photos by sara walk
dress made by me (tutorial coming soon!) (similar here and here)
rock and republic heels, similar 
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Since I was little, one of my favorite things to get for my birthday was new clothes. And now that I’m older, and a clothing designer, I think that my favorite thing is designing and making myself something new to wear for my birthday (although let’s face it…I like making new clothes for all holidays and occasions). So when I celebrated my birthday a few weeks ago and my best girl friends and I decided to dress up and go downtown in LA and celebrate at Bottega Louie, of course I had to make something new. This gorgeous blush lace had been sitting around in my sewing room for a few months and I was itching to make a dress out of it. And although I cut it close and was sewing on the button for the back keyhole just moments before my friends showed up to pick me up, it all worked out and I got it done on time. I’m so thrilled with how it turned out.

Besides the color (which I adore), I think my favorite thing about this dress is its basic slight A-line shift dress shape, which lets the lace really do the talking, and lets me play around with statement jewelry — and you know how I’m a sucker for statement pieces. I paired it with my new gorgeous blue topaz ring I ordered from Gemvara, and I love how the blush and blue compliment each other. Gemvara lets you choose from their million fantastic jewelry designs and then completely customize your piece so you can change the main stone color, the accent stone colors, or the metal color. I think statement pieces are best when they’re not overdone, so I chose a simple silver band and made both of the accent stones a white sapphire, and then chose a bold blue color to really stand out. I absolutely love how it turned out. Plus, it’s not so big and fancy that I can’t wear it casually.

Gemvara has a ton of other amazing choices, all of which are completely customizable! Here are a few of my favorites! And in case you missed it the first time around, Gemvara is extending their 15% off offer for the next 72 hours — it will automatically be applied at checkout!



  1. Natali says:

    Beautiful, romantic and feminine look! Lovely combo 🙂

  2. Christina Storm says:

    Ah my absolute favorite color! That dress looks so pretty on you and I love how you styled it!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  3. Roxanne Oudie says:

    Beautiful. What talent you have for making a beautiful dress. I wish I knew how to sew.

  4. So girly and light. The bag is amazing!

  5. Taylor Westbrook says:

    Can’t wait for the tutorial on the dress! I have some cream lace that I have been trying to decide what to do with, and this looks like a great option.

  6. Agi says:

    Gorgeous dress!!!!!


  7. Mads | Its a Mads Mads World says:

    Stunning dress, I adore the loose but flattering shape of it !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  8. Marie B says:

    I LOOOVE your ring. I’m jalous ! It’s so perfect. Lucky you !

  9. 204park says:

    Oooh I want you to make me one!! 😉
    So very pretty for a lovely birthday dress.

    xoxo, Kali

  10. Haley Valerie says:

    Your dress is gorgeous! I can’t wait for the tutorial!


  11. Haylee says:

    This dress is absolutely gorgeous Merrick, I can’t wait for the tutorial! It looks so classy and elegant on you.

  12. I absolutely looove your Blog! You are such an inspiration for me!

  13. Sarah Polk says:

    I wish you were my sister so I could guilt you into making me clothes.

  14. sandyalamode says:

    girl! can i just tell you how much i LOVE your blog! your photography is on point, you are soo talented with your refashions and i LOVE your style!! 🙂

    Sandy a la Mode

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