As a plus-size bride, it can be hard to find a wedding dress that fits, looks nice, and is affordable. After all, you should be able to look in the mirror and feel your most beautiful without having to spend a fortune. … read more
I am super excited to write this post because I just purchased my derby hat for my upcoming Syracuse bridal shower. I knew that I wanted a derby theme for quite some time because Mr. Ice Cream Sundae is from Kentucky. I’ve never been to the Kentucky Derby, but we’ve made a tradition out of watching the festivities on TV since we’ve been together. I sincerely hope to be able to travel to Kentucky in the near future to watch, while hopefully donning my newly purchased hat!
So I was finally able to decide on which hat to buy because I believe I’ve finally decided on my dress. After searching for what felt like months for the perfect dress, I am pretty sure I’ve found it. I’ve searched high and low at stores like White House Black Market, Loft, Ann Taylor, Limited, Macy’s, Nordstrom, BCBG, and Target. Unfortunately, I came up short each time. Here’s the dress that I was in search of:
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Happy fall, everyone! I will (finally) give in to pumpkin-flavored everything. I love summer so much that it’s hard for me to accept that fall is here, even though it is a chilly 52 degrees. I seriously refuse to even drink pumpkin beer until summer is officially over…whew, anyway!
On to wedding things! I have been referring to my bridesmaids’ dress find in a few different posts, and I thought it was about time I just came out with the whole story and let you all in on the not-so-secret secret. So my plan as soon as Mr. Ray and I were engaged was to let my bridesmaids decide on their bridesmaids’ dresses in a general color palette as these cute little bowls from Anthropologie (random, I know). I thought they could choose, and maybe even reuse dresses from other occasions, and everything would just go so easily and well together.
Here’s where we get a little personal by talking about bra cups, so avert your gaze if talking about boobs makes you blush!
I’m a 36DD or a 36F, depending on the time of the month. At first I had thought, hey, I’ll just find a longline strapless bra (the kind with the extra material that goes over your ribs) and go with that. But after an incredibly time consuming bra fitting at a specialty lingerie shop, I found that with a bra underneath my dress you could always find an angle to see a sliver of cup or the center of the bra. I was also dismayed that so much of this kind of lingerie is insanely old school. Fifties cone-boob bras are still in production and for sale! I found some, put them on, and have never been so thankful that conventions have changed.
Part of these difficulties were in the design of my dress, and part was just that any bra with the right support and coverage just had really tall bra cups.
So instead of all that, I decided to make a really common alteration to my dress—sewing in bra cups! There are a few reasons to opt for sewn-in cups, but since my dress already had good structure below the bust with some boning, all I really needed was a little support up top.
Step 0: Buy the right size bra cups for sewing. I bought mine on Amazon for 10 bucks.
Step 1: Take one cup, fold it in half, and mark the center at the top and bottom.
So, embarrassingly enough, I already had all my other “little white dress” outfits planned (shower, rehearsal dinner, and morning-after brunch) by the time we were six months out from the wedding.* I’m one of those people who breezes into TJ Maxx/AC Moore/wherever without grabbing a basket, saying, “Oh, I’ll just stop in real quick to see if they have any ____,” only to skulk up to the register a half an hour later with an armload.
In order to stop myself from filling half my closet with white dresses over the course of our engagement, I set a challenge for myself: Each of my outfits (including shoes and accessories) had to cost under $100, and each of them had to be re-wearable (which, for me, meant no plain, bright-white dresses). Wanna see how I did?
As I am eagerly awaiting showing of the Barn invitation suite, let’s move onto something else fun!
Mr. Farmer and I went shopping the weekend of our anniversary, and in order to kill some time before meeting a friend, we decided it would be a good time to pick out his rehearsal dinner attire. (We were at the Mall of America—I mean, hello?!) Mr. Farmer told me that he really wanted to get something that he could wear to the weddings we have coming up (my aunt, my cousin, BM S, another cousin, and PA C). We have a lot of weddings coming up!
We happened to be passing Hugo Boss when I made the suggestion, so we started our search there as we both saw a shirt we liked on a mannequin. Plus, if we were going to shop at Hugo we might as well make sure it would be something that could be dual purposed.
I didn’t want them to be wearing different versions of the same dress/color as the bridesmaids. In some weird way, I find that kind of degrading: “Hey—will you look like a bridesmaid, act like one, and spend the same money as one, but not actually stand up?” So I knew I wanted it to be a little more flexible.
Thanks for listening yesterday—I know I will be fine, and I have plenty done. The things I can’t control will work themselves out for me, and for you too. On to more fun things!
I have a dress, the Clover ‘maids’ dresses are chosen and ordered, colors are chosen, so it’s on to the cutest member of the wedding party—flower girl time!
The flower girl “symbolizes the bride’s childhood & youth” according to these fine folks, as well as the meaningful contributions of children (and I thought they were just there to look cute!). Shamrock’s niece will be two and a half, which is a little young, but her brother will be our ring bearer (he’ll be almost six), so we think she can handle it. But what should she wear?
Just me in one of my flower girl dresses. Photo credit completely unknown. My parents? Their photographer?
I’m was the flower girl, and my sister (who was a little too young at the time) was a wedding guest. I was very proud of my flower-girl-hood, and my sister was upset, so my mother explained to her that she was a wedding guest. She spent the whole wedding responding to anyone who said how cute the glower girl was that she was a wedding guest! (On a related note, we believed for years the ice cream truck was the Music Truck, driving around playing songs to make children happy just to be nice. We believe basically anything our mother tells us, apparently.)
Author’s note: This post was originally written in late June, when winter was well on its way here in the Southern Hemisphere.
(Side note: No, I do not watch Game of Thrones. I can’t get past the first episode”¦)
And with winter comes winter clothing!
Which brings me to the question: what do you wear to an engagement shoot in the winter? I grew up in Australia where “winter” meant chilly nights and warm mornings. Winter fashion isn’t really big in my family (think thick socks and flip-flops”¦I cringe!), so when I try to dress relatively attractively in the winter, I’m met with the disapproving look of “Why are you not dressed warmly!?” I love my family, but I want to look good and be warm!
New Zealand is a completely different ball game! Winter fashion is an art of the right layers and the right pieces of clothing. A warm, colourful scarf paired with a nice blazer or winter coat; thick leggings paired with a nice tunic and a cute belt to cinch the waist; knee-high boots, skinny jeans, and a cute fleece top—these are the things I see in Kiwi-land that make winter dressing so much more attractive.
So, I’ve been trying to think of ways to dress for the engagement shoot, so I don’t end up looking this guy:
This is the route I don’t want to take. I’m a rather big girl (but getting smaller, thankfully!), so layers upon layers upon layers, etc. would make me look two-to-ten times bigger than I already am! So, no, I am not going to layer too excessively!
And so, with a plan of action in mind, I turned to Polyvore and made this board: