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Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

by Meghann on February 18, 2011

Let’s play ‘Which Bridesmaid Dresses will Kelly & Meghann’s Wear for Ashley’s Wedding’

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Any guesses? πŸ˜‰

Kelly and I had a free afternoon, so we headed to Alfred Angelo’s to try on bridesmaid dresses for Ashley’s wedding. Ashley selected the vendor (Alfred Angelo), color (cobalt blue), length (short), and material (satin), but we had free reign to select what ever dress we’d like as long as they fit in those guidelines.

I’m pretty sure we each tried on every option they had and in the end each settled on two beautiful dresses that we both loved.


Gorgeous, right?

I LOVE the sweetheart neckline and the pretty awesome bow on mine.


Practice makes perfect. πŸ™‚


Only the dress will be cobalt blue and all one color, like so…



Oh, I almost forgot! They set a date!!

My little brother and Ashley will be saying ‘I Do’ on February 18th, 2012 <– exactly one year from today!!!!!

Can’t wait! πŸ™‚   

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After dress shopping Kelly and I had some fun in the kitchen making Homemade Pretzels.


Rachel Ray inspired me this morning when she whipped up a batch of pretzels on her show. She made it look so easy and so tasty! I had to try it myself. πŸ™‚

Only, I didn’t follow her recipe, instead I went with Mama Pea’s Vegan Pretzel Recipe. Mama Pea made the pretzels look just as easy as Rachel Ray did – a clear sign I had to make these ASAP.

I prepped the dough before we went dress shopping, this gave it plenty of time to rise before we made it back home.


Everything after that was a breeze.


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Season (1/2 Salt. 1/2 Cinnamon Sugar)

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Bake πŸ™‚


The recipe produced 4 perfect pretzels. Not bad for our first run. πŸ˜‰


Kelly and I split one of each hot out of the oven.


I paired the salt half with a little deli mustard. It tasted just like a pretzel straight from any sporting event I’ve ever been too.


The cinnamon sugar half tasted like a donut. A really good, hot donut.


They were amazing! And so easy!

Next time I’m trying homemade bagels. πŸ˜‰

Thanks to all of your wonderful suggestions on what to make with the various beans and grains in my pantry, I decided to make my version of Sloppy Lentils for dinner.


The Sloppy Lentils were easy. I boiled lentils til they were soft, drained them, then coated them with a little ketchup, bbq sauce, honey mustard, and threw in a little onion and raisins for a little flavor. I also opted to serve them on 1/2 a baked potato in place of a bun.


Roasted [Frozen] Brussels Sprouts on the side.


The last of my Egg Nog Ice Cream and 1/2 an Oatmeal Cookie Bar for dessert.


The boxes are officially out and ready to be filled.


Let the packing begin!

1 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Love the dresses! Both of you are going to look great!
How exciting for your brother and Ashley! Can’t wait to come back in a year and read all about the wedding. πŸ™‚
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2 Laura @ Backstage Pass February 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Sounds like a great way to spend the afternoon, trying on gorgeous dresses with your sister! I love the style that you picked out, I especially like the bow accent. And you’ll totally be able to wear that again for other occasions!
Pretzels = yum. I am going to need to make these asap.
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3 kirsten February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm

great choice on the bridesmaid dress!

4 Kristy @ KristyRuns February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Y’all look beautiful! Great choice!!! πŸ™‚
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5 Erika @ FoodFitnessFun February 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

The bridesmaid dress looks beautiful – that was the one I would’ve chosen!

I’ve been meaning to make homemade pretzels and bagels for a long time. I think I might have to try out Rachel’s pretzel recipe. Thanks. :]
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6 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles February 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm

LOVE the dresses!!
I’ve never made pretzels – I need to get on that. I bet that cinnamon-sugar was to die for!

7 Heidi February 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Love love LOVE Alfred Angelo – I wore one of his gowns on my wedding day, quality is amazing and design was awesome (all for the price I paid)… had I been able to get them for my bridesmaids would have been awesome πŸ™‚
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8 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge February 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Love the dress! That bow definitely adds a nice touch.

I would opt for the cinnamon sugar donut. Or with the salted pretzel, a side of cheese to dip it in. πŸ˜‰
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9 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge February 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Not donut, pretzel! πŸ™‚
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10 Stefanie @TheNewHealthy February 18, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I love the dresses–I would have went with the same! πŸ™‚

11 Clare @ Fitting It All In February 18, 2011 at 10:40 pm

That was the dress I was going to pick for you! Good choice. It really accentuates your figure!
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12 Katy February 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Yay! LOVE LOVE LOVE the dresses, those are the 2 I picked that were most flattering on you both! Im so excited…. And good luck packing. Im a frequent mover… I hate the packing and unpacking process!
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13 Emily February 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm

You each picked the dress that was my favorite–good work! πŸ™‚ Also, you may have inspired me…growing up, my brother and I would often make pretzels with my mom on Sunday night. I might just have to recreate the tradition.
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14 Amanda @ Eating Up February 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Those pretzels look awesome! Good choice on the cinnamon sugar ones!
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15 Hangry Pants February 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm

My bridesmaids are behind! I love your dress and it’s the one I picked for you. Kelly’s is pretty, too! Very exciting stuff!
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16 Ashley February 18, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Your dress is so cute, I love it. And those pretzels look amazing, especially since it was your first time making them. I hate packing. Good luck with it!

17 Emma February 18, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Love the dresses! Question…how do you roast your frozen brussels? Defrosted..frozen…etc? Thanks:)

18 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) February 18, 2011 at 11:04 pm

that recipe sounds yummy! I love anything with ketchup in it!
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19 s February 18, 2011 at 11:04 pm

ahhh i love your dresses! the bow is too cute!!

20 Kiran February 18, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Love the dress! I guessed it before looking at your final choice πŸ˜‰
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21 RunningOnCoffee February 18, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Great choices for your dresses! I think the burgundy one with the all-over ruching is a close runner up.
I specified the color and had my bridesmaids pick what they felt comfortable in too.
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22 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 18, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I love the dresses! I also like the idea of the same color / different style dresses. Very cute!
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23 Mary February 18, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I love your dresses! Your choice was actually my favorite in those first pics. Y’all both look great!

24 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston February 18, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Love the dress you chose!!! And the bow is fantastic! Great job on the pretzels πŸ™‚
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25 marsha February 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I love the dress you picked! We’re getting married next April so I’m off to Alfred Angelo’s site now! πŸ˜€
Those pretzels look delicious!

26 Jessica February 18, 2011 at 11:30 pm

yay so you can still come to my wedding πŸ˜‰ hehehe
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27 Michelle... February 18, 2011 at 11:31 pm

love it! The sweetheart neckline looks amazing on both of you!
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28 PR_Cal February 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm

You picked the dress that I’m wearing to my girlfriend’s wedding this July!!! Though she’s having all 5 of us wearing that same style and without the bow. (When we tried it at the store, we didn’t even know it came with a bow!)

Her color is a purple (we haven’t seen it) so it might even be the color you tried on!

29 Astrid February 19, 2011 at 12:16 am

mmm those pretzels look great! When I was younger a trip to the mall wasn’t complete without a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s. The nutritional profile and cost of these pretzels might just give Auntie Anne a run for her money!
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30 Jaclyn February 19, 2011 at 12:17 am

Go for purple!! Love the purple with the black bow!! So hott!!!!
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31 Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) February 19, 2011 at 12:40 am

that is the cutest dress! i’m dying to make those pretzels too…they look incredible — cinnamon sugar would be perfect! πŸ™‚
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32 Cara February 19, 2011 at 12:42 am

Your dress looks beautiful! Such a fun way to spend an afternoon!
Sloppy lentils! I never would have thought. I love lentils and now I have another excuse to eat them!

33 Mama Pea February 19, 2011 at 12:51 am

I am such a proud Mama right now.
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34 natalie @ February 19, 2011 at 3:18 am

oh i love the dress, very pretty πŸ™‚
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35 erica February 19, 2011 at 5:13 am

love the dresses! as i was scrolling down, i was thinking “i hope she picks that purple one!” and you did! LOVE IT! your sister’s pick is just as great πŸ™‚

one of my best friends got married 4 years ago today:)
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36 ~Jessica~ February 19, 2011 at 5:31 am

Looking lovely in all the dresses but definitely think you both made the right choices. I adore the bow detailing as it really accentuates your nipped in waist. You look stunning and I’m sure the blue colour will really suit your hair/eye colouration too.

Good luck with the packing: one of my most dreaded activities πŸ˜‰

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37 G February 19, 2011 at 6:35 am

Is it weird that I totally guessed the right dress for both of you!?!?
You guys look absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

38 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 19, 2011 at 7:48 am

That dress is beautiful!
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39 Lauren February 19, 2011 at 7:57 am

The dresses are BEAUTIFUL!!! You guys look stunning in them.
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40 Grace February 19, 2011 at 8:40 am

I love your dress! That was my favorite I think I have a bow obsession! Your pretzels look delish, soft pretzels are one of my favorites but I’ve been too chicken to make any! Good luck packing!
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41 Rachel February 19, 2011 at 8:43 am

My parents got married on 2/18/83 and celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary yesterday! I’d say Ashley & Ben chose a GREAT date!
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42 LizZ February 19, 2011 at 8:53 am

I have been a blurker for a long time, but had to comment because the dress that you picked is the one that my bridesmaids are wearing for my wedding in July!!! Loveee ittt!!!

43 Allison @ OneWhiteTulip February 19, 2011 at 9:19 am

I want those pretzels now! Mmmm…nothing I want to cook is actually a meal anymore! Maybe I’ll just make a sporgasboard of pretzels, homemade cheez its and wheat thins. If you make it at home, it’s healthy, right?

Love alfred angelo! My bridesmaids said they actually wore their dresses they got from there more than once!

Good luck packing!
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44 melissa (fitnessnyc) February 19, 2011 at 10:40 am

I LOVE THAT DRESS. The color is gorgeous.
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45 Sherry S February 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Love love loving the choices. You are going to look beautiful.

46 Katherine: Unemployed February 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I had no idea that pretzels were boiled!
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47 Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg February 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I love how all of the dresses you girls tried on were strapless; you can tell what your favorite style is πŸ˜‰

Gorgeous choice, you’ll look amazing in it!
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48 Kelly February 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Those pretzles were SO good! Definitely going to attempt to make them on my own. πŸ™‚
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49 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Yep, totally gorgeous dresses!!

I want to make homemade soft pretzels! OMG, they look scrumptious. πŸ™‚
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50 Ali @ Ali Runs February 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I love the dress you chose!! It was my favorite of all of the options. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what it actually looks like.
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51 Laura February 19, 2011 at 7:19 pm

You two tried on one of the exact bridesmaids dresses I’ll be wearing for a wedding this summer!! It’s the one you and Kelly both tried on, with the sash-I can’t wait to wear it!

52 Lauren February 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I looked for bridesmaid dresses with my girls at Alfred Angelo but they definitely didn’t have that cute one you picked! Good picks for both of you!
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53 Dad February 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

Well I think we need to try the Rachel Ray version against the Mama Peas and see witch is better ?? If we have to I will volunteer my house for a impartial testing ground .

54 Elena February 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Aww lovely dress choices! Very flattering on both of you. I’m getting married in December and went for JCrew—also am having a couple different styles in the same color to make sure everyone felt comfortable in their dresses!

55 kate February 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Eating those pretzels sounds like a lot more fun than packing!
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56 Joy February 21, 2011 at 6:02 am

Gorgeous dress – I love!
But weren’t you out of ketchup?

57 Meghann February 21, 2011 at 8:03 am

It’s ketchup packets. shhhhhhhh

58 Brittney February 21, 2011 at 9:23 am

Great dresses! They look a lot like the one I wore for my brother’s wedding:

I love that you made homemade pretzels! I think my husband would LOVE it if I made those for him. They look awesome πŸ™‚
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59 Lauren C. February 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Those are the two dresses I would have picked out for you guys. Love the bow!
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