Yesterday I had the opportunity to do something I’ve been holding back on lately: Shopping. I’ll fully admit, I do love to get my shop on. But thanks to burgeoning wedding costs, I’ve restrained myself for the last year or so. (And by restrained I mean “shopped less”. You didn’t think I gave it up altogether now, did ya?)
However, I had the day off (holla for a teacher’s schedule!) and decided to pay a visit to my beloved mecca of discounted fashion merchandise. I told myself I was just scouting out rehearsal dinner dresses with no intention to buy… don’t worry, I didn’t actually come home with a dress but I did fall in love with one.
Anyways, have I mentioned how much I love Loehmann’s? I’m pretty sure I have but in case you missed it, there it is. I love Loehmann’s. It’s gotten to the point where Mr Trail Mix knows the drill whenever I enter the apartment with a Loehmann’s shopping bag. It varies by item but usually involves me making him guess how much I paid for said item and how much it retailed for originally. Some of my finds include my gorgeous Beth Bowley engagement dress, Seven for All Mankind jeans, a Cynthia Steffe sundress, Missoni sunglasses, Kate Spade flats…
Good stuff, all well below the retail price.
I think it’s the thrill of the hunt that I love; you just never know what you might score. It’s kinda along the same lines as my flea marketing obsession. I will also confess that I’m a brand junkie but I just refuse to pay exorbitant prices, which makes Loehmann’s the perfect place for me.
I found a few rehearsal dinner dresses that I liked and one that I loved. Take a look (all photos taken by yours truly):
This pale blue silk Cynthia Rowley halter matched my wedding palette and I was loving the white sash but the halter style without a tie-option wasn’t doing much for me and my awkwardly-shaped bod.
I adored this Tracy Reese dress when I tried it on and it fit me perfectly! But I the colors were a little darker than I had been envisioning for my June clambake rehearsal dinner and I so it got vetoed (although I did stand and twirl in it for a good five minutes).
And then I tried (or tried to try on) this one. And oh doctor, it was game over. It was another Tracy Reese dress and the details are just perfect.
A pale pink silk that fluttered when I walked. Empire-waisted with beaded details on the on the top. The gold ribbon-bow hanging down.
Those thicker white circles are pearly, almost like shells. Oh, how I loved this dress. Alas (you knew this was coming), even though the label said it was a size or two larger than my normal size, the zipper just would not budge over my ribcage. I tried, I really did. I twisted it every which way, trying to get that stubborn device up. I asked the salesgirl to give me a hand. But no dice. Damn, damn, double damn!
I briefly considered buying it anyways and then bringing it to a tailor to have it taken out. But I was unsure of whether that would even work and honestly, the dress was $100 and when you add in alterations, I didn’t want to gamble on that much moolah. Having a dress taken in is one thing, having it taken out is another whole ballgame.
Instead, I had to settle for a gorgeous, new bikini from Tibi and let my dreams of this pink-and-gold confection fade into the distance.
Isn’t my bathing suit pretty, though?
I justified it by telling myself I deserve a new one for our honeymoon and I think it will be perfect when we’re lounging on the beaches of…
Ha! You thought I was going to give my honeymoon location away without blogging about it. As if! No, that will have to wait for another day but due to a surprising/interesting turn of events, we’re very close to making a final decision.
Do you love Loehmann’s (or other discount stores like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, etc.) like I do? Have you bought any new fun clothing for your honeymoon?