My sweet niece, Grace, was in town this weekend.  She is so incredibly cute and fun and is growing up much faster than I would like!  I wish she and her momma and daddy (and my parents) lived closer to us.   I realized this week that Grace is now at the magic age (3.5) where she could be a fabulous flower girl.  Plus her sweet little personality would be amazing in the role.  While this is a fun realization, it also makes me a little sad.  My baby niece is growing up.  😦

In Grace’s honor, I wanted to put up a fun flower girl dress.   I love the flowers on the side and the criss-cross apple sauce back.  Plus it comes in this fun blue and this festive floral.  It is from Crewcuts (oh how I love J.Crew for little people).



Today, I had to take 2 trips to Sam’s Club to get all of the supplies that I need for my next big campus event.  CRAZINESS!  So thankful for my new car and my student worker, Destiny, who was such a trooper with her crazy boss.  $700 later, my office is a little more chaotic, but at least it is organized chaos.  I keep telling myself this so that I don’t go crazy.  🙂

On to the more important item of the day…Flowers.  I heart these so very much.  Pink and garden-y=love.  What do you think?

Photography by The Nickols via Style Me Pretty.

Also, please notice the lovely bridesmaids’ gowns from J.Crew that I posted about here.  I would love to wear this dress in a wedding!

Last week I posted a fairly new color scheme inspiration board that is becoming fairly popular in homes and weddings alike: gray and yellow.  It truly has a modern feel and flair without being too edge-y, if you know what I mean.

Today, I’d like to take a look at another color palette also featuring the color gray to show what a difference one color can make.  Substituting the bright yellow for a pink hue changes the look from modern to romantic and from playful to soft.  What do you think?

Here are the links to where I found the images:

3 pics with peonies and candles; bridal party with umbrellas, long table with gray runner, and groom in vest; shoes (upper right corner); white cake; gray cake; drink with striped straw; gray suits with pink ties, flower girl & ring bearer, wedding dress with gray ribbon, gray table with pink sash, pink hydrangea invite, monogram

So…this may come as a shock to all of you, but I ❤ dresses.  🙂  I wear them almost everyday (don’t worry, I wear pants and shorts to work-out and hang-out).  When I was trying to decide what types of posts would be broadly helpful and appealing to brides/bridesmaids/mothers of the bride/wedding attendees/people like me, I considered having one day fully devoted to bridesmaids or one day fully devoted to bridal gowns, but they seemed a little too specific. Hence, the broad and generic dress day.  You will definitely see bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses…both the inexpensive and the expensive.  You will also see fun sun dresses and work-wear as well.

We are going to begin with my favorite stores on the planet.  Can you guess what it is?

J.Crew!!! Love them for everything.  Their everyday and work clothing and accessories for women and men are to die for, but that is not my focus today.  Today, I want to focus on their wedding shop.  Unlike traditional bridal gown retailers, at J.Crew you can order your bridesmaid dresses in the store, online or over the phone and have them in a matter of weeks.   You can even get a discount in store if you are a student or work for an educational institution! Can we say WIN!  Today, I want to focus in on this style that I adore…

It is stylish and festive for a wedding, especially for this spring or summer, but it is also perfect for other parties  that you may be attending. Add a black or brown pashmina and an awesome shoe and you are good to go.  Pink is my favorite color, so the first dress that I chose had to be a pink one.  I promise to branch outside of pink and green very soon.  Although, this dress would be adorable with a green peep-toe like this one…

Happy Wednesday!

Dress: $170 by J.Crew – http://www.jcrew.com/wedding/Wedding_Bridesmaid/dresses/silktaffeta/PRDOVR~19961/19961.jsp

Shoes: $79 by Caperros on Zappos.com – http://www.zappos.com/product/7699249/color/257065