“I’ve had long enough to change my mind
And a sapphire eye looks down on my lilacs
Down on my lilacs, down on my lilacs
Down on me, down on me”
Matt Costa, Lilacs

I typically don’t do “What I Wore”/outfit posts but this Clarisse (ahem prom ahem) dress inspired me! As a stylist, I love using occasion pieces in new ways, and today just felt like one of those days I needed to be covered in flowers. Thankfully, Clarisse had sent me a dress not too long ago that felt absolutely perfect for my tulle-tastic craving.

Their flouncy formal dress worked a treat for me today, though I pushed to be a little more ‘casual‘ under my black biker jacket and black booties. Clarisse’s “1561” has a lace bodice, ruched and satin-covered waistline, and purple and lilac tiered tulle skirt that ends at cocktail length. Even better? The mounds of tulle actually start darker at the bottom and become lighter with each and every layer.

The flower-covered strapless bodice has a sweetheart neckline that works really well with larger chests (hand raise), and didn’t shift at all throughout my busy day. A perfect remedy. Sometimes we have to be a little whimsical, right? ;D

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The lilac tiered dress for this review was provided to me by provides prom dresses and dresses for other special occasions!

Kate Middleton Wedding Dress

Kate Middleton's Full Train

This morning, Westminster Abbey showcased a dress that is sure to be emulated for the next twenty years or so. Early this morning, I revealed that the Grace Kelly-esque wedding dress was an Alexander McQueen ivory sweetheart neckline gown with a gorgeous French Chantilly lace bodice and a full skirt. Designer Sarah Burton‘s handiwork was made with ivory and white satin gazar with a train measuring just under 10 feet long. This showcase of McQueen brilliance is possibly the biggest PR boost the brand could ever hope for.
Royal Wedding Ceremony

The Royal Wedding Ceremony

“It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress. Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day. The last few months have been very exciting and an incredible experience for my team and I as we have worked closely with Catherine to create this dress under conditions of the strictest secrecy.”
Sarah Burton

But what about the hidden wedding shoes?! They were also hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace that was hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.

Kate Middleton Wedding Jewellery

Kate Middleton's Wedding Jewellery

Accessories-wise, the Cartier “Halo” diamond tiara – made in 1936 and also a birthday gift for the future Queen’s 18th birthday – was pinned into her perfect tresses. Her earrings are inspired from the new Middleton family crest and were custom made by Robinson Pelham; a gift from her parents. They are diamond-set in stylized oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pave set diamond acorn suspended in the center. Catherine’s all important wedding band is made by Wartski, who also made the wedding bands for Prince Charles and Camilla, and is purely Welsh gold.
Kate Middleton Wedding Dress

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress

As a much-overlooked accesory, The Duchess of Cambridge‘s bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on significant floral components from the Language of Flowers for the Royal Family and the Middleton family. The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are:

Lily-of-the-valley: Return of happiness
Sweet William: Gallantry
Hyacinth: Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.

Royal Wedding Balcony Kiss

Royal Wedding: The Balcony Kiss

Lea Michele Emmys Red Carpet 2010Birthday girl Lea Michele looked beautiful in a navy blue Oscar de La Renta Resort 2011 silk taffeta sweetheart neckline gown. I honest to Vogue drooled when I saw her multicolored diamond statement Lorraine Schwartz necklace. Although you can’t see it in this picture, she did at some point sport a vintage satin Swarovski clutch, also.