Monday, September 10, 2012

HUGE News: Short 'n Chic, Meet Big 'n Shiny

I'm back in New York City after an amazing weekend in Cleveland.  And I have big news.  Perhaps the biggest news I've ever had in my life.

I'm engaged.

On Friday Ben picked me up from the airport, and that evening he pretty much insisted that we go to the Cleveland Museum of Art to see the new atrium (by the way, if you live in the Cleveland area and you haven't been to see it, go; it's gorgeous).  While we were there I did just as he expected I would, and I led him upstairs to see the Caravaggio painting in the Baroque galleries (I can't not visit that painting, and he knows my taste in crazy 17th century artists well enough to predict this).  As we were making our way back toward the American galleries we stopped in the Armor Court (which is a major attraction of the museum--people love it).  I said to him fondly, "Do you remember when you told me you loved me for the first time here?"  He said he did, of course, and led me over to sit on the bench where we had been sitting on that day.  I had ended up with a business card of someone who works at the museum who I've been hoping to make a connection with, and I was holding it in my hands because I didn't have pockets in my dress and I wasn't carrying a purse.  He said, "Why are you still holding that?  Let me put it in my wallet."  He fumbled in his pocket and realized he didn't have his wallet; he had left it in the car.  I said, "It's fine.  I'll hold it."  He said, "Oh, can you hold my phone?"  "Yes..."  "What about my keys?"  "Okay..."  So I'm sitting there holding his phone and keys, sort of confused.  Then he said, "I have something else that I want you to hold forever."  He took a little velvet pouch out of his pocket, got down on one knee, and asked me to be his wife.  I was so overwhelmed that I couldn't say anything and I was just nodding my head.  But I ended up on the marble floor with him, hugging him and kissing him and saying, "yes, yes."  



He took this after I had stopped crying.  I couldn't stop smiling even when I was kissing him.  You can see the tapestry on the wall behind us, and also the knight on horseback that's in the middle of the gallery.  

Oh, and the ring.  YOU GUYS, THE RING.


It's perfect.  Whenever I've thought about getting married before (and those thoughts have been very minimal up until meeting Ben, let me tell you), I've always thought about:  1.  the ring  2.  the dress.  And this ring is exactly what I've always wanted.  It's elegant and simple, and OH YEAH the diamond is big and shiny.

And also, confession:  I had a feeling that he would propose this weekend.  I knew it was coming (we'd talked about it).  I picked this nail polish BASED ON how it might look with an engagement ring.  And that, ladies, is how you know I'm obsessed with my hobby.  It's $OPI XOX Betsey, which I've blogged about recently here.  And I think it looks perfect!  I sent that photo of myself to two of my good friends, and they both said, "you have perfect engagement nails."  Actually, one said, "you have Charlotte York engagement nails.  It's too perfect" (thanks Betsy!).  Mission.  Accomplished.

But I don't mean to diminish how amazing and romantic and surprising the whole proposal really was.  He proposed to me at one of my favorite places in the world where he knows I love to be.  And he was so sweet.  The next night we went to a wedding.


Proving that we both clean up nice.  Especially him.  The dress is Anthro winter 2011 (I can't remember its name), and I'm always looking for a good time to wear it.  It's pretty difficult to find a tutu-worthy event.  But, this wedding was.  We ate cupcakes and danced and laughed.  And then we went to sleep together and woke up next to each other.  And everything was perfect.  We both keep saying to each other, "we're getting married."  It's still so new that it's almost incredible.  Oh, also, the popular question is whether we've chosen a date.  Answer:  NO.  We don't know where we'll live (NYC or CLE?) or when we want to have this wedding.  I have to get my own shit together and figure out what I want to do with this doctorate before I tackle planning a wedding.  For now we're just content knowing that we're engaged and that we're both all in.
  
Being back in New York is a little harder than it already was now.  Leaving him again was almost unbearable.  But I'm still so happy to know that he wants to be with me like this.  I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.  And I love this man so much.

So.  Pretty great engagement nails, right?

98 comments:

  1. Congratulations, you look so happy! :)

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  2. Congratulations!!! Such wonderful, happy news! Enjoy each ounce of pleasure this brings to you both.

    And don't worry. Your career path will fall into place!

    ~Karli

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    1. It's only too bad we couldn't enjoy the feeling for a little longer together before I had to go back to New York.

      Thanks for the encouragement!

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  3. Congrats! I've been reading your blog since I started blogging and I'm so excited for you!

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    1. Thank you for the congratulations and for reading!

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  4. Awww congrats :) You look gorgeous in the third photo <3

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  5. Congratulations! I hope you have a wonderful future together x

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    1. I certainly hope the same thing. Thank you :)

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  6. Congratulations! What lovely news.

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  7. Congrats! How happy you must be & what a romantic proposal!

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    1. I'm very happy with him. And he's quite the romantic guy.

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  8. I barely know you but I am so happy for you! The proposal was beautiful and you two also make quite a handsome couple :D (yeah i know superficial, but hell this is a nailpolish blog) all the best from Germany!

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    1. Aw, thank you. Sometimes I thrive on the superficial, so I appreciate the compliment (and I'm sure he does too).

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  9. STILL PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!!

    Also I demand that it now be called the "Amour Court" because PUNS!

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  10. Omg I have goosebumps!!!! Congrats! Your ring is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, the ring is stunning. It's a good thing I'm not driving anymore, because it's the kind of thing I'd stare at in traffic and red lights and get totally distracted.

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  11. congratulations! that is such a sweet story and yes, you have great engagement nails. :)

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    1. Thank you :) I'm glad I have a good engagement story to tell people. Not that that's the important part. Just the fun part.

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  12. Best. Post. Ever!!!!

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  13. Woohoo!!! So happy for you!!! Your life in NYC will be so much easier now since you'll be thinking about your wedding and all :))). Perfect Charlotte York engagement nails, I agree!!! ;))

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    1. The wedding planning is something I'm not exactly 100% looking forward to, mostly because my mom and I ALREADY seem to have different ideas about this type of thing.

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      I'm sure it'll be great. And thank you.

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  14. OMG!! Congratulations!!!!

    So incredibly happy for you <3

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    1. Thank you, Anna.

      And hey, I can't wait to read a similar thing on your blog come December...

      :)

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  15. Very pretty engagement nails! Congrats, you seem over the moon happy!

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  16. I don't think I've ever posted a comment here but I really do love your blog.

    And I'm breaking the silence to say congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you! :)

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    1. Yay, I love it when people comment for the first time. Much appreciated.

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  17. Congratulations! Amazing man, gorgeous ring and perfect engagement nails :)

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    1. Thank you. The MOST amazing man. And god. This ring. Sigh.

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  18. Congratulations!! This has to be the sweetest post ever :)

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  19. OH MY GOD!! I'm so happy for you!! Oh goodness, especially with all that you've been through lately, I'm so so so happy for you. You look SO happy! Congratulations! :D (and about the nail polish, I've dreamed about what polish I'll wear if I ever get engaged, haha)

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    1. I'm definitely happy with him. Happier than I've ever been with any other person.

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  20. Congratulations! I knew this was coming as soon as I saw the title and the photo in my blogroll, excited for you!! Funnily enough, the first thing I thought when I saw the engagement ring picture was "wow, she really had on the perfect nail color for the event!"

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  21. Oh my god, congratulations!!!! You deserve all the happiness in the world. Also, Charlotte York nails might be the greatest compliment I've ever heard. So excited for you, Steph!!!

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    1. Oh man, right!? Such a good compliment. I aspire to Charlotte York style (sometimes). I've got the ring and the nails to back up that cred ;)

      Thanks.

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  22. Congratulations))))i must admit I king of saw it coming!! He's so in love with you, there was no way he would let you run around NYC unattached!

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    1. I'm sure he had the same thoughts. Put a ring on it and such. Thank you :)

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  23. I have followed your blog for a while and this post is the first one I am commenting on. Congratulations!! Such a sweet proposal and beautiful ring! As a complete stranger, I've enjoyed reading about your recent adventures and I'm so happy with this turn of events, lol. I just moved to Cleveland just as you moved to NYC so I'll have check out all the places you are talking about!

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    1. You moved to Cleveland!? That's awesome (I mean, you might not think so yet, but as a native I can't help but adore my city).

      E-mail me if you want to talk about stuff to do there!

      And thanks :)

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  24. CONGRATULATIONS! That is so exciting, and I'm so happy for you. The ring is beautiful, your nails look great (the color is so elegant), and your proposal story is SO sweet. I hope you guys have a lifetime of happiness.

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  25. HUGE congratulations!! I'm so very happy for you both!! <3

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    1. Thank you. Much appreciated, by us both.

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  26. Congratulations! And your nails are perfect! ;-)

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  27. Congrats!! I'm so excited for you. :D What a wonderful post to read- it put a smile on my face. So happy for both of you!

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    1. I'm glad I could bring a smile to your face. That's basically the purpose of this blog. And thank you for the congratulations!

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  28. Congratulations, this is wonderful news! I hope you have so much fun preparing for your wedding, and yes, the nails are perfect!

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    1. Thank you. I'll try to make it fun instead of stressful, but you know me. UChicago to the core.

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  29. Congratulations! The ring is gorgeous, I love your nails and the proposal was so sweet :D

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  30. Yay!! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. And wow, that ring is GORGEOUS.

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    1. I knowwwww. Thank you. He did the best job.

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  31. Congratulations! That's so exciting-- gorgeous ring and gorgeous nails!

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  32. Congratulations and all the best on your life together.

    I wish you both blissful happiness together.

    I love your ring, it is elegant and classy, like you!

    This is great news. I am thrilled for you.

    I hope everyone around you remembers that the wedding is all about you, and him. Sometimes people get it twisted around that way.

    Now is your time to be a bit of a diva! I am just saying I am a voice in support of all decisions regarding your wedding/marriage to go your way!

    Look at you now! YAaay for you! Yaay!

    I look forward to seeing you in a white dress. Do you have your mani planned for that already too? giggle hahahaha

    lovenailpolish

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    1. I think some people would laugh to hear you call me elegant and classy (because in reality I have the mouth of a sailor and I'm not very graceful), but thank you. That's so sweet.

      Y'know, I'm starting to believe that as an only child (and Ben is too) this is NOT all about me. I think it's going to be a huge family affair, and I don't even know if I should try to fight it.

      But I've had some ideas. I think I will probably consult my best friend on all things wedding, even though she hasn't had one. But she knows my taste and that it's hard for me to make decisions. Oy. This is already stressful.

      And oh, the DRESS. Okay, that's something I can't wait for and that no one will sway me on. I know what I like to wear, at least. No, I don't know what I'll wear on my nails for the big day. Something blue? (my mother would have a heart attack, I think)

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  33. Congratulations Steph! the ring is stunning!

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    1. ANGE. Where the balls have you been? I haven't seen you around in like...years :(

      And thanks, of course!

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  34. Have you giggled yet over the idea of calling yourself wife? After 20 years it still makes me giggle, and in my head I pronounce it wif (whiff), lol. Congratulations! It's good to see you so happy.

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    1. God, I giggle over a lot of things. Ben uses the word "wife" a lot. Like in the context of, "you're going to be my wife." So it's something I've heard a lot, but will probably never be used to. I don't think I've ever said the word "husband" in reference to him, so maybe I should start practicing.

      And thanks, Sandi.

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  35. Aww congratulations! I love how you picked your nail polish based on how it would look with a ring! So gorgeous!

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  36. OMG!!! I go on vacation and come back to you engaged!!! YAYAYAYAY! I find it hilarious that you had a polish in mind for when he popped the question-my how addicted we are!! Congratulations-I am so happy for the both of you. I wish you all the best!!!!

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    1. Hahaha, I know. I pulled a fast one while you had GONE FISHIN'. But thank you. And girl, I have a nail polish in mind for everything.

      Thanks!

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  37. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am soooooooo happy for you!

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    1. Thank you! Perhaps I should celebrate by buying some Inglot? ;)

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  38. Congratulations! One of my friends and I always say "always have a good manicure in case you get engaged!" because imagine if your nails were awful!

    Lucky for you, they couldn't look more perfect. Congratulations again, wishing you all the happiness in the world xx

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  39. Yay! So awesome. I knew when my now-husband would propose, so I wonder if it's like a womanly instinct?
    By the way, ya'll are freakin' RIGHT together in that pic. Like you're just a worn-in couple.

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    1. I will take that as a compliment, thank you. We at least FEEL right together.

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  40. O.M.G. What a wonderful surprise! I'm very happy for you. As others have said, you look perfectly couple-y and blissful together. I'm picturing an artsy yet classic fusion wedding. If that's even such a thing. Anyway, Congratulations!!

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    1. I can make it such a thing! I have no idea what I want, though. The Ohio in me wants it to be semi rustic but still elegant. The classy in my mom wants it to be in the city. I'm normally so in love with the city, but for some reason for my wedding I want things to be more peaceful. So we'll see what happens.

      Thank you!

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  41. Hello! Well first of all congratulations on your engagement! That's a beautiful surprise... And that nail polish looks great! :)

    Besos!

    Normis.

    normienriquez.blogspot.mx

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  42. I very rarely comment on blogs, but had to here. So... CONGRATULATIONS!

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    1. I appreciate the comment. Thank you :)

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  43. Awww, congratulations!! Your ring is GORGEOUS and you two look fantastic together. :D Enjoy wedding planning and figuring out where your lives are going!

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