I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of my best friend since I was 14 years old. If we are counting folks, that means we have known each other for 16 years, oy. He and I went to our first dance in high school together, and based on a contract I made him sign early on, our prom as well. He is my brother from another mother.
This past Labor Day weekend, he and his beautiful bride were married in Lake George at the famous Sagamore Hotel. The place was absolutely to die for. It sits on a cliffside overlooking Lake George and has “old Hollywood” written all over it. At least in my mind…. It also was reminiscent of Dirty Dancing and this was only promoted by the fact that they had the soundtrack playing there. I swear, could I make that up?
I decided to go with the throwback theme and pull out a vintage light grey silk gown that I have owned for a year. This was a bit of a tricky piece as I bought it when I was a size bigger and it was see through. Oh yea, see through. What I had going on underneath that dress was short of a miracle that I devised. Here is the list of goodies it took to make this fabulous look happen: Double stick tape, check. Clear stick on boobs that appeared to be actual fake breasts stuck to mine, check. Nude, barely there at all thong, check. I really wish my boyfriend had been able to make the wedding becauses I had no one to show this monstrocity to. I had to laugh at it myself. I should also mention that I got back from Columbus on Thursday and had to leave on Friday, leaving a small hour and a half window to find all of these lovely items. Sales people looked at me like I was nuts when I explained the dilemma; it was then that I realized I was completely on my own.
A few years ago I was in one of my best (and most stylish) friend’s weddings. She gave each of her bridesmaids a beautiful Kate Spade metallic wallet. I have loved mine so much that it is barely metallic anymore. It was a perfect bridal party present because it actually was useful (and fashionable) in my everyday life.
A wallet is such a funny thing. No one really sees it unless you are grabbing for it. It is oftentimes an afterthought (like shoes,) even though you literally take it out and show it to the world a few times a day. It is a “hidden” accessory that is low on the totem pole of need.
I can think of any reason to put together a fabulous ensemble, but this time there really was a reason, my big 6 month anniversary! We are talking long term here folks. My dinner date was upon me, and I certainly did not feel like getting a whole new get-up (the economic state is killing me), so it was time to dig. I wanted to look pretty and sweet, not usually my M.O. Funky sexy was for another time because that night I was playing the role of the sweet and doting girlfriend. My outfit had to match my “classy” act, I had to make it believable.
I went straight for a dress that I bought at Salvation Army in Chicago around 4 years ago. Four years is already considered an older piece, now add in how many years it must have been loved by someone else prior to me. I was going vintage here. It was pretty, it was sweet, it was perfect. Plus my boyfriend seemed to like it!
I didn’t stop there. I went for one of my favorite 50’s style clutches which quite possibly is from the 50’s. I bought it at Salvation Army as well. I am crazy. I think it cost me $4. It is not in perfect condition, but it has literally seen the light of day (and night) so many times while I have owned it. Talk about cost per wear!
Now you ask, “Where did you get that amazing necklace!?!”. Yup, that’s right, Salvation Army. I have gone full-on inexpensive second hand thrift store fab for almost this entire date night look. Who says you can’t find anything at Salvation Army? What’s that saying? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure? I think I have proved this theory without a doubt. Search at your local Salvation Army, your next great treasure is waiting there for you for the bargain basement price of $5!
Do you like to shop at thrift stores? Is any part of your wedding ensemble or decor from a thrift store?
I’m always up for new and creative products, especially when they are fashionable. My wonderful and amazing film guy, Nate, sent over a link to a website full of crazy rings. Some had expandable cups, some had buildings, but in the end, they really were all pretty stylish. I was so surprised.
This “date” ring was one of my favorites. Not only can you never forget what day it is (or an important day like your anniversary) but it is also a great conversation piece. That really was the point of most of the pieces on this fun site. All of the rings are interesting, different and fun. Check out all the funky styles at a Beautiful Life.
I rarely discuss products (if ever), but this was just too good to not spread the word. I am a big believer in the fact that you should buy shoes that fit appropriately. None of this, “Oh, they will break in” crap. If they hurt when you buy them, most likely, they will hurt when you wear them… which will be never!
Yesterday, a client showed me this miracle product (I should have been showing it to her, shame on me!), and I had to share the love. Instead of trekking to the shoe maker to get your shoes stretched, you can purchase this little product and stretch them yourself!
Instructions are as follows: Spray on entire shoe. Wear for 15 minutes….and voila! Your shoes will fit your feet. Repeat as needed. The best part about this product is that you have enough to stretch more than one pair of shoes, and it can be used in conjunction with actually going to the shoe maker for professional stretching.
So, lessons to be learned from Amy: Buy shoes that fit, but if you make that mistake because they are just soooo beautiful, buy shoe stretch spray. The worst fashion crime (aside from a bad ensemble) is to keep your beautiful items stored away. Oh the atrocities!
Shoe Stretch Spray
Let’s talk recession proof wedding style. Is there any better way to look fantastic and give a shout out to your mom than with her borrowed veil? I think not! You have covered three bases in one, something borrowed, acquiring a headpiece and spending no money! I love innovative styling!
Many women have nothing to do with their beautiful gown and veil after the big day. They pack it up and tuck it nicely underneath the bed hoping that one day they will have a daughter who will wear it proudly. One huge problem, the likely hood that your daughter will not only be the same size, but actually like the dress is next to impossible! Styles come and go and trying to don a dress exactly as it was around 30 years after its original wear is a difficult task.
So, what better way to show off your mother’s beautiful wedding taste than to re-wear her veil and skip over the dress. There are options to re-work it in order to modernize it without taking away the heartfelt sentiment. Adding in a new head piece such as a broach, comb or crown is the simple way to make it your own and still show mommy that you love her.
Everyone is trying to cut corners no matter where the spending is happening, so why not think outside of the box for your wedding day as well. There are plenty of vintage pieces lurking around your grandmother and mother’s closets so jump on them fast! Work them not only into your wedding look, but your everyday look as well!
Photo courtesy of Queensofvintage.com
I present the best beach cover up for your next hot endeavor (honeymoon or other fun in the sun event)!!!
A cotton sundress is an amazing option for covering up that sexy bikini body you are exposing all over the beach. The material is light and soft, making it a good choice for putting it on your sweaty, dare I say moist, body. I hate sticky, gross feeling things when I am lathered up from head to toe and dripping like I just ran ten miles. Choosing your cover up style is completely up to you, but making sure that it is loose, easy and comfortable is a must!
The greatest thing about this cover up dress is that it is also….drum roll please….a dress! Meaning you can wear this dress past the beach, dress it up with some great jewelry and you are off to dinner! Take it home from vacation (washing necessary) and rock it out to a night on the town. This bad boy can go anywhere and that is why owning one is a must. At completely budget friendly prices, having a sundress is the biggest no-brainer of your summer days…
Old Navy Women’s Cross-Front Sundress
Starting at $15.00
Ah, the morning after. It is often daunting to try and be stylish after a long night of fun (e.g. bachelorette party, wedding). It is the time when people feel it is alright to put fashion aside and just pull out what is closest and easiest to get to. Stop! Just stop right there! Simple fashion is just that, simple. So I just don’t want to hear any more excuses about how it was too difficult to find something cute. Summer is quite possibly the easiest and most convenient stylish season of all, and brunch is the perfect time to show it off! Your day-after brunch is still “your day”, so make sure to be the princess that you know you are!
The shift dress will forever be the one piece wonder that exemplifies class, elegance, trend and style. It is the brainless wonder child of designers all over this great earth. For as much as women love to fuss over their outfit, there are some days that we just don’t. Love thy shift dress. It is the answer to all of your, “I don’t feel like getting dressed today” prayers.
There is no layering, no blousing, no tucking, no anything to make this fantastic garment just that, fantastic. It is simple elegance at its best and requires nothing more than a cute pair of shoes, maybe a bobble or two and a bag. Pulling together these pieces should not hurt too much.
So don’t fret about your fabulous brunch ensemble; dress to impress in the simplest way possible, a shift dress. Your friends will quickly compliment you on how fabulous you look even though your prep time was most likely less than 20 minutes. Everyday does not have to be a fashion show even though you can always look like it!!!
Now you can look P. I. M. P. without even a feather in your hat. This breathable material makes a great protector for your face from the sun and adds that kick of summer style you need. It is a realistic hat that you can feel good about wearing even outside of a city. Pull it out on your honeymoon or at a backyard barbecue, but keep the ensemble to a simple tank top and shorts.
At only $50, this hat is a great accessory choice for the warmer months because you are certainly going to get your money’s worth. Isn’t that what it is all about? Cost per wear? You can wear this with most daytime and nighttime looks so purchasing one should not pinch too much.
For an extra sassy look, add big hoops and a delicate single charm necklace. The length of the chain is optional. A flowy floral top will make a great combination for the edgier look of your straw fedora. Wear it with roughed up jean shorts or straight white pants, and you are sizzlin’ for your honeymoon.
Billy by Baily
I love comfort. I love style. I love comfort and style. I love the maxi dress because it is comfortable and stylish. Are we seeing a pattern here?
The maxi dress is this year’s answer to last season’s shapeless moo moo dress. People will no longer mistake you for being three months pregnant, but will rather show envy for your fabulous, flowy frock. This dress is sexy and yet completely appropriate for almost any age and body shape! I love stylish ideas that work for everyone and a variety of occasions (wedding rehearsal, honeymoon).
This particular dress was passed along to me from an avid reader, and I couldn’t pass up sharing it with the rest of the world! It is earthy, it is bold, it is sassy. I absolutely love the combination of the Bohemian earth child pattern with a fifties style belt. It gives the dress a certain sophistication and defined shape while not taking away from the easy, breezy summer feel. Adding bold, bronze bangles adds to the “hippie” look. Choosing wooden accessories is also a great option, just make sure to use earthy, neutral materials. Go and be comfortable and stylish!