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Dress Shopping At Nordstrom: Wedding Guest Attire

October 26, 2018 // Beauty, Pure Mama

Last week I had a single kid free/work free hour slotted into the afternoon for a very specific mission.  I had one hour to go and find a dress to wear to a dear friend’s wedding. An evening wedding that was just two days away. No pressure at all.  Looking through my closest revealed that the entire wardrobe selection lacked anything formal enough for the occasion or even remotely appropriate for the season. A new dress was completely justified.

I stepped into Nordstrom’s in downtown Vancouver and made my way up the escalator to the women’s department. The usual cheery saleswomen made contact but I felt more efficient going around on my own. Within several minutes I had found three different potential outfits including a fancy pantsuit.

The dress that I was the most excited to try on was a long sleeved, floor length gown in purple velvet that totally caught my eye. Sometimes a woman just knows! Off to the fitting room and the dress went on and it fit like a glove. It was totally love at first sight and I truly did say, ‘Wrap it up! I’ll take it!’.

The Dress

With the perfect combination of  soft velvet and a gorgeous neckline, the dress was sold. The saleswoman was being so helpful and offered to let me try on various other dresses but the clock was ticking and this purple number by Vince Camuto made me feel like a total Queen.

Even more success was that I didn’t need a strapless bra as the neckline allowed for straps. Which can be challenging for many formal dresses. I truly love those kind of details. Plus not having to spend more time or money on finding undergarments that work. Despite how form fitting the dress is it had a nice stretch to the material which leant itself to walking and dancing and moving around.

This dress is truly a gown and the timeless cut will allow it to be in my closet for years. It is such a comfortable gown that I am already looking forward to the next occasion to wear it.



About the author

Hi! I'm Andrea, a 30 something girl who loves living the downtown lifestyle and didn't want to give it up once I started a family. Mama in the City since 2008 and blogging since 2009!


  1. Sophie M says:

    I found your blog again and wow it’s so cute

  2. Teresa says:

    Love this color! You look beautiful in it!

  3. That dress is GORGEOUS! I love the cut, colour, and fabric. Looking stunning mama!

  4. Heydy Lopez says:

    You looked so beautiful in that dress! I love finding that makes me feel good. Sometimes its necessary to do some retail therapy he he