Wednesday, May 9, 2018

This is 40

Well, it's here: I'm officially 40 years old!

I know today is just another day, but adding a new number to the front of my age really makes me feel old. Hopefully my 40s will the best decade yet.

I chose a Shoshanna dress to wear on this special day. Shoshanna continues to be one of my favorite designers, and the print on this dress is just too cute: it's made up of tiny little lipsticks!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Shoshanna Elvira Lipstick Fit and Flare Dress

You can find the exact dress at Saks and on the Shoshanna website, or -- if you like the print but are tired of the fit and flare style -- check out the halter version on Neiman Marcus.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Henna 100 Leather Open-Toe Ankle-Wrap Pumps

My staff threw me a little birthday party at the office today, complete with new company shirts for everyone. I'm so thankful to have such an amazing team.

Happy Birthday to me!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Last Day of My 30s

Well, here we are: It's the last day of my 30s. Tomorrow, I enter a new decade.

I decided to wear something a little different for this special day: a jumpsuit!

Outfit Details:

Jumpsuit: Trina Turk Contessa Jumpsuit in Loganberry

I love the vivid color and the juxtaposition of the high neck with the open keyhole neckline. It lends a sort of reserved sexy aspect to the outfit as a whole.

I bought the jumpsuit months ago, but had to have it altered, as I was too short to wear it! With the pants, the hemline needs to fall just right, or the whole look may be spoiled.

I did worry about the monotone color making me look a little bottom heavy, but I'm pleased with the overall effect, and I got quite a few compliments today.

You can still buy the jumpsuit on 6pm and RueLaLa, or rent it via Rent the Runway. (If you want an invite to RueLaLa, message me or leave a comment.)

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Strutting Platform Sandals (no longer available -- I've had them for years!)

As Seen On TV!

Petra on Jane the Virgin wore the jumpsuit earlier this season. (Image courtesy of It's still one of my favorite sudsy shows on television.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Milestone Birthday Celebration

In less than 48 hours, I will enter a new decade: my 40s! My husband -- with some help from my parents -- threw me a very festive 40th Birthday Party this past Saturday night to help me celebrate with friends and family. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the celebration.

Here are just a few highlights:

Michele's Birthday Extravaganza
May 5th, 2018

The Food: As it was Cinco de Mayo, guests feasted on Mexican food from one of our favorite local Mexican restaurants: Zama. From chips, salsa and guacamole to shrimp and chicken fajitas, there was plenty to eat all evening long.

The Desserts: Since everyone knows I have a major sweet tooth, there were desserts a plenty at the party, including:

  • Strawberry and caramel cupcakes from Piece of Cake.
  • Macaroons and custom created cookies -- in the shapes of dresses, shoes and purses -- from Henri's Bakery.
  • A custom created cake, complete with a little pug on top, from Sugar Benders Bakery.

The Decor: We didn't go crazy with the decor, and just kept it simple. We had flowers from Petals a Florist and pink balloons inside and out. We also had custom created napkins reading:

Forty & Fabulous
Happy Birthday, Michele

With my sisters, Laura (far left) and Gail (far right).

The Music: Guests listened to 1980s music throughout the night, and left with Back to the Future (my favorite movie) goodie bags filled with candy and little tokens like Garbage Pail Kids (a staple of my childhood), mini Funko Pop toys from movies I love (Guardians of the Galaxy, Wall-E, etc.) and even tiny OPI nail polishes.

The Outfit: I searched and searched for the perfect dress to wear to the party, and finally settled on this pink Alice + Olivia lace dress. (I definitely wanted pink to match the overall color of the night.) I paired the dress with Christian Louboutin peep-toe pumps, which perfectly matched the exact shade of the dress, and Kendra Scott earrings.

Dress: Alice + Olivia Zula Lace V-Neck Party Dress

Buy the dress at these retailers:

The dress runs a little large; I'm wearing a size two for reference.

Here are a few other photos from the party. It's definitely a night I will remember forever!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mad for Milly

My favorite brands are not always consistent when it comes to designing clothes that strike my fancy. I may want everything from one season's collection and then nothing from the next. As Heidi says on Project Runway, "One day you're in, the next day you're out."

Lately, I am having a love affair with the Milly brand. I want every new dress I see, including this black and white polka dot silk dress. I love the way the dress moves when I walk, which is a credit to both the cut and the fabric choice: silk. The end result is a dress that is comfortable but still fashionable and chic -- the best of both worlds.

Dress: Milly Lydia Silk Black and White Polka Dot Dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Lang Sandals in Flame

The tie at the neck reminds me so much of the red Balenciaga dress Nicole Kidman wore to the 2007 Oscar. I feel so high fashion.

Happy shopping!

Monday, April 30, 2018

A for A-Line

This Pink and Black A-Line Dress from Milly is a fun way to start a new week. It's finally feeling like Spring in Atlanta!

Dress: Milly Pink and Black Floral Print Mini Dress

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Patent Leather T-Strap Sandals

I had a great weekend, attending a baby shower for a friend on Saturday and the CURE Childhood Cancer Lauren's Run 5K on Sunday. I won the bronze medal for my age group (women in their 30s), and got to spend some quality time with my parents. Now when I see pictures of us together, it's so clear I'm their daughter. I love you, Mom and Dad!


Friday, April 20, 2018

The Meghan Markle Effect

Meghan Markle, a soon-to-be American Princess, is having a huge effect on the fashion world. Items she wears will sell out the same day, with women all over the world loving (and wanting to emulate) her California cool style.

Meghan was recently seen in Black Halo, one of my favorite brands. She wore the infamous Jackie O dress, which has been available in a myriad of colors for almost a decade, and is the brand's original "claim to fame."


I originally bought the Black Halo Jackie O Dress in 2011, and blogged about it in September of that year.

Wearing the Black Halo Jackie O Dress in 2011.

Today, since Meghan made the dress so popular again, I decided to pull it out of my closet.

Wearing the same dress in 2018.

Comparing the me of today with a version of myself from almost seven years ago is a little strange. I have more lines on my face, more meat on my bones, and my hair is darker and longer, but overall, I think I'm holding up well. What do you think? Who wore it best? Michele 2011 or Michele 2018?

One thing that hasn't changed? My pose. Ha!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sunshine Day

The week started out extremely cold in Atlanta, which is very weird for April. Today, we are due to reach 80 degrees for the high, so I'm celebrating by wearing this sunny yellow dress from Black Halo.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Black Halo Pravella Ruffled One Shoulder Dress in Daisy Yellow

Find the dress in multiple colors at Amazon and on the Black Halo website, or in black only at Saks and The dress fits like a typical sheath dress, and you'll need to wear a strapless bra since it only has one shoulder.

I got so many compliments on the dress today -- even the hubby liked it!

I used to think that yellow wasn't a great color on me, as it brought out the yellow undertones in my Italian skin, but I'm liking it more and more as I get older.

Shoes: Schutz Meera Beaded Sandals

As it's my first post of the week, I have to mention the fun time I had this past weekend at the Atlanta Women's 5K event. My mom and sister, Laura, joined me for the race, and we met up with my friend, Katie, and her mom and daughter. Female power was in full force!

Here are a few photos. I didn't run too fast, but still managed to place #57 out of 2,394 runners. The photos of me running just crack me up. No one looks their best while running and sweating.