Monday, June 27, 2016

The Dress That Gwyneth Wore

I've had a love/hate relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow ever since she dated my #1, Brad Pitt, back in the 90s. Not only was she gorgeous and dating Brad Pitt, but she was tall, thin, and incredibly smart, too, even fluent in Spanish. Then she did a little film called Shakespeare in Love, one of my favorite films of all time. How could I hate her after that? Plus, she'd already broken up with Brad Pitt by then. Now, it seems, we have similar taste in dresses!

Dress: French Connection Lula Colorblock Stretch Sheath Dress

The dress is available in a black/white/gray color scheme on Amazon Fashion and Saks Off 5th. The dress is tight fitting and is not lined, so definitely plan to wear some Spanx. I'm wearing the Shape My Day Girl Shorts.

Sandals: Sophia Webster Finn Glitter Patent Leather Peep-Toe Pumps

Most of the time, I can't afford anything that Gwyneth wears or touts on her Goop website, so of course I was stunned to see her in French Connection. I love the brand, but it tends to be really affordable. That's one word that doesn't really bring to mind images of the Oscar winner.

P.S. I actually met Gwyneth Paltrow in the early 2000s, when she was promoting Shallow Hal. She was very nice in person, and smiled a lot. I remember being very starstruck!

Charleston Girls Weekend

I spent this past weekend in Charleston, South Carolina, with my younger sister, Gail, and two of my oldest and dearest friends, Katie and Erin.

  • I've known Katie since my sophomore year of high school, when she joined The Speculator newspaper staff at Chattahoochee High School. We bonded during the summer of 1994, when we were roommates during the University of Georgia's journalism camp.
  • I met Erin back in 8th grade through a mutual friend, Laura. I was in the chorus with Laura, and she and Erin had been friends forever. I had just moved to Atlanta during the previous year, and I remember being so happy to have found new friends that I liked so much.
From left to right: Me, Gail, Erin and Katie.
Our excuse in coming together for a weekend away: Emily Giffin's new book, First Comes Love, and the accompanying Book Launch Party at the Gaillard Center in Charleston. I have been a fan of Emily Giffin's for years, and she actually lives in Atlanta. I've been to almost every one of her book signings, so I could not miss this special event. The first signing I went to, at a Chapter 11 back in 2005, had only a handful of people; this event had hundreds! It's been fun to see Emily's transition into a big-time author, and I'm so inspired by her success I've decided to start a novel of my own.

Here are a few photos from the weekend:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Little Bit of Fringe

Although I'm not a big fan of fringe, today's dress only has a hint of it at the hem and neckline, so I'm not complaining.

I love Trina Turk for her figure flattering dresses, and this one is in a slimming black with just pops of neon color.

Dress: Trina Turk Abela Embroidered Fit and Flare Dress (sold out online)

Pumps: Jimmy Choo Lottie Metallic Leopard Print Sandals

This will probably be my last post for the week, as I'm headed Friday to Charleston with two high school friends and my sister, Gail, for an all-girls weekend away. I'm so excited to do something fun with my girlfriends, including attending this author event. I haven't been to Charleston since 1994, when my family and I went there for a few days for a mini-vacation when I was just 16. I remember being bored on the walking tour of the city, a ghost invading our hotel room (my mom swears by it) and OJ Simpson dominating the headlines. I'm looking forward to rediscovering Charleston and all it has to offer as an adult!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Pink

It's officially summer, and I'm kicking off the new season in a bright pink dress I purchased for 75% off on

Dress: Taylor Dresses Jacquard Fit and Flare Dress

The dress is also available for purchase at Amazon -- where you can find it in aqua, yellow and hot pink -- and Nordstrom Rack.

Sandals: Kate Spade New York Isa Ankle Strap Dress Sandals in Bronze

Monday, June 20, 2016

Me Before You

I love to read, and devouring books has always been a passion of mine, something I think my parents instilled in me at a young age. I was extremely shy growing, but with books, my shyness didn't matter. I would spend hours in the different worlds my favorite authors created... walking the halls of Sweet Valley High with Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield; tagging along as the girls in The Babysitter's Club looked after their charges; delving into the scary imagination of Christopher Pike.

Today, I don't have much free time to read, but I am still extremely loyal to contemporary authors like Emily Giffin, Harriet Evans, Liane Morairy, and -- more recently -- JoJo Moyes. I have read several of her books now, and I just love them. The characters are so vivid and real, and the stories just pull you in. If you haven't read a book by JoJo Moyes, I highly recommend you start today!

Tonight, I'll be going to the movies with my Book Club to see the adaptation of one of my favorite books from the last few years: Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes. I'm so excited, even though I already know how it ends. (Yes, it's tear-worthy.) I love that it's Monday and I'll be going to a movie! It will be popcorn and Junior Mints for dinner. Ha!

I chose today's dress because I needed something comfortable to wear. (I'll be seeing the movie right after work.) This cute fit and flare dress from BCBGMaxAzria is not only comfortable, but is super chic, too... and I got it for a steal.

In addition to Amazon Fashion, the dress is available at the following retailers:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Seersucker in Summer

Seersucker is a print that seems synonymous with summertime. It makes me think of men lounging around in a backyard garden in their seersucker suits, twirling their long mustaches and sipping cold cocktails, leaning over to speak to Southern belles blushing beneath frilly umbrellas.

Seersucker is probably also synonymous with "preppy," but there's nothing wrong with that!

Dress: London Times Gray and White Seersucker Lace Dress

I probably spent about $20/25 on the dress, and I got so many compliments on it! It's just a super cute summer dress. You can still buy the dress on Amazon and, and it's also available in plus sizes at Nordstrom and on Amazon.

Pumps: Charles David White T-Strap Sandals (no longer available)

Monday, June 13, 2016


There's something about today's dress - maybe it's the color, or the unique fit and overall silhouette, or just the fact that it's about 100 degrees out - but I feel like a flamenco dancer.

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Jalina Knit Lace Fit and Flare Dress in Red Berry

The dress is still available on Amazon Fashion (in the Red Berry and Off White) and on (in just the Off White). Revolve Clothing also has the dress in Red Berry in limited sizes.

BCBGMaxAzria has seemingly returned to its roots, creating chic, fun dresses that you can wear to work or on the weekends. There was a period where I hated everything from the brand, but I've come to embrace and love BCBG dresses again.

Sandals: Schutz Ankle Strap Sandals

Today feels like the first normal day in a long time. Chapin has been traveling so much lately... he has essentially been gone for about two months on a project in Columbus, Ohio, coming home about every two weeks. One time, I didn't see him for three weeks, the longest we've ever been apart in almost 17 years together. Saturday, he returned for good; his role in the project is finally over!

He must have felt guilty or something, because he didn't object when I wanted to buy a pair of new shoes (Christian Louboutin Toboggan Glitter Sandals) this past weekend. They were on sale!