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!

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.

Never too many white dresses!

Yesterday, I ordered the J. Crew Blakely dress thinking that it will be absolutely perfect for a rehearsal dinner dress! Maybe a little early for that part of the planning, but it as on sale and I’ve had my eye on it for a while! And even if I don’t wear it for the rehearsal dinner, I will wear it for a party/shower or something! Seriously… it’s too cute!

I also orderd a while tulle dress from Anthropologie that I thought would be perfect for the engagement party that my sweet, big brother is planning for me right now. I bet no one would have guessed when we were kids that we’d ever like each other enough to plan engagement parties and baby showers for one another.

Cousin Brandy’s wedding circa 1996/97

Say yes to the dress!

Thursday afternoon, I went shopping with Michelle and Gean in search of a Watters gown that Gean and I had found online (loving that we can instant message pictures of wedding dresses back and forth at work)… so we made an appointment and off we went.

Both girls, myself + the stylist at the store helped pick out dresses based on my desires and I entered a dressing room full of beautiful white heaven. The first one was a perfectly lovely gown… and had the best price tag I’ve seen on a dress ($599 with 30% off!). Can’t beat that!

I really did LOVE this dress but I don’t think it fit the outdoor wedding scene and it was kind of hot (which not being hot in August in North Carolina is going to be tough-enough without be strapped into a hot dress for 8+ hours). The next dress was just “okay” and looking back at the pictures, it kind of had a funny cut to the neckline. Not a huge fan anymore… especially not for it’s price tag.

I did like that it was a little less poofy than some that I had tried on… but again, that neckline looks funny so we had to return it to the rack. The next one was “on sale” but still over $2k which was not exactly what I was looking to spend on a dress. It had a sweet lace detail on the bottom… but I didn’t really LOVE it on me…

The very last one I tried on was one the sales lady had chosen. And ladies and gentlemen, it is “THE ONE.” I didn’t believe that there was really a “moment” that you just knew when you were trying on dresses that you had found the one, but I so had that moment. I’m completely head-over-heels in love with this dress, I can’t wait to wear it down the aisle next August. My sweet husband-to-be will probably find me wearing it and posing in front of mirrors for years to come.

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!