Packed my purse with a bottle of water, trail mix, my camera and a baseball cap in case my new short(er) hair got all messed up. Got on the 280 and headed to San Francisco.
Our first stop was at a cute shop called ‘And Something Blue’ in Pacific Heights. I had called them yesterday (yes, I know I shouldn’t have written ‘had called’, Dad) to make sure they had at least one of the Nicole Miller dresses I had been looking for. One was in stock.
Of course I went straight here after the phone call and typed in their name to make sure I wasn’t walking into a pit of bridal hell. The reviews were pretty bad– mostly about snobby teenage salesgirls who gabbed on the phone the whole time they were there. But I had aleady made the appointment and I was having a hard enough time finding stores that carry NM gowns so I was good to go.
Ok and I walked in 15 minutes late (but I called, like the Good Girl I am) and were greeted immediately by Tiara (yes, her name was Tiara and she was not a drag queen). She showed us to the exact dress I wanted and Ok and I tucked ourselves into the fitting room. I was all expecting one of these broads to come in with me so I wore my best underthings, but alas, it was just me and the Mister. 😦
I loved the dress right away. I would gush and gush but I figure the pictures will do it a better bit of justice than I right now:
The dress is made of ‘metal taffeta’ and had a super crinkly texture. It’s kind of a dark white and gives me cleavage! I’m not sure how I feel about the back of the dress, which has an odd tent like thing going on but I still love it. I asked about the length because I’m not sure what kind of shoes I will be wearing– they said it can only be adjusted by a seamstress since eash dress is not made to order. For the price they want + a very big alteration, I’m not sure if it is the way to go, but it was still a very nice dress for my first try.
On to ‘Starlet,’ a boutique on Fillmore right down the street from our favorite brunch place. I found this place on accident while looking for bridal shops in Pacific Heights to stop in while we were in the neighborhood. This was a bit more upscale than the previous shop, and the woman behind the counter was busy when we walked in. All I saw was poufiness at first and I was a bit worried that this would not be the store for me. And then…….. I saw her. The dress. It was hanging by itself on a post in the store and the minute I saw the stitching I knew I had to have it. The saleswoman came up to us and I showed her which one I liked. She suggested the ‘full’ version of this one and I balked. I did not want full. But I said I’d try it anyways. Here is the first dress:
I loved it– even the sample size fit well. I couldn’t get it zipped, but it fit. So, on to the ‘full’ size. I was hesitant. How could Megan, me, myself, I, like a ‘full’ gown? Well, see for yourself:
Notice the stitching on the sides. This is why I loved the dress right away. The biggest difference between the two is the hourglass shape the second gown alludes to with the different tiers.
The back is poufier which I actually really like. And it will be pinned up after the ceremony.
Ok was pretty happy also, in this shot I took at Elite Cafe where we went for burgers after the long day:
And that is my first dress day. It may possibly be my last. I really fell in love with the third dress of the day. The buttons on the back were something Mama Okun had mentioned back in September and here I found a gorgeous dress with those. The price is right too. The dress takes three and a half months to make, so if I want it, I have to order this week. I’ll keep you updated! Leave me some comments on which one you liked!