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A New Mission

by Meghann on January 25, 2012

Derek and I were able to cross one more thing off of our wedding planning to-do list this week – we booked our engagement photo session for the first weekend of March. Woo hoo!

That gives me just over a month to track down this dress.

The dress (and the engagement photos that came with it) were featured on the Style Me Pretty Facebook page yesterday. Love. Love. Love.

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Such a gorgeous couple. I love how happy and in love they are in these photos.

And I love that dress.

Must. Have. Now. :-p

Unfortunately the only versions of the dress I could find online were sold out or out of my price range.

A quick pop in at the mall this afternoon left me empty handed too.

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(edited to add: blue dress and white dress are Urban Outfitters. Long sleeve and tank top dresses are Forever 21)


My new mission – find an ivory lace dress for engagement photos. Any ideas?

Before the mall I had a rice cake with almond butter, walnuts, raisins, and strawberries.


Derek and I did have a meeting for a venue price quote this afternoon (which is why I was at the mall waiting for him to get off of work), but it was canceled at the last minute. Boo. The canceled meeting also canceled our plans for dinner out. No meeting meant we had no excuses not to eat the fridge full of food we had at home. Double boo.


It’s just as well. I’m sure neither our wallets nor our waistlines would have appreciated the planned bbq feast quite as much as our tastebuds would have. Instead I got creative with the rutabaga at the bottom of the produce drawer. I peeled it, steamed it, and mashed it with some fresh parsley, parmesan cheese, and milk. It came out pretty good if I do say so myself.


I spent all my creative energy on the rutabaga, so when it came to everything else I took the lazy way out. The chicken was the Oscar Meyer Carving Board Chicken Breast.


The green beans were lightly steamed in the same steamer as the rutabaga and the bread was just toasted.


It wasn’t bbq, but it was all still good.

The espresso chip ice cream helped.


Now I can’t wait to watch this (LOVED the book!)


With these two.



Good Night!

1 emily January 25, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Do you mind sharing where the dress on the bottom right is from? I pretty much have to have it. πŸ™‚

2 Meghann January 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm

haha – Forever 21 πŸ™‚

3 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm

that dinner looks pretty good to me! reminds me of thanksgiving a bit! haha
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4 Lena @Fit on the Rocks January 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Wow that dress is seriously gorgeous, so I hope you find something at least similar! This might be blasphemy to some, but I sometimes love looking at engagement photos more than wedding photos. There is just so much personality and fun in engagement photos.

5 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life January 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Ahh yay! I loved engagement pics! We actually had two sessions, one quick winter one for our save-the-date and one intense spring session! It was a blast and I think my now husband even had a little fun too, once he warmed up to the idea! πŸ™‚
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6 Emily January 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Where is the dress on the bottom left from? I love it! I also like the top right, where is that one from? Thanks!!

7 Meghann January 25, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Urban Outfitters! πŸ™‚

8 Meghann January 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Wait. On my computer it’s a straight line of dresses. Can you be more specific?

9 Ricole Runs January 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I really love the blue dress you tried on! I realize it’s not ivory….. I LOVED One Day (the book). One of my favorites I read this year, it reminded me of time travelers wife, which I adore. Hope you like the movie! Anne Hathaway needs to work on her accent a bit…

10 Meghann January 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

Agreed – her accent is a bit rough around the edges, but I thought she did a great job evolving the character through the 18 year timeline of the movie just as the character evolved in the book. πŸ™‚

11 Ash Bear January 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I’ll start searching for the dress. That last one that you tried on sort of looks a little Orphan Annie. You deserve much prettier! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to hear how One Day is as I’ve wanted to watch it for a while!
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12 Stephanie January 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm
13 Sarah January 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm

How about the allover long-sleeved dress from Delia’s? Super cute and affordable!
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14 Meghann January 26, 2012 at 9:02 am
15 Sarah AJ January 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I was just coming to post the same one! Super cute.
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16 Jackie @ MomJovi January 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I don’t know if they have any ivory colored dresses, but Dear Prudence and Modern Grace boutiques here in Orlando have ADORABLE dresses and they’re usually under $30. If Katy or I go this weekend (one of us usually does most weekends! Addicted.), we’ll keep our eyes out for you! What about White House | Black Market … they usually have dresses in all shades of white, cream and ivory. Just a thought!
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17 Meghann January 26, 2012 at 9:03 am

Yes! Let me know if you discover any hidden treasures! I looked at the White House Black Market at the mall yesterday, but came up empty handed πŸ™

18 Emily January 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm

O it’s ok, you edited it to say where they were from:) thanks!! I think all the white/cream ones are really cute on u!

19 Jenna January 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I have a black lace free people one from a few months ago. They should still have it, though idk if it comes in ivory. Also, check Marshalls- they get in a lot of Adrianna Papell dresses and I remember seeing a lace number similar to what you’re looking for!

20 Meghann January 26, 2012 at 9:04 am

I saw the black lace free people one, but I’m really after more of a white or ivory. I’ll check out Marshalls and TJ Maxx this weekend, you never know what you can discover in there πŸ™‚

21 Anne @strawberryjampackedlife January 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm

You could look on ebay or recycledbride or oncewed for a lace ivory dress that is less expensive.
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22 Meghann January 26, 2012 at 9:05 am

Great tip! Thanks!

23 Danielle January 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Engagement photos, so cute! I’m sure yours are going to come out adorably… with you wearing “the perfect dress,” of course ;). Congratulations, for the umpteenth time.

Also, how weird, I’m watching that same movie tonight. Hope you three enjoyed it!
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24 Army Amy* January 25, 2012 at 10:58 pm

That last picture is adorable! Good luck on the dress hunt!*
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25 Ellen January 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Search for dresses by French Connection. They have lots of lacey styles! And check out Nordstrom. I was looking for a long sleeved lace dress for my brother’s wedding earlier this month. There were tons of options! I found several at and Bluefly.

26 Bec January 25, 2012 at 11:25 pm has a ton of inexpensive white/ivory/cream lace dress with long sleeves!

27 Emily January 25, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I’m curious to hear what you thought of One Day. I loved the book, but haven’t seen the movie yet, as it got pretty terrible reviews. I would hate to be disappointed b/c the book was fabulous!
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28 Meghann January 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

The movie was ok. I wasn’t a fan of who they cast as Dexter and if you hadn’t read the book, it was hard to follow or understand the plot or evolution of characters.

29 Reenie January 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Cute pic of Derek and Maddie πŸ™‚

30 Ashley January 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm
31 Jennifer Cook January 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm

That dress looks like one from Anthropolgie.

32 Erika Walker January 25, 2012 at 11:43 pm


I’ve never commented before but I’ve been reading your blog for about two years and I just wanted to extend my congratulations to you and Derek on your engagement. I also wanted to let you know I’m a wedding photographer so if you ever need any help or have any questions about wedding stuff feel free to send them my way. I’d be happy to help! Congratulations!

33 Stacey Daly January 25, 2012 at 11:44 pm

You should try White House Black Market and πŸ™‚

34 Millie January 26, 2012 at 12:15 am
35 Samantha January 26, 2012 at 12:32 am

That dress is lovely! WHat about this one from shop ruche?

Not exact but has a similar shape.

36 Jessica January 26, 2012 at 12:52 am

LOVE the ivory dress!

37 Lindsay January 26, 2012 at 1:02 am

Hey Meghann, that dress is from H&M. Here’s a link of Pippa Middleton wearing the same one!

38 Stephanie January 26, 2012 at 4:51 am

Dillardss has the long sleeved version in an ivory/pale beige shade. I tried it on looking for a dress to wear to a wedding, too light for that, but would be perfect for your pictures!

39 carissa January 26, 2012 at 6:35 am

I really like the tank forever 21 dress. I am too tall for dresses like that πŸ™
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40 Hillary January 26, 2012 at 7:05 am

I like the tank one from F21! But that’s just me.

The ending to One Day (both the book and movie) made me want to punch someone. Other than that, I thought it was lovely ; )
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41 Amy Friel January 26, 2012 at 7:15 am

The dress is from H&M. If you can’t find it I could mail you mine to use. I think it’s a medium b/c I bought it to wear when I was pregnant but it might work. I’ll have to take a look at the size.

42 Meghann January 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

Yes! I think it is H&M. Someone sent a link If you have it, I’ll be willing to pay to take it off your hands. Just shoot me an email at πŸ™‚

43 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 26, 2012 at 7:32 am

Okay I remember when we were engaged, I looked EVERYWHERE for a white dress because I wanted to wear one to our rehearsal dinner. I could not find one. Then last summer, I saw them everywhere. I can’t win!
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44 Sarah w January 26, 2012 at 7:39 am

Looks like an anthropologist dress. It came out in fall but is no longer in stores. U should be able to find it on eBay and it’s worth the price – just wear it for ur Rehersal dinner too!!

45 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope January 26, 2012 at 8:07 am

That dress is so pretty! I’d love to wear a dress like that to my rehearsal dinner. Good luck finding it. πŸ™‚
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46 Meghan Hochgesang January 26, 2012 at 8:08 am
47 Kristin @ FoodFash January 26, 2012 at 8:41 am

My fav is the one on the far right (sleeveless)! Have you checked,, or Good luck!!
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48 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City January 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

Maybe try Anthropologie? They always have the cutest dresses!
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49 sarah January 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

Cuute dress! I love it!
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50 Meg@ My Chocolate Covered Life January 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

I love the sleeveless Forever 21 dress on you (the one on the far right)!! But if you don’t love it, then keep on tucking.

My fiance and I didn’t do engagement photos but I absolutely love looking at them when my friends get them done. Can’t wait to see how yours turn out!
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51 Meg@ My Chocolate Covered Life January 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

I love the sleeveless Forever 21 dress on you (the one on the far right)!! But if you don’t love it, then keep on tucking.

My husband and I didn’t do engagement photos but I absolutely love looking at them when my friends get them done. Can’t wait to see how yours turn out!

52 Lacey January 26, 2012 at 9:21 am

I wore this dress to my graduation recently… i got it from Macy’s but couldn’t find it on their website… i just googled “AGB petite floral lace dress” and found this

and it’s on sale!!! I loved it and got tons of compliments.

53 Lacey January 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

oops.. i should have looked at the sizes available (it doesn’t look like much). i have a 4petite (i’m 5’5” and it fit great) … if you like it, i’d be willing to send it to you!

54 Meghann January 26, 2012 at 9:32 am

I saw that too. Looks like they only had a 14. The dress looks perfect though. Send me an email at and let’s chat! πŸ˜‰

55 Cait's Plate January 26, 2012 at 9:22 am

I actually really like the last dress in the photos! I used to work for InStyle and I think we had a whole wedding section on our site that might be helpful. If not Nordstrom, Macy’s and other department stores tend to have “Guest of a Wedding” “Rehearsal Dinner” fashion sections. And check out The – it might be helpful as well πŸ™‚ Good luck!
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56 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

That lace dress is gorgeous, especially with those bright pink heels!! LOVE IT! Not sure where you could find one, but I’m sending positive vibes that you can! πŸ™‚
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57 Jaclyn January 26, 2012 at 9:36 am

I think I found the dress’ sister:

It is screaming BUY MEEEEE!

58 Meghann January 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

haha I went to the mall yesterday specifically hoping to find that exact dress at H&M, but my H&M didn’t have it and you can’t order it online. πŸ™

59 Lindsey January 26, 2012 at 9:54 am

Reading the comments and glad to hear you werent a huge fan of the movie either! I LOVED the book too, but felt sort of dumb for dragging all of my friends to see the movie when it was just okay.

60 Alexa January 26, 2012 at 10:14 am

When you find that dress, please let me know! I have to have it. It does look similar to an Adrianna Papel from Nordstrom dress I’ve seen, but not exact.
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61 Lauren January 26, 2012 at 10:58 am

I thought those sites looked familiar in the engagement photos…they were taken in the park across the street from where I live in Seattle…what a great backdrop and an adorable couple!
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62 Kiera January 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

I recently got a very similar lace dress – Adriana Pappell Lace Shift. I don’t know that they have ivory but I found the dress at Nordstrom’s (it’s on sale right now) and then I searched for the dress description on and found it for 65% off. Whatever you find, definitely check out shopstyle for cheaper!

63 katie January 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I hope you find the dress! One you love!
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64 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run January 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm

That dress is pretty, but I think you should pick one that shows off your curves. πŸ™‚
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65 Kristin T January 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm
66 Eva January 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I was in wet seal today and saw something you might like!
It has long sleeves too…

67 Heather January 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm

that is a beautiful dress! Love!

68 Emily January 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Good luck on your hunt! I wore jeans and a sweater for my engagement shoot. But that is because that is what I wear everyday. We also had our shoot at a bar with beers. They say your shoot is supposed to reflect your personality!
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69 Stacy January 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm

You should get the one on the right! It looks great on you and with the right lighting and shoes, it will be just as wonderful as the one in the pictures.

70 Stacy January 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm

You should get the one on the right! It looks great on you and with the right lighting and shoes, it will be just as wonderful as the one in the pictures.

71 briana January 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

try lots of lace dresses!

72 briana January 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

try lots of lace dresses! The rent prices aren’t bad usually 50 to 75 dollars.

73 Kalee January 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I love those pictures! Have you checked out They always have cute stuff! πŸ™‚
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74 Karen January 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I just bought rutabaga for the first time and am definitely going to use your recipe for cooking it! What perfect timing! Good luck with the dress search:)
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75 Meghan R January 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Not sure if this was in or out of your price range…

76 Kari January 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Wow impressive! I’ve been engaged for 8 months and we just booked our photographer…haha.
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77 The Singleship January 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm

This one from Alloy (don’t laugh, I just bought a rockin coat there!) is pretty similar to the H&M dress:

Good luck on your dress search!
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78 Rachel January 27, 2012 at 1:26 am

All of that food looks so good! I need to learn how to make my healthy food look as appealing as my non-healthy food.

Also, “One Day” is really awesome but really sad. Hope you enjoyed it πŸ™‚
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79 Brittany January 27, 2012 at 10:58 am

That’s exciting! My fiance and I actually scheduled our engagement photos for the first week of March too – crazy! πŸ˜‰ Now I need to get busy finding the perfect outfits to wear…good luck finding “the” engagement dress!

80 Allie January 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I work at Francesca’s and we have in dresses right now that are pretty much identical to what you are looking for! It isn’t on the website but they are in store.

81 sarah January 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Congratulations on booking the shoot! I got a great dress at urban outfitters πŸ™‚ I LOVE MY pictures and look at them all the time πŸ™‚ Cant wait to see yours!
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82 Kim January 30, 2012 at 10:15 am

I’ve followed this blog for a long time and really enjoy following your pursuits in running and healthfulness, but I’ve never commented on any posts. But I had to comment on this one because- I know that bride-to-be from the photos! Her mom and my mom are best friends from college. We actually have their save the date on our fridge right now πŸ™‚ What a funny coincidence!

83 Kim February 7, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Not sure of ou tracked down yor lace dress but this one is super cute at Delia’s!

84 Megan McK March 5, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Shoot. I wish I’d seen this post before now. They sell something very similar (if not the actual dress) at Zara. It’s never to late to get a cute dress, though. πŸ™‚

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