• July 2010 Archive •

P90X – Here I Come!

Every Monday I have the same conversation with myself. It begins bright and early with a pep talk about how it’s time to woman up and get into shape. I start the day with immeasurable confidence that I’m going to change both my eating and exercising habits. By 8:30am I’m sipping on Starbucks and convincing myself that I can’t go to the gym because it’s too hot outside.

I’m the queen of excuses when it comes to physically transporting myself to the gym. “I’ll get home too late.” “I’ll just walk Scottie and count that as exercise.” “I forgot my hair tie.” You think of it, I’ve probably used it as a reason as to why I’m driving directly home without a pit stop to O2 Fitness. Chase is just trying to be supportive when he asks me every day at 5pm if I’m going to the gym. The question infuriates me because even though I know I should be going, him asking the question is suggesting he thinks I need to go to the gym and I don’tneed to do anything but I what I want to do. Poor guy. He’s just trying to figure out my whereabouts and I’m being a woman by not taking his words at face value.

I can’t explain it but for some reason this last week has really been messing with my psyche and the desire to change has actually started to sink in. And yes, I did just take a sip of my canned coca-cola. The truth is if you examine what I’ve consumed in the last 24 hours, you would think either I’m at a carnival or eating scraps from a dumpster. Two cheese cubes, two meatballs, coke, caramel white chocolate mocha, cinnamon swirl bagel, coke and a bowl of popcorn. Somewhere in America my personal trainer from two years ago is shaking his head in disbelief at what I’ve become. You’ll note I’ve had all of zero droplets of water. What is wrong with me?

I’ve been down this road before. The one where I get all excited about the road trip to positive eating and exercising habits but a few hours into the drive I get bored, make a u-turn and head back home. I’m determined to make this time count and am turning to P90X to get and keep me motivated. So, next week, the hottest month of the year, I’ll begin the no excuses, butt-kicking journey.  I’ve decided to shock my system with this program as if I’m entering rehab. My goals are as follows:

  • Drink more water. For me, more water would be sippy cup sized. I’m shooting for 3 bottles a day. No more cokes. No more sweet teas. Starbucks once (or twice) a week.
  • Fast food out - Fruits & veggies in. Even if it comes in the form of V8 Fusion juice or a smoothie.
  • P90X on repeat. – Five days a week. Zero excuses.

It’s a tall order for someone as fitness flaky as me. I’ll keep a regular update on my blog about my progress, cravings and withdrawals. Since I’ve attempted this change approximately 58 times before, I’ve decided making the information public will help to keep me on track. So yes, this is an open invitation for you to ask about how I’m doing and stone me if I should slip up. You’ll notice that my new lifestyle plan has no bearing on my Mexican food intake. Some things should be left untouched and my chicken fajita nachos are one of those things.

Thanks Marissa for serving as my inspiration.  Granted I’ll need a spray tan and a boob job to best resemble this picture.  I’ll stick to P90X first and look into the others later.


xoxo, Priscilla
18 Holes of Golf Anyone?

Orangerie Events isn’t just all about weddings. Although we love all things wedding related, we also enjoy planning events that appeal to a completely different demographic. In fact, we have an event coming up that caters to all you golf lovers. For the second year in a row, Orangerie Events is proud to coordinate the Paul Elam McCarthy Golf Tournament. There are some big changes in store for this year and we hope you’ll join us for the adventure.

The 7th Annual PEM Golf Tournament will take a place at a brand new location, the Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State on Friday, September 17th. The date and location may be new, but one thing stays the same – all of the proceeds benefit the Paul Elam McCarthy Memorial Scholarship at NC State. Despite our efforts to pull together an amazing tournament, we can’t do it without your support. So, how can you help? Take your pick.

1. Play in the Tournament
Visit http://www.pemgolftournament.com/, register yourself or a foursome, grab your clubs and join us on the green at 8am for a shotgun start. We’ll provide the range balls, golf cart, breakfast, lunch, prizes and of course, beer.

2. Become a Sponsor
The Paul Elam McCarthy Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of the late Paul McCarthy and benefits students enrolled in the pre-dental program at NC State. In order to fund the scholarship, we need sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities start as low as $200. Email me at Priscilla@orangerieevents.com/blog for a sponsorship packet or for more information.

3. Make a Donation
Not a golfer? Join us for lunch on September 17th for only $25. If you can’t make lunch, make a donation. You can mail your tax-deductible donation to 20 Larkspur Court – Youngsville, NC 27596 – Attention PEM Golf.

4. Be a PEM Golf Messenger
Spread the word. Go to your Facebook page, Twitter account, Myspace page, email, blog and any other outlet possible (including your mouth) to let your friends and friends of friends know about the tournament. Anyone can play. Anyone can sponsor. The possibilities are limitless but we need your help to let the world know. It’s the easiest and most cost effective way to do your part in helping out a great cause!

We hope to see you at the tournament and appreciate your help in making the 7th Annual PEM Golf Tournament the most successful to date. For more information, please visithttp://www.pemgolftournament.com/.

Don’t you just love our invitations? emDOTzee Designs jumped on board the PEM Golf train and agreed to become a sponsor for the tournament. We can’t thank emDOTzee enough for their support!

xoxo, Priscilla
Vintage Chic Charlotte Wedding at the Van Landingham Estate

In one of those moments that made me stop and think, “Wow, this really is a small world,” I concluded my first phone conversation with Amy. After discussing the usual topics regarding Amy’s upcoming Charlotte wedding and how Orangerie Events could provide planning and coordination, Amy asked me an unusual question. “Are you married to Chase Erwin from Texas?” As fate would have it, Amy and Chase attended elementary school together in Texas. Chase can tell you all about Amy’s family’s pet poodles. Amy can probably tell you far worse stories about Chase. If Chase as an adult is any reflection of Chase as a child, I’m sure he picked on or annoyed Amy a time or two during school.

Amy had been given my card by Julie Mosley at the Van Landingham Estate in Charlotte. Julie forewarned me that Amy would probably become one of my favorite brides to work with and she couldn’t have predicted that more accurately. Amy and Jesse were married at the Van Landingham on Saturday, May 22 in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony. Even the weather gods must have favored Amy because despite a 100% chance of rain, the ceremony and reception were precipitation-free.

This wedding was all about the details. Amy could be the poster bride for do-it-yourself ideas. Even the details had back stories that made you fall more in love with this amazing couple and their personalized wedding. She was one of the most free-spirited, kind-hearted, sweets-addicted brides I have ever worked with and I am so thankful that our Texas-Charlotte-Raleigh paths crossed.

The revolutionary and amazing photographer Critsey Rowe was on-hand to capture and commemorate each moment and special detail.  She graciously allowed us to showcase her shots on our blog.  Also, a gigantic thanks to Orangerie Events Day-of Coordinator, Sharon Short, for ensuring Amy’s vision was perfectly executed from start to finish on her big day. Now, sit back and spend a few minutes checking out Critsey’s stunning pictures. I’m certain you’ll fall in love with Amy and Jesse or at least be jealous over Amy’s fabulous yellow shoes!

I told you her yellow shoes were fabulous!

Guests loved following along to this creatively crafted program!

Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Amy opted to satisfy her sweet tooth with a variety of homemade pies.  The Sweetie Pie, owned and operated by Ashley Eller, provided all of the delicious pies. (Especially the Key Lime – yum!)

A self-proclaimed sweets lover, Amy had baskets of cookies placed around the reception for guests to nibble on throughout the evening.  Amy’s father even handed her a cookie before walking down the aisle.

Guests signed a customized postcard in lieu of a traditional guest book.  The postcards were then placed inside the mailbox.

Jesse, the groom, knew exactly how he wanted to personalize the wedding.  A custom cigar roller provided hand-rolled cigars and kept the boys entertained during the reception.

To view more pictures from Amy and Jesse’s wedding, simply visit the Orangerie Events Facebook Page!

Wedding VenueVan Landingham Estate

PhotographerCritsey Rowe Photography

FloristIn Bloom

Wedding Pies The Sweetie Pie

DJEast Coast Entertainment

Cigar BarCigar Catering from CF Dominicana

xoxo, Priscilla