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What I Wore: It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got that Swing

by Ashley on April 16, 2013

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One of Garren’s best friends came into town, so we used it as a chance to have a bff (fine dining) dinner date.  We hit up one of the restaurants we’re looking into for our wedding reception (Apolline in New Orleans) and dolled up.  (Because who doesn’t need a chance to dress up every once in awhile. It’s good for the soul.)

It’s also proof that we both clean up well!

And own something other than t-shirts and jeans!


The cheesecake shot & Prom-pose shot.

My bff (Mallory) also joined us, making it an excellent chance to get some photos with Garren.  Even though he and I have been together off and on for 8.5 years, we don’t actually have a lot of “couples” photos. I’m glad that we rectified this! (And that Mal did such a damn good job catching cute pictures of us.)

This print, the Big Band Bows, is one of my favorites at Trashy Diva right now– I also have it in the Doll Mini Dress.  I love the vibrant primary colors and the gorgeous red waist (plus the 1940s is one of my favorite styles there– it’s perfect!).

The Something Blue Manolo Blahniks Garren bought me go so beautifully with it, I couldn’t resist pulling them out for their first wear.  While they’re technically my wedding shoes, I’d like to get them worn just a bit before the big day. The idea of wearing new, unworn, and painful shoes at my wedding seems like a nightmare!


ANNNDDD…. this is probably my favorite photo of us. EVER. AND THAT EVER WILL BE.

What I Wore:
Trashy Diva 1940s Dress in Big Band Bows
Something Blue (Hangisi) Manolo Blahniks
Pearl Earrings (similar) / Brilliant Earth Halo Engagement Ring
Michael Kors Runway Watch

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Charlotte Issyvoo July 9, 2015 at 1:08 am

Aw, you two remind me so much of me and my partner, especially in the last photo. So cute.

Desiree April 19, 2013 at 1:12 am

I love Trashy Diva but why oh why is it so expensive?! That’s a great dress and it looks like you two had a great time.

Ashley April 19, 2013 at 7:43 am

Thank you, Desiree! Trashy Diva is definitely on the more expensive side, but TOTALLY worth it. I try to save up to buy them (they’re always #1 on my shopping list!) or wait for some kind of sale… those little 20% off sales or when they’re done to $60 totally makes a difference, too!

pghbekka April 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Gorgeous! You, y’all, your outfits, that necklace…all gorgeous.

Ashley April 19, 2013 at 7:45 am

Thank you so much! xo

Zoe April 17, 2013 at 4:59 pm

What a great use of your ::amazing:: wedding shoes and such a great idea to break them in… I did not do this and can tell you, it hurt!! Love your dress as well, such a fun outfit!


Ashe April 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Oooh, you’re the first one to confirm my fear about non-broken in wedding shoes! I tend not to wear a lot of heels–especially stilettos and I knew that it just seemed like it could be a disaster waiting to happen… and hell, why wait another year to wear them!?

And thank you so much for the sweet words!

Dana Louise April 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Too freaking cute! I love but don’t own anything in the big band bows…yet.

Is Apolline as good as it looks on the website? I need somewhere new to eat next time I am there, and haven’t tried as many places in that part of town.

Ashley April 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Hahah, yes is exactly right! I’d probably own the Jaclyn too, if it fit/looked right on me.

Apolline… is good. If I were going to recommend a place it would be Coquette (also on Magazine at Washington). We went on Valentine’s Day & it was AMAZING. Every course was delicious and equal to one another. Apolline was one of those places where each course wasn’t on par with the one before it, and certain dishes could have used a little more salt & seasoning….

Hannah Hayes (@HeroineChicGirl) April 17, 2013 at 11:35 am

I found your blog through IFB and you are so cute! I like that you have super fun and natural pictures of yourself instead of mostly posing. It’s good to find new blogs to read that are original! I’m jealous of your something blue Manolo’s! They look so cute with that dress!

Ashley April 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

You’re too, too sweet Hannah! Thank you so much! I try taking clear photos, but at the same time… super posed & stiff really isn’t my nature. Sometimes I feel like a living muppet! So it makes more sense to just be silly & have fun (hard not to when I have the funniest people behind the camera)…
As for those Something Blue’s… to be honest, I still can’t believe I own them!!

MJ April 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

You guys look super adorable! That dress is super cute and that necklace is to die for! (I’m such an accessory addict! :) )

Ashley April 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Isn’t that necklace insane?! I found it on Hautelook for about $35 and was like, “I SO NEED THIS.” (In that picture, I was holding it for Mallory & saying, “I keep threatening to wear this during our wedding, and Garren tells me go for it!” She was weirded out, to say the least.)

Cassie April 16, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Adorable photos!!! You look like you had such a great time! The dress is gorgeous on you, and those shoes are amazing!!!


Ashley April 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Thank you thank you, Cassie! We really did… it’s always good to shake things up!

Miche April 16, 2013 at 9:57 pm

You look amazing! That dress, the shoes, I can’t handle it! AND the last picture, completely adorable!

Ashley April 17, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Thank you, Miche! It makes me happy that everyone loves that last one as much as I do <3

Courtney April 16, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Aw! That Garren looks like a sweetheart!

Ashley April 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm

He’s certainly got his moments ;)

(He’s had a lot more of them lately. swoon!)

Franca April 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I love that last photo! I love dressing up for going out. Kind of miss it actualy. Maybe I should just dress up for afternoon coffee!

Ashe April 16, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Thank you, Franca! That last is my favorite as well :)

And you should definitely find a good reason to doll up a bit and go out, especially with le bambino! I can only imagine how hard or fruitless it could feel, but it’s important to give yourself some love and attention too. :)

Gracey at Fashion for Giants April 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Those photos are fabulous! The last one makes me so happy. And so does that dress on you; va va voom for reals!

Ashe April 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm

You’re so sweet, Gracey! That va-va-factor is why I love Trashy Diva dresses so much…. I always feel my best in them!

(And lawd, that last picture makes me so happy that I want to blow it up super huge and frame it.)

Casey April 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Your whole outfit is gorgeous (as are YOU!)–but those shoes!!!! I die! :)

Ashe April 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm


I know how you feel about the shoes! It’s the reason for ridiculous picture #2 ;)

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