Fall Wedding Wear and Giving Up My Flat Iron

Before and After

When I took these photos I thought it was a cute before and after, but after editing them, it looks like one of those diet before and afters. You know the ones–when the before photo is dark and unhappy and the after is all bright and smiley? I can assure you I am happy and the same size in both. OK, onto what I’m supposed to be talking about: What I wore to Molly’s wedding last Saturday!

Picking out an outfit for this wedding was hard. I played with wearing a long dress and even pants, but I ultimately settled on a little black dress by a brand called Jax. To say I settled is wrong, because I spent weeks hunting for the perfect dress. I bought a blue one that was more summery, but finding the right cardigan to go with it was next to impossible, so I returned it the same day I found the one I ended up wearing.

Let’s talk about the shoes for a minute, because something very strange happened when I shared on Gchat and Twitter that I was looking for, “A pair of nude heels that are 4″ and do not look like stripper shoes.” All of a sudden everyone from friends I talk to every day to people I hadn’t heard from in months started sending me links and making suggestions. There was a very strong camaraderie around the struggle to find tall shoes that are elegant and sexy, but at the same time do not cross over into stripper territory. If you’ve been to the store lately, you know what I’m talking about. I ended up buying a pair of Jessica Simpson heels from DSW. I’m consistently shocked by how much I like her clothing line and shoes. And yes, I just admitted that. I like Jessica Simpson and I like her clothing and accessories line! Please don’t take away my fashion card!

For makeup: It’s a very long and complicated process that maybe one day I’ll make a video about, but the main things you need to know are: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation and Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, which I swear is magical and looks good on most anyone. This photo, however makes me realize I should stop flat ironing my hair. Why? because I don’t think it does anything for me aside from make my hair look neat, tidy and, yes, boring. I think this winter I’ll spend some quality time with the curling iron instead. I try to lay off the heat for the most part, so don’t worry. I have a lot of hair.

How long did David take to get ready? Maybe 20 minutes. We both had an amazing time at Molly’s wedding, but I regretted not doing the Dollar Dance at my own wedding after watching how much fun it was. I guess my blood runs more Italian than Polish. I’m not sure they do the Dollar Dance other places, but the premise is you pay a dollar to dance with the bride to some polka music. Then at the end of the song, the groom has to break through all the guests. We do strange things in Pennsylvania.

  • http://chicbeautytips.com Marisa Anderson

    Those nude heels are so adorable! Luv them. They look soo nice paired with the black dress. Totally cute!

    • http://thosegraces.com Courtney

      Thanks Marisa!

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  • http://forthoseabouttoshop.ca Laura Connell

    Hey I love Jessica Simpson clothing and shoes, too. You are not alone.

    • http://thosegraces.com Courtney

      Well, that’s good at least! :)

  • http://www.getfiercestyle.com MJ

    Love the dress, especially with the heels! Yes, I was shocked on how much I like Jessica Simpson’s shoes, especially the pumps. As for the flat iron, giving it up for me has been super liberating and less stress too! It sucks when you spend all that time ironing your hair only for it to frizz up when you walk out of the house! LOL.

    • http://thosegraces.com Courtney

      Thanks lady!

      Luckily my hair doesn’t frizz up too much in Boston. However, in South Carolina, there was really no point to flat iron since the second I entered the outside world, the humidity took hold and my hair got very wavy/curly. Here it’s pretty straight, which is kind of sad/boring.

  • Lydia

    PS JCrew’s means of styling hair all messy has thoroughly, thoroughly liberated me. Messy, messy, messy.

    • http://thosegraces.com Courtney

      It’s the way to go most of the time!

  • Lydia

    I have so much hair that my hair girl (fancy name, right?) has to schedule me for double appointments to get everything done, and it takes about 20-30 minutes to dry my hair. Needless to say, I’ve stopped straightening my hair and learned to just DRY it really well. That and not wash it for three days at a time. I’m totally toying with the idea of grabbing one of those newfangled curling wands with no clip – do you have any experience with those suckers?

    • http://thosegraces.com Courtney

      LOL Hair stylist, hair cutter, hair girl. It’s all the same! I have the same issues with my hair. My entire life, it’s take about 30 minutes to get it dry at the salon and probably closer to an hour at home. I’ve taken to just drying it 2/3 of the way and then letting the rest air dry. I think having it shorter helps, but I miss my long hair so I’ll probably grow it back out in the next few months.

      I have seen those wand curlers, but I haven’t tried them! The thing I don’t like about them is that you have to be very careful not to burn yourself and I think you’re supposed to wear a special glove. Anyway, my thought is that curling irons have existed for for over 100 years and if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. However, if you try it, let me know if it works! :)