And I'm Off...Plus Wedding Wednesday

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

And I'm Off...
Well I have a little confession to make. I'm going away again! I have to admit that I feel a little guilty, considering that I just recently came back from Miami and was basically 'out of it' for about a month.

A while back my husband and I received a wedding invitation from a friend; but this was no typical invitation, the wedding was to take place in Belgium. And in my post surgical stupor, when he asked me if I want to go to Europe, I said of course, without realizing that I would be leaving the week before the event that I had been working on and not returning until the day of the event!

Besides for that, and if you're a mother you will understand, sending my 10 year old away to a friend for a week is not the most pleasant thing to do. I am so grateful to my friend Rivky who didn't bat an eyelash when I sheepishly asked her if my daughter could move in for a week. Nothing phases that woman!

So there's a lot of guilt going on...but guilt is a wasted emotion right?? So I'm off to Belgium for the wedding, and then we're hopping over to the land of Gucci, Prada and Versace. Yes...I'm going to Italy!!
In this photo are the three places I will be visiting: Venice, Lake Como, and Milan, with some fabulous Italian street style thrown in ;)

Going to Italy has been a dream of mine for a long time, and honestly I haven't even allowed myself to think about it until now. So after a long day of checking off only part of my endless to do list, and giving up on packing after standing and staring at my closet for about 3 minutes, I'm back here to tell you that I CAN'T WAIT to share it all with you!!

Wedding Wednesday
Now if you follow my FACEBOOK page (which you should by the way, it's a really fun place), you'd know that I feature wedding inspired looks every Wednesday. Well recently a Fashion-isha friend asked me if I would do a post on sister of the bride ideas based on real life fashion and couture. So here are some ideas to spark your imagination and help you design or shop for the perfect gown for your occasion.

Let's start with some inspiration from last night's Met Gala. This first photo was styled and posted by my friend the fabulous Fabologie Page who will be launching her website (we can't wait!) this coming June. Meanwhile check out her facebook page, it's where all things fabulous live!

It seems that besides for some ultra-fem Valentino confections, the simple sheath dress is the way to go for the most current wedding styling.

Try a sheath in sparkling sequins...
 ...or one in a flattering pastel hue.
 If you need a little more femininity in your look, Valentino gowns can give you fresh flowers...
...or dramatic lace.
 Or if you crave drama, you can go all out with a bold ballroom skirt in a passionate color, just tone it down with a neutral top.

I hope this post inspired you with some great ideas!

Next post...with love from Europe! xo

Until next time,

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  1. Have a FAB time in Italy and Belgium. What a pity you couldn't do an extra stop and visit me in Spain :-(
    Weather is fab in the Med at the moment so I am sure you will have lots of fun. Can't wait to hear all about your whirlwind trip xx

  2. Sharon how wonderful you get to go to Belgium and Italy!! Sounds like a dream! I hope you have a wonderful time and do not feel guilty. Opportunities like this rarely happen and I'm sure you 10 year old will have fun too.

    I can't wait to hear everything!


  3. Amazing dresses! I understand you! I always feel guilty when I have to leave my kids! Have fun!

  4. How great, a wedding!! Have a wonderful and safe time!! Enjoy yourselves!! xx

  5. exciting! A wedding in Belgium, of course you said yes. You are going to have a blast.....can't wait to hear all about it! Enjoy yourself and safe seeing all the fashions, I actually loved the Valentino gown featured in the pic your friend styled. So demure, ladylike and a throwback to how women used to dress...tres elegant!
    Have a wonderful trip, Sharon

  6. OMG so nice you're coming to my country! :D Have fun in Belgium and hope you'd like to visit Antwerp and Brussels a bit. :)

  7. OMG so nice you're coming to my country! Hope you will have a nice time here and hope you have the time to visit if it's you're first time here! ;)

  8. You just gave someone an incredible gift - and now it is your turn for something special.
    Enjoy the wedding celebration and your time in Europe. Pack light so you can shop and leave your guilt at home.

  9. Belgium! Sounds exciting. I've been to a lot of countries in Europe but never Belgium. Can't wait to hear about it. Great post beautiful fashions!

  10. OMG what a lovely post...I really want to go to Italy to:)
    I hope you will have an awesome time

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis

  11. not that i would wear the last one unless it was a red carpet event, that look is actually my favorite hee. wow belgium AND italy? sounds like a dream, it's not like you take vacations everyday so i would enjoy it and while your child will definitely miss you, i'm sure will enjoy hanging with friend for a week, a sleepover, for a whole week! I kinda always wanted to do that. so enjoy, can't wait to see what you wear and take lots of photos!

  12. Have a wonderful (and guilt-free!) trip Sharon! We will be in Belgium at the end of June - en route to Paris, so I will look forward to hearing more details about your trip! Stay safe and have fun!

  13. Have a safe trip and take lots of photos! A cannoli photo for me please!!

  14. Good for you Sharon!!!
    Have a FABULOUS time...
    Sonia xo

  15. Such a lucky girl you are Sharon! You deserve the pampering and Italy is one of my favourite places ((: so have fun and shop in Milan! Try the make up label called KIKO as it is the best stuff and can't buy it in USA. It is on one of the side streets opposite the main Duommo!

    Love the. Valentino gowns with flower embellishments ... Beauty!

    Hugs z

  16. I hope your trip is amazing! How exciting!!! :)


  17. What an exciting trip. So glad you get to go to such fabulous places and a wedding too...sounds heavenly!!

  18. Have an amazing time!!! That's so exciting! xoxo

  19. Oh and I saw you mentioned in the Daily Mail article about Olivia Palermo. You looked great in the photo. So exciting :) xoxo

  20. hi there, i found your blog mentioned in an article on the Daily Mail UK site on orthodox women who dress fashionably. I am a Muslim woman but I found your blog very inspirational myself, and will definitely be reading more.