under d-ress

September 18, 2009

fashion friday
just like the media diet, i didn’t come up with this concept, either. but i like it!

so i have this wedding coming up (aimée!!), about which i am over-the-moon excited. my best college girlfriends, all united in one place (MAINE!) to celebrate the long-awaited marriage of aimée to eric, who have been together for, oh, about 14 years. YES.

i have my plane and hotel reservations, and i’ve pretty much been counting down in my head to this event for weeks now! but one detail has yet to be determined: wardrobe. the wedding is at a really nice restaurant but is not a ‘traditional’ event, according to the bride. so that all sounds breezy and wonderful and fabulous, but what am i supposed to wear?

a little help here.

now, i already have this pretty rainbow watercolor dress from anthropologie, which i bought in an indulgent fit this past june.

on the hanger

and on me!

but now with the mercury dropping and the days getting shorter, i’m not so sure about this option. should i try to find something that says ‘autumn in maine’ a bit more (and no, i am not planning on lacing up l.l.bean duck boots or anything ridiculous like that), or should i stick with my splashy summer frock?

perusal of the current offerings at anthro reveals a few alternative options. there’s this:

monochromatic corset dress, which i find demure with a twist of punk. maybe not ‘traditional’ wedding appropriate, but awesome nonetheless!

i love the sophisticated look (and stripes!) on the mariner dress, but am not sure what the top ruffle would do for those of us who have some level of, uhhh, boobs. i’m not exactly jessica simpson over here, but still.

finally, there is the understated but OH-SO-GRACEFUL-looking betine dress, which totally says fall to me with its berry hue even with bare shoulders.

what do you think? yes, i’m talking to YOU! do any of these look wedding-ready? or should i stick with my rainbow strapless?

media diet: day 2
i am happy to report that i stuck to my allotted AM blog-surfing time yesterday and emerged no worse for wear. it wasn’t exactly the panacea of productivity that i thought it might be, though, thanks to a random 3 hour nap (OOPS). however, i did read a few interesting articles in this month’s paste magazine (rather ironic since it’s a rag all about . . . media) and read most of an article for work, so that’s good.



workout: rest day!

doin’ time: i think this was the third time i’ve set out to make martha’s fish taco recipe from the summer section, and the ONLY time i’ve actually followed through with my plans! for some reason, i just didn’t want to make it. i think it was my fear of wrestling with a head of cabbage to make the crunch slaw-like topping!

however, the meal was actually pretty good. i used frozen mahi mahi filets from whole foods, making this a good midweek option (ie, no fresh-from-the-grocery-store ingredients required!). the corn fritters on the side were a yummy bonus and tasted like dessert! i think josh had 3 platefuls.

reading: 30 minutes reading the first part of a peds in review article on HIV.


  • Reply claire March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    The rainbow dress is so pretty, but I think that the berry dress is a better fit for a Maine wedding in September. I love Maine!

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Hey doll! I loveeeeee Anthropologie so much–favorite store ever!

    First of all–I think your rainbow dress is not too summery at all. In my opinion, the colors are dark enough to transition to early fall-you could even wear a cardigan with it. However, I, of course, love all the other dresses too. Basically, you cannot go wrong! But, if you want to save money, wear the rainbow–because I think it still works! 😉

    I am going to a wedding this weekend–except I don&#39t get to choose my dress since I am a bridesmaid. Poo!

  • Reply vickie March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    sarah, you can rock the watercolor dress and buy a fun cardigan/shawl.we are going to be a) indoors, b) dancing a lot, and c) possibly inebriated, so as long as you look pretty that will transcend any consideration to season.

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    i like the dress you have. but i also like the monochromatic corset one too. yeah maybe not exactly traditional but like you said: wicked awesome (well maybe not those words but the idea is the same ha)

    and the berry one is a nice fall-y dress, but i&#39d think lots of ppl would be wearing fall-looking dresses…

  • Reply Denise March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    I like the monochromatic corset dress. You could wear it with tights if it&#39s cold. I personally hate to be cold so I would choose something that could be worn with tights. I&#39m sure you would look great in any of them, though!

  • Reply Krista March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I gotta tell ya, I think that betine dress is BEAUTIFUL. What a gorgeous colour….perfect for autumn….

  • Reply talesfromtwocities March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I LOVE the berry colored dress! Looks like it would be a good color on you too.

  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I love the water color dress and think it would be great, but the berry one is my favorite. The monochromatic corset dress is cool, but I&#39m not crazy about it for the wedding. I didn&#39t really like the mariner one.

  • Reply Hannah March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I think I&#39m the first one to like the Mariner dress, I love the "nautical-ness" of it – I also wouldn&#39t worry about the ruffle (I, too, bare little resemblance to Jessica Simpson).

    Just curious, how soon is the wedding? My brother goes to school in Maine and its still in the 70s now, so you may be able to pull of the rainbow dress with a light sweater if the wedding is soon!

    No matter what you choose, it sounds like its going to be a wonderful time!

  • Reply Aimee March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Sarah!! Love ALL of those dresses! Just keep in mind that you WILL need a sweater– the ceremony is outdoors. Later you will be inside, you WILL be intoxicated, and you&#39d better be ready to dance your ass off!

  • Reply Aimee March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    P.S. Check out the food section of the NYT this week– Evangeline was written up in an article about food in Portland. If you want a reservation October 3rd, you&#39re out of luck, bitches!

  • Reply Claire March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I really like the strapless dress, it&#39s super cute and DOES have some fall colors in it. You could always try to find a bolero sweater or something to put over it. I also really like the third "new" dress…I would love to have that one in my closet! Enjoy your weekend.

    PS – I think a media diet would be good for me, too…….

  • Reply Katie Gregory March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    The berry colored dress is fab! That one gets my vote!

  • Reply Jess March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    That dress looks really good on you, which is the most important thing. If you buy one, I love the berry dress.

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