Summer Wedding












Dress: Nordstrom | Bag: Revolve Clothing| Bracelets: BaubleBar, Stella & Dot | Watch: Nordstrom | Earrings: Kendra Scott [old], Similar | Lipstick: Nordstrom [Rose Libertin] | Monogram Necklace: Neiman Marcus | Shoes: Nordstrom, Same

Photography by: Stephanie Davis

 I never buy nice dresses. Why would you do that when you can buy jewelry and Mexican Food?!

Then I end up with 4 weddings back to back and I’m crying on the floor of Forever 21 because I’m going to be attending these holy ceremonies in Nike shorts.

Dramatic. But you get the picture.

I saw this dress online and thought, “Katey, if Serena van der Woodsen wore Nordstrom I think she would buy this!” So naturally, I purchased within 30 seconds.

It was such a quick decision I was really nervous I had made a mistake. It came in, I wore it around the house and knew it was meant to be. Which was great, because in 3 weeks I have owned it I’ve already worn it 2 places! The fabric is so light that you can wear it to any summer wedding, but it’s also really fun for family pictures! If you go to the beach each year don’t settle on the typical white top and denim bottoms. Throw in a fun dress like this because it will still blend with everyone else’s neutral look!

Speaking of beaches, I have been lenient with myself so far during this engagement. I find when I don’t push myself to go to the gym I go a lot more.

[Example, if I tell myself I have to go everyday at 6 a.m. that is a joke and will only last for 2 days. But if I allow myself to go whenever, I end up going 4-5 times a week.]

But, the wedding is close enough that I’ve decided to get really strict for the next 3 months! I will keep running but wanted to incorporate more classes. I LOVE Pure Barre and wanted to try spin! However, I’ve heard lots of little rumors that it only really tones/bulks your legs so you have to be conscientious in trying other workout classes. I really only want to tone my arms and my abs [I was a dancer for 18 years so my legs are the last part I really worry about working out. Everything else is a hot mess and needs attention haha!]. Does that happen with spin?! Let me know your thoughts! 🙂

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  1. Preeti wrote:

    gorg dress!

    xoxo, Preeti

    Published 18 May 15Reply
  2. Amanda wrote:

    I agree to focus on your arms because that’s what will show in the dress! But don’t forget about the booty and legs for the honeymoon 😉 The best way for me to lean out has been total body HIIT workouts combined with cardio during the week. I have lots of workouts under the fitness tab of my blog if you want some quick images to save and try at the gym. Good luck!

    XO Strawberry Chic

    Published 18 May 15Reply
  3. Jade wrote:

    I’ve never heard that about spin.. for me spinning is just a great way to sweat your butt off and burn lots of calories! So doing spin 2x a week and then Pure Barre or weights like 4x a week would be perfect!

    Published 18 May 15Reply
  4. Tessa wrote:

    Oooh! Love this. This is SUCH a perfect wedding dress. I want it for those nice beach trips you’re talking about. Even though I have no where to go…lol. And about the spin classes, yes they are good for your legs but I get more of a cardio workout from spin. I have also been a dancer and cheerleader for 19 years. If you’re really looking to work more on arms, see if there are TRX classes offered in your area. If not, see if your gym has TRX bands to set up in the dance room. There are lots of TRX workouts online and on youtube. This is a REALLY awesome way to train arms. Also, check out online sites like Tone It Up, they always have little workout tips and stuff to help out. There are also tons of fitness gurus on youtube that will teach you some new ways to workout! If you’re looking for something fairly intense, check out Heidi Somers. Good luck. 🙂
    xx, Tessa |

    Published 18 May 15Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Oh yes, I’ve done TRX! It’s awesome and an insane workout! Loved it!

      Published 25 May 15Reply
  5. Krista wrote:

    I LOVE this statement dress! So dramatic. So perfect.

    Published 18 May 15Reply
  6. Rachel wrote:

    I do spin classes 4x a week and I promise you that you are not going to have bulky legs from it. Someone else already commented and said this, but spin is a GREAT cardio workout….you will sweat out at least 500 calories in one class and its really fun! Go for it!

    Published 18 May 15Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      I just tried it and I loved it!! I think I was worried because I watched an interview with Tracy Anderson [the trainer] who gave a rant about spin classes and showed how your legs bulk. haha. But everyone in the class had amazing legs, so I felt much better! haha!

      Published 25 May 15Reply
  7. Sara Wells wrote:

    Very cute dress! i love your eyes by the way

    Published 18 May 15Reply
  8. Absolutely LOVE this dress!! And I can’t count how many times I’ve cried on the floor at Forever 21 the day before (or day of) an event thinking I’m doomed!!! XOXO!

    Published 18 May 15Reply
  9. Ellen wrote:

    You’re right…Serena would TOTALLY wear this. I love this dress on you, Katey! Absolutely stunning.

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

    Published 18 May 15Reply
  10. That dress is such a stunning color! You look beautiful!!

    The Teacup of Style

    Published 18 May 15Reply
  11. Becky wrote:

    Love this have so many weddings this summer, might need to get this for one of them!! Love the reference to gossip girl!! xoxo

    Published 27 May 15Reply