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I it’s important to have a date night. Even if you’re married, especially if you’re married. Relationship status aside a girl needs to dress up and go out somewhere special, even if she has to take her self. Bonus, you have an excuse to buy some thing pretty. Something a little floaty, a little girly and a little sexy, and right now I am really digging the summer dress collection at Free People.
See? Absolutely perfect for a sultry summer date night.
All images and dresses from Free People.
I got some exciting news last night, I am now part of the Ruche Blogger Family! They sent me an email yesterday to let me know that my post about wedding planner advice is being featured today! So click right >here< and go check it out. I am absolutely thrilled, I am a huge fan of Ruche, they have wonderful clothing and accessories, and their recent expansion into bridal and children’s garments is absolute perfection. Don’t forget to take a look around while your on their site, the cold weather is coming and you might just find something you have to have for this autumn. Now to the real post!
This year, the New York City Ballet‘s Fall Gala featured breathtakingly beautiful dance ensembles by legendary designer Valentino. 16 hand crafted, original designs with couture details. The costumes while predominately black and white, were finished off with splashes of the signature Valentino red.
I spent a lot of time running in a tutu and “ballet slippers” when I was younger, heck even now I love a good tulle skirt, just look a my Pinterest boards. And while knowing the five different foot positions is about as far as my ballet skills go, it is one of those things that will always be mysterious, elegant, and oh so grown up to me.
When I stumbled across these map dresses I just had to share them with you guys. First of all they are absolutely adorable, and secondly, they make me a little nostalgic for my college apartment. My roommate Rebecca had this huge antique style world map on her wall, and ever since then, when I see a map it makes me think of Bec. I just knew she would find these dresses as awesome as I did.
Then came nostalgia part two. Probably since I was already thinking about my college days, naming this post purposefully with the incorrect “where” made me flashback to my freshman year sociology class. This was the class where I met Verhanika. The first day of class she walked in early, set down next to me and that was that. We spent the next semester joking about the recently married man hating professor who we dubbed SP(she had a long hyphenated last name), the football players who the professor openly despised, and the ridiculously inane writing assignments.
We usually paired up for the proof reading workshops and on our first paper she totally called me on the crappy mis-mash I had cobbled together the night before. She went through my paper point through point, offering insight and truly constructive criticism. My all time favorite was when she reached the last paragraph which I had started with “In conclusion…” and she looked at me and said, “In conclusion? Really Julie? I know you’re smarter than that.” She was right, and I can in 100% honesty say that I have never ended a paper that way again. It’s a good friend that is willing to call you on your BS, in the nicest way possible of course.
Image from here.
I have to admit, I am a bit of a chicken when it comes down to making decisions that will upset the people I care about. For years I only got tattoos in places that could be easily covered, removed some of my piercings before going to certain events, and even kept my clothing choices a bit more sedate than I would probably like. I’m not blaming my loved ones, nobody can make these decisions but me, but sometimes I wish I had more guts.
When Andy and I got engaged my first instinct was to elope or have a very very small wedding. After a few long talks and much consideration, we both realized that our discomfort at being the center of attention for a day would be a small price to pay for the chance to celebrate and make memories with so many of the people we love, and to have them all in one place at the same time.
What does all this have to do with the striped wedding dress below? Well, more than you’d think actually.
Choosing a wedding dress was probably the most stressful decision I had to make throughout the entire wedding process. I had to factor in potential weather conditions, the fact that we were having an outdoor ceremony, body issues, and all sorts of other things that had to be balanced ultimately with what I wanted. Seeing this striped wedding dress made me think about how much things have changed over the years and how amazing it is that brides today have the option of not only unconventional colors but patterns as well. It makes finding the dress all the more special.
I feel like a princess in my wedding dress, to me it is the perfect combination of traditional and modern, even though the dress I picked up after my last fitting was back to the more sedate ivory (A long story with deception and intrigue I will tell you all about as soon as I can post the dress pictures).
Images from here.
So I am heading to Atlanta this weekend to pick up my wedding dress, well…actually to have it fitted, but there is the tiniest chance that I won’t have to have it altered. Dare to dream I know, but I think some of the wedding stress will dissipate once I have my ivory lace dream dress clutched in my hot little hand. When the whole wedding dress process began, I didn’t know really where to start, I knew I didn’t want a white dress and I wanted something feminine without being to cupcake-ish. While I would love to spill the details about my own dress, Andy provides tech support and occasional proof reading for my blog and he doesn’t want to know anything about what I’ll look like on the big day. That being said, once the dress is in my possession I might be able to persuade him to let me post close up detail shots of some of my favorite little touches.
Even though I have the perfect dress (for me) I can’t help browsing wedding websites and magazines. I saw this lovely blush colored creation on the blog Green Wedding Shoes and I fell a little in love.
You’ve got to love something that has that kind of twirl factor. If my wedding wasn’t in the middle of November, my current wedding dress might have had to worry. This dress with a wreath of pink flowers for your hair? Garden wedding perfection. I may have even been tempted to try to barefoot things, with a delicate silver anklet of course. Only one month and twenty nine days until my wedding – I can’t wait to be relaxing in Savannah for a week on our honeymoon!
Images from here.