What I Wore: Lovely in Lace

Oh, it has been a pretty busy and intense month and a half around here.  We are still trying to wade through the emotions of my father-in-law's death and bring some happy back in.  Sean and I haven't had a great deal of time to spend together, so we had a Date Weekend.  We saw more movies this past weekend than we have most of the year.  A few movies we rented, but we did go see The Dark Knight Rises in the theater.  Then we had a fun day of house chores and video games before celebrating our seven year dating anniversary.

On Labor Day, we headed off to McMenamins Edgefield to enjoy some lunch and scenery and commemorate seven years together.  I've blogged about Edgefield before; to recap, it is a wonderful hotel/winery/brewery/distillery/golf course/restaurant/pub/garden/spa/etc. location that we love to hang out at.  It is where we got engaged and married, so it is truly a part of our history as a couple.

We had lunch (his: Garden Risotto pictured half-eaten lol and mine: Crab Mac and Cheese) and walked around the grounds together, reminiscing about our first years as a couple.  Since we finally had a proper date, I wanted to do it up right and get a little dressy.  Kiyonna sent me the Luna Lace Dress in Ash Grey about a month ago.  At last, I had the opportunity to wear it!  Sean took a few photos of me in my outfit as we walked around.

I definitely love this dress.  The retro look of it is something that really appeals to me, while the full a-line skirt is a feature that looks good on my body.   The lace and ruching are quite lovely as well.  I was a bit apprehensive about the bodice of the dress because it is a more fitted silhouette than I am used to.  However, I felt that it fit me well.  I didn't feel self-conscious and uncomfortable, I felt pretty.

Luna Lace Dress - Kiyonna; Bracelet and Shoes - Lane Bryant; Earrings - Target

The top of the bodice is lined with a little bit of extra nude mesh that allows a regular bra to be worn instead of one of those annoying strapless bras. (But if you have a great strapless bra, by all means, rock it out!)  My only complaint about the fit would be that the arms were just a bit snug on me.  I have very large upper arms, and while the sleeves were snug, the lace is a bit stretchy and provides a comfortable fit.  The sleeves didn't look tight in person either.  I'm probably the only one who really noticed.

I also got a few compliments on the dress too (and lots of smiles and pleasant stares)!  A lady even stopped me in the restroom and asked me why I was dressed so pretty and talked about how great the dress was.  Getting compliments from perfect strangers never gets old!

7 years of dating my best friend

Sean and I 3 months into our relationship

Overall, it was a great, relaxing weekend spent with my husband.  I look forward to many more years of those!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Kiyonna Blogger Brigade and they provided me with the dress in this post.  All opinions on the item are my own.


  1. You guys make such a cute couple! And you look GORGEOUS in that dress, so beautiful!

  2. Thank you so much! :-) I saw they are going to introduce a teal version of this dress soon. I am drooling already!

  3. Love the pops of red! Makes the neutral dress so much more sassy! Cute! :)

  4. ...teal?? ooooo. This dress is gorgeous on you, and I love that you can wear it with a non-strapless! I was hesitant about it because of the strapless factor (I have never been able to find a strapless that actually fits me correctly and/or stays PUT). I love the accessories, and the pic of you guys when you were first dating is adorable. Also, the crab mac and cheese sounds delicious.

  5. I don't even like crab and that mac and cheese was YUMMY! I *might* try crab by itself in the future. lol
    I have issues with strapless bras too. I have very small boobs and finding a strapless that works right has been impossible. The one I have is from Lane Bryant. It stays put, but the cups are way too big (even though they are the same size I always get). So I hate having to wear it. I didn't even know the extra mesh layer was there until I tried the dress on with a dark purple bra. You could barely see it. HUGE plus for this dress!
    Thank you so much for all the compliments! :-)

  6. Thank you! I can't wait to try the dress with different pops of color as well. I'm excited to see what colors go with it best!

  7. I've been stalking this dress on Kiyonna's website for weeks, though I'm drawn to the pink version. I can't reiterate enough how much I love companies that showcase their clothing on regular, fashionable women, not just the models. This dress is really flattering on you and gives me a much better idea of how it might look on my body. Great post - and I love that you do recipe posts, too! I'll keep checking back. :-)

  8. Thank you! I'm so happy you enjoyed the post. I definitely look forward to hearing more from you in the future :-)
    It was a tough decision to decide between the pink and grey. Pink is my favorite color, but I kept envisioning the grey with various colors, so I went with it. I kind of want it in all colors now! The new blue one is pretty as well.

  9. Loved seeing the photo of the two of you when you first started dating! So Cute :) And the dress looks super great on you- I love it!

  10. Thank you so much! And thanks for your comment on the FB post too.
    Looking at those old photos...sometimes I miss my long hair, but then I remember what a hassle it was to take care of and style and such. I keep changing my mind about growing it out again. lol