Archive for February, 2011

The winner is…

Posted in Uncategorized on 02/27/2011 by Melissa

Proenza Schouler Dress via La Garconne

I’d been eyeing this dress online for a while, but when I stumbled upon it by chance at Barney’s on Thursday evening, I knew it was a done deal. I tried it on, snapped an iPhone fitting room picture, showed it to some friends, and bought it Friday night. Easy, breezy, done. I like the idea of having my dress now and not having to worry about months of waiting and all the different fittings and what-not. All I have to do is find some shoes and have the dress shortened and I’m all set!



A minimalist wedding?

Posted in Uncategorized on 02/21/2011 by Melissa

How about a little Jil Sander for wedding dress inspiration?

Satin Dress via Jil Sander

Cotton Dress via Jil Sander

Ribbon Dress via Jil Sander

Everyone who knows me knows that me favorite dress shape is tent-shape, so that first dress is really, really calling to me. And I have a feeling it wouldn’t be quite as short on me as it is on the model.

I predict that I will still be trying to pick a dress a week before the wedding…



Posted in Uncategorized on 02/20/2011 by Melissa

Do you ever just want to listen to one song over and over, on repeat forever?

Otis ReddingCigarettes and Coffee

I’ve been seriously into Otis Redding lately. I used to have an argument with a friend as to who was the better soul singer: Stevie Wonder or Donny Hathaway – well, I’d like to change my answer (no offense, Stevie.) Maybe I’m particularly susceptible to the blues lately, but there’s something about Otis Redding’s voice that just communicates emotion like nothing I’ve ever heard. Maybe he’s not the most technically gifted singer, but that plaintive tone cuts right down to the bone.


Choices are bad

Posted in Uncategorized on 02/14/2011 by Melissa

Maybe that’s too broad a statement, so I’ll clarify – too many choices are bad, when you’re me and you’re trying to figure out what to wear to your wedding. I thought I had it figured out…

Stella McCartney Dress

It looks quite simple, and it is, but this Stella McCartney dress is beautiful in person and trying it on made me feel super cool and rich, which is a feeling I could seriously get behind. But then I saw this…

Rachel Comey Dress via

Which has a totally different feel, but I also kind of love it. I haven’t seen it in person yet, but it could be a contender.

Then, there’s the whole issue of actual bridal dresses, of which I tried on several the other day…

Sweet Dreams Dress via Ivy and Aster

Oysters and Pearls Dress via The English Dept

Nicole Miller Dress via Nordstrom (This was much cuter on me than it is in this picture – you’ll have to trust me)

I hope you’re starting to see my dilemma – each dress has potential and I have no way to choose. How am I supposed to know what I’m going to want to look like 8 months from now?

But just when there was a lot to choose from, how about even more? Today, Anthropologie launched their new bridal concept, BHLDN, and of course there are several dresses which I’m interested in…

Fondant Tea Dress

Greenbow Lace Gown

Filigree Cupcake Dress

Ugh! How do you choose?? Anyone want to pick for me?


What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.

Posted in Uncategorized on 02/05/2011 by Melissa

Maybe you know this about me, but I love the movie Groundhog Day. Not just because Bill Murray is a genius, but because a lot of the time, Phil Connors and I are soul mates. I’ve seen this movie probably 100 times by now, but it never fails to make an impression. Watching it earlier this week, in my current state of mind, was especially enlightening…

Phil Connors, Channel 9 Pittsburgh

What we have is a man who is miserable. He’s stuck, he’s lost all hope, he can’t find help or comfort from anyone around him, and he cannot have the one thing that he truly wants. We watch him suffer and we wonder how or even if he can get back from the awful place that his life has become.

And then it happens – he realizes that to fix his life he has to fix himself.

I’ve been neglecting pretty much everything these last weeks, lodging myself firmly in the darkest part of my mind, with only the auto-pilot on.

And just like Phil, I’m going to be stuck there if I don’t make some conscious effort to help myself.