11.13.2011

Shake your Tail Feather

This weekend's wedding taught me a number of lessons.  First, I cannot stay out past 1am two nights in a row anymore and be productive on Sunday and second, finding a dress you love is worth the effort no matter how many you try on.  Right mom (my fearless and patience shopping partner)?

One of Jamie's best and oldest friends got married here in D.C. last night and since Jamie was in the wedding party we had a full itinerary.  As spectacular as the weekend was, it was a bit stressful for me in the wardrobe department.  The rehearsal dinner was at a fancy-shmancy D.C. steakhouse, requiring suits for the gents and party dresses for the gals.  Given the venue, I felt the need to wear something more fancy than normal but didn't want to upstage my Saturday night dress.  I decided on this sparkly tank dress and a blazer because it felt festive but not overly fancy.
Dress - South Moon Under, Blazer - Gap, Necklace - Charming Charlies refashioned by moi, Shoes - Nina via Lord and Taylor




Saturday's wedding was black tie optional.  Jamie sported a tux so I wanted to match his dapper duds.  After searching high and low for a floor length gown and finding nothing that wasn't bridal, prom-y or downright ugly I gave up and opted for a black cocktail dress.  As luck would have it, the only dress I loved wasn't in my size at Macy's in-store anywhere or offered online.  Go figure.  After searching the darkest corners of the Internet, I finally stumbled upon my feathered frock at Belk.com last Sunday morning, ordered it, paid priority shipping and said a small prayer that it fit upon arrival (it did.)  My glam fairy Royela, helped me with hair and makeup before the big night and off I went.
Dress - Belk, Earrings/Bracelet-Borrowed from Mom, Shoes - DSW, Headband - gift via Nordstrom, Clutch - Ann Taylor Loft  




 

The dress was a big success! I danced the world's longest hora in it and received many compliments throughout the night on it, including from the Mr.  I hope you all had wonderful weekends; this ol' girl is heading to bed to try and catch a few extra zzz's before Monday arrives once again!    

29 comments:

All Things Yummy said...

Wow, gorgeous. I love the head piece.

royela said...

ooh... love the sparkly dress! and everything really but that has NYE written all over it!

jill said...

What a lovely dress! I really like that necklace, too.

x. jill
those ghosts

The Closet Shopper said...

Ohmigosh! What a cute dress. Love all the detailing. Looks like it would be fun to dance in.

eShakti is all over us bloggers. So many reviews. Isn't it fun? This was my first one. It was thrilling. Can't wait to see what you've picked.

Tracy

TaraMixandMatch said...

The bottom of that dress is so much fun...beautiful!

Mix and Match Fashion

Terri said...

I love everything about your party outfit! You looked like the hip Belle of the ball!
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charity @ c'est la belle vie said...

Looks like a fancy weekend! I lllllove those shoes with the black bows on them--so cute.

Thank you for the nice comment!

Caro said...

I ADORE that black dress! Holy cow! And it looks great on you! Also, the necklace in the first outfit is fab.

Caro
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SassyUptownChic said...

Ohhhh Cara!!! You looked GORGEOUS!!! Both outfits look amazing on you. I love the sparkly dress, fitted blazer and that intertwined necklace. AND I love your lace dress with FEATHERS on the bottom. I just did a post about feathers, and said you have to have MUCH FIERCENESS when wearing them. Well, you brought it girl! You get an A+++ because you clean up WELL! Your accessories are out of sight! Love it ALL! :D
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Alena: Oh, It's Just Perfect! said...

LOVE that dress!! So chic and stunning. And that headband?? AMAZING.

Katherine said...

Love that lace dress on you! So beautiful and those shoes are gorgeous!

Bravoe Runway said...

Cara you looked beautiful on both nights! I love the 2nd dress, the details are gorgeous and I am so glad you were able to find your size! Hope you'll wear it again!

skippysays said...

LOVE the dress you wore to the wedding Cara! It's so incredibly fun, and it looks just wonderful on you!
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..: Curvy & Petite :.. said...

My mom is my shopping partner too!!! Love the Black Dress :)

Great pictures!



Peace & Love.
Jimely Rosas.

Carrie said...

that is such a beautiful lace dress. i love how it shows skin but not too much. you look really pretty!

:)
Carrie
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laura said...

Both your outfits are stunning!!!! i really love that black dress, though, (maybe because I'm obsessed with black dresses). And the hem detail is just so much fun!
♥ laura
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Megan said...

What a unique and stunning dress! Lovely :)

Tinfoil Tiaras said...

WOWZA! You look absolutely stunning in both these outfits-I love the glittery dress but that black feather dress? That takes the cake (quite literally since you were at a wedding!) :)

The Sweet Cupcaker said...

I love love love your dress for the wedding! You look fabulous!!

Alexa said...

Absolutely beautiful. Love, love the necklace!

Adriana said...

I love both dresses you look gorgeous! I also love the shoes & accessories. Very cute!

Samantha said...

You look ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS in both outfits! That sparkly tank dress is super fun! And I LOVE that glamorous lace dress with the feathers!!!! WOW!!! And your smile definitely is worth a million bucks! Beautiful!! :)

xo~sam

Love Sushi and Fashion said...

Great looks, beautiful outfits and you were very well dressed for every occasion.<3<3

Meagan said...

I love both of these looks! The dress has a bit of a flapper inspired look to it. So cute! You look great!
-Meagan
www.spunkychateau.com

Frannie Pantz said...

That sparkly skirt is awesome and I LOVE the feather detailing on your dress!

abby said...

you look fantastic. i love both looks, but the last one was just gorgeous. the whole outfit was well put together :D

The Jones said...

Adore. Or breathtaking. Those are the two words that come to mind! That lace/feather dress is STUNNING! It's got such pizzazz and I'm a huge fan of the wonderful flapper flair it has...and those shoes...!!! Following you :)

<3 Cambria
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ourdreamlives said...

That dress is so super fabulous! It looks amazing, love it!

Van @ The Clothes We Wear said...

Oh my gosh, Cara! You look stunning in the feather, beaded dress. Third photo from bottom up is is so 20's glam. A knock-out.

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