Monday, July 16, 2012

Another wedding

One of Josh's co-workers got married on Saturday, and I wore this to the wedding. I'm madly in love with this dress. I saw it on E from District of Chic a few weeks ago, and literally as soon as I saw it I clicked over to the Zara website and bought it. I never buy anything that impulsively, but it was so pretty I couldn't resist. Here's a tip for buying online from Zara - size up. I wasn't sure what their sizing was like, and didn't want to have to go through the hassle of having to return an ill-fitting garment via the mail, so I googled reviews and found out that their clothes tend to run small. I purchased a large instead of my usual medium, and it fits perfectly.

I promise I'm not looking for validation here, but I just have to say that I felt gorgeous in this outfit. Usually I feel interesting in my outfits, but this was one of the few where I felt downright pretty. And that got me thinking about body confidence. It's so common for people to complain about the way they look that no one thinks twice about it if they hear a woman say, "I hate the way my thighs look in these shorts." But to hear a woman say, "Wow, I look hot in this outfit" - well, a lot of people would call that vanity, and I think that's a shame. It's not like I'm not going to go around telling everyone how great I look all the time (because I think that would be vain, and also it just wouldn't be true), but every now and then I have a day where I'm completely satisfied with my appearance, and I'd like to be able to admit to that without feeling too narcissistic :)

Dress: Zara
Pink heels: Steve Madden from Marshall's
Sunglasses: Oscar de la Renta from TJ Maxx
Pink belt: Gap
Gold leaf cuff bracelet: In Pink

I'm linking up this post to Monday Mingle.


  1. I was also coveting that dress after seeing it on E. You look great in it!

  2. No, you can have tons of validation, this dress is gorgeous on you, and i love it.
    the print, colors and especially that notch on the back.

    Chic on the Cheap

  3. You do look "downright pretty" in that dress, and you should definitely feel like that. I have that dress too, and feel so feminine every time I wear it. I love how you styled it!

    <3 Jenny

  4. I think feeling beautiful is more important than looking beautiful. Although you seem to be doing both pretty successfully in this look! The dress is great, I love the details on the back with cut-away to the zipper.

    More Charming in Person

    1. I definitely agree with you on feeling beautiful being more important - although it's always disappointing when I feel much prettier than I look in photos :)

  5. *standing ovation!!!!*

    I could not agree with you more about this issue. I think it is perfectly fine, acceptable and ENCOURAGING for a woman to feel good about herself. And you should absolutely feel good about yourself in this dress Stacey. I LOVE the print, the shape and the back is so sexy. I can't wait to see more of it on your blog!

  6. Stacey you were right to make that impulse purchase! It is the prettiest dress and looks just perfect on you (oh how I love those heels) - and yes we all deserve days when we like what we see in the mirror so it's definitely not vanity sweetie :)) (Btw your hair has got so long, it looks beautiful)

    Catherine x

  7. You should be satisfied...more than that, you should feel beautiful :) Because you really look beautiful! That dress is a stunner in every way, shape/print/fit/colours. I love the rad pink heels with it, so feminine and fun!

    <3 CAMBRIA

  8. such an amazing dress! love it :) Wanna follow each other?

  9. This look is just fabulous.

  10. Ahhh! It looks gorgeous on you! Now I wish I had a pretty pink belt like yours to pair with mine!!

  11. This dress was made for you! It is beautiful! I love all the colors in the dress that you can highlight. I want the dress too!


  12. That dress is so incredible! I can totally see why you jumped online and ordered it! I think you look truly stunning!


  13. What a lovely print on that dress! And feeling beautiful (inside and out) is much better than feeling insecure and ugly, so proclaim it! But I do know what you mean about the whole vanity thing. Something is wrong with society when it is more acceptable to find fault with yourself than to praise yourself.

  14. What a great dress! Thanks so much for sharing on Monday Mingle.



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