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Every night before I drift off to sleep, I either voluntarily or involuntarily participate in what I call my pre-slumber worryfest.  It’s very simple; instead of sleeping, I worry about shit.   {Continue reading…}

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SHORT DRESS LOVE + THE BACHELORETTE | When it comes to the wedding day, is a short dress… acceptable?


Good afternoon, darlings!  I hope I’m posting this one late enough; it’s 6:00 PM EST, and I uhhh, well, I think you know what that means…

.. Before I tell you what it means, let me just mention real quick that this post is actually about wearing a short dress on your wedding day, so I’m excited to hear what your opinions are on that…

Ok, now, here’s what it means: {Continue reading…}

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SILK ORGANZA VOULANT RUFFLES, ANYONE? | Romona Keveza Bridal Collections | Fall 2011 Runway, Legends + Couture

A post professing my love for Romona Keveza‘s latest bridal lines should not surprise you.  I’ve featured her gorgeous creations enough times in the past to make my affection and adulation for this powerhouse designer quite obvious.  And – shocker! – she blew me away yet again, this past weekend. {Continue reading…}

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GOWN OBSESSION | southern bridal session | Dress: Romona Keveza | Photos: inContrast

Hey lovelies!  How were your weekends?  Were they fun-and-firework-filled?  Here’s what mine consisted of: Cheesecake Factory (obvs.), family, rest and relaxation, crazy hot sunshine in our faces, ridiculously awesome fireworks we brought back from a trip to PA (omigod lighting fireworks is my new favorite dangerous experience), and… as many of you already know… Slip N Slide.  That’s right; I wasn’t kidding on Twitter when I said we were having a Slip N Slide competition.  However, the outcome of said competition was not nearly what I expected it to be.  And when I say not nearly, I mean I injured myself on each run.  I didn’t even realize it was possible to injure yourself on a Slip N Slide.  But I have the tummy, left thigh and right knee bruises to prove it.  I’m a wreck.  From Slip N Slide.  Like, my sweetie can’t even hug me without accidentally hurting some part of my body.  It’s a lot like this feeling.  But I came away with some good pointers and general information for those of you who plan to take on the slippery slope:

  1. they don’t make ‘em like they used to.  I suggest lining the underside of the slick mat with old towels, to cushion your ride.  The plastic is waaaaaaay thinner and the slickness is waaaaaaay slicker.  The boy went from start to finish in 1.8 seconds (estimate).
  2. those plastic spikes they include in the box to anchor the mat?  Don’t use ‘em.  Especially if you can’t manage to punch them in far enough so that they don’t stick up out of the ground enough to clip your hip bone and drag along your thigh like it’s their sole purpose on your way downslope.
  3. you know tree roots?  Don’t lay your slide on a section of land where those are.
  4. are you 7 years old?  Me neither.  Unfortunately only one of us was cognizant enough of that not to participate in a Slip N Slide competition this weekend.

Anyway… I’M OBSESSED WITH THIS DRESS: {Continue reading…}

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REAL WEDDING [ENVY] ❦ ashley + derek ❦ Photos by Stephanie Williams

There are no words.

But I’m gonna try.


Listen, if there’s one thing you all know about me, it’s that I’m never, ever, eeeeverrrrr at a loss for words.  I’m a writer; words are my friends.  But with this wedding, I’m struggling to keep my jaw off the floor long enough to form a coherent sentence.

Jewelry-wise, bouquet-wise, dress-wise, tan-wise, everything-wise.  It’s all chanting my name.  Alison.  Alison.  Seriously, if you were sitting next to me right now, you’d think I was touching myself, what with the oooohhs and aaaahhhs that are pouring out of my mouth.

I’m truly in awe of every last bit of this affair, and I will still be in awe in the days and weeks that follow this single post.  Because this is one of those rare moments when something that’s just too good to be true… is actually a real wedding.

I’m gonna say it – if I had to choose only ten weddings to take with me to a deserted island, I dare say with real conviction that this chic, stunning affair would be among them.  The design touches – and, more importantly, the brilliance that Stephanie Williams employs in documenting them – just straight up take my breath away.  This wedding turns the volume up to eeeleven.  It’s just that good.

Here are some words from Stephanie:

Ashley + Derek are two wonderful people!  They were married at the lovely Mary Star of the Sea church in La Jolla with reception at the Darlington House.  We had so much fun documenting their wedding day, which was filled with family + friends – lots of dancing and a little Southern flare! Stephanie + Heather from Amorology did an amazing job coordinating the days events and all the lovely decor! Amazing cakes + desserts by Sweet Cheeks Baking Company.  Gorgeous wedding dress by Anne Barge.  Flowers by KLF FloralBlue Breeze Band kept all the guests dancing! Delicious food by Tapendade.

You MUST head over to Stephanie Williamsblog to check out the rest of this wow factor wedding.  MUST.

I truly hope you love this one as much as I do!  But seriously, do you love?  I’m dying to know how you guys are feeling about this wedding.

Ooh, and quick note: doesn’t her dress look a bit like the white version of the Romona Keveza stunner I featured here (tippity top) and (OMG) here?  *Sigh.*  Totally obsessed.

xoxo!  -Alison

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BLACK GOWNS WITH BIG IMPACT ❧ I {heart} romona keveza ❧ I am Woman… Watch Me Lure

So, because of the overwhelming reaction I received to a recent fashion-focused post (which was a bit surprising to me, if I’m honest), I’ve gone ahead and gathered a bevy of beautiful dresses – all of them current favorites in my book and, more importantly, all in the color of night.  I think – no, I KNOW you’re going to LOOOOOVE them.

Recognize that one?  Yep, it’s the one used in Jose Villa’s magnificent photo shoot.  Black gowns are stunning when done right.  And if you’ve been searching (all your life, like me) for that perfect little – or long – black dress, have no fear!  These days, there’s no shortage of great design out there.  Just try a few of these on for size.  They’re all from leading bridal designer, Romona Keveza, a woman who has a firm grasp of the female form… almost as firm a grasp as these gowns do.

Not sure of the style number of this one, which is sucky because it’s my fave of the bunch…






So, what do guys think?  Would you wear one of these beauties down the aisle?

Photo credits: Romona Keveza

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