Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Marian

Today is my best friend Marian's birthday. I told you about her a few months ago in a blog post. We grew up together and were best friends. She died in a car accident May 7, 2011 at age 21. I think about her nearly every day, and more often lately when I remember that she won't be at my wedding. She would have been a beautiful bridesmaid.
Memories of her help me through so much. Even trying on wedding dresses, I looked down at my stomach and kept pushing it in, wishing it were smaller. Then I thought of her and how angry she'd be with me for worrying about something so petty and superficial. She dealt with serious self-image issues herself, but overcame them. To look down on myself would be a disgrace to her and the lessons she taught us. That's the biggest thing I have learned from losing her - Don't wait until it's too late to appreciate the people around you and learn from them, to tell them you love them, to wish you would have tried sooner to fix things. 

On the brighter side, I thought I would dedicate a manicure to her on her birthday. I chose a color I thought she'd like. It's Butter London Victoriana from my recent BL haul.

Victoriana is a lovely dusty steel blue with silver shimmer that also has a blue tint when it peeks through the base. She's slightly teal, but less than I expected.

The application was perfect and full coverage with two coats.

Close up of the shimmer

Moose seems to always be in my shots lol. Do your cats do this too?
Marian used to have the meanest cat named Jingles lol! The only person she'd ever tolerate was Marian.

Sharing this with you helps me through it, and makes me feel better that more people will think of her. Just remember what she taught me. Don't wait until it's too late.
"Never take your freedoms for granted and every chance you get let the ones you love know that they are indeed loved." ~Marian Curtner


  1. This is beyond beautiful. Keep your head up! I'm sure she's watching over you :)

  2. Praying for your loss and enjoying your celebration of her life.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss! But I'm sure she would love to know you made a post about her and how much you miss her.

    This color is absolutely beautiful! I would love my cat in my photo's, but poor thing is so scared of everything.

  4. Thanks ladies.

    Eliz - That's what I like to think of it as, even though it isn't always 100% happy.

    Nail Designs - I swear he comes running when he hears the camera click lol. I don't know why.

  5. Awww this post brought tears to my eyes <3 What a wonderful and loving friend you are.

  6. May Marian has her soul in peace wherever she is. And may you be happy every day! You are both loved and that's all that matters!

  7. Love that BL polish! Looks amazing on your nails... Your friend will smile down on your wedding day.. It is good to think about her.

  8. This is such a lovely dedication post. I am sorry for your loss but I know she is watching over you. The life lessons you have learned through her have taught me something today. Very pretty color, too! xo

  9. Marian's MOM FOREVERNovember 21, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Love the post to Marian and I know she would love the color of the nail polish-it is beautiful!!


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