Most fashion bloggers write a couple of lines and show lots of pics. I do the opposite. I like to share my story. Blogging is cheaper than therapy and I've always had a knack for writing.
My brother insisted we dress modestly so I needed something more covered up than usual. I ordered this Tadashi Shoji dress from Lord and Taylor with one day shipping and it arrived the day before the wedding. They only had a 4 and 8 and of course I need a 6. The 8 hung on me so I grabbed my shapewear and squeezed into the 4. Plus I figured that I could still wear it when I drop a few pounds.
- Earrings: AV Max Delicate Spike Ear Jacket (gifted, thanks guys!), RV $55
- Dress: Tadashi Shoji, Lord and Taylor, $143.63 (plus $18 express shipping), RV $399 - but my mom paid so it was free for me :)
- Bracelets: Vera Wang, sample sale, $20 each, RV $295 each
- Shoes: Jimmy Choo Crown, Nordstrom Rack, $172.48 (RV $695)
I also had a fascinator that I wore to the ceremony as well as my Rafe clutch that I forgot to shoot. Oh well.
I love my cuffs. I have a huge collection and often buy them in sets of two. It's a look inspired by my old boss that I affectionately called Psycho Jeanine (or not so affectionately LOL). She had these two clear Lucite Chanel cuffs that were amazing. I also like wearing bracelets in pairs because they make me feel like a modern day Wonder Woman. #accessorypower
All of my pieces (other than the earrings - still available on their website) are now sold out so I linked similar for you to shop my look :)
We arrived early as requested but there wasn't anywhere for us to get ready. My hair and makeup was done at home at 6am and luckily managed to hold up without a touchup. The bathrooms had dim lighting and I had to stand in the coat closet to steam out our clothing. As I was steaming the photographer arrived. He greeted me and started asking where everyone was. I said hello and told him I'd point everyone out. And then he asked if I was the mother of the groom.
F@#$%^&&*k you dude. I would have to have delivered my brother at the age of 5.
Thank you to my super talented son (who hopefully won't be a groom for another 15 years or so) who sweated with me in the heat and stood in the street to take most of my pictures.
Ella also shot a few pics but my little princess couldn't handle the heat LOL.
The bride and groom relented and ultimately invited some family kids to the wedding. They asked my girls and two of my cousin's kids to be flower girls just days before. Thank goodness for Amazon. My cousin's wife had selected these sleeveless dresses with the bride but by the time my girls were asked, they were sold out in sizing. Both of my girls are wearing a size 8 because that's all that was left. So even thou Ella is a head taller than Ava we made them work. Thank you to my cousin for supplying us with the long sleeve shirts (my brother insisted they wear long sleeves). They had tried ordering the Sophia Webster shoes for the girls but didn't get the right sizes and were short a pair, so we just wore our new Zelia shoes (thanks Nina Kids!) We added the socks post ceremony because it was the first time they were wearing them and I didn't want them to get blisters.
This shot was post wedding when they were shooting in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I learned the hard way that water can blur your photos - if you have a DSLR what setting do you use with running water?
I pulled off her long sleeve shirt so she'd be more comfortable. This leafy wreath was actually whipped up at the last minute when the florist screwed up and only brought floral crowns for half the flower girls. I actually think this one suits her. Ava got a much uglier wreath that we had to give back after because it was made for another part of the ceremony. My girls were so happy to be included in the wedding that they just went with it. My other brother's daughter moped the whole wedding because she wasn't asked to be a flower girl.
And now for the bride and groom. She's wearing a 2017 Tony Ward Couture gown that was customized at Kleinfeld, a Jennifer Behr headpiece, David Yurman earrings and Rene Caovilla heels, and he's wearing a navy Brunello Cucinelli tux and Louis Vuitton shoes. Her gown had an amazing train that took me almost an hour to bustle.
As one of seven kids, sometimes family relationships can get tricky. That's not to say I don't love all my siblings, but sometimes I may want to ring their necks. As the oldest girl (I'm #2 out of 7) I often took care of my brothers and sisters growing up. My youngest brothers like to joke I'm their mom, but mostly as a way of calling me old. On a stress meter, this wedding was a doozy. I typically like to eat my feelings so I managed to pack on a few extra pounds. That and a few other challenges hurled at me...let's just say I'm grateful it's over.
And now on to Fashion Week. I got a little lazy this year and depended on invites that showed up in my inbox. I was feeling a little insecure so I wasn't as aggressive as I was last season when I sent out over 100 emails. As always, not sure what I'll be wearing until I head out the door so stay tuned...
BTW, this weekend is Clear the Rack at Nordstrom Rack so if you have some time head to the Rack to score some goodies! All red and blue clearance tags are an extra 25% off thru September 5th. I skipped shopping on Friday to head to a waterfall with the family and yesterday we headed to a local free carnival with my nieces. Kids are back in school on Tuesday thank goodness.
Looking forward to a little freedom and kid-free shopping! Hope you're having a great weekend too :)