Daily Archives: September 8, 2010
When I was little, I LOVED playing dress up. My brother and I had a huge box full of Halloween costumes, my mom’s old clothes, and various other odds and ends that could be thrown together to create magnificent outfits. I would play dress up by myself, with my brother, with my friend…my dog even got dressed up now and then!
My best friend Amy and her older sister Rachel would come over and we would have themed dress up days. Rockstars, prairie school girls, and my all-time favorite—Egyptian princesses!
My brother and I were so good at playing dress up, and my mom was so good at helping us come up with killer costumes, that we actually won an award for our dress up! That’s right, my brother and I won first place in the Springtime Tallahassee Children’s Costume Parade! Oh yeah…Alice in Wonderland and the White Rabbit? Heck yes! We knocked the socks of the judges with our dress up skills.
Even in high school, my friends and I would go to Charlotte Russe, dare each other to try on the most outlandish outfits we could find, and then laugh in the dressing rooms til our stomachs ached.
I’m guessing I’m not the only one whose childhood games consisted largely of dress up. Before I was old enough know what fashion was, I knew it was fun to put a fun outfit on and parade in front of the mirror around oozing childlike self confidence. And nothing has changed! (Most) Girls still love to dress up. We may not dig into dress up boxes anymore, but every morning before work or school, we try on outfits and scrutinize ourselves in the mirror. Any upcoming event is an excuse to shop with your girlfriends. And going out on the weekends? Well, invite your friends over and block off a chunk of time, because man oh man…deciding what to wear is an event by itself!
So, in honor of the little girl in her mommy’s dress and heels that lives inside all of us, I am introducing a blog post theme that I’ll post under once in awhile—“Let’s Play Dress Up!” I’ll find fun new stores, interesting trends, hot shoes, accessories I am lusting after, or just anything that will fulfill the desire to just play dress up.
Photo shoots are a great time to get your dress up on, because accessories or outfits you might feel are over the top for everyday wear usually come out looking amazing in photos. Add a pop of color here, a little shimmer and shine there, and you’ve got the perfect photo shoot outfit. So play along with me, enjoy my dress up dreams, and maybe you’ll find some inspiration for YOUR next photo shoot outfit! Today’s Dress Up! loveliness is coming at you from ModCloth…my new favorite store that I drool over almost daily. From the vintage finds to the darling dresses to the fun names for all their clothes, I can’t get enough. And bonus…the return/exchange shipping is free!! No hassle to get the right size…my kind of online store! (P.S. If you love blogs, check out the Modcloth blog…tons of fun fashion finds, good reads, excellent tunes, etc!)
Today I think I’ll put together an outfit that’s a little old-fashioned, a little sweet, and a little ruffly (my favorite right now!).
Fell In Love With a Dress ($61.99)
Make the Cutout Heel ($39.99)
Impeccable Ivory Headband ($9.99)
Quite Contrary Earrings ($12.99)
This past Saturday I got to third-shoot (that’s right, you can actually third-shoot!) Rich and Matthew’s wedding with Lindsey Tropf in Orlando. We knew the ceremony and reception were being held at some mysterious place called Entrelagos…but it wouldn’t come up on Google, so we were wondering what kind of place this was. Turns out, it’s a private mansion, complete with ornate carvings everywhere you look, a round library that looks like it’s straight out of Harry Potter, chandeliers all over the place, and a pool with a bridge and a slide. Oh yeah…this place was awesome. The woman who owns it actually lives in Hong Kong, so it’s only lived in about a month of each year. I kept overhearing people say, “Does she need someone to stay here while she’s gone? I’ll do it!” Haha…yeah, I’ll volunteer for that job too!!
Something else interesting about this wedding is that it was actually Wedding #2 for this couple. Rich is Philippino, so they had their first wedding in the Philippines. Since not everyone could make it overseas for the first go-round, they planned an American wedding as a celebration for all their friends and family in the States. Also, Rich had her dress custom-made in the Philippines, so it’s one-of-a-kind! That’s got to be a special feeling, to know that no other bride will ever pledge their life to someone in the exact same dress. Love it!
I was running the photo booth for most of the reception so I don’t have quite the range of photos I usually do, but I took photos earlier in the day and snagged some more when I had a chance in the evening, so I still have plenty to share. I always have a hard time narrowing down which photos to post on the blog, but I figure hey…who doesn’t like looking at wedding photos?? The more the merrier! So, you get this wedding in two parts…enjoy Part 1!
I caught a groomsman chilling in the Harry Potter library…I couldn’t resist grabbing a photo of the moment.
Having ushers in your wedding is a great way to include important friends or family who aren’t in the immediate bridal party. I had fun trying to get these dudes to be “GQ.” I think they caught onto the vibe I was going for…such good sports!