Obama Made Me Do It

So I have a new trick, and the trick is this: every week, I write my to-do list as though the President were asking me to do the things on it. Genius! I know! Because then I'm all "Well, Obama wants me to order my new contact lenses and email that guitarist about playing during the cocktail hour and fax the contract to the caterer. So: DONE!"

Somewhere in my head, you see, there's a little fear that if I don't do the things the President of the United States has (not actually really) asked me to do, I'm going to come home one day and find the FBI waiting on my doorstep, arms folded menacingly, black suits crisp and sinister, sunglasses mirrored and threatening.

"Now, President Obama asked you to order those stamps for your invitations," they'll say, ominously. "And you were too busy watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey, weren't you? Well, I'm afraid that's it, ma'am. You're coming with us. Get in the back of the van." 

(The FBI would totally call you ma'am. Don't you think? And probably wouldn't take too kindly to it if you insisted on mademoiselle, because it's prettier. Or even madam, I bet.)

Before you think I've lost my mind, I should explain that I have a stack of post-it notes with Obama's likeness on them. My old boss picked them up for me when she attended the Presidential Inauguration in January and brought them back to the office, where they sat on my desk next to my normal, boring, yellow post-its, and---up until about three weeks ago---were only used for special occasions. Now, however, my weekly to-do list has become one of those special occasions. For the past few Mondays, I have peeled one of these post-it notes off the stack and added---at the top, right under the bit where it says BARACK OBAMA all fancy and official-like---the words "...says DO THESE THINGS THIS WEEK."

I tell you, it is very hard not to do things when Barack Obama is urging you to do them, even if he is urging you to do them in an illegible scrawl. So thank you, President Obama! Thank you for forcing me to send my mother examples of outdoor lanterns! Thank you for making sure I corner-edged my RSVP cards! Now I'm sure you need to get on with figuring out world peace or something, so off you go; I'll see you again next Monday morning when you tell me what we're doing next. I thought maybe we could research makeup artists and whether or not it's easier just to do your wedding day makeup yourself. But hey, you're the President, it's totally up to you.

Jun 18, 2009

Hahaha! Too funny.

I'd like to think Mr. Prez secretly watches The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Caroline is his fave, I'm sure of it! Or is he more of a Jacqueline? Hm.

Nothing But Bonfires
Jun 18, 2009

I think maybe he likes Dina best. I know I do.

Jun 19, 2009

I think Obama would agree that doing your wedding day makeup yourself is not the best idea. I toyed with the idea but ended up going with a makeup artist. I'm not a huge wearer of the makeup and I felt like she was using WAY too much but in the end, I just looked more defined than I usually do. Which was a little freaky but looked great in photos. My sister put it to me this way: people won't remember that you're wearing more makeup than usual on your wedding day but they will notice how washed out you look in the photos. You wedding day is only one day - photos are forever.

Jun 19, 2009

I don't know... a bunch of trim, muscular FBI guys in black suits waiting to get me into the back of a van? Sounds kinda kinky. I LIKE IT!

Jun 19, 2009

well, at least he's getting SOMETHING done....even if it IS vicariously through you!

Jun 19, 2009

I'd vote for a makeup artist too. My sister-in-law looked great at her wedding and her makeup didn't shift all day. There may have been some sort of magic involved.

Jun 19, 2009

I love this and I'm going to try it.

Jun 19, 2009

haha what would make it even better is if Obama were making a Mr. T-esque grimace on the post-its and you could write "...says DO IT, FOOL"

Or maybe his nice smiling face is enough:0)

I just wanted to let you know that I've linked to you for the "One Lovely Blog" award! I love reading your blog and thought I'd pass this cute blogger-to-blogger award out to you:0)

All you have to do to accept is post the logo (you can find it on my blog) on yours somewhere, link back to me, and nominate seven other blogs you think are lovely!

Good luck with Obama!


Jun 19, 2009

Not to be a total stalker, but you said your "old boss." Did you get a new position in your company? Because I don't think you saw your old boss from Charleston? Am I reading too much into this?

Jun 19, 2009

You know, if you send a wedding invitation to the President, he'll send back a very lovely card. Just FYI.

Jun 19, 2009

Hey Holly,

I just got married, and after going for a trial run with a makeup artist, decided to do my own makeup. I looked WAY more like me when I did my own, just enhanced! Honestly, the only difference a makeup artist is going to make (aside from taking away $150 or more of your money) is that she's going to put on more stuff. I was quite capable of putting on more blush and lipstick, thanks very much. I don't have my "real" pics back, but I think I look pretty darn good in the candids I've seen. I did get together with a friend and we tried out the makeup a couple of times until we got what we agreed was the best look, and I invested in some new products. May I recommend MAC lipstick in "plumly" by the way? Perhaps topped with a little Vincent Longo gloss in Fioresh? Worked for me!

Jun 19, 2009

I need to have that kind of attitude towards my To-Do list. Right now I think it will matter to no one if I don't do them, so well, I just don't do any of those things.

Caroline is my favorite.

Jun 19, 2009

that is so nice of Obama!

did you see the link I left on sean's facebook wall where you can turn yourself in an Obama poster? I think that would be a step up - having an Obama-esque Holly tell you what to do.

Jun 19, 2009

Even though I'm a week early and you really have to consult with Mr. President, but as a recent bride who eloped I was really worried about the task of doing my own makeup.

But it worked! Even better than I thought, really. In the professional pictures I still looked like me, but just a little extra done up. I was afraid that if I did get someone to do it they would make me look great, but I'd never be able to recreate that look ever again. Or I'd look TOO great and everyone would ask, "why don't you always look that good?"

Ok, they'd never ask that, but I was happy with my outcome and could only imagine you would look beautiful no matter what!

Jun 19, 2009


Jun 19, 2009

What a fantastic idea!

And, I totally recommend using a makeup artist. I felt pretty cheesy doing it, but in the end I was really glad I did. The trial run (or runs, if needed) ensure that she's not going to do some crazy look on you that makes you look like a totally different person or makes you uncomfortable, and it's one less thing to stress about. ("Have I put too much blush on? Does the eyeshadow on both my eyes look exactly the same? Oh great, I've stabbed myself in the eye with my mascara wand and made a huge mess of my face and have to start all over!") She's not going to stab you in the eye with the mascara wand, and if you pick one you like and trust, you can relax and trust that you've got just the right amount of blush.

Jun 20, 2009

Oh, definitely go with the makeup artist. It's worth every penny. For our actual wedding, I did my makeup myself. And in the color photos, my face looks totally meh. (Yay for the black-and-whites.) For our reception, I hired a makeup artist without even a trial -- risky -- because I had learned my lesson after the wedding. And it was a great decision. They'll use makeup that will stay, help stave off shine, and play up your best features.

Jun 20, 2009

Holly, trust me. You will be so happy to have a pro do your makeup on your wedding day. Plus, it is FREE...

...with a wee catch...

If you go to a MAC store and have them apply your makeup, rather than pay them $50, you pay them by purchasing a $50 gift card. So basically, you get your face all beautifully done up, and leave with a $50 MAC gift card that you can use anytime. Even if you are not normally a MAC shopper, surely you will need new lip gloss or mascara at some point - why not get it there?

Nothing But Bonfires
Jun 21, 2009

Rebecca, I JUST got back from the MAC counter in Macy's, where I had basically decided to do the same thing! This is genius.

Jun 22, 2009

My first trial run with a make-up artist featured the words "fresh" and "natural"...but left me looking like a somewhat coy circus clown. Seriously. My now-husband was trying SO hard to be supportive when I asked for his opinion, in case that's what I wanted. There was a brief hallelujah and no small relief when I told him that I thought it looked a little ridiculous.

In the end, I ended up paying for a professional, but refining to the point that she was pretty much just applying my style of makeup a little heavier anyway. Probably not worth the cash for everyone. Not bad for me because I know I would have been totally critical of my own efforts, but am a lot more forgiving of everyone else.

MAC counter sounds like a great idea.