Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bridal Gown Shopping - Part 1

Friends, family, and anyone who's just plain curious as to how my first bridal appointment went, this post is for you! But first, please allow me to provide full disclosure: to say that this is my first time trying on a wedding dress would be a lie, because my mom totally got me in hers the second she found out that Brad was going to propose, without me actually picking up on the fact. I guess moms are just good like that.

Anyway, this appointment was super-fun because I got to enjoy it with my mom, my future mother-in-law, my grandma, and my awesome maid-of-honor. They all had really wonderful ideas and suggestions, and did a great job of making this decision way more difficult than my fickle self already had.

We went to David's Bridal in Wilkes-Barre, and I just so happened to schedule the appointment for exactly one year before my wedding date! I was looking for dresses that were shorter than floor-length (for an outdoor summer wedding), and particularly those that had a classy vintage vibe.

This first dress ended up being one of my favorites! We nicknamed it "the Audrey dress", and it was an absolutely perfect fit for my fifties theme. I loved the buttons all the way down the back, and the lacy sleeves and neckline, however it was a bit too long for my taste, and the sleeves don't really allow me to lift my arms up very far. It's so beautiful and elegant, I even received compliments from some ladies that were just in there shopping around for a flower girl dress.

Once I got out of the Audrey dress, it was time to try on some of my shorter options. I love the all-over lace on this dress and the tulle that peeks out from the bottom of the skirt, but once I had the dress on, I wasn't sure how I felt. Excuse me for looking like a deer in the headlights in most of these photos - it was really a lot to take in.

Ultimately, I decided that I liked this dress more on the hanger than on myself.

Another dress with interesting lace details, I loved this one as soon as I saw it! But once again, I didn't like the shape of the dress when I saw it on myself. The lacy neckline was uncomfortable, and I didn't like the way the fabric draped so loosely around me in the front.

The back was a whole other story. Once my mom started talking about butt-pads, this dress came right off.

While I was in the dressing room, my family did some shopping around for me and managed to find this pretty thing. This dress is so much like the iconic white Marilyn Monroe dress that I just had to try it on.

As much as I loved the dress, it was missing something. I asked to try it on with a petticoat for a little more 'oomph'. As amazing as it was with the petticoat underneath, it was still missing that special feeling...

Although I was on the lookout for shorter dresses, I was willing to keep an open mind. This bi-length beauty was so simple and graceful, but I really fell in love with it when my bridal assistant tied the black belt onto it. It had a wonderfully ethereal feeling to it, but also felt like it was missing something. I wasn't happy with the large tulle bow on the front; although you can't tell from the pictures, the bow was tacked on asymmetrically. 

While it looks like I could easily remove or re-situate the bow myself, I opted to not bother with a floor-length dress, after all.

Once finished, I was able to narrow it down to the two dresses that we nicknamed - Marilyn & Audrey. While 'Audrey' was so elegant and beautiful, she wasn't comfortable, and I couldn't see myself getting down at a dance reception while in something so precious. 'Marilyn', on the other hand, was much more simple, and just didn't have the same magical wedding gown appeal. 

In the end, I wasn't able to make a decision. While trying on dresses, my assistant, Allie, gave me some great advice. She told me that a lot of women will watch those shows about choosing the right gown, and expect to have this big, magical, tears-pouring-everywhere 'wow moment' when they see themselves in the right one. "And some of them do," she said, "but it's not like that for most people. A lot of the time, you'll try on a few dresses, go home, sleep on it, and then maybe a day or two later you'll think, Yeah, that one was perfect! That's the one! But it doesn't come to everyone immediately."

Honestly, I didn't have any 'moment' with any dress. I tried on quite a few that I liked many aspects of, and heard many conflicting opinions from my family, such as 'this dress is more Brittany' and 'that dress frames your tattoo perfectly' and 'this dress makes your butt look flat', but I chose to select none of the dresses that I tried on, and I'm happy with that. 

The day after the appointment, Brad and I made a trip to take my grandma back home to Michigan, where we found her fifty-year-old wedding dress buried in her closet and had a look. She's been washing it for days and days, and it should be on its way here as I type this! In the meantime, I'm going to wait to make any more bridal appointments until I know how her dress turned out, but I'm sure you'll be hearing about it soon!

I'd love to hear any feedback or dress suggestions you may have, so be sure to leave a comment! Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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This gorgeous antique bottle is believed to be from Persia in the 1910s! I love the beautiful mosaic pieces throughout the bottle, and I can't help but wonder exactly how it was made!

I love these adorable little piggy plugs for stretched ears! If I had them, I know I wouldn't be able to resist wearing them constantly just to see their cute, smiling faces every time I catch a glimpse of a mirror.

This top is absolutely perfect! It combines three of my very favorite things - cats, space, and pizza!

These stunning handbags by Allison Warrington of My A La Mode Boutique are creative, beautiful pieces of functional, wearable art. And did I mention her product photography is phenomenal? If you don't find yourself checking out this Etsy shop for your next handbag, at least take a stroll through and look at the pictures.

Thanks for reading Tuesday Treasures! Be sure to stop in each week for more creative finds!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Sunshine of Your Love

Hey, folks! Today I'm just writing to let you know that I'm still around. This summer has been really hectic and exciting for me, so I truly haven't been as invested in my blog or business as much as I would like to be.

Recently, Brad and I started a new job with a friend of ours, resetting store shelves and helping out grocery stores undergoing remodels. It's honestly been great getting to work with people that I love, but it does require a bit of traveling back and forth between Pennsylvania and New York.

At the end of June, we went to my family reunion in Michigan. My cousin Christine, who typically hosts the event, was unable last year, after being diagnosed with Cancer and all of the busy and exhausting processes that go along with it, so it was wonderful to get to see everyone this year after everything and celebrate the news that Christine is now 100% Cancer-free! In addition, Brad took the opportunity to officially announce our engagement to my family, and we spent the afternoon looking over old photographs and enjoying each other's company. Oh, and I got to bring home this beautiful picture of my mom and me!

Shortly after returning from Michigan, we celebrated my birthday! It just so happens to be on the fourth of July, so of course we were able to enjoy a magical fireworks display and a roaring campfire with some friends. I was incredibly happy to have my grandma over for the event, as she had decided to travel home with us after the time we spent out of state.

While my gram was in town, we also went bridal gown shopping (which you'll be hearing about in the near future!) and stopped in at our local flea market, where I picked up this cute star-covered dress for only $2!

I wasn't happy that Brad and I ended up staying in New York for a week while my grandma was in the area, but when it was all said and done, we were asked to make the 20-hour drive there and back to get her home. We were also able to convince our friend Katie to come with us, so of course we had an amazing time sharing family memories with her and Brad while at my grandma's house and on the way there.

Since then, we've been trying to relax between our work days. We celebrated Brad's thirtieth birthday on the 17th and have been playing Diablo III for a good portion of our off-time, however I'm feeling rested now and I'm ready to get back into the swing of things! I have more exciting plans for August, and I can't wait to see you there! Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Thanks for stopping in this week for Tuesday Treasures, where I love to share all of my favorite handmade and vintage-inspired finds! If you'd like to know more about any hand-picked item, click an image and head on over to their site!

These gorgeous speckled votive candle-holders would look great in my sage- and beige-painted bedroom!

These recycled leather journals have such a gorgeous wood-grain texture, I want one of my own! I'm sure if I had one, though, that I'd never ever be able to write a single thing in it for fear of ruining it forever.

This beautiful stumpwork piece, stitched by Jane Nicholas, is so perfect! I've dabbled a bit in silk ribbon embroidery and have wanted to attempt a stumpwork project for so long, but this pretty piece may be just inspiring enough to convince me to give it a shot!

This dainty brass pendant is so cute and tiny! I love the shape and the delicate touch that a simple, natural little pair of leaves might bring to any outfit. This one is available from whoop, an adorable little jewelry boutique with beautiful pieces made from vintage findings.

This wedding bouquet is amazing! I love the pretty splashes of bright colors throughout, and I'm definitely considering trying something like this for my own wedding next year! Luckily, Andrea of Oh Dear Drea has a great tutorial!

Thanks for reading, folks! Stop in again next Tuesday for more great finds!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Etsy Treasury: Summer Spectrum

Hi, folks! Today I just wanted to stop in and share this Etsy Treasury I curated! It's inspired by bright primary and secondary hues, colorful summer fashions, and beautiful rainbow-inspired works of art! Be sure to show some support for each of these wonderful handmade businesses by checking out each product and sharing. Thanks for reading!

Romantic Handmade Cotton Chevron Rainbow Dress. Day Dress. Designer Dress. Alternative Wedding. Bridesmaid. Summer
Mens Felt Lapel Flower in Red // Mens Boutonniere // Wedding Lapel Pin // Wool Felt Lapel Pin
Rainbow Wingtip Dress Shoe - Men's Sizes 5 or Women's 6.5
Vintage Polaroid OneStep SX-70 White Rainbow Stripe Instant Land Camera  - Tested & Working
Edible Vintage Candy Buttons - 50 Fruit Tart (Yum) Flavored Candy Buttons - Colorful
Primary Color Birthday Party: Red, Blue, Yellow Paper Straws, 100 Striped Blue Paper Straws, Super Hero Party, Boy Baby Shower ,Diy Flag
Rainbow City (10x8 Printable Art) - Illustration
summer bear soft sculpture - summer camp
Balloon hearts photo, hot air balloon, nursery art, home decor, rainbow colours, 8x8 fine art print. Buy one get one free sale
Womens Leather Wallet Red Blue, big Woman Wallet handmade leather, Accordion Wallet, Women Wallets leather colorful, large wallet, Purse
Original cloud and rainbow watercolor title "King Cloud"
SALE Vintage dress, teal turquoise blue, red leather brassbelt, Lilli Ann, Adolph Schuman
50% OFF SALE - Vintage Peacock Market Neon Sign - Retro Home Decor - Colorful Housewarming Gift - Graphic Art - 12X18 Fine Art Photograph
Vintage Baby Boy Overalls Royal Blue Jumper Primary Color Jon Jons Corduroy Pants Romper Baby Girl Playsuit Onesie 9 Months 12 Months 9m 12m
Rainbow Colored Pencils Photograph Print
Powered By Toastie Studio - Etsy Tools     

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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I've recently discovered these topography & river-inspired tables by designer Greg Klassen, and they are absolutely amazing! I love the contrast of the bright blue glass on the natural wood finish. Check out his gallery for more captivating furniture art!

This hieroglyphic-covered vintage circle skirt is so entrancing! Each character was hand-painted in Mexico in the 1950s! This beauty was discovered by and can be found at the Etsy shop of Geronimo Vintage.

I love this photograph! Taken by Jenna Bumgardner, this pretty lady with temporarily-tatted hands is just plain wondrous! You can buy a print of this photo for yourself, titled Kara's Hands.

These animals and fungi are by textile artist and author, Mister Finch. I love the inconsistent, possibly-watercolored spots in the fox's & rabbit's fur, as well as the general rough-around-the-edges feel of his works. See more of his creations at his blog, My Name is Finch!

This pretty draped trumpet-dress is absolutely gorgeous! It's listed as an alternative wedding dress, and while it may not fit my intended wedding theme very well, I can absolutely imagine how beautiful someone might feel walking down the aisle in this baby! Each of these beautiful gowns is handmade by Ting & Jojo of Ting Bridal and can be made in any colors!

Thanks for reading Tuesday Treasures; I hope you've enjoyed this week's collection of vintage and handmade finds! Stop in next Tuesday for more!

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