Creating a Wedding LEWK as a Bridesmaid

I'm going to my best friend's wedding, as a bridesmaid. I've been a flower girl many a time, but I have yet to be in a wedding party as an adult.  It's totally an honor, but it also means I have to wear a bridesmaids dress for the entirety of the wedding.

This is what I'm going to be wearing, along with the rest of the wedding party. 

Ok, ok. Right. The wedding is obviously not about me and I'm not supposed to stand out. It's about her! The bride!  However, I cannot waste an opportunity when I'm getting both my makeup and hair done to create a full lewk.  It's an even more fun challenge to try to make a lewk with a bridesmaids dress.

So the dress is set. It should be a simple dress in a nice deep teal.  How can I make a lewk? The only current variables are the earrings, purse, and shoes.  Hopefully the earrings and purse don't suddenly get chosen for us as well.

We do not have to get matching shoes, so that everyone can get whatever heel height they want, but the bride would like everyone to wear nude sandals.

Luckily (or unluckily, for my credit card) I don't actually have any nude sandals ...thataregoodforweddings.  I do actually have approximately 3 pairs of nude heels that I can wear if I don't end up finding a good pair. Two aren't technically "nude," but they are more of a tan, which I don't think will really go with this dress, and they are suede, making them a little too casual.  I'm looking for a blush nude leather pair of shoes that seem wedding-appropriate, that I can wear to both weddings I have scheduled for this fall.


STYLE MANTRA

My new dream is to own a clothing store.  My real passion in life is not litigating but shopping and finding good deals.  It seems the best way to monetize that is to allow myself to shop and find good deals but then turn them around and sell them for a profit.  It's my new goal with this new re-brand, and it seems like something I can do while litigating during the day.

I've recently been inspired to do more vintage or secondhand shopping, under the guise of "sustainability" while also saving money, owning clothes that are more unique and of better quality.

I was recently looking for a cool hand-held bag to wear to the two weddings I will be attending this fall. I was inspired by this heart-shaped Maryam Nassir Zadeh bag that I saw on an outfit shot on ManRepeller, but I couldn't find it anywhere.  Nor could I find any suitable alternative.  This is neither here nor there.

I then was inspired by the ever-popular Shrimps beaded bags, which I obviously can't afford at $520. They are everywhere at the moment and would perfectly accessorize a basic teal bridesmaid dress.  I was further inspired by Karen Britchick's lime green beaded bag that she found at a vintage shop.  I immediately started scouring etsy and eBay for a similar bag. It was more difficult than I had anticipated.

   

    


I was searching "vintage beaded bag" and going nowhere. It was mostly the tiny beads on grandma bags, instead of the large kindergarten-necklace style beads that are in right now.  I ended up finding and buying this bag from the shop closetcaseVNTG on Etsy.  Her shop is amazing and it's what I hope to emulate, style-wise.  The etsy shop showed photos of the bag in hand, and styled, which allowed me to fully visualize what it would actually look like on.  All of the other beaded bags I saw were just laid out on tables.  She is able to charge more for her items because buyers can see how they would look styled, and how cool they can look.  It's sort of the same way that NastyGal got started, but that sort of got away from her.  Other things I want to buy from her include this jumpsuit, this maxi gown, and this sweater.  I want to get them because I can already see how they fit on a model, and based on how much fatter than her I think I am, I can visualize more or less how the item would fit on me.