Saturday, July 23, 2011


I hope everyone is getting by with all this heat we have been having. We hit the hundreds here in the upper Midwest during the mid week and it finally cooled off yesterday. Today we are in the high 70's, which is perfect for me.

With the thought of getting a Mother Of The Groom dress looming over me, Emily and I set out to an outdoor mall just outside of Chicago to do a little browsing. If I were to find a dress, this would be the place as it boasts a Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales and Lord & Taylor.
The outdoor sculptures and landscaping are worth going for alone. Thank goodness I always have my camera with me.
Isn't this amazing? It's like being in a big park surrounded by stores. Wonderful restaurants, too. We had lunch at a place called was delicious, but too dark to take pictures in.
Here are a few of my favorite shops.
We didn't stop in many, as we were on a mission, but we plan to go back when we have nothing but time. It's a great place to spend some outdoor time {and money}.
We popped in here and I fell in love with the beautiful dishes, clothes and things for the home. I picked up a bottle of grapefruit body lotion. It smells heavenly.
And surprise! I found a dress that was perfect. Pardon the state of my bedroom. I decided on a full length dress, as Peggy, the Mother Of The Bride is wearing one and she said we need to stand out. With the beading on the top, I think I might glow in the dark. But I love it, It fits perfectly and is so comfortable. We found it at Lord & Taylor. it was the first of six dresses I liked and the last one I tried on. Emily calls the color oyster...does that fit? This isn't such a great picture, I actually look like I have a waist in it.

We leave for vacation next week and when we come back the wedding is a week away. I'm glad I have this off my worries. I hope all of you are having a good weekend. I'll be here again this week! :-)


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful dress Jane, you can always find something beautiful in Lord & Taylors!! Take lots of pictures! Enjoy your vacation! Martina

Amy Chalmers said...

I was going to recommend Lord 'n Taylor! I found my wedding dress on the rack there...of course it wasn't really a true wedding dress, but it was elegant and lovely. Your dress looks like it will be lovely as well!! I love that color!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful, Jane! Yes, Oyster sounds right. Now, before you go - you got shoes, too? How are you wearing your hair? Come on, Jane, give us the whole story here! : )

We are in that horrible heat pattern now. No relief for us until sometime next week, I believe. I think we will be below 90 tomorrow though, which is good as it is granddaughters 1st birthday!

Pondside said...

Jane, you're going to look beautiful in that dress, with your hair - perfect! What have you found for shoes?....bag?

Debby said...

That is the perfect dress. Have fun on vacation. When you get home it wil be full speed ahead.

Lynn said...

I'm so glad you found your dress Jane and it's beautiful! One more thing off the list! Have a great vaca:@)

Linda said...

You found THE.perfect.dress! AND on a perfect day! the 70's? We are not at the 100 mark yet today but if we miss it it will be the first time in nearly a MONTH of 100+ temps!
Can't wait to see how YOU look in this beautiful dress.....even MORE beautiful than the dress alone as pretty as it is!

Low Tide High Style said...

What a beautiful dress Jane and that color will look beautiful on you!

Enjoy your vacation!

Kat :)

KTW said...

Positively LOVELY dress! I'm sure you're are going to look stunning. :) I think we need to see a pic of you wearing it, too!

Love the art around that mall. So bright and colorful!

Hope you have a wonderful vacation! :)

Maryrose said... looks like it will be so flattering and just perfect!!!! Love the color!! A fashion show is now in order so we can see you look all decked out with shoes and accessories.

Have a great vacation, I look forward to hearing all about it.. and then on to the wedding.
Stay cool

Gloria said...

Lovely dress, very classy! Oh, I am sure you feel like a weight is lifted off of you now that you found the perfect dress! Have a nice vacation.

LuLu Kellogg said...

I am really LOVING this dress Jane! You are going to look lovely!


Debi said...

I just know you will be lovely in that dress. I love the color. Can't believe your weather, from the 100's down to the 70's; that's a gift! Have a great vacation before all the festivities. Debi

Anonymous said...

Jane the photos are beautiful.I love the scuptures,, I think the bench caught my eye the most,, love that.You will be stunning in the dress , its lovely,, now relax,,

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Your dress is beautiful and classy Blondie. I am jealous of the wonderful places you have access to, to shop at. Oh, and I am especially jealous of that 70 degree weather! Enjoy while you have it, and have a great vacation. We will be waiting on lots of pics!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Jane,
I agree with Kathy, let's see the shoes and the hairdo. I just know you are going to look so beautiful.


Debra@CommonGround said...

Hey Jane, please send those 70's down this direction! The dress is gorgeous, can't wait to see wedding pix, and have a great vakay, lucky you!! xoxo Debra

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

This is the perfect choice...formal dresses can be so uncomfortable but this one looks like it's not. Have a good vacation and rest up for the big day!

Marigene said...

Lovely dress, Jane.

Have a great vacation!


Fantastic . . . now you can enjoy your vacation, knowing your sweet and beautiful dress awaits you at home. Great find.


Sue said...

Oh my- how did the wedding date get so close? Seems as if you were just announcing it! The dress will make you look beautiful, dahling! Have a fun trip. :-) Sue

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Beautiful dress...I know you're relieved to check getting your dress off your very long list!

Honey at 2805 said...

The dress is beautiful and so will you! So happy you found it so quickly.

Those sculptures are just the cutest! Have a great vacation!

Rebecca Nelson said...

I love the dress, Jane. I had SUCH a time finding a dress when our son married. I finally settled on a gorgeous brown floor length frock that had a little lace shrug in the same color. Found it in Dallas at Neiman's on the CLEARANCE RACK! Good thing....couldn't have afforded it otherwise.


Kathy@ Gone North said...

The Perfect dress!!!
Just Beautiful... can't wait to see pics of you in it.
Have a nice vacation!!

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane, that mall looks like so much fun, and your dress is just a knockout!... You will be so beautiful in it... please post lots of wedding photos!... hope you have the rest of a beautiful weekend... enjoy your 70 degrees... we are almost 100 here!... xoxo Julie Marie

Lynne said...

Jane! The dress is beautiful. We are retail challenged out here. Just Macys and Nordstrom. There is a Neiman Marcus about 20 miles from me. I would have to drive to Portland, Oregon for Saks. I LOVE the color! I can hardly wait to see the photos! Have a nice vacation!

NanaDiana said...

So glad you found a dress you love, Jane! And the fact that it is comfortable is a real bonus. I wore one mother of the groom dress that I was miserable in...after that I went for comfort that looked good! lol

Have fun on vacation...just think a month from now all the hoopla will be over~xo Diana

oldgreymare said...

Looks perfect, it's beautiful. Have a wonderful vacation!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Jane,
You are going to look so pretty in that! And I think it is the perfect color for you, just love it!
Hey there, we were still hot today! Upper 80's so not as hot, but still really humid.
Have fun on your trip too.
Dan is snoring so I came out to get online for awhile.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

What a gorgeous dress! Love the sylte and color. Lord & Taylos has a reputation for having fabulous dresses - woohoo! Linda

Theresa said...

Gorgeous! Love the dress Jane, I know you will look beautiful in it! Looks like you ladies had a wonderful day shopping and enjoying the beauty all around!

Have a blessed Sunday my friend, HUGS!


Hi Jane, Wow, that is a beautiful dress. I'm so happy you were able to find "your" dress, now you can sit back and relax until the big day!

Anonymous said...

So glad you got your dress, and it is lovely. :-)

You've been busy, but I wonder if you found my e-mail, telling you of my move to Wordpress? If not, you can click on my Name-Link (Auntie12), and go to my "new home."

In this awful weather, we are so glad we had the wall A/C units installed!!!

Gentle hugs...

Anonymous said...

Fun shopping center, and your dress is gorgeous!!!
Have fun on your vacation!

Lori said...

The dress is gorgeous Jane ~ I cannot wait to see pictures of you in it! Have a wonderful vacation. xo

Rettabug said...

Oh Jane...I'm SEW glad you found a dress & it is just PERFECT! You will be stealing a little thunder from the bride, you'll look so pretty. I love it & yes, you SHOULD sparkle in the dark, which is a good thing. Whew! I know you're relieved.

That is one cool shopping area. I'll have to ask DILove if she goes there. They live in the Lakewood area.

Have a great vacation, Honey now that you can relax.


Maggie said...

Beautiful Groom's Mothers outfit Jane, love the colour I would definitely say "oyster".
Have a fun vacation.

Barb said...

Beautiful dress, Janie. I love the color, the style and I think it is elegant.

Hot here too. Just awful. Actually, we are having more problems with the humidity than the heat. Yuck.

Happy weekend!

Hugs, Barb

Terri Steffes said...

I love the dress. I have been to no less than seven weddings this summer and I think your dress is the prettiest. I am in love with the beautiful color!

Karen said...

beautiful dress!!! Love it!!.. and I'm laughing because you just reminded me of an old friend's nickname for Neiman Marcus...
Needless Markup.

Martha said...

A very pretty dress -- a classic dress, actually. Love the outdoor pictures of the mall.

The Charm of Home said...

This is very exciting! Have a great vacation and lots of pictures off it and the wedding. Your dress is very pretty, nice choice!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Gorgeous dress! Very classy! And comfortable too?-- that is amazing. I've reached the place in my life where I refuse to wear anything that is not comfortable! Hope you can find some comfortable shoes to go with that dress!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Have an awesome time on your vacation and your dress is BEAUTIFUL!!! Let me say...if you are happy with your dress, then the whole day will be so much fun...mine was:)


Natasha in Oz said...

That is a gorgeous dress and the colour is stunning! I think you found the perfect piece!

What a lovely place to so a spot of shopping too. I wish we had such a great assortment of stores over here.

Hope your week is fabulous Jane. take care.

Best wishes,

Unknown said...


What a beautiful dress, it's perfect. Enjoy your vacation.


The Fajdich Times said...

Love your dress! The color is stunning! Have a great vacation:)

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Oh Jane, I know that's a huge load off of your shoulders to get that done and it's so pretty and does look comfy. Oyster...I like that! Can't wait to see you in it. xo

Unknown said...

Stunning oyster gown, Janie. Dying to see you in it. The mall sure is decorative & inviting ...

Enjoy your vacation. Anxious to see wedding pics.

Have a beautiful week ~

Unknown said...

YAY!! Love this dress!! Oh i am so happy for the wedding!! Preparations are fun!
Have a super week!

Bring Pretty Back said...

The dress is gorgeous! And YES! A long dress is a must as a momma of the groom!
Grapefruit is my favorite scent - especially in the summer!
Enjoy a safe and wonderful vacation!
Have a PRETTY day!

xinex said...

Wow! You really waited till the last minute to get a dress but the gown is stunning, Janie. You will look so lovely in it. Make sure you take lots of pictures and show us....Christine

Deserae said...

Gorgeous dress.....such a pretty color too! Have a fabulous time on vacation :o)

Tricia said...

The dress is beautiful, Jane. Very elegant. I hope you'll show us photos of what it looks like on :)

Privet and Holly said...

Hi Jane! Wonder
if that was Oakbrook
Mall? I used to go
there when we lived
in Chicagoland : ) Don't
remember the bench and
frog ~~ love ~~ but that
might be new in the last
ten years. Your dress
will be perfect and you
are going to shine!
xx Suzanne

June said...

You will look beautiful in that dress Jane!
I love those scultures too! Especially the bench. What a pretty thing to park it on!
Have a wonderful time on your vacation.
sending hugs...

Debbiedoos said...

How pretty Jane, Love the dress and can't wait to see you in it. What great temps you are having, sure wish it was the Carolinas~

Emily said...

love the dress...simply beautiful!
looks like a fun place to shop...anthropologie is without a doubt one of my favorite stores!
have fun on your vacation!

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Oh your dress is stunning Jane! I love the're going to be quite elegant! Have a wonderful up for the big day!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

When I read this post I thought perhaps it was something I had written. I shopped for a mother of the groom dress today also. Actually, I've bought a skirt and sleeveless top just wanted a light sweater or jacket. Hubby and I are leaving for a road trip this weekend so it was nice to get it done. Our wedding is Aug. 20th. Fun to have so many similarities. Love your dress and the color! Have a fun trip and best wishes fosr the wedding.

La said...

You will look stunning in this gown, your Adele hair, and glamorous eyelashes. :o) I'm so excited for you and your family.

Enjoy your vacation.

Sue said...

It is perfect! I love it!

Charlene said...

LOVE the dress Jane! OF COURSE YOU WILL SHINE IN THAT! And I know you are spinning with being so busy with vacation & the wedding. Can't wait to see the photos.

Talk about heat......... We are on day 26 of over 100 straight days. I HATE THIS!!!!!!! Most days it hits about 106. Send us some of your 70's Have fun & be safe! Charlene

Kathleen said...

It's lovely! I got mine in L and T too!

Deniz said...

Hi:) happy days:)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

It's been a while since I last stopped by! So happy I did! Love the dress, you'll look stunning!