Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What Taylor Swift Wore...

Today's dress, also a summertime Shoshanna design, is a little extra special because, a few years ago, singer/songwriter Taylor Swift wore the exact same one. Since Miss Swift is about a foot taller and much, much skinnier, I'm not going to ask who wore it best.

Dress: Shoshanna Yellow and White Sunflower Print Alyce Pleat Dress

I usually stay away from yellow with my Italian skin tone, but this design is so fresh and fun I couldn't help but buy it. The fit and flare silhouette looks great on everyone, and I always feel so fancy when I wear it, even though it's one of my more casual dresses.

Since the dress is a few years old, it's no longer available, but check out the Shoshanna Becky Sweater Dress in Yellow. It has a very similar print and is just as cute!

Shoes: L.A.M.B. Veena Platform Sandals

The sandals are no longer available, but Amazon has a great selection of options from Gwen Stefani's Love, Angel, Music, Baby brand.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Summertime Floral

Dress: Shoshanna Francesca Floral Print Dress

This Shoshanna dress is a perfect complement to long summer days. It works as a casual work dress, or wear it out to weekend brunch with friends. The dress is still available at some retailers like Saks Off Fifth, but you can also rent it! Size recommendation: The dress is a little narrow in the hips, so size up.

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Strutting Platform Sandals

I bought these shoes several years ago, so they are not readily available online. 6pm has a few sizes left.

Lip Color: Bobbi Brown Spun Gold Shimmer Lip Gloss

If you're looking for a very neutral lip gloss, try this shade from Bobbi Brown. It goes with just about any complexion!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bows and Booties

Dress: Shoshanna Bow Detail V-Neck Sheath Dress in Plum Tweed

Shoes: Prada Leather Cutout Ankle Booties

I love mixing up hard and soft elements, so I think this feminine dress from Shoshanna, with its lower v-neck, soft tweed material, and waistline bow, goes great with these Prada booties. It's the perfect outfit to end what has been a very hectic week!

This Shoshanna dress is several years old, so it's no longer available online, but you can still snag these gorgeous booties at a few retailers:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Plums the Word.... Peplum!

Dress: David Meister Royal Blue Belted Peplum Dress

I am a big fan of David Meister for his sophisticated designs, and while he is probably better known for his evening wear, I love his feminine day dresses for work. Some women may see his designs as skewing a little older, but he has a great variety of stylish options for any career woman.

Actress and comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a big fan of the brand -- wasn't she amazing in Enough Said? -- and a variety of other actresses have been seen in his red carpet designs (everyone from Mindy Kaling to Michelle Rodriguez to Jane Fonda).

You can find David Meister at major retailers like Bloomingdale'sLord & TaylorNeiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

This particular dress is no longer available, but there are a few still left on eBay. Saks also has a similar David Meister peplum dress in navy, but with a cowl neck instead of the square neck you see here.

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Exsling Nude Platform Peep-Toe Sandals

The color of these pumps is technically "Adobe Aniline," but they are nude to me. The best reason to get a nude shoe? It makes your legs look longer. For a short woman like me (I'm only 5'3), nude pumps are priceless!

I bought these pumps back in 2012, so they are no longer available, but eBay has a few sandals left in black in a variety of sizes.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Punk Out

Dress: Rebecca Taylor Two Toned Crepe Colorblocked Dress with Studded Collar

This dress is super comfortable, and the color blocking and beige lines help you look more slender. Plus, I love the punk inspired surprise of the studs at the collar.

Rebecca Taylor is a brand I associate with curve hugging silhouettes, and this dress is no exception. Beware if you are buying Rebecca Taylor for the first time; dresses tend to run on the small size, so if you are between sizes like me, size up.

Celebrity Sighting!
Tina (played by Jenna Ushkowitz) wore the dress on Season 5 of Glee. Tina added a more dramatic collar, but I prefer the collar as it appears on the dress. Other celebrity fans of the brand include Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy!) and Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory.

Revolve Clothing still has the dress in a size 6, but it seems to be sold out everywhere else. This other Rebecca Taylor dress, however, is very similar, and has very cute, very flattering cap sleeves: Rebecca Taylor Piped Cap Sleeve Dress. This particular dress is available at 6pm and Amazon.

Shoes: Pour La Victoire Carmendy Cap Toe T-Strap Pumps

I debated whether to wear the dress with booties or pumps, but ultimately, these pumps won out. Neiman Marcus Last Call still has a few sizes left in the same color. Amazon is also carrying the shoes, in just a few sizes, in the very chic black with a gold cap toe.

I'm actually wearing the first pair of Pour La Victoire pumps I ever purchased; I'm a newer fan of the brand. You can find some really chic, really reasonably priced shoes, so I recommend you check out Pour La Victoire if you haven't before. Last year, actress Cameron Diaz was even named artistic director, and she has a great sense of style. Happy shopping, and don't forget to follow me on Instagram: MicheleATL.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Kiss and Tell

Dress: Nanette Lepore Kissing Booth Lace Panel Dress

The dress is still available on some sites, but sizes are limited. For example, 6pm has the dress in black and ivory (the black lace really pops against the ivory, so I recommend this option), but only in a few sizes.

Celebrity Sighting!
Actress Ashley Benson wore the dress in a lighter pink color on a recent episode of Pretty Little Liars. If you ever wonder what your favorite characters are wearing on TV, check out WornonTV.net. I love this site!

Shoes: Kate Spade New York Licorice Pumps in Purple Patent

Try Amazon for a variety of colors on sale! I couldn't find the purple patent option online, but 6pm has the pumps in a beautiful amethyst suede, which is very similar.

Retailers like Piperlime carry the Kate Spade New York Licorice Pumps in many different colors and even some floral prints,  but since the style is so popular, many are still at full price. If you like Piperlime's options, sign up for the site's email for 40% off one item!

Lipstick: NARS Lipstick in Shrinagar ("metallic raspberry")

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday, Fun Day

Dress: Shoshanna Skylar Jade Tweed Dress

*As seen on actress Radha Mitchell

Shoes: BCBGMaxAzria Lacey Double Strap Slingback Espadrille Sandals

Purse: Rebecca Minkoff Studded Mini Quilted Affair Purse

The dress and shoes are no longer available, but you can find this versatile Rebecca Minkoff bag in a variety of colors on sale at stores like Barney's Warehouse and Saks Off 5th:

Amazon also has the navy and almond colors on sale!

I'm also wearing one of my favorite lipsticks: NARS Sexual Healing, described as a "metallic peachy rose."