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Summer Wedding Pretties

I was hesitant to use the word “summer” in the title because technically spring just started. BUT, this is Southeast Texas, so really summer started two days ago. You know what else started this week? Wedding season! I love wedding season! Champagne, cake, beautiful brides, and champagne. What’s not to love?

Lucas’s friend from college is ending his glory days of bachelorhood this weekend so I headed to Nordstrom on Monday to find the perfect dress and shoes. I found the dress and some amazing shorts! The shoes were a total disappointment, but I’ll get to that later. #nordstromfail

I tried on 10 different dresses and narrowed it down to 3 that I think would be perfect for all the weddings of Spring/Summer 2017. Most of the weddings we’re going to are daytime so I wanted to find something other than black. Let me preface these options by reminding y’all that I’m 36 and I don’t do low cut, high cut, cut out, or over cut (short). Nope. I love it on others but I know what works on me and I prefer my cutting to be on steak, not my neck and hem lines. I was so surprised at all of the pretty options out there!

Pretty #1:

ponte dress

I loved this Eliza J dress! I tried it on in this teal color and the royal blue – I decided the blue looked better on me. The fabric is Ponte knit and very thick so it holds its shape well. The back has a pretty gold zipper and the seams are so flattering. This dress runs small so you might want to size up unless you want all your bra line imperfections displayed. At only $100 for a high quality dress, this one is a must!

Pretty #2:

blue ties

I decided to give the cold shoulder another go and try on this dress. It’s very simple and I was going to pair it with a chunky necklace and fun earrings. The dress is gorgeous – the quality is great and it’s well made. BUT, my legs are on the longer side and the entire dress lifts up when you raise your hands…so I had to put it back because I plan on hugging a lot of people this weekend. There’s just no need for indecency at the weddings. Lucas’s friends will do plenty of that. BUT, if you’re south of 5’9″ and great with accessories, this dress is prefect for you! Heck, you bootie lovers might even be able to pair it with the bootie sandals that are all over the place right now (insert eye roll here). It comes in pink and black as well!

Pretty #3 and all her sisters:


Y’all! How amazing is this dress?! SO many choices! There are a total of 10 on the website. The Woodlands Nordstrom only had 2 choices and it’s probably better that way because I might have walked out with all of them.  Once you get past the tags (they are in the side zipper, there was a dressing room incident), it slips right on and you’re in dress perfection land. The top is a thick yet forgiving and concealing knit and the skirt is a silk-ish material. It has a keyhole detail at the top of the back and the sash can be tied in a bow or just knotted depending on your level of Southerness. I’m 5’9″ and the dress is little long on me, so keep that in mind when ordering. It does come in petite and plus sizes so it’s made for all you beautiful mamas out there!

Want to take a gander at which one I chose?


I loved it the most. It’s flattering, pretty, and will be perfect for so many of the events I’ve got on my calendar. I’ll apologize/not apologize now if you see me sporting it more than once – it’s pretty much my new favorite item in my closet!

I also bought these shorts that you need right now:

denim shorts

Trust me. You need them. They are a great color, the perfect rise, and the length is short but it won’t get you talked about at Bunco. Size warning – they run a full size big so order a size down. They also stretch so you can manage Target tantrums in them!

Something I didn’t buy?


I get it. The Woodlands Nordstrom is still building their brand selection BUT holy smokes. They had nothing. I need wedges to wear with the Eliza J dress but they only offer bootie sandals and Tory Burch. That’s it. I tried the bootie sandals and just couldn’t. And I don’t need Tory Burch sandals right now. So I left and headed to DSW to see what they had in an 11…nothing. But I did get another pair of Keds because apparently I’m addicted to comfort. My last stop on the disappointment tour was Macy’s. I found the shoes I want but I couldn’t find anyone to help me so I left with the style name and bought them on Amazon. Here’s to hoping 2 day shipping actually means 2 day shipping!

 Sweet readers out there – where do you find cute shoes? I’m talking sandals and wedges and all things summer! I need help! HELP ME!

I’m beyond excited for this kid-free weekend – hair appointments, baby showers, friends, weddings, and a weekend with Lucas! I’ll post pictures of the final look next week. I’m hoping some of the pretty ladies I’ll see this weekend will let me feature their dresses on the blog as well. 😉

Coming up on the blog? My favorite recipe books, the ultimate guide to kids’ cartoons, how to find a MOPs group, mom hacks, the shiny and pretty world of Stella and Dot, and things you’ll never hear me say (let’s watch Calliou!).

Here’s to pretty dresses and the moments we celebrate in them!

– Katie


7 thoughts on “Summer Wedding Pretties”

  1. Try Marshall’s (Tomball location is off. the. hook!). and TJMaxx for sweet shoes!

    You already know how in love with your dress I am ❤


  2. I feel like this blog is gonna cos me a LOT of $$$$! I bought the dress and the shorts! (Actually, I’d pay almost anything to avoid actually GOING to the store!)


  3. I concur with Marshall’s and TJ Maxx for shoes. Also DSW for an amazing selection and because they send coupons. I just don’t believe in paying a whole lot for shoes, unless it’s black heels I wear to work everyday.


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