VERA WANG PRIVATE PEEK + WTF, ASHLEY? | I like pretty dresses. I don’t like girls who beg boys to date them.

Sigh.  Hoowwwww to start off today’s post.  I am going to be slamming Vera Wang dresses into your faces, today-style – as in, in this post – but here’s what I’ve been struggling with all morning and afternoon…

I had considered just skipping all the crappity crap that’s transpired as of late… even as of late last night to be specific.  I reeaaaallllly wanted to just jump into the Vera segment of this post and essentially make it straight Vera.  All Vera, all the time.  Vera, OFF THE BAT.

But ALAS.  Ashley set up one of the bachelors for marriage-on-contact and someone said “tickle my b***hole” on The Bachelorette last night.  So, here we are.

You guys, Ashley set up a bachelor for marriage-on-contact.  On their first outing together.  They checked out cakes, they checked out rings, and they checked out an officiant at the same time that they checked out marriage vows.  Experienced simultaneously, these two put you at high risk for spontaneous legally binding marriage.  And dude said “I do.”  He said I do, not sure if it was a joke, not sure what the hell was going on… knowing only that Ashley is the kind of person who wants to be able to eff with you within seconds of learning your name, and needs you to prove your unreciprocated commitment to Forever before she can feel comfortable pursuing a televised romance with you.  Which is, of course, what they call the healthy approach to relationships in damaged girl land.

Ok, so that was pretty bad, but more distracting than those shenanigans was the “tickle my b***hole” comment, OBVS., made by a young dapper man named Bentley.  Terrible, right?  Wellllllll… here’s the rub: knowing nothing more about him than his blatantly douchey commentary thus far, I would feel super bad for Ashley about this guy; I mean he’s obviously a bigger dbag than Spencer and Disick combined, which is the ultimate compliment for a man looking to climb to the heights of dbaggery.  He’s a bad, bad man.  And Ashley’s a sweet, sweet girl.


Ashley was warned of this guy-named-after-a-vehicle, by someone close to him, before the show even started taping.  She told Chris, the host, in the premiere episode of the season that she had been informed of Bentley’s bad ways.  But she’s pursuing him, so far, hardcore.  She’s even begged him to stay if he feels anything at all for her.  For real.  Therefore, I *do not care* if he screws her over.  In fact, I almost kinda sorta hope he continues to coast on her Bieber-like Teen Beat-esque out of control infatuation.  She is going to embody a very critical lesson for women everywhere who do this kind of thing to themselves, WITTINGLY.  P.S. – I couldn’t even finish the show last night, it was so supremely boring.  I don’t even know who got bouts and who got booted.  I’m hoping it gets more entertaining down the road.  Though I gotta be honest, I definitely wish it was Chantel or crazy Michelle Money.  Ohhhh Michelle Money would have been FUN to watch.  And I get that the show’s premise is to find love, but c’mon.  We’re tuning in to watch two parts find-love, one part witness-first-hand-romantic-train-wreck.  Well, at least that’s why I’m tuning in.

I do not have a quality segue for getting out of Bachelorette talk and getting into Vera Wang talk.  So here’s how I’m going to do it:

Anywho!  VERA FREAKING WANG.  (← that’s how the pros do it, y’all.  Ok, as I was saying…)

Oh.  Mygod.  You guys.

If dresses were edible, I’d be filling out an application for Biggest Loser right now, because these dresses?  I wanna EAT THEM ALL UP in an effort to suppress my emotions.

The super intimate, super fun, super Bellinified event at Vera Wang‘s shop was all kinds of super, not at all limited to the aforementioned kinds.  We got to sit down and sip really delicious cocktails in the early evening while the lovely and very stylish ladies of VW showed off their gowns to us.  And for the most part, my jaw was on the floor, as if I’d hatched a plan to catch a roadrunner and that roadrunner bested me yet again.  And my eyes flew out of their sockets repeatedly, each time making that AWOOOGA sound – it was all very embarrassing.  It’s tough being a cartoon.  Wow.  I promise I’m not currently drunk.  It’s pure lack of sleep that’s causing these prose, I swear it.

But seriously, so much fun was had, and the best part?  I get to share my pretty pretty pictures with you.  High kick, woot!

By the way, I asked the ladies which dresses were hands down, The. Most. Popular. Vera Wang gowns.  So, among them:

This one on the right ↴

This one ↴

This one, which they said, once it’s on your body, it’s AMAZEBALLS (well, that’s paraphrased, obvs.) ↴

This cake was there, too, along with the lovely lady who made it, Ruth Drennan.

… She’s pretty ridiculously good at making zee cakes… eh? :)

She also made the cutest little red velvet cuppies.  I know; next time, we’ll see if we can get all of you invited. :)

Bambino McPuppyPants is always eying those golf clubs, and today was no different…

He is *not allowed* to jump off the couch without help, as we like to avoid puppy headaches of the fallen-off-the-couch-head-first variety…

… will he make it off the couch?  Will he finally get to those golf clubs?

Tune in tomorrow for the conclusion. :)

And finally, a seriously important tip from the lovely ladies at Vera, which I totes think you should heed if you at all can:

* Purchase your dress 7-8 months out. *

You guys, seriously, you need that much time if you want things to go smoothly.

Ok, SO!  What do you think of Vera’s newest collection?  Does it tickle your fancy?  If it tickles something else, I DON’T WANNA HEAR IT.  ;)

xoxo!  – Alison

Gowns: Vera Wang / Images: The Knotty Bride

Label(s): Color, White, {Fashion}

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  1. Sigh. That is just a whole lot of gorgeousness. And I skipped the part about the Bachelorette because I haven’t watched last night’s episode yet. ;) But I wouldn’t be surprised if it features her doing something dumb. But the dresses are fabulosity.

  2. BR on May 31, 2011

    The dress on the right in the last photo. GORG. Love it.

    Bambino, super adorable as always.

    As for the Bachelorette, yeah… I’ve never watched it even when I used to live in the US. It seems that I’m not missing much.

  3. J (SparklyLove) on May 31, 2011

    My fi (who claims to not watch Bachelorette over my shoulder) asked last week why Ashley would even let Bentley get out of the limo if he was blatantly telling people he was going for the wrong reasons. (I also heard him say “that’s what you get” under his breath when they showed her crying over Bentley in scenes from the rest of the season.) I’m not sure if she thought she could fix him, or prove him wrong, or maybe she’s just crazy. whatever the reason, she needs to grow up and get over it if she wants to get into one of those pretty pretty Vera gowns someday!! (<~ yay segue)

    Love reading your take on Ashley and the beautiful works of art from VW and of course, the tales of Bambino McPuppy Pants!!!

  4. Alison on May 31, 2011

    Colleen – amazing esp call there; it DOES feature her “doing something dumb” :) And I totes agree about the dresses :)

    BR – right? don’t you just LOVE the detailing?

    J – omigod. Your fiance sounds exactly like my fiance, which makes me think most fiances are watching *over shoulders* and thinking the same thing, in unison. Go THAT.

    P.S.: I’m so glad you enjoy what goes on here in tkbland! I kinda enjoy it, myself and love bringin’ it to ya ;)

  5. Oh wow these dresses are just amazing! I love all of the details with the beading and lace and ruffles. Just gorgeous!!

  6. Kelly Sauer on May 31, 2011

    William is my favorite bachelor for Ashley – I think they have the best real connection – but knowing her luck, she’s going to send him home b/c she’s gonna get bored. I was so proud of him when he said “I do” and totally called her bluff!

    She kinda deserves Bentley – I suppose he presents an element of danger that excites her, but come one, ladies – a little safety in relationships can be a very good thing!

  7. Laura *You Stir Me* on May 31, 2011

    I can’t believe Vera. Every year I think “there’s no way she can make anything more beautiful than this dress…” and then she does it…she’s sneaky. Every year she and her talented team redefine elegance and now I’m left thinking, “there’s no way she can make anything more beautiful than these dresses!”

  8. Mr Frostings on May 31, 2011

    I’m gonna skip the Vera Wang talk because I know less about gowns than Ashley knows about relationships. But, couldn’t agree more about The Bachelorette, Alison.
    It was painful to watch. Based on the previews, next week is going to be even more painful. It looks like a Roast of Ashley is taking place and William makes the mistake of making a joke about Emily or Chantal being the expected Bachelorette and he was surprised to see Ashley. This sends our fragile Miss Ashpants into fits of tears. Her worst fears thrown into her face. Not everyone worships her little dancing shoes!
    I don’t know Ashley, so solely based on what we have seen the last two seasons, I cannot remember ever seeing someone work so hard at failure. Desperate, lonely, heartbreaking failure. This goes beyond the semi-normal Good Girl chases Bad Boy. This is like a ghost written suicide note that she is trying to live up to.
    Who wrote this sad script that she needs to act out?
    Honestly, this just may be too sad to watch.

  9. Alison on May 31, 2011

    Mr Frostings – Earl, you speak the truth, my man. Nothing but the truth.

    One note – let’s reserve the ‘pants’ suffix for Bambino, shall we. Ashley doesn’t deserve to share it with him. He, at least, has standards. (He will only OCCASIONALLY smell his poop, and NEVER eats it. See? Standards.)

  10. Laura on May 31, 2011

    Totally agree with the comments on the Bachelor. Ashley stepped into that hole on her own. HOWEVS: Totally disgusted that “good drama = good television” at the expense of a girl’s heart & at the gain of a jerk who got what he wanted. Blehck. Not sure if I will continue this season. I can’t imagine being in her shoes and having to watch his behind the scenes interviews.

    As far as the dresses go: I compare Vera Wang gowns to clouds: I would happily sit in them all day. SO gorgeous!

  11. Sarah Lightfoot on May 31, 2011

    BEAUTIFUL dresses… my fav is the pink one with the ruffles at the bottom! I love your blogs and read them daily!!

  12. Nicole on May 31, 2011

    i love reading your posts, they are oh so very entertaining. bentley is a tool. he is peacing out next ep i’m almost positive. thank goodness. he has got to go! and i also tuned out before the rose ceremony. sometimes 2 hours for that show is too much. did you watch extreme makeover: weight loss edition afterwards? I got sucked in. that girl worked hard and she looked good!

  13. Lena on May 31, 2011

    HOLY MOTHER OF VERA WANG, those gowns are GORGEOUS. And the flowers, and the fixtures, and the cakes, and even the damn Vera team. I’d like to move into that showroom, please. How do we arrange that?

    I should have held off on reading until I actually watched the Bachelorette, but your siren’s song was too strong. Seriously, MARRIAGE?!?!?!?!?!!?!?????? How many ways can you spell C-R-A-Z-Y? I can think of at least six or seven, and they all start with Ashley.

  14. Koru Kate on May 31, 2011

    Wow, wow and WOW! Those dresses are works of art. I could stare at these photos for days. I can’t imagine how incredible it is to see these beauties in person!!

  15. Emici Bridal on May 31, 2011

    Amaaaaaazing Alison. Those dresses make me want to live in them! What a fantasy it would be.

  16. Stephanie Elizabeth on May 31, 2011

    Lovin’ the lace…lovin’ the lace :-) Vera…I will always love you!!!

    As for Ashley and the Bachelor douches, I mean dudes, not impressed with any of them…snore!

  17. ashley barnett on May 31, 2011

    I am dyingggg over all those ruffles. Ruffles galore! Makes me smile. Maybe one day in a far off galaxy I could afford one of these weddings!

    And I haven’t attempted the Bachelor yet this year. My friend was on the season with Womack… so that was marginally entertaining, but Ashley didn’t hold my interest much.


  18. Caroline on May 31, 2011

    I can’t even stand how gorgeous those dresses are. If I had to choose just one I would go nuts!

  19. BeeCustom Design on May 31, 2011

    Last dress on the right is stunning…….

  20. KrisD Mauga on June 1, 2011

    I luv how you say it like it is! I totally agree!!!! A girl who begs deserves to be walked all over…. really chick? Grow some balls yourself and knock of the whiney crap. No wonder she kept saying last season why does this always happen to me?
    Ok now onto the dresses_ LUV- Alison you are killing me with all the lush ruffles, I want to drown myself in a see of Vera Wang!

  21. Hannah Bass on June 1, 2011

    I wore the most incredible blush organza vera wang for my wedding this past April 30 – after trying on so many dresses – you could not beat the fabric, detailing and craftmanship – i loved every minute of wearing it (and this is coming from the girl that shopped with her master seamstress mother). there’s a reason this lady is classic wedding gorgeousness at its best year after year!

  22. Madison on June 1, 2011

    oh my god the dresses are divine! if i was rich i would just wear these all the time, taking out the rubbish…in my vera wang. going for a jog…in my vera wang. I think life would become so much more fun in vera wang!

  23. Lauren Elise on June 2, 2011

    So much prettiness in one post…kind of can’t handle it. Can I make Vera Wang dresses my daily attire? I want to wear them forever and for always :)

  24. Emma Fuller on June 3, 2011

    OMG!!! so beautiful. Verya Wang dresses are by far my favorite. I actualy have 2 for my wedding. hehhe. which one to wear!!! will have to send pics. Love McPuppypants. as always

  25. Jenny on June 3, 2011

    The dress on the far left of the last photo, with the black ribbon, is my dress! I can’t wait to wear it. It looks ho-hum on the hanger, I even thought the Vera consultant was crazy for suggesting it, but it’s fab. Her dresses are so amazing I worry each time a new line comes out that I’ll love something even more. GAH

  26. Chantal on June 4, 2011

    These dresses are beautiful. I am loving the colored bows around the waist. It really makes the dress pop especially for someone as pale as me. Another style I really like is adding silver beading to wedding dresses. This is a very classy and sophisticated design. Vera Wang makes such gorgeous dresses. I wish I could wear them all!


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