Today’s Fashion Illustration:
patent nude sandal $ Steve Madden or $$$ Manolo Blahnik, peplum dress $$$ Alice + Olivia or $$ asos, grey cardigan $$$ Net-a-Porter or $$ J.Crew, single pearl necklace $ Dogeared, pearl & diamond studs $$$ Bloomgindale’s or $$$$
VNg proposed right before my birthday so we celebrated with most of our friends the night of my party. But, we didn’t get to see our family, so we decided to throw an intimate engagement party. (Other brides out there, did you have an engagement party? We also thought it was a nice way to introduce the families.)
Searching for the place was almost as stressful as finding the real venue (haha, yeah right. More on that next time.) We ate in a new place nearly every night for two weeks trying to find the right spot. (Mad props to VNg as probably one of the most patient and supportive guys ever. He’s been incredible during the planning process–humoring my obsessive perfectionism. Sorry, other dudes whose girlfriends/wives read this blog, but it’s true.)
In the end, we found the cutest spot ever in Union City, NJ. We had a great contact (Christine!) who was very accommodating. The food was good and everyone had a great time!
As you might remember, I LOVE Lanvin’s Blanche collection. So, I knew I wanted to wear something like this stunner. Believe it or not, I don’t have $3-4K to blow on a dress. So, naturally I decided to make one. (Yes, I know just how to create extra tasks when I’m already stretched thin. I can’t be the only one, right?!?!)
The Lanvin is made of scuba material. Mine’s stretch cotton; in retrospect, I wish I’d chosen something with a little spandex and a little more substance. (Throughout the day, it held some pretty severe creases. Womp womp.) But, considering I hadn’t sewn something that complex since college, I think it looked decent. (The whole thing was lined and the bodice even had boning!)
I like the simplicity of the Lanvin dress, but I added decorative stitching at the side seams to accentuate the waistline. (If you want to see, check out Instagram.)
Well, there you go. I hope you guys liked the first (of many? should I do more??) “Wedding Wednesday.”
Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win an original piece of artwork (by me) and a cute convertible handbag!