The great closet clean-out!

LAST CALL!!! Cleaning out my closet! Lots of brand new items, even more barely worn items!

**Happy shopping!**

Lilly Pulitzer Danna dress | size Small | $65
Lilly Pulitzer Danna dress | size Small | $70  $60
Anthropologie Greylin Melusine Dress | Medium | worn once | $50
Anthropologie Greylin Melusine Dress | Medium | worn once | $50
Banana Republic Khaki Skirt | size 2 | $10
Banana Republic Khaki Skirt | size 2 | $10
Banana Republic Skirt | size 2 | $15
Banana Republic Skirt | size 2 | $15 – PENDING
Victoria's Secret bra top dress | SMALL | Worn once | $18
Victoria’s Secret bra top dress | SMALL | Worn once | $10
Fabletics workout capris | small | $25 for both
Fabletics workout capris | small | $25 for both
J Crew button up | pink | XS | $15
J Crew button up | pink | XS | $15
J Crew floral skirt | size 2 | $15
NEW J Crew floral skirt | size 2 | $15
J Crew | size 0 | Periwinkle | EUC | $15
J Crew | size 0 | Periwinkle | EUC | $15

 

Banana Republic Angora Sweater | Small | $15
Banana Republic Angora Sweater | Small | $15
Ugg quilted boots (soles look brand new) | size 5 | $70
Ugg quilted boots (soles look brand new) | size 5 | $70
LOFT shorts | size 2 with 4" inseam | $25 both
LOFT shorts | size 2 with 4″ inseam | $25 both
Lilly Pulitzer Ross Dress in Ring the Bell Boy Resort White | size 6 | worn twice | $75 (retails for $198)
Lilly Pulitzer Ross Dress in Ring the Bell Boy Resort White | size 6 | worn twice | $75 (retails for $198)
Banana Republic Short Sleeve Sweater | Petite Small | $10
Banana Republic Short Sleeve Sweater | Petite Small | $10

 

NEW Victoria's Secret | Hot pink stripes | Small | Liner still in place | $12
NEW Victoria’s Secret | Hot pink stripes | Small | Liner still in place | $12
Old Navy - Small - $12 (worn once on honeymoon)
Old Navy – Small – $10
Lilly Pulitzer - 8 *ALTERED for approx. size 4* Measurements: Armpit to Armpit: 17", under bust 15", waist 15", length 34" - $60
Lilly Pulitzer – size 8 *ALTERED for approx. size 4* Measurements: Armpit to Armpit: 17″, under bust 15″, waist 15″, length 34″ – $60

 

Banana Republic - Size 0 - NWT - $20 (paid 45)
Banana Republic – Size 0 – NWT – $15 (paid 45)
Banana Republic (not Factory) | 4P | $30
Banana Republic (not Factory) | 4P | $25 $20
Anthropologie - Burlapp | Small | Polyester Blend
Anthropologie – Burlapp | Small | Polyester Blend | $35  $20
Banana Republic | size 2 | Silk/Polyester - $20
Banana Republic | size 2 | Silk/Polyester – $15
J Crew | size 2 | Silk Taffeta Blakely from Wedding Collection
J Crew | size 2 | Silk Taffeta | $60
Blakely from Wedding Collection
Lilly Pulitzer | size 4 | 100% Cotton | $50
Lilly Pulitzer | size 4 | 100% Cotton | $40
Banana Republic | Summer pants | size 2 | Martin Fit | $15
Banana Republic | Summer pants | size 2 | Martin Fit | $15
Blue/Black striped maxi | Smal | $12
Blue/Black striped maxi | Smal | $12
LOFT grey skirt with pockets | 0 | $10
LOFT grey skirt with pockets | 0 | $10
LOFT NWT Wool pants | grey plaid | Size 2 | $15
LOFT NWT Wool pants | grey plaid | Size 2 | $15
Leopard Print Shoes | size 6 | NWT | $12
Leopard Print Shoes | size 6 | NWT | $12
LOFT Wrap Dress | size 2 | $15
LOFT Wrap Dress | size 2 | $15
J Crew Embossed Strapless dress | Size 2 | $20
J Crew Embossed Strapless dress | Size 2 | $15

All items come from smoke free home. Items are also listed for sale on other sites and will be removed if sold. Nothing like new dresses at discount prices! Happy Shopping!

Rehearsing in Style

Shortly after getting engaged, I went on a little-white-dress shopping spree. I snatched up just about every adorable white dress you could find – believing I would have the opportunity to wear it at some point during my engaged life. My favorite, is still the “Blakely” from J. Crew, and it’s still the front runner for our rehearsal dinner. (I’m even more stoked that one of my BMs chose this dress for the wedding, it’s so chic & classy!).
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Then I found the J. Crew “Ginny” which is equally as adorable, but slightly more casual, so I thought it might be good for a shower/party/bachelorette dinner? I love that it has pockets and rugby stripes!
RD_Ginny

I had a mental battle with myself when I stumbled across this Banana Republic dress. I thought for a second it might be more perfect than the Blakely, so I bought it and fell in love. But it didn’t fit… so now I’m actually selling it on eBay (along with some other fabulous dresses).
dressMy other finds have included dresses from Anthropologie, Victoria’s Secret, J. Crew (eyelet – swoon!), and Lula Kate, although I haven’t purchased the Lula Kate one yet.
RD Lula Kate

What’s your vote for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner? Obviously, I love lace + ruffles (and seer-sucker seeing how I just scooped up a darling Blakely-style seer-sucker stunner from J. Crew Factory). That should be perfect for a spring shower!

Happy Good Friday, y’all. Happy Easter. Happy weekend!

Not your average dress experience

If you recall, I ordered my dress from J. Crew without having seen it in person or trying it on and it was just as perfect as I imagined. However, this has made the rest of my dress experience a little less traditional than most as well.

Last week, I took my own dress to have it altered (instead of the shop/boutique where I purchased it taking care of all of this – many have in-house alterations). I felt a little empty as I walked away, leaving that bag full of beauty hanging in side waiting to be cut-down and made to fit me perfectly for my big-dream wedding!

When they asked when I’d like to pick it up, I was a little taken back… I’ve heard from friends that they haven’t gotten their dress until 2 weeks before the wedding or had to “borrow it” from the alterations place to have their bridal portraits done and then return it for finishing touches. Anyway, I’m going in April for my first fitting. We only tackled taking it in, the neckline and “less poof” on this first round. The hem/train will be the next piece but I have some decisions to make around that.

Speaking of dresses – I bought this beauty  from Banana Republic a while back and unfortunately it doesn’t fit – so I’m selling it. It would be great for a rehearsal dinner/shower (or any fun party you plan on attending!).
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AND I just sent an awesome Monday Morning email to my BMs about Jack Rogers… ON SALE… today! Get yours here: Last Call!

FRIDAY FAVORITES

1. Etsy
Anyone who is engaged should stay far away from Etsy. Oh my bank account! I would tell you all the things I’ve purchased but then you wouldn’t be surprised when they appear at the wedding. But in all honesty, you can find EVERYTHING on here – and you have lots of different options because there are crafty people all over that can create all the things your heart desires!

2. Shop Sweet Lulu
Our straws arrived and they are PERFECT. I can’t wait to see them sticking out of mason jars all over The Dairy Barn.

3. Southern Weddings Prints
 I’ve been collecting prints and vintage frames for our wedding decor. Southern Weddings magazine has some of the cutest prints you’ll find. They just added more this week so check ’em out. Great for around the house or office too!

4. Pressed Cotton
I was obsessing over their adorable pillows and burlap perfection before I saw them at a Bridal Show but now, I’m just DYING to order something. It’s only a matter of time. Doesn’t get much more Southern than this!

5. J. Crew
It would be a shame for me to leave J. Crew off of this list. My wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, best woman dress and our incredibly handsome bowties have all come from J. Crew. I am completely smitten with their entire wedding line (obviously) – and it’s perfectly fitting that our wedding party will be decked out in J. Crew since at least half of our closet bears the brand.

I’m sure I’ll have a much longer list of these favorites by the time the wedding gets here, but that’s enough for today. Need to rest up for my half marathon tomorrow… still working on that wedding body!

Your wish is my command!

Now that I am a bride-to-be, I understand all the things brides don’t want to hear. Griping. Complaints about dresses/shoes/jewelry. Anything negative that’s directed at YOUR wedding. Thankfully, I have incredible friends and bridesmaids who have all said “whatever you want!” (I seriously love them!)

We are getting ready to place the order for our J. Crew bridesmaid dresses and I couldn’t be happier. I LOVE that my bridesmaids and I will be wearing J. Crew on my big day. Their dresses are just SO classy! And can definitely be worn again, right? I know everyone says that but I really believe it with J. Crew. They are very versatile and who doesn’t love to dress up fancy for a night out? I truly did want to find a dress that they would be comfortable in, loved, and could potentially use again. Maybe not as a “wear every-other week” dress or “wear to work” dress, but something that could be reworn to an event later on.
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For a while I was torn between the J. Crew ones and Alfred Sung styles (pictured above) – but ultimately, the girls picked the J. Crew ones. They’re going to look so stunning! Color and styles will remain secret – until the big day of course! Both J. Crew and Alfred Sung offered FREE sample swatches – which helped us decide the color. We had a very specific look in our minds, so it was easy for us to decide the color.
I have yet to book the florist (or even call any)… and time is ticking. But I did get this really adorable stamp for our post-wedding thank-you notes!

WPD

Wedding Paper Divas has a 50% off deal on their stamps today – check it out and order one! Great deal for brides-to-be, single folks and those of you that have already tied the knot! Something you can use long after the thank you notes are written and you’re on your way to growing old together!

Back to the beginning

When I first started my wedding dress hunt, I fell head-over-heels for a J. Crew style but hated that I couldn’t go to a store and try it on. And in my period of debating, I missed out on the sizes that I could have worn in this dress, finding that only a size 12 was left to order when I finally made my decision to just order it and try it. (Thank God for 60 day return periods!).

So I continued my search far and wide… literally, I went to stores in Charlotte, Raleigh and Cary searching for THE dress. I couldn’t find anything like the J. Crew dress to even try… and I kept battling with myself over what I thought was “the one” at all the stores I went to. However, “the one” had a few things that I didn’t love about it… 1) it was see-thru and purchasing the liner for it added $50, 2) it had a corset back and I preferred a zipper – that added another $95, and 3) I could order it hollow-to-hem for $100 extra, or just order the closest size and pay for alterations. I ended up feeling like although there was a lot that I LOVED about that dress, there was more that I didn’t love… and part of that was the extra $250 I’d be spending to make changes on what was supposed to be the perfect dress.

On Saturday, J. Crew had a sale 25% off + free shipping. I bit the bullet and ordered the dress in the only size (10) they had left. And lucky me… I got one of the very last ones because now it’s no longer available on the site, period! I am dying for it to arrive and praying that it gives me that same feeling as the other dress (with less changes to make, of course!). And, what I really love about this is that I can return it to a store if it doesn’t fit… I don’t even have to ship it back, I mean how great is that?

So cross your fingers for me and the J. Crew dress! I’m hoping that we are a match made in heaven and “Dress” can be checked off my list.

Big White Dress

The dress shopping experience was a little rushed for me… as I didn’t plan to even start looking until December or January (aka when I have a break from school!). However, I stumbled across a J. Crew dress last week that made my wedding-dress lovin’ heart skip a beat! However, I live in North Carolina and the only store that carries that dress lives in NYC. But wait, that’s not the real dilemma… they only have 3 sizes left in this dress… and only 2 of which I can wear! Enter the need for an emergency dress shopping situation and a very much appreciated girlfriend who spent her Saturday zipping and unzipping me!

We started at NY Bride & Groom on South Blvd … so.many.wedding.gowns. But I did like that they let us pick the gowns and my friend was able to come in the dressing room with me. (PS – these are not your normal size fitting rooms- LOVE!).

I’ll share a few of the shots that she snapped (obviously only in the dresses that I am for sure not getting). I only tried this dress on for fun because it was super heavy and detailed but looking back at the pictures… I do kind of love it! For the right setting of course… I pretty much stuck to sweetheart style necklines but the rest of the dress was fair game. I knew I wanted to try on Modern Trousseau gowns, so we went to Hayden Olivia for those. I immediately fell in love with this all-over lace Modern Trousseau (Abbey) gown. I mean, how could you not? It was beautiful in every possible way… and light too. Since I’m planning an August wedding in the South, light is key! However, my heart (and wallet) did not love the price tag on this beauty ($3600+) so I didn’t even ask them to write it down for me. This dress had a little bit of everything, a little lace, a flower, a little ruffle, a little poof… but it didn’t quite do it for me. Honestly, the first dress I tried on was probably the most likely to be purchased. I just got an email from J. Crew though and the beautiful gown I am coveting from there is 25% off with free shipping…

To order, or not to order, that is the question!