I was recently in London for the Royal Wedding and like most of the world I was spellbound watching the real-life fairy tale play out. Duchess Catherine was exquisitely flawless, her sister Pippa was a vision. It was magic. For me, though, it was the guests’ attire that was utterly captivating (What would Victoria Beckham wear to the Wedding of the Century??)
Besides the over-adorned wide-brimmed hats and oh-so-English feather fascinators, what grabbed my attention was the simple, classic way nearly all the guests were dressed. Solid colors (ahem, Posh Spice), smart patterns and florals decorated the landscape.
I have three weddings to attend this season and I’ve spent a clinically unhealthy amount of time contemplating the most flattering and economical ensembles.
Peppermint Park seriously will be my marital messiah this summer. I have given myself a $500 budget for a black-tie-optional style wedding, a luncheon-style wedding and an outdoor wedding. Three completely different looks, a tall order indeed.
After choosing my looks, I resentfully reached for my calculator believing wholeheartedly I would need to remove items to stay within my budget. When I clicked the dreaded little equal sign and saw the grand total, I immediately assumed I’d miscalculated. There’s no way I stayed within my budget while having 11 items in my cart. But, after adding and re-adding 3 more times, I saw the number was staying the same. My calculation was correct. My total: $471.75. Yes, friends, under $500 with no repeated items. Below is the proof.
Black Tie Optional – Total: $206
Luncheon – Total: $109.75
Haven Cedar Dress – $20
Chinese Laundry Giggle – $20.75
Outdoor – Total: $156
I know. I can’t believe it either. The only explanation I can come up with is that Peppermint Park is truly magical. It is a place where fashion fairy tales really can, and do, come true.