Second Place Dress

This morning I took a little extra time to make myself a weekend breakfast on a weekday!

Certain meals I typically save for weekends because they take longer to prepare, but today I was craving my ricotta stuffed French toast from Saturday morning and had to give my body what it wanted.

I dunked a whole wheat sandwich thin into two egg whites mixed with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice and placed the two bread slices on the griddle to cook.


Sadie devoured the egg yolks and was a happy camper.


While the French toast was cooking, I stirred cinnamon into ricotta cheese and spread the mixture on one half of the sandwich thin when it was done cooking.

Cinnamon Ricotta Filling

I then placed the other sandwich thin on top of the ricotta mixture and doused the stuffed French toast in syrup.

Smothered in Syrup

Sliced Up

This breakfast was oh-so-good! Sometimes the extra effort is sooo worth it!


My workout today was nothin’ special, but still good. I took my typical 5:45 a.m. BodyPump class and followed it up with 25 minutes on the elliptical with the lastest issue of Fitness magazine.

The issue featured two different half marathon training plans, one for beginners and one for intermediate/advanced athletes. I flagged these plans to reference when I begin training for the Chicago half marathon in June. I really like the simplicity of these plans… That’s also what I liked best about the Hal Higdon training plan I followed when I ran my first half. It’s like a “Running a Half Marathon for Dummies” plan. πŸ˜€

Bridesmaid Dresses

Thank you to all of you for your comments on my post about the three bridesmaid dresses I like. So far, my bridesmaids seem to like the third one the best, with the exception of my sister (who will also be my maid of honor) who really likes the first one (that one is actually my favorite, too). I may look into having my sister wear the first one and the other girls in the third one if I like the way they look in person. We’ll see!

I loved all the different points you guys brought up to consider as well:

  • Spaghetti straps are often not flattering on certain body types
  • Printed patterns may look strange in pictures (My dresses will be all one color: champagne)
  • Everyone in the same dress is less distracting in pictures
  • Choosing multiples dress styles in the same color allows bridesmaids to feel more confident in the dress they select

It’ll be a fun decision!

Second Place Dress

When I previously went dress shopping, I told you guys that I was between two wedding dresses: one simple, classic dress, and one dress with more of a “WOW” factor. Well, I went with the romantic and classic dress, so I figured I could share pictures of the BIG dress with you now.

This is not the dress I selected, but I absolutely love it. I didn’t like the color though and would have ordered it in ivory, not the coffee color it’s pictured in below. This dress is a Justin Alexander gown which I would have ordered in this color.

The dress I actually picked is pretty much the exact opposite of this dress. It’s so weird how my top two dresses were so different!

Second Place Dress

The Back (Clamped In!)

Justin Alexander Dress


Do you like simple wedding dresses or dresses with a big WOW-factor?

I honestly love both types of dresses! I think I am more of a simple person though and ultimately felt more comfortable in a more simple dress. πŸ™‚


20 Responses

  1. That is an awesome dress! I love different, wild dresses. I don’t do simple. πŸ™‚

  2. The most important thing about my wedding dress will be so I can dance in it! I love dancing and hope to have some rocking music for the big day. That dress is beautiful, but I can’t wait to see the dress that is really “you”!

  3. OMG you look so stunning in that dress! CanΒ΄t wait seeing your FIRST choice!

  4. That dress is AMAZING! I can’t wait to see the one you picked!!!

  5. I love the dress, especially the bodice.

    I am all about classic and simple though as far as wedding dresses are concerned.

  6. you look gorgeous in the dress! such a great figure.

    I think I’d tend to lean to the simple side.

  7. Wow– that is definitely a statement dress!! It’s beautiful!

    I LOVE the veil you have on with it!

  8. Ohhhh!! You look incredible-can’t wait to see the one you got.
    As for dress style, I’m a simple girl not to much froufrou (if that’s a word:)

  9. That dress is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the real thing πŸ™‚ I definitely have a more classic style though so that is probably what I’ll go for in the future….sometime far far away hahaha

  10. so pretty! that dress is to die for.

    I’m sure you picked one just as gorgeous!


  11. That dress is beautiful! But I agree that you have to go with what suits you and your personality best. I bet the simple, classic one is amazing too.

    And also, for the bridesmaids dresses, I don’t know if having the MOH in the solid dress and the others in a patterned dress would work right. Usually the MOH is in a more special looking dress if she wears something different, and if the others are in a pattern her dress might end up looking more plain than special. Plus, it is your wedding, so if the 1st is your favorite then you have the right to pick it. All of the dressers are beautiful and with a classic champagne color could be worn again.

    • oh gosh no!! the dresses i posted yesterday will NOT be worn in those colors/patterns. everyone (including my maid of honor) will be in champagne dresses. haha, i appreciate your honesty b/c that would look AWFUL to have my sister in that blue patterned dress & everyone else in champagne dresses… ick!!!

  12. OMG. You look amazing in that dress!! WOW!!! If that is the runner up I cannot wait to see the winner!!

  13. I am sure you will look beautiful in any dress you choose!

  14. I’m totally making that breakfast this weekend! Oh, I love that dress, it’s gorgeous. Can’t wait to see which one you actually picked! When are you getting married?

  15. Wow, I love that dress. The lace, the color. I wanna get married again!

  16. Pretty dress!!! I just got married and I had a “wow” dress. My dress was the first one I saw (even though I still tried on a TON to make sure) and my mom and I both fell in love.

    It was so unique and so different, ahhh I love it still πŸ™‚ hehe

  17. love teh dress! I think I am def more of a simple person, all of the lace and frilly things wouldnt be on my dream wedding dress however on you that looks stunning!

  18. That dress is definitely a WOWZA statement! You look like a princess in it…now all you need is your prince (Ryan) and a castle! πŸ˜‰

    Can’t wait to see THE ONE!! I know you will look gorgeous in it!

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