CELEBRITY DRESS INSPIRATION | Carrie Underwood Edition | Would you wear one of these on your big day?

Aaaaaand… we’re baaaaack!

Yay!  It’s Wednesday afternoon (about 3:45 PM EST because that flight wiped me the eff OUT, y’all) and we’re totally back from California!  (SAD FACE, but also EXCITED FACE, because there’s sooooo goshdarn much coming up on the bliggity that I can HARDLY CONTAIN MYSELF.  So, HARDLY CONTAIN MYSELF FACE, I guess…?  Oh also JET-LAGGED FACE and SOMEONE IN OUR SECTION DEFINITELY HAD BEANS RIGHT BEFORE BOARDING OUR FLIGHT FACE.)

Ok, first, here’s what we did in Laguna Beach, besides attend three days of splendiferous wedding-related activities (which ruled)…

  • sat on the beach
  • sat by the pool
  • generally got tans (I seriously feel 1000% more attractive than usual right now.  I forgot how great it feels to have some color on your face. You might note here that I’m the girl whose high school softball teammates used to tease about having clear children)
  • made the most of our $25 ‘resort fee’ by playing basketball, ping pong, soccer, tennis and running ‘suicides’ after playing tennis because apparently we thrill in torturing ourselves while on luxurious vacations
  • wore dressy outfits and thoroughly enjoyed it
  • ate delicious food
  • checked the iPhone CONSTANTLY  (sorry, honey, I probably did this a little too often)
  • many more interesting/fun/risky/crazy/relaxing things that I can’t recall because I have a terrible memory

So, in other news… did ya miss me?  I missed you.  No really, I did.  Even though the purpose of the trip was to attend a pretty fantastic wedding (which officially boasts one of the longest and most intense horas of which we’ve ever been a part) in one of the prettiest areas of CA, I actually did miss doing what I do every day.  Fortunately, I had the good sense to leave things in the very capable hands of a few of my favorite colleagues, so I was able to get my drink on without worrying in the least bit that things might go haywire here on the homestead.  Aka, I drank heavily.  Aka, I averaged two girlie drinks a night, or, as a NYC bartender once told me, “Bailey’s and milk, eh?  You’re the second person in the world I’ve ever made this for; the first was my mother.”  So, clearly, I’m a baller.  Please note, “drinking heavily” for me is equal to approx. two small glasses of a slightly alcoholic cocktail that appeals to me because it’s like chocolate milk.  Tolerance is the only thing I took with me from my college days.

Anyway, here’s just one example of the MANY, MANY things that made me cringe/sigh/go crazy while we were on our mini vacay:

(via Twitter) “@papergarland: who wants to come over and watch the bachelorette with me? i don’t think i can go this alone. @theknottybride is going to lose it tomorrow.”

Oh. Mygod. Youguys.  I tried to stay up to date on your tweets and I think I caught most if not all of them, and when those Bachelorette tweets started rollin’ in, I WAS DYING.  Here’s the thing: when you’re traveling, you don’t factor in any reality-show-watching-in-the-hotel-room time.  That’s of course on purpose, because you don’t spend half your rent – per night – on a hotel room to actually use the room… if that at all makes sense.  Anywho, when the honey and I read these tweets we were like, “should we scrap everything and watch this right now?”  HAHAHAHA just kidding that is sooo not how it happened.  Here’s what actually transpired –

ME: (internal dialogue) oh EFF.  EFFFF.  I kinda feel like I need to watch The Bachelorette tonight instead of watch the sunset (also a reality show, but it takes place in actual reality), because according to these reader tweets, I’m REALLY going to want to blow my lid over what is apparently transpiring tonight.  I shouldn’t though, I really shouldn’t.  I’m being crazy.  I’m in Laguna.  But I want to stay and watch so I can have a shitfit on the blog.  EFF.”

MY HONEY: “Oh wow… well you’ll catch it on Hulu.”

He was right.  Except it’s pretty hard to “catch it” when it’s 17 hours long, not counting the “outtakes” Hulu shares in addition to the program, which is a two-parter.  So it’s more like “wade through it, patiently, enduring outtakes that don’t deserve the term ‘outtakes’ since I associate ‘outtakes’ with ‘funny’ and these were ‘unbearable’ and ‘wastes of precious time’ that I ‘wish I hadn’t bothered to watch in addition to the program,’ a program which I ‘haven’t even finished yet.’”

So, I’ll wrap up Part Dos and dish on it tomorrow.  I’m kind of pumped for this one.  (I cannot. believe. they roasted her.)


Ok, you guys, I truly used to hate the ‘fashions’ Carrie Underwood would show up wearing to important public events because I thought she was always totally uncharacteristically going for trashy ho instead of down home country girl with a body to match.  Well, something changed in the past few years, and while I can’t pinpoint what it is (stylist), I CAN tell you that I COVET nearly every bit of thread that has the honor to grace her adorable – and recently, pregnant – little frame.

There are a few recent standouts that I’d like to share with you, mainly because I kind of covet them myself, and also because they’re a bit bridal, though certainly not in a traditional sense.  I wonder…

Would you consider wearing one of Carrie’s looks on YOUR Big Day?

1. Mandalay’s Illusion-Top Floral Dress, which Carrie Underwood wore to the Simon Fuller’s Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony (same ceremony Victoria Beckham rocked that frown, as impersonated by Bambino)

2. Blush strapless Randi Rahm floral frock, which she wore at the CMA Awards.

3. The nude creamy Hervé Léger by Max Azria gown she wore to an event at the Points of Light Institute in D.C.  This Hervé Léger is, like most, extreeeeeeemely figure-hugging, but somehow comes across as conservative and just the slightest bit sexy.

And finally, I simply HAD to share a gorgeous sheer-backed Claire Pettibone wedding gown I found on Pinterest – I *think* it was my girl Sofia of Brancoprata who pinned it…


So, pray tell, what are your thoughts?  Are you digging the nude/blush look for Spring/Summer frocks, and do you have a favorite?  Or maybe you HATE THEM.  Feel free to share.

I happen to think they’re a great way to get your sexy on without being all whorish about it.  ← kind of IDEAL?  Methinks.

By the way, did you miss me?  Giggle.

xoxo!  – Alison

Images: WireImage / Getty Images / Claire Pettibone dress by Mi Belle Photography

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  1. Nicole on June 8, 2011

    totally can’t wait to hear what you have to say about the bachelorette. i was wishing i could read your commentary on tuesday after bentley acted like a total D.
    as for the dress – i would love to wear the second one, the blush short one. thats gorgeous. did you see the prom ep of glee where lea michelle wore a tea length poofy blush colored dress? i loved that one too :)

  2. JenW on June 8, 2011

    # 1 is my fav. I would totally rock the first dress!

  3. i love carrie underwood and out of this whole post i took away – wait, she’s prego?

  4. Alison on June 8, 2011

    Nicole – as I continue watching it… I can’t wait for you to hear it, either. ;)

    Jen – #1 is freaking BEYOND. Someone on Twitter said they love it, and prefer where the dress falls on the leg on the model more than Carrie. I fully agree with that; it hits funny on Carrie, but I’m sure that just means the model’s 8 feet tall. :)

    Jacin – I love her, too. Whole household does :) She’s pretty awesome, save occasionally for her taste in clothing, but overall, she rocks so hard. And re: the prego, believe it or not, it was my honey who told me that a week or two ago. I said something about her belly looking un-Carrie-like and he explained. Sometimes – very, very rarely, but sometimes – he seems to be more tapped into this celebrity stuff than I am. ;)

  5. J (SparklyLove) on June 8, 2011

    So glad you are back!!!! Hurry up and finish Bachelorette so we can all talk trash about Bentley/shake our heads at Ashley for believing a dude who she was warned about ahead of time.

    Also, holy crap i love the back of that last dress!

  6. rachel thomas on June 8, 2011

    thank god you’re back

  7. Sarah on June 8, 2011

    I am all about the illusion neckline at the moment. Love it on everything with a neck.

  8. Alison on June 8, 2011

    J – Aww thanks! I’m happy to be back, too! I missed gabbing with all of you! Also, ME TOO. I am dying over it!

    Rachel – *blushing*

    Sarah – Illusion necklines are for reals the bomb diggity. I can’t get enough either.

  9. Elle on June 8, 2011

    You know I’m super glad you are back and all, but where the frack is Bino’??

    Come on now… you know better than to deprive us of Bambino pics!?!

    Also, love the first carrie dress – it’s gorgeous. She looks like she has love handles in the Herve dress (still stunning, and she obviously doesn’t, but it’s a weird cut)

  10. BeeCustom Design on June 8, 2011

    Love the short one with flowers on the the skirt……but no Bambino pics?????

  11. Moira on June 8, 2011

    I’m obsessed with the C. Pettibone. Can’t look away. It’s my dream gown. Search over!

  12. Katie S. on June 8, 2011

    Ahhh, if he’s right then you are fo sho spilling the beans first bc I couldn’t find anything else with a C. Underwood prego reference!

    Also can’t wait for your Le Bachelorette thoughts tomorrow! =)

  13. Wrapped Couture on June 8, 2011

    I would wear that shear backless dress in a heartbeat. That’s so my style and personality; just the dress I would wear if I were getting married. I have NO idea Carrier Underwood was pregnant. I totally missed that news! Your posts are so entertaining and I laugh through the whole thing, always. Thank you.

  14. Jennifer Rea on June 9, 2011

    What a hilarious post. You have me cracking me up about your vacation! These photos of Carrie are gorgeous. Just love her!

  15. Yen on June 9, 2011

    LOVE her uber feminine dresses. Totally tasteful with juuusst a lil’ edge to them. Gorgeous post — thanks!!

  16. Chris on June 9, 2011

    Carrie Underwood is NOT pregnant. Did you see her on Idol singing Before He Cheats with Alaina? No baby bump there.

  17. KD on June 9, 2011

    She’s an extremely petite woman. I worked in a showroom once and she came in with her stylist and she might have been a size 2. Not unhealthy at all, just really small framed. She knew exactly what she liked and what looked good on her which was nothing we had. hahahahaha

  18. Laura *You Stir Me* on June 9, 2011

    oh hi – just me coming out from under the rock I’ve apparently been in because I had no idea Carrie was pregnant. My husband always updates me on the latest Carrie news because he’s still convinced if she ever saw him, she’d ditch her beau and come live with us. Pretty sure I’d get the couch. Anyways, totally glad you’re back and can’t wait to hear more about the wedding goodness you got to be a part of out in Laguna!

  19. bryan on June 10, 2011

    love these dresses

  20. Kate/MagnoliaRouge on June 13, 2011

    Love those dresses… that bottom one with the lace back is utterly divine!! And Kahlua & Milk…. line ‘em up!! Favourite drink… and it so is like a damn good chocolate milkshake!


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