Friday, June 15, 2018

Summer of Color

It may not officially be Summer yet, but it's already in the 90s here in Atlanta, so it definitely feels like Summer. One of my favorite things about the "S" seasons: color. You can wear more color, eat more color and enjoy more colors everywhere you turn. 

Take today's outfit: I'm wearing a coral-colored dress, multi-colored shoes and purple Amethyst earrings. 

Dress: CeCe Criss-Cross Halter Dress in Coral

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Max 120 Multicolor Suede & Metallic Leather Ankle-Strap Platform Sandals

Monday, June 11, 2018

Frilly, Flirty Pink

My little sister, Laura, gave me this dress for my birthday this year, and it's like wearing cotton candy. It's fun and feminine and oh so sweet!

Dress: Trina Trina Turk Mysterious Lavish Floral Lace Dress

I love that the color of this dress is called "Pink Champagne" -- it's the perfect way to describe this bubbly pastel shade.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Nude Tallow Sandals

If I could clone these shoes, I would. They are chic and comfortable and so easy to wear with everything. Unfortunately, these shoes are no longer available, but here's a similar style: the Jimmy Choo Sheila 85. It has a fabulous name, too! (That's my mother-in-law's first name.)

Friday, June 8, 2018

Draper James Girl

Am I Draper James Girl?

The brainchild of Reese Witherspoon, Draper James is a brand catering to the classic Southern woman, someone who puts family first, is a regular at church, and wants to be pretty (and pretty perfect) at all times. (I often think a Draper James Girl would wear makeup to the gym, and that's so not me.) The dresses are designed to be flattering on a variety of body types, and most come in classic colors and cutesy prints. There was an even a bunny-print dress this past Easter.

But I am a Southern lady (of a certain age) who loves dresses  -- and dressing up -- so maybe I am a #DraperJamesGirl after all.

Dress: Draper James Magnolia Love Circle Dress -- On sale now for just $85.

Wedges: Jimmy Choo Fearne Glitter Criss-Cross Wedges

The dress runs a little big, so I'm in a size two. I was really drawn to the bright blue color and the comfortable design; it's perfect for a crazy day in the office. I've been having issues with my Outlook today and the power was out in our whole building for about 30 minutes. Ugh -- I'm so ready for the weekend.

Fortunately, I am starting things off right: with a trip to the movies tonight. I'm going with my Book Club to see Ocean's 8.

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

I'm Back, Baby!

Hello! I took a little hiatus from my blog and Instagram for a few weeks, but I missed my fashion updates, so here I am.

Initially, my break was necessitated by the fact that I was away on vacation -- in Paris and London for ten days on an amazing birthday trip. Here are just a few photos:

After we came back from Europe, work and weather prevented me from posting an update. I was either too busy or it was too rainy to take a photo. Today, I made the time! (Fortunately, humidity is also low in Atlanta, so I'm having a very good hair day.)

Dress: Likely Carolyn Dress

This dress is my first from the relatively new Likely brand, which seems focused on getting classic styles out in a lot of different colors -- for a cheap price. It reminds me a lot of the Black Halo brand, as many dresses are form-fitting but still professional.

What you don't get here is the high-quality you see with other designer brands -- but you're also not paying for it. This dress, for example, is not lined at all, and the material is a little on the thin side, but I also spent just $75 on the dress. For someone like me who wears a lot of dresses, and doesn't like to pay a lot for each one, this brand is perfect. It gives you the room to experiment with different looks at a much cheaper price.

Most major retailers are carrying Likely, including Amazon, Saks and Bloomingdale's.

Shoes: Sophia Webster Boss Lady Pumps

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

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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!