PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood
A tranquil mood, Pale Dogwood is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity. The unobtrusive Pale Dogwood is a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.
I took this dress to my seamstress, Maria. She sees me often. Pretty much all my dresses go to her before they make their home in my closet. If you would like me to do a video on the importance of having your clothes tailored to fit you PERFECTLY, let me know in the comment section below. Maria took the dress in slightly on the darts going down the lower back. This mad the dress fit more tailored around the waist. She also had to adjust the straps, as they were too long.
BRA: The back of this dress is open. I had Maria sew in bra pad inserts. Lift is not an issue for me. However, I do require coverage. I highly recommend everyone does this. It makes for much better appearance. Very polished. No drooping.
Blog post on ‘5 Reasons To Embrace Shape Wear’, here
SHOES: Vince Camuto in Petal Pink Satin. I LOVE everything by Vince Camuto! These shoes are knock-outs!!!
MY HUSBAND’S TIE: Michael Strahan
HOT ROLLERS: Conair I have 2 sets. I have a lot of hair and I require at least half of the second set. I highly recommend you purchase these clips: Amazon
BLUSH PALETTE: B.H Cosmetics (wearing my favorite shade)
LIP PENCIL: Palladio in Rose .. lined and filled in the entire lip
LIPSTICK: MAC in Craving .. applied over entire lip
LIPSTICK: Palladio in Surely Pink
LIP GLOSS: YSL Gloss Volute’ in #19
FRAGRANCE: Jo Malone ‘Peony & Blush Sage’ (also at Sephora) This has got to be the most perfect wedding day scent. In fact, if I were a Bride, this or Velvet Rose & Oud is what I would wear on my wedding day. They are the most delicious florals. I also have and love Wood Sage & Sea Salt
You may already know that Blush is one of Pantone’s Colors Of The Year. It is actually called ‘Pale Dogwood’. But those of us in the fashion industry, like to use the term ‘Blush’ to describe this color. With Spring wedding season being in full bloom, I could not resist embracing this beautiful shade. It is such a feminine and romantic color to wear for a special occassion. This dress is so classy and chic. It’s no wonder it took me weeks to get my hands on it. It is everything I envisioned for a spring wedding, and more. I really wanted to embrace a monochromatic look, incorporating this color in everything: shoes, bag, jewelry pieces, etc. Here was the inspo board that I had created:
Everything pulled together perfectly.
8 Styling Tips For Wedding Guests
Did you know that the average cost of a wedding nowadays is over $20,000. In some areas, that number is on the ‘conservative’ end. Invitations alone can run around $500. And the cake? That’ll be another $500. On average, flowers and decorations amount to over $2,000. Same goes for the band, the photographer … and the list goes on-and-on. This number does NOT include the honeymoon (of course), or the dress.
What this tells us is that weddings are not cheap. So if you’re invited to one, you should put in some effort, too. That not only means RSVPing ON TIME, sending a gift from the registry or giving as generous a gift of money as you can, but also showing up dressed appropriately.
How about a quick little refresher on wedding guest dress code etiquette? Bear in mind this is my opinion, only! So, listen up!
- There should only be one white dress in the room. Enough said!!!
- Remember the rule of one – Showing too much skin is another faux pas at weddings. Despite how awesome you look and however many hours you’ve spent toning and tanning, the bride is going to want all eyes on her. And rightfully so! That being said, it’s OK to accentuate your favorite assets. Your outfit can have one sexy element like a plunging neckline, short hemline, cutout, low back, or a body con fit … but no more than one. Even if you are cutting a rug on the dance floor, you’re not clubbing. This is a wedding! This rule also applies to you eligibles!
- Accessorize appropriately – Cleavage is not an accessory! Keep it tasteful!
- Read the invitation – Pay attention to the details of the venue. This will help you determine what you should wear: semi-formal, beach chic, black tie. Also, read between the lines: Is it at a church? Is it outside?
- Be color conscious – This is one tip a lot of people do not consider, but should. As far as color goes, if you don’t know ahead of time the color scheme of the wedding and what color the bridesmaids dresses are, avoid any solid color dresses in popular colors like coral, purple, navy, and gray. Wearing one of these colors puts you at risk of possibly showing up in the same color as the bridesmaids. This will only lead other guests into believing you may somehow be associated with the bridal party. Not exactly a comfortable position to be in. You don’t want anybody asking you the uncomfortable question, “Now, what role do you play in the wedding?”
- Better to be over-dressed than under – Flip Flops, cutoffs … NO!!! Just NO! Even if the invite wording says dress code is ‘casual’, that still means absolutely no jeans, shorts, or tank tops. Think a summer sundress or a pair of nice pants and blouse. If it is semi-formal and you’re not comfortable wearing a dress, jumpsuits can be extremely dressy. Problem solved. Nobody is saying you have to wear a dress. But put the effort in.
- Don’t steal the show – there are going to be a ton of pictures snapped throughout the night, either by a professional photographer or via guest’s smartphones – all the more reason to dress appropriately. Let the bride stand out in her wedding photos. If you’re attending a black-tie wedding, it’s important to go along and whatever you do, don’t wear a super short, leggy cocktail dress. You don’t want to steal attention from the bride, or show too much skin in the formal photos.
- Have confidence in yourself – It may not be your day, but that’s no reason not to be yourself. If you try to stick to some of the guidelines above, you should be all set. It’s really a balancing act of being yourself and looking and feeling confident while not terribly offending anyone.