Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Gowns and Feathers

This past weekend was the big charity ball that I've been waiting for.

In addition to it being a great cause (The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), and hanging out with good friends, I got to wear my second and favorite Carmen Marc Valvo couture gown.  If you need the backstory of how I landed this amazing dress, read this.  

I went to my beauty guru, the famous Donnie Ray Allen for hair and make-up. He twisted my hair to the side and actually sewed it in place with a needle and thread.  Craziness.  

A little confession, I usually freak out when my hair is a little different or not what I expected.  I wasn't a fan of my updo at first and had a bit of a meltdown.

I did, however, fall in love with the whole look once it was all put together!  

I felt like a movie star.  

The dress, oh the dress.  I warned my friends that they will be seeing this dress at every event.  

It's perfection.

My dress isn't available to purchase (yet) but here are some other gorgeous Carmen Marc Valvo creations.

Moving on to the handsome, dapper Mr. BMJ....

His unique, perfectly coordinating bow tie is handmade here in South Carolina.

It's a brand called Brackish which uses feathers to make their lovely creations.  

They have so many gorgeous colors and patterns.  His is the "Original" made from turkey feathers.

What a perfect Father's Day present one of these would make!

They sell them at Orvis and locally at Gwynn's.

p.s.  Why do I drink Baby Mama Juice?  Because I can't find a single person to go see "The Fault In Our Stars" with me tonight.  Boo hoo.  I want to see this movie so badly and tonight is the best night this week.  I don't think I can wait another week.  Okay, maybe I can, but I don't want to. I've never gone to the movies by myself, but am considering doing it.  Do you judge lone wolf movie goers?  Should I do it or wait until someone can go with me?


  1. Go see the movie alone! I'm not big on doing anything alone, like eating in a restaurant, but I did go to the movies alone a year or so ago for the first time. It felt a little weird at first, but I really enjoyed it! I picked my own snacks, could just lose myself in the previews without whisper rating them to someone, and enjoyed the movie without worrying if the people with me liked it too. Just go and have fun.

  2. Oh my...pure loveliness. Go see the movie. I enjoy movies alone at times, especially if it is one I want to "fully ingest."

  3. Ya'll killed it! Flawless, all the way around. I'd totally see The Fault in Our Stars with you if we didn't have plans!! No judgment - go alone. I've heard it's actually nice hah?

  4. Hair and dress are perfection. You looked gorgeous. GO see the movie by yourself! People do that here all the time and no one bats an eye!

  5. Love the dress! Go see the movie alone! It's something I'm adding to my bucket list this summer to do!

  6. Gorgeous dress!! You two look stunning. I'm the same way about hair but I'm glad you let it go because it goes perfect with that dress. If I lived close to you I would go with you!! I'm trying to find someone to get with me! My sister always goes to the movies alone- she loves it and has no problem doing it.

  7. you look SO beautiful!!! perfect hair + dress! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  8. You look great! Really love the hair!

    Why not go to the movie alone? I never notice whether people are solo or with someone else, so I doubt most people do either.

  9. Stunning! I think your hair was perfection! I love Brackish Bowties! They are so handsome.

  10. Beautiful! I'm dying for more info on this amazing dress experience. I have one Carmen dress and it's practically in a glass case I love it so much.
    I also *love* going to the movies by myself. I've been known to hide food and beer in my purse. It's fabulous because no one is asking me a meellion questions during the movie and I can sit wherever the heck I want--complete solitude. Go and enjoy!

  11. Head to toe you looked flawless! Your Mr. looked stylish too ;-) I say go see the movie alone!

  12. You looks just gorgeous Amy. That dress is perfection on you!! I wanted to see the movie too let me know how it is I have not been to the movies in forever!!

  13. you guys look so great! that dress is stunning. wear it every day! ;) i would love to go see that movie with you..i wonder what the last minute flights look like? haha

  14. Oh my gosh. You look gorgeous!!! Your hair is just perfect for that dress. I am interested in this sewing thing...

    I've never gone to the movies alone but if you want to see it DO IT. And wear that dress ;)


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