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PRlady
05-01-2012, 01:33 PM
Not to hijack the thread but I've heard Botox will be available in topical application soon for the needlephobes out there.

As to skincare, I go for the pharmaceutical grade stuff like Skin Medica.

My quest for the beach wedding dress continues. I am wimping out on the strapless--I know I will think about it slipping even it's surgically grafted onto me. Corsetry is the only way I wear strapless--probably irrational. And a built-in corset is a bit too much structure for a beach wedding.

Here are the current candidates:

http://a1.zassets.com/images/z/1/5/4/6/9/4/1546946-p-2x.jpg

http://a1.zassets.com/images/z/1/5/9/3/4/1/1593418-p-2x.jpg

http://a1.zassets.com/images/z/1/7/2/3/3/8/1723386-p-2x.jpg

This is going to be a rather conservative (in taste, think NYC where they were black to everything) crowd from the East Coast so the second dress will be an outrage of colors for them. :lol: It would be just right for LA though and makes me think of modern art.

Opinions? I swear I am becoming such a Plastic, can't make my own sartorial decisions anymore. :drama:

This is funny; I'm trying to get my East Coast daughter ready for a West Coast beach wedding and you're helping, since it's clear from your pics that "beach" overrules "wedding" -- these are pretty casual by East Coast standards.

I love the third one but I have delusions of greek-goddesshood. :P

ETA: Is it at ALL possible that this is the same wedding? In two weeks in Santa Monica? I just realized the bride's dad is a Chinese doctor from the Bay Area and it's not beyond the realm of possibilty that you know him! It will also feature a conservative crowd from the East Coast, as the groom, the lawyer-Jewish-jock from Massachusetts, is my nephew.

cruisin
05-01-2012, 02:32 PM
Not to hijack the thread but I've heard Botox will be available in topical application soon for the needlephobes out there.

As to skincare, I go for the pharmaceutical grade stuff like Skin Medica.

Where can you get that? Is it prescription?


My quest for the beach wedding dress continues. I am wimping out on the strapless--I know I will think about it slipping even it's surgically grafted onto me. Corsetry is the only way I wear strapless--probably irrational. And a built-in corset is a bit too much structure for a beach wedding.

Here are the current candidates:

http://a1.zassets.com/images/z/1/5/4/6/9/4/1546946-p-2x.jpg

http://a1.zassets.com/images/z/1/5/9/3/4/1/1593418-p-2x.jpg

http://a1.zassets.com/images/z/1/7/2/3/3/8/1723386-p-2x.jpg

This is going to be a rather conservative (in taste, think NYC where they were black to everything) crowd from the East Coast so the second dress will be an outrage of colors for them. :lol: It would be just right for LA though and makes me think of modern art.

Opinions? I swear I am becoming such a Plastic, can't make my own sartorial decisions anymore. :drama:

I'd love to see you try the strapless, but I can completely understand not wanting to fixate on the dress. I like #1 the best, I like the shape of it. I like #2 and think it would be appropriate for a wedding (even in NY, I'm wearing the turquoise dress to an NJ wedding). I like #3, but I think the fabric looks too causal.


Elie Tahari is my favorite designer; I watch like a vulture waiting for her stuff to go on sale. (I have five of her jackets, they are my wardrobe foundation, and I scored three of them at Filene's, may it rest in peace, and Loehmann's at a huge discount.)

This is what I'm waiting for now: http://www.elietahari.com/womens-designer-clothing/designer-dresses/bethany-dress/E25N1622,default,pd.html?dwvar_E25N1622_color=D3G&start=48&cgid=women-shop-dresses&PathToProduct=women-shop-dresses

Love it! I love Elie Tahari, as well. But, FYI Elie is a he. He is from Israel. Tahari was also a partner with Andrew Rosen. Together they owned/managed Elie Tahari, the lower end Tahari, and Theory. There was some sort of disagreement over selling Theory to a Japanese Company, in 2003. Tahari felt that he was not paid a fair market price and sued Rosen in 2006 (it's still ongoing). Rosen is still the CEO of Theory and just recently hired Olivier Theyskens to design capsule collections for the brand - quite the coup. The group Rosen oversees also owns Rag & bone, Alice and Olivia, & Helmut Lang. Elie Tahari maintains his brand, Elie Tahari. He also is in partnership with Andrew Levine for the lower end ASL Tahari line. Tahari and Levine just formed a partnership with Catherine Malandrino. Probably more than you needed to know :lol:!

As much as I love Elie Tahari, I have trouble with the fit, now. They used to cut for a more boyish shape. But, about 10 years ago they decided that their market was a more curvy figure and completely changed their cut. I can wear their dresses and tops, but their pants and skirts just don't fit me anymore. I now gravitate toward DVF and Vince. I love DVF's color and I like the tight/boxy fit of both. I must admit that I am trying to decide if that teal lace Tahari dress is in my future :lol:! I'll wait for it to hit stores and hopefully go on sale, I don't need it just yet.

Did you see this: http://www.elietahari.com/womens-designer-clothing/designer-dresses/mayla-jumpsuit/E4898632,default,pd.html?dwvar_E4898632_color=E1M&start=1&cgid=new-women-new_arrivals&PathToProduct=new-women-new_arrivals I love it, but I would never buy anything that white! I'd spill something on it and ruin it! :D

ioana
05-01-2012, 02:57 PM
So, while on the subject of strapless dresses and formal weddings, I bought this dress http://completeimageserve.bhfo.com/Gallery.aspx?sku=543170373 (yes, on ebay) for my cousin's wedding in August. She lives in France and the wedding will be in a hall in a castle by the Loire. I'm actually in the wedding party, so I had to go with something formal.

Dress is lovely, but a little big for me in the bust. If I wear it with detachable straps, it's perfectly fine. Would that be ok? They look nice, but like any other bcbg straps not quite as formal as the rest of the dress. Should I just go ahead and get the dress altered? It stays up anyway as long as I tighten the waist, but I would rather be safe since there is a 'dancing hour' scheduled during reception.

cruisin
05-01-2012, 03:52 PM
^^ Beautiful dress! Are they spaghetti straps? That would still look lovely. I would take it to a tailor and see what they can do to take it in. Take it somewhere really good, the ruching, at the waist, will make it more difficult. Another option would be to have some "filler" stitched into the bust area.

cruisin
05-01-2012, 04:04 PM
Just got this in an email. Huge sale on cocktail dresses, thought it was apropos: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/Shop-Any-Time/Women-s-Apparel/Dresses-and-Evening/Cocktail/shop/_/N-52jain/Ne-52ja75/?website=true&rremail=edkmf@aol.com&email=edkmf@aol.com&site_refer=EML5191FFIX

myhoneyhoney
05-01-2012, 04:06 PM
So, while on the subject of strapless dresses and formal weddings, I bought this dress http://completeimageserve.bhfo.com/Gallery.aspx?sku=543170373 (yes, on ebay) for my cousin's wedding in August.

I agree, what a gorgeous dress!!!! I never even though to searching ebay for dresses.

ioana
05-01-2012, 04:08 PM
Yes, they are spaghetti straps. My only concern is I don't want to have them look like bra straps (don't think they do, but depending on how formal the wedding is, who knows?).

That's a good point about asking my tailor. I need to get it shortned anyway, so once my sandals get here I will ask about taking in the bust, as well. Adding in filler might work, but the dress already has some padding of its own. Don't know if I'm ready for the Brumhilde armored breasts look :P.

my little pony
05-01-2012, 04:12 PM
Found this, I LOVE it! It's not in any stores yet, but you could order direct from Tahari. http://www.elietahari.com/womens-designer-dresses/lolly-dress-lagoon-blue/E48UC602,default,pd.html





i got this recently, much cheaper

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adrianna-papell-lace-overlay-sheath-dress/3217574?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_ite=adrianna_papell_lace_overlay_sheath_dress:3 88702&cm_pla=dresses:women:dress&cm_ven=Google_Product_Ads&mr:ad=12528048833&mr:adType=pla&mr:keyword=%7Bkeyword%7D&mr:referralID=NA&mr:trackingCode=B85BF594-2707-E111-8116-001517B1882A&origin=pla

ioana
05-01-2012, 04:16 PM
I agree, what a gorgeous dress!!!! I never even though to searching ebay for dresses.

Oh, as long as you know the designer and size, I had very good luck finding things on ebay. The dress you picked out for the wedding looks very nice. Am partial to purple for brunettes, but am sure either one would look good.

barbk
05-01-2012, 04:32 PM
So, while on the subject of strapless dresses and formal weddings, I bought this dress http://completeimageserve.bhfo.com/Gallery.aspx?sku=543170373 (yes, on ebay) for my cousin's wedding in August. She lives in France and the wedding will be in a hall in a castle by the Loire. I'm actually in the wedding party, so I had to go with something formal.

Dress is lovely, but a little big for me in the bust. If I wear it with detachable straps, it's perfectly fine. Would that be ok? They look nice, but like any other bcbg straps not quite as formal as the rest of the dress. Should I just go ahead and get the dress altered? It stays up anyway as long as I tighten the waist, but I would rather be safe since there is a 'dancing hour' scheduled during reception.

Beautiful dress -- might some sparkly straps (crystals or something) juice up the formality a bit? (Or, do some more significant jewelry?)

IceAlisa
05-01-2012, 04:38 PM
Love the strapless from ebay, ioana. Second the sparkly straps suggestion but if it's loose in the waist, I'd have it taken in nonetheless.

PRLady, the beach wedding is taking place on the East Coast and will be very small. It will take place in a rather informal beach location hence my choices. To be honest, I just love anything with draping and ruching and so I agree that the grey one is likely to be a bit too casual but if it fits, I may keep it anyway. :shuffle:

However, I've had some East Coasters show up on what was decidedly not a casual event (my wedding) in a cotton super casual sundress. So you never know.

The dress you are describing for your daughter sounds about right.

cruisin
05-01-2012, 04:47 PM
i got this recently, much cheaper

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adrianna-papell-lace-overlay-sheath-dress/3217574?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_ite=adrianna_papell_lace_overlay_sheath_dress:3 88702&cm_pla=dresses:women:dress&cm_ven=Google_Product_Ads&mr:ad=12528048833&mr:adType=pla&mr:keyword=%7Bkeyword%7D&mr:referralID=NA&mr:trackingCode=B85BF594-2707-E111-8116-001517B1882A&origin=pla

That is a beautiful dress, it is a knock-off though - http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306 418059&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446463344&R=886115330443&P_name=Diane+von+Furstenberg&N=4294912394+306418059&bmUID=js8sAPS

I like the Tahari one, for me, better. I'm 59, so the one you got would be too short for me. I also like the heavier lace on the Tahria dress, for me. Probably won't get it, I don't have something coming up to wear it. I suppose I could return the DVF dress and get the Tahri one for the wedding in august. But I think the DVF dress can be worn more (and it's cheaper).


Beautiful dress -- might some sparkly straps (crystals or something) juice up the formality a bit? (Or, do some more significant jewelry?)

Great idea for the sparkly straps! Ioana, your tailor might be able to attach something like this: http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/Rhinestone-Banding/ I like the double row rhinestones.

IceAlisa
05-01-2012, 04:50 PM
^^^I love the original DVF in nude.




Great idea for the sparkly straps! Ioana, your tailor might be able to attach something like this: http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/Rhinestone-Banding/ I like the double row rhinestones.

Yes, this would make it even more dressy. Love the idea of blingy straps! :)

cruisin
05-01-2012, 04:53 PM
^^^I love the original DVF in nude.



Yes, this would make it even more dressy. Love the idea of blingy straps! :)

It is a gorgeous dress. As I said, my daughter got it (for our 30th anniversary party) in the dark grey. It is stunning! There is just enough stretch to make it hug, just right (not too much). And the exposed zipper is tres sexy!

PRlady
05-01-2012, 04:58 PM
As much as I love Elie Tahari, I have trouble with the fit, now. They used to cut for a more boyish shape. But, about 10 years ago they decided that their market was a more curvy figure and completely changed their cut. I can wear their dresses and tops, but their pants and skirts just don't fit me anymore. I now gravitate toward DVF and Vince. I love DVF's color and I like the tight/boxy fit of both. I must admit that I am trying to decide if that teal lace Tahari dress is in my future :lol:! I'll wait for it to hit stores and hopefully go on sale, I don't need it just yet.

Did you see this: http://www.elietahari.com/womens-designer-clothing/designer-dresses/mayla-jumpsuit/E4898632,default,pd.html?dwvar_E4898632_color=E1M&start=1&cgid=new-women-new_arrivals&PathToProduct=new-women-new_arrivals I love it, but I would never buy anything that white! I'd spill something on it and ruin it! :D

:lol: I'd never wear anything that white either!

And I AM curvy which is why I love Tahari, your loss is my gain.

I bought a violet-colored velvet blazer at the end of the winter, half price, which is my single favorite piece of clothing I own. :swoon: