Monday, November 20, 2017

Turning Red

It's a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but I wanted to start it out strong in this bold red dress from Black Halo.

Dress: Black Halo Marcelle Sheath Dress in Bonfire Red

This dress works for both the office or after hours, and while the overall design is fairly simple, it really helps show off a woman's best features, the shoulders and calves, in particular. I always feel like a red dress is a power statement, too, perfect for days when you need an extra boost of confidence or just need to feel in charge. I recommend wearing heels to elevate your height and make you feel even taller. In a dress like this one, you can take on the world!

If I look a little more made up than usual, it's because I took some extra time today to experiment with my makeup. I did a darker, smoky eye and red lip to match the dress. I am not sure if red is really my perfect lipstick color, but you really can't wear another color lipstick in a dress as fiery red as this one.

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Nude Tallow Sandals (no longer available)

This past weekend, I also wore red to my family's early Thanksgiving meal. Since we all won't be together on the actual day, we decided to do a Faux Thanksgiving the Saturday before (minus my sister, Gail, who is staying in Chicago this year). My mom is always so thoughtful to have gluten-free options available for me, and the meal was so good. Thanksgiving food is probably my favorite food.

Here's a photo of me with my sister, Laura. It's the only photo we took the whole day. Oh well!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cutting Out

When it comes to cutouts, placement is critical. The cutout needs to add "value" in some way, maybe showing a little skin to help elevate a dress (or other item of clothing) into a sexier stratosphere. 

The cutout on this structural green dress from Halston Heritage is very intentional. While keeping with the overall architectural design of the dress, the asymmetrical cutout allows a little cleavage to show through. Combined with the color, it helps this seemingly normal fit and flare dress really stand out. (The color is even more bold and beautiful in person.)

Dress: Halston Heritage Geo Cutout Silk Faille Fit and Flare Dress

Find the dress at AmazonBloomingdale's and

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Romy Embroidered Satin Pumps (no longer available)

It's hard to tell form the photo, but the buds on the shoes have a green center that perfectly matches the green of the dress!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November Floral Trend

I thought I would continue this week's floral trend by wearing this sweet dress from the Erin Fetherston brand. I'm in love with all the beautiful hues of blue, pink and green, and since the flowers are so small, I find the print overall so flattering. (A larger print design can sometimes be less flattering on a curvy figure.) The weather has been so mild in Atlanta the past few days -- I'm enjoying it while I can.

What made this dress a little more difficult to wear is the back, which has criss-crossing straps that will show a typical bra. I'm using a bra strap holder for the first time to help hide them, and it is doing its job -- for the most part. You can still see my bra at certain angles. Oh well!

Outfit Details

Dress: Erin by Erin Fetherston Floral Fit and Flare Devon Dress

The dress is for sale on Amazon, but also available to rent on Rent the Runway.

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB 105 Metallic-Striped Leather Pumps (no longer available)

Monday, November 6, 2017

A Fitting Floral

A sure sign of Fall in Atlanta: all the leaves littering the sidewalks and streets. Since I'm not a fan of the colder seasons, I'm trying hard to enjoy the cacophony of colors around me -- all the beautiful reds, yellows and oranges -- and dressing in bright floral dresses to remind me of the Spring to come.

Today's fit and flare dress is by Ted Baker London, and I call it my Tahani dress. (If you watch The Good Place, you know what I mean.) I'm a big fan of the higher neck here and the way it's designed to show off the shoulders. It's quite a beautiful look. Plus, it has pockets!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Ted Baker London Cesilia Expressive Pansy Skater Dress

Find it at Bloomingdales and -- on sale!

I paired the dress with my pink Christian Louboutins, which I don't get to wear enough! I thought they matched perfectly with the dress and the overall fun vibe of the outfit.

I spent the weekend working, seeing my family and watching Stranger Things 2, which Chapin and I just finished watching last night. I'm more obsessed with the show than ever. If you want to chat about this latest season, let me know.

Have fun watching if you haven't seen the show yet. I'm a little jealous you get to experience it all for the first time. This show is a mix of genres in the vein of Buffy and Angel... sci-fi, romance, thriller and intellectual, all the same time. Highly recommend!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017

It's a Star Wars Halloween in my house today! Check out Princess Leia, Han Solo, Yoda and a little pug Ewok!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Lacy Does It

I wanted to wear this Alice + Olivia dress today as a subtle nod to the wedding I attended over the weekend. Yes, it's a little fancy for work, but how could I not wear such a exquisite piece of clothing? It's simple yet extremely elegant and feminine.

Clothes are supposed to make you feel beautiful, and this dress definitely accomplishes that goal!

Dress: Alice + Olivia Gracia Cap-Sleeve Lace Cocktail Dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Nude Tallow Sandals

I could almost see someone wearing this outfit to get married in a simple ceremony at City Hall. That is definitely not what happened this weekend, though. My colleague, Heidi, married Star 94 Jeff and Jenn Show producer J.P. Allen on Saturday night at Monday Night Brewing Company's new event space. The ceremony was supposed to take place outside, but it was pouring down rain on Saturday, so everything was moved inside.

The event space is really new -- so new that there was not actual pavement leading into the venue. Chapin had to CARRY me in so I would not ruin the Jimmy Choos I was wearing. He is a wonderful husband!

Here's a photo of us at the wedding. My hair got soaked, so it's a mess, but Chapin looks so handsome in his suit. I love the all-black look.

Chapin and Michele: 10.28.2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fall Floral

This Karen Millen dress boasts a bright floral pattern, but I think the color palette makes it perfect for a beautiful Fall day in Atlanta. The weather has been so gorgeous this week, with most days in the 60s or 70s. And the best part? Low humidity!

Dress: Karen Millen Floral Fit and Flare Dress

The dress is on sale now at Karen Millen (in stores and online). I'm wearing the US Size 4 for reference, though it's a little snug in the bust area.

The whole design is just really flattering, though -- especially those dainty cap sleeves. I've been using more five and eight-pound weights at the gym, but it's hard to tell any difference in my arms. I like how cap sleeves do show them off, though!

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps