So I learned an interesting fact while at Strut Bridal this past week....and that is there are only 6 plus size bridal shops (total) between the U.S. and Canada. Strut Bridal in Arizona happens to be one of them. I had to talk about this gem of a boutique first, because as many of you know I will getting married next April. I know I will be taking a trip back, so that I can have a one on one consultation, because the dresses in this shop do not look like the tradition plus size dress that I oh so hate! They are gorgeous and they look really expensive, but in actuality they range from $500 - $2400. I have been looking in shops where the dresses that I like are minimum $7000 and of course I would have to get them custom to my body (b/c they are not offered in plus) which could possibly cost me double the original price of the dress. Ann from Strut says that when she got married she encountered the issue of not wanting the "plus size" dresses and this is what inspired her to open the boutique. From what I have seen of them they are terrible and on my wedding day I don't want to settle for a dress. I, personally, think for brides to be this place is definitely worth flying to...HAND DOWN...for a breathtaking bridal gown.
Bear with me this post is a little long than usual. Next I wanted to talk about my outfit from the Arizona Book Signing. I actually choose to go a little more casual chic with this look. I had been bound for two weeks, I feel, in heavy foundations and "posture correcting" dresses...that I wanted a little break. So I decided to use an outfit from Torrid to give me a chic, but more comfortable look. Hey...even I need a break...LOL. You can see me pictured here with my new BFF (Best Friend in Fashion) - Kira from Fashion Phoenix. She is the lady behind Phoenix's main fashion blog. Be sure to check it out...she has a great post on her site now about Ted Baker - - the line is adorable!
In this look, I wore a pair of black leggings, an oversized top (with zipper detail on the shoulder - cute, but I know you can see it, and a black blazer with gathered sleeves, all of which are from Torrid. I added the black blazer to give the outfit a little more structure. The necklace is from H&M.