Thursday, August 28, 2014

Goody Goody Gum Drops

This dress from designer Eva Franco is so sweet, and the design makes me think of candy, so of course I love it. I love all sweet things!


Unfortunately for my waistline, we now live very close to two ice cream places that I just adore: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream and Vintage Custard. We like to get a cold treat almost every Sunday night. We just pile the dogs in the Tesla, and off we go. I'm sure this little ritual will end as the temperatures cool down, but for now I am enjoying it.

Dress: Eva Franco Button Dress (no longer available)

Eva Franco dresses are generally very feminine. Celebrity fans include Zooey Deschanel, who has worn several designs on New Girl. You can buy Eva Franco designs online at the following stores:


Arm Candy: Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Cross-Body Purse

My sisters bought me this purse for my birthday a few years ago, and it was perfect for our vacation to Italy. I don't use it too often during the week, since I find myself needing a larger purse for everyday, but the color matches so perfectly with this outfit that I just had to use it. I'm a matchy-matchy kind of gal.

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Exsling Nude Platform Peep-Toe Sandals

The sandals are no longer available, but here are some similar styles:


It's hard to believe that Labor Day is Monday, and that summer will soon be winding down. I love the long days, when it stays light until almost 9 p.m., and luscious summer fruits and veggies.

In other news: Brad Pitt is married! (Sigh.)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Put a Bow On It


Today I'm wearing one of my favorite dresses. I not only love the fit and flare silhouette, but the color is just gorgeous. Thank you, Shoshanna!


The dress is still available on Gilt, and new members get $30 off a first order. Use this link and start shopping!

Shoes: Prada Black and White Striped Bow Tie Pumps

I adore these pumps -- the little bow is just precious -- but they are sold out. You can still  buy the flat version, though, and check out some similar styles currently available:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

White Hot

Dress: Black Halo Jacket Dress in Boucle Tweed and Pebble Crepe

This beautiful body-con dress is on sale now at BlackHalo.com. It's a wonderful silhouette - very professional and chic at the same time. This combination is one of the main reasons why I think the Black Halo brand has gotten so popular in such a short amount of time.


I love this dress and always get so many compliments on it, but it can be difficult to wear. White in general is hard to pull off - it is not at all forgiving - and the fabric used on the skirt is fairly thin, so you can sometimes see the lining underneath if you're not careful.

Black Halo tends to do different variations on the same style, so check out some other options for the jacket dress on the website.

I chose this particular photo to feature on the blog today because George is in the shot. A pug photobomb is too priceless to resist. You can see I'm smiling larger than normal because he just cracks me up.

Shoes: Kate Spade New York Pumps (Purple Patent)

Photo by: Chapin Arnett

I also wanted to comment on last night's Emmy Awards. It was "Christmas in August" on the red carpet, with many women opting for white (surprisingly) or red dresses. I don't like white evening wear in general because to me it looks too bridal, but I did love Sofia Vergara's structured dress from Roberto Cavalli. I guess if you're going to wear a white evening dress, a more streamlined choice is the way to go.

My favorite of the night: January Jones of Mad Men in Prabal Gurung. I appreciated the feminine play of the dress combined with the hard edge of the booties. It even has the black stripes pointing in at her waist to make her look even tinier. Love, love, love.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Luck of the Irish

 

Dress: Trina Turk Sunnie Ponte Keyhole Dress in Kelly Green

I always feel like I'm celebrating St. Patrick's Day when I wear this dress; it's the perfect color green for any Irish themed celebration. Truthfully, I don't have a drop of Irish blood, but some of my favorite people in the world are Irish.

The dress is available to rent from Rent the Runway in this beautiful Kelly Green, and you can still buy it on Amazon in that hot Trina Turk "pink swizzle" color.

Shoes: Kate Spade New York Licorice Pumps in Black and Gold

I'm excited to watch one of my favorite fashion events tonight: The Emmy Awards! I will be watching to see what the crew from Orange is the New Black wears since they normally have to dress in prison garb. I'm sure they are taking advantage of every opportunity to dress up and glam out.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday LBD

I love a "Little Black Dress," and I'm especially in love with this Roland Mouret for Banana Republic design.


Dress: Roland Mouret Collection Lace Sleeve Dress

I love the design of this dress, and since I normally can't afford Roland Mouret - his designs sell for $1,000 or more - I was so excited when Banana Republic launched this small collection (priced for the average consumer). If you are looking for a professional, chic, polished look, Roland Mouret is the answer. His fans include Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Eva Longoria, Blake Lively... the list goes on and on. His designs look especially great on women who want to emphasis curves, like Kim Kardashian. He is the aptly name King of the Body-Con Dress.

The dress is fabulous, but beware: it's not lined. If you are self conscious at all about your body, you might want to add a slip or Spanx.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Bronx Black and Gold Buckle Sandals

Lips: Christian Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Vertigo

I'm currently obsessed with this lip color line, mainly because I have finally found a lipstick that stays on my lips longer than one hour. If I put this lip color on in the morning before I go to work, even with drinking coffee and having a snack, it's still on my lips by lunchtime. That is amazing to me! If you don't have time to constantly re-apply lipstick throughout the day (who does?), definitely check out this lip color line right now.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Orange Crush


Dress: Shoshanna Natalie Dress in Mandarin Orange

Purse: Charles David

Shoes: SJP Collection from Sarah Jessica Parker

What do you think of using blue to complement the orange? I've never tried these two colors together before.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Silver Lining


Dress: Cynthia Steffe Metallic Aniston Fit and Flare Dress

You just can't go wrong in a fit and flare dress, and the inverted pleat on the skirt adds a little something extra. But I think I especially love this dress from designer Cynthia Steffe for its playful metallic print. It works for any skin tone!

Pumps: BCBGMaxAzria Ma-Willoe Pumps in Gunmetal

Although you could wear just about any color shoes with this dress, I chose these BCBGMaxAzria metallic pumps for a head to toe metallic look. The shoes were a gift from my sister-in-law, Stacey, for my 35th birthday, so they are especially special to me.

The shoes are no longer available, but here is a similar style.

I added red lips, ruby earrings and a cherry red Kate Spade New York purse for a little pop of color. I love having a palette like this one to work with, because you can really play with your accessories.