2010-08-08

Back Up Plans

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Dress? Elie Tahari, Off 5th
Shoes? Betsey Johnson, Winners
Broaches? Two starbursts are borrowed from my parents, the maple leaf is thrifted
Clutch? Hilary Radley, Style Sense


I used to be foolish and take getting dressed up for granted. That was back in the day when we were young and Dutch and everyone around us was getting married. A few years back Matt and I would have at least 6-8 weddings in per year. We were really popular I guess, or Matt just comes from a huge family. Either way, the weddings have dried up a bit and have been replaced with hospital visits to see new babies. Which is lovely (ugh, the most used word in fashion blogs...) but I miss the dressing up part.


We only have two weddings this year, so the decision of what to wear to each must be taken seriously. So many dresses, so little time... I actually had my dress for the wedding this weekend picked out weeks in advance because I'm cool like that. Right before the reception, I asked Matt to zip me into the dress and he got grease all along the back zipper. Shame on him for having dirty hands and touching my precious dress. Shame on me for asking him to zip me in while he was under the hood of the truck trying to figure out why it was making noises that couldn't be drowned out by the radio... The two of us make a bright pair.


So, at the last minute I wore this dress. I threw some broaches on, some seriously sparkly shoes (yes, go ahead, tell me a Wizard of Oz joke...) and some fake eyelashes that weren't worth the effort and I was ready. It's a good thing I have another wedding next weekend. I got the stains out of the original dress and as long as we zip it up in a clean place, I can wear it then.

And now it's time to celebrate good deals again... with the shoes being $25 and the dress being $33.50, they cost as much as my clutch. Which can only mean one thing; I paid too much for the clutch.

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(p.s. I am very aware that I owe you a hair tutorial. It is my goal to get it up in less than two weeks...shame on me.)

Edit: For those who were wondering... I made the dress for this bride but I'm getting some pictures from the photographer because mine were weak... I was not a bridesmaid so I got to wear what I wanted. The bridesmaids dresses I am working on are for another wedding... very soon...ahhh!

47 comments :

kater said...

This is goooorgeous!

eek said...

You look absolutely stunning! That dress is amazing and I am in love with your sequined shoes!

Half Dressed said...

Such a pretty dress, I love the colour.

L x

Half Dressed

Flora said...

1. You look great.

2. I'm sick of reading the word "lovely" everywhere too!

Sally said...

I can't get over how beautiful this dress is, especially the color and cut! These shoes go perfectly!

Sally
http://ursaminor-sally.blogspot.com/

Fifth Sparrow said...

Hahaha yup. I'm completely guilty for the lovely over-use! Aaaand now I don't even know how to describe your wedding outfit. I must bust out the thesaurus to find another word to over-use!

You do look very pretty though, that colour is gorgeous on you and I like how the flower in your mouth mimics the starburst brooches! Please tell me you kept it in your mouth for the whole wedding! :) xx

http://fifthsparrow.blogspot.com

briannelee said...

Sooooo pretty Jentine!!!!! That color is amazing!

Linda said...

I had a wedding last night too! I wore my bridesmaid dress from your wedding, it fit just fine except I think I am more of a lady now because I had more cleavage then most of the 45 year old cougs in polyester...ah well, atleast I got carded at the bar...YEP! Can you believe it? I love love this dress, georgus!

Elena, Caffeinerd said...

Love this dress on you! The color and the one-shoulder are just wonderful together. Yay for weddings---I love having that excuse to get dressed up.

Kara said...

Great dress. I have been looking for something similar for a wedding I have next month!

La Historiadora de Moda said...

The brooches really look fantastic with this dress! That last photo is priceless!

M. and I have only been invited to two weddings this season, too, and couldn't attend either. It made me sad because I do love dressing up for weddings.

five foot something said...

Weren't you a bridesmaid for the wedding? Hence all the dress-making and bachelorette party? Wouldn't that mean you had a pre-picked dress?

Anyways... I LOVE this outfit and once again I completely marvel at your ability to find nice and cheap outfits. Last year when I was searching for a dress to wear to a wedding, I ended up spending $100 and it wasn't nearly as nice as yours now.

- Patricia
fivefootsomething.blogspot.com

Mandy said...

Getting dressed up for weddings is always a challenge but still fun to put an outfit together. Very pretty dress!

Sidewalk Chalk said...

You look beautiful, lady. What a stunning dress and field.

I didn't have any weddings to go to this summer, but next summer a lot of my friends are getting married. So I have a lot of time to plan what to wear and I'm pretty excited already.

Lovers, Saints & Sailors said...

Gosh if this is back up I can't imagine how awesome your first choice was.

This colour is stunning.

Aaaaaaaand I just remembered that I have a wedding in a couple of months...eek.

Keira said...

Ok, this is stunning. Our friends have all gone off and gotten married, too. A few years ago we actually complained about all the weddings we had to go to, and now we haven't been to a single one in over a year. I miss dressing up, too! Especially after seeing how amazing you look in this number.

Nadine said...

So I start reading your post, and I'm filled with insightful profound thoughts about your photos (that avoid use of the word 'lovely'), but then I read what you've written and it makes me laugh so much I can't remember anything I was going to say except, 'ooh, blue dress & green grass, beautiful . . . '

Sheila said...

Gorgeous dress! I love the one strap and how you've clustered the brooches on it.

Melissa said...

Good grief, that dress is PERFECTION on you. I don't know why on earth this would be a back-up outfit and not first choice!

I love the shoes too, don't let Wizard of Oz jokes stand in your way of being sparkly!

Lauren said...

Wow - I have a wedding to go myself this weekend and now all that I want are your spectacular shoes - unbelievable. I love sparkly shoes!!

Small Time Style

A-Dubs said...

Hmmph! And I was using "lovely" as an alternative to "beautiful" and "great." I am totally not up on the non-clicheed lingo.

Also, this outfit is perfection. Why couldn't those shoes be at the Hammer Winners when I lived in Steeltown? Why?!

Finally, your photos are always gorgeous, but this series takes things to a whole new level of greatness (note my non-use of "lovely"). A whole. New. Level.

Vicci said...

What a beautiful backup plan, I love the shoes!

SAMI. said...

love that dress and can't believe you got it for such little money! way to think outside the box with the brooches :)!!! i know i always feel like an occasion is more special with a little sparkle!

Jeanna said...

This dress is beautiful. What an amazing deal!

Hello*Pretty said...

Gorgeous photos.. gorgeous girl! I'm following. :) xo- karrie

www.hellopretty.net

Healthy and Homemade said...

I don't even know where to start. The dress! The SHOES! The clutch! I want it all!! =D

ciupa said...

absolutely stunning. I have major shoe envy!

宗环 said...

人因夢想而偉大,要堅持自己的理想哦!............................................................

Fashion Butter said...

You look gorgeous.

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

That dress is fantastic and in no way looks like a back up.

Glad you were able to get the stains out of your other dress - looking forward to seeing that one too.

Becky said...

That dress is fantabulous! I love how it twirls; it must've been super fun to dance in.

WendyB said...

Stunning dress and photos.

20 York Street said...

How, oh how did you score that beautiful dress for 35$??!! Wow!

Btw, I am so not cool to ask this but what is Off 5th?

=)

veronika, tick tock vintage. said...

absolutely gorgeous dress - i especially like the neckline. off saks is one of my stops when i trek up to NYC area, we don't have it in philadelphia. you can definitely find amazing deals there.

rlutz said...

that dress looks amazing on you and those shoes rock!

Linda said...

wow! that dress is really beautiful! I hate when I have my sights set on something and then my reality ruins it, but it looks like it all turned out fine. if this was second choice, you should really show us what first choice was!

Karolina said...

OMG!! This dress is just amazing!! You look like a movie star!!

MARISA said...

that last picture belongs in a magazine

Future Lint said...

AWESOME! Those brooches are perfect for this dress and I love how you placed them!

orchidsinbuttonholes said...

Gorgeous dress - I love the fullness of it. Very playful and fun yet still sophisticated. And that shade of blue is incredible on you.

Elaine said...

GORGEOUS! I can't wait to see the other dress too!!

clothed much, a modest fashion blog

myedit said...

@20 York Street... Off 5th is the discount store of Saks 5th Avenue. I went to the one in Buffalo...

Lori said...

You looks beautiful!!!
I love the dress.

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Nicki said...

Very beautiful dress, the colour is gorgeous!

Juanette said...

I heart your dress but your shoes made me melt, and yes I did think Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz but in a contemporary Dorothy is Canadian kinda way!

anna said...

ooooooooh how i love those shoes! that last photo is dreamy.

Anonymous said...

The best part of that dress is the girl wearing it. sweet!