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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Dress of My Dreams.

At the first Teri Jon sample sale I attended, I saw a woman walk away with the previous version of this dress and I died a little. I did score this amazing number but it just wasn't the same. For months I dreamed of this breathtaking dress. From the high-low hemline, to the teeny tiny flowers, right down to the perfect lace. This past sale I got there over an hour early and was first thru the door...and they didn't have anything like it. Again, I died a little. In my head it was the most beautiful dress in the world and I neeeeded it.

And then an opportunity popped up - I accepted a project with Teri Jon in exchange for any dress. It was kismet. Let me tell you, in person it's even more spectacular. I got it right in time for my Nephew's Bar Mitzvah party.




I've been looking for the perfect choker for months. At the AV Max sample sale last week I finally picked up a bunch! It's seriously my go-to sample sale for jewelry - and the best part is that everything is under $25.

Unfortunately I forgot my bag and I was over 200 miles from home...so I went to Target. Found this clutch for less than $20. Seriously, where else can you go at 9am on a Sunday? Target to the resuce!




My mothers requests that I have a head covering at religious gatherings so I brought along my favorite fascinator. Married orthodox Jewish women cover their hair and for the longest time I struggled with it. This hat is more of a token covering (as it doesn't cover much LOL) but I've made my peace and I'm okay with that. I grew up in a pretty strict household and you can say I'm a bit of the black sheep. I like to think of myself as a little more modern orthodox and I do modest-ish at best.

These days it's more my vanity than religion that motivates my covered up looks. Your body changes when you have kids. Add being over 40 and it's an uphill battle. Right now I'm the heaviest I've ever been. Sigh. But it's so important to have beautiful clothing that you love - even when you've put on weight. Last time I was this heavy I hid. Literally. I didn't recognize myself. I refuse to hide anymore. In full disclosure I'm 5'5" and 176 lbs. right now. By some miracle my dress is a size 8. I've always looked lighter than I weighed (heavy bones?) so numbers don't bother me. I may not feel my best right now but when you look like crap you feel like crap - so I put on a pretty dress. Some days even a little lipstick can go a long way.




From head to toe:
  • Fascinator: Scala, Century 21, $25
  • Choker: AV Max, sample sale, $10
  • Dress: Teri Jon, gifted (RV $1,420)
  • Clutch: Merona, Target, $16.99
  • Shoes: Shoes: Jimmy Choo Swarovski Whistler heels, sample sale, $100 (RV $2,450)




My eye makeup was all thanks to my Lancôme Voxbox from Influenster. (Be sure you sign up here to get your free boxes of stuff!) I wanted to try something different so instead of using a colored liner on my top lid I used it on bottom. I love this Drama Liqui-Pencil - I often play with blues, golds, greens and purple to set off my hazel eyes. The Définicils Mascara was not my fave thou. It clumped and didn't give me the long fanned out lashes my Korres mascara does. The lipstick is actually by Korres - it's the Morello Lipstick + Cotton Seed Oil Lip Liner Duo in Classic Red. I was very impressed. It's the perfect shade of red and it stayed on for hours. The company Octoly gifted it to me. If you have over 10k on YouTube or Insta you can apply to Octoly here.






For my girls, I used my giftcard that Macy's Backstage sent me to purchase these dresses for $15 each. I layered them with $1.50 H&M shirts and $1.50 tights from a sample sale. The hair accessories were also sample sale scores. The shoes were sent to us from Nina Kids Shoes - they seriously have the cutest shoes! These are the Alicea ballet flats. LOVE!




It was actually freezing outside but the lighting in the restaurant was terrible. The girls were huddled together in most of the pictures I took of them LOL. I really wanted to find a prettier location to shoot but as always we were running late (and it was 20 degrees out) so we had to quickly shoot in the parking lot.




Nina Shoes sent me these Idabell pumps and let me tell you - they are gorgeous! Even my flats wearing mom wanted to try them on. I should mention they run a little big. I tried sizing down but they were too small in 8.5 so I took the 9 and figured I'd pad them. For some reason I thought they would match my new dress but the color was off. I still needed to take a picture with them anyway. Check out the beautiful crystal heels!




My pics were taken by my son and teenage nephew B. Thanks guys! If you have kids, train them young!

You can shop our looks here:



Last but not least, check out my new Daniel Wellington Classic Black watch. I'm all about rose gold right now. It came with a matching cuff and you can get 15% off their website with code LEHOARDER. I'm also wearing my new Carolina Amato leather gloves ($15) and Marc Jacobs scarf ($20) that were both sample sale scores. Can't forget my new Baci Outlet jacket! I'm extending my Baci Outlet giveaway so you too can get this jacket with the gift card I'm giving away on Instagram! Enter here.




This week I took the week off from sample sale-ing. There are tons of great sales but so far I'm resisting the urge to shop. If I cave I'll be sure to share my adventures on my Insta stories :)

And I still can't believe I own the dress of my dreams. Thank you Teri Jon! Can't wait to wear it again!

XO
Shoppinggal



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  1. That's such a beautiful dress! Love how it looks on you!

    Xx,

    || FLOORTJELOVES ||

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  2. That dress is a freakin dream. Literally the prettiest! And I'm so glad you're choosing not to hide. I get the struggle but we are more than our bodies. <3

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

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    1. Thanks Shira. The dress really is so amazing. Some days I just force one foot in front of the other but it's a struggle. But I like that - we are more than our bodies. I just gotta get my food addiction under control.

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  3. You look stunning!!! Nobody wears a red lip better than you and your girls look adorable :)

    Tracy
    www.TracysNotebookofStyle.com

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  4. You look gorgeous and you're right, Numbers dont mean anything. It's about how you feel about yourself and how you wear that outfit and you rocked it with this stunning dress. I love the fascinator and the choker and the bold lippie. Your daughters are the cutest too! What a gorgeous family! Xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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    1. Aww thanks Christine. When I doubt I just pretend I'm a supermodel LOL. Gotta fake it till you make it!

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  5. Breathtaking, it is! Can I just have this whole outfit? Happy Friday!

    Liz
    Www.lizzieinlace.com

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  6. The gorgeous details on that dress just make me want to get one for myself right about now! You look so elegant and chic in it honey xx

    Helen x
    https://ch1k.com/discover-bangkok-in-2-days

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  7. Love the details of your dress Michelle! And both of your girls look so dainty in that twinning outfit :)

    xx Aldora
    www.AldoraMuses.com

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    1. Thanks Aldora! And these my girls don't like matching as much so I save it for special occasions :)

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  8. Babe, you are looking so pretty in this dress! It's very romantic and elegant and sexy in a subtle way. And your little girls are darling and precious. They are lucky to have a beautiful stylish mama like you.

    Love, Liz
    stylewich.com

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  9. What a gorgeous black dress. I love the pop of colour from the red flowers.
    Also the girls are adorable with their matching dress
    All such great finds !

    www.Wanderlustts.com

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  10. This dress is so damn beautiful! And it looks amazing on you 🙈 Seriously in love with it! ❤

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    1. Thank you Ana. It really is. My pics don't even do it justice.

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  11. you looked like a 1000000000 super star! Loved your dress!

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  12. The only words I can think of to describe this look are "extreme gorgeous perfection " !! Love that fascinator and choker so much and the floral detail is just about the most delightful addition I've ever seen to an already magnificent dress !!!!

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  13. that black lace is so incredible and cute!! thanks for sharing <3
    http://www.thenewgirl.me/12-days-christmas-langdon-hall/

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  14. You look so beautiful! Your dress is so gorgeous, as are those heels!

    xo, Jo
    www.cutandchic.com

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    1. Thanks Jo. I'm so blessed to have some really special pieces in my collection.

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  15. I love the floral detail on this dress! It definitely makes this dress look so very unique.

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  16. Your girls are so cute!! Thanks for the tip too, haha gotta train those kids young!

    xx Jenelle
    www.inspiringwit.com

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    1. Thanks! And yes - kids are the perfect height to shoot and are easily bribed LOL

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  17. Love those lace appliqué details u had on ur dress and how u mirrored that on your choker!
    Ur girls are so adorable!

    Much love,
    Everest
    Www.everestsays.com

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    1. Thanks - the choker really took it up a notch :)

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  18. In love with this dress! Really reminds me of my time in Barcelona. But it would also be the perfect Christmas party dress. Love it! XO Charissa - www.ladygoldapple.com

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    1. Thanks - it's so special. I think it would make a perfect everything party dress LOL.

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  19. Such a fairytale dress. SO beautiful on you & the girls are darling ! Happy Holidays.
    xx, gracie
    snappedbygracie.com

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    1. Thanks - that's such a perfect term - totally fairytale!

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  20. You have the best deals and steals! I LOVE that dress and you look stunning in it! Your girls look sooo adorable too. Love reading your posts!

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  21. That dress looks amazing on you! It kind of reminds me of Valentino's FW collection a little, but a more vampy version. I love the little red flowers on it and definitely the high low hem makes it more unique!

    xoxo,
    Maggie S.
    ❤Clothestomidnight.com

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    1. It's so funny - I always say I feel like I'm walking out of a Dolce and Gabbana dream but I totally get the Valentino reference. I have a similar Valentino lace sheath that's equally spectacular.

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  22. Girl, you look absolutely stunning in that dress. And the numbers should not bother you. It's a hard thing to not do but seriously you look amazing.

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    1. Thanks! This is why it's so important to have clothing you love at every size. When you look good you feel good.

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  23. this is such a dreamy dress! and your girls looks so adorable in the matching dresses!
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  24. That dress is so pretty! love the details on that dress and how you matched it with that lace chocker! What a great Combo! Totally rocked that outfit!

    xx, Jessie
    http://4evajessie.com/calzedonia-ss2017-fashion-show-verona/

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  25. this dress is so cute babe!!

    xo, Samira

    www.leathertolunch.com

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  26. Hello dear!!!
    beautiful dream dress love how you styled it, also the hair decoratins.So cute the girls too with her little dresses.
    xx
    Eva
    www.themermaidfashion.com

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    1. Thanks - I really didn't have to do much because the dress can really stand alone.

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  27. You look absolutely stunning in this outfit. I'll not wonder why you love it so much and consider it as your dream dress. :)

    Advance Merry Christmas!

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  28. ohh this post is absolutely beautiful!!! you and your girls looks so pretty. I specially love the embroidered flowers on your black dress. And you Lancome makeup is more than perfect. Kisses-

    www.vanedresscode.com

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  29. Your Dress is Soo Unique:) The Red Flower details Is sooo Pretty:)
    The Dress Looks Perfect on you :)
    Love Open Kloset By Karina
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    1. Thank you - I love those little flower details too :)

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  30. I absolutely love your dress! How gorgeous are those embroidered flowers! Love that the flowers are colorful and the dress is black. Must buy!!
    xo,
    Spreadfashionblog.com

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  31. You don't look a day over 40; I don't believe it. You look so youthful and your girls are just adorable in their cute little dresses and flats :)

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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    1. Hahaha I don't mind sharing my age because I know I don't look it. When I was younger I used to look at people in their 40s and think they were so old LOL. Age really is just a number. I still feel like a kid.

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  32. It's a dress of my dreams too! So adorable and chic!

    http://stylesprinter.com/

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  33. You are over 40? Seriously! Well you look like you're in your 20s! This dress is so beautiful and the lace and flowers are so intricate, I'm not surprised you fell in love with it! Your girls look lovely in their dresses too

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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    1. Thank you - it's all good genetics. In high school people asked if my dad was my BF and my mom passed for my sister thru my 20s.

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  34. Oh my god I love this dress! Exactly my kind of thing. And it looks bomb on you!

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  35. That dress looks amazing on you! All the details are stunning! You should definitely not hide cause you are perfect like that!
    I love the accessories you picked up to go with the dress!

    Bisous, Josie
    http://www.petiteandbold.com

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    1. Aww thanks. I've always had a knack for dressing for my shape - big or small. While I'd prefer to be smaller, I'm gonna make this work too :)

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  36. You looked amazing in that dress! The embroidery on it was a really nice touch! Have a lovely week! <3

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

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  37. You clearly have some serious sample sale mojo! And that dress is stunning on you!

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    1. LOL - I guess I do. After a while you develop a sixth sense for them. And thanks!

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  38. This dress is so beautiful and you wear it so well! I like how you added the choker to the look.
    xo, Maryam
    www.glamandposh.com

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    1. Aww thanks so much! The choker totally took it up a notch!

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  39. This dress is so gorgeous and you look absolutely stunning sweetie!

    Xx, Gina

    www.artsyrunway.com

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  40. I think you look fantastic in The Dress. My daughter thinks you look like Taylor Swift.

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    1. Hahahaha thanks. I've heard that one before and it always cracks me up.

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  41. This dress is seriously so stunning, and yay to you finally getting it!! I love the flower details on it, they are just perfect. I hope you had a lovely time!

    http://aloveaffairblog.com

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    1. Thanks! It's so exciting to finally get something you were coveting :)

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  42. So love this dress! It definitely is an amazing steal! And I totally can relate to that dying feeling when you are waiting to enter a sample sale and you see people walk out with pieces you love!

    www.alexandrachloe.com

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    1. Me too! It's easy to get FOMO but 90% of the time I'm the one with the awesome deal in my hands so I try to take things in perspective :)

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  43. The detail on that dress is just beyond! And your girls are divine!! Such a lovely post! Happy Holidays! xo, Jessica

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  44. You are the queen of finding the best deals! And it pays off bc this entire look is so pretty on you. I did LOL at your comment about training the kids early on! Same goes for the husbands lol! Thanks for sharing love!!

    xo Soo | www.BrownEyedToast.com

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  45. you are literally the queen of finding the best deals! The entire look is amazing ! love this and your kids look adorable hehe!

    http://ministryforstyle.com/

    x Mandy

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  46. Seriously though, how cute aren't your girls!?! And that dress is truly dreamy! I wish I was as good at finding bargains as you are! :)
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://www.thomasfalkenstedt.com/

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  47. This outfit is so perfect for this feastive season! That dress is so pretty babe

    Xx, Jessie
    http://4evajessie.com/gold-rush/

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  48. Gorgeous photos and dress! I love that watch! I got it for Christmas a couple of years ago. I love the huge, skinny face.

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