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best. outfit. ever.

best. outfit. ever.

There's one outfit that every girl wants to have just right - the one you wear on your wedding day. Since today is my three-year wedding anniversary, I thought I'd show you mine.

We wanted a wedding that felt true to us and we really didn't want to spend a lot of money - in fact, our budget was $3000 for everything. We did go a little over, but were really happy with everything about the day. (BTW, we had Pappy's barbeque for dinner, which is why there's a photo of my wearing multiple bibs) For both of the reasons above, we got married in our backyard, so clearly a ballgown was not appropriate. I also really did want one I could wear again (although, sadly, I haven't!) I was considering non-white dresses, but in the end went with this short one from Laila Azhar that I bought online at Saks. It was actually pretty expensive in proportion to the budget, about $400, and the Rachel Rachel Roy shoes were around $100. I made my fascinator-ish hairpiece from supplies I bought at Hobby Lobby and bought my earrings on Etsy. Maybe anything would have felt great on that day, since I was so happy and we were surrounded by so much love, but this outfit absolutely made me feel amazing.

Hence, best outfit ever.

what i wore: wedding guest

what i wore: wedding guest

All summer, I knew that I had a wedding to go to at the end of August. For some reason, I had in my head that I needed a new dress for said wedding. What is it about special events that makes us think we need something new?  I kept my eyes out all summer for something appropriate, but nothing presented itself. A few days before the wedding, I realized that I actually already had a new dress that I hadn't even worn yet - a purchase from Zara during my birthday month shopping

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Because I'd mentally categorized this dress as just something for nights out and because I'd gotten stuck in this "I need a dress specifically for that wedding" mentality, I hadn't really paid enough attention to what I already owned that could be used for other purposes. I don't know if this is making sense, but it's all just to say that it's important to keep an open mind about everything in your closet.

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However I worked my way around to the solution, I ended up happy with my outfit. The H&M metallic belt made a reappearance, as did the B. Makowsky shoes from Marshall's. In all, this outfit actually only cost about $75, not bad. I will add that this was an evening wedding in a downtown hotel - this look wouldn't have really been appropriate for an outdoor garden wedding (but I bet I have something in my closet that would be, if I just looked!) One last thought - before I had a blog, I could wear an outfit multiple times with different groups of people and no one would be the wiser - if you see this one again in person, just pretend you haven't before ;)

Have you ever realized you already had what you needed for a special occasion? 

 

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fancy shoes required

fancy shoes required

A couple of weeks ago, I headed out for an evening of tango music by Cortango at the Ritz. I'd recently encouraged Julia to wear her wedding shoes more often and I was inspired to do the same. 

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I freaking love these shoes (by Rachel Rachel Roy). Aren't they gorgeous? I decided to dress them down a bit with jeans and a flowy top.

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(Necklace: gift from husband, via etsy.com; top: I Heart Ronson via JC Penney; jeans: thrifted)

Once I got to the Ritz, where the dancers were already getting going, I realized that fancy shoes are kindof part of the tango experience, so I felt right at home!

Cortango is a great group and the crowd seemed to love having live music to dance to. If you're interested in more, visit their website here and check out their next event on Monday, June 17th at 7pm at The Wine Press.

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dressing for wedding season

dressing for wedding season

I have lots to catch up on the blog, but I wanted to write a quick outfit post...

I wore the same outfit to a good friend's wedding last summer and really liked it, so what's the harm in repeating? This dress is actually a dressing gown/robe from Forever 21. I belted it with a thrifted beaded belt over a thrifted nude slip and paired it with Jeffery Campbell snakeskin pumps that I bought secondhand with store credit from reselling clothes. Total cost of my outfit: about $30.

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My husband looked pretty sharp too, right?! He's wearing a suit we had custom made for him via Indochino.com. They cut out the middleman, so the suits are surprisingly affordable, and they reimburse you for a certain amount of local tailoring. I highly recommend it!

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Of course the true fashion stars of the day were the stunning (I mean - stunning!) bride and groom. Wishing them many happy years ahead!