Friday, March 27, 2015

Always With Me

I had a wonderful experience early this morning that I just have to share with all my readers. To be honest, I've had a tough week. Chapin has been working crazy hours, so I've been on my own quite a bit. Whenever I'm alone too much, I wallow and start to cry and miss George more than ever. Last night, I broke down while emptying the dishwasher. I just cried and cried, my heart aching.

I've asked George often to give me a sign that he's alright, but I've never received an answer... until this morning.

I was thinking all week that the weather has been nice, but I haven't seen any bunnies. That may seem strange to you, but there are bunnies all over our neighborhood. I'm still not used to seeing them every once in awhile, because I'm a city girl, and I never saw any growing up in Alpharetta.

Anyway, this morning, as I was walking home after my workout, I saw one. It stared at me from a half block away, and I stared right back. I know you might think it's some big coincidence, but I do believe George was sending me a sign. I know, it's silly, but it makes me feel better to think he is with me, listening and watching over me.

So that's my story, cheesy as it might be. Now, on to the outfit.

Dress: Shoshanna Teal Sweater Dress

Yes, we are back to sweater weather today. It was only in the 50s in Atlanta, and so windy.

Shoes: Schutz Irma Ankle Strap Sandals

Also available in black or the same nude color from Neiman Marcus Last Call. You can also check out these Schutz booties - same pattern, different style.

Tip: If you ever want your legs to look longer, try a nude sandal. It really works.

Schutz Sandals (close-up)
Happy shopping!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Follow Your Own Advice

I broke two of my biggest fashion rules when I purchased this dress, which features:
  • Horizontal stripes (they make you look wider)
  • Drop waist (not ideal for women with wide hips)
I think I was attracted to the unconventional color combination (coral and beige?) and the overall cutesy look. But honestly, it doesn't do much for my figure.

Outfit Details

Dress: BCBGMaxAzria Lace and Striped Dress

Shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker

I love how the coral SJP sandals match perfectly, though!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bargain Hunter

There's nothing I love more than a good bargain. I bought this dress, originally $198, for just $30 from Lord & Taylor online. The great thing about this site: Not only does it really discount brands I love, like Cynthia Steffe, Trina Turk and Shoshanna, but since there is not a store in Georgia, I don't have to pay sales tax. Not even Amazon can claim that anymore.

Outfit of the Day

Sandals: Stuart Weitzman Strutting Platform Sandals

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

My Tips for Online Shopping

Here are a just a few tips for shopping online and finding the best bargains:

Always, always, always search for a coupon code before you check out. I love sites like that will list the latest codes and sales.

Sign up for the brand or website's e-mail list. You will be the first to know about sales and special offers, and most companies offer a discount just for signing up (see:, Saks Fifth Avenue).

Don't buy anything for full price. I have very, very rarely bought something for the full purchase price. If you see an item you like, bookmark the page, and watch it. Check it everyday until it's for sale at a price you can afford. Sites like Amazon will actually tell you how much of your size is in stock. If it sells out, you can always do a Google search for the item and find it on another website.

Shopittome: This site is an online shopper's best friend. I tell the site what brands I like, and my personal sizes, and it sends me an e-mail everyday with the latest items for sale. I can also go to the site and "like" items that are on the top of my wish list. I'll get a separate email every time that item drops in price. It's a wonderful site and a great tool that you should be using even if you're not a shopaholic like me. Who doesn't like to save money?

Know your brands. If you read this blog, you know that I have my favorite brands. Shoshanna. Rebecca Taylor. Kate Spade. Black Halo. The list goes on. It's easy to buy clothes and shoes online when you know how a certain brand will fit you.

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kate Spade Polka Dots

I love polka dots, and just immediately fell in love with this black and white polka dot Kate Spade dress when I saw it in the store around Christmastime. When it went on sale a few weeks back, I snapped it up. I feel sort of retro when I wear it... It reminds me of the dresses they wore back in the 1950s.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Kate Spade New York Deco Dot Fit and Flare Dress (Black and White)

Sandals: Kate Spade New York

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Informer

The name of this dress is the Nanette Lepore Informer Dress, so of course I get that silly 90s song in my head every time I wear it!

Outfit of the Day

Dress: Nanette Lepore Informer Lace Sleeveless Dress in Blue

The dress is still available online from a few retailers, but you should hurry if you're in the market to purchase it, because most of them only have a few sizes remaining:

Shoes: L.A.M.B.

This past weekend went so fast, and it was the first time in a long time where I really forced myself out of the house. I have been such a hermit since George passed away; I just haven't felt social. I hope as time continues to pass and I grow stronger that life will get easier. I still miss George every day, all day.

Gelato with George (2011)
My mom sent me this recent article about a pet loss support group. I actually attended this very group soon after Izzie passed away in 2010. My sister, Laura, came with me. It was comforting to know others were going through a loss just like mine, and that it wasn't "weird" to be in mourning over an animal.

I only went to the group once, mostly because of weekday traffic and my crazy work schedule, but I wish I could have attended the group at least a few more times. It helps to talk about your grief; at least, it helps me. George was such a huge part of my life for ten years. I really feel his absence, and I like talking to him out loud, wishing him a good night and letting him know I'm thinking about him and missing him.

I probably miss him the most in the evenings... When I return home, and he's not waiting to see me and give me nose kisses with his seafood scented breath... When I'm going to sleep and he's not snoring away in the bed nearby... When I'm watching TV or working on my laptop and he's not right next to me.

Spending time with family and friends, as I did this weekend, is a good thing for me right now, so that's what we did!

  • Friday night, Chapin and I ate dinner with a friend (and her husband) from my Book Club. The fries at Ormsby's are not to be missed.
  • Saturday, I had a hair appointment and then we attended a birthday party for a friend's three year old. Her present was a stuffed pug and a book about a sleepy pug.
  • Sunday, we went over to see my parents and eat dinner with my visiting cousins and my sister, Laura, and her family. My mom made a Cajun Shepherd's Pie that Chapin makes a few times a year. She nailed it!
This coming weekend, we will be celebrating my nephew's third birthday, and my sister will be in town from Chicago. Hopefully, it will be another fun weekend.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sparkle and Blue

It's finally Friday! It's been a long week, and I am looking forward to doing some relaxing this weekend. Thank goodness it's stopped raining, and apparently we are going to have some beautiful weather tomorrow, although the rain comes back on Sunday. I will have to get my run in early in the day tomorrow before my hair appointment. I am training for a 5K at the end of April - Lauren's Run for the Cure - and want to beat my time from last year. (My dad's company is a major sponsor of the event.)

Outfit Details:

Dress: Adrianna Papell Embellished Crepe Sheath Dress in Electric Blue

The dress is still  available at a few online retailers:

Here are a few similar styles as well:

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Abel Patent Leather Disco Hologram Pumps

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Basket Case

I love the effects of today's Trina Turk dress; the geometric lines and basket weave pattern are so eye-catching. (I think it looks more like a basket-type pattern than a windowpane, as the name of the dress implies. What do you think?)

It's a very simple fit and flare dress, but I love how it looks. I didn't have any client facing meetings today, so I felt comfortable wearing something a little more casual. It was a great fit for a rainy day in Atlanta. It has been raining all day, since the moment I woke up at 4:45 a.m. Yes, I do get up that early every weekday. Otherwise, I can't fit in a good workout.

Outfit of the Day:

Trina Turk Savannah Windowpane Fit and Flare Dress

The dress is still available at the following retailers:

Pour La Victoire Carmendy Cap Toe T-Strap Pumps in Beige and Black

The pumps are no longer available online in this color, but Amazon has a large selection of shoes from the brand (and reduced prices), plus this exact shoe in black and gold.