Everything You Need to Know About Bridal Shoes for Your Wedding

Everything You Need to Know about Bridal Shoes

Here is everything you need to know about Bridal Shoes for your big day!

 

Timing

Which came first, the wedding dress or bridal shoes? For long dresses, you should have your shoes before your final dress fitting to get the hem the right length.  Most Brides select their wedding shoes after finding the perfect dress.  I bought my shoes before my dress, they were just perfect!  There really is no exact time to get your shoes.   Continue reading

Prom Dress – wear it again

I loved my Senior year Prom dress!  It was red statin, strapless sweetheart neckline, with a front slit.  It fit me perfectly and looked amazing.  After prom, I kept it in my closet even though I “knew” I would never wear it again.  Boy, was I wrong!

Prom Dress Tips to Wear it Again

My freshman year at University I was invited to Homecoming Fraternity Formal with friends.  I needed a fabulous formal gown, but I was a broke college student and did not have any extra money for a formal dress.  I wore my beautiful red prom dress to Homecoming.  I already had the shoes and accessories to match.  No one from my High School was there, so it was new to everyone else.  I spent zero money on a fun night out with friends.  My prom dress became a two-fer (two wearings for the price of one) dress at that Homecoming!

Still not able to part with my gorgeous gown, back to my closet it went.  Then, Christmas rolled around and I was invited to a couple Holiday parties.  I was able to splurge on a short faux fur jacket and then wore my festive red dress to the fanciest party.  I accessorized my dress with a pair of black heels and black bag that I already owned, which gave me a completely different outfit.

A few tips when buying a dress to ensure that you will be able to wear it again:

  1. Classic styles have a long shelf life. Avoid super trendy colors or cuts that will prevent ever being able to wear the dress again.
  2. Pay attention to the fabric. My Senior prom dress was a light weight satin and could be worn year round, just add a tights or pantyhose and a jacket for winter.  A dress from my Junior year was velvet and I only wore it once (as a holiday formal) because it was so hot.
  3. High quality garment that will still look good after multiple times being washed/dry cleaned.
  4. Mix and match shoes, purse, jewelry, hair style, jackets/wraps, and other accessories to give you a unique look for the same dress. This will keep you loving your gown and feel like a new outfit each time.
  5. Avoid messy foods that will stain or damage your dress. Apply cold water immediately on spots, know these tips to get the stains out, and wash or professionally dry clean after each wearing.

Immediately after Prom, or a couple years later, I could have sold my prom dress.  I was able to save more money wearing that dress a few more times, than I could have sold it for.  During High School and college, I loaned a couple of my dresses to friends attending a function at a different school.  We were frugal and looked great doing it!

A former customer loved her prom dress so much, she was looking for suggestions to wear it again for her wedding!  Your Prom dress can be worn multiple times, upcycled into a different garment, used as part of your Halloween costume, or loaned/sold to someone else to enjoy.  Whatever you decide, your gown does not have to be a wear it once item.

Simple Tips to Upcycle Your Prom Dress

Prom season is here!  Check out these helpful hints for buying your Prom Dress.

Simple Tips to Upcycle Your Prom DressAfter Prom, you may consider selling your Prom dress while the style is still current and to make room in your closet for other things.  Or, you may just not want to part with your beautiful frock – so Upcycle it!  You can repurpose your dress into another fabulous outfit.

A former client loved her Prom dress enough that she upcycled it into her wedding gown!  Try different fabric spray paints (continuous spray are better than pump) or dyes for a totally different color or pattern.

A hem transforms a long dress into a semi-formal cocktail dress or skirt, like this example from New Dress a Day.

Keep the skirt and ditch the top, another New Dress a Day example with instructions here.

Or, maybe you are just not ready to drastically alter your dress – accessorize it for other events!
Pexels_dress1Get a little inspiration from your favorite store for layering options.  Lace tops over strapless dresses offer a more casual look.  Or, try a sheer tee shirt over your dress.  Switch up the top from your favorite full skirt!

Add a jacket or cardigan sweater.  Try your dress with various belts or a coordinating scarf.

Experiment with different items in your closet.  It is amazing how many different ways your Prom dress, or any special occasion dress, can be worn!

How to Survive an At Home Jewelry Party

Every few months I am invited to an at home Jewelry Party (or candles, Tupperware, purses, cooking gear, etc) and most of the time I fake an illness to get out of them.  Seriously, do I need any more candles, exotic pans, nesting containers?  But, I do love the purses and costume jewelry parties – I just need to approach them with caution, and a plan.How to Survive an at home Jewelry Party

Lia Sophia

Lia Sophia

Basically, the “retail” price listed for any item is usually double what you would pay for a similar item in a retail store.  Then, the store will have a sale or coupon, so it can be even less.  But, the at home party often is hosted by a friend usually serving wine.  So I go, ready to shop, and have some wine with friends.  There are 3 ways to survive these parties (if you think of others, please let me know).

First, is the minimalist approach.  A friend of mine would attend these parties with $20, no checkbook or credit cards.  Then she would select 1 item that she could purchase with her cash.  She bought a lot of small, overpriced items.  But, she never spent more than $20.  This is easier for candles and cooking gear, but an updated $40 budget may be easier.  And, they usually do not have the product for “cash & carry”, so there is a shipping fee for each purchase, which can ruin the $20 budget because you need an extra $3 to pay for shipping (often shipped to your friend hosting the party, not always directly to you).

Charmed One necklace

Lia Sophia

Another approach is to find out the special deals for maximum shopping.  The latest jewelry party that I attended was offering a deal of buy 2 full price items, and get up to 4 items half price, where the full price items could be your LOWEST price items.  With this deal, you spend far more than the $20 or 40 budget in option 1, but you get way more bang for your buck (close to or less than retail anywhere else).  I bought 2 full priced earrings (both over $20 each), and 3 half price necklaces.  I could have bought another item at half price (up to 4).  If you can combine your order with a friend, then you could really get a good deal (the party sales people hate it when you do this, and some do not allow it).

Park Lane Hostess Collection

Park Lane Hostess Collection

The third option is to sign-up to host your own party.  You may get an immediate discount for a purchase that night, then you get “Hostess Credit”, free gifts, hostess-only items, and other discounts (some in the 50-60% off range, making purchases less than average retail price) for having people over to you house.  The immediate hostess incentive to book a party was any item valued at $100 or less could be purchased for $15.  But, hosting a party involves cleaning the house, serving food & drinks, and pressure on your friends to come over & buy stuff.  Most of the incentives are based on how much stuff your friends purchase, total attendance, booked parties from PC Consultantyour party,and anyone who signs up to be a sales person.      If you can co-host a party with someone, then this really takes pressure off of you and it may be easier to get people to show up.  The party sales people usually HATE this.

If you are invited, plan your strategy, have a snack and some wine, and have fun.  Or, tell everyone that you have a highly contagious illness.

How to Survive an at home Jewelry Party or Shopping Party

How to Survive an at home Shopping Party

Wear a Scarf

Hooray for winter!  It is finally cold enough to wear a scarf.  There are so many types and sizes of scarves to choose from, the style options are endless.  These little accessories can transform your outfit into chic, funky, classic, dress it up or down, and so much more.  And of course, they can help keep you warm on these chilly winter days (or nights).

I am always looks for a new and creative way to wear my scarves, so here are some ideas for you.

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A friend was kind enough to send me this clip demonstrating 10 different ways to wear a scarf.  There are a few more ideas here, and another 50 ways to tie a scarf of all shapes and sizes!