Maybe Fairy Godmothers Do Exist?

If there’s any proof in this juxtaposition between the Royal Wedding and Disney’s Cinderella (one of my childhood favorites, I might add!), perhaps some singing mice will help me construct my gown! Either way, I thought this was too cute not to share.

Thanks for reading! – A

May 12, 2011. Tags: . 2011. Leave a comment.

Rest in Peace, Liz

Just a note, the beautiful and wonderfully talented Elizabeth Taylor passed away at the age of 79. She was the closest thing to American royalty as possible, and her grace was unparalleled. Ever the consummate bride, Liz was married eight times to seven different men. She was truly a legend, and will be missed.

Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2011

 Thanks for reading. – A

March 23, 2011. Tags: . 2011. Leave a comment.

5 Oscar Gowns That Could Easily Be Wedding Gowns

Did you watch the Oscars last night? Me neither. I heard it was terrible. But the fashion!! That’s the best part. After carefully reviewing the gowns this morning, I noticed several of the garments that could easily fill in for wedding dresses, and not even in a pinch! Some of these frocks were pretty translatable right from the red carpet. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order.

Halle Berry looks phenomenal in this Marchesa gown. What’s more, I love the wispy train. It makes me want to say “I Do” to a gown in nude.

Mandy Moore looks very demure in this Monique Lhiullier gown. Given that I’ve been looking for ways to camouflage my arms in my gown, I was clearly drawn to the illusion neckline and arms with jewels. The classic silhouette of this dress is basically exactly what I’m looking for. Now if only Monique would make this gown for under $1500…..

Miley Cyrus is not someone I would look to for fashion advice. However, her stylist really hit the nail on the head with this beautiful gown from British designer Jenny Packham. The textural difference between the satin and the tulle, plus the addition of the sparkle at the waistline is really stunning. I’m not gonna lie, I’d try it on at the bridal store!

Hilary Swank is working this feathered Calvin Klein gown. I love how the color gradient goes from light to dark. This gown is beautiful, but I will admit that I think it’s a bit too much embellishment for a girl like me.

Hailee Steinfeld, that cute little girl from True Grit, wore this charming little Marchesa gown to the big show. Perhaps it’s the way she’s styled, but this light pink gown is just so precious and fresh. If we were having a more casual wedding, I’d absolutely go with a short gown to show off the shoes!   

What did you think about the gowns on the red carpet? Did any of them strike your fancy as a good gown to wear on your big day? I’m in love with a few, but I have a feeling they’re not in my budget. Good thing there’s not going to be a red carpet at my wedding. 🙂

Thanks for reading! – A

February 28, 2011. Tags: , . 2011. Leave a comment.

Bridal Camouflage

No, not THAT camouflage!

If you have read this blog before, it is no secret that I am dealing with problem areas since embarking on my massive weight loss. One area in particular are my upper arms, or batwings if I may. Though I have considered getting reconstructive surgery to remove extra skin, I recently saw a picture of a good friend from high school who also had gastric bypass, and her arms look GREAT! Now, I’m not sure she always had quite the arm shape situation that I have but I am hopeful.

That being said, I am going to keep my consultation appointments with the plastic surgeons, but maybe I’m just not giving myself enough time to let my skin catch up. Maybe I need to moisturize more and just really target those muscles since I’m having a good amount of weight loss there. I hear Jergens makes a pretty decent and cost-effective skin firming lotion. But what if I don’t get the results I want in the time that I have and then it’s too late for surgery?

Since I mentioned previously that I have been a girl scout, I like to be prepared. I have been looking at wedding dresses and accessories that might camouflage my problem areas. One in particular is an illusion sleeve (read: sort of see-through t-shirt) that goes under the bodice of your gown, or can be attached to it. And hey, if Vera Wang says it’s good, I’m all for it.Vera Wang "Esther" gown

Another is the traditional bolero, but it’s not really my thing. I feel like I’ve worked so hard that I don’t want to pull the typical fat-girl move with this one and just throw on a cover-up. I want it to look like it could be part of the over-all look.

A third, and I think most interesting option, is this fitted wrap thing I saw from Priscilla of Boston. It appears that the wrap is actually some sort of sleeve that goes on each upper arm. How interesting?! Though I can’t paste a pic of it, you can see it, and a little video of it walking the runway, here. Make sure to check her when she turns around – that’s where you can REALLY see it.

Anyway, I thought you’d find these ideas interesting. I’m sure I can find a decent tailor to make me one of these interesting ditties if I can’t find a gown that comes with one. Besides, dresses with sleeves are somehow making their way back in style – probably thanks to Nicole Richie and her Princess Grace-Inspired gown! If it’s good enough for a Hollywood-royalty turned actual royalty (from Philadelphia, I might add) then it’s good enough for me.

Princess Grace of Monaco

Thanks for reading! – A

February 22, 2011. Tags: , , , . 2011. 3 comments.

Wedding Weightloss Goals: Celebrities Have Them Too!

I was reading one of my favorite celebrity blog’s sister sites and I came across this post about Sherri Shepherd, from The View who, by all rights, is a big girl. Ok, in Hollywood she is a big girl. In reality, she’s about average. Anyway, she and I have something in common. For her wedding, she says that she wants to slim down to a size 2. No, that’s not what we have in common. 🙂

She goes on to clarify by saying that size 2 is a fantasy, but that she hopes to get down to a single-digit size by her wedding. That’s not necessarily my wedding-size goal, more like my post-surgery goal – so sort of something that we have in common. But I felt a little kinship when I read that about Sherri and since I’ve recently come to love her after tons of 30 Rock marathons I thought I would share this with you.

Hope your wedding weight loss goals are realistic and you’re working toward achieving them in a healthy way!

Thanks for reading! -A

February 10, 2011. Tags: , . 2011. Leave a comment.

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