There's really something special about having something made just for you (like my dress by Vania, here). The next best thing is buying something that feels totally made just for you. 

We spent the weekend in Carmel celebrating our dear friends Terry and Justin's wedding weekend. It was such a perfect celebration - gorgeous couple, lovely ceremony (our first experience at a Jewish wedding!), the reception was filled with stunning DIY details, and the food was just too good (chicken wing bar, s'mores by the fire!). With the craziness of the home improvements, work, traveling, and life, I'm thankful I had this dress to turn to in my closet (packed away in one of a million boxes, to be precise). I typically shop for special occasion or wedding guest attire throughout the year - picking up unique or bargain finds throughout my travels or at designer discount sales. There's nothing worse than figuring out what to wear in the last minute - the thought stresses me out. I was lucky enough to score this blush (a fave "neutral")  dress on sale during my trip to Manila earlier this year for my best friend's wedding. Harlan + Holden is my favorite RTW local brand. Their styles are effortless, modern, and relaxed. Just my style. I'm always on the lookout for pieces I'm comfortable in, something timeless, and most importantly something flexible. This one comes with a sheer inner camisole, which I decided not to wear to create that edgier look. The roomier fit and camisole option means I can possibly wear this in case I am ever pregnant again.

If you haven't noticed, I rarely show much skin. I've always been more comfortable in styles that are a little bit more covered up.  There are times I make a tiny exception. Because of the long length, the 3/4 sleeves, and the fact I am not blessed with DD's, the plunging V did not feel vulgar. I felt amazing - excuse the Angelina Jolie leg pop. 

Full disclosure: my fashion tape was a dud, and I suffered an allergic reaction to it. My advice is to give your entire look a test run at home, fashion tape and all. Despite this minor disaster and having to wear my hubby's coat 50% of the time, I loved being in this dress and I'm glad we had my phone to document the good 30 minutes the tape held up!

Thanks for dropping by!

DRESS:  HARLAN+HOLDEN   |   HEELS:  ZARA (almost 3 years old, such a great buy)  |