Monday, June 18, 2018

Setting the Right Tone

Atlanta is not a town that really likes to dress up. Even when going out to dinner with my husband on a Saturday night -- to a nice restaurant! -- I'm still probably going to be the most dressed up person in the room.

But that's fine with me.

I like dressing up because it makes me feel good. So today, on just an ordinary Monday, I chose to wear this beautiful white silver Shoshanna dress. I've been really stressed at work lately, and the right dress helps me set a positive tone for the day ahead.



Dress: Shoshanna Midnight Floral Beaded White Silver Fit and Flare Dress

The dress, although a few years old, is still available at RueLaLa (message me for an invite) and Bluefly.com. I love the metallic color and the pastel floral beading on the chest.

Shoes: Casadei Croc-Embossed Leather Slingback Pumps

I'm not sure how much time I'm going to have to blog in the upcoming weeks, but I'll do my best. Work is just crazy busy right now. If you are out shopping, there's some really good sales going on right now. For example, it's the best time of year to shop Saks Fifth Avenue -- the deals are amazing -- and you will find me at the Belk Phipps Plaza store hunting for bargains until the store closes at the end of July.

Happy Shopping!


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 WornonTV.net.) It's still one of my favorite sudsy shows on television.