What to Wear Wednesday: Neon and Neutrals

Hi lovelies! I hope that you are all having a lovely week so far! I woke up this morning and swore it was Thursday so I’m having a bit of a difficult time adjusting. Hopefully as the day goes on I’ll get more acquainted with the right day of the week ūüėČ Of course I’m already looking forward to the weekend where I plan to do a little shopping! With my brother’s wedding right around the corner, I need to get shoes to go with bridesmaids dress and a dress for the¬†rehearsal¬†dinner! Finding the perfect dress for the rehearsal is proving slightly difficult as it needs to be conservative enough to wear in the church but still fun and cocktail appropriate! If anyone has suggestions, I’m all ears!

In the meantime though, I thought I’d fill you in on the details of the dress I wore to the most recent bridal shower. In addition to celebrating my brother’s beautiful bride-to-be, I have loved finding the perfect feminine dresses for the bridal showers. For this one, I turned to LOFT who never lets me down. I spotted this dress online actually and was immediately lusting after it but when I saw it in person, I knew it had to be mine. To make matters even better, they were having a 40% off sale that day (LOFT always has amazing sales) so the dress was in my hot little hands immediately after entering the store. What I loved so much about the dress is that it combines neutrals with the neon pink for an unexpected pop. In fact, I love this combo so much that I¬†foresee¬†creating it in future outfits as well!

Dress: LOFT, Shoes: Nine West, Bracelet: Forever 21, Ring: David Yurman

Dress: LOFT, Shoes: Nine West, Bracelet: Forever 21, Ring: David Yurman

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Dress: LOFT

Shoes: Nine West // House of Harlow

Bracelet: Forever 21 // Betsey Johnson

 

Questions: 

-What are some of your favorite color combos?

What to Wear Wednesday: Ladylike Lace

Hi lovelies! I hope that you are all having a wonderful week so far! Thank you all so much for your support for my People.com contest, you are seriously the best and I’m so lucky to have such wonderful friends and readers. Even if I don’t get it, it was a fun opportunity and hey, if anything, I have a screenshot of myself on People.com. That’s pretty cool in my book.

So many of you asked about the coral dress¬†I wore to my future sister-in-law’s bridal shower that I thought it deserved it’s own post! I originally spotted this dress on another blogger named Emily aka Cupcakes and Cashmere and thought it looked so perfect for a shower. Given that I was really sick for the few weeks leading up to the shower, I also couldn’t go out and go shopping, so I took a chance and ordered it online but not before tweeting with Emily to ask about the sizing. (Quick sidebar: I LOVE it when fellow bloggers and companies answer questions like this on Twitter. It makes the¬†online¬†ordering process so much easier and makes you feel like a valued reader/consumer. AKA It’s cool.) Anyway, Emily let me know that it runs a little on the small side which was helpful since I knew I wouldn’t have time to exchange for a different size if it didn’t fit.

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I’m not sure why my legs look like two different colors–I promise it was not a spray-tan gone wrong!

What’s also fun about this very ladylike dress is that it has a little twist when you turn around. The little cutout provides an element of surprise but it’s fairly small so it remains demure enough to match the rest of the dress. Also, what I love is the placement of the cutout. Too often, back cutouts make it impossible to wear a bra but this one is low enough that it still works.

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I decided to pair my dress with simple pearls to really up the ladylike vibe for the shower and a pair of nude shoes. Days before the shower I realized in a panic that my favorite nude pumps had seen better days and that the nail was coming through the heel. Does anyone else have this problem? I guess when I strut I’m really hard on my heels! ūüėČ Anyway, it gave me a chance to find a new pair but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and was in a serious time crunch. Enter: Ross. I stopped in one evening and saw these perfect heels just waiting for me! All in all, I’m really happy with how the outfit came together and can’t wait to wear this dress again soon!

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Dress: Dolce Vita (my dress!) // Lily Rose at Kohls

Necklace: Bloomingdales // Lauren by Ralph Lauren

Heels: MICHAEL Michael Kors // BCBGeneration

Questions:

-What’s your favorite ladylike look?

-Are you hard on your shoes too? Dying to know that I’m not alone here…

Scenes from the Weekend

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! I continued to take it a little easy this weekend but still had a lot of fun. On Friday night it was my dear friend Katie’s birthday and we gathered at her recently remodeled apartment for a lovely birthday dinner party! It was so much fun catching up with the girls and I had a blast. Early the next morning I piled in car with my mom, Grandma and my mom’s best friend and headed to my sister-to-be’s bridal shower! It was such a wonderful day and this was the start of many of the fun wedding activities to come! Sunday was spent doing errands and taking care of some projects that have been swept aside. Never that enjoyable to do but it is nice to feel accomplished and ready for the week. Have a great Monday!

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Questions:

-Have you been to a bridal shower?

-What did you do this weekend?

Real Talk: More than a Number

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was pretty busy as I spent the weekend helping my mom find the perfect dress for my brother’s wedding. We’re still on the hunt but made some definite progress. It’s funny how shopping with an event in mind is so much more stressful than just browsing but with the two of us, we can make anything fun. We’ve been shopping together for as long as I can remember and are so in tune with each other that we make quick decisions and know what one other will like and dislike without even asking. Although the perfect dress is still out there, I know that my Mommy will look gorgeous in whatever she chooses!

I was however, troubled with something I witnessed that I had to share.  Many of the stores we went to were bridal stores and most of them also have a prom dress store within. The prom counterparts were swarming with excited girls trying to find the perfect dress with their moms and their friends. It was fun thinking of all those years ago when I too went with my mom to find the perfect dress. I think in high school my friends and I talked about prom dresses for the months leading up to the prom.

Serious flashback... me before Sr. Ball circa '06

Serious flashback… me before Sr. Ball circa ’06

Part of me loved looking at these girls searching for their dream dresses for what they’ve heard will be the most magical night of their night. (And hey, it was really fun, but life only gets more magical.) But then I noticed something that I found really troubling. This particular store had all the dresses separated by their size and were in different areas around the circumference of the room. In the sizes 4, 6, and 8 sections there were about 15 dresses each. In the size 10 section, there were about 8 dresses and the sizes 12 and 14 there were less than 5 per size. I immediately thought that it was unfair that those girls wouldn’t be able to have more of a selection. And then I saw the walls of 0 and 00 sections.¬†There were no less than 75 dresses in that section. I am so deeply troubled by this and what this is teaching our young girls today. The situation only got worse when I heard a conversation next to me. One girl was wearing a beautiful sparkly green gown and looked amazing in it. The sales person looked at her and said “it looked good for someone with a fuller figure.” I don’t think she was intentionally trying to hurt the girl (after all, she was trying to get her to buy it) but it was such a backhanded compliment that it hurt my heart for this girl. Not only is she in a store that truly only carries options in one size, but then the salespeople are further enforcing it.

Fast forward then to a different store in a different city today. I was chatting with a saleswoman who also worked at the prom store who was telling me how young girls will come in there and buy dresses that are way too small for them and vow to lose 50 pounds before prom. She told me how these girls will starve themselves to no end just so they can wear these dresses. Something is wrong with this type of behavior. It is one thing if a girl is naturally thin or is healthy in her food choices and working out to achieve that figure. But we are not all supposed to be the same size. Each of us is beautiful in our own ways and despite the fact that being a 0 or 00 is the “popular” size now, it doesn’t mean that is what everyone should strive for. These girls are developing such an unhealthy relationship with their weight at such an early age and I just wish there was something I could do to help. I wish they could know that their dates will think they look beautiful in whatever dress they choose, regardless of the size on the tag. That they have so much more to offer. They can be smart and funny and sweet and all of those things are ambitions to strive for, rather than fitting in a dress.

I get too that this is not just something that young girls struggle with but that most of us have struggled with at one time or another. But I also know that if you are healthy that is so much more important than any of the other stuff. I think all of you are beautiful out there just the way you are and being defined by a number is no way to live.

Questions:

-I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and what you think about society’s emphasis on clothing sizes.