When you open up an invitation to an upcoming wedding, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Wait, don’t tell me. It’s finding the right dress, of course! We recently featured a great solution for those who love a DIY projectLiliya proves that a special handbag and shoes can also be key to a gorgeous ensemble.

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The occasion:

Liliya attended a friend’s wedding which took place on a boat, “one of those big ones on Chelsea Pier.” The wedding party and guests cruised around Manhattan, passing very closely to the Statue of Liberty. It was a spectacular night, and she was perfectly dressed for the occasion.

The dress:

It’s a double-layered silk dress from Nordstrom’s Dresses section, formally known as “Special Occasion and Daytime.”

Although the selection was easy – I mean, could a pale pink, chiffonny dress look any more Marilyn Monroe? – the purchasing was another story. Poor Liliya almost had a fight with the cashier when her credit cards didn’t work. She had two from the same bank, and she apparently spends so much at Nordstrom – very understandable – the bank assumed fraud. She didn’t happen to have her American Express card and so, according to her, “I looked like a drug addict trying to buy drugs…” – don’t judge! – “…I was like: here’s another card, try this.”

She even tried using her debit card which, for a $500 purchase, would mean she would be losing a LOT of points – to no avail. She had to resort to getting out $400 in cash (daily limit) at an ATM and paying for the rest with a credit card. Yes! It worked on a $100 purchase! Since all cards were paid up, we can only conclude that someone is secretly putting limits on Liliya’s spending at Nordstrom. 😉

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The handbag:

It is a floral evening clutch by Ted Baker, and oh-so-feminine. With something like this in the closet, you have the perfect accessory for your next summer wedding, elegant afternoon luncheon, or wine-tasting fundraiser. 

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To-die-for shoes:

The Badgley Mischka feathery evening sandals are definitely wedding-worthy. In fact, I see them as ideal footwwear not only for a guest to a wedding but also for a casual bride – I imagine her in a silk, fitted, just above-the-knee dress – or during an after-the-fact celebration with those who cannot attend the nuptials. Or for less singular events, they are also the perfect footwear for that little white dress while dining out on a cruise ship or tropical vacation. 

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Thanks to the elegant simplicity of the dress, Liliya gets away with donning sandals and a clutch which are more detailed and eye-catching – or we might say, eye candy. In fact, you might say she uses them to take the outfit from Marilyn Monroe to Carrie Bradshaw!

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Loose spiral curls and pearls add final touches to this vision of loveliness. 

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I’m thinking that for you with a busy schedule but who loves to dress up for those extra special occasions, wouldn’t it be even more fun – and stress-free – if you had already searched out and found those extra special shoes…and bag? There’s no time like the present! I trust Liliya has given you the inspiration! 

XO, Janea

 


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