Thursday, May 5, 2016

Time for Nachos

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Mexican restaurants are sure to be slammed tonight, so I will probably stay in and attempt to make nachos. I definitely have a weakness for Mexican food. Even though I have celiac disease, fortunately I can still eat most Mexican dishes. Thank goodness for corn tortillas!

I chose today's dress because the jeweled embellishments reminded me a little of Mexican tiles. I know... I'm reaching, but at least I tried!


Dress: Shoshanna Idalia Navy Dress

I love the delicate details on this dress. The small straps and the slightly open back are really quite exquisite. I also love how the dress moves when I walk. Here is a similar dress from the Shoshanna line that incorporates the same embellishments you see above.

Sandals: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker (no longer available)

Enjoy your Mexican food today!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Tryouts

I love Internet shopping, but every once in a while it's nice to go into a store and actually try items on. That's what I did with this particular dress, and discovered that I actually liked the way the extra-small fit me over the small. I never would have made the decision to purchase the smaller size unless I tried the dress on in advance! Sometimes a trip to the store pays off.


Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Kristin Patchwork Print Dress

You can still snag the dress at several online retailers:

Sandals: Manolo Blahnik Chaos Metallic Mesh Ankle Strap Sandals

This dress would pair well with a black or red shoe, but I chose to go with a metallic hue. I love any chance to wear these Manolos!

You can still buy the Chaos sandal, just not this particular style. I've seen these sandals on just about every celebrity, from Rihanna to Reese Witherspoon to Jennifer Lawrence. They are extremely versatile, and are still available at retailers like Saks.

Since today is Monday, I'll give you a quick weekend recap:
  • I had my parents over to my house for dinner and a movie on Saturday. I wanted them to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They both enjoyed it, even my dad, who actually asked me midway through the movie: Now who is Luke's father? How could he not know that?! He just doesn't like science-fiction as much as my mom. My sister, Gail, and I also love the genre.
  • Despite the pouring rain, I made the trip out to Sugar Hill, Georgia, on Sunday to celebrate my nephew's second birthday. He has the best birthday: May Fourth (Star Wars Day: "May the Fourth be With You"). I guess you could say I had a Star Wars-themed weekend.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Darker Floral

I think I probably have this dress in several different versions, but I just can't resist a cute dress at 75% off. Actually, my mom treated me to this dress when we went shopping together a few weeks ago. Our trips to Belk at Phipps Plaza, with a stop at Starbucks for Chai tea lattes, are becoming something of a ritual with us.


Dress: French Connection Gardini Fit and Flare Dress (no longer available)

Sandals: Stuart Weitzman Soundtrack High Heel Sandals

I'm surprised I look at all bright-eyed today, since I did not get a good night's sleep last night. It's my own fault for watching The Fall, a show I just started viewing on Netflix, right before bed. It's about a serial killer who stalks professional young women in their early 30s -- and then murders them -- and about the lead detective hunting him down. Gillian Anderson from The X-Files plays the detective, and since it's a British series, each season is only a handful of episodes. I have two left in the first season, so of course you know what I'll be doing tonight. You'll also recognize Archie Panjabi, Kalinda from The Good Wife, playing a pathologist.

The show rattled me so much I must have gotten up about five times to check to make sure there was no one in the house. I also had to put on The Princess Bride to distract me as I was trying to fall asleep. I'm almost done reading Cary Elwes's book on the making of the movie: As You Wish. It's a fun little read, and since I have it in hard copy (instead of on my Kindle), I've been keeping it next to my bed to read when I'm sleepy... but not quite ready to close my eyes.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

All in the Design

I have a lot of dresses, but there is one type of dress that I will always avoid: any dress with a drop waist. You have to be stick thin to pull off that look, with no hips or belly, and it's just not a silhouette that works well on my frame. Today's dress has probably the closest thing to a drop waist I will ever buy, and that's a flared hem. But the dress was so comfortable, and I had to travel for work, so it was a great choice for the day.


Dress: Taylor Navy and White Floral Jacquard Sleeveless Fit-And-Flare Dress

I found the dress at Belk this past weekend when I was scouring the clearance racks for cute dresses in my size. I paid only around $30 for it. I love a great deal! You can still find it at Bluefly (on sale) and Nordstrom, or perhaps check out your local Belk store. I've been impressed with the selection at the Phipps Plaza location in Atlanta.

Sandals: Kate Spade New York in Gold/Khaki (no longer available)

My calves are so sore after running in the Lauren's Run 5K over the weekend to benefit childhood cancer research. There were so many hills on the course. Amazingly, after a slow start (I thought the race started at 8:15, not 8:05, so I didn't have my music cued up), I ended up finishing third for my age group. It was a fun day, one I have spent with my parents the last three years. I love that there is something the three of us do together. (My dad ran the 5K, and my mom walked the 2K.) We had beautiful weather in Atlanta, and it was wonderful to be out enjoying the spring sunshine.

My mom took the picture below of me with my bronze medal. After struggling with childhood asthma (that I have since outgrown), I just never had much of an interest in sports during my school days. I was always the one who preferred writing for the school paper or serving as the student council secretary. Finally, when I'm almost in my 40s, I've found my 'stride' in a competitive sport. It's funny how life always manages to surprise you!


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Why I Love the Sheath Dress

Sheath dresses are such an easy win for working women. They are ready-made outfits that you can easily dress up or down depending on your footwear and accessories. While they hug a woman's curves, they are often very flattering as well, providing shape and giving extra emphasis to an hourglass figure. The sheath dress portrays a more commanding figure; you are going to sit up and listen to the woman who enters a room wearing a sheath dress. (Are they the next generation's pantsuit?) Best of all, they are a great "transition" dress between day and nighttime wear. You can start your day in a sheath dress at the office and easily wear it out to dinner or drinks that evening.

Can you tell I like this dress type for the office? I tend to save my sheath dresses for days when I will be more active as opposed to sitting behind my desk creating marketing plans and strategies. I just feel like people take me more seriously in this type of dress. Do you agree?

Today's dress was a find on my favorite site, RueLaLa.com. Leave a comment or message me if you'd like an invitation. I really recommend this site because the featured items are truly a good deal, as opposed to sites like Gilt where the savings are only superficial. MyHabit.com is another good deal site. I often find dresses for around 75% off the retail price.


Dress: Tahari ASL Diamond Patterned Sheath Dress

Booties: Prada Leather Cutout Ankle Booties

I'm such a sucker for a "matchy-matchy" outfit. The diamond pattern in my booties perfectly match the diamond pattern in the dress.

Shout out to Erin for loving my recent slew of blue and purple dresses. It's so cool that people actually read this blog.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Flowers on the Brain

I'm definitely in a springtime state of mind, since floral patterns seem to be dominating my latest dress choices. This dress is by one of my favorite designers, Trina Turk, in a professional sheath silhouette and painted water lily print.


I was so excited to get this dress, as Trina Turk dresses tend to fit my body really well and are both flattering and feminine. I had my eye on this dress for awhile before it finally went on sale. I don't like to buy anything at full-price... and I really can't with my dress and shoe obsession!

Dress: Trina Turk Kurdson Floral Sheath Dress

If you like the print, you can also buy it in a short-sleeved version.

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB Suede Ankle Strap Pumps

On Lips: NARS Pago Pago Lipstick in Shimmering Pink

The Pago Pago color is a great neutral shade if you're looking to add just a touch of color to your lips. It's really closer to a nude color on me.

Hair: I've started putting coconut oil on my hair just for about an hour or so a day (while I workout), and I've noticed the ends are not as dry as they used to be. I also started using ALTERNA Haircare Bamboo Silk-Sleek Brilliance Cream, which I just love, before blowing my hair dry in the mornings.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Remembering Ella

A dear member of our extended family passed away this week: Ella Gibbons. She was my one and only "niece," and I will always remember how sweet she was with George and Izzie, her love of swimming and the backyard pool in Daphne, and her overall good nature. She was covered in fur, and she will forever be in our hearts. R.I.P., sweet Ella.