So I posted about white formal dresses for weddings a couple of months back – re-reading that post probably seems quite out of context. My sister is getting married early next year and I am the Maid of Honor hence I’ve been looking at all things brides, flowers, dresses etc. for the past couple of months.
I’m starting to think about writing my speech to give at the reception and am finding it a little difficult. Given that I’m very close to my sister, I have ALOT to talk about, from experiences with her growing up, nice things about her and her fiance and some embarassing stories. I definitely won’t be sharing the embarassing ones, I don’t think that should be done to anyone on their big special day. But the hardest part is cutting everything down and deciding what to include. The-maid-of-honor.com (this site is a godsend for all my MOH duties!) has a really helpful post on writing a wedding toast, and various other sites like theknot.com have some guides too. But I just wish someone would write it for me haha!
I’m also having trouble deciding if I should make it a funny speech like one of my bridesmaids did at my wedding, or maybe I’ll be best to leave the humor to the best man. I could do something more clever like some of the example toasts I’ve seen on Youtube, or just keep it simple and heartfelt? Maybe I’m thinking way too much about it, I might leave it for a couple of days and then come back to the speech writing. In the meantime, there’s plenty of other pretty wedding things to keep me occupied and that I’m sure my sister will appreciate the help with.
If I come up with a good speech, I may even post it here to help others that may be struggling just as much as I have.
The hipster subculture has been around for quite some time now, and even though I wouldn’t really properly consider myself a hipster, I do really like the clothes. There are alot of different definitions of hipsters, one ironic thing I have read is that a ‘true hipster’ wouldn’t actually call themselves one. Like any subculture, I guess they start out with the people who live and breathe the whole lifestyle, including the music you’d listen to, where you hangout, what you wear, what you buy and so on. Then as it gets more and more popular, parts of that subculture move into the mainstream, and people pick up parts of it that they like. I guess this is where I’m at with hipster style – I love the unique, indie, vintage kind of look, and that you can get alot of great dresses, shoes, glasses etc. at op shops that are perfect for this trend.
While I love op shopping for vintage clothes, I don’t always get alot of time to really enjoy it and find the best things so I’ve been shopping online. Shoppeclique’s hipster fashion store and ASOS clothes have been really great to get reasonably priced clothing that is perfect for the style I want.
I’m a huge diy’er (sorry if that’s not even a word, but I like it!), if something can be made or improved, I’ll generally give it a go. I’ve been sewing my own clothes for years now, there’s just nothing quite like being able to make exactly what you picture in your mind (no more long shopping trips ending up with nothing!), and having people ask ‘Where did you get that’ and being able to tell them proudly that I made it.
Now I really thought I had tried my hand at most crafts, but recently was reading about embroidery on Stitcher’s source (one of my many favourite sewing blogs) about embroidery for beginners. Well I’m a beginner at this craft, and after reading about embroidery and the machines available and what they can do, I’m going to give it a go. But what to embroider?
I’m going to start with embellishing a white cotton summer dress with some strawberries, (so very fifties I think!). From what I’ve read, using a stable fabric (such as cotton) on a large area is the way to start so you don’t have to worry too much about correct machine tension or fiddling around with hooping. After that, perhaps a cute monogram on a canvas tote I have in the making? I do have a tendency to want to try new craft skills on EVERYTHING, so I’ll have to try not to embroider everything in the house
While this blog is about dresses, I’d like to take a divergence from that to another form of luxury – namely opulent holidays. While planning my holiday to the US for next year, I came across Luxe Abroad, a site about the luxuries you can experience on holidays. What caught my eye was the post about chartering a luxury yacht in the Caribbean, oh what a dream it sounds like! While it’s not cheap, it is a luxury that I am willing to pay for as it is not an experience that I envision being able to take advantage of that often. Eek, so excited for the holiday! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxury_yacht
In the modern day, there are alot of women who want a low key wedding, either because it’s their second one, or they’re on a budget and would rather spend the money on other things. For a low key wedding, a great option to find an understated dress at a great price is to get a white formal or cocktail dress. We all know that as soon as you mention the word wedding, the price of anything triples. So choosing a dress that isn’t a traditional wedding dress is a great option, and you often end up with something far more fashionable.
I’ve found a few great places online to get such a dress, the first is http://kristahochwallner.com.au/product-category/formal-cocktail-and-evening-dresses/ where there are some gorgeous designer gowns and formal dresses, also look at shopbop.com for a huge range to suit different budgets, and if you have a little more to spend, check out netaporter.com.
Here’s a good video on doing understated bridal makeup: