Things I Bought Recently – Bridesmaid Edition

We’re going to a wedding this month. I’m the maid of honor and Jeremy is the best man. Sort of. Our titles aren’t official, but since we’re the only people in the wedding party, I think we can call ourselves anything we want. In fact, we’ll be the only people in attendance, period.

I’ll explain the limited guest list. While the bride and groom have family and friends they love dearly, they just wanted an inexpensive, uncomplicated, intimate event. The four of us have been meaning to get away together for years, and they’ve been engaged for ages. Now, the bride to be is pregnant with twins (in addition to the two little boys already part of their blended family) and time will soon be at a premium. So, the four of us are jetting off to Las Vegas for their shotgun, quasi elopement.

Our flights have been booked and our rooms are reserved. That was the easy part.

The big challenge was deciding what to wear.

J. Crew Sophia Dress
Ah, the J. Crew Sophia dress – my old standby. I wore the long version for our wedding and I have this short version already in black. What can I say? I love this dress. It’s comfortable, fits nicely and it’s made of a lovely fabric. This time around it was the colour that got me though. I had my heart set on something reddish or purple. I found a few other dresses I liked, but I couldn’t stop thinking about this one. It mysteriously disappeared from the J. Crew site for a while, but then reappeared last weekend, so I ordered it before it slipped away again (plus, there was an additional discount, of course).

I received the dress today. Correction – I received a dress today. Not this one. Three frustrating phone calls to J. Crew later, I’m assured the one I actually ordered is on it’s way. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Vintage Clutch

I’d been in the process of making a purse for this outfit, but I couldn’t quite get it right. The first one was too small and the second was the wrong fabric. I found this one when I was out buying fusible interfacing for my third attempt. Done.

Aldo Peep-Toe Pumps

I’d searched everywhere for a pair of leather (and not patent leather) heels in a natural/bone colour that fit my big, weird feet. These are almost perfect, but they’re a bit snug (and by a bit, I mean I whimper every time I put them on). Even after pushing them to the limit with a shoe stretcher, they’re still not comfortable. I have two options now: I can have my baby toes removed surgically, or I can drink a pint of tequila before the wedding to numb the pain.

I’ll probably go with the tequila.

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  1. That dress and color are gorgeous!
    So when did you start making handbags? Very interesting!

    Omg I am absolutely sick of ill-fitting shoes. One month at my new job… all those new shoes I bought… my feet are covered in healing blisters. I cannot stand it anymore.

    New policy – if the shoe doesn’t feel heavenly when I put it on, I’m not buying it. The end.
    I found 2 pairs of flats at Marshalls today by a brand called “me too” and they feel wonderful right off the bat.

    Have you seen that spray you spritz into your shoes that’s supposed to help stretch them out? It’s on infomercials and I’m seriously considering trying it out to rescue the shoes I already have.

    Also, kudos to your friends for going the elopement route. Seriously. If only I could convince David to keep his family out of it… I wouldn’t be postponing the planning as much as I am.

  2. I made handbags years ago. Nothing fancy, just totes and little clutches. I usually made them out of tweeds and boiled wools, but some were crocheted. I still make the occasional bag but I rarely find the time to sew these days.

    Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t have bought uncomfortable shoes, but I couldn’t find anything else I liked. The sales girl also convinced me that they could stretch them, and they did. Just not enough. I still have some time, so I’m going to look into the spray and I have a shoe stretcher, so I’m going to try it again. Leather only stretches so much though.

    The cool thing about this wedding, is that even though it’s only going to be the four of us, the chapel will be broadcasting it online for the family. This way, they can still be part of it, in a way.

    I think, in time, you’ll come up with a reasonable solution for your wedding that works for everyone.

  3. OMG. I love the dress, I love the clutch – but I already feel badly for your shoe situation. If you have a second, go get another pair that is more comfortable – it’s hotter than heck down here, and your feet are going to swell even more girl!

    What a fabulous sounding wedding! It is the way weddings truly are meant to be – between two people making a commitment to each other. They are smart, cool people. No wonder you & Jeremy are friends with them!

  4. That dress is gorgeous! Love the color, love the cut, love J Crew. I hope they get you your actual dress very soon!

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