What to Wear to a Rehearsal Dinner

I’ve had the opportunity to stand up in three weddings, as well as attend countless rehearsal dinners for family and friends. It’s always a lovely occasion to go through the next day’s big event and say thank you with a dinner to those involved. I do have some tips for both those in the wedding and those attending the rehearsal dinner as to what to wear:

Don’t wear white. This is reserved for the bride for all bridal acitivities, whether it’s her shower, rehearsal dinner, and definitely the wedding. Wearing a dress that has white on it (like my bridesmaid dress above) is OK, but a solid white or overall “bridal” looking dress is always a no. Play is safe and wear a different color.

Wear the same shoes that you’ll wear the next day. This mainly applies to anyone standing up in the wedding. You’ll want to do a test run with your shoes during the rehearsal in case you need any last minute fixes. I would even suggest wearing a similar dress with the shoes to the rehearsal just to get the feel of it. In the wedding above, I wore a maxi dress and I normally am not used to wearing them so I had to get the feel of picking it up before climbing up altar stairs, etc. It’s smart to wear as close to your next day outfit for the test run!

Dress appropriately for the occasion. This may require a little investigating, but you’ll need to be able to tell how fancy of an event it will be to dress for it. Most rehearsal dinners are a step below the “fancy” level of the wedding, but some cultures and families may have just as fancy of an occasion. I would use the invitation, location of restaurant, and personality of the bride as clues on how to dress. A simple dress is always a safe bet.

Have you been to a rehearsal dinner? Do you have any other tips? 


Perfectly Patriotic

dress – c/o blithe nyc / handbag – dooney & bourke / sandals – jack rogers

I’m so excited for 4th of July weekend! It’s one of my favorite holidays and a great excuse to wear more red, white, and blue. I wear so much of our nation’s colors that our dryer lint is purple… This weekend Joe and I plan to go to Traverse City, Michigan with friends. Traverse City is at the very top of the lower peninsula and has gorgeous clear blue water. I’m looking forward to relaxing, boating, visiting lighthouses, and spending time with friends.

I might have found one of my favorite summer dresses! It checks all the boxes for me – great fit, blue, and gingham. It’s not your typical gingham though, it’s more of a hand painted pattern that is so lovely in this shade of blue. I love the collar and tie belt – these little details are what really make this a favorite for years to come.

The cutest part of this dress is they make a smaller version for a little girl. If you have a daughter or a “little friend” it would be darling to get the little version. 

Check out the rest of Blithe’s Southern Living Collection. They have another great dress with hydrangeas on it that has a really pretty neckline on it.


Do you have any plans for the 4th of July? 

4th of July Outfits

I love looking through other blogger’s post on what to wear for the 4th of July so I went through past year’s outfits and pulled some of my favorites. I’m all about going overboard for the holiday, so I encourage as much red, white, and blue as possible. Stripes, polka dots, and flag sweaters are some of my favorite ways to dress for the 4th!

What are you wearing for the 4th? How do you celebrate?


Joe and I recently found a great organic food stand and stopped to get some strawberries. I just received a watch from Welly Merck and was excited to wear it. I’ve always wanted a fabric strap watch and I couldn’t resist the fun stripes for summer.

I thought the red and white stripe would be hard to wear but I find myself reaching for it almost everyday. I keep the rest of my outfit colorful but solid, and tone down any patterns. I love that you can interchange the straps depending on the season or the outfit. I love the gold detail and appreciate the fine craftsmanship of this product.

Welly Merck watches has a really cute story about how it got started that has to do with a couple bringing their expertise together to form the product. I would check out their website and see what they have to offer. If you see something you like, code “ROBIN20” will get you 20%. I highly recommend them!

Do you have a favorite watch brand? I love watches and would love to hear about your go-to watch.


dress c/o sailor-sailor / earrings c/o tiny tassel / sandals – jack rogers /  bracelet c/o allison cole / clutch – j crew factory

Have you heard of Sailor-Sailor? This Connecticut based clothing brand is made in America and has so many dresses/tops/skirts with dozens of nautical patterns. While “preppy” can be defined many ways, Sailor Sailor is preppy in the truest sense of the term – like pieces you stumbled upon in a cute shop in a small beach town. The patterns are whimsical and fun, the fabrics are durable and hot-weather friendly, and the fit is truly flattering.

You know by now I’m a sucker for a sailboat pattern! Joe and I were engaged on a sailboat and he gave me a gold Tiffany sailboat necklace on our wedding day. I love the use of shades of blue on this dress and how it looks worn by the water.

We haven’t had a truly hot summer in Michigan in years, but this summer looks like it’s gonna be a hot one! I love hot weather so I don’t mind, but now I’m more mindful of the dresses I wear to endure the heat. I reach for sleeveless dresses to keep me cool, and the fabric of the Sailor Sailor dress isn’t thin, but it is lightweight and cooling. It’s not see-through one bit!

Check out Sailor-Sailor’s line, even just to see all the cute patterns. There’s many great navy/white options are well as some preppy pink and green ones that are really nice!

Lauren James Planner

planner c/o lauren james 

I’m someone who still likes to write things down vs. an electronic calendar, and I’ definitey not alone. There’s been a big spike in popularity in recent years of going back to handwriting, and you can see it through the rise of beautiful hand lettering, bullet journals, and more choices of agendas.

I love using agendas, but choices used to be slim and everyone uses them so differently. I was pleasantly surprised with the Lauren James planner because it encompasses everything I already need for a planner.

It’s pretty thick, going from August 2017 – July 2018, and has pockets in the back for loose papers and lots of stickers for parties, appointments, days off etc. It may be a little too big for a purse but perfect for a tote. It’s more like the size of an iPad.

I like that it has gift ideas in the front. Buying gifts can be challenging, so I like to keep a running tab of ideas when I come across them, even if it’s months ahead of time. I also like how goal orientated it is having you set goals in the beginning of the month and then every week asking you how the goals are going. Instead of making “new year’s resolutions”, it keeps you accountable month to month, such is more successful over time.

My favorite part is the month and week view! I have never found a planner that really fit my needs and this is exactly how I would design one. I love having the month at a glance view, but also to break down the week – but what makes this one different is the heath trackers. This is something I’ve done on my own with a bullet journal so I know it’s something I will be using with this agenda. You can plan your meals and workouts, and track your water intake. I’ve never seen a regular planner like this so I was really happy to see it integrated in a non-fitness planner.

I am looking forward to using this Lauren James planner come August to keep me on track!

Do you use a planner or have you gone digital? I’m really encouraged by stores like Paper Source because they show that print and writing is not dead. I love writing things down instead of typing them on my phone!

P.S. My favorite pens EVER for planners / may books  /etc. are Le Pen. I get the big pack on Amazon. 


Sail Away

dress – ralph lauren old / bracelet – kjp / shoes – clarks old, belt – c/o ll bean

I remember seeing this dress years ago from Ralph Lauren and never pulled the trigger on buying it. While I don’t advocate buying excessively, sometimes there are things that stick out to you that you didn’t buy and wish you did. This is one of those items I wish I bought, but thankfully Poshmark is the place for second chances!

I’m the last person on earth to discover Poshmark, but I’m definitely addicted. There are items I didn’t buy and regret, so I know when I can remember them years later that I probably should have purchased them. I love being able to search Poshmark and buy the items I regretted not buying now for a fraction of the price. This sailboat dress was purchased for $20!

This L.L. Bean belt above is my new favorite accessory! Made of thick rope and leather, it’s the perfect accent to any dress for summer. It compliments the sailboat dress perfectly, but would also make more of a statement on a plain dress. I look forward to wearing it often throughout the season.

Is there anything you’ve regretted not buying? I still have one more thing that haunts me – a hunter green j crew puffer vest. It was on sale but I didn’t buy it because a friend of mine just got a different green vest and I didn’t want to seem like I was copying her. That’s definitely not a good reason not to buy something! I check Poshmark every so often but am still searching for the exact one. 🙂

White Dress of Summer

Buckley Dress c/o Duffield Lane  / Shoes – Jack Rogers / Bracelet c/o KJP  / Purse – Dooney & Bourke

Duffield Lane recently sent me this beautiful white dress for summer and I adore it. White is so fresh for the new season and can be worn to many events over the summer, with the exception of a wedding. 😉

I have worn this brand many times over the years and am always impressed with the style and fit of the item. As I get older, the fit of my clothes becomes more important to me. A poorly fitted item can make even a great outfit look bad if the proportions aren’t right. Duffield Lane always nails the fit and I feel like the item was made for me.

The eyelet detail is darling and I love the neckline of the dress especially. White dresses are very versatile, but I also love the navy/white version as well.

I just got these shoes and was excited to wear them! I have wanted them for a few years but don’t love dropping that much on sandals too often, so when I do get a pair of Jacks I usually don’t buy any other sandals that year. I figure I’d rather have one pair of Jack Rogers than 3-4 cheaper sandals. My first pair is around 3 years old and still look great.

Do you have a go-to white dress? And how do you feel about Jack Rogers? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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