chloe & reese

Twirl Lexington Dress of the Week 7/16/10


My favorite dress this week is actually a line of bridesmaid dresses.  The designer Chloe & Reese has a bridesmaid line called Ardour and it is, in a word, fabulous!  It was specifically designed with the bride and/or or her bridal party in mind.  It's fun and flirty; perfect for the bride who is looking for something unique for either her girls or herself. 

The dress is short.  The bodice is form-fitting with several necklines available including: strapless, scoop neck, v-neck, and one shoulder.  The skirt starts at the natural waistline and is gathered to form a full party skirt that hits 2-3 inches above the knee.  Available in many colors, the fabric is a tightly woven silk faille that holds it's shape very well and really makes the dress.

The best thing about this dress is the fact that it gives you so many options to accessorize, and what girl doesn't like her accessories?  It looks great with some fun & funky shoes (flat or high heel) and/or a brightly printed clutch.  You could also pair it up with some custom jewelry, which could also be the gifts for bridesmaids; I would recommend a slightly chunky, colorful, 15-20 inch necklace.

The dress is very versatile, working for both modern and vintage weddings, and is basic enough to be worn again and again.  It is a distinct look that can work outside of a wedding as well.  For example, Vanessa Minnillo wore this dress to the Kentucky Derby this year.  Ardour has just come out with this dress in both short and long bridal gowns.  Whether the dress is for an engagement party, bridal shower/luncheon, or the bridesmaids, it is a dress that will capture everyone's attention.

Jewelry provided by Sally F. Billings of sallyb.  Clutch provided by Elizabeth J. Sexton of b.jolley.  Both available at Twirl Lexington.

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Tuesdays with Ty - Last week as a single lady!

This time next week I will by lying on the beach with a banana daiquiri in my hand and my HUSBAND by my side!  I cannot believe this is the last time I am writing Tuesdays with Ty before the wedding.  Time has certainly flown by and I am so excited for this weekend!  I have enjoyed sharing my journey with everyone.  Don't worry...I'll be back to update you with photos and wedding day do's and don'ts after we get back from the honeymoon:)   I thought it would be fun to re-cap my fun wedding week attire with everyone!  Brandon keeps asking just how many dresses I will wear because I keep parading out with more for him to critique.  My excuse is that I will only get to be the BRIDE once and I want to make the most of it. 

Beginning on Thursday I plan to start wearing white...because I can.  We do not have any particular event on Thursday other than set up for the rehearsal dinner, but I plan to wear a super cute white sun dress my mom found for me in California!  

 Friday I will have 2 wardrobe changes.  At 11:30 that morning I will be surrounded by all the special ladies that are a part of the wedding for my bridesmaid luncheon at Circa 1840 in my hometown, Georgetown.  For the occasion I will wear an ivory dress by Chloe & Reese sold at Twirl.  Later that day, I will change for our rehearsal and dinner.  Since we are doing a Fiesta theme, my dress is not white...but the festive Shiloh dress in fuchsia and ice blossom print by Thread, also sold at Twirl!!

Rehearsal Dinner Dress by Thread


  Now, for the wedding day!  3 wardrobe changes total!  The time before the wedding will be spent at ChaCha Salon and brunch at Josie's.  Every person that has been in a wedding before knows that you need to wear something that doesn't go over your head when you are changing.  So, while in Nashville on my bachelorette party I found the sweetest white strapless dress that is comfy and perfect for the wedding day.On to the wedding attire!  As you may remember, I am wearing my mother's gown (with new life and style breathed into it).  I am giving you a sneak preview of mom in the original 1976 gown.  Of course,  I cannot post what it looks like now until after the wedding, but I love it and it is so special.  

 For my final wardrobe change of the evening, I will change into a fun short, ivory reception dress by Lynn Lugo (also available at Twirl) after we cut the cake and do our first dance.  I am seriously obsessed with this dress!

On Sunday morning we leave bright and early for the honeymoon and again, I plan to wear white!  Well this one is white and black and has fun flowers at the bottom, but still!  I will be Mexico ready when I get on the plane!Happy Planning!