Today's Everyday Fashion: Bloomingdale's on a Budget

Bloomingdale's top, $23
Bloomingdale's skirt, $58

Gosh I love Bloomingdale's. It's a beautiful department store that carries some amazing brands. It is, however, one of those stores that sometimes feels like it's out of my budget. Which is silly because they carry tons of great things under $100. Take for example this brand "Aqua" that I've been seeing in my online searches lately (I feature it a LOT on the blog). It's exclusive to Bloomingdale's and everything is really budget friendly. So when Bloomingdale's reached out to do a post this summer (my first time working with them, yay!), and I had my choice of anything on their site, I went immediately to Aqua because it's a brand I've been dying to try. 

My first choice was this striped crop top with a neoprene midi skirt. The top is paired with a tight mini skirt on their website, but I wanted to balance out the tighter top with a voluminous bottom. I love this overall outfit concept, but it's the first time I've ever tried it so I'm so uncertain about the proportions here. The skirt may be slightly too big for my frame? I'm undecided!

Bloomingdale's dress, $57

Next up is a bright blue dress. The pattern immediately caught my eye; it reminds me of the ocean and white coral and makes me want to go snorkeling! It looked short on the model on the website but I always assume things will be longer on me since I'm not model height. It's definitely a bit short on me though. Thankfully it's designed to be a loose fit (I'll go short but not when it's tight) and the material is stretchy so sitting down is a breeze and doesn't mean a bare bottom on your chair. Verdict: I'm planning to wear it for my birthday dinner!

Bloomingdale's dress, $98

My third pick is this hot pink little number. The shape is fabulous, the color is fabulous and the length is better. I'm afraid this one is a little too small for me though (you can see it pulling across my ribs, and around the arm holes) so it's going back. I can't wait to shop the Aqua section at my local store to see what I can exchange it for. (ps. I also got this black skirt, which is in my outfit post tomorrow!) 

Some more of my favorite Aqua picks are below. They definitely have a boho vibe going that I love, as well as more polished pieces, and more than a thousand items to choose from. Check out Aqua here and let me know if you've ever tried it and what you thought!

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Wedding Recap: Bridal Party & Decor

J's Everyday Fashion wedding - floral bridesmaid robes
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J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding

Bridesmaid Dresses - Sorella Vita
Bridesmaid Robes - Sunset to Sunrise
Bridesmaid monogram totes & cosmetic bags - Ooh Baby Infinity

In my third and final wedding post, I wanted to recap what our wedding party wore! The bridesmaids donned this convertible dress in blush from Sorella Vita. I love the idea of everyone wearing the same dress but getting to customize how they felt most comfortable wearing it! (There are optional "straps" that can be worn 7 different ways.) The bridesmaid gifts were floral robes for getting ready, and monogram totes and cosmetic bags in a pale pink print.

The groomsmen wore their own navy suits, and we purchased pink, gingham shirts from J.Crew Factory for them to wear. Everyone looked so dapper, but more importantly we had a blast all weekend long. When choosing your wedding party, my best advice is to picture who you want celebrating with you at every moment. Our bridal porty contributed to an atmosphere of a day that is was upbeat, relaxed and FUN! 

I also wanted to share a few decor photos, below. We went for a bit of a city meets country vibe. We got married on a farm and our reception was in a pole barn, however, we decorated it with chandeliers, Chiavari chairs, draping, and a mix of sequin, lace and silk dupioni linens. I squealed with delight when I saw the final product, it was perfect! 

J's Everyday Fashion wedding - Bramble Tree estate
J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding
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J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding
 

Photography - KMD Creations
Venue - Bramble Tree Estate
Linens - Over the Top
Flowers - Bluegrass Chic

Bride & groom portraits here. My wedding dress/outfit details here

My Wedding Dress Story

 
J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding
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J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding

If you’re like me, you love watching reruns of “Say Yes to the Dress” on repeat. I’m fascinated with what goes into the decision of what to wear on your wedding day, and so in the spirit of all things bridal, I’m sharing my dress story with you today!

Everyone approaches their Big Day differently, so the fashion and style decisions could not be more different for different brides. For me, this was a time to splurge and not let “sales” be an influence because I am usually SO frugal when it comes to shopping! And ultimately my top priority was to make amazing memories, so I wanted to feel comfortable in what I was wearing so I could concentrate fully on the important stuff that day.

I started my dress journey with an initial visit to a local bridal salon, The Collection. I tried on several shapes and styles to help narrow down what I was looking for and posted about my experience here. Right away, I felt fluff and structure were both too over the top for what I was looking for. I didn’t want tulle, a big skirt, a corset, or underwire. I narrowed my focus to laid-back boho style for my wedding day, but then many of the boho-type dresses I tried on had empire waists or no waist and looked terrible on my figure. Thankfully, my wedding dress met a good halfway point. Without a single piece of boning or corset, it managed to have a great shape, while maintaining the unstructured vibe I wanted.

I found my dress during my second appointment at The Collection. It was an Inbal Dror trunk show, and so my dress was approx. dress #6 that I tried on. I had that bridal moment but then went home, panicked that JJ wouldn’t like it, and spent several more months shopping. I went to 4 salons and probably tried on 30-40 dresses. But I kept coming back to the same gown in my head!

As soon as I knew it was "the one," I called my bridal consultant and made a commitment. Inbal Dror is an up and coming designer in the States (already huge in Israel) and each gown requires 37 measurements and is custom made. The runway sample I tried on took some serious imagination, and I made some changes - raising the neckline quite a bit, and making the back a “V” shape instead of a rounded shape. I couldn’t wait to see the final result!

The day it arrived, we realized we had a lot of work to do because I had lost 12 pounds and 2 dress sizes after we ordered it. The alterations were difficult (the dress has no seams!) and it took many rounds to get it right. As the wedding day approached I was nervous about whether we could fix it, but the seamstress at The Collection was a pro and when I picked it up it was absolutely perfect. 

I always had friends with me when I shopped for dresses, but I didn't tell anyone which dress I picked, and kept everything a secret until our wedding day. I knew that my dress wouldn’t be popular with everyone; there isn’t a single dress on earth that would please every person – and ultimately I preferred for it to be edgy versus a crowd pleaser. I did a dress reveal with my bridesmaids (pictures below) which was so much fun - I highly recommend it!

If there’s anything I can share with future brides, it’s go with your gut. Don’t worry too much about what anyone else thinks. The best advice I got was “your groom wants you to be happy and confident and he’s less concerned with the style you choose” and that advice can apply to anyone in your life. Also, while I love a good sale, I hope you can get something that you truly enjoy wearing. One strategy for staying on budget is selling your dress after the wedding – just keep in mind that something could happen to it like a tear or stain, so proceed with caution.

I'm still in disbelief that I got to wear this dress on my wedding day. The end result was perfect for me, and I felt like the luckiest girl alive to marry my husband, and wearing this dress was just the icing on the cake. My wish is for every bride to feel that way on her wedding day. It’s your special day, and the most important thing about your dress? Wear it with confidence and have FUN! 

J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding
J's Everyday Fashion wedding

My look:
Dress & veil - The Collection
Hair & makeup - Annette Rose
Shoes - Badgley Mischka
Watch & necklace - his family heirlooms
Tennis bracelet - My Stella & Dot
Earrings - Macy's
Wedding bands - Reeds Jewelers
Flowers - Bluegrass Chic

Bridesmaid Robes: Sunset to Sunrise

Photography: KMD Creations

Venue: Bramble Tree Estate

More bride & groom portraits here.