How to host an at-home wedding dress fitting.

Last month, my sweet family and 6 of my best girlfriends gathered to help me find my wedding dress at C and I’s loft. I’ve gotten so many questions about how I tried on wedding dresses at home, so I thought I’d write a little post about it.

Chris and I are getting married next April in Rosemary Beach (the source of so many of our early memories together, and one of our favorites places.) When evaluating what we wanted to spend the most money on for our wedding, I had a hard time justifying my dress as one of them, especially because there are so many amazing designers that have yet to make their way into bridal boutiques, and because I have such simplistic style to begin with. Instead, I decided to order a few online from brands and retailers I love, after triple checking return policies, and truly only purchasing those I thought could be *the one.*

*None of the pictures below are of the dress I chose, obviously. 

Reformation Freesia Dress

My sister, mother, grandmother and soon to be mother-in-law made some amazing light appetizers, snacks and desserts.

Katie May Legacy Dress via BHLDN

Black Halo Divino Gown via Saks Fifth Avenue

 My mom purchased some clothing clips (similar here, you want to purchase ones with soft grips so they don’t harm the gowns,) in case any of the dresses were too big, and my sister came over early that morning to steam any wrinkles out of the dresses from being in their shipping boxes. Weirdly enough, C and I found a garment wrack outside of our dumpster the day before (meant to be!) and he sweetly built me a 3-way mirror with standard floor mirrors he bought at Ikea. We propped them up on some of my old issues of Vogue/a few coffee table books, put our coffee table upstairs and pushed our couch back a bit, and we were set. He played golf with my dad that morning while I sipped champagne with my nearest and dearest – the pictures where you can see my mother’s and grandmother’s faces reflected in the mirror still make me teary!

Amanda Richard Cheri Gown via Revolve

Watters Tinsley Dress via BHLDN, Joanna August Mermaid Gown via Nordstrom

Almost every dress I purchased was under $500, with one exception for the Joanna August number above. It was such a special, love-filled day, and I couldn’t imagine a prettier or more “me” dress than the one I said yes to. Now here’s hoping C loves it, too.

Teen Vogue’s Fashion University.

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Two weekends ago I worked (and attended) Teen Vogue’s eighth annual Fashion University, a weekend long series of seminars, classes and workshops with some of the industry’s top fashion designers, models and starlets. As with every annual Teen Vogue event I’ve attended for the first time this year, I was completely blown away by our team that put the weekend together, as well as the 559 girls from 26 different countries that paid their way to be there. Kelly Wearstler, Thakoon and Alexa Chung were in attendance, to name a few, along with our team that moderated each class. Prior to the day of seminars, we hosted a kickoff party at Express; following the day of seminars, we invited the girls to celebrate with us at the Topshop store in Soho. I have never been so tired in my entire life (my feet are still recovering,) but what an inspiring weekend.
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Lately.

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It’s very much fall in New York now. There’s that song by Billie Holiday, “Autumn in New York,” that I keep re-playing in my head on my mornings to work, walks to the grocery store. There’s also the opening scene of You’ve Got Mail, with Tom Hank’s “Don’t you just love New York in the fall?” quote. Sometimes I wonder if the effects of this city will fade on me over time, or if the things I love about NY now – like the first hints of a changing season – will always resonate as something to look forward to.

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Chelsea.

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My sister came to visit this past weekend, and her departure may have made me sadder than saying goodbye to any other person that’s come to visit me so far this year. We shopped, ate, talked and ate some more. We made trips to places we’ve visited together since we were teenagers in the city on vacation, and made memories at places I know we’ll be returning to come her next trip.

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Thanks for the visit boo. ♥

MTK.

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Chris was in town for Labor Day weekend, during which I spent nearly 4 days eating my weight in some of my favorite dishes around NY: Malbec at Extra Virgin, cheese from Aria, shrimp tacos at Mole (and a Kelsey Grammer sighting). Curiosity got the best of us come Monday, so we headed to Montauk to see what all the fuss was about… Duryea’s lobster roll reviews may have been some influence on our decision, but my constant longing for Florida’s beaches made the 3 hour train ride to get there a little more bearable. It was a grey day with some rain, and with the height of the season just ending it was almost a ghost town (which I decided later I was thankful for.) Truthfully, it was no Destin or Rosemary, but it’s nice to know if I ever need to see the sea, the Hamptons can provide some consolation.

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