PaleOMG Fashion + More Wedding Dress Shopping

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I am losing it, you guys. Losing it. Buying a house when you’re self employed is absolutely awful. I have to prove seriously pennies that go into my accounts. And run around from place to place to get all of the paperwork that needs to be scanned in. It really feels like a never-ending process. As soon as I got back into Colorado Wednesday night, all I have done is run around everywhere trying to get it all settled. Our closing on our house was suppose to be Thursday but was pushed back to Monday for some reasons. Everything has been approved, but since the inspection was so late, some of the minor issued have to be fixed. It just really feels like this process will never end. Yesterday, I kept saying that I fully regret buying a house…that we could still be renting, still having our landlord fixing any issues, and still have our savings accounts. But everyone keeps saying that I won’t regret it once it’s said and done…we’ll see.

Something that made this process more stressful was another driver rear ended me the night before I left for Pittsburgh last week. Cool, whatever, it happens. But then she refused to take the insurance company’s phone calls for 9 days. NINE DAYS. That meant I had to wait 10 days to do anything with my car. Thankfully I was in Pittsburgh most of that time so I just have to deal with it today. But honestly, I will ALWAYS call the cops in any sort of car accident now because I think she was drunk and got away with it. No joke. She got away with being a drunk driver and didn’t even have the decency to answer her phone when insurance called. It’s so hard to see that kind of stuff when I would NEVER do that. I would own up to my mistakes and fix the problem for the person I hit. It’s tough seeing those kinds of people in this world.

But enough with all the negativity. We ain’t got tiiiiime for that. We need to talk about the positive things. Like spring is officially here, the sun is shining, the grass is greening and I am loving every second of it! This spring means we move into a new house, I finish and turn in the edits to my third cookbook, and we actually start planning our wedding. The wedding planning had to take a back seat because the house took all of our money. But that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped trying on wedding dresses. No way Jose. Let’s get started!

The shoes I’m sporting this week are Sole Society Austin Booties. And they.are.amazing. A friend at the gym came in with her 8 month old prego belly, sporting an adorable dress and booties just like these. It inspired me to get these booties and wear them as much as possible! So I’m bringing 3 outfits all with the same Austin booties! Funny since I leave for Austin soon! Eeeeeek I can’t wait to go to Austin!



{ Green Dress from Francesca’s – similar one here | Brown BB Dakota Jacket for $95 | Sole Society Austin Booties for $80 | Similar Leopard Print Scarf ON SALE NOW for $15 }



{ Grey High Low Sweater at Macy’s ON SALE for $17 | Light Pink Vegan Leather Jacket from Inspyre Boutique for $90 – similar awesome one hereBlack Distressed Jeans for $64 from Inspyre Boutique – similar onetwo and three | Sole Society Austin Booties for $80 | Michael Kors Rose Gold Bracelet for $115 }



{ Black Flowy Tank Top – similar one here and here | Black Leather Jacket from Francesca’s for $60 – similar one here and here | Plum Distressed Jeans for $64 | Sole Society Austin Booties for $80 }

Now let’s move onto wedding dress shopping. Remember when I went shopping last time in Portland and found a dress I LOVED. Well I found something that tops it. A couple weeks ago when I posted about dress shopping, someone recommended a designer. So I found a shop in town that had the exact dress I want to try on. It was the first dress I tried on there and I It makes me feel the way I want to feel on my wedding day. Of course, I’m not showing you that dress, but I’m showing you some of fun ones I tried on at A&Be Bridal Shop. None of the dresses below came close to making me feel the way I felt in THE dress that I found there, but it was still fun trying them all on. Here’s some of the dresses I liked AND disliked.

I LOVED this dress, but it didn’t feel enough like a wedding dress to me. You could really dress it up since the front is so plain, and I loved the shape it gave me, but still not the one.

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I have LOVED all of Hayley Paige dresses that I’ve seen so I was really excited to try on one of hers. I loved the dress and loved the shoulder jewelry but it was too heavy for the beach since we are getting married in Jamaica. Still, love her dresses and her style.

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I hated this one. It really did nothing for me at all. No shape, no excitement, no thank you.

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WHOAAAAAA. When did I become 40 years old? Not that 40 years old is a bad thing, but I am 26 and the front of this dress did not go with my age. The back was pretty cool, but still not my style at all.

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I have always wanted to try on a two piece. If you’ve seen any of my Fashion Friday posts, you know I love a good ole’ crop top. So why not do it on my wedding day? My bridal consultant paired this top (that she rolled up to make a crop top) with some of the fun skirts. The top doesn’t match the bottoms because they are different designers, just fyi. I loved the look and how I felt, but still didn’t feel like the one to me.

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Now if I can just actually start planning the wedding instead of dress shopping…

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


26 thoughts on “PaleOMG Fashion + More Wedding Dress Shopping”

  1. Last summer, I went through a similar situation when my boyfriend & I bought a short-sale property (MKE)…about 5 months of paperwork and waiting for all the bank approvals on the seller’s end. I promise it is worth it!!!! Hang in there!!!!

    PS — look at the money as just in a different account. I’m the same age as you…and I know that feeling. It might not be in your savings account, but it didn’t disappear. Always helps me mentally.

  2. OOH! Where in Jamaica? I just got back from a week in Negril and had the time of my life. I would TOTALLY choose Jamaica as a place for a destination wedding.

  3. Buying a house does feel like the most complete nightmare you’ll experience….but all of that stress will melt away when they hand you your keys and you walk into it for the first time! IT WILL BE ALL YOURS! Sending calming hugs your way….

  4. O.M.G. I LOVE the second crop top dress (on the right). It looks amazing and is so super fun! I love that you’re sharing your wedding planning with us! You da best!

  5. I went to A&Be for my dress! I loved my experience there – everyone was so friendly, and they have been so helpful. I am excited to see the dress you chose! I ended up going with a Sarah Seven. It’s beautiful, but feels like wearing pajamas it’s so comfortable. Good luck on wedding planning and house buying!

  6. Jamaica will be so amazing! Also, I love those purple pants. I feel like my fashion game has been off lately… guess I need to go shopping 🙂

  7. Congratulations on everything! WOW! Buying a house is super stressful but ultimately so worth it! I cant wait to see house pics!

    Also, on the wedding dresses, the 2 pc’er made my day! I frickin love it!

  8. Jackson looks like such a pimp in the second photo of you with the green dress! And that first wedding dress fits you like a glove. I hope I can meet you at paleo fx and you can spread some of your positivity to me.

    1. i’ll be there! I’ll be doing at book signing on Saturday at 10:45! come say hi! (hopefully i have positivity that day, i’m having a hard time with it this week)

  9. I think you really will LOVE having your own house. The buying part is stressful but being able to decorate it, plant your own garden and relax in your OWN yard will be worth it!

    On the 40 front…I’m 40 and let’s just say that dress doesn’t fit me either. Let’s go with 50, kay? Okay. It looks like more of a slip that someone would wear on their wedding night instead of down the aisle.

  10. You will not regret getting married in Jamaica! We did and it was perfect!!! Love Jackson! I hope my frenchie turns out to be as handsome as Jackson!

  11. First off…Jackson has grown so much! Such a cutie!

    Second…I believe in karma, the woman who hit you will get her down dose of karma in due time.

    Third…Congrats on buying a house! Hopefully everything will be done soon.

  12. I am a New Yorker. I love to look through the shops here. We have wonderful Wedding Dresses. BUT! And that is a big But… New York is expensive. I think it is worth traveling to find a good deal. Love Portland!

  13. I’m new to your blog but obviously couldn’t resist a post about wedding dresses! I’m also planning my wedding and did all my dress shopping last fall. Love seeing your pictures 🙂 Glad you found “the” one!

  14. Yes, that first dress is plain in the front, but the back is stunning, and to me, it seems very much like a beach wedding dress! 🙂

  15. I’m self-employed, too, so I empathize. When I was buying my place, the lender (not naming names, but it’s a major bank in America, hint hint) kept asking for all kinds of financial statements and explanations, and they didn’t understand any of them. Essentially, I had to explain to them how an S corporation works. Then the appraisal came in low and the sellers agreed to lower the price, and I had to get approved all over again, to borrow *less* money, just because I’m self-employed. I saw some email traffic in which they were patting each other on the back for pulling out all the stops for me! If there is a next time, I’m going to do an all-cash deal even if it means I have to downsize to a tiny studio apartment.

  16. Your shoe game is ON POINT!! I have vastly increased my shoe collection thanks to your Fashion Fridays 🙂 Love it!!

  17. First of all many congratulations on the new house and the WEDDING!!! Eeeh! The very word sets me in a glow (lets not get there) The Jamaica idea is very enticing! Couldn’t take my eyes from the $80 Sole Society Austin Booties 😉 I’m sure they’ll haunt my dreams until I own a pair!

  18. I am in love with the Austin Booties.. Ordered a pair and they got lost in shipping and now they are sold old 🙁 Now I just have to look at yours and be sad I don’t have them.. Keep rocking all your amazing outfits..

  19. Hey Juli!
    My husband, who is a veterinarian, and I are both in love with Jackson. He is such a great looking dog and is the perfect size Frenchie. We are actually looking for a Frenchie for ourselves in the near future and were wondering if you wouldn’t mind referring us to the breeder you used.
    PS You are looking gorgeous in those dresses!

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