Thursday, August 8, 2013

Purple is the new black.

Lately I've been having strange feelings. Feelings I thought would just go away, but have stuck around. Feelings that seemed so...unlike me. "Maybe it's the summertime," I thought. Then, "maybe it's the juice cleanse." And before I go any further: no Mom, I'm not pregnant.

I am, it turns out, newly enamored with the color purple, however. The color never used to do it for me, and I'm still really picky about when and how it's used, but in the context of good home design it turns out I'm (almost) totally in! Maybe it's because I had a gorgeous lavender room when I was younger that my aforementioned mother had designed to a T, but whatever the reason, I'm now determined to use some purple in my condo somewhere. In case you aren't convinced, don't worry! I found a billion photos to inspire you to come over to the amaranthine side.

I'll ease you in with this simple girl's room, since we were just talking about my room when I was little.

Design Sponge

A little bit Anthropologie and a lotta bit simple chic, the two lovely purples show that you can effectively blend shades to create a more complex look, even in a spare setting.

A more modern take for a girl/tween room showcases a matching polka dot window valance and bed canopy (as well as a distinctly "Z Gallerie" feel, which I'm mostly ok with, as that store does good things for me).


The black lampshade packs a nice little punch.

Moving into slightly more grown-up territory, this Katie Ridder presses all the right buttons for me.

Good Housekeeping

I know, it's shocking that I would love that. Velvet, birds, disco ball. It's completely over the top, but I love that it's simultaneously dated, modern, ridiculous, and above all: has a sense of humor. I mean, those people aren't going to host anything but the most awesome of dinner parties, and you know it.

For those who are thinking that purple is mostly just for "out there" spaces, I'll introduce you to plum: traditional style.


See? There's something in that spectrum for everyone. How luscious is that wall color??

This guy goes (slightly) traditional plus (eclectic and) funky, and reminds me of our condo, which is probably why I adore it:

Apartment Therapy

Plus that mustard chair is the perfect color play off the lavender paint.

And, last but very certainly not least, this Amanda Nisbet dining room goes completely funky, and LIKES IT.


Sorry, Joseph, but we WILL have something similar one day. (insert maniacal cackle here)




Friday, August 2, 2013

Dress porn.

So. Quite a few of my friends have seen my wedding dress, but I've also had people ask what I would've gotten if I hadn't ended up with the one that I chose. I managed to find the other top contenders online, so hopefully you enjoy wedding dress eyeing as much as I enjoyed trying them on! These are definitely not the only ones I tried on, but they were my top picks.

First up, I was enamored with this Reem Acra. I tried it on with a white tulle skirt over it, which means I would've had two dresses in one- the full sequined cocktail dress plus skirt for the ceremony, then just the sequin number for the reception and after party:


The thing is, I am not crazy about myself in strapless, so even though it was gorgeous and fun and sparkly, it got pushed aside.

Strangely enough, I liked two other strapless dresses a lot. This Lazaro, which was much more beautiful in person:


But too bridal-y for me in the end, and this Nicole Miller, that you have to see in person to believe. It has the most beautiful beading and a wonderful drape, and I was picturing it with emerald earrings:


It had a vintage look that I liked that still managed to be super chic, but I knew I wouldn't be thrilled with the way I looked in it since I have an annoying hangup about my arms. So, on to the next one! Which happened to be a STUNNING Claire Pettibone that stayed high in the running for quite a while.


I would've done the underlay in a taupe instead of the white to give it some more depth. This one was really hard to turn down, and my tattoo looked really neat through the sheer back, but it wasn't to be.

Still channeling vintage, I fell for this BHLDN number:


But although I thought it'd be perfect, it just wasn't quite...it...once I put it on.

And then, I thought I'd found it. A Rivini that was every so slightly pinkish-lavender. Lace, low v-neck and very low v-back, romantic but sexy, bridal but still really special. It's hard to get a grasp of the color in this picture, but trust.


My tattoo looked amazing as well, and Joseph had mentioned that he'd like to be able to see it.



I was pretty much done once I put it on. This is it! I found it! It's lovely and perfect and I feel like a goddess! The only holdup was that even though the color was awesome and different, it washed me out a tiny bit. It would've been fine once I had on blush and some lipstick, but you don't really want to have to have on certain makeup to look great in something. At any rate, I was willing to make do for such a gorgeous piece of work.

BUT...we still had one appointment to go, and I knew that they had a specific designer at the last stop that I had been drooling over for years. So we told the salon with the Rivini that we'd let them know, and we headed a couple miles down the road. Lo and behold, not only did they have the specific designer, they had the specific dress that I'd been lusting after for over a year. The sales lady (who happened to be the owner of the salon; this impossibly chic 50-something year old) put the dress on me and basically said that was it, I didn't need to try any of the other dresses on that we'd taken into the fitting room. And she was right! I'm completely obsessed with it, and I can't wait to show you all come November. My amazing photographer friend, Nadine, who is shooting our wedding, is also doing my bridal portraits, so I'll be forcing you to look at it multiple times whether you like it or not :)

But enough about me, which dress would you have chosen? Any of them? None of them?