[a few of my favorite things]

there's nothing quite like getting new dresses in, seeing a girl light up when she's found 'the one', or getting to play dress up with my window mannequins!

here's the lastest window display, featuring: jasmine bridal gown style [161] and bridesmaid dress by forever yours, style [710210] in lavender with plum accents. flower girl dress is an ivory taffeta dress with matching plum accent sash!

LOVE the detail on this Jasmine gown!

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Come One...Come All...to the Sidewalk Sales

Sure it's hot out...but is that any good reason to pass up some great savings!? [I think I may have to run back out with the checkbook! The Cottage has great home decor...and anything under $5 has my name all over it!] The Children's Fair is under way in Battle Alley - hurry down with the kids for their spot as they start Story Time!

Many great sales and familiar faces out about town...come on down and enjoy!

Here are a photo pictures I took this morning as everyone was getting set up!

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Our Bridesmaids Dresses out for show... and the new Homecoming Dress Sales rack inside!

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Thank you to all the participants that helped make this event possible!

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Looking for something to do with the children today!? Here's the schedule for the rest of the day!

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Witty & In Love.

Quite possibly a new favorite website. I will eventually steal every last one of their ideas! ::Witty & In Love:: Of course I fell in love with this inspiration board....

......they had me at Vintage Glam!

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Post notes that all pictures used were from Style Me Pretty.

new look to our website.

Stayed up way past my bedtime last night working on a new overall look to our website. There's nothing I love more than fresh and simple...and I think the site now fits the bill!

Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think!

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Also, be sure to tell anyone you know that has a recently worn wedding gown that we have re-launched our consignment program. We are now looking for a limited selection of couture bridal gowns to help sell! We shall call the program 're-committed'.... what dress wants to be stored in the back of the closet!?

friday i'm in love.

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Is anyone else elated that it's Friday!? Going to catch up on some much needed zzzz's tonight in prep for all the festivities in Downtown Holly tomorrow! The day starts with the Holly Police Department's 'Safety Day' featuring child i.d. kits, bike helmet fittings and giveaways, fire engine demos and much more starting at 2pm in Cyclone Park! Then head over to the downtown area for Sights, Sounds & Tastes starting at 5. They will have food, music and raffles til 8 and then dancing in the streets til 11! If dancing's not your thing than be sure to head back over to Cyclone Park for one of our FREE MOVIE NIGHTS! We will be showing BEE MOVIE at dusk! Bring your blankets, chairs & bug spray! We will have concessions again: popcorn, water, & candy!

Looking for something to do tonight? Visit the Holly Mill's Farmers Market on Civic Drive {across from Something Blue} from 3-8

party dress.

I was excited to see one of our Brides, Tammy, come in last night with her friend and sister to check out the new Bridesmaids dresses!

I loved working with Tammy to help her find the perfect dress...her first appointment was fun and she tried on many great dresses...however...I didn't see 'the face'...you know, the one that says, 'this is the one'. So I told her to hold off making decisions and that I would be getting some dresses within the next week and would keep her in mind as I picked them out. And sure enough... the one I brought home with her in mind was exactly what she was looking for....perfect for her castle wedding!

So of course I am happy to help her find the perfect dresses to go along with her gorgeous dress...{one a lot of you had commented on, Maggie Sottero's "McCall"}...and her unique location!

The runners up are...{pictured below}

Actually the first one is the bridesmaid dress that my girls wore in our wedding! I happened to visit my Maid of Honor this weekend and stole the dress back to use as a sample...and good thing I did! I pulled a picture from our wedding of her in the dress to show it in action...we loved the vintage feel of the charcoal and the subtleties of the ruched chiffon!

The second and third choices they liked because they could possibly go together and she could let all her girls pick which dress they liked best for them!


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However...I didn't think that there would be a wedding gown sale on the horizon!

I had just picked up said wedding dress on Monday morning and had just taken my own photos of the dress {since I couldn't find any decent stock photos of it online.} The dress itself I contemplated getting because its so different...but I did just watch an episode of 'Say Yes to the Dress' which featured a dress pretty similar to it...so I figured, why not! It's a show stopper, so it was only fitting on a mannequin...which usually does the dresses so much more justice than on the hanger!

{Here's some before pictures I had taken of the dress}

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Sara, Tammy's sister and bridesmaid, immediately knew she had to try it on! Her wedding is only a month a way...but sometimes you just know when somethings meant for you! It's a dress that not everyone can wear...but she wore it well! Well enough that it was decided that it would become her second wedding dress! Tammy had a good point; that she'd be thinking about that dress the whole time at the wedding if she didn't buy it!

So she will wear her original dress for the ceremony, family pictures and first dances...and then when the real party is about to get started...she will make an appearance in this hot gown! Our seamstress came in on the spot {she's just awesome like that!} and hemmed the dress to the needed length and to mark where to take the train off to make it all floor length {taking the train off will be less money and of better convince for Sara instead of bustling, since it's a party dress}

If I could have rocked a dress like this, I would have gotten a second one too!

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These girls are too fun! {We even talked about them being 'live mannequins' at our next Ladies Night Out in the fall! I'm honored that I was able to help sisters in their dream gown quests as well as helping make Tammy's Bridesmaids beautiful! Can't wait to see what Bridesmaids dresses she chooses...and of course...for pictures of them all done up on their big days!

Photo Credit: Kel Leigh Coale Photography & Design...&...Forever Yours Bridals

missing miami.

Fresh back from a quick trip to the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area... I was quick to find some wedding inspiration that reminded me of my travels! I found this gorgeous little Miami wedding on Style Me Pretty....

It doesn't have to be all palm trees & coconuts to pull off a sunny Florida ceremony!

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{For more inspiration, story & photo credits, please visit their blog post}