MY NEW FAVE DRESSES + MOMMY TALK | The truth about having a baby. Plus, Lhuillier’s Bliss Collection means affordable Lhuillier!

This post is about Monique Lhuillier’s Bliss collection but I have to talk about life as a new mom first.  Also, baby pics :)

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So.  I’ve been raising this infant I made for a total of eight weeks now, and it’s been interesting.  Well not interesting.  My days consist of feeding, burping, holding and putting to bed a ten pound lump of flesh formed by bringing my bowels to a halt for ten months.  (I was so constipated I could barely walk.)  And because of the sleep deprivation I feel weirdly high at all times but not in a good ‘I’m floating’ way, in a ‘I shouldn’t be driving right now’ way.  But I love her, I do.  So much.  So much it hurts.  It HURTS. how much I love her.  (And this coming from someone who never really planned on having children.)  If you’re a parent or were like really instrumental in raising your younger sibling cause your parents weren’t around much (it happens) then you know what I mean.  There’s really nothing like those little moments with your tiny.  Like her first ‘social smile’.  Or those first coos.  Or when she finally falls asleep in your arms so you can put her the fuck down and get some work done.  Really it’s amazing.

A couple of pics of my cheeky little Miss O to start things off… 

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Fact is, I’m still putting together my birth story for the blog.  Which is taking me forever I think because I have a touch of the PTSD following the experience.  No bueno!  STILL I’m committed to finishing it tho because I need to be able to review all the horrific details whenever I start to feel pangs of wanting another.  Gonna share pics of the little munchkin on this blog as she grows, in addition to the typical wedding related stuff, assuming you guys are into it…..I posted her huge feet on my Instagram recently so that’s a start…..I also still have to post a post about what I packed in my hospital bag and what I actually ended up using (MAJOR research went into it so I’m thinking it could be helpful to future moms), plus the other little-discussed real life stuff related to mommyhood and pregnancy.  Like breastfeeding (HUGE SIGH).  And what pregnancy is *really* like — not the stuff you read on Baby Center or the stuff you hear from your mom who wants you to procreate and so lies to you about how great it all is — the REAL stuff.  For example hemorrhoids.  Constipation.  Stretch marks.  How your relationship changes in certain ways.  Weight gain.  How if you want to have sex you physically cannot at a certain point, and that’s assuming you even want it.  I’d also like to get into which of my fears about pregnancy were valid and which ones were totally ridiculous.  (Very few were ridiculous I’m sad to report.)  Also also- I wanna blog about all the shit that helped me get through my pregnancy more comfortably.  Like drinking a cup of water with Innate Response’s Magnesium 300 powder mixed into it, every day.  Probably would have taken a total of two shits over a nine month period had I not added that drink to my diet.  It was a really intense nine months you guys.  Real real intense.  Also prenatal yoga was esssssennnnntiallllll.  Is there anything in particular you’d like me to discuss?  No shame in this game.

Where was I?

Oh yes, wedding dresses right…

Growing up (will get to the dresses shortly, I promise this has to do with the dresses) we lived on a bit of a hilly incline, seen here sort of:

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{tulip planter from home goods, fyi}

and the two houses to our left sat a bit lower down on the hill.  This meant two things; that everyone came to our house to go sledding in the winter, and that thanks to sound traveling upwards me and my brother could hear literally every private conversation our neighbors ever had if they were outdoors, whether we wanted to or not.  (obviously we wanted to, who wouldn’t want to)

So one day when we were sitting on the back porch, I remember overhearing something kinda sad.  Our neighbors were talking about their daughter’s upcoming nuptials.  They discussed having to remortgage their home to finance their eldest daughter’s wedding.

Which is so STUPID.  Don’t do that.

But yeah so they did that.  And they were feeling the fallout and it’s all a pretty big downer so I won’t dwell.  Peeps have gotta get in their heads that a fantastically expensive wedding is totally cool and dope but *only* when you have the money to blow on it.  Otherwise you’re asking for a huge headache financially, emotionally and relationship-ly.  For what?  For the best goddamned party you’ve ever been to in your life?  Ok actually now I get it.

I feel you, big spenders.  That sounds awesome.

But still don’t do it.  Not because you shouldn’t… but because you don’t HAVE TO.  Take wedding dresses for example.  You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg even when great style and quality are paramount, not when there are new bridal collections falling from the clouds (like they literally look and feel as if made from clouds) created by fabulous designers that don’t cost near what you’d expect those designers to charge you.

Take Monique Lhuillier‘s (takes me 100 times to spell that name every time) Spring 2015 Bliss collection, which I was invited to experience and really enjoyed, on a visual and financial level (they range in price between $1200 and $4500).  These dresses are so bomb.  I want to be buried in one of these dresses.  I want a miniature one of them made for my cheeky cheeks so she can crawl down the aisle with me and we can look like a scene straight out of the Real Housewives (it just feels like something the housewives would do).

Below are the pics I was able to take before I fainted from how much I loved the pics I was taking, mixed in with the professional pics from Lhuillier.  Obvs the pics I took aren’t NEARLY as good as the professional ones but I figured I’d share them so you could get an idea of how the dresses wear in person and not on a photo shoot.  I’ve added style numbers for reference if you wanna get yoself one of these babies..

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I don’t remember what she was saying here but I think it was “and this is my favorite part..wait, no THIS is my favorite part.. no, THIS..” or at least that’s what I was thinking when I was listening to her..

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By the way, she makes dazzling jewelry, too.  It’s kind of great.  I tried on every ring all at once and it was a bad look but I think individually they’d look phenom..

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And the rest are below, because I didn’t have the heart to force the models to try on each and every single dress…

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Any favorite dresses?

And for all the moms out there: OMIGOD THIS WHOLE CHILD RAISING THING IS INSANE.  How’s it going for you?  Any tips??  I could use them right now.

xo, Alison

Label(s): Gowns, Then Comes the Baby Carriage, {Fashion}

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75 comments

  1. Casey on September 16, 2014

    Those dresses = amazing.
    You having a baby = MORE AMAZING!!!! Thanks so much for sharing. And I honestly want to hear it all. ALLLLLLLL the bad stuff. Just had the “do we start trying for a baby” conversation with my dude, and we said yes. YIKES. Excited to hear more from your hilarious point of view!!

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    • Alison on September 23, 2014

      Thanks, Casey! And congrats on having “the conversation” – big steps!!!!!! Will try to be as truthful as possible about what’s in store without being a total party pooper about how it’s all gonna go…… I don’t want to change your mind with my poopooing :)

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  2. Karen Patnou on September 16, 2014

    Yay! Love the baby! Mine just turn 7 months and is now crawling on all fours (no more army crawling) and started pulling himself up! Enjoy :-)

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    • Alison on September 23, 2014

      Army crawling, lol, that’s an adorable description Karen.

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  3. Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} on September 16, 2014

    I’ve been wondering for weeks about whether you had a boy or a girl. Now I know. Congratulations my friend! I’m soooooooooo happy for you. And such a cute baby she is!!!

    Oh, and gorgeous wedding gowns too ;-)

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    • Alison on September 23, 2014

      Hey Stephanie! Yeah I didn’t exactly get around to announcing it privately with an email, that would be too organized of me…. ;) And thank you!!! Miss hanging out :):)

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  4. Amanda on September 16, 2014

    Yay baby and gowns! Both are amazingly beautiful! Can’t wait to hear more, bring on the real story:)

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  5. A Native Bloom on September 17, 2014

    Oh my! Those dresses look gorgeous!!!!

    The little guy is cute too!

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  6. lena on September 17, 2014

    Baby, Bam and beautiful dresses? Welcome back, lovely lady!

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  7. Best Wedding Photographer in Jaipur, on September 19, 2014

    This is very much great and hope fully nice blog. 

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  8. Nicole on September 19, 2014

    HI First off I <3 your blog! And this entry could not have come at a better time. I am currently in the stage of looking for wedding dresses (first appointments are next month- sort of anxiety provoking, esp in NYC). It's so easy to get wrapped up in the glamorous dresses you forget it's RIDICULOUS to spend so much on a dress you wear ONCE… especially when there is a Monique Lhuillier BLISS collection!!! THERE IS A GOD!! Thank you for blogging. I always am the crazy person in the office laughing out loud reading you writing- dating back to Ali from the Bachelorrette! Also, congrats! Your baby is sooo adorable!! I told all my new mom friends to read.

    xoxoxo Nicole

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    • Alison on September 23, 2014

      Nicole you are awesome, thank you for this amazing comment. It seriously makes my effing day to hear this and I love you. Also makes me feel guilty that I haven’t recapped Bachelor/ette in forevs. Maybe now’s a good time to start back up again since I’m up in the middle of the night nursing a newborn, might as well watch some crap reality television while I’m at it. I’m ashamed to say my baby is barely 2 months old and she’s already fascinated by computer screens…… :/

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  9. Laura H. on September 19, 2014

    Dress 1516 is absolute perfection!

    Also, congrats on your new little one, she is precious!

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  10. Vintagediamondring.com on September 20, 2014

    Your photos of the baby are fantastic!

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  11. Wedding Dance Lessons on September 22, 2014

    Ha! I love this post. It’s all so true. Babies turn life upside down in the best and worst of ways! I heart her little puppy rolls, she is scrumptious. But oh, it is about the dresses of course, BL1522 did it for me x

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    • Alison on September 23, 2014

      Love that one too, so gorgeous. And thanks for the sweet words about ma daughts :D

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  12. Allie on September 22, 2014

    Ahhh Allison! Oh how I’ve missed your blog and since I found out I was pregnant (hello big surprise!) I told myself that I must come find your baby story/life with baby story(ies) on your blog. And today I finally did- and can I just tell you I laughed SO hard and instantly realized how much I have missed your words (I fell off the blog world). Anyway- can’t wait to read more. As always, I appreciate and deeply love your honesty- keep it coming otherwise I’ll go bored to death reading granola-mom-nursing books. xo Allie

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    • Alison on September 23, 2014

      Allie congratulations!!!!!! I wonder how far along you are!?! Your comment makes me giddy, it’s so cool to know people going through the same life changes are reading along with me.

      Honesty is the best policy, right? I will do my best, scout’s honor :)

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  13. Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} on September 24, 2014

    BL1518 is stunning and I love it. But, even that dress pales in comparison to your gorgeous baby! Congratulations!

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  14. Prince on September 26, 2014

    Your baby is soooo cute!! I hope me and my wife will have our own baby soon. More power to your blog!

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  15. Raj on September 26, 2014

    Really fantastic photos collection looking so fantastic !!

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  16. Saneesh on September 26, 2014

    All of them are lovely photographs. It’s looking like- all things are happened in heaven.

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  17. Ashley on September 26, 2014

    Hey Alison!! So glad you’re back! CONGRATULATIONS!! I’ve posted lots and lots of baby stuff in the past (I have a 21 month old daughter) so I will keep this brief. PLEASE tell us everything!!! I told you all, you can never accuse me of skimping on the details from stitches to bleeding nipples! I did forget to mention, and your Instagram reminded me when I saw pictures of Bambino; the worst part for me is my dog still doesn’t like my daughter. Yours is probably sweet and loves kids and isn’t a spaz, but there, NOW I’ve told you all. I cannot WAIT to hear your story, fight through the tears and bring it on!!

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  18. Ashley on September 26, 2014

    OK, I read over my previous comments and I think I was a little gushy, rose-colored-glasses-y. Sorry… Yeah, breastfeeding was the worst… I need a commiserator!! BLEEDING NIPPLES!!!!!! SO MUCH LOVE BUT IT HURTS SO BAD!!!!!!!

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  19. Sam on September 28, 2014

    Love the dresses. Always a sucker for the exposed back style. Hopefully my wife picks a dress with that style!

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  20. Saucey Thoughts on September 29, 2014

    absolutely gorgeous dresses!!

    such a wonderful collection, puts my dress to shame !! haha

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  21. Bridal Shower Decoration Ideas on September 30, 2014

    Hello

    What a great blog. Love the pictures of the wedding dresses, and what a cute baby you have. I remember when my two were that small.

    Make the most of them at that age – they grow up way too fast :)

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  22. andrea on October 2, 2014

    the baby is so cute !! those wedding gowns are marvellous..

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  23. Alok Sahu on October 4, 2014

    all these wedding dress is wow. I confused that which dress should buy my bride. All of them are beautiful but i like backless dress. Its looking sexy and beautiful.

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  24. George Ross Photography on October 6, 2014

    They are all absolutely exquisite but Style BL1508 is my personal favorite. Thanks for sharing.

    Regards,
    George,

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  25. janet on October 8, 2014

    I love the wedding dress, and what amazing pictures

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  26. cris on October 11, 2014

    I love the designs of the wedding dress. Simply exotic!

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  27. Zookbinders on October 14, 2014

    Love the wedding dresses, they are beautiful. Adorable baby you have there.

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  28. Photographers for Houston Wedding on October 15, 2014

    Great moments.beautiful bride.

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  29. Beloved Love Photography on October 17, 2014

    gorgeous dresses

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  30. wedding party on October 18, 2014

    I am looking pretty wedding dress for my daughter and then I am searching for many web sites, but there is nothing special without here, really here is a decent collection of wedding attire.

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  31. Jason on October 18, 2014

    Those wedding dresses are beautiful! Great photos!

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  32. Event Organizer In Jaipur on October 20, 2014

    Great this is pretty much amazing post.

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  33. George Ross Photography on October 22, 2014

    A wonderful collection of dresses and nice imagery.
    George.

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  34. Fotograf Piekary Śląskie on October 25, 2014

    fajne suknie, jest w czym wybierac

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  35. Adidravidar Matrimony on October 30, 2014

    What a cute baby! Beautiful babies…

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  36. New Diamond District on October 31, 2014

    I am a regular reader of this blog. I have gone through your article titled “MY NEW FAVE DRESSES + MOMMY TALK | The truth about having a baby. Plus, Lhuillier’s Bliss Collection means affordable Lhuillier!” and it is very interesting. I did not know this before reading the article. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. One Stop Wedding Shop on November 10, 2014

    Great wedding, this look beautiful, really nice pictures!!
    Thanks For Posting!!

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  38. Kasey on November 10, 2014

    That dress is beautiful! The detail is awesome!

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  39. Wedding Invitations on November 12, 2014

    Gorgeous dresses, I love the one with the lace and the open back. Beautiful! And adorable baby!

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  40. Lindsey on November 13, 2014

    Amazing dresses! Thank you for sharing… although I already have my dress, I still love looking at them!

    Beautiful baby as well… good luck, I’m sure you’re doing just fine even if you’re overwhelmed!

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  41. Wedding photography adelaide on November 14, 2014

    Congratulations!

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  42. OutsideTheWardrobe on November 20, 2014

    They are so perfect!!

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  43. Kasey on December 2, 2014

    Those are great wedding dresses! Any would be fabulous!

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  44. Yours Truly Wedding Albums on December 4, 2014

    The wedding dresses are gorgeous!

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  45. pooja on December 5, 2014

    I like this blog.I like all picture.Baby picture is so cute.
    Bridle dress is very nice and bridle pose is also so beautiful

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  46. Wedding Venues Jacksonville Fl on December 9, 2014

    All the wedding gowns are unique and looking gorgeous on yours.

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  47. Janine on December 9, 2014

    LOVE THE DRESSES. number 3 is my fave :)

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  48. Alok_Sahu on December 10, 2014

    nice wedding pics all the pics are very attractive.

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  49. Manish on December 12, 2014

    Ahhhh…!!! Lovely. I just loved these awesome pictures. Love the dress. Fantastic.

    Thanks!!

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  50. Gounder Matrimonial Sites on December 31, 2014

    Congratulations! May you find favour in the sight of our God and may He bless your marriage with boundless joy, fruitfulness and favour.

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  51. Classic Wedding Invitations on January 15, 2015

    Love every single dress!

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  52. Stephanie on January 28, 2015

    Hi, I purchased style no. BL1523 for my upcoming wedding and I am wondering if you know who makes the belt the model is wearing? Is it also Monique Lhuillier? Thanks.

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  53. Alizeedress on February 6, 2015

    This is absolutely gorgeous!

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  54. I absolutely love this collection and it’s so amazing seeing the dresses worn by the models. Stunning!

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  55. Hannah Grant on April 24, 2015

    Those dresses are absolutely divine! Thanks for sharing!

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    • shilpi on July 3, 2015

      . I just loved these awesome pictures. Love the dress. Fantastic.

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  56. HernandezMagdalina on November 2, 2015

    The dresses are so beautiful, the pictures are also very good.

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  57. Kamalesh on March 31, 2016

    Gorgeous dress for the beautiful bride. Love the way bride is captured in that dress.

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  58. Danny Wandelt on April 11, 2016

    Beautiful Dresses!

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  59. Avangardphoto on April 15, 2016

    Great dresses.

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  60. Wedding planners in Chandigarh on April 30, 2016

    Although all dresses are fantastic, but I particularly liked BL1528 and babies are so very cute

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  61. Avangardphoto on May 26, 2016

    Cool post.

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  62. Jake on July 19, 2016

    Thank you so much for the inspiration! Great pictures!

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  63. avangardphoto on September 13, 2016

    Very nice dresses.

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