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Gift Guide for the Dog Lover

I'm so excited to bring you guys today's holiday gift guide. This one is for all of the #dogmoms out there (and #dogdads). My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Emma (who is currently in a time out for pooping inside...again), but just like our other kids, we still love her. We'd also really love it if she'd quit going potty inside, but that is beside the point. The point is there is no shame in spoiling your sweet fur baby, especially during the holidays!! And while some of these gifts are items for your dog, some are great gift ideas for the dog lover in your life too.


The Dogist 2018 Wall Calendar by Elias Weiss Friedman author of The Dogist, for example, is the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves dogs.



These super cute Christmas Plaid Dog Collars by Mr. Bow Tie Boutique would be the perfect holiday gift for doggies and dog owners alike! Whether you have family holiday photos coming up, or you simply want your furry friend to look festive for those…

Weddings: Shopping for the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress


My best friend and bride-to-be Jessica was kind enough to drive out from D.C. (as she often does) so we could meet up in Frederick, MD. I'm a maid of honor at her upcoming wedding this summer, and we were eager to have me try on bridesmaid dresses so we could see what they look like on. We met downtown Frederick at the TLC Bridal Boutique Inc. It's a gorgeous little bridal shop that offers impeccable one-on-one assistance. We had such a lovely time. Those are my goofy girls in the picture below.


Let's face it, we went in knowing I probably wasn't going to purchase directly from the boutique. I'm on a budget; if I were to pick a designer dress from there, it will be bought from a discount bridal website. I really needed to stay under the $200.00 mark. We knew we wanted to go for the long pleated chiffon look that is so trendy this year, but I'm so glad I tried them on in the boutique. Slight design differences in the pleating made all the difference on some gowns. An extra bit of advice - side zippers are NOT meant for curvy girls!


This one was pretty, but I'm just not a fan of the high empire waist, and I want to be able to wear a necklace, which doesn't go with this type of dress. Though Jess thought she might want to have her bridesmaids in similar yet not identical dresses, so I tried on a million so she could see which ones she really liked before she gave the other bridesmaids the available options. This is the Bill Levkoff #779 gown.


This Bill Levkoff gown #741 was our favorite, though definitely not in this color (and minus my five pound food baby...this was in between Thanksgiving and Christmas). Our dresses will be in navy. This criss-cross pleating over the bodice is a huge trend in bridesmaid dresses this season, and gone are the days of the shiny taffeta and silk gowns. It's all about the soft pleated chiffon. There are some excellent options on Amazon well under $100, though unfortunately none in dark navy.


This Bill Levkoff gown was another favorite, mostly because it made my waste look smaller and my bust look bigger. Now that's a win-win if I ever saw one. It did however have a weird sash thing down one side that I really didn't like, and it was too straight on the bottom. After searching through hundreds of similar dresses online, I finally found one with the side-swept pleating that has a skirt I love as well. Unless I change my mind for the millionth time, I'm going to go with this Mori Lee chiffon gown (pictured below).


The only thing left to figure out is whether to wear my hair up or down. Decisions, decisions.


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  1. Lovely dresses, babe! I love Bill Levkoff- he actually designed the dresses my bridesmaids wore, too! :)

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  2. love dark navy dresses!:) they're so chic and sophisticated! you look gorgeous!♥

    www.Lorietta.cz

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  3. I've been in a wedding party once. We wore suits, with ties and vests in the groom's Scottish clan colours.

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    1. Nothing better than a man in a suit, though I imagine they're not very comfortable.

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