Typically I keep things pretty casual around here, but we’re calling today opposite day because this dress is anything but casual.

Oarry, an online evening dress and wedding dress retailer sent me this gorgeous chiffon and sequin cocktail dress. They were unbelievably helpful and made the dress to my exact measurements, as well as filled in the back, brought up the v-neck a bit, and lengthened it to my knee, and let me tell you, it fits like a glove.

Although I won’t be wearing it around the house or to the grocery store any time soon, I do have a few fancy events early next year where you can bet I’ll be pulling it out.

Also, they are generously providing the code ‘merricksart’ for my readers to get 15% off!


dress: oarry c/o
necklace: inpink c/o
clutch: windsor c/o
heels: kohls

Remember the GroopDealz birthday celebration I mentioned on Monday? Well today is the big day — their third anniversary! GroopDealz is an awesome daily deal site with boutique-type deals. Here’s a first look at a few of the items that are going on sale today:
They’re celebrating their birthday today by giving away Kitchen Aids, 3 Blendtecs, and a grandprize of a 27″ iMac, Potterybarn desk, Nikon DLSR camera, and a one year subscription to Photoshop! Go here to enter or click the image below. Good luck!
  • That dress I perfect. I love the modifications they made for you, it's exactly how I would wear it. You look stunning.

  • Your dress is stunning! And much more sophisticated than their original dress. Love, love, love it!

  • WOW – this is so beautiful…you look gorgeous!

  • Merrick, you look gorgeous! (One of us is going to be the ugly stepsister at Alt. . .).

  • Wow what a beautiful dress and you are so gorgeous and cute β™‘

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  • You are just stunning! You should totally wear it to the grocery store! lol πŸ˜‰
    – Katie

  • Yowza! Loovvveee it.

  • Wow! You look gorgeous! Love the adjustments you made to the dress ~ beautiful.

  • Wow, this dress is amazing. And way better with the adjustments. Wow.

  • Wow, it looks nothing like the original dress! If they're smart, they'll start selling this dress as you requested it because it is way better than the original.

  • Merrick! You are so beautiful! I mean seriously, gorgeous! Just thought you should know :).

  • You look STUNNING!

  • It looks way more classy and beautiful with your alterations. I love it!

  • Gorgeous!!! That dress is absolutely stunning!

    Emily Beth

  • That dress is beyond. So gorgeous! And the location! Two thumbs up girl!!

  • Stunning dress ! I love the sequins you look stunning

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  • Okay, it's pretty cool that they filled in the back, made the neck higher and lengthened it. that's just really cool. go them, and go you!

    plus, it looks like a dream on you!


    • I know, I was really impressed with how willing they were to make the changes! And thank you!

  • Gorgeous!!!

  • You look STUNNING!

    Chelsea & The City

  • Beautiful pictures-did someone take them for you or did you take your own? Neat dress!

  • This is fabulous! It's so hard to find a "cocktail dress" (LBD) that fits our modesty guidelines. I've had one in mind for a long time, but don't yet have the skills to make it a reality. What a find!

    • Tell me about it…I was thrilled when I found this one! I'll be saving it for all my fancy events!

  • CE

    So elegant!!

  • oh my gosh you are one HOT MAMA!!!!! I hope I'm half as beautiful as you are when I have two kids! And that dress is perfect!!

  • amazing dress πŸ˜€ looks very nice on you.
    xx Stephanie (

  • oh my god, you look amazing ! what a pretty dress !

  • Hey! I think I grew up going to that stake center. Is that in HB?

  • Absolutely gorgeous dress. Stunning!!!!!!!


  • Stunning! PLEASE print out and frame that last shot. It's gorgeous!

    Also, that picture made me realize how much Peanut looks like you πŸ™‚

  • Beautiful dress! πŸ™‚

  • Amazing! It's so hard to find a modest but young and fun LBD! Treasure that thing!

  • That dress is BEAUTIFUL! Love the surprise sequins in the back.


  • Love the dress! Wish they would sell it with those modifications.

  • I agree with everyone else – they should start selling it in your style! Absolutely beautiful!

  • They should definitely start selling it with your modifications – I would buy in a heartbeat. While I am glad they were so generous with you and therefore obviously very kind, I unfortunately wouldn't have even given the dress a second look as it was originally. You made it extremely chic. The length is absolutely perfect on you and the additions to the back actually make it so much more special. I think you made it "look at me" for all the reasons you would want people to look at you (style, grace, etc.), as opposed to all the other, less classy reasons.

  • You look beautiful! I love the sequins and the way you styled it. But you could make a paper bag look great. πŸ™‚

  • That dress looks absolutely STUNNING on you!! Nothing like a perfect black dress to make your night right?

    Exploring My Style

  • I too think they should alter their pattern to be like this!!! Much prettier with these alterations. Gorgeous!

  • oh my goodness, this dress is just GORGEOUS.


  • Pretty dress and lovely ladylike look!!