I am so excited to kick off some post-wedding blog posts with you. We’ll be recapping so many details of my wedding here, but first: the welcome party dress.
First things first: Since we chose to have a destination wedding in Kaua’i, having everyone gather before the big day was important to us. You know, to have everyone meet if they hadn’t had a chance yet before our wedding day. A time to just hang out, eat, and drink good food and booze.
I began shopping for my wedding outfits over a year before the wedding. Yep, I’m that psycho. NOT the dress, but the other outfits. Ya know: the welcome party dress, honeymoon outfits, and so on.
For the welcome party, I wanted something different. Not your typical boring white dress. I was looking for two piece sets online to no avail, and then I stumbled upon Dress The Population and their dresses stopped me in my tracks. We’re talking 3D florals, illusions, and gorgeous cuts. And not too wedding-y.
I went for this dress, which is unfortunately sold out, however Dress The Population has so many similar options that I will include below.
I fell in love with the Carla Dress because of the lace, as my wedding dress does not have any lace and I really love the look. Also because it has a bit of drama to it with the navy color on the flowers. Our wedding theme was DARK, and I wanted to tie that into the night before dress too.
Side note: I loved that the lace kind of covered my casper legs because I had a spray tan done after the welcome party due to maximum tan-ness and minimal streaking in the hot Hawaii weather. Ha!
Pastels are just so flattering on everyone! I love a good pastel moment – they remind me of St. Tropez…even though I’ve never been. HA!
It’s no surprise that pastels are EVERYWHERE now after being seen all over New York Fashion Week runways.
How to wear pastels:
+ Find pastel shades that flatter you – my favorite pastel shade is pink/blush because I think that it brings out the best in my skin and hair color. Pink is also my favorite color (can you tell?). Stick to one pastel color per outfit. Think all parma violet, bubblegum pink lemon sorbet, pistachio green…
+ Go for clothing items that have clean lines, such as a suit. I can’t wait to get my hands on a pastel suit! I try to steer clear of lots of ruffles and girly shapes when I wear pastels. The clean lines really give a pastel piece or outfit a modern look.
+ Pair pastels with distressed denim, a faux leather jacket, or white. Love a good crisp white with a pastel item! So chic.
You know I am the queen of neutrals. I wear a lot of black, a lot of blush, a lot of nude, as well as white. One of my favorite pairs of shoes are my white Gucci-esque loafers…however I’ve been finding myself leaning towards darker pairs of shoes lately, like black, gold, and nude. I started making mental notes of what I was pairing those white shoes with and why they looked weird to me with some outfits.
AND THEN IT ALL CLICKED.
It all has to do with hair. Yep, hair color. When I was blonde, I wore so much more white. I even wore white sunglasses, which now look really harsh on me. I tested this theory out, and shopping for neutrals that match your hair really works if you’re trying to discover your neutral color. Mine is nude/blush. My hair is a dark BRONDE (it’s a color, okay?) right now, so I can switch it up between darker colors like black and dark brown as well. But the overall color of my hair matches nude clothing and accessories so well.
I like to sprinkle in nudes throughout my outfits. Maybe it’s a nude top with any color on bottom, paired with nude shoes. Or a colorful outfit with nude accessories. Just let the look be balanced and I promise you will look so put together.
If your hair is dark, invest in darker items – black will never do you wrong. If you are bronde or have lighter brown hair, go for the nudes, grays, and even a light shade of olive green. If you’re blonde, well aren’t you lucky! Go for whites and light blushes.