HAD to have it…

Alexis Isabella Blue - blue gate

Alexis Isabella Blue street view hand upAlexis Isabella Blue street view look side skirt out

We all have them… those lust-after, must-have, can’t-live-without, I-will-buy-this-no-matter-the-cost pieces.

Alexis Isabella Blue steps side look

We save, we sell our cars, souls, dignities, we don’t eat for weeks (etc.) just to save up for these pieces. We do all this and then, sometimes, to make matters truly worse, those pieces we just NEED (yes, fiance, I need this in all true senses of the word, I don’t care what you say) have now gone out of stock.

Alexis Isablella Blue street view side look arms down

My obsession was this Alexis Isabella lace gown (I got it in blue which is sold out, but they have this stunning version still available here at Revolve or here at Oxygen Boutique). Sometimes, when we’re trying to find these amazing pieces the gods smile on us, and whether it’s on eBay, some random site, or the last one on sale – we find it!

Alexis Isabella Blue jewelry detail shot

Alexis Isabella Blue Back

I paired mine with this Virgin Saints and Angels Sen Benito Magdalena necklace, Nina Beranato cuff (this one is sold out – but this one is similar and this version from her new Lumiere line is to DIE for), and Zac by Zac Posen Eartha Iconic Mini Chain bag in Ivory (this color isn’t available but alternate options available here, here and here).

Other times you find the piece and, alas, it’s not in your size… Well I wanted to write briefly about how that doesn’t always have to be the end of the story.

It’s important to know what is and isn’t fixable by a tailor (and side note – I literally have EVERYTHING tailored; nothing was made for you so you should always consider taking something that you love but doesn’t quit fit right to have someone fit it to you).

Alexis Isabella Blue street view Full Skirt

This dress for example, was two sizes too large for me – but was easily able to be tailored because of the lines. It’s important to pay attention to the fabric, cut and seaming. This dress for example was alterable because the seams were along the side and could easily be made smaller. Moreover – it was only a small portion of the dress that needed tailoring – the waist and hem; the rest could go unchanged because of the full skirt.

I think it’s important to share these those pieces that you just have to have and make it work even when not ideal in terms of sizing.


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