My oh my how summer if flying by! <-- I did not mean for that to rhyme...
This past weekend I headed down to Virginia Beach to celebrate my coworker tying the knot.
Earlier in the day, I began to get nervous a little bit because despite the fact that a friend and I left my area near DC around 8AM, we almost ran late for this 5:30PM wedding.
| dress: milly via rent the runway (rent for only $35!) |
If you're not familiar with the wonderful Interstate 95 consider yourself lucky.
While I have had pretty good luck the last few times I've jumped on that particular, luck was not on my side Saturday morning.
The normal 3.5 / 4 hour drive turned into a closer to 6 hour drive.
Needless to say, I was a little tired (no time to nap!) and had to immediately get ready once we arrived at our hotel.
Luckily, and not surprisingly, I completely forgot about the almost debacle from earlier in the day once the ceremony started.
This past weekend I went to my last wedding of the year and it is funny how I have begun to measure my summers by the number of weddings I have attended.
This particular wedding was for a coworker that I've known and have been working with for the past few years.
It was such a beautiful wedding on the water in Virginia Beach and the weather was actually perfect which just added to the great day.
I was so thankful to witness the lovely couple commit themselves to each other.
| dress: milly via rent the runway (rent for only $35!)|
About the look:
Not sure why I am on a I-want-to-wear-black-to-a-wedding kick but I am.
This is the third wedding I've worn a black dress to in less than a year and the second within the last month.
Even though black is usually reserved as a color option for a wedding in cooler weather, it is still totally acceptable to wear for a summer wedding.
This fun Milly dress has such a fun and flattering fit that despite the dark color choice it is a great summer wedding outfit option.
Other great wedding looks for under $50 at Rent the Runway:
I am so excited to share the final photos from my portrait session with Movode!
After my shoot with Mahmoud and Christina, they scheduled a time for me to return about
two weeks later to reveal the final product.
I had an awesome shoot with Mahmoud, so the wait felt like forever but I was really excited to
see which outfits and poses would make the final cut.
When I went in for the reveal day, I was greeted by Mahmoud and Christina
and we caught up since our last meeting.
I was anxious to see the photos so after a few minutes of talking Mahmoud and Christina walked me over to the reveal wall where they had my final 10 images covered with white paper waiting for my approval.
They had me cover my eyes and then open them on the count of three.
I honestly was blown away by the final images.
Everything turned out better than I imagined that it was hard to decide what pieces/pieces to take home.
Once I saw all the final images, it was time to sit down and decide what I wanted to take home.
That was the hardest part!
I am currently in a house with terrible wood paneling walls so it was a little hard to envision a photo hanging or how it would fit with my other artwork.
I sat there going back and forth on images and possible purchasing something to hang but I literally could not decide.
Movode offers a great folio option with six or all ten images.
The folio is a sealed box with a solid magnetic closing and a perfect coffee table alternative where
you can store all of your 8x10 pictures.
Once I move I know I am going to purchase a frame so I can swap out the different photos to display.
Because everything is printed on such high quality paper and coloring, cotton gloves are included to ensure you can handle the images without damaging them with fingerprints.
The other awesome thing about the folio?
Since all the images are initially printed in the 8x10 size, you get to walk away with it that day.
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In all it was such a great experience.
Mahmoud and Christina are such professionals and (obviously) the work is amazing.
When I had spoke to them the first time they both described this as a life changing experience and it really was.
I have felt more confident in my everyday life and really have started to wear little to makeup during the work week.
I am so excited to have these photos to look back on and remember this amazing experience.
All I can say about this past weekend is : heat.wave.
Tabitha and I met at the Blogger Scene event and decided we wanted to meet up and snap some pictures for each other.
We both have pretty hectic schedules leading into Labor Day, this past Saturday was the best time for the both of us.
Since hearing about the upcoming insanely high temperatures we opted for a very early call time, 7am.
Luckily, we did pick such an early time to meet in Georgetown because within an hour street parking filled up and the heat was beginning to be unbearable.
I think by 9 am is was over 90 degrees and the heat index was out of this world.
This little black dress from Urban Outfitters is probably the coolest thing I could have worn in
that kind of heat and it still was unbearably hot.
After sweating my butt off snapping pictures, I headed home to a close friends house who I hadn't seen since
my birthday last November and we spent the whole afternoon in the pool sipping on La Croix and wine.
About this dress:
I LOVE wrap dresses but normally that don't fit me all that well - I'm bustier but have a smaller rib cage so
wrap dress are normally a little too revealing on me.
I had tried this dress on in a cute purple print earlier in the summer but couldn't
bring myself to spend $60 on it then.
Once Urban Outfitters started marking down their summer items I kept stopping by my local
store for the dress to pop up until I found the black one.
It is a faux wrap dress but still gives off that look that I love and even though it has a plunging neckline,
it is secured in place with the side zipper and the tieback detail.
some great dresses to get you through the rest of the summer:
Ease and efficiency.
This is my main goal I try to achieve in every facet of my life and though I do not think I have found my "groove" just yet I think I have almost 100% is what I wear.
I do not have an unlimited spending money to just buy anything and everything so when I add a new piece to my wardrobe I really try to make sure it will get worn.
Questions I ask myself before taking the plunge on any particular piece of clothing:
Is this just an impulse buy or do I really like the item?
How often can I really wear this piece?
How many times do I actually see myself wearing it?
This particular lace skirt from Banana Republic passed my mini test with flying colors.
I do really like this skirt and know I will get a lot of use out of it.
If you have been following me for awhile you know that I love a great skirt especially one that hits at my natural waist.
At Banana Republic I'm normally between sizes and for this skirt I opted for the larger size so it would fit a little more loose and be slightly more appropriate for work.
The color is a great also a great fall green.
Here I've styled this lace skirt in a dressy-casual kind of way.
Perfect for a a nice summer dinner or a casual Friday in the office.
I know I could also style this lace skirt with a neutral crop top and wedges for a night out at the bar or pair it with a button down for the office.
It really is a great skirt I can't wait to wear a ton when the leaves start to change.
shop the look below: