have been a bit M.I.A have not forgotten you all. And to make sure you haven’t forgotten me, let’s get reacquainted with some new and old “me” facts:

  • My name is Camille A. Plummer
  • I’ve been planning events for 5+ years now
  • I was born in Jamaica WI ( and go back every year)
  • I have developed an insane obsession with feathers
  • I love the color Chartreuse
  • I love cymbidium and phalaenopsis orchids
  • Half open doors and drawers irk me
  • I hate the sound of biting into apples or pencils (cringe)
  • I obsess over the details
  • I am an eager Godmother in waiting (God-daughter Brookie will be here any day now)
  • I love to dance…and is darn good at it
  • I have been playing mass (think Brazil carnival) in Trinidad for 4 years in a row now and I’m hooked
  • Once upon a time I wanted to become a Family and Relationship therapist (I often play one in my everyday life)
  • I am a big sap
  • I am a Taurus…and YES I can be stubborn
  • My ideal client is one that likes to revel in the moment and not in the details
  • Next to weddings, baby showers are my favorite event
  • I’m an only child (kinda)
  • I do not wear watches to tell time…but I will for style
  • I love marshmallows
  • I truly believe everyone deserves a little bling in life
  • I am 5 feet 2 inches tall… (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it)
  • I hate cab driver seat belts touching my face
  • I’m not a yes ma’am. If I’m planning your event, and I think something is tacky…I’m telling you it’s tacky.
  • I thank GOD every chance I get for all of my successes and not-so-successes. without him I wouldn’t be where I am today!
THERE!…now that we have become reacquainted, what have you been up to?

Parties: A White House State of Mind…

On May 19, 2010 The President and First Lady hosted their second White House State Dinner. And what a dinner it was. Not only was this dinner frequented by political, and entertainment notables dressed in their finest but the show stopper was definitely the regal and beautiful President and his First Lady.

And let’s not overlook the dinner and decor that was spectacular. Take a look at some of the pics from the fabulous State Dinner that I attended ( in my dreams):



Photos Courtesy of Essence