Monday, January 10, 2011

Black Velvet

Meet my current favorite dress, this lovely black long-sleeved number! It is as warm as can be & can be paired with just about anything.  I wore it with red tights and gold oxfords on Christmas, but didn't get any pictures because I was busy working in the morning & going from house to house the whole day! Alas, the dress is perfect for such occasions or simply going to Tropical Smoothie, as Shelby & I did last week.

I want to thank you all for your warm regards to my engagement post & all of your well wishes!  It is truly the most exciting time in our lives and while most people in our lives are extremely supportive, there have been a few challenges in sharing the news that has ultimately lead to unforeseen circumstances.  I don't want to go into much detail, because really, when the news went public, we were completely flooded with friends and family who were so overjoyed & were practically waiting everyday for us to make an engagement announcement.   Nothing & no one can bring us down, and tough situations like these are what bring Patrick and I together even closer.  We know that no matter what the situation, when life gets tough, we have each other to rely on. I'm naturally a worrier, but when doubts about school, work, money, and the future arise, I just step back and realize that I have Patrick, and it is the most comforting feeling in the entire world.

In more positive news, I've set a date to look at wedding dresses... the weekend of March 12! My mom, my stepmom, and my best friend (hopefully!) are going to Baltimore for a trunk show of a designer I absolutely adore & have had my eye on for a while, but of course I'm not going to reveal on here until after my big day! I will say, though, that Pat has seen the one particular dress I want. We are nontraditional like that! I searched forever for a vintage dress, but ultimately had no luck & I really didn't want to buy online. Bummer but I've already planned out engagement photos & I'm going to be wearing one of my favorite vintage dresses for that!

I promise, no more wedding blabbing from this point on, except for mentioning the big stuff perhaps! I'm going to try to start up the wedding blog tonight, for those of you interested! I will tweet the link & post it next time I do a blog post!

*photos by Shelby Ballou!


  1. The light in these photos is beautiful! I'm probably a bit biased since I have it too, but I love that coat. And congratulations, obviously!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  2. The bride-to-be looks nothing short of stunning. I absolutely love this outfit..did you know you and I pretty much have the exact same dress? Love it brittany!!! xx

  3. I really love this dress, it's so gorgeous...
    and i'm really excited to see updates on your engagement. :)

    xoxo mama wolf.

  4. Your dress is fabulous! I love the scoop neckline and the little bow in the front. I'm so excited to see all your wedding progress. If you need anything, let me know:)

  5. you look beautiful! i love this outfit, but especially the coat and belt and wait, i just love the whole thing! :)

    definitely will be following your wedding blog!
    just thought i'd let you know that i'm having my first ever giveaway! a pretty 60s vintage purse. take a gander if you have a moment! ♥

  6. Don't let any people detract from your big day. This is about you and Patrick planning to spend the rest of your lives together. There are two people in your relationship, and therefore, those two people's opinions are what matter. Bump the rest.

    On a lighter note, when your outfit came up, the Puff said, "Cute. Cute." I concur.

  7. Oh, congratulations! (Sorry I'm late!) This must be such an exciting time for you two, enjoy it as much as you can :)
    You look lovely in that dress as well!

  8. You look so darn pretty! Love the colors and those little boots. And that belt! Where did you get it? I want one!

    Sorry to hear things did not go perfectly...hope everything is alright. Let's have another Skype date soon please?! I need to get caught up on your life, haha!

    Is the trunk show for the designer you showed me? I think so because I think I remember you mentioning Baltimore. So exciting! I hope you like it as much in real life as you do in the photo. You are going to be the most beautiful, glowing bride! Don't feel bad about overloading us with wedding stuff - I LOVE it. And I'm so excited about this wedding blog...eeee!

  9. I love this dress. It's perfect for the holidays and I love that silver belt!

    So glad to hear you're keeping your chin up. You're right, the most important thing is that you have Patrick and no one should be able to bring you down.

    And don't worry, you can do all the wedding talk you want, I love living vicariously through you ;]

  10. It's so wonderful to hear how in love the two of you are. This is such an exciting time in your lives/life. :)

    Oh, and that dress? Phenomenal!

  11. Those shoes are so to die for!

  12. Hello so happy to have just stumbled upon your lovely blog. I can see why this is your current fave dress, love it and you have styled it beautifully, that belt is a great touch! Congrats on your engagement & beautiful ring. Consider me your newest follower. xx veronika

  13. I love this look! Definitely using this look as inspiration for my next shopping trip!

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