Dress Raleigh

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There’s something satisfying about finding a unique piece of clothing/accessory that you know not everyone is going to have.  That’s why I love to pop in to Dress whenever I get the chance to browse around.  Dress is a local designer resale boutique where you can shop or consign high end bags, jewelry, shoes, clothes, and more.  Several pieces in my closet have come from Dress, and I frequently get questions on where I got them. This fringe jacket that I found is no exception–It is so fun and unique! It is certainly a special occasion piece, but I have found several staples at dress as well (work totes, purses, accessories.)

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I really appreciate having a boutique like this nearby where I can actually see the item in person before purchasing.  Sometimes purchasing high end items from others off of ebay/facebook is not as comforting in my opinion.  I like to have as little stress as possible when shopping, so that is a plus for me!

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Dress has two different locations in Raleigh, but they also have an instagram account that they update daily when they receive new arrivals!   (@dressraleigh)

I love sharing local places with y’all! If you have not checked them out yet, I recommend that you do! As always, thanks for reading.

Cheers,

Olivia

Local Date Night Spots

Hey there! I love talking about my favorite local spots, so here are a few of my favorite places for date night or for those nights that you simply want to get dressed up and grab a glass of wine and a great meal with the girls! I’ll be honest, Jordan and I don’t get dressed up for “date night” often, but we do enjoy the places below when we are wanting to escape to something a little more romantic and elegant.

 

MaytonInn

 

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The Verandah

I’ll start with The Verandah, since that is where this first photo was taken!  This is located inside of the Mayton Inn in downtown Cary. First of all, The Mayton Inn is gorgeous, so of course the restaurant inside is also just as elegant.  Plus, it has a wonderful outdoor brick patio for those cool evenings that we are all waiting for here in the south lol.  The bar is also calm and classy if you want to pop in just for a drink. Order the truffle fries!

 

Peak City Grill

I personally love this place because of the history.  My family owns and runs a feed store that has been in business since 1885, so historic buildings are so special to me.  The building Peak City Grill is in has been all sorts of things in the past like a hardware and feed store as well.  This is a wonderful spot for a quiet, relaxed evening in downtown Apex.  I just love the interior brick walls and antique lighting.  It is for sure my kind of atmosphere.

 

Daniels

This is absolutely a local Italian favorite. Fun Fact: this building actually used to be a BBQ joint manyyy years ago! It has certainly changed, and they are booked up every single night pretty much. So, be sure to make a reservation! My favorite item on the menu is penne a la casa with shrimp, but honestly, I could eat the bread and marinara for my whole meal–it’s that good.

 

The Angus Barn

Okay, I HAD to include this (I did get married there after all).  There is honestly nothing that beats the atmosphere, service, experience, and food in my opinion.  There is simply no place else like The Angus Barn.  My family has always celebrated our most special events in life there.  This will always be my most favorite place to go.  If you have never been around Christmas time, make sure you go–They have the most incredible Christmas decor!

 

I could talk on and on about these places, but I prefer to keep my posts short and sweet! If you haven’t tried these places, I hope you are now inspired to do so!

As always, thanks for reading,

Olivia

 

Lulu’s Red Lace Dress (also comes in blue!)

My Custom Wedding Gown

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I don’t know about y’all, but my feed has been flooded with all kinds of beautiful engagements recently. So, I’m feeling inspired to write about something wedding related of course (My one year anniversary is coming up!).  Any excuse to reminisce on my big day! 🙂

Since I purchased my gown locally, I thought that it may be beneficial for all of those local brides out there to read! My gown came from Lana Addison (an adorable little bridal boutique) in Downtown Cary, and was originally in two pieces!  I picked out the top and the bottom separately to create my gown, which ended up being the best way for me to customize.  I was able to add a silk ribbon to the waist and delicate straps to the lace top.  I loved the mixture of textures between my top and bottom (Originally, I thought that I wanted a completely lace gown.) My top and bottom were both Martina Liana, and I’ll link both below!

Lana Addison was actually the very first place that I went when I began trying on gowns. I visited 4 other places after, and ended up right back where I started, because nothing could beat the combo that I tried on there.  I really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect gown! Good luck to those newly engaged brides out there hunting for their gowns. I hope that sharing my experience with you helped!

Thanks for reading,

Olivia

My Gown:

Carmen Lace Top

Sanja Crepe Bottom

Photographer: Les Atkins