APW Happy Hour Oh dear God, please make it the weekend by Meg Keene HI APW! So, as you gathered from yesterday’s post about the deep dark secrets of the Red Carpet, I was down in LA this week (my favorite photos from that trip live on Instagram). I did one of those work/family combo trips that always seems like such a good idea in advance, and then during the trip you’re like, “Was I high when I planned this? Was that the issue?” In short, I had one of those trips where something starts going wrong, and then it just sort of spirals into this loop of small disasters. YOU KNOW THE KIND. It started with me basically throwing my cell phone in the toilet while trying to sooth a clingy baby, and then involved a night with four hours sleep after said kid apparently mainlined exorbitant amounts of caffeine when no one was looking. But. I ended the trip staying in a hotel room larger than a Manhattan apartment (I was actually sort of spooked being in it alone, it was so huge). I finally made it to the red carpet viewing. And after something like ten hours and five different trips, my cell phone is on it’s way to full data recovery. Hole in the wall cell phone repair shops in Oakland that only take cash, FTW. But weirdly, in all that madness, we missed the earthquake up here, and I sort of felt bad about it. It seemed like the California natives should have been there for the earthquake, and some people less versed in quakes should have missed it? WHAT A WEEK. So, on that note, we’re starting Happy Hour early today. What? Is 9:30 a.m. PDT to early to start drinking on a Friday? Well, it’s not too early to start chatting. Here is to a nice, long, relaxing weekend. In my case, in my very own bed. Cheers, meg Highlights of APW This Week “Be Elisabeth, but be brave.” Joy, personified in a South Carolina wedding. That’s your first dance song? Uh, well… okay. Relearning to fly solo. A one-on-one interview with City Love Photography in New York City. Adventurous married sex: it totally exists. But it does also sometimes take work. How to keep your engagement happiness bubble in tact. How to plan a Bay Area wedding for under $10K. David’s Bridal is totally killing it right now. “Worry is sort of the cost of caring about someone.” Five things you didn’t know about the red carpet. Link Roundup What one man learned from two years of gathering data on police killings. The awkward art of the male plus one. “As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities. What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And now, I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means. For so long it’s been made to seem like something where you’d picket against the opposite sex, whereas it’s not about that at all. Becoming friends with Lena—without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for—has made me realize that I’ve been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so.” The military gives a woman’s family a pay cut, after her husband cheats on her. “Who Exactly Is “The Carefree Black Girl“? “Carefree Black Girl: the life and death of Karyn Washington.” A mother creates inspired, fantastic images of her daughter. Twelve cats model fall jewelry. If geek girls acted like geek guys. “We’re going to enjoy this cocaine-fueled mason jar rocket ride for as long as it lasts.” “Using Science to Blame Mothers.” “More than Sixty Years Later, a Love Note from a Familiar Stranger.” Should you catcall her? In one perfect sentence, Amy Poehler schools a guy on what it’s like to be a woman. APW’S 2014 HAPPY HOURS ARE SPONSORED BY MONOGAMY WINE AND PROMISQOUS WINE. Thank you Monogamy and PromisQous for helping make the APW mission possible! To follow PromisQous Wines on their foodie adventures, click here to follow them on Instagram. Meg Keene Founder & Editor-In-Chief Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.