Thursday, December 14, 2017

Rarely Worn

I was searching through my closet today, trying to decide what to wear, when I came upon this bejeweled Shoshanna fit-and-flare dress.

I don't think I've worn it on the blog before, and it's too beautiful not to share, so here you go!

I originally purchased this Shoshanna dress several years ago, but only wore it once or twice, though it was the dress I chose for our 2014 holiday family photo. That was George's last Christmas with us, and I probably haven't worn the dress since the day this photo was taken. (I picked a few hairs off the dress this morning, and immediately wondered if they were George hairs.) He would start getting sick at the end of that December, and passed away a month or so later. I still miss that boy every single day. He was my soul pug.

Holiday Photo 2014

Since the dress is three years old, it's no longer available online, but it's definitely still in style. I'm also glad to see I haven't aged too much since this photo was taken back in 2014, and I think my hair and eyebrows look even better than they did then.

Dress: Shoshanna Black Jeweled Fit and Flare Dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Abel Patent Leather Disco Hologram Pumps

Monday, December 11, 2017

Dresses With Detail

This Trina Turk dress has a lot of subtle details: a small amount of fringe, the all-over floral embroidery, and the mesh hem that shows a hint of leg. It all combines into one beautiful and very unique sheath dress that makes me excited to see the Trina Turk label back on its game. The dress has a 1920s vibe that I just adore, and it's just a really flattering look.

Dress: Trina Turk Energetic Embroidered Floral Dress in Indigo

Find the dress at Amazon, Neiman Marcus and Saks.

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Specchio BB Pumps in Bronze

I'm getting over a cold or sinus infection or something, which is why I look a little tired in these photos. I blame the weather! Atlanta got snow on Friday (and into Saturday), and the constant change in temperature -- warm, cold, then warm again -- always throws me off balance.

Here's a photo from Friday night before all the snow had really fallen. I think we got about four inches in West Midtown.

I loved how many friends in the city were showing off their dogs or children enjoying the snow, running around in it and so delighted with Atlanta as a winter wonderland.

Not my boys. 

Here is how they preferred to weather the snowstorm:

I guess they take after their mamma!

Monday, December 4, 2017


Blue is definitely a color you can wear throughout the year -- even bright hues like the aquamarine of today's Black Halo dress. The right color can do wonders for your skin tone, and I find that wearing brighter colors can even help lift my spirits. I knew I would be stuck inside today, with not even a break for lunch -- I went from meeting to meeting, report to report -- so I purposefully chose this dress for the color. I want to avoid all cases of the Mondays!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Black Halo Mattie Sheath Dress in Atlantic Aqua

Shoes: Schutz Scalloped Lace-Cut Leather Sandals

I'm coming off a weekend full of baking and birthday fun for the hubby, who turned 41 on Sunday. His favorite dessert is anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter, so I made him this three layer cake as a special treat. I normally stick just to cookies, so creating this beauty was a first for me -- but it turned out really well. I even used gluten free flour to great success; the cake was moist and not dense at all. Get the recipe here on my new favorite recipe site: Brown Eye Baker. I did everything but the chocolate ganache topping.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ready to Pounce

When it comes to a good deal, you have to be ready to react -- quickly. I scored today's dress on for just $38! It's still hard to believe that I could buy a dress that retails for $298 for such a small price.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Parker Leopard Keyhole Fit and Flare Dress

This dress is so light and comfortable, and I love the color and print, though it does remind me of another dress I own. I cringe looking at some of those old photos, even though I'm a few years younger in them. I don't know what I was thinking not filling in my eyebrows for so long. They are so sparse, and need all the help they can get! Ladies: Don't pluck your eyebrows, because they may never grow back! I'm a victim of over-plucking in my youth.

Where to Buy:

You can buy this exact dress at Saks Off Fifth, or in a pretty blue or floral print at Nordstrom Rack. Unfortunately, although the dress is on sale at both retailers, you won't find it for the price I paid.

If you would like to check for the latest deals, let me know, and I will send you an invitation to the shopping site.

Sandals: Stuart Weitzman Soundtrack High Heel Sandals

Monday, November 27, 2017

When Design Meets Length

I'm not the biggest fan of long dresses that hit you right at the mid-calf. Often referred to as "midi dresses," these styles usually make my short frame look even shorter. However, today's dress, from the wonderful, feminine and stylish Alice + Olivia line, has a unique design to it, with lace cutouts toward the bottom that show the lining underneath. The effect is almost an optical illusion; I'm wearing a long dress, but it sure doesn't seem like it.

Dress: Alice + Olivia Mallie A-Line Dress

The dress was in stores a few years ago, but you can still find it on Bluefly and on eBay. I love all the details of this dress, but the armholes are enormous, and you can easily see my bra on both the sides and through the lacy back. Ideally, you should forego a bra when wearing this dress, but I'm not about to go bra-less at work!

Shoes: Kate Spade New York Idelle Ankle Strap Dress Sandals

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We had a lot of fun visiting with my husband's family in Alabama, including our nephews. They loved on Wally and Norman so much! Don't they look excited about all the attention? ;)

Thanksgiving 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Turning Red

It's a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but I wanted to start it out strong in this bold red dress from Black Halo.

Dress: Black Halo Marcelle Sheath Dress in Bonfire Red

This dress works for both the office or after hours, and while the overall design is fairly simple, it really helps show off a woman's best features, the shoulders and calves, in particular. I always feel like a red dress is a power statement, too, perfect for days when you need an extra boost of confidence or just need to feel in charge. I recommend wearing heels to elevate your height and make you feel even taller. In a dress like this one, you can take on the world!

If I look a little more made up than usual, it's because I took some extra time today to experiment with my makeup. I did a darker, smoky eye and red lip to match the dress. I am not sure if red is really my perfect lipstick color, but you really can't wear another color lipstick in a dress as fiery red as this one.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Nude Tallow Sandals (no longer available)

This past weekend, I also wore red to my family's early Thanksgiving meal. Since we all won't be together on the actual day, we decided to do a Faux Thanksgiving the Saturday before (minus my sister, Gail, who is staying in Chicago this year). My mom is always so thoughtful to have gluten-free options available for me, and the meal was so good. Thanksgiving food is probably my favorite food.

Here's a photo of me with my sister, Laura. It's the only photo we took the whole day. Oh well!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cutting Out

When it comes to cutouts, placement is critical. The cutout needs to add "value" in some way, maybe showing a little skin to help elevate a dress (or other item of clothing) into a sexier stratosphere. 

The cutout on this structural green dress from Halston Heritage is very intentional. While keeping with the overall architectural design of the dress, the asymmetrical cutout allows a little cleavage to show through. Combined with the color, it helps this seemingly normal fit and flare dress really stand out. (The color is even more bold and beautiful in person.)

Dress: Halston Heritage Geo Cutout Silk Faille Fit and Flare Dress

Find the dress at AmazonBloomingdale's and

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Romy Embroidered Satin Pumps (no longer available)

It's hard to tell form the photo, but the buds on the shoes have a green center that perfectly matches the green of the dress!