Wedding Wednesday: What Should This Reader Do With Her Unused Wedding Dress?

Today, I’m answering a question sent in from a reader, just like you!  Kristine asks:

I have a wedding dress that I bought when I was with my ex-fiance, but the wedding was called off. Now I have an amazing Maggie Sottero dress hanging in my closet, and don’t know what to do with it.  My mom wants me to hold onto it for my next wedding (whenever that is) and maybe just change it up a little, like adding a colored sash or something.

I am split on making my decision. On one hand, I already have a dress, so thats one less expense down the road. On the other hand, that was a dress purchased for the wedding of my ex.  What do you think? Should I hang onto it, and just alter it in some way? Or sell it and get a whole new one when that time comes?  What did you do with your dress after the wedding?

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Kristine, I can see how this would be such a tough decision!  It’s so much more than a dress— it’s a super emotional symbol of your past relationship, and that’s hard to part with.  But the truth is, that wedding dress was meant for a different wedding, a different man, and a different you.

You’re supposed to feel like a million bucks on your wedding day.  It’s an exciting new chapter and a time to look to the future.  Personally, I know I’d feel pretty uncomfortable wearing a dress that reminded me of a past relationship.  And there certainly shouldn’t be any pressure from your mom to hang onto it if that doesn’t feel right to you!  Just like the rest of your wedding day, the dress you choose is up to you and should reflect what you really want on your big day.

If selling your dress feels right to you, there are a few places you can list it.  Plenty of brides peruse Craigslist for wedding-related needs.  But you can also visit Preowned Wedding Dresses and Wedding Bee Classifieds, which will give it lots of exposure.  To save on wedding expenses down the line, you could always put the money you make from the gown into an account that’s earmarked for another dress when the time comes.

Hope this helps, Kristine… best of luck!

What do you think Kristine should do about the wedding dress in her closet?  Did I give her the right advice, or do you think she should hang onto the gown?  Help her out by sharing your opinion in the comments!

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Spring Hairstyles

I cut off all my hair in December, and now I’m having fun letting it grow out and trying out new styles.  I’ve been amping up my Winter wardrobe with bright colors lately in anticipation of Spring, and now I’ve got my sights set on fun hairstyles for the warmer months.

Here are some hairstyles that are inspiring me as my hair gets a little longer:

{slicked back with braided bangs}

{highlighted and tousled}

{tied up in a vintage scarf}

And here are a few that I’m hoping to see my long-haired comrades rocking this Spring & Summer:

{half-up halo braid}

{flowers woven into updos}

{big, glam waves}

What hairstyles have you inspired as we near the warmer months?  Do you change your hair color with the seasons?  And how long is your hair at the moment?  (Longer than mine, I bet!)

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DIY Skinny Trousers

Sorry for the late post today, sweet readers.  Lots going on today…

I wear skinny jeans almost exclusively, but it can be hard to find the perfect-fitting pair.  I have wide-set hips and thinner legs, so most pants end up being either too tight around the waist or too baggy on my knees.

I’ve been coveting a pair of coral skinny trousers with a bit of slouch, so they can be dressed up or down.  But my budget is tight and my body is not model-thin.  The solution?  I made my own!

I started with a pair of coral bootcut pants, $29.95 at H&M.  I bought them a size up so that they’d be a little slouchy up top.  Then I got to work.

I turned the trousers inside-out, so that I could pin and sew them.

Starting at about the knee, I pinned the inseam close to my leg to simulate the fit of skinny jeans.  I gave myself a 1/2″ or so of room so I could slide them on and off.

Then, I sewed along the line I’d just created with my pins.  (You could always use a little fabric chalk to draw your line ahead of time if you’re worried about being able to sew in just the right place.)

Here’s the before and after shot (the leg on the left of the screen is pre-sewing and the leg on the right is after!)

And here’s the final product!

This project took half an hour and now I’ve got new pants that fit me perfectly!  Not too shabby, eh?

Have you ever altered pants to fit you just right?  (Or any other articles of clothing?)  Think you could manage this sewing project?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Have An Adventurous Weekend!

Ugh, I’m a little under the weather today, my sweets, but I’m hoping to get better quick because I’m doing something majorly exciting tomorrow: I’m going zip lining!  I’ve always wanted to try it, and I’m super nervous/excited.  Have you ever been?

This made the grammar nut in me smile :)

I’m pretty sure this is the sexiest bathing suit ever.

Heart-shaped elbow patches make me swoon.

Removable & customizable wallpaper?!? Perfect for renters! {via YAMF}

Would you hang this in your bedroom?

I think I’ll attempt this maxi skirt tutorial next week.

Dream room.

Great tips for using a curling wand.

Love these studs!

This girl is insane… and super funny!

See you back here on Monday! xo

What are you up to this weekend?  Anyone else trying something new and exciting?  Have you ziplined before?  (Is it terrifying?!)

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How To Make The Yummiest Salad EVER!

Seriously, this will even make salad-haters reconsider…  and, bonus: it’s SO easy to make once you have all the ingredients on hand.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-a bag of leafy greens

-a green apple

-dried cranberries

-candied pecans

-crumbled gorgonzola cheese

-balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Step 1: Pour a few tablespoons of the balsamic into the bowl before you add the other ingredients (about 2 tbsp. per serving).  My mom taught me this great trick— it keeps the salad from getting soggy and over-doused in dressing after the fact!

Step 2: Add the leafy greens next, followed by the toppings (about 1/8 cup of each topping per serving).

Step 3: Toss & enjoy!

This salad is my go-to for diner parties because it’s always such a hit.  And lately, I’ve been keeping all of the ingredients on hand and making individual servings for myself at lunchtime!  It’s super hearty and oh-so-easy.  Try it out, and let me know what you think!

What do you think of this salad recipe?  Do you have a go-to side dish when you’re hosting people for dinner?  Have you ever tried the salad dressing trick before?  Tell me in the comments!

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