Monday, February 8, 2016

Walk Like an Egyptian

I feel very regal and Cleopatra-like in today's Ted Baker London dress. With the temperature dropping in Atlanta, it's a great day to wear a heavier sweater dress. I know we've been lucky with our weather this winter... I just hope this luck holds out until spring. I don't want another Snowpocalypse!


Dress: Ted Baker London Jenkin Knitted Jacquard Sweater Skater Dress

The dress is still available at a number of retailers, including Nordstrom, the Ted Baker website and Zappos. Ted Baker sizing can be a little tricky, so if you are thinking of buying a Ted Baker dress, try it on in advance. I wear a size 1 (US size 4/6) in a fit and flare silhouette, and a size 2 (US size 6/8) for something more fitted. Remember that British sizing tends to run smaller than US sizing.

Pumps: Kate Spade New York

Dog Update

We had a great second session with our dog trainer on Saturday, and while we have not let Wally and Norman interact too much, Chapin and I are both hopeful that we will have two well behaved dogs very soon.

Unfortunately, Wally had us running to the vet on Sunday.

Pugs are not the healthiest breed, and since we don't know much about Wally's history, we have been preparing ourselves for some health problems. While his hair is growing in, his allergies are more in check, and he is definitely gaining weight, it seems his high fish diet is not the best for his urinary tract.

Late Sunday afternoon, we realized that Wally had a full bladder, but could not relieve himself. He would try and try - we could see his little body tensing - but nothing would come out.

We ended up spending Super Bowl Sunday, from about 6-10 p.m., at the vet's office.

After x-rays revealed Wally did not have kidney stones, the vet used a catheter to empty his bladder. His urine was extremely concentrated and "gummy," so we are going to try feeding him a special diet to see how he reacts. Now, we not only have to find food that he is not allergic to, but that won't cause stones as well.

The things we do for love!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Always a Classic

Work has been fairly hectic and stressful this week, and I didn't have a lot of time to wrestle with my outfit choice, so... when in doubt, choose black. You can't go wrong with the right LBD.

This Trina Turk LBD has a beautiful v-neck sillhoutte and stunning lines to show off any sized figure. I paired it with Kate Spade rose gold and black heels and simple jewelry. I'm wearing the beautiful necklace Chapin got me for Christmas; I'm just in love with it, and I thought it would bring me some luck today.


Dress: Trina Turk Suzy Sheath Dress in Black

I bought the dress for just $35 on MyHabit.com, marked down from $288. You know me... I can't resist a good deal. You can still buy the dress in a beautiful raspberry color on Nordstrom Rack, or try Gilt to purchase either color. You need an invite to Gilt, though, so click this link.

Shoes: Kate Spade New York Piazza Dress Pumps (no longer available)

I recently discovered a cute little show on TV Land called Younger, about a 40-something woman who pretends to be in her 20s to get an entry-level job in publishing. She even starts dating a sexy younger man... It's a wonderful show, and I've been watching a few episodes each night. I'm looking forward to eating popcorn (my current favorite is Boom Chicka Pop Kettle Corn in the purple bag) and just vegging on the couch for a few hours. I'm exhausted. Is it Friday yet?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pretty in Pleats

It's February 2nd, Groundhog Dog, and it's 70 degrees here in Atlanta. I love this weather! I am celebrating by wearing this pink Shoshanna confection, which has pockets, pleats and a simple fit and flare silhouette. It's perfect for Valentine's Day... but I just couldn't wait. I am so stressed this week at work that I need a fashion pick-me-up.



Dress: Shoshanna Abigail Fit and Flare Dress in Rose

The dress is also available at Saks Off 5th.

Shoes: Christian Louboutin Patent Peep-Toe Slingback Pumps (They match perfectly!)

The pumps are no longer available, and believe it or not, I found these on sale at Saks this past summer. They are so beautiful... works of art, and worth every penny.

Earrings: Three Sisters Jewelry Diamond Bar Stud Earrings

I get so many compliments on these earrings, and they are fairly inexpensive. I'm a big fan of Three Sisters Jewelry, and have bought my sisters (and myself) pieces from the site over the years. Laura has a necklace with the names of her sons, and Gail has a necklace that includes the first initials G (for Gail) and R (for her husband, Rich). The pieces are really flexible, too. When Laura had her second son, I just sent the necklace back to get an additional charm added on. Of course, my George necklace is also from Three Sisters Jewelry. If you are looking for Valentine's Day gift ideas or just want to treat yourself to something nice... look no further.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Beaded

Today doesn't feel like Monday, mainly because I returned from a business trip late Friday night and then had a jam packed weekend. Fortunately, Atlanta experienced some amazing 60-degree weather, so that more than made up for the fact that I had little down time.

Chapin and I spent the majority of our Saturday afternoon working with the dog trainer we have hired to help with Wally and Norman. It's hard work, and takes a lot of focus for us as well as the dogs. Norman is picking things up faster than Wally, but he's the main trouble maker, so that's a good thing.

Our goal: to return harmony to our household. As this picture shows, it's possible!

We are using prong collars to help Norman and Wally learn different commands, such as "place" and "sit," and to get them to understand what they can't do, i.e. bark/lunge at other dogs or cars on the street, bark at every dog that passes by our front door, not pull on the leash, and - most importantly - not attack each other! We have not had any incidents since we started the training last week.

One of the hardest parts is that they have to "earn" their way back into our good graces, so they are not allowed to sit on the couch with us or sleep in the bed with us like they normally do. I have to admit, we did allow them to watch TV on the couch last night... I had Norman on one couch and Chapin had Wally on the other. I missed cuddling with my little sweethearts.

Saturday night, I also caught up with one of my best friends, Katie, at a new sushi place in town: Miso Izakaya. We both braved horrendous traffic in the city, but ended up having such a great meal and a fun time just sitting at the bar drinking wine (for me, at least) and enjoying some different sushi rolls. Chapin is not a sushi fan, so I was excited to have a friend who really appreciates good sushi join me for this dinner. I highly recommend the restaurant, and will definitely be going back.

This past weekend, we celebrated the life of our wonderful George.

The other event I attended this past weekend was the Annual Pet Celebration at Paws, Whiskers and Wags, where we cremated George. They have this celebration every year for all the pets who have passed away. I was planning to attend alone since Chapin is coming down with a cold, but my parents joined me at the last minute, even bringing me flowers to cheer me up. I have two amazing parents, and am so grateful for them. It was an intense few hours, but it did help bring me some closure. It was also comforting to see all the others who were grieving their own pets. I know I am not alone.

As for today's outfit, since it's going to be a busy week, I wanted to start off on a nice note, and I just love this blue dress from 4.collective. It always puts me in a good mood.


Dress: 4.collective Stella Beaded Collar Dress

Here is a similar style available on Amazon. (It's the same dress, but in a shift silhouette as opposed to a fit and flare silhouette.) You can also find it on ShopBop.com, or rent it on RentheRunway.com.

I definitely prefer the fit and flare silhouette to give more definition to a small waist (and disguise wider hips).

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Capsize Metallic Cap Toe Pumps

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Scuba and Lace

A lace fit and flare dress, made from scuba material, is a little fancy for the office, but I needed a a jolting pop of color to brighten my day. Norman and Wally still aren't getting along, and can't even be out of their crates and in the same room without going into attack mode. Chapin and I are so stressed out about it. We are going to have to do some serious training with both dogs, and frankly, with work being so crazy right now, the only thing I want to do when I come home is relax on the couch. I guess I'm going to have to get over that mindset, though, if I want peace at home again.


Dress: Shoshanna Salma Lace-Trimmed Scuba Fit & Flare Dress

This dress was appealing not only for its beautiful red color, but also the pleated skirt. If only the dress had pockets, it would be absolutely perfect.

Pumps: Betsey Johnson (no longer available)

I'm off to Pennsylvania tomorrow for a business trip, so this post will probably be my last one for the month. I can't say I'm sad to see January come to a close. It's been a pretty terrible month (though not as bad as last year).

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Winter Floral

Although floral dresses are definitely more prominent in the spring and summer months, you can still wear a floral pattern in winter - if the color scheme is right. I love this green and blue floral belted dress from Karen Millen for just that reason. It also has the perfect fit and flare silhouette, complete with a sexy v-neck and belted waist.


Dress: Karen Millen Belted Floral Jacquard Dress

Karen Millen is a British brand, and it runs very small. You may have to go up 1-2 sizes depending on the dress. Definitely try on a Karen Millen dress beforehand, or to be safe, order up. I recommend one size up for a fit and flare dress and two sizes larger than normal for a more fitted dress. You can always get the dress altered if it's too big (or just return it).

I am new to this brand, and first heard about it on one of my favorite websites, WornonTV.net, which covers fashion from your favorite TV shows. Karen Millen dresses, tops, and other apparel often turn up on shows like Bones, Pretty Little Liars and many others. I definitely recommend checking out the site. It may serve as great inspiration for your own "ootd" (outfit of the day, in hashtag speak).

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Peep Toe Nude Pumps


Monday, January 25, 2016

Favorite Color Combinations

Today's dress incorporates red and gray, two colors I just love together!


Dress: French Connection Women's Riot Rose-Printed Dress

The dress is still available at the following retailers:


Remember: French Connection sizing runs small, so order one size up. This brand is not very well made (no lining on this dress, for example), so I would NEVER pay full price. I prefer to pay under $50 for a French Connection dress... preferably even less.

Pumps: Enzo Angiolini (no longer available)

The weather was in the 50s today, which is a nice change after a cold weekend. Although we had planned to have a nice, relaxing weekend... it didn't turn out that way. Norman and Walter (we call him Wally) are just not getting along. They seem to be competing to be the "pack master," and though they have had episodes before, starting Friday night, they can't even be in the same room together. They bark and try to attack, and just don't stop.

In trying to separate them, Wally bit me on the leg, and Chapin on his chin. It got so bad, I took Norman to spend a few nights at my parents' house (which he is enjoying immensely).

Norman cuddling with my Mom this morning. The two were "watching" GMA together.

We are going to meet with a dog trainer very soon so we can try to find a way for them to live together. I just don't know at this point what's going to happen. Chapin and I are so stressed out about it! I never knew that having two male dogs could turn out this way...