Wedding Bells!

My wedding bouquet from my June 2012 wedding

My wedding bouquet from my June 2012 wedding

Today is my brother-in-law’s wedding day!  Remember all of my hat posts?  Well, stay tuned for a post next week to find out what hat I wore to the ceremony!

Don’t forget about the #BBBos giveaway!  Ends on Tuesday!

A few Friday things

wedding 1

We’re coming up on our first wedding anniversary in a few weeks!  This photo was taken after our mini church ceremony on May 5th.

merde

A cheeky umbrella for all the rain we’re expected to get this weekend.

6890413648_7eae333240_o

Getting excited for the Blog Better Boston: Style Summit coming up at the end of the month!  This is a candid of me at their conference last year.

Jacket: Zara (similar) / Pants: J.Crew / Bag : Tory Burch (similar) / Shoes: Yosi Samra

Hats off to Wedding Season!

Wedding Hats

I know, I know…. More hats!!!  But my first wedding of the season is coming up in a few weeks and I have already been told that I can wear a big hat!  (You can’t take it back now!)  I am searching and searching for the perfect hat or fascinator to wear to the ceremony.  I am most likely wearing a bright pink, cap sleeved dress that I bought at H&M in the fall, so I am leaning towards a black or pink hat.  My instinct is telling me to pick a black hat/fascinator, and then DIY add-in a few pink accents myself, that way I can re-purpose the hat again later on.  I also need to make sure that the hat is small enough to carry on an airplane.

I peeked into TJ Maxx the other day, as that is where I bought my fabulous wedding shower hat, but they didn’t have anything I liked.  I’ve also seen a ton of cute hats on Etsy, but I really feel like I need to try the hat on first!  So, I guess I’m still on the hunt!  Speaking of my wedding shower hat, I haven’t worn it since last April.  Maybe I’ll pull it out for Easter this year!

So, what do you think? Pink hat? Black hat? Black hat with DIY pink accents? So many choices!

Mad Hatter

madhatter

I have always loved hats.  When I was a young child, I was always wearing one, whether it was to school, around the house, out to a family dinner, or just running errands with my mom.  Sadly, nobody (besides me) wears hats these days.  I find myself wishing that I was Kate Middleton (or perhaps just British) so that it would be socially acceptable for me to wear a hat at practically every event I attended.  But, alas, I live the the US where wearing a hat is not a popular practice.  Sigh.

To indulge in my hat fantasies, I have tried my best to incorporate them whenever I can. When my mother-in-law offered to throw me a bridal shower last spring, I asked her if it could be a “Mad Hatter” themed shower.  She happily obliged my childhood dream and all of the attendees, including children, wore a hat (see the top left and bottom left photos above!).  I also have planned a tea party each year for my sorority’s Founder’s Day at the whimsy Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge, MA.  You bet each year I’ve worn a fascinator (see top right photo above!).

Summertime is a great time to break out the straw hats, as they tend to be a bit more acceptable here in the States.  I have a million straw hats and Panama style hats, like the J.Crew one I am sporting above.  Not only are they fashionable, but they are also practical and shade your face from the sun! Of course, I can’t leave out my winter hats.  The black knit beanie from Nordstrom was a staple in my wardrobe this winter!

I have six (6!) weddings to go to this summer, but I think I’d be seen as total nut wearing a hat to any of the outdoor ceremonies.  What do you think?

And just because I can’t help myself, here are a few of my Kate Middleton hat and fascinator favorites:

130611-Kate-Middleton-wedding-fashion

Kate+Middleton+Dress+Hats+Decorative+Hat+AGrnx4g_KeFl

Kate+Middleton+Dress+Hats+Decorative+Hat+kjZPUJWo_kkl

Be their {wedding} guest!

wedding guest

Vase / Dress / Bag / Earrings / Heels

I have six (6!) out of state weddings coming up over the next couple of months.  In addition to our travel plans, I have already started to plan out outfits and gifts!   I will see many of the same guests at most of the weddings, so I don’t want to wear the same dress over and over again.  However, I don’t want to go broke buying new dresses all summer.  I will definitely be keeping my eye out for any great deals at some tried and true “wedding guest dress” favorite stores like Nordstrom, Asos, and J.Crew.

I have also been scouring my friends’ registries to get some gift ideas.  However, going through the process myself I have identified some of the “need to have” gifts vs. the “totally useless” gifts.  Something like the Tiffany vase, pictured above, is something I never thought of registering for, yet I received one from my grandmother.  I now use it weekly to display fresh flowers on our kitchen table.  Some other really great gifts were the wooden salad bowl, Riedel wine tumblers, and the Le Creuset French Oven.

How many weddings do you have to attend this year?